Please Pretend You Care – Obama Gives Another Publicity Stunt Speech

This is our, not even half-hearted, attempt to keep our promise from yesterday and discuss the Obama speech. Frankly, we don’t give a damn. We’ve heard it all before and we have responded and pre-responded before – with these self-evident truths:

Obama simply cannot be trusted. Obama cannot be trusted on any issue. Obama cannot be trusted by his friends. Obama cannot be trusted by his enemies. Obama cannot be trusted.

As to this particular publicity stunt – Uppity Woman pretty much skimmed the scum of ennui, we along with just about everyone else feel, regarding what Barack Obama says about anything. Uppity Woman is not alone in her wish to do something productive instead of listening to Obama boobery. Joe Biden could not keep his eye lids from rebellion either.



You can’t blame Biden for snoozing. It’s like listening to Oprah talk about her new miracle diet. She’ll say how remarkable the new diet is. She’ll say how she expects to shed those pounds. But in the end you know, when all is said and done, the only thing that will happen is that Oprah will be the size of a shed.

We’re not making fat jokes here or mocking those struggling to lose weight or dealing with weight “issues”. It’s just that Obama loving Oprah and her diet foolery reminds us of Obama in oh so many ways. Remember when in 2009 Obama promised to halve the deficit by the end of his four year term? Whether you think the deficit is an issue that must be addressed or an issue that must be ignored – the bottom line is whatever Obama says cannot be trusted.

Before the speech the ‘watch for list’ was composed of “details, details, details”, “tax talk”, and “tone”. Afterwards, the struggle was to keep eyes open and head away from pillows.

The ever gullible (“It’s funny how clear Krugman’s vision is when it comes to Republicans …. and how gullible he is when considering Democrats and their motives. In fact, Corrente calls them “category errors” and has been documenting them for a long time.”) Paul Krugman said nice things about the speech:

“Style: I liked the way Obama made a case for government at the beginning. I liked the way he accused Republicans of pessimism, of abandoning a hopeful vision of America. Good that he went after the Ryan plan — and good that he went after the cruelty of that plan. If you ask me, too many percentages. Oh, and whichever speechwriter came up with “win the future” should be sent to count yurts in Outer Mongolia.”

What gullible Paul Krugman missed is that Obama was “borrowing” extensively from “racist” “turn the page” on him – Bill Clinton. Obama JournoLister Ben Smith cites the case (it’s as close as Smith and JournoLister Greg Sargent can come to calling Obama a plagiarist) made by Greg Sargent:

“Greg Sargent recently recalled Bill Clinton’s decision to engage the budget battle as a moral and philosophical one, saying in 1995:

I believe this budget debate is about two very different futures for America: About whether we will continue to go forward under our motto, E Pluribus Unum, out of many, one; whether we will continue to unite and grow; or whether we will become a more divided, winner-take-all society.

Obama seemed to echo that approach at the beginning of today’s speech:

This debate over budgets and deficits is about more than just numbers on a page, more than just cutting and spending. It’s about the kind of future we want. It’s about the kind of country we believe in.

The difference between those two versions is more interesting than the echo, though. Missing from Obama’s is the note of confrontation.

Obama is a plagiarist and a helpless weakling unable and unwilling to fight for anything other than his career advancement. If he does have scars on his head it is probable that they came from muscular Michelle beatings. But we digress.

Greg Sargent will be remembered as the Hillary Hater that protected Obama at every turn. Greg Sargent continues to do so. But now Sargent heaps praise on Bill Clinton after smearing Bill as a racist. Sargent now wants Obama to be more like Bill Clinton:

“So maybe we should recall the forgotten lesson of Clinton’s victory: He won in no small part because he drew a very hard line against Medicare cuts, and used that battle to articulate an expansive vision of Democratic governance, which he contrasted with the GOP’s vision of a “winner-take-all society.”

I just got off the phone with Michael Waldman, who was Clinton’s chief speechwriter throughout much of that battle, and he told me that a crucial piece of the historical record is being lost. While Clinton, a New Democrat, did push for welfare reform and call for a balanced budget to restore his fiscal credibility, the former president pivoted from there to a major, protracted public fight over Medicare — and an unabashed defense of a liberal role for government — that was crucial in restoring his public standing.

Few remember this part of the story, but Waldman notes that Clinton seized on the Medicare standoff to reaffirm his support for the social contract as embodied in Lyndon Johnson’s Medicare promise to America, frequently referring to proposals to cut Medicare as an affront to our “values.” Clinton even used Johnson’s pen to veto the GOP’s budget.

In a speech on November 10, 1995, Clinton cast the battle as one over his belief that government’s role is to guard against the excesses of a cutthroat society: [snip]

Several days later, Clinton added: “I believe we have a duty to care for our parents so that they can live their lives in dignity. That duty includes securing Medicare.” He also warned that the GOP’s budget “violates our values.”

And when Clinton vetoed the GOP proposal, he held up Johson’s pen. “Three decades ago, this pen you see here was used to honor our values when President Johnson used it to sign Medicare into law,” Clinton said, adding: “I am using this pen to preserve our commitment to our parents.”

Now JournoLister Sargent wants Obama to be racist Clinton. Too late bub. You’re stuck with the boob. He’s your mistake. Shove him up your, um, website.

There was a time when Democrats could run an advertisement like this:



There was a time in the 90s that Democrats had the fiscal probity high ground:

“With Obama’s recently-expressed regrets about a vote against raising the federal debt limit, and Chuck Schumer’s warning that those who oppose it are playing with fire, a source reminds me that Schumer was one of the 44 Democrats who, in a party-line vote, voted against raising the debt limit in 2006.

That year, the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee — which Schumer chaired — aired the attack above on Ohio’s Mike DeWine.

“Did you know Mike DeWine voted to raise the national debt to $9 trillion?” the ad’s narrator asks puzzled and alarmed Cincinnatians. “Did you know that we’re borrowing $2 billion a day from China and other countries to pay for that?”

It is, safe to say, an ad the DSCC likely won’t be running this year.”

Foolish Republicans are learning “Obama cannot be trusted.” Foolish Obama Dimocrats and JournoListers don’t want to believe us when we say “Obama cannot be trusted on any issue. Obama cannot be trusted by his friends.”

Obama simply cannot be trusted.

May we join Joe Biden and go to sleep now?

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122 thoughts on “Please Pretend You Care – Obama Gives Another Publicity Stunt Speech

  1. But in the end you know, when all is said and done, the only thing that will happen is that Oprah will be the size of a shed.
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    Ain’t that the truth.

  2. The 2012 election should hinge on real issues and deep questions about Barack Obama’s ability to handle the office.

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    If Obama can’t even handle the HI records office, he sure can’t handle the Oval Office. 😉

  3. Top Ten Reasons to Re-Elect Obama

    – by tamerlane

    10. He closed Gitmo, true to his word.

    9. He’s a multi-tasker. What president in recent history could play eighteen holes, pick four final fours, manage three wars, and smoke two joints all in one day?

    8. He promised us “affordable health care”, and he put two of those three words in the name of his mandated private insurance law.

    7. Jobs, Jobs, Jobs.

    6. Who else has the skill to win a Nobel Peace Prize based on a speech?

    5. If a Republican becomes president, they’ll fill their administration with ravenous Wall Street types and corrupt CEOS, and let them set policy.

    4. He’s just like Lincoln FDR JFK Ike Jesus Dr. J the laid-back dude in Pineapple Express.

    3. Aren’t Sasha & Malia adorable?

    2. One BILLION dollars!

    1. He’s still black.

    http://johnwsmart.wordpress.com/2011/04/13/3088/#more-3088

  4. No, let Biden go to sleep and take the boob with him.. rest of us should wake up and ask the tough questions.

    What is with Hotair? look at this:

    The 2012 election should hinge on real issues and deep questions about Barack Obama’s ability to handle the office. The freak show is a distraction that damages the serious nature of Obama’s opposition — and don’t think the media isn’t eating it up, either.

    That is what Hillary tried to do, arguing the merits of her policies and not hitting him hard on where it hurts. Look what happened. When it comes to Obama you have to ask the tough questions because everything else is a known thing like his incompetence, inexperience, lack of interest or goodwill, lack of everything but just enjoying the perks. He and his handlers are depending on you to not ask those questions. It is daylight robbery, hiding in plain sight, on and on.. Maybe the Repubs will blackmail him to take care of SS and Medicare/medicaid in his second term.

  5. I have a feeling Repubs don’t want to win 2012 either. They will blackmail Obama to go after entitlements. Where will the journolister blogger boys be then?

  6. Where will the journolister blogger boys be then?
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    Where they always are–with their nose up his ass.

  7. haha, wbboei.. maybe after all he is their mistake and they will probably never admit it. At least they are writing truth about BC though in a self serving way.

    I acked your comment on the last thread about Niki Haley. I sometimes wonder why there are no such strong vociferous women on the Dem side.

  8. That blogger boy Greg writing about BC in such glowing terms is so juvenile. He must think if he pits Obama against BC by praising BC, Obama will change his ways, because of you know thin skin, fragile ego, narcissistic and all that.

  9. Can anyone cite stats which compare medicaid to medicare?
    Would perhaps both be more solvent if illegal immigration was contained?
    Everyday judges sentence people to rehab and half way houses instead of jail. For non violent offenders it makes sense but the cost is moved on to medicaid instead of staying with corrections and within corrections budgets

  10. another superb article Admin.

