Apocalypse Now? – Wisconsin, Prosser, Kloppenburg, Marco Rubio, And Donald Trump Gets A Rebirth Certificate

Update: Lots of Donald Trump TV appearances and they are Youtubed in the comments. And for anyone with diminished loathing for Oprah, remember how she betrayed her core audience in 2008, and chortle as reports slither out that she will not publicly endorse the boob in 2012.

The really big news today is that maybe it is the apocalypse after all. Early this evening a bombshell announcement from Wisconsin in favor of David Prosser.

Throughout the day David Prosser increased his vote total slowly and eventually was ahead of Kloppenburg by 40 votes, then by 244 votes. The victory speech by Kloppenburg, as many suspected, was very premature. The Prosser lead expanded from 40 votes, to 76 votes, to several hundred votes, then the dam burst.

The votes flowed forth by the thousands and at least 7,000 votes lifted David Prosser to a substantial lead. There is a paper trail so “fraud” will not be an issue. WTMJ reported the news:

Newsradio 620 WTMJ’s John Mercure reports, “I have been told that several thousand votes are currently unaccounted for and that the majority of them will end up going to David Prosser.”

“We’re not talking a couple hundred. We’re not even talking a couple thousand. I have been told and confirmed through multiple sources that this is several thousand votes and it will completely and obviously change the dynamic.”



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A strange thing did not happen today. Today was supposed to be the beginning of a political apocalypse. The 76 trombones were ready to join in a parade announcing the apocalypse. Instead all we have is a shrill kazoo whistling wanly in the wind.

Before we discuss the apocalypse that wasn’t, and we do mean the results of yesterday’s election in Wisconsin, we need to discuss the Donald Trump birthed apocalypse.

Last time we discussed Donald Trump was after his appearances on The View and other shows wherein The Donald on The View talked The Certificate – the Barack Obama Birth Certificate.

Big Media went ape all over the Donald and the mockery was especially aromatic on JournoLister haven Politico. After we wrote about the Politico and Big Media hypocrisy/lies regarding The Donald and The Birth Certificate The Donald persisted with his demand to see the Barack Obama Birth Certificate.

Big Media ridicule was swift on Politico and MSNBC as Chuck Todd and Savannah Guthrie continued to pretend that The Donald was an ignoramus. Todd and Guthrie could not contain themselves as they pretended to not know what they in fact do know, and they mocked The Donald because supposedly dumb ol’ Trump does not know that Obama has already produced a birth certificate – except for the fact that Obama has NOT produced a birth certificate. Watch as Chuck Todd and Savannah Guthrie laugh and laugh:



Politico did not allow Todd and Guthrie to laugh alone. Politico contributed it’s own pretense to stupidity even as they know full well they are lying:

“It was heavy work indeed when MSNBC “Daily Rundown” hosts Chuck Todd and Savannah Guthrie, both White House correspondents for the network, tried schooling Donald Trump today about his “birther” obsession.

If you want to be taken seriously as a presidential candidate, do you think this issue of the president’s birth is the most serious issue you could raise?” Guthrie asked Trump, who was on the show by telephone.

“I am proud of this issue,” Trump said. “I think somebody has to embrace it.”

If Obama was born in Kenya, “it would be the greatest scam in the history of this country,” Trump enthused. He also complained that the term “birther” is derogatory.

“I think you’re two great pros,” Trump told Todd and Guthrie, “but why don’t you ask me about China?”

“I have to say, Mr. Trump, this issue irritates you, and yet you are clinging to the theory,” Guthrie said.

Todd, lifting his head from his hands, tried another argument:

“Do you really believe that the Clinton machine circa 2007 actually didn’t spend some time looking into this? Do you really believe that John McCain and the Clinton campaign really would have rolled over and participated in this grand conspiracy?”

“It’s not that much of a conspiracy; it’s very simple,” Trump said. “Chuck, it’s really not. If you look at what’s taken place, it’s really not.”

Cue: confusion over the hospital where Obama was born, three days before the announcement was in the paper, no nurses ever came forward, blah, woof, honk.

Why doesn’t he issue his birth certificate?” Trump asked.

He did!” they replied in unison.

As we explained, Chuck Todd and Politico know the difference between a birth certificate and the flimsy paper Obama has released to a website. They know the difference but they want to play “hide the salami” (Howard Dean’s Freudian phrase).

Instead of acting like journalists the JournoListers are protecting Barack Obama. Instead of saying ‘show us the salami’, er, the birth certificate hidden in Hawaiian vaults, the JournoListers mock The Donald. Then a funny thing happened. All these Barack Obama protecting JournoListers yelled in horror ‘It’s the Apocalypse”:

“If Trump actually run 21% of New Hampshire GOP voters say they’d vote for him, compared to 27% for Romney. The key to Trump’s relatively strong showing? He does well with birthers and Tea Partiers, two groups he has seemed to actively court with his public comments of late. 42% of primary voters firmly say they do not believe Barack Obama was born in the United States to 35% who believe that he was and 23% who aren’t sure. Trump leads Romney 22-21 with the birther crowd, but Romney holds the overall lead because he’s up by a much wider margin with the folks who dismiss the birther theory. [snip]

There is one huge warning sign for Romney in this poll despite the leads he posts in every permutation though: 61% of primary voters say they would not be willing to vote for someone who supported a bill at the state level mandating that people have health insurance. In 5 of the 6 horse race questions we asked Romney still leads with those voters, suggesting that most Republicans who follow politics and the 2012 race only casually are not really aware of ‘Romneycare.’ It’s safe to say they’ll be well aware of it 9 months from now, and it’s going to be interesting to see if Romney can sustain his support once he’s been endlessly bashed over the head with it.”

It’s the apocalypse. All the ‘smart’ stupid Big Media blowhards and even Republicans/conservatives who laughed at The Donald are smarting over the rebirth certificate New Hampshire voters are giving The Donald. The rebirth certificate issued in New Hampshire is a strong sign of life for the hideously hair-dooed dude.

Another sign of the Donald apocalypse came when Joe Scarborough was fair to Trump and compared him to conservative god Ronald Reagan:

“But Trump clearly doesn’t give a damn what polite society thinks of his presidential prospects.

While former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney and Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels work assiduously to be seen as serious challengers to Obama, Trump keeps doubling down on the birther controversy and spitting out policy prescriptions that would horrify most Washington strategists.

I called Trump last Friday to see if he would back off his claim that the president of the United States might be constitutionally prohibited from holding his office.

I’m not finished with that issue by any stretch of the imagination,” Trump told me. “You mock me for that, but his own grandmother says he was born in Kenya and says she was there.”

The New York real estate mogul didn’t stop with questions about the birth certificate. Trump also claimed the president’s first book was ghostwritten by a domestic terrorist.

“Bill Ayers wrote ‘Dreams From My Father,’” Trump told me. “I have no doubt about it. That first book was total genius and helped get him elected. But you can tell Obama did the second book himself because it read like it was written by somebody of average intelligence with a high school education.”

For Trump, the theory feeds into his belief that Obama is unfit to be president.

He is the most overrated guy. It’s unbelievable. Obama is worse than Jimmy Carter, and I put Carter at the head of the pack for bad presidents.”

Trump was no kinder to former President George W. Bush, dismissing him as “horrible for America, because there is a disunity in this country that we have never seen. That began with Bush.”

It’s the apocalypse for sure when truths such as “average intelligence with a high school education” are finally uttered. When we read these remarks we went to our pink brocade fainting couch.

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As Donald Trump heralded the apocalypse in Big Media coastal states, Debbie Wasserman-Schultz was named the new chair of the DNC. DWS immediately went DUI. We don’t know what happened to her but today she was saying some mighty stupid things:

“The newly-selected Democratic National Committee chair, Debbie Wasserman-Schultz, said in her first appearance since the announcement that the reaction to Republican governors, along with Hispanic voters and Republicans’ preference for the “ultra-wealthy,” would carry Democrats to victory in 2012.

In an address to George Washington University college Democrats, Wasserman-Schultz said that Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker deserved the “organizer of the year award” for spurring labor to organize and act against GOP policies.

The sleeping giant has been awakened,” said Wasserman-Schultz.

Asked about the strategic challenges her party faces in facing a redistricting of the country largely controlled by Republican statehouses and an electoral map more hostile to her party’s fortunes, Wasserman-Schultz emphasized the crucial missteps she believed Republicans had made with Hispanic voters and the so-called browning of the American electorate.

“You would think that would be a pretty significant challenge,” said Wasserman-Schultz about redistricting.

“But if you look at the demographics,” she said, “Republicans haven’t exactly embraced Hispanic voters.

“I think a lot of the districts will have more higher Latino populations than we saw in the last census. I think the Hispanic vote is going to be a significant factor in the next election,” said the Florida congresswoman. “I think we’re in great shape.”

DWS apparently has never heard of her fellow Floridian, a fellow named Marco Rubio. There’s also that governor of New Mexico, Susana Martinez, who is a Republican. DWS is right that Latinos are growing and will be ever more important in 2012. In district after district Latinos will grow in influence. But what happens when there is a Rubio or a Martinez on the Republican ticket? Perhaps DWS should watch, with a translator, the many Telemundo and Univision broadcasts in which Obama is excoriated as someone who wants “our votes, but has done nothing for us.” DWS, get off the Hopium and start sipping reality.

As d-u-m-b as the DWS remarks about Latinos were, her comments about Wisconsin were at best lame.

Today was supposed to be Day 1 in the big counteroffensive by Obama Dimocrats. Today was supposed to herald more victories in recall elections in Wisconsin. Today was supposed to be a day when union power was flexed and indeed a “sleeping giant” would prove to be awakened.

Instead of an apocalypse featuring a mighty giant, awake and roaming the land stomping out enemies, what we have is a display of weakness and a looming recount of an election starting by April 20.

What happened in Wisconsin yesterday and what do the results say about union power?:

“But the unions have a bigger problem. Many gave Prosser little chance of holding his seat in this off-year, otherwise sleepy election, as unions organized fiercely to unseat him before the state Supreme Court could hear the challenge to Scott Walker’s law. Given the usual lack of turnout for April elections in off years, the organizing power of the unions should have been overwhelming, and Prosser should have been toast even in less-progressive areas of the state. Instead, Wisconsin voters thundered to the polls to support Prosser, and Kloppenburg turned out to do poorly outside of Dane and Milwaukee counties — and even in Milwaukee, Kloppenburg led by just a 57/43 margin.

What should have been a slam-dunk if Walker’s proposal was really as extreme and disaffecting as unions claim turned out to be an even split. Given their power and the investment of time and money by the unions, this is an eye-opening stumble.”

How afraid will Republican governors in other states be now that supposedly liberal Wisconsin with unions and students up in arms at best produced a few hundred votes more for their candidate?:

“Yesterday’s supreme court election in Wisconsin spelled doom for democrats.

In a race where democratic groups and unions dumped millions of dollars into television ads and get out the vote efforts the far left came up short (so far) in capturing a state-wide race for Supreme Court justice.

Democrats, the liberal media and union goons gave their all – they even released disgusting fraudulent ads accusing their opponent of sex crimes – and still they found themselves in a tie.

Compare yesterday’s results to the election results from 2008:

In 2008 Barack Obama and his team of community organizers won the state by 400,000 votes or 14%.”

JournoListers at Politico tried their best to sell the results as a big victory for Obama Dimocrats. The argument they use is that Prosser would have won reelection easily two months ago. But that is not much of an argument.

Two months ago Prosser would have won reelection easily because most voters do not vote in off year elections. Add to the off year problem the fact that it is April and not November and a few voters would have easily reelected Prosser. But this year was different. This year the union households in Wisconsin should have been extremely motivated to vote and public employee union households should have been extremely urgently motivated to vote.

JournoLister Ben Smith at Politico greased the Dimocratic pole by writing:

“The Wisconsin results will be, at best, a bullet narrowly dodged for the state’s GOP, and with recall elections apparently coming, the takeaway of the cycle seems to have been that public sector unions were able to mobilize a Democratic electorate well beyond their own membership, and that politicians attack them at significant political risk.”

So weak is JournoLister Smith’s grease job for Dimocrats, that he felt compelled to provide an intelligent counterargument to his silly propaganda:

“Republican consultant Curt Anderson, who worked on Ron Johnson’s race in Wisconsin and cut this powerful last-minute response ad for David Prosser, emails that he doesn’t buy my suggestion that the Wisconsin results represented a backlash against the GOP and a comeback for Democrats, whichever way the tight race is decided.

His point:

Walker and Johnson both won with only 52%, in the biggest wave year we have seen in decades. We have not won a Presidential race in WI in more than a quarter of a century. So Prosser gets 50% of the vote, with the unions and team Obama throwing everything they have at it. My takeaway is that this is a massive bummer for the bad guys. They had hoped for a big victory and to launch their turnaround story today.

His point, ultimately, is that this is merely a return to normalcy, and still a Republican-leaning version of normalcy. The wave has receded a bit, but the GOP may still pull out a statewide, base-mobilizing race in a blue state.

Another Republican consultant tells me after a round of calls this morning that the photo finish is “really emboldening folks….taking on the unions is super high reward, and apparently significantly less risk than anticipated.”

I’d add that all of these things can be true: Labor and its allies have shown that they can exact a high cost — an easy race turned into a hard one, and nobody likes to be recalled — but Walker’s allies have also shown that they have real support.”

What Smith also misses is that Walker and the Wisconsin Republicans have not only started a fire that is spreading to other states but that the unions have been neutered in Wisconsin when it comes to collecting dues. This is a long term victory. With the election now over prepare for Prosser and the state supreme court to issue rulings, and/or the Republican legislative majority to take new votes to secure their long term victory.

Unions and the Wisconsin Dimocrats who rely on union money and infrastructure to win elections had all the advantages in “liberal” Wisconsin and Prosser and the Republicans were outgunned:

“However, regardless of the final outcome, last night’s election holds important lessons for the future, namely that big labor’s organizational and motivational advantages may count for less than many fear. [snip]

Both candidates agreed to run on only $300,000 in public financing, meaning they could not directly operate on the scale this election required. The unions’ well-established political organizations, compounded by likely-stronger recall petition teams that they were able to re-purpose, looked to be an enormous advantage. The Prosser campaign’s lack of infrastructure was so severe that Prosser suggested on The Mark Levin Show that people “simply…talk to their friends” because “there isn’t really an adequate office, isn’t adequate staff, to handle all the volunteers It will be interesting in the coming days to hear if and how the Tea Party movement managed to organize for this election so quickly.

Big labor should have been far more excited and mobilized than the reformers. Non-public-safety public employee unions’ ability to function in Wisconsin is at stake if the Budget Repair Bill sticks. Special interests with tangible benefits at stake are generally far more motivated to act than taxpayers as a whole, whose losses are less direct and less apparent. In national elections, when every political machine is firing on all cylinders, there are many competing sources of excitement, but in special elections, concentrated interests usually have an advantage. In retrospect, Wisconsin, with its recall provisions and upcoming key judicial election, was an especially tough venue for a battle between the interests of the many and the interests of the few.”

Today was supposed to be Apocalypse Day 1.

Cancel the Apocalypse.

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362 thoughts on “Apocalypse Now? – Wisconsin, Prosser, Kloppenburg, Marco Rubio, And Donald Trump Gets A Rebirth Certificate

  1. New poll just released tonight. The bonus is that it is an NBC poll and the report is from Politico. Talk about eating crow with humble pie:

    http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0411/52697.html

    “Make way for The Donald.

    Donald Trump is a force to be reckoned with on the national political stage, according to a new poll on Wednesday night.

    The NBC/Wall Street Journal poll shows Trump tied for second place with Mike Huckabee, both at 17 percent, and leading the GOP pack among Tea Party supporters.

    Mitt Romney is the frontrunner with the support of 21 percent of Republican primary voters.

    Newt Gingrich and Sarah Palin trail, with 11 percent and 10 percent support respectively.

    Tim Pawlenty, Michele Bachmann, Rick Santorum and Haley Barbour all received single-digit backing among Republicans.

    The poll found Trump on top of all his potential rivals among Tea Party followers.

    Trump takes 20 percent of the Tea Party vote, followed by Romney with 17 percent, and Huckabee with 14 percent, the poll found.

    The survey was conducted March 31 to April 4 and has a margin of error of plus or minus 3.1 percentage points.”

  2. “When we read these remarks we went to our pink brocade fainting couch.”

    hehehehehehe! What a great line!

    And that Savvannah Guthrie is a vile prissy pucker-mouthed POS. Todd, he sounds more absurd every day.

    I’m glad Scarborough took at least one of his bangles back from Mika.

    Finally, DWS is horrible. I think she might even be worse than brillohead.

  3. I saw that poll. i love what comes out of Trump’s mouth but I confess I have problems with what’s on his head. If he’s going to be taken seriously he really is going to have to have a follicular makeover.

    BTW, notice how the press leaked that note Trump wrote to Pooplosie congratulating her on becoming speaker? And they also breathlessly reported than when responding to a female reporter about the incident he explained he wanted poopsie to do well for the sake of the country but ended his sentence with “honey.”

    It looks like they’re going to try and go after him for sexism.

  4. admin did you see the link I posted with Donald on Laura Ingrahamn show about 1 week ago, I posted the link on the last thread, it was direct, blunt.

    ““But Trump clearly doesn’t give a damn what polite society thinks of his presidential prospects.”

    Most normal common sense middle of the road American don’t give a damn what this “polite elitist society/MSM” think of them.

  5. pm317,

    Personally, I don’t think being a college drop-out is an excuse for his innate foolishness.

    The more people I meet the more it seems the ones without college degrees are often more intelligent except for liberal frat-boy wannabe’s like Todd.

  6. basil, what I was going for, was why is he where he is, college degree or not, and being a drop out might explain his sycophancy toward the obama.

  7. Oh, I know, pm317. I wasn’t attacking you. I agree Todd is a complete idiot. Sorry if it sounded like I was quarreling.

    Idiots are idiots whether they have a college degree or not is what I meant.

  8. I hope that Trump can keep his temper under control when he is baited by the MSM. If he blows his top too much they will start the ‘he is so angry’ stuff they threw at Howard Dean when he was running.

    Eliot Spitzer just got his Repub Congressman guest to admit that Paul Ryan’s budget plan will cut 800 billion from Medicare/Medicaid and that is exactly the same amount that the tax cuts for the wealthy is costing us. The Repub said yes, but blah, blah, blah.

  9. Admin: I am not a psychologist, a philosopher, or a seer. I leave those to others. All I can tell you is that to me, broadly speaking, there are three states of mind, which determine success or failure in this life. They are:

    1. Magic Thinking: this mindset holds that good things will happen automatically if we embrace this leader, that idea, or that cult. This is what every con-man tries to cultivate in his subjects, from Rasputin to this delightful fellow Obama. At the end of this path lies disaster and disappointment because there is no free lunch. BOTS fall in this category.

    2. Depression: this mindset holds that the problems of life are insurmountable, and others are to blame for personal failure. It manifests itself through victim hood, accusation and cynicism. The victim makes a market in sympathy and demands for restitution. The accuser looks for scapegoats. The cynic knows the price of everything and the value of nothing. Much of big media falls in this category.

    3. Tough Minded Optimism: this is the mindset of a true leader. It is Hillary’s mindset for sure. It is also yours. In the darkest hour, you never lost your resolve to do what is right for Hillary, the party and the country. Today’s post is yet another example.

  10. I’m always tickled PINK when I come home and bounce onto the blog and see a new post by Admin.

    Love your sense of humor and research abilities Admin, I take my big floppy hat off to ya.
    ——
    …no nurses ever came forward, blah, woof, honk. ;lol: Great!

    …“But Trump clearly doesn’t give a damn what polite society thinks of his presidential prospects.” (And this is one of the things I like best about Trump, he isn’t bending over for anyone, including the Rethughs)

    …“Bill Ayers wrote ‘Dreams From My Father,’” Trump told me. “I have no doubt about it. That first book was total genius and helped get him elected. But you can tell Obama did the second book himself because it read like it was written by somebody of average intelligence with a high school education.” (Bing, 100 points for Trump! Obama can read well in public, but his is no intellectual.)

    ……..“The sleeping giant has been awakened,” said Wasserman-Schultz.
    (Has MO been sleeping on the couch?)

    Great post although I can’s stand Walker or why he is doing this. I don’t agree unions should be destroyed, the big buck donations need to be taken away in all areas, unions, corporations, banks, the rich… all candidates should have the same $ and tv time, to let the best candidate run.

  11. So the left wing advertisers were successful in [getting Beck off Fox ….] if they are successful in getting the third most popular show in cable off the air

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

    That would be odd. Left wing advertisers sponsoring Beck in the first place? If they were, and dropped their ads — wouldn’t there be plenty of right wing advertisers to take their place?

  12. I am not sure that Chuckie Cheese Todd and his ditsy side kick understand what they are doing. When the mock Trump over the birth certificate issue, they are simultaneously mocking over half the American Public. The people they are mocking know that they have been required to produce a birth certificate when the law called for it. Thus, they cannot understand why when the language of the Constitution is clear that Obama adamantly refuses to produce one. Is it good business for this pair of grifters to be mocking over half of the American People? Is that the key to ratings? And just what will they do when Obama is gone–just a bad memory. With their credibility spent and in shreds, they will be treated as pariahs.

  13. Jan, I’m complimenting you here:
    “Jan, I think of you as a nice, calm, sensible So I’m shocked when you *SEEM* to accept [crazy news stories] unthinkingly..”

  14. So the left wing advertisers were successful in [getting Beck off Fox ….] if they are successful in getting the third most popular show in cable off the air
    ———————
    Propaganda.

  15. I hope that Trump can keep his temper under control when he is baited by the MSM. If he blows his top too much they will start the ‘he is so angry’ stuff they threw at Howard Dean when he was running.
    ———————————
    There is an art form to this and I learned it from a great trial lawyer. It is important to invoke the emotions of your audience, but you must keep your level of outrage one decibel below theirs. Also, cynical humor can be used to castrate big media. It takes self discipline, but I believe Trump will master it.

  16. turndown,

    Thank you for the compliment about being nice. It’s the “crazy” comment that didn’t fit well with me.

    Anyway, lets just let bygones be bygones.

  17. BigCatLover
    April 6th, 2011 at 8:25 pm

    I hope that Trump can keep his temper under control when he is baited by the MSM. If he blows his top too much they will start the ‘he is so angry’ stuff they threw at Howard Dean when he was running.

    ————
    Personally, I don’t worry about Trump blowing his stack, he is good at cutting off people that try to put words in his mouth or speak over him.
    He brings the words, “Excuse me”, to a new level. I bet Hillary and Bill can’t wait either. A good series of smack-downs is a long time comin’…

    I can’t wait for the games to begin, popguns against bazookas.

  18. David Cameron should learn from Barack Obama’s disastrous apology tour

    By Nile Gardiner
    April 6th, 2011

    David Cameron’s decision to apologise for Britain’s imperial past during his visit to Pakistan was a highly regrettable mistake that he should avoid making again. Not only does it humiliate Britain on the world stage, but it also diminishes her standing as a great nation. The Prime Minister should look carefully at the damage done by President Obama’s frequent apologies on behalf of the United States, which have provoked a furious backlash and widespread derision at home, and have significantly weakened America’s standing abroad.

    In his first year in office, Barack Obama succeeded in apologising for his country to nearly 3 billion people across Europe, the Muslim world, and Latin America, a staggering achievement. From Cairo to Strasbourg to Ankara, Obama made a point of dragging his own nation’s name through the mud. In France in April 2009 for example, the president famously condemned America’s “arrogance”, and the “sacrificing” of its values in the War on Terror, a theme he repeated in numerous addresses.

    The Obama presidency swiftly became synonymous with a rejection of American exceptionalism, a willingness to appease America’s enemies and strategic competitors, and the downplaying of American global power. The end result has been a president who looks soft and naïve on the world stage, at the helm of an increasingly humble superpower that all too often fails to exert strong leadership.

    As the PM himself will discover, once you start apologising for your country’s past, you erode your nation’s standing and power, and begin to project weakness rather than strength. It is a slippery slope that will significantly undercut British influence rather than enhance it. Like the United States, Great Britain has been a magnificent force for good in history, and her past should be a source of tremendous pride rather than embarrassment for British leaders as they travel the world.

    http://blogs.telegraph.co.uk/news/nilegardiner/100082749/david-cameron-should-learn-from-barack-obama%E2%80%99s-disastrous-apology-tour/

  19. Speaker Boehner Gets Only 3 Minutes of President Obama’s Time . . To Avert A Shutdown

    Posted by Moe Lane (Profile)
    Wednesday, April 6th at 3:00PM EDT
    23 Comments
    …for the trivial issue of trying to avoid a government shutdown this Friday. Unfortunately, it was only three minutes; nothing was accomplished in that time period, which means that we’re still on track for said government shutdown by the Democrats. And there probably won’t be any more meaningful negotiations today, mostly because President Obama has dinner plans tonight. Dinner plans involving Al Sharpton – because while keeping our soldiers paid and everything is all very well, what’s really important is the 2012 election.

    (pause)

    You know, there is an endemic conspiracy theory out there that suggests that the United States is actually run by a shadow government that operates all of our Presidents like puppeteers operating, well, puppets. I am here to tell you that this is obviously not the case; and I further submit that it is in some ways a shame that this is not the case – because if it were the case then we might have some faint hope of FINDING SOMEBODY WITH COMMAND AUTHORITY WHO WAS INTERESTED IN EXERCISING SOME.

