The Trump Card

By seizing an issue without fear and making it almost 100% his own, Donald Trump is rising in the only public opinion polls that matter at the moment to potential candidates for president. The only public opinion polls that matter at the moment are those that measure Republican voter sentiment. Republican/conservative Big Media outlet, The Washington Times, explains:

“Would-be 2012 Republican nominee Donald Trump is riding doubts about President Obama’s birth certificate to the front of the party’s presidential contender field, the latest sign that the long-standing fringe controversy is going mainstream.

The New York real estate magnate and reality show star, fresh off a Wall Street Journal poll that shows him tied for second among Republican voters as their choice for the presidential nominee, jumped back into the “birther” controversy Sunday.

Why doesn’t he show his birth certificate? The fact is, if he wasn’t born in this country, he shouldn’t be the president of the United States,” the billionaire developer said in a CNN interview that aired Sunday. The Constitution requires that the president be a “natural-born citizen.”

“It’s a very sad thing, because the people – the birthers – they got labeled and they got labeled so negatively and even the word ‘birther’ is a negative word. If you come out and … even question, the press goes wild. They get angry at the question,” he said.

Far from backing away, Mr. Trump seems to be embracing the birther controversy and relishing the confrontations with reporters. He has responded in print to critics and blitzed talk radio, morning shows and news programs to talk about birth certificates. Mr. Trump also has said he had sent private detectives to Hawaii to investigate the president’s birth.

Since Mr. Trump embraced the issue of Mr. Obama’s birth – or alternatively why he hasn’t released the state of Hawaii’s “long-form” birth certificate – he has gone from nowhere to the top tier of possible 2012 Republican candidates.”

That the Birth Certificate issue has been of extraordinary help to Donald Trump and that Donald Trump has been of extraordinary help to the Birth Certificate issue is now beyond doubt. But if Big Media is typically in a frenzy to protect Barack Obama on the Birth Certificate issue the same can be said of many, if not most, Republicans and conservatives.

Many of the Republicans/conservatives who do not like or want the Birth Certificate issue to even be discussed do so out of fear. They fear being labeled “nuts” (as if they won’t be anyway). They fear that this is all some sort of elaborate Barack Obama trap.

For these Republicans/conservatives it’s a mirror image reverse reverence for Barack Obama – the sort that Obama worshipers have – that Obama is some sort of extraordinary “three dimensional chess” player. Somehow, it escapes these political opposites that Obama is a boob and that boobery is demonstrated at every turn (such as the latest Republican victory on the 2011 budget). Only when Big Media is fully dedicated to Obama protection on a particular issue (such as his election) can Obama overcome defeat by boobery.



On Sunday, Donald Trump appeared on yet another big TV show as did Obama hench-boy David Plouffe:

“I saw Donald Trump kind of rising in the polls. Given his behavior, and the spectacle of the last couple of weeks, I hope he keeps on rising,” Mr. Plouffe said.

Mr. Trump bluntly disagreed, telling Candy Crowley for her “State of the Union” program that aired Sunday on CNN that “I think it’s a very bad issue for the president, not for the Republican Party.”

According to a mid-February Public Policy Polling survey, 51 percent of Republican voters believe that Mr. Obama was born in another country, a result consistent with other polls taken since the rumor took root in 2008.”

It is very possible that Donald Trump began to “run” for president as a massive publicity stunt. But after the polls in New Hampshire and nationwide vaulted him to the top ranks, along with Mitt Romney, Donald Trump knows he is riding a wave. What might have started out as a stunt, has given birth to a potential nominee. A potential nominee because people like a fighter:

“That refusal to back down in the face of mainstream media scorn has won admirers among the GOP rank and file – and even some grudging respect from other Republican contenders.

“I appreciate that ‘The Donald’ wants to spend his resources in getting to the bottom of something that so interests him and many Americans – you know, more power to him,” former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin said Saturday on Fox News. “He’s not just throwing stones from the sidelines; he’s digging in there.”

Sarah Palin sees the threat from Trump and is making sure she is not left on the sidelines on this issue. Most other Republican candidates for president are at least two news cycles behind the developments on the birth certificate issue.

The Birth Certificate issue and Donald Trump, up to now, have been like Rodney Dangerfield – No Respect. Smart guy Jay Cost last week provided an intelligent assessment of Donald Trump’s entry into the top tier and also voices the disdain for the Birth Certificate issue:

“The Donald Attacks!

Donald Trump going after Obama on the Today Show strikes me as a big deal. A lot of the attention from the various Trump interviews has been directed at his unsubstantiated comments about Obama’s birth certificate. However, I think there is another angle here worth considering. Put those comments aside and listen to what is a very clear, direct critique of President Obama’s tenure.

I hate what’s happening to the country…What we’re doing is unbelievable. If you look at what’s going on, where our jobs are disappearing to foreign countries…You’re going paying 7 or 8 dollars a gallon for your oil soon.

I blame a lot (on Obama). It’s been a terrible presidency…

What’s going on with this country, the way we’re spending money like drunken sailors, we are just absolutely…going to destroy our own freedom…

If there is a shutdown, I think it would be a tremendously negative mark on the president of the United States. He’s the one who has to get people together. I’m a deal man. I’ve made hundreds and hundreds of deals and transactions. He’s never done deals before…How’s he going to corral all these people?…You don’t have the right leader…

I think Obamacare is a total disaster…This country is going to hell.

There is something notable about this. Here is a high profile public figure with a hit television show. He doesn’t have a reputation for being a partisan political operative, and he comes on the Today Show (of all places!) to denounce the president in clear and unequivocal terms. That is something we have not seen yet during Obama’s term. So far, most of the attacks have been from the usual partisan quarters, and they do not get presented in such an unfiltered fashion to the sorts of people who watch the Today Show. Nor, for that matter, are they presented with the kind of directness that “The Donald” is famous for.”

Watching Donald Trump on his many appearances lately is a demonstration of how to go after Obama without fear. Donald Trump, a critic of George W. Bush, is in a real sense a non-partisan. Jay Cost compares Trump to the Perot campaign and quotes from Michael Barone’s 1994 Almanac of American Politics, “,,, made him a bridge between culturally hostile groups in a culturally divided country. Perot’s campaign “departisanized the critique of Bush,” as Democratic strategist Paul Tully put it….

Jay Cost demonstrates an understanding of the importance of clarity and unequivocal attacks but at the same time wants the attack muddied and less equivocal:

“Now, to be clear, there are big differences between Trump and Perot. The biggest is Trump pushing the ludicrous birther issue. Whether he realizes it or not, it is fundamentally undermining his attack on Obama. To me, it’s a sign that he’s not actually serious about running for president. Still, it is very startling to see a typically non-partisan figure like Trump attack the president in such a direct way.

Subtract out the birther nonsense, and I think what we also have here is a prelude of what is coming down the pike soon enough. President Obama’s overall job approval is split 47-47, but the numbers underneath it are not good at all. On the economy, AP-GfK has him at -6, Gallup at -17, Quinnipiac at -26, and CBS at -14. On health care, AP-GfK has him above water (+4), but Gallup and Quinnipiac have him at -17 and -16, respectively. Meanwhile, check out the right track/wrong track numbers, which are as negative as they have been at any point during Obama’s tenure.

All this tells me that those top line approval numbers are very, very weak for the president. They are probably being propped up by people who are not happy with the way things are going, don’t particularly like the job the president has done with specific issues, but have not yet connected all the dots. Just wait. As the Republican nomination battle begins in earnest, you’re going to see Jon Huntsman, Tim Pawlenty, Mitt Romeny, and others making the same kind of explicit argument that President Obama is a failure. In other words, they’re going to connect the dots for people, just like Trump did in this interview.”

What Trump is doing is connecting the dots. Americans don’t know who Obama is or what he stands for other than his own self-advancement. What The Donald is doing is bringing to technicolor our own Big Pink mantra “Obama can’t be trusted….” Donald Trump is saying what needs to be said if Obama is going to be removed and sent packing back to the Rezko house (Hey Donald, don’t forget REZKO and the house!). We can be free of Obama but only if the truth is told:

“What happens to Obama’s job approval then? What happens when these Republican nominees start linking high unemployment, high gas prices, out of control deficits, and partisan gridlock to Obama?

Again, this is something we have not really seen happen yet. The public tends to tune out the partisan back-and-forth among congressional leaders; only a small proportion of the public watches cable news or listens to talk radio, where these kind of critiques have long been a staple; and during the congressional midterm campaign, the focus tended to be on Nancy Pelosi and local candidates. We have not yet seen really high profile figures go after Obama as directly as Trump did.

But we will soon enough.”

Let Donald be Donald. Let Trump be Trump.

JournoLister Dave Weigel was recently shocked at a certain poll result:

“From Fox News, in a poll of 914 registered voters:

“Do you think people who actively and publicly question whether Barack Obama was truly born in the United States are just nutty conspiracy theorists, or do you think there is cause to wonder where he was born and it’s important enough to justify their actions?

They are nutty conspiracy theorists 51%
There is cause to wonder 40%
(Don’t know) 9%”

When you consider that only 24 percent of people doubt Obama’s citizenship — 34 percent of conservatives, 37 percent of Republicans, 41 percent of Tea Party activists — that’s a really high number of people who aren’t offended by birtherism. If true, it’s a huge difference between this and 9/11 conspiracy theory-mongering — the belief that Rep. Cynthia McKinney was a “truther” cost her her House seat in 2002.”

As the effects of Donald Trump’s appearances begin to sink in, expect the numbers in favor of discussing the birth certificate issue to rise. Even New York Times’ reader have not been spared from having to read about the Barack Obama Birth Certificate due to the thrashing Trump delivered unto Gail Collins:

To the Editor:

Re “Donald Trump Gets Weirder,” by Gail Collins (column, April 2):

Even before Gail Collins was with the New York Times, she has written nasty and derogatory articles about me. Actually, I have great respect for Ms. Collins in that she has survived so long with so little talent. Her storytelling ability and word usage (coming from me, who has written many bestsellers), is not at a very high level. More importantly, her facts are wrong!

As far as her comments on the so-called “birther” issue, I don’t need Ms. Collins’s advice. There is a very large segment of our society who believe that Barack Obama, indeed, was not born in the United States. His grandmother from Kenya stated, on tape, that he was born in Kenya and she was there to watch the birth. His family in Honolulu is fighting over which hospital in Hawaii he was born in-they just don’t know.

He has not been able to produce a “birth certificate” but merely a totally unsigned “certificate of live birth”-which is totally different and of very little significance. Unlike a birth certificate, a certificate of live birth is very easy to obtain. Equally of importance, there are no records in Hawaii that a Barack Hussein Obama was born there-no bills, no doctors names, no nurses names, no registrations, no payments, etc. As far as the two notices placed in newspapers, many things could have happened, but some feel the grandparents put an ad in order to show that he was a citizen of the U.S. with all of the benefits thereto. Everybody, after all, and especially then, wanted to be a United States citizen.

The term used by Ms. Collins-“birther”-is very derogatory and is meant in a derogatory way. Had this been George Bush or almost any other President or Presidential aspirant, they would never have been allowed to attain office, or would have been thrown out of office very quickly.

For some reason, the press protects President Obama beyond anything or anyone I have ever seen. What they don’t realize is that if he was not born in the United States, they would have uncovered the greatest “scam” in the history of our country. In other words, they would become the hottest writer since Watergate, or beyond.

Open your eyes, Gail, there’s at least a good chance that Barack Hussein Obama has made mincemeat out of our great and cherished Constitution!

DONALD J. TRUMP
New York, April 7, 2011

A great many Republican/conservative websites have been as dismissive of Trump as Gail Collins. HotAir has been among those upset by the Birth Certificate issue. Yesterday they made The Donald the Quotes of the Day and after a weak attempt to undermine the Birth Certificate arguments they quote Republican/conservative talk leader Rush Limbaugh:

“During an exclusive interview with The Daily Caller on Thursday, Florida Sen. Marco Rubio said businessman and potential 2012 GOP primary candidate Donald Trump deserves to be taken seriously as a legitimate candidate, noting that ‘Donald Trump comes to the race with some notoriety — people know who he is.’

“But when it came to Trump’s questioning whether or not President Obama was born in the U.S., Rubio said: ‘I would suggest — if he asked for my opinion — not to focus so much on that issue. There are more important things facing our country. I believe Barack Obama was born in the United States of America …So why are we talking about this?’”

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He’s tackling this birth thing head on. I mean head on. And they can’t say that Trump is part of the Tea Party. He’s not there. I mean he’s a marginal Republican in terms of the way people classify, but I mean nobody is out there tackling this the way he is. I actually think, by the way, that Trump is providing a blueprint here. The way to beat Obama 2012 is to just go at him. Everybody lives in this media-created fantasy that the guy’s unbeatable, that he’s the greatest orator in the world. You get him away from the prompter, I’m serious, and he’s lost. He’s a gaffe machine. He and Biden are in the same class, and it doesn’t take long to call the roll.

“There’s a mythology that has been created about Obama that unnecessarily makes people afraid, and Trump is illustrating the way to do this, and Paul Ryan’s budget, just go right after him. You just go right after him, instead of pussyfooting around, worrying about what the independents are gonna say or worried about what the people that pay attention to politics two days a year are gonna say, just go after it. Last night while appearing with the Reverend Sharpton in New York, Obama said that he stood by his record the past two years, said he is proud of what he’s accomplished. Well, what is that? What has he accomplished? That’s not an achievement. That is an albatross. Obamacare? What has he accomplished as president, except ruining the economy? Is that what he’s proud of? The scary thing is it very well might be.”

Let’s repeat what Rush Limbaugh said:

I actually think, by the way, that Trump is providing a blueprint here. The way to beat Obama 2012 is to just go at him. Everybody lives in this media-created fantasy that the guy’s unbeatable, that he’s the greatest orator in the world. You get him away from the prompter, I’m serious, and he’s lost. He’s a gaffe machine. He and Biden are in the same class, and it doesn’t take long to call the roll.

“There’s a mythology that has been created about Obama that unnecessarily makes people afraid, and Trump is illustrating the way to do this, and Paul Ryan’s budget, just go right after him. You just go right after him, instead of pussyfooting around

Limbaugh was celebrating what Trump said on the Today Show:

“RUSH: I know some of you people in this audience don’t like Trump, but he went to the Today Show today and he dropped a stink bomb on poor old Meredith Vieira. She didn’t know what to do with this. This was just amazing. We’ve got the audio. During a discussion about Obama’s birth certificate, Meredith Vieira said, “In the state of Hawaii, they say they have seen this document, that he was born in the United States. That’s good enough for them.”

TRUMP: A birth certificate is not even close. A certificate of live birth is not even signed by anybody. I saw his — I read it very carefully. It doesn’t have a serial number. It doesn’t have a signature. He spent $2 million in legal fees trying to get away from this issue, and if he weren’t lying, why wouldn’t he just solve it? I wish he would because if he doesn’t it’s one of the greatest scams in the history of politics and in history, period.

RUSH: That’s true. If Obama was not born here, this is a huge scam. Not just in politics, but one of the greatest scams ever. Meredith Vieira, by the way, is leaving NBC. She’s leaving the Today Show, and she might be leaving Who Wants to be a Millionaire. She hosts that game show. She came back at Trump and she said, “You have people in Hawaii searching this?”

TRUMP: They cannot believe what they’re finding. I would like to have him show his birth certificate. Can I be honest with you? I hope he can. Because if he can’t, if he can’t, and if he wasn’t born in this country, which is a real possibility — I’m not saying it happened. I’m saying it’s a real possibility, much greater than I thought two or three weeks ago — then he has pulled one of the great cons in the history of politics, and beyond. [snip]

So here he is, I mean as off the reservation as a State-Controlled Media apparatchik can possibly witness, she finally said, “You’ve criticized Obama quite a bit in this interview and in the past. What do you think he’s done well?” I always used to get this question. When I deigned to go on these shows, “Is there anything nice you can say about Obama? Well, is there anything he’s accomplished?” I always got a question like that. Here’s what Trump said.

TRUMP: Get elected. I think he did a great job when he ran for office. 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 and doing — I’d prefer that he did a great job. I love this country. But this country is going to hell. I would run a great, great country. This country will be great again. It is not great right now. We have huge deficits. We have huge unemployment. We have huge problems, and we’re not respected. We’re not respected in the world. The world laughs at us. They won’t be laughing if I’m president.”

Republicans/conservatives at TownHall do not appear as shocked as the HotAir guys:

“President Donald Trump.

Do those words, strung together in that order, seem strange?

After the release of last week’s Wall Street Journal/NBC News poll showing Trump tied for 2nd among the prospective Republican presidential nominees, a lot of people are undoubtedly trying to wrap their minds around the idea.

If it seems out of reach for you, consider this: it was only three and a half years ago that the words “Barack” and “Obama” were so foreign to the American lexicon that they drew red flags from your spellchecker (and if you haven’t enabled a Microsoft update on your computer lately, you may still be plagued with red flags).

So here we are today, into the third year of the Obama presidency. And when Trump says things like “ America has become the laughing stock” of the world, and the world’s “punching bag,” and we’re all getting “ripped off” by our government – well, it’s difficult to argue otherwise. His words resonate deeply with a good many of us.”

TownHall is seeing the possibilities. HotAir appears to be more in agreement with the hotair souffle called Plouffe.



“Those birther attacks must really be taking a toll.

Obama’s Senior Adviser David Plouffe blasted Donald Trump today for investigating the president’s birth certificate. Plouffe told Christiane Amanpour on ABC’s “This Week with Christiane Amanpour” that questioning the president’s birth certificate gives Trump “zero chance” to becoming president.

Nice try, Plouffe.

The New York Daily News reported on the interview:

Chief advisor David Plouffe unleashed a barrage of stinging comments on Trump, who has recently trafficked in fringe conspiracy theories about Obama’s place of birth while taunting America with hints of a presidential run.

“There is zero chance that Donald Trump would ever be hired by the American people,” Plouffe told ABC’s “This Week with Christiane Amanpour.”

“I saw Donald Trump kind of rising in the polls and given his behavior and spectacle the last couple of weeks, I hope he keeps rising,” Plouffe added.

“There may be a small part of the country that believes these things, but mainstream Americans think it’s a sideshow,” he said. “That’s not leadership, that’s kind of sideshow behavior.”

Never one to miss an opportunity to grab an opportunity (Palestinians take note) Donald Trump hit back at the hot air souffle:

Trump countered that he represents Obama’s biggest nightmare in the 2012 race and that the White house is running scared.

“I know for a fact that I am the only candidate they are concerned with,” Trump told The Daily News. “They are very concerned because I am challenging him as to whether or not he was born in this country where there is a real doubt.”

“He should focus on properly dealing with the Chinese, the Saudis and all of the other nations that are ripping off the United States instead of making up quotes about Donald Trump,” the “Apprentice” host blustered on. “Barack Obama has done a terrible job as president.

While Trump is not viewed as having a real chance at winning the presidency, experts say his remarks cut to the core of what irks the White House the most, which explains the hostility behind Plouffe’s diss.

There is no issue that irritates the White House more than the birther issue,” said Larry Sabato, director of the University of Virginia’s Center for Politics.

They view it as a symbol for those who refuse to acknowledge Obama as a legitimate president,” he said. “The fact that someone as prominent as Trump is bringing this up is a source of real frustration.”

Sabato believes that Donald Trump will soon fade away. Sabato is not alone in that belief… or is it HOPE. Politico is horrified about the Donald and every day there is an anti-Donald Trump JournoLister taking shots.

“Real estate mogul and potential 2012 presidential candidate Donald Trump has again reiterated his doubt about President Obama’s citizenship, lamenting that the media has helped turned the ‘birther’ term into a ‘negative word.’

“I can guarantee you, my hospital has all the information, how much my parents paid for that unfortunate day when I was born into this world, this rather crazy world. But the fact is, nobody has any information. And his people in the United States don’t even know which hospital. His relatives don’t even know which hospital he was born in,” Trump told CNN’s Candy Crowley in an interview aired Sunday on “State of the Union.”

“So this – it’s a very strange situation, that’s all I can tell you,” he continued. “And you know, it’s a very sad thing, because the people – the birthers, they got labeled and they got labeled so negatively and even the word birther is a negative word. And I always tell people, I was a very good student, I went to the best college, I went to great schools, I’m — I have very high aptitude, because if you come out and say — and even question, the press goes wild. They get angry at the question. And the fact is, if he wasn’t born in this country, he shouldn’t be the president of the United States.”

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

Why indeed?

If Barack Obama ever comes up with a legitimate birth certificate that contains no damaging information on it we will all be able to thank Donald Trump. If Obama refuses to ever produce a birth certificate The Donald will continue to hammer Obama.

Donald Trump is holding something potentially more valuable than the race card.

Donald Trump is holding a Trump card. That “Ace” beats race.

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376 thoughts on “The Trump Card

  1. A commenter in the Daily News link above starts out with this statement:
    “A president shouldn’t have to cop the 5th on the issue of his birth in America as required by the Constitution…”

    Exactly. I’m liking this meme a whole lot. Obama is going to have to cop the 5th on his birth place? America is going to just LOVE that. Wrong Obots. Your O’Mirage is going down.

    I noticed admin that you left out the outrageous propaganda piece that Isikoff put out yesterday on Messbnc. Indeed, that setup screed of utter bullshit needs it’s own separate fisking.

  2. I wonder when that book which is supposedly written on this issue is due to come out. It amazes me that for the most important job in this country, in horrible economic times, we (and I mean all of us), have allowed ourselves to be silence because of the bullying manner the Dems and the Media, plus the Republicans have taken on this matter.

    We are being bullied into silence on this matter, instead of absolutely insisting that his eligibility not be proven to a fact check group, but to the voters of the United States.

    NOT ONE OF THESE INVESTIGATIONs, OR FACT CHECK GROUPS HAVE STATED IN A SIGNED STATEMENT THAT THEY HAVE SEEN A LONG FORM BIRTH CERTIFICATE. Why, because if later it comes out there is not one, or it shows incriminating information, I think we would find them being sued in court. If no Long Form Birth Certificate exists, Big Pink should bring a class action suit against them.

    Sorry, unless you can PROVE you are a natural born American Citizen, you cannot run for President. I know many people who cannot run because of this, who are every bit as good (lets face it, that does not take much), as O.

  3. Seen on memeorandum. I won’t go on to read the article though.
    ———–
    Paul Krugman / New York Times:
    The President Is Missing — What have they done with President Obama? What happened to the inspirational figure his supporters thought they elected? Who is this bland, timid guy who doesn’t seem to stand for anything in particular? — I realize that with hostile Republicans controlling the House …

  4. pm317, sounds like it’s time for the WH to invite Krugman to dinner again for another dose of koolaide.

  5. Again admin, thanks. Thank you very much.
    Accountability is one reason O should come forth even at this late date.
    Avoiding the 5th as mentioned above is another.
    A third is one I mentioned a number of threads back. I think it is so cruel that our military has to obey a (cough) CIC who refuses to produce the most basic of identity documents.
    (The list could go on and on I suppose….)
    And now for Rasmussen, surprisingly low today (in my estimation given his recent budget ‘victory’) and with a new low milestone in one category:
    19% of the nation’s voters Strongly Approve of the way that Barack Obama is performing his role as president. Thirty-nine percent (39%) Strongly Disapprove, giving Obama a Presidential Approval Index rating of -20 (see trends). Today’s numbers reflect the lowest level of Strong Approval yet recorded for this president. There has been a sharp decline in enthusiasm among liberal voters….

  6. NMF, you must mean the Corsi book. It is coming out in middle May, although I have no intentions of buying his book, but good for Corsi for hammering on it. When Trump had mentioned in an interview that a book is coming out soon, I knew right there he’d been reading WND. I was angry with WND for months for not addressing the *natural born Citizen* requirement and the constitutional/supreme court history behind it. They stuck to place of birth equals good enough. (Of course they didn’t want to mess up the lucrative ‘Where’s The Birth Certificate’ billboard campaign they were pushing hard) Or that they never seem to mention nor link to Apuzzo & Kerchner, the leading authority on this matter in my opinion.

    I don’t give a shit if anybody doesn’t believe Birthcert-Gate has any merit, regardless of the fact none of the over 100 lawsuits about it have ever been heard on merit. Seems to be no big fucking deal to them that we’ve found out no US Citizen has legal standing to a right to challenge Obama, we’re told by the courts that it’s none of We The People’s business if he meets the requirements to actually serve. This is what galls me the most, the naysayers are letting Obama get away with it scott fucking free. Because they are worried about their image? Hmmmm, *Image before Country* rings as opposite of “Country before Party” in my book.

  7. Obama drops to his lowest level ever on Rasmussen.

    http://www.rasmussenreports.com/public_content/politics/obama_administration/daily_presidential_tracking_poll

    The Rasmussen Reports daily Presidential Tracking Poll for Monday shows that 19% of the nation’s voters Strongly Approve of the way that Barack Obama is performing his role as president. Thirty-nine percent (39%) Strongly Disapprove, giving Obama a Presidential Approval Index rating of -20 (see trends).

    Today’s numbers reflect the lowest level of Strong Approval yet recorded for this president. There has been a sharp decline in enthusiasm among liberal voters.

    Currently, just 37% of liberals Strongly Approve of the president’s performance. That’s down from 63% a year ago, 57% at the beginning of 2011, and 52% a week ago. Some liberal commentators have expressed disappointment with the president over the extension of the Bush tax cuts, the military action in Libya, and, most recently, the budget deal to avert a partial shutdown of the federal government. While liberal enthusiasm may be declining, 57% of voters believe the president is more liberal than they are.

    By a 48% to 37% margin, voters recognize that to significantly cut government spending would require making major changes in National Security, Social Security, and Medicare. Those items make up a majority of all federal spending.

    Consumer confidence remains steady. Just 31% rate their own personal finances as good or excellent. Overall, 22% say their finances are getting better while 46% say the opposite.

    The Presidential Approval Index is calculated by subtracting the number who Strongly Disapprove from the number who Strongly Approve. It is updated daily at 9:30 a.m. Eastern (sign up for free daily e-mail update). Updates are also available on Twitter and Facebook.

    Overall, 44% of voters say they at least somewhat approve of the president’s performance. Fifty-five percent (55%) disapprove.

  8. Notice in the Crowley interview that she prefaces the interview by saying she did not want to talk only about the bc issue but implies that that’s all Trump wanted to talk about. When actually it’s her that keeps asking and challenging him on the issue all the way through the interview.

  9. Explains his sudden scheduling of a speech for deficit reduction.

    Then again when he does one of those, he drops even further.

  10. Mason Dixon: Obama’s approval rating hits 43% in Florida; 56% disapprove.

    Mason-Dixon is out with a new poll in Florida, and the news isn’t very good for President Obama:

    Overall, 43 percent of voters surveyed approved of Obama’s performance and 56 percent disapproved.
    Only 34 percent of independent voters in Florida — always the key to winning — approve of Obama’s performance,
    Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney or former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee would beat the president in Florida if the election were held today.

