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February 17, 2009 - David Letterman - Top Ten Things Hillary Clinton Wants To Accomplish On Her Trip Overseas

10 Exchange U.S. dollars for currency that's worth something

9 Win respect defeating Japan's top-ranked sumo wrestler

8 Shift world's perception of America from "hated" to "extremely disliked"

7 Personally thank all of her illegal campaign donors

6 Three words: stylish Indonesian pantsuits

5 Visit burial site of revered Chinese military leader, General Tso

4 Get drunk with that Japanese finance minister guy

3 Convince China to switch from lead-tainted products to mercury-tainted products

2 Catch Chinese screening of Benjamin Button entitled "The Strange Adventures of Freaky Grandpa Baby"

1 Pick up carton of duty-free smokes for Obama

February 16, 2009 - David Letterman - Top Ten Things Abraham lincoln Would Say If He Were Alive Today

10 "Sup?"

9 "I see Madonna's still a slut"

8 "Who's that handsome sumbitch on the five?"

7 "Is that free Grand Slam deal still going on at Denny's?"

6 "I just changed my Facebook status update to, Tthe 'ol rail splitter is chillaxing'"

5 "How do I get on 'Dancing with the Stars'?"

4 "Okay, Obama, you're from Illinois, too. We get it!"

3 "Hey Phelps, don't Bogart the weed!"

2 "What's the deal with Joaquin Phoenix?"

1 "A Broadway play? Uhhh, no thanks. I'm good."

January 28, 2009 - David Letterman - Top Ten Things Overheard at the Meeting Between Barack Obama and the Republicans

10 "I miss the Clinton administration when we'd meet at Hooters"

9 "Can we wrap this up? I've got tickets to the 4:30 'Paul Blart: Mall Cop"

8 "Smoke break!"

7 "You fellas really need to take it easy on the Old Spice"

6 "Mr. President: don't misunderestimate the Republicans"

5 "Another smoke break!"

4 "What was the deal with Aretha Franklin's hat?"

3 "About that tax the rich stuff -- you were joking, right?"

2 "Sir, it's refreshing to have a Chief Executive who speaks in complete sentences"

1 "Senator Craig's offering his stimulus package in the men's room"

January 27, 2009 - David Letterman - Top Ten Ways Rod Blagojevich Can Improve His Image

10 Star in new television series, "America's Funniest Haircuts"

9 Quit politics and become a fat, lovable mall cop

8 Start pronouncing last name with Jerry Lewis-like "BLAGOOOYYYJEVICH"

7 Offer a senate seat with no money down, zero percent interest

6 Team up with John Malkovich and Erin Brockovich for hot Malkovich-Brockovich-Blagojevich sex tape

5 Change his name to Barod Obamavich

4 Safely land an Airbus on the Hudson River

3 I don't know...how about showing up for his impeachment trial?

2 Wear sexy dresses, high heels and say, "You Betcha!"

1 Uhhh...resign?

January 16, 2000 - David Letterman - Top Ten Signs Obama's Getting Nervious

10 New slogan: "Yes we can... or maybe not, it's hard to say"

9 In moment of confusion, requested a $300 billion bailout from the bailout industry

8 He's up to not smoking three packs a day

7 Friends say he's looking frail, shaky and...no, that's McCain

6 He's so stressed, doctors say he's developing a Sanjay in his Gupta

5 Been walking around muttering, "What the hell have I gotten myself into?"

4 Offered Governor of Illinois, Rod Blagojevich, $100,000 to buy his old Senate seat back

3 Standing on White House roof screaming, "Save us, Superman!"

2 Sweating like Bill Clinton when Hillary comes home early

1 He demanded a recount

January 8, 2000 - David Letterman - Top Ten Barack Obama Plans To Fix The Economy

10 Encourage tourists to throw spare change in the Grand Canyon

9 End our dependence on foreign owls

8 Sell New Mexico to Mexico

7 Put a little of that bailout money on the Ravens plus 3 at Tennessee. Come on! It's a mortal lock!

6 Rent out the moon for weddings and Bar Mitzvahs

5 Lotto our way out of this son-of-a-bitch

4 Appear on "Deal or No Deal" and hope to choose the right briefcase

3 Bail out the adult film industry -- not sure how it helps, but it can't hurt

2 Release O.J. from prison, have him steal America's money from China

1 Stop talkin' and start Obama-natin'!

January 7, 2000 - David Letterman - Top Ten Things Overheard At The Presidents' Lunch

10 "Sorry, you're not on the list, Mr. Gore"

9 "If Hillary calls, I've been here since Monday"

8 "Laura! More Mountain Dew!"

7 "You guys wanna see, 'Paul Blart: Mall Cop'?"

6 "Call the nurse -- George swallowed a napkin ring!"

5 "Hey Barack, wanna go with us to Cabo in March? Oh that's right, you have to work!"

4 "Kissey kissey"

3 "Obama? I think he's downstairs smoking a butt"

2 "Did you ever see a monkey sneezing?"

1 "I hope Clinton's unbuckling his belt because he's full"

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Barack Obama In Tora Bora, Hillary Clinton In Clover

Those mischievous scoundrels at HotAir have tickled our pink funny bone today. Before we state why we are giggling so, let’s examine the difference between the George W. Bush “dead-enders” and the Barack H. Obama “dead-enders”.

The Bush dead-enders agreed with their leader on a great deal of his policy proposals even if they knew he was prone to garbled syntax in his speech and gave the appearance of being non-to-bright in his demeanor. On foreign policy the Bush era dead-enders agreed with much of the neo-con vision even if some prominent voices warned against the adventure in Iraq. The 9/11 attacks further fueled the fires of loyalty. On domestic policy there was more division among the dead-enders but to some considerable degree they supported Bush because his tax cut policy was their core issue. Expansion of health care and the budgetary excesses were excused by them to a large degree because in the end they believed that somehow this would help achieve political victories for the Republican party at the ballot box.

The Obama dead-enders however have no real rationale for continued support of the boob-in-chief. Boiled down to the bone the support of the Obama dead-enders for dear leader comes down to “racism” and “Republicans are worse”. They might celebrate the massive waste of money which was the “stimulus” scam, the “cash for clunkers” debacle, and passage of the health scam, but in none of these cases were the policies viewed as a triumph of Hope versus reality. On Guantanamo, retentions, torture, civil liberties, the Patriot Act, transparency, and “heal the planet” promises Barack Obama has been a total bust for them. The only thing that keeps them going is the abiding necessity to not admit they were wrong. They were stupid when they believed anything Barack Obama said. The Obama dead-enders cannot admit to themselves they were fleeced by a major league flim-flam man. So they yell “racists” and “rotten Republicans” whenever they feel the incense is burning out.

It is on Libya however that the excuse making has reached new lows. These fools could not accept the obvious that if Obama had been in the senate during the Iraq war deliberations he likely would have voted for the authorization of force. The simpletons cradled themselves to sleep thinking that Obama was the “new politics” of openness and that he would never be a “war monger” like that hated figure Hillary Clinton. Now these deceived Hopium addicts make pretzels of themselves trying to support Barack Obama for doing what they were sure he would never do. Reality is a… um… ditch:

“At Townhall, Victor Davis Hanson writes that “In short, Obama has ensured that the exasperated antiwar movement will never be quite the same:”

“By bombing Libya, President Obama accomplished some things once thought absolutely impossible in America:

a) War-mongering liberals. Liberals are now chest-thumping about military “progress” in Libya. Even liberal television and radio cite ingenious reasons why an optional, preemptive American intervention in an oil-producing Arab country, without prior congressional approval or majority public support — and at a time of soaring deficits — is well worth supporting, in a sort of “my president, right or wrong” fashion. Apparently liberal foreign policy is returning to the pre-Vietnam days of the hawkish “best and brightest.”

Ouch. Replace “liberals” with “Hopium Addicts” and the paragraph is right on target.

The HotAir article which so tickles us today is “Gallup: Wartime president gets highest rating in years”:

“This makes complete sense. At the beginning of a military mission, the American people usually get behind a strong, decisive leader, regardless of whether they have full confidence in the mission itself. When an American can bend global efforts to our objectives — and especially if the leader can overcome high-ranking resistance to achieve those ends — it almost always plays well in the first blush of conflict and gives confidence of victory.

Too bad this isn’t Barack Obama, huh
?

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s favorable rating from Americans is now 66%, up from 61% in July 2010 and her highest rating to date while serving in the Obama administration. The current rating is just one percentage point below her all-time high rating of 67%, from December 1998. …

The latest results are from a March 25-27 Gallup poll conducted while the United States was actively involved in enforcing a no-fly zone over Libya, a policy Clinton reportedly advocated. The same poll finds Clinton rated more positively than other top administration officials. Obama receives a 54% favorable rating, Secretary of Defense Robert Gates, 52%, and Vice President Joe Biden, 46%.

The blokes at HotAir have a warning for Hillary Clinton which is fair and prudent but when examined we are not so sure about. HotAir:

“As Gallup points out, this is Hillary’s highest rating since the impeachment scandal, but she’d better enjoy it while she can. She has gotten credit for pushing Obama to take some kind of leadership role in a military action that was going to happen with or without us (along with two other women in the administration, Samantha Power and Susan Rice). If the fallout from bungling the intelligence on the rebels that Clinton pushed Obama into helping gets too heavy to ignore — especially if it turns out that al-Qaeda is heavily invested in it — Hillary will become the sacrificial lamb, and not without justification.”

As we have repeatedly written we believe American action in Libya is the wise course (and our Egyptian policy was a mess). We also have no doubt that Barack Obama and his “blame the staff” history will attempt to make Hillary the “sacrificial lamb” if the entire enterprise blows up into a big mess.

But will the Obama attempts to make Hillary into a slaughtered lamb succeed, if things go badly and Khadaffy escapes the Libyan Tora Bora?

It is almost an undisputed fact now that the time to act in Libya was when Khadaffy was trapped in Tora Bora, er, the Tripoli barracks. The rebels, were on a roll then and (as we suggested at the time) a “well lobbed Reaganesque cruise missile aimed at the Tripoli barracks when the rebels had the upper hand was the way to go. But Obama dithered….” Hillary made a strong case to get Khadaffy at Tora Bora, er, the Tripoli barracks but Barack Obama was not thinking of barracks. Barack Obama had other things on his mind.

Imagine this conversation:

Barack Obama asks Hillary, ‘Hey, likeable enough Hillary, I’ve finally decided to stop dithering and get some missiles thrown at brother Moammar. I’m going to give the nod and while the missiles are in the air I’ll be on the air as well on my way to Rio to what I am sure will be adoring crowds unlike the bitter clinging mobs in the United States. This trip might help me with Latino voters and I might even get free tickets to the Olympics in Rio now that I bungled the possibility of getting Chicago Olympic tickets. What do you think (although you know that I am the president, commander-in-chief, maximum leader, and healer of the planet and no woman other than muscular Michelle tells me what to do)?’

Hillary Clinton: ‘Well, Barack, don’t worry. I’ll answer the phone when it rings at 3:00 a.m. I have been coordinating attempts to save the world for several years now and as exhausting as the job is, I am up to the task.

I know how stressful it is for you to be on the golf course, in a valiant attempt to become proficient at the game, and face defeat as that little white ball continues to outwit your attempts to get it to do what you want. By the way, maybe you should put Sarah Palin’s picture on the ball and you will be able to hit it with greater force, if not distance or precision. If that doesn’t work put one of those fabulous Michelle fashion icon pictures on the little ball. I also understand that you must be exhausted from the parties and the rallies and the Motown celebrations and the many publicity stunts, er events, that you require.

I know it must deplete your resources and stamina when you have to read all those words off the TelePrompTer. I fully understand how Rio humiliated your last ditch attempts, along with the increasingly hefty Oprah and sourpuss Michelle, and that you need to get closure on that damage to your ego by going to Rio and punishing them, er rewarding them with your presence.

If you want to go to Rio at a time that American women and men are in harm’s way, by all means go. You are responsible for your own actions. I’ll stay on the job.’

There is no question that Barack Obama and his thugs will attempt to blame Hillary. They have been waging war, as we have documented, against Hillary Clinton for years now. “Obama enforcer Tom Donilon” and the attacks on Hillary Clinton Czar Denis McDonough will try to blame Hillary Clinton for every Obama boobery.

The Obama thugs will try to smear Hillary Clinton, but there are all those news stories which refute that narrative. Remember these juicy news items:

“Fed up with a president “who can’t make his mind up”… “Obviously, she’s not happy with dealing with a president who can’t decide if today is Tuesday or Wednesday, who can’t make his mind up,” … “… it’s like playing sports with a bunch of amateurs. And she doesn’t have any power. She’s trying to do what she can to keep things from imploding.”

And there is this allegedly humorous remark Obama made at a Journolister meeting:

“I’ve dispatched Hillary to the Middle East to talk about how these countries can transition to new leaders — though, I’ve got to be honest, she’s gotten a little passionate about the subject,” Obama said to laughter from the audience.

“These past few weeks it’s been tough falling asleep with Hillary out there on Pennsylvania Avenue shouting, throwing rocks at the window.”

From his own lips: Obama sleeping while Hillary Clinton is on the job.

* * * * * *

Barack Obama and his thugs will try to tarnish Hillary’s golden glow but it’s going to be tougher a tougher fit than Michelle squeezing into her little daughter’s sweaters. The ‘blame Hillary for Obama boobery’ is a no fly zone.

There’s been another line of attack against Hillary, this time on Syria. Gateway Pundit leads the misguided charge:

“Hillary Clinton: Don’t Mind What I Say, I Don’t Speak For Myself or Administration

On Sunday Hillary Clinton said Syrian tyrant Bashar Assad was a “reformer.” [snip]

Yesterday Hillary Clinton tried to smooth over this ridiculous statement. She told reporters that when she’s interviewed she’s “not speaking either for myself or for the administration.”

In other words… Don’t take her seriously.

Contentions reported:

On Sunday, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton – when asked about why we’re involving ourselves in Libya but not Syria – said this about Bashar Assad: “Many of the Members of Congress of both parties who have gone to Syria in recent months have said they believe he’s a reformer.” For understandable reasons – more about that in a moment– those comments didn’t fly very well. So it was time for a retake.

Yesterday, when asked about her statement at a press conference, Secretary Clinton said, “Well, first, Jay [Solomon], as you rightly pointed out, I referenced opinions of others. That was not speaking either for myself or for the administration.”

As walk backs go, this one was unusually clumsy and obviously untrue. Mrs. Clinton could simply have said her previous comments were wrong and she was revising them. Instead we get a response that no one believes. Of course she was speaking for herself and for the administration; that’s what secretaries of state (as opposed to, say, MSNBC commentators) do.

But what is truly disquieting is what our secretary of state said in the first place. It raises the question: Was she even remotely familiar with Syria’s record under Assad? Just for starters, had she taken the time to read her own State Department’s most recent terrorism report? If she had, she would have found several references to Syria.”

That quote speaks for itself – Hillary was not expressing her own opinion. Hillary was accurately referencing the “opinion of others”. She knows she is surrounded by boobery. A little history via Wiki for those that think this is a smart line of attack against Hillary:

“Hafez al-Assad had been grooming Bashar’s older brother, Basil al-Assad, to be the future president. Bashar studied ophthalmology at Damascus University 1988 and arrived in London in 1992 to continue his studies. He was recalled in 1994 to join the Syrian army after Basil’s death in an automobile accident. [snip]

The accident made Bashar his father’s new heir apparent. When the elder Assad died in 2000, [snip]

Assad stands about 189 cm (6 ft 2 in). He speaks English fluently and also speaks casual conversational French, having studied at the Franco-Arab al-Hurriyah school in Damascus, before going on to medical school at the University of Damascus Faculty of Medicine. He completed his ophthalmology residency training in Tishreen Military Hospital of Damascus and subsequently went on to receive subspecialty training in ophthalmology at the Western Eye Hospital in London.[5] He could not finish his formal training due to the unexpected death of his brother.

Until he became president, Bashar al-Assad was not greatly involved in politics; his only public role was head of the Syrian Computer Society, which introduced the Internet to Syria in 2001. Al-Assad was confirmed as president by an unopposed referendum in 2000. He was expected to take a more liberal approach than his father. In an interview he stated that he saw democracy in Syria as ‘a tool to a better life’ but then argued that it would take time for democracy to come about and that it could not be rushed.[11] Politically and economically, Syrian life has changed only slightly since 2000. Immediately after he took office a reform movement made cautious advances during the Damascus Spring, which led al-Assad to shut down Mezzeh prison and release hundreds of political prisoners.”

Those very selective excerpts are not meant to portray little Assad as a nice guy. Little Assad is a creep of a man just like his father. What those very selective quotes state however is that when Little Assad replaced Old Assad there was a great deal of HOPE (there’s that durn word again) that he would be a reformer. The gullible believed that a change from father to son, particularly a son who had scientific education and lived in the West, would lead to “reforms”. These Assad apologists are as wrong as the Obama dead-enders.

Hillary Clinton is absolutely right that there are quite a few people who believe Assad is a reformer. Barack Obama is one of those fools. This is what we wrote quoting the well sourced Jim Hoagland:

“From the very beginning Obama tried to marginalize Hillary Clinton, appoint special envoys, force Obama cronies onto the State Department, and essentially run foreign policy. Obama displayed the same talent on foreign policy as in domestic policy – namely, both were driven into the ditch. [snip]

Likewise, Syria is now the dominant force in Lebanon. Obama, contrary to the U.S. Senate, an Obama Dimocratic senate at that, proceeded with a “recess appointment” of an ambassador to Damascus – a post vacant since the 2005 Syrian ordered murder of Lebanese Prime Minister al-Hariri. According to Jim Hoagland and diplomatic sources this recess appointment was an absolute surprise to the State Department.

In now Syrian controlled Lebanaon, Al-Hariri’s 2005 death was supposed to be the spark for a revolution by the Lebanese against their Syrian overloads. Now the Syrians have won, the people of Lebanon defeated. An American ambassador in Syria is a reward for the tyrannical regime.

Instead of Hillary style “preconditions” and concessions from Syria in exchange for the return of the American ambassador, Barack Obama conceded the appointment with nothing to show for it.

Foreign policy has been run from the White House by now reassigned Rahm Emanuel, Jim Messina, David Axelrod, and still active in boobery Mark Lippert (chief of staff National Security council), Hillary nemesis Susan Rice (UN Ambassador), and Denis McDonough (Director National Security Council). It is also Denis McDonough who is the sewage pipe used to attack Hillary Clinton.”

Obama is the one Hillary is talking about. Obama is the boob that believes Assad is a reformer. This is what Hillary Clinton, back in April 2010, stated about Assad:

“Clinton also took on Syria on Thursday night, speaking of “grave dangers of Syria’s transfer of weapons to [Hezbollah],” and warning that such a move by Syrian President Bashar al-Assad would “have a profoundly destabilizing effect on the region” and would violate a U.N. Security Council resolution.

U.S. officials this month accused Syria of trying to supply weapons to Hezbollah, a Lebanese political party that the United States has labeled a terrorist organization.

We do not accept such provocative and destabilizing behavior — and nor should the international community,” Clinton said. “President Assad is making decisions that could mean war or peace for the region.”

“There should be no mistake, either in Damascus or anywhere else: The United States is not re-engaging with Syria as a reward or a concession,” Clinton said, referring to the Obama administration’s plan to appoint an ambassador to Syria.”

Get it guys? Here’s Hoagland:

Surprised to see the news the other day that the Obama administration is sending an ambassador back to Syria? So were officials in Hillary Clinton’s State Department. They were still hoping to win more movement from Damascus on Middle East issues when President Obama’s decision was leaked.”

Hillary Clinton has to try to save the world and do what is best for America within the confines of Obama’s massive overreaching boobery. At every point in her attempts to save the world, Hillary Clinton’s greatest obstacle is Barack Obama. Remember when Obama got rid of P.J. Crowley as spokesman at the State Department in order to appoint a henchman? We wrote, “Let’s see how Hillary reacts.”

In between saving the world, Hillary has reacted and gotten rid of an Obama thug at the State Department:

“The second-ranking official in the State Department is leaving Foggy Bottom to return to academia, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton announced Wednesday.

James Steinberg, the deputy secretary of state, will leave the department soon for an academic post at Syracuse University, Clinton said. Bill Burns, the under secretary for political affairs, will be nominated to take his place.

Steinberg has long been said to be unhappy at the department, and thought to be more an ally of President Barack Obama than of Clinton. In a letter announcing his departure, though, Clinton was gracious.”

Steinberg was forced on Hillary Clinton by Barack Obama from the first. Obama wanted a tool in the State Department to do his boobish bidding. Steinberg was that tool. Now that Crowley has been replaced by an Obama tool, Hillary has dispatched the original Obama tool. That’s the way the lady plays.

What do we think should be done in Libya, Syria, Iran. Easy: maximum punishment with minimum costs.” Employ air power and covert action to destabilize these theocrats and run of the mill dictators who oppress their own people and other countries and encourage terrorism. We don’t believe the United States should arm the “rebels” because we don’t need another mujaheddin blunder. Besides, Egypt is covertly arming the “rebels” already. Under no circumstances should Americans be introduced into a ground war in any of these countries.

What do we think should be done in America? Get rid of the boob!

There’s a blond plucky lady ready to answer the ringing phone.

“Clinton enjoys extraordinary popularity among women, and particularly women 50 and older. She also receives support from a solid majority of independents and 40% of Republicans.

Underscoring that views of Clinton and Obama are not one and the same, Clinton is seen in a favorable light by 45% of those who separately say they disapprove of the job Obama is doing as president. Naturally, she is also viewed favorably by 89% of those who approve of Obama’s job performance.[snip]

With a 66% favorable rating from Americans, Secretary of State Clinton is more popular than the president, more popular than the vice president, and more popular than she, herself, has been for much of her time in the national spotlight since 1993.”

Osama Bin Laden was allowed to escape in Tora Bora. Obama bin Lyin’ has not learned and quite possibly turned a sure removal of Khadaffy into his own Tora Bora.

Hillary Clinton, continues to save the world, and prove to one and all that the Democratic Party made a monumental mistake in 2008.

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416 comments to Barack Obama In Tora Bora, Hillary Clinton In Clover

  • gonzotx

    The HotAir article which so tickles us today is “Gallup: Wartime president gets highest rating in years”:

    “This makes complete sense. At the beginning of a military mission, the American people usually get behind a strong, decisive leader, regardless of whether they have full confidence in the mission itself.
    *********

    At the beginning of the military mission he was in Rio for Gods sake.

    I believe this whole thing is going to blow up in our face

  • moononpluto

    Evening news lead stories tonight: CBS: Arming Libya opposition; ABC & NBC: radioactivity detected in west coast milk.

  • basil9

    nomobama,

    (from previous thread)

    Did you have to visit the hospital in person for this?

    No, but I had to fill out paperwork, send a fee, send other ID proof to the hospital, etc.

    They sent me two docs, one a certified transcript of birth, based on the original BC (but not containing all the info) and another which is a “true copy of a record on file in the office of the City Clerk.”

    The second is the long form and includes details like birth weight, birth place of parents, weight, etc. They are very different documents.

    I had to jump through hoops because the NJ license was expiring, I couldn’t drive down to NJ to renew because of health issues and I didn’t want to drive around NYS without a valid DL.

    I also needed it for SS disability benefits while on interferon and then chemo.

  • democrat1

    New insider article at Newsflavor

    Ok…Obama, President Obama, his basic gameplan is to simply re-enact 2007 and 2008 all over again. This idea has been confirmed to me a number of times. That’s Plouffe’s role – bring back the magic. The question on everyone’s mind though is can he actually pull that off?

    …..

    What’s motivating him is simple greed. Not legacy or the chance to do good deeds. That’s all bullshit. He’ll say something to the effect that he has work unfinished and needs a second term to complete what he started – that’s already forming as the reelection tag line out of the gate. Heard that one first hand not long ago. Pretty typical stuff – nothing original there, right? But the main reason Obama wants a second term is greed. Apparently they – the President and the First Lady, ran some kind of comparison model with a marketing group, or some-such thing, not sure who or what exactly…but some people came in last summer and explained to the Obamas what their earnings potential would be with just a first term vs two full terms. I was around much more back then, much more connected to the day-to-day workings within the White House, so I have no reason to doubt this. It came from a very reliable source, and I believe the expensing of the study, it…it could be located. That’s what I was told. Might prove embarrassing to the president I would think. At any rate, the First Couple were shown that if they were to complete a full second term, and remember, they would both be relatively young people at that point – their future earnings potential with books, media, appearance fees, board designations, consulting…the whole thing, would be somewhere in the realm of 300% higher over just a single term. Now Obama is gonna be a very wealthy man regardless – but it comes down to whether or not he makes tens of millions after leaving the White House, or hundreds of millions. And that is the Obamas’ motivation for a second term – the primary motivation at any rate. Not helping others. Not finishing a job undone. None of that. It’s greed. That’s it. They want to cash in on this presidential gig as much as possible. You think Gore did well? You think the Clintons have made money? You ain’t seen nothing compared to what is planned for the Obamas.

    Read more: http://newsflavor.com/politics/us-politics/white-house-insider-election-2012-how-obama-wins-who-can-defeat-him/#ixzz1IDmCVEzz

  • basil9

    “The ‘blame Hillary for Obama boobery’ is a no fly zone.”

    Bravo!

  • gonzotx

    gonzotx
    March 31st, 2011 at 5:45 pm
    By the way, I am from Milwaukee and actually worked in a hospital there and I can testify that the hospitals use to give the papers a list of births. It was all free and assumed people wanted to know. But there again, you need to be born in the hospital.

  • Betty

    I remember when Pelosi got to be speaker and I thought ok now we will get voting reform, a paper trail, the light of day shown on electronic voting machines. It didn’t take long for me to realize she had no interest in clarifying the voting process.

    Now I am wondering what happened in the states that said they were going to pass laws about requiring a candidate to present a legal, long form, birth certificate if they want their name on the ballet in their states?

    I think we should pick the most likely state and then just get on it with everything we have. If someone has taken money or other consideration to slow walk this legislation we can’t let them get away with it.

    And no matter that I am no longer a democrat it hurts to read: the Democratic Party made a monumental mistake in 2008. I was a democrat and I didn’t make the mistake and I know most democrats didn’t – Hillary got 18 million votes after all. We were cheated. Maybe whoever cheated us are using the same process to slow walk any new laws about birth certificates and the ballet.

  • Mrs. Smith

    “Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s favorable rating from Americans is now 66%, up from 61% in July 2010 and her highest rating to date while serving in the Obama administration. The current rating is just one percentage point below her all-time high rating of 67%, from December 1998. …”
    _________________________

    I’ll leave this prediction. Hillary’s favorable rating will top 68% leveling off at just under 70%.

  • gonzotx

    It’s got to be so much worse than they are letting on.
    ******

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    “There are only three of these pumps in the world, of which two are suited for this work, so we have to get it there as soon as we can,” Ashmore said in an interview with The Chronicle today. “Time is very much a factor.”
    The pump was moved Wednesday from the construction site in Aiken County to a facility in Hanahan, S.C., for minor modifications, and will be trucked to Atlanta’s Hartsfield Airport, where it will be picked up by the world’s largest cargo plane, the Russian-made Antonov 225, which will fly it to Tokyo.
    The move to Atlanta, he added, will require expedited special permits from Georgia’s Department of Transportation, due to the weight of the equipment. If all goes well, the pump will be en route to Japan sometime next week.
    According to Putzmeister’s website, four smaller pumps made by the company are already at work at Fukushima pumping water onto the overheated reactors.
    Initially, the pump from Savannah River Site, and another 70-meter Putzmeister now at a construction site in California, will be used to pump water—and later will be used to move concrete.
    “Our understanding is, they are preparing to go to next phase and it will require a lot of concrete,” Ashmore said, noting that the 70-meter pump can move 210 cubic yards of concrete per hour.
    Putzmeister equipment was also used in the 1980s, when massive amounts of concrete were used to entomb the melted core of the reactor at Chernobyl.
    In addition to the equipment now at Fukushima and the two 70-meter pumps being moved from the U.S., a contractor in Vietnam has given up a 58-meter pump so it can be diverted to Japan, and two 62-meter pumps in Germany were loaded on Wednesday for transport to Tokyo.
    Ashmore officials have already notified Shaw AREVA MOX Services, which is building the MOX plant for the U.S. Department of Energy’s National Nuclear Security Administration, that the pump was being moved and will not be returned. “It will be too hot to come back,” Ashmore said.
    The MOX complex, scheduled to open in 2016, is designed to dispose of 32 metric tons plutonium from dismantled nuclear bombs by blending small amounts of the material with uranium to make nuclear fuel for commercial power reactors. Its design calls for 170,000 cubic yards of concrete strengthened with 35,000 tons of reinforcing steel bars.
    The absence of the pump will not affect the U.S. project’s construction schedule, Ashmore said, noting that there are several slightly smaller units still at the MOX site and being used by the civil contractor, Alberici Constructors.
    There is also the third existing 70-meter Putzmeister that is in the U.S., but not in a state where it could easily be retrofitted for shipment to Japan. “We may try to buy that one later if we need to,” he said.
    The costs of the operation, including an estimated $1.4 million to fly the pump from Atlanta to Tokyo aboard the Antonov transporter, are being underwritten by the Tokyo Electric Power Company through a contracting agreement with Putzmeister

  • gonzotx

    I keep going back to term limits, they all seem to be on the payola, at least it will slow it down but maybe it will speed it up. Got to pay them off faster since they won’t be around as long. How do we win?

    This of course does not include Hill or Bill.

  • JanH

    “Barack Obama and his thugs will try to tarnish Hillary’s golden glow but it’s going to be tougher a tougher fit than Michelle squeezing into her little daughter’s sweaters.”

    ——————
    LOL…Amen admin!

  • JanH

    Thanks, United Nations!Israel uncovers 1,000 new Hezbollah military sites in Lebanon

    Thursday, March 31, 2011

    Remember that little detail after the 2006 war between Hezbollah and Israel, the one where the United Nations was supposed to prevent Hezbollah from establishing itself south of the Litani river?

    It was called United Nations Resolution 1701 and it reads, in part:

    “8. Calls for Israel and Lebanon to support a permanent ceasefire and a long-term solution based on the following principles and elements: — full respect for the Blue Line by both parties; — security arrangements to prevent the resumption of hostilities, including the establishment between the Blue Line and the Litani river of an area free of any armed personnel, assets and weapons other than those of the Government of Lebanon and of UNIFIL as authorized in paragraph 11, deployed in this area;

    It seems UNIFIL didn’t do such a good job! Israel Thursday revealed a new map showing that Hezbollah has built 1,000 new military installations, mosf of them south of the Litani river. Like always, they have placed them next to hospitals, schools and mosques, so if there is another conflict, innocent people will die. And who will be censured by the UN? You guessed it.

    This is the same United Nations thatwill try in September to help the Palestinians unilaterally declare a state — without negotiations, as called for in U.N. Resolution 242.

    Come to think of it, it’s not so much that Resolution 1701 was supposed to protect Israel: it was supposed to protect Hezbollah. That makes more sense and is the likelier intent of the U.N.

    http://www.worldjewishdaily.com/un-hezbollah-missiles.php

  • Mrs. Smith

    Wisconsin: Sumi rules that union law not in effect; state to comply

    Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel 3/31/11 |

    Madison — A state law to sharply curb union bargaining by public employees is not in effect, a Dane County judge ruled Thursday, continuing the turmoil over a measure that sparked massive protests and prompted Democrats to boycott the Senate for three weeks.

    Gov. Scott Walker’s administration said it would comply and discontinue the implementation of the law.

    http://www.jsonline.com/news/statepolitics/118986974.html
    ___________________

    not so fast, Mr Walker-

  • confloyd

    Admin: Great article….but I worry about what Hillary said, “she is not speaking for herself or the administration”, well who is she speaking for….that bothers me….WHO is it and how is it that she is speaking for them????

  • confloyd

    I just keep thinking of Hillary’s speech at the 08′ convention and her tearful eyes in New Hampshire….just who the hell is making her say this stuff and why is she agreeing to do it??? She is also saying that Obama isn’t speaking for himself either…so just WHO?

  • Mrs. Smith

    We all knew the Japanese were hiding the Truth- The reactors were doomed 3 wks ago. Really, this is a very sad ending. They made poor and dangerous choices issuing denial pronouncements to the world endangering all the humans and animals on the planet because of their pride.
    ___________________

    Japan’s Nuclear Rescuers: ‘Inevitable Some of Them May Die Within Weeks’

    Posted on Thursday, March 31, 2011

    Workers at the disaster-stricken Fukushima nuclear plant in Japan say they expect to die from radiation sickness as a result of their efforts to bring the reactors under control, the mother of one of the men tells Fox News.

    The so-called Fukushima 50, the team of brave plant workers struggling to prevent a meltdown to four reactors critically damaged by the March 11 earthquake and tsunami, are being repeatedly exposed to dangerously high radioactive levels as they attempt to bring vital cooling systems back online.

    Speaking tearfully through an interpreter by phone, the mother of a 32-year-old worker said: “My son and his colleagues have discussed it at length and they have committed themselves to die if necessary to save the nation.
    ______________________

    http://www.foxnews.com/world/2011/03/31/japans-nuclear-rescuers-inevitable-die-weeks/

  • JanH

    “and they have committed themselves to die if necessary to save the nation.”

    ——————–

    God bless these brave souls.

  • admin

    Confloyd, the question asked of Hillary was why the United States was involved in Libya and not Syria. She responded that some people in the U.S. government (she said ‘congressional representatives’ but with a nod and a wink she meant Obama) believe Assad is a “reformer” (Obama wants to make nice with Assad and thinks Assad is a “reformer” which is why Obama sent an ambassador to Syria without getting any concessions from Syria, and without telling Hillary).

    When she was asked if the assessment by some that Assad is a “reformer” is her belief or the official government policy she said that she was not speaking on behalf of herself or anyone – in other words that she was making a statement of fact not a statement of policy.

    This is really a very simple situation. If we report that a large group of Americans believe Obama was born on Mars, that does not necessarily mean we believe Obama is a Martian. We would merely be stating that there are many people who think he is born on Mars. If we report that 54% of the American people approve of Obama’s performance that does not mean we approve of Obama’s performance.

    Hillary was making an assessment about various opinions in the government and how those various opinions contrast with the mostly uniform opinion that Khadaffy is daffy and should be removed. As long as there are some in the government (Obama) who think Assad is a “reformer” it makes it that much more difficult to come to an agreement as to what to do to get rid of Assad.

  • Jen the Michigander

    Yeah, I remember how Obama went behind Hillary’s back on Syria. Her recent words indicate she’s still pissst about it.

  • JanH

    I hope it all blows up in obama’s face.

  • pm317

    well, Anna Wintour took a break from butt kissing MO to name Assad’s wife the hottest, smartest First Lady in the world.

    Here is Michelle Obama’s Mirror talking about that:
    http://www.michellesmirror.com/2011/03/our-own-mid-east-crisis-why-vogue-sucks.html

  • pm317

    We are made to believe all is well and life is rosy in Syria..Maybe Obama called the sucker upper Anna Wintour to do this puff piece and MO gracefully gave up her hottest, smartest, fashion icon first lady perch to the other woman.

    http://www.vogue.com/vogue-daily/article/asma-al-assad-a-rose-in-the-desert/

    Syria is known as the safest country in the Middle East, possibly because, as the State Department’s Web site says, “the Syrian government conducts intense physical and electronic surveillance of both Syrian citizens and foreign visitors.” It’s a secular country where women earn as much as men and the Muslim veil is forbidden in universities, a place without bombings, unrest, or kidnappings, but its shadow zones are deep and dark. Asma’s husband, Bashar al-Assad, was elected president in 2000, after the death of his father, Hafez al-Assad, with a startling 97 percent of the vote. In Syria, power is hereditary. The country’s alliances are murky. How close are they to Iran, Hamas, and Hezbollah? There are souvenir Hezbollah ashtrays in the souk, and you can spot the Hamas leadership racing through the bar of the Four Seasons. Its number-one enmity is clear: Israel. But that might not always be the case. The United States has just posted its first ambassador there since 2005, Robert Ford…

  • gonzotx

    Mrs. Smith
    March 31st, 2011 at 8:34 pm
    Wisconsin: Sumi rules that union law not in effect; state to comply
    **********

    It will go to the Supreme Court. Ohio also passed the same, actually tougher bill, including the cops and fireman. We shall see.