    Honestly, I don’t know why Obama is running for re-election. He obviously hates the job, and resents the rest of us for expecting him to actually do it.

    Moe Lane (crosspost)

    http://www.redstate.com/moe_lane/2011/04/06/speaker-boehner-gets-three-minutes-of-president-obamas-time/

  20. So the beer summit with Reid and Bayner is a flop, a dud. Barry couldn’t get an agreement.

    What a weak pResident.

  21. wbboei
    April 6th, 2011 at 10:46 pm

    Speaker Boehner Gets Only 3 Minutes of President Obama’s Time
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    Wadda wimp, I guess MO needed his time before Survivor starts.

  22. ‘The Donald’ is ‘in it to win it’…

    you can almost take it to the bank…

    I am not worried about his temper…he has shown that he knows how to diffuse and disarm with humor and then get right back to the point he is making…

    …the WH/O must be freaking out…

  23. What a contrast! read the whole thing..
    http://www.realclearpolitics.com/articles/2011/04/05/the_odds_on_obama_109456.html

    The Odds on Obama
    By Mark Penn

    Only two Democrats in the last 90 years have been reelected to a second term — Franklin Roosevelt and Bill Clinton. The rest of the Democrats have seen their presidencies cut short, and so the historical odds of Obama winning a second term are at first glance not encouraging. But I do believe President Obama can overcome those odds and win reelection if he takes the right road. Standing in his way are high unemployment numbers that are coming down, trillion dollar deficits, low approval ratings, and a public that still sees the country squarely on the wrong track.

    The announcement of his candidacy for president on Monday suggests he is going to take a very different approach to reelection than the one we took in 1996. Perhaps the first principle we had was that Bill Clinton was a president first, a candidate second, if at all. In fact, we never really had an announcement at all because the very idea of the campaign was to have none — to keep the president out of politics and above the fray…

  24. http://thehill.com/blogs/blog-briefing-room/news/154455-trump-i-will-be-best-for-this-country

    Donald Trump said he’s confident he would be be a better president than any other Republican candidate, he said in an interview airing tomorrow morning.

    Trump, the reality TV star and real estate mogul, declined to explicitly go negative against any of his possible competitors for the Republican presidential nomination, but said he’s confident he’d be a better president than any of them.

    “I will be better than anybody. I will do the best job. If I decide to run, I will do the best job. I will be best for this country,” Trump said in an interview airing Thursday on NBC’s “Today” show.

    “And, you may say, ‘Oh, gee, that doesn’t sound like George Washington,'” Trump added. “Well, guess what? Before George Washington ran, he didn’t sound like George Washington either. I will be and do a great job, if I run and if I win.”

    The host of NBC’s “The Apprentice” has been openly flirting with running; he’s made a number of media appearances as of late, and sent an adviser to Iowa to gauge support in that state’s first-in-the-nation nominating caucuses.

    Trump’s also garnered a significant bit of attention by giving voice to “birther” sentiments, openly questioning the authenticity of President Obama’s birth certificate and Obama’s eligibility to be president.

    The attention has apparently been enough to vault him into a tie for second place among Republican primary voters. Seventeen percent of Republicans said they would vote for Trump as their nominee, found a NBC/Wall Street Journal poll released Wednesday evening.

    Trump’s said he’ll decide in June whether to run, but talked up the possibility of his candidacy, saying the time was right for a run.

    “Well, the time certainly is right. We’re a laughing stock as a country throughout the world. We’re being taken advantage of by other countries,” he said.

  25. “I think Obama made a mistake announcing his campaign this early..”

    my 2 cents:
    “I think Obama made a mistake announcing his candidacy for running for president in 2008”

  26. Admin, Can he be honest (ROFL) like Obuma!! Comment seen on another blog..
    ————————————-
    “Here’s what I said (in 2008) I said I am not a perfect man and I will not be a perfect president, but I can promise you this…I will be honest with you…I have kept that promise. I’m thinking about you guys every single day when I am in the White House, and I’m going to keep pushing. I’m going to keep fighting for you.”

    So said BO at the gala in NY today. And he was NOT laughed out of town. Because he was on his turf, in the ‘hood’ I suppose.

    There is audacity and then there is AUDACITY!
    —————————–

  27. …love to see Trump call O on everything…salivating for a debate…cannot wait to see what T is coming up with in his investigations…probably alot of stuff the MSM has and has kept hidden…

    wouldn’t it be great to see T nail O and ask him “bill ayers says he wrote your first book, who wrote it you or Ayers?”

    …you just know T is going to go right to it and ask O embarrassing questions DIRECTLY…and if he does not get the chance to ask O directly he will keep planting what he finds in the media…

    Admin… how much room do you have on that pink brocade fainting couch? …this is going to be a fun and bumpy ride…again…karma is a …..!

  28. MEREDITH VIERA:
    You criticized Obama quite a bit in this interview and in the past. What do you think he has done well?

    DONALD TRUMP:

    I think the thing that he did best of all, is get elected. Get elected. He ran an unbelievable campaign although, in the end, Hillary was beating him in every state. It was pretty– I mean, by the end, I think people were maybe getting wise. And, you have to understand, I want Obama to do well. I don’t dislike him. I never met him….

    If I had my choice of having Obama do great as a president, and do a really great job for this country, and not running, as opposed to running – I’d prefer that he did a great job. I love this country. But, this country is going to hell.

    ***

    …T knows O sabatoged Hillary…

  29. S

    We need to send him the documentary link wewillnotbesilenced2008, he seems very open minded when presented with proof of a point of view.

  30. Generic poll shows Obama 43% / Republican 38%….
    ———————–
    This is the kind of phony poll they generate to offset all the negative news and the conspicuous lack of leadership which is dragging him and the country down as we speak. As for this poll, it is rather meaningless, don’t you think? The methodology is suspect, it is way too early, and when the time comes he will not be running against a generic republican. At this juncture the proper point of reference is the 80% approval they were reporting for him two years ago, the fact that he is now at 42% and Hillary is at 68% with no present indication that she is running. He is going down. The challenge is to not become complacent, or to fail to watch for cheating. The momentum is not in his direction, despite the latest bullshit from the Financial Times which is owned by the same Anglo American globalists who put him in there.

  31. wouldn’t it be great to see T nail O and ask him “bill ayers says he wrote your first book, who wrote it you or Ayers?
    *******
    I don’t have the link available but there is a recent video “out there” showing Bill Ayers, at a meeting, saying that he wrote the first book and the second was written by a “committee”. He the joked the he wish that he has received 1/2 the royalties,

  32. I agree Tim…T was/is a big supporter of Hillary and Bill…anything T finds he will use…

    SHV…I did see that video, I am sure it can be found on the net…however it sounds like T already has it…he probably has tons on O…all that info the MSM media would not touch…He has already mentioned Rezco in that interview with Ingrahm (in the utube Tim posted last thread)

    i get the feeling T likes to ‘dish’ and will not hold anything back…

    …finally a spokesperson to say clearly and out loud what should have been said in 2007/8

  33. tim

    I say again Mr.Trump, PLEASE RUN.

    “Trump: I Have Investigators in Hawaii…’They Cannot Believe What They’re Finding’”

    —————–
    Oh yes!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Go get ‘um Trump!

    Ooh-rah!

  34. I get the feeling that Trump is playing a word game with all this talk of investigators and what they’re “finding.” He is using the present tense, when it’s more likely that Trump sent the investigators to Hawaii and elsewhere long before he ever launched this campaign. The Donald is too damn smart to stir up all this birther business unless he already has something.

  35. I am so excited that someone is actually taking on the corrupt Oval and not taking prisoners. This has to make many millions of voters dancing in the streets.

    BMBEBW

    Big mouth, big ego, big wallet – sock it to ‘um!

  36. I saw that video with Ayers, too. I got the feeling he was joking. Regardless of whether he actually did write the book or not, I didn’t feel like he was “saying” he did. I got the impression that he is aware that many are saying that he wrote it, so he said he did, and then said something about, “and if you can prove it, I want half the royalties (from Obama)”.

    He may have written the book, but I don’t think he was acknowledging it. My sense was that he was making fun of the people out there who are making fun of HIM (saying that he wrote it).

  37. Scarborough calls the elites in this country the polite crowd. In fact there is nothing whatsoever polite or decent about these people. Look at what they did to Hillary and then to Sarah. They are 14 carrot assholes. Their game is to make political candidates kiss their ass, and to define the parameter of acceptable political opinion. They know there is an issue with Obama’s birth certificate, but they have been denying it for so long, that if that problem is ultimately revealed the first thing people will ask is why did you cover it up, and the second thing they will ask is what else are you covering up and why, and third thing they will ask is if you lie to me why should I waste my time listening to you. That is why when Trump string everything could come unraveled, which is why they go ballistic when he raises the issue and they will go blatto when he keeps doing it.

    But here is another piece of it. The establishment Democrats criticize Bush, but refuse to criticize Obama for obvious reasons. And, not surprisingly, the establishment Republicans criticize Obama, but refuse to criticize Bush for equally obvious reasons. Then along comes Trump, and he speaks the truth, namely that neither Bush or Obama are worth a shit–which is something most Americans and independents can relate to. Here are the quotes:

    1.“ Obama is the most overrated guy. It’s unbelievable. Obama is worse than Jimmy Carter, and I put Carter at the head of the pack for bad presidents.”

    2.” George W. Bush, was “horrible for America, because there is a disunity in this country that we have never seen. That began with Bush.”

  38. CNN already has a hate-on for Trump. Their ridicule meters are working overtime
    ——————–
    It stands to reason. They have everything to lose if he wins. Everything. I am telling you, if he has the stuff on this birth certificate, then he has what every aspiring political candidate needs to keep the hatchet grinders in check. No not the hostess with the mostest, but good old fashioned blackmail material. As we saw in World War II, blackmail in support of a worthy cause is perfectly all right. And so it is here.

  39. Announcing early was not a mistake for Obama in 2008 because he needed time to establish himself, and the Dean Plan called for just that–eight months early. But is was indeed a mistake for Obama to announce his candidacy for 2012 early, especially when the rap on him is that he can only campaign and cannot govern. By starting his political campaign now, he appears to be fleeing from the problems the country is facing, thus confirming the widely held impression that he is a joke.

  40. Obama gives a great speech. He says we need entitlement reform.

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

    What the gods would destroy, they first propose to reform.

  41. The Rense photographs are awesome.

    It’s only a matter of time before they start calling Obama, “The Manchurian Candidate”- and outcry will be for his Birth Certificate. I have no idea how the Obots will spin this..

    how can they make an effective believable argument about those scars?

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

    Er, what?!?

    He has no birth certificate because he wasn’t born, he was patched together from spare parts? (Just like his speeches?)

  42. Trump will be a force to be reckoned with, he’s a street fighter, he knows how to find bodies that are buried, he would not be as successful as he is without not knowing how to get into the ring and batter someone senseless.

  43. and for my two cents worth, Trump would not be saying all this stuff unless he has something there to fling. One thing Trump is not, is stupid.

  44. The former Hawaii elections official who maintains there’s no long-form birth certificate for Barack Obama in the Aloha State is now saying the president and his aides have been “caught fibbing” about Obama’s background, and the “embarrassing” situation is making it difficult to fess up to the truth.

    President Barack Obama in the Oval Office April 4, 2011 Tim Adams, who was senior elections clerk for the city and county of Honolulu during the 2008 campaign, made the statements in a two-hour interview with a group looking to disprove claims made by so-called birthers, those challenging Obama’s legal qualification to be president.

    “I think people believe there’s been some kind of cover-up. And I don’t think it’s some big nefarious conspiracy. I think it’s politics as usual,” Adams said March 31 on Reality Check Radio, an Internet program on BlogTalkRadio.

    “Barack Obama’s official autobiography was put out to the public for the public’s consumption and we all know politicians – they have a public persona, it’s created for consumption by the electorate – and I think that they’ve been caught fibbing, and it’s embarrassing.”

    But Adams, who described himself as “pretty much a liberal” who backed Hillary Clinton in the campaign, thinks the president should produce a long-form birth certificate if he has one, even if it contains information that does not go along with the narrative proffered so far by Obama and his surrogates.

    “I think as much trauma as all this has caused,” Adams said, “I think if Barack Obama has lied about where he was born or if there’s something about his birth that he doesn’t want people to publicly know, if he would come out and simply say something like that, I think most people would go, ‘Oh, OK,’ and they would go on about their business ’cause they’ve got a thousand more important things to do.”

    But Adams, who described himself as “pretty much a liberal” who backed Hillary Clinton in the campaign, thinks the president should produce a long-form birth certificate if he has one, even if it contains information that does not go along with the narrative proffered so far by Obama and his surrogates.

    “I think as much trauma as all this has caused,” Adams said, “I think if Barack Obama has lied about where he was born or if there’s something about his birth that he doesn’t want people to publicly know, if he would come out and simply say something like that, I think most people would go, ‘Oh, OK,’ and they would go on about their business ’cause they’ve got a thousand more important things to do.”

    Read more: Hawaii elections clerk: Obama ‘caught fibbing’ http://www.wnd.com/?pageId=283865#ixzz1IpNgkmuW

  45. Trump has moved bc issue off dead center. I saw this on NBC NY during the 4:30 am time slot, and also find it here:
    HONOLULU — One of President Obama’s close friends from his native Hawaii is facing charges after being arrested during a prostitution sting in the state. Obama and Titcomb have been close friends since high school, and the pair often get together to golf and dine when Obama vacations in the state, Hawaii News Now reports.
    http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2011/04/06/obamas-close-friend-arrested-prostitution-sting-hawaii/

  46. Admin, Trump continues to trump Obama, and Trump will be on the NBC morning show. As I type, efforts continue to be made to convince the viewing public that Trump is a birther. Thanks for your considerable, faithful, and spot-on efforts. Without you I would not be able to see the hope.

  47. Just when you thought Obama couldn’t make another stupid move- guess what? Wrong again! This man is definately a “nutjob”-
    __________________

    2011 Masters Tournament Features Surprise Last Minute Entrant

    Thursday, April 7, 2011 A.D.

    For golf aficionados (of which I am one), the “official” start of the golf season commences today, with the first round of the Masters tournament at Augusta. One of four Majors (the British Open, the US Open and the PGA Championship being the other three), this herald of Spring features the world’s best golfers at one of America’s premiere golf courses. Phil Mickelson seeks to defend his title against a field laden with incredible talent and fierce competitors.

    Along with an unexpected last-minute contender.

    Teeing off at 8:18 AM, with Ben Crenshaw, Brent Snedecker and Kevin Na is none other than…

    …President Barack Obama.

    In what is undoubtedly the surprise sports story of the decade, President Obama worked out a deal with Chairman Billy Payne to participate in this year’s tourney, despite the fact he is not a professional golfer.
    At an impromptu press conference on Wednesday afternoon, Payne explained how the decision came about.

    “On Monday, I received a call from the White House – it was the president. He said he was a big fan of the game, and wanted to come down. At first I thought he just wanted to attend and watch the tournament; but when he started asking if he could get an exemption and actually play…I figured, what the heck. With Tiger playing so badly, I was worried about tv ratings. Having President Obama play will attract a lot of viewers and spark even greater interest.”

    With the president joining the field, additional security measures have been added, as well as a few modifications to the rules: ( of course )

    …Obama gets two mulligans per nine holes

    …He’s permitted to tee off from the forward tees (formerly called the “ladies’ tees”)

    …He gets to use a specially constructed bullet proof golf cart ( at taxpayer expense )

    …Any putt under a foot from the cup is in the “circle of friendship”, and will be considered a “gimme”.

    …Obama is permitted to carry a “foot wedge” in his bag.

    …Teleprompters will be allowed on the course for the first time in the tournament’s 77 year history. (is that a good thing?)

    “Purists might be upset with these concessions,” Payne said at his news conference, “but since he’s given the PGA a waiver on Obamacare, I felt it’s only fair we give him a waiver on some of the rules.”

    White House Press Secretary Jay Carney was barraged with questions from the press late Wednesday over this development. “Yes, we’re fighting three kinetic military actions. Yes, the government might shut down on Saturday. Yes, gas prices are rocketing. Yes, filming “Jersey Shore” in Italy has been delayed a month.

    The President is fully aware of all these issues, and believe me, he is so brilliant at multi-tasking, I’m confident that despite all this that’s going on, he’ll still maintain a cool, collected attitude and will not be deterred from going for the green in two on hole 13. You guys are making too big a deal out of this. Just take it easy, okay?”

    more BS at the link- Did Donald Trump say we are the laughing stock of the world? Well, this really takes the cake!

    Read more at the Catholic link.. are the Catholics going hoopy? Priests must have gotten a waiver as well-

    http://the-american-catholic.com/2011/04/07/2011-masters-tournament-features-surprise-last-minute-entrant/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+AmericanCatholic+%28The+American+Catholic%29

  48. Mrs. Smith, this is so incredible that I went on a (fruitless) search to find another source. That search did not quell my curiosity, but it did unearth a bias at Yahoo: using the string “president golf obama” on Yahoo’s search engine, the very first entry displayed is Obama’s new campaign website and it states President Obama’s campaign is up and running. Join us today.

  49. Yep, I think we’ve been hoodwinked!

    Usually when the story is a ruse, it is mentioned before the story’s end… Not so in this case. The only giveaway that I found besides 2 outraged commentators is in the tags put on at the end of the story- parody… oops!

    If this golfing story goes viral, it will damage what is left of Obama’s credibility…

  50. If this golfing story goes viral, it will damage what is left of Obama’s credibility… true or false!

  51. Trump stood up to Viera this morning on the Today Show.
    He really is driving the BC issue hard. This morning, he reiterated he has investigators in HI with surprising findings already. Trump claims Obama’s Grandmother witnessed Obama’s birth in Kenya herself, as was told to those investigating the BC claim.

    At that time, it wasn’t unusual for births occuring in foreign countries to converge on HI, considered American soil, to register the birth. But the fact remaines, it appears Obama was landed in Kenya. If I know Trump, he is getting sworn testimony from Obama’s grandmother and on video to be shown later on if he runs.

    He did make a significant disclosure during the Viera interview- He said, “I cannot declare a run for the presidency while my show, The Apprentice” is on the air. If I did, nbc would have to shut down the show, and that wouldn’t be fair to the viewers who have made our show the show with the highest ratings on nbc.”

  52. They dont know what to do about Trump, he has thrown the cat among the pigeons. Obama has not got a clue what to do about Trump, he cant fire the usual rhetoric at him because Trump is not a regular politician, so he cant claim partisanship.

    He has all their knickers in a knot.

  53. I saw a picture of JoAnne Kloppenburg over at DC and just hung my head. I thought are you going to be the face of Acorn voter fraud?
    I can’t help but ask myself why she would do it or allow it – IF SHE DID. After all the years of knowing our elections were stolen from us, if it is proven that she is connected to election fraud, she, her face, will be the face of voter fraud forever.

    How can good people delude or fool themselves into believing that the majority of people are too dumb to understand and vote appropriately, or are misled by villains, or what ever reason they use to justify rigging an election? Now, IF she cheated or allowed cheating, she will end up being the face of election fraud for as long as America is a nation.

    If you are reading this JoAnne Kloppenburg, and you know there has been fraud denounce it now for the sake of our democracy, and for the sake of women, and not the least for the sake of your soul.

  54. Mrs Smith on story and review of Trump on Today show. Thanks and “Hah!”
    MOP: Guess all that’s left to try is “Racist.”
    Betty: It is a sad commentary on our times. Let anything go too long without oversight, morality rots. Just one example, and local to my area as far as I know: there are a lot of women being charged with stealing money from kids’ funds, and payrolls. We are sad when it’s men doing such things, but that is rather accepted. But women? Thank goodness for the internet and admins like admin.

  55. You see Trump is airing the dirty little secret that no one dares question Obama without being labelled a racist.

    It had to be someone outside the political circle to do it. If Obama is to be brought down it has bo from outside the political ircus which relies on image and backscratching, Trump needs to backscratch no-one he says what he sees.

  56. holdthemaccountable
    April 7th, 2011 at 8:29 am

    Mrs Smith on story and review of Trump on Today show. Thanks and “Hah!”

    MOP: Guess all that’s left to try is “Racist.”
    ________________________

    The thing about the golf story- It’s possible Obama WOULD GO golfing at the Masters in spite of the world burning down around us-

    And we are on the same page about all thats left is the cat calls of “Racist” by the Obots. That was my first thought after reading Moon’s comment-

  57. Another busy day for our beautiful and smart Commander in chief.

    SECRETARY OF STATE HILLARY RODHAM CLINTON

    8:30 a.m. Secretary Clinton meets with Congressman Hal Rogers, at the Department of State.

    9:15 a.m. Secretary Clinton meets with the Assistant Secretaries of the Regional Bureaus, at the Department of State.

    11:15 a.m. Secretary Clinton attends a meeting at the White House.

    1:00 p.m. Secretary Clinton meets with Senator John Kerry, at the Department of State.

    2:30 p.m. Secretary Clinton meets with former Chilean President Michelle Bachelet, UN Under-Secretary-General and Executive Director of UN Women, at the Department of State.

    3:00 p.m. Secretary Clinton meets with Lieutenant General Michael Moeller, U.S. Security Coordinator for the Israel-Palestinian Authority

    3:45 p.m. Secretary Clinton joins President Obama’s bilateral meeting with Colombian President Samuel Santos, at the White House.

    4:45 p.m. Secretary Clinton holds a bilateral meeting with UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon, at the Department of State.

    6:30 p.m. Secretary Clinton attends the Woodrow Wilson Awards Reception and Dinner, at the Four Seasons Hotel in Washington, DC

  58. Thought this was kind of funny (BTW, Larry Elder is AA):
    *****

    Larry Elder

    Only Idiots Think Hillary Will Run — Let’s Hope They’re Right

    Otherwise sane people speculate that Secretary of State Hillary Clinton will resign her post and challenge President Barack Obama for the Democratic nomination in 2012. But Hillary’s futile challenge would have a far more damaging effect than that inflicted on Al Gore by persona non grata Ralph Nader in ’00. After Dems get through blaming her for Obama’s fall ’12 defeat, neither Bill nor Hillary would be able to get a table at Fatburger.

    Here are the 10 reasons why she won’t do it.

    10. She’s not a fool. If she ran, she’d lose.

    The Clintons couldn’t defeat Obama when he was an inexperienced freshman senator. But they’re supposed to snatch the nomination from him as an inexperienced incumbent President? Puh-leeeze.

    9. The rationale behind her candidacy is exactly what?
    That Obama is a confused and indecisive commander in chief? That Obama took forever to decide that the Afghanistan War is worth fighting and winning? That Obama made reckless promises to close Guantanamo Bay and to try Khalid Sheikh Mohammed in a civilian court in New York? That, after naively criticizing President Bush’s prosecution of the War on Terror, Obama continues nearly all of his policies?

    All true. So what? The primary/caucus left-lefties like their Democrats to vacillate on foreign policy. They equate vacillation with thoughtfulness.

    8. The Democrats who do the nominating love Obama.
    He signed ObamaCare, while President Bill Clinton failed to pull off HillaryCare. Obama passed “stimulus,” and thus rewarded government workers who helped him win the presidency. He replaced two left-wing Supreme Court justices with two left-wing Supreme Court justices. Dems blame the undone stuff — cap and trade, union card check, raising taxes on the rich — on Republican/tea party resistance to (aka racism against) a black president. What’s not to like?

    7. Hillary would make Obama spend money to fend her off — leaving him financially weakened.

    With less money in Obama’s war chest, a Republican victory becomes more likely. Campaign contributions would flow from Obama and to the Republican, as the lobbyists sense blood and jump to the winning side.

    6. A challenge from Hillary would provide scads of anti-Obama sound bites, quips and put-downs — all deliciously usable.

    Imagine the GOP hit ad: (Baritone voice-over) “Secretary of State Clinton warned us about the 3:00 a.m. call.”

    Pan to a desk clock reading 3:00 a.m. Pan to empty bed. Cut to Obama in sunny Rio teeing off on the ninth hole.

    (Voice-over) “She was right.”

    5. The 1968 analogy is a bad one.

    President Lyndon Johnson was challenged from the left. He faced a formidable one-issue challenger in Eugene McCarthy, who had a strong anti-Vietnam War message that resonated with young people who faced a draft. And McCarthy did not win the New Hampshire primary — a surprising strong 42 percent, but second nonetheless. The damage done, Robert Kennedy jumped into the race four days later.

    Facing a battle against Kennedy “royalty,” a rising Vietnam war body count and chants of “Hey, hey, LBJ, how many kids have you killed today?!” the weary Johnson stunned the nation by deciding not to run.
    Clinton has no McCarthy-like stalking horse to bruise Obama — so she can swoop in and pick the carcass. Plus, Obama is not job-weary. Nor is the youth anxious over Afghanistan and Iraq, given the all-volunteer military.

    4. The 1980 analogy is even worse.

    President Jimmy Carter was challenged from the left. Yet even with the Jack-Bobby-Camelot glow still fairly intense, Ted Kennedy could not unseat a weak incumbent who was disliked and distrusted by his own party. Carter survived a nasty, divisive political convention. Obama’s leftist bona fides, however, remain intact.