    They also asked Republican voters their choice in the 2012 field, and the results are a bit surprising: “The April 4-7 telephone poll found Romney slightly leading Huckabee among Republican primary voters, 23 percent to 18 percent. They were trailed by business magnate Donald Trump with 13 percent, former U.S. House Speaker Newt Gingrich with 11, and former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty with 8. Former vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin’s support has plummeted since she was hailed as the newest GOP superstar three years ago. Only 5 percent of Republican voters said they would vote for her as the nominee, and she would lose overwhelmingly to Obama in Florida.”

    UPDATE: I guess I shouldn’t be surprised that Huckabee is popular in Florida; he’s done so much for that state’s home construction industry.

    http://www.nationalreview.com/campaign-spot/264367/obamas-approval-rating-hits-43-florida

  11. By a 48% to 37% margin, voters recognize that to significantly cut government spending would require making major changes in National Security, Social Security, and Medicare. Those items make up a majority of all federal spending.
    *************************
    so the righwing meme is taking affect with more and more voters. They sure push that message nonstop.

  12. hahaha this made me laugh, read today.

    When Obama went to the Lincoln Memorial, I’m surprised he didn’t tell the statue, “You’re in my chair.”

  13. or

    “Obama taking credit for budget cuts is like the arsonist taking credit for bringing a pail of water to a barn burning.”

    He’s fast becoming a laughing stock.

  14. “Trump countered that he represents Obama’s biggest nightmare in the 2012 race and that the White house is running scared.”

    ———————–

    Works for me.

  15. Hillary to address US-Islamic gathering in Washington

    At a time of dramatic change in the Arab world, senior figures from more than 30 Arab and other Muslim-majority countries will be in Washington, D.C., this week for the annual U.S.-Islamic World Forum, the first to be held in the United States.

    For the second consecutive year, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton will play a prominent role at the forum. On Tuesday evening, she will be the guest speaker at the highlight of the three-day event, an invitation-only gala dinner.

    Earlier in the day, the forum will be opened by Organization of the Islamic Conference (OIC) Secretary-General Ekmeleddin Ihsanoglu, the Turk who heads the Saudi-based bloc of 56 Islamic states. An OIC statement said Ihsanoglu would use the occasion to review relations between the U.S. and the Islamic world.
    Jointly organized by the Brookings Institutions Saban Center for Middle East Policy and Qatar’s foreign ministry, the event is the eighth U.S.-Islamic World Forum. All seven previous ones have been held in the Qatari capital, Doha.

    “This year’s discussions will focus on the rapid, turbulent change in the Middle East and implications for Muslims around the world,” the organizers said in a statement.

    The forums bring together scholars, business leaders, analysts, journalists, religious figures and officials from the U.S. and numerous Islamic countries, this year including Egypt, Tunisia, Lebanon, Saudi Arabia, Jordan, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Indonesia and Sudan.

    Clinton’s participation last year was the first time a senior member of a U.S. administration had taken part. It was at that Feb. 2010 event that President Obama, in a video message to the forum, named Rashad Hussain, a former White House deputy associate counsel, as special envoy to the OIC – an appointment marked by some controversy.

    http://nation.com.pk/pakistan-news-newspaper-daily-english-online/International/11-Apr-2011/Hillary–to-address-USIslamic-gathering-in-Washington

  16. Apr 11, 2011

    Ex-Obama budget director dishes on ex-colleagues

    Before Peter Orszag left as White budget director last year, there were off-the-record stories about in-fighting within President Obama’s economic team — tales now coming to light.

    A new New York magazine article on Orszag discusses “the relief he feels at being out of the White House,” and how relations with then-Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel and other officials “had soured — badly.”

    Some White House officials weren’t crazy about Orszag either:

    Depending on whose spin you believe, Orszag quit over principle, telling friends he was upset by Washington’s refusal to get serious about the deficit.

    A less favorable view is that Orszag was marginalized by Emanuel and (then-senior adviser) David Axelrod. “He was accused of leaking and being disloyal,” said one Democrat close to the players. “The press loved Peter, which was part of the reason why the White House didn’t love him.”

    It should be noted that Orszag has long-time relationships with many reporters, dating back to his days as a budget analyst and head of the Congressional Budget Office.

    Besides, Orszag tells New York he didn’t even want to the job as director of the Office of Management and Budget:

    “I didn’t want to do it,” he told me. “Having worked in a White House before, I knew how the infighting can become all-­consuming, and I didn’t want to fall into that trap again. Many of my mentors warned me that despite the ‘no drama’ Obama campaign, once in office this White House would inevitably be like others — and possibly worse. And unfortunately that’s exactly what happened.”

    The story also details battles with Larry Summers, then director of Obama’s National Economic Council.

    It’s worth pointing out that the tales concern former White House officials — Orszag, Emanuel, Axelrod, and Summers — rather than anybody who still works in the administration (or Obama himself).

    Then there’s Orszag’s tabloid troubles:

    Orszag’s public profile, once one of his biggest assets, became a liability.

    In January, a “Page Six” headline blared, “White House Budget Director Ditched Pregnant Girlfriend for ABC News Gal.” The tabloid detailed how Orszag had split with his pregnant girlfriend, the Greek shipping heiress Claire Milonas, and taken up with the younger (televising correspondent Bianna) Golodryga.

    The baby drama was not well received by the no-drama Obama administration. Seven months later, Orszag was out.

    Even from the outside, Orszag upset White House officials with a New York Times column on tax policy.

    Overall, the New York story is more about the revolving door between Wall Street and Washington, revolving around new New York City resident Orszag.

    It’s also a good example of how tensions within the White House — suppressed publicly in the heat of battle — get put on the record after people leave office.

    http://content.usatoday.com/communities/theoval/post/2011/04/orszag-obama-in-fighting-/1

  17. Now Trump needs to go viral with sound solutions to the nation’s problems, i.e. deficit, health care, Afghanistan, Libya, Middle East, etc… He needs to come at bambi from all sides.

    ——
    Note to Mrs. Smith…

    I am starting to like Trump more and more.

  18. Redistricting Hits Indiana Democrat Joe Donnelly

    Indiana Democrat Rep. Joe Donnelly is thinking of running for Senate or governor. The Indiana state legislature may help him along with that decision:

    A redistricting plan proposed by Republicans who control the Indiana Legislature would shift several GOP-leaning areas into the northern Indiana congressional district narrowly won last year by Democrat Joe Donnelly.

    The congressional map puts all of Elkhart County and most of Kosciusko (Koss-ee-OSS’-koh) County into Donnelly’s current district and removes part of Democratic-leaning LaPorte County and all of Kokomo…

    The map also shifts what has been a swing district won last year by Republican Todd Young further north, giving it all of heavily GOP Johnson County just south of Indianapolis.

    Republican Jackie Walorski already announced she wants a rematch. The margin of victory in that House race was 1.3 percent, the 12th closest House race in the country.

    http://www.nationalreview.com/campaign-spot/264383/redistricting-hits-indiana-democrat-joe-donnelly

  19. Yesterday I read a new, to me, answer to the BC issue. Can’t remember who, or exactly how it was stated but it was something like: “He was given permission to run, he ran, and was elected, that makes him a legitimate president”.

  20. Obama’s tinkering around again.

    http://politicalticker.blogs.cnn.com/2011/04/11/big-changes-to-come-on-obamas-national-security/

    Big changes to come on Obama’s national security

    Washington (CNN) – The Obama administration is considering General David Petraeus, the top US commander in Afghanistan, as the next possible CIA director, an Administration official confirms to CNN. The official would not be identified because no announcements have been made about upcoming personnel decisions.

    The move would be just one of a complex shuffle set to take place through the rest of the year as key members of the president’s national security team are set to depart, including Secretary of Defense Robert Gates who has long wanted to retired, and The Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Adm. Mike Mullen, whose term is set to end this year.

    The current director of the CIA, Leon Panetta, is one of the people high on the list to replace Gates as defense secretary, the official said.

    “There is a lot of chatter and a lot of speculation out there right now about what General Petraeus may do in the future. And all of it is premature and thus we aren’t commenting,” said Petraeus’ spokesman Col. Erik Gunhus told CNN.

    Its extremely unusual for a military officer to publicly acknowledge he may even be in contention for a Presidential appointment. However, speaking to reporters over the weekend Petraeus took the highly unusual step of doing just that.

    “Well, again, it’s probably not appropriate for me to comment on whatever might be considered down the road. I’ve had discussions, but again, it wouldn’t be appropriate to comment,” Petreaus told reporters in Kabul when asked about the possible CIA nomination.

    CNN has spoken to several Administration officials in recent days and none would speak on the record. While no one is confirming any personnel decisions it appears the potential front runners for the Defense Secretary post include Panetta; Navy Secretary Ray Mabus and former Deputy Defense Secretary John Hamre. Other names mentioned include Michelle Flournoy the current undersecretary for policy. Several officials say the Obama Administration might be interested in appointing the first female defense secretary but its not clear Flournoy has the political skills for the post.

    Until a few months ago there had been a lot of speculation inside the Pentagon that Secretary of State Hilary Clinton might be tapped, but she has been adamant that she does not want to hold another Administration job.

    The Gates departure is expected this summer, just before Admiral Michael Mullen’s term as chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff is set to expire in September. Mullen’s deputy, Marine Corps General James Cartwright had been widely seen as the front runner. Cartwright is said to have a very good relationship with President Obama that has taken root outside the public arena, according to numerous officials. He has become a key advisor to President Obama on emerging threats such as cyber war, and advises on some highly classified military intelligence programs as well as on missile defense.

    But Cartwright is said to have a cool relationship with Mullen, according to numerous officials, and its not clear if he has Mullen and Gates support him for the job. A military officer close to Cartwright also confirmed that the general and his wife have recently informally separated but insisted it had nothing to do with a Defense Department inspector general report critical of Cartwright for allowing an intoxicated female Marine to nap in his hotel room. Cartwright was cleared of any wrongdoing or poor judgement in the matter.

    Petraeus also has been mentioned as a candidate to become the next chairman, if he does not go to CIA. Another contender military officials say is Admiral James Stavridis, the current Supreme Allied Command Europe, though its not clear the White House would appoint another admiral to succeed Mullen to the top military post.

  21. Betty, what that guy was perhaps saying was that a lot of people are party to this deception and the whole house of cards will come crumbling down if they start down this path.

  22. One reason i was thinking that Hillary is saying she wont stay on past 2012 is so she does not have the crap from being in the admin if Obama does manages to get another 4 years, she can distance herself and rebuild an impressive war chest in 2016 because frankly come then she will be unbeatable. Even if he loses she has then got 4 years to take back the party.

  23. moononpluto
    April 11th, 2011 at 11:28 am
    Obama’s tinkering around again.

    http://politicalticker.blogs.cnn.com/2011/04/11/big-changes-to-come-on-obamas-national-security/

    Big changes to come on Obama’s national security

    Washington (CNN) – The Obama administration is considering General David Petraeus, the top US commander in Afghanistan, as the next possible CIA director, an Administration official confirms to CNN. The official would not be identified because no announcements have been made about upcoming personnel decisions.
    *****************************
    2 weeks ago I posted this as a prediction made by John McLaughlin on his McLaughlin Report. He said Gates would leave as Sec of Def, Leon Panetta would replace him, and Patreus would replace Panetta as CIA head. Is it usual for a military bigwig to run the CIA?

  24. love it.

    Trump: “I can tell you I’m their worst nightmare. I am not the person they want to run against.”

    “Obviously I hit a nerve because they’re fighting me. I don’t hear them talking about Mr. Pawlenty or anybody else. They are talking only about Trump. I can tell you I’m their worst nightmare. I am not the person they want to run against. They know it and I know it.”

    — Donald Trump, in an interview on Fox & Friends.

  25. Confidence That U.S. Is Winning War on Terror Down to Lowest Level Since 2006

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

    Confidence in America’s conduct of the war on terror has fallen to its lowest level in four-and-a-half years.

    A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that just 32% of Likely U.S. Voters now believe the United States and its allies are winning the war on terror. That’s down eight points from a month ago and the most pessimistic assessment since October 2006.

    Twenty-four percent (24%) think the terrorists are winning. Thirty-nine percent (39%) say neither side is winning.

  26. Trump sending private investigators to Hawaii. WOOT! Payback is a beyotch, obomba. Says Sarah Palin.

    I’m lovin’ it.

  27. Crap I hit the submit button instead of spacebar….

    I had lots more to say. So once again to the Hillary blogs & naysayers that have behaved just like the Media, Clarence Thomas&TheSupremes, Congress, and every Obot on the planet wanting to avoid the most important issue in this century to affect our National Security and Constituional Rule of Law, to the point you ban the topic all these months: A Huge Fuck You Harder. How fucking dare you ridicule it, or us, much less try to control our right to voice our LEGITIMATE concerns on this matter. Yeah, I’m looking straight and hard at Taliban-Lite people like myiq2 for starters, thinking he has the unmitigated nerve to control the wimmenz from discussing it. I think the wimmenz that allow him to do it disgust me just as much. Got Brass Ovaries? I do and I use them.

    As I warned everybody for months and months, since so many blew it off all along just what in the hell are you going to do when the issue comes to a legal head? And it IS coming to a head swiftly at last. I have no pity for these arrogant ostriches that wouldn’t or couldn’t handle discussing it, which as I warned will and would hamper their ability to cover the news on this topic. So just how much fun is it having to AVOID millions of news articles popping up daily, the biggest BUZZ topic in the country, not being able to connect ALL the dots with your interferringly blind hubris? Try riddling that for us.

    Now they are all forced to pull a Rush/Palin act of still distancing themselves but weakly, timidly, add a Go Donald. Fuck you too. Heckava job there holding up our Constitution, or holding Obama accountable. Shame on all of you. As I told the whole Michigan Liberal blog during the primaries when I took on those KosSucker/Obot idiot Blozos: “You can’t look me in the Eye”. (lol I had met many members at a Liberal picnic and meetings in Lansing. I wasn’t kidding one bit when I said they couldn’t look me in the Eye and that I would stare them down hard)

    I’m sick of the excuses and anybody looking the other way. Get with the program that we’ve been screaming about for years: Obama has a Constitutional Eligibility Problem. He’s hiding everything for a reason. Face It. Deal with it. He’s going to have to, that’s for certain.

  28. crazy horse
    April 11th, 2011 at 11:37 am
    Trump sending private investigators to Hawaii. WOOT! Payback is a beyotch, obomba. Says Sarah Palin.
    I’m lovin’ it.

    OMG, I didn’t even connect the dots with the “investigators” the obots sent to Alaska! That is a great catch!!!!
    LMAO.

  29. Wow,
    Shez ZK
    April 11th, 2011 at 11:39 am – tell us how you really feel. I am just kidding, love ya.

    “KosSucker/Obot idiot Blozos” – classic.

  30. You should hear the view today on the birthers and Trumps. They are saying it is all bullshit. I would love for them to eat those words.

  31. “From Fox News, in a poll of 914 registered voters:

    “Do you think people who actively and publicly question whether Barack Obama was truly born in the United States are just nutty conspiracy theorists, or do you think there is cause to wonder where he was born and it’s important enough to justify their actions?

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

    This needs a third approach: “Is Obama handling this badly? Even if born in HI, is there probably something else wrong here? Should he just show the damn thing already?”

  32. Obama’s Senior Adviser David Plouffe blasted Donald Trump today for investigating the president’s birth certificate. Plouffe told Christiane Amanpour on ABC’s “This Week with Christiane Amanpour” that questioning the president’s birth certificate gives Trump “zero chance” to becoming president.
    ******

    What a disappointment Amanpour is. She starts out this interview first saying how the idiot Plouffe has answered “all” the questions about the frauds BC.

    Well then, where the hell is it? What about THAT question little Aman….

  33. Here goes this again. It should be ‘somewhat approve’ vs ‘somewhat disapprove’.

    “Overall, 44% of voters say they at least somewhat approve of the president’s performance. Fifty-five percent (55%) disapprove.”

  34. By a 48% to 37% margin, voters recognize that to significantly cut government spending would require making major changes in National Security, Social Security, and Medicare. Those items make up a majority of all federal spending.
    *************************
    so the righwing meme is taking affect with more and more voters. They sure push that message nonstop.

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

    Yes. Note they say “realize” instead of “think.” And as usual they don’t mention that SS brings in its own money — a surplus over what it pays out — and that the surplus is in a Trust Fund which earns interest. Which the critics keep trying to raid.

    (Hm, this makes SS like a Rand hero. 😉

  35. Heh pm317, you remembered I like astrology. Why yes I do and that’s another group I call out and take to task, whether it is on astrology sites or BlogTalkRadio programs. I tell them they are using what is called “Dirty data” in the business when it comes to confirming birth details to cast charts. They bought the obvious forgery of the COLB hook, line, sinker, and the whole fucking boat. I tell them they have no credibility whatsoever since every detail of his life has been hidden and covered up, starting with his true long form birth cert.

    They can’t cast shit that’s even close because none of us know the truth on the Al-Mansourian Candidate. They get real uncomfortable when I’m around with my no nonsense Capricorn traits. They also get nervous when I bring up that if even the birthdate itself is possibly correct, he has the same malific aspect as Dubya: Sun in Neptune, otherwise known as Delusions of Grandeur, and Deceit. Odd, they all seem to gloss over or omit that pesky aspect. Oh hell no, fools being bamboozled. I’ll go find a link for one astro site I used to follow but left during the primaries. You have to read their 2010 midterm predictions. They basically agreed with Pelosi and cherrypicked aspects, to give you a hint. What a laugh riot that article was and their oh so predictable fallout shock at the shellacking.

    So when people ask me what I think of his transits & aspects etc, I usually fire back I CAN’T & WON’T do charts on him, or pay attention to others, precisely because of that inconvenient fact. They can get me a real deal birth cert first. But, when I read researchers make viable statements like this made weeks and weeks ago: “Well-connected sources in Hawaii are warning that certain government officials in the state have been contemplating releasing fraudulent birth records for 0bama in the run-up to the 2012 election.” I doubt I’ll ever bother to do his chart. Can’t trust any of them. The Hawaii DOH is thoroughly corrupt on top of that so can’t trust them either at this point.

    I think they are starting to realize the punishment for Treason can be a firing squad. The Isikoff piece is there to float the trial Balloon of Bamboozling Bullshit to try to prevent the whole lot from being put to death over this.

    General US & global aspects are interesting though and for a different comment soon. The veil between the worlds is indeed thinning and it is getting more difficult to hide Truths by the day. This thinning of awareness will accelerate, it already is.

  36. what in the hell are you going to do when the issue comes to a legal head? And it IS coming to a head swiftly at last.

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

    Do you mean some court is actually going to rule on the merits of the case, instead of throwing it out? And rule fairly?

    Why should we expect this? So far the courts have been covering up for Obama. Why would the Bush/Obama SC decide to rule on it — fairly — now?

  37. gonzotx
    April 11th, 2011 at 12:36 pm

    I get this horrible feeling that we about to lose Japan….Literally.
    —————————-

    It is so sad what is going on there.

  38. So when people ask me what I think of his transits & aspects etc, I usually fire back I CAN’T & WON’T do charts on him, or pay attention to others, precisely because of that inconvenient fact. They can get me a real deal birth cert first.
    ….
    I think they are starting to realize the punishment for Treason can be a firing squad.
    ——————
    fair enough, Shez.. truth can’t be inferred with false data.
    And you’re right, lot of people are shaking in their boots. They just want it to go away. But there is one easy way to make that happen. Stop him from running in 2012. That still does not bring accountability to the perpetrators and that is a problem.

  39. Great post Admin!!!!

    It tickles me pink that we finally have someone that isn’t afraid to take on the media and throw a punch at the weakness of the BoyKing.

    If Hillary doesn’t run in 2012 and the Donald backs out, I will scream profanities from the highest mountain.

    I think Trump is serious about running, it wouldn’t make sense for him to create such a dust up and hand the spotlight on to a lesser Republican. I could see him backing out for Hillary, but no one else.

    Maybe I am just delusional.

  40. basil.. this one:

    http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/42519951

    It is Isikoff writing and notice his title, national investigative correspondent.

    But Wisch, the spokesman for the attorney general’s office, said state law does not in fact permit the release of “vital records,” including an original “record of live birth” — even to the individual whose birth it records.

    “It’s a Department of Health record and it can’t be released to anybody,” he said. Nor do state laws have any provision that authorizes such records to be photocopied, Wisch said. If Obama wanted to personally visit the state health department, he would be permitted to inspect his birth record, Wisch said.

    But if he or anybody else wanted a copy of their birth records, they would be told to fill out the appropriate state form and receive back the same computer generated “certification of live birth” form that everybody else gets — which is exactly what Obama did four years ago.

  41. basil, I think Shez mentioned facebook users putting up their recently acquired HI long form BC contrary to what Isikoff is saying.

  42. pm317,

    Thanks. I just found it. BTW, you and I are on the same wave length. I was just getting ready to post the portion of the article you did and point out it seems like an awfully bizarre regulation.

    Especially this; “It’s a Department of Health record and it can’t be released to anybody.”

    I have had some contact with the NYS DOH when covering certain environmental stories. I have been able to get documents. I have also been able to get a copy of my original longform BC.

    SO that sounds awfully suspicious. How could a state ban people from getting copies of public records? I don’t get it. Is he saying the Hawaii COLB is an exact duplicate of the original record of live birth? This is weird.

  43. Plouffe is really creepy. That sideways, grin on only one side of his face – makes my skin crawl.

    This is the ‘brains’ behind Barry?

    Unbelievable.

  44. I have also been able to get a copy of my original longform BC.

    SO that sounds awfully suspicious. How could a state ban people from getting copies of public records?

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

    Iirc, HI recently passed such a law — admittedly to keep from being bothered by people requesting Obama’s long form.

    Seems to me the way to attack this issue would be for people born in HI to show copies of their own HI long forms which were required by various applications (passport, drivers lic in various states, etc).

    And show the text of the applicatiosn with those requirements. And show why a short form like Obama’s wouldn’t qualify.

  45. Shez ZK

    Fuck you too. Heckava job there holding up our Constitution, or holding Obama accountable. Shame on all of you. As I told the whole Michigan Liberal blog during the primaries when I took on those KosSucker/Obot idiot Blozos: “You can’t look me in the Eye”. (lol I had met many members at a Liberal picnic and meetings in Lansing. I wasn’t kidding one bit when I said they couldn’t look me in the Eye and that I would stare them down hard)
    _______________________________________

    LOVE THIS!!

  46. I would suggest to Trump that he send investigators to Chicago to investigate “the House”. The press and Obots went insane when the shenanigans about the methods, financing, splitting lots, taxes, zoning, etc were brought up. That little issue was shouted down also and muddied with extreme misinformation. That issue is fairly recent and involves open records. Trump KNOWS real estate and it would be an excellent back up and/or knockout.

  47. Texas Darlin has some excellent reporting on Fukimo, Wisch and the BC.

    Hawaii State law protects the birth records of all individuals born in our state under all circumstances. State law prohibits the Department of Health from disclosing any information about a Hawaii vital record unless the requestor has a direct and tangible interest in the record. This includes verification of vital records and all the information contained in a record. Direct and tangible interest is determined by HRS §338-18(b). http://www.capitol.hawaii.gov/hrscurrent/Vol06_Ch0321-0344/HRS0338/HRS_0338-0018.htm

    “DISINFORMATION CAMPAIGN RAMPS UP IN RESPONSE TO DONALD TRUMP’S ASSERTIONS THAT OBAMA HAS NOT SHOWN A REAL BIRTH CERTIFICATE”

    by Miki Booth

    “But the latest attempt to put out the flames has backfired and exposed some naughty children huddled in a back room playing with matches. Michael Isikoff, MSNBC’s “so-called” national investigative correspondent, was caught with Joshua Wisch, former chairman of Howard Dean’s presidential campaign in Hawaii. Now spokesman for the Hawaii attorney general’s office, Wisch apparently colluded with Fukino to validate Obama’s alleged “Certification of Live Birth.””

    ****************
    “Editor’s Note: The Post & Email will be calling Mr. Wisch tomorrow to confront him with his false statements about obtaining vital records in Hawaii. We will also be contacting for the third time the Health Department, Governor Neil Abercrombie, and Lt. Gov. Brian Schatz, all of whom have spokespersons who have failed to return our calls or answer our letters regarding the many contradictions evident in Obama’s birth story and documentation, or lack thereof. The Health Department registrar, Dr. Alvin Onaka, whose stamp appears on the long-form document above, is apparently squeamish about picking up the telephone and answering our questions.

    How many people will be going to jail over this massive cover-up? And what else, other than Obama’s “records,” are they hiding? Perhaps 50 years of defrauding the federal government?”
    http://www.thepostemail.com/2011/04/10/hawaii-official-and-ex-official-lie-to-cover-their-tracks/

  48. I haven’t been caught in the spam filter for ages but it doesn’t like my post about Fukino and Wisch lying about the BO BC.

  49. Here you go:
    http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=1646821495774&set=a.1086340484099.2013840.1394022018&theater
    Hawaii long form birthcert issued MARCH 15, 2011 and posted April 6th last week, by Miki Booth.

    I don’t know much about her except I think she ran for office in the midterms, perhaps Tea Party? And has ordered another one coming soon for .. her son? Had found the link on a couple of conservative Eligibility forums I have monitored for a couple years. Can I just say that it is tedious and depressing work to have to wade through “Shillary” and “Libturd” slurs mixed in with great oppo research as I lurk there, while they act like THEY discovered this problem and will fix it. Considering it was us Hillary supporters that really started asking hard questions in the first place. At the time the Rethugs were too busy trying to pile on with the Obots to destroy Hillary to listen to us that our oppo research was mysteriously turning up disturbing anomalies with the Obama fairy tale and *nativity claims*. It wasn’t just one area, it was ALL areas.

    He released a half page medical report, and that was it. Period. Everything else uncovered about him has been through FOIA requests and then after months of no response the incurred lawsuits for them to follow the FOIA rules! There has been stonewalling on every single detail of his life by government agencies and what does get finally released shows signs of tampering. This whole affair has been one huge whopping Obstruction of Justice, and Obama is to blame.

  50. Shez ZK,

    Thanks. That’s what I was tryinbg to post in the comment caught in the spam filter.

    Let me try again without the links.

    Hawaii State law protects the birth records of all individuals born in our state under all circumstances. State law prohibits the Department of Health from disclosing any information about a Hawaii vital record unless the requestor has a direct and tangible interest in the record. This includes verification of vital records and all the information contained in a record. Direct and tangible interest is determined by HRS §338-18(b).