  • wbboei

    Admin: very accurate analysis. Especially the observation about Steinberg. If the Libyian intervention does not go smoothly, and Gadaffi holds on then critics will attack Obama. What they should attack him for is dithering in the beginning, when the problem was manageable. And when he and his jurnolister supporters try to shift that blame to Hillary, as they undoubtedly will, it will divide the democratic party, and end his chances for a second term.

  • wbboei

    Morris has one thing right. Obama has placed too many bets at too many tables, and the law of probability tell us that he will lose one or more of them big time. And when he loses one or more of them, the fact that he won others will not help him. The public will focus on the negative side of the equation, and it will leave him twisting in the wind politically speaking. A wise president will select no more that three big issues, and focus on them. Obama has selected a dozen and that was an improvident decision.

  • Mrs. Smith

    JanH
    March 31st, 2011 at 9:30 pm
    “and they have committed themselves to die if necessary to save the nation.”

    ——————–

    God bless these brave souls.
    __________________

    This insanity sounds good on paper… but-

    I can’t decide if this is bravery or a kamikaze mentality similar to the ME suicide bombers. The men who volunteered were misled by their government. Had they not volunteered, the gov may have come to grips with the distinct possibility their efforts most likely will fail, sooner rather than later- Toying with a nuclear reactor putting band-aid after band-aid on a radiation laden volcano, never designating a point of no return for a shut down was the result of a reckless, narcissistic government thinking their sheer willpower will overcome the inevitable.

    The Japanese government focused on saving the reactors rather than saving their people and burying the reactors. When in three weeks time, their situation has become more dire than ever- as well as the radiation they’ve released to the rest of the world with who knows the consequences to come because of their overblown, egotistical resistance.

    (remember when the news reported their reactors were leaking- they refused help from all the other nuclearized nations. They said, we will handle this ourselves… at that moment, I knew this was going to end badly for them.)

  • wbboei

    Here is Moe Lane on the Wisconsin situation. The judge in this case is not the sharpest knife in the drawer. If you are going to issue an injunction, it is generally recommended that you read the law and determine just who you need to enjoin. Enjoining the wrong official makes you look stupid and sends mixed messages to the parties. Of course this is just a quaint observation on my part. The facts do not matter and the law does not matter in her court room. Put differently, if you want to know what the law is NOT, ask Judge Sumi (pronounced sue me–cause like Obama I give a crap)
    —————————————————-
    How many bites at the apple does this judge get, anyway?

    Posted by Moe Lane (Profile)

    Thursday, March 31st at 1:00PM EDT
    18 Comments
    Let’s recap what happened in Wisconsin (that link leads to a whole slew of links that track this epic foul-up by the Democratic party in Wisconsin over what should have been a simple enough demonstration of the principle that elections have consequences).

    Wisconsin Democratic Senators run away rather than do their jobs. This prevents a quorum for bills that are primarily financial in nature.

    Wisconsin Republican Senators end up passing what they can, including a critical union reform bill.

    Having returned from self-imposed Illinois exile, Wisconsin Democrats find a convenient judge (Maryann Sumi) to issue a Temporary Restraining Order (TRO), on what is frankly a misunderstanding of the law.

    Judge Sumi makes a mistake in the TRO by only enjoining the Secretary of State (Democrat) from publishing the law. For example, she did not enjoin the Legislative Research Bureau (LRB) from publishing the law, despite the fact that they are required to by law.

    The LRB publishes the law, as per their statutory requirements; as the TRO did not cover that department, they have no choice.

    On Monday, the Wisconsin Department of Justice (DoJ) points this detail out to the courts and asks them to vacate the order, given that the law is published.

    On Tuesday, Judge Sumi reissues her TRO to prevent implementation of the law.

    On Wednesday, the Wisconsin Department of Administration (DoA) points out that this ruling was flawed in that it: did not in fact indicate that the law is not in effect; explicitly declined to state that the law was not legally published; and since when did Judge Sumi get to presume to drag the DoA (a non-party in the original dispute) into this mess she made in the first place?

    On Thursday, Judge Sumi has to fix her TRO again to rule that the law is not published, in a fashion that satisfies the DoA.

    At some point in all of this Judge Sumi somewhat plaintively (if you’ll pardon the pun) wonders aloud why the legislative branch simply just doesn’t pass the law again.

    To which Wisconsin Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald (R) effectively replies “Because we did it right the first time, and it’s not like I tell you how to run a courtroom.” Left off is the unstated “Although I apparently should.”

    I agree with Hot Air: the sooner the Wisconsin Supreme Court takes this away from Sumi, the better. At this rate, I fully expect the next ruling to feature Bozo the Clown. Come to think of it, if Bozo has space on his judicial docket…

    Moe Lane (crosspost)

    *I am assuming.

  • Mrs. Smith

    #
    gonzotx
    March 31st, 2011 at 10:31 pm

    Mrs. Smith
    March 31st, 2011 at 8:34 pm
    Wisconsin: Sumi rules that union law not in effect; state to comply
    **********

    It will go to the Supreme Court. Ohio also passed the same, actually tougher bill, including the cops and fireman. We shall see.
    ___________________

    This union busting is just another step for tearing down FDR’s New Deal. Where the 1911 Triangle Waist Fire was the vanguard of OSHA and aided the formulation for Union Worker’s Rights in FDR’s New Deal.

  • turndownobama

    What do we think should be done in Libya, Syria, Iran. Easy: “maximum punishment with minimum costs.” Employ air power and covert action to destabilize these theocrats and run of the mill dictators who oppress their own people and other countries and encourage terrorism.

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

    Hear, hear!

  • gonzotx

    Mrs. Smith
    March 31st, 2011 at 11:02 pm

    FDR was against Public Unions

    All Government employees should realize that the process of collective bargaining, as usually understood, cannot be transplanted into the public service. It has its distinct and insurmountable limitations when applied to public personnel management. The very nature and purposes of Government make it impossible for administrative officials to represent fully or to bind the employer in mutual discussions with Government employee organizations. The employer is the whole people, who speak by means of laws enacted by their representatives in Congress. Accordingly, administrative officials and employees alike are governed and guided, and in many instances restricted, by laws which establish policies, procedures, or rules in personnel matters.

    FDR

  • turndownobama

    Fox News says interpreter says she says they expect…. Er, no, they have committed if necessary….

    they expect to die from radiation sickness as a result of their efforts to bring the reactors under control, the mother of one of the men tells Fox News. [....]

    Speaking tearfully through an interpreter by phone, the mother of a 32-year-old worker said: “My son and his colleagues have discussed it at length and they have committed themselves to die if necessary to save the nation.

  • turndownobama

    effect; state to comply
    **********

    It will go to the Supreme Court. Ohio also passed the same, actually tougher bill, including the cops and fireman.

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

    Iirc, the challenge to the Wisconsin bill was on procedural grounds: they passed it without proper notice per the open meetings law.

    What are the grounds of the challenge to the Ohio bill?

  • S

    a bit OT…but best line of the night…maybe the week…

    Trump on O’Rielly tonight “he (O) goes around the world kissing everyone’s ass”

    …just like that…that blunt…those words on tv…

    now that’s what we are talking about…bring it on…

  • turndownobama

    Trump on O’Rielly tonight “he (O) goes around the world kissing everyone’s ass”

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

    How can we get to a little bottle of Love Potion Number 9?

  • Mrs. Smith

    This union busting is just another step for tearing down FDR’s New Deal. Where the 1911 Triangle Waist Fire was the vanguard of OSHA and aided the formulation for Union Worker’s Rights in FDR’s New Deal.
    ____________________________

    gonzotxMarch 31st, 2011 at 11:32 pm

    Mrs. Smith
    March 31st, 2011 at 11:02 pm

    FDR was against Public Unions
    ____________________________________

    I didn’t say he wasn’t. I said: “This union busting is just another step for tearing down FDR’s New Deal.” Which means FDR stated the difference between the public and private sector as follows:

    ________________________

    A shrewd tactician who loved his country, FDR recognized that public-employee unions are a different breed.

    “In the private sector, management has a strong incentive to negotiate pragmatically — the need to maintain a profit to stay in business. Customers have a choice of buying cheaper products and services elsewhere.”

    However, a hybridization of unions has developed since the 30′s. One example is the unionization of nurses. This is the perfect example of those who will be targeted next using the union busting tactics Walker used for the public sector. WI legislation will become a model applicable to hybridized unions working for large corporations composed of a corporately paid labor workforce- losing their bargaining rights.

    Just as Walker used a procedural tactic for passing his legislation, (which very will be challenged in court) the ramifications of losing the bargaining rights in the public sector will set a precedent for termination of bargaining rights in the private sector.

    Walker’s motivation is not altogether altruistic having the taxpayer interests at heart. Unions have traditionally supported the Democratic Party. Republicans stand to benefit greatly by changing the union dynamic in battleground states. However, this is not to say the discontent experienced by a majority of the voting public will not eventually come back and bite them where the sun don’t shine- but for many it will be buyers remorse for electing a Republican governor who promotes balancing the state budget on the backs of public employees.

    When Congress, in spite of NOT having Federal unionized employees are no better off balancing the Nation’s budget and will shut it down punishing the people who depend on SS, medicare and unemployment benefits.

  • Mrs. Smith

    S
    April 1st, 2011 at 12:06 am

    a bit OT…but best line of the night…maybe the week…

    Trump on O’Rielly tonight “he (O) goes around the world kissing everyone’s ass”
    _____________________

    Trump’s appeal will expand exponentially to a ‘burnt out’ public tired of Obama’s lies and broken promises. Trump, to his credit, is unafraid pf speaking candidly of our maladministration. He treads where political angels dare not tread out of fear of unforeseen reprisals. Lessons learned at the expense of former WH employees. (bodies found in dumpsters- bodies found in cars parked on the roadside)

    I can just imagine the Obama WH, jaws set in the ugliest grimace, diligently working overtime looking for a weakness Trump isn’t aware of to summarily shut him down.

  • holdthemaccountable

    8:39 am: Trump’s appeal will expand exponentially to a ‘burnt out’ public
    —————————
    Mrs. Smith, I too feel the energy of Trump, and speaking ONLY FOR MYSELF, got the same type of relief from Palin when she arrived on the scene
    ————————————–
    admin! You are carrying me through some very tough times, but there’s joy in Mudville this morning. Just read a CGI email and Big Dawg is ‘tit for tat’ with Obama. Here are two cut/pastes and one link from that email:

    1. How the Mentoring Program Works
    When James and Kristen Smith, owners of Smith Flooring in Philadelphia, wanted to streamline business operations, they turned to the Clinton Foundation’s Entrepreneur Mentoring Program for guidance. Our interactive graphic showcases the results of this partnership.

    2. Empowering Women and Girls
    Clinton Global Initiative members have made extraordinary commitments to empower girls and women around the world. Watch members share stories about their work and their goals for the future.

    3. Cast Your Vote
    This weekend, while there will be tremendous attention paid to athletic accomplishment at the NCAA “Final Four” men’s and women’s basketball championships, the Clinton Global Initiative University will celebrate ideas and Commitments to Action by introducing our inaugural “CGI U Commitments Challenge.”

    Vote for your favorite CGI U 2011 commitments at http://cgiu.org/bracket/#vote
    [Urgent: First round voting expires at noon today]

  • moononpluto

    Republicans seem to be getting tech saavy and going after Obama early

    http://www.nationalreview.com/campaign-spot/263626/first-obama-2012-ad-debuts

  • moononpluto

    Please Embed, its just the best draw you in and then sucker punch to the Obots.


    The video cannot be shown at the moment. Please try again later.

  • Norma Desmond

    LOL Moon! Sorry – didn’t see the post!

  • Mormaer

    Slightly off topic but interesting none the less. The Obama enablers have apparently switched tactics and are now arguing on many, many sites that the “natural born” requirement of the Constitution is stupid. The argument that a President should be a product of the country that he is elected to govern is responded with “An immigrant can be far more ACCULTURATED than a natural born citizen yet cannot run for president”. Where and when did this pop up. This is a major shift in argument. This is also the response to direct hits on arguments that they “know” Obama was born in the US. It is the usual change the subject tactic when scream louder does not work. The selling points for Obama when he was running was his global and/or cosmopolitan vibe because he was not a yokel who had never left the States and his lack of history and/or newness. It is not so attractive now. What may Trump have that has the paid media/bloggers switching arguments from “I know he was born here it has been proven” to it is a stupid requirement because blah, blah, blah.

  • Mrs. Smith

    holdthemaccountable
    April 1st, 2011 at 9:00 am

    8:39 am: Trump’s appeal will expand exponentially to a ‘burnt out’ public
    —————————
    Mrs. Smith, I too feel the energy of Trump, and speaking ONLY FOR MYSELF, got the same type of relief from Palin when she arrived on the scene.
    ___________________

    hta- you may be speaking only for yourself but I guarantee the same feeling is shared by millions looking for a light at the end of the tunnel that does not appear in any of Obama’s programs to date.

    Obama is a paralytic example of an inexperienced entrepreneur stymied by his own inaction parroting lofty promises from a teleprompter without a functional plan in place demonstrating it’s benefits as workable solutions.
    ______________________

    Just to make sure I understand what we are voting for in the CGI U contest. Is the contest about who has provided the best idea as the workable idea for their particular category?

  • wbboei

    This union busting is just another step for tearing down FDR’s New Deal. Where the 1911 Triangle Waist Fire was the vanguard of OSHA and aided the formulation for Union Worker’s Rights in FDR’s New Deal.
    —————————————-
    Are you certain that analogy really works in this instance? The reason I ask is because of that quotation by FDR that he was opposed to public sector unions. I can think of better reasons to conclude that you are right however. I think the union movement was killed first by de regulation which I lived through in the early 1980s when the Teamsters Union went from 1.8 to 1.2 million members in just one year, thanks to Harvard Professor Alfred Kahn–a Democrat who worked for Carter, second by a de facto policy of open borders which began under Reagan–through amnesty and refusal to prosecute employers who sought competitive advantage in not using American labor, third by massive outsourcing of US jobs initiated by General Electric Obama’s most steadfast supporter in the manufacturing sector which was given tax breaks by both parties for doing this, and fourth by union leadership that was slow to recognize the nature and extento of the threat and take in on in collective bargaining. Granted Teamster President Roy Williams did see the handwriting on the wall, and was sent to reform school for trying to bribe Senator Cannon (R-NV) but his efforts were ineffectual as well as illegal. In the last analysis this was the single greatest difference between Hillary Clinton and Obama. She was a Roosevelt liberal whereas Obama was a complete tool of capitalist and globalists for whom the nation state is an impediment to the full development of the global market. At least that is how I saw it, and why I campaigned for her.

  • Mrs. Smith

    moononpluto
    April 1st, 2011 at 9:06 am

    Please Embed, its just the best draw you in and then sucker punch to the Obots.
    ___________________

    Wonderful ad- had me going there for a minute as,… WHaaaaT? ! :)

  • wbboei

    I want to draw you attention to this nuclear power issue, because it is yet another example of how Obama is like a slot machine wherein global business interests put campaign contributions into the slot, and pull the one armed bandit, the machine shakes and makes all kind of noise, three dollar signs line up and out pours a cascade of money from the American taxpayer. Then, when the lowly taxpayer pulls that same one armed bandit he or she gets three lemons every damned time, and if he or she does not play the game still gets fleeced.

    If you go to a place called Hanford Washington you will find a huge nuclear power waste dump which is run by Battelle, Flur and General Electric in rotation. There is a single one million gallon tub buried underground which acts as a holding bin for highly toxic nuclear waste. Robots with high pressure hoses treat this stuff in preparation for turning it into radioactive waste. Once treated, it is shipped in a pipeline underground for 14 miles to a double bin for further treatment and burial at an appropriate site where it remains radio active for a thousand years. Over the years a million gallons of this stuff has leached into the soil since the facility opened during WWII. That is what nuclear power means, and it is a farce when Obama calls it clean energy. It is why Hillary was hesitant about expanded its usage until such time as it could be rendered safe.

    You may recall my posting from Public Citizen documenting the fact that Duke Power, a major purveyor of nuclear power, gave ten million dollars to the 2012 Obama re election campaign, and that is but a shadow of what the three companies listed above have given. Why? Because they want taxpayer money to build more reactors, and they know that Obama is and always has been a politician who cares nothing for the welfare of his constituents and can be counted upon to sell them out for the right price, e.g. Excelon. Once again, the slot machine metaphor applies” the global capitalists get dollars and the American Public is left with lemons–and radioactive ones at that. And yet half of the American Public still loves him, which can only mean they are corrupt or too dumb to spit.

  • Mrs. Smith

    “Are you certain that analogy really works in this instance? The reason I ask is because of that quotation by FDR that he was opposed to public sector unions.”
    _________________

    Yes, I am- I provided the premise based on the differences cited in FDR’s statement, noting, this part emboldened in his statement:

    “In the private sector, management has a strong incentive to negotiate pragmatically — the need to maintain a profit to stay in business. Customers have a choice of buying cheaper products and services elsewhere.”

    Would you favor shopping price if you needed medical treatment over qualified well paid professionals even if they were union employees?

    _________________________

    I provided the premise and you provided the particulars where de-regulation over the years has had an immense post facto effect on FDR’s original concept delineating the difference between public and private sector unions. Thanks for a linear history lesson on the union’s demise.

  • blowme0bama

    Mormaer
    April 1st, 2011 at 9:16 am
    Slightly off topic but interesting none the less. The Obama enablers have apparently switched tactics and are now arguing on many, many sites that the “natural born” requirement of the Constitution is stupid. The argument that a President should be a product of the country that he is elected to govern is responded with “An immigrant can be far more ACCULTURATED than a natural born citizen yet cannot run for president”. Where and when did this pop up. This is a major shift in argument. This is also the response to direct hits on arguments that they “know” Obama was born in the US. It is the usual change the subject tactic when scream louder does not work. The selling points for Obama when he was running was his global and/or cosmopolitan vibe because he was not a yokel who had never left the States and his lack of history and/or newness. It is not so attractive now. What may Trump have that has the paid media/bloggers switching arguments from “I know he was born here it has been proven” to it is a stupid requirement because blah, blah, blah.
    ____________________________________________________

    Yeah, I’ve noticed a few obots posting such comments. I haven’t noticed any journolisters publishing commentary trying to advance those points, though.

  • JanH

    LOL…a U.S. friend of my sent me this link. She is a huge Hillary fan and thinks this should be Hillary’s farewell song to the dimwit party…

    SOPHIE TUCKER – Some of These Days



  • jbstonesfan

    216k new job and unemployment down to 8.8%…good news for unemplyed, bad news for those wanting Obie defeated in 2012 .

  • JanH

    April 1, 2011

    Wake Up Call

    BY Celeste Katz

    Mitt Romney and Mike Huckabee are running even in matchups against President Obama, with Chris Christie not far behind, according to a new poll. The national survey by Farleigh Dickinson University’s PublicMind, shows Huckabee and Romney each effectively tied with Obama. Obama and Huckabee would each garner 46% of the vote, while Romney trails by just one point, 44% to 43%. Christie trails Obama by 6 points.

    http://www.nydailynews.com/blogs/dailypolitics/2011/04/wake-up-call

  • JanH

    Israeli president to visit White House next week

    March 31, 2011

    Washington (CNN) — As several of Israel’s neighbors deal with tumult in the streets, the Jewish state’s President Shimon Peres will visit President Barack Obama for the first time in nearly two years, a White House press release said.

    During a working lunch on April 5, the two leaders plan to discuss U.S.-Israeli security cooperation, recent developments across the Middle East, and the pursuit of peace between Israel and its neighbors, the White House said.

    The longstanding friendship between Israel and the United States has become strained since Obama took office in 2009, often regarding the issue of Israeli settlements in the West Bank, the Palestinian-controlled territory annexed by Israel from Jordan in the Six Day War in 1967…

    cont.

    http://www.cnn.com/2011/POLITICS/03/31/israeli.president.visit/

  • turndownobama

    for many it will be buyers remorse for electing a Republican governor who promotes balancing the state budget on the backs of public employees.

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

    There was already remorse in Wisconson according to polls: on a do-over Walker would lose. Mostly from union households changing their mind, iirc.

  • holdthemaccountable

    Mrs. Smith
    April 1st, 2011 at 9:31 am
    ————-
    That is also my understanding.

    Here is more background info from the site:
    Each year, CGI U hosts a meeting for students and national youth organizations to discuss solutions to pressing global issues. CGI U 2011 will be held at the University of California at San Diego from April 1-3, 2011. At this meeting, nearly 1,200 attendees will come together to make a difference in CGI U’s five Focus Areas: Education, Environment & Climate Change, Peace & Human Rights, Poverty Alleviation, and Public Health.

    But CGI U is more than just an event. It is a growing community of young leaders who don’t just discuss the world’s challenges – they take real, concrete steps toward solving them. Throughout the year, and as a prerequisite of attending the CGI U meeting, students and youth organization directors develop their own Commitments to Action: a specific plan of action that addresses a pressing challenge on their campus, in their community, or in a different part of the world.

    Commitments range from installing energy-efficient light bulbs to establishing campus bike share programs, from distributing life-saving water filtration kits to designing medical backpacks for nomadic doctors in Africa. Since the inaugural meeting in 2008, nearly 3,000 commitments have been made.

  • holdthemaccountable

    I’m bringing this up from previous thread because the topic is now appropriate to this discussion:

    Gov. Chris Christie’s appearance at a Republican fundraising dinner has netted $10 million for the group that backs Congressional candidates across the country. Christie was this year’s marquee draw for the National Republican Congressional Committee’s annual March Dinner.
    http://www.nj.com/news/index.ssf/2011/03/gov_christie_appears_at_nation.html

  • holdthemaccountable

    wbboei April 1st, 2011 at 9:55 am – Robots with high pressure hoses treat this stuff in preparation for turning it into radioactive waste.
    ———————
    I think a lot of people have been wondering why Japan, arguably the pinnacle of robotic development, had not developed robots for emergency situations within their nuclear plants. I guess there was no need as the U.S. was already playing with fire, so to speak.

  • Mrs. Smith

    bmo-

    “The Obama enablers have apparently switched tactics and are now arguing on many, many sites that the “natural born” requirement of the Constitution is stupid. The argument that a President should be a product of the country that he is elected to govern is responded with “An immigrant can be far more ACCULTURATED than a natural born citizen yet cannot run for president.”
    _____________________

    It doesn’t seem the definition of “acculturated” has any bearing on the NBC issue. I think the portion I’ve emboldened below says it all. Otherwise, the Obots think they can baffle us with obscure terms that are about as relevant to the nbc issue as a dog having kittens is to reality. We have a system in place for foreigners wanting American citizenship, it’s called Naturalization. There is a process to becoming an American citizen but the rights of a Natural Born Citizen’s eligibility for the presidency is NOT one of them.

    _________________________________

    Acculturation is the exchange of cultural features that results when groups of individuals having different cultures come into continuous first hand contact; the original cultural patterns of either or both groups may be altered, but the groups remain distinct.[1] (Kottak 2007)

    Despite definitions and evidence that acculturation entails two-way processes of change, research and theory have continued with a focus on the adjustments and changes experienced by minorities in response to their contact with the dominant majority.

    Thus, acculturation can be conceived to be the processes of cultural learning imposed upon minorities by the fact of being minorities. If enculturation is first-culture learning, then acculturation is second-culture learning. This has often been conceived to be a unidimensional, zero-sum cultural conflict in which the minority’s culture is displaced by the dominant group’s culture in a process of assimilation.

    The traditional definition sometimes differentiates between acculturation by an individual (transculturation) and that by a group, usually very large (acculturation).

    Additionally, “acculturation” has been used by Matusevich as a term describing the paradigm shift public schools must undergo in order to successfully integrate emerging technologies in a meaningful way into classrooms (Matusevich, 1995). The old and the new additional definitions have a boundary that blurs in modern multicultural societies, where a child of an immigrant family might be encouraged to acculturate both the dominant also well as the ancestral culture, either of which may be considered “foreign”, but in fact, they are both integral parts of the child’s development.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Acculturation

  • Mormaer

    Mrs. Smith
    April 1st, 2011 at 11:25 am
    It doesn’t seem the definition of “acculturated” has any bearing on the NBC issue.

    Thanks for the info on this to me at least obscure term. That is the Obama army’s number one tactic. Baffle ‘em with bullshit.

  • Mrs. Smith

    Mormaer
    April 1st, 2011 at 11:39 am

    The funny thing is- I bet none of the Obots looked it up to see if the terminology can be applied appropriately to the nbc issue-

    Yes, you’re right- Baffle ‘em with bullshit. Ewww- a big word we never heard of will get ‘em! LOL

  • Mrs. Smith

    I voted at the Clinton Global Initiative!!!

    Round four and two coming up tomorrow- for the finals.

    Vote twice tomorrow and commitment given out to the lucky winner
    by 6pm tomorrow, April 2nd…

    Vote here:

    http://cgiu.org/bracket/#vote

  • JanH

    President failing to display leadership

    During the Democratic presidential primary, Hillary Clinton ran an ad showing a phone ringing at 3 in the morning, questioning then-Sen. Obama’s preparedness to be president.

    As he entered office, the country was sliding further into a deep recession. Instead of developing his own plan, he allowed Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid to design the $787 billion stimulus package.

    During the Gulf oil spill, the president took too long to respond. Instead of using his status as chief executive to clear bureaucratic roadblocks to effectively responding to the disaster, he decided to focus his energy on making sure that food stamps were still being adequately distributed.

    In his State of the Union address, he pledged to take the lead on returning to a balanced budget and then submitted a budget that failed to cut spending in any significant way.

    Japan has a nuclear meltdown and tsunami and where is President Obama? He plays golf, watches 3-D movies, picks his Final Four and goes on a job creation trip to South America so we won’t forget that creating jobs is his No. 1 priority.

    We have seen President Obama’s willingness to let other countries take the lead in responding to global events.

    In 1984, Wendy’s ran an ad where an elderly customer asked the now famous question “Where’s the beef?” The question today is, “Where’s the leadership?”

    http://www.montgomeryadvertiser.com/article/20110401/OPINION02/103310343/President-failing-display-leadership?odyssey=mod%7Cnewswell%7Ctext%7CFrontpage%7Cs

  • votermom

    I think part of the problem is that there is too much rubble for robots to navigate.
    Btw, I hope the japanese nuclear company ends up paying millions to each of the workers harmed by radiation. It’s corporate greed and negligence to have let this happen.
    I hear they are recruiting jumoers now:

    n its attempts to bring under control its radiation-gushing nuclear power plant that was severely damaged by last month’s massive earthquake and tsunami, Tokyo Electric Power Co. (TEPCO) is trying to get workers ever closer to the sources of stubborn radiation at the plant and end the world’s worst nuclear crisis since Chernobyl.
    Workers are reportedly being offered hazard pay to work in the damaged reactors of up to $5,000 per day — or more accurately, a fraction of a day, since the radiation-drenched shifts must be drastically restricted.
    A TEPCO official said this week that the beleaguered company has tasks fit for “jumpers” — workers so called because they “jump” into highly radioactive areas to accomplish a job in a minimum of time and race out as quickly as possible.

  • JanH

    Secretary Clinton Announces Ambassador Lyman as Special Envoy for Sudan

    http://www.youtube.com/user/statevideo#p/u/1/PNuj5E612Og

  • JanH

    Secretaries Clinton, LaHood Deliver Remarks at Open Skies Ceremony

    http://www.youtube.com/user/statevideo#p/u/9/i2hupa0_gG8

  • wbboei

    16k new job and unemployment down to 8.8%…good news for unemplyed, bad news for those wanting Obie defeated in 2012 .
    ——————
    How they jimmy the numbers at this point is largely irrelevant. That figure is not objective and is produced by dropping off long term unemployed off the base. We have seen this kind of scam before. They claim 216 k new jobs created? How many of those jobs were permanent? How many of those jobs were fulltime vs parttime? What was the average wage and benefits? What is the total number of unemployed relative to the workforce–long term plus short term. They are vulnerable if they attempt to lead with this number.

  • Mrs. Smith

    admin:

    please post this video by Ted Rall

    hilarious but very well accurate!

    Obamaonomics 101



  • wbboei

    My argument would be that Obama has done to things to the labor market”

    1. first, he has produced chronic long term unemployment.

    2. second, he has substituted minimum wage jobs for good paying jobs which will never come back, thus creating a race to the bottom.

  • wbboei

    To prove that there is now chronic long term unemployment, I would show how the percentage he touts does not reflect the true picture, and if you focus on the long term unemployed group with qualifications, it is further evidence of the moribund economy he has created though a series of misguided globalist policies.

  • Shadowfax

    Great, informative post Admin!

  • moononpluto

    Bastards……….

    Eight foreigners and four Afghan protesters have been killed when a demonstration against the burning of a Quran turned violent.

    Afghan officials say about 2,000 people peacefully gathered outside the U.N. office in the northern city of Mazar-i-Sharif, but then some protesters grabbed weapons from the U.N. guards and opened fire on the police, then stormed the building. Black smoke billowed from the building. 2 of them were beheaded.

    Why the hell has some idiot burning a koran give them justification to murder innocent UN workers.

    Fuck the lot of them. If they want to live in the dark ages, let them. I’m sick of this shit.

  • wbboei

    This new GAO report showing, among other things, that only 7% of our 1800 mile border is fully secure, proves Donald was right about no border security, and the concomitant need to put our troops. In so doing, it also serves to refute the mindless blather of that horses ass and Obama lover (I know that is redundant) O”Reilly who claimed that Donald needs to be more nuanced because according to O”Reilly there is a lot being done on the border–to keep 93% of it not fully secure, or totally insecure as the case may be. Yesterday, I spoke to an employer who is very familiar with the subject, who voted for Obama and makes the claim that Americans will not do the jobs. He says that illegals have told him that they cannot obtain visas from Mexico because the process is slow and there is a huge backlog. So they pay a coyote $2000-3000 per head to be smuggled into the country. These coyotes then bring those people across the border either through the desert or at check points where the border agent is on the take, and the going charge is $20,000. That is understandable perhaps in Mexico, but here in the United States it should not happen. But then again when you have Obama and Janet and Holder in positions of nominal athority it becomes a different story.
    —————————–

    A nation with no borders is not a nation at all. Sadly, that is exactly what Obama wants.
    Posted by dhorowitz3 (Profile)
    Friday, April 1st at 12:00PM EDT
    2 Comments
    Obama has no problem ignoring Congress to use our military on behalf of Al-Qaeda backed rebels in a country that has no interest to our security. Yet, he eagerly abdicates his core constitutional responsibility to protect our own border and sovereignty.

    On Wednesday, Richard M. Stana, director of homeland security issues at the Government Accountability Office, testified before the Senate Committee on Homeland Security regarding the status of our border security. His 28 page report paints a grim picture and exposes the vulnerability of our border. Here are some of the key findings:

    Of the 1,825-mile U.S.-Mexico border, only 129 miles, or 7%, are fully secure. There are another 744 miles in which the border patrol has established “an acceptable level of control.”
    Of the 3,918-mile northern border, only 2 miles are fully secure, while another 69 miles have “an acceptable level of control.”
    In 2010, $11.9 billion was appropriated for our overall border security. Just $3.9 billion was appropriated for border security efforts between points of entry.
    In case you are confused about the distinction between the fully secure areas and the “acceptable” ones, the Border Patrol offers the following classification. The 129 most secure miles of the Mexican border are the ones in which CBP has “the ability to deter or detect and apprehend illegal entries at the immediate border”. An “acceptable level of control” (744 miles, in this case) is established when CPB is able to apprehend illegals after they have entered U.S. soil to “distances of up to 100 miles or more away from the immediate border.”

    The fact that the Border Patrol, for the most part, can only detect illegal entry after they are deep into U.S. territory is extremely troublesome. In a sane world, we would be deporting those illegals who were apprehended even after the point of entry. Sadly, the Obama administration has granted amnesty by administrative fiat, thus rendering any deterrent capability ineffective. As long as illegals entrants are able to penetrate the border, they have an excellent chance of remaining in the country indefinitely. This is because Obama and Napolitano have ordered CPB to focus exclusively on violent illegals. Earlier this week, Obama told an illegal alien student that he will ostensibly never deport non-criminal aliens:

    “We have redesigned our enforcement practices under the law to make sure that we’re focusing primarily on criminals, and so our deportation of criminals are up about 70 percent. Our deportation of non-criminals are down, and that’s because we want to focus our resources on those folks who are destructive to the community. “And for a young person like that young woman that we just spoke to who’s going to school, doing all the right things, we want them to succeed.” (emphasis added)

    So Obama is admitting that he is knowingly disregarding a core responsibility of his presidency. He is also making it clear that once illegals are able to penetrate the border, they will remain in the country, irrespective of the dedicated and courageous efforts of our border agents. As long as they enter through the right 93% of the border, their claims on our welfare state will be irrevocable.

    We are currently spending just $3.9 billion a year on the border patrol, one of the most fundamental responsibilities of government. Yet, we already spent over $500 million in one week fighting alongside Al-Qaeda in Libya!

    Unfortunately, our border crisis is not an appropriations problem. It is an administrative problem. Much like Obama’s bureaucratic power grab over the internet, health care, environmental regulations, and labor laws; he has used the power of unelected officials to undermine our immigration laws. In each case, he has supplanted the authority of Congress and thwarted the will of the people in an effort to implement a radical agenda.

    Maybe President Obama will teach Chuck Schumer the true definition of extremism.

  • wbboei

    Even with Brian Williams and Tapper and EJ Dione and Tom Friedman perpetrating the lie, it will be a little difficult for Obama to scapegoat Hillary on Libia if it does not go swimmingly. Despite the overwhelming horsepower he has behind him in big media who have proven that they can control the public mind, that fairly hard to do. But I would never ever underestimate them, so Hillary will need to be on guard at all times.

  • Shadowfax

    Mrs. S

    I can just imagine the Obama WH, jaws set in the ugliest grimace, diligently working overtime looking for a weakness Trump isn’t aware of to summarily shut him down.

    ——–
    About the only thing they have on the Trumpster is his bad hair.
    I remember how the left and some on the right tore down Ross Perot because he was short.

  • Shadowfax

    moononpluto

    Republicans seem to be getting tech saavy and going after Obama early

    ———
    The ending was FANTASTIC!
    The boyking riding a unicorn over a rainbow. :lol:

  • moononpluto

    Shadow, i know, i pissed myself laughing when i saw that bit, never thought the repubs would do that, oh i needed a good laugh.

  • crazy horse

    Loving the Trumpster.

    Got to respect a man for who every day is a bad hair day. Also, he hasn’t touched a drop of liquor since his beloved brother died from alcoholism.

    “The enemy of my enemy is my friend” Go Donald!

  • Shadowfax

    Got to respect a man for who every day is a bad hair day.

    :lol: How true, he makes my worst hair day much more acceptable.

  • Mrs. Smith

    #
    Shadowfax
    April 1st, 2011 at 1:53 pm

    Mrs. S

    I can just imagine the Obama WH, jaws set in the ugliest grimace, diligently working overtime looking for a weakness Trump isn’t aware of to summarily shut him down.

    ——–
    About the only thing they have on the Trumpster is his bad hair.
    I remember how the left and some on the right tore down Ross Perot because he was short.
    __________________

    The OBots will try to hurt Mr T in the pocketbook first- If that doesn’t work, then the Chicago Combine will up the ante and get rougher, maybe even threaten his or his family’s life, hoping this will be enough to force him to back down.