    Maybe I was one of those naive voters, but before May 31, of 2008, I believed in the system, I believed that there were people of principle, etc.

    I remember when I voted for JFK, that party no longer exists now. I just read that Dwight Eisenhower after coming back from the war and when he was thinking of running for prez had to prove his natural born status. How low in the toilet bowl will this country fall? It is no longer bound by any set of rules, the US Constitution is being treated like a piece of toilet paper.

    I am so sick of this, not one courageous man or woman, how sad that Trump is the only one with spine to fight back, he relates to the common blue collar man, because he was one himself, and apparently has not forgotten it, unlike ken doll romney.

    And then today’s lame campaign speech by Waffle, what a sick disgusting display. Ryan called him the campaigner in chief, he is in fact a coward in chief.

  11. I see the minions at MSNBC have started their full blown attacks against Trump now that he’s tied for first in the polls for the GOP nom.

  12. gonzo,

    It is Gore VIDAL who is SELLING a ‘Mediterranean [style] villa’ (actually in California) as of Jan 25, 2011.

    A trashy conservative site in May 2010 showed pictures (from an old real estate listing) that they claimed were a house Gore had bought in California. But even at that dumb site, commentators showed the story to be false.

  13. Worth remembering:

    In 1992 when Bill Clinton introduced his budget which included a 5c a gallon gasoline tax all of which was earmarked for eliminating the deficit, every Republican in the House and every Republican in the senate voted against it. They called press conferences where they all said the same thing — Clinton’s budget would explode the deficit, drive up unemployment and send the country into a deeper recession. It took Al Gore as president of the senate to end the deadlock and cast the deciding vote on Clinton’s budget which passed by one vote and only with Democratic votes.

    Clinton’s budget ultimately resulted in the lowest unemployment in 40 years, eliminated the deficit, saw the greatest economic expansion in American history, balanced the budget and produced a $5 1/2 trillion budget surplus.

  14. I have a feeling Repubs don’t want to win 2012 either. They will blackmail Obama to go after entitlements.

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    Obama can more effectively cut SS and Medicare. A GOP president would be opposed by Democrats, who won’t oppose Obama.

  15. Okay
    I realize this question may offend many but I would like to hear the answers here

    I have an aunt and uncle they are both in their late sixties. He gets a retirement from us steel and they both get social security. He paid in and she worked maybe three months in a paid position.
    Am I wrong in thinking that her getting a check is what is wrong?

  16. I didn’t listen to the Øbama snooze fest, but that is not surprising since I NEVER listen to his speeches. They would drive me mad so why bother? Anyway, Lame Cherry had the following as his most recent post. There are some little nuggets worth reading. I highlighted a couple. Warning, there are parts that most of you will NOT appreciate, but consider the source.
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    Mark Levin Flat Ass Wrong on Birthers

    This blog does not reveal all the inside information it has on the elite of this fray. It does so for the reason as revealing certain aspects of strategy being employed to the public which benefits Americans would reveal the operation to the cartels things they are aware of, but will not move on as the public is still unaware of the situation of manipulation.

    It is like not shooting the man eating lion in your yard, because it also serves the purpose of scaring away the hyenas eating your guineas………as well as eating your enemies.

    What I will to address here is a dialogue Mark Levin opined on concerning Donald Trump in not trusting him as he might go 3rd party and that the Birther issue did not matter as it was a distraction.

    This strikes at me like Gen. Grant was filled with righteous fury in listening to his staff all talk about “Bobby Lee and what he was going to do.”
    Grant having enough of this finally yelled at his staff, “Bobby Lee this, Bobby Lee that, Why don’t you quit worrying about what Bobby Lee is doing and start focusing on what you are going to do to Bobby Lee!”

    I have maintained from the beginning that the Birther issue is not the issue which will bring Obama down. I have stated it is thee issue which Democrats if they were put into a corner to save themselves would resort to in dumping Obama.

    All of this is what John McCain spoke of in lecturing at naive Obama about strategy, tactics and operations, and Mark Levin not comprehending this is flat world as the Birther issue is what one uses in a full attack upon this most dangerous puppet of the cartel in B. Hussein Obama.

    Mr. Levin’s response to Birthers was to censor them from his sites. That is a Huffington Post, Newsbuster and Frontpage loser retreat. It is beyond disappointing, but when you have a large intellect like Mark Levin, one does not make mistakes, you make monumental disasters when you are wrong.

    To reveal something you do not know……….

    Joseph Farah has no idea what Obama is. He champions the Birther issue, as he knows it makes good money and it is the issue to hammer Obama on which will degrade his connection to his followers.
    I do not reveal these tactics by Mr. Farah, as the more the left does not comprehend, the more Ann Coulter has less to lift her skirt for Obama in certifying Obama is legit from a computer generated glowing green paper.

    What I would appreciate, if Mark Levin would take in the entire picture, and he could in reading this blog in the Birther issue. The Birther issue is the issue as Joseph Farah is attempting which will drive a chasm between Obama and Americans.
    American identity is what is the heart of the voter. When leftists find out they have been conned, their fury will have no end and they will take it out on Obama in not voting for him and skewering him like only they can……….as they did Jimmy Carter.

    What Mr. Levin neglects to comprehend is the Birther issue is key psychologically. If those millionaire talkers would comprehend what Donald Trump does that this is a sexy issue, then the pressure would build on Obama voters, because once the next step takes place in the literal promise that when the GOP takes control over both houses in 2012, if Mr. Obama usurps another election, he will find a Congressional Federal Judge hauling him out of the White House on High Crimes……….no impeachment, just arrest for Mr. Obama and his regime of frauds.

    Making 2012 an issue that Republicans taking over Congress, and enlisting a Judge Parker to do the work, and making it known that the next Speaker of the House in Michele Bachmann if Obama steals another election, will be sworn in as President due to due process…..the entire public is prepared for what took place in Honduras and Obama with Hillary attempted to thwart in the removal of a fraud el presidente there.

    Mr. Levin, get this point, in one demoralizes Obama voters in knowing the outcome, then those voters are not going to be showing up at the polls, and then Mr. Obama can not steal those 30 million votes he needs to offset the Tea Party, Hispanics and growing numbers of blacks who will not vote for Obama in 2012.

    Mr. Levin should be bright enough to know this, but perhaps arrogance or hanging around with Limbaugh has dulled his common sense. The point is the Birther issue IS THEE most vital of issues as it is part of an ecompassing strategy and is viable, because it works.

    I will state here first in when Lt. Col. Terry Lakin is released from Obama prison, I desire for him to form an exploratory committee to run for the GOP Presidential nomination. Do I expect the Lt. Col. to win?
    The odds are against it, but what I will for him to do is put this out there in a Hero who gave all to America was destroyed by Obama over this Birther issue, and in this making this an issue, Lt. Col. Lakin can then be a political force who will be exonerated for his stand and gain back all he has lost.

    Why should Lt. Col. Lakin not be the next Surgeon General in 2013 in a Palin Administration?

    Mark Levin in his bunker does not care apparently that an American was savaged and destroyed by the Obama regime as he never says a damn thing about it like Limbaugh or Hannity. Americans get things like this and it makes them a sexy issue.

    In that this blogs favorite in Mark Levin is as flat world wrong on the Birther issue as Michelle Malkin was flat ass wrong in driving that czar nonsense as Americans do not care about that sh*t as it isn’t sexy.

    ACORN went down because Hannah Giles looks good in a mini walking away. If that genius knows that much, then maybe Mark Levin should take a step back from his censorship which seems to plague the chosen few on top and understand how real warfare whether it is psychological or actual is conducted on all facets and fronts.

    do you think the left and Obama is so focused on the Birthers? It is because it holds water and it is because Obama by joking about it, is trying to innoculate hisself from it, as Coulter, Limbaugh and now Mark Levin do Obama’s work for him.

    Mr. Levin, your issues which you focus on, bore the hell out of Americans, except your zealous few. You pick off a Beckel, but you do not fillet off the Reagan portion of leftists you need for your political victories.

    Rush Limbaugh lies about what gave rise to the Tea Party, Mr. Levin, you have got to figure out that it is the politically raped Clinton backers, and that includes Rahm Emanuel are the allies which will be the key to flushing these Obama NeoProgs from power on all fronts in a landslide for 2012 in Conservatives which America desperately needs in undivided leadership.

    Rahm Emanuel is a right proper bastard, and one of the best like most of the Carville thugs are. America needs these people savaged by Obama to be brought in for an American effort to wipe this traitor Obama from the White House in elections.

    You do this by deals with these Americans in convincing them to stop the damned political games they set up to drag the GOP into moral issues, so they could win immorally. This is not about power any longer as the Chicoms, Caliph, Bolsheviks and Chavezites are going to lop of Rahms head dress as much as Mark Levin’s.

    The Birther issue is the key. Turn it from ridicule from the Rovians to satire on the right and left, and once it is implanted fully in this season, the real arbitration in the American mind begins in not voting for an Obama who is not like them…….follow up with prudence that crimes will find the criminal removed no matter the election, and it becomes the catalyst for a real GOP Conservative super majorities in Congress, a cowed Judiciary, and under a Judge Parker, which Mr. Levin you could be appointed, would legally end this Marxist regime.

    This is due process and not a coup. It is simple to comprehend for Americans that no matter the vote in 2012, that Justice will be accomplished……….it will be either Sarah Palin as President elect or Michele Bachmann as Speaker by Presidential succession.