    “DISINFORMATION CAMPAIGN RAMPS UP IN RESPONSE TO DONALD TRUMP’S ASSERTIONS THAT OBAMA HAS NOT SHOWN A REAL BIRTH CERTIFICATE”

    by Miki Booth

    “But the latest attempt to put out the flames has backfired and exposed some naughty children huddled in a back room playing with matches. Michael Isikoff, MSNBC’s “so-called” national investigative correspondent, was caught with Joshua Wisch, former chairman of Howard Dean’s presidential campaign in Hawaii. Now spokesman for the Hawaii attorney general’s office, Wisch apparently colluded with Fukino to validate Obama’s alleged “Certification of Live Birth.””
    ****************

    “Editor’s Note: The Post & Email will be calling Mr. Wisch tomorrow to confront him with his false statements about obtaining vital records in Hawaii. We will also be contacting for the third time the Health Department, Governor Neil Abercrombie, and Lt. Gov. Brian Schatz, all of whom have spokespersons who have failed to return our calls or answer our letters regarding the many contradictions evident in Obama’s birth story and documentation, or lack thereof. The Health Department registrar, Dr. Alvin Onaka, whose stamp appears on the long-form document above, is apparently squeamish about picking up the telephone and answering our questions.
    How many people will be going to jail over this massive cover-up? And what else, other than Obama’s “records,” are they hiding? Perhaps 50 years of defrauding the federal government?”

  51. Holy shit basil! Bwahahahahaa how delish. I hadn’t seen that yet. Have a link please? I pulled up the Post & Email and don’t see this article.

    Pelosi must be about ready to stroke out. Recall that the Hawaii Democratic Party (HDP) NEVER certified Obama as being Constitutionally eligible to be on their ballot, persuant to their state laws. The HDP and Brian Schatz (he’s now the Lt. Gov named above)who worked at the HDP in 2008 then removed that state law required language on that certification because of problems with the HI Election Board questioning why they couldn’t get legal verification for Obama. (See: Tim Adams election clerk affidavit testifying it was common knowledge in HI that Obama had no Hawaii birth cert) Nancy Pelosi had to sign an extra special DNC (as in: Dem National Party) certification instead JUST FOR Hawaii, therefore triggering Cronin at the Election Board to break more laws since he had no legal cert from the HDP to okay Obama, only Pelosi’s DNC cert just for her heartthrob Obama. [Please note Obama made another sudden trip of secrecy to HI around the time the deadline at the Election Board to get on the ballot was approaching. The press *lost* track of him for 5 hours that day] Imagine, in his own alleged state of his birth had a very ORIGINAL problem of not having it validated much less a copy. Are people starting to catch the fuck on that something really, really, really seriously might be rotten in Kenya afterall?

    What is damning is that Pelosi and Alice Germond also signed 49 other DNC certifications, making TWO they had notarized but for the first time in years they suddenly had removed the “Constitutional eligibility clause” for Obama and Biden in the other 49 states. Against the DNC charter laws that the Constitutional qualification language must be included for every state. And it was the first time the Hawaii Dem Party had removed the state law eligibility language on their end. As we say, by what authority and proof did Nancy Pelosi & Howard Dean and the DNC use to verify that Obama is even a citizen much less a natural born Citizen, born on US soil to two citizen parents with sole allegiance to the US to Constitutionally Qualify? So far he fails to prove his place of birth but it is unrefutable he was a British citizen since Obama Sr was never a citizen nor an immigrant. IF that’s his father. If his father isn’t O Sr then just call Obama “Melba” right now, as in Toast.

    Obama’s birth certificate has become the new nuclear football. Unfortunately Obama has the real nuke football codes and our country’s state secrets. Until something from legal ruling authorities examine a fresh direct copy from the state of Hawaii (Good Luck there!) we can’t move on to the real issue of why he was never eligible at all: his dual citizenships and divided allegiances.

    Every single one of them needs to be hauled before Congress asap. And they wonder why I walked away in 2008? This is only the tip of the iceberg of What is Wrong With Obama.

  52. Mormaer, this morning Donald Trump appeared on Fox & Friends. He said that the Rezko house deal with Obama required investigation. It’s what we recommended in today’s article. Maybe we are The Donald’s trump card. 🙂

  53. He said that the Rezko house deal with Obama required investigation. It’s what we recommended in today’s article. Maybe we are The Donald’s trump card.

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

    Let’s see, what urls should we give him? Who was it left here and set up something specific on Rezko? B Merry?

    And what urls at PumaPac should we give him? They collected a lot of material on the Rezko thing a while back. And on FECK? re campaign donations.

    (Somehow I don’t think he’d be interested in all the transgender talk on their forum. 😉

  54. It’s hard when everyone wants to be first and foremost a hero for solving the mystery of Obama’s BC. Who ya gonna call to tell the story and bring charges? Eric Holder? Sure- The Republicans? They want him to remain president. So who ya gonna call? Congress? They’re all init upto their necks! So, who ya gonna call to straighten this whole thing out? The Courts? I don’t think so- we’ve tried for two and a half years.. and nada- I say again- who ya gonna call?

  55. TurndownObama, we wrote dozens, if not hundreds, of articles on Rezko starting around this time in 2007. This first in a series of 4 articles was very popular: “Rezko For Dummies”:

    http://www.hillaryis44.org/2008/01/11/rezko-for-dummies/

    “In olden days, corrupt Chicago politicians would simply take a bag full of money. Usually the bag of money was passed under the table while corrupt politician and corrupt fixer lunched or dined. Those were simpler times.

    With all the do-gooders trying to stamp out political corruption things got more complicated for politicians on the take. [snip]

    [Not to imply anything mind you, but a certain Chicago politician also likes poker with lobbyists – we’ll have more on this at a later time.]

    Now imagine this: A Chicago politician, in modern day Chicago, who wants things he can’t afford. Wifey likes expensive things and wants a big mansion to live in. What new clever system would said modern day Chicago politician devise? Said Chicago politician first acquaints himself with ethics laws and how to skirt them.

    Chicago politician and Chicago fixer come up with this scheme: Funnel tens of millions of dollars in government money to the Chicago Fixer and get him to somehow buy you a house, among other amenities. Yes, you have to turn your back on freezing Chicago constituents, African-Americans mostly, but hey, it’s the Chicago way.”

  56. The video from Fox & Friends – in re: REZKO (at 2 minutes 38 seconds):

    http://www.mediaite.com/tv/donald-trump-responds-to-david-plouffe-im-obamas-worst-nightmare/

    White House Senior Advisor David Plouffe yesterday suggested that Donald Trump is a “sideshow” with “zero chance” of being elected President. Plouffe likely expected that there was “zero chance” Trump would hear such remarks and not be eager to retaliate, which of course he did

    Trump’s response on Fox & Friends this morning:

    Obviously I hit a nerve because they’re fighting me I don’t hear them talking about Mr. Pawlenty or anybody else. They’re talking only about Trump. And I can tell you, I’m their worst nightmare. I am not the person that they want to run against. And they know it and I know it.”

    Even more enjoyable than hearing a potential presidential candidate refer to themselves by their own last name, is how seamlessly Trump transitions from suggesting Obama is doing a “terrible job” to discussing how great Celebrity Apprentice was last night and how shocked he is that Gary Busey survived another week. And another week of the Trump “sideshow” begins.

  57. Who ya gonna call to tell the story and bring charges? Eric Holder? Sure- The Republicans? They want him to remain president. So who ya gonna call? Congress? They’re all init upto their necks! So, who ya gonna call to straighten this whole thing out? The Courts? I don’t think so- we’ve tried for two and a half years.. and nada- I say again- who ya gonna call?

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

    Exactly!

    The only thing I can think of would be a massive number of HI people posting their own Long Forms etc. Show that a large number of voters do care.

    Still they’d probably forge something or put out some new statement from some HI official.

  58. who ya gonna call?
    ————–

    right now it looks like we call Trump and then have a revolution a la Cairo..Pentagon will work on our side, I am sure ;).

    Admin, Trump has mentioned Rezko before in the last few weeks.. must have been reading you!

  59. The way Trump is approaching this conundrum is I think, the only way to go about causing ‘reasonable doubt’ with the public that elected him.

    Trumps message is simple- “Where’s the Birth Certificate” pounded day in and day out- until it drives Obama into the nut house. Continue on that path until people are THAT rankled and THAT ANGRY they have been taken for a ride and they can deal with Obama themselves on the campaign trail, shouting him down into submission forcing him to walk away from the lectern at every campaign stop he makes on his reelection tour.

  60. Betty
    April 11th, 2011 at 11:27 am
    Yesterday I read a new, to me, answer to the BC issue. Can’t remember who, or exactly how it was stated but it was something like: “He was given permission to run, he ran, and was elected, that makes him a legitimate president”.
    &&&&&&&&&&

    By that logic, we can also say, “Since I got away with driving 100 mph last week, I should be able to do so any time.”

    Or, “After getting away with killing the first five people, I realized that meant that this was not a crime, or else I would have been caught and punished.”

  61. The pentagon? since I made the reference to Cairo and how Mubarak’s military refused to crack down on its own people..if we have a revolution here (mostly a tongue in cheek comment).

  62. A different take is that in 2008, states and the Democratic party were derelict in enforcing laws and rules that were already in existence that would ensure a candidate meet the constitutional requirements for eligibility.

    That they do a better job of enforcing existing laws, and/or create stricter laws, might mean that a candidate who once was able to dodge and weave and obfuscate his way into office once (Obama in 2008), might find that they cannot do so in certain states (Obama in 2012).

    * How many states will Obama forfeit?

    * Can the Dems afford to nominate a person who automatically disqualifies himself from two, or five, or seventeen states?

    * How many electoral votes will he lose?

  63. A woman asked me yesterday why the powers that be chose wiffles if the natural born citizen question had not been resolved. Her theory is that the intent was to create a constitutional crisis. if he is found to be illegitmate then everything signed into law over the past 2 years is invalid

    sorry for typos but i ruined my keyboard and am using on-screen keyboard with a moue. Anyone have any suggestions for a good wireless keyboard?

  64. Thanks basil. She does a good job on that article and posts the long form certs on it they had just obtained.

    I would also like to reiterate that on the COLB Paid Advertisement (not liable for falsehoods, how convenient) that the Obama campaign posted, that at the bottom by the prima facie statement it lists Hawaiian Revised Statute [§338-17.8], which tipped us off on what Hawaii has been doing for the last 50 years of registering foreign births for population federal money.

    Hawaiian Revised Statute [§338-17.8] Certificates for children born out of State. (a) Upon application of an adult or the legal parents of a minor child, the director of health shall issue a birth certificate for such adult or minor, provided that proof has been submitted to the director of health that the legal parents of such individual while living without the Territory or State of Hawaii had declared the Territory or State of Hawaii as their legal residence for at least one year immediately preceding the birth or adoption of such child.

    Everyone says grandma did it, she registered him using this way. My intuition is that Stanley Dunham the grandfather did it. In Stanley Ann’s passport records that were fought for she names her grandfather as the contact person but oddly lists the bank as his employment address, when it was granny Madelyn that worked there, not he. Don’t even get me started on what’s wrong with the whole passport issues and what they claim has been destroyed before 1965. What they did release was a renewal, proving there is prior paperwork.

    To come full circle again as pm317 mentioned above, can’t do an astrology chart on him or believe his COLB because of:
    garbage in = garbage out.

    Instead of Dean’s ex campaign chairman who is a brand new Obot on the scene, and the complicit ex DOH director, why aren’t they hauling Onaka, Palafax, the current Director, the State AG’s & Govs especially Abercrombie, and Lt Govs in for questioning? I swear this whole scandal makes Watergate look like pikers.

  65. sorry for typos but i ruined my keyboard and am using on-screen keyboard with a moue.

    ===========

    LOL! I bet you are. 😉

    moue/mo͞o/
    Noun: A pouting expression used to convey annoyance or distaste.

    I used Airboard some years ago, worked fine.

  66. In the video here: admin April 11th, 2011 at 4:09 pm:
    One of the program’s hosts surmised this story ought to be good for a couple more weeks.
    I hope so, for I’m really enjoying “The Daily Trump.”

  67. henry-

    Good point- Another thing to consider- If he gains re-election, then he has set a precedent for foreigners to be elected to the US presidency.

    Which I believe is a weighty issue if the issue goes to court. Obama having 4 yrs under his belt will be in a better position to argue his case from the standpoint of bloviating his accomplishments and the Judges will just nod in agreement and the game will continue until nothing is left of the US as we knew it.

  68. henry-

    Logi-tech makes a good wireless keyboard.. Look online- they have to be reasonably priced $15/$25… The price of a stiff drink somewhere. 🙂

  69. admin
    April 11th, 2011 at 3:41 pm
    …He said that the Rezko house deal with Obama required investigation…
    Since I do not watch Fox it looks like I am a day late and a dollar short. The Rezko house and contiguous lot mess was one of the clearest cases of graft I had ever read about at the time. It was stunningly unsophisticated transaction using Rezko’s wife as a pass through. The press ignored it, and Democratic mouthpieces screamed it down and demanded that no one even think about it. If Trump can dig it out, and then explain it to the public, and mention that old Rezko is still locked up in isolation, WITHOUT being sentenced, to keep him from spilling the beans, then hold on to your hats. People struggle to buy homes, pay for them in this economy, loose them with the help of HAMP, and have to listen to Obama shilling for the banks. Trump can explain that Obama had a fairy housefather who is in jail.

  70. admin
    April 11th, 2011 at 3:41 pm

    Mormaer, this morning Donald Trump appeared on Fox & Friends. He said that the Rezko house deal with Obama required investigation. It’s what we recommended in today’s article. Maybe we are The Donald’s trump card. 🙂

    ——–

    I wouldn’t be surprised if Hillary passed your blog link on to the Donald. Maybe you should pass out more breadcrumbs each day to speed the process of disclosure on to him, Admin.

  71. Japan considering raising level of nuclear disaster to equal par of that of Chernobyl

    Japan nuclear crisis may be on par with Chernobyl

    http://www.reuters.com/article/2011/04/11/us-japan-idUSTRE72A0SS20110411?

    Japan is considering raising the severity level of its nuclear crisis to put it on a par with the Chernobyl accident 25 years ago, the worst atomic power disaster in history, Kyodo news agency reported on Tuesday.

    The report came as the government expanded an evacuation zone around the crippled Fukushima nuclear plant because of the high levels of accumulated radiation since a 15-meter tsunami ripped through the complex a month ago, causing massive damage to its reactors which engineers are still struggling to control.

    The Kyodo report said that the high levels of radiation that have been released by the Fukushima Daiichi plant meant it could raise the severity level from 5 to the highest 7, the same as the 1986 Chernobyl accident.

    It said the government’s Nuclear Safety Commission had estimated that at one stage the amount of radioactive material released from the reactors in northern Japan had reached 10,000 terabequerels per hour of radioactive iodine 131 for several hours, which would classify the incident as a major accident according to the INES scale.

    The International Nuclear and Radiological Event Scale (INES) is published by the International Atomic Energy Agency and ranks nuclear and radiological accidents and incidents by severity from 1 to a maximum of 7.

    The Kyodo report did not say when the estimate related to.

    Japan had previously assessed the accident at reactors operated by Tokyo Electric Power Co (TEPCO) at level 5, the same level as the Three Mile Island accident in the United States in 1979.

    The tsunami was triggered by March 11 9.0 magnitude earthquake, the largest recorded in quake-prone Japan, crippling the reactors’ cooling systems.

    A spokesman for the Nuclear and Industrial Safety Agency, Japan’s nuclear safety watchdog, said on Tuesday that the level of the Fukushima incident was still a 5 and that he was unaware of any move by the government to raise the level.

    TEPCO said it had stopped the discharge of low-level radioactive water into the sea that had drawn complaints from neighboring China and South Korea.

    It has already pumped 10,400 tonnes of low-level radioactive water into the ocean to free up storage capacity for highly contaminated water from the reactors.

    On Monday, shortly after Japan marked one month since the quake, a huge aftershock shook a wide swathe of eastern Japan, killing two people, and knocking out power to 220,000 homes.

    It was one of more than 400 aftershocks above a 5 magnitude to have hit the area since March 11.

    Because of accumulated radiation contamination, the government is encouraging people to leave certain areas beyond its 20 km (12 mile) exclusion zone around the plant. Thousands of people could be affected by the move.

    “These new evacuation plans are meant to ensure safety against risks of living there for half a year or one year,” he said. There was no need to evacuate immediately, he added.

    read on……………….

  72. “Said Chicago politician first acquaints himself with ethics laws and how to skirt them.”

    Exactly admin. And I can also rework that to say “Said Chicago politician first acquaints himself with Constitution laws and how to skirt them.” Said Chicago politician also finds out during Harvard that if he goes the normal route and accepts a Supreme Court clerkship that it will trigger a full background check and security clearance that he can’t pass, so he runs to Chicago from New York and becomes a rich community agitator instead. Nothing remotely funny peculiar there, nope. Nor that Prince Alwaleed bin Talal is said to have financed his college years, the same Prince Alwaleed bin Talal that invested into Fox News. Nothin’ creepy there huh.

  73. Trump – ”

    And I can tell you, I’m their worst nightmare. I am not the person that they want to run against. And they know it and I know it.”

    ———-

    You tell ‘um Donald!!!

  74. Mormaer
    April 11th, 2011 at 4:52 pm

    When you think about it- Fitzgerald is one of the most aggressive prosecutors around and he’s gotten no where implicating Obama. I’m hoping Blago turns states evidence and spills the story to the press preceeding his book.

  75. Henry,

    My keyboard crashed last week after I spilled a drink on it. I got a wireless logitech and mouse and it works great. Nothing to program. Just disconnect the old equipment, plug in the wireless USB and you’re set.

    Cost me about $60.

  76. Heres a good one- Harvard and Yale deny they asked Bernie Madoff to teach at the university. Madoff claims he has offers coming out of the woodwork for high employment positions at either college.

  77. Shadowfax
    April 11th, 2011 at 5:04 pm

    Trump – ”

    And I can tell you, I’m their worst nightmare. I am not the person that they want to run against. And they know it and I know it.”
    __________________

    Good on Donald- I hope he has triple security in place and never forgets he’s dealing with the Chicago mafioso.

  78. “Trump can explain that Obama had a fairy housefather who is in jail.

    *wiping tears* Thanks, I think I spit my ciggiebutt out my nose. This has been a very entertaining thread today.

  79. “#
    Mrs. Smith
    April 11th, 2011 at 5:04 pm

    Mormaer
    April 11th, 2011 at 4:52 pm

    When you think about it- Fitzgerald is one of the most aggressive prosecutors around and he’s gotten no where implicating Obama. I’m hoping Blago turns states evidence and spills the story to the press preceeding his book.”

    Ever wonder why?

    Fitz is owned.

  80. Mrs. Smith
    Drink prices in some places are beyond absurd, a couple of weeks go I took the magic bus to NYC from Pittsburgh. 2 dollars round trip. went to see an old friend in a play in Chelsea. 4 of us stopped in a bar pre-theater. we had 4 rounds and the check was almost 250. I was drinking yuengling which was 6 a pop but my friends were doing some pomegranite thing. Odd thing about nyc is that when you sit at the bar tax is included in the price but if you sit at a cocktail table and have a server they add 8.something to the price. makes no sense to me and seems like it would be so easy to play with the money. collect the tax then move he sales from dining room to bar and then pocket the tax money

  81. #

    #
    Shadowfax
    April 11th, 2011 at 1:15 pm

    Plouffe is really creepy. That sideways, grin on only one side of his face – makes my skin crawl.

    This is the ‘brains’ behind Barry?

    Unbelievable.
    ————————————————-

    I agree. I have never seen him before. CREEPY. And what’s with his hair?? He makes ole Rahm look downright handsome.

  82. oh Fitz fell in love, got married and had a child and I guess that took care of his aggression among other things. But I was definitely disappointed he didn’t do more.

  83. lol……apparently most Liberals want Obama to make his debt speech a vigorous defense of ObamaCare. Hmmmm……i think i need to laugh.

  84. Norma Desmond
    April 11th, 2011 at 5:24 pm Ever wonder why? Fitz is owned.

    Or DOJ is sitting on it. Or will ruin his career. Or something. But this is another avenue in which Trump can bring up and embarrass the administration. There is so much to use and string out for months, even years. Why is Rezko locked away like an enemy combatant for years? Isn’t that unconstitutional as in cruel and unusual not to let him be sentenced and serve in a Club Fed like all the other white collar thieves. They do not want him talking.

  85. 2009 Under Obama – first time my business had a loss in over ten years.

    IRS said so!

    Then Fed gave me a bunch of free money – with which I promptly paid (unowed) Self-Employment tax with. I did my part for the ponzi scheme

    LOL

  86. “Why is Rezko locked away like an enemy combatant for years? Isn’t that unconstitutional as in cruel and unusual not to let him be sentenced and serve in a Club Fed like all the other white collar thieves. They do not want him talking.”

    Ding! Ding! Ding! Mormaer wins today’s prize!

    Don’t imagine Rezko will ever get out of jail until Bam is outta office. Think Jack Ruby.He has the goods.

  87. “Why is Rezko locked away like an enemy combatant for years? Isn’t that unconstitutional as in cruel and unusual not to let him be sentenced and serve in a Club Fed like all the other white collar thieves. They do not want him talking.”

    And where are the lefty liberals, blogger boys and girls and the media about that?

    Who is Jack Ruby?

  88. I like to think of Trump in terms of T can demolish ‘the Obama Myth to Smithereens’…

    I think T is setting his trap and pacing himself…he is creating the reasonable doubt with the BC issue…his next phase will probably be to elaborate on the Rezco issue…pacing and timing is important…he does not want to give O too much lead time to protect the incoming…better to keep him off balance…

    …so the fact that T has mentioned Rezco on a minimum of two times on the air in the last two weeks, probably means that that barrage will be coming…(he also brought up Rezco on Laura Ingrahm show and said “anyone else would have been in jail” I think Tim posted that interview about two threads ago)

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

    btw…heard a discussion that while our leaders dithered to agree to cut $38 Billion…our debt was jumping $54.1 billion with interest during that same time…

    so we are still minus $16 billion while we cut $38 billion…this is insane…

  89. pm317
    I think Jack Ruby is John Galt’s second cousin by marriage twice removed, but I could be mistaken.

  90. Jack Ruby (if you are serious) is the man who shot Lee Harvey Oswald in broad daylight on national television because “he loved the President so much”

    Ruby died in prison of ‘cancer’

  91. Jack Leon Rubenstein (March 25, 1911[2] – January 3, 1967), who legally changed his name to Jack Leon Ruby in 1947, was an American nightclub operator in Dallas, Texas. Ruby was originally from Chicago, Illinois. He was convicted of the November 24, 1963 murder of Lee Harvey Oswald. The murder took place two days after Oswald was arrested by deputy Bill Vaught for the assassination of President John F. Kennedy. Ruby appealed the conviction and death sentence. As a date for his new trial was being set,[3] he became ill and died of lung cancer on January 3, 1967.

    Ruby was involved with major figures in organized crime; conspiracy theorists claim that he killed Oswald as part of an overall plot surrounding the assassination of Kennedy. Others have disputed this, arguing that his connection with gangsters was minimal at best and that he was not the sort to be entrusted with such an act within a high-level conspiracy.[4]

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

  92. …also…if gas prices continue to increase and hit anywhere near $4-5 a gallon I think we can be assured that Trump is going to go for O’s jugular…he has already started in on that vein…bringing up opec and talking about going around the world ‘bowing’ to the Saudi’s and giving China state dinners…

    …all i can say is, T is our ‘dream come true’ spokesperson…he will spill the beans on everything that was covered up…

    O, MO and the WH must be getting very nervous wondering about what T knows and when he will start revealing what he knows…

  93. henry
    April 11th, 2011 at 5:27 pm

    Sounds about right, henry- I taped Mildred Pierce last night and watching it now between postings… Love the clothes…

  94. This guy is everywhere:

    http://www.cnbc.com/id/42532489

    Real estate developer Donald Trump blames President Obama for the rising price of oil, warning, “this country can never, ever recover” if oil prices continue to go up.

    “That’s really the life’s blood of the country,” Trump told CNBC in a phone interview on Monday. The Trump Organization chairman, who says he’s considering running for president, plans to decide “before June” on the matter.

    He contended that Obama is not a leader and is “in bed with these (OPEC) people. He doesn’t speak the way you have to speak to them.”

    Although he blames China for “ripping off our country,” Trump gives them credit for using US funds to rebuild airports, bridges and other infrastructure.

    When was the last time you saw a bridge being built in the United States? You see them falling down all the time. When was the last time you saw an airport being built? We’re like a third-world country.

  95. Typical Clueless Obot Irony Alert:

    Obot screaming in comments elsewheres –
    “You and those who vote with little to no information on the candidates are the ones responsible for ruining the country. I mean look at this, Donald Trump, Sarah Palin, are you people for real?”

  96. Something to consider
    I just ordered a logitech wireless/keyboard mouse from Amazon for 33.99 with free two day shipping. Scheduled delivery is wednesday. I am a prime member so they give you thousands of free on demand movies.
    So I am considering dropping cable. All of the broadcast and cable stations offer most of their content on their websites already and I find it offensive that oprah and msnbc get a piece of my monthly payment every month all year long. I/you/we are paying to keep that partison propoganda on the air

  97. crazyhorse

    And what’s with his hair?? He makes ole Rahm look downright handsome.

    ——
    Also makes Trumps’ doo not look so bad, and that’s sayin’ something.

  98. admin
    April 11th, 2011 at 6:05 pm
    This guy is everywhere:

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

    T has such a way with words…could not ask for anyone more plain speaking and to the point… : ) he knows how to get to the bottom line…

  99. #S
    April 11th, 2011 at 5:58 pm

    O, MO and the WH must be getting very nervous wondering about what T knows and when he will start revealing what he knows…
    ———————

    This is key. Who is talking to Trump and what does he know? It is the unknowable..:)

  100. Just for the fun of it, I googled Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump to see what came up, and ran across this:

    Compatibility of Hillary Clinton with Anonymous

    I am ‘anonymous’, and you put in your birth date.
    These are my results, thank God the physical attraction isn’t there since we both are attracted to men. 🙂

    Physical 13% Emotional 96% Intellectual 100% Overall 70%

    http://www.facade.com/biorhythm/relationship/?Celeb=Hillary_Clinton&Name2=Anonymous&Month2=10&Day2=31&Year2=1945

  101. FYI
    OWN is available in 85 million homes which mean 85 million households are paying at least 10 cents/month for the “priveledge” of a woman who lost all objectivity in 08. 85 million times .10 times 12 mos/yr.

  102. O, MO and the WH must be getting very nervous wondering about what T knows and when he will start revealing what he knows…

    ——-
    I bet Trump will play his best cards after he tosses his hat in the race, and when he needs to crush his opponents.