  • JanH

    Hillary Clinton On Geraldine Ferraro’s Legacy: “She Inspired Us Women And Girls”

    Yesterday, friends, family and notable politicians paid their last respects to former Congresswoman and vice-presidential candidate Geraldine Ferraro at an Upper East Side church. Her 1984 running mate, former Vice President Walter Mondale, said, “Every day she was patronized in a way not experienced by her male counterparts. But she would not relent. She came back each day tougher and better.”

    Ferraro, who had battled cancer for many years, passed away on Saturday at age 75. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said, “Gerry and I are often linked together. She is seen correctly as paving the way for my political career and those of many other women. We owe her so much. She inspired us women and girls. All of us thought new thoughts and imagined new possibilities because of Gerry,” adding, “When that day comes—and it will come—-when a woman is elected president or vice-president, we will know that Gerry helped make it possible.”

    Other attendees included former President Bill Clinton, Mayor Bloomberg, former Secretary of State Madeline Albright, former Governor Mario Cuomo (Ferraro’s mentor and friend), and Senators Charles Schumers and Kirsten Gillibrand, who fondly remembered Ferraro’s rousing 1984 speech accepting the nomination, “I loved in her speech at the convention where she says, ‘It’s not what America can do for women, it’s what women can do for America.’”

    http://gothamist.com/2011/04/01/hillary_clinton_on_geraldino_ferrar.php#photo-1

  • JanH

    OBAMA RESIGNS!

    Posted on Friday, April 1st, 2011

    WASHINGTON. BREAKING NEWS *** President Barack Obama has resigned the Presidency of the United States!
    President Barack Obama just shocked the nation. He called the White House Staff into the Oval Office and announced that he is going to resign as President of the United States.

    The President has notified the broadcast networks that he wants to address the nation tonight at 8pm. After that he is heading to Houston to catch the Final Four of the NCAA Tournament.

    President Obama faces numerous challenges at home and abroad. He does not feel that he has the experience on foreign policy to handle the ongoing conflicts in Iraq, Afghanistan as well as the new kinetic military action in Libya in addition to the turmoil in the Middle East.

    On the domestic front the upcoming budget battle is too much for President Obama to juggle with everything else going on in his life and the world.

    “I know that Joe Biden will be more than capable of stepping into the Presidency. He already is putting together his new cabinet,” President Obama told his staff.

    White House Press Secretary, Jay Carney, would not comment, but said that the President will be “perfectly clear about his resignation tonight.”

    Joe Biden was unavailable, but WWN talked to members of Biden’s staff, who say Biden is confident that he can handle all the challenges facing the country. “Joe is an expert on foreign policy. He knows he can deal effectively and swiftly with all military conflicts around the world.”

    Rumors are that Biden may appoint Hillary Clinton as his Vice President. Further rumors have Joe Biden resigning in August, which would make Hillary President and put her in position to easily win re-election in November of 2012.

    http://weeklyworldnews.com/politics/31337/obama-resigns/

    ———————–
    Sigh…how I wish… :)

  • nomobama

    basil9
    March 31st, 2011 at 7:00 pm
    ======================================

    Thanks for reminding me about your medical situation. I had forgotten, but your comment was a reminder that you had some health issues that were of major concern. I trust that everything is going well with you these days. I hope that you are in permanent remission.

    I may have to obtain my birth documents as I have no idea where my birth certificate is anymore. I am glad to hear that you didn’t have to go directly to the hospital of your birth or to the county seat to obtain your documents. Since I live in Florida now, I would have had to drive back up to New Jersey to do that, and that is not a cheap proposition anymore with the high fuel costs, etc.

    Thanks for the info!

  • nomobama

    JanH, I just read your comment, and my heart leaped for a second before I saw the date of April 1st on the article. That was soooooooo cruel!

  • nomobama

    Donald Trump is a little to full of himself for my tastes, but since I am not looking to make friends with him, I can overlook his personality as it doesn’t affect me personally. I fully support his attempts for real transparency with regards to the BØØB in chief.

  • nomobama

    Oh, and I wouldn’t have a problem voting for Donald if it meant deposing Øbama.

  • nomobama

    Did anyone see the stories about the illegal migrants who arrived recently in Italy from Tunisia? They were protesting the conditions that they were in once they arrived in Italy. Maybe they should have stayed in Tunisia, no? Also, the media was referring to them as migrants who were escaping the current turmoil in Tunisia. That’s probably a bunch of bs as these migrants have been heading to Italy in boats for years. Nice how the media is trying to equate the recent arrivals as people trying to escape turmoil when they are more like the economic migrants who have come before them to spread the cheer of Islam throughout Europe.

  • BigCatLover

    Bullshit Alert!
    Chris Wallace in Fox tv is saying the new good employment numbers are probably the result of keeping the tax cuts for the wealthy, they acted as a second stimulus and raised the numbers. I say in my experience employment always goes up in the spring. The holidays slow down hiring and winter seems to depress it, then spring comes and hope springs eternal. All the times I job hunted, I knew to hang on until the spring and things would open up.

  • nomobama

    moononpluto
    April 1st, 2011 at 9:06 am
    =========================

    Love this add!

  • wbboei

    1. Soros has brought major interest in Brazilian Oil companies

    2. Soros gets Obama to lend US taxpayer money for oil exploration

    3. Soros sent Ayers and members of 10 of his controlled organizations to the middle east last November to foment revolutions

    4. Soros gets Obama to shut down domestic oil production through the radical EPA.

    5. Soros controlled internet company–Blue Digital is aiding labor candidate in Brazil

    Question: is it possible that Obama is not as incompetent as he looks? Could it be that he is simply pursuing a different agenda from the one we assume. Instead of governing for the general welfare, he is simply governing for Soros welfare? If you make that assumption, then what we are seeing from him now makes a whole lot of sense.

    Soros sends Obama to Brazil to further this plan

  • Mrs. Smith

    Rumors are that Biden may appoint Hillary Clinton as his Vice President. Further rumors have Joe Biden resigning in August, which would make Hillary President and put her in position to easily win re-election in November of 2012.
    _________________

    eggsactly, how I envision it will happen- the only difference?

    Obama is under house arrest wearing an ankle bracelet until the
    gens d’armes arrive.

    Cuffed in the front allowing for holding a pen until he is cuffed and stuffed into his bullet-proof limo. :lol:

  • Norma Desmond

    “5. Soros controlled internet company–Blue Digital is aiding labor candidate in Brazil”

    Wbboei – would that be the SAME as Blue STATE Digital – Associated with Dean’s Email list that Axelrod/OFA was bequeathed when Dean self-imploded?!

  • Mrs. Smith

    Then we all shout- LEBRON!

  • BigCatLover

    I hope Trump has protected himself from retaliation from the WH and the MSM for his blunt attacks on O. I know he is full of bravado but that may not be enough when things get really rough. This is a fight he is starting so I hope he’s covered his back.

  • nomobama

    The Japanese and possibly other non-Japanese workers who are doing whatever they can to mitigate and limit the negative affects of the nuclear plant meltdown in Japan have my gratitude and admiration for the selflessness.

  • nomobama

    Mrs. Smith
    April 1st, 2011 at 4:07 pm
    =========================

    :)

  • blowme0bama

    wbboei
    April 1st, 2011 at 4:06 pm

    Question: is it possible that Obama is not as incompetent as he looks? Could it be that he is simply pursuing a different agenda from the one we assume. Instead of governing for the general welfare, he is simply governing for Soros welfare?
    ___________________________________

    I’ve concluded that a lonnnnnnnnnggggg time ago. His goal is to weaken the US to the level of “just another country”, including the international redistribution of our wealth through inflation.

  • rgb44hrc

    Mormaer
    April 1st, 2011 at 9:16 am
    Slightly off topic but interesting none the less. The Obama enablers have apparently switched tactics and are now arguing on many, many sites that the “natural born” requirement of the Constitution is stupid.
    &&&&&&&

    It’s called “moving the goal posts”. These libs screamed bloody murder when Bush’s media enablers honed their excuse-making skills, but now, “et tu”??

  • BigCatLover

    Remember when Whoopi argued to Trump that Obama should not have to produce a birth certificate. She said why should he have to produce one, because he’s black? Like it was a made up requirement for Obama alone. Told me that she suspects he has a problem with or on his bc.

  • rgb44hrc

    jbstonesfan
    April 1st, 2011 at 10:27 am
    216k new job and unemployment down to 8.8%…good news for unemplyed, bad news for those wanting Obie defeated in 2012 .
    &&&&&&&&

    Both numbers are “underwhelming”. Two months in a row of job gains, but they are puny. And don’t even get me started on the fact that jobs are paying lower wages, come with less benefits, and part timers are getting their hours trimmed back. And don’t forget that there are as many if not more people no longer considered “unemployed”, because they are no longer ** collecting unemployment **.

    Your neighbor who hasn’t worked in two years? He is “not unemployed”. Is he employed? Ah, now that’s a different question altogether, isn’t it.

    And with the official unemployment numbers still so high, and puny over new jobs numbers, those do NOT bode well for someone seeking re-election.

  • basil9

    Thanks, nomobama.

    I have been in remission from lymphoma for over a year and today I found out I am still in remission from my first condition.

    I pray the 3 years of treatment I went through (2007 – 2010) is over and I have a lifetime, or at least, many years of illness-free time ahead.

    I think the process for getting birth certificate copies varies from state to state. I contacted the hospital and they forwarded me the paperwork.

    Hope you’re recovering from your own recent tragedy.

  • Shadowfax

    I didn’t think anyone over the age of 7 would still fall for this…

    A relatively simple hack has been used to compromise at least 500,000 Web sites, and perhaps as many as 1.5 million, in such a way that visitors are tricked into downloading fake PC security software.

    Dubbed Lizamoon, after the Web site where some users are in some cases redirected, the attack was first documented by the security research firm Websense The hack seeks to trick Web users into believing that their computer has been compromised by viruses and prompts them to download fake security software that itself causes further problems.

    http://newenterprise.allthingsd.com/20110401/thousands-of-web-sites-hit-with-new-twist-on-old-sql-injection-hack/?mod=googlenews

  • blowme0bama

    Great news Basil. God bless and protect U!

  • rickya

    wbboei
    April 1st, 2011 at 4:06 pm

    Question: is it possible that Obama is not as incompetent as he looks? Could it be that he is simply pursuing a different agenda from the one we assume. Instead of governing for the general welfare, he is simply governing for Soros welfare? If you make that assumption, then what we are seeing from him now makes a whole lot of sense.

    There is no reason to believe that Obama is competent. He has not demonstrated any competence in any job that he had. He was NOT a great lawyer. He was an AVERAGE community organizer. He was a LAZY State Senator. He did NOTHING as a US Senator.

  • basil9

    Thanks blowmeobama. I’m hoping like he!! I dodge the ‘bad luck coming in 3′s’ syndrome.

    Treated and ‘cured’ of one condition only to be diagnosed and treated within months for another was no piece of cake. The second time I debated about whether to treat at all. Luckily for me, the chemo was far easier to tolerate than the interferon.

    I feel great (except for 20 pounds which crept on during chemo and which I have not been able to shed) and I’m hoping to be around to witness the BO’s demolition.

    :evil:

  • turndownobama

    He has not demonstrated any competence in any job that he had.

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

    He’s been a pretty dependable puppet for Daley, the Kennedys, Wall Street, etc.

  • rickya

    turndownobama
    April 1st, 2011 at 5:12 pm

    He’s been a pretty dependable puppet for Daley, the Kennedys, Wall Street, etc

    You’re right! How could I forget.

  • wbboei

    wbboei
    April 1st, 2011 at 4:06 pm

    Question: is it possible that Obama is not as incompetent as he looks? Could it be that he is simply pursuing a different agenda from the one we assume. Instead of governing for the general welfare, he is simply governing for Soros welfare? If you make that assumption, then what we are seeing from him now makes a whole lot of sense.

    There is no reason to believe that Obama is competent. He has not demonstrated any competence in any job that he had. He was NOT a great lawyer. He was an AVERAGE community organizer. He was a LAZY State Senator. He did NOTHING as a US Senator.
    ——————————————–
    Yes, he was always incompetent, but he was always given a pass. Why? There are two possibilities:

    1. He is the world’s greatest affirmative action candidate getting to the most powerful position in the world based on his race, and not his competence (a plausible possibility based on white guilt, Bush hate and a vile corrupt big media). In that case he should be awarded the Nobel Prize for not letting a little thing like competence, character and leadership hold him back –OR ELSE

    2. He got there because he had the protection of the ring. The ring is a metaphor for a certain segment of the business community with global focus and interested. His multi cultural background would be useful to them in their entrepreneurial activities, would bamboozle minorities, and legitimate criticism could be dismissed as racism.

    Of course, it could be a little of both

  • admin

    Not an April Fools joke. Beware, this is happening to a great many people:

  • wbboei

    turndownobama
    April 1st, 2011 at 5:12 pm

    He’s been a pretty dependable puppet for Daley, the Kennedys, Wall Street, etc

    You’re right! How could I forget.
    ————————
    Well . . . that was my earlier point. Viewed from the standpoint of the American People he is incompetent. But viewed from the standpoint of the globalists, he is competent to represent their interests. They have one of their assets in a key position to bring down the United States and to bring about the new world order–which is a synonym for a global market and international government. That is the Soros dream, but the asset play above to corner the market on oil is rather interesting, if it is true. Again invest in Brazil, and then reduce the supply of oil by preventing US production and roiling the middle east by sending in Ayers and 12 of your Open Society Program organizations–and what have you got? A viable scheme to control the world’s oil, to bring down the United States, and ultimately to control the world–since the world still runs on oil.

  • Mrs. Smith

    GOOD NEWS FOLKS!

    TRUMP IS ON THE WAY!

    everyone, lets do a Coyote Ugly!

    wha-hooooo! hoooo! hooo!
    ___________________________

    Donald Trump gets regular Fox News spot

    Donald Trump, who says he is seriously considering a presidential run, will now appear on Fox News every Monday morning.

    A Fox News representative, Dana Klinghoffer, said that Trump will be a regular guest, not a contributor, and thus will not be paid.

    Trump’s segments were referred to as “Monday Mornings with Trump” in a network promo posted by Mediaite.

    “Bold, brash and never bashful, the Donald now makes his voice loud and clear every Monday on Fox,” an announcer says in the promo. The promo then cuts to a clip of Trump saying, “my message is a better message than anybody else’s.”

    Klinghoffer, the Fox News spokesperson, said that Trump will be permitted to continue making the regular Monday appearance even if he declares a presidential campaign, since he is not a paid contributor. It would be highly unusual for a network to give a regular weekly forum to a declared presidential candidate.

    Fox News suspended Rick Santorum and Newt Gingrich as contributors (hahahaha!) in March ahead of their likely presidential campaigns. The network also employs Mike Huckabee and Sarah Palin, both of whom say they are considering presidential runs.

    Trump has made headlines in recent days by questioning whether President Obama was really born in the United States. His position prompted one Fox News personality, Bill O’Reilly, to suggest Trump was pushing the “birther” perspective for publicity even though he does not believe it.

    http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-503544_162-20049780-503544.html

  • Mrs. Smith

    The Donald will be on Fox News every Monday morning @ 6:00 am est

    (Newser) – It was only a matter of time: While other potential 2012 candidates have been suspended from their gigs at Fox News, Donald Trump has signed up for one. He’ll make a weekly appearance on a Fox & Friends segment called “Mondays With Trump,” reports Mediaite.

    “The Donald now makes his voice loud and clear on Fox,” the network announces. In true Trump style, he’ll be “brash, never bashful.”

    That much is already clear: In the ad, Trump informs us that “my message is better than anybody else’s.” Despite his political aspirations, there’s not necessarily a conflict-of-interest issue here, notes Mediaite: Fox is advertising “a regular appearance, not a contract.” Still, it “is surprising to see a potential presidential candidate assume a media role so close to the election,” writes Frances Martel.

  • nomobama

    admin
    April 1st, 2011 at 5:22 pm
    Not an April Fools joke. Beware, this is happening to a great many people:

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

    I had something similar going on with my computer yesterday. I couldn’t get the darn thing to stop trying to load. Somehow my Windows Security Essentials (or whatever it’s called) was turned off, too, and I don’t know how that happened. I couldn’t turn it back on either. I ended up restoring my computer to a past date, and once I did that, my computer was back to normal.

  • Shadowfax

    Monday mornings with the Trumpster…good way to start out my work week, only hope they post them on the internets so many of us can see them.

    Yeeeehaw!! Hope he plans to rip Barry a new one on a weekly basis.

  • nomobama

    basil9
    April 1st, 2011 at 4:45 pm
    ==========================

    Unsettling changes in my life right now. I was taking care of my Dad in his house. The house needs to be sold, and fairly quickly. My savings have evaporated while being here. I don’t need this stress right now, but there’s nothing that I can do about it. I got stuck here, and I can’t help but think that the thanks I got for the past few years is what’s happening now. I need to get that out of my head and think positive, but it’s difficult to do that at this moment.

  • Mrs. Smith

    BigCatLover
    April 1st, 2011 at 4:13 pm

    I hope Trump has protected himself from retaliation from the WH and the MSM for his blunt attacks on O. I know he is full of bravado but that may not be enough when things get really rough. This is a fight he is starting so I hope he’s covered his back.
    ______________

    Yep, I hope Mr T is aware these Chicago bastards play rough and he has prepared a security team to scan his rooms for microphones and the people closest to him and his family have unquestionable loyalty to their Boss.. DT needs to leave no stone unturned related to his safty and security if he hopes to survive this once Mudd fight turned into an invisible Civil War.

  • turndownobama

    He’s been a pretty dependable puppet for Daley, the Kennedys, Wall Street, etc

    —————-

    But viewed from the standpoint of the globalists, he is competent to represent their interests.

    =========

    Daley, Kennedys, Wall Street are in evidence. Daley and Kennedy openly endorsed him. Wall Street donations are pretty clear.

    Globalists are … not so clear.

  • Mrs. Smith

    #
    Shadowfax
    April 1st, 2011 at 6:31 pm

    “Yeeeehaw!! Hope he plans to rip Barry a new one on a weekly basis.”
    _____________________

    Finally, SNL has some new, fresh, material to exploit. Does SNL have a Donald lookalike- I don’t remember if they have done the Donald before on their show-

  • Mrs. Smith

    Wisconsin union law likely on hold for 2 months

    Judge continues restraining order pending ruling on GOP challenge

    Madison, Wis. — Wisconsin’s polarizing union rights law will remain on hold for at least two months after a judge Friday said she would continue a restraining order blocking its enactment while she considers whether Republicans broke the state open meetings law in passing it.

    Republicans had been pushing the law through despite a boycott by Democratic state senators and weeks of protests that drew as many as 85,000 people to the state Capitol. But they suffered a defeat Thursday when the same judge declared the law was not enacted last week as Republicans had claimed.

    Dane County Circuit Judge Maryann Sumi on Friday extended indefinitely a temporary restraining order preventing the secretary of state from putting the law in effect. She is considering a lawsuit that says Republican lawmakers didn’t provide the proper public notice when they convened a special committee to amend the plan before its passage. The state has appealed the order to the Wisconsin Supreme Court, but the court has not indicated whether it will take the case and has no deadline for making a decision.

    read the rest of the lengthy story here:

    http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/42382666/ns/us_news-life/

  • crazy horse

    If barry wants to take on the Trumpster with dirty tricks he’d better be prepared. “The Donald” is after all a New Yorker and probably has connections in many areas. This is going to be better than a Holyfield/Tyson fight. Grab the popcorn.

  • basil9

    ‘Beware, this is happening to a great many people:”

    I had a security warning the other day but I ignored it and then ran my AVG 2011 scan. I hope it did it right. I remember seeing the trojan warning but when I ran the installed malware it didn’t show any infection.

    Just curious, if you do inadvertently download the windows stability center hopw do you know it’s on your pc? (Probably a dumb question but I am no techno-whiz).

    nomobama,

    So you are still in NJ? Ugh. What a difficult real estate market. If I hadn’t gotten sick when I did and been forced to sell my house I would be drowning, financially.

    It was a blessing in disguise.

  • basil9

    crazyhorse,

    ‘This is going to be better than a Holyfield/Tyson fight. Grab the popcorn.’

    That’s what I’m hoping for.

    OTOH, cynic that I am, is it at all possible that Trump’s moves are a ploy to drum up the BOTS and inspire them to come to the defense of DL?

    It’s hard for me to think of Trump as running a game for Barry but after the past few years I swear you just never seem to know for sure whose on which team.

  • basil9

    Oh Jeez!

    Turns out the Afghans who killed 12 UN workers, including beheading two of them, were reacting to the wacko preacher Terry Jones burning of a koran.

    And while that’s gotten some press attention, the killing of 6 US soldiers in Afghanistan over the past few days has barely been mentioned.

    Priorities, right? Offend a muslim and killing for their ‘honor’ is tolerated but kill an American soldier – who cares.

    This is sickening.

  • BigCatLover

    crazyhorse,

    ‘This is going to be better than a Holyfield/Tyson fight. Grab the popcorn.’
    *********************
    I already saw a short demo of how Trump can swing as a New Yorker when Fox had him and Anthony Weiner on, also from NYC. Donald got thoroughly obnoxious with Weiner who smiled and seemed to enjoy the overreaction by Trump. This seemed to be a long standing thing and it was not pretty, so you’ll want to get a shield with your popcorn. We’ll see how brash New York deals with mobster Chicago.

  • BigCatLover

    Gov. Kasich’s anti collective bargaining bill called Senate bill 5 will be appealed via a ballot issue voted on by the citizens of Ohio in November. Pundits predict it will be voted down (reversed) by 65 to 35%.

  • henry

    I have desktops, laptops, netbooks, a Wii and an xbox all linked wirelessly. Yesterday my home page would come up but i couldn’t type in anything. Got a ping sound but that was it. Same thing on all devices. I shut everything down and then restarted. Ran virus scans norton and macafee. Came up clean ,everything seems to be working but have a discernable lag

  • Shadowfax

    I could see a real debate held on Pay-Per-Yiew, with someone trustworthy as the ref. and the American people picking the questions between the boyKing and the Trumpster.

    Winner get’s half of PayPerView profits for their campaign.

    I would pay to see that one!! I would give up lunches for a month to pay for the show.

    I think the Donald would kick Barry’s ass when he says, ‘I’ am the President, I, I, I, I, I would do x,y and z to solve problems he hasn’t done in 2.5 years.

    Bad hair or not, Barry would be toast.

  • crazy horse

    Isn’t Weiner the one who just asked for a waiver for NY on the Heath Care scam? Hypocite.

    About time someone over reacted to these whiner/weiners. I am tired of pablum responses.

  • gonzotx

    BigCatLover
    April 1st, 2011 at 8:57 pm
    Gov. Kasich’s anti collective bargaining bill called Senate bill 5 will be appealed via a ballot issue voted on by the citizens of Ohio in November. Pundits predict it will be voted down (reversed) by 65 to 35%.
    ***********

    I have heard different. Ohio has been in a very bad way for many years and Gov Kasih is smart. We will see.

    Also, the WI supreme Court will take the case, you can take tat to the bank.

  • gonzotx

    Trump needs to be careful, this may be a trap

  • BigCatLover

    gonzotx
    It was just on Columbus on the Record this evening. Kasich enacted the bill but it will be put on the ballot for the voters to decide in November.
    http://www.wosu.org/cotr/

    they don’t have video’s of tonight’s episode posted yet but they will later.

  • gonzotx

    OK I don’t buy the conservatives don’t go below the belt line, but this may have merit. When Trump talks…people listen!

    *******April 01, 2011
    Obama, Donald Trump, and the Collective Unconscious
    By Robin of Berkeley

    There is a fascinating concept in Jungian psychology called the “collective unconscious.” While the “personal unconscious” stores our own unique memories, the “collective unconscious” is the reservoir for an entire culture.

    It’s amazing how certain people and phenomena find their way into the collective unconscious, whether intentionally or not. For instance, take the term, “googling.” Those young Stanford dudes didn’t realize that they would not only change the nature of Internet searching, they’d add a new word into the vocabulary.

    People may choose to search via Bing or Yahoo, but nobody “bings.” So why did googling sweep the nation? Perhaps Google is a superior search engine. But it may simply come down to being in the right place at the right time.

    There are people who become overnight sensations, both for good and nefarious reasons. Back in the 60′s, everyone was familiar with those evil people who comprised the Manson Family.

    And when Joe the Plumber asked Obama a question, he was suddenly famous (and subject to government investigations). While very few people outside of Alaska heard of Sarah Palin a few years ago, she became a household name as soon as she entered the national arena.

    And then there’s the “birther” controversy. The progressives have controlled and framed the concept right from the get-go. This has been one of the many issues (including “tea baggers”) that the left has seized upon to tar conservatives.

    The left has painted “birthers” as racists, nuts, and paranoids. What gets left out of the equation is: one, Obama has spent millions of dollars on attorneys protecting his birth certificate; two, Obama apparently traveled to Pakistan in 1981 when Americans were advised against* going there; and three, Obama’s social security number is purportedly from Connecticut, a state in which he never lived.

    Although there are valid questions about the mysterious Mr. O, until lately, it’s been impossible to get the average American to listen. This is because the left is so much better at controlling what enters the collective unconscious.

    Of course, the left controls the flow of ideas by maintaining a stranglehold on the mainstream media. But there’s another reason: the left subscribes to Alinsky-type smear tactics.

    Progressives will call their opponents a “tea bagger” even though the phrase is sexually explicit and lewd. They’ll allow Bill Maher and other amoral types to verbally rape conservative women. Conservatives don’t follow suit because these below-the-belt tactics are anathema.

    While conservatives don’t have to practice gutter politics, we do need our message to penetrate the collective unconscious. Enter the intrepid Donald Trump.

    Trump has been beating the drum lately about Obama’s birth certificate — and the lack thereof. Trump has also been wondering whether there’s something else on Obama’s birth certificate (who’s his daddy?) that Obama doesn’t want anyone to know. Fortunately for conservatives, when Donald Trump talks, people listen.

    And this is why Trump needs to keep raising the birth certificate issue. He shouldn’t stop even when the left ridicules him. I hope that he expands his mission to include the salient question of whether unrepentant domestic terrorist Bill Ayers penned Obama’s autobiography. We need a magnetic figure like Trump going where no man or woman has been able to go.

    Because if Trump keeps putting the heat on Obama, something amazing may happen. Rather than Obama and his henchmen continually putting conservatives on the defensive, we may finally see the reverse.

    People may start getting nervous about Obama and pay attention to the cracks in the facade. Their concerns may leak into the collective unconscious and take root, as surely as did the concept of “googling.” If people start questioning who is this mystery man in the White House, they may feel less comfortable pulling the lever for him in November next year.

    Robin is a recovering liberal and a therapist in Berkeley. Her articles are intended to entertain and to inform, not to offer therapeutic advice or diagnoses

  • BigCatLover

    Kasich is not smart, he is loud and brash and a thorough shill for the corporations and he always has been. I’ve been following his career since he was in the US House in the 1970′s. His popularity has fallen to 30% already and he has only been Gov. for 2 months. He constantly puts his foot in his mouth and he did it again this week. He’s not the slightest bit smart but he can be relentless in his agenda.

  • gonzotx

    BigCatLover
    April 1st, 2011 at 9:46 pm
    ***

    I know but I think he may prevail in the end. He is smart like a fox and is better respected than Walker and I believe has many supporters on all levels or he would not have gone down this road.

  • gonzotx

    BigCatLover
    April 1st, 2011 at 9:50 pm

    We will disagree

  • gonzotx

    Ah, I can smell the Democracy in the air…

    ***

    April 01, 2011
    What the ‘Arab Spring’ has Sprung

    Andrew G. Bostom

    More evidence of what is coming in Egypt. Details provided here:

    A lawyer who works with various Islamist groups has predicted that 3000 leading figures of the Jama’a al-Islamyia and Egyptian Islamic Jihad groups will return to Egypt in a few days, as their names have been dropped from the “wanted” list maintained by Egyptian security forces.

    “They are coming back from Afghanistan, Chechnya, Bosnia, Somalia, Kenya, Iran and London,” said Ibrahim Ali.

    He added that airport security two days ago permitted entry to Sayed Ragab Mohamed, an Islamist group member who had been living abroad for two decades, spending 18 years in the United Arab Emirates and two years in Iran. He said the Jama’a al-Islamyia requested the authorities to drop death sentences that had been issued in absentia by military courts against some of its members so that they could return to Egypt.

    Among those waiting to come back are Osama Rushdi, who lives in London, Hussein Shemeis, who was convicted of the assassination attempt on ousted President Hosni Mubarak in Addis Ababa, and Mohamed Shawki al-Islambolly, brother of Khaled al-Islambolly, who assassinated former President Anwar Sadat

  • gonzotx

    Libyan Rebels May Or May Not Be Jihadist, But, On the Plus Side, They’re Also Incompetent
    —Ace

    The Spanish are good at many things, George Orwell wrote, but war wasn’t among them.

    So too the Libyans. Qadaffy apparently was smart enough to be on the look-out for a coup and so didn’t train many of his people in military skills.( smart )

  • gonzotx

    This is a really good post at NO QUARTER and rec reading it.This is only a small part.
    ****

    The Wisdom of Anna

    By Linda Anselmi on April 1, 2011 at 12:00 PM in Current Affairs
    It is always a special joy as a reader to find writings and authors who paint a big picture with the mundane and remind us all of our underlying humanity. Such is the stuff, over time, from which fiction classics are made – Adventures of Huck Finn, Babbitt, To Kill A Mockingbird…

    Non-fiction, however, is rarely treated as kindly by time. Age becomes the foe when every field, from the sciences to the humanities, changes enormously over a seventy to eighty years span leaving readers to scorn the out-dated as irrelevant and, therefore, far from classic worthy.

    But many mature non-fiction books retain a wealth of insight. They remind us that knowledge is fluid and even facts are transient. And, when written contemporaneously, they open doors to understanding what and why something was important and to whom it was important at the very time it was important, without being hindered by current conventional wisdom or distorted by a historians view of time and place.

    But the key to any classic (fiction or not) is its ability to speak, despite its age, to our now current difficulties.

    It’s Up To The Women is a classic, in the truest sense, from the 1930′s.

    At the time it was written It’s Up To The Women was a clarion call for women’s political participation and activism wrapped within a practical guide for women struggling with the immense changes wrought by the Great Depression. In and among simple recipes, homemade remedies, and advice on tending and strengthening a nation one family at a time, are the simple building blocks for the betterment of a nation and empowerment of women leaders.

  • wbboei

    It is a non-sequitur for The Great One to appoint as his Jobs and Competiveness a scumbag like Jeffery Imelt who has been a leader in the outsourcing American jobs, and runs a company which has more people off shore than on shore. When The Great One does something like this a cynic might wonder whether he is really serious about creating American jobs, and why he did not do a better job of hiding his contempt for the American People.

    Here is my prediction: the landscape has changed and the country has seen the messiah in action, or to put a finer point on it, they have seen him in inaction. That being the case, if Plouffe is so enamorate of his 2008 strategy that he proposes to do it all over again in 2012, he should not expect the same result. Not if he has any sanity.

  • nomobama

    gonzotx,

    You must have read my mind tonight. I was thinking about visiting the Robin in Berkeley blog tonight because I haven’t been there in over a month. Now you’ve got me wondering what other gems I will find there when I visit.

  • wbboei

    Libyan Rebels May Or May Not Be Jihadist, But, On the Plus Side, They’re Also Incompetent
    ————————
    Well, thank god for that. I was beginning to wonder when I learned that they are outnumbered 10 to 1, have lost the cities they had when the bombing began, but are offering Gadafi a cease fire if agrees to their terms unconditionally, i.e. throws down his arms and agrees to free elections. Nice to see they believe in bargaining from a position of strength. Perhaps they learned that from Obama on one of his vaunted, big media hyped apology tours. Big media and Obama need to find a hotel room. These open displays of pornographic love are getting a little old.

  • nomobama

    basil9
    April 1st, 2011 at 7:26 pm
    =========================

    No, I am in Florida. I sold my house in New Jersey back in 2005. Florida, I believe, is in much worse shape than New Jersey. If I remember correctly, Florida has 72 counties. I live in a county that is 3rd worse for unemployment. It borders on a county that is said to be the worse for unemployment in the whole state. I should have stayed in New Jersey. I would have been better off… much better off.

  • turndownobama

    One recall petition full in Wisconsin….

    http://lacrossetribune.com/news/local/article_d5240e94-5c0c-11e0-b582-001cc4c002e0.html
    Recall supporters rallied earlier Friday outside the La Crosse City hall, where they celebrated collecting more than 20,000 signatures in fewer than 30 days – less than half the time allotted to gather the names required.

  • nomobama

    Wasn’t Kapanke from Wisconsin one of the upset victors this past election? If I remember correctly, didn’t he win in a district that hadn’t voted Republican for quite some time? It wouldn’t surprise me then if the Democrats obtained the necessary number of signatures for a recall election, but it still doesn’t mean that Kapanke would lose that election. What a waste of time and money.

  • turndownobama

    Also from the LaCrosse Tribune. So I was a little off on the age; still not serious.

    Dane County authorities have charged a 26-year-old Cross Plains woman in connection with e-mailed death threats to state lawmakers, including Sen. Dan Kapanke.
    According to a criminal complaint, Katherine R. Windels sent an email from her parents’ computer on March 9 to 15 Republican senators threatening to kill them and their families “due to your actions in the last 8 weeks.” [....]
    When questioned, Windels admitted sending the emails because she was angry “about what they were doing,” but had no intention of following through, according to the complaint.

  • wbboei

    One recall petition full in Wisconsin
    —————————————-
    No big deal. The rebuttal speech would be easy to write. The tide is turning against the union in the last few days. New video by crossroads finally gets it right. The unions have bet the farm on something they could have sidestepped, but they got sucked into the vortex of national politics and big media hatred of republicans.

  • holdthemaccountable

    nomobama
    April 1st, 2011 at 10:39 pm
    —————————
    First let me say that by dropping everything to care for family, you represent a high moral fiber.
    From conversations with a brother, I know that your FL economy is horrific. And what may befall NJ in the near term is not for me to say except that I recently traveled a part of it familiar to many: Route 22 west from the Plainfield area through Bridgewater to Route 202. Stores big and little closed and closing along the way. Looked like a war zone at times. The hopium-addled son-in-law commented that “They” were lying when “they” said things are getting better. And except for falling for Obama, that son-in-law is a small businessman/really bright guy.

  • NewMexicoFan

    holdthemaccountable 7:58

    I was wondering if I was the only one feeling that way. We are still having small business close here. In addition, the state is having a hard time funding unemployment. Our schools are falling apart, and I don’t see very much expansion of business. We did have a few brave people build, but I think they are struggling. GM was suppose to expand their cereal plant here, but I really have not seen any evidence that, that happened. The film industry is scared because the Rep Gov was hot after their tax incentives. Of course we have a Boarders closing right next to what use to be a Circuit City which is now vacant. Kohl’s moved into and renovated an old Mervyn’s,and they seem to be doing alright.

    Has anyone else noticed that the top designers are now designing for Kohl’s and lower level stores. Liz C. is exclusive with Penney’s now, when they use to be in Department stores. A lot of the know names are producing lines for stores a few years ago they would not have been caught dead in. Surely a sign of where there customers are going. I still shop at Macy’s but don’t go in unless there is a big sale on. When there is not, it is like a tomb in there.

  • Mrs. Smith

    Look at this disgusting pic of Sarah Palin nailed to the cross.

    I have to ask, because I do not know, what kind of a demented person could create an image like this against a woman that has never been unkind to anyone?