    You have done wonderful work Mr. Levin, but your mistake in this is monumental.

    In warfare, one uses an enemies strength against them and use your weaknesses to cripple their operations. If the GOP, your Limbaugh Leaners and the frauds like Ann Coulter would stop propping up Mr. Obama, B. Hussein Obama would be already arrested as the Clinton supporters would have accomplished the task if they had the cover.

    Mr. Levin you spoke of Gen. Burnside as thee most incompetent of leaders. That was unfair and untrue. Do not make the mistake Mr. Levin of not taking advantage of this crater blown in the Obama lines by rushing in to the pit talking debt while Obama picks you off from the rim.

    There is always one more wise ass in the crowd wiser than you Mr. Levin. Think about that as God sets it up that way to keep the crowd honest.

  17. turndownobama
    April 13th, 2011 at 9:16 pm
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    yeah, I didn’t complete my thought but yeah, it would be easier and they would rather a Dem president do that.

  18. Administrator, you are spoiling us. I came home to a treat…you posted another great article! YEAH!! This is three days in a row and all of us are loving it. Please feel free to spoil us rotten all you want to!!

  19. noobama excellent article, these idiot repubs have no clue there are million of hillary dems, pumas who are counting the days down to kick Waffles out, we haven’t forgtten what was done in 2008. Stupid fools. This BC issue can quickly be resolved, heck admin has offered to raise teh $3 that is needed for a copy of the BC, but instead Waffles spends 2 million a year to cover it up.

  20. oh boy, Santorum on Greta’s show announcing he’s running, what do these people do all this time, just sit around waiting to run? A man who was defeated in the senate race will be running for a higher office. Do these people not have a real job?

    I have more respect for Trump, at least he’s built something, he’s worked and employeed people for his company.

    What a joke Santorum is.

  21. pm317
    April 13th, 2011 at 8:38 pm
    I have a feeling Repubs don’t want to win 2012 either. They will blackmail Obama to go after entitlements. Where will the journolister blogger boys be then?
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    you could be on to something…if repubs can’t get their establishment guy in there…and they think they can win the senate and hold the house, then they may figure they can really just roll O and get whatever they want from the spineless pushover…(and try to take out T at the same time)

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    Admin…nail on the head again:

    Obama is a plagiarist and a helpless weakling unable and unwilling to fight for anything other than his career advancement. If he does have scars on his head it is probable that they came from muscular Michelle beatings. But we digress.

    (your humor and wit are limitless…)

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    as for all the Obama dreamers suddenly coming to earth and reality and realizing how great Bill Clinton actually was…how smart and how hard he fought for the things they claim to care about…how Bill Clinton left our country in surplus and safe…and how we could have picked up where Bill Clinton left off and had Hillary who is probably even smarter and definitely a tough fighter…that’s right, all you Obot idiots…you screwed us all with your stupid misplaced fantasies…

    you reap what you sow Obot enablers…screw you all…

    …bring on Hillary and Donald Trump…and let’s get back to work and correct the mistakes of Bush and compounded by O, who picked up where Bush left off and made things worse…

  22. What this Trump phenomenon has revealed is that the Repubs are not going to help. Maybe they are afraid that if they weaken Obama, then the Dems will bring in Hillary. If Dems are smart and those journolister blogger boys have any brains they would make him not run in 2012. Because he had the audacity to defy them in the first term, and he would not even need that in the second term. He is a Republican decoy. He will go out laughing all the way at these fools who elected him but won’t disown him.

  23. http://www.newsmax.com/Headline/donald-trump-run-president/2011/04/13/id/392790

    If you wonder whether Donald Trump is serious about running for president, tune in to the finale of “The Celebrity Apprentice” on May 15.

    Trump plans to say on the NBC show that he will be holding a press conference a few days after the May 15th show. At that press conference in the Trump Tower in New York, Trump will be announcing his candidacy for the presidency.

    Even then, many will snicker that it’s all a publicity stunt. But that defies the facts and common sense.

    Of all the people on the planet, Donald Trump is the last person who needs more publicity. And if he is riding a groundswell of support, why would he—or anyone else—decide not to run?

    Since writing the first story in January to report that Trump will definitely run, I have been amazed at how much the idea of a Trump presidency is catching on across the political spectrum. As I wrote in my story, Don’t Underestimate Donald Trump for President, he can be outrageous and boastful. But when it comes to a successful run at the presidency, don’t count him out.

    Read more on Newsmax.com: Exclusive: Trump to Announce His Run for President
    Important: Do You Support Pres. Obama’s Re-Election? Vote Here Now!

  24. in my humble opinion, Trump is the candidate Waffles is most afraid off, which Trump is a billionaire, he started out as a construction worker, he still has the mentality of a blue collar worker with a bank account of a billionaire, he talks like a polite street fighter, and fights like a boxer.

    This man if he decides to run, would actually run to win it, and he will fight back, and hard. He wants to win, unlike ken doll romney who seems to kind of have it fall in his lap and not fight too hard or else he won’t be invited to the DC cocktail parties.

    Trump reminds me of roger dangerfield’s character in “back to school”, this scene reminds me of Trump

  25. An Open Letter to Hillary Clinton

    Posted: 04/13/11

    Dear Madam Secretary:

    I’m gonna cut right to the chase. Everyone knows you’ve always wanted to be president. You campaigned ferociously in 2008, and I faithfully supported you, as did 18 million other Democrats. In fact, you garnered more popular votes (48%) than your rival Barack Obama (47%), who beat you by amassing more delegates. So now you’re faced with a huge dilemma: enter the 2012 race or wait until 2016. I think I speak for millions of Democrats in saying your time is now.

    Democrats, especially the progressive Obamacons who were the president’s most loyal supporters on his road to the White House, are extremely frustrated and angry with him and his administration. They were promised and expected “change you can believe in” and instead got “change that never came.” They were told to “hope” and now they’re being told how awesome it is that we have “the largest spending cuts in history” as if that is a fulfilled campaign promise. They thought they were buying a new model of Democratic leadership and were instead sold a used version of centrism and ideological abandonment. And now they want change, alright, and it’s in the form of someone else.

    For Democrats, it’s no longer “change we can believe in,” but “a candidate we can believe in.” Democrats want someone who has a vision for America. Someone who knows what he or she believes in. Someone who is ready to fight like an animal to push that agenda through. Someone who isn’t afraid of Republicans.

    The world has changed drastically since 2008. Our nation’s economy still struggles, as do the 14-million people who are unemployed. The global economy is no better. Oil and gas prices are at record levels, as is America’s budget deficit. While corporate profits are sky high, consumer confidence is anemic. We’re now embroiled in three wars, and there’s unprecedented volatility in the Middle East and elsewhere. And now we have a Republican-controlled House of Representatives that seeks to decimate funding for Social Security, Medicaid, Medicare, Planned Parenthood, the Environmental Protection Agency, energy, the arts, education, scientific research, fuel efficiency, technology innovation and other critical programs and investments in our nation’s future…. while they preserve substantial subsidies to corporations and tax cuts for the rich. Now more than ever we need a president who can protect America’s interests abroad while protecting the elderly, the children, the sick, the poor, the environment and culture here at home. We need a passionate, effective leader.

    To be sure, many Democrats have lost faith in Obama’s ability to be that leader. Campaign promise after campaign promise has been broken, and the president’s decisions seem more designed to ensure his reelection — by making independents happy–than by delivering on his promises to those who put him in office the first time around. Even Republicans are surprised to see the supposed “most liberal president in history” embrace the center so comfortably. The only real thing this president seems to stand for is his own legacy. That’s why he wasted a year of precious political capital on health care reform (in which he caved under pressure and abandoned its central element, the public option) instead of job growth and the economy, and is now bragging about budget cuts.

    In the process, Obama’s turned off those he will need most in 2012. Progressives. Seniors. Blacks. Young people. Gays. Teachers. Union workers. Artists. All those once-loyal Obamacons who gave their hearts, their souls, their money, their time and ran to the polls to give him the delegates he needed to occupy the Oval Office. Millions of them will run no more for Obama. They’ve grown dejected and disillusioned, as evidenced by the president’s low approval ratings which average in the mid-40’s. All of this could spell disaster for Obama, and the party, in 2012.

    But they’re not ready to give up hope just yet, Secretary Clinton. Not ready to give up on the Democratic Party. There’s at least 18 million people out there who’d passionately support you yet again. And the truth is, there are many of those 17 million Obama voters who’d shift their votes to you in a heartbeat should you challenge him in next year’s primaries. If you run, Democrats will run right behind you.

    Secretary Clinton, fate is knocking on your door. Your time has come. And that time is 2012, not 2016. If a weakened Obama should lose to a Republican next year, and that incumbent Republican benefits from a strengthening economy and jobs market, 2016 may be a fait accompli for the GOP. That would mean 2020, when you’d be 72, would be your next real opportunity. While I think being the first woman president would be an amazing historical feat to accomplish — just as Obama became our first black president — I don’t think being the oldest elected president is as appealing to you or to voters.

    Your best shot at the White House is now. And it’s when your party, and your country, need you most. I understand and appreciate that it’s not customary for a top politician, especially such a high-profile cabinet member, to run against her party’s sitting president. But this is about country. It’s about doing what’s right for Democrats and the agenda we so desperately need to protect from further erosion and Obama sell-outs. Hillary, America needs you. Please consider our urgent call for 2012. Thank you on behalf of Americans everywhere.