  103. So, the Trump card beats the Joker card of Øbama. I like that very much.

    I don’t know about you all, but David Plouffe gives me the creeps.

  104. Shadowfax
    April 11th, 2011 at 6:32 pm

    Donald Trump’s name IS in the right hnd column.. The results if you do hit his name, are similar..

  105. henry
    April 11th, 2011 at 6:33 pm

    Opry announced she was not supporting Obama this time around- She is afraid he new ‘own’ show will fail. She hasn’t a clue, her future is in the fog…

  106. Ok, I started reading the comments, and I now see that others have the same impressions of David Plouffe. There’s something evil about him. I have never seen him on television before, so how’s that for a first impression?

  107. Shadowfax…I would bet a lot of puma, independents, Hillary supporters, etc, etc, etc are burning up T’s lines and email to get tons of info to him…

    btw…if you have not had a chance to listen to that cnbc clip that admin posted at

    admin
    April 11th, 2011 at 6:05 pm

    …then please do yourself a favor and take a listen…oh boy!!!

  108. …just had a thought…wait until the inevitable starts happening and the pollsters starting pitting O vs T…and within a short period of time…as T probably declares in about six weeks or so…T steadily starts overcoming O in polls to come…

    then we’ll see what Plouffie has to say…

  109. S

    I did listen to that T clip and just about anything I can find.

    After being stuck with a heap of cowards and crooks, hearing Donald come out punching is the best thing I have heard since Hillary in 2007-08.

    It’s been 2.5+ years of the three monkeys.

    Hear no evil, see no evil and Obamacrats.

  110. shadowfax…so true…just hearing someone who is not afraid of O is so refreshing…not afraid of the racist BS or daring to say anything about ‘The One’

    …reality check time…

    …T to blow the O myth to smithereens…

  111. I can’t speak for anyone else, but I am confounded that after 4 years Donald Trump seems to be the “ONE I HAVE BEN WAITING FOR’
    Didnot see this coming

  112. Obama’s budget speech to be at George Washington U at 1:35pm Wednesday……hmmmm another Uni?

  113. On Fox, Bill Kristol hyping Ryan, Rubio and Christie for 2012

    God these people are slow, we have been saying these 3 for months would be GOP hotshots.

  114. CNBC clip –

    Did y’all listen to the entire thing? His solution to high oil prices? Take Iraq’s oil? Uhmmm… I think there’s a little problem with the sovereignty of nations there.

    I’m no fan of the UN; in fact I think its a f’ing joke, but you don’t just set up your military in a sovereign country and tell them you’re taking their resources at gunpoint.

  115. blowme0bama
    April 11th, 2011 at 7:52 pm
    ————–
    I agree he should clarify that statement. He must mean that we ‘protect’ them for Iraqi people and stop Iran from taking over.

  116. blowme0bama
    April 11th, 2011 at 7:52 pm

    He’s expanded on this in other previous interviews. He says, and I agree with him, if the US leaves, Iran’s influence in Iraq, especially the oil fields will just expand massively. So Trump is suggesting if we leave, we at the very least set up partnerships with the Iraqi govt for those oil fields so that Iran will not control them. He explained this much better in previous interviews. I’ll try and find that interview for you. Its not actually “taking that oil”.

  117. isn’t this sweet, now they are hauling out the sister of Waffles to say she remembers him being born in HI.

    Pretty amazing that she remembers him being born considering she’s younger than him. CNN didn’t even blink an eye in asking this obvious question.

  118. We rhyme Plouffe with souffle.
    Trump rhymes Plouffe with “fluff”. 🙂

    Tough video from Trumpster:

  119. blowme0bama
    April 11th, 2011 at 7:52 pm

    CNBC clip –

    Did y’all listen to the entire thing? His solution to high oil prices? Take Iraq’s oil? Uhmmm… I think there’s a little problem with the sovereignty of nations there.

    I’m no fan of the UN; in fact I think its a f’ing joke, but you don’t just set up your military in a sovereign country and tell them you’re taking their resources at gunpoint.
    ———

    Blow
    I heard the Donald say this a few days ago and I have been thinking about it since then.

    Remember when Bush the Pet Goat told us we were going to root out Bin Laden, then lost focus and went after Saddam…and when the country was up in arms about the cost of a war, Bushie told us that THEIR OIL would pay for the cost of the war.

    Now is it moral to take the oil, I don’t know, but it could be that if the Iraqis want our troops there, they need to pay for them. Nothin’ wrong with that. They want our soldiers to build schools, use the oil to pay for it.

    True that Bush bombed the Hell out of their country and we have paid for ten years since, with blood and taxes.

    I don’t have the answer, but I sure as Hell don’t want to continue to give away the farm.

  120. also, it appears the sister of Waffles wasn’t asked which hospital he was born at. pretty simple questions. Looks like the propping up of waffles continues.

  121. tim

    isn’t this sweet, now they are hauling out the sister of Waffles to say she remembers him being born in HI.

    Pretty amazing that she remembers him being born considering she’s younger than him.

    —————

    That’s so pitiful, it’s almost funny.

    Disinformation for the Jim Jones crew.

  122. Clinton to attend NATO meeting, visit Seoul, Tokyo

    Mon Apr 11, 2011 4:58pm EDT

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Secretary of State Hillary Clinton travels to Berlin this week for a NATO foreign ministers meeting expected to focus on Libya and then continues to South Korea and Japan, the State Department said on Monday.

    The Western security alliance will meet as NATO uses air power to help Libyan rebels seeking to end Muammar Gaddafi’s 42-year rule in the oil-exporting Arab nation, the latest to see a popular revolt against authoritarian leaders.

    Clinton will be in Berlin from Wednesday through Friday for the talks among the North Atlantic Treaty Organization’s 28 members, who will also discuss Afghanistan and hold separate meetings with Georgia, Russia and Ukraine.

    She will travel to Seoul on Saturday and Sunday amid a diplomatic flurry that seems designed to try to resume talks on ending North Korea’s nuclear programs.

    A South Korean nuclear envoy is in Washington this week to meet top officials, including Deputy Secretary of State Jim Steinberg and Stephen Bosworth, the U.S. special representative for North Korea policy.

    Clinton ends her trip in Tokyo on Sunday in a gesture of support to Japan following its March 11 earthquake and tsunami, which killed thousands, crippled a nuclear power plant and rattled the world’s third-largest economy.

    While in Japan, she will meet Japanese Prime Minister Naoto Kan and Foreign Minister Takeaki Matsumoto.

    http://www.reuters.com/article/2011/04/11/us-usa-clinton-travel-idUSTRE73A7D320110411

  123. henry
    April 11th, 2011 at 5:46 pm

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

    LOL, I wish.

    pm’s question makes me feel old. Or maybe she is just new to the US?

  124. Trump has certainly brightened up my life. To finally see someone take on that asshole BHO is so gratifying. I actually think he can win. To hear Plouffe say he has zero chance means he has a good chance. I want Hillary, of course, but I’d pick The Donald over obomba any day.

  125. Soros and Volker appear at Bretton Woods Conference. Soros claims we are looking at another banking crisis. He supports further taxpayer bailouts in that event under the concept of too big to fail. Volker says bullshit. Let them fail if it comes down to that. But lets regulated them closely as well. Volker WAS chairman of the Economic Recovery Advisory Board. Obama did not want to hear what he had to say, so he replaced him with his political contributor and crony Jeffrey Immelt, who pays no business taxes and is the biggest outsourcer of jobs. Jay Cost thinks the Republicans will connect the dots and prove that Obama is a failure. That is not the problem however. The real problem is he is succeeding in is mission to destroy the United States, and create a global order.
    ——————————–
    Soros Warns Moral Hazard ‘Looms’ as Volcker Says Banks Can Fail
    Monday, 11 Apr 2011 07:43 AM Article Font Size

    Moral hazard in the financial system “looms larger than ever before,” even after the Dodd-Frank law gave U.S. federal agencies tools to regulate institutions that may be deemed too big to fail, said billionaire investor George Soros.

    “The evidence is overwhelming that the first priority of the authorities is to prevent a market collapse, and everything else has to take second place,” Soros, chairman of Soros Fund Management LLC, said yesterday at a conference in Bretton Woods, New Hampshire.

    Paul Volcker, former Federal Reserve Chairman, challenged the notion that large financial institutions wouldn’t be allowed to collapse, and asked Soros whether the extra yield on Goldman Sachs Group Inc. bonds relative to Treasurys would widen if the firm gave up its bank license.

    “Probably currently it wouldn’t go up very much, but it would go up,” Soros said.

    The Fed allowed investment banks Goldman Sachs and Morgan Stanley to convert to bank holding companies in September 2008. Dodd-Frank, the financial-regulation law enacted in July, gave the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. authority to wind down complex firms after the bankruptcy of Lehman Brothers Holdings Inc. exacerbated the credit crisis and forced the U.S. to bail out companies including American International Group Inc.

    “So you’re not 100 percent sure,” Volker replied. “You want a tough administrator, you get Sheila Bair up here and she’ll tell you what will happen if you fail on her watch.”

    Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation Chairman Bair told bankers last month that while the Dodd-Frank law is not “perfect,” it will strengthen the sector by giving the agency tools to regulate “too-big-to-fail” institutions.

    Goldman Sachs Notes

    Goldman Sachs’ $1.5 billion of 5.15 percent notes due January 2014 traded at 107.21 cents on the dollar to yield 111.6 basis points more than similar-maturity Treasurys as of April 8, according to Trace, the bond-price reporting system of the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority.

    “It’s clear they’re clinging to this banking license they got during the crisis because they think the market would permit them to fail if they weren’t a bank,” Volker said. “Otherwise, why would they be holding onto the banking license with all the additional regulation?”

    Volcker, 83, is known for taming inflation in the 1980s as Fed chairman and he provided advice on economic issues as well as the rewriting of regulations for financial institutions. The law enacting those regulations included the so-called Volcker rule, which banned proprietary trading at banks and restricted their investments in private-equity and hedge funds.

    He was President Barack Obama’s head of Obama’s Economic Recovery Advisory Board and was replaced by General Electric Co. Chief Executive Officer Jeffrey Immelt.

    Moral Hazard

    Europe’s refusal to allow members of the monetary union to restructure their debt has added to moral hazard in the financial system, Soros said. Portugal will start negotiations with the European Union and the International Monetary Fund this week on a rescue package estimated at 80 billion euros ($116 billion). The country was forced to seek aid, following Greece and Ireland, after its budget gap helped drive up borrowing costs.

    “Look at the situation in Europe, for instance, where authorities are insisting on no renegotiation or restructuring on outstanding debt because that could possibly provide a financial banking crisis,” Soros said. “At the present we bail out, but in the future we will bail in. It has absolutely no credibility.”

    Soros Bets

    Soros, 80, reportedly made $1 billion in a successful bet in 1992 that Britain would fail to keep its currency in a European exchange-rate system that pre-dated the euro. Other successful trades included a bet that the deutsche mark would rise after the collapse of the Berlin wall and a wager that Japanese stocks would start to tumble in 1989.

    He and Volker spoke at a conference sponsored by the Institute for New Economic Thinking, which Soros helped found and supports.

    U.S. and European officials met in Bretton Woods in 1944 to draw up rules that governed much of the world economy for almost three decades. Nations agreed to fix exchange rates, establish the International Monetary Fund and start the process of rebuilding Europe’s economy in the aftermath of World War II.

    The Bretton Woods era ended in 1971, when inflation forced the U.S. to abandon the dollar’s peg to gold, an anchor of the system, heralding the era of floating exchange rates.

    Read more: Soros Warns Moral Hazard ‘Looms’ as Volcker Says Banks Can Fail

  126. Isn’t this sweet, now they are hauling out the sister of Waffles to say she remembers him being born in HI.

    Pretty amazing that she remembers him being born considering she’s younger than him.

    —————

    This birth certificate business is a tar baby for Obama.

    “The Tar-Baby is a doll made of tar and turpentine used to entrap Br’er Rabbit in the second of the Uncle Remus stories. The more that Br’er Rabbit fights the Tar-Baby, the more entangled he becomes. In modern usage, “tar baby” refers to any “sticky situation” that is only aggravated by additional contact. The only way to solve such a situation is by separation.[1]”

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

  127. #
    nomobama
    April 11th, 2011 at 9:14 pm

    I wonder when the black community will start attacking Donald Trump.
    ———————————————————————
    Donald Trump has made it abundantly clear ( in action not words) he promotes people on merit, not on gender or race. He is not a racist or a sexist(even with the trophy wives!), he realizes that BHO is incompetent. I’d like to see what the black community comes up with. It would ring hollow although, unfortunately, some people fall for that BS.

  128. What are these republicans afraid of? Why are they running away from the BC issue — ‘nothing to see here, everything checked out, we checked..’

  129. Perhaps the Republicans are afraid that if the things Trump is talking about continue to get attention and enter the public discussion it will show how weak they were in 2008 and today…

  130. “#
    Mrs. Smith
    April 11th, 2011 at 6:03 pm

    henry
    April 11th, 2011 at 5:27 pm

    Sounds about right, henry- I taped Mildred Pierce last night and watching it now between postings… Love the clothes…”

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

    Perhaps you could send a copy to MO for some pointers.

    What a fabulous film!

  131. ok, I just saw ann coutler on Fox, on Hannity’s show, first I never really liked this woman, I do enjoy some of her columns, like her column “Obama was selected not elected” when Hillary was pushed out. But all I see her do is promote some book of hers every once a while.

    what the hell is the matter with these repubs? maybe they are afraid of Trump because he goes after both sides. He sure wasn’t that kind to Bush either, and he’s tearing Waffles apart now.

  132. Norma Desmond
    April 11th, 2011 at 5:30 pm
    PM – and he loves his child. Right? And his wife?

    Wants to see them safe –
    **************************
    I wondered what happened to his aggressiveness. Of course, he never got Cheney either.

  133. Trump has been on so many shows now, Fox and Friends, then CNBC, and now Greta’s show.

    then he does CNN, MSNBC. The man seems to be going on all shows of all spectrums.

  134. I can’t stop laughing when a Trump video plays.. He asks the best questions: ” when was the last time you ever say any bridge building going on in this country?” China, he says, is building bridges, rail systems, airports.. Trumps adds, our bridges are falling down, Laguardia Airport is filthy, broken-

    When was the last time a politician ever mentioned these things? Answer: NEVA!

    All the politicians do is tell us how we have to sacrifice and suffer; while they give themselves a second raise since this crisis began!

    LOVE Trump!

  135. tim
    April 11th, 2011 at 9:59 pm

    As long as Trump keeps the heart turned on HIGH under Obama, theres a certain gratification I receive from it- maybe I equate it to Obama’s HELL on Earth… and that I can live with quite comfortably! 😆

  136. Did y’all listen to the entire thing? His solution to high oil prices? Take Iraq’s oil? Uhmmm… I think there’s a little problem with the sovereignty of nations there.

    I’m no fan of the UN; in fact I think its a f’ing joke, but you don’t just set up your military in a sovereign country and tell them you’re taking their resources at gunpoint.
    ————————
    The way to do it would be to negotiate i) a 20 year contract with Iraq ii) which stabilizes the price of Iraqi oil at 25% below OPEC level, iii) makes us and our coalition partners the exclusive buyers (not China or Russia), iv) reimburses us for a portion of our sunk cost, v) pays a portion of our costs going forward, including special forces who remain behind. That gives us de facto control, while paying obeisance to the concept of sovereignty.

  137. http://www.politico.com/politico44/perm/0411/around_the_world_ec3e6f23-a8f5-43f6-8ccb-06eb44c3da5c.html

    Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is going to Germany, South Korea and Japan in the coming days, the State Department announced Monday.

    From Wednesday to Friday, Clinton will travel to Berlin, where she will meet with foreign ministers to discuss Libya and Afghanistan, and attend Amb. Richard Holbrooke’s memorial service at the American Academy. She also will get the Walther Rathenau Prize “for outstanding contributions to international understanding and cooperation,” State Department spokesman Mark Toner said in a statement.

    Over the weekend, Clinton will be in Seoul, where she’ll meet with President Lee Myung-bak “as part of our ongoing efforts to strengthen the alliance and to discuss cooperation on regional issues.”

    And on Sunday, the secretary of state will travel to Tokyo “to show the United States’ support for the people of Japan and to highlight our long-standing commitment to the alliance,” meeting with Prime Minister Naoto Kan, Foreign Minister Takeaki Matsumoto and other senior officials. She’ll also visit the U.S. Embassy there.

  138. BCL – “Of course, he never got Cheney either.”

    But he DID get Richard Armitage – and did zip. Libby took the fall.

  139. damn@! now he’s going after Waffles on that DeathCare legislation. This man needs to run, please run Mr.Trump.

  140. I guess we will see how seriously the WH takes Trump, they sent out poofy boy to do some mosquito swipes at Trump, lets see who they send out next, its will be easier to gauge their fear based on who they send out.

    The problem Waffles has, Trump is a no nonsense man who has most of the connections to the people Waffles gets his money from, Trump is open about it, and he won’t sit down and shut up and is openly mocking the media for “protecting Obama” (his words.)

  141. Perhaps the Republicans are afraid that if the things Trump is talking about continue to get attention and enter the public discussion it will show how weak they were in 2008 and today…
    ———————-
    Absolutely. They are an opposition party in name only.

  142. That was quite masterful to scoff at Greta about Birth Certifi-Gate and come back with “I’m surprised at you Greta..”, deftly jump to O’Care needs to go to the Supreme Court, jumps back to the birth cert and gets in ‘Supreme Court’ again in the same sentence thereby rather linking all 3 ideas indirectly. Lovin’ every minute of it. It’s like watching a PUMA toy with a mouse.

  143. pm317
    April 11th, 2011 at 9:38 pm

    what is Ann Coulter smoking?
    ——-
    I have no idea but she is really off the reservation.

    I can’t stand her.

  144. Mrs. S.

    All the politicians do is tell us how we have to sacrifice and suffer; while they give themselves a second raise since this crisis began!
    ——
    No kidding, cut SS, cut what little we might have…and raise their pay, pay them if the gov shuts down, perks, planes, tax cuts to the rich.

  145. “I turned on as the Ann Coulter interview was ending, what did she say?”

    All about how people asking for a BC were idiots, then that Christie has to run or repubs will lose. This woman really annoys me, once in a while I love her columns, but most of the time, I really don’t like her or listening to her. All she seems to do is go around promoting her books. She dismissed Trump saying that BC has been online, makes me think this woman bought the bag of lies hook, line and sinker.

  146. BigCatLover

    Shadowfax
    I turned on as the Ann Coulter interview was ending, what did she say?

    ————
    She thinks the BC issue is all bunk that Hillary brought up and Trump shouldn’t run, she doesn’t seem to like him.

  147. NO I think there is a repub coverup. They’ve gotten together and decided to let this one slide either to protect their lack of action on the issue in 2008 or for another reason that I don’t know yet. They all pretty much stick together to follow the party line to the end.

  148. BigCat, maybe because they know Barry is weak and they want to get more goodies while he is still in his first term? Or maybe because someone like Rubio might have problems with the Natural Born Citizenship?

    I don’t know.

  149. Seems to me as Trump gets more support, he becomes more aggressive.

    He is still polite, but he isn’t going to take any crap.

    Go Donald, go!!

  150. Oh man, I just saw that interview with Poof-boy, that is one creepy looking man. There is something very creepy about him. Not sure what, not good though.

  151. One other Republican I could vote for is Jan Brewer. I think she is great the way she just keeps fighting in AZ.

    She isn’t running for Prez, but I sure like her spirit.

  152. Ann Coulter is flat out wrong this time…wrong about Hillary & BC…

    …and bottom line she supports Christie…she has for a long time…she does not want anything to get in the way of Christie…who seemed to be sailing along…

    …but you snooze, you lose…Christie has insisted he is not in and not running…he may have protested too much…like the runner or horse that hesitates…and suddenly from out of no where comes one no one expected to go for the finish line…Christie may have closed his own door by doth protesting tooooo much…

  153. maybe because they know Barry is weak and they want to get more goodies while he is still in his first term

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

    And they want him intact for the 2012 nomination, too.

  154. Republicans are guilty and complicit in the 08 fraud because they didn’t want McCain to win. They were enablers and don’t want to admit guilt. Too many people and both parties and the media are all involved in this farce called Obama which is where he gets his audacity from. He thinks he is never getting caught.

  155. I never much cared for Trump as Mr. New York High Society and never watched his TV show; however, it’s hard not to be impressed with someone who is asking the questions and bringing up the subjects that need to be asked and brought up, and which everyone else is afraid to do.

    Beyond the BC issue (which is good, but I wish he would include the “natural born citizen” “dual citizenship at birth” part of it as well), he is actually questioning the fraud’s vastly over-rated intelligence, his policies, as well as the media’s protection of him from the very beginning. Who would have thunk it?

    And he’s doing it in a style that I like – absolutely won’t allow anyone to talk over him (love those “Excuse Me”s) or change the subject on him.

    Don’t know where this will end up, but for now he’s making all of the other potential Repub candidates look pretty lame, boring, cowardly, and compliant. I think T is tapping into the sentiments of a large segment of frustrated voters of all stripes and I hope he continues to get traction.

  156. He thinks he is never getting caught.
    ————————–
    never . . . is a long long time. Especially in the world of politics, where things can change in the twinkling of an eye. I guarantee you they are running scared. And so are a lot of other people who were either complicit, or failed to do their homework. Take CNN for example. They want us to believe they have plumbed the depths of the birth certificate issue and there is no there there. So they tell us all the things they have done to investigate. What they live in terror of is that the things they haven’t done will be done by Trump’s investigators, or by anonymous tips. If I wanted a critical issue with criminal overtones to be investigated I would not rely on an investigative journalist–especially Ishikoff. They tend to stop when the find what they are looking for, and do not go beyond it. I would rely on a professional detective, who was formerly FBI. That is what Trump is doing.

  157. Just think about it for a minute. A billionaire who owns casinos? Do you think he just might have some good detectives and investigators on staff? I mean state of the art. And do you think those detectives are well connected–maybe?

  158. I will tell you another little secret. They do not have investigative journalists any more. You have people like Brian Ross at ABC who have the title. But they are not true investigative journalists. The last time I saw Ross he was interviewing an inebriated Senator Lautenberg at the Dimocratic Convention to prove that the spending was lavish. Now there is a revelation for you. The world stood still when they heard that news. But the real reason why investigative journalism is dead is because it has a poor roi–return on investment. I mentioned before a friend of mine who ran the best small town newspaper in the country, and whose father was president of the Newspaper Publishers Association. He had two top notch investigative reporters on staff. They would spend weeks, sometimes months digging. Most of what they came up with got discarded because they could not reach a definitive conclusion, or could not verify it. As a result, they were forced by the laws of economics to curtail that activity. That is the same dynamic we have with big media today, which makes them vulnerable to being shown up by well paid well qualified detectives covering the same issues with time on their side.

  159. wbboei, he is betting that people will be afraid of the constitutional crisis or humiliation of electing him, he is thinking they will ‘protect’ him to save their own faces, their own butts, and their own careers.. Like that CNBC guy said this will be bigger than watergate on the scale of embarrassment for everyone involved down to the last drooling Obot who voted for him.

    And yeah, no money for investigative reporting which is why they fill their pages with Lindsey Lohan or other such crap.

  160. SUNDAY @ 10pm est

    new series on the History Channel

    INSPECTION OF AMERICA

    reporting on : America’s roads, bridges, dams etc…
    __________________

    Trump is pushing this on his agenda-

    Obama is going to need another vacay and a cigarette after this is televised-

  161. Ann Coulter is like Herpes…just when you think you got rid of it, it pops up again. She is Obama in drag…thinks she is all about Ann and thinks she is so hot tossing her hair around just to make sure we see her strut her stuff…just like BO. She is of the past generation like O’Really, Hannity, Scarborough, Limbaugh who made their bones by attacking the Clintons with a vengence back in the 1990’s and like an aging high school athelete who’s only claim to fame is their past glory days, they keep trying to go back to those same old attacks.

    Ann Coulter is a constipated, elitist Barbara Walters who makes you want to scratch on a chalkboard to relieve the pain of having to listen to her voice.

  162. JanH
    April 11th, 2011 at 12:53 pm
    gonzotx
    April 11th, 2011 at 12:36 pm

    I get this horrible feeling that we about to lose Japan….Literally.
    —————————-

    It is so sad what is going on there.

    *******

    I agree. I can’t believe what those people are going through. And they are in a position where they are almost isolated. I don’t know even if food and goods are getting to them because of the nuclear exposure. The day it happened my friend told me she thought Japan was ended as a country and I refused to believe it but it looks more dire every passing day. I wish someone could find a way to rescue the people and the animals and give them some relief.

  163. Southern Born, I like your description of Coulter, she is a has been still trying to milk CDS when many have actually moved on and even turned to the Clintons.

  164. Charles Blow floats a lame defense: He [Trump]is exploiting the public! Trumps the Race Card, eh, Charlie- Uh-huh!

  165. http://www.vanityfair.com/society/features/2011/05/top-one-percent-201105?curren
    tPage=all
    {“While the top 1 percent have seen their incomes rise 18 percent over
    the past decade, those in the middle have actually seen their incomes
    fall. For men with only high-school degrees, the decline has been
    precipitous — 12 percent in the last quarter-century alone. All the growth
    in recent decades — and more — has gone to those at the top.”
    [….]
    “Virtually all U.S. senators, and most of the representatives in the
    House, are members of the top 1 percent when they arrive, are kept in
    office by money from the top 1 percent, and know that if they serve the
    top 1 percent well they will be rewarded by the top 1 percent when they
    leave office. By and large, the key executive-branch policymakers on
    trade and economic policy also come from the top 1 percent. “}

  166. Inside report from Fukushima nuclear reactor evacuation zone

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yp9iJ3pPuL8&feature=youtu.be

    videonewscom — Apr 6, 2011 —

    Fukushima, Japan – The Japanese government has issued the evacuation order on March 12 for the residents living within the 20 kilometer radius of the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant. Since then, residents have left their homes, and the “no man land” has been out of touch with the rest of the world. A Japanese journalist, Tetsuo Jimbo, ventured through the evacuation zone last Sunday, and filed the following video report. He says that, inside the evacuation zone, homes,building, roads and bridges, which were torn down by Tsunami, are left completely untouched, and the herd of cattle and pet dogs, left behind by the owners, wonders around the town while the radiation level remains far beyond legal limits. Watch the video report.

  167. Mrs. Smith – as far as I recall, Fitzgerald was going great guns UNTIL he ran up against Obama’s involvement. Then he sidetracked, started playing basketball with Obama in Chicago (no joke).