    The viciousness, the absolute satisfaction from creating such a depraved depiction of a woman has got to be the product of a warped, mentally disturbed mind in need of years of unconditional human contact save the perseverance of a highly qualified therapist.

    http://weaselzippers.us/2011/04/01/los-angeles-leftist-art-exhibit-features-painting-of-palin-being-nailed-to-the-cross/#comments

  • Mrs. Smith

    NewMexico-

    The descriptions of your demographic sounds exactly like it is in my state, RI. Our sister state, MA is not that far off from the same fate that has gone viral throughout the nation. Even our falling apart bridges are 2nd from the bottom as the worst in the nation. The former governor, did absolutely nothing to shore up our resources well enough during the past eight years to ride out this depressed econony. People are so digusted they are moving to less affected states like Texas for relief and hopefully a “job”…

    This is definately a repeat of history, the “Dust Bowl” days where the only option for survial was moving away to another state.

  • NewMexicoFan

    Mrs Smith 19:10

    I cannot bear to go look at that. Yes, women are being held in servitude in so many ways. I always tell women if they have less cloths on than the men in the room, there is something wrong. If all are nude it is an equal atmostphere. But women, time and time again, do what other men tell them to do to earn big money, and then they find themselves old and used. I don’t think we have really ever been liberated. Some cultures still raise their daughters to be subservant. In our area, I like to go ot without makeup on. I figure men do that, and I am of an age when I really think I should have the same liberation.

    Other women will say to me, Oh you don’t have makeup on. Yes, women want to keep us in the cubicles they feel they have to live in. When someone breaks out, they feel threatened.

    This blog has heard from me before. I have earned the right to be exactly who I am, wrinkles and all.

  • Carol

    The business climate where I am seems bad also….very scary. My saving grace is the high end of my sales. The wealthy have lots of money and are feeling no pain at all.
    I hope I continue to get some sales and commissions from them as the other work is drying up.
    The country is bankrupting itself funding the illegal migration. Why don’t people see this? You would think enough Americans understand the problem at this point and would be calling for deportaion of illegals. The immigrant population in my town has exploded. We are literally being taken over so the problem here is clear. Our way of life, real estate investment, financial health are all going down the drain plus we are being told to learn Spanish. Children of illegal immigrants are taking the jobs of anon spanish speaking citizens because being bilingual is becoming a necessity.

  • holdthemaccountable

    NMF: I was wondering if I was the only one feeling that way. We are still having small business close here
    ——————
    My daughter is feeling quite lost – she was too young to notice the poverty I felt in the 1970′s. But now the large Pathmark she frequents, as well as two Blockbusters and a Borders she and the grands absolutely loved, are in the process closing or have already done so. Matter of fact, the hair cutting salon next to Borders must not have been doing so well either because they reduced their price to $6.99 for all haircuts just to attract the people looking for bargains at Borders. The route I cited is within 20 miles of farmlands luxurious enough for Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy to have frequented for riding horses in earlier years. Another Pathmark and the Super KMart next to it are closing. Furrier is gone. Many, many smaller stores. Some just look neglected; others are boarded up and in decay.

  • JanH

    I’m just wondering about Donald Trump. Is he really the good guy here? The savior from all that is obama?

    Is he just a sign of our desperation to get obama out? The lesser of the two evils?

    Is this sudden frenzy to jump on his bandwagon maybe like jumping out of the frying pan and into the fire? Just because he is attacking bambi so well?

    When all is said and done, what will Trump offer to the populace?

  • holdthemaccountable

    Sarah. Evidently nothing is too crass. And then there is the financial situation. Not only did all those law suits pop up, but the defense fund she had collected for them was frozen. This is awhile back. Don’t know where that stands now.

  • JanH

    Oy! Now the speculation begins…

    Samantha Power to be the next Secretary of State?

    Irish-born adviser now key to Obama foreign policy

    http://www.irishcentral.com/news/Samantha-Power-to-be-next-Secretary-of-State-119112959.html

  • wbboei

    In February 2007 Hillary made an appearance at Google, and her host was this character Eric Schmidt–their affable, nerdy and slightly disheveled CEO. Perfect pose for the head of an internet company.
    If you take a moment to watch this video, you will see the unctuous Schmidt fawning and crooning over Hillary.



    All the while he was surreptiously working for Obama. Thus, secretly, he manipulated the Google search engine to give primacy to articles attacking Hillary and promoting Obama. And he took proactive steps to hide his blatant partisanship by advocating transparency for everyone but himself. The would say things like we cannot have democracy unless we know who is manipulating our political system.

    That is all well and good. Until you learn that this Obama lover and putative reformer is strictly a poseur for he hides his own political donations to Obama through white lists and blocks deep searches about him. After he conspired to defeat Hillary, he stepped forward and became a tech advisor for his light of love Obama. And now he is rumored to be the next Secretary of Commerce, replacing my friend Gary Lock who is off to China.

    An apologist would dismiss this concern as politics as usual. A critic would call it yet another example of deceit withing the Obama camp. But for my money, the concern goes far deeper. Whether you are talking about Immelt, Daley or this sorry clown, what I see in all these so called public servants, are businessmen who enter government for reasons which have nothing to do with the general welfare of the American People.

    Jointly and severally, these men share a common business perspective, which is NOT centered in the United States at all, but in the global economy. Citizens of the world, they are. Or, if you prefer, rootless cosmopolitans to use the more pejorative–and accurate term. These kind of people populate this administration, and are active in the formulation of its policies. And that is why there is such a disconnect between what they do and the interests of the American People.

    So when someone tells you that Obama is incompetent just consider the possibility that he is really calculating to deliver a globalist agenda and is taking it right out of the hide of the middle class. If there is such a thing as a race to the bottom, then for sure he is the engine for that sort of demise. Believe it. It is the truth.

  • wbboei

    JanH
    April 2nd, 2011 at 10:20 am
    —————————–
    Out of the frying pan into the fire????

    There are no virgins in the whorehouse.

    The most we can hope for is to elect politicians whose political agenda is compatible with those of the American People.

    All the rest of it is bullshit. The fanfare, the cameo appearances, the big media self promotion, the money trail, the psychological analysis. All hype.

    The fundamental question is do you think a businessman with a track record of success who knows how to solve problems kick ass and take names is the kind of leader we need, rather than the pussyfooting liars who can do no better than kick the can down the road.

    The trend line here is predictable. The sheriff is asked to come into a lawless town to establish law and order. He does. At then there comes a point where the townspeople turn on him. It is the stuff of Hollywood scripts and we have seen it all before. Thus the real question is would we be better off with a Trump presidency than without it. To me, given the asshole in there now and the perverse agenda he is pursuing the answer is obvious.

    Trump is on the side of the American People because his interests are rooted in this country. Obama is a cipher, but the interests of the people behind him are rooted not here but around the globe, hence they will marginalize the United States, and deny its exceptionalism. That, I submit, is the difference. And it is all the difference I need to support Trump.

  • wbboei

    Jbstonesfan–check this out:

    More Economic Bamboozlement From This Administration

    By Larry Johnson on April 1, 2011 at 9:49 PM in Current Affairs
    The clueless media laps up Obama economic “facts” like a dog drinking from a toliet bowl. The so-called good news from today’s jobs report is bogus. Pure and simple. Just look at the facts (click on this link to read the actual BLS figures for yourself).

    Let’s start with the civilian non-institutionalized population. From March 2010 thru March 2011 this figure increased by 1,841,000 new people.

    So what happened to the civilian labor force? It shrank by 489,000 people during that same 13 month period. Get this straight–the number of non-institutionalized people increased by almost two million but the labor force declined by approximately 500,000. Where did these people go? If you deliberately exclude almost a half-million people from your labor pool then it is easy to show the unemployment rate falling.

    So how many new folks actually got a job between March 2010 and March 2011?

    Nine hundred twelve thousand aka 912,000. Now divide that by 13 months. The result is an average of 70,154 new jobs entering the market each month. This is not even close to keeping pace with the growing population. If you divide 1.8 million by 13 you get 141,615 new folks on average increasing the civilian population. This means you need at least 100,000 new jobs per month just to keep pace with population growth. We have not achieved that figure during the 13 month period the BLS uses in this set of stats.

    Sorry to pop your bubble, but this so-called good news on the jobs front is ephemeral and misleading. Don’t take my words. Do the math yourself.

  • wbboei

    What most people do not realize is the degree to which these uber wealthy global capitalists have evolved into potentates on the world stage. If you get past security and walk into the bowels of Microsoft Corporation in Redmond Washington you will see conference rooms marked with meeting tomorrow with President X Belgium, etc. I know vendors who go on that campus dressed slightly provocatively but still within the norms of business attire and no one notices because by their lights everyone there is dead from the neck down. And I know vendors who do artistic work and events for the Gates Estate who used to deal with Gates Jr, and now have to go through eight people to get an answer. His partner Paul Allen is buying up Seattle but where he is concerned, he is a real tight wad who behaves like Walmart–using market power to drive the price down below vendor cost. These are what the globalists look like, and we be a mistake to assume that they care about the American People. Just keep them away from government.

  • Mrs. Smith

    NewMexicoFan
    April 2nd, 2011 at 9:47 am

    :-)
    ___________________

    JanH
    April 2nd, 2011 at 10:20 am

    I’m just wondering about Donald Trump. Is he really the good guy here? The savior from all that is obama?
    __________________________

    We all speculated as to who would be the “ice-breaker” candidate opposing Obama for his re-election. The term icebreaker was coined by the Ulsterman revelations with subtle clues piquing our interest such as- The icebreaker candidate will not be a conventional politician. Another clue was- he will take Obama on in a Big way- which is also true of Trump. So, it looks like one of Ulsterman’s predictions are coming true…. and as an overview, it looks like there is a plan in play!

  • alcina

    wbboei
    April 2nd, 2011 at 10:49 am
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    i anxiously await the donald’s announcement to run. no one else has the ballz (other than sarah) to take the BO machine head-on. the bots must be shittin’ at the thought.

    can’t wait to start pounding on doors here in NH. sign me up!

    ps-looking forward to seeing the trump logo. gotta have lots of gold with a capital “T” !

  • Mrs. Smith

    Here is an excerpt from Ulsterman on Trump:

    “So now I want to talk about the candidate I think could defeat President Obama and make him a one-termer. Never considered this person until a couple months ago when I was told he was thinking very seriously about being the Republican candidate. At first I thought it was something of a joke, or some kind of marketing gimmick, but since then others have confirmed its legit – and considerable money is already being spent in preparation. And you know what – I think this guy could win. He really could. And I would gladly work for this campaign…”

    Donald Trump.

    “He has name recognition that is as great as Obama’s – perhaps greater. He could easily spend $50 million or more of his own money on the campaign – that alone makes him as viable as any of the others. And there are stirrings of significant donors – companies fed up with Obama’s draconian attacks on American business, who could easily raise tens of millions more on behalf of a Trump campaign. He’s well versed in dealing with the media. He already has a boots on the ground organization that could readily engage in a national campaign. He has far more international experience than any other candidate would – including the current President of the United States.

    And here is something that most aren’t talking about – but it has the Obama reelection team already worried… Donald Trump enjoys strong support among the union rank and file. His words against China – jobs going to China, is brilliant. Union members – not the far left union leadership, but the union members themselves…many of them would vote for Trump over Obama. Similar to what we saw with Reagan in the 1980s. While the union leadership bitched and moaned about Reagan, many of the union members themselves quietly voted for the guy. It infuriated us, but there was nothing we could do about it. The blue collar union guys trusted Reagan. The same thing would play out with Trump.

    Donald Trump would make Obama have to spend money in places like New York, while he would also likely win a state like Florida, which is home to a lot of New York big money. The dynamics of a Trump campaign – I find it a fascinating prospect. He could defeat Obama – he really could. And he can play tough. All of the baggage Obama carries that Republicans are too afraid to bring up – too willing to remain politically correct. Too afraid to be seen as attacking the “Black” president…I don’t think Donald Trump would have that fear.

    And you can’t tell me there aren’t a lot of voters out there screaming at their televisions or radios or whatever, wondering why somebody doesn’t call Obama out on his bullshit. Just lay it out there. Stop playing nice, right. The goddamn country is at stake here and the Republicans are still playing nice. The frustration of that must be huge among conservative voters in America – and they still make up the largest block of overall voters. That frustration is waiting to have somebody speak to it, and Donald Trump, in my opinion, is the best potential candidate right now to do just that.”

    Trump 2012. Read more:

    http://newsflavor.com/politics/us-politics/white-house-insider-election-2012-how-obama-wins-who-can-defeat-him/#ixzz1INgwot3r

  • wbboei

    alcina
    April 2nd, 2011 at 11:38 am
    —————————
    Me too. I was having this conversation with a friend of mine yesterday who I worked closely with on the Hillary campaign. I am looking for a contact in the nascent Trump political organization. Getting in early would be smart, because when and if he does announce, there will be a deluge of people hoping to sign on. I saw the name of the guy who is spearheading this thing just the other day, but I failed to make note of it. I had speculated that he might run as a third party candidate, but my friend told me that will not happen. So he will have to contend with the Roves, the Charles Blacks, and the Texas interests (speaking of which where is Confloyd?)which have alot of control over the party–too much in my opinion. I saw Jebediah Bush just the other day, standing next to Marco Rubio, and I never realized how big Jeb is–like a big tree sloth.

  • Shadowfax

    ps-looking forward to seeing the trump logo. gotta have lots of gold with a capital “T” !

    ————

    A golden Trump card.

  • Shadowfax

    To answer JanH’s question about Trump and why so many are excited for the first time in awhile.

    Here is my reason. I want Hillary, bottom line, no other person makes me happy but her running.

    What would be my next choice of a candidate if she refuses to run again? Someone that would bust the chops of the DNC, Obama, his flea bags that distroyed Hillary’s election and my party. Someone that would take no prisoners, someone that didn’t follow the leader, follow the pack, and someone that would not be beholding to the Obamacrats nor the Rethugs.

    Do I agree with all of Trumps ideas of what he would do if President? No, but I do agree with most of them, which is more than I agree with any person that is planning to run so far.

    The main ones I agree with Trump are closing the damn border, putting a tax on imports so they don’t outsell American products, getting the damn jobs back in America, telling Pakistan they get no more money from the US until they turn over Bin Laden, no union busting but possibly some changes, not destroying women’s rights even if he is prolife, not saving the world at the cost of American taxpayers, charging for our ‘services’……..

    So far, that sounds pretty good to me.

  • Shadowfax

    The ‘last’ installment of the Insider????

    The final installment of our latest D.C. Insider interview reveals President Obama’s plans for victory in 2012 – and what may cause potential defeat, as well as thoughts on Sarah Palin, Mike Huckabee, and others, including a surprising pick regarding the possible candidate most dangerous to Barack Obama.

    But you still say Obama will most likely be re-elected in 2012 – which brings us to the next election cycle, and how the Republicans might defeat Obama. You promised me you would share your thoughts on that.

    That’s right…

    So let’s hear it.

    Yeah – fine. But here’s where I really need you to just sit back and listen. This is my world now – this is what I do. This is what I am. So when I get going on this subject, I don’t want interruptions. Let me go. Not sure where we’ll end up exactly, but don’t interrupt me.

    Fair enough – so get to it.

    Ok…Obama, President Obama, his basic gameplan is to simply re-enact 2007 and 2008 all over again. This idea has been confirmed to me a number of times. That’s Plouffe’s role – bring back the magic. The question on everyone’s mind though is can he actually pull that off? 2008 was an extraordinary event – all the stars were aligned for that, and in hindsight, it was actually quite easy to roll over the electorate. The media was all in for the cause, few questions asked, an articulate, dynamic black candidate – America made up its mind long before the first votes were cast. So as to whether or not Obama can do it all again in 2012…I say yes. I say no.

    Yes because Obama still has the support of most of the media, and that is crucial – so incredibly crucial. Anyone who has not witnessed a campaign from the inside does not fully appreciate how much benefit this is to a candidate – especially one with the kind of baggage Obama comes with. Now will a few media personalities try and question the president the second time around? I believe so – but the campaign is already preparing for that, and will simply attempt to drown out such examples. This campaign has already raised huge sums of money, and the donors who were problematic to Obama last year, are for the most part back on board. He will have their support. They are not nearly as enthusiastic, but most of them will be helping to prop up Obama in 2011 and 2012, or at the very least, not doing anything to get in his way. The Obama team has already starting to spend money in key battleground states. They’ve conducted a slew of internal polling that show the president still has an advantage over a generic Republican candidate, and an electoral path to victory in 2012 – though not as substantial a victory as before. Information is coming out more readily this time around – firms are being hired, or interviewed, and some of these people, while more than willing to cash those checks, are quite a bit more skeptical regarding Obama and the upcoming campaign than last time. The idealism from within the machine is much-much less than before. As one guy put it a few weeks back, “We’ll take their money – but this guy is a hell of a lot weaker candidate than people know.”

    So you will see an even more scripted White House than before – which of course, is saying a lot, because Barack Obama is about as scripted a president as we’ve seen, right? He’s not deliberate – he’s just waiting to be told what to say – and those words have to be first approved by Valerie Jarrett, so the process is slow to form. Obama can’t think on his feet, and he has not real instinctive quality for leadership because he’s been programmed since day one of his adult life. He waits for the script and delivers his lines – and that’s it. And while he’s waiting for the words, he spends time playing golf and watching ESPN, right? As ridiculous as that sounds, that is exactly how this administration functions. A campaign is different though because Obama gets to take the same basic script and go to new locations, so it gives the appearance of someone working hard. He is much more comfortable in that environment – go to one supportive crowd to another, avoid any real questions, smile, nod and wave, and then go off to the next location. Where other candidates get tired of that grind, Obama embraces it. It’s what he is good at – it’s perhaps the only thing he’s good at. Great candidate, horrible leader. And America appears poised to give him another term. People will elect the candidate, and shrug off the lack of leadership. Is that a troubling reality? Hell yes it is – but it’s the truth too, now ain’t it? And the Obama team knows this…they know it, and they are prepared to take full advantage of it. And why shouldn’t they?

    Here’s where things get a bit more interesting though – Jarrett will be in a tug of war with Plouffe – he’s gonna want more input regarding the day to day messaging of the president. You see, this time around, it won’t be candidate Obama running for president, but rather it’s President Obama running for reelection. That’s a huge shift in the dynamics of a campaign. You will have the campaign director Plouffe running face on against the administration director Jarrett, and those two will clash – I guarantee that. And when that happens, Jarrett will push Obama away from Plouffe, and the First Lady will help do the same. Plouffe is white – that alone makes him suspect in the eyes of Jarrett and the First Lady. Am I goin’ there? Yeah – I am. Race…racism, is a significant component of the Obama White House. I’ve already spoken to this subject, and I ain’t letting it go. Americans elected racists to the White House in 2008. They sure as -expletive- did. And I was part of that…don’t think I don’t understand that – and regret it more and more every day.

    So right now, this very minute, there are Obama operatives paying off people, using those hundreds of millions of dollars at their disposal, preparing the road to reelection for Obama in 2012. And I mean they are everywhere. That mess in Wisconsin – holy shit did that spook them. The union thing…that subject…Obama money is being funneled to the recall efforts you know. Millions of dollars to penalize those state politicians who dared to stand up to the unions. And if they succeed, watch out! It will be another huge step in centralized power by the government. I’m not talking Democrat vs Republican here…shit, no. Like I’ve said, these people, the Obamas, the current crop of union leaders…the goddamn so called progressives – they ain’t Democrats. They are something else – something not right. Something very dangerous to what we know as America. They want to change it all. They want to punish the past. They want to make an entirely different future. Hope and Change – what brilliant slogans. Simple and easy to understand. Never knew…all the times I seen those words a few years back – never knew just how sinister those words really were when in the hands of these people…

    But watch for the fight between Plouffe and Jarrett, because it will happen. Word will get out. You might have to hunt for it, but it will get out. Jarrett can’t run a campaign. I read those puff peices back in 2008 – how she was the guiding hand for Obama during the campaign. How she would correct the team when the Wright issue came up…bullshit. What bullshit! That woman is hardcore Chicago. That is all she knows. That’s it. She didn’t get her Senate seat – she’s thick as thieves in that mess now ain’t she? Hell yes she is. THAT sure as hell got her spooked. Part of the reason she’s staying so close to Obama. The powers of a president to protect some misdeeds in the past is strong motivation to remain where the protection is coming from, right? Might explain why Michelle has hung around too, huh? Just sayin’…

    Now I know you want me to talk about who can beat Obama, or how he gets defeated. I’ll do that, but you gotta understand, or I gotta make it very clear here – I don’t see that as likely at this point. As much as I want that to happen – Obama being made a one-termer, that probably won’t happen. He’s got too much campaign cash, too much media protection – gonna be very-very tough situation to overcome regardless of who the Republican candidate is – though I’ve got my ideas on who might overcome that. Before I get to that though I want to also point out for you that Obama is motivated for a second term. Really-really motivated. Not because he loves the job of president – he doesn’t. If people think the guy is detached or distracted from the requirements of being president now, just wait until his second term. He’s gonna step back even more than he already has. Whether it’s Jarrett or somebody else calling the shots at that point, it won’t be Obama. He won’t give a -expletive- at all at that point. What’s motivating him is simple greed. Not legacy or the chance to do good deeds. That’s all bullshit. He’ll say something to the effect that he has work unfinished and needs a second term to complete what he started – that’s already forming as the reelection tag line out of the gate. Heard that one first hand not long ago. Pretty typical stuff – nothing original there, right? But the main reason Obama wants a second term is greed. Apparently they – the President and the First Lady, ran some kind of comparison model with a marketing group, or some-such thing, not sure who or what exactly…but some people came in last summer and explained to the Obamas what their earnings potential would be with just a first term vs two full terms. I was around much more back then, much more connected to the day-to-day workings within the White House, so I have no reason to doubt this. It came from a very reliable source, and I believe the expensing of the study, it…it could be located. That’s what I was told. Might prove embarrassing to the president I would think. At any rate, the First Couple were shown that if they were to complete a full second term, and remember, they would both be relatively young people at that point – their future earnings potential with books, media, appearance fees, board designations, consulting…the whole thing, would be somewhere in the realm of 300% higher over just a single term. Now Obama is gonna be a very wealthy man regardless – but it comes down to whether or not he makes tens of millions after leaving the White House, or hundreds of millions. And that is the Obamas’ motivation for a second term – the primary motivation at any rate. Not helping others. Not finishing a job undone. None of that. It’s greed. That’s it. They want to cash in on this presidential gig as much as possible. You think Gore did well? You think the Clintons have made money? You ain’t seen nothing compared to what is planned for the Obamas.

    Ok, now let’s turn to who can beat Obama. A longshot – but possible. I’ll grant you that. It can happen. I won’t talk about all the possible candidates but the ones I think are most serious about running – or have the best opportunity to form a viable campaign in 2012.

    How about we start with Sarah Palin. I know you like her. Know what? I kinda like her too. She’s managed to do quite well for herself and I gotta admire that a bit. But can she win against Obama in 2012? No way. And I mean no way in hell. She would get maybe 30% of the vote. If the Republicans are stupid enough to allow her the nomination – and I know they are already working to make sure that don’t happen…they don’t want a Christine O’Donnell campaign on a national scale…then they deserve to lose. Get it out of your head – Sarah Palin cannot defeat Barack Obama. Remember when I told you the Obama people worked to get McCain the nomination in 2008? Don’t think they won’t do the same with Palin. She is a danger to the Republicans, not Obama.

    Then we got Romney. He’s a better candidate than Palin – more serious. He lacks something though, right? If I were working his campaign…and let me say something here – I would work for the Romney people. I won’t work for the Obamas. You asked me that off the record a while back and I didn’t give you an answer. Now I am. I won’t do it. No way. I don’t care if I’m offered double what I earned last go round – I might work a campaign coming up – but it will never be for Obama’s reelection. Never.

    As for Romney – he has some funding. He has some experience. Looks decent on camera. But the charisma is lacking a bit. Though I’ve seen studies indicating that might not be such an issue for 2012. People have grown tired of the Obama image thing and want something a bit more…substantial. I don’t believe it entirely though. Too many Americans still not paying attention. Romney is offensive to the Hispanic vote as well. Not sure why, but I’ve seen the numbers. That is a problem. Democrats have spent decades getting illegals into this country and now they are voting in big numbers and the payoff is there. Romney doesn’t appear capable of getting the Hispanic vote. Could be the anti-Mormon thing. Traditional Catholics, which makes up a significant block of the Hispanic vote, are rather hostile to the Mormon Church – at least that’s my understanding of it. So no on Romney, ok? He’s not the answer.

    How about Huckabee? I called him the frontrunner weeks ago, right? Now guess what the polling shows him as? The goddamn frontrunner, right? I saw the internals – knew that to be the case. You might not prefer it, but that is the fact. Huckabee has been very smart with his media presence these past couple years. He’s making some good money, while building up a strong base of support across the nation. Of the first three I’ve mentioned, he’s the strongest possibility to defeat Obama in 2012. Do I think he actually could? No. Would I like him to be our next president? No. Would I prefer him over Obama? Absolutely.

    Then there’s Gingrich. This one interests me. Very-very bright man. Not my favorite character a couple decades ago, but we’ve both grown a bit kinder and gentler since those days. Newt has baggage. Everyone knows that. But what he also has is a genuine intellect and an ability to share his knowledge in a way that is understood by most people. A politician like Obama talks a lot but doesn’t say anything. A politician like Gingrich talks a lot and says even more – that make sense? Intellectually he is far superior to Barack Obama. Trust me on that one. I’ve said it many times before, but why not again? Barack Obama is not nearly as bright as the image that has been created around him – and if people were to see him off script just a few times, they would walk away knowing we have a very…limited, man sitting in the White House these days. Newt is far from limited intellectually. He has the brains, he is somewhat charismatic, he would pose a serious risk to Obama during the debates…but the media would attack him ruthlessly. I am not so certain he could withstand that attack. No, let me clarify that. He would not survive that attack. Obama would have to do little – the media would destroy Gingrich, much the same way it would destroy Palin.

    So now I want to talk about the candidate I think could defeat President Obama and make him a one-termer. Never considered this person until a couple months ago when I was told he was thinking very seriously about being the Republican candidate. At first I thought it was something of a joke, or some kind of marketing gimmick, but since then others have confirmed its legit – and considerable money is already being spent in preparation. And you know what – I think this guy could win. He really could. And I would gladly work for this campaign…

    Donald Trump.

    He has name recognition that is as great as Obama’s – perhaps greater. He could easily spend $50 million or more of his own money on the campaign – that alone makes him as viable as any of the others. And there are stirrings of significant donors – companies fed up with Obama’s draconian attacks on American business, who could easily raise tens of millions more on behalf of a Trump campaign. He’s well versed in dealing with the media. He already has a boots on the ground organization that could readily engage in a national campaign. He has far more international experience than any other candidate would – including the current President of the United States. And here is something that most aren’t talking about – but it has the Obama reelection team already worried…Donald Trump enjoys strong support among the union rank and file. His words against China – jobs going to China, is brilliant. Union members – not the far left union leadership, but the union members themselves…many of them would vote for Trump over Obama. Similar to what we saw with Reagan in the 1980s. While the union leadership bitched and moaned about Reagan, many of the union members themselves quietly voted for the guy. It infuriated us, but there was nothing we could do about it. The blue collar union guys trusted Reagan. The same thing would play out with Trump. Donald Trump would make Obama have to spend money in places like New York, while he would also likely win a state like Florida, which is home to a lot of New York big money. The dynamics of a Trump campaign – I find it a fascinating prospect. He could defeat Obama – he really could. And he can play tough. All of the baggage Obama carries that Republicans are too afraid to bring up – too willing to remain politically correct. Too afraid to be seen as attacking the “Black” president…I don’t think Donald Trump would have that fear. And you can’t tell me there aren’t a lot of voters out there screaming at their televisions or radios or whatever, wondering why somebody doesn’t call Obama out on his bullshit. Just lay it out there. Stop playing nice, right. The goddamn country is at stake here and the Republicans are still playing nice. The frustration of that must be huge among conservative voters in America – and they still make up the largest block of overall voters. That frustration is waiting to have somebody speak to it, and Donald Trump, in my opinion, is the best potential candidate right now to do just that.

  • turndownobama

    One strategic problem with Trump (or any GOP) as POTUS in 2012): it leaves Obama a one-term president therefore able to run for the Dem nomination again in 2016.

    Remember it’s not about what Obama wants or whether he could win in Nov 2016. For his biggest backers it’s all about blocking Hillary.

  • pm317

    alcina, He will officially call the WH ‘Trump House’ if he wins and plaster it with gold of course..

  • turndownobama

    the defense fund she had collected for them was frozen.

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    First I’ve heard of that.

  • turndownobama

    Is this sudden frenzy to jump on his bandwagon maybe like jumping out of the frying pan and into the fire?

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

    Good question. He may be an al Qaeda operative. :wink:

  • lorac

    Shadowfax: The ‘last’ installment of the Insider????

    The final installment of our latest D.C. Insider interview

    Shadow, I’ve noticed that sometimes Ulsterman breaks up an interview when publishing it. If an interview is particularly long, he’ll publish it in installments. So I’m guessing this one was the last of a particular interview, not of the whole series….

  • turndownobama

    not destroying women’s rights even if he is prolife

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

    What evidence do we have of this? Sarah has a track record as Gov.

    What’s Trump’s track record as CEO? Maternity leave? Abortion/contraception rights in company HC? Benefits for gay partners?

    Btw I’m not taking a position against Trump. He does seem better than any other GOP except Sarah.

  • pm317

    if Obama can’t win the second term he will be a tainted brand and (he is already there to some extent) will not resurface in 2016. He was not much of a brand in 2008 lest we forget, he just got enough for his moneymakers to drag him through the finish line in the primary.

    Incidentally, Trump is older than Hillary by one year and I don’t hear anybody complaining he is old but when we think of Hillary in 2016, some do. Double standard, much?

  • wbboei

    Mr. Obama’s problem is that his handling of foreign policy challenges like Libya adds to his image of weakness. As a general rule, strong leaders get re-elected; weak ones don’t.

    This is a chief executive who is willing America into a subordinate, non-leadership role in world affairs, who sees the United States as an ordinary nation. This is a potentially toxic political brew for any politician, but most especially for a commander in chief.
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    Obama Bungles the Libya Speech
    by Karl Rove

    The president seems irresolute and unreliable, even when doing the right thing.
    Wars, even good ones, require worthy explanation and justification. Both were missing in President Obama’s address to the nation on Monday night.

    While the president’s speech on Libya was adequate at times, what stood out were statements that were contradictory, confusing and outright untrue.

    Mr. Obama said “an important strategic interest” was at risk in Libya. I believe that’s so. But members of Mr. Obama’s national security team send the opposite message.

    The president insisted that America “took a series of swift steps in a matter of days.” In fact, the administration dithered for over two weeks. Mr. Obama claimed, “At my direction, America led an effort” to create “a no-fly zone . . . to protect the Libyan people.” In truth, the direction and leadership came from the French, the British, and even the Arab League. Thank goodness French President Nicolas Sarkozy and British Prime Minister David Cameron had the brass to push for bombing. Otherwise Mr. Obama still might be contemplating action, not taking it.

    On Monday, the candidate who dismissed a coalition of 40 countries in Iraq became the president celebrating an alliance of only 15 nations operating in Libya. He also insisted the operation’s command would move swiftly from America to NATO, to give the appearance of transferring the mission to a multinational body. Mr. Obama didn’t remind the country that NATO is commanded by an American, Adm. James Stavridis. So the baton has been handed from an American general to an American admiral.

    The president said, “I made it clear that Gadhafi had lost the confidence of his people and the legitimacy to lead, and I said that he needed to step down.” But Mr. Obama still has offered no real strategy to bring about the Libyan dictator’s removal. When an American president says someone should go, they really must. If they stay, America’s credibility is undermined and adversaries are emboldened.

    Mr. Obama also came out rhetorically for his predecessor’s Freedom Agenda, saying America supports “freedom for people to express themselves and choose their leaders” throughout the region. That statement is at odds with what Mr. Obama said in June 2005, when he insisted “we cannot, and should not, foist our own vision of democracy” on the Middle East.

    The president claimed he authorized military action after consulting the bipartisan leadership of Congress. Not quite. Mr. Obama made his decision Tuesday, then waited nearly three days before informing 18 members of Congress that bombing would commence—in 90 minutes! If Mr. Obama’s predecessor had tried to pass that off as serious congressional “consultation,” then-Senate Foreign Affairs Chairman Joe Biden would have called for impeachment hearings.

    All this muddle adds to the sense that Mr. Obama is irresolute, weak and unreliable, even when doing the right thing.

    Among a president’s most important possessions is a reputation as a strong leader. A Gallup poll released yesterday found that 52% of Americans see President Obama “as a strong and decisive leader.” That’s down from 60% a year ago and 73% in April 2009. Only 17% in a March 22 Reuters/Ipsos poll saw Mr. Obama as a strong and decisive military leader.

    The economy will dominate the 2012 presidential election, but national security issues will shape public attitudes about Mr. Obama as well. Issues eventually congeal to create an impression of a president’s public character. Mr. Obama’s problem is that his handling of foreign policy challenges like Libya adds to his image of weakness. As a general rule, strong leaders get re-elected; weak ones don’t.

    This is a chief executive who is willing America into a subordinate, non-leadership role in world affairs, who sees the United States as an ordinary nation. This is a potentially toxic political brew for any politician, but most especially for a commander in chief.

  • turndownobama

    he just got enough for his moneymakers to drag him through the finish line in the primary.

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

    That’s all they really need him to do in 2016: block Hillary in the primary. And there will be a lot of koolaid Hillary haters to caucus for him.

    Good point about age!

  • wbboei

    This is where Obama is killing us and Trump just might save us. The root of the problem, and who feeds it.
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    We’ve Become a Nation of Takers, Not Makers
    More Americans work for the government than in manufacturing, farming, fishing, forestry, mining and utilities combined

    If you want to understand better why so many states—from New York to Wisconsin to California—are teetering on the brink of bankruptcy, consider this depressing statistic: Today in America there are nearly twice as many people working for the government (22.5 million) than in all of manufacturing (11.5 million). This is an almost exact reversal of the situation in 1960, when there were 15 million workers in manufacturing and 8.7 million collecting a paycheck from the government.

    It gets worse. More Americans work for the government than work in construction, farming, fishing, forestry, manufacturing, mining and utilities combined. We have moved decisively from a nation of makers to a nation of takers. Nearly half of the $2.2 trillion cost of state and local governments is the $1 trillion-a-year tab for pay and benefits of state and local employees. Is it any wonder that so many states and cities cannot pay their bills?

    Every state in America today except for two—Indiana and Wisconsin—has more government workers on the payroll than people manufacturing industrial goods. Consider California, which has the highest budget deficit in the history of the states. The not-so Golden State now has an incredible 2.4 million government employees—twice as many as people at work in manufacturing. New Jersey has just under two-and-a-half as many government employees as manufacturers. Florida’s ratio is more than 3 to 1. So is New York’s.

    Even Michigan, at one time the auto capital of the world, and Pennsylvania, once the steel capital, have more government bureaucrats than people making things. The leaders in government hiring are Wyoming and New Mexico, which have hired more than six government workers for every manufacturing worker.

    Now it is certainly true that many states have not typically been home to traditional manufacturing operations. Iowa and Nebraska are farm states, for example. But in those states, there are at least five times more government workers than farmers. West Virginia is the mining capital of the world, yet it has at least three times more government workers than miners. New York is the financial capital of the world—at least for now. That sector employs roughly 670,000 New Yorkers. That’s less than half of the state’s 1.48 million government employees.

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    Don’t expect a reversal of this trend anytime soon. Surveys of college graduates are finding that more and more of our top minds want to work for the government. Why? Because in recent years only government agencies have been hiring, and because the offer of near lifetime security is highly valued in these times of economic turbulence. When 23-year-olds aren’t willing to take career risks, we have a real problem on our hands. Sadly, we could end up with a generation of Americans who want to work at the Department of Motor Vehicles.