    3. The nostalgic “we’re thinking about getting the band back together” thing won’t fly.

    The FOBs, friends of Bill, now work for Obama or used to or want to. Bill Clinton’s former policy advisor, Rahm Emanuel, just finished a stint as Obama’s chief of staff. Obama’s new chief of staff served as Clinton’s secretary of commerce.

    2. The media still adore Obama.

    They helped him get elected, and they will help him get renominated and then re-elected. Obama, alone among the major Democratic ’08 rivals — and to the delight of the major media — opposed the “dumb” Iraq War from the start. They remember. Plus, several well-connected “journalists” left their money-losing, dead or dying publications and now work for Obama.

    1. Blacks would go absolutely, positively berserk!

    The 95 percent black pro-Obama 2008 voting block would crumble if Hillary even attempted to “steal” the presidency from the first (real) black president. If she somehow, some way, managed to win the nomination, blacks wouldn’t vote Republican — but they’d sure stay home.

    To summarize: A Clinton challenge to Obama would inflict so much damage and intra-party angst that the Republicans could run Snooky in 2012 — and win.

    So, please, Hillary, do it — for your country.

  59. Amazing, I was up at 3:03 and looked at the blog. I expected not much to be here this morning when I got up at 6. There was a whole string of blogs. The BC issue really has people excited.

    As far as NM Martinez is concern. I don’t know when she will run, but I think she will run. The way this country has been going lately, I believe if she does run, the Rep women will win and might very well become our first women president.

    That does not mean I support her or like her, but I think it was on this blog I was taught that if a Rep Women goes up against a Dem Women, the Rep wins. I would hate for that to happen in 2016 against HRC. That is when I think she might run. 2012 is just a bit too soon.

  60. Larry Elder says Hillary lacks a stalking horse, which seems to be true right now. But Eugene McCarthy was an unknown before he became the stalking horse for RFK, and for 2012 we have at least two people – Feingold and Bayh – who are pretty well known and could very well cut out a place for themselves in the initial caucuses and primaries.

    Elder also doesn’t mention the possibility of a write-in campaign and, as I said on the last thread, this could be conducted by a Carville or Ickes even if WJC publicly denies any connection to it.

  61. NMF, which is why i think if Trump damages Obama so badly, Hillary will have to be drafted in.

  62. turndownobama
    April 7th, 2011 at 2:59 am
    Obama gives a great speech. He says we need entitlement reform.
    ================
    What the gods would destroy, they first propose to reform.

    LMAO. TDO, that’s perfect.

  63. A Trump Candidacy would just be a real trouble for Obama, imagine the merchandising and corporate power behind that, Trump knows business and would probably pull most business backers, Obama would lose his corporate funding in a second.

    Who would you trust more to fix an ailing economy and the business of America, Obama or Trump…..er no contest.

  64. Nature and Natures Laws
    Lay hid in night
    God said let Newton be
    And there was light
    ——————-
    I thought of that statement by Isaac Newton, when Obama came forward and explained to the great unwashed in Congress, that they need to be adults, and work out their differences like married people do. Of course he made this statement after his three minute meeting with Boehner, shortly before he left town to get as far away from the political sumumai as possible, lest the be swept away, or have to roll up his sleeves and work on something other than his golf handicap. With Obama’s busy campaign schedule, Boehner was lucky to get him for three long minutes. That is a long time for Obama to concentrate on the affairs of state, and contribute mightly to the impasse.

  65. If Trump pulls this off, HRC is drafted, and he then pulls out of the race, He will earn my undying respect. I also promise NEVER to say anything again about his comb over.

  66. I may be in the minority, but I don’t see Trump as potus for the U.S. I think the damage he could do to obama is necessary and going to capsize the dims plans, and in that way he can play a very important role, but nothing more than that.

    As a Canadian, I see Trump as an important figure in the financial world (having gone bankrupt many times over and bounced back) and as a television clownish figure. But to elevate him to potus just makes me shake my head.

  67. Clinton to visit quake-hit Japan: report
    (AFP) – 8 hours ago

    TOKYO — US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is to visit Japan this month in the wake of a devastating earthquake and tsunami that left more than 27,000 people dead or missing, a report said Thursday.

    Clinton will meet Japanese leaders and reaffirm Washington’s support for the country’s efforts to avert a nuclear disaster after the failure of cooling systems at a crippled power plant, Jiji Press said, citing unnamed sources.

    She will travel to Japan after attending a meeting of NATO foreign ministers in Berlin on April 14 and 15, it said.

    The United States stations around 47,000 troops in Japan, a close US ally which lies near the tense Taiwan Strait and Korean peninsula.

    It mobilised around a dozen ships to bring in relief after the March 11 disaster and has 15,000 troops engaged in round-the-clock relief operations since the quake as part of a mission dubbed Operation Tomodachi, or “friend”.

    Last week, the US military said it was also deploying a Marine unit specialising in emergency nuclear response to Japan to help address the crisis at the quake-damaged Fukishima Daiichi plant.

    The plant has been hit by several explosions, triggering fears of a catastrophic meltdown, while radiation has seeped into the air and the Pacific Ocean.

    Clinton, who would become only the second senior foreign leader after French President Nicolas Sarkozy to visit Japan since the 9.0-magnitude quake, has assured the country that Washington “will be with you every step of the way” in the aftermath of the disaster.

    “We will be with Japan and the people of Japan as you recover and rebuild, and we will stand with you in the months and years ahead,” she said in a recent interview with Fuji TV.

    Last week Washington said it was deploying 155 Marines trained in identifying chemical agents, decontamination and monitoring radiation levels to assist the Japanese authorities.

    Clinton’s planned visit will include her first meeting with Japan’s new Foreign Minister Takeaki Matsumoto, who was named to his post just two days before the quake.

    Relations between Tokyo and Washington have been strained since the centre-left Democratic Party of Japan came to power in September 2009 pledging a more-equal relationship with the country’s long-term security ally.

    Former prime minister Yukio Hatoyama lost his job after backing down on an election promise to review a pact on the relocation of a US base on Okinawa island and saying the base may be moved off the southern island altogether.

    After dithering for months, Hatoyama was forced into a humiliating retreat, having done little more than anger Washington and raise hopes in Okinawa, the reluctant host to around half the US service personnel in Japan.

    His successor, Naoto Kan, has said he will honour the original agreement but still faces stern opposition on Okinawa, at a time when low poll ratings and a split parliament threaten his own political survival.

    http://www.google.com/hostednews/afp/article/ALeqM5g9g7fDbbWkVTXEXfCHInzGHBUQ5Q?docId=CNG.bc19a12f010c9ade1e4a66c9a6d9bd29.7d1

  68. Fool us twice? Can Obama get reelected?

    Wed Apr 6, 2011
    Ted Rall,

    Usually I don’t care about political horseraces. Yet I am fascinated by Obama’s reelection bid. Never mind what’s good for the country. I’m dying to hear him make his case for another four years.

    I don’t pretend to be able to predict the future. But I have a rich imagination–and I still can’t begin to guess how the president can convince a majority of voters to choose him over the Republican nominee whether he be Mitt Romney or she be Michele Bachmann.

    Obama is good with words. But what can he possibly say for himself after this first fiddling-while-Rome-burns term?

    The president only has one major accomplishment to his credit: healthcare reform. However–assuming Republicans don’t repeal it–it doesn’t go into effect until 2014. Which, from Obama’s standpoint, actually helps him. After people find out how it transforms the First World’s worst healthcare system into something even crappier and more expensive, they’ll be burning him in effigy.

    “Socialized” (if only!) healthcare has driven away the Reagan Democrat swing voters who formed half of Obama’s margin of victory in 2008. Unless the GOP nominates some total loon (hi Michele) or past-due retread (what up Newt) these ideological reeds in the wind will blow Republican.

    The other major component of the Obama coalition, young and reenergized older liberals, see ObamaCare as a right-wing sellout to corporations. Nothing less than single-payer would have satisfied them. On other issues it seems that Obama has missed few opportunities to alienate the Democrats’ liberal base.

    “The combination of Afghanistan and Libya could bring a bitter end to the romance between Democratic liberals and Obama,” Steve Chapman writes in Reasonmagazine. “Many of them were already disappointed with him for extending the Bush tax cuts, bailing out Wall Street, omitting a public option from the healthcare overhaul, offering to freeze domestic discretionary spending, and generally declining to go after Republicans hammer and tong.”

    Chapman predicts a strong primary challenge to Obama’s left flank–someone like Russ Feingold.

    Lefties are also angry about Obama’s other lies and betrayals: keeping Gitmo open, signing off on assassinations and even the torture of U.S. soldiers (PFC Bradley Manning), redefining U.S. troops in Iraq as “support personnel.” Just this week he reneged on his promise to get rid of Bush’s kangaroo courts and put 9/11 suspects on trial.

    Everyone–left, middle and right–is furious about his Herbert Hoover-like lack of concern over the economy. While the multimillionaire president blithely talks about a recovery as he heads off to golf with his wealthy friends, unemployment is rising and becoming structural. Obama will surely pay for the disconnect between reality (no jobs, shrinking paychecks, hidden inflation) and the rosy rhetoric coming out of the White House and U.S. state media.

    What, exactly, will be Obama’s 2012 sales pitch? I seriously want to know. Think about it: how many other presidents have been so disappointing that they had to distribute lists of their accomplishments so their supporters would have talking points?

    Among the highlights of one of these enumerations going around the Internet are:

    “1. Ordered all federal agencies to undertake a study and make recommendations for ways to cut spending.

    “5. Families of fallen soldiers have expenses covered to be on hand when the body arrives at Dover AFB.

    “14. Removed restrictions on embryonic stem-cell research.”

    I’m in favor of these things. (Although I’m not sure why, with real unemployment over 20 percent and the NSA rifling through my email, I should care about numbers 76–“appointment of first Latina to the Supreme Court”–or 86–“held first Seder in the White House.” Really?)

    Will micro-mini-accomplishment lites be enough to pry liberal asses off the sofa on Election Day? I think not. On the Big Issues That Really Matter–war, the economy, civil liberties–Obama is a right-wing Republican. He’s only a Democrat on the little stuff. Liberals won’t turn out big for Obama in 2012.

    That goes double for the youth vote, a big bloc for O in 2008. From student loan debt to unemployment (which hits Americans under 30 even harder than other age groups), Obama hasn’t delivered. They’ll sit on their hands.

    “We’ve always known that lasting change wouldn’t come quickly or easily,” began Obama’s official campaign announcement.

    “Always known”?

    Remember those Soviet-style “Hope” and “Change” posters from ’08, presenting the skinny Columbia grad as a postmodern Messiah for a nation ravaged by eight years of Bush? Just guessing, but somehow I doubt Obama’s propaganda would have gone over as easily with the caption “Change That Won’t Come Quickly or Easily.”

    “It begins with us,” will apparently be one of the slogans for Obama-Biden 2012.

    That’s the problem Obama faces next year. In 2008 he told us it was going to begin with him.

    http://www.presstv.ir/usdetail/173436.html

  69. “Purists might be upset with these concessions,” Payne said at his news conference, “but since he’s given the PGA a waiver on Obamacare, I felt it’s only fair we give him a waiver on some of the rules.”

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

    Is this Aprl 1? Is this the Onion?

  70. Here’s another voice speaking out. Link is not the greatest, but surely this is true:

    The lone Republican in the Hawaii State Senate was interviewed on the radio this morning (WXKS Radio in Boston), explaining that while he believes Barack Obama was born in the Aloha State, he questions what might be on the original, long-form birth certificate that would prompt the president to go to such lengths to conceal it….
    http://visiontoamerica.org/story/hawaii-senator-wonders-what-obamas-concealing.html
    ————-
    On Hillary’s trip to Japan: Has BO said anything about Japan recently?
    Mrs. S.: It’s possible Obama WOULD GO golfing
    ————————–
    Yes it is, and now that the idea has been aired, he might.

  71. Mrs. Smith
    April 7th, 2011 at 6:35 am

    Just when you thought Obama couldn’t make another stupid move- guess what? Wrong again! This man is definately a “nutjob”-
    __________________

    2011 Masters Tournament Features Surprise Last Minute Entrant

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

    Jan, did you believe this one too?

    g,d,r

  72. My two cents on Trump:

    One thing I think we can all agree on is his masterful use of the media for his own self serving interests.

    Do I think he will realistically run for President? no. Will he pretend? Yes, that’s what he’s doing now. He may just be a stalking horse. Genius if that, if it’s for Hillary. A Democrat as a stalking horse to damage their own party? Not going to happen right now, it’s damages enough. A Republican? A media figure? Indeed. And Trump fills that ticket.

    If anything, he’s going to tear Obama apart because NO ONE has yet to do that on a grand scale and get the attention he demands. This is his newest feud. (Martha, Rosie, etc.)

    Fight on!

  73. Loving all the articles, Admin….laughed so hard at the pink fainting couch.

    Big Pink rocks. I am so ready for another round of campaigning and still hoping against hope (Bill Clinton Hope, not Hopium) that Hillary throws her pink feathered hat into the ring.

  74. Repubs are trying to refocus their attacks on teachers: The blowhart (err, I mean beloved) New Jersey governor Christie has said that teachers are wonderful people, it’s the unions that are horrible. Fox News played the clip, then had Lou Dobbs on to slowly and calmly reinforce that sentiment. So all you teachers can rest easy, it’s not you that are rapacious and greedy, it’s just your unions. They must be getting some blowback on their attacks on the public employees who just happen to include all those dedicated teachers that they just crippled with the anti collective bargaining bills. Gotta control the spin.

  75. I don’t give a rats ass about their fucking polls. Look at this. You tell me he is not imploding. I dare you. And that opens the door for Hillary, IF she still wants it. I have no idea what the procedural hurdles might be, but if the truth were known, the country is about through with this jackass. I mean everything he touches turns to shit. The latest act: we are losing the Saudi–who same assholes who helped get him into Harvard. Is this the theater of the absurd or what?

    http://www.cnsnews.com/news/article/nbc-s-brokaw-saudis-so-unhappy-obama-adm

  76. If you consider the possiblility of Feingold or Bayh as a stalking horse for HRC in 2012, what is the status of their fundraising. I don’t know about Bayh but I don’t think Feingold is known for his fundraising abilities so I have my doubts that he would be in a position to run unless of course he gets help from the outside (there wouldn’t be any from the dem party).

  77. I can’t believe this is happening to the Japanese people again.

    My heart and prayers go out to them.

  78. Jan
    The eartquake hit off the coast of Japan so the tsunami is expected to not be as bad as the original one, but I’d sure like to know why they keep getting these strong quakes and aftershocks. What is going on geologically in that area.

  79. What a great pick-me-up this article was, admin. I had a good laugh along with some chuckles over what you wrote. Once again, you hit the nail dead square on the head. If you are not already a paid political analyst of some sort, you ought to be, although I suspect you already are.

    Debbie and Donna Brazile working together is also a sad state of affairs for the Democrats. I saw people trying to pump Debbie’s intelligence up a few notches the othe day, but I have never believed her to be anything more than a good propagandist who reads her lines well most of the time. Yeah, she might have supported Hillary, but that doesn’t matter to me. It’s what she had done since then that matters.

    As for Wisconsin, you are so right on that. The union’s power is lacking especially when one considers that unionism is under attack throughout the land. I was never particularly against unions, but more recently, I have come to view them as parasitic. I watch the millions upon millions of dollars they throw around in political campaigns, and it disgusts me. My dad was a unionist most of his working life. He got screwed royally by a corrupt union out of Long Island, NY. That was an eye opener to me, and at that point, it became most evident to me that most unions are a corrupting influence in this country, and many are run by the mob which has no problem screwing their union members out of their benefits.

  80. wbboei
    April 7th, 2011 at 2:19 am
    ================================

    There’s one important thing that you forgot to mention. Many will be asking for their heads.

  81. Unions got into big trouble back when they started running away with the union pensions and became very corrupt. Instead of reforming the unions, they tried to get rid of them. So they haven’t been reformed and they haven’t been eliminated, though the repubs are trying. Something has got to give eventually.

  82. The truth about a government shutdown: first, all it would do is furlough “non-essential personnel”. The fact that we have non essential people working at all in times like this is a testament to just how bloated our federal government is. Second, the Republicans have offered to continue funding military personnel, who are fighting and dying for this country in three wars. Yes Obama and his dims have refused to carve them out as an exception, such that if there is a shutdown they do not get paid either. They think this is leverage . . You might think it is sterner stuff–like treason perhaps .
    ————————————————-
    Why A Government Shutdown Is Not A Bad Thing

    Posted by Jeff Emanuel (Profile)
    Thursday, April 7th at 10:00AM EDT
    Red State Blog

    The same media and Democrat communications apparati (but I repeat myself) that have been claiming that the Republican-proposed budget would kill 700,000 children are now wringing their hands about a looming “government shutdown,” which we may assume would be fictively responsible for an astronomically higher number of deaths than a federal budget that spends 98.4% of what was spent the previous year.

    If passing a budget alone really is the difference between life and death for hundreds of thousands of young Americans, the Democrats sure do have a lot of blood on their hands for the last year-plus they spent not passing a budget so that they wouldn’t have to have difficult votes on their records heading into last November’s electoral referendum on unsustainable fiscal practices.

    However, as usual, this Democrat-and-media handwringing and fearmongering does not reflect anything even remotely approaching reality. The fact that a “government shutdown” simply requires that “non-essential” personnel be furloughed (historically, they’ve even received back pay for time missed) makes the Chicken Little cries that the Sky Is Falling just so much more sensationalism. In fact, the very fact that government agencies and organizations have non-essential personnel present in the first place could be viewed as a testament to our bloated, overfunded (with borrowed money), unsustainable government, which is badly in need of trimming and streamlining.

    The only real issue with a so-called shutdown, military pay, is only an issue because the Democrats have fought to make it one. Historically (see, for example, 1995), those serving in the military have continued to be paid during a shutdown. However, in their desperation to keep America on an unsustainable fiscal course, President Obama and his congressional Democrats are determined to ensure that our wartime military is both a pawn and their best leverage in this budget fight. This effort, which is almost as despicable as the late Rep. Jack Murtha’s “slow bleed strategy” to force troop withdrawal from Iraq, has no place in civilized debate, discourse, or legislative activity.

    Unfortunately, Republican efforts to take military pay off the table by guaranteeing its funding regardless of a “shutdown” have been met by absolute refusals by a president and congressional caucus who are unwilling to allow our men and women in uniform to be anything other than pawns in a political game of chicken.

    A “government shutdown” would do all Americans a favor by removing “non-essential” workers from the taxpayers’ payroll, at least for a period of time. Regardless of whether or not such a so-called shutdown takes place, though President Obama and the Democrats in Congress – who could have avoided every bit of this had they passed a budget last year, when they could have done so without a single Republican vote – should man up and take military pay off the table as a negotiating tool. Unfortunately, they’re unlikely to do so – a fact which speaks volumes about them as individuals, and about their priorities as an executive and as legislators.

  83. Teachers unions are out of touch with the communities in which they serve, imo. Taxpayers are fed up, but teachers unions just don’t seem to care about that.

  84. nomobama
    April 7th, 2011 at 10:59 am
    corrupt union out of Long Island, NY.
    ———————
    Which Teamster Local, and I will tell you if I know them.

  85. A comment to the above post:

    Oh please shut it down

    banzaibob Thursday, April 7th at 10:21AM EDT
    (link)
    When seniors are still getting their Social Security Checks and folks who will not be visiting National Parks and momuments will not notice the government is shutdown. The VA hospitals will still be open and so will all military installations.

    Active duty personnel may not receive on time paychecks but in many communities the banks and credit unions will “float” their accounts until their pay starts up again.

    Go ahead, make my day
    Inspector Callahan
    Sudden Impact

    Prefiero morir de pie que vivir de rodillas
    It’s better to die upon your feet than to live upon your knees!
    Emiliano Zapata

  86. JanH
    April 7th, 2011 at 10:07 am
    ==========================

    Didn’t you watch the video here in which Trump said that he never went bankrupt?

  87. USGS has revised the earthquake report to one 7.1 aftershock and Fox is showing video of Tokyo shaking with it.

  88. Various journos and commentators are saying Obama is planning to run his Obama 2012 message as: No one’s perfect.

    Muppet, epic fail, if true.

  89. He is putting blame on his own party–that would be Pelosi and Reid. But compared to him, they are toothless. He is treating them like dogs rubbing their noses in their own s . . No fig leaf for them if it shuts down. They are on the line after his latest ploy to remain uninvolved and disinterested. He is getting ready for the Masters.
    —————————————-
    Obama Remains Above Fray-Throws Fellow Democrats Under the Bus

    Power Play
    Obama Above the Fray, Hill Dems Under the Bus
    By Chris Stirewalt

    Published April 07, 2011
    | FoxNews.com

    Obama Casts Blame on Fellow Dems

    “There’s no reason for the government to shut down, unless we’ve made a decision that politics are more important than folks like J.T. Henderson.”

    — President Obama at a late-night press briefing lamenting the politicization of spending negotiations by accusing Republicans of jeopardizing the future of a Kentucky family awaiting a tax refund profiled by ABC News

    President Obama is working hard to stay outside of the blast radius if House Republicans and Senate Democrats are unable to cut a deal to keep the government open when current emergency funding expires at midnight Friday.

    Congressional Democrats have noticed that in his efforts to avoid blame for what is shaping up as a procedural pileup, the president has increasingly been highlighting their failure to pass, or even put forward, a budget last year.

    This week, Obama has mentioned multiple times that the current debate was over an issue that should have been resolved “six months ago.” That was when congressional Democrats opted to operate the government on stopgap measures rather than have a messy budget debate in advance of bruising midterm elections.

    An aide to a Democratic House member told Power Play that the president was “being a little unfair.”

    “We did everything that was asked of us,” the aide said, referring to the president’s proposals on health care, bank regulations and, in the House, global-warming legislation.

    Many congressional Democrats would argue that the reason no budget was produced in 2010 was that the White House agenda was so large and so time-consuming that it didn’t leave time or political will to begin a budget process.

    A former Democratic member of the House who lost in 2010 amid sharp opposition to Obama’s health care law told Power Play that having already dealt with the unpopular climate and health bills, lawmakers spent the spring and half of the summer of 2010 wrangling the Dodd-Frank bank bill demanded by Obama. When that work was done, there was little hope for taking up a budget.

    “There was a real sense of exhaustion,” the former member said.

    Even with major majorities in both Houses, Democrats knew they would be unable to push through a budget. Obama, particularly with health care, had overloaded the circuits.

    In casting himself as above the fiscal fray and bemoaning the lingering budget problems, Obama is casting implicit blame on his former congressional colleagues.

    It’s a trend that will likely accelerate as 2012 approaches and Obama looks to reclaim the “change” mantle. Obama will continue to distance himself from lawmakers on Capitol Hill, particularly as a divided Congress bogs down.

    Democrats, especially in the more moderate Senate, will happily reciprocate. It’s not for nothing that nine Senate Democrats voted Wednesday for a failed amendment that would have blocked Obama from using the EPA to enforce his global-warming policies for two years.

    Three Democrats – Joe Manchin, W.Va., Mary Landrieu, La., and Mark Pryor, Ark. – joined Republicans in voting to permanently strip Obama of the power. That amendment fell 10 votes short of passage.

    ——————————————————————————–

    A Deal At Hand, But Procedural Problems Persist

    “As a historian, it always occurred to me the smart thing for government was always to pay the guys with guns first.”

    — Defense Secretary Robert Gates talking about congressional spending negotiations on what “will probably be [his] last” visit to the troops in Iraq
    The growing sense on Capitol Hill is that Senate Democrats and House Republicans are near a package that would cut about 2.5 percent from the projected $1.65 trillion for the current fiscal year.

    Such a package would represent a big win for House Republicans whose original proposal was for a four percent deficit reduction. The original position from the White House and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid was for no cuts, then .52 percent cuts, then two percent cuts.

    But there are lots of things to be worked out, still mostly pertaining to from whence the cuts come.

    Democrats got to their two percent offer through the use of some gimmicky accounting, so the final package likely will include the gimmicks and another $6 billion or $7 billion in actual cuts. The task today is for Senate appropriators to find those dollars.

    For Republicans, the challenge is determining which policy-targeted cuts – known as riders – they can live without. The House-passed spending bill includes many riders, but the final version will likely include only one or two. The leading contender for final inclusion is to eliminate the federal subsidy for Planned Parenthood, the nation’s leading provider of abortions.

    But as the final deal goes through the meat grinder, the clock keeps counting down.

    House rules require that legislation be on offer for part of three calendar days, meaning a bill introduced today could be voted on at 12:01 a.m. Saturday; one minute after the current funding bill expires.

    So, House Republicans have to get something in the pipeline today in order to limit the shutdown to a technicality of a few minutes or hours.

    The most popular plan in the House is one backed by Speaker John Boehner and Majority Leader Eric Cantor that would provide for one more week of funding in exchange for another $12 billion in cuts while providing funding for the remaining 25 weeks of the fiscal year at current levels to the Pentagon.

    Senate Democrats have likened this proposal to blackmail and the White House dismissed it out of hand. But, if it is the only plan on offer in the wee hours of Saturday morning, it might find the 13 Democratic votes it needs in the Senate in order to pass. This is the “bad cop” proposal.