    BTW, I agree with you about Trump always saying “why won’t he show the birth certificate?” He talks a lot about a lot of things, but he always manages to repeat that very simple statement several times in an interview. I think it’s very effective. Really leaves the “why” in the listener’s mind….

  168. I hope Trump gets some even more specific come backs prepared for these interviews. For instance, he has mentioned that Obama has spent 2 million keeping the BC hidden. I think he needs to throw that out at a more opportune time – like when they say, “he HAS shown his BC”, he can say, “that’s not the BC, and if it WERE the real BC, then why would he spend all that money in court to keep it hidden?”

  169. Agreed, lorac- We were holding our breath waiting for Obama’s testimony ans hearing more about his involvement with Rezko. Rod Blagovich was left waiting for the prosecutor to call Obama to the witness stand- but he never did- Instead he changed the direction of the trial excluding Obama in the process.

  170. I remember when the woman on Fox & Friends on the weekends was doing that series on the caucus fraud. I had such hopes that it would lead to something.

    I’m feeling excited again about this Trump stuff. I don’t want to get let down again!

    If we can’t have Hillary, we at least deserve to have the truth come out – and to have the bum thrown away!

  171. I don’t know if they have already disabled the link ..or if it’s my browser…

    anyway, here is the story- warning at the end of the article:

    Rev Wright, you’re on standby- 🙂
    _____________________

    Another Body Blow… Trump Goes After Obama’s Close Ties to Crook Rezko

    Today Donald Trump went after Obama’s close ties to convicted criminal Tony Rezko.

    IB Times reported:

    President Obama “never did a deal in his life except with Tony Rezko,” said Donald Trump on Fox News.

    “People should look into that one,” he added.

    Trump once again went on the offensive against Obama. His previous point of attack was doubts over Obama’s birthplace. Now, it’s the latter’s long history with Tony Rezko, who Hillary Clinton in 2008 called a “slum landlord.”

    Rezko is am Illinoisan political fundraiser who was convicted for fraud and bribery in 2008. He was accused of using his political position to extort money from businesses seeking contracts from the Illinois Teachers System Board and the Illinois Health Facilities Planning Board.

    Back in the 1990s (before Rezko’s offenses took place), two companies owned by Rezko gave the first ever contributions to Obama’s Illinois Senate campaign. In the 2000s, he served on Obama’s U.S. Senate campaign finance committee.

    In 2005, Rezko’s wife bought a lot adjacent to a house Obama purchased for $625,000 and subsequently sold a part of it to Obama. The deal generated much controversy back in Obama’s 2008 presidential campaign.

    Reverend Jeremiah G-D America Wright… You’re on standby.

    http://gatewaypundit.rightnetwork.com/2011/04/now-trump-goes-after-obamas-close-ties-to-crook-rezko/?utm_source=twitterfeed&utm_medium=twitter

  172. I suspect a big reason that so many congresscritters and MSM are disparaging Trump is because if the worst is true, then they are all involved in the coverup, in one way or another. The very least would be refusing to vet a presidential candidate. But there could be way worse charges. Especially for the DNC, and especially for Pelosi. And I hope she gets charged.

  173. Paul Ryan and the New Politics of Sadism — “We are in an age dominated on one side by the New Politics of Sadism. Hurtful policies are enacted, not because of any logical benefit they might bring, but specifically because they hurt people the Republicans want to hurt.”

  174. This comment is a potpourri. First, regarding admin April 11th, 2011 at 6:05 pm This guy [Trump]is everywhere:
    —————-
    and yet he was not listed in the top stories on CBS evening news, nor reported on during the o’dark:thirty news casts Up To The Minute (CBS) or World News Now (ABC), nor early morning locals. Ergo, message control is very evident and they ARE scared.

    Next: ABC this morning: The cuts Boehner negotiated are projects with unspent funds and Obama was already planning to cut them. And furthermore, Obama’s budget speech was planned before the ‘deal’ was reached.

    Most outrageous news I have heard this morning although the situation has been going on for 6 years:
    …At his public school, Little Village Academy on Chicago’s West Side, students are not allowed to pack lunches from home. Unless they have a medical excuse, they must eat the food served in the cafeteria. Principal Elsa Carmona said her intention is to protect students from their own unhealthful food choices. “Nutrition wise, it is better for the children to eat at the school,” Carmona said. “It’s about the nutrition and the excellent quality food that they are able to serve (in the lunchroom). It’s milk versus a Coke. But with allergies and any medical issue, of course, we would make an exception.” Carmona said she created the policy six years ago after watching students bring “bottles of soda and flaming hot chips” on field trips for their lunch. Although she would not name any other schools that employ such practices, she said it was fairly common. A Chicago Public Schools spokeswoman said she could not say how many schools prohibit packed lunches and that decision is left to the judgment of the principals. “While there is no formal policy, principals use common sense judgment based on their individual school environments,” Monique Bond wrote in an email. “In this case, this principal is encouraging the healthier choices and attempting to make an impact that extends beyond the classroom.” Any school that bans homemade lunches also puts more money in the pockets of the district’s food provider, Chartwells-Thompson. The federal government pays the district for each free or reduced-price lunch taken, and the caterer receives a set fee from the district per lunch….
    http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/education/ct-met-school-lunch-restrictions-041120110410,0,4567867.story

    Last item: Some hope from one of the new Republicans swept into the House last November [his campaign quietly funded in part by SarahPAC ($3500) ] states in letter “…Our nation’s seniors have worked hard, paying into Social Security with the expectation that their funds would be available upon retirement. The federal government’s inability to control spending over the last decade should not be translated into broken promises to our senior citizens. I do not support reforms that will harm those who are currently receiving Social Security or Medicare benefits, or those who are near the age of retirement. Furthermore, I strongly believe that Social Security and Medicare must remain solvent in the long term….”

    I know, I know. But it’s nice to see it in print.

  175. If Donald Trump can push these issues to the breaking point it will be fun to watch the feeding frenzy when the people on the fringes of this conspiracy see the blood in the water and decide to save themselves. Is there life after Obama? How many will go down with him? Was anyone in the press or congress covering for Nixon, what happened to them?

    We know Woodward and Bernstein were set for life.

  176. Video @ link:

    http://blogs.wsj.com/washwire/2011/04/11/trump-will-probably-run-as-independent-if-he-doesnt-win-gop-nomination/
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    Vive la différence- with racist Bill Cosby who comes across as “drunk” on the Today Show speaking in derogatory terms against Trump. The sad thing about it, he couldn’t make any sense to anyone listening to a diatribe mostly of jibberish slanted in childish cat calls and one liners against Trump. Oddly enough, supposedly, Cosby was there to speak on his pet project ‘Education’ with the president of Southern CT University and chose to focus on Trump rather than do some good for kids education.

    After Cosby’s outburst of insults volleyed at Trump, Trump said in the WSJ interview above, Cosby pretended to be his BFF pre-broadcast in the Green Room.

    Cosby looking to score points for the Titanic? Seems so-
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    Trump Will ‘Probably’ Run as Independent If He Doesn’t Win GOP Nomination

    Donald Trump will “probably” run as an independent candidate for U.S. President in 2012 if he does not receive the Republican party’s nomination, he told the Wall Street Journal in a video interview on Monday.

    “I hate what’s happening to the country,” said Mr. Trump, a real estate tycoon and host of the NBC show “Celebrity Apprentice.” He will not formally make a decision until June, however, when this season of his television show is over. “I can’t run during the airing of that show,” Mr. Trump said, “I’m not allowed to.” But he said he would make an announcement “by June” and his candidacy looks increasingly likely.

    Mr. Trump’s candidacy would complicate matters for the GOP as it looks to front someone who can unite the fractious party and mount a serious challenge to President Obama’s reelection bid. A recent Wall Street Journal/NBC poll recently found Mr. Trump tied for second place with former Arkansas governor Mike Huckabee among likely voters in a GOP primary. Mitt Romney, the former Massachusetts governor who moved a step closer to formally declaring his own candidacy Monday, is still the frontrunner, though not by a wide margin.

    “I think the Republicans are very concerned that I [may] run as an independent,” Mr. Trump said. His support is highest among the conservative wing of the party, not least because he is among the so-called “birthers” who doubt that President Obama in fact was born in the U.S. “It’s a very important issue,” Mr. Trump said of demanding that President Obama show his birth certificate, which has separately been reviewed by the media and deemed legitimate. “I’m not ashamed of having raised that issue.”

    “I am very conservative,” said Mr. Trump. “The concern is if I don’t win [the GOP primary] will I run as an independent, and I think the answer is probably yes.” Mr. Trump said he thought he “could possibly win as an independent,” adding, “I’m not doing it for any other reason. I like winning.”

    As for foreign policy, Mr. Trump said he is “only interested in Libya if we take the oil,” and that if he were President, “I would not leave Iraq and let Iran take over the oil.” He remains sharply critical of the Chinese, asserting that as President, “I would tell China that you’re either going to shape up, or I’m going to tax you at 25% for all the products you send into this country.”

    “I’m all for free trade, but it’s got to be fair trade,” he said. “China has taken advantage of this country for a long time.” Regarding the $300 billion he said China stands to make from trade with the U.S. this year, Mr. Trump said, “What’s protectionism? …I want to be protected if that’s the case.” As for pending trade deals with Colombia, Korea and other countries, he said he would only sign them if they were the right deals for the U.S. “If it’s a bad deal, I wouldn’t sign it,” he said.

    As for whether his candidacy is an elaborate hoax, or a publicity stunt, Mr. Trump said, “I don’t need to do this for ratings on the Apprentice. This is too important, our country is in trouble, our country is not being properly led. It needs help.” –

  177. Wow- Fast reporting of Cosby’s outburst on the Today show: Trump fires back at Cosby stupidity!

    Video of what Cosby said on the Today Show:

    http://youtu.be/pLduMDDrM9I

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    Donald Trump is on the attack against Bill Cosby after what the comedian said about the billionaire during an interview on “The Today Show.”

    The “Celebrity Apprentice” host released a statement Monday, claiming he was “surprised” with what Cosby said, according to TMZ.

    “While I have never been a fan of Cosby’s, I had always assumed he liked or respected me because every time I met him … he was always so nice,” Trump said.

    During an interview with Meredith Viera Thursday, Cosby stunned the host into silence when he criticized Trump over his presidential aspirations.

    “Oh, please with Donald Trump,” Cosby said. “Take him home with you.”

    “Now why do you say that?” Viera asked. “Because he’s full of it,” Cosby responded.

    Trump has said he can’t publically declare his candidacy until this season of “Celebrity Apprentice” ends, but Cosby is not buying it.

    “You run, or shut up…but the only thing he’s running is his mouth,” Cosby said about Trump.

    In the statement, the real estate mogul fired back: “I wish he would be more honest, and if he doesn’t want me to run because he’s obviously an Obama fan, he should state the reasons and not come into my “green room” in front of numerous witnesses and treat me like his best friend, only to denigrate me when I’m not around.”

    The would-be president said Cosby’s statements could have been a ploy to create a media buzz about the comedian.

    “Sadly, he got more attention talking about me than he did on the merits of his own appearance,” Trump said. “Maybe he is not as dumb as I thought.”

  178. turndownobama
    April 12th, 2011 at 8:48 am
    What does Trump say about Social Security and Medicare?
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    I’ve been wondering the same thing. He’s a conservative he says and a businessman. That makes me nervous. But, he is actually talking about things that need to be talked about, so I’m still listening.

  179. Mormaer: “Why is Rezko locked away like an enemy combatant for years? Isn’t that unconstitutional as in cruel and unusual not to let him be sentenced and serve in a Club Fed like all the other white collar thieves.”
    *******

    We’ve noticed this before. Remember that Rezko said he would start singing in September? This imprisonment without sentencing is getting to him. He’s a family man and wants out. He’s been in jail for 2 ½ years without sentencing, and he has publicly set a September deadline… he’s saying this for ø’s benefit – that is, the pres primary season begins in earnest in September. If Rezko doesn’t get sentenced – and lightly – by September, he’s going to sing and ø is going to take it hard.

  180. Got permission from Sophie B Hawkins this morning to repost this. Please read. She hit’s the nail.

    I’m sad happy

    Dash said last night, “I’m happy. Sad happy.” In my own way I feel the sorrow of growing, of seeing, of learning. On the one hand I’ve met profoundly committed people since 2008, people who put their lives on hold and sometimes never get back to them because they discover an injustice in our society and they want to expose it, right it. And I’ve also met people who have sold their souls to the extent they seem to be mind controlled, and I’ve encountered and even been taken by people who I consider evil, in that they steal from you knowing it’s your last dime.

    I have a nervous sense about the world, I try to spin my feelings to positivity, and I do, but there is something gnawing at my mind. It’s as if the biggest tsunami is yet to come. So many people I talk to cannot sleep, young and old, we feel there is an agenda being played out that benefits only a few, crafty individuals. But no one I listen to agrees on the agenda or the culprits, although the outcome will be the same. A loss of freedom, a loss of humanity, an almost unbearable burden to carry. Or, is it an awakening?

    Are we living the predictions of so many religions’ from thousands of years, that we will have destruction and chaos on a scale never before known, and then a coming of some spiritual leader, and peace? After all, billions of thoughts and prayers over all these centuries have made it so, even if it weren’t necessarily so to begin with. Can we undo the destruction and chaos part with fervent prayers and incantations of love and light? Or do we just observe, prepare for the worst and hope for the best?

    What makes it different for me is the person that says, “I’m happy. Sad happy”. I want his childhood to be a childhood, as magical as Peter Pan, as original as the boy himself. I feel the man at the helm of America is as invested in our success as Lily Tomlin’s telephone company was invested in service, “we don’t care and we don’t have to.” That used to be funny, but it’s an attitude that pervades everyday life so much that we’ve become defiantly impersonal.

    I treasure moments of real connection, not Internet connection. I muse that Dash is the only person I know who’s not always on the phone. We still have an eighteenth century relationship reading together, painting, walking, talking, laughing, cooking, playing and eating. I am so lucky to experience this, and it’s come late enough in my existence that I know how much it’s worth. I curse death and destruction. I want to hold onto life, the goodness, the simplicity of life, more than ever.

    The concept of leadership has become meaningless in this world; I wouldn’t follow a government official to the bathroom. We need to find leadership within ourselves, even in the way we think about ourselves. Are we victims, are we pioneers, are we trail blazers, are we “me tooers”, are we blamers, or do we take responsibility? Do we shame other people for exploring; do we need to belong so badly we stop telling ourselves the truth?

    The answer is not in followers, a true leader leads even when there are no followers brave enough to go there. Harriet Tubman said, “I could have saved more is they’d known they were slaves”. I don’t think we’ve known we are free.

    I’ll never forget Bill Clinton saying at the democratic convention, speaking over the standing ovation that wouldn’t end, “It’s gonna be a hard fight to win against John McCain, because he LOVES this country.” I nudged the person next to me with tears in my eyes, “he’s giving us a signal”, I said.

    Bill Clinton made us leaders, he inspired us to open up, even those who disliked him, and find new levels of wanting to be great. In retrospect, although in very different ways, Reagan did he same. Obama talks about winning the future, but I feel he’s stealing it. Perhaps he’s just a representation, a puppet of a master I don’t want to worship. Remember Bowie’s “The man who sold the world”? Now I would say it’s the man who stole the world, and compared to him, our president is just a petty thief.

    http://site.sophiebhawkins.com/post/4549085998/im-sad-happy#disqus_thread

  181. Trumps views and a partial platform are on the internet:

    Trump’s Platform:

    Published: Apr 9, 2011
    Author: various references
    Post Date: 2011-04-09

    In his 2000 tome, “The America We Deserve”, economic policies Trump proposed include:

    * Institution of a once-only 14.25% tax on personal estates and trusts over $10 million, which he estimated would raise $5.7 trillion in revenue toward retirement of the national debt, tax cuts for the middle class, and supplementing the funding of Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid; and, by way of compensating this one-time tax on the wealthy, permanent abolishment of the 55% federal inheritance tax.

    Trump’s political stances included the following:

    * Pro-life

    * Anti-gun control

    * Advocates for the repeal and replacement of Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act

    * Anti-foreign aid

    * Supports a fair trade policy and believes generally that the People’s Republic of China should be considered more of an adversarial competitor, subjected to significant import tariffs (25%) as a response to China’s currency policy in order to help balance the U.S. budget.

    * Believes the U.S. should disengage in Iraq and Afghanistan and work a deal with Iraq and Libya for the lion’s share of the Oil for a XX yr period to cover expenses, then leave. (Smart Plan, imo)

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    In a nutshell- the wars are what have bankrupted our economy besides the theft perpetrated by Hedge Fund Cos reckless use of derivatives, the reason why they went broke with our money and destabilized our economy to the point of people losing their homes. Then to add insult to injury, Bush and the Republicans gave our jobs away. Obama is Bush III continuing to carry water for the Repubs- and why I continue to maintain, we have but ONE Party.

    Our country needs a good business man to run it properly and make a profit. Bill Clinton is a good businessman and why the country was successful in the 90’s. The problem is, politicians are USING OUR MONEY to fund their privatized business schemes reaping all the profits and keeping ‘our money’ for themselves. Drug companies do the same thing- Their research is government funded and after a new drug is approved, they give nothing back to the government in repayment of money they spent for creating the new product. They charge exorbitant prices for popular medications and only become generic and more affordable when their licenses expires.

  182. Today, the French law banning the burqa goes into effect. Our British and Russian ‘friends’ decry it in the following terms:
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    The Observer: “Liberté, égalité, fraternité… Except, of course, if you want to wear a burqa,” adding that the law is a “form of islamophobia”. “The defence of women’s rights is just a ridiculous excuse for something that looks like racism,” says Viv Groskop, who decries a law “intended to revive anti-immigration feelings.”

    The analysis is shared by The Independent, which is “sorry to see admirable French philosophy get lost in the gloomy calculations of a President under siege who is preparing his 2012 re-election.” The shadow of the [extreme right] Marine Le Pen over the upcoming presidential election has not escaped the international press. Many feel that Sarkozy see this law as a “source of votes” for 2012 and is “playing with fire.”

    The Andorran daily The National recalls that “Sarkozy held a debate on the separation of church and state last week” and The Independent recalls “the series of provocative remarks by Interior Minister Claude Guéant”, who recently said that the growing number of muslims “raised a problem” in France.

    Beyond the electoral tactics, the law banning the burqa in public spaces is criticized on the substance. The Canadian daily The Globe and Mail says “The government thinks that the law is a setback for fundamentalists, but extremists could take advantage of it because those who are persecuted will be depicted as victims and draw sympathy.”

    Al Jazeera’s Mohammed Khan asks the question, “Why are these women veiled?” and answeres, “Not because their husbands beat them so they will cover their head and face, but because they so choose…. Is it so difficult to believe that they might decide by themselves?”

    The question is taken up in chorus by the Russian press, which is by far the most critical of the French law. Pravda’s Timofei Belov asks, “Why can’t muslim women dress as they want in France today?… Why doesn’t Sarkozy send his gendarmes into Christian churches to arrest brides wearing a veil each Saturday and Sunday?” And The Voice of Russia recalls that Osama Ben Laden had promised to “cut the throat” of anyone who “prevented muslim women from wearing the burqa… The French security services would do better to face the real problems of our time.”

  183. It’s really simple. France wants to see their faces. The streets are patrolled with hidden cameras as they are in many cities here. ID’ing a suspect is easier for authorities to determine perpetrators involved in criminal activity. A burqua not only conceals the face but conceals the gender of person suspected of committing a crime.

  184. Mrs. Smith @ 9:40 I agree with what you say at the bottom. I would also like to point out that it was Hillar Rodham Clinton that taught Bill how to budget, and how to fight the tough issues (like at her graduation). She has shown that she knew all along how to negotiate, and she DID IT FROM DAY ONE.

  185. WISDOM FOR TODAY: Don’t talk about things you know nothing about. People
    might think you are running for office.

  186. Obama is Bush III continuing to carry water for the Repubs- and why I continue to maintain, we have but ONE Party.
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    Which is why, if Donald decides to run, it will probably be as an independent. The question then becomes whether this will work to the benefit of the asshole in the White House by dividing the anti Obama vote. It is also why it was poor strategy for asshole’s minion Eddie Munster to dump cold water on the idea of a Trump candidacy. On the other hand, if he positions himself as the attack dog, he can do tremendous damage to Obama. Right now he is like a boxer who has slipped the flailing jabs of his opponent, moved in close quarter and is working the body. Obama has no good defense. As long as Donald stays in the Republican camp, they will be hard pressed to attack him, even though he is also a threat to their chosen one Romney as well. Donald may be brash, he may wealthy, and he may have made his share of mistakes just as an honest man is one who has never been tempted. But by the almighty, he is the only public figure out there who is not controlled by special interests, blackmail, or vanity. He is the only one who is speaking truth to power on behalf of the American People.

  187. Bill Clinton is a good businessman and why the country was successful in the 90’s.
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    Technically, BC is a leader, a good organizer, a visionary extraordinaire, a guick learner and intelligent as hell. He never actually ran a ‘business’ and you don’t need to have run one to run a country well. But, I get your point.

  188. He is the only one who is speaking truth to power on behalf of the American People–as they watch their future be stolen by the likes of Soros–a man who has lived far too long. There is evidence that in the salad days of his youth, he removed gold fillings from corpses. I have not seen that evidence myself, but I am told that this allegation was the one that caused him to go on the Sixty Minutes program with Steve Kroft in 1998, and certain less shocking admissions about his sordid past and the reason why he fled Hungary right after the War. Likewise, the constant pounding against him by Beck with his apt characterization of this destroyer of worlds as Spooky Guy, is what caused him more recently to go on Soros friendly big media channels and criticize FOX.

  189. So much for democracy in Egypt…

    Egypt blogger gets 3 years for criticising military: lawyer
    By Jailan Zayan (AFP) – 1 day ago

    CAIRO — A military court has jailed a blogger for three years for criticising the armed forces that have ruled Egypt since president Hosni Mubarak’s ouster in February, in a decision slammed by rights groups on Monday.

    “Regrettably, the Nasr City military court sentenced Maikel Nabil to three years in prison,” the blogger’s lawyer Gamal Eid told AFP.

    “The lawyers were not present, the verdict was handed out almost in secret.”

    The decision had initially been set for Wednesday and was postponed to Sunday. The lawyers went on Sunday but were told to leave because there would be no verdict, Eid said.

    “We were then very surprised to hear that he (Nabil) was sentenced to three years,” said Eid, who heads the Arabic Network for Human Rights Information (ANHRI).

    The verdict is likely to cause concern among Egypt’s large network of bloggers who had hoped Mubarak’s overthrow in a popular uprising would usher in a new era of freedom of expression.

    Reporters Without Borders condemned the ruling, saying Nabil had become “the new government’s first prisoner of conscience.”

    “The methods used by the Egyptian military do not seem to have evolved since Hosni Mubarak’s fall,” the group’s secretary general Jean-Francois Julliard said.

    “They show the degree to which the military still cannot be criticised and are still a taboo subject. A civilian should not be tried by a military court,” he said.

    “Egypt has begun a process of democratisation and it should now be possible to criticise the armed forces like any other component of the state,” Julliard said.

    Last week, Human Rights Watch called for the charges to be dropped.

    It said Egypt’s armed forces “should drop all charges against (Nabil) for his Internet posts critical of the military.”

    “This trial sets a dangerous precedent at a time when Egypt is trying to transition away from the abuses of the Mubarak era,” said HRW’s Middle East and North Africa director Sarah Leah Whitson.

    It was the first trial of a blogger by a military court since the Supreme Council of the Armed Forces assumed control after Mubarak resigned on February 11 following 18 straight days of anti-regime protests.

    Military police arrested Nabil, a campaigner against conscription, on March 28 after he wrote blogs criticising the military, HRW said.

    His posts and comments on social networking website Facebook were used as evidence against him in the trial, HRW quoted his lawyers as saying.

    Last year, a military court sentenced another blogger to six months in prison for publishing “military secrets” after he posted instructions on Facebook on how to enlist in the armed forces, his lawyers said at the time.

    Another blogger was acquitted after publishing a post on alleged patronage in a military academy.

    The military, which has pledged to hand power to a civilian government once parliamentary and presidential elections are held, has tried and sentenced dozens of people in recent weeks for crimes such as robbery and assault.

    The trials are speedy and can result in harsh sentences, rights groups say.

    http://www.google.com/hostednews/afp/article/ALeqM5gBHtKUkPNHM0rsUNu_PrqQI9APdA?docId=CNG.740d17ecc56dea7e86ae6c9aaa0aed5e.1e1

  190. CNN Poll: Trump tied for first in GOP horserace

    Washington (CNN) – Donald Trump is now tied with Mike Huckabee for first place when Republicans are asked who they support for the GOP presidential nomination in 2012, according to a new national poll.

    But while a CNN/Opinion Research Corporation survey released Tuesday indicates that the real estate mogul and reality TV star has nearly doubled his support since mid-March, it doesn’t mean he has smooth sailing ahead.

    “More than four in ten Republicans say they would not like to see Trump toss his hat in the ring,” says CNN Polling Director Keating Holland.

    Nineteen percent of Republicans and Republican-leaning independents questioned in the poll say that as of now, they’d be most likely to support Trump for next year’s GOP presidential nomination. Trump says he’ll decide by June whether he runs for the White House. An equal amount say they’d back Huckabee. The former Arkansas governor and 2008 Republican presidential candidate says he’ll decide by later this year if he’ll make another bid for the White House.

    Twelve percent say they’d support former Gov. Sarah Palin of Alaska, who was the party’s 2008 vice presidential nominee, with 11 percent backing former Massachusetts Gov. and 2008 White House hopeful Mitt Romney and the same amount supporting former House Speaker Newt Gingrich. Seven percent say they are backing Rep. Ron Paul of Texas, another 2008 presidential candidate, with five percent supporting Rep. Michele Bachmann of Minnesota, who enjoys strong backing from many in the Tea Party movement. Everyone else registers in the low single digits.

    Trump jumped from 10 percent in a CNN/Opinion Research Corporation poll conducted last month, with Romney dropping from 18 percent to 11 percent.

    “Are Republicans switching from Romney to Trump? Some are, but it’s a lot more complicated than that, as you would expect with 11 potential hats in the ring,” adds Holland. “Only one in five Trump supporters say that Romney would be their second choice. It looks like Trump pulls as much support from Gingrich and Palin as from Romney, and Romney’s support would go down even if Trump were not in the list of potential candidates.”

    The poll was conducted in the two days before Romney’s Monday announcement that he was taking the first formal step towards another bid, by setting up a presidential exploratory committee.

    According to the survey, more than seven in ten Republicans say that regardless of whom they would support, they’d like to see Huckabee run for the party’s presidential nomination, with two-thirds saying the same thing about Romney.