    The employment trends described here are explained in part by hugely beneficial productivity improvements in such traditional industries as farming, manufacturing, financial services and telecommunications. These produce far more output per worker than in the past. The typical farmer, for example, is today at least three times more productive than in 1950.

    Where are the productivity gains in government? Consider a core function of state and local governments: schools. Over the period 1970-2005, school spending per pupil, adjusted for inflation, doubled, while standardized achievement test scores were flat. Over roughly that same time period, public-school employment doubled per student, according to a study by researchers at the University of Washington. That is what economists call negative productivity.

    But education is an industry where we measure performance backwards: We gauge school performance not by outputs, but by inputs. If quality falls, we say we didn’t pay teachers enough or we need smaller class sizes or newer schools. If education had undergone the same productivity revolution that manufacturing has, we would have half as many educators, smaller school budgets, and higher graduation rates and test scores.

    The same is true of almost all other government services. Mass transit spends more and more every year and yet a much smaller share of Americans use trains and buses today than in past decades. One way that private companies spur productivity is by firing underperforming employees and rewarding excellence. In government employment, tenure for teachers and near lifetime employment for other civil servants shields workers from this basic system of reward and punishment. It is a system that breeds mediocrity, which is what we’ve gotten.

    Most reasonable steps to restrain public-sector employment costs are smothered by the unions. Study after study has shown that states and cities could shave 20% to 40% off the cost of many services—fire fighting, public transportation, garbage collection, administrative functions, even prison operations—through competitive contracting to private providers. But unions have blocked many of those efforts. Public employees maintain that they are underpaid relative to equally qualified private-sector workers, yet they are deathly afraid of competitive bidding for government services.

    President Obama says we have to retool our economy to “win the future.” The only way to do that is to grow the economy that makes things, not the sector that takes things.

    Mr. Moore is senior economics writer for The Wall Street Journal editorial page.

  • wbboei

    President Obama says we have to retool our economy to “win the future.” The only way to do that is to grow the economy that makes things, not the sector that takes things. (ibid)
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    And how likely is it that Obama will ever “grow an economy that makes tings” given his history of looting his pay to play modus operendi and the global business interests of the people who control him. Globalists want to manufacture goods in the cheapest labor markets, move them through a supply chain to the most lucrative markets. The United States is not the cheapest venue for manufacturing–ergo they will not support it. All rhetoric and lies to the contrary notwithstanding, Obama will not recreate a manufacturing sector in this country. That one you can take to the bank.

  • Shadowfax

    lorac

    I’ve noticed that sometimes Ulsterman breaks up an interview when publishing it. If an interview is particularly long, he’ll publish it in installments. So I’m guessing this one was the last of a particular interview, not of the whole series….

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    I was wondering if that is what he meant too…

  • Shadowfax

    pm317

    Incidentally, Trump is older than Hillary by one year and I don’t hear anybody complaining he is old but when we think of Hillary in 2016, some do. Double standard, much?
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    No kidding pm317…ageism seems to only apply as attacks on women.

  • pm317

    Women generally lead healthier and productive lives longer (lower mortality) than men, to add to the irony..

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Life_expectancy

  • Mrs. Smith

    JanH
    April 2nd, 2011 at 10:20 am

    I’m just wondering about Donald Trump. Is he really the good guy here? The savior from all that is obama?
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    We all speculated as to who would be the “ice-breaker” candidate opposing Obama for his re-election. The term icebreaker was coined by the Ulsterman revelations with subtle clues piquing our interest such as- The icebreaker candidate will not be a conventional politician. Another clue was- he will take Obama on in a Big way- which is also true of Trump. So, it looks like one of Ulsterman’s predictions are coming true…. and as an overview, it looks like there is a plan in play!

  • Mrs. Smith

    JanH

    Here is the salient part of Ulsterman’s post:

    Here is an excerpt from Ulsterman on Trump:

    “So now I want to talk about the candidate I think could defeat President Obama and make him a one-termer. Never considered this person until a couple months ago when I was told he was thinking very seriously about being the Republican candidate. At first I thought it was something of a joke, or some kind of marketing gimmick, but since then others have confirmed its legit – and considerable money is already being spent in preparation. And you know what – I think this guy could win. He really could. And I would gladly work for this campaign…”

    Donald Trump.

    “He has name recognition that is as great as Obama’s – perhaps greater. He could easily spend $50 million or more of his own money on the campaign – that alone makes him as viable as any of the others. And there are stirrings of significant donors – companies fed up with Obama’s draconian attacks on American business, who could easily raise tens of millions more on behalf of a Trump campaign. He’s well versed in dealing with the media. He already has a boots on the ground organization that could readily engage in a national campaign. He has far more international experience than any other candidate would – including the current President of the United States.

    And here is something that most aren’t talking about – but it has the Obama reelection team already worried… Donald Trump enjoys strong support among the union rank and file. His words against China – jobs going to China, is brilliant. Union members – not the far left union leadership, but the union members themselves…many of them would vote for Trump over Obama. Similar to what we saw with Reagan in the 1980s. While the union leadership bitched and moaned about Reagan, many of the union members themselves quietly voted for the guy. It infuriated us, but there was nothing we could do about it. The blue collar union guys trusted Reagan. The same thing would play out with Trump.

    Donald Trump would make Obama have to spend money in places like New York, while he would also likely win a state like Florida, which is home to a lot of New York big money. The dynamics of a Trump campaign – I find it a fascinating prospect. He could defeat Obama – he really could. And he can play tough. All of the baggage Obama carries that Republicans are too afraid to bring up – too willing to remain politically correct. Too afraid to be seen as attacking the “Black” president…I don’t think Donald Trump would have that fear.

    And you can’t tell me there aren’t a lot of voters out there screaming at their televisions or radios or whatever, wondering why somebody doesn’t call Obama out on his bullshit. Just lay it out there. Stop playing nice, right. The goddamn country is at stake here and the Republicans are still playing nice. The frustration of that must be huge among conservative voters in America – and they still make up the largest block of overall voters. That frustration is waiting to have somebody speak to it, and Donald Trump, in my opinion, is the best potential candidate right now to do just that.”

    Trump 2012. Read more:

    http://newsflavor.com/politics/us-politics/white-house-insider-election-2012-how-obama-wins-who-can-defeat-him/#ixzz1INgwot3r

  • Mrs. Smith

    JanH

    I think Trump is in mission mode. His mission is to reveal ALL of Obama’s college transcripts, his Thesis, places he’s traveled from the time he was a child to the present that should be documented in his Passport book, all this, if an when he gets a response from Obama once and if he reveals his Birth certificate.

    I don’t think the Birth Certificate question will be the end of Trump’s inquiry- and I don’t think Obama realizes he has a Pit Bull on his tail.

  • wbboei

    I was reading a wsj article which purports to deal with the improved job numbers for March, and makes no mention of the material defects in those numbers which Larry Johnson dutifully reports, as above. Prominently featured in that article was a comment by Kevin Hassert a senior official and so called economist at the American Enterprise Institute, who must be heavily influenced by that other dweeeb Norman Ornstein. What this jerk-off Hassert says is that the picture going forward is rosy, and about all the Republicans is throw stuff up against the wall and hope some of it sticks. He says this of course as stated like California, and even his old state of Michigan (this was before he became a Washington wise man, just like that fucking storming Norman who love a camera almost as much as greaseball Schumer. But what the public needs to know about Hassert is just a few years back before 2008 he wrote a book on a 3600 DOW. Talk about seeing land where there is no land. Makes you wonder who is paying him–besides the American Enterprise Institute.

  • Mrs. Smith

    JanH-

    I thought I posted these responses earlier but couldn’t find them. I guess my puter hiccuped and didn’t get them posted.. It’s been acting stange lately, I’ve been losing posts, so I am not surprised.

  • wbboei

    In fairness, he does raise other issue, and suggests broadening the attack on Obama. But for an economist like him at a conservative think tank like AEI to not look behind those numbers and comment upon the smoke and mirrors impeaches whatever credibility he might claim to have. Of course, the 3600 DOW prediction raises additional doubts about his judgment as an economist and as a reader of the tea leaves. Did the words irrational exuberance mean nothing to him.

  • wbboei

    I think Trump is in mission mode. His mission is to reveal ALL of Obama’s college transcripts, his Thesis, places he’s traveled from the time he was a child to the present that should be documented in his Passport book, all this, if an when he gets a response from Obama once and if he reveals his Birth certificate.

    I don’t think the Birth Certificate question will be the end of Trump’s inquiry- and I don’t think Obama realizes he has a Pit Bull on his tail.
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    well put. As predictions go that I believe is an accurate one.

  • holdthemaccountable

    turndown 12:57 pm
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    There’s a lot of stuff out there, I chose this which is from Sarah’s perspective:

    The left-wing media wants you to think Governor Palin is an “ethics violator.” But they ignore the actual findings that Governor Palin acted in good faith and relied on a team of expert trust lawyers to set it up. They ignore that Governor Palin stated one overriding principle: if the trust fund could be lawfully set up, she would support it. That is hardly the action of a person bent on skirting the law, contrary to the hysterical commentaries. But they ignore the truth and prefer to propagate lies about Sarah Palin. Chris, this ruling is nothing but a political hatchet job designed to embarrass Governor Palin, destroy her financially, and smear her good name. But YOU can help restore her good name!
    What they DON’T want you to know is that:
    * The National Democratic Committee used its Alaska chapter, the Alaska Democratic Party (ADP), to create a website with one stated goal: “Keep Sarah Palin Out of Public Office.” To this day, the Democrats are using this website to publicly seek donations for funding bogus “legal challenges involving issues related to Sarah Palin.”
    * The ADP’s “Keep Sarah Palin Out of Public Office” campaign has used our own legal system to sponsor more than two dozen ethics complaints against Gov. Palin. Yet, out of 27 complaints, 26 have already been dismissed!
    * Last but not least, the so-called “independent counsel” who started this investigation was an attorney from none other than President Barack Obama’s law firm. My friend, this is a witch hunt, pure and simple.

    So today, we are starting over. Her legal bills are still there and growing. Will you please help her and give your very best gift to The Sarah Palin Legal Defense Fund today? It is urgent that we help relieve this crushing legal burden.
    Yours truly,
    The Sarah Palin Legal Defense Fund
    P.S. When Gov. Palin complained about Barack Obama’s law firm having a conflict of interest during the investigation, they were replaced by attorney Timothy Petumenos, whose public records show repeated financial contributions to Democrats running for Alaskan office. You tell me what’s going on here! We need your help!
    The Sarah Palin Legal Defense Fund | http://www.SarahPalinLegalDefenseFund.org | info@sarahpalinlegaldefensefund.org
    645 G Street | Suite 100 # 711 | Anchorage, AK | 99501
    http://www.politico.com/blogs/bensmith/0610/Palin_allies_launch_new_legal_defense_fund_citing_witch_hunt.html

  • Mrs. Smith

    These people keep trying to save their reactors while the radioactive material if getting dispersed into the sea. When is the US going to step up and tell them to bury the thing? Japan has become a liability to every living thing on the planet!
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    Japanese nuclear workers face new threat from radioactive groundwater

    • Fukushima workers surviving on two small meals a day
    • Technicians sleep in corridors during three-day shifts
    • Radiation monitors shared between employees

    Workers at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant face new threats to their health after radiation exceeding safety levels was found to have seeped into groundwater near the facility.

    The plant’s operator, Tokyo Electric Power (Tepco), was the target of further criticism amid reports that some workers at the site had not been provided with personal radiation monitors.

    Tepco’s handling of the crisis has come under closer scrutiny since three workers were exposed to dangerously high levels of radiation last week. They have all been discharged from hospital after suffering no ill effects.

    Japan’s nuclear and industrial safety agency, Nisa, ordered the firm to review its latest radiation measurements taken from the air, seawater and groundwater, saying they seemed suspiciously high.

    Earlier on Friday Tepco reported that groundwater beneath one of the plant’s six reactors contained levels of radioactive iodine 10,000 times higher than government standards.

    “We have our suspicions about their isotope analysis,” said Hidehiko Nishiyama, a Nisa spokesman. Tepco said that a computer software fault could be responsible for the high readings, but added that the data could turn out to be accurate.

    Experts said it was unlikely that the radioactive iodine-131 found nearly 15 metres (50ft) below one of the reactors would find its way into drinking water.

    For several days authorities have issued assurances that none of the radiation readings are high enough to present a threat to people living beyond the 12-mile (20km) evacuation zone.

    But the risks being taken by about 600 technicians, engineers, firefighters and troops as they struggle to contain radiation leaks have only increased.

    Tepco admitted it had not been able to provide enough dosimeters to teams of workers who are completing gruelling three-day shifts in an attempt to remove and dispose of radioactive pools of water and prevent damaged fuel rods from going into full meltdown.

    Tepco said it had secured additional gauges to replace hundreds that were damaged in the 11 March tsunami. “We must ensure the workers’ health and safety, but we also face a pressing need to get the work done as quickly as possible,” Nishiyama said, adding that sharing meters up until now had been “unavoidable”.

    Soon after the disaster the health ministry raised the maximum radiation level to which each worker can safely be exposed from 100 millisieverts a year to 250 millisieverts a year to enable them to spend more time in contaminated areas.

    Nisa said that 21 workers had so far been exposed to radiation exceeding 100 millisieverts, although tests have shown that no one has been exposed to radiation high enough to damage their health.

    Sumio Imoto, a spokesman for one of Tepco’s main subcontractors, said its labourers were being looked after and were not taking unnecessary risks. “The safety of our employees is our primary concern,” he said, “but keeping up morale is a big challenge.”

    Robert Peter Gale, a US medical researcher who has been advising the Japanese government, said: “There’s a huge difference between whole-body and partial-body radiation.

    “One of my primary considerations is the geometry of the reactor and the likelihood that people are in a configuration that would give them full-body radiation. It’s not impossible, but it’s highly unlikely. They have to be exposed in their entirety from three to four metres to get a whole-body dose. This is not a kamikaze situation.”

    According to the few reliable descriptions of conditions at the plant, the workers are given just two meals a day – crackers and a small carton of vegetable juice for breakfast; dried rice and canned fish or chicken for dinner – and take naps in cramped corridors on lead-lined sheets to limit their exposure to radiation.

    “That’s where they sleep, with only one blanket each to wrap themselves around,” said Kazuma Yokota, a Nisa official who spent five days at the plant.

    Yokota said the rush to save the plant meant some workers had been unable to change their underwear, while high radiation levels were hampering the arrival of fresh supplies.

    Conditions have marginally improved amid widespread admiration for the workers, initially nicknamed the Fukushima 50 because they worked in groups of that number. Their daily bottled water allowance has increased and the government has vowed to improve food supplies. The workers’ nightly meeting ends with shouts of “ganbaro!” (“let’s keep going”).

    The anonymous workers have little or no contact with the outside world while they are on site, and media interviews are discouraged. “They are doing their best while they aren’t even able to contact members of their family,” Yokota said.

    After three days’ work they spend three days at J-Village, a nearby sports complex, for a shower, proper food and sleep.

    “It isn’t perfect, but it does provide a place for the workers to pull back and get some rest before they have to go back in,” said a Tepco spokesman, Hirota Oyama. “They can eat fresh vegetables, something they can’t do on the site.”

    The prime minister, Naoto Kan, will visit the sports complex on Saturday to show his support. His spokesman, Yukio Edano, said: “I humbly bow to the workers and officials who are doing difficult jobs at the plant’s frontline.”

    Japanese media reported that nuclear workers had been offered up to 400,000 yen (£3,000) a day to work inside the crippled reactors. Before the crisis some contract workers were reportedly being paid as little as 10,000 to 20,000 yen (£75 to £150) a day.

    Tepco said it was considering using “jumpers”, or workers who enter highly radioactive reactors to perform short but essential tasks, then evacuate quickly to avoid prolonged exposure to radiation.

    An early return home is unlikely given the perilous condition of the plant three weeks after the tsunami. As Kan warned on Friday: “I am prepared for a long-term battle over the Fukushima nuclear plant and to win this battle.

    “At the current stage we cannot say that the plant has been sufficiently stabilised. But we are preparing for all kinds of situations and I am convinced that the plant can be stabilised. We cannot say at this stage when this will happen, but we are doing our best.”

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2011/apr/01/japanese-nuclear-workers-groundwater
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    Your best is not good enough- your reactors needed to be buried weeks ago. My quation is this- How long is the US going to wait for addressing this disaster? Is the US going to wait until the sea is completely dead and nothing is left for marine life to survive?

  • Mrs. Smith

    I guess the Japanese think if they won’t be able to live- then no one else should either.

    Misery loves company!
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    Source of Toxic Water Found

    TOKYO—A source of highly radioactive water escaping into the ocean from the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant was identified Saturday, but authorities weren’t able to say if the discovery will stop the continuing contamination that has already spread 40 kilometers into the open sea.

    Plant operator Tokyo Electric Power Co. said it has found a 20-centimeter crack in a two-meter-deep chamber holding cables for the No. 2 reactor, which is believed to be leaking highly toxic water from its nuclear core.

    It the conduit, which is 10 to 20 centimeters deep in radioactive water, workers found a highly dangerous airborne …

    http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052748703712504576238143895170426.html?mod=googlenews_wsj
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    Do we have to wait until this radioactive sea water washes up on the beaches of the West Coast before anything is done about it?

  • Carol

    What is good about Trump is that he is not a politician. He is probably more centrist than any candidate either party wold run. US politics is so corrupt that we need an “outsider”. Perhaps that would open the playing field for future elections and weaken both existing parties…..neither of which is any good IMHO.
    I hope he stays in the mix long enough to expose O.

  • Mrs. Smith

    I’m glad I found a news agency willing to sound the alarm- They are asking the same questions I’m asking myself- Now that the EPA has pulled out many radiation devices in CA. But- CA is showing radiation is seeping into their drinking water- Oh, well- who cares.. it won’t hurt- much.
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    Government Responds to Nuclear Accident by Trying to Raise Acceptable Radiation Levels and Pretending that Radiation is Good For Us

    03/29/2011

    When the economy imploded in 2008, how did the government respond?

    Did it crack down on fraud? Force bankrupt companies to admit that their speculative gambling with our money had failed? Rein in the funny business?

    Of course not!

    The government just helped cover up how bad things were, used claims of national security to keep everything in the dark, and changed basic rules and definitions to allow the game to continue. See this, this, this and this.

    When BP – through criminal negligence – blew out the Deepwater Horizon oil well, the government helped cover it up (the cover up is ongoing).

    The government also changed the testing standards for seafood to pretend that higher levels of toxic PAHs in our food was business-as-usual.

    So now that Japan is suffering the worst nuclear accident since Chernobyl – if not of all time – is the government riding to the rescue to help fix the problem, or at least to provide accurate information to its citizens so they can make informed decisions?

    Of course not!

    The EPA is closing ranks with the nuclear power industry:

    EPA officials, however, refused to answer questions or make staff members available to explain the exact location and number of monitors, or the levels of radiation, if any, being recorded at existing monitors in California. Margot Perez-Sullivan, a spokeswoman at the EPA’s regional headquarters in San Francisco, said the agency’s written statement would stand on its own.

    Critics said the public needs more information.

    “It’s disappointing,” said Bill Magavern, director of Sierra Club California. “I have a strong suspicion that EPA is being silenced by those in the federal government who don’t want anything to stand in the way of a nuclear power expansion in this country, heavily subsidized by taxpayer money.”

    EPA officials, however, refused to answer questions or make staff members available to explain the exact location and number of monitors, or the levels of radiation, if any, being recorded at existing monitors in California. Margot Perez-Sullivan, a spokeswoman at the EPA’s regional headquarters in San Francisco, said the agency’s written statement would stand on its own.

    Critics said the public needs more information.

    “It’s disappointing,” said Bill Magavern, director of Sierra Club California. “I have a strong suspicion that EPA is being silenced by those in the federal government who don’t want anything to stand in the way of a nuclear power expansion in this country, heavily subsidized by taxpayer money.”

    The EPA has pulled 8 of its 18 radiation monitors in California, Oregon and Washington because (by implication) they are giving readings which seem too high.

    Remember, for the sake of context, that the government has covered up nuclear meltdowns for fifty years to protect the nuclear power industry.

    And now, the EPA is considering drastically raising the amount of allowable radiation in food, water and the environment.

    As Michael Kane writes:

    In the wake of the continuing nuclear tragedy in Japan, the United States government is still moving quickly to increase the amounts of radiation the population can “safely” absorb by raising the safe zone for exposure to levels designed to protect the government and nuclear industry more than human life. It’s all about cutting costs now as the infinite-growth paradigm sputters and moves towards extinction. As has been demonstrated by government conduct in the Gulf of Mexico in the wake of Deepwater Horizon and in Japan, life has taken a back seat to cost-cutting and public relations posturing.

    The game plan now appears to be to protect government and the nuclear industry from “excessive costs”… at any cost.

    ***

    In 1992, the EPA produced a PAGs manual that answers many of these questions. But now an update to the 1992 manual is being planned, and if the “Dr. Strangelove” wing of the EPA has its way, here is what it means (brace yourself for these ludicrous increases):

    •A nearly 1000-fold increase for exposure to strontium-90;
    •A 3000 to 100,000-fold hike for exposure to iodine-131; and
    •An almost 25,000 rise for exposure to radioactive nickel-63.
    The new radiation guidelines would also allow long-term cleanup thresholds thousands of times more lax than anything EPA has ever judged safe in the past.
    And see this.

    Indeed, some government scientists and media shills are now “reexamining” old studies that show that radioactive substances like plutonium cause cancer to argue that prevent cancer.

    It is not just bubbleheads like Ann Coulter saying this. Government scientists from the Pacific Northwest National Laboratories and pro-nuclear hacks like Lawrence Solomon are saying this.

    In other words, this is a concerted propaganda campaign to cover up the severity of a major nuclear accident by raising acceptable levels of radiation and saying that a little radiation is good for us.

    http://www.zerohedge.com/article/government-responds-nuclear-accident-trying-raise-acceptable-radiation-levels-and-pretending

  • Carol

    Let’s face it….right now in order to run for office you have to be very rich or the puppet of the very rich.

    I give Trump credit for being a good parent (he appears to have raised good kids) and a successful businessman.
    I wish we could have a candidate who is tougher on illegals and would commit to deporting more.

  • basil9

    Shadowfax,

    Thanks for reposting the Ulstermann excerpt. I read it the other day and I found it intriguing.

    I hope Trump keeps punching and doesn’t back down.

  • basil9

    I hope he stays in the mix long enough to expose O.

    Me too, Carol.

  • Shadowfax

    Carol
    April 2nd, 2011 at 3:53 pm

    What is good about Trump is that he is not a politician. He is probably more centrist than any candidate either party wold run. US politics is so corrupt that we need an “outsider”. Perhaps that would open the playing field for future elections and weaken both existing parties…..neither of which is any good IMHO.

    —————
    Yup, I totally agree with you Carol, and I bet many politicians are pist that Trump is stealing their thunder, especially after they thought it was their place in history to steal the stage……….comes to mind, The Young Guns.

    Next to Trump’s guns, they came to the fight with a squirt guns.

  • alcina

    “from the desk of donald trump”
    is that a pic of JFK on his desk??

    http://shouldtrumprun.com/

  • JanH

    Thank you to everyone who responded to my question about Trump. I have read all of your comments with great interest and feel a little smarter now about the man and his ideas.

  • basil9

    It looks like a bust of JFK.

  • alcina

    sorry guys..after further examination, i think it is a bronze bas-relief of the donald himself. obviously sculpted on a good hair day. the bottom lip is too pouty for JFK.

  • JanH

    lorac
    April 2nd, 2011 at 12:23 pm

    ——————–
    Thank you for linking that very interesting interview for me.

  • tim

    its a bust of JFK. Trump had an interview on CNBC about 2 years ago and he was describing it to Larry Kudlow then.

  • Mrs. Smith

    Sorry, for the interuption folks- I thought our friends on the West coast needed to be aware of the danger they are facing from the radiation leaking into the sea water in Japan. Now that radiation is seeping into CA drinking water.

    Well, anyhow, while everyone is awake anyway.

  • basil9

    http://hotair.com/archives/2011/04/02/why-veena-maliks-smackdown-of-an-egyptian-mullah-was-a-seminal-moment-for-feminism/

    Excellent article on how western women journalist types stupidly continue to ignore the horrible oppression of women in Muslim societies in order to continue their clarion call for “multicultural” tolerance.

    What complete and total BS. One prominetn writr, Naomo Wolf, has even written a column talking about how sexy the burka is.

    FoolS!

    For the record, that’s another reason I like Trump. He has publicly condemned the burka just like they did in France.

  • alcina

    tim

    thank you for the clarification. these eyes ain’t what they used to be!

  • tim

    Waffles already ready to tell America why they have to again vote for him, campaign starting this comning week.

    http://gatewaypundit.rightnetwork.com/2011/04/mr-disaster-obama-likely-to-launch-2012-campaign-next-week/

  • tim

    alcina
    April 2nd, 2011 at 4:48 pm

    You’re welcome. I might be wrong of course, :-) . But I remember Trump’s interview on Kudlow’s show and he was saying how JFK was a great president and mentioned that bust.

  • tim

    We’ll know how seriously Waffle’s chicago mafia take Trump in the coming weeks by the attacks, the LSM has already started (Mika called Trump “mean” LOL!!), once they figure out Trump cannot be silenced, we shall see just how they ramp up these attacks.

  • basil9

    tim,

    It will be interesting to see if they can do to Trump what they have done to women mavericks including HRC, Gerry and Palin.

    Or will they pull back because he’s a man?

    The frat boy mentality of LSM since BO took office, the smears against women in this country, the radio silence on abuse of women in Muslim societies has got me wondering these days about defacto support for global oppression of women. I am not kidding. And stupidly, the young women in this country do not seem to get it at all.

  • ohanson

    Japanese Radiation Poisoning the World

    Things have never been worse for the world. The horrible explosion and release of radiation from the Fukushima nuclear plant is certain to result in billions of deaths, as fallout levels now exceed all safety levels. In a horrifying series of developments, world authorities have begun to announce that radiation from the plant has been detected in the food supplies of the entire world. At this point it seems it may be too late to avert the end of humanity.

    Uranium, the deadliest material known to man has now been detected across the world. The uranium probably came from the Fukushima nuclear reactor although it may have come from uranium weapons being used against civilians in Libya and elsewhere.

    According to one official from the US EPA:

    “We tested over two thousand soil samples from across the US and representing all fifty states. In all cases, uranium above the threshold of detection was found in the soil. In some cases, the levels were high enough to be readily apparent with even a simple Geiger counter. Additionally, nearly all the soil samples tested positive for other deadly isotopes including thorium and radioactive isotopes of potassium and carbon.

    The US is not alone. It seems that it is impossible to seek shelter anywhere. An official in Germany, who spoke on condition of anonymity stated:

    “We have detected ionizing radiation literally everywhere we have measured. At first we believed that a few areas may have been free of this deadly radiation but then we got a more sensitive probe for a meter and it turned out that no place was safe.

    In other areas of the world, the outlook looks even more bleak. This week, the Australian government announced that it had verified that much of the soil in Australia is contaminated with “at least hundreds of thousands of tons” of uranium oxides. Worse still, some of this soil was discovered to be in areas where children are known to play and attend school.

    Australia is not alone in its suffering. Elsewhere in the world, officials have been scrambling to try to shield the public from the uranium produced by the Fukushima disaster. Canadians were alerted earlier this week to a huge area of heavily contaminated ground near Great Bear Lake. Initially, they planned to bury the deadly uranium, but quickly discovered that the very soil that they were trying to use to bury it was itself radioactive.

    Food across the globe has been found to be radioactive as well. This includes baby formula, baby food, school lunches and other commodities which are known to be associated with children and thus panic. Bananas are reportedly some of the worst offenders, leading many European countries to ban their import and declare the use of Bananas on the battlefield to be a crime against humanity.

    The contamination does not stop there, however. Robert Doofy, a senior scientist for the Union of Constipated Scientists warned that every human being on earth has already been contaminated. Doofy stated that “Every human we tested was radioactive and worse still, they contained uranium, some of them had hundreds of micrograms of the stuff. And because it has a half-life of five billion years, it’s like, super-duper bad.”

    President Obama had planned to address the United States about the crisis, but the speech was canceled when it was discovered that he too was radioactive. The President has been sealed in a stainless steel drum until officials are able to figure out how he can be disposed of without endangering the children.

    ——————

    So much for the April 1 post, but seriously…

    There is a war for our minds going on. A war.

    Mrs Smith, what you are seeing as a nuclear disaster, I am seeing as an orchestrated operation being run by imperialists who are trying to divert our attention from the really important things happening, and who are taking down infrastructure and our means of dealing with the dangers that confront us.

    In other words, this is a concerted propaganda campaign to cover up the severity of a major nuclear accident by raising acceptable levels of radiation and saying that a little radiation is good for us.

    OMG! A conspiracy! Well, it sure is a relief that the Wall Street Urnal and the Fabian Guardian and the Sierra Club and zerohedge are on the job to alert us. All we need now is someone to cherry pick the scariest out and post it.

    Levelheaded, balanced nuclear news: http://neinuclearnotes.blogspot.com/

  • SaraK

    Mrs. Smith @ 4:46, your alarming message about high levels of radiation in Calif. drinking water caused me to go hunting for a reliable source,since you did not include a link, and it appears that this was reported on a blog yesterday but debunked today (re. rainwater, not drinking water). If you have a legitimate link citing a reliable source, PLSE share it.

  • tim

    basil9
    April 2nd, 2011 at 5:08 pm

    oh yes, I agree, remember the finger Waffles kept giving Hillary, he wasn’t even man enough to confront her, had to give that passive agressive finger.

    I doubt they will go after Trump in that way, because Trump will instantly call them out, and I remember watching the early Apprentice episodes, and Trump’s top VP was in that boardroom, and it was a lady, and he was very respectful of her opinion. From what I have seen of Trump, he is a secure enough of a man not to degrade women, he has always spoke very respectful of Hillary as well as Sarah.

    To me, a man who is secure will not attack a woman, overtly or passively. I remember Waffles attacked Hillary and Sarah, we know what an insecure punk he is, and oh yes I think of him as a insecure chicago punk.

  • tim

    oh, and I remember Waffle’s campaign paid women less than men, Mccain’s campaign released the stats.

  • basil9

    Ohansen,

    ROTF!!!!!!!!

    “A senior scientist for the Union of Constipated Scientists” and “The President has been sealed in a stainless steel drum until officials are able to figure out how he can be disposed of without endangering the children.”

    I agree with you that it is about mind control. I am no scientist but I sat through 2 dozen DEC and EPA hearings on a cement plant that is expanding and to hear the envirowackos you would swear that the end of the human race was imminent unless the dirty, technological, contamination-producing industry didn’t shut its doors.

    I have never hears so much pure tripe in my life. Extrapolating from that experience, which featuered top state DEC officials, EPA reps and “scientists” from the Harvard School of Public Health” I would say the radiation outcry is the same script with different specifice inserted.

    Is there a problem? Yes. Will it wipe out humanity? no. Will it cause local health problems (in Japan) probably. Should the rest of the world be petrified”

    Please.

  • basil9

    :oops:

    So many typos. So little time.

  • basil9

    tim,

    ‘Trump, he is a secure enough of a man not to degrade women.”

    Well, he sure is secure but he’s got his own brand of sexism going on, IMHO. He just likes it packaged in tight dresses, high heels, blond hair and big boobs.
    He’d probably suffer optical withdrawal if he didn’t get his daily eye candy. But that level of sexism is a heck-of-a-lot better than sexism which insists on shrouding women from head to toe, withholding educational and life experiences from them and marrying them off to the highest bidder.

    The west is no nirvana, for women, but it’s a million steps up from the mideast. It’s just sad how the status of women in this country has been decreasing over the past few decades. I once thought we had made such progress. Now, seeing young women clamoring to wear the tightest, shortest, most revealing outfits, enduring insults like ho and bytch like the words are casual, meaningless expressions, not to mention the way they treat other women, focusing on visual appearance only, well, I’m just glad I have no daughters.

  • tim

    basil9
    April 2nd, 2011 at 5:49 pm

    true.

  • NewMexicoFan

    basil9

    I totally agree. I thought women were better off, but they are not.

  • basil9

    newmexicoFan,

    We’re going backwards. Not only has Bo set race relations back decades, he’s done the same for gender issues.

    I covered a Women’s History Month presentation about American women in the Victorian age and the museum curator, who was no fan of the era, spoke of the reality for women, then, and it sounded so much like what Muslim women undergo now I had to bite my tongue not to bring the issue up (it wasn’t really appropriate in the setting). Anyway, the curator pointed out that American women didn’t really start making progress towards getting civil rights until the 1920′s.

    These days, it just seems like women are being poushed bakc into the genie’s bottle across the globe, including the USA.

  • turndownobama

    ohanson
    April 2nd, 2011 at 5:18 pm

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

    LOL! Apparently, like C02, there’s a lot of it around naturally. Still, too much in the wrong place can cause a problem, so we better stop adding more.

  • Norma Desmond

    One of the Principals listed on “ShouldTrumpRun.com”

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wi

    According to Forbes, he is the 183rd richest American, and 397th richest person in the world.ki/Stewart_Rahr

    and…

    http://www.forbes.com/profile/stewart-rahr

    also news here of the other guy, Michael Cohen

  • Norma Desmond

    Admin, just submitted TWO links re: Trump. Interesting stuff!

    - sorry – caught in Spam!

  • Norma Desmond

    It’s a real laugh to read the one on Cohen – they are taking him on for FEC VIOLATIONS!

    HAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!!

    for those of you who “followed the money” in the OFA Campaign, they clearly are afraid.

  • NewMexicoFan

    Norma Desmond

    Did you notice they had ads on that page for Newsweek, showing that cover of HRC that was just published.

  • Norma Desmond

    BBL

  • Norma Desmond

    NO! I must look again when I get back – gotta go. Friends holding dinner for me! LOL

  • JanH

    Clinton condemns NIreland attack as ‘cowardly act’
    (AFP) – 1 hour ago

    WASHINGTON — US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton condemned the murder of a Northern Ireland police officer Saturday, calling the car bombing a “cowardly act.”

    “The perpetrators of this cowardly act represent the failures of the past, and their actions run counter to the achievements, aspirations and collective will of the people of Northern Ireland,” Clinton said in a statement.

    Ronan Kerr, a 25-year-old Catholic recruit who only completed his training three weeks ago, was killed by a booby-trap under his car outside his home in Omagh, the scene of Northern Ireland’s worst terror atrocity, when a car bomb killed 29 people in 1998.

    No single group has yet claimed responsibility for the attack. However, senior politicians pointed toward dissident republicans, who oppose the power-sharing peace process.

    “Our thoughts are with the family and loved ones of this young man who lost his life because of his decision to serve the entire community,” Clinton said.

    “We echo the unequivocal condemnations by Northern Ireland’s politicians and call on anyone with information to cooperate fully and expediently with the Police Service of Northern Ireland.”

    The top US diplomat’s husband, former president Bill Clinton, helped facilitate negotiations that led to the “Good Friday” peace agreement in 1998.

    http://www.google.com/hostednews/afp/article/ALeqM5jvHbKSNJS-tOjJsNX017s5cbtG9w?docId=CNG.0036c9560bca2e03ee429fb8f0b51538.1341

  • JanH

    Guaranteed that if the U.N. does recant the Goldstone Report, it will be on the last page of every newspaper. God forbid that Israel should be seen in a good light.

    ————————-

    Richard Goldstone recants. What price the Israel witch-hunt now?

    Saturday, 2nd April 2011

    In an extraordinary article in the Washington Post, Richard Goldstone has now admitted that his infamous report was wrong. Having fuelled the blood libel that in Operation Cast Lead in Gaza Israel had targeted civilians and possibly had committed crimes against humanity, he now says that, as a result of the final report of the UN committee of independent experts and other evidence that has emerged since his report was published, he accepts that civilians were not intentionally targeted as a matter of policy and further states that “if I had known then what I know now, the Goldstone Report would have been a different document.”