    House Republican leaders could also offer up a one or two day emergency funding measure at current levels that would avoid a shutdown. Under this scenario, Republicans could put that plan in the pipeline today and offer it up only if a final deal for the rest of the year is ready to go but being held up by similar scheduling problems. Such a proposal would require Democratic votes to pass and might also have to include full-year military funding. This is the “good cop” proposal.

    House Republicans could also opt to break their own rules on having legislation on offer. But not only would doing that weaken the House bargaining position in future negotiations, but also leave freshmen members furious over breaking a transparency rule that they trumpeted in their 2010 campaigns. This only happens if Republican leaders are going to take a bath on the final deal anyway – a scenario that looks less likely – and just want to be done with it.

    The other scenario would be just to let the government be in shutdown mode over the weekend as the final deal moves through the procedural hoops in the House and Senate. This is a risky route, though, because a technical shutdown can always morph into an indefinite shutdown if the negotiations fall apart or someone behaves in a way other than expected.

    Victory for House Republicans here likely means passing a 2.5 percent cuts package with at least one key policy rider and doing so with the refusal of only about a quarter of their caucus.

    One House leadership aide said that even then, “there will be a great amount of displeasure inside the family for ‘cutting a bad deal.’” That’s why Boehner needs a deal that will let him keep two thirds of his caucus on board.

    That’s also why their show of support for him this week was so important. In backing Boehner on the $12 billion, one-week plan, House Republicans empowered their leader to get more from Democrats and turned up the pressure on Senate Democrats.

    Right now, the chances of a shutdown, particularly a substantive one, seem to be fading. But keep in mind that Reid has failed so far to pass any spending legislation in the Senate other than temporary measures.

    ——————————————————————————–

    If You Think This is Hard…

    “62 percent”

    — Portion of registered voters in a new FOX News poll who would rather see the government shut down than see an increase in the federal debt ceiling

    As President Obama has taken to pointing out, the sums involved in the current government shutdown negotiations are comparatively small.

    But if lawmakers are prepared to shut down the government over a difference of two percent of just one year’s deficit, imagine what lies ahead when the federal government overruns its credit limit sometime in the next five weeks.

    While the current fight will plow some furrows for planting new bargains on the debt ceiling, it will mostly sew salt in the fields of bipartisan compromise.

    When then Sen. Barack Obama and his fellow Democrats demagogued President George W. Bush’s request for more credit and voted no in a spirit of great fiscal indignation there was great political advantage to opposing a debt ceiling increase.

    As the trillions in debt have piled up, though, the the political opportunity has mounted too. The latest FOX News poll suggests that even when faced with the possibility of a government shutdown, and even when acknowledging that a shutdown would affect them personally, a huge majority of voters oppose increasing the debt limit.

    So, for those of you exhausted by the current war over a relative pittance, get ready for the mother of all battles. When Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner starts bleating louder about looming fiscal calamity, shutdown etc. it will be on.

    Obama must now regret having taken such a tenor of indignation with Bush over the debt ceiling.

    Well, over a lot of things, really.

  90. Reports that Onagawa nuclear plant in Miyagi has lost 2 of 3 external power grids after the 7.4 quake.

  91. NISA: Several nuclear sites are now on emergency power after power grids failed after quake……oh great here we go again.

  92. Read more: http://www.businessinsider.com/important-win-for-the-democrats-in-wisconsin-2011-4#ixzz1Iqsu6TrL
    Whatever happens, the balloting last night in Wisconsin was an important victory for public employee unions generally and the Democratic Party nationally. They took a weak candidate (Kloppenburg lost by more than 2-1 in the February primary to Justice Prosser) and drove her over the finish line.
    They amped up her vote in some counties by as much as 1500%. They amped up her statewide vote by more than 6 times. They caught the GOP napping (and congratulating itself on the passage of anti-public employee union legislation). [….]
    Gov. Walker (R) was being touted as a possible 2012 presidential candidate two months ago. Not anymore. He picked a fight against a foe he thought was weak and found out that he was weaker. He couldn’t deliver 50%-plus-one of a statewide vote for a candidate who won 55% of the statewide vote in the primary.
    Every politician in America was watching. This wasn’t some primary surprise in a light turnout. This was a de facto “general election” vote. And Walker’s guy lost. The ramifications of that defeat will be felt in state capitols all across the country. Everyone has to adjust to the almost perfectly even split. [….]
    The 2012 presidential election would be, in any normal political environment, ripe for the GOP taking. Unemployment is high, gas prices are through the roof, the housing market is awful, economic growth is anemic, inflation is upon us, the nation is involved in three wars that people want out of, the culture is awash in Snookis and Kardashians, and the President seems sort of disinterested and out of his depth.
    Never underestimate the ability of the Elephants to snatch defeat from the wide open jaws of victory. They did it in Wisconsin, which, by almost any definition, was a lay-up. They’re working on it nationally.

  93. turndownobama
    April 7th, 2011 at 11:36 am
    Hence, Fox’s change in verbal rhetoric target from the teachers to the unions. They believe the wind is blowing in the favor of the teachers and public workers. We’ll see.

  94. You’re Fired!
    Posted on April 6, 2011 by JWS

    The new NBC poll that has Trump in 2nd place among GOP voters should shock no one…except, of course, the fools in midtown Manhattan who decide what is news and what is not according to their whims, biases, marriages, party invitations, corporate paychecks, and creative class delusions.

    Listen to Trump and you get why he’s jumped into viability. What he is saying may be bullshit but the man does not bullshit around. I find him hard to watch but not at all hard to listen to. (Mostly, and vapidly I admit, because his hair is so young and he is not.)And, like Palin, I cannot imagine casting a vote his way…yet. But the appeal is real. I get it. The models who get driven from Connecticut to 30 Rock to read the news everyday do not, of course. How could they? They live in a different, much richer, country…almost litterally.

    When an Anderson Cooper alights in New Orleans after Katrina we are told to marvel at the devastation and poverty – but what we are really taking in is a foreigner alighting in the actual country he reports on every night. That’s what odd. No one at the Grey Lady would be surprised by a Trump surge if any one of its alleged reporters spent 2 months in Iowa or Kansas, or Riverside County, California. Of course, a man with little to lose who appears to shoot straight has appeal in 2011. More so for GOP voters – but Dems tend to fall in love, not in line – as we were reminded of painfully in 2008.

    Please note: The Trump birther talking points were savvy politics. It got him piles of free press since the MSM figured what they think about the issue is surely what everyone else thinks about it. They figured they could make fun and dismiss. Wrong. I must say I’ve admired Trump’s no bullshit answers to these questions. Obama apologists are still stuck in repeating the surreal lie that a computer print out is a long form birth certificate, though it clearly is not any more than a tangerine is an orange. Most can’t even comprehend the birther’s suspicions – this is stupid of the naysayers. Truly stupid. If this ever comes to a head – and it might – the fools will be those who defended Obama’s computer print out. Where is the long form birth certificate? It is a very simple question. Answer it. (The Governor of Hawaii has vanished quickly….sans long form BC…I wonder why. I really do.)

    None of this matter’s much…yet…to anyone outside the GOP base, but Trump has been smart to pump this up. It’s made him a contender if only briefly. And THERE IS a real question underneath it all. THAT is what gives it legs. I don’t care if the birthers are the biggest loons since the flat earthers. They are asking a very simple question that ought to be responded to forthrightly.

    Trump almost certainly won’t be the GOP nominee… but think of the debates…what fun we would have. The brash business man punching at the president who never really became The President. The cocky brawler throwing left hooks at the fallen wonder boy. I can hear “You’re Fired!” yelled in unison by half the crowd after every slippery Obama answer.

    Of course, another poll or two like this and Trump will be taken down by some sort of scandal. Watch. But Drudge headline or not this poll is not a shock. The country is aching for what Trump implies, but probably cannot produce. Obama rode in on Hope and Anger. There is now a gaping wound open in this country for someone like Trump to ride in on the torpedo of Fear and Vengeance.

    One minor note: The weakness of Haley Barbour in the poll is not a surprise either. I’ve found it odd that he was suddenly discussed among the chatters as a contender. He’s a lobbyist with a drawl and a big house in Mississippi, not a President. Once again the MSM confused connections with appeal.

    From johnwsmart.wordpress.com

  95. NYT article: climate change hurting coffee yeilds

    ““Coffee production is under threat from global warming, and the outlook for Arabica in particular is not good,” said Peter Baker, a coffee specialist with CABI, a research group in Britain that focuses on agriculture and the environment, noting that climate changes, including heavy rains and droughts, have harmed crops across many parts of Central and South America.”

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

    Aw, it’s not really getting hot. Just a hoax.

  96. Trump needs to campaign on a promise that if he doesn’t give us a great country, we can fire him. I think voters would love that.

  97. nomobama
    April 7th, 2011 at 11:13 am

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    hmmm…well I stand corrected. I have read many times that he has gone bankrupt which is why I made the statement in the first place.

  98. As I understand it, filing for chapter 11 bankruptcy protection is not going bankrupt, although it is possible for the filer then to go bankrupt. While a company has Chapter 11 protection, it can hold off paying debts for a while as it tries to reorganize and get back to solvency. If it fails then the company is given to the creditors.

    I found this article from 2009 that explains it with respect to Trump
    “How does Trump go bankrupt without Trump going bankrupt?”
    http://www.walletpop.com/2009/02/18/how-does-trump-go-bankrupt-without-trump-going-bankrupt/

  99. http://politicalticker.blogs.cnn.com/2011/04/07/trump-sends-investigators-to-hawaii-to-look-into-obama/

    Self-proclaimed birther Donald Trump is now so doubtful of President Obama’s birthplace that he’s sent a team of his own investigators to Hawaii in hopes of getting to the bottom of the issue.

    That’s according to Trump himself, who, in an interview with NBC, warned his investigators just might uncover “one of the greatest cons in the history of politics and beyond.”

    “I have people that have been studying it and they cannot believe what they’re finding,” Trump said an interview that aired Thursday Morning.

    Asked if he has assigned people specifically to search in Hawaii, Trump said, “Absolutely.”

    The business mogul, who in a new NBC News/Wall Street Journal Poll is tied for second place among potential presidential candidates, also suggested the president is involved in an ongoing cover-up over the matter.

    He spent $2 million in legal fees trying on to get away from this issue, and if it weren’t an issue, why wouldn’t he just solve it?” he said. “I wish he would because if he doesn’t, it’s one of the greatest scams in the history of politics and in the history, period. You are not allowed to be a president if you’re not born in this country. Right now, I have real doubts.”

    According to a recent CNN/Opinion Research Corporation national poll, 72 percent of Americans say that the president was definitely or probably born in the U.S., with one four saying that he was definitely or probably born outside the country. But the survey indicates a partisan divide, with 43 percent of Republicans but only 11 percent of Democrats saying that Obama was definitely or probably born outside the U.S.

    In 2008, the Obama campaign produced a certification of live birth that reports his birthplace as Honolulu, Hawaii – a document the Hawaii government says is official evidence of his birth in the state. Among other evidence of Obama’s birth there is the fact the hospital where he was born took out ads in two Hawaiian newspapers in 1961 announcing the birth, while current Gov. Neil Abercrombie says he knew Obama’s family and remembers his birth.

    In the broad interview, Trump also insisted he’s more serious than ever about mounting a presidential bid, but said he can’t make a final decision until this season of “Celebrity Apprentice” wraps up.

    “I hate to say it. I have the No. 1 show on NBC. Is that the correct statement? The “Celebrity Apprentice” is doing great,” said Trump. “You’re not allowed to have a show on and be a candidate. It’s a great show and it’s got phenomenal ratings, and until that show is over I can’t declare, otherwise NBC would have to take the show off the air and that would be very unfair.”

    The show is set to wrap up in mid-May.

  100. The Trump interview was great, and it was funny to watch Meredith’s face & body language, it was saying “ew, ew, icky poo, I better get a bonus for pretending to take this seriously — please can we turn him into a male Palin already?”

  101. JanH, unfortunately the State Department does not post the embed codes on their videos which means we are unable to paste the videos you find here. A big “Boo” to the State Department. A big “yay” to JanH for providing the video links.

    As a consolation here is Hillary’s remarks at the memorial service for Geraldine Ferraro:

    http://www.state.gov/secretary/rm/2011/03/159581.htm

    Hillary Rodham Clinton
    Secretary of State
    New York City
    March 31, 2011

    When I think of Geraldine Ferraro, I smile.

    To the millions of women who saw their futures open up thanks to her, she was a pioneer.

    To the press who covered her 1984 campaign, she was a fresh face, an upstart, a surprise.

    To at least one old-school politician, she was “young lady”—even though she was a three-term Congresswoman.

    To herself, she was always “a housewife from Queens.” It was a title that captured so many things she loved: her family, her community, New York City.

    And to her friends, of which she seemed to have thousands, she was simply, wonderfully, Gerry.

    Gerry lived energetically.

    She didn’t walk onto a stage. She strode.

    She didn’t rise to prominence. She rocketed.

    She was down to earth. Personal. And ferociously loyal to the people she loved. When Gerry had your back, you knew you were covered.

    Maybe it’s because she grew up with a mother who always had her back. A mother who would say about their family name: “Ferro means iron. Keep going!

    Gerry’s debut in San Francisco in 1984 was electrifying. When she stood at the microphone, she couldn’t speak for eight full minutes—the crowd wouldn’t stop cheering. I was there that night on the floor of the Moscone Center, one of thousands of women beaming and clapping until my hands ached. Gerry told us, “If we can do this, we can do anything.”

    She traveled thousands of miles on the campaign trail, speaking to huge crowds full of parents with daughters on their shoulders. When she came through Little Rock, I brought my four-year-old daughter to meet her. The photo I have of the four of us—Gerry, Bill, Chelsea, and me—is something we cherish. To the women of my generation, Gerry meant so much for us and our futures—but even more for our daughters and their futures.

    Gerry became famous for one thing—one great thing. But her campaign for Vice President was only four months of a life that encompassed so much more.

    Gerry was a teacher; a prosecutor; an advocate for women, children, and the elderly; a Harvard fellow; a wife, mother, aunt, and grandmother. And to all her many friends, she was our best friend.

    Gerry and I were often linked together in articles about women in politics. She is seen, correctly, as the one who paved the way for my career and the careers of many women in Washington and statehouses across the country. I spoke about 18 million cracks in the glass ceiling; she had put a big chip in it 25 years earlier.

    One part of her legacy that often goes unnoticed was her work on human rights. When Bill named her to lead the American delegation to the UN Commission on Human Rights, Gerry—who, let’s remember, was born on Women’s Equality Day—relentlessly pushed to make sure that women’s rights were viewed as human rights, as they should be. We traveled together to Beijing in 1995 for the Fourth World Conference on Women, when she was vice chair of the U.S. delegation. She raised the hot-button issues, including violence against women in wartime.

    Something else was clear in Beijing: Gerry had a gift for making a global issue personal. When the conference took up a hard question—how do you define a family?—there were some people who said there was only one kind of family: a mother, a father, and their children. Gerry got out of her seat, pulled out a family photo from her pocketbook, and walked from table to table, waving a picture of herself, her widowed mother, and her surviving brother.

    “Are you telling me that we were not a family?” she said.

    Gerry knew how to make a point.

    When she was diagnosed with multiple myeloma, the doctors told her she could expect no more than three to five years. Well, that was 12 years ago. And she handled that challenge like she did every other. She could have said, “I’ve done quite a bit in my life. I’ve helped many people, I’ve served my country. I’m going to take it easy now.” And no one would have disagreed or begrudged her that.

    Instead, she became a fierce advocate for people with cancer. She was interviewed on the “Today Show” at her doctor’s office while receiving her IV treatment. She went down to Washington and testified before the Senate.

    I remember that day well. She was eloquent, courageous, funny, and so personal. She said, “I’m a lucky woman. I have great doctors and a family that is always there to boost me up.” But what bothered her, she said, was that the treatment available to her wasn’t available to every person with cancer in this country, and it should be.

    A year later, the Hematological Cancer Research Investment and Education Act was passed.

    That was pure Gerry. Turning her illness into another chance to help others. Showing that iron spirit—the “Ferro” in Ferraro.

    You could still see that spirit two years ago as she was wheeled up to the stage at the Eleanor Roosevelt League in New York, which mentors women who are running for political office. An audience of 900 watched as she stood up from her wheel chair and spoke. A speech that was supposed to be 10 minutes lasted 45. Everyone stayed utterly quiet and focused on Gerry as she spoke about—what else?—women helping women.

    Gerry did so much with her life. And a great deal of what she did involved breaking down barriers—which made it possible for others to do more with their lives.

    We send our prayers and our gratitude to her family, who supported her and shared her with us—John, Donna, John Jr., and Laura, and their spouses and children.

    “If we can do this, we can do anything,” Gerry said 27 years ago.

    When the day comes when a woman is elected President or Vice President of the United States—and that day will come—we will know that she helped make it possible. And we will say, “Gerry, we did this—we can do anything—thanks to you.”

  102. pm317
    April 6th, 2011 at 7:47 pm
    Chuck Todd, isnt he college dropout, or something?
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    Isn’t his last name spelled, T-O-A-D?

  103. wbboei
    April 6th, 2011 at 10:46 pm
    Speaker Boehner Gets Only 3 Minutes of President Obama’s Time . . To Avert A Shutdown

    Posted by Moe Lane (Profile)
    Wednesday, April 6th at 3:00PM EDT
    23 Comments
    …for the trivial issue of trying to avoid a government shutdown this Friday. Unfortunately, it was only three minutes; nothing was accomplished in that time period, which means that we’re still on track for said government shutdown by the Democrats.
    &&&&&&&

    Again, for Obama, it’s another “meeting” that was strictly for show, and accomplished NOTHING.

    Just so he can say, “Congressman Boehner and I met last night…”.

    What a turd.

  104. gee…T just gets better every day…he is O’s biggest NIGHTMARE…Scarborough got one thing right…T does not give a damn…

    T is going to do it ‘his way’…I find it really ironic that all the pundits and MSNBC crowd keep falling back on the line “do you really think the Clinton machine would not have exposed this”

    frankly and sadly, I do believe our camp had this info but we were so pummeled by the MSM that there was no way in hell that Hillary or Bill could make this an issue…they were called and labeled racists for much, much less…like injecting President Johnson into the civil rights discussion…no way in hell the clinton camp could exploit this issue…they could not even exploit the caucus fraud issue…the MSM would not allow it…

    …and forget McCain…he did just about everything but kiss O’s butt…no fight…no energy, except for what Palin could inject and then the McCain camp silenced her..

    but Trump can…he can sing like a bird…he can expose every single little dirty secret the MSM has kept hidden…and what i love about T…is he goes right on their shows and so far says it right to their face…reducing them all to just astonished giggles…it’s beginning to feel like tearing a bandage off a scab…

    as for speculating on T possible running mate…indulge in the fantasy…

    Trump/West
    Trump/Cain …there goes the ‘race card’ factor

    great fantasy that would never happen but would really blow the lid off all the BS taking place by the puppeteers…Trump/Dylan Ratigan (Dylan is another rare voice out there that just lets the chips fall where they may…I heard him correct Cenk the other day when Cenk was beating around the bush trying make excuses for O and Ratigan just plan out said O is with the banks…period)

    of course there is the slimmest chance that T exposes and damages O so much that O must withdraw from the race and then Hillary steps in to save the day…

    Donald Trump, if you have been alerted to us here at Hill44…please start exploiting the “detached President” meme…the latest being that O is trying to distance himself from Washington…that has to be the biggest laugh yet…

    The current President of the USA, O, is trying to distance himself from Washington…

    oh…so many jokes can be made on that alone…please nail him on how he has been doing everything under the sun for the last almost 3 years but perform as a President…

  105. Speaker Boehner Gets Only 3 Minutes of President Obama’s Time . . To Avert A Shutdown

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    So what did Obama do after the three minutes? Michelle and a party?

  106. The current President of the USA, O, is trying to distance himself from Washington…

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    Heh. If anyone says Trump would be a part-time president — he’s got a good comeback.

  107. admin,

    Thanks for the info. I didn’t realize that statevideo couldn’t be embedded. That most recent video can be found on you tube and has her talking about Libya.

  108. Trump is different.

    Every other politician refuses to attack Obama personally. They fear the race card, reprisals by big media, and riots by black people.

    So what do they do? They kiss the ass of big media. They play Mr. Nice Guy. They invoke the name of Dr. King. And they pull their punches.

    What do they get in return? They get hit on all sides by the Obama/Big Media juggernaut which is the politics of personal destruction.

    They find themselves the victim of lies, cover-up, biased coverage, spying, cheating at the polls and worst of all bribes and blackmail.

    This is the stuff of the prison yard. It works. Soon–too soon, they are history.

    Their tepid response is a blueprint for failure. The Obama campaign is tantamount to a criminal enterprise, the best defense is a good offense and Trump understands this.

    He knows they will try to destroy him. So what does he do? He goes right for the juglar–as he should.

    He positions himself as a spokesman for the American People–a role which neither Obama or big media can legitimately claim. He asks the questions which the American People want answers to.

  109. FLORIDA WELCOMES “THE ONE” WITH A PERFECT STORM.

    From Feb. 3 to Apr. 7, Obama’s Florida situation has worsened.

    quinnipiac.edu/x1297.xml?ReleaseID=1584

    April 7, 2011 – Obama Hits Losing Trifecta In Florida, Quinnipiac University Poll Finds; Increased Support For Offshore Drilling

    President Barack Obama hits a losing trifecta with Florida voters: They disapprove 52 – 44 percent of the job he is doing; they prefer an unnamed Republican challenger by a too-close-to- call 41 – 38 percent in the 2012 presidential election and say 51 – 42 percent that the president does not deserve a second term, according to a Quinnipiac University poll released today.

    Today’s numbers compare to results of a February 3 survey by the independent Quinnipiac (KWIN-uh-pe-ack) University, when the President was almost dead even in the trifecta:
    47 percent job approval, with 49 percent disapproving;
    40 percent for Obama, compared to 42 percent for an unnamed GOP challenger;
    45 percent saying four more years compared to 48 percent saying no.

    Democratic U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson, who like Obama is on the 2012 ballot, is in better shape, with a 47 – 26 percent approval rating, a 43 – 39 percent lead over an unidentified Republican and voters saying 43 – 35 percent that he deserves another term in the Senate.

    Florida voters support 51 – 44 percent a proposal before the Legislature that would require a woman seeking an abortion to first undergo an ultrasound procedure and be offered a chance to view the results. Women support the measure 53 – 43 percent, while men support it 48 – 46 percent.

    “With President Barack Obama formally announcing his re-election campaign this week, one can expect that his team will be focusing on Florida, one of the nation’s preeminent swing states and one that the president carried in 2008,” said Peter Brown, assistant director of the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute. “He has some work to do in the Sunshine State. On job approval, re-election and the matchup against an unnamed republican he does a good deal better among women than he does among men.”

    “Despite questions about his policies, the president is personally popular with Floridians,” said Brown. Given four choices to describe their feelings about Obama:
    40 percent like him personally and like his policies;
    30 percent like him personally but not his policies;
    1 percent like his policies but not him;
    24 percent don’t like him or his policies.

    Taken together, 70 percent of voters like Obama, but only 41 percent like his policies.

    By comparison, when voters are asked the same questions about Gov. Rick Scott, whose overall 48 – 35 percent disapproval rating makes him less popular than Obama, only 40 percent like him personally, while 34 percent like his policies.

    Although by 65 – 30 percent, Florida voters back the U.S. Supreme Court decision establishing a woman’s right to have an abortion, their support for requiring an ultrasound reflects strong Republican support and more modest opposition from Democrats and independents. Republicans approve of the ultrasound requirement 68 – 28 percent, while opposition is 54 – 41 percent among Democrats and 52 – 43 percent among independent voters.

    On energy matters, voters support 60 – 35 percent increasing the amount of offshore drilling for oil and natural gas, with Republicans and independent voters behind the idea 82 – 16 percent and 58 – 38 percent respectively. Democrats are opposed 52 – 43 percent.

    The public attitudes on building new nuclear plants in the state reflect the “Not In My Backyard” view. Voters split 48 – 47 percent on support for new nuclear plants in Florida, but they oppose 58 – 39 percent building nuclear plants in their city or town.

    Support for the war in Afghanistan continues to deteriorate, as Florida voters say 59 – 36 percent the United States should not be involved in the war there.

    Voters are divided 46 – 46 percent on whether they approve of the president’s handling of the situation in Libya.

    Support for Congress repealing the “health care law” that passed last year is 49 – 41 percent, and 54 – 40 percent when the question is phrased “health care reform law.”

    From March 29 – April 4, Quinnipiac University surveyed 1,499 registered voters with a margin of error of +/- 2.9 percentage points. Live interviewers call land lines and cell phones.

    The Quinnipiac University Poll, directed by Douglas Schwartz, Ph.D., conducts public opinion surveys in Pennsylvania, New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, Florida, Ohio and the nation as a public service and for research.

    For more data or RSS feed- http://www.quinnipiac.edu/polling.xml, call (203) 582-5201, or follow us on Twitter.