    Andy Ostroy

    Editor & Publisher

    The Ostroy Report

    New York, NY

  26. I acked your comment on the last thread about Niki Haley. I sometimes wonder why there are no such strong vociferous women on the Dem side.
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    In my opinion, a disproportionate number of men on the left men are terrified by strong women. Therefore, they are inclined to attack them and resist their leadership. Many women of the left take their ques from those men. Look how the left wing pundits and politicians treated Hillary. The explanation for this lies with Freud– and de Sade. I can think of no better example of the latter than Olberman.

  27. henry
    April 13th, 2011 at 9:24 pm
    I have an aunt and uncle they are both in their late sixties. He gets a retirement from us steel and they both get social security. He paid in and she worked maybe three months in a paid position. Am I wrong in thinking that her getting a check is what is wrong?

    henry, I’m not an SS expert, but I thought a person had to work 10 years (in order to get enough “points”) to qualify for social security?

    A woman who has not worked (or not worked enough) can get all of her husband’s SS if he has passed, or part of it if they’re divorced but he is still alive.

    Are your aunt and uncle still married? Or did your aunt have a previous husband, maybe?

    Anyway, that’s how I understand it, but as I said, I’m not an expert, of course. But that was just me trying to address what I *think* the SS rules are.

    But there’s another side of “what is wrong” or “what is right”. Remember, women of the older generation were heavily encouraged (indoctrinated!) that their “job” was to get a husband, wait on him hand and foot, and have his kids. Many went to work or to school just to find that husband, and then went into their “real work”. But that was unpaid work. It really wouldn’t be fair for a society to push women into non-paying domestic work and then not give them any way to collect some retirement money if their husband died or dumped them.

    Really, they say it takes 10 years to get enough credits for social security – so I can’t imagine she got them in 3 months. People who spend their life drinking and drugging – they end up without SS because they have no work history. There must be more to the story – like that mysterious first husband whose SS she is now collecting lol

  28. Jan – that letter sounds like it was written by a far lefty – he sees BO as a centrist and Hillary as far lefty, as the writer is. I don’t see things the way he does. I see Hillary as a centrist leaning left, and Obama as “whatever will make him look good today, but leaning right usually”.

    Hillary is not a winger. She’s a good old-fashioned Democrat. Not so far left that she’s a winger, but more towards the center so that she can work across the aisle. I mean, she’s been there, done that. She understands Washington. She’s a workhorse and she knows how to solve problems. She’s not going to hang out in the left wing and just do wild, crazy things. She’s an adult! I think this writer is goofy lol

  29. Sorry, just reading the new post by Admin, and am totally distracted by how the font of the lower case ‘w’s is much thinner. What’s up with that? I’m sure Admin. didn’t change the font on one particular letter on purpose. 😉

    Back to reading.

  30. Loved the post Admin, and Ofra and her shed size is hilarious.

    —-

    1. He’s still black. (Classic!)

  31. lorac
    Wow it is a good thing that I relish nothing more than the taste of shoe
    with apologies I meant to say in my humble opinion all social programs have become self perpetuating and need t be placed in check.
    IMHO they have all become to big and adhere to far too vague rules that it renders all ineffective.

  32. Here are some relevant excerpts from the movie The Great Dictator starring Charlie Chaplin and Paulette Goddard (1940). This movie was a spoof on Hitler, but they could just as easily be a spoof of another would be dictator who came along half a century later–Obama, for whom the American People are both scapegoat and victim.

    1. The Global Scene: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IJOuoyoMhj8&NR=1

    2. The Great Speech: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z4UhJpviVYg&feature=related

    Speaking of which, I think Fluff (spelled Ploughe) looks like a Gestapo Henchman who enjoys his work.

  33. I think Lame Cherry has got a point here:
    “Michelle Malkin was flat ass wrong in driving that czar nonsense as Americans do not care about that sh*t as it isn’t sexy.

    ACORN went down because Hannah Giles looks good in a mini walking away. If that genius knows that much, then maybe Mark Levin should take a step back from his censorship which seems to plague the chosen few on top and understand how real warfare whether it is psychological or actual is conducted on all facets and fronts.

    do you think the left and Obama is so focused on the Birthers? It is because it holds water and it is because Obama by joking about it, is trying to innoculate hisself from it, as Coulter, Limbaugh and now Mark Levin do Obama’s work for him.

    Mr. Levin, your issues which you focus on, bore the hell out of Americans, except your zealous few. ”

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

    Another such issue was the Lewinsky scandal. The GOP made a mistake in using that as their pretext to impeach Bill Clinton. They should have stuck to campaign donations or Whitewater or something boring. The scandal was a human thing that everyone could understand. We sympathized with Bill and thought the GOP were cads for bringing it up.

    People may or may not care about the complicated NBC stuff — but we can all understand: “Why doesn’t Obama just show the damn thing? … Why pay lawyers to keep from showing it? … People got long forms for their insurance applications etc, what shit is that about a new law? … What kind of President can’t even get a Honolulu Red Tape office to make a Xerox? .. This is a damn clumsy coverup!”

    Dunno from sexy, but this speaks to O’s character.

    that this guy claims he can’t even get a copy of his own damn birth certificate

  34. I think Lame Cherry has got a point here:
    “Michelle Malkin was flat ass wrong in driving that czar nonsense as Americans do not care about that sh*t as it isn’t sexy.

    ACORN went down because Hannah Giles looks good in a mini walking away. If that genius knows that much, then maybe Mark Levin should take a step back from his censorship which seems to plague the chosen few on top and understand how real warfare whether it is psychological or actual is conducted on all facets and fronts.

    do you think the left and Obama is so focused on the Birthers? It is because it holds water and it is because Obama by joking about it, is trying to innoculate hisself from it, as Coulter, Limbaugh and now Mark Levin do Obama’s work for him.

    Mr. Levin, your issues which you focus on, bore the hell out of Americans, except your zealous few. ”

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

    Another such issue was the Lewinsky scandal. The GOP made a mistake in using that as their pretext to impeach Bill Clinton. They should have stuck to campaign donations or Whitewater or something boring. The scandal was a human thing that everyone could understand. We sympathized with Bill and thought the GOP were cads for bringing it up.

    People may or may not care about the complicated NBC stuff — but we can all understand: “Why doesn’t Obama just show the damn thing? … Why pay lawyers to keep from showing it? … People got long forms for their insurance applications etc, what bull is that about a new law? … What kind of President can’t even get a Honolulu Red Tape office to make a Xerox? .. This is a damn clumsy coverup!”

    Dunno from sexy, but this speaks to O’s character.

  35. Ok, I’ve taken out a dirty word and another dirty word that was in the post I’m replying to — and I’m still in an “overactive spam filter”….

  36. Barack Obama’s Magic Economic Miracle

    By Larry Johnson on April 13, 2011 at 6:55 PM in Current Affairs

    I don’t have to tell you about it. All you need to do is watch the Joe Biden video to understand how powerful, how effective Barack Obama was in responding to Paul Ryan’s proposed Federal budget.

    Yep. Oral ambien. That’s what Barack offered. Nothing but a verbal sleeping pill. So what did Representative Paul Ryan think?

    I agree with Paul Ryan. Obama is arrogant, juvenile and unresponsive. We have very serious economic problems and they are getting worse. The rising price of gas is going to stall the anemic recovery and plunge us back into recession. But that’s not all. Despite weak demand we are going to see the start of an inflationary spiral. This double whammy is Barack’s fault in part. He shut down new drilling in the wake of the Katrina disaster last year and completely fumbled our Middle East policy. As a result the Saudis could care less whether we’re suffering economic pain and are not likely to intervene to keep prices low just to save us. Then there was the Libyan debacle. Our failure to intervene decisively has added more uncertainty to the world’s oil market and the price of that uncertainty is reflected at the pumps.

    Here are some common sense principles we ought to be following in digging out of this hole:

    1. We need to cut the Federal Government across the board, starting with Defense. We no longer need NATO, for example. It is a waste of money and human resources as we are witnessing in Libya. If NATO can’t come to a simple agreement of dealing with a third rate thug like Qaddafi then how in the hell are we supposed to believe NATO could unite and be effective against a real enemy? We also need to start ramping down the use of fixed wing, manned fighters. Sorry. Technology is making those expensive machines irrelevant.

    2. The Government needs to prosecute the executives of the top financial institutions, starting with Lehman Brothers, AIG and JP Morgan, for causing the 2008 recession. Those guys (and some gals) have taken billions in bonuses and much of this money has come out of the pockets of US taxpayers. That money needs to be paid back and the sooner the better.

    3. The Congress needs to toughen regulations of compensation at the financial institutions that are playing with Government money. We need Golf-style capitalism on Wall Street. What do I mean by that? In golf, only those who shoot the lowest score win. Those who shoot high numbers lose. The winners get paid the most. The current system on Wall Street essentially rewards people for taking risky bets and pays them even if they lose. This is madness and is not capitalism. When you reward people for fucking up you should not be shocked when they conduct themselves in such an irresponsible way.

    4. There is no “human right” to medicare or social security. This should be means tested. Those who make more than 100,000 should be phased out. They should invest in their own retirement and healthcare plans. In this regard the Federal Government should establish a means test. The poor and the infirm should be cared for. But we should also give individuals incentives to save and invest. I think Paul Ryan is on the right track.

    These are some preliminary thoughts. Fire away.