    But that figure drops to 56 percent for Trump, with 43 percent saying they don’t want to see him run. By a narrower 53 to 47 percent margin, they would like to see Palin make a bid for the White House, and by a 51 to 45 percent margin, they would like to see Gingrich run.

    The CNN/Opinion Research Corporation poll was conducted by telephone, with 824 people questioned. The survey’s overall sampling error is plus or minus 3.5 percentage points.

    http://politicalticker.blogs.cnn.com/2011/04/12/cnn-poll-trump-tied-for-first-in-gop-horserace/#more-154007

  191. Jay Cost demonstrates an understanding of the importance of clarity and unequivocal attacks but at the same time wants the attack muddied and less equivocal:
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    Jay is so wrong about this. Subtlety is lost on John Q Public. For every tut tut Republican, the Chicago Machine has a response which is eat them alive, which is why they ran the Republican Party out of Chicago in 1932 and they have not returned since. But a plain speaking celebrity who has an instinct for the jugglar and a track record of success in business when the country is failing, they have no great answer for that, other than ridicule. Have you noticed something? Trump does not mind the ridicule and he returns it in spades to Obama lovers like Collins, Cosby and the rest of the corrupt big media. To them he is like a Tasmanian Devil. Big media does not have the guts to run a poll to determine what the American People think of them. They do not need to, they know and so do we. They hate big media, see them as representatives of the wealthy liberal class who live in Washington DC and are content to see the rest of the country go to hell, as long as it does not affect them. Yes, these are the people who protect Obama and they do so because he is one of them. They see big media for what they are. The American People deeply resent the fact that these liberal elites look down on them and to define the parameters of acceptable discourse, and label those of us who try to connect the dots hallucinatory. So when Donald goes after these whores, the public at large is behind him.

  192. I looked up a site that was active in the 2008 campaign that had an enormous amount of information on the Obama/Rezko house connections. There is more information than you even want to know here

  193. andyp
    April 12th, 2011 at 12:35 am

    There is a video out of a mayor in Japan near one of the nuclear plants and it is heart breaking, I will see if I can find it. He says no one is bringing supplies to them and they are staying in their houses because that is what the gov told them to do but are running out of food. That takes some authority complex. Anyway he was asking people to volunteer to bring them food with knowing in advance that they would probably die from radiation.

  194. Oy vey!

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    Obama Should Swap Biden for Clinton in 2012
    By Kevin Winge

    April 12, 2011, 03:01 AM

    Who doesn’t’ love Joe Biden?

    That was a rhetorical question, but I know it’s provocative enough to immediately send right wing commentators to their keyboards to post their response to this blog with a laundry list of reasons why they don’t love Joe Biden: He’s a Democrat. He’s a plagiarizer. He doesn’t know when to shut up. He’s a liberal. He’s an “east coast” liberal. But before going off half-cocked with your missives, read on. If you don’t like Joe Biden, you probably really don’t like Hillary Clinton, so you might want to hold your comments until the end.

    Seriously, how can you not like Joe Biden? He’s got that million-dollar smile and a loquacious nature that, while sometimes landing him in hot water, always makes for an interesting interview on political chat shows. And he has the best job in the world. At Presidential State of the Union Addresses he gets to sit behind the President and smile and chuckle and wave to colleagues in the audience. Occasionally, he even gets to whisper profanities into the President’s ear.

    I like the guy. So it’s with no disappointment or animus towards our Vice President when I suggest that President Obama should swap Joe Biden for Hillary Clinton as his running mate in the 2012 election. It’s time to break the tradition of a sitting president always running with the same VP. Shake things up a little, Mr. President.

    Now, I’m not suggesting putting Vice President Biden out to pasture. Why not just trade places and switch him with Hillary Clinton, making Joe Biden the next Secretary of State? Sure, it’s a bit worrisome, wondering what might come out of his mouth on the international stage, but as long as Berlusconi and Sarkozy are around, Biden’s potential gaffes will seem inconsequential.

    If that post doesn’t work out, how about nominating him for the next opening on the Supreme Court? It would be an easy confirmation in the Senate and just think of how smilin’ Joe could brighten up that somber looking group. Hey, he might even get Clarence Thomas to say something.

    Hillary Clinton is experienced, tested, and even the President says that she is “likable enough.” Besides, she has to be tired jet-setting around the world in pursuit of peace. Let her stay home in Washington, D.C. for four years with only an occasional trip overseas to represent the president at a state funeral in some distant locale.

    Of course, the real reason to replace Biden with Clinton is because it is well past time that we have a qualified woman in one of the two top leadership spots in the country. (In case you missed it, “qualified” is the operative word in that sentence. Yes, it is a subtle jab at some would-be female candidates who think they are qualified to be president or vice president.)

    The 2012 election just won’t have the same spark without Hillary Clinton in the game. Secretly, I have a fantasy that Tim Pawlenty will surprise the nation and be selected as the Republican Party’s nominee for vice president. That would make for a Hillary Clinton – Tim Pawlenty vice presidential debate. That prospect alone should be reason enough for President Obama to make the switch.

    http://www.startribune.com/local/yourvoices/119676299.html

  195. wbboei
    April 12th, 2011 at 11:05 am

    Well thought out and well said-
    ___________________

    BigCatLover:

    America has changed at the turn of this century into a business climate encouraging overseas trade in keeping towards a New World Order and Global trade. The focus has changed from that of national business to one of international business much to our detriment. The non-leadership roles of the current and former president have not and are not operating in the best interests of the people and the country.

    Every Governor, Mayor, President is CEO of his own bailiwick conducting business on a daily basis for the cities, towns, states and country wherein they preside. Sarah Palin is a sterling example of using her administrative acumen as Governor of Alaska into creating jobs for Alaskans and greatly benefiting her state economically through the deals she made with Oil companies because she is a good businesswoman.

    Trump stresses the point an experienced, savvy businessman/woman is a far better fit for the role of president of the US in this economic climate trending towards international trade than an unproven community organizer, whose only claim to fame is getting elected. Obama is a bad fit as the CEO of the largest corporation in the world; who does not have a vision for the country and cannot create government policies that translate into workable plans for jobs and overall improving the economy. And he’s right.

    The saddest part of that last statement is…. nor does Obama care or want to do anything to help the people! His interests are strictly personal, in the, “whats in it for me” genre.

    So, yes, Bill Clinton did run a business. He ran the business of the State of Arkansas and was very successful in doing so- Anyone that is or has been self-employed is a business person… A doctor, lawyer, dentist… professionals who run their own business and rely on no-one else but themselves to generate income in their own businesses are better suited for the presidency at this stage of our current economy.

  196. Perhaps you saw the CNN poll of 800 adults which reported that 54% Obama credit for averting the shutdown, and 38% gave credit to Boehner. The fact that Obama was disengaged from the process, never registered. Just the images–in an image based culture. This poll is probably an outlier, and the CNN pollster is known in the profession for that sort of thing. Nevertheless, it illustrates how poorly Boehner played his hand, and on the odds, he will do no better in the future. I hope I am wrong. But this is why the answer lies with Trump.

  197. JanH
    April 12th, 2011 at 11:38 am

    CNN Poll: Trump tied for first in GOP horserace
    ______________

    Which means the people are liking his message:

    “Where’s the Birth Certificate?” And he’s a capable, competent and a proven self-employed winner…

  198. gonzotx
    April 12th, 2011 at 11:53 am
    andyp
    April 12th, 2011 at 12:35 am

    There is a video out of a mayor in Japan near one of the nuclear plants and it is heart breaking, I will see if I can find it. He says no one is bringing supplies to them and they are staying in their houses because that is what the gov told them to do but are running out of food. That takes some authority complex. Anyway he was asking people to volunteer to bring them food with knowing in advance that they would probably die from radiation.

    ______________

    It’s sad that no one has considered finding a way to airlift food and water to them, or something. So many nations could find themselves in the shoes of these people with nuclear plants all over the world.

  199. About that video from mayor in Japan, as sad as it is, I don’t understand why they can’t evacuate those people to a safer region — in other countries don’t we see people setting up refugee camps and such away from the disaster area? Why can’t these people be moved? People who can have left but for those who can’t on their own (about 20,000), the govt. should evacuate them. It seems crazy to make the appeal as the mayor did — asking for volunteers to put themselves in danger. Evacuate the residents and move them to a safer place.

  200. gonzotx
    April 12th, 2011 at 11:53 am

    I watched the whole video. The man speaking is very intelligent and trying his best to get aid to the people left stranded in their homes. The onslaught of the radiation coming at them in the air and water is unbelievable at this point.

    Maybe the US can float a barge full of food supplies and gasoline to their shoreline and have their own people unload the supplies. Anyone manning the barge could be airlifted out of the vessel to safety and home. I don’t think we can do more than that to help them but at least they will have food, water and petrol to evacuate to a safe side of the island.

  201. Talking about the NY Times, a couple of weeks ago, Bob Herbert “left”. I don’t know if he was asked to leave, or if he initiated the break up.

    And about 3-4 weeks about, Frank Rich also parted ways.

  202. Mrs. Smith
    April 12th, 2011 at 12:13 pm
    The reason I choose to make a distinction between a businessman and someone who runs a govt entity, foundation, charity, etc. is that a business is focused on making a profit and not necessarily on the public good. America has become corporate America in the eyes of too many younger people. The profit motive narrows the focus of the businessman. There are plenty of businessmen who do not have the qualities that I listed for Bill Clinton, but having business experience and some of the qualities of BC can be a very good thing in our leaders.

  203. KRUGMAN: WHERE’S WALDO?

    Krugman echoes our sentiments here: Obama is weak, he’s MIA, his need to be liked makes him terrible negotiator.

    He uses the same poor negotiating tactics with Repubs as he does with other world leaders (whether ally or enemy). He gives away the store, and then they negotiate him down even further. The thing is, for every “winner”, is someone coming out on the short end. When we need a president to negotiate with Iran, or Pakistan, or China, and he screws us over, WE lose. When he gives tax breaks to the wealthy and ushers in cuts in Medicare/Medicaid, the middle-class and the poor shoulder the burden.

    Notable quotes:

    “What have they done with President Obama? What happened to the inspirational figure his supporters thought they elected? Who is this bland, timid guy who doesn’t seem to stand for anything in particular?”

    “Maybe that terrible deal, in which Republicans ended up getting more than their opening bid, was the best he could achieve — although it looks from here as if the president’s idea of how to bargain is to start by negotiating with himself, making pre-emptive concessions, then pursue a second round of negotiation with the G.O.P., leading to further concessions.”

    But let’s give the president the benefit of the doubt, and suppose that $38 billion in spending cuts — and a much larger cut relative to his own budget proposals — was the best deal available. Even so, did Mr. Obama have to celebrate his defeat? Did he have to praise Congress for enacting “the largest annual spending cut in our history…”

    “…His political strategists seem to believe that he can win re-election by positioning himself as being conciliatory and reasonable, by always being willing to compromise. But if you ask me, I’d say that the nation wants — and more important, the nation needs — a president who believes in something, and is willing to take a stand. And that’s not what we’re seeing.”

    Here’s the link, and the whole piece:

    nytimes.com/2011/04/11/opinion/11krugman.html?partner=rssnyt&emc=rss

    The President Is Missing
    ===================

    By PAUL KRUGMAN
    Published: April 10, 2011

    What have they done with President Obama? What happened to the inspirational figure his supporters thought they elected? Who is this bland, timid guy who doesn’t seem to stand for anything in particular?

    I realize that with hostile Republicans controlling the House, there’s not much Mr. Obama can get done in the way of concrete policy. Arguably, all he has left is the bully pulpit. But he isn’t even using that — or, rather, he’s using it to reinforce his enemies’ narrative.

    His remarks after last week’s budget deal were a case in point.

    Maybe that terrible deal, in which Republicans ended up getting more than their opening bid, was the best he could achieve — although it looks from here as if the president’s idea of how to bargain is to start by negotiating with himself, making pre-emptive concessions, then pursue a second round of negotiation with the G.O.P., leading to further concessions.

    And bear in mind that this was just the first of several chances for Republicans to hold the budget hostage and threaten a government shutdown; by caving in so completely on the first round, Mr. Obama set a baseline for even bigger concessions over the next few months.

    But let’s give the president the benefit of the doubt, and suppose that $38 billion in spending cuts — and a much larger cut relative to his own budget proposals — was the best deal available. Even so, did Mr. Obama have to celebrate his defeat? Did he have to praise Congress for enacting “the largest annual spending cut in our history,” as if shortsighted budget cuts in the face of high unemployment — cuts that will slow growth and increase unemployment — are actually a good idea?

    Among other things, the latest budget deal more than wipes out any positive economic effects of the big prize Mr. Obama supposedly won from last December’s deal, a temporary extension of his 2009 tax cuts for working Americans. And the price of that deal, let’s remember, was a two-year extension of the Bush tax cuts, at an immediate cost of $363 billion, and a potential cost that’s much larger — because it’s now looking increasingly likely that those irresponsible tax cuts will be made permanent.

    More broadly, Mr. Obama is conspicuously failing to mount any kind of challenge to the philosophy now dominating Washington discussion — a philosophy that says the poor must accept big cuts in Medicaid and food stamps; the middle class must accept big cuts in Medicare (actually a dismantling of the whole program); and corporations and the rich must accept big cuts in the taxes they have to pay. Shared sacrifice!

    I’m not exaggerating. The House budget proposal that was unveiled last week — and was praised as “bold” and “serious” by all of Washington’s Very Serious People — includes savage cuts in Medicaid and other programs that help the neediest, which would among other things deprive 34 million Americans of health insurance. It includes a plan to privatize and defund Medicare that would leave many if not most seniors unable to afford health care. And it includes a plan to sharply cut taxes on corporations and to bring the tax rate on high earners down to its lowest level since 1931.

    The nonpartisan Tax Policy Center puts the revenue loss from these tax cuts at $2.9 trillion over the next decade. House Republicans claim that the tax cuts can be made “revenue neutral” by “broadening the tax base” — that is, by closing loopholes and ending exemptions. But you’d need to close a lot of loopholes to close a $3 trillion gap; for example, even completely eliminating one of the biggest exemptions, the mortgage interest deduction, wouldn’t come close. And G.O.P. leaders have not, of course, called for anything that drastic. I haven’t seen them name any significant exemptions they would end.

    You might have expected the president’s team not just to reject this proposal, but to see it as a big fat political target. But while the G.O.P. proposal has drawn fire from a number of Democrats — including a harsh condemnation from Senator Max Baucus, a centrist who has often worked with Republicans — the White House response was a statement from the press secretary expressing mild disapproval.

    What’s going on here? Despite the ferocious opposition he has faced since the day he took office, Mr. Obama is clearly still clinging to his vision of himself as a figure who can transcend America’s partisan differences. And his political strategists seem to believe that he can win re-election by positioning himself as being conciliatory and reasonable, by always being willing to compromise.

    But if you ask me, I’d say that the nation wants — and more important, the nation needs — a president who believes in something, and is willing to take a stand. And that’s not what we’re seeing.

  204. In my view, it is not about the experience of running a business per se but having the intelligence and vision to see how various legislation effects businesses both in good (as in regulation and safety and fair play and justice..) and bad (like suffocating growth) ways. For instance, Trump on Greta very nicely made a case for why Obamacare as unpopular as it is and as ill-crafted as it is that businesses are struggling to ‘retool’ themselves for it and on top of it, there are court cases and such feeding into uncertainty. He explained it in a way everybody can understand and he also made a point of noting that Obama would not let it to fast track to the SC and end the uncertainty. At some point politics and party have to take the back seat and elected officials have to do what is right for the economy and the people. I think BC has that kind of idealism.

  205. jbstonesfan, hey, check out RCP. Around Jan. 23, he crested, up 8.2% (51.0 to 42.8). As of 4/3, he’s now officially UNDER, at -0.3%. And that’s WITH all the bogusness that goes into those figures.

    Gallup 46 46 Tie
    Rasmussen 46 54 -8
    CNN 48 50 -2
    FOX 49 47 +2
    NBC/WSJ 49 45 +4
    Pew 47 45 +2

    Enjoy!

  206. Now that Trump has announced he will run 3rd party if he doesn’t get the repub nomination the thrill is fading.

    Wouldn’t that ensure Bo gets reselected?

    Anyone else beginning to think Trump could cause more harm than help to the campaign to get rid of BO?

  207. BigCatLover
    April 12th, 2011 at 1:23 pm

    The distinction was made to illustrate Bill Clinton is and always was a businessman to your point:

    “He never actually ran a ‘business’ and you don’t need to have run one to run a country well.”
    _________________________

    And I side with Trump on that issue because it will take a good business person to pull this country out of bankruptcy. Obama is the model Trump is using for the sake of illustration to your point.

  208. This discussion is not about Trump versus Obama or Trump versus Bill Clinton. It’s about trying to paint businessmen as the savior of the country. Business experience is a good thing, but not the most important thing. Saying that in no way is saying that Trump is not a good candidate.

  209. see how various legislation effects businesses both in good (as in regulation and safety and fair play and justice..) and bad (like suffocating growth) ways. For instance, Trump on Greta very nicely made a case for why Obamacare as unpopular as it is and as ill-crafted as it is that businesses are struggling to ‘retool’ themselves for it and on top of it, there are court cases and such feeding into uncertainty

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

    A good point. Now, where is someone with this vision who will do something other than helping his own class if he gets in?

    Trump? Dunno yet. Maybe what’s good for real estate is good for America. Or maybe what’s good for America is good for real estate. Or maybe he’s a good guy and will want to help America anyway.

  210. Now that Trump has announced he will run 3rd party if he doesn’t get the repub nomination the thrill is fading.

    Wouldn’t that ensure Bo gets reselected?

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

    Could be a bluff: nominate me or I’ll Nader you.

    Or maybe he should ask Ross Perot for advice? Iirc, exit polls showed Perot took votes equally from both sides.

  211. Correct Wbboei. Boehner held all the cards but fell for the bluff…he was never in a stronger position but caved in very easily.

  212. The reason I choose to make a distinction between a businessman and someone who runs a govt entity, foundation, charity, etc. is that a business is focused on making a profit and not necessarily on the public good.
    ———————
    That was Churchill’s argument. However Churchill never ran a business.

    Businessmen are concerned with all the things that go into making a profit, which include quality, dealing with competition, customer satisfaction, etc. Equally important, they measure success in terms of factors which can be objectively and empirically quantified. If it does not work they get fired.

    Politicians are completely different. They deal in power, serving special interests, and manipulating public perception by creating a devil to run against, and inducing magic thinking. They measure success by whether a candidate or an idea is new and exciting. If it does not work they invent arguments to ignore feedback from reality.

    If the goal is to turn around a failing country which would you rather have? The political class who survive even if the country does not? or a businessman who is fired if he fails to deliver promised results. To me the answer is obvious.

  213. WH official says Big Ears has invited Dem/GOP congressional leadership to WH Wed am for a speech preview……that ought to be a riot.

    Repubs….you better watch out for a trap.

  214. JanH

    Oy vey!

    —————

    Obama Should Swap Biden for Clinton in 2012

    ———–
    What the heck, (I cleaned it up for being on JanH’s post 😉

    Hillary isn’t an obot chess piece!

    If Hillary wants to be in anyone’s administration in the future, it had better be at the top of the pile as President or if Trump runs as an Independent, in his administration.

    I hope she is done with the boyking, soon.

    As much as I love to see Hillary out there saving the world, I hate to see her burning the candle at both ends and wanting to quit politics all together because of obama.

  215. Caveat: the fact that I prefer a businessman rather than a politician to reverse the downward spiral of our country does not mean I have any illusions about businessmen. You need only look at Jack Welch or Jeff Immelt to realize that they can be asset strippers, polluters and destroyers of worlds if they are left to their own devices. But when it comes to turning around a failing enterprise, you are generally better off with someone who is capable of defining the problem and solving it, than someone who is content to blame others and simply kick the can down the road. while creating inextinguishable debt.

  216. rgb44hrc-the numbers are looking better, but it still comes down to a credible republican candidate…not to ever compare President Clinton to Obama, but it reminds me of Doyle who had zero chance against Bill despite all the crap they threw at him…

  217. pm317
    April 12th, 2011 at 12:34 am
    ***************************
    WSJ Interview:

    T took care of that young whippersnapper very nicely…

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

    basil9…I do not think that T stating he would run as an indep is a deal breaker…we have got a long way to go…i think he may be putting everyone on notice that they are not pushing him out…iow…beware…

    …and his poll numbers just keep going up…he may be strategizing to be ahead in the polls before he even declares…done deal before the primary race even begins…

    by the time he’s done, the rest of the pack may be angling for VP status…

    T is very crafty…

  218. Politicians are completely different. They deal in power, serving special interests, and manipulating public perception by creating a devil to run against, and inducing magic thinking. They measure success by whether a candidate or an idea is new and exciting. If it does not work they invent arguments to ignore feedback from reality.

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

    And politicians may get personal success (re-election etc) even if the country has worsened — or because the country has worsened. So they don’t need to know anything but how to get elected (including destroying their opponents).

    A self-made business person (eg Palin) at least knows how to make a big project successful and sustainable. Other politicians who knew that were the Clintons and FDR and JFK.

  219. #
    wbboei
    April 12th, 2011 at 2:40 pm

    Caveat: the fact that I prefer a businessman rather than a politician to reverse the downward spiral of our country does not mean I have any illusions about businessmen. You need only look at Jack Welch or Jeff Immelt to realize that they can be asset strippers, polluters and destroyers of worlds if they are left to their own devices. But when it comes to turning around a failing enterprise, you are generally better off with someone who is capable of defining the problem and solving it, than someone who is content to blame others and simply kick the can down the road. while creating inextinguishable debt.
    ________________

    Yes, well said- I’ve heard Welch say he regrets the direction In which GE has gone and for better of worse, I’m not a fan of Welch at all- and to me, Immelt isn’t even visible on the radar screen as someone to consider as the ideal.

  220. S
    April 12th, 2011 at 3:35 pm

    pm317
    April 12th, 2011 at 12:34 am
    ***************************
    WSJ Interview:

    T took care of that young whippersnapper very nicely…
    _______________

    I meant to go back and review the video again- I didn’t catch her name … she was kinda snotty and using the old put words in your mouth trick- Do you remember her name? I don’t remember seeing her before.

  221. I’m lovin’ me some Donald. Been waiting too long to hear waffles called out. Hill and Sarah tried but the msm would having nothing of it. In this climate I can’t think of anyone else who could so brazenly pull it off. Kind of reminds me of vulgar comics some can pull it off while others like kathy griffin just make you feel like a shower after you hear them.

  222. S,

    I hope you’re right. I love the way Trump is taking no prisoners with BO but let’s face it, much as some of us would love a third party candidate it seems there’s little liklihood of success.

    And what I want is for BO to go down in flames. I swear if he’s reselected I’m going to have to go cold turkey on all media, even blogs like this.

  223. I was right about cnn polling being fraudulent. I was wrong about Obama getting a bump for this. I could have sworn that they gave the credit to Obama. It was the Hannity segment with Brit Hume last night. Oh well, I would rather be wrong about that.
    ————————————————–

    CNN poll: Budget deal supported by 20-point margin
    Share posted at 10:12 am on April 12, 2011 by Ed Morrissey
    printer-friendly CNN has the first major media poll on the reaction of the general public to the budget deal announced late Friday night, and it looks popular indeed. In a poll taken on Saturday and Sunday, the compromise gets approval from 58% of adults, with only 38% disapproving. Unfortunately, it doesn’t appear to have helped Barack Obama at all:
    Who won last week’s showdown over the federal budget and the government shutdown-that-wasn’t?
    It looks like the public gives the Democrats more credit for the deal than the Republicans, but it’s nothing like the slam-dunk that Bill Clinton scored during the 1995 government shutdown, and it certainly has not been reflected in President Barack Obama’s overall approval rating, according to a new national poll.
    A CNN/Opinion Research Corporation survey released Monday indicates that the budget agreement that prevented a government shutdown is popular, with Americans supporting it by a 58 to 38 percent margin. But there’s a partisan divide, with two-thirds of Democrats and a majority of independent voters backing the deal, and Republicans divided.
    The poll was conducted among general-population adults rather than registered voters and with a slightly smaller sample than in other polls. CNN doesn’t include party affiliation distribution in its results, which is a little suspicious; they report results in crosstabs for “Tea Party supporters” but never indicate their relative position within the sample, either. It seems that the focus on skewed polls has made media surveys less transparent rather than pressing the media to improve their sampling techniques.
    Interestingly, although respondents gave Democrats more credit for the agreement than Republicans (48/35) and strongly approve of the deal, that didn’t equate to a boost in Obama’s standing. His overall approval rating fell to 48/50 from 51/47 three weeks ago, the first time Obama has sunk below 50% in the CNN poll since mid-December and the first time he’s been underwater since the midterm election. Despite getting a 54/45 on handling the budget talks, Obama is still sinking even in the most sympathetic sampling possible.
    It’s not the only odd combination of results in the poll, either. Almost two thirds of respondents wanted Planned Parenthood funding to continue (65/34), but 61% want a bar on federal funding for abortions. Despite national polls showing continuing opposition to ObamaCare, 58% of respondents in this poll want funding for it to continue, and 71% wanted funding to continue for the EPA’s climate-change regulation as well. If Obama can’t get above 48% in this sample, then he’s got a serious problem.

  224. basil9…T has already met with the man running the repub national committee to discuss the times and schedules ahead…I saw on the net that he met with Huckabee over the weekend…

    I don’t think it will come to running as an indept…I think he is claiming territory…if he is ahead by the time the primaries take off and is seen as winning the primaries with support from independents…is the repub party going to shoot itself in the foot? he could box them into a corner…it’s him or O…

    T is the anti-Obama…

  225. I’d love to see Sarah play king maker and get behind Trump. I think she would make an excellent candidate, but I don’t see her getting the support. With so many states considering scrapping the primary and opting for the caucus it might be impossible to challenge the parties selection. Newt has been advocating for the caucus and citing bambi as the reason why it works. The voter be damned the party elite will decide who runs and who wins.
    Anyone know what the savings are primary/caucus?

  226. What the freud would happen if the rnc gifted the nomination to a huckleberry or a mittens and then Donald and Sarah ran together as independents all the while paying tribute to the hardest working SoS ever?
    I can dream can’t I?

  227. http://www.google.com/hostednews/afp/article/ALeqM5il-7COiRQUJ9kbLkZ3gg4nrlac5Q?docId=CNG.dcd81b51497966fd4c6461748e63e3ee.921

    US deficit up 15.7% in first half of fiscal 2011

    (AFP) – 52 minutes ago

    WASHINGTON — The US budget deficit shot up 15.7 percent in the first six months of fiscal 2011, the Treasury Department said Wednesday as political knives were being sharpened for a new budget battle.