    2. Do you approve or disapprove of the way Marco Rubio is handling his job as United States Senator?

  110. holdthemaccountable
    April 7th, 2011 at 10:21 am

    Mrs. S.: It’s possible Obama WOULD GO golfing
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    Yes it is, and now that the idea has been aired, he might.
    __________________________

    You made me laugh at that one liner..

  111. ANOTHER 7.4 EARTHQUAKE STRIKES NEAR JAPAN (ALMOST SAME LOCATION)

    yahoo.com/s/ap/as_japan_earthquake;_ylt=AtmfG63n4BYU8Q4fmLjy_jOs0NUE;_ylu=X3oDMTNqbmcyOGE0BGFzc2V0A2FwLzIwMTEwNDA3L2FzX2phcGFuX2VhcnRocXVha2UEY2NvZGUDbW9zdHBvcHVsYXIEY3BvcwMyBHBvcwM3BHB0A2hvbWVfY29rZQRzZWMDeW5fdG9wX3N0b3J5BHNsawNtYWduaXR1ZGU3N

    By CARA RUBINSKY, Associated Press Cara Rubinsky, Associated Press – 29 mins ago
    TOKYO – A magnitude-7.4 aftershock rattled Japan on Thursday night, knocking out power across a large swath of the northern part of the country nearly a month after the devastating earthquake and tsunami that flattened the northeastern coast.

    Japan’s meteorological agency issued a tsunami warning but canceled it about 90 minutes later. Officials said power was out in all of three northern prefectures (states) and in parts of two others.

    There were no immediate reports of serious injuries or damage. The aftershock was the strongest since the March 11 megaquake and tsunami that killed some 25,000 people, tore apart hundreds of thousands of homes and caused an ongoing crisis at a nuclear power plant.

    The operator of the tsunami-ravaged Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear plant said there was no immediate sign of new problems caused by the aftershock, and Japan’s nuclear safety agency says workers there retreated to a quake-resistant shelter in the complex. None were injured. The crisis there started when the tsunami knocked out cooling systems. Workers have not been able to restore them.

    Thursday’s quake knocked out several power lines at the Onagawa nuclear power plant north of Sendai, which has been shut down since the tsunami. One remaining line was supplying power to the plant and radiation monitoring devices detected no abnormalities. The plant’s spent fuel pools briefly lost cooling capacity but an emergency diesel generator quickly kicked in.

    Officials said the aftershock hit 30 miles (50 kilometers) under the water and off the coast of Miyagi prefecture. The U.S. Geological Survey in Golden, Colo., later downgraded it to 7.1.

    Buildings as far away as Tokyo shook for about a minute.

    The quake struck at 11:32 p.m. local time. Moments beforehand, residents in the western Tokyo suburb of Fuchu were warned on a neighborhood public address system of an imminent quake.

    In Ichinoseki, inland from Japan’s eastern coast, buildings shook violently, knocking items from shelves and toppling furniture, but there was no heavy damage to the buildings themselves. Immediately after the quake, all power was cut. The city went dark, but cars drove around normally and people assembled in the streets despite the late hour.

    Prime Minister Naoto Kan huddled with staff members in his office shortly afterward, according to deputy Cabinet spokesman Noriyuki Shikata.

    By CARA RUBINSKY, Associated Press Cara Rubinsky, Associated Press – 29 mins ago
    TOKYO – A magnitude-7.4 aftershock rattled Japan on Thursday night, knocking out power across a large swath of the northern part of the country nearly a month after the devastating earthquake and tsunami that flattened the northeastern coast.

    Japan’s meteorological agency issued a tsunami warning but canceled it about 90 minutes later. Officials said power was out in all of three northern prefectures (states) and in parts of two others.

    There were no immediate reports of serious injuries or damage. The aftershock was the strongest since the March 11 megaquake and tsunami that killed some 25,000 people, tore apart hundreds of thousands of homes and caused an ongoing crisis at a nuclear power plant.

    The operator of the tsunami-ravaged Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear plant said there was no immediate sign of new problems caused by the aftershock, and Japan’s nuclear safety agency says workers there retreated to a quake-resistant shelter in the complex. None were injured. The crisis there started when the tsunami knocked out cooling systems. Workers have not been able to restore them.

    Thursday’s quake knocked out several power lines at the Onagawa nuclear power plant north of Sendai, which has been shut down since the tsunami. One remaining line was supplying power to the plant and radiation monitoring devices detected no abnormalities. The plant’s spent fuel pools briefly lost cooling capacity but an emergency diesel generator quickly kicked in.

    Officials said the aftershock hit 30 miles (50 kilometers) under the water and off the coast of Miyagi prefecture. The U.S. Geological Survey in Golden, Colo., later downgraded it to 7.1.

    Buildings as far away as Tokyo shook for about a minute.

    The quake struck at 11:32 p.m. local time. Moments beforehand, residents in the western Tokyo suburb of Fuchu were warned on a neighborhood public address system of an imminent quake.

    In Ichinoseki, inland from Japan’s eastern coast, buildings shook violently, knocking items from shelves and toppling furniture, but there was no heavy damage to the buildings themselves. Immediately after the quake, all power was cut. The city went dark, but cars drove around normally and people assembled in the streets despite the late hour.

    Prime Minister Naoto Kan huddled with staff members in his office shortly afterward, according to deputy Cabinet spokesman Noriyuki Shikata.

    A separate government emergency response team met shortly after midnight to monitor any reports of damage and urged firefighters, police and other emergency personnel to aid those in need.

    Paul Caruso, a geophysicist at USGS, said the quake struck at about the same location and depth as last month’s huge one.

    Another USGS geophysicist, Don Blakeman, said it was the strongest aftershock since March 11, although several aftershocks on that day were bigger.

    The USGS said the aftershock struck off the eastern coast 40 miles (65 kilometers) from Sendai and 70 miles (115 kilometers) from Fukushima. It was about 205 miles (330 kilometers) from Tokyo.

  112. JanH
    April 7th, 2011 at 10:54 am

    I can’t believe this is happening to the Japanese people again.

    My heart and prayers go out to them.
    ______________________

    As do mine, JanH. Another quake, and Hillary is schedulaed there for a visit after the 15th.. The country being unstable is the least of their problems. The place is poisoned to the nth degree with radiation.. and the Japanese aren’t telling anyone the Truth. They are lying to their own people!

  113. they prefer an unnamed Republican challenger by a too-close-to- call 41 – 38 percent in the 2012 presidential election
    http://www.quinnipiac.edu/polling.xml

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    The wording of that sentence may be a fluke — or maybe a straw in the wind? The usual Establislhment wording would dismiss ‘too close to call’ rather than emphasizing the ‘prefer an unnamed Republican’.

  114. Obama – a Leader Only in His Imagination
    Published by Sam St. Croix on April 7, 2011 in Opinions
    Tags: Barack Obama, democratic, golf, Middle East, Nato, United States, White house
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    Lack of principles and devout selfishness not qualities of leadership.

    Barack Obama, time and time again, has squandered opportunities to step up and lead. He is the most visible figure on the world stage, and has an audience of millions tuned in to every word he speaks. Obama holds office in a time fraught with more natural disasters and problematic issues than perhaps any time in history. But while the world and our nation look to the White House for a leader to map the course of national and global improvement and hope, Obama remains disengaged; a teleprompter and ghost written words his only companions. He cannot think for himself, thus he cannot lead.

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    It takes hard work and real courage to be a leader, attributes unknown to this soulless man. This product of a leftist hippy mother and a succession of Marxist father figures cannot hear the call to duty. He has never wanted the responsibility, only the spotlight. He doesn’t even respect of the American people’s need and desire for leadership. It is far easier to delegate and place blame after the fact.

    Here is the problem – even his own political family, the Democratic Party, no longer believe in this man. They are no longer willing to take direction, much less orders from him. His threats and manipulation no longer scare them. World leaders, particularly those in the Middle East, have lost all respect for this president who cannot lead. Our NATO allies want nothing to do with this man, and now consider him something even less than a politician. He is not to be trusted in their eyes to keep promises or provide security in this world. Obama has amazingly managed to bungle every foreign policy situation during his tenure, and broken every campaign promise made regarding domestic policy. It is not inaccurate to say the man is incompetent. To say he is lazy, and narcissistic would be an understatement.

    This is what happens to a child who is raised by anti-American malcontents, and told what to think, and how to think it. Who to hate, and how to hate them. The child never becomes a man. He has reached the highest office in the free world, but he cannot lead because he cannot the rationalize the lessons he was taught, with the realities of our society – a society where people do not hate each other, and do not expect the government to take care of their every need. A society filled with patriotic people full of hope, and not afraid of hard work. A generous people, willing to help those in need, all over the world.

    Obama has lost the respect of most of those who voted for him, and all of those who didn’t. He will struggle the rest of his life to understand how he lost his power. How did we not appreciate his brilliance, he will wonder.

    You see, Obama was never taught how to love his fellow man. As such, he can only relate to himself and his selfish laziness.

    Barack Obama, the socialist/elitist, oxymoronic President from (maybe) Hawaii, couldn’t lead a horse to water, much less get it to drink. Perhaps at this stage of his presidency it is best if he just stays on the golf course.
    Read: http://newsflavor.com/opinions/obama-a-leader-only-in-his-imagination/

  115. My $$$ comments inserted.

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    pm317
    April 6th, 2011 at 11:20 pm
    What a contrast! read the whole thing..

    The Odds on Obama
    By Mark Penn

    Only two Democrats in the last 90 years have been reelected to a second term — Franklin Roosevelt and Bill Clinton. The rest of the Democrats have seen their presidencies cut short, and so the historical odds of Obama winning a second term are at first glance not encouraging. But I do believe President Obama can overcome those odds and win reelection if he takes the right road.

    $$$ Penn can publicly be cheerfully optimistic about Obama’s ability to “learn”, yet to himself know Obama has proven himself incapable of learning and change. Witness his complete lack of growth in his two years *occupying* the Oval Office.

    Standing in his way are high unemployment numbers that are coming down, trillion dollar deficits, low approval ratings, and a public that still sees the country squarely on the wrong track.

    $$$ Umm, yeah, what Mark says. Loserville.

    The announcement of his candidacy for president on Monday suggests he is going to take a very different approach to reelection than the one we took in 1996. Perhaps the first principle we had was that Bill Clinton was a president first, a candidate second, if at all. In fact, we never really had an announcement at all because the very idea of the campaign was to have none — to keep the president out of politics and above the fray…

    $$$ Bill WAS a real president, and had the scars and accomplishments to show for it. It was worth running on his record, not away from it. Obama, on the other hand, has only bad legistlation to tout. He is obviously insecure, so much so, that he is the first “major candidate” (aside from a couple of long shot Republicans) to declare. Why the impulsiveness to say, “Don’t worry, I will seek a second term, because of how much I am needed”. Strikes me as a bit desperate.

  116. NMF…great photo!
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    wbboei
    April 7th, 2011 at 1:45 pm
    Trump is different.

    …so true…agree…T is giving permission to say the unthinkable…

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    democrat1
    April 7th, 2011 at 2:26 pm
    Obama – a Leader Only in His Imagination

    …funny how this general consenus is just coagulating from all corners

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

    my two cents…as someone mentioned earlier, the Trump hate machine is reving up…
    the media is starting to give face time to all these Trump critics…and the blogs, including the repub blogs, are filled with “the publicity stunt” explanation and “he is a sideshow and will never run”

    (Rendell’s facial expressions this AM were priceless…Buchanan was speechless…Trump even disarmed and left Donnie Duetch incredulous)

    Donald Trump is creating REASONABLE DOUBT…

    …what are they going to do if ‘the donald’ proves them all wrong and jumps in with all guns blazing…complete AND armed with all the caucus fraud, Rezco, BC, black theology…and maybe certain info/videos that never got released first time around and now suddenly becomes available…

    Donald has the power and the bucks to bring the missing links and voices out of the shadows…

  117. BigCatLover
    April 7th, 2011 at 11:13 am

    Two 7.4 earthquakes in and near Japan. Yikes.

    ——–
    Mother Natures plate’s are a shiftin’ and buckling. I feel one tiny quake when I am and I will start running…

    The Ring of Fire, I hope to God this settles down for a long time, and I hope this isn’t the remaking of new land and sea masses.
    Humans building nukes as if our earth never changes is just ignorant.

    I feel so sorry for the people of Japan.

  118. Now here is a entity I discovered that I’ve never heard of before- the name of which is:

    “Democracy Alliance” having Soros as a member- well he’s a little more than a member. He came up with an idea. There are very important people on this list. But as important as they think they are because they have the wherewithall to pitch in a million dollars each into a pot along with 80 other members- they are wealthy worker bees wearing velvet coats trimmed with 14kt gold buttons but workers non the less for the real elites, no doubt, the Rothschilds.

    You can review this website and you may recognize a few of the who’s who of the rich and (?)famous… (Rob Reiner’ s name was the only one familiar to me)…

    More interesting to me after you scrolldown a little is the organiztions they fund-

    http://www.sourcewatch.org/index.php?title=Democracy_Alliance

  119. http://freedomslighthouse.net/2011/04/07/donald-trump-spars-with-snickering-morning-joe-panel-on-obama-birth-certificate-video-4711/

    Here is video of a Morning Joe Panel talking to Donald Trump by phone this morning about a range of issues, including Trump’s continued push on the Obama Birth Certificate issue.

    The entire Morning Joe panel tried to tell Trump he should drop the issue, and they laughed and snickered throughout the interview as Trump talked about the facts surrounding the issue. But Trump was relentless in pointing out that Obama has been unable to produce an actual signed Birth Certificate, and said there are no records in any hospitals in Hawaii that Obama was born there. Trump again said he has people looking into this issue. He also mentioned that Obama’s own grandmother in Kenya is on record saying that Obama was born there, and not in the United States.

  120. Personally I don’t give a rats ass what Trump looks like, I like what he is doing and I would vote for him over any other Rethug 500%.

    I think he will run for Pres if Hillary doesn’t. I don’t think he is messing around or just pretending to be interested.

    Admin- are you warming to a Trump run if Hillary doesn’t run or accept a draft for 2012???

  121. Can you imagine the shock waves which will strike the MSM if Trump proves BO has no BC????

    How in the world could they spin that????

  122. admin
    April 7th, 2011 at 3:20 pm

    and the link to the Trump msnbc video clip this morning…

    Do you love it or what?

    (it feels like the country is finally being liberated)

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

    I am going to go out on a ledge again…remember back in the Clinton days when NBC and MSNBC were so anti-Clinton and anti-Gore…and pro Bush…remember those days when ‘tingle up his leg chris matthews’ would have on his “good friends” Tom Delay and Gordon Liddy, etc, etc, etc…

    …I predict, if O continues to drop in the polls and T continues to go up…NBC/MSNBC will do another flip and go anti O and pro T…

    they have no real core there…you can start to smell little drops of blood in the water…

    the two big Dems…Rendell and Duetch real chummy with T…this is the beginning of big headaches for O and couple that with the concept in the article above with Senate dems and house dems feeling and FINALLY realizing that O is for O and screw them…

    …going to be a bumpy and fun ride…

    notice how T is launching his attacks with “a book” supporting his theories coming out…(it must be Jerome Corsi’s upcoming book…

    …called “Where’s the Birth Certificate? The Case that Barack Obama is Not Eligible to Be President.”

  123. Shadowfax, “the enemy of my enemy is my friend.”

    Trump is talking about matters that are being suppressed with ridicule, outright misrepresentation or lies – all to protect Obama. Our position on the birth certificate has always been a call for documentation and transparency. We have since 2007 asked for documentation and transparency on a whole range of Obama’s history but all we have seen from Big Media is protection of Obama. Any politician who has questioned anything about Obama has been attacked.

    Trump has the advantage that he is not a party regular in any party so he does not have to worry about whom he offends. We also like Trump not backing down. Notice in the Morning Joe appearance how Trump is told that documents exist (travel records, etc) that would prove Trump wrong. What they don’t say is that the alleged records should be released by Barack Obama. If there are travel records or other proofs why not release them. And bottom line: why doesn’t Barack Obama release his birth certificate and hospital records (as well as college records, applications and his Illinois state papers)? Why doesn’t Big Media insist on transparency and release of documentation?

    Why is it that the Morning Joe crew advise Trump to stop the “birther” stuff instead of calling on Obama to keep his promise of transparency and release documentation that he has fought against releasing in the courts?

    Trump has been impressive in how he schmoozes his critics and plows right through making his points and demanding to see the birth certificate. We like fighters.

    Donald Trump is not, as we have written, a favorite of ours in any way. We have never watched any of his shows and his self-promoting “TRUMP” signs on everything he builds is a bit much for our tastes. We understand his branding goals in promoting himself but he has never impressed much because his public service ventures came with such a high amount of self-promotion. That said, a politician running for office requires exactly those skills.

    Trump is asking questions and not backing down until he gets answers (or in this case a certain certificate). Many Americans know Trump from his shows and tend to somewhat respect what he says when it comes to business and hiring practices. That he calls Obama a man with average intelligence and high school writing skills is right on target. Trump also agrees with us that the only thing Obama has been good at is self-advancement. Maybe The Donald is reading The Big Pink.

    Regarding 2012, Trump could play the role that Tom Harkin played in 1992 when he challenged George H. Bush. Bill Clinton eventually ran once Harkin weakened Bush. Donald Trump is performing a service when he goes right at the questions which surround Obama himself, not just his policies. Donald Trump is asking what a great many Americans are asking and the more he keeps asking the more Americans will ask the same questions. Donald Trump weakens Obama on issues that few dare attack Obama on.

    As we have stated, Trump is not a favorite of ours. But compared to Romney and Pawlenty and the others running now in the Republican primaries he is far superior – at least as far as messaging and guts.

    As to 2012: We would vote and advise others to vote for a cracked plastic teacup before voting for Obama.

  124. Admin- Here is video of a Morning Joe Panel talking to Donald Trump by phone

    ——-
    Ain’t it cute how tv dudes laugh at Trump like they did at everyone else they want to discredit, like Hillary’s tears.

    F um all, they are only superior – in their own minds.

  125. …someone smart should start writing the draft to the screenplay…

    this is intriguing…battle of the egos…and the irony that O does not even qualify for an Apprentice status…

    all the filters are dissolving…

  126. Hillary made a mistake in 2008 if she had the goods on the fraud, obviously the end result is that she lost and thusly we all lost. He is worse than we ever imagined I believe. She fought fair, but he brought a gun to the hoe down. I don’t know if things would have turned out different if she had put it all out there, but these 2 years, yes, just 2 years have been so God awful. Well we can’t do anything about the past, but we have someone who is ready to take on Soro’s and Co in the WH, who would have believed it would be the “Donald”?

    Trump is all guns blazing, got to love it. Long live the Urban cowboy… go get him !

    I just love the body language where he stretches his arm and puts his hand out in front of him and it’s like a cop- STOP – and they do – it combined with the “excuse me” is a show stopper. I want a t-shirt with the hand and EXCUSE ME on it.

    If he is doing this to pave the way for the downfall of the fool on the hill and the second coming of Hillary, I will commit to watch every show he has on from now to eternity and buy all the jewelry his wife is selling on QVC ( or is it HSN )

  127. Admin says:

    As we have stated, Trump is not a favorite of ours. But compared to Romney and Pawlenty and the others running now in the Republican primaries he is far superior – at least as far as messaging and guts.

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

    …and Trump is a friend and ally to the Clintons…(Hill and Bill must be ‘smiling’, to say the least)

    T is letting everyone know he is not playing that little game that went on during the primaries and national campaigns…he is not going to tip toe around the great O with reverence…he is going to SMASH the O MYTH…

    if anyone has T contact info we need to make sure he is aware of Big Pink…

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

    at the risk of repeating myself, it feels like our country is being liberated from the chains, censorship and repression of O

  128. on Hardball tonight:

    Next—Trump-ed-up birther claims? Today Donald Trump appeared on the “Today�? show repeating his claim that President Obama was not born in the United States, and brought up the previously-rebuked claim that the President’s grandmother said he was born in Kenya. We’ll fact-check everything Trump said in this morning’s interview. It’s time for the truth squad, and tonight Salon’s Steve Kornacki and NY1 Host Errol Louis will blow the whistle on misleading statements.

    (this is enough to make matthews a schizo)

  129. Thanks for your feedback Admin, and I totally agree with you on all you said.

    …As we have stated, Trump is not a favorite of ours. But compared to Romney and Pawlenty and the others running now in the Republican primaries he is far superior – at least as far as messaging and guts.

    As to 2012: We would vote and advise others to vote for a cracked plastic teacup before voting for Obama.

    —-

    Oh, so true.

  130. S
    April 7th, 2011 at 4:20 pm
    on Hardball tonight:
    ******

    Why don’t they fat check the fraud? It would be a mini series… Hmmm, Donald not there to defend himself? I think Tingles is terrified of him, he would shut him up in a New York minute!

  131. onzotx
    April 7th, 2011 at 4:28 pm
    S
    April 7th, 2011 at 4:20 pm
    on Hardball tonight:
    ******

    Why don’t they fat check the fraud?

    _______________________________________

    Exactly.

  132. agree, gonzotx…as we have discussed, the media gets into every little detail of anyone that criticizes O but they just let O slide…

    I don’t see how O gets to avoid showing BC when the national camp gets going…it is too obvious now…and thankfully T has defined and clarified the difference on the air regarding what O has showed and what is required legally…

    gonzotx, can you just imagine the multitude of skeletons in O’s closet that have been hushed up…scary to think this imposter has been acting like he knows what he is doing…i hope someone starts going after him in the national camp for his dependence on that ‘tellie’prompter and how he would truly be LOST without it…

    T could have a blast with that…O cannot even say ‘good morning’ to a crowd without his head bopping from left to right…

  133. “We would vote and advise others to vote for a cracked plastic teacup before voting for Obama.”

    If that means voting for Trump, I say so be it.

  134. And now you have Kosovo accomplishing what the U.S. and Canada have yet to…

    Kosovo Elects Jahjaga as Balkan Country’s First Female President

    By Arber Vllahiu and Boris Cerni – Apr 7, 2011

    Kosovo elected Atifete Jahjaga as its first female president of the Balkan nation as it seeks to improve relations with its former federation partner Serbia.

    Lawmakers in the capital Pristina voted 80-10 to appoint Jahjaga, 35, a former deputy chief of the Kosovo police, according to public broadcaster Radiotelevizioni i Kosoves. She will serve a one-year term, after which the country’s 2 million residents will pick a new leader in a popular vote.

    The country’s top court ruled last month that the Parliament’s decision to choose businessman Behgjet Pacolli was illegal. The administration of Hashim Thaci, renominated Prime Minister in February must amend ties with Serbia, revive the economy, root out corruption and eventually win a visa-free travel regime to the European Union.

    “We have a shared past” with Serbia, and “we are forced to share the future,” with it, she said after being elected. “The dialog will be successful and after it the region will return to the peace. Kosovo and Serbia will have an open path towards the EU and the citizens of the two countries will return to a normal life.”

    Serbia, which aims to win EU-candidate status this year, refuses to recognize its former province and is joined by five of the 27-bloc members in doing so. The U.S. and 22 other EU nations treat Kosovo as an independent country.

    http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2011-04-07/kosovo-elects-jahjaga-as-balkan-country-s-first-female-president.html

  135. I actually watched Celebrity Apprentice since Blago was on his show last year, and only Tivo it this year because of Gary Busey/Meathead.
    Trump isn’t on much of the show at all, just the first few minutes telling them the task for the day and then the conference at the end when they all toss shoes at each other and someone weak is voted off.

    That being said, a certain part of Trumpster’s personality comes out, he likes people that defend themselves, doesn’t like liars nor lazy folks.

    He really liked Blago, thought he had courage for fighting against the man to defend himself, but in the end, Blago was fired because he was useless on a computer and spent all this time telling the public he was innocent. So, I actually see a kind side to Trump, not just a big windbag.

  136. I personally don’t think Trump would make a very good President, though I’m thrilled seeing him put heat on zero and brushing through the briarpatch Big Media throws up to protect precious.

    Nevertheless, if that’s what the choices are, anyone but obama.

  137. The recount has not even begun and already the back and forth has begun:

    http://www.jsonline.com/news/statepolitics/119421429.html

    The latest vote count in the state Supreme Court race in Winnebago County indicates incumbent David Prosser is leading Assistant Attorney General JoAnne Kloppenburg in votes.

    A tally compiled by The Associated Press Wednesday and used by news organizations statewide, including the Journal Sentinel, indicated Kloppenburg was leading the race by 204 votes. Figures on Winnebago County’s website are now different from those collected by the AP.

    Winnebago County’s numbers say Prosser received 20,701 votes to Kloppenburg’s 18,887. The AP has 19,991 for Prosser to Kloppenburg’s 18,421.

    The new numbers would give Prosser 244 more votes, or a 40-vote lead statewide.

    An editor at the AP said the news service became aware of the discrepancy in the past hour. The AP last checked figures with Winnebago County at 10:14 a.m. Wednesday, according to the AP. The county adjusted its figures at 2:27 p.m.

    The latest numbers for Winnebago County are not official.

    The news service is working to reach the Winnebago County clerk, but the clerk is participating in the canvass of the vote and has not returned a message.

  138. NewMexicoFan
    April 7th, 2011 at 2:29 pm
    OK, you just have to see this photo of HRC. I love it.
    &&&&&&&&

    That’s AWESOME. Lady in Red obviously just heard something explosively funny.