  37. Got a chuckle this morning, I read an article about thousands of dead voters in Ohio and someone commented:
    …and they all vote Democrat, correct?
    and someone replied: You’re just a deathist. 🙂

  38. Betty: Word is getting out
    ———————————————
    Thank goodness.
    Did O’s handlers realize how small a draw The Orator has become? Reason I ask is that I’m amazed at how many thought yesterday’s snooze would be at night (for one, hillbuzz). I’m telling you I think the timing of it was kept close – not even yesterday’s early AM TV mentioned a time nor whether they were televising it. That’s why I went to cspan for the start time. In typical fashion, I avoided his deliverance, but did become curious. So I flipped through the channels around 2-ish, believe I saw him on two of the more obscure channels (eg WPIX NY for one). By the time I scanned though a second time Plouffe – er pouf – all coverage had disappeared. Ergo: nasty ratings problem solved.

  39. The Gop House will never agree to any tax increase. Obama embraced lower taxes not so long ago and now it’s like he has a split personality. Even Senate Republicans like Snowe, Collins, and Brown as well as conservative dems won’t go along with any tax increase with 2012 around the corner!

  40. admin, your post title is appropriate to just about everything Obama touches:

    Update on another one of Obama’s disasters:

    Gulf fishermen travel to London to chew out BP

    Good old American ingenuity:

    ‘I am coming to articulate the anger of thousands of Gulf Coast residents whose lives and livelihoods have been destroyed while the BP board continues to prosper’
    _____________

    LONDON — BP faces waves of protests at its shareholder meeting in London on Thursday as fishermen from the U.S. Gulf Coast complain about poor compensation for the oil spill and institutional investors demand answers about a botched major deal in Russia.

    Adding to BP’s woes, two of the world’s biggest pension funds have added their names to a growing list of investors planning to vote against the company’s annual report, including executive bonuses, and the re-election of a key safety executive.

    Also planning protests outside the meeting at London’s vast ExCel center in London’s Docklands district are indigenous communities angry at the company’s involvement in tar sands extraction in Canada and scores of local workers embroiled in a dispute at a BP-owned biofuels plant in northern England.

    BP investors who have watched the company lose a quarter of its market value, or some $55 billion, in the past 12 months and lost their dividend payments are ready to put the company on the spot.

    [::]

    A group of fishermen from the U.S. Gulf Coast who were hit by the spill have bought shares in the company to give them the right to attend the meeting — and keep the disaster in the spotlight.

    “I am coming to articulate the anger of thousands of Gulf Coast residents whose lives and livelihoods have been destroyed while the BP board continues to prosper,” said Diane Wilson, a fourth-generation fisherwoman from Texas.

    Denied payments

    Byron Encalade, president of the Louisiana Oystermen Association, said he planned to tackle the company over its compensation process, claiming many oystermen have been denied payments or given insufficient payouts.

    “We’ve not been made whole: Our fishing grounds have been depleted, our oysters are dead and we’re not receiving the funds we need to support and sustain ourselves,” Encalade said.

    “We’re seeing money going everywhere but at ground zero. We’re the communities at ground zero, the first to be put out of work and we’re going to be the last to be able to go back to work and sustain ourselves,” he added.

    Pressure from institutional shareholders is also growing on Chief Executive Bob Dudley, the first American to lead the British oil company since taking over in October, and Chairman Carl-Henric Svanberg.

    Read more here- Shareholders are determined to prevent them from drilling in the Gulf:

    http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/42583867/ns/us_news-environment/

  41. AmericanGal
    April 14th, 2011 at 7:30 am

    The Wall Street Journal is definitely not likeing the President’s speech…

    “Mr. Obama then packaged his poison in the rhetoric of bipartisanship—which “starts,” he said, “by being honest about what’s causing our deficit.” The speech he chose to deliver was dishonest even by modern political standards.” WSJ

    Guess not! Ouch.

  42. BORN IN THE USA?

    Tea Party “bagging” Obama. 🙂

    States taking matters into their OWN hands:

    Eligibility verification just 1 vote from governor
    Oklahoma lawmakers chasing Arizona to be 1st with requirement

    A regional tea party leader who met recently with possible GOP 2012 presidential contender Donald Trump to discuss Barack Obama’s eligibility says states need to do something soon to begin closing the gap exposed in 2008 when Obama was elected and took office without documenting his qualifications under the Constitution’s requirement presidents be a “natural born citizen.”

    And Kelly Townsend of Phoenix Tea Party just might be getting her wish, if a couple more votes fall into place and the governors involved are agreeable.

    That’s because two bills pending in state legislatures to require state vetting of candidates not only remain alive but are advancing.

    Read more: http://www.wnd.com/?pageId=286677#ixzz1JUwZ5Dn7

  43. The Gop House will never agree to any tax increase. Obama embraced lower taxes not so long ago and now it’s like he has a split personality.

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

    When Dems had Congress and more tax was possible, Obama didn’t do it. Now that it’s not possible, he pretends he’s for it.

    Typical Obama behavior.

  44. 4. There is no “human right” to medicare or social security. This should be means tested. Those who make more than 100,000 should be phased out. They should invest in their own retirement and healthcare plans. In this regard the Federal Government should establish a means test. The poor and the infirm should be cared for. But we should also give individuals incentives to save and invest. I think Paul Ryan is on the right track.

    These are some preliminary thoughts. Fire away.

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

    Ok. I agree with #2 and #3. #4 seems garbled. There may be no contractural right to SS or Medicare. But “the infirm should be cared for” is often described as a “human right to medical care.”

    As for a means test on SS, and “They should invest in their own retirement and healthcare plans” — are they to continue paying the SS tax at the same time? Taxing the well-off is fine — but doing it by cutting the SS they have paid into, is insult to injury.

  45. Having apparently stood up for the poor, tonight Obama enjoys lobster hors d’oeurvres, seared sea scallops & shaved fennel.

    Just what is on every american families table today………

  46. Clinton warns against hasty Afghan withdrawal

    Published on 14 April 2011

    US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton warned allies on Thursday against a hasty withdrawal in Afghanistan, saying that “political expediency” could benefit the Taliban.

    Speaking to foreign ministers from nations in the International Security Assistance Force in Afghanistan, Clinton hailed their “heroic sacrifices” and played down the July date set by President Barack Obama to start withdrawing US troops.

    “We need to ensure that these sacrifices are not overtaken by political expediency and short-term thinking,” Clinton told the meeting in Berlin.

    “We need to worry less about how fast we can leave and more about how we can help the Afghan people build on the gains of the past 15 months,” she said.

    Obama has tripled US troops in Afghanistan to around 100,000 since taking office in 2009 but had promised to begin a drawdown in July 2011. The nearly 10-year-old war has become unpopular with US voters, particularly Obama’s base.

    But Clinton insisted that the military campaign was producing gains, pointing to President Hamid Karzai’s March announcement that Afghan forces would assume security in key areas including the southern province of Helmand.

    “For the transition to be sustainable and irreversible, and for reconciliation and diplomacy to bear fruit, we must sustain our efforts,” Clinton said, according to her prepared remarks.

    “We need to underscore that we are transitioning, not leaving,” she said, stressing that the transition was only in its infancy.

    Despite public opposition in the United States and allied nations, Obama’s Republican political foes have attacked him over the July deadline, saying it sent the wrong signal to the Taliban and neighbouring Pakistan.

    The Obama administration has gradually walked back from the timeframe, instead stressing 2014 as the date when most US forces would leave.

    Clinton appeared to de-emphasise that timeframe as well, saying that the United States was committed to “building an enduring partnership with Afghanistan that will last well beyond 2014.”

    “The Taliban need to know that they cannot wait us out,” Clinton said.

    She warned of a “violent spring fighting season” in Afghanistan as the bitter winter comes to a close and the Taliban try to exert themselves in areas where Afghan forces will assume control.

    “We have to steel ourselves and our publics for the possibility that the Taliban will resort to the most destructive and sensational attacks we have seen,” she said.

    http://www.rnw.nl/english/bulletin/clinton-warns-against-hasty-afghan-withdrawal

  47. henry
    April 13th, 2011 at 8:48 pm
    Can anyone cite stats which compare medicaid to medicare?
    Would perhaps both be more solvent if illegal immigration was contained?

    The answer Henry is of course! We’re turning our country into a third world nation.

  48. Reports are that Pelosi was completely shut out of the budget negotiations by Obama……make of it what you will.

  49. To Mrs. Smith at 8:33 a.m.

    Without the rest of the information, it IS scary. From the link you provided, here is the most important data:

    ** The number in parentheses is the number of kilograms of the item that one would need to consume to equal the radiation exposure of a single round trip flight from San Francisco to Washington D.C. (0.05 mSv)….

    Wild mushrooms (132)
    Spinach (831)
    Strawberries (3,300)
    Kale (1,190)
    Arugula and cilantro: less than detectable amounts

  50. 4. There is no “human right” to medicare or social security.

    Perhaps not but I would argue that there is a contractual right. The program was initiated under federal law that everyone paid in. And when legal requirements were met as stipulated by law a worker was eligible to receive benefits. There was no mention of means testing nor has there been so since the 1930’s when the program was initiated and then expanded by subsequent Congress’s. I would also argue that it is popular because there is no means testing. Pay in and then receive it just like any other insurance, which is what Social Security benefits are. Would means testing then be applicable to fire insurance, car insurance or other types of annuities or life insurance.