    The Treasury reported a deficit of $829 billion for the October-March period, compared with $717 billion a year earlier, as revenue rose a sluggish 6.9 percent as the economic recovery slowly gained pace.

    The Treasury argued that the pace of increase in the deficit was deceptive because of large one-off reductions in expenditures made during the first half of fiscal 2010, compared with previous and subsequent periods.

    Those included a $115 billion reduction in funds spent on the Troubled Asset Relief Program (TARP) — the financial institution bailout program — in March 2010.

    But 2011 so far has also seen significant increases in spending on defense, Social Security, health and debt service, while receipts have not grown as fast.

    “The jump in outlays mostly owed to a smaller estimated reduction in TARP outlays this year versus 2010,” said Theresa Chen at Barclays Capital Research.

    However, she said, the trend shows that taxable income is rising at a 6.9 percent annual pace, and individual incomes taxes are up 20.6 percent, “consistent with general economic improvement.”

    The figures came amid a sharp, politically partisan battle in Washington over cutting spending and raising taxes, with President Barack Obama preparing Wednesday to release his plan for reducing the long-term deficit.

    He also faces a looming battle over increasing the country’s official debt ceiling, so that the government can continue to borrow to finance the deficit.

  228. I just called into a local radio station and eventually I got hung up on by the host. He was laughing at Donald Trump and said no women will support him.

    I spoke to his business acuity, his being willing to get out there and ask the questions we have all been called crazy, racist for, etc. When we were talking about bringing jobs back to America he argued with me that Trump wouldn’t do anything different that the fraud and I said the fraud hadn’t done anything and in fact we have lost more jobs under the fool than at anytime in history. He wanted me to give specifics that Donald would do. I have of course no idea but I know he is a business man and at least knows how it works and what it will take be it friendlier tax breaks, flat tax, tarrif’s so Americans won’t be making a dollar a day making tennis balls. We certainly shouldn’t be giving tax breaks to those companies. When he mentioned Google I laughed at the example, they like have a few thousand employees.. total. Well, he hung up with on me.

    The next caller said he didn’t care about making tennis balls. This is Austin of course, he just cared about high paying jobs.

  229. “Newt has been advocating for the caucus and citing bambi as the reason why it works.”

    OH GAG!!!!!!!!

    In other words – if we cheat like Obama did – we might win too.

    Asshat. Just another reason in a very long list to kick his ass to the curb once and for all.

  230. On April 27, President Obama will travel to Oprah’s studio, to discuss how much he misses being anonymous.

    and no doubt Oprah will need kneepads.

  231. Moonbeam…….

    Gov. Jerry Brown signs clean-energy bill

    http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/california-politics/2011/04/jerry-brown-signs-clean-energy-law.html

    Gov. Jerry Brown on Tuesday signed into law a mandate that California get 33% of its electricity from renewable sources by the year 2020, predicting the change will help jump-start the state’s economy.

    Brown said he expected that an aggressive shift from coal and natural gas to wind and solar energy sources would help create jobs and put the state on the cutting edge of new technology. “Its about California leading the country. It’s America potentially leading the world,” Brown said at a signing ceremony Tuesday at a recently opened SunPower/Flextronics solar manufacturing plant in Milpitas.

    The governor spoke in the firm’s cavernous factory where more than 100 employees make solar panels. U.S. Energy Secretary Steven Chu attended the ceremony and said he saw the new law as a model for other states.

  232. Send your kneepads to Oprah today….

    Washington (CNN) – The President and Mrs. Obama will sit down with Oprah Winfrey for a taping of her talk show April 27th, a White House source confirmed to CNN.

    This is the final season for Oprah’s popular syndicated show, which she has hosted for 25 years. She famously endorsed then-Senator Obama in his bid for president in 2007 on CNN’s “Larry King Live.” That was the first time the talk show queen inserted herself into a presidential race. Winfrey went on to campaign for Obama and was very visible at his election night victory rally in Chicago’s Grant Park.

    Just this month the internet lit up with speculation that she might not endorse Obama in his bid for re-election in 2012. But she has remained mum on that topic. The show with the Obamas will air May 2.

  233. I didn’t end that sentence up there, I said no tax breaks for companies that ship their jobs overseas and for those that pay no tax’s. They can get breaks from the countries they do their business in. Period.

    Thanks Basil, I actually love calling into shows, use to during the 2008 campaign a lot.

    Of course O will be the last on O. I hope they both fail in 2012. They both deserve it.

  234. moononpluto
    April 12th, 2011 at 4:44 pm
    On April 27, President Obama will travel to Oprah’s studio, to discuss how much he misses being anonymous.
    &&&&&&&&&&

    What an asshat. For one minute, while he was contemplating all the glory that BEING PRESIDENT would be, did he not think about how much sacrifice it would (or in his case, SHOULD) take? To work tireless, to take criticism, and give up your anonymity.

    I mean, DUHHHHHHHH!!!

  235. JanH
    April 12th, 2011 at 4:38 pm

    Does anyone know Trump’s opinion of Palin?

    ——–
    Trump said some nice things about Sarah the other day, since she liked that he was bring up the BC issue.

    That’s all I know.

  236. Sorry moon – I was so “stunned” I didn’t read back to see you post.

    LOVE THIS LINE Tho

    moononpluto
    April 12th, 2011 at 4:44 pm

    On April 27, President Obama will travel to Oprah’s studio, to discuss how much he misses being anonymous.

  237. Sources: Predator drone may have killed US troops

    WASHINGTON – The military is investigating what appears to be the first case of American troops killed by a missile fired from a U.S. drone.
    The investigation is looking into the deaths of a Marine and a Navy medic killed by a Hellfire missile fired from a Predator after they apparently were mistaken for insurgents in southern Afghanistan last week, two senior U.S. defense officials said Tuesday. The officials spoke on condition of anonymity because the investigation is ongoing.

  238. Thanks for the kitty/dolphin clip.

    I was most worried about those kitty nails, and swipes. That dolphin was extremely patient and curious.

  239. Anyone know what the savings are primary/caucus?

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

    Caucuses are a lot cheaper. There were estismates given in 2008 when they were talking about giving Obama a do-over in MI.

  240. LMAO Moon.

    And isn’t it funny that O said she will not endorse the One this year. Now – gee – shucks – she just might giggle and just HAVE to change her mind.

    Seeing how both “Shows” are completely in the tank – it’s amazing what they will BOTH do for ratings.

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    April 12, 2011

    Everything I Need to Know about President Donald Trump, I Learned by Watching The Apprentice

    By James Travis

    When Meredith Vieira recently interviewed Donald Trump for NBC’s Today show, she asked him whether he was concerned that people would have trouble taking him seriously as a presidential candidate. After all, she reasoned, here is a man who stars in his own television reality series. Who could possibly engender less gravitas than a TV reality show star?

    Trump, of course, pointed to the success of the show as further evidence of his ability to be successful at anything and everything. But putting aside the irony of the question being asked by a network news anchor who is also a game show host (Vieira currently hosts Who Wants To Be a Millionaire?), we can learn a lot about President Donald Trump by watching Trump’s shows, The Apprentice and The Celebrity Apprentice.

    Trump can make a decision. The Donald’s main function on the shows is to whittle down the field of contestants until only the winner remains. But what’s important to observe is how he goes about making his decision each week. Watching Trump choose whom to fire is a study in decision-making. Trump is measured and patient. Trump consults with experts. Trump seeks opinions from everyone involved: teammates, the opposition, his own trusted advisers, and customers. He withholds judgment until he has all the facts, but once he has the information he needs, he renders his decision swiftly and confidently. Trump’s trademark phrase — “You’re fired!” — is now iconic in the American lexicon. When it’s too close to call, Trump isn’t afraid to go with his gut.

    Above all, Trump is fair. As he sits in his boardroom, flanked by his executives and facing the contestants, Trump is a judge. Watching him deliberate, it’s evident that he values fairness. It’s clear from his words and his actions that he understands the impact his judgment has on the lives of others and his own responsibility to render a decision equitably.

    Trump commands respect. The Apprentice shows center around Donald Trump. He is the commander-in-chief of his enterprises, and he carries himself with authority. There’s never any doubt about who is in charge. Everyone, no matter how old or young, famous or not, wealthy peer or average Joe, calls him “Mr. Trump.” When Trump announces his decision, there is never a debate. Everyone fired in the boardroom accepts the decision as final, thanks Trump for the opportunity, and leaves immediately.

    Trump can handle visiting dignitaries. Once the shows became successful, the opportunity for product placement became too hard for the network to resist. The challenges placed before the contestants have become tied to particular products — one week, they produce a commercial for a household cleaning product, and another week, they hawk camping equipment for a name-brand retailer. Each time, as visiting executives from the company placing the products appear on the show, Trump welcomes them, visibly shows them respect, and later consults with them about their experience dealing with the teams of contestants. Despite his reputation for having a giant ego, Trump conducts himself like a gracious host every time.

    Trump is a family man. The most recent seasons of The Apprentice have featured two of Trump’s children from his first marriage, Donald Junior and Ivanka. The two younger Trumps have become mainstays of the show, taking the spots in the boardroom formerly occupied by Trump executives and prior Apprentice winners. The business is a family business; both Don and Ivanka graduated from the University of Pennsylvania’s famed Wharton School and later assumed the position of Executive Vice-President in their father’s company. But what’s important here is the way his kids conduct themselves. They’re respectful — not only to their father, but to everyone they come in contact with. They’re obviously smart and savvy, quietly confident, well-spoken, and direct, often asking blistering questions of the contestants, striking right at the heart of the matter. Neither seems to have inherited The Donald’s legendary ego. Sure, Trump is on his third marriage by now, but he has obviously remained active in his kids’ lives, and his capabilities as a father are clear. He can be very proud of his kids.

    The entire premise of Celebrity Apprentice is that celebrities compete to raise money for their favorite charities. The amount of money they’re able to raise each week varies, but it’s usually in the tens of thousands, sometimes reaching over one hundred thousand dollars. According to an NBC press release, last season alone, the show raised over $1,250,000 for charity. Celebrity Apprentice helps to humanize Trump. No, you’ll probably never see him shedding Boehner-style tears, but throughout the proceedings, Trump does have his moments of compassion and empathy for others.

    Now, it would be easy to write off Trump’s television persona as mere performance art. After all, he could be scripted. At a minimum, the show’s producers surely set the stage for Trump to come off smelling like roses week after week. But what politician doesn’t have such handlers working hard to make him look good? And anyone who watched the Today interview would have to come away with a clear sense that Trump is his own man. Most likely, the Donald Trump we see on The Apprentice is as close to the real Donald as anyone gets to see. With Trump, what you see is what you get; there are no holds barred and no punches pulled. Sure, the ego is on full display sometimes, but the man has also clearly matured with age.

    Sorry, Meredith. Starring in a reality TV show probably won’t work against Donald Trump. If people have been watching closely, it might actually help him to get elected.

    James Travis is a Seattle-based writer.

  242. Fred Thompson: MSNBC’s Matthews:Ryan budget plan would “kill half the people that watch this show.” That’s terrible. Hope his other viewer will be OK .

    LMAO

  243. Gonzotx
    I was in a local/sports bar last night in Pittsburgh and dancing with stars was being shown on every tv as Hines Ward from the Steelers is competing. The show goes on forever and I can tell you I heard nothing but Donald love. Even heard one 20something woman say that all mainstream media had jumped the shark with obama

  244. Nice to see Obama has time to run the country, when he’s not playing basketball with fbi agents, playing golf with kerb crawlers in Hawaii,picking basketball sweeps, swanning off on trips here there and everywhere and oh, fitting in an episode of taping Oprah.

  245. From above link:

    (Apr. 12, 2011) — Miki Booth has just reported via telephone to The Post & Email that a man born and currently residing in Hawaii went to the Department of Health this morning and requested a copy of his long-form birth certificate. He was refused, told that it was no longer available and that all he could obtain is the short-form document.
    The man had obtained his short-form “Certificate of Live Birth” several weeks ago and reported to Miki that the request form had had two different boxes which could be checked: one indicating that the short-form was being requested and the other that the long-form was desired.
    Today, the man reported that the form has been changed such that that choice is no longer available.
    The short-form document which the man received was labeled “Certificate of Live Birth,” unlike Obama’s purported form which is a “Certification of Live Birth.” Likewise, Miki Booth’s son, Alan, had received a short-form birth certificate last year which entitled “Certificate of Live Birth.”
    Therefore, when Dr. Chiyome Fukino spoke with MSNBC on Monday morning, she apparently was not lying when she said that long-form birth certificates are no longer available.
    But why was that change made? Who ordered the change in policy? Was it made because Donald Trump has demanded that Obama release his original, detailed birth certificate to support his claim of a Hawaii birth?
    The witness who accompanied the gentleman has a daughter who obtained a copy of her long-form birth certificate last month. The document was provided to Miki Booth, who supplied it to The Post & Email here.
    On April 11, 2011, Dr. Chiyome Fukino, former director of the Hawaii Department of Health, told MSNBC that long-form birth certificates were no longer available. But when did that become policy? Who ordered this change in policy since at least one such form was issued to a requester last month and posted here?
    2:47 p.m. EDT: The Post & Email has left a message with Dr. Alvin Onaka, Registrar of Vital Statistics at the Hawaii Department of Health, requesting the documentation making long-form birth certificates unavailable to those born in the state. We also contacted Gov. Neil Abercrombie’s office and asked the secretary why suddenly Hawaii residents can no longer have access to their original birth record. She asked this writer my name and where I was calling from, which I gave her. She then interrupted me and transferred me to the governor’s spokesperson, Ms. Donalyn Delacruz, with whom we left a voice message with our phone number and email address.
    While Dr. Fukino claimed in her interview with MSNBC that she has seen Obama’s original vital record, Gov. Abercrombie has stated that one does not exist. Why was Fukino inspecting Obama’s alleged record if it is against the law and the document doesn’t exist? Or did it exist when she was Health Department Director and now it has disappeared since Abercrombie took office?
    Last night, Donald Trump was interviewed by Greta Van Susteren and said, “If he (Obama) had a birth certificate, I think he’d produce it.”
    Obama adviser David Plouffe called Trump’s questioning of the existence of Obama’s birth certificate “a sideshow.”
    What are the Hawaii officials hiding, why, and how many will pay a price? What is Obama hiding?
    3:24 p.m. EDT: The following email was sent to Donalyn Delacruz, to whom this writer was referred after reaching Gov. Abercrombie’s secretary:
    From: Sharon Rondeau
    Sent: Tue 4/12/11 3:23 PM
    To: donalyn.delacruz@hawaii.gov
    RE: CHANGE OF POLICY AT THE HAWAII DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH‏
    Mahalo. I operate an online newspaper, The Post & Email, and we have been investigating corruption in your state and all over the country for the last 20 months.
    A resident of Hawaii went to the Health Department this morning and filled out the request form for a copy of his long-form birth certificate. The man was told he can no longer obtain one.
    When did this policy change, and where is the documentation? Why would someone be refused a copy of his original vital record? I have one of mine.
    I left a message with your office last week which was not answered, before Dr. Chiyome Fukino told MSNBC yesterday that long-form birth certificates are no longer available.
    Your governor has stated that Obama has no long-form birth certificate, although the previous governor said that he did. In fact, Dr. Fukino said she had seen it twice, in violation of state law. Also discussing what was in the birth record is a violation of your law.
    Can you tell me what is going on? Has the policy been changed to protect Obama? Why did Governor Lingle say that Obama had an original vital record but Governor Abercrombie says he doesn’t? Was it made to disappear, or, as former Elections Clerk Tim Adams has stated, did one never exist?
    What are officials in Hawaii hiding from the American people, and why?
    Thank you.
    Sharon Rondeau
    Editor
    The Post & Email, Inc.
    http://www.thepostemail.com
    editor@thepostemail.com
    An excerpt from a report given to us by a researcher who traveled to Hawaii last summer, funded in part by The Post & Email’s Legal Fund, states:
    MRS. RONDEAU: There have been reports and affidavits signed by licensed investigators that Obama is using a social security number that had been previously assigned to someone, and the Social Security Administration has been quoted as having said that numbers are never reassigned. And now your research raises the question as to whether or not his certificate number could have previously been assigned.
    RESEARCHER: Yes, we’re trying to ascertain to whom it may have been actually assigned and explore the possibility of obtaining a certified copy of the long-form birth certificate which, contrary to what has been reported, the DoH still issues. I don’t know where I’ve seen the statement supporting the Department of Health’s contention that it now issues only a Certificate of Live Birth, but it’s not true. When I was at the Department of Health, I observed a woman who was directly in front of me in line order a copy of her long-form birth certificate. She was told that it would take about a week to obtain. She made arrangements to pick it up at the DoH office in lieu of having it mailed to her since she worked across the street.
    The Hawaii Department of Health’s website has an online application form to request “certified copies” of vital records.
    The Post & Email has reported previously that the Hawaii Department of Health has lied about birth index data and verbally changed the rules as events unfolded in regard to Obama. No one from the department has ever refuted our claims, and they will not return our calls.

  246. blowme0bama
    April 12th, 2011 at 5:41 pm
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    well, that does not change anything for Obama because he and his generation and others before this rule all have (or supposed to have) a long form — unless HI is foolish to destroy everybody’s long form.

  247. JanH and Shadowfax
    April 12th, 2011 at 3:58 pm
    Mrs. Smith
    April 12th, 2011 at 3:16 pm

    ————-
    Definitely made me smile.
    ____________________

    After I posted that video and thinking the two make a strange pairing… HA! What do they have in common?

    THEY BOTH LOVE FISH!! Kitty was experiencing moments of heaven. The aroma of the last fish eaten lingering on dolphin’s lips and Kitty thinking… “gee, this is the biggest fish I’ve ever seen… mmmm… got me a Big fish here. Now, how do I get him otta the water?” 🙂

  248. Surely thats illegal, its a legal document and would have to be produced, its a matter of records. This will be struck down by the supreme court if taken there, never heard such nonsense.

    Long forms are required for many different legal reasons, they cant say, you cant have yours…….

  249. henry
    April 12th, 2011 at 3:54 pm

    I’m lovin’ me some Donald. Been waiting too long to hear waffles called out. Hill and Sarah tried but the msm would having nothing of it. In this climate I can’t think of anyone else who could so brazenly pull it off. Kind of reminds me of vulgar comics some can pull it off while others like kathy griffin just make you feel like a shower after you hear them.
    ______________

    Great comments, henry-

    Kathy Griffen can be soooo crude.. I feel the same way after I’ve watched part of her specials. And often wonder what the h… is so funny about debasing yourself and other females, Sarah and Bristol in front of a crowd of ticket holders? Cheap sell-out!

  250. blowme0bama
    April 12th, 2011 at 5:47 pm

    WOW!

    OTOH,
    Anyone else following the charge that the $38 billion cuts in the budget bill is predominantly from cuts that were already made? That the 4 czars claimed as casusalites of the cuts were already long gone?

    If this is true Boehner and the repubs are toast. We’re being lied to by everyone.

  251. This is sickening. (from HA)

    The specifics show that finding nearly $40 billion in cuts during the 2011 fiscal year required clever accounting and, for the White House, a willingness to concede on rhetoric to find gains on substance.

    For example, the final cuts in the deal are advertised as $38.5 billion less than was appropriated in 2010, but after removing rescissions, cuts to reserve funds and reductions in mandatory spending programs, discretionary spending will be reduced only by $14.7 billion.

    White House officials said throughout the process that the composition of the cuts was more important than the top-line number, and that including mandatory cuts allowed that top-line to grow while limiting the immediate impact of the cuts.

    The move also keeps the 2011 discretionary baseline slightly higher, a terrain advantage for the Democrats heading into the 2012 spending process.

    The overall spending baseline for the year will still end up being $773 billion higher than it was in 2008, before TARP was enacted and our Keynesian adventures began. (Even the deepest cuts demanded by Republicans didn’t imagine a return to that level this year.) The bill does eliminate four of Obama’s czars, as Ed noted this morning — but those positions were already being phased out.

  252. henry
    April 12th, 2011 at 5:50 pm
    after 8 yrs of bush and what feels like a hundred years of bambi the thought of a president who loves the country
    ————————————-
    There is a profound difference between Bush and this jackass Obama.

    1. Bush loves America. But he had no use for the American People.

    2. Obama hates America. And he hates white people. And he has no use for the rest of the American People.

  253. The question would be “as of when” where long forms no longer available. Since Trump started digging?

  254. Mrs. Smith
    Loved the kitty and dolphin video. I hadn’t seen that one before. I thought for sure the cat would end up in the water, but he was very steady on that dock.

  255. More from AOS.

    Sorry if I’m on a tangent. The looming debt ceiling fight, the $14 trillion in debt has really caught my attention -maybe coz I’m covering school district budget negotiations, town’s losing state aid and sales tax revenue, speakers at meetings describing in painful detail how an increase of $50 a month in sewer fees could force them out of homes.

    I dunno. I am shocked at the waste. Raising the debt ceiling is like giving an overspender already in debt an increase in their credit line, raising ir from say $10 g to $30g. This is insanity. I remember once getting in over my head by about $50g. It took me years to dig myself out of that hole.

    Today I paid $4 agallon for gas.

    We are being raked over the coals by both parties. Everyone is lying to us.

    Boehner-Obama Deal Leaves FY11 Spending $773B Above FY08 Level—About as Big an Increase as Obama’s Stimulus

    Tuesday, April 12, 2011

    By Terence P. Jeffrey

    (CNSNews.com) – The budget deal cut late Friday by President Barack Obama, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D.-Nev.) and House Speaker John Boehner (R.-Ohio) will allow $3.7555 trillion in federal spending in this fiscal year.

    That is $773 billion more than federal spending was in fiscal year 2008–the fiscal year before Congress enacted a bailout for the banking industry requested by President George W. Bush and a $787-billion economic stimulus law request by President Barack Obama.

    That $773 billion in spending that the federal government will do this year over and above the federal spending level of 2008 equals 98 percent of the $787 billion stimulus signed by President Obama in February 2000—on the premise that it was a one-time, short-term spending escalation needed to pump up the economy in a time of recession.

  256. blowme0bama
    April 12th, 2011 at 5:47 pm
    From above link:
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    Spread a little money around and you could pop the cork on this thing. They are in a full panic mode. As a lawyer, you know that this change in policy shortly after the question is raised creates a strong inference of a cover-up. This is where we do need Beck.

  257. well, they must be inundated with requests for long form but instead of panicking, they could ask Obama to release his long form (if he has one) and put this matter to rest.

  258. wbboei
    April 12th, 2011 at 2:40 pm

    Caveat: the fact that I prefer a businessman rather than a politician to reverse the downward spiral of our country does not mean I have any illusions about businessmen. You need only look at Jack Welch or Jeff Immelt to realize that they can be asset strippers, polluters and destroyers of worlds if they are left to their own devices.
    *********************
    You made the point I was carefully trying to make earlier without offending any business people on here. LOL But let’s hope our businessman candidate is not like a Jeff Immelt or a sell out politician. Trump could be that candidate.

  259. Anyone else following the charge that the $38 billion cuts in the budget bill is predominantly from cuts that were already made? That the 4 czars claimed as casusalites of the cuts were already long gone?
    ————————-
    Perhaps now people will understand why for several days I have been calling this a sell-out, and why I told you what the deal was a week in advance–and why the Republicans would cave. It ain’t rocket science. What it tells us tells us is that we cannot count on them to take down Obama. If they ever do get around to connecting the dots, they will be so genteel that the dumbed down public will yawn. You need an in your face type like of guy like the Donald to keep them from falling asleep–or letting their theta and delta brain waves take over. A Harvard Professor like Obama is no match for a street fighter like Donald Trump. That is why Bambi does not want to go into the lions cage with him. Better some soft spoken deferential republican who would not say shit if he had a mouth full. Again I say, there is a reason why Republicans have not held the Mayor’s job in Chicago since 1932.

  260. wbboei
    April 12th, 2011 at 6:44 pm
    blowme0bama
    April 12th, 2011 at 5:47 pm
    From above link:

    This is where we do need Beck
    ******

    It’s why they have cancelled his show

  261. We knew this was only a matter of time.

    Gov. Patrick: Racism in birther movement

    New York (CNN) – In an interview with CNN’s “In the Arena” host Eliot Spitzer, Democratic Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick admitted racism may be playing into the birther movement.

    Patrick, a close friend and political ally of the president, campaigned for him in 2008 and plans to appear with Obama during the 2012 presidential campaign.

    When asked whether questioning the president’s birth certificate can be linked to racism, Patrick said, “Well, there might be.”

    “I think there are people who are organizing around their anger rather than around particular issues.” Patrick said. “Anger and fear has been a tool used politically for a long time in the world and is being used I think by the national republican party today.

    http://politicalticker.blogs.cnn.com/2011/04/12/gov-patrick-racism-in-birther-movement/

    …………………..

    In a few words Gov Patrick…..take your racism bullshit and stick it where the sun don’t shine.

  262. Caucuses are a lot cheaper. There were estismates given in 2008 when they were talking about giving Obama a do-over in MI.
    ————————-
    Maybe the dims should just do away with voting altogether. That would be cheaper still.

  263. Maybe the dims should just do away with voting altogether. That would be cheaper still.

    You mean they haven’t already?

  264. “Perhaps now people will understand why for several days I have been calling this a sell-out, and why I told you what the deal was a week in advance–and why the Republicans would cave. It ain’t rocket science. What it tells us tells us is that we cannot count on them to take down Obama.”

    I get it now, wbboei. Took me a while but boy were you right. This is nauseating.

    Do you honestly think Trump hurts BO more than he helps him? By threatening to go Indy, I mean. I agree a Trump-type is the only one who can break through the media-glue. But if he goes third party than BO gets reselected, no?

  265. There is NO legitimate justification for a caucus system–unless you happen to be a devotee of mob rule. But if that is the case, then you should not call it democracy. It is tyranny. So spare me the Normal Rockwell illusions of the New England town meeting. Think of in terms of a Kristallnach because that is what it eventually evolves into.

  266. basil9
    April 12th, 2011 at 7:10 pm

    Yes, third party has no infrastructure, no SOS’s. I think it would take more from Repub. The fool on the hill would get re elected. I know so many people that voted for him and would do so again today, it is mind boggling.

  267. Got an interesting hint today that there might be a surprise candidate in the GOP Pres. field. As Drudge says, developing …

    Heard this from reuters and journos at CNBC, may be something to this. Gen Petraeus?

  268. It’s a fundraiser no doubt
    *****
    Oprah finale ad rates higher than ‘Lost’ closer
    by James Hibberd

    Oprah Winfrey’s syndicated program might air in daytime, but it’s hitting up advertisers for major-league primetime ad rates for its final episode.
    The asking price for a 30-second ad on Oprah’s May 25 finale is $1 million, according to Horizon Media researcher Brad Adgate. That’s more than last year’s finales of ABC’s Lost ($900,000) and Fox’s 24 ($650,000), despite Oprah having a smaller audience (about 7 million viewers) than either of those dramas. Oprah’s distributor had no comment.