  139. This is appropriate – WTF?

    I guess this could make Barry a bigger failure, if that’s at all possible:

    The United States may consider sending troops into Libya with a possible international ground force that could aid the rebels, according to the general who led the military mission until NATO took over.

    Army Gen. Carter Ham also told lawmakers Thursday that added American participation would not be ideal, and ground troops could erode the international coalition and make it more difficult to get Arab support for operations in Libya.

    Ham said the operation was largely stalemated now and was more likely to remain that way since America has transferred control to NATO.

    http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2011/04/07/501364/main20051760.shtml#ixzz1IrtMwlxl

  140. The beer summit of last night produced this…

    House passes measure to keep government open another week
    President Obama has threatened to veto the measure, which funds the Department of Defense through September and pays for an additional week of government operation — with $12 billion in cuts. Democrats seek a one-week extension at existing spending levels.

    ———

    What a joke our congress has become, especially when this is ‘last years budget’!

  141. admin
    April 7th, 2011 at 4:38 pm the Meredith and T clip
    *****************************************************

    as said previously, it just keeps getting better and better

    first off, Meredith’s face….omg…

    then, notice how T pitches his successful ‘NBC’ show…he is making money for NBC…as i mentioned, their loyalty to O can evaporate if O continues to tank…

    then she asks him ‘why are you connecting?; he’s connecting because finally someone is ‘telling it like it is’ instead of this fro fro fluff we have had since the ‘O and MO era’ began…(wonder what Mrs T thinks about MO’s wardrobe…bad me)

    then T says he thinks he is a tea party person and praises them…I think he does this because he realizes that for many ‘tea party’ is just a label and most of middle america…the middle class agrees with the basics against the debt, lack of jobs, the USA in decline, etc…the donald knows he is talking to moderate (and reagan)dems, PUMAS, independents, etc…let other people do the labeling, he knows the mindset he is speaking to….

    and finally, that clip was edited, because in the transcript after T states that O was good at getting elected, T says ‘Hillary kept winning all the states’ and he thinks people were getting wise…as if to say, well we know what he was inferring…

    I can’t wait to see what comes next…I feel like the country is starting to wake up from a numbing, hypnotic sleep…

  142. The Dems got cocky and celebrated a bit early.

    BREAKING: Computer Error Gives Prosser 7,381 More Votes, Almost Certain Victory

    http://www.nationalreview.com/corner/264209/breaking-computer-error-gives-prosser-7381-more-votes-almost-certain-victory-christian

    After Tuesday night’s Wisconsin Supreme Court election, a computer error in heavily Republican Waukesha County failed to send election results for the entire City of Brookfield to the Associated Press. The error, revealed today, would give incumbent Supreme Court Justice David Prosser a net 7,381 votes against his challenger, attorney Joanne Kloppenburg. On Wednesday, Kloppenburg declared victory after the AP reported she finished the election with a 204-vote lead, out of nearly 1.5 million votes cast.

    On election night, AP results showed a turnout of 110,000 voters in Waukesha County — well short of the 180,000 voters that turned out last November, and 42 percent of the county’s total turnout. By comparison, nearly 90 percent of Dane County voters who cast a ballot in November turned out to vote for Kloppenburg.

    Prior to the election, Waukesha County Clerk Kathy Nickolaus was heavily criticized for her decision to keep the county results on an antiquated personal computer, rather than upgrade to a new data system being utilized statewide. Nickolaus cited security concerns for keeping the data herself — yet when she reported the data, it did not include the City of Brookfield, whose residents cast nearly 14,000 votes.

    Throughout the day Thursday, official canvass numbers flipped the lead back and forth between Prosser and Kloppenburg. While many believed a recount was inevitable, the addition of the Brookfield votes for Prosser could push the justice’s lead beyond the legal threshold that would trigger an automatic recount. Under state law, Kloppenburg could still ask for a recount up to three days after the official canvass, but would have to pay for it herself.

    “Waukesha County officials have announced a press conference for 5:30 CST.”

  143. Suzanne Malveau…real objective journalism…she has no credibility…

    btw…Matthews just almost had a fit over this topic…completely avoided the BC distinction and instead essentially attacked “who are these people” ‘these stupid, racist people’ that believe in what is called ‘birtherism’

  144. IT IS OBVIOUS THAT BIG MEDIA HAS SOMETHING TO HIDE ON THIS BIRTH CERTIFICATE. THE VIDEO POSTED BY ADMIN ABOVE IS EXHIBIT A. WHAT YOU HAVE IS AN AFRO AMERICAN TALKING HEAD FROM CNN WHO HAS BEEN IN THE BAG FOR OBAMA SINCE THE EARLY DAYS OF THE PRIMARY. IN ADDITION, SHE WAS 100% COMPLICIT IN THE CNN SCHEME TO DEFEAT HILLARY, THROUGH THE STRATEGY I HAVE DESCRIBED HERE BEFORE, WHICH CAME FROM AN INSIDE SOURCE. JUST WATCH HER REACTION. THE LOUD VOICE, THE FILIBUSTER, THE PATHETIC ATTEMPT TO VALIDATE THEIR COVER-UP INVESTIGATION. YOU AND I HAVE SEEN THIS KIND OF REACTION BEFORE. IT IS THE TYPICAL REACTION OF SOMEONE WHO HAS SOMETHING TO HIDE–AND WANTS YOU TO BELIEVE THAT YOU HAVE NO RIGHT TO EVEN INQUIRE. THEY HAVE STAKED THEIR REPUTATION AS JOURNALISTS ON A LIE. AND IF THAT IS PROVEN TO BE TRUE, THEN THEIR REPUTATION ALONG WITH OBAMA’S WILL GO DOWN THE SHITTER. IN ADDITION, EVERY OFFICIAL ACT HE HAS PERFORMED AS PRESIDENT, LIKE SIGNING OBAMA CARE, WILL BE VOID AB INITIO.

    THE OTHER THING THAT HAS BIG MEDIA RATTLED IS THE LOOMING PROSPECT OF A GOVERNMENT SHUTDOWN. WHY DO YOU SUPPOSE THAT IS? DO YOU THINK IT IS BECAUSE THEY HAVE BIG HEARTS, AND WORRY ABOUT THE PEOPLE WHO WILL BE HURT BY THIS TERRIBLE TERRIBLE THING. IF YOU BELIEVE THAT THEN YOU MUS ALSO BELIEVE IN THE TOOTH FAIRY. IT SO HAPPENED I WAS BACK IN WASHINGTON DC DURING THE 1994 SHUTDOWN, AND I MET SOME OF THESE PEOPLE. THEY WERE AS APOPLECTIC THEN AS THEY ARE NOW. BUT WHAT THEY WERE WORRIED ABOUT WAS THEIR OWN POCKETBOOK, THEIR MORTGAGES, THEIR PROPERTY VALUES, THEIR WELL HEELED FRIENDS WHO WERE FEEDING LIKE PIGS AT THE GOVERNMENT TROUGH MIGHT HAVE TO MISS A MEAL. THEY COULD NOT UNDERSTAND MY INDIFFERENCE.

  145. Trump is doing what the media should have done! Homework!
    Trust but verify!
    ——————-
    AMEN.

  146. Listening to PC Wakashau County Clerk:

    During canvas process, found totals from City named Brookfield had not been counted towards total reported to AP. Says database spreadsheet had been altered by precincts adding additional columns from template supplied by clerk. When she imports the data to save into the clerk’s computer, the extra columns added by the precinct(s) didn’t save. Says they went through and hand counted every vote with D & R reps looking at it.

  147. I just love the body language where he stretches his arm and puts his hand out in front of him and it’s like a cop- STOP – and they do
    ——————–
    It is a CEO thing. And it works.

  148. http://www.jsonline.com/news/statepolitics/119410124.html

    In a political bombshell, the clerk in a Republican stronghold is set to release new vote totals giving 8,000 votes in the state Supreme Court race back toward Justice David Prosser, swinging the race significantly in his favor.

    The Waukesha County clerk’s office has told state elections officials that they will be adjusting the vote totals to give incumbent David Prosser more than 7,000 new votes, said Mike Haas, staff attorney for the state Government Accountability Board.

    “Waukesha will be adjusting their vote totals by 14,000,” Haas said the Accountability Board was told.

    The numbers will add some 11,000 votes for Prosser and some 3,000 for Kloppenburg, he said. Haas said the Accountability Board was not giving a reason for the change, but more details are expected soon from Waukesha County Clerk Kathy Nickolaus.

    The new numbers may provide some clarity to a race that had appeared to be headed toward the first statewide recount in two decades and as well spring a new surprise on a state that had already faced two months of chaotic politics. But the numbers also seemed almost certain to inject new controversy into an already heated race.

    Around the state, elections officials Thursday were tweaking unofficial results from the day before that had put challenger and Assistant Attorney General JoAnne Kloppenburg ahead of Prosser by a razor-thin 204 votes. But the new figures appearing to put Prosser ahead were also far from final, and could change again before the contest is finished. [snip]

    But the added votes from Waukesha County could push the total far enough toward Prosser that a free recount would no longer be available to Kloppenburg, who on Wednesday had an unofficial 204-vote lead out of nearly 1.5 million votes cast.

    If the final margin of victory is between 0.5% and 2% of the vote, the candidate asking for the recount must pay $5 per ward.

  149. Talking head Malveau lost the game in the final seconds. She was so obsessed with this birth certificate issue that she left the door open with the final comment about having more important things to discuss than the birth certificate. Donald responded that the country is in terrible shape today (thanks to Obama) and 99% of what he is about is fixing that. And that was the last thing anyone heard. Primacy and recency. Thirty years ago, I saw this same sort of thing happen. The President of Hillsdale College was being grilled by a left wing radical lawyer who inspired in me an instant dislike. But the left wing radical made the fatal mistake of leaving the door open with a final question and George had him for lunch. George was the best public speaker I have ever seen–ten times better than Obama whose style is really Reverend Wright lite. George resigned a few years ago under very unfortunate circumstances and I was saddened to see him go.

  150. My wife and I just watched that interview of Trump with Obot Malveux, we about started yelling at our computer.

    So because CNN says Waffles is qualified because CNN says so, does it say in the US Constitution because CNN says a candidate is constitutionally legit, they actually are?

    Sorry to curse, but damn f*cking Obot a$$holes, all of them!
    First time I have seen CNN in ages.

  151. Yea it was a big tactical mistake for Malveaux. If you were tying to kill his candidacy, then you would try to define him in terms of the birth certificate issue, and not make a statement like more important things to talk about–because he is quick and turned the tables on her, and counterattacked on other fronts. What he said in the last 10 seconds was devastating to her position as an Obama supporter. The rest was just a poorly orchestrated ambush interview.

  152. Sen.John McCain is a fine man and an honest one with some honest remarks about Hillary.He respects her love of country and her great contributions over her long career.

    Sen. John McCain, the top Republican on the Senate Armed Services Committee, calls Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton an “international star” but sharply criticizes the Obama administration’s policy on Libya.

    At a [Christian Science] Monitor-sponsored breakfast for reporters on Wednesday, Senator McCain, the 2008 Republican candidate for president, was asked to rate President Obama’s national security team. “I think the international star is Secretary Clinton,” McCain said. “She has done a really tremendous job

  153. and guess what????

    VACATION time again! Waffles and the rest of them will be visiting Colonial Williamsburg this weekend.

  154. So now Hamas is firing at school buses from Gaza?!?!?! I just read they fired at a school bus with kids in it, 2 injured, 1 seriously.
    Israel better hit back and hard!

  155. Trump stirring them up.

    An Arizona state lawmaker who’s backing a bill to force presidential candidates to prove their constitutional qualifications says he is meeting with current king of the birthers Donald Trump on Friday at his Manhattan office tower.

    State Rep. Carl Seel, backer of HB2177 – a bill that has been moving through the state legislature in Arizona – plans to meet with Trump to talk about his piece of legislation, which would require a “certified birth certificate” for presidential candidates appearing on the ballot starting next year.

  156. moononpluto
    April 7th, 2011 at 7:58 pm

    good for the AZ rep, I hope the OK state people do the same, they missed it by 1 single vote in 2009, they are not fully repub now, more importantly they are mostly tea party people, both state houses, solid repub, the gov a repub, the SOS, atty general, all repubs, many being tea party.

  157. Chris Mathews is a disgusting paid spitoon mouth afraid of losing what is left of his job.To think he once tried to run for the PA State Senate but got poor support and gave up.His ratings are going to make him jobless soon.Maybe BO an MO will take him in.

  158. The next time Donald gets on CNN and they try to tell him that they have conducted an exhaustive investigation, there is a birth certificate on file which proves he was born in the United States, and all relevant questions have been asked and answered, ergo case closed, then I suggest he respond as follows:

    If what you say is true, and all relevant questions surrounding the birth certificate issue have been asked and answered to your satisfaction, then perhaps you can tell me, and more importantly the American People why he spent $2 million dollars to avoid producing that certificate which you say exists–because that is also an issue.

  159. so 7000 Prosser votes “lost”? After seeing what I saw in 2008, I absolutely believe that the dems in WI tired to steal these votes.

  160. some woman on Fox;s O’reilly says if Trump is wrong on the BC thing, he will lose and he’s taking a big risk going after this, and if he is wrong he will lose independents.

    what a stupid opinion, I’m an independent, makes me respect Trump more that he sees inconsistencies and tries to get to the bottom of it, I don’t want some dem-yes man, or some repub-yes man. I want someone who is independent enough and with no agenda to get to the bottom of problems and then find the solution.

  161. Tim, its was a human error, they misreported the totals, accidentally left off, one whole town of Brookefield, Prosser got something like 11500 votes and Klopp got approx 3500, both had votes added leading to the lead for Prosser of 7500.

    Glad they found out, the clerk however needs retraining or reassignment.

  162. some woman on Fox;s O’reilly says if Trump is wrong on the BC thing, he will lose and he’s taking a big risk going after this, and if he is wrong he will lose independents.
    ——————————
    Bullshit. It is the exact opposite. This is an issue he can run with. The question for her is the same as above. Why did he spend $2 million. Only a dimwit would ignore that question. Since she does not want to be thought of as a dimwit she is obliged to answer it. If she can.

  163. moon — oh I see, didn’t see that part. well,alright in that case, I will accept they didn’t try and steal votes.

  164. They are worried that the house of cards will come tumbling down. You can be sure that Red China knows more about this matter than the American People do. You cannot keep these things secret. I hope Trummp comes back and discloses the information which his people have uncovered. It will give CNN and others a big black eye.

  165. Trump is used to interrogating people on the apprentice, if one of these hacks try and corner him, he will eat them for breakfast.

    Trump knows bullshit when he hears it, media would be wise to remember it.

  166. I just realised the Trump has donated to Rahm Emanual, I wonder if Rahmbo has a good amount of ammo he is passing on to Trump. Frankly, I see Trump more as an independent than a republican, he has his views on things, we all do, but he is open minded enough that if presented with facts, proof, he will change his views. I think Trump has given donatations and support on both sides.

  167. Did you see this?
    Trump brings media blitz to NBC, ‘steamrolls’ Meredith Vieira on birther issue
    By Joe Pompeo
    As reports that Meredith Vieira is planning an exit from NBC’s “Today Show” swirl, the anchor has sparked controversy over her failure to question a number of unsubstantiated challenges to the U.S. citizenship of President Barack Obama that Donald Trump floated in an interview with Vieira this morning.

    Trump–the billionaire real estate tycoon and reality TV figure who is flirting with a 2012 presidential run–again sought to suggest that Obama was not born in the United States. “Birther” activists on the right have circulated the unsubstantiated claim in an effort to depict Obama’s presidency as the outgrowth of a shadowy, constitutionally illegitimate conspiracy.

    The birther position has been thoroughly debunked, and it hasn’t gained traction within the journalistic mainstream. But Trump has nonetheless been on a media blitz in recent weeks promoting it.

    When the issue came up on “Today”–which airs on the same network as Trump’s “Celebrity Apprentice”–Vieira didn’t exactly hold his feet to the fire.

    “His grandmother in Kenya said he was born in Kenya and she was there and witnessed the birth,” said Trump, reiterating a claim that has been proven false, as Vieira sat by silently. (You can watch the exchange in the clip above.)

    Critics took note.

    “Trump simply steamrolled over her challenges, for instance, on Hawaii’s policy as to what birth documents it makes available,” writes Time’s James Poniewozik. “But she also let him make the claim that Obama’s grandmother said she saw him born in Kenya–an old, and long-debunked, chestnut of birthers that ranks up there with the fake Mombassa birth certificate–without questioning it. So now millions of Today viewers are invited to take it as fact.”

    A spokeswoman for the “Today Show” did not respond to a request seeking comment on whether Vieira felt that she had adequately pressed Trump on his claims. But judging by how some of her peers in TV news have handled Trump in the same situation, she appears to have failed.

    Take, for instance, conservative Fox News host Bill O’Reilly, who had Trump on his prime time show several weeks ago, and was well prepared to spar with his guest on the birther issue.

    “There were two announcements the week [Obama] was born [in his native Hawaii] in both Honolulu newspapers saying that he was born. That is impossible to make happen if he had not been born in the hospital,” said O’Reilly, incredulously. “What is he, baby Jesus? There was a sophisticated conspiracy to smuggle that baby back into the country?”

    Vieira, meanwhile, is said to be ready to abandon her anchor chair at “Today.” TV Guide reported Tuesday that the host is expected to leave the show when her contract expires later this year. Items reporting the same development swiftly followed in the Hollywood Reporter and the New York Times.

    NBC News pushed back on those reports–and a separate one claiming that Vieira’s co-host, Matt Lauer, is also on his way out the door–via the network’s own internal news service.

    “There seems to be an awful lot of speculation around news anchors these days, and it’s not our practice to comment on any of it,” the network said in a statement.
    http://news.yahoo.com/s/yblog_thecutline/20110407/ts_yblog_thecutline/trump-brings-media-blitz-to-nbc-steamrolls-meredith-vieira-on-birther-issue

  168. “Critics took note.

    “Trump simply steamrolled over her challenges, for instance, on Hawaii’s policy as to what birth documents it makes available,” writes Time’s James Poniewozik. “But she also let him make the claim that Obama’s grandmother said she saw him born in Kenya–an old, and long-debunked, chestnut of birthers that ranks up there with the fake Mombassa birth certificate–without questioning it. So now millions of Today viewers are invited to take it as fact.””

    AWWWW, isn’t that just sweet? The critics took note, maybe they will ask Waffles about his million lies, like “my parents met at Selma” just for starters.

  169. gonzotx 🙂 🙂 , or remember how he sat on his granfather’s shoulders to watch NASA’s flight (happened when he was 20 yrs old)

    “So now millions of Today viewers are invited to take it as fact.”””

    So sweet of the Obot media to openly admit how they operate.

  170. After all the scrabbles on the blog over if Rethugs are going to get our vote in 2012 if Hillary doesn’t run – it tickles me PINK that so many of us actually have common interest in watching Mr. Big Wallet take Barry and his thugs apart, piece by piece.

  171. Hannity is going to have interview with the Trumpster in a few minutes over the BC investigation.

    Rock on…

  172. to be honest, I think Trump set this in motion, he keeps saying he didn’t realise this issue was that big, but Trump is very savvy when it comes to the media, and being a very successful businessman, he knows not to make moves and charges until he has insider information. He didn’t openly come out as questioning the BC, I would not be surprised if he released the hospital BC initially and then when the LSM screamed, revealing they know the difference between a Certificate of Live Birth and an actual BC, he within 24 hours releases the long form BC (which I know take a bit longer than 24 hrs since you have to request the hospital, etc, )

    I think Trump knows full well how to play this game, and I am cheering him on!

  173. so Meredith Viera may be the first victim of the protext Obama at any cost campaign by the MSM. They accuse her of being steamrolled by Trump on the Today Show. I think it’s interesting that a woman is the first victim.

  174. I wouldn’t get too worked up over the Wisconsin voting yet. There will be more missing votes and ineligible votes and computer glitches before it is over. That’s the way elections are run now – by BOTH parties.

  175. Another freakin’ beer summit tonight?

    ————

    some woman on Fox;s O’reilly says if Trump is wrong on the BC thing, he will lose and he’s taking a big risk going after this

    ——–> What stupid logic is this? If Barry finally shows the real BC it will prove he had one and refused to show it for all these years, and people will ask why he did this and Trump will be appreciated for finally bringing transparency to the issue. It’s a win win for Trump either way.

  176. After all the mocking, Politico is forced to take Donald Trump seriously:

    http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0411/52766.html

    Donald Trump chatted with Republican National Committee chairman Reince Priebus Thursday afternoon, a phone call that fell a day after national polling showed The Donald tied for second place nationally in the GOP 2012 field, sources told POLITICO.

    The sources described it as an introductory discussion between Trump, who’s making increasing presidential noise, and Priebus, who is working hard to build up the national party’s badly beaten coffers. It was the first time they’ve spoken since Trump began flirting with a 2012 presidential run two months ago.

    Nonetheless, the call is validation of Trump’s role on the national scene and his draw for the GOP right now, at a time when many Republicans are bemoaning their choices for 2012 and looking for something fresh.

    Sources said it was a brief discussion and largely about saying an initial hello, but that it touched on Trump’s strength in the recent poll.

  177. http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0411/52768.html

    The Waukesha County clerk’s office announced late Thursday afternoon that the conservative Prosser netted 7,582 votes over challenger JoAnne Kloppenburg after the error was noticed and vote totals were retabulated.

    “This is human error, which I apologize for, which is common,” clerk Kathy Nickolaus told reporters. The data that she sent to The Associated Press and other groups omitted nearly 15,000 votes from the Republican-leaning city of Brookfield and realized the mistake only when filing the results with the state.

    Insisting that “this is not a a case of extra votes or extra ballots being found” but a mistake in not saving totals entered into a spreadsheet, Nickolaus, a Republican, said the canvassing process in the county has been “open” and “transparent” with observers from the Republican and Democratic parties.

    Ramona Kitzinger, a Democrat on the canvassing board, said that the panel was confident the vote totals were accurate. “We went over everything and made sure the numbers jibed,” she said.

  178. Beer summit part II is now ended.

    Should we start betting if Barry blew it again tonight by not forcing the two boneheads to come to a budget agreement?

  179. Beer summit report, “…we made some more progress today”.

    Barry goes down in flames, no budget!!!

    FAILURE again.

  180. BigCat, Trump isn’t on yet, Barry is making excuses as to why the beer summit failed again.

  181. Barry took no questions after his shameful report of, nothing new to report. I guess he didn’t have time to ask the Big Dawg to fill in for him with the press.

  182. I feel like with bambi and now Trump in the mix, it’s almost like a new comedy show: Celebrity Potus.

    Isn’t it time to bring dignity back into the elections? I honestly don’t feel like either man has a high quotient here.

  183. I’m surprised Obama even made the announcement. I would have thought he would make Reid/Boehner do it.

  184. JanH

    I wish that as well, but it takes a special kind of blunt nononsense man to go after a chicago thug who has the media to prop him up. Romney looks like too much of a pretty boy to get his hands dirty, I can gurantee the race card will be used against the repub candidate; Trump will call it out, Romney might go hide in a corner afraid to say anything or he might be disinvited from those DC cocktail parties.

  185. LOL, on Hannity’s show….

    “Hillary would have found out all this in 2008”, um, yes, Hillary and Bill knew all of this, they were called racists, of course they weren’t going to use all this info.

  186. Jan…I hope you know how much I appreciate your comments and postings, however on this one I have to go with Tim:

    JanH

    I wish that as well, but it takes a special kind of blunt nononsense man to go after a chicago thug who has the media to prop him up. Romney looks like too much of a pretty boy to get his hands dirty, I can gurantee the race card will be used against the repub candidate; Trump will call it out, Romney might go hide in a corner afraid to say anything or he might be disinvited from those DC cocktail parties.

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

    tim, you are right…Romney will smile and turn the cheek…and beyond that…none of the possible repubs have one pinch of charisma except for Trump…

    true, T is a celebrity showboater, but he is smart, he will create energy, he has personality and most importantly…he will fight with everything he’s got…

    …and the debates will be fantastic…he will wipe the floor with his young ‘apprentice’…

    …we got to go with the hand we are dealt…i think allof us are holding out for one slim glimmer that Hillary will get in some way, some how…and save the day…but in the meantime…T is better than a cracked teacup…he can SMASH THE O MYTH…to smithereens…

  187. After John Kerry’s mess in 2004 why does any Dimocrat still say “bring it on”? JournoLister Haberman at Politico says “debunked” once again.:

    http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0411/52784.html

    The White House has not piped up about Donald Trump yet, but Vice President Joe Biden’s daughter Ashley had some choice words for The Donald on her Facebook page Thursday night — saying the developer “makes me ill” and “bring it on!

    The Facebook missive by Ashley Biden, who is in her late 20s, came after another day of Trump dominating cable news shows with talk about President Barack Obama’s birth certificate. It’s an online outburst that was unlikely to have been sanctioned by the White House. POLITICO viewed the posts on page, which is under the name Ashley Blazer, her middle name.

    Roughly a dozen people “liked” the post about Trump by early evening, and Ashley Biden added to her own initial post. “This discussion or debate over whether or not President Obama has an American birth certificate is just so insulting!,” she said.

    Boycotting the Apprentice!” she added later.