    This is the last large pot of money for the money class of this country to steal. They hate Social Security because it is popular and works very well. The Congress and numerous presidents have raided the Social Security trust funds to finance tax cuts for the rich and to finance wars. The IOU’s are coming due. Cutting or eliminating benefits is a sovereign default of debt owed to their own people. The Republicans, Democrats, Wall St and Obama will do anything in their power to obfuscate the federal government defaulting which is exactly what they intend to do.

  51. When are Boehner and the rest of those fine Christian gentlemen going to admit that they seriously misjudged and underestimated The Fraud? If they think connecting the dots in some logical fashion will swing the electorate to their side, then once again they underestimate their adversary. At the beginning of the Civil War, General McClellan was in charge. He marched his soldiers in neat columns, they bivouacked around Washington, and got their asses whipped by their more aggressive opponents. Then, in exasperation, Lincoln turned to Grant, and scorched earth tactics took their place. The Battle of the Wilderness, Cold Harbor, Spotsylvania and Petersburg. The results were victory, and the Winfield Scott Plan to divide the South was implemented. If the Republicans have any serious ambitions to save the country, then they need someone like Grant to fight this elusive adversary. They need Trump. If they think they can go with Romney who is another McClellan and simply connected the dots, then they will lose. And that unfortunately is the truth, and the loose reading of history above confirms it.

    It would have been reassuring if Mr. Obama had sent White House Chief of Staff Bill Daley or Office of Management and Budget Director Jack Lew to last Sunday morning’s talk shows to say the administration is serious about deficit reduction and entitlement reform. Their presence could have signaled Mr. Obama was making a sincere attempt at bipartisanship.

    Instead, he sent David Plouffe (sic gestapo boy), who ran Mr. Obama’s 2008 campaign and is in the White House to quarterback his 2012 re-election. Congressional Republicans were right to be unsettled, especially since Mr. Plouffe could not overcome his partisan instincts. He dismissed compromise, saying Mr. Obama “is not going to support a lot of” the GOP’s budget plan, and intimated that on deficit reduction, Republicans wanted to shift “all the burden on seniors and poor people and the middle class.”

    The president better get his act together soon. A vote on the debt ceiling approaches, and the GOP has a strong hand to play. Republicans will insist that measures that sharply restrict spending be tied to raising the debt limit, and the public is on their side.

    The administration has already declared that failing to raise the debt ceiling would have catastrophic economic consequences. Mr. Obama cannot allow that to happen. So he will be forced to bend to the will of the GOP, much more than he did in last week’s budget showdown.

  52. henry
    April 13th, 2011 at 9:24 pm
    Okay
    I realize this question may offend many but I would like to hear the answers here

    I have an aunt and uncle they are both in their late sixties. He gets a retirement from us steel and they both get social security. He paid in and she worked maybe three months in a paid position.
    Am I wrong in thinking that her getting a check is what is wrong?
    ************************
    Here is some information about spouses receiving a SS benefit even if they did not work. I’m putting this information out there because younger people who now live in a culture where everybody works may misunderstand. To collect on your own work record you must work 10 years (40 quarters). However it used to be considered good for our country for the man to be the breadwinner and the woman to stay home, run the house and raise the children. In fact, I was forced to leave my job by my employer when I got pregnant (true). Women were paid much less because it was assumed when they got married they would leave employment. And very few women got the chance to go to college, it was considered only important for males to go. In fact my best friend’s father would not send any of his 5 children to college because they were female, and he was college degreed himself and an architect. Girls did not go to college just to get a husband, that was a Hollywood device to make them seem not serious. All this was happenig as late as the 60’s.

    So SS was set up to take care of wives when their husbands retired since most wives did not have their own retirement accounts. Workers payments into SS reflected this. If a wife is divorced after at least 10 years or widowed, she could collect HALF her husband’s benefit amount. However, if she remarried, she could no longer collect if the 2nd marriage lasted longer than 2 years.

    The culture has now changed and so this may have seemed strange, but there were millions of women starving with no money to live on after their husbands died so SS was set up to cover them. We still have many women who take some years off work while their children are young, so they lose those years when it comes time to figure their benefit amounts. Payments into social security are designed to cover all this, but borrowing from the SS fund by our government has created a perception that SS is broke when it’s actually been looted.

  53. Having apparently stood up for the poor, tonight Obama enjoys lobster hors d’oeurvres, seared sea scallops & shaved fennel.
    ——————
    A self indulgent pig, if you ask me.

  54. It would have been reassuring if Mr. Obama had sent White House Chief of Staff Bill Daley or Office of Management and Budget Director Jack Lew to last Sunday morning’s talk shows to say the administration is serious about deficit reduction and entitlement reform. Their presence could have signaled Mr. Obama was making a sincere attempt at bipartisanship.
    ***********************
    I don’t know if I agree with Rove’s premise here, but it is curious that Fluffe, the campaign guy, was sent out to the Sunday shows to talk about the budgets. The campaign yes, but the budgets, no.

  55. BigCatLover
    April 14th, 2011 at 11:12 am …but borrowing from the SS fund by our government has created a perception that SS is broke when it’s actually been looted.

    Thanks for using the proper terminology. Looted. And those who do not want to pay it back and do not pay their debts are DEADBEATS. The people who sit helplessly by and let deadbeats screw them are called SAPS.

  56. Gallup: Obama’s Approval Drops Below 50 Percent Among Poorest Americans; No Longer Enjoys Majority Approval In Any Income Class
    Wednesday, April 13, 2011

    By Terence P. Jeffrey
    (CNSNews.com) – President Barack Obama’s approval among the poorest Americans dropped to an all-time low of 48 percent last week, according to the Gallup poll, leaving the president with less-than-majority approval among all income brackets reported in Gallup’s presidential approval surveys.

    Each week, Gallup publishes the president’s average approval rating for the previous week among four income brackets: those who earn $2,000 per month or less, those who earn between $2,000 and $4,999 per month, those who earn between $5,000 and $7,499 per month, and those who earn $7,500 per month or more.

    For the week of April 4-10, Obama’s approval rating was 48 percent among those making $2,000 or less per month, and 46 percent among those in each of the three higher income brackets.

    This was only the second time in his presidency that Obama’s average weekly approval rating among the poorest Americans had dropped below 50 percent. The first time was three weeks ago—in the week of March 21-27—when his approval dropped to 49 percent among Americans who earn $2,000 per month or less. (Two weeks ago, the president’s approval among this income bracket rebounded to 52 percent before dropping to 48 percent last week.)

    The last time Obama had majority approval in all four income brackets in the Gallup poll was the week of Oct. 19-25, 2009. The first time he had less than majority approval in all four income brackets was March 21-27.

    Gallup’s latest weekly presidential approval numbers, showing Obama’s approval at 48 percent among the poorest Americans, were released one day before Obama gave a speech on a new economic plan in which he repeatedly vowed to increase taxes on “millionaires and billionaires.”
    Gallup also released a poll this week indicating that public optimism about the future of the U.S. economy has declined sharply since the beginning of the year.

    “Americans’ optimism about the future direction of the U.S. economy plunged in March for the second month in a row, as the percentage of Americans saying the economy is ‘getting better’ fell to 33% –down from 41% in January,” Gallup said in its analysis of the polling numbers.

  57. Reports are that Pelosi was completely shut out of the budget negotiations by Obama……make of it what you will.

    Bwa-ha-ha-ha-ha! Barky better be careful. If he pisses Poopsi off she may be tempted to spill some beans.

  58. basil9
    April 14th, 2011 at 11:29 am
    ————-

    Yeah, the audacity. You know what, nothing is coincidental. We think he wrote a book with the word ‘audacity’ in its title to refer to his race but it might very well be about everything else like who is he and where is he from.

  59. pm317,

    Out of curiosity, I know you work in the sciences. Are you a researcher? Can you say which field? I am fascinated by scientists. I work with some in the environmental stories I cover. They patiently help compress technical terms into language I and the reader can understand.

  60. I don’t think Nancy Pelousy will spill any beans about Øbama. I believe that she, and many other top DemoRats know way more about Øbama and his birth certificate situation than is currently known. I would say that each and every one of them could be tried for treason if it is determined that Øbama was not born here, and they all knew that from the beginning, yet the DemoRat party certified his candidacy as if he passed the citizenship test. They are all in this together, and if he falls, so will they. At least that is the way that I see it. They will prop him up until the very end. I am hoping that the end is near.

  61. basil.. yes and computer science (started out as an engineer, only one of two girls in a class of 40+, :)) But I feel like I should have been a detective of the regular kind.

  62. I ate some fish from the Gulf of Mexico yesterday. It was deliciously prepared, but I still had this nagging concern about if it was ok to eat or not.

  63. nomobama
    April 14th, 2011 at 11:48 am
    ———-

    no kidding.. I think he throws them under the bus from time to time to rub it in. Where is Brazile, where is Dean, and the rest of the traitors.. who fell on their sword for him?

  64. SaraK
    April 14th, 2011 at 10:56 am

    To Mrs. Smith at 8:33 a.m.

    No SaraK-

    I posted the link because the results need to be read across the board.

    What you posted is just one result for one element. There are 5 elements with in some cases, very disturbing results.

  65. no kidding.. I think he throws them under the bus from time to time to rub it in. Where is Brazile, where is Dean, and the rest of the traitors.. who fell on their sword for him?
    ************************
    I saw Brazile on a panel on c-span this weekend and she was grinning from ear to ear about being the interim head of the DNC. My guess is that she will be the private face behind Wasserman Shultz who will be the public face as head of the DNC. This is the position Brazile wanted after the 2008 campaign.