    What self-serving rubbish. There was ample evidence at the time from numerous sources that Hamas was telling lies about the number of civilians who were killed by Israeli fire. There was ample evidence that Hamas was deliberately putting civilians in harm’s way. There was ample evidence that Hamas does not operate under the rule of law or uphold human rights. There was ample evidence that Israeli rules of engagement required the IDF to avoid hitting civilians wherever possible. There was ample evidence that Israel always investigates allegations of misconduct made against its soldiers and holds them to acount under the rule of law. Yet Goldstone, having accepted the poisoned chalice from the UN Human Rights Council to subject Israel to a show trial whose verdict preceded the evidence (despite his protestations that he modified this odious remit), chose to believe the propaganda put out by Hamas and its proxies among NGOs with a long track record of malevolent hostility to Israel.

    Even now, in this purported mea culpa, Goldstone does not take responsibility for the Big Lie he helped perpetrate with such terrible consequences in putting rocket-fuel behind Israel’s delegitimisation as a pariah in the eyes of the world. Instead, he blames his false conclusions upon Israel’s refusal to co-operate with his inquiry.

    So for the second time, he is again blaming Israel for its own victimisation – first at the hands of Hamas, and now at his own hands.

    Ludicrously, he now says that his report’s allegations of intentionality by Israel were based on the deaths of and injuries to civilians in situations where our fact-finding mission had no evidence on which to draw any other reasonable conclusion.

    The protestation that he had no alternative but to believe Hamas is quite astounding. Hamas is a terrorist organisation with a solid track record of lies, distortions and ‘Pallywood’-style fabrications as a strategy of aggressive warfare. Israel, the victim of that aggression, has a solid record of telling the truth. Yet Goldstone chose to believe the Hamas version of events. Nor was this all. As he says in the Washington Post:

    Some have suggested that it was absurd to expect Hamas, an organization that has a policy to destroy the state of Israel, to investigate what we said were serious war crimes. It was my hope, even if unrealistic, that Hamas would do so, especially if Israel conducted its own investigations. At minimum I hoped that in the face of a clear finding that its members were committing serious war crimes, Hamas would curtail its attacks. Sadly, that has not been the case. Hundreds more rockets and mortar rounds have been directed at civilian targets in southern Israel….

    In the end, asking Hamas to investigate may have been a mistaken enterprise. So, too, the Human Rights Council should condemn the inexcusable and cold-blooded recent slaughter of a young Israeli couple and three of their small children in their beds.

    I continue to believe in the cause of establishing and applying international law to protracted and deadly conflicts….Regrettably, there has been no effort by Hamas in Gaza to investigate the allegations of its war crimes and possible crimes against humanity.

    Can you believe this? He appears to have expected genocidal aggressor Hamas to behave in a civilised fashion by investigating its alleged abuses — while he chose to throw the book at its democratic victim, Israel. And now the most he will acknowledge is that expecting Hamas to do so may have been a mistaken enterprise.

    By his own admission, the man stands revealed as at best an abject idiot and at worst a moral and judicial bankrupt. His report blackened Israel’s name for defending itself against existential attack; encouraged its attackers to ratchet up their onslaught safe in the knowledge that the international community now had official confirmation that Israel was morally beyond the pale; put Israeli civilians, along with Israel’s very survival, at increased risk by helping delegitimise Israel as a global pariah; and fuelled the pressure on Israel not to defend its civilians by military means against the attacks which have relentlessly increased in audacity and scope.

    Regardless of its manifest moral and intellectual inadequacies, however, his recantation carries inescapable consequences. All those who have used Goldstone’s report as a basis for their own delegitimisation of Israel now also stand revealed as having endorsed one of the worst officially sanctioned international falsehoods in history. All their attacks on Israel which relied upon Goldstone’s report are now shown to be equally baseless and discredited. Any future such attacks which use this report as an authority will be demonstrably false and malicious. The UN should now declare the Goldstone report null and void. Any less will make it knowingly and demonstrably party to a travesty of justice.

    But of course, like all previous blood libels against the Jews, the poison this one has injected into the global bloodstream has no antidote. The damage is done – and no amount of self-serving recantations by Richard Goldstone will undo the terrible harm he has done.

    http://www.spectator.co.uk/melaniephillips/6836830/richard-goldstone-recants-what-price-the-israel-witchhunt-now.thtml

  • Mrs. Smith

    #
    SaraK
    April 2nd, 2011 at 5:20 pm

    Mrs. Smith @ 4:46, your alarming message about high levels of radiation in Calif. drinking water caused me to go hunting for a reliable source,since you did not include a link, and it appears that this was reported on a blog yesterday but debunked today (re. rainwater, not drinking water). If you have a legitimate link citing a reliable source, PLSE share it.
    __________________

    Nothing was debunked about the Rainwater in MA- it was true. The local news anchors at first were reporting it was ‘drinking water’ which they corrected by the late evening broadcast.
    __________________

    Every one of my posts re: Japanese leaking radiation have a link- I just checked again to see if I had forgotten to post it.

    Mrs. Smith
    April 2nd, 2011 at 3:23 pm

    h… w… guardian.co.uk/world/2011/apr/01/japanese-nuclear-workers-groundwater
    _______________________

    Mrs. Smith
    April 2nd, 2011 at 3:41 pm

    h…. online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052748703712504576238143895170426.html?mod=googlenews_wsj
    __________________________

    Mrs. Smith
    April 2nd, 2011 at 3:54 pm

    http://www.zerohedge.com/article/government-responds-nuclear-accident-trying-raise-acceptable-radiation-levels-and-pretending
    ___________________

    Ohanson,

    Your loyalty to LaRouche is admirable but very wrong headed and short sighted. LaRouche has a statement planted on his site- with no updates. All he’s done is laud the Japanese for doing an outstanding job with the damage caused by the earthquake and pooh-poohing the notion of radiation contamination from one very damaged leaking reactor and several other reactors in very bad shape.

    Here is his quote of his information which you continue to parrot here much to people’s amusement:

    “Contrary to the plentiful, anti-scientific fear-mongering among the international media and the Greenies (“We cannot master nature, nature rules us,” said the parliamentary leader of Germany’s Green party, Renate Kuenast), Russian Academician Yevgeni Velikhov, president of the Kurchatov Institute National Research Center, stated March 12 that a Chernobyl-style accident will not happen in Japan.

    Other nuclear experts, even in the United Kingdom, have since echoed that view, noting that “There is no risk of an extensive radiation leak into the surrounding areas. The worst-case scenario is it’s just going to be more difficult to clean up,” in the words of Robin Grimes, director of the Center for Nuclear Engineering at Imperial College, London.

    h… w… larouchepub.com/pr/2011/110314lar_congrats_japan.html

    and since that statement was posted by LaRouche… he has nothing in the way of updates as to the reality of Japan’s Nuclear disaster!

    ____________________________

    Apparently, the Germans are overly concerned about the radiation contamination as well, and why Chancellor Angela Merkel is taking flack for shutting one of their nuclear plants down, she’s being sued by the reactor builders and she is contemplating phasing our Nuclear Power altogether in Germany.

    Contact Angela Merkel, the German Chancellor and tell her theres nothing to worry about. Better still, send her your proof in that link you posted to me- I’m sure she will sleep like a baby tonight!

    Meanwhile, you can read the German newspaper De’r Spiegel and tell them theres nothing to worry about because LaRouche said so- And nothing to worry about radiation still coming from Japan contaminating the air and the water 30 mi beyond their shores..to the US’s West Coast!

    h… w… spiegel.de/international/world/0,1518,754270,00.html

    h… w… spiegel.de/international/topic/fukushima_nuclear_catastrophe/

    ______________________________

    Video from India warning the amounts of Radiation coming from Japan are at dangerously high levels:

  • Mrs. Smith

    #
    SaraK
    April 2nd, 2011 at 5:20 pm

    Mrs. Smith @ 4:46, your alarming message about high levels of radiation in Calif. drinking water caused me to go hunting for a reliable source,since you did not include a link, and it appears that this was reported on a blog yesterday but debunked today (re. rainwater, not drinking water). If you have a legitimate link citing a reliable source, PLSE share it.
    __________________

    Nothing was debunked about the Rainwater in MA- it was true. The local news anchors at first were reporting it was ‘drinking water’ which they corrected by the late evening broadcast.
    __________________

    Every one of my posts re: Japanese leaking radiation have a link- I just checked again to see if I had forgotten to post it.

    Mrs. Smith
    April 2nd, 2011 at 3:23 pm

    h… w… guardian.co.uk/world/2011/apr/01/japanese-nuclear-workers-groundwater
    _______________________

    Mrs. Smith
    April 2nd, 2011 at 3:41 pm

    h…. online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052748703712504576238143895170426.html?mod=googlenews_wsj
    __________________________

    Mrs. Smith
    April 2nd, 2011 at 3:54 pm

    h… w… zerohedge.com/article/government-responds-nuclear-accident-trying-raise-acceptable-radiation-levels-and-pretending
    ___________________

    Ohanson,

    Your loyalty to LaRouche is admirable but very wrong headed and short sighted. LaRouche has a statement planted on his site- with no updates. All he’s done is laud the Japanese for doing an outstanding job with the damage caused by the earthquake and pooh-poohing the notion of radiation contamination from one very damaged leaking reactor and several other reactors in very bad shape.

    Here is his quote of his information which you continue to parrot here much to people’s amusement:

    “Contrary to the plentiful, anti-scientific fear-mongering among the international media and the Greenies (”We cannot master nature, nature rules us,” said the parliamentary leader of Germany’s Green party, Renate Kuenast), Russian Academician Yevgeni Velikhov, president of the Kurchatov Institute National Research Center, stated March 12 that a Chernobyl-style accident will not happen in Japan.

    Other nuclear experts, even in the United Kingdom, have since echoed that view, noting that “There is no risk of an extensive radiation leak into the surrounding areas. The worst-case scenario is it’s just going to be more difficult to clean up,” in the words of Robin Grimes, director of the Center for Nuclear Engineering at Imperial College, London.

    h… w… larouchepub.com/pr/2011/110314lar_congrats_japan.html

    and since that statement was posted by LaRouche… he has nothing in the way of updates as to the reality of Japan’s Nuclear disaster!

    ____________________________

    Apparently, the Germans are overly concerned about the radiation contamination as well, and why Chancellor Angela Merkel is taking flack for shutting one of their nuclear plants down, she’s being sued by the reactor builders and she is contemplating phasing our Nuclear Power altogether in Germany.

    Contact Angela Merkel, the German Chancellor and tell her theres nothing to worry about. Better still, send her your proof in that link you posted to me- I’m sure she will sleep like a baby tonight!

    Meanwhile, you can read the German newspaper De’r Spiegel and tell them theres nothing to worry about because LaRouche said so- And nothing to worry about radiation still coming from Japan contaminating the air and the water 30 mi beyond their shores..to the US’s West Coast!

    h… w… spiegel.de/international/world/0,1518,754270,00.html

    h… w… spiegel.de/international/topic/fukushima_nuclear_catastrophe/

    ______________________________

    Video from India warning the amounts of Radiation coming from Japan are at dangerously high levels:

  • Shadowfax

    SaraK
    April 2nd, 2011 at 5:20 pm

    Mrs. Smith @ 4:46, your alarming message about high levels of radiation in Calif. drinking water caused me to go hunting for a reliable source,since you did not include a link, and it appears that this was reported on a blog yesterday but debunked today (re. rainwater, not drinking water). If you have a legitimate link citing a reliable source, PLSE share it.

    ————-
    I would also like the link, source too Mrs. S.

    And the April Fools joke wasn’t too funny after reading Mrs. S’s post first…
    Sorry, but living here in CA has taken away my sense of humor on this issue.

  • Shadowfax

    I just saw your posts Mrs. S. – thanks.

    Depressing to not get more information from our state and local government on this…

  • SaraK

    What is the source for this scary post, Mrs. Smith?

    “Mrs. Smith
    April 2nd, 2011 at 4:46 pm

    Sorry, for the interuption folks- I thought our friends on the West coast needed to be aware of the danger they are facing from the radiation leaking into the sea water in Japan. Now that radiation is seeping into CA drinking water.

    Well, anyhow, while everyone is awake anyway.”

  • Mrs. Smith

    Shadowfax
    April 2nd, 2011 at 10:48 pm

    The explanation of why the US and the UK are playing this disaster down is because the government has been heavily invested in nuclear reactors since the late 80′s and planning on building many more in the US and around the world in 2012.

    The site containing the info about the CA drinking water has been taken down. There is this site but it is also incomplete with the latest info concerning the proposed concrete they were going to use to plug the crack in the reactor has failed and still spewing contaminated water into the ocean. (just like BP)

    http://www.latimes.com/news/nationworld/world/la-fg-japan-quake-20110403%2C0%2C2146668.story

    h… //wallstreetpit.com/69575-assessing-fukushimas-radiation-danger-near-and-far

    I would say, to be on the safe side buy bottled drinking water for cooking and drinking and until more info is released operate on the side of caution. Nothing to lose by doing the best you can to protect yourself from undisclosed information.

  • Norma Desmond

    “Flying at Half Mast” is an AMAZING song. Take a listen



  • turndownobama

    http://unixronin.livejournal.com/823975.html

    Readable overview of concentration of wealth and power.

    “We now have an economy in which five banks control over 50 percent of the entire banking industry, four or five corporations own most of the mainstream media, and the top one percent of families hold a greater share of the nation’s wealth than any time since 1930. “

  • gonzotx

    Do you think they have oil…if they do it’s a good chance we will help out, otherwise, not so much…
    *******

    Ivory Coast: aid workers find 1,000 bodies in Duekoue

    The single biggest atrocity in the long battle for control of Ivory Coast has emerged after aid workers discovered the bodies of up to 1,000 people in the town of Duekoue.

    Fighting in Abidjan appeared to be reaching a bloody climax. Gun battles have left most of the city’s five million residents too terrified to leave their homes Photo: REX
    By Aislinn Laing 5:55PM BST 02 Apr 2011
    Charity workers who reached Duekoue said it appeared the killings had taken place in a single day, shortly after the town fell to troops loyal to Alassane Ouattara, the man internationally-recognised as having won last year’s presidential election.
    The apparent massacre came despite the presence of United Nations troops and – if confirmed – will cast a shadow over Mr Outtara’s assumption of the Ivory Coast’s presidency after a four-month battle to oust Lawrence Gbagbo, the former president who lost the November election but refused to step down.
    William Hague, the Foreign Secretary, said he was “gravely concerned” by the violence and loss of life in Ivory Coast and added: “I am determined that all alleged human rights abuses… must be investigated and those responsible held to account.
    The International Committee for the Red Cross said its staff discovered more than 800 bodies of people who were clearly local civilians. They were mainly men who had been shot and left where they fell, the organisation said, either alone or in small groups dotted around the town, which lies at the heart of Ivory Coast’s economically crucial cocoa producing region.
    Patrick Nicholson, a spokesman for the Catholic charity Caritas, said his team had counted 1,000 bodies, adding that some had been hacked with machetes. The UN said that it already logged 430 killed in Duekoue and was still investigating reports of more dead in the town.

  • gonzotx

    This is just wrong
    ^^^^^^^^^

    Genetically modified cows produce ‘human’ milk
    Scientists have created genetically modified cattle that produce “human” milk in a bid to make cows’ milk more nutritious.

  • Shadowfax

    F, F, F!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    I knew UC Berkeley was also testing for radiation and found this…

    Radiation Found In San Francisco, CA Tap Water — Rainwater Radiation 18,100% Above Drinking Water Limit

    Despite countless reassurances that no harmful levels of radiation from the Japan nuclear fallout would hit the US from the EPA, the University of Berkley in California is now reporting that rainwater in San Francisco water has now been detected at levels 18,100% above federal drinking water standards.

    Again, with just about all other news of the radiation hitting the US, the news is once again reported to the public over a week after it was first detected.

    Radioactive Iodine-131 in rainwater sample near San Francisco was 18,100% above federal drinking water standard
    March 31st, 2011 at 06:33 PM

    UCB Rain Water Sampling Results, University of California, Berkeley, Department of Nuclear Engineering:

    Iodine-131 was measured in a rainwater sample taken on the roof of Etcheverry Hall on UC Berkeley campus, March 23, 2011 from 9:06-18:00 PDT. The 3 Liters of rainwater collected contained 134 Becquerels of Iodine for an average of 20.1 Becquerel per liter, which equates to 543 Picocuries per liter .

    The federal drinking water limit for Iodine-131 is 3 Picocuries per liter, putting the rainwater sample at 18,100% above the federal drinking water limit.

    20.1 Becquerel per liter (Bq/L) = 543 Picocuries per liter (pCi/L)

    Conversion calculator here.

    The federal drinking water standard for Iodine-131 is 3 pCi/L. (Source)

    UCB Rain Water Sampling Results here.

    http://blog.alexanderhiggins.com/2011/04/01/breaking-radiation-san-francisco-18100-drinking-water-limits-13014/

  • Shadowfax

    Here is the website for future watching…

    http://www.nuc.berkeley.edu/UCBAirSampling

  • holdthemaccountable

    Re all this publication of radiation numbers here in US, so far mostly west coast. Do we have a clear pre-tsunami baseline for comparison, or are we using this to reveal something which already existed but now can be blamed on the disaster in Japan?
    ———-
    Re Obama’s cough election run announcement (did it ever stop); will it be this Wednesday in NYC?
    President Obama Set to Visit New York City Again
    To Attend Event on April 6, 2011
    The president will be in New York on Wednesday, April 6, 2011, to attend an event for the 20th anniversary of the National Action Network , the civil rights group of Rev. Al Sharpton, the AP reported. Topics at the group’s annual convention will include education, health care, youth violence, and social justice, according to the National Action Network website.
    Just as any time the president visits the city, police are expected to shut down large areas of Manhattan for security reasons. The convention is being held at the Sheraton New York Hotel and Towers on Seventh Avenue in Midtown.
    http://www.myfoxny.com/dpp/news/president-obama-set-to-visit-nyc-again-20110401-akd

  • holdthemaccountable

    Obama Sets Stage to Launch Campaign
    President Barack Obama will officially open his 2012 re-election campaign as early as Monday, according to people familiar with the decision, a step to be followed by an announcement to supporters and a series of fund-raising trips across the country.Mr. Obama plans to hit the road this month to raise money for his re-election effort. He will headline a fund-raiser in his hometown of Chicago, home to his campaign headquarters, over the next two weeks. He will also raise money in New York and make a swing out West, mixing stops for presidential events highlighting the economy and fund-raising in San Francisco and Los Angeles.

    The fund-raisers are billed as benefiting the Democratic National Committee, but once Mr. Obama formally opens his campaign, the money can be split between his 2012 bid and the DNC. The president’s political team has plans for “Gen44″ events with young voters who were central to Mr. Obama’s 2008 win….
    http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052748704530204576237132470176502.html?mod=WSJ_hp_MIDDLENexttoWhatsNewsSecond

  • Mrs. Smith

    admin:

    Please post this video. I trust the results from India more than the compromised reports from Japan.

    Video from India warning the amounts of Radiation coming from Japan are at dangerously high levels:

  • Mrs. Smith

    Shadowfax
    April 3rd, 2011 at 3:04 am

    Thanks, Shadowfax- Just to say, the info I mentioned earlier in the day was scrubbed and was included in the zerohedge site.

    When I checked last night, the UC Berkely must have been a place for hefty arguments about posting the Truth. They changed the site 3x in the span of a few hours. First there was no info after the 18th, a few hrs later no other info after the 28th and the 30th..

    TG for the person who won out and was able to post the current and most accurate info about the contaminated samples and for you to be able to find it and post it… :-)

  • Mrs. Smith

    holdthemaccountable
    April 3rd, 2011 at 8:04 am

    Obama Sets Stage to Launch Campaign

    President Barack Obama will officially open his 2012 re-election campaign as early as Monday, according to people familiar with the decision, a step to be followed by an announcement to supporters and a series of fund-raising trips across the country.
    ______________________

    With the Donald having a spot on Fox @ 6am- I’m sure he’ll have plenty to say about Obama that Fox will rerun over the course of the day.

  • holdthemaccountable

    Mrs. Smith
    April 3rd, 2011 at 8:54 am
    ————
    Great! Going to see if there’s anything yet.

  • wbboei

    NEW YORK — Donald Trump boots contestants off his TV show with a famous two-word catch phrase: “You’re fired.” He may want the chance to say the same to President Barack Obama.

    The real estate tycoon with the comb-over hairdo and in-your-face attitude plans to decide by June whether to join the field of GOP contenders competing in 2012 to make the Democratic incumbent a one-term president.

    Trump insists he’s serious. He rejects skeptics’ claims that he’s using the publicity to draw viewers to “Celebrity Apprentice,” the NBC reality program he co-produces and hosts.

    “The ratings on the show are through the roof. I don’t need to boost the ratings,” Trump told The Associated Press in a recent interview. “But the country is doing so badly. I wish there was someone in the Republican field I thought would be incredible because that’s what we need right now.”

    If he runs, Trump would follow a well-worn path of wealthy businessmen who have sought the White House before. Recent examples include Christian Broadcasting Network founder Pat Robertson in 1988, tech mogul Ross Perot in 1992 and publishing executive Steve Forbes in 1996.

    Michael Bloomberg, the billionaire New York City mayor, also has hinted at national political ambitions even as he says he won’t enter the race.

    Trump is prepared to spend as much as $600 million of his personal fortune on the race. “Part of the beauty of me is that I’m very rich,” he told ABC’s “Good Morning America.”

    He flirted with presidential campaigns in 1988 and 2000, but never did run.

    So what makes the 2012 race any different?

    Several political operatives in Washington and elsewhere say privately that Trump has reached out to them repeatedly in recent weeks to learn about the mechanics of running a campaign, asking questions about how much money he would need, what type of an organization he would have to build — and whether he could win.

    Publically, Trump has taken several steps to suggest he’s not joking.

    He delivered a well-received speech to the Conservative Political Action Committee conference last month in Washington. He’s done interviews with reporters in Iowa, the first-in-the-nation caucus state, and is planning a trip in June to leadoff primary state New Hampshire for a presidential candidate’s rite of passage — appearing at a political breakfast series called Politics and Eggs. Last week, Michael Cohen, one of his top business advisers who is running a draft-Trump website, met with GOP activists in Iowa.

    Some people close to Trump also say they think he just might take the plunge this time.

    “I think he’s looking at it fairly seriously, and he has the money and liquidity to do it. He’d make a very strong candidate,” said Dick Morris, a Democrat-turned-Republican strategist whose father was Trump’s lawyer for many years. “He’s kind of sui generis, in his own category. He’s someone who’s accomplished things and won’t take any crap.”

    Republican pollster John McLaughlin said the themes Trump is stressing would find a receptive audience among GOP primary voters.

    “He has a message that’s resonating: American decline, China rising, and that America needs to turn things around,” McLaughlin said. “It’s not a politically correct message and it will appeal to Republicans … and could put him in major contention.”

    While Trump is not formally connected to Cohen’s draft effort, he allowed Cohen to use a Trump corporate jet for the trip. Trump booster and billionaire pharmaceutical executive Stewart Rahr paid for the trip, which led to a Federal Election Commission complaint from a supporter of Texas Republican Rep. Ron Paul.

    Trump, 64, insists he’s prepared for the scrutiny.

    “I always heard if you’re very, very successful, you can’t run for high political office — too many victories, fights and enemies,” Trump told the AP. “And yet that’s what this country needs. We can’t have any more of what we’re having.”

    His divorce from first wife, Ivana, over his affair and subsequent marriage with actress Marla Maples made him a New York tabloid staple in the 1990s. He’s been married since 2005 to Melania Knauss, a former model from Slovenia who is 24 years his junior. His three marriages produced five children, and he has two grandchildren.

    http://www.registercitizen.com/articles/2011/03/20/entertainment/doc4d858c92e0835052465462.txt?viewmode=3

  • holdthemaccountable

    Found something else that’s high on my list – Early Retiree Health Coverage:
    $5B Subsidy for Early Retiree Health Coverage Going Quickly, Drawing GOP Criticism
    A $5 billion program aimed at providing temporary help to employers to maintain medical coverage for early retirees is being quickly depleted, as Republican lawmakers express outrage over the number of large, profitable corporations that have pocketed the taxpayer money. The Early Retiree Reinsurance Program was created by the federal health care law passed by Democrats and signed by President Obama last year. The purpose was to encourage employers not to drop health coverage of early retirees before some of the key provisions of the health care law take effect in 2014. But much of the money has gone to some big-name companies and organizations, including more than $200 million for the United Auto Workers, $140 million for AT&T and $91.7 million for Verizon.
    And General Electric, which made news this week for not owing federal taxes on $14.2 billion in profit, got $36.6 million through the retiree program. “How can you justify giving out so much of taxpayers’ money to these profitable corporations?” Florida Rep. Cliff Stearns said at a legislative committee hearing Friday in questioning Steve Larsen, a senior director at the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, which runs the program.
    http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2011/04/02/health-care-subsidy-early-retirees-ending-sooner-expected/?test=latestnews

    I think we should rename ObamaCare to ObamaDare or ObamAudacity.

  • wbboei

    It would be funny if there was a march on Washington where thousands of people brought their birth certificates, signs to read I have got mine–where is yours Obama? Why did you spend millions of dollars in legal fees to hide it? Why did you post a false birth certificate on your website? Why does the media whores refuse to ask you these questions? If you want four more years then you need to come clean.

  • Mrs. Smith

    hta-

    For now, the Donald is scheduled only for Mondays @ 6am.

    Obama may be running scared. I hope Fox will add more appearances to his schedule if he generates positive ratings for them, which I think he will- As the public accepts him as an astute, successful business man who speaks frankly and candidly without concerns of being pc.

  • wbboei

    Well, . . . here if the thrust of Obama’s re-election is a rehash of Reagan’s morning in America theme, then this must be the Wagnerian downfall in that comic opera. As any Broadway producer will tell you, you can have all the money in the world behind you but if the production stinks then it will not be a hit. Put differently, you cannot turn chicken shit into chicken salad, even it you happen to be a chicken shit yourself–like Obama.
    —————————————–
    Hi, Here Is A Food Stamp Graph That Will Ruin Your Day
    Posted by Moe Lane (Profile)
    Sunday, April 3rd at 8:00AM EDT

    Because why have a nice, sunny morning? We probably can’t afford those anymore, anyhow.

    H/T AoSHQ Headlines:

    Primed by the financial meltdown; took off like a rocket in January 2009, and is now reaching for the stars. Over 44 million on the rolls (somewhere around 14.3% of the population), which is about 14 million or so more than when this administration took office. The graph is sufficiently grim and depressing on its own to make further commentary largely unnecessary, but I will add one sardonic comment. If current conditions are what the White House considers to be “our economic recovery,” then let me be clear: You’re Doing It Wrong.

    Moe Lane (crosspost)

    PS: Benefits are down, too. A little counter-intuitive, given that the time frame is the Democratic party’s control of the government… no, wait, in that case it’s not counter-intuitive at all.

    http://www.redstate.com/

  • Mrs. Smith

    You never know- in 10 yrs looking back on the Fukushima
    disaster may be viewed in hindsight as our salvation. The disaster that saved the planet for our children and grand kids yet to be born. So they may be able to enjoy it as we did when we were kids. That is, if we can prevent the government (Obama) from going forward subsidizing the building of hundreds more nuclear reactors with our money. Obama should be using the money he set aside for building more reactor sites for shoring up the falling down infrastructures in the US.
    ______________________________

    Japan Nuclear Crisis vs. the Titanic

    Apr 3, 2011

    By Chidem Kurdas

    The Fukushima Daiichi nuclear threat and the sinking of the Titanic are both disasters caused by acts of nature – earthquake and tsunami in one case, an iceberg in the other – interacting with technology. Yet they have radically different implications. The Japanese incident has made nuclear power less acceptable, whereas the sinking of a ship, no matter how immense the casualties and spectacular the failure, did not stop shipping.

    That the Titanic submerged quickly after hitting the iceberg showed that its design was defective; the structural solution was to stop building ships with the specific features that made the Titanic vulnerable and use other designs known to work well. But with nuclear power, at present there is no solution to the spent fuel problem.

    At Fukushima, the spent-fuel pools remain a major threat. A long-term alternative to storing the stuff in pools is to bury it. But nobody wants radioactive waste in their back yard—certainly not the Nevadans upon whom the US government wants to foist this country’s nuclear trash.

    Nuclear accidents create widespread fear because their impact travels across geography and time. Radiation from Fukushima is detectable in the United States. The Soviet Union’s Chernobyl catastrophe is expected to cause many more cancer deaths over decades than the immediate fatalities from radiation disease. By contrast, damage from the Titanic was limited to one group of people at one particular time.

    All these differences tie into a fundamental characteristic of the nuclear power industry, namely that it could not exist without government backing. The plants are privately owned, but the industry is a creature of ongoing public interventions, whether legal, financial or security-related. At current prices for energy, nuclear power is not economically viable.

    It would be even less viable if it were not protected in various ways. It benefits from special legal liability caps and tax breaks. The Obama administration wanted to give $36 billion in new loan guarantees for the construction of nuclear power plants.

    At Fukushima, we’re watching the consequences of extensive government action coupled with unresolved technological problems.

    The WSJ reports that the Fukushima disaster plans greatly underestimate the scope of a potential accident yet are consistent with the principles set forth by the International Atomic Energy Agency.

    The situation that has developed was discounted as so unlikely, no provision was made for it. Nuclear power, of course, is as heavily regulated as they come. A giant regulatory umbrella reassures people—until an awful debacle breaks out.

    It is easy to say, as many are saying, that more comprehensive safety plans should be made and greater precautions taken against all possible threats. But there is a reason why this was not done and regulators did not push for it. It would make an already high-cost energy source even more prohibitively expensive. Who is going to pay for all that? Can you feel yet another hand in your taxpayer’s pocket?

    At the time the Titanic went down, airplanes were already displacing long-distance sea transport, which disappeared in the following decades. But nowadays there are numerous cruise ships, in effect floating resorts. They haven’t had problems with icebergs and they pay their way. That’s how markets work. Millions of people take cruises at acceptable prices and levels of safety.

    The criterion that applies to all business should be applied to nuclear power generation. If it cannot pay its own way, including the cost of a full panoply of safety measures, legal liabilities and an acceptable method for disposing of used fuel, then it should not exist.

    http://wallstreetpit.com/69619-japan-nuclear-crisis-vs-the-titanic

  • turndownobama

    If it cannot pay its own way, including the cost of a full panoply of safety measures, legal liabilities and an acceptable method for disposing of used fuel, then it should not exist.

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

    Apply this to fossil fuels as well, and their pollution.

    Funny, there’s no problem disposing of used sunshine and wind. So give them the subsidies now going to nuclear.

  • turndownobama

    Do we have a clear pre-tsunami baseline for comparison, or are we using this to reveal something which already existed but now can be blamed on the disaster in Japan?

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

    Excellent point. Hey, maybe it’s just sunspots or something — like global warming, not our fault. /sarcasm

  • tim

    wbboei

    if you are online, can I ask you a couple of questions? I was having a conversation with a few people yesterday and I told them about this whitey tape by Waffle’s wife.

    I could not properly answer the questions they were asking, first why wasn’t any of this revealed in 2008, and I said the repubs couldn’t waste this ammo then, what do you think?

    Does this tape actually exist? I personally do think it exists, do you believe it exists?
    Thanks.

  • tim

    wbboei

    sorry, I meant to add another question to my list, if this whitey tape exists, will it be unloaded in 2012, I do believe it will be, but I am curious about your take on all this.

  • ohanson

    “If it cannot pay its own way, … then it should not exist.

    Finally! No more having to listen to babies crying. Useless little eaters!

    ”I have been assured by a very knowing American of my acquaintance in London, that a young healthy child well nursed is at a year old a most delicious, nourishing, and wholesome food, whether stewed, roasted, baked, or boiled …”

  • JanH

    This just boggles the mind. I am so disgusted I could spit.

    Waitresses Fired For Being Old and Fat?

    Resorts Casino Hotels in Atlantic City recently fired sixteen middle-aged cocktail waitresses because they couldn’t fit into the new uniforms the hotel issued them.

    Grateful For A Job

    The women, who were grateful to have their jobs after the casino’s recent resale, were asked to try on the 1920’s flapper style uniforms so the management could assess their appearance. The dresses were issued in just two sizes – two and four.

    Humiliating Scene

    The women were taken to a room where the uniforms were scattered about on the floor, asked to choose one to try on and be photographed in. The casinos management defended their actions, calling the process “fair and objective”.

    They also offered the women other positions in the casino, although some of the women claim they were not offered other employment options and called the process under which they were assessed “degrading” and stated they were never told how they were being assessed.

    http://www.care2.com/causes/womens-rights/blog/waitresses-fired-for-being-old-and-fat/

  • NewMexicoFan

    Obama’s Rating for national security performance reach a new low

    http://mail.aol.com/33490-111/aol-6/en-us/Suite.aspx

    His rating seem to waffle most of the time. I personnelly think that is a trend hard to reverse. If a slide starts, those are very difficult to turn around.

  • JanH

    Samantha Power; President Obama’s Anti-Israel Rising Star

    One of the side stories of Obama’s action in Libya is the “comeback” of Samantha Power, Special Assistant to President Barack Obama and Senior Director of Multilateral Affairs on the Staff of the National Security Council. That should frighten any American who supports the strong friendship between the United States and Israel.

    Power was a foreign policy adviser to the Obama campaign when she blamed the Jews for the criticism of then Candidate Obama’s foreign policy platform.

    “There will be situations where the priority is self-defence,” she says, indicating that a preference for multilateralism only goes so far. “President Obama, like every other leader on earth, is still going to be looking out for national and economic interests. States don’t cease to be states overnight just because they get a great visionary as their new president.” But it is politically impossible for Obama to talk to Hamas, even if he wants to. She can’t say that, though, especially when vicious internet smears are making lurid allegations about his “Muslim past”….”So much of it is about: ‘Is he going to be good for the Jews?’”
    Right after blaming the Jews she had an interview with The Scotsman, and said:

    “We fucked up in Ohio. In Ohio, they are obsessed and Hillary is going to town on it, because she knows Ohio’s the only place they can win” She is a monster, too — that is off the record — she is stooping to anything… if you are poor and she is telling you some story about how Obama is going to take your job away, maybe it will be more effective. The amount of deceit she has put forward is really unattractive.”
    She resigned the next day and went to work for the The International Crisis Group (ICG) a George Soros controlled “think-tank.” She was on the board with fellow Israel haters connected to the Obama campaign, Robert Malley and Zbigniew Brzezinski.

    But despite her trashing of his future Secretary of State, Power was removed from political purgatory a year into the Obama administration, and was appointed to her present position.

    No longer an administration newbie, Power now has the ear of the president to the point that she was a key voice in persuading President Obama to start bombing Libya over the objections of her own boss.

    Power and a few others took the position that the United States couldn’t stay on the sidelines as Moammar Khadafy murdered his own people and snuffed out the people-power revolt in the Middle East in its infancy.

    In speaking this way, Power was, in effect, speaking for Clinton.

    Three years after the “monster” remark, Hillary Clinton and Samantha Power find themselves on the same side in a profound debate over American interests and American values as they serve an opaque president whose foreign policy has now achieved a new level of incomprehensibility.

    They were opposed by Power’s own boss, National Security Adviser Tom Donilon and by Defense Secretary Robert Gates.
    As Power’s influence grows, the Obama administration, already not a great “friend of Israel” is bound to move even further toward an anti-Israel stance because Power is Anti-Israel and believes that it is the “Jewish lobby” who controls American foreign policy.

    cont.

    http://www.worldjewishdaily.com/toolbar.html?4t=extlink&4u=http://yidwithlid.blogspot.com/2011/03/samantha-power-rising-star-of-obama.html

  • ohanson

    Ratings For Obama’s National Security Performance Fall to New Low
    Sunday, April 03, 2011

    Although President Obama made an address to the nation Monday night to explain his decision to commit U.S. military forces to Libya, fewer voters than ever give him positive grades on his handling of national security issues.