    A Biden spokeswoman declined to comment Thursday night.

    Trump’s play into the debunked theory that Obama wasn’t born in America, along with his more recent claims that he has investigators on the ground in Hawaii poking around, have propelled the “birther” debate into the mainstream media in a way like never before.

    Trump was on the “Today” show on Thursday morning reiterating his claims, along with other news shows.

    Obama has long since released a “certificate of live birth” showing he was born in Hawaii. There were also two birth announcements within a few days of his birth in Hawaiian newspapers.

    Still, the so-called ‘birthers” — who question whether Obama was born in the U.S. — have insisted that since he hasn’t produced a certified birth certificate, he is trying to conceal something.

    Ashley Biden wouldn’t be the first daughter of a national campaigner to make some noise on Facebook. In 2007, then-GOP hopeful Rudy Giuliani’s daughter Caroline noted on Facebook that she was an Obama supporter.

  188. admin

    ashley biden I believe was caught driving drunk just a little while ago, of course the LSM didn’t cover any of this (which I agree with), kids of any candidates have to left alone, unless they are a candidate themselves, but what I hate is the double standard, that same behavior was not extended to Bristol or any of Palin’s kids.

  189. I know for a fact the long form bc has never been made pubic. If it even exists, no one on the press has seen it.

  190. tim
    April 7th, 2011 at 9:29 pm
    President WTF has a vacation in Williamsburg this weekend, govt’ shutdown? voting present!

    *****
    He either can’t be seen sullying his hands with the day to day combat needed for an effective leader or they know he is so incompetent that his meetings have to be kept to 3 minutes or less…and I understand he made that quota today already with Boehner.

  191. Mrs. Smith
    April 7th, 2011 at 10:33 pm

    Yep, and the interesting point is the LSM knows as well, they make the distinction between the 2 items, the certificate and an actual BC, so they only care when it refers to candidates who are challenging their Messaih, but the ironic thing is they don’t apply those same standards to Waffles, like fish don’t know they are wet, these Obot media folks don’t know just how much of devotees of Waffles they are, althought the american public sees it.

  192. The White House has not piped up about Donald Trump yet, but Vice President Joe Biden’s daughter Ashley had some choice words for The Donald on her Facebook page Thursday night — saying the developer “makes me ill” and “bring it on!”
    ****
    She was probably intoxicated and has the same problem as dear old dad, diarrhea of the mouth. Very sad and dangerous condition, didn’t know it could be passed down with the genes. Hope she is getting genetic counseling.

    *********
    Roughly a dozen people “liked” the post about Trump by early evening, and Ashley Biden added to her own initial post
    ***********

    Poor thing, just like her father, not really a real vote getter! Hmmm, not even a bakers dozen.

  193. “Poor thing, just like her father, not really a real vote getter! Hmmm, not even a bakers dozen.”

    LOL. that’s funny

  194. David Prosser is now on Greta and he says only 55% of the Wisconsin vote has been canvassed and he is waiting until tomorrow when about 75% will be canvassed before he declares victory.

  195. I like Prosser, seems like a pretty calm guy. From what I have read of him, he seems independent, yes, he did have a words that he shouldn’t have said 2 years ago, but he apologized. I think being cautious about declaring victory is always a good thing.

  196. YOu should see the pics , mind boggeling. Had no idea about the patch
    ********

    Cars, whole houses and even severed feet in shoes: The vast field of debris from Japan earthquake and tsunami that’s floating towards U.S. West Coast
    By DAILY MAIL REPORTER

    Last updated at 9:45 PM on 7th April 2011

    A vast field of debris, swept out to sea following the Japan earthquake and tsunami, is floating towards the U.S. West Coast, it emerged today.
    More than 200,000 buildings were washed out by the enormous waves that followed the 9.0 quake on March 11.
    There have been reports of cars, tractor-trailers, capsized ships and even whole houses bobbing around in open water.
    Scroll down for video

    Adrift: A whole house bobs in the Pacific Ocean off the coast of Japan. An enormous field of debris was swept out to sea following the earthquake and tsunami
    But even more grizzly are the predictions of U.S. oceanographer Curtis Ebbesmeyer, who is expecting human feet, still in their shoes, to wash up on the West Coast within three years.
    ‘I’m expecting parts of houses, whole boats and feet in sneakers to wash up,’ Mr Ebbesmeyer, a Seattle oceanographer who has spent decades tracking flotsam, told MailOnline.
    Several thousand bodies were washed out to sea following the disaster and while most of the limbs will come apart and break down in the water, feet encased in shoes will float, Mr Ebbesmeyer said.
    ‘I’m expecting the unexpected,’ he added.

    Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1374520/Cars-houses-severed-feet-shoes-The-vast-field-debris-Japan-earthquake-tsunami-thats-floating-U-S-West-Coast.html#ixzz1ItceZM2B

    ******

    GREAT PACIFIC GARBAGE PATCH
    Old flip flops, plastic toys, bags, children’s pacifiers, toothbrushes, tons of plastic bottles and even whole yachts are just some of the rubbish floating in the so-called ‘great pacific garbage patch’.
    The debris was trapped by the rotational currents of the North Pacific Gyre, which draws it from across the North Pacific Ocean, including coastal waters off North America and Japan.
    It ends up bobbing about like a rubbish soup miles off the coast of California.
    It is difficult to say just how big the area of ocean trash is, but some reports say it is roughly three times the size of Texas.
    Oceanographer and race captain Charles J. Moore, discovered the GPGP on sailing through the North Pacific Gyre after competing in the Transpac sailing race in 1997.
    He was confronted, he said, as far as the eye could see, with the sight of plastic.
    U.S. oceanographer, Curt Ebbesmeyer, believes the debris has building up for 50 to 100 years and traced one piece of plastic he found back 60 years.
    He has even heard reports of several dozen abandoned yachts floating in the area.
    They get into trouble in bad weather, the owner is rescued but the yacht ends up being swept out to sea, never to be recovered, Mr Ebbesmeyer said.
    There is also a North Atlantic and Indian Ocean garbage patch.

    Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1374520/Cars-houses-severed-feet-shoes-The-vast-field-debris-Japan-earthquake-tsunami-thats-floating-U-S-West-Coast.html#ixzz1Itd1imoH

  197. tim
    Yes, I think he got caught up in this political thing with Scott Walker. He’s served 13 years in the Supreme Court, so he’s propbalu used to this.

  198. S,

    I have no problem with you agreeing with Tim. 🙂

    I honestly am not sure why I have concerns about Trump. I like the idea of him going after obama. I just don’t see him as a serious contender for anything else though.

  199. Poll: Nancy Reagan first among First Ladies

    She spent $25,000 on new White House china, launched the “Just Say No” anti-drug campaign, and now Nancy Reagan ranks first in a new national poll evaluating present and past First Ladies.

    Twenty-four percent of those in the Vision Critical/Angus Reid survey ranked Reagan as America’s best First Lady, with Hillary Clinton in second place at 19 percent.

    Reagan was the preferred choice among Republicans and older voters, with Clinton the preference among young and East Coast voters. Michelle Obama came in third at 15 percent.

    The poll found that 60 percent of Americans have a very or moderately favorable view of their current first lady: Michelle Obama continues to get higher approval ratings than her husband.

    The Bush ladies trailed in the survey, with Laura Bush at 10 percent and Barbara Bush with 7 percent. Rosalyn Carter came in at six percent, Betty Ford with four percent.

    The Reagans left the White House 22 years ago, but have been in the news with observance of The Gipper’s 100th birthday. A recent PBS documentary, “Nancy Reagan: The Role of a Lifetime”” explored the First Lady’s backstage influence.

    Ronald Reagan was famously unable to fire anybody. The job of easing out lighting rod subordinates — e.g. Chief of Staff Don Regan and Interior Secretary James Watt — fell to his wife.

    Nancy Reagan played a major role in choice of the relative moderate James A. Baker III as Reagan’s first chief of staff. She urged her husband to pursue arms control agreements with the Soviet Union.

    One person purged by the First Lady was able to get revenge. Regan published a memoir revealing that Nancy Reagan consulted an astrologist in setting her husband’s schedule.

    The White House china, incidentally, was bought with private funds.

    http://blog.seattlepi.com/seattlepolitics/2011/04/06/nancy-reagan-first-among-first-ladies-poll/

  200. Report: Worried About Ratings, Oprah Won’t Publicly Support Obama’s Re-electionby John Nolte

    Tina Fey claims her mean-spirited Palin impersonation backfired on her “30 Rock” ratings. The low-rated show remains on the air, though. Because, you know, Hollywood is so money driven. Looks like Oprah’s now worried about the same.

    If this report is true, it makes sense. The Queen of All Media has OWN, a full-blown network to get off the ground and, frankly, how much help would Oprah be this time around? Obama needed her in his 2008 primary race against Hillary Clinton, but unless the Secretary of State challenges the President, Oprah can sit this one out. Anyone she could convince to vote for Obama is likely to anyway, so there’s really no compelling reason to risk further polarizing her audience.

    Oprah was a factor against Hillary, though. Believe that.

    Now as the 2012 election process has officially begun, sources tell me this time around Oprah’s support will be much more private.

    “For 2012, much has changed for Oprah. She now has own cable channel called OWN that has been struggling to find an audience — she isn’t going to do anything to alienate them,” a TV insider tells me. “Unlike in 2008, when a drop in ratings didn’t matter as much for the queen of TV, Oprah is now fighting every day to get people to tune into OWN.”

    Oprah Winfrey’s daily talk show ratings dropped in 2008 after her highly publicized political rally for Barack Obama’s presidential campaign. An October 2008 Gallup poll before the rallies but after Oprah’s public endorsement of Obama found that Oprah’s favorable ratings had fallen from 74 to 66 percent while her unfavorable ratings jumped from 17 to 26 percent. Then came news that Oprah’s TV ratings showed that her daytime audience, which was nearly 9 million at its height in 2004-05, had fallen to 7.3 million.

    As much as Oprah may still love President Obama and may support him behind the scenes, do not expect to see the same public support you saw in 2008. As my source puts it, “Helping a friend keep the most important job in the world is great, but making sure her OWN network thrives is now her priority.”

    http://www.popeater.com/2011/04/06/oprah-obama-2012/

  201. Yeah, great huh? 3 damned wars going on while our treasury is bled.

    ———–
    Not only that, but where are all the soldiers going to come from, we only have a volunteer army and it is stretched to the limits, which make them more at risk.

    When us working class have our coworkers laid off, we have to pick up the slack, but we don’t have bullets and bombs to duck and cover from.

    One war is terrible, three is ludicrous.

  202. David Prosser talked about this the other night on Greta and said he was sorry for it…I think he is a snake for it.

    Justice Prosser, Walker Ally, called Justice Abrahamson a Bitch and Threatened to Destroy her.
    In an explosive Milwaukee Journal Sentinel article on the Supreme Court Justice race coming up April 5th, former Republican politician and Justice David Prosser is shown to be an out of control conservative activist partisan, victimized by those who don’t share his opinion. What can you say about someone in the states highest judicial position threating to destroy the Chief Justice!!!

  203. tim
    April 7th, 2011 at 10:50 pm

    I like Prosser, seems like a pretty calm guy. From what I have read of him, he seems independent, yes, he did have a words that he shouldn’t have said 2 years ago, but he apologized. I think being cautious about declaring victory is always a good thing.
    ————

    Funny that this guy seems okay after what he said, yet so many attacked Jerry Brown for something one of his staffers (or wife?) said about Meg Whitman.

  204. #
    moononpluto
    April 7th, 2011 at 7:58 pm

    Trump stirring them up.

    An Arizona state lawmaker who’s backing a bill to force presidential candidates to prove their constitutional qualifications says he is meeting with current king of the birthers Donald Trump on Friday at his Manhattan office tower.

    State Rep. Carl Seel, backer of HB2177 – a bill that has been moving through the state legislature in Arizona – plans to meet with Trump to talk about his piece of legislation, which would require a “certified birth certificate” for presidential candidates appearing on the ballot starting next year.
    &&&&&&&&&&

    Imagine just one or two states passing a reasonable law that constitutional requirements must actually be met. How crazy is THAT???

    So one or two states pass this, and then larger states like TX and FL pass it. Either:

    a) Obama finally produces a valid full form BC; then people can ask why it took so long (casting some suspicion about what has just been provided), and why was 2M spent to avoid having to produce a real BC

    b) more likely, Obama can’t produce it, and MSM realizes that they can’t carry his water, as it has grown too heavy. The “issue” starts to reverberate within Democratic party that, “Houston, we have a problem”.

    As they say, “this story has legs”.

  205. Trump is exactly who I’m looking for as a non-conservative who’d vote for a cracked teacup over Obama. My #1 issue is superpower. I want a President who will sit down with China or Sarkozy and go right for the gonads. Trump’s going for the jugular. And you notice that Good Will Hunting move he’s pulling off. I love that the snots think this is about birthers. I think it’s about the proposed laws to require a long form to be on the ballot. Stonewalling birthers is one thing, but if the President would rather not be on the ballot in Arizona, etc. than produce his bc?

    I’ve never dreamed of a solid gold toilet bowl. But the Apprentice is about high performance. You can apply it to whatever your personal values are. In 2004, we were working against Bush. Trump’s show inspired me to take my activist work to another level. On one show, the task was to produce a big charitable event. So Trump says ‘I want to see the corporate sponsors logo all over this event so they get their goodwill.’ A friend produces a big AIDS fundraiser in NY and I said let’s do what Trump said on Apprentice. I designed the video and we projected it up on the big screens at the Hammerstein Ballroom–and yes, the sponsors liked the visibility.

    What we see Trump do on the show, handling all those big egos, cutting through the b.s. — that’s how I see the President’s job. Obama can’t harness the Samantha Powers and Cheneys and Kissingers into a team. That’s the biggest reason I didn’t vote for him.

    And I do think Hillary went soft on Obama because he was black. Tony Blankley predicted that when Hillary got through with Obama, his own grandmother wouldn’t recognize him–based on how Hil kneecapped Newt Gingrich. But she could not bring herself to go ballistic on a ‘historic black candidate.’ We know McCain called off the dogs on Rev. Wright, again he didn’t want to use a race attack.

    We’ve seen Trump judge everyone solely by their performance on his show. He’s had women Apprentices, black Apprentices.

  206. So one or two states pass this, and then larger states like TX and FL pass it…

    The question for the Dem insiders is, do you just write off 20, 30, 90, or 120 electoral votes, and just go with the incumbent because that’s “how it’s usually done”, and know that you’re giving up the White House for 4 or 8 years?

    Or do you realize, “we have a problem”, and DO something about it????

  207. Canaan
    April 7th, 2011 at 11:59 pm
    —————–

    I agree about the Apprentice show. I learned a lot watching the first few seasons (and then got tired of it a little) but I agree there is a lot you can get out of each show, team work, goals, execution,.. on and on.. For a hard sciences gal, it was important for me to watch and learn the human and interpersonal relations side of a (mini) business venture that each project turned out to be. We sometimes scoff at MBAs and sales people but it is not easy being who they are or what they do.

  208. Canaan

    Trump is exactly who I’m looking for as a non-conservative who’d vote for a cracked teacup over Obama. My #1 issue is superpower. I want a President who will sit down with China or Sarkozy and go right for the gonads. Trump’s going for the jugular.

    ———-
    I feel the same way, and have a pretty good opinion of Trump by the way he handles situations on his show. He really does give people a chance to explain themselves and he doesn’t like bs, lies or laziness.

  209. admin
    April 8th, 2011 at 12:09 am

    Canaan, remember the Bill Clinton quote: “Better to be strong and wrong, than weak and right.”

    ————–

    Then you have Barry, who is both wrong and weak.

  210. yes to comments re: The Apprentice and how T handles himself…one of the things that has really struck me about him from watching the show is…yes, he has a strong ego and is a showboater…but he listens…you can see him listening, thinking, absorbing and analyzing the ‘big picture’ in each show before he makes his decision…and he does show compassion…he does have a ‘human touch’…and his kids, for all their wealth and advantages, appear to be kind and thoughtful and respectful towards others…

    I also like his common sense about the trillions we are spending in all these countries and the minute we walk away they will turn on us and Iran will probably swoop in and take their oil…so what are we…he is going to resonate when he says things like we are building schools all over the world and when we leave the schools are blown up…and here back in the USA our own schools are falling apart and we are cutting teacher’s salaries…

    …he is speaking blunt, unfiltered, common sense things that should have been said long ago…and BOTH parties are too compromised to say…both parties are too beholden to their contributors so instead of plain common sense we get finger pointing and opportunites for solutions are passed by…and there are a lot of us that are just sick and tired of it…

    …like tonight I happened to catch some discussion on the possible shutdown…they expect the congressional workers to work all night and beyond and not get paid, BUT the congress, the president, etc WILL still get paid…

    …a lot of us are getting sick and tired of the self serving games our elected officials from both parties keep playing while the rest of us are stuggling with bottom lines…

    the whole system needs a major shake up…some people were fooled into thinking O was going to do it…he turned out to be worse than Bush and the sooner what is left of the dims realize that and stop making flimsy excuses to rationalize and defend him the better off the country will be…

    I agree with T when he says “O is a disaster, he is not equipped to be President”

    who else is going to say that? and make other people start believing it…

    T can create a lot of reasonable doubt…

  211. I’ve not had a chance to read all the above comments so please disregard if this has already been discussed.

    First of all I would like nothing more than for Donald Trump to prove that Barack Obama is the fraud that we all know he is.

    I saw the clip with Trump and Suzanne M. on CNN. I well remember her during the campaign and how in love she was with BO almost the the creepy point.

    My question is this. If Donald Trump has hired investigators and does not go out on a limb without a purpose as some have stated, how did he not know that the Grandma statement of BO’s birth in Kenya had been proven incorrect…that is if the transcripts have not been doctored?

    Did Trump NOT know this? Did he not know he would be shot down about it? He talked about the the same Grandma in Kenya thing on Hannity.

    Did Trump not know or is he setting up the media with something again like he did with his hospital record not his birth certificate and getting the media to bite?

  212. The rebels are being led by the CiA in Libya. Not our troops.
    —————————–
    No surprise that.

  213. One war is terrible, three is ludicrous.

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

    Let’s shut down the two that the locals don’t want, and finish up the one where the locals do want us. (How long did Kosovo take?)

  214. so Meredith Viera may be the first victim of the protext Obama at any cost campaign by the MSM. They accuse her of being steamrolled by Trump on the Today Show. I think it’s interesting that a woman is the first victim.
    ————–
    Bullshit. She did a much better job of interviewing Trump than Malveaux did. Merieth asked questions, whereas Malveaux just filibustered Soviet style with talking points developed by the cnn staff. If Donald had taken the tack I recommended he could have shut her down completely. She got too far out on a limb, when she claimed that this had all been exhaustively researched etc, as I said above. The real issue is not where was he born. The issue is what is he hiding. And that is fertile grounds for rebuttal.

  215. Obama has long since released a “certificate of live birth” showing he was born in Hawaii. There were also two birth announcements within a few days of his birth in Hawaiian newspapers.

    Still, the so-called ‘birthers” — who question whether Obama was born in the U.S. — have insisted that since he hasn’t produced a certified birth certificate, he is trying to conceal something.

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

    This blurs the difference between ‘short form’ which Obama has released and ‘long form’ which he has not. The point is not whether it is certified; either can be a certified copy. The point is which version: long or short.

    Actually those terms are confusing: the ‘short form’ is really a whole different kind of document, not a shorter version of the ‘long form.’ Even a legitimate ‘short form’ would not be evidence that a ‘long form’ ever existed.

  216. 1. Would not an interpreter in Kenya, performing this interpretation task with the grandmother for the potential President of the US, where surely they would have known you must be born in the American to qualify, have immediately questioned that translation. If I were doing that interpretation, I would have immediately said, did you just state you witnessed your grandson’s birth in Kenya in her language back to her, and the other translation would have never seen the light of day. So what was said, I witness my grandson’s birth, and he added here in Kenya without getting any clarification?

    2. I guess Meredith did not get the email from the View, where Donald was constantly talked over by 3 of the 4 women on the show. When interviewers constantly cut you off, and will not let you complete a sentence, I have to wonder why they feel the need to do that. It is like if we let him complete this sentence without jumping in to cut him off, we have condoned his statements. Is that not really what Meredith is being accused of, not cutting him off. I would not want to jump in and state, you are wrong about the BC, unless I had the long form BC there and I could pull it up and put it in front of everyone. They talk all over him, and don’t put one dam document up to prove anything, and constantly state this has all been settled before, as though stating verily I say unto you how dare you question the ferry tale we have so successfully promoted on this man. To me cold hard facts, or producing the piece of paper shut critics up. So, where is the piece of paper? If that paper were constantly shown everytime the conversation comes up, the long form, the conversations would cease.

    Freedom of Speech in this country has become Freedom of the Media to speak, and determine what your point of view should be (which is their point of view, obviously).

    I cannot imagine that something on that document is so embarrasing you must spend $2M to not produce it.

    a. You are illegitimate, your fathers name does not track (In this world I don’t think anyone would care).

    b. You took foreign student loans from those colleges, producing what for them to prove that, which if the official documents are release proved you had lied. Then you would have to pay the college back? Well, I think some people might not like that, but then if you had proven yourself to be a successful leadern(leading from day 1 and taking the 3 a.m. phone calls), we would not even be having this conversation.

  217. Democrats tired of getting the blame from Obama…..you know what to do then? Don’t You?

    Obama Above the Fray, Hill Dems Under the Bus

    Read more: http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2011/04/07/obama-fray-hill-dems-bus/#ixzz1Iux1A65R

    Obama Casts Blame on Fellow Dems

    “There’s no reason for the government to shut down, unless we’ve made a decision that politics are more important than folks like J.T. Henderson.”

    — President Obama at a late-night press briefing lamenting the politicization of spending negotiations by accusing Republicans of jeopardizing the future of a Kentucky family awaiting a tax refund profiled by ABC News

    President Obama is working hard to stay outside of the blast radius if House Republicans and Senate Democrats are unable to cut a deal to keep the government open when current emergency funding expires at midnight Friday.

    Congressional Democrats have noticed that in his efforts to avoid blame for what is shaping up as a procedural pileup, the president has increasingly been highlighting their failure to pass, or even put forward, a budget last year.

    This week, Obama has mentioned multiple times that the current debate was over an issue that should have been resolved “six months ago.” That was when congressional Democrats opted to operate the government on stopgap measures rather than have a messy budget debate in advance of bruising midterm elections.

    An aide to a Democratic House member told Power Play that the president was “being a little unfair.”

    “We did everything that was asked of us,” the aide said, referring to the president’s proposals on health care, bank regulations and, in the House, global-warming legislation.

    Many congressional Democrats would argue that the reason no budget was produced in 2010 was that the White House agenda was so large and so time-consuming that it didn’t leave time or political will to begin a budget process.

    A former Democratic member of the House who lost in 2010 amid sharp opposition to Obama’s health care law told Power Play that having already dealt with the unpopular climate and health bills, lawmakers spent the spring and half of the summer of 2010 wrangling the Dodd-Frank bank bill demanded by Obama. When that work was done, there was little hope for taking up a budget.

    “There was a real sense of exhaustion,” the former member said.

    Even with major majorities in both Houses, Democrats knew they would be unable to push through a budget. Obama, particularly with health care, had overloaded the circuits.

    In casting himself as above the fiscal fray and bemoaning the lingering budget problems, Obama is casting implicit blame on his former congressional colleagues.

    It’s a trend that will likely accelerate as 2012 approaches and Obama looks to reclaim the “change” mantle. Obama will continue to distance himself from lawmakers on Capitol Hill, particularly as a divided Congress bogs down.

    Democrats, especially in the more moderate Senate, will happily reciprocate. It’s not for nothing that nine Senate Democrats voted Wednesday for a failed amendment that would have blocked Obama from using the EPA to enforce his global-warming policies for two years.

    Three Democrats – Joe Manchin, W.Va., Mary Landrieu, La., and Mark Pryor, Ark. – joined Republicans in voting to permanently strip Obama of the power. That amendment fell 10 votes short of passage.

  218. 1)Early morning broadcast TV mum on Trump. Nada. Not World News Now (ABC) nor Up To The Minute (CBS) nor Early Today (NBC – which featured Trump yesterday). Therefore I must assume that the 2011 Axelrod control was ordered: 31 January 2011. “It was very hard to control the narrative in a way that you would like,” Axelrod said. “I think we’ve been better at it in the last 60 days, for sure. We’ve learned some lessons.”….
    http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2011/01/31/axelrod-way-weve-learned-lessons/
    2) One of these “newscasts” did mention the apparent Prosser victory in WI, but it suggested the win could be fraudulent due to the nasty Republican woman responsible for reporting the results along with other hint-hint questionable behaviors by this same woman in the past.
    3) One of these “newscasts” did mention a government study (evidently just out) which indicates that whites receive better health care than minorities. See. The racist thing is now whites vs. everybody else.

  219. HTA::

    Samantha guthrie was on Today as the official nbc fact checker.
    She very well refutted all of Trumps assertions as Obamas public defender. Nbc produced an audio of the granny reconstituted
    under afresh translation, Obama
    was born in HI.