  66. Means testing is a mistake. It leads to more red tape which inevitably costs more than any “savings”. It also leads to corruption and scams. Social security is not “charity” that should only go to “deserving poor.” It is for everyone who ever paid into it because we all, hopefully unless we die first, grow too old to work.
    Healthcare is another thing that should not be means-tested – if you look at other countries like the UK, Australia, NZ, etc it is not. That is because any human who falls sick deserves to be treated humanely, without having to worry that in exchange for this treatment they will have to give up their financial future or the financial future of their children or their parents.
    Means-testing is simply a way for the rich to keep control of the population; they will never need SS or public healthcare themselves, so they like to keep a stigma on it, and decide who they allow ti have it. It is a chain and a yoke, as much as RoevWade is a yoke around women, so means-testing is a yoke around the middle-class citizen.

  67. someone in the dem party came out right after Wasserman Shultz was named head of the DNC and said while she would be a great head of the party, he didn’t know how she would have the time with being a Senator, etc. I think he was trying to alert the media to the fact that Donna B. will actually be running the party, not W-S. I can’t remember who it was that said this, but I thought it was odd to point out that she would not have time to actually do the work in her new position as head of the DNc.

  68. April 14, 2011

    Georgetown hosting discussion on Clinton presidency, scandals

    WASHINGTON — Some of the key players in scandals surrounding former President Bill Clinton are reuniting in Washington.

    Georgetown University is hosting a panel discussion Friday called “Clinton vs. Starr: Collision in the Capitol.”

    Scheduled panelists include the attorneys for Monica Lewinsky and Paula Jones, original Whitewater Independent Counsel Robert Fiske and Clinton White House adviser Greg Craig. The discussion is being moderated by Politico editor John Harris and is open to the public.

    http://www.greenfieldreporter.com/view/story/741876d6d44d467584e8e620fc198ada/DC–Clinton-Starr-Battle/

  69. Pelosi fades as power player

    By: Jonathan Allen
    April 14, 2011 04:35 AM EDT

    During the past election season, Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) could have starred in a remake of the Hollywood cult classic “Attack of the 50-Foot Woman.” In an endless string of campaign ads, Republicans caricatured her — even put her image on billboards — as a political monster.

    But now, the former House speaker more closely resembles “The Incredible Shrinking Woman.”

    Her diminished stature has affected the way she is perceived in Washington’s power game and the way she handles her duties as head of the House Democratic minority. It all adds up to this: At times, the once-omnipresent Pelosi seems practically invisible in the Capitol.

    When President Barack Obama, Speaker John Boehner and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid hammered out a deal last week to avert a shutdown and fund the government for the rest of the year, Pelosi was delivering a speech at Tufts University near Boston.

    But her hands would have been idle if she had stayed in Washington: The White House didn’t want her involved in the talks.

    In fact, Democratic and Republican sources tell POLITICO, none of the power brokers wanted her in the room. They feared that her presence and her defense of liberal values would have made it impossible for Obama to cut a deal with Boehner. The sources say Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky also was excluded so the White House could justify keeping Pelosi out.

    Boehner, more or less, had McConnell’s proxy in negotiating with Senate Democrats and the White House.

    Pelosi’s shutout from the biggest deal so far this year is a remarkable comedown for a former speaker who drove the legislative process in the past Congress. Some Democrats also say they’re steamed at the White House for mistreating Pelosi after she delivered the president’s legislative agenda in the past Congress and took lumps for him on the campaign trail. A Pelosi aide insists that during the budget negotiations, “she made it clear to all parties that there was a willingness on the part of House Democrats to work to keep government open.”

    But one veteran member of the Congressional Black Caucus told POLITICO that dynamic is driving his decision to vote no on the long-term spending bill.

    There’s “no commitment to support it” because “Democrats haven’t really been part of the discussion,” said the lawmaker, who requested anonymity. Asked about Reid’s presence, the lawmaker replied in disgust: “That’s the Senate.”

    On Wednesday, Pelosi’s frustration with the White House boiled over in a closed-door leadership meeting with Gene Sperling, head of the president’s National Economic Council, as they discussed Obama’s plan to put together a congressional working group on deficit-reduction matters.

    “Maybe you could consult with us just once,” Pelosi said — a light elbow to the administration’s ribs. She was quickly assured that the president’s proposal could be altered and that House Democratic input would be considered.

    Pelosi’s loss of standing is most obviously seen in the transfer of official functions to new Speaker John Boehner and in her inability to attract as much media attention now that she’s leading a party caucus that is largely irrelevant to policymaking.

    Her aides say she’s making herself available to the press on a weekly basis — though one-on-one interviews are with more friendly organizations and reporters — and point to the 17 floor speeches she has made so far this year as evidence of her continued visibility. She puts out more press releases than other lawmakers, and she has used Twitter to communicate with her followers on matters as important as her decision to remain in the Democratic leadership after the past election.

    The loss of power “hasn’t curtailed her or caused her to be less visible,” said Rep. Rosa DeLauro (D-Conn.). “I don’t think she has stepped back. That’s not in her nature.”

    And Pelosi still holds great sway with a critical constituency: rich liberal donors who adore her and write generous checks for Democratic causes when she headlines fundraising events. She also remains unchallenged as the Democratic Caucus leader.

    But many Democratic lawmakers and aides say they detect a shift in Pelosi’s approach to her leadership of the party. Long a lightning rod in the political debate, she has now delegated more responsibility for carrying the Democratic message to junior members. And her closest allies acknowledge that Pelosi is spending more time raising money for the 2012 election.

    “She’s all over the country doing what she does best,” one of Pelosi’s close friends said.

    She made waves at Tufts by saying “elections shouldn’t matter as much as they do” — though her aides say her remarks were intentionally misinterpreted by political adversaries.

    “To my Republican friends: Take back your party. So that it doesn’t matter so much who wins the election because we have shared values about, again, the education of our children, the growth of our economy, how we defend our country, have security and civil liberties, how we respect our seniors,” she said in her speech. “The fact is, is that elections shouldn’t matter as much as they do — should be someplace on the spectrum where we respect each other’s views and all the rest. But when it comes to a place where there doesn’t seem to be shared values, then that can be problematic for the country, as I think you can see right now.”

    If Pelosi is a little bit disillusioned with the electorate, it’s no wonder.

    A year ago, the first woman to become House speaker had just enacted a historic overhaul of the nation’s health care system, and she was being compared with the most powerful speakers of the past. But the voters soon turned her out of power, leaving her back in the thankless minority leader post she occupied before winning control of the House in 2006.

    Leaving the remarks aside, one senior Democratic aide said Pelosi’s departure from Washington in the middle of a budget crisis was a bad move.

    “As Rome was burning, she was in Boston,” the aide said.

    Some House Democrats say they think Pelosi’s aware that the fundraising and party-building skills can be offset by a high public profile — especially when she’s as unpopular as she was during the past election.

    “I think it pains her to not be out there as much. But she also must wonder whether she’s hurting the Democratic Party,” said one Pelosi ally who has noticed her reduced public profile but believes the work she is doing now is vital to a Democratic resurgence. “She is very important for most Democrats in the House. Clearly, she got things done and has the capability to get things done.”

    In that vein, Pelosi has spent a lot of her time this year reaching out to base party constituencies and talking to “friendly” news outlets, as well as raising money. She’s expected to raise more than $25 million for the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee before the 2012 election — a remarkable amount for the leader of a House minority.

    “Her travel schedule is more aggressive than it was last cycle in the first quarter,” said one Pelosi insider.

    That may help explain why she’s less visible in Washington.

    http://dyn.politico.com/printstory.cfm?uuid=C9495B72-DCBB-48CF-A4CA-76465B43D118

  70. Having Brazile as the real face of the DNC is not a good sign for Democrats who oppose Øbama. Obamacrats are positioning themselves to ensure that no one challenges the turd.

  71. Mrs. Smith
    April 14th, 2011 at 8:33 am

    I’m posting this info not to scare anyone but to inform:

    Cesium Now In CA Spinach, Arugala, Kale

    ——–
    Ahhhhhhhhhh, this sucks bigtime.
    Thanks for the heads-up Mrs. S.

    This may be the first year I do not have an organic garden in my little plot of the world. I have been thinking of this for months now, maybe I will have to use all new potting soil, unless it’s it the water, then it wouldn’t matter.

    Nuke energy sure as Hell is not worth it.

  72. nomobama
    April 14th, 2011 at 12:23 pm

    Brazile has been acting strangely when she is the guest debating with the an opposing side. She isn’t nearly as confident and aggressive as she was in 08′. She looks like she’s hiding something, just waiting for the other shoe to drop. 😆

  73. Donald Trump slammed President Barack Obama’s deficit-reduction speech Thursday, saying it was a dressed-up version of his reelection “stump speech.”
    Continue Reading

    That “wasn’t wasn’t a deficit cutting speech,” Trump, speaking with Fred Dicker on Talk 1300 radio in New York, said of Obama’s speech the day before. “That was a… stump speech. That was the beginning of his run for president.”

    Trump, facing some backlash from black leaders for his newfound love of the birther movement, also insisted he would do well with black voters if he runs for president. “I have a great relationship with the blacks,” he said, “I’ve always had a great relationship with the blacks.”

    He argued that identity politics has played a role in Obama’s success: “Look at Hillary Clinton. Hillary Clinton did so much for the black population and then she got very few votes.”