    A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey of Likely Voters shows 37% give the president good or excellent ratings on his handling of national security issues.

    http://www.rasmussenreports.com/public_content/politics/obama_administration/march_2011/ratings_for_obama_s_national_security_performance_fall_to_new_low

  • basil9

    ”I have been assured by a very knowing American of my acquaintance in London, that a young healthy child well nursed is at a year old a most delicious, nourishing, and wholesome food, whether stewed, roasted, baked, or boiled …”

    You are WICKED!

    :wink:

  • Mrs. Smith

    Solar and Wind power need major design adjustments. If the Chinese can design a transistor the size of a dime why do solar panels have to be so big, awkward and expensive putting tremendous strain on a homeowners budget and his roof?

    Wind power is not the answer either. Each towered turbine come with a price tag of about $1M. Nesting them in the ocean is not a good idea either because the disruption of air flow and noise causes more problems than the benefit perceived as the reason for installing them in the first place.

    Synthetic fuel made from renewable bio resources makes the most sense. Cow dung (don’t laugh) is used in Sweden and Norway as fuel for their power plants fueling their public electricity instead of burning coal. Serving two purposes. The farmers gets rid of his mounting pile and the gov takes it away for free- Win-Win!

    The need to use corn for conversion to ethanol is another misnomer..
    Government funded research subsidizing Monsanto standing first in line reaping the profits of their bio-engineered corn. (fail)

    We continue to be led around by the noses to whatever venue touting the new thing is usually a position held by the wealthy making huge profits on the public promoted by government subsidies the EPA and Commerce regulations. Sickening-

  • tim

    “The dresses were issued in just two sizes – two and four.”

    So, these poor ladies essentially have to starve themselves or be unemployed?

  • Mrs. Smith

    JanH
    April 3rd, 2011 at 10:40 am

    This just boggles the mind. I am so disgusted I could spit.

    Waitresses Fired For Being Old and Fat?
    ____________________

    Becoming Soylent Green Time- anyone over 50 tending towards 35- is over the hill and ready for the bucket.

    “Soylent Green is a 1973 American science fiction film directed by Richard Fleischer. Starring Charlton Heston, the film overlays the police procedural and science fiction genres as it depicts the investigation into the brutal murder of a wealthy businessman in a dystopian future suffering from pollution, overpopulation, depleted resources, poverty, dying oceans and a hot climate due to the greenhouse effect. Much of the population survives on processed food rations, including “soylent green”.”
    ___________

    Yup, just like the bathing suits for kids 3-4 yrs old with padded bra bikinis. Rushing puberty on the youth focused only on sex ignoring more important things as a joke.

  • Mrs. Smith

    admin can you post this video about the future of Japan’s reactors?

    Now all 6 reactors are in trouble not just the one or two we were told about early on-

    http://edition.cnn.com/video/#/video/bestoftv/2011/03/27/sotu.cirincione.nuclear.japan.cnn

  • Mrs. Smith

    JanH-

    Samantha Power’s husband, Cass Sustein is Jewish. I wouldn’t put to much stock in that article about her anti-Jewish leanings. The Obama WH is giving her a profile acceptable to the Muslims should she succeed Hillary as SOS-

  • pm317

    Samantha Power is known to be pro-Palestine. (I don’t have time to look for a link).

  • pm317

    Admin, evidence of silver metal and automotive parts for your next article on that topic ;) ..

    http://lh3.ggpht.com/_DawJTCHuL3c/TZf33ULqV9I/AAAAAAAAMVI/A0c6TOJoqTg/s1600-h/2010-06-07-michelleobama%5B4%5D.jpg

  • pm317

    We can find her a job in the casinos.

  • confloyd

    What the heck is Power doing?????I always thought Kerry/Richardson would be the new SOS…this is going from bad to worse…

    I wish I knew the inside scoop!

  • pm317

    confloyd
    April 3rd, 2011 at 12:15 pm

    What the heck is Power doing?????I
    ————————-

    Clooney likes her.

  • pm317

    I hope Trump asks for Obama’s medical records next. I want to know what those scars on his head were for.

  • confloyd

    I would like to know that too….so many scars…yet no reasons given!

    The “monster Power”, OMG! I just can’t believe it….

    I thought Drudge printing false stuff, but I came on here and yes you guys are talking about it….

  • pm317

    When Power made that monster remark, I searched for her email and sent her an email why she would say that. She in fact replied to me apologizing again. I then got a chance to tell her that she was backing the wrong horse. But that is the horse she rode in on and it works for HER.

  • pm317

    Another angle..looks like it runs from ear to ear..

    http://www.americanthinker.com/O-Scar%20Left%20CU.jpg

  • pm317

    Another tidbit about Power, her claim to fame is some book she wrote on ‘genocide’ and she was trying to bring attention to Darfur and her strategy was to go to universities and rile up the young people. The newly minted IL senator Obama got to know of her Darfur work and that was the beginning of a beautiful friendship. My conjecture (because I have not read any evidence of this is how it happened) is that her strategy of ‘using’ college students for Darfur was also what gave Obama handlers ideas on using the gullible and not so smart and testosterone driven youth in his campaign.

  • JanH

    Mrs. Smith
    April 3rd, 2011 at 11:55 am
    JanH-

    Samantha Power’s husband, Cass Sustein is Jewish. I wouldn’t put to much stock in that article about her anti-Jewish leanings. The Obama WH is giving her a profile acceptable to the Muslims should she succeed Hillary as SOS-
    ———————

    That may be, but this is far from the first time that I have read that she is anti-Israel. Personally, I don’t trust her and think she would be an absolute disaster as SOS.

  • ohanson

    CNN
    Joe Cirincione, formerly of George Soros’s Center for American Progress and of Council on Foreign Relations on CNN… Great eyebrow control… hours of practice in front of the mirror. Reminds me of the pRes.

    Free candy cane to the first poster who can tell us when it was taped. Last weekend, same as the fear-mongering one from x-news in India. Readings of the newly discovered water from the leak were all over the place at the plant, and even worse in various news outlets scrambling to be first with sensational news. Joe at CNN sez no danger to the USA, others are in a panic over danger to the USA. Which is it?

    Here is something posted today by someone who actually knows what he’s talking about:

    http://depletedcranium.com/details-on-levels-of-radioactivity-in-the-tokyo-water-supply/#more-9966

    The Tokyo Water Supply:

    On March 23, Japanese officials announced that tests on water samples taken the previous day from one Tokyo’s water treatment plants showed iodine-131 levels of 210 becquerels per kilogram. Tests on previous days had only indicated much lower traces of iodine-131. Recent rainfall may have contributed to the spike in levels or it may have been a fluke in the sampling program. These levels were not detected across the board in the water supply of Tokyo, but only in one of the samples collected.

    210 becquerels per kilogram is an extremely low level of activity, but the standards for iodine-131 tend to be very conservative. It is possible to set such extremely conservative limits because iodine-131 is not normally present in the enviornment in any significant quantity. With a half-life of only eight days, any iodine from nuclear weapons tests or releases from Chernobyl has long decayed away, leaving the enviornment essentially free of the isotope, except for a tiny amount excreted by thyroid cancer patients.

    The standards for I-131 in tap water vary from place to place. The general international standard for safe water is 3000 Bq/Kg. Although this level is extremely conservative, Japan has much tighter standards for permitted iodine-131 concentrations. In Japan the recommended safety standards are 300 Bq/Kg for the general population and 100 Bq/Kg for infants.
    (article continues)

    Post at 3:04 AM, this Big Pink thread, above:
    “Iodine-131 was measured in a rainwater sample taken on the roof of Etcheverry Hall on UC Berkeley campus, March 23, 2011 from 9:06-18:00 PDT. The 3 Liters of rainwater collected contained … an average of 20.1 Becquerel per liter,”

  • turndownobama

    Solar and Wind power need major design adjustments.

    [[ That's where the subsidy money should be going. ]]

    Each towered turbine come with a price tag of about $1M.

    [[ Again, better design needed. Again, a one-time cost for sustainable output. ]]

    Nesting them in the ocean is not a good idea either because the disruption of air flow and noise causes more problems than the benefit perceived as the reason for installing them in the first place.

    [[ Really? Noise (again a fixable problem) and wind disruption cause more problems than air pollution AND THE GULF OIL SPILL?

    When a windmill falls into the ocean — splash….

  • turndownobama

    Does this tape actually exist?

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

    I doubt it. And even if it did, no one would believe it. The bots would say it was faked. If there were expert tests, the corporate media would cover them up — as with the bc issues.

  • confloyd

    pm317,
    that’s a huge scar….he’s bound to have had a brain injury with those scars…

    Maybe he’s a bionic brain…LOL! I just can’t believe we democrats have to put up with the likes of Power/Obama/Jarrett….its appalling…when we had the likes of Barbara Jordan/Gerry Ferraro, how could it be that we end up with this unholy trinity….

    Why in the world is Hillary giving up??? This is just more than I can take…

  • Mrs. Smith

    “Personally, I don’t trust her and think she would be an absolute disaster as SOS.”
    _______________________

    All depends on who the next president is-

    I know for sure Trump doesn’t discriminate..

    Watch the Apprentice tonight.
    Food fight between Meatloaf and Gary Bussey…

    Someone gets fired. (?)

  • Mrs. Smith

    confloyd-

    where have YOU been?

  • Mrs. Smith

    turndownobama
    April 3rd, 2011 at 1:20 pm

    Err… you can have the pea-shooter from the Nog.

    Do your thing!

  • tim

    and here come the race card……

    http://radioequalizer.blogspot.com/2011/04/al-sharpton-donald-trumps-motives-are.html

    I guess Waffles and this racist enablers are getting slightly worried. Lets see who Trump can smoke out next, I understand Trump now has a regular contributor status on Fox, lets see with his assements who is going to be smoked out next.

  • confloyd

    Mrs.Smith,
    You know I’m a busy lady….I barely have time to keep up with this sham of a government! I’m having loads of fun though…LOL!

  • turndownobama

    We continue to be led around by the noses to whatever venue touting the new thing is usually a position held by the wealthy making huge profits on the public promoted by government subsidies the EPA and Commerce regulations.

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

    And stuck in whatever old thing — ie petroleum — is already making the hugest profits for the wealthy. (Oil gets cash subsidies too — as well as pushing its cleanup and health costs onto the public.)

    But that suggests a good point. Distinguish APPROACH ($1m turbine) from SOURCE (wind).

    When the establishment does toy with an ‘alternative’ source, it’s with an APPROACH that needs massive metal, a centralized location, etc — like your $1m wind turbines. Those massive approaches don’t work well.

    They want to keep small wind/solar from progressing — becasue they CAN’T control it with capital. Sarah’s small, on-site approach is something anyone can do.

    Let’s not help them conflate source with (their massive) approach.

    Which is another reason for the wealthy to put out the meme that those SOURCES never can work well.

  • Mrs. Smith

    The Dutch have the right idea-

    and the right windmill too-
    ______________________

    #
    confloyd
    April 3rd, 2011 at 1:54 pm

    Mrs.Smith,

    You know I’m a busy lady….I barely have time to keep up with this sham of a government! I’m having loads of fun though…LOL!
    _______________

    Poor you- picking out rings and a new wardrobe for your cruise… :-)

  • confloyd

    Mrs.Smith,
    This will be just terrible if Hillary doesn’t have the “Trump card” in the end…pardon the pun! I just can’t stand the idea this little cheater and his vicious supporters will win in the end…she just has to be “the unsinkable Molly Brown”…I just don’t know what I’m going to think if Hillary doesn’t come out on top of this whole stinking situation….she just has too.

    Well Trump I could vote for…and yes I hope he smokes some more skeleton’s out…maybe he’s helping Hillary…who knows…but politics is a sure dirty business! If this doesn’t get straightened out, I think I’ll find some other new hobby to do and I’ll leave all the politiking to the rest of you…I’m getting sick of the “One”.

  • confloyd

    Mrs. Smith,
    Yeah, I’m in a terrible state of disarray….LOL!

  • pm317

    confloyd
    April 3rd, 2011 at 2:36 pm
    —————-
    I feel the same way. I am here because there is still a chance Hillary can make it to the WH. I will lose all interest in politics if that does not happen. Some rightwingers are saying if there were skeletons that Trunp will smoke out now, wouldn’t Hillary have done that already? They really make her the scariest monster there is. Well, we know why Hillary wouldn’t (didn’t) do that in 2008. Nobody was listening and she was the wrong messenger and she would have been condemned for life if she had done that.

  • confloyd

    pm317,
    Yeah, she couldn’t do it…I was just outside raking thinking of that craphead Ted Kennedy that he wanted a President with noble ideas, not a Clinton….I wish that bastard was here to see the crap he’s thrown on the poor and middle class….Obama is not in the least bit noble…its a figment of his imagination….The Clinton’s are noble and have always been….the rethugs aren’t noble either….

  • NewMexicoFan

    Idiots never clean up or own up to their messes. They all start talking like they had aprehensions, they were mislead, they really did not get that information.

    Bull crap, they knew exactly what he was as we told them, and the purposely, fraudulant ignored it. They should go to jail for it.

  • confloyd

    NMF,
    They all should…go to jail!

    This Power appt. and now I find out when she stepped down she went to work for Soros….maybe she’s the new Soros puppet….that would be horrible if Samantha Power becomes the new face of demorats…I’ll get sick…nobility….yeah right!

  • confloyd

    The thoughts of this nincompoop for another 4 years is nauseating….Mittens is nauseating…so is Gingrich….this whole thing stinks to high heavens…

  • Mrs. Smith

    “….the rethugs aren’t noble either…”
    ______________________

    No they are not! They want you to think they are. They are Pros at promoting the illusion while wrapped in the American flag. But as soon as your back is turned, they are stripping Grandma of her Social Security pension because they want the money to build nuclear reactors because there is so much money to be made after they get the job done-

    They could not care less if our water is contaminated with radiation. GWBush bought a 100,000 acre ranch in Paraguay holding Paraguay’s Acuifero Guarani is the largest fresh water aquifer in South America and is located under 4 entire countries.

    A ranch large enough that provides him with control over access to the aquifer, he will be in a power position to control fresh water rights for more than 200,000 South Americans. (and providing fresh water to his friends)

    Some ecologists say in the 21st century, fresh water – essential for all life on earth, will be more valuable than oil or gold. So buying controlling access to Acuifero Guarani, Bush will become the South American equivalent of the Saudi royal family.

    Not to mention providing him and his family with a safe haven to escape the reaches of the American and world courts if that day comes.

  • Mrs. Smith

    #
    confloyd
    April 3rd, 2011 at 3:18 pm

    The thoughts of this nincompoop for another 4 years is nauseating….Mittens is nauseating…so is Gingrich….this whole thing stinks to high heavens…
    _________________

    Confloyd- I know you have been MiA lately and I’m not sure if you have been reading the blog- But don’t fall for buying those cheap discount tickets for cruising the Sea of Japan. You’ll come back luminescent and be pretty popular in the radiology dept.
    and

  • turndownobama

    Some ecologists say in the 21st century, fresh water – essential for all life on earth, will be more valuable than oil or gold.

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

    But they also say there’s human caused global warming — so they all must be lying. /sarcasm

  • Norma Desmond

    “pm317
    April 3rd, 2011 at 12:15 pm

    Admin, evidence of silver metal and automotive parts for your next article on that topic ;) ..”

    On close examination, it appears she has a wishbone tucked down her dress to the side of her left breast.

    Perhaps a treat for Sasha and Malia – or a snack – for later…

  • confloyd

    Mrs.Smith,
    Yeah I’ve been reading the blog everyday and all its comments…but get quite nauseous at some of the rethug posts….but its a free country (for now), people can think and write what they want….the rethug’s won’t be winning me over with their, flag, all american, apple pie crap….they are all gansta’s and Obama is working for them….

    It’s the Clinton’s or no one…I’ll just sail off the political ship…but not to Japan…LOL! I do like Trump! I think he loves the real America and realizes that America isn’t just for the rich and famous…its for the teachers, nurses, healthcares, welders, blue collar workers, black, white, yellow, or brown…that’s America….and its for grannie too!

  • Shadowfax

    I’m in the same boat at you confloyd and pm317…hanging on to the hope that our girl will make it to the Oval, sooner rather than later.

    I really don’t care about the other people running, just want her in and Barry the f out!!!

    I don’t want to go back to voting for the better of two evils.

  • jbstonesfan

    JanH-Powers would be worse than Jimmy Carter as she has direcrt influence over Obama. She is not only anti-Israel, but her dislike for Hillary is well documented.

  • confloyd

    I agree Samantha Powers is just plain awful and a HUGE slap in the face of Hillary….only time will tell….they are all Israel haters….the rethugs really don’t care about Israel, the just talk a good story…they only care about capitalism…so really they are nothing but Red China with our flag…

  • blowme0bama

    turndownobama
    April 3rd, 2011 at 1:17 pm
    Does this tape actually exist?

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

    I doubt it. And even if it did, no one would believe it. The bots would say it was faked. If there were expert tests, the corporate media would cover them up — as with the bc issues.
    ________________________________________

    I have seen one back in 08, but she isn’t saying “whitey”. I think she was speaking in front of some gathering at the Rev. Wright’s church and she was talking about Bush doing something. I don’t remember if it dealt with Katrina or what, but she said “why’d he do that?, Why’d he do that?!!”.

  • confloyd

    Well if Powers is really going to take the SOS spot, then she’s the one that Brazilla was talking about….the one that Hillary will see as the first female Potus…Brazilla said Hillary would be right there when the first woman President would be sworn in…

  • Norma Desmond

    IMO – Samantha Powers will never be President of the United States. Michelle will see to that.

  • turndownobama

    I have seen one back in 08, but she isn’t saying “whitey”. I think she was speaking in front of some gathering at the Rev. Wright’s church and she was talking about Bush doing something. I don’t remember if it dealt with Katrina or what, but she said “why’d he do that?, Why’d he do that?!!”.

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

    You actually saw that? I read about it. There was some discussion about the grammar, whether ‘whitey’ or ‘why did he’ would fit the wording.

  • jtjames

    Powers was born in Dublin moved to the states when she was 10, cannot be POTUS….

  • lorac

    I don’t have any inside information. But from what I remember from when the “whitey” uproar was going on, the bots were the ones saying the tape said “why’d he”. I suppose it’s possible that there are two different tapes, and the “why’d he” was being substituted as an excuse for the “whitey” on the other tape by the Obama apologists. I don’t believe many people have seen the tape; most everyone discussing it had not seen it. But the people who were saying they HAD seen it, weren’t just saying it said “whitey”, it was “whitey wants to keep you down”, etc. There were whole sentences they were quoting, which, if true, couldn’t be substituted for “why’d he”.

  • pm317

    See the translation on twins talking..the more aggressive one is the repub, LOL

  • blowme0bama

    turndownobama
    April 3rd, 2011 at 6:30 pm

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

    You actually saw that? I read about it. There was some discussion about the grammar, whether ‘whitey’ or ‘why did he’ would fit the wording.

    lorac
    April 3rd, 2011 at 6:53 pm
    I don’t have any inside information. But from what I remember from when the “whitey” uproar was going on, the bots were the ones saying the tape said “why’d he”. I suppose it’s possible that there are two different tapes, and the “why’d he” was being substituted as an excuse for the “whitey” on the other tape by the Obama apologists. I don’t believe many people have seen the tape; most everyone discussing it had not seen it. But the people who were saying they HAD seen it, weren’t just saying it said “whitey”, it was “whitey wants to keep you down”, etc. There were whole sentences they were quoting, which, if true, couldn’t be substituted for “why’d he”.
    _______________________________

    It could well be that there are two videos. I saw a clip of one and it was “why’d he”. I thought, “no wonder the tape isn’t making big news; anyone would look like a fool trying to turn that into her saying “whitey”.

  • blowme0bama

    Searched around for a little while to see if I could find that clip, but can’t find it. It was very innocuous.

    Like I said, maybe there’s another one somewhere.

  • Mrs. Smith

    Obama waxing poetic-

    admin- please post- thanx..

    What is the first thing President Obama thinks about when he wakes up and when he goes to bed?


    The video cannot be shown at the moment. Please try again later.

    Obama working hard to create jobs for Americans..


    The video cannot be shown at the moment. Please try again later.

  • Mrs. Smith

    admin:

    spammy is at it again-

    I have 2 videos caught in the twolink hairnet.

    please post when you can-

  • pm317

    OK, time to have some fun with the pictures (oh BTW, you can see the scar right above the ear.. seems like it even goes down to his neck.. What the hell is that?)

    http://nation.foxnews.com/michelle-obama/2011/01/24/waiver

  • gonzotx

    Can there please be a power outage
    ******

    President Barack Obama plans to announce his reelection campaign early next week in an electronic message to grass-roots supporters, Democratic sources tell POLITICO.

    Read more: http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0411/52416.html#ixzz1IW2zg3M2

  • Mrs. Smith

    Amy Goodman from Democracy Now podcast: (2 min)

    What we are NOT hearing about the Japanese reactors in US news.

    Not one, Not two, reactors are in trouble.
    FOUR of their Six reactors are in trouble.
    This catastrophe is far from over-

    listen here:

    http://hw.libsyn.com/p/7/f/1/7f1f113d9ba57d31/podcast_2011-0316.mp3?sid=9cc034da5ca255de26e8198e035939df&l_sid=18778&l_eid=&l_mid=2483559

  • gonzotx

    Yes, there is a “moderate Muslim” ( right, and if you believe that, I have a bridge for sale )

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

    April 03, 2011
    Islam, Zafar and the 4:34 Dance
    Richard Butrick

    After appearing on The O’Reilly Factor last week to defend Islam’s treatment of women, Mr. Harris Zafar has decided to further elucidate his position in an article in which he maintains that the Koran requires us (sic) to honor rather than abuse women. The key passage, according to Zafar is “chapter 4 verse 35″ of the Koran, and whether said passage sanctions or promotes the “ill-treatment” of women. Since 4:35 is a rather innocuous verse dealing rather perfunctorily with divorce, I will presume that Mr. Zafar is referring to the notorious 4:34:
    Qur’an (4:34) – “Men are the maintainers of women because Allah has made some of them to excel others and because they spend out of their property; the good women are therefore obedient, guarding the unseen as Allah has guarded; and (as to) those on whose part you fear desertion, admonish them, and leave them alone in the sleeping-places and beat them; then if they obey you, do not seek a way against them; surely Allah is High, Great.”

    Now begins Mr. Zafar’s 4:34 dance, as it is so aptly put by Muslim feminist writer Asra Q. Nomani. Mr. Zafar maintains that the verse is really about anger management:

    As a happily married man, this verse is important to me – and my wife. The verse restricts, rather than sanctions, such behavior. It describes a process of curbing the urge to use physical force in the rare event of gross disobedience or rebellion – a vicious behavior such as adultery or stealing, not a simple disagreement. This verse presents a process of anger management, reformation and reconciliation, with the intention to heal the relationship at every step. Additionally, the Prophet Muhammad commanded not to do anything that would ever harm or leave a mark on a woman. This verse cannot be understood to justify beating, rape or any ill-treatment of women.

    What is hilarious about this is that Mr. Zafar is so thoroughly indoctrinated into the Islamic principle that women are to be cared for by their masters that he cannot see the condescension of his remarks. His argument could be a passage out of an SPCA manual for the treatment of dogs. Nor does it “strike” Mr. Zafar that beating one’s wife in the event of adultery or stealing might seem inappropriate. Women are to be treated like beloved camels (I would say dogs, but dogs are an anathema to Muslims) and lacking the capability to reason must be beaten when they misbehave,

    I close with a few more dances that Mr. Zafar needs to incorporate into his routine:

    Qur’an (4:11) – (Inheritance) “The male shall have the equal of the portion of two females” (see also verse 4:176).

    Qur’an (2:228) – “and the men are a degree above them [women]”

    Qur’an (2:223) – “Your wives are as a tilth unto you; so approach your tilth when or how ye will…”

  • gonzotx

    OH MY GOD….

    *****

    Japan nuclear crisis: workers using newspaper and sawdust to block pipes

    Japanese workers battling to stop a radioactive water leak into the Pacific from the beleaguered nuclear power plant have resorted to using newspaper and sawdust to try and block the pipes.

  • turndownobama

    gonzotx
    April 3rd, 2011 at 10:59 pm

    /six screens to reply to/

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

    Sigh.

  • turndownobama

    I doubt even MO would have said ‘whitey’ in recent years. So what were the dates of the alleged tapes?

  • SHV

    “What is hilarious about this is that Mr. Zafar is so thoroughly indoctrinated into the Islamic principle that women are to be cared for by their masters that he cannot see the condescension of his remarks.”
    *********
    Except for the beatings, this sounds remarkably like what was said at a “Covenant Wedding” that I had the great misfortune to attend last month. It was held at a fundamentalist, Bible Mega-Church. The associate pastor was in his late twenties, was wearing a $1000+ suit and has a $100 haircut. He looked remarkably like a blond Joel Osteen.

    The ceremony had no relationship to any traditional Protestant wedding that I had ever attended but was essentially a lecture on what the woman’s role was in the marriage. The man set the agenda and the wife was to obey. “She is to obey her husband even when she knows that he is wrong.” Sh*t you not.

  • gonzotx

    SHV
    April 4th, 2011 at 12:56 am

    I really can not see the comparison what so ever. People that down play the satanical, violent, murderous Islam so called “religion” terrify me.

    I am not a religious person per say. I don’t belong to any church but try very hard to live by the golden rule. I think it sums up how to participate in life in a very pure and simple way.I am not naive to think that Christianity and other forms of organized religion do not have their faults and crazed followers, hence I stay out of most houses’s of religion. But Islam, well …

    The Koran to me is evil, pure and simple.

  • gonzotx

    I get where you were going SHV with the obey stuff and fundamentalists in all things. They are certainly nuts to me, but Islam is just plan evil.

    To me, as a woman, it is like the worst nightmare brought upon womankind.

    When I hear people down play it’s teachings regarding women, when I see a woman buried and stoned to death, beheaded, ears and noses cut off, a procession of 6-9 year olds being married off to 25-90 year old men, in full white wedding gowns no less…I wig out. People wake up.

  • turndownobama

    The ceremony had no relationship to any traditional Protestant wedding that I had ever attended but was essentially a lecture on what the woman’s role was in the marriage. The man set the agenda and the wife was to obey. “She is to obey her husband even when she knows that he is wrong.”

    ===========

    Er, that’s in the traditional mainstream Christian marriage vows for the woman. “Love, honor, and obey.”

    Taking it seriously is also a mainstream doctrine; see C. S. Lewis MERE CHRISTIANITY.

    As for a less-traditional Christian ceremony, something similar was lectured at length in a friend’s marriage a few years ago.

    Some Christian woman made a lot of money with a book or two about obeying her husband. Schafley?

  • gonzotx

    turndownobama
    April 4th, 2011 at 4:49 am

    Get real, no comparison. Typical far left wacko, naive Chamberlain response. Hmm, obey, which in Christianity is 99.999% of the time a nod to an old and ancient way, vs a very real and present danger.Schalfly vs a beheading. Gee I don’t know, guess they are equal?

    Moving on…

  • holdthemaccountable

    The reason I object so to the ObamaCare $5 billion program aimed at providing temporary help to employers to maintain medical coverage for early retirees is as follows. Over the past two decades, unknown numbers of employees in their 50′s fully intended to work through until their retirement age, but were pressured to take buy-outs. They were replaced by younger and lower-paid employees to enhance the company’s bottom line. And now Obama is rewarding them for their “pain”?

  • turndownobama

    All religions (except perhaps Wicca etc) have that nod to those ancient ways — AND have some current sects still taking them seriously (MERE CHRISTIANITY was written in the 1950s but still sells well).

    Different methods of ‘enforcement’ (actually a pretext for abuse imo) are a matter of degree, not of essence. And Americans have all too much domestic violence, even when they use different pretexts for it.

  • holdthemaccountable

    Eat your heart out, Chuckie Porkulus & Dems in general & POTUS in particular:

    GOP anti-appropriators break up the spending party
    …During the February debate over H.R. 1, the omnibus spending bill for the current fiscal year, Flake voted for 14 different floor amendments opposed by Chairman Hal Rogers (Ky.) as well as former chairman Bill Young (Fla.), who is the most senior Republican on the committee. This didn’t happen before the Tea Parties….
    http://washingtonexaminer.com/politics/2011/04/gop-anti-appropriators-break-spending-party

  • turndownobama

    Over the past two decades, unknown numbers of employees in their 50’s fully intended to work through until their retirement age, but were pressured to take buy-outs. They were replaced by younger and lower-paid employees to enhance the company’s bottom line. And now Obama is rewarding them for their “pain”?

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

    Do you mean the buy-outs were so generous that the retirees shouldn’t need the medical coverage?

    Otherwise, imo elderly people shouldn’t lose their retirement benefits. They worked in good faith for them, and are too old to start over.

  • turndownobama

    Here’s bad news: Palin coming out against Planned Parenthood, saying this:

    “regardless of what they had promised the public in their campaign ads, new investigative reporting shows that they are not really using our tax dollars to provide women with mammograms and other real health care services. It’s simply freeing up funds that they can then invest in their primary money-making endeavor: abortion.”

    I hope Palin didn’t really make that flakey statement, though it came through Team Sarah.

  • holdthemaccountable

    tdo: Do you mean the buy-outs were so generous that the retirees shouldn’t need the medical coverage?
    ———————-
    No. Sorry, I do not follow the logic of your question. I took a buyout from AT&T in the mid-90′s. The decision was influenced by health concerns not recognized at the time. The traditional benefits were part of the package. The very moment I retired, I became a retiree of Lucent Technologies based I believe, in Murray Hill NJ. As you probably know, Lucent is now based in Paris and hyphenated with Alcatel. But that was not the only shock. Lucent diminished health benefits regularly and I’ve had none for quite a few years. I really do not wish to research back to provide specifics, but it has been nada, nothing, and that includes dental, for quite some time.

  • moononpluto

    Its official. Dumbo launched his 2012 campaign.

    http://www.reuters.com/article/2011/04/04/us-usa-election-obama-idUSTRE7312G620110404

    (Reuters) – President Barack Obama on Monday opened his 2012 re-election campaign with a website announcement and e-mails and text messages to supporters.

    “This campaign is just kicking off,” a short announcement said on http://www.barackobama.com. “We’re opening up offices, unpacking boxes and starting a conversation with supporters like you to help shape our path to victory. 2012 begins now…”

    The two-minute, 10-second video on the site, titled “It Begins With Us,” features supporters from around the country discussing the Democratic president and the state of the nation. But Obama is not shown or heard.

    Political observers expect the Obama campaign to raise an unprecedented $1 billion for the race.

    Several Republicans are considering running against Obama but have not made their candidacies official. Early polls showing Obama leading potential Republican rivals.

    Obama was expected to file campaign papers with the Federal Election Commission as early as Monday, which would allow him to start raising campaign funds.

    While running for president as a senator from Illinois, Obama raised a record $750 million to win the 2008 election.

    ………………………………………

    and i expect how they will progress, keeping Obama being seen or heard to a minumum, we need to put a stop on that, 2012 will be about him, we will make sure of it.

  • moononpluto

    Its official. Dumbo launched his 2012 campaign.

    http://www.reuters.com/article/2011/04/04/us-usa-election-obama-idUSTRE7312G620110404

    (Reuters) – President Barack Obama on Monday opened his 2012 re-election campaign with a website announcement and e-mails and text messages to supporters.

    “This campaign is just kicking off,” a short announcement said on his website “We’re opening up offices, unpacking boxes and starting a conversation with supporters like you to help shape our path to victory. 2012 begins now…”

    The two-minute, 10-second video on the site, titled “It Begins With Us,” features supporters from around the country discussing the Democratic president and the state of the nation. But Obama is not shown or heard.

    Political observers expect the Obama campaign to raise an unprecedented $1 billion for the race.

    Several Republicans are considering running against Obama but have not made their candidacies official. Early polls showing Obama leading potential Republican rivals.

    Obama was expected to file campaign papers with the Federal Election Commission as early as Monday, which would allow him to start raising campaign funds.

    While running for president as a senator from Illinois, Obama raised a record $750 million to win the 2008 election.

    ………………………………………

    and i expect how they will progress, keeping Obama being seen or heard to a minumum, we need to put a stop on that, 2012 will be about him, we will make sure of it.

  • moononpluto

    http://www.nationalreview.com/campaign-spot/263754/obamas-2012-campaign-debuts-real-time

    From a commenter: “Hey, they found the one white man over 40 who supports Obama.”

  • Mrs. Smith

    Fox announced the Donald will be on this morning @ 8am.

  • Mrs. Smith

    The Obama campaign is being promoted as The Billion Dollar Campaign.

    Disgusting in these contracted economic times. I’m sure the people who have lost their homes and remain unemployed will be all ears-

    How is Obama so sure he can raise a billion dollars for his campaign?

    Is Soros his primary supporter?
    ________________________

    Well, it is past 8am… where is Trump?

  • moononpluto

    So if Obama is going for “it begins with us”

    I’m gonna say “it begins with us taking you out to the woodshed”

  • moononpluto

    The billion dollar campaign, would’nt that just piss you off when you are struggling to put food on the table.

    not sure thats the sort of image they should be portraying.

  • moononpluto

    That kind of campaign is not going to work for him this time, its all hopey change and bullcrap again.

    Hey Bambi, you have a record this time, if you are not gonna run on it, we are going to run with it, you can avoid it as much as you want to, so we will just have to smack you round the head with your record with a 2×4.

    message clear.

  • moononpluto

    I find it ridiculous we will have this muppet campaigning nonstop for the next 18 months….do your fucking job instead.

  • moononpluto

    Candidate Obama tweets this morning: “While I stay focused on the job you elected me to do, the work of laying the foundation for our campaign must start today.”

    Focused, my ass.

  • Mrs. Smith

    Dumb donors pay $30,000 at Obama’s Fundraiser dinner in Harlem.

    According to two sources who attended the “purposefully small” D.N.C. dinner at the Red Rooster in Harlem last night, a few of those much-discussed, dissident donors were among the 50 attendees who paid $30,800 to enjoy short ribs and cornbread, and chat amiably with the president.

    “There were people there who in the past have expressed frustrations, and one person who said, ‘You know, I’m not going to support him for re-election,’” said one attendee. “Well, they’re there. And what it said to me is ultimately these people are going to come around. They’re going to come around because they don’t want someone who is beholden to the Tea Party to become President of the United States.”

    Last summer, a number of donors, particularly in the financial services industry, were said to be offended by the president’s hostile rhetoric toward Wall Street and what some saw as a generally unsupportive approach to business. But, after bruising losses in November, Obama has tacked toward the center, compromising with Senate Republicans to renew the Bush tax cuts and appointing advisers with a business bent.

    “I think that it has definitely subsided,” said the attendee of the criticism. “It’s certainly the case that since the election, both the tone from the White House and the mood among a lot of people who have been very critical has changed.”

    Neither source wanted to cite specific individuals, but they mentioned separate examples of people who had come back to the fold, including one person who sat out donating last year over some particular annoyance, but couldn’t recall last night what exactly the reason had been.

    http://www.observer.com/2011/politics/harlem-dinner-disaffected-donors-come-back-obama

  • moononpluto

    The thing is the reason why Obama is scared shitless of Trump is that Trump could easily take all the big corporate donors and leave him floundering.

  • moononpluto

    If Obama is such a heavy favorite for reelection, as conventional wisdom says, why such an early campaign start?

    18 months………really ridiculous.

  • Mrs. Smith

    Trump is on, but is doing the interview from a remote location..