    Posting frm droid tedium ad infnitum. Apologies for spelling and typos…

  220. Mrs. S: Well, your post looks pretty darned good.
    Think I’ll have to view Samantha et al myself to clear the cynicism which is my natural mode. Too bad the award-winning transparent one could not have mentioned it 3 years ago.
    BBL

  221. On Good Morning America they stated all of the previous Presidential candidates have accepted the opinions of several watch dog groups, and they trust them.

    Good, then where is the long for certificate? Certainly they asked for that, saw it, have a copy of it.

    WE WANT TO SEE THE LONG FORM BIRTH CERTIFICATE, we could not make it more clear, and surly the watch dog groups have see this, and would testify to this, right. In addition, if a number of investigation groups have see the document, I have heard no leaks there is anything embarassing on the document, so what is the problem with sharing this with the voters, who pay the taxes and are in charge of this country.

    Ah, are we in charge of this country?

  222. NewMexicoFan
    April 8th, 2011 at 3:48 am

    1. Would not an interpreter in Kenya, performing this interpretation task with the grandmother for the potential President of the US, where surely they would have known you must be born in the American to qualify, have immediately questioned that translation. If I were doing that interpretation, I would have immediately said, did you just state you witnessed your grandson’s birth in Kenya in her language back to her, and the other translation would have never seen the light of day. So what was said, I witness my grandson’s birth, and he added here in Kenya without getting any clarification?
    ____________________________________________

    Just went digging around to look at this. Here is a summary of what I found.

    A north american missionary to Africa named Ron McRae contacted an african evangelist associated with he missionary’s church. The transcribed affidavit of McRae and the affidavit of the evangelist are http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2140233/posts and here http://www.scribd.com/doc/18010847/Berg-v-Obama-Kweli-Shuhubia-Affidavit . Here is a audio recording of the interview: http://s16v.com/americasright/8167169.wma

    Its basically ambiguous. The Granny does state she was present when he was born, but later, the translation is that he was born in the United States and not in Kenya. This is stated several times. The Affidavits state that relatives of the Granny and Obama were present and were conducting portions of the translation. They speculate the relatives were running some interference. The English portions of the recording are intelligible, but beyond that, you can’t make out much more because of poor sound quality and unfamiliarity with the Swahili language.

  223. Southern Born
    April 8th, 2011 at 1:33 am
    —————

    I had some of the same questions.. on Malveux, Trump said another thing that was not good. He walked back on what he had said about the newspaper announcements. He changed it to ‘may be the grandparents made the announcement in the newspapers’ whereas before he was saying why would there be any announcement. But it was nauseating to watch that woman Malveaux defend her man.

  224. S
    I agree with T when he says “O is a disaster, he is not equipped to be President”

    who else is going to say that? and make other people start believing it…
    *****************************
    Watch the links to the videos that I posted at 10:26 pm and 10:29 pm. This guy calls Obama a disaster and incompetent and although he is not famous or in the press, he is AA.

  225. pm317
    April 8th, 2011 at 9:54 am
    Southern Born
    April 8th, 2011 at 1:33 am

    I had some of the same questions.. on Malveux, Trump said another thing that was not good. He walked back on what he had said about the newspaper announcements. He changed it to ‘may be the grandparents made the announcement in the newspapers’ whereas before he was saying why would there be any announcement.
    ________________________________________________

    Yeah, this is what I was getting at several days ago. He shoots from the hip too much – doesn’t inspire confidence in someone who listens critically.

  226. Shadowfax
    April 7th, 2011 at 11:37 pm
    David Prosser talked about this the other night on Greta and said he was sorry for it…I think he is a snake for it.

    Justice Prosser, Walker Ally, called Justice Abrahamson a Bitch and Threatened to Destroy her.
    **************************
    It’s all about prtisan politics now. If a candidate represents your party, then they are automatically good and all is forgiven. No longer do we judge politicians by their words or deeds, only if they agree with our viewpoint.

  227. Now Harry Reid is on the Senate floor and droning on about his family and saying nothing.
    The dems seem to be standing firm on opposing cutting off funding for Planned Parenthood. Some are saying that is the big sticking point in the budget negotiations.

  228. Even AAs are slowly running away from the big Zero

    1. Gallup’s new numbers on Black and Hispanic support for Obama are out. Not good. 85% among black voters. Very high indeed. Notably lower than the usual 92% he has gotten and, of note, most Democratic Presidents get. The really bad news for Obama: he’s at 54% percent among Hispanics. This does not make for a re-elected President. As I’ve stated here (to one or two jeers) put Rubio on the ticket and that 54% falls below 50 – and swings some close Obama 2008 states red. The myth that a growing Hispanic population means Dem majorities forever is just that – a myth. 2nd and 3rd generation inmigrants regardless of nationality drift Right. Conservative social positions among hispanics will also push many to the GOP. The confusion here comes from California’s move to the D column after an anti illegal backlash in the late 80s and early 90s. While this helped Democrats another larger factor was the Clintonization of the west coast of California from North Orange County all the way to Humbolt County. Moderate and liberal Democrats finally began out numbering inland conservatives. Hispanics are not forever committed to the Democratic Party. Dems need to get over the idea that more brown voters equal more blue votes by default. Obama is in serious trouble if Rubio or someone like him kicks into high gear and becomes a Sotomayor figure in 2012. Even more damning: Support among 18-29 year old voters is down 20 points to 54% as well. The Obama fad is spent.

    http://johnwsmart.wordpress.com/2011/04/07/2-polls/#more-3040

  229. Bcl,

    They should have waited until good Friday and stayed there until after Easter.

    Then, something would have gotten passed.

  230. Sorry for the double post. First was stuck in moderation hell

    April 8th, 2011 at 9:50 am
    NewMexicoFan
    April 8th, 2011 at 3:48 am

    1. Would not an interpreter in Kenya, performing this interpretation task with the grandmother for the potential President of the US, where surely they would have known you must be born in the American to qualify, have immediately questioned that translation. If I were doing that interpretation, I would have immediately said, did you just state you witnessed your grandson’s birth in Kenya in her language back to her, and the other translation would have never seen the light of day. So what was said, I witness my grandson’s birth, and he added here in Kenya without getting any clarification?
    ____________________________________________

    Just went digging around to look at this. Here is a summary of what I found.

    A north american missionary to Africa named Ron McRae contacted an african evangelist associated with he missionary’s church. The transcribed affidavit of McRae and the affidavit of the evangelist are here http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2140233/posts and here http://www.scribd.com/doc/18010847/Berg-v-Obama-Kweli-Shuhubia-Affidavit . Here is a audio recording of the interview: http://s16v.com/americasright/8167169.wma

    Its basically ambiguous. The Granny does state she was present when he was born, but later, the translation is that he was born in the United States and not in Kenya. This is stated several times. The Affidavits state that relatives of the Granny and Obama were present and were conducting portions of the translation. They speculate the relatives were running some interference. The English portions of the recording are intelligible, but beyond that, you can’t make out much more because of poor sound quality and unfamiliarity with the Swahili language.

  231. Mrs. Smith
    Nevermind about my question about Swype. I looked it up and watched the videos. I was hoping it was something to make my fingers hit the right keys since my typing is so bad, but alas you still have to touch the right letter keys. LOL. so much faster though.

  232. Clinton Discusses Libya Crisis With UN Chief

    4/8/2011

    U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton discussed with U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon the current crisis in Libya and the importance of implementing the Security Council Resolution 1973, adopted to prevent an impending massacre and protect civilians of that North African country as they seek to determine their own future.

    In a meeting held at the State Department on Thursday, Clinton conveyed condolences to the U.N. and to the loved ones of the U.N. staff members killed in the recent attack at a UNAMA compound in Afghanistan, crisis in Ivory Coast, and the tragic crash of a U.N. plane in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

    She welcomed the appointment of Abdel Ilah Al-Khatib as the U.N. Special Envoy to Libya, as well as the work of the U.N. agencies on the ground to meet the humanitarian needs of hundreds of thousands displaced by the conflict, the State Department said in a statement.

    Clinton and Ban Ki-Moon discussed Ivory Coast where UNOCI, alongside France, is carrying out military operations to protect civilians from escalating violence. They condemned the unacceptable attacks on U.N. peacekeepers and reviewed international efforts to support the people of the country and to compel defeated President Laurent Gbagbo to step aside immediately. They also highlighted the need for the international community to respond generously to the increasing humanitarian needs there.

    They also discussed their shared goal of seeing the U.N. reform itself and improve its management practices. Clinton welcomed the Secretary-General’s efforts to instill budget discipline and she encouraged him to be mindful of the need to seek efficiencies, to continue to emphasize a culture of transparency, and to further modernize the way they conduct their business.

    http://www.rttnews.com/Content/GeneralNews.aspx?Id=1594151&SM=1

  233. Tick, tick, tick.

    Baracko wanted a budget agreement by early morning…from the East Coast Pink timeclock……that didn’t happen.

    If the gov. shuts down, the folks in congress and in the Whitehouse need to be forced into furlough days, and the Obama’s shouldn’t be able to spend a thin dime on golf, vacations nor shave ice, nada.

    That would sure speed the negotiations up.

  234. t’s all about prtisan politics now. If a candidate represents your party, then they are automatically good and all is forgiven. No longer do we judge politicians by their words or deeds, only if they agree with our viewpoint.
    ———————-
    And when you do that what you often find is two flawed people. Thus the voting decision comes down to the lesser of the evils.

    In Trump’s case that is true as well. I have recounted one incident. Let us see what if anything he comes up with on the birth certificate issue. I have the sense that he does these interviews on the fly. You can do that if you are a CEO talking to people in your company. But when you are in the public arena and the hatchet grinders are waiting to pounce, you have to assume that you are walking into an ambush interview and consider all the what ifs. There are perfectly legitimate ways to make big media whores like Malveaux wish they had never asked the question, and the suggestion I made above is one of many. This will be a learning experience for him I am sure.

    In normal times, I would not leap to support someone outside the political arena. Churchill once remarked that running a country is very different than running a country–for in one case you march to only one star–profit, whereas in the other you have a galaxy of lights you must march to.

    But these are not normal times, kicking the can down the road will not work and no one within the political arena today that I can see with the exception of Hillary–and Marco Rubio has the will and capacity to do what needs to be done to save this country from the suicidal path it is presently on. This project requires the skills of someone who knows how to turn a human system around when that system is sinking under its own weight. Trump has the ability to do that.

    So for me at least, I will take him, with all the warts.

  235. Tick, tick, tick.

    Baracko wanted a budget agreement by early morning…from the East Coast Pink timeclock……that didn’t happen.

    If the gov. shuts down, the folks in congress and in the Whitehouse need to be forced into furlough days, and the Obama’s shouldn’t be able to spend a thin dime on golf, vacations nor shave ice, nada.

    That would sure speed the negotiations up.
    ——————————————
    They will get a deal here. It is all bullshit.

  236. Ya know, I gotta say that all the excitement over Rubio reminds me of all the excitement obots had over Barry.

    The right look, the nice voice, the cute kids.

    What kind of experience does Rubio have that gives people confidence that he is ready to be President of the US? Even Rubio says he is not ready.

    He seems like a nice guy, but that doesn’t qualify him to run our country at this point. I feel the same way about Sarah.

  237. Posted by Erick Erickson (Profile)
    Friday, April 8th at 10:44AM EDT
    1 Comment

    Editorial Note: As mentioned below, there is late breaking news that the GOP and Democrat may have reached a deal for $38 billion in cuts and another continuing resolution. No word yet on if the Defense budget will be fully funded in the deal.

    UPDATE: I’m told that the Speaker’s Office does not think there is a firm deal yet, which makes passage of HR 1297 all the more important.

    UPDATE 2: The Senate has 60 votes for HR 1297 right now. The House wants to move H.R. 1363, which would fund the entire Department of Defense instead of just making sure troops get paid during a shutdown.
    ————-

    HR 1297 is a measure drafted by Reps. Gohmert of Texas and Kingston of Georgia to ensure the military will get paid even if there is a shutdown.

    Senator Hutchison has the corresponding measure in the Senate with 50 co-sponsors.

    Because it is an appropriations matter, it had to start in the House.

    The Speaker and leadership have not let it come to a vote. In fact, one source I spoke to said freshmen congressmen had been told military pay needed to be addressed in the continuing resolution.

    That’s not true if HR 1297 passes.

    Senate sources tell me that the matter would be handled expeditiously in the Senate if the House would just pass it, thereby putting the burden on Barack Obama to either pay the troops or hold them hostage to a shutdown.

    With news breaking right now that there may be a deal for cuts around $38 billion, it seems the matter may not be necessary. But this is key — if the House would pass HR 1297, it would free up conservatives to fight for more cuts without a threat of not paying troops.

    Of course, that might mean the compromise of only $38 billion gets shot down by conservatives if the conservatives know the troops are spared.

    The House should pass HR 1297 and get it to the Senate today.

  238. I was hoping it was something to make my fingers hit the right keys since my typing is so bad, but alas you still have to touch the right letter keys.

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

    Well, here’s what actual corrections look like….

    http://damnyouautocorrect.com/

  239. He needs somebody like Lynn Nopsinger to coach him–if Lynn is still above ground. Or Ed Rollins. They are street smart and know how to deal with the scumbags of big media.

  240. making panels cheaper, fueled by better cell technology and more streamlined manufacturing processes. That’s making solar economical in more places and will put it in competition with coal, without subsidies, in the coming years, New Energy Finance said.

    “The most powerful driver in our industry is the relentless reduction of cost,” Michael Liebreich, chief executive officer of New Energy Finance, said at the company’s annual conference in New York yesterday. “In a decade the cost of solar projects is going to halve again.”
    http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2011-04-05/solar-energy-costs-may-already-rival-coal-spurring-installation-boom.html

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

    When someone provides capital for green startup, it’s called subsidy. When we all have to pay for the pollution and spills of fossil fuel — it’s called free enterprise. (And fossil fuels get cash government subsidies too.)

  241. Betty
    April 8th, 2011 at 9:49 am
    JoAnne Kloppenburg dodged an ugly bullet yesterday. Thank you JoAnne.
    ____________________

    Huh?

  242. He seems like a nice guy, but that doesn’t qualify him to run our country at this point. I feel the same way about Sarah.

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

    At this point, I’d rather see a decent commonsense person who has built their own fortune in the real world (Trump, Sarah) — than just about ANY career politician.

  243. BigCatLover
    April 8th, 2011 at 10:45 am
    S
    I agree with T when he says “O is a disaster, he is not equipped to be President”

    who else is going to say that? and make other people start believing it…
    *****************************
    Watch the links to the videos that I posted at 10:26 pm and 10:29 pm. This guy calls Obama a disaster and incompetent and although he is not famous or in the press, he is AA.
    *************************************************

    BigCatLover…yes, I did see that clip. I try to check in at JohnSmart when I can…
    however, what I meant was…who on the national level with a national voice is going to say that and be heard and quoted…who that might be opposing O in a Presidential race is going to be that forceful and blunt…

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

    Thank you, Mrs. Smith…

  244. Marco Rubio says Donald Trump should shut up. Why is he even getting himself involved. Doesn’t he realize how much it means to some of us that someone is willing to voice our questions? Think of that woman telling Donald that 70% of Americans (a number I doubt) want to move on from the BC issue, case closed. That is all we ever hear: case closed whether you like it or not – CASE CLOSED, STFU, YOU BURTHER IDIOTS. Well thanks God for Donald, I say.

    Trump is being told shut up and sit down by enough people with loud voices, Rubio should STFU. Rubio has lost some luster for me.

  245. So what next for Trump? They all brought him to their shows and he said his thing and kicked up a dust cloud, now what?

  246. Obama knows people are even afraid tread into the territory that Trump is attempting to and that is why he got away with no vetting in the first place.. it is like how could you even go there and if you did, you’re a racist, but now what?

  247. Betty

    Marco Rubio says Donald Trump should shut up. Why is he even getting himself involved.

    —–
    One has to ponder why Rubio wants Trump to not bring up the BC issue. Either Rubio is confident (biased one what, I don’t know) that Barry is a homegrown, official US BC toting guy, or Rubio is worried that it will reflect badly or derail what?

    That finding out if Barry is qualified by birth isn’t important enough, or Rethugs need to appear united by Rubio’s standards or what?

    I am glad as heck that Trump will bat Rubio’s comment off like a gnat.

  248. Why Republican voters are warming to Donald Trump for 2012…and many (Hillary supporters too)

    ——-

    [snip]

    Perhaps because he’s running as if he were already the party’s boss, as opposed to the other candidates, who may seem like applicants for the job, comparatively speaking.

    Mr. Trump’s CEO-like forcefulness has been on full display in his recent spate of television interviews. What do we do in Iraq? Stay and keep the oil! How do we handle China’s rise? Slap a 25 percent tariff on Chinese goods! Was President Obama born in America? There’s no proof – and I’m sending investigators to Hawaii to check into the story!

    “It’s all about leadership. You have to be able to make deals,” Trump said Thursday on CNN.

    Trump doesn’t back down when challenged. In the face of tough questions from interviewers, he’s doubled down on the whole where-was-Obama-born question, for instance. He waves away evidence such as Obama’s certificate of live birth from a hospital in Hawaii and contemporaneous birth announcements placed in Hawaiian newspapers.

    “He could’ve been born in Kenya and gone over to the United States,” Trump said on CNN.

    He’s even summoned an Arizona state lawmaker who’s the author of a so-called “birther” bill to meet him at Trump HQ in New York. Republican state Rep. Carl Seel’s legislation would require presidential candidates to prove that they were born in the United States to be eligible for the state’s electoral votes.

    All evidence is that a big segment of GOP voters like this.

    “The fact is that Donald Trump is doing a better job when he’s in front of the camera articulating a message against Barack Obama’s second term in office. He doesn’t pull punches, and he just speaks very plainly,” said a recent post on the conservative Red State blog.

    Of course, some of that plain speaking is against GOP orthodoxy. Trump has criticized the House Republican long-term budget issued this week by Rep. Paul Ryan (R) of Wisconsin, for instance.

    “I think what Paul has done is very dangerous for the Republican Party,” Trump said Thursday.

    The electorate as a whole has much more mixed feelings about Trump than does the subset of Republicans. The just-released Gallup survey notes that if Democrats and independents are taken into account Trump’s favorability rating drops to 43 percent, with 47 percent holding an unfavorable view of the “Celebrity Apprentice” star.

    Given that polls show no dominant front-runner in the GOP nomination race, Trump could still do well, notes Gallup. (Trump himself says he’ll decide whether to run in June.)

    “Trump does enjoy what many candidates strive hard to develop – 90 percent name recognition among all Americans … [but] whether Trump could parlay that familiarity into voter support in primaries and caucuses is an open question,” writes Gallup analyst Frank Newport.

  249. Betty,

    Rubio must be angling and planning on supporting someone else for Prez…when i hear repubs dismissing T is is because they are probably supporting Romney, Huckabee, Pawlenty or some other repub establishment candidate…

    make no mistake…both estabishment, corporate parties do not want T in the race…he upsets their status quo…he is too independent…and they know he does not care what he says…he might even blurt out some truths that both parties want kept under the rug…they don’t want transparency…they want control…and they cannot control him…

    …this is the same dynamic that went on against Hillary…they could not control her…they feared her so she had to be stopped…

  250. Shadowfax
    April 8th, 2011 at 2:03 pm
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    that analysis is spot on…

    T is the anti-Obama…he is decisive, blunt and projects confidence…

    O is detached, distracted, unsure and MIA…and that teleprompter is going to become his archilles heel…

    …how I would love to see Donald Trump turn to O in the heat of a debate and say:

    “What’s with the teleprompter? Why are you so dependent on that thing?…maybe if you hunkerdown in the WH and did some hard work instead of galavanting and partying all over the place…maybe, just maybe…you would not NEED that teleprompter every single place you go”

    as in Trump schooling the ‘Apprentice’

    I can almost hear him uttering those words…

  251. S

    …this is the same dynamic that went on against Hillary…they could not control her…they feared her so she had to be stopped…

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    Yup.

  252. S

    …how I would love to see Donald Trump turn to O in the heat of a debate and say:

    “What’s with the teleprompter? Why are you so dependent on that thing?…maybe if you hunkerdown in the WH and did some hard work instead of galavanting and partying all over the place…maybe, just maybe…you would not NEED that teleprompter every single place you go”

    —–

    The obots would blow their cork with that and my voice would be horse from laughing.

  253. By the way Admin, the first poll came out today for Va Sen Kaine vs Allen, and surprising.

    Allen 45% – Kaine 32%

    I’m trying to find it as i was on the move but i bet they had a fit at Obot central, it also put Bambi’s approval in Va at a paltry 34%

  254. If Rubio is telling Trump to shut up, then he no good!

    ____________________________

    I’ve always said there is a connection between Obama and Bush. Rubio is a Bush puppet….mark my words….I’ve never trusted that baby faced Rubio….he’s is an anti-Clinton….Trump is pro Clinton…you can bet on that…

    I am liking Trump more and more…He’s a Hillary…the puppetmasters can’t control him….he’s for the people….I bet the puppetmasters are pooping their pants….they’ll of coarse just cheat to get their person in….they’ve done it since 2000.

  255. In the fantasy world where this government shutdown actually happens we will be forced to decide who is an “essential worker” and quite simply who is not.

    I believe we should start at the top: Q: is Obama an essential worker.

    First of all he is not a worker. He is a party animal, a campaigner and a gadfly.

    Second, essential to whom?

    To Soros he is essential to the implementation of his nefarious schemes, since he is 70 years past his youthful indiscretions in war torn Hungary, I will say no more about that.

    To government he is non-essential. How could he be? He is always on vacation, and government continues without him. It is when he is in town, dithering, that he is trouble.

  256. S
    April 8th, 2011 at 2:09 pm
    Betty,

    Rubio must be angling and planning on supporting someone else for Prez…when i hear repubs dismissing T is is because they are probably supporting Romney, Huckabee, Pawlenty or some other repub establishment candidate…
    ___________________

    I am afraid he is speaking to tea party people on behalf of Jeb Bush, the tree sloth.

  257. Remember, Donald took a shot at George W. That would rankle the Bush clan for sure. The truth always hurts, when it is bad.

  258. The question for the Republican establishment is this: knowing he has celebrity power, and the tea party on his side would you rather have Donald inside the tent pissing out, or outside the tent pissing in. If they have not thought about that before, they had better start.

  259. wbboei
    I am afraid he is speaking to tea party people on behalf of Jeb Bush, the tree sloth.
    ********************
    This struck me as really funny. I guess it’s because it’s descriptive.

  260. There appears to be a live news conference on c-span with Harry Reid now. He’s saying all they need for an agreement is for Boehner to say that an agreement on the number was reached last night and they will stay with that number.

  261. Wow on the voting for the Supreme Court justice in Wisconsin. Was the Democrat’s acceptance speech, being that it happened so early, an attempt to steal an election? Did the Democrats get their hands on these ballots with the hopes of throwing the election toward Kloppenburg, but then somehow have their treachery discovered before their plan succeeded? I am very interested in knowing how this happened. Thank goodness for a paper trail.

  262. wbboei
    Are you saying that Rubio is being mentored by the Bushes? Is that why the quick rise to national prominence.

  263. wbboei
    Are you saying that Rubio is being mentored by the Bushes? Is that why the quick rise to national prominence.
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    That is what I am saying.

  264. votermom
    April 8th, 2011 at 2:22 pm
    My post today is on the budget
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    Thanks for pointing out the true crux of the problem unlike most of the budget bill coverage.

  265. wbboei
    I guess I never made the connection between the Bushes and Rubio because of his tea party connection but it makes sense since the Bushes still want to see Jeb in the WH.

  266. nomobama
    April 8th, 2011 at 3:28 pm
    Wow on the voting for the Supreme Court justice in Wisconsin. Was the Democrat’s acceptance speech, being that it happened so early, an attempt to steal an election? Did the Democrats get their hands on these ballots with the hopes of throwing the election toward Kloppenburg, but then somehow have their treachery discovered before their plan succeeded? I am very interested in knowing how this happened. Thank goodness for a paper trail.
    _____________________________________

    No, basically the County Clerk (gop) who is charged with collecting vote tallies, through computer error or her own error, failed to add the totals from a city within that county. The unoffical votes from that City were previously published on the net on April 6, 2011, its just that when she gave the total to the AP which was reported, at that time the total was incorrect because through some screwup, it didn’t include the votes from that city. Thank the Lord the unofficial total from that missing City were published on the morning following the election. Pretty damned difficult for anyone to argue fraud when the #s were already reported from that City and square up with the vote total for the County. This was confirmed at a press conference by the County’s Dem representative in the County Clerk’s office who observed the entire process.

  267. Juan Williams is on Fox saying social issues like Planned Parenthood and abortion are playing a big part in the budget stalemate. These are the issues that the tea party are standing firm on and not letting Boehner compromise on – the riders is the term I think they are calling them.

  268. blowme0bama
    April 8th, 2011 at 3:43 pm
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    Good. After I wrote my comment, I read some more about what happened, and came to the conclusion that it was accidental. Too bad for the dems. heeheehee

  269. I would prefer not to see US troops in Libya, and if not possible, a very limited few. Let some of the allies provide the manpower for this. I would also like to see the Iraqi’s speed up their own capabilites for protecting themselves so that our troops can leave ASAP. As for Afghanistan, it’s a necessary evil for us to be there unfortunately.

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