  269. Rezko Watch was a good site for information and reporting. Another one, I think I learned about it here a few years ago, was at opednews.com ….Evelyn Pringle. I can’t link directly because you now have to sign up. It’s a free site and if you haven’t read her stuff before, I suggest you do. Very detailed about the Illinois corruption and Obama/Rezko/Blago, etc.

  270. does not say “under God.” Instead, he says “one nation, indivisible.”
    ————————–
    That is because he prays to Satan. How can this dirty bastard say indivisible when he is doing everything within his power to divide it, by age, by race, by income and in every other respect. He is a human tapeworm, only not as pretty.

  271. Do you honestly think Trump hurts BO more than he helps him? By threatening to go Indy, I mean. I agree a Trump-type is the only one who can break through the media-glue. But if he goes third party than BO gets reselected, no?
    ——————-
    wbboei
    April 12th, 2011 at 11:05 am

  272. BigCatLover
    April 12th, 2011 at 6:42 pm

    Mrs. Smith
    Loved the kitty and dolphin video. I hadn’t seen that one before. I thought for sure the cat would end up in the water, but he was very steady on that dock.
    _________________

    After the dolphin disappeared into the water, on impulse, the kitty spryly flew down to the lower dock.. where she teased and tantalized the dolphin to come closer …closer ….closer still… until that delectable scent of fish treats permeated her nostrils once again… hee! sly kitty.. 😆

  273. DONALD TRUMP PLS NOTE:

    shenanigans
    April 12th, 2011 at 7:21 pm

    Rezko Watch was a good site for information and reporting. Another one, I think I learned about it here a few years ago, was at opednews.com ….Evelyn Pringle. [….] Very detailed about the Illinois corruption and Obama/Rezko/Blago, etc.

  274. It is not just the fact that Trump is a businessman that matters. It is the kind of businesses he has run big real estate deals that require shrewd negotiation, and more important than even that–casinos.
    ———————————————–
    Donald Trump Can Win
    Posted by kowalski (Profile)
    Wednesday, April 6th at 8:36PM EDT
    Red State
    ———————-
    Tonight there’s a new WSJ poll splashing all over the Drudge Report talking about how Donald Trump is second only to Mitt Romney in popularity among Republican primary voters. A couple of days ago, The Donald was reported to be doing very well in New Hampshire, also.

    I’m not surprised Mitt Romney is the front runner right now. I knew that he would be. Large segments of Americans don’t want another George W. Bush traditional Republican. You can beat your head against a wall about that for a long time to come, but that’s what my people say. And my guess is that he’s going to be the Republican nominee in the end. What’s more surprising, though, is that Donald Trump is gaining so much ground, so quickly.

    How can this be? I myself am surprised at that, a little, so I’ve tried to think of an answer as to why?

    While everyone’s heads are also spinning trying to answer that question, I can give a few guideposts: 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. He’s doing an especially good job telling Americans what they want to hear about China, and in terms of the economy he’s pumping out red meat through a firehose. I expect that firehose to turn into a whole Company pretty soon.

    But here’s the big lesson, and this is why Trump is rising: In terms of our recent national politics, he’s someone everyone knows but is also a completely fresh face, and when he did reveal himself as a Republican it attracted DROVES of attention. He’s a chimeric figure. He is the middle ground between Barack Obama (who nobody knew) and John McCain (who everybody knew). America also doesn’t want a traditional Republican Conservative and it also doesn’t want another Obama. Donald Trump has gauged the national mood precisely. Obama looks more and more like a train wreck every day, he’s obviously beholden and ineffective, and Americans are looking for something…comfortably radical.

    Like a casino. And if anyone really examines it, what is a casino? It is the most controlled environment on Earth that human beings willingly subject themselves while thinking they are “leaving things to chance.” Casinos are zoos for human beings like no other in the world. Everything is monitored. The outcome of the games in terms of odds are rigorously predetermined and regulated. Not a single person walks in or out of one without being seen by security cameras. And yet people go to them believing … they’re having FUN! Donald Trump knows the backstory of human zoos very well. He is especially well-suited to make people feel like they’re taking a new chance.

    I have a very strange feeling that Donald Trump is a lot closer to what a lot of Republicans want than they’re willing to admit: he’s a guy who runs casinos, and he’s made his entire fortune off of games of chance (all of which are bound by strict mathematical rules in favor of the House). He’s also not a busybody in terms of mores: nobody who rents a room at a casino hotel wants anyone to think about what they do while they’re there. And he’s an international businessman: just keeping that empire alive and growing ensures that he sees what the real costs are to building or doing anything in America.

    Finally, he’s a lot more popular, like it or not, among a large segment of the younger generation than Tim Pawlenty ever will be. The only moralism Trump has is the Bottom Line. He’s not interested in what anyone really does to get there. It’s a line that’s very much in tune with a lot of young people you meet at casinos throughout America.

    He can win, in fact he very well might win. I’m putting odds on a Donald Trump Presidency right now at 2/3rds against. He’s got a very good chance to pull it off.

    The only real question I have is not whether Donald Trump is doing this for reasons he thinks will be beneficial to him, because he undoubtedly is. This publicity is good for him whether he’s going to go all the way through with his candidacy or not. The question is: if he did win the Presidency, why would he want it? He’s going to have to completely repurpose himself for 4 years or more. He won’t be the master of his own destiny: he’ll be the servant of circumstance. That’s the ONLY reason I don’t think his candidacy is serious in the end.

    My reading of the Zeitgeist right now is that the winning cohort of the American electorate wants the Librorepulitarian Demopublic. It wants us to fight back against our enemies but not if it’s too costly. It dislikes big government and high taxes but it doesn’t want to see its sister Susie get fired from her State job. It loves all those promised benefits and hates the big Corrupt Fed and the International Bankers, but is anguised about how to pay for them on the one hand or apply for a loan without them on the other. And right now the only thing that is cutting through the clutter is Donald Trump’s bluster. It’s hitting the high notes, he’s crackin’ skulls. The American electorate doesn’t know what it wants. It’s all up for grabs.

  275. The question would be “as of when” where long forms no longer available. Since Trump started digging?

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

    That is the question. Iirc such a change was made after people started asking for Obama’s long form, so probably 2007-09? Dunno when Trump started digging?

    Didn’t a post made in this thread or previous show some bill numbers?

  276. Yes, wbboei.
    Trump definitely has a purpose and I love the way he’s been hammering the whiny one. And I completely agree, after today’s epiphany, there is only one party.

    But you didn’t answer this question and it’s what worries me although I guess it shouldn’t coz if there’s only 1 party WTF difference does it make?

    My brain hurts.

    ‘Which is why, if Donald decides to run, it will probably be as an independent. The question then becomes whether this will work to the benefit of the asshole in the White House by dividing the anti Obama vote.’

  277. Donald Trump is smart enough that if he sent investigators to research this, he did it a long time ago. He is just playing with these people, making them look at everyone walking in the door, and probably reveiwing their security tapes at night, maybe even extra security. Trump must be laughing in his boots.

    If he knows something, he got it a long time ago.

  278. Stress kills- If stress can kill a horse, it most certainly can kill a human easier!
    _______________________

    Mubarak has heart attack during questioning

    FORMER Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak suffered a heart attack during questioning by prosecutors investigating graft and abuse allegations which prompted his admission to the hospital overnight, state television said.

    The ex-leader was taken to a hospital in the Red Sea resort of Sharm el-Sheikh two days after reports that he was about to be summoned for questioning.

    “Mubarak was admitted to the Sharm el-Sheikh International Hospital this afternoon, amid a very heavy security presence in the town,” a security source said.

    A hospital source refused to comment on the news and said that “the minister of health will make an announcement” shortly.

    Mr Mubarak was admitted by his bodyguards to the VIP wing of the hospital, state television reported, adding that the hospital was not accepting any patients except for emergency cases.

    Police cars and ambulances surrounded the hospital, as well as a heavy military police presence, state television said.

    http://www.dailytelegraph.com.au/news/breaking-news/mubarak-has-heart-attack-during-questioning/story-e6freuyi-1226038201921

  279. my 2 cents on Trump threatening a 3rd party run, I watched his interview at WSJ

    http://online.wsj.com/video/trump-as-independent-in-2012/75187604-AAA1-4A45-AC20-E3030EC5D45F.html

    he openly says he would rather vote for any of the repubs to make sure Waffles is kicked out, he is openly threateningly saying, make me the gop nominee or I will ross perot you all, if I decide to run. I 100% do not think he should do an independent run, he will lose and split the vote, as the repub nominee, he will “kick a$$” as my niece would say.

    To be honest, if this is kind of cut-throatness he is using to get the nomination, imagine what he will do in the general against Waffles? and he has Hillary operatives who will help him, he has repubs who will help him, and I mean with information, solid information.

  280. NewMexicoFan
    April 12th, 2011 at 8:04 pm

    I hope Trump started it weeks and weeks ago, I have to assume a man who is a street fighter like Trump did all this months ago and now is playing with these people, I sure hope I have not overestimated this man.

  281. moononpluto
    April 12th, 2011 at 7:06 pm

    We knew this was only a matter of time.

    Gov. Patrick: Racism in birther movement
    &&&&&&&&

    Isn’t Obama being racist when he expects special treatment because of the color of his skin, while Trump has to provide a “real birth certificate”???

  282. you know what, I am seriously not considering voting for any of these repub dumba$$es. I will vote for Palin, Trump, someone who will fight back and that’s it! Let the country do down the toilet, these a-holes cannot and will not even fight for it! this is a simple, basic question, and ken doll romney can’t even take a stand on this without a poll!

    so this jerk Romney says,

    http://blogs.forbes.com/danielfreedman/2011/04/12/romney-to-trump-obama-doesnt-need-a-birth-certificate/

    WTF??? do we not live in a country based on any rules or what???

  283. More austerity measures needed- Death by a thousand cuts.. Tax, Tax, Tax and more Taxes mandated.

    Gasoline is $4.79 gal in San Fran today!
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    US lacks credibility on debt, says IMF

    By Chris Giles and James Politi in Washington

    April 12 2011

    The US lacks a “credible strategy” to stabilise its mounting public debt posing a small but significant risk of a new global economic crisis, says the International Monetary Fund.

    In an unusually stern rebuke to its largest shareholder, the IMF said the US was the only advanced economy to be increasing its underlying budget deficit in 2011 at a time when its economy was growing fast enough to reduce borrowing.
    EDITOR’S CHOICE
    Obama to set out alternative fiscal vision – Apr-12
    Clive Crook: Obama on deficits and debt – Apr-12
    In depth: US budget – Mar-15
    Stage set for US debt limit fight – Apr-12
    Tackling the deficit is next fiscal battle – Apr-10
    Lex: US budget – Apr-11

    The latest warning on the deficit was delivered as Barack Obama, the US president, is becoming increasingly engaged in the debate over ways to curb America’s mounting debt.

    To meet the 2010 pledge by the Group of 20 countries for all advanced economies – except Japan – to halve their deficits by 2013, the US would need to implement tougher austerity measures than in any two-year period since records began in 1960, the IMF said. In its twice-yearly Fiscal Monitor, the IMF added that on its current plans the US would join Japan as the only country with rising public debt in 2016, creating a risk for the global economy.

    Carlo Cottarelli, head of fiscal affairs at the Fund, said: “It is a risk that if it materialises would have very important consequences … for the rest of the world. So it is important that the US undertakes fiscal adjustment in a way sooner rather than later.”

    At the moment, the US has outlined less than half of the tax increases and spending cuts necessary to bring its public debt down in the medium term, the IMF calculated. “More sizeable reductions in medium-term deficits are needed and will require broader reforms, including to social security and taxation,” the IMF said.

    The IMF said the US economy “appears sufficiently strong” to withstand greater austerity measures and tax increases, adding that the benefit of last year’s stimulus package “is likely to be low relative to its costs”.

    Having narrowly averted a government shutdown last week through a deal with congressional Republicans to cut $38.5bn in spending from this year’s budget, Mr Obama will today unveil his plans to rein in America’s long-term deficits, which are driven by popular programs like Medicare, Medicaid and social security.

    The debate over US fiscal policy is expected to intensify in the coming weeks and months as the US hits its congressionally mandated debt limit of $14,300bn. Without approval by lawmakers to increase it, the US could face potential default as early as July, and so far Republicans and Democrats remain some distance from reaching a deal.

    http://www.ft.com/cms/s/0/dc1aadea-652e-11e0-b150-00144feab49a.html#axzz1JMDTL2p3

  284. rgb44hrc
    April 12th, 2011 at 8:11 pm

    hey, looks like the racist charges are moving on up the chain. first that lunatic tingly mathews, then al sharpton, now Obama version 1.0
    I am waiting for Okra next, and then the WH for those racism charges.

  285. OBAMA TURNING PA. RED

    Juicy quote:

    “More concerning is that his approval rating with Democrats is only 68 percent, well below the 81 percent we find for him nationally.”

    and:

    “Obama has two major problems in the state: independents and white Democrats. A majority of independents disapprove of him: 54 percent give him bad marks to 39 percent who think he’s doing a good job,” PPP polling said.

    pennlive.com/midstate/index.ssf/2011/04/obamas_2012_chances_of_winning.html

    Obama’s 2012 chances of winning Pennsylvania not so hot, new poll shows
    ==============

    Not many of the potential Republican candidates for president in 2012 are particularly well liked in Pennsylvania, but that’s still not good enough news for Barack Obama.

    A new poll today signals that the swinging Keystone state could prove troublesome for the Democratic president, even against a field of Republicans that so far promises primary runs from Newt Gingrich, Michele Bachmann and the country’s newest big Birther, Donald Trump.

    According to Public Policy Polling, Pennsylvania’s looking like it could be a very tough state for Obama in 2012. His approval rating here is only 42 percent, with 52 percent of voters disapproving of him.

    Obama is within the margin of error in the state against three potential Republican opponents, including Mitt Romney, Mike Huckabee and Rick Santorum. That’s a far cry from his double-digit victory in the state in 2008.

    “What has to be concerning for Obama beyond those topline numbers is that the Republicans poll competitively with him despite the fact that they themselves are not well liked,” said PPP pollster Tom Jensen.

    “Huckabee’s net favorability is a minus-6 spread … and Romney and Santorum are both at minus-10 spreads. The fact that they tie Obama without being all that appealing makes you wonder how much trouble the president will be in here if the party’s nomination process actually does result in a strong candidate,” Jensen said.

    Pennsylvania is back to looking red heading into the 2012 election cycle. Republicans control the state House and Senate and Gov. Tom Corbett won the governor’s post handily over Democrat Dan Onorato. Sen. Pat Toomey nudged former Rep. Joe Sestak to take Arlen Specter’s seat.

    “Obama has two major problems in the state: independents and white Democrats. A majority of independents disapprove of him: 54 percent give him bad marks to 39 percent who think he’s doing a good job,” PPP polling said.

    “More concerning is that his approval rating with Democrats is only 68 percent, well below the 81 percent we find for him nationally.”

  286. rgb44hrc,
    I just hope he can make it red enough that casey gets sent packing or at least gets a wake up call which informs him he works for the citizens of PA and not the dnc.

  287. pm 317: as you know, Niki Haley is the Republican Indian-American governor of South Carolina, and since taking office she has passed a transparency law which ensures that politicians remember they work for the people–not the reverse. To do so, she had to fight her own party. Niki was a tea party favorite, and the establishment tried to sink her candidacy during the primary.

  288. maybe Waffles needs to remind the good folks of PA what a bunch of “bitter americans clinging to their guns and religion” they are.

  289. What a contrast she is to Clyburn who hails from the same state. She is all about doing what is right for the people. He is all about cronyism and promoting racist policies. She is smart and he is stupid. What a contrast

  290. #
    tim
    April 12th, 2011 at 8:26 pm

    rgb44hrc
    April 12th, 2011 at 8:11 pm

    hey, looks like the racist charges are moving on up the chain. first that lunatic tingly mathews, then al sharpton, now Obama version 1.0
    I am waiting for Okra next, and then the WH for those racism charges.
    ____________________________

    Today, MA Gov Deval Patrick said the BC issue looks like it’s becoming an issue of racism. I was so disappointed when he was re-elected…

  291. this logo says everything about mitt romney. pure caspar milquetoast. blech
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    exactly. Dull as paint.

  292. Today, MA Gov Deval Patrick said the BC issue looks like it’s becoming an issue of racism. I was so disappointed when he was re-elected…
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    The charge of racism no longer works. It generates a backlash. Nobody want to hear it any more–unless there is direct proof. If Obama cannot stand on his own two feet, then that is his fault. Frankly, the country is immune to it now. and they expect nothing more from these kind of people. When Sharpton filed false charges of rape against a white policeman was that racism? Patrick is a mental midget.

  293. To be honest, if this is kind of cut-throatness he is using to get the nomination, imagine what he will do in the general against Waffles? and he has Hillary operatives who will help him, he has repubs who will help him, and I mean with information, solid information.
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    Ann Coulter is not credible. However last night she told Hannity that the birth issue was pushed by the Hillary campaign. If it is true, then your presumption that Hillary operatives will help Trump is spot on. As for Hillary, she is out of politics now and what her overly enthusiastic supporters might do to save the country domestically from Obama just as she is saving it internationally from Obama is simply beyond her control, hence she cannot be held accountable.

  294. I have been testing the obot waters lately, asking if the terrible mess our country is in now, with the economy, etc. is Obama’s fault.

    Guess what, most don’t see the damn connection. Duh, huh? Waa…?

    I always give them an ear full, not that 2.5 years later it has helped much.

    But some of them, are actually considering Trump if he runs, over the boyking. So to me, that is progress. (That is if Hillary doesn’t run.)

  295. wbboei
    “Dull as paint.”

    you mean dull as toothpaste, right? (I can’t take credit for it, my wife can) 🙂

  296. wbboei
    April 12th, 2011 at 8:57 pm

    I remember that. Good for her.

    Romney…dull as toothpaste I think!

  297. Ann Coulter was pure venom last night. She has some agenda, don’t know what, but maybe she considers herself one the Republic elite, all above this birther fray, so beneath them you know. I think she thinks it makes all Republicans sound so uncouth, you know, bitter, dumb and racist like us.

  298. Another sicko…blame it on Bush and Iraq…

    *****
    Winning, Duh: Scott Ritter Blames Bush For Sex Charges
    —Ace

    He got stung by one of those To Catch a Pedophile type stings (but it wasn’t To Catch a Pedophile, or damnit, someone’s hiding the video).

    He engaged in a graphic sex chat with a person claiming to be a 15 year old girl, and then polished his pickle on webcam for good measure.

    He says he of course thought his sex partner was 56 years old and just lying about being a 15 year old, and also, he was set up due to his opposition to the War in Iraq.

    Attorney Gary Kohlman said Ritter thought the woman was acting through a fantasy when he was arrested by Barrett police in 2009.
    In opening arguments, Attorney Gary Coleman called Ritter a dedicated veteran and suggested he could be a victim of a conspiracy theory because he’s been so outspoken about the war.

    This is another underage-sex charge — in 2001 he was charged with child endangerment for trying to meet with a 16-year-old girl. (I think at a Burger King — class all the way.) That was also and undercover sting operative, and you gotta think if he’s blundered into two fake-kids he must be attempting to pick up on kids all the time. (Actually, Wikipedia says this is his third charge for soliciting a minor.)

    His attorney said today that Ritter was depressed during that time in 2001 because threats had been made against him because he was so outspoken about the Iraq War. The attorney said the depression led him to the incident in New York.
    I was depressed most of last year and my doctor prescribed statutory rape, so I know the feeling.

    This is sort of alarming:

    Ritter’s daughters are in the courtroom for the jury trial.
    His daughters? Who I assume are tweens or teens, or as Scott Ritter calls them, “fair game”? Yeah, they won’t have any problems.

    There was an old meme on the internet that pedophiles all tend to smile alike. With a small smile, as if keeping a secret, but also sort of laughing on the inside that you don’t know it. A “pedosmile,” the meme went.

  299. If this is true, then Obama has double crossed Boehner. This makes John look like a fool times times two. First for selling out the first time at year end when Obama agreed to drop his demand for tax increases. Second, by selling out last week when he accepted a pittance in spending cuts, because he believed it would set the tone for more aggressive cuts in the future. If tomorrow night Obama proposes tax increases he breaches both of those agreements.

    There is a lesson here which John needs to learn. It is the parable of the scorpion and the frog. The scorpion asks the frog to let him ride on his back across the pond. The frog says no because if I do you will sting me and we will drown. The frog ponders this piece of inescapable logic and forgets who he is dealing with. He lets the fog get on his back and when they reach the middle of the pond, the scorpion stings him to death. As they both drown, the frog asks the scorpion why. The scorpion replies because it is in my nature, John.
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    Obama Aims to Take Reins of Debt Issue, Faces GOP Opposition to Tax Proposals

    President Obama’s much-anticipated speech Wednesday aimed at taking the reins of the fierce debt debate on Capitol Hill has House Republican leaders sharpening their knives and some members of a bipartisan group of senators feeling a bit frustrated.

    Members of the so-called Gang of Six, already under the gun to craft a 10-year debt-and-deficit-reduction package, are feeling more pressure with Obama planning to outline his vision for getting the nation’s fiscal house in order.

    “It’s a mixed blessing,” a senior state GOP aide close to the Gang of Six talks told Fox News. “We’re glad he’s taking some kind of position, but it’s definitely adding to the pressure. It’s not terribly helpful.”

    One member of the Gang of Six, Sen. Tom Coburn, R-Okla., said he doesn’t feel rushed – even though he was visibly perturbed the more he talked about the group’s work, saying several times it had nothing for the president to highlight Wednesday.

    Coburn said the group won’t have anything to offer until after the two-week Easter recess, which starts Monday.

    Obama is expected to preview his speech with congressional leaders at the White House on Wednesday morning. Among those expected to attend are House Speaker John Boehner, Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell, House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi.

    Republicans, meanwhile, are warning the president they won’t consider any plan that includes tax increases.

    “We don’t have deficits because Americans are taxed too little, we have deficits because Washington spends too much,” Boehner said. “And at a time when the American people face skyrocketing prices at the pump, energy tax hikes are a particularly bad idea.”

    “If the president is willing to offer serious proposals that grow our economy, preserve and protect programs such as Medicare and Medicaid, and set us on a path to pay down the national debt, we’re open to hearing them,” Boehner said.

    McConnell said, “Hopefully the president will put forward a plan that doesn’t just pay lip service to the commitments we’ve made to seniors and the poor, but which acknowledges the unique problems that this generation and a rising generation of Americans face.”

    Cantor said Obama’s plan to raise taxes is not only the “wrong move in the current economic environment, but it locks in the Democrats’ status-quo agenda to keep spending taxpayer dollars on duplicative big-government programs.”

    Obama’s speech will come on the heels of a Treasury Department report showing the federal deficit soared 15.7 percent in the first six months of fiscal 2011. From October to March, the deficit reached $829 billion compared with $717 billion in the previous year despite a revenue increased 6.9 percent.

    A Treasury official told Fox News that the figures don’t tell the full story.

    “There were a number of one-time transactions that impact the year-over-year comparison,” the official said, referring to a $115 billion reduction in funds spent on the Troubled Asset Relief Program (TARP), and a $46 billion reduction in money spent on a prepaid FDIC assessment. Excluding those reductions in 2010, the deficit for the first six months of fiscal 2011 would have declined by about $49 billion.

    The president’s speech also is aimed at countering a Republican proposal from Rep. Paul Ryan that would seek to cut $6.2 trillion in spending over the next decade, built around a drastic reshaping of Medicare and other federal safety-net entitlement programs, and would lower the tax rate for the nation’s top payers.

    “The point is that balance is essential,” White House Press Secretary Jay Carney said. “What is not acceptable in the president’s view — and we believe in the American people’s view — is a plan that achieves serious deficit reduction only by asking for sacrifice from the middle class, seniors, the disabled and the poor, and while providing substantial tax cuts to the very well off.”

    Sen. Jay Rockefeller is enlisting the help of fellow senators in a letter to Obama urging him not to cut Medicaid coverage.

    The federal government has always made good on a simple promise – that we should make it possible for states to pay for the basic health care needs of some of our most vulnerable citizens,” Rockefeller said in a statement. “Slashing this program or placing an arbitrary, hard cap on funding would undermine our commitment to the American people.”

    Fox News’ Trish Turner and

  300. I do not know if Okieattorney is around. I do not trust Coburn (R-Ok). He says he is a friend of Obama and he meets secretly with others to discuss tax increases. I wonder what De Mint thinks of him.

  301. Tim-

    yes, I know Obama and Patrick were college room mates. They are the Ying and Yang of the political underworld wreaking havoc with us as if we are toy playthings slaves to be tortured as members of a national dysfunctional family. I truly believe he is an evil man bereft of any vestige of liberal institutions, but devoid of the slightest spark of the spirit of liberty we hold so dear as Americans.
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    #
    wbboei
    April 12th, 2011 at 9:15 pm

    Today, MA Gov Deval Patrick said the BC issue looks like it’s becoming an issue of racism. I was so disappointed when he was re-elected…
    —————————
    The charge of racism no longer works. It generates a backlash. Nobody want to hear it any more–unless there is direct proof. If Obama cannot stand on his own two feet, then that is his fault. Frankly, the country is immune to it now. and they expect nothing more from these kind of people. When Sharpton filed false charges of rape against a white policeman was that racism? Patrick is a mental midget.
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    I hope you are right. I’m not feeling that secure the racism card has lost it’s power. Not after seeing the venom this morning in Bill Cosby’s eyes. A comedian with a dark side playing possum in the green room assuring Trump they are BFF- scary-

  302. Just re-reading Winston Churchill’s biography. I didn’t realize he was related to Lady Di and his sister-in-law, Pamela Harriman was, I believe at one time, a sponsor to Bill Clinton…

  303. wbboei
    April 12th, 2011 at 8:57 pm

    pm 317: as you know, Niki Haley is the Republican Indian-American governor of South Carolina, and
    —————–

    Yeah, I have heard her talk about this issue before on the campaign trail. When I look at her (and that other guy in LA, Jindal whom I don’t like), what I feel is how woefully lacking in diversity the Democratic side is. It is the same old good old boys network and now they have their black idol, Obuma. Liberals have done their bit for diversity. Great, they can push/keep their women to/on the sidelines.

  304. tim: I am waiting for Okra next, and then the WH for those racism charges.
    Good call on Okra. Hear she’s charging super bowl prices for commercials on her last network show and that O will be a guest that day. Perfect time for parting shots and fundraiser for the one.

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