  • Mrs. Smith

    moon-

    are you using satellite tv?

  • Mrs. Smith

    Donald talking about Oprah wanting to give him a hair makeover-

    He said kiddingly, she may have a sinister plot in mind because she supported Obama. Trump answers questions without emotion and speaks candidly in a diplomatic way-

    Donald spoke about the Wars… but with 3 interviewers chattering, it was hard to hear what he was saying-

    Interview over… well that was fast.

  • moononpluto

    i do have sat tv yes, about 3000 channels.

  • moononpluto

    Wow

    http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/washington/2011/04/hillary-clinton-obama-john-phillips.html

    John Phillips: Why Hillary Clinton must run in 2012

    If Hillary Clinton’s primary voters and President Obama had their relationship status listed on their Facebook pages, it would change from “Married” to “It’s complicated.”

    To be fair, Hillary voters never fell in love with Obama, they just fell in line. Their relationship is less like a Julia Roberts chick flick and more like a Bengali arranged marriage.

    Because of their arrangement, Hillary-loving Obama voters are quick to jump ship whenever Mr. Hope-and-Change looks like he’s getting played again by his political opponents, is in over his head or is dissing their girl.

    Despite Obama’s anti-climactic campaign announcement just now, according to all the recent polls, Hillary voters aren’t only jumping ship –- they’re taking their fins, snorkels and pina coladas with them.

    A new Quinnipiac University poll shows President Obama’s approval rating at….
    …a pathetic 42% –- down four points from early March. The American public isn’t impressed with his handling of the crisis in Libya either -– with 47% of the public against the war and 58% of registered voters saying the president has not clearly stated U.S. goals for the mission.

    These numbers are bad –- really bad –- CNN prime time ratings bad.

    To put them into context, according to Gallup, 76% of Americans supported military action against Iraq in 2003, 90% gave the A-OK for strikes against Afghanistan in 2001, and 65% approved of putting boots on the ground in Somalia in 1993.

    It’s also important to state that this isn’t part of a “throw all the bums out” mood directed at Washington.

    The approval numbers for Hillary are nearing an all-time high –- with Gallup showing 66% of Americans giving “Hill the Thrill” a big thumbs up –- up from 61% in July.

    This leads to the questions: Why are one out of three Hillary lovers giving Obama bad marks? Will they stick with him in November 2012?

    And, most importantly, if she senses enough blood in the water, will Hillary quit the administration and launch a primary bid against Obama?

    Hill-rage at Obama

    Hillary Clinton’s big selling point during the 2008 Democratic primaries was that she was an experienced hand who’s been around the block a few times…not like how her husband has been around the block…but, you get the point.

    Then-Sen. Clinton’s “3 AM Phone Call” ad drove that point home. The 30-second TV spot raised the possibility of a future world crisis and asked voters who they would want in the White House making the big decisions if all hell broke loose.

    read the rest……

    Hillary voters ate it up with a spoon –- deciding that an awakened and enraged Clinton with cold cream on her face and curlers in her hair is far scarier to third-world despots than an ex-Illinois state senator.

    The military action in Libya is Team Hillary’s ‘I told you so’ moment…with Hillary serving as the realistic, aggressive war hawk and Obama being a not-ready-for-prime-time waffler.

    This frustration was expressed by a Clinton insider in the British newspaper The Daily, who said, “Obviously, she’s not happy with dealing with a president who can’t decide if today is Tuesday or Wednesday, who can’t make his mind up…it’s like playing sports with a bunch of amateurs. And she doesn’t have any power. She’s trying to do what she can to keep things from imploding.”

    This may not be a vote of no confidence…but at a minimum, it’s voting ‘present.’

    Hill today, gone tomorrow

    Hillary voters weren’t swooned by Obama in the 2008 Democratic primaries and many are abandoning him in public opinion surveys today. But are they mad enough to ride the elephant in 2012?

    Get out the saddle, because that’s exactly what they did in 2010.

    In the midterm elections, while it’s true the Democrats were routed everywhere, they got especially creamed in states where Hillary did well. In House races, the Democrats lost four seats in Florida, six in New York, five in Ohio, four in Pennsylvania and three in Texas –- all states Hillary carried in the 2008 Democratic primaries.

    Meanwhile, the Democrats strengthened their hand in places that went heavily for Obama in 2008 –- with pickups in Hawaii, Delaware and the MSNBC prime-time lineup.

    The lesson: Hillary voters aren’t only willing to pull the plug on their fellow Democrats -– they’re willing to yank it like they’re starting a lawn mower.

    What the Hill? Hillary in 2012?

    While it’s true the Clintons are ambitious people, they’ve never been known to go on suicide missions -– those are for terrorists and hotel chains willing to rent rooms to Charlie Sheen.

    Despite her contemporary denials, Hillary would only throw her hat in the ring if she thought she had a better than even chance at moving back into the White House. Obama is looking weak, but not weak enough to justify a primary challenge…yet.

    If Libya turns into a full blown disaster…resulting in billions of dollars wasted, boots on the ground and abysmal public opinion numbers, my money is on Hillary resigning her post as secretary of State and jumping in the 2012 primary.

    She can even rerun the “3 AM Phone Call” ad…with the tagline ‘See, I told you so.’

  • moononpluto

    Obama 2012: He’s getting us out of Iraq. So we can get into Libya.

  • moononpluto

    Obama 2012 : “Change Him, He’s Hopeless”

  • moononpluto

    Obama tells supporters his campaign is not about one person, “and it will succeed only if we work together.”

    ……………………… all nice and well but Obama is not a team player however!

  • moononpluto

    haha so true :

    jimgeraghty
    1 minutes ago
    Obama put more effort into telling America about his reelection campaign than he did telling us we’re going to war in Libya.

  • Mrs. Smith

    moononpluto
    April 4th, 2011 at 8:49 am

    Wow
    ________________

    Good article- laying the groundwork for voters to be aware of how Hillary Clinton can get in the race if voters show a preference to her over Obama.

    I thought this comment was interesting:

    “If Hillary Clinton’s primary voters and President Obama had their relationship status listed on their Facebook pages, it would change from “Married” to “It’s complicated.”
    _____________________

    And it could very well change to “estranged” especially, if Hillary resigns in protest over ‘irreconcilable differences’ to one of Obama’s domestic policies.

  • confloyd

    Well I can’t believe it…he’s going to re-run…OMG! WHere’s the Donald???

    Modesty police are being proposed in Eqypt….well the muslim brotherhood is taking over….this will not bode well with Americans…..Power, Jarrett and Obama are prolly whisling dixie….Israel’s days are numbered…that you can count on!

    The Christian in me tells me time is short….

  • pm317

    How about Gaddafi turning on his (adopted) son before the campaign2012 starts?! Read LJ.. Brits, French, Italians are on one side and BO on the other, because they didn’t play the ‘dear leader’ game with him even though he is no leader..

    http://www.noquarterusa.net/blog/2011/04/03/are-the-brits-french-and-italians-slitting-obamas-political-throat/

  • wbboei

    Let us hope this is true.

    Are the Brits, French and Italians Slitting Obama’s Political Throat?
    Larry Johnson

    The word circulating back channel is that the Brits, with the backing of the French and Italians, have cut a deal with Musa Kusa that will permit Muaamar Qaddafi to hand over power to his son, Seif, who will in turn oversee reform in Libya. The only person who does not like the deal is Barack Obama. Now, I agree with Barack. it is a bad deal. Barack continues to insist that Qaddafi must go. But he insanely refuses to do anything to make that happen.

    Sorry Barack, but you are not Dorothy wearing ruby slippers. Just by clicking your heels together and repeating the phrase, “Qaddafi must go,” won’t make it happen. This ain’t Kansas or Chicago boy wonder. This is the real world and the folks overseas understand power. Your refusal to exercise any real power has made you America’s greatest Castrati. You’ve had your balls removed and now the Europeans are going to give you and your country a good old fashioned ass raping.

    Rape?

    You betcha. You have consistently spit in the eyes of our British cousins. I guess you are carrying on your Kenyan daddy’s vendetta against the crown. You shipped the bust of Churchill back to London and have treated the guy at 10 Downing Street like an afterthought. As my old boss, a retired Marine Colonel with two tours in Vietnam always said, “Payback is a motherfucker.” And you Mr. President will be getting the fucking. One of the keys to success in international politics is to have genuine friends who really like you or to have your so-called friends by the “short and curlies.” Obama has not learned this lesson. He has alienated both London and Paris by his arrogance and his incompetence. Too proud to deftly suck up to the Brits, Obama has gone out of his way to insult and demean. Well, guess what buddy boy? They will deliver this dish ice cold and there’s nothing you can do to stop it.

    Stomp your foot, hold your breath and give a dandy speech–Qaddafi ain’t going anywhere until he’s good and ready. Meanwhile, you just spent $600 million on an epic case of premature ejaculation–blew your load and left all of us mightily unsatisfied.

  • votermom

    I am so writing in Hillary in the primary.

  • ABM90

    Long but spot onl

    The sad fact is that the MSM’s pushed for obama and tried to make everyone see that he was for “good” change. He basically promised a chicken in every pot, brad and milk on the table for everyone. The people who want government to “take care of them”, bought it hook, line and sinker. Since then obama and his ilk have done everything they can to hook more people on the government dole. Obama and his administration hacve done more to destroy the working class than any other group in our history. They have extended unemployment so they can trap more people needing the government to take care of them. He has allowed illegals to gain government support and steal from the taxpayer. In the 2 years he has been in office he has increased the budget by 34% and is still trying to increase it even more. Never have we had an adminstration work so hard to destroy our economy and make everyone dependant upon the government for their care. Our economy is spiraling downward every day. Yet the librals/progressives seem determined to make sure this downward spiral reaches a point to where the government can declare and national emergency and socialize everything to save the economy/people. The sad thing is the libral MSM’s are helping our government to make this dream/nightmare become a reality. This country can no longer afford the libral/progressive dream. We need to regaqin our dependancy upon our own natural resources and stop depending upon others who would love to see us destoyed. We need less government and more freedom to expand withoug excessive government regulations strangling us. We need a flat rate tax. Taxes anymore are just a redistribution of wealth. People who put in very little get back more than they put in. The government would have a lot more money with a flat tax than they do now. Plus, Everyone would pay thier fair share no matter how much money they had. There would be no tax cuts or deductions needed. Everyone reguardless of wealth would pay into the government their fair share. No tax cuts, no tax breaks, no excessive refunds, no deductions and a very simple tax code. So simple that even a 5th grader could understand it. On immigration, the policy is simple. If your here illegally you are breaking the law and you and your children are in violation of the law. Since you are in violation of the law you get NOTHING free. You are not allowed a job, welfare, free schooling, and so on. You will pay for your medical care. You can not have free medical care. If you are illegal in this country be afraid that you will get caught, Also since you want your family with you, if you are caught we will go to your home and gather up your family so they can go home with you. WE would welcome you with open arms if you would come here legally. But, come here illegally and you will no freebies here. Employers, You must try to verify all of your employees. Keep a record of your verification. As long as you tried to verify all your employees you are not responsable for the few who slip through the cracks. Verifacation companies, will keep a record of all employers who access their system to verify their employees. Employers your records must match up with the verification service you use. Basically we have 2 sets of records to compliment and show that an effort was made and to reduce the amount of fraud that will happen. We give jobs to Americans First! then employers can hire those who have come here legally to work. Any employer who hires illegals shall lose their right to operate a business for life. Immigrants are welcome, illegals are not welcome and we ask you to pack up your family and leave. LAnd Lords, IF you have more than one family living in your homes/ Apartments that you rent/lease, You will contact your local police and report them. Local Police shall help out INS at all times with illegals. INS shall repond immediately to all requests for help with illegals. Illegals and their familiy members shall be gathered up and deported together. There is no amnesty or catch and release for any illegal and their family members. The government shall cease and desist from bailing out any business. No business is too large to fail. IF they are stupid enough to spend themselves into oblivion, then they desrve to fail. Government is not here to provide corporate welfare to these businesses. If a giant fails then there will be others to fill that void soon enough. Government is limited by the Constitution as to what it can do. Follow it and the United States will succeed. Pull the U.S. Out of the istitution called the U.N. We are no longer the police for the World. We have our own problems and we need to focus on that. We no longer are willing to spend the 100′s of billions we do on the U.N. IF the world can’t get along, then they will need to face the ugly spector of war by themselves. We do not have the money to spend on your trival problems. To the rest of the world, The U.S. is out of the handout phase. IF you want a loan from us then we have to have something in return that gives us something for our money/resources we invest with you. We need a return on our investment with you. If your a socialist, communist or Facist country, we are sorry but we don’t support your kind of government. We need to get out of the Nanny state and start looking out for our rights. There is an old adage that states, Give a man a fish and he eats for a day, Teach a man to fish and he feeds himself for a lifetime. To often anymore we give a amn a fish and he becomes dependant upon the government to feed him, his family and his childrens family. Not only that, but we have nations that should be self sufficiant, that can’t take casre of themselves. Their corrupt governemnts take all the money and food we give them to feeed the elite and let the rest of their population starve. We do not hold htese governments accountable for anything they do. These govwernments are on welfare and are allowed to keep their handout begging. WE supply more and more to them each year and have no idea what our Retrun on our investment was. Think of the hundreds of billions we could save if we held each country accountable to us for what we gave them and refused to invest more into thier government if they were found to be fleecing the U.S. Imagine whaqt we could save if we took care of our own first and the rest of the world after that.
    Flag this comment Posted Monday, April 4, 2011 | 9:46 a.m.
    Wow, my comment has been deleted too. Interesting, dont much like truth do you ms. editor. You will not be able to delete judgement day!
    Flag this comment Posted Monday, April 4, 2011 | 9:46 a.m.
    go away please you did enouph damage
    Flag this comment Posted Monday, April 4, 2011 | 9:46 a.m.
    I couldn’t even watch that video for more than 30 seconds. Sickeningly full of crap.
    Flag this comment Posted Monday, April 4, 2011 | 9:46 a.m.
    Do we know anything more about this man than we did in 2007?????
    Flag this comment Posted Monday, April 4, 2011 | 9:45 a.m.
    Now I understand why most of the articles on this site have zero comments.
    Flag this comment Posted Monday, April 4, 2011 | 9:45 a.m.
    Still have the thrill/tingle/sensation up your leg? – then vote for him.
    Flag this comment Posted Monday, April 4, 2011 | 9:45 a.m.
    who cares!
    Flag this comment Posted Monday, April 4, 2011 | 9:44 a.m.
    DO NOT RE-ELECT THIS ENEMY WITHIN THE WHITEHOUSE. I do not want to see a great country like this distroyed by his agenda.
    Flag this comment Posted Monday, April 4, 2011 | 9:44 a.m.
    zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz
    Flag this comment Posted Monday, April 4, 2011 | 9:43 a.m.
    N-O-!!
    Flag this comment Posted Monday, April 4, 2011 | 9:42 a.m.
    Judging by the very large number of comments deleted almost as soon as posted (75%?) I am convinced The National Journal must be owned by Soros too, just like BHO
    Flag this comment Posted Monday, April 4, 2011 | 9:42 a.m.
    The average American is still in a recession Mr. President. I’m sure you haven’t noticed it from the golf course. By the way, when was the last time you payed for your own gas?
    Flag this comment Posted Monday, April 4, 2011 | 9:41 a.m.
    Hasn’t he already been campaigning for the last 3 years?
    Flag this comment Posted Monday, April 4, 2011 | 9:41 a.m.
    I missed the part of the article that stated how Obama heaped triillions onto the national debt, spent a year ramming health care down America’s throat while ignoring a jobs crisis, globtrotted the world preaching to muslims about America’s evils and then shrieked into silence when half the mideast began burning…. Where’s all that? Can someone point it out?
    Flag this comment

  • wbboei

    Fox announced the Donald will be on this morning @ 8am.
    —————————-
    Hallelujua.

  • wbboei

    Political observers expect the Obama campaign to raise an unprecedented $1 billion for the race.
    ———————-
    Take that Bambi, and the traitors to America who installed you so they could rape this country. I mean the global business interests who manipulated public opinion through control of the media, political radicalism, and the creation of brand Obama to bamboozle the great unwashed–who lack critical thinking skills, are manipulable through emotions and have the attention span of a flea. These are the same kind of people we saw in the Spanish Civil War–when they are starving they take direct political action and burn down a bread factory.

  • wbboei

    Tim, I tend to doubt the Republicans will use the Whitey Tapes, unless they are forced to. They do make excellent blackmail material, and to be clear black mail material on the opponent is coin of the realm in politics. It is one more thing that Plouffe has to worry about. He is banking on the social media to get him by and a vast youth movement and control of the media–nyt, washpo, politco, huffpo, nbc, msnbc and cnn. But, they have broken their pick with the American People. When you position yourself as a gatekeeper, as they do, your partisanship must be subtle to be effective. Theirs is blatant, and most sentient beings realize that these propanda mills tell only half the story and have a very difficult time getting the facts straight, because they merge into opinions and that is a slippery slope.

  • pm317

    You know the BIG CHANGE for 2012 campaign?! Wait for it, wait for it..

    NO MORE TENNIS HEAD. He can look you in the eye and talk to you. But he is not really looking at you.. he is looking at the teleprompter in the middle. He has mastered at least that judging by his latest Libya speech. Don’t you think you should reward him with a second term for that?

  • Mrs. Smith

    I think there were technical problems for Trumps first appearance.

    Gee- I wonder who could have cause that?

  • moononpluto

    lol

    R U IN…..RUIN.

    Winning the Future ……. WTF.

    Someone didnt do there homework on the initials problems.

  • JanH

    moononpluto
    April 4th, 2011 at 8:49 am

    —————

    Excellent article.

    —————

    Moon,

    I have been reading increasingly that Turkey wants to have a stronger say in world matters. Are you hearing this as well?

  • JanH

    While Obama Golfs: What is Hillary Clinton Doing?

    Yet again, President Barack Obama is hitting the golf course at Andrews Air Force base, which he did this past weekend, although he launched a war in Libya. Perhaps, he’s assigned Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to seize control of the White House’s Middle East foreign policy, so he may believe there’s no need for him to work. Maybe Obama should ask Hillary what Arab country she wants to make pre-emptive strike against next, if she succeeds in ousting Gaddhafi; so he can adequately prepare his teleprompter typist for the next ‘Obama-inspired Arab Uprising’ speech.

    http://www.dallasblog.com/201104031007924/dallas-blog/while-obama-golfs-what-is-hillary-clinton-doing.html

  • JanH

    Voters give Obama poor marks on national security

    By Alexis Levinson
    04/04/2011

    “It’s three A.M. and your children are safe and asleep. But a phone is ringing in the White House. Something’s happening in the world … Who do you want answering the phone?” Three years ago, when Hillary Clinton ran that ad in the Democratic primary, voters’ answer was Barack Obama. But according to a Rasmussen poll released Sunday, when it comes to issues of national security, Americans may be having buyer’s remorse.

    A week after President Obama’s speech to the country justifying military intervention in Libya, just 37 percent of likely voters said Obama was doing a ‘good’ or ‘excellent’ job, while more – 40 percent – rated his effort ‘poor.’ These numbers have worsened for the President since last week, when 43 percent gave him positive ratings on national security and only 34 percent said he was doing a poor job.

    Respondents were asked to rate Obama’s job performance on national security as either good, excellent, fair, or poor. Those four categories can be seen as measuring the intensity of voter sentiment. Those who say he is doing excellent feel more strongly about his positive performance than those who feel his performance is merely ‘good.’ In the same way, those who see him as doing a ‘poor’ job are very displeased, while those who say his performance is ‘fair,’ though unwilling to give him positive marks, are similarly unwilling to condemn him.

    Looking at it in that way, the results are somewhat unpleasant for the President. 40 percent rated Obama’s performance as ‘poor,’ the worst possible option given. Those who feel strongly that he is doing well are fewer in number. Combined, the number of people who gave him both the best and the second best rating is still less than the number who gave him the worst possible rating. Those who feel Obama is doing badly clearly feel he is doing really badly. Those who feel he is doing well seem to feel less strongly on the matter.

    Hillary Clinton, on the other hand, is enjoying her highest favorability ratings yet. Now Obama’s Secretary of State, Clinton is viewed favorably by 66 percent of voters, and unfavorably by a mere 31 percent, according to a Gallup poll released last week. Clinton has been one of the most prominent voices associated with the crisis in Libya and issues in the Middle East, a fact that seems to have some interesting ramifications.

    The issue is with the President himself and the perception of how he is handling the crisis, which voters seem to see as distinct from how other members of his Administration are handling it.

    Comparing Clinton’s favorability ratings with voters’ ratings of the President’s performance on national security may seem like mixing apples and oranges. But the role of the Secretary of State is to advise the President on foreign affairs, which means that Clinton’s favorability rating is inextricably linked to her perceived performance on issues of foreign affairs and national security.

    That said, the comparison is not perfect. Gallup takes a random sample of Americans, while Rasmussen specifically polled likely voters, making it somewhat more indicative of how sentiment could play out in an election. Another disclaimer is that these favorability numbers for Clinton were taken last week, when voter confidence in Obama’s ability to handle national security issues was higher. It is possible that something happened this week that shook confidence in the ability of the Administration as a whole to handle national security issues, which would mean Clinton’s favorability numbers might have taken a hit between then and now.

    In that same Gallup poll, however Obama’s favorability ratings were far lower than his Secretary of State’s – the President’s approval rating is based on more than just national security. In fact, in a poll released two days later, Gallup found that Obama receives significantly higher ratings for his handling of foreign affairs (47 percent disapprove, 46 percent approve) and the situation in Libya (44 percent each approve and disapprove), than he does on domestic affairs, like the economy, the deficit and healthcare, where significantly more disapprove. So his low favorability numbers still seem to have more to do with his handling of the domestic affairs.

    But look at it this way. Favorability ratings are likely based on some approximation of the respondent’s perception of several things, primarily the person’s handling of various aspects of their job and their likeability. Let’s say, arbitrarily, 20 percent is based on likeability for both Clinton and Obama. That other 80 percent, for Obama, is a composite of a lot of things: the economy, health care, foreign affairs, national security, his speech on Libya, and likely many more. Clinton’s job description is more monochromatic, so her favorability rating probably reflects, for the most part, how well voters perceive she performs in that specific arena. So handling of foreign affairs and national security would be weighted far more heavily in Clinton’s favorability ratings than in Obama’s, and that would mean that voters have substantially more confidence in Clinton’s handling of foreign affairs and national security than in Obama’s handling of those same issues.

    At the moment, at least, the person voters want answering the phone seems to be Hillary Clinton.

    http://dailycaller.com/2011/04/04/voters-give-obama-poor-marks-on-national-security/

  • JanH

    Is this not criminal? Not an immediate threat but what about long term?

    ————

    Radioactive water from Japanese nuclear plant dumped into sea

    The operator of the crippled Fukushima complex begins releasing 11,500 tons of radioactive water into the Pacific to make room in storage tanks for even more highly contaminated water. The government says the release does not pose an immediate threat to humans.

    Reporting from Tokyo— The operator of Japan’s crippled Fukushima nuclear plant began releasing about 11,500 tons of radioactive water into the sea Monday evening so that it could make room in storage tanks for even more severely contaminated water.

    Some 10,000 tons of the water being released into the ocean was being taken from a communal storage facility near the No. 4 reactor. Another 1,500 tons was being released from the vicinity of the No. 5 and 6 reactors — which have been less troubled than reactors Nos. 1 through 4. The amount of water being released is equivalent to more than four Olympic-size swimming pools.

    Although the water being released had levels of radioactive iodine 131 more than 100 times the legal limit allowed for sea discharge, the government approved the release as an “emergency” measure so that water with 100,000 times more radiation than the water found in a normally functioning reactor can be removed from the basement of the turbine building at reactor No. 2 and stored somewhere on the site.

    cont…

    http://www.latimes.com/news/nationworld/world/la-fg-japan-nuclear-20110405,0,2631891.story

  • confloyd

    Well that’s a good idea..to write in Hillary during the primary, but does that disqualify you from voting in the republican primary??

    So if the Donald runs against Mittens and Gingrich…I abstain from the dim primary and vote for the Donald! Have we ever had a Donald for a President???

  • NewMexicoFan

    Guess what, the American public has said they have regrets, and don’t think he should have a second term, but the money power says to us all, “Sit Down and Shut Up, and it is we who determine who should RULE you”

    So, I wonder how the American public feels about that. They have let who should run this country be dictated to them in 2000 and 2008. When do they get fed up with it, or do they not care any more about the people running this country.

  • JanH

    NMF,

    Those who vote for this monster a second time deserve what they get.

    The ones who stand up for themselves are heroes. Not sure how that will comfort them if this twit returns.

  • wbboei

    Ace of Spades eviscerates the first Obama campaign video. Where is the beef? Better yet, where is the meathead?
    ——————————————–

    Obama Releases First Campaign Ad
    —Ace
    No, this one isn’t a spoof, though there is an element of comedy in it.

    There are three things I took away from this, only one of which was intended.

    1) Obama’s coalition is “diverse,” including, even, older white guys. So you bitter clingers can vote for him.

    2) The campaign theme announced here is “Gauzy, Insipid Good-Feelings About Hope and Change, Part 2.” There are no concrete rationales offered for re-electing Obama. Nowhere here is mentioned health care — obliquely, by implication, sure, we can assume that “change” means ObamaCare and a few other things, like a disastrously spastic foreign policy. But nowhere in this ad does Obama crow, as Reagan could in 1984, that things are better — because they’re not, of course. So the ad studiously avoids noting tangible, real “changes” — few, if any, of them are good — and once again resorts to Obama’s preferred campaign mode of talking about foggy abstractions and vapid tribal enthusiasm.

    This pretty much sums up Obama’s Administration, doesn’t it? One interesting change from 2008 was that, before, he could mix in his empty, airy promises of abstract, undefinable “change” with grandiose, messianic specific promises — This was the moment when the oceans began to fall.

    But he can’t do that last part now. The world has not become more peaceful, the budget has not become balanced (a central promise he made in 2008 again and again), and the oceans have not fallen.

    So now it’s just all the first thing, the leftover nostalgia for the shattered expectations of 2008.

    3) One point hit hard is that Obama can’t do it all, that he’s got a real job (for the first time), and he can’t spend a lot of time campaigning because he’s so busy playing golf and singing with Sir Paul McCartney, so it’s up to his remnant of hardcore hope-and-changers to drag his sorry ass over the finish line.

    Of course we know this is all nonsense; Obama is the Least Hardest Workin’ Man in Showbiz, and the one thing he does do well, and does put actual effort in, is campaigning. So really, in a perfect world, Obama would be doing the job he asks of his volunteers (community organizin’) and his volunteers would be doing the job he was elected to do (actually run the country, which is hard, as it turns out).

    Good ad? Even given the facts-on-the-ground difficulties Obama faces, in as much as the economy is awful and Obama has, if anything, exacerbated that, no, the ad is still cloying, empty, and flat. And you do notice the dog that didn’t bark — the man’s had coming on three years; where are all these Magic Beans we were promised?

    Oh, right. He can only actually perform as promised in his second term; his first one was a mulligan. Odd that he never told us that in 2008.

  • votermom

    confloyd, yes, you can only vote in one primary. In our state it is a closed primary, so you have to be registered in that party several months ahead.
    I personally just can’t agree with GOP policies, so I am still a registered dem from 4 years ago when I registered so I could vote for Hillary. If SP or DT wins the GOP primary I’ll be happy to vote for either in the general. If it’s Mitt or Newt though, I may voted 3rd party.

  • moononpluto

    Obama administration retreats (again) on Khalid Sheikh Mohammed civilian trial http://is.gd/QFO7A2

  • Shadowfax

    gonzotx
    April 3rd, 2011 at 11:39 pm

    OH MY GOD….

    *****

    Japan nuclear crisis: workers using newspaper and sawdust to block pipes

    Japanese workers battling to stop a radioactive water leak into the Pacific from the beleaguered nuclear power plant have resorted to using newspaper and sawdust to try and block the pipes.
    ——-

    What this means to me is everyone has abandoned these poor workers at the plant because they don’t want the radiation to effect their health, and newspaper and sawdust may be all they can find in the area.

    Japan asked older workers to volunteer to work there, saying they will not live long enough to get cancer and die from the radiation.

    What is the bottom line, we are Fu@ked, big time!!!

    May God help the Japanese and every living thing that pays for this disaster.

    Wonder if the US is still trying to get cement to bury these nukes? One attempt has failed, did they just give up???

    Fish and sea creatures will be full of radiation.

  • Shadowfax

    #

    #
    turndownobama
    April 4th, 2011 at 6:14 am

    Here’s bad news: Palin coming out against Planned Parenthood, saying this:

    “regardless of what they had promised the public in their campaign ads, new investigative reporting shows that they are not really using our tax dollars to provide women with mammograms and other real health care services. It’s simply freeing up funds that they can then invest in their primary money-making endeavor: abortion.”

    I hope Palin didn’t really make that flakey statement, though it came through Team Sarah.
    ——-

    Take your head out of the sand turndown, I know you want to believe that Sarah is someone you could vote for, but she is a social conservative and fiscal conservative. She really isn’t too far center.
    She isn’t far right enough for the Boys club.

  • Shadowfax

    Mrs. Smith

    Dumb donors pay $30,000 at Obama’s Fundraiser dinner in Harlem.

    ———-

    I hope they spend ALL of their savings on Baracko – so when he loses, they will be broke!

    Just like I wished Meg Whitman had spent more than her own $160 mil and lost.

  • votermom

    Of course SP is against abortion; so I am not surprised at her statement. Unusually for rightwingers, though, SP is for contraception. I’ll still vote for her in the GE because I am sick and tired of the dems using abortion rights as a yoke to control women’s votes. So let them fight PP defunding once she’s president; it will give them something useful to do for once.

    It’s too bad that “this is what a feminist looks like” 3rd wavers voted for BO instead of Hillary; this wouldn’t even be a worry if they hadn’t.

  • wbboei

    Leadoff man on Dems’ extreme team

    Chuck Schumer lives by the phone, and now it’s revealed him accidentally telling the truth. Thinking he was talking only to fellow Dems on a conference call, reporters invited to listen in caught him in partisan warfare mode. “I always use the word ‘extreme.’ That is what the caucus instructed me to use this week,” he said about the Dem strategy to attack Republicans.

    The “extreme” tag is standard fare for liberals, but it is more troubling that Schumer is so willing to take orders from party bosses. Silly voters thought he was in Washington to represent them.

    Read more: http://www.nypost.com/p/news/local/bloomy_tail_spin_hHe0F6KDQMEUGuZ9YVCp8M#ixzz1IZaByXxY

  • basil9

    “Change Him, He’s Hopeless”

    Bwa-ha-ha-ha-ha.

    And What the F*ck just slipped right by them, didn’t it? Not the brightest group.

  • wbboei

    If you want proof that the much lauded drop in unemployment rate to 8.8 % in March is a sure buy sign on Obama, there is contrary evidence–namely, a Gallup poll which shows the rate was actually 10.0 in March. Sorry bambi–no sale.

    http://www.gallup.com/poll/146900/Gallup-Finds-Unemployment-Rate-March.aspx

  • Shadowfax

    Great to see that post from you MOON, in the LA Obama Loving Times!!!

    …What the Hill? Hillary in 2012?

    While it’s true the Clintons are ambitious people, they’ve never been known to go on suicide missions -– those are for terrorists and hotel chains willing to rent rooms to Charlie Sheen.

    Despite her contemporary denials, Hillary would only throw her hat in the ring if she thought she had a better than even chance at moving back into the White House. Obama is looking weak, but not weak enough to justify a primary challenge…yet.

    If Libya turns into a full blown disaster…resulting in billions of dollars wasted, boots on the ground and abysmal public opinion numbers, my money is on Hillary resigning her post as secretary of State and jumping in the 2012 primary.

    She can even rerun the “3 AM Phone Call” ad…with the tagline ‘See, I told you so.’

  • pm317

    #pm317
    April 4th, 2011 at 10:31 am

    wow, look at the comments..not looking good

    http://nationaljournal.com/whitehouse/obama-announces-reelection-bid-20110404
    —————–

    WTH, it now says 0 comments!!

  • basil9

    I like this one:

    ‘you know, it seems like just yesterday that he should never have been elected. and now yesterday is tomorrow and he still should never be elected. come on folks, it’s time to toss Barry Soetoro on the ash heap of history’s greatest mistakes.’

  • pm317

    basil, where are you seeing those comments?

  • basil9

    pm317,

    It shows over 100 for me.

  • basil9

    At the link you provided.

  • pm317

    Strange! same link, it says 0 comments on my screen.

  • basil9

    O.M.G.

    Holder does a 180 on the KSM trial in a presser. Man, he is PO’d that the congress obstructed his plan.

    Whiny SOB just like his POS boss.

    ‘Unfair and unfounded criticisms. Many who know better expressed doubts. misguided and wrong to criticize my explains.’ What a frigging idiot!
    ‘Let me be clear, our national security demands prosecuting terrorists in courts.’

    Ohhhhhh. poor baby. The congress insults him and his people for not rolling over and playing dead for Holder’s tactics.

    ‘Sadly, case marked by needless controversy.’ just like his boss, he accepts blame for nothing and calls it scoring political points.

    I can’t wait until he, Jarrett, Rice, Jackson, the sturgeon general and the whole Bo club is out.

  • basil9

    pm317,

    I scrolled down a ways and found them. Last time I looked it was up to 123 comments.

  • turndownobama

    Unusually for rightwingers, though, SP is for contraception.

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

    That’s why I’m shocked at her not even mentioning that as a positive thing Planned Parenthood does. OF course some peole at Team Sarah are against contraception too. I hope they misrepresented her statement … hope hope.

  • turndownobama

    I am still a registered dem from 4 years ago when I registered so I could vote for Hillary.

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

    That’s good, so in 2012 you can vote for ANYBODY who challenges Obama.

  • votermom

    That’s good, so in 2012 you can vote for ANYBODY who challenges Obama.

    I WILL!!!!

  • turndownobama

    Sorry, I do not follow the logic of your question.

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

    I didn’t follow the logic of the post to which I was replying, so I asked. No time to look for it now.

  • turndownobama

    At some sites now apparently you have to be logged in to that site to even SEE the comments.

  • Shadowfax

    CHICAGO (AP) — Rod Blagojevich asked a judge Monday to order the government to hand over notes of any FBI interviews with President Barack Obama about the ousted Illinois governor’s corruption case, a request that comes less than three weeks before Blagojevich’s retrial is set to begin.

    The request for the notes related to Obama, who has never been accused of any wrongdoing in the matter, came in a motion filed with the U.S. District Court in Chicago. Presiding Judge James Zagel rejected a similar request before Blagojevich’s first trial last year.

    http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/stories/U/US_BLAGOJEVICH_TRIAL_OBAMA?SITE=AP&SECTION=HOME&TEMPLATE=DEFAULT&CTIME=2011-04-04-07-45-57

  • votermom

    Go Blago! Adn go Rezko, for that matter! It’s past time the chicago unterbussen got their revenge, imo.

  • admin

    NEW ARTICLE IS UP.

  • turndownobama

    Take your head out of the sand turndown, I know you want to believe that Sarah is someone you could vote for, but she is a social conservative and fiscal conservative. She really isn’t too far center.

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

    Huh? Is that last sentence garbled?

    I am disappointed in that statment from her. It’s the first action thing I’ve really disliked, but maybe I haven’t seen enough. Her previous actiosn as Gov were centrist, moderate. Her far-right comments I’ve seen weren’t really pushing specific policies. She even seems reasonable about WHERE she wants to drill, baby.

    Still, between her openly saying defund X, and Obama preemptively surrendering to the GOP — at least she’s honest and competent. And I’d love to see certain heads explode…
    !

  • holdthemaccountable

    I didn’t follow the logic of the post to which I was replying,
    ———-
    Touche.