    Trump also walked back a recent statement that he would “probably” run as an independent if he loses the GOP primary, saying, “there’s no doubt in my mind that I want to run as a Republican.”

    Read more: http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0411/53192.html#ixzz1JW7PLSvs

  74. More on Poopsie’s fall. DING0DONG! MAy she continue a rapid descent into irrelevance.

    By JONATHAN ALLEN

    http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0411/53151.html

    During the past election season, Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) could have starred in a remake of the Hollywood cult classic “Attack of the 50-Foot Woman.” In an endless string of campaign ads, Republicans caricatured her — even put her image on billboards — as a political monster.

    But now, the former House speaker more closely resembles “The Incredible Shrinking Woman.”

    Her diminished stature has affected the way she is perceived in Washington’s power game and the way she handles her duties as head of the House Democratic minority. It all adds up to this: At times, the once-omnipresent Pelosi seems practically invisible in the Capitol.

    When President Barack Obama, Speaker John Boehner and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid
    hammered out a deal last week to avert a shutdown and fund the government for the rest of the year, Pelosi was delivering a speech at Tufts University near Boston.

    But her hands would have been idle if she had stayed in Washington: The White House didn’t want her involved in the talks.

    In fact, Democratic and Republican sources tell POLITICO, none of the power brokers wanted her in the room. They feared that her presence and her defense of liberal values would have made it impossible for Obama to cut a deal with Boehner. The sources say Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky also was excluded so the White House could justify keeping Pelosi out.

    Boehner, more or less, had McConnell’s proxy in negotiating with Senate Democrats and the White House.

    Pelosi’s shutout from the biggest deal so far this year is a remarkable comedown for a former speaker who drove the legislative process in the past Congress. Some Democrats also say they’re steamed at the White House for mistreating Pelosi after she delivered the president’s legislative agenda in the past Congress and took lumps for him on the campaign trail. A Pelosi aide insists that during the budget negotiations, “she made it clear to all parties that there was a willingness on the part of House Democrats to work to keep government open.”

    But one veteran member of the Congressional Black Caucus told POLITICO that dynamic is driving his decision to vote no on the long-term spending bill.

    There’s “no commitment to support it” because “Democrats haven’t really been part of the discussion,” said the lawmaker, who requested anonymity. Asked about Reid’s presence, the lawmaker replied in disgust: “That’s the Senate.”

    On Wednesday, Pelosi’s frustration with the White House boiled over in a closed-door leadership meeting with Gene Sperling, head of the president’s National Economic Council, as they discussed Obama’s plan to put together a congressional working group on deficit-reduction matters.

    “Maybe you could consult with us just once,” Pelosi said — a light elbow to the administration’s ribs. She was quickly assured that the president’s proposal could be altered and that House Democratic input would be considered.

    Pelosi’s loss of standing is most obviously seen in the transfer of official functions to new Speaker John Boehner and in her inability to attract as much media attention now that she’s leading a party caucus that is largely irrelevant to policymaking.

  75. pm317,

    Computer Sciences. That’s what I suspected. My hat’s off to computer masters. Intro to computer sciences 101 to fulfill the science component requirement was the one course that almost kept me from getting my BA! That is some complicated stuff.

  76. let’s face it…O is Prez in name only…he basically goes on vacations, does fundraisers, spends as much time as he likes ‘doing his thing’… he basically disappears…to do anything he bloody well wants (book me and Michelle for Oprah next week)…and then at the last minute when the heat is really on…he comes front and center and gives a televised, teleprompter speech, usually with no questions…

    that is the style and substance of Prez O…

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

    as for the budget bickering…I believe this is only going to improve Trump’s chances…once T gets to elaborate and discuss how he would handle the economy, taxes and cuts in spending…he is going to appear to be the adult in the room who knows how to delegate and get things done…if he projects and balances pragmatism and compassion he will have a lock with the people…

  77. He argued that identity politics has played a role in Obama’s success: “Look at Hillary Clinton. Hillary Clinton did so much for the black population and then she got very few votes.”
    He’s really calling out to us Hillary supporters, isn’t he? 🙂

  78. Shadowfax
    April 14th, 2011 at 12:49 pm
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    god, I love this man’s bluntness and straight shooting plain speak…i wouldn’t be surprised to hear him go after O for what he pulled on the Clintons during the primaries…and now that shameless imposter president is trying to plagarize and steal the success of the Clinton presidency…

  79. S,

    I was thinking the same thing last night. I wish Trump would send his investigators out to show how corrupt and bullying the 2008 election was.

  80. Shadowfax
    April 14th, 2011 at 12:49 pm
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    he needs to eliminate “the ” …edit that right out of his vocabulary…

  81. We all hate Morris okay. But if you can separate the messenger from the message in your mind, then you will see in the video below an interesting handicapping of the 2012 race on the Republican side. If you cannot, then pass this comment by.

    For what it is worth, I think this is an accurate assessent, with one big caveat–which Morris freely concedes: If Donald runs–as I hope he does, then all bets are off. There are some surprises here but you will have to watch it. I have no intention of spoiling the surprises.

  82. JanH
    April 14th, 2011 at 1:05 pm
    S,

    I was thinking the same thing last night. I wish Trump would send his investigators out to show how corrupt and bullying the 2008 election was.
    ************************************

    perhaps he is saving that for later when he goes in for the jugular and the legitimacy of O…and shines the light on O’s tactics and thuggery…

    I remember hearing T say many positive things about Hillary…

    a little tidbit:

    However, as late as 2007, Trump endorsed top pro-abortion personality Hillary Clinton as well as pro-abortion former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani for the Democrat and Republican 2008 presidential tickets, saying that they “both would do a good job.”

    “I know them, Rudy and Hillary. I think you really have some good candidates,” Trump said in a Larry King Live interview October 15, 2007.

    Trump’s donation record is all over the board, with small donations going to pro-life Republicans such as 2008 GOP presidential candidate John McCain, Oklahoma Sen. Tom Coburn, and George W. Bush, as well as pro-abortion Democrats such as Hillary Clinton, Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand of New York, Sen. Bill Nelson of Florida, and Senate leader Harry Reid.

    The New York Times reported in February that Trump also gave former Obama Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel, another 100% pro-abortion rated politician, $50,000 for his successful mayoral bid in Chicago.

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

    …this is why both establishment, corporate parties do not want T to be in charge…they cannot control him…or his mouth…

  83. It is painfully obvious that Boehner had no idea what he was agreeing to when he agreed to cut government costs by a mere $350 million net. He and is staff are becoming defensive. So much so that an aid to his whip Kevin McCarthy compared those Americans who are not pleased as punch with the deal traitors to the country, by comparing us to Hanoi Jane. I called McCarthy’s Washington DC office, even though I have no relationship with him. I left a message suggesting that he take a hard look at firing that ignorant staffer. I do this in the fond hope that the next time they face the evil empire, those jamokes will do their homework and be less naive.

  84. observer.com/2011/politics/trump-always-had-great-relationship-blacks

    Trump: ‘Always Had a Great Relationship With The Blacks’
    By Azi Paybarah
    April 14, 2011 | 11:05 a.m.

    Donald Trump shot down a report claiming he would announce his candidacy on the final episode of his show, The Apprentice, on May 15.

    “I can’t announce during the show, I really can’t” and “I’m not allowed to” he said, during an interview on Talk1300. “I don’t know where it came from.”

    But Trump — who has flirted with two previous presidential runs — said he was serious about it this time. “There’s no doubt in my mind I want to run as a Republican,” he said. “I’ve always felt that. Really, never wavered.”

    “Years ago,” he added, “there was a big move to get me to run in the Reform Party. Fortunately I didn’t do that; I decided not to do that. And as you know, that was a strange group.” He added, “I like the people but I just didn’t think they had their act together at that time.”

    “I haven’t really thought about it since,” Trump said about running for president.

    But now, he has.

    The show’s host, Fred Dicker — who is also the New York Post’s state editor, read a recent poll showing Obama’s sky-high support among African-Americans.

    Trump said the numbers were troubling and pointed to Hillary Clinton as proof that he probably won’t get the kind of support among African-Americans that he deserves.

    “I tell it like it is,” Trump said. “[Y]ou’ll hear a political reporter go on and say it had nothing to do with race. But how come she had such a tiny piece of the vote? And you know, it’s a very sad thing.

    “I have a great relationship with the blacks. I’ve always had a great relationship with the blacks. But unfortunately, it seems that, you know, the numbers you cite are very, very frightening numbers.”

    Dicker said, somewhat rhetorically, that votes should always be based on merit, not on race.

    “If that were the case, why did Hillary Clinton do so poorly?” Turmp asked.

    Oh, and Trump also stood by his claims that Obama has not produced adequate information about being born in the United States

    “There’s something going on,” Trump said. “He either has one [a birth certificate] and there’s something on it that he doesn’t like, or he doesn’t have one.”

    “I’m amazed that the press gives him such a free ride on that,” he said. When told that the Washington Post fact-checked many of his claims on this issue and found them to be inaccurate, Trump held his ground.

    He said the paper should have called him for side of the story.

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

    this is what i meant about eliminating the word ‘the’…it sounds too isolating and a bit demeaning…even if not intentional

    he will just open himself up to criticism

  85. Anyone have a link to the presser yesterday with Ryan in the front row when BO was insulting him?

    I was on the road but I understand Ryan is royally PO’d. I heard his comments yesterday and he was also making the rounds today.

    I want to check the expression on Ryan’s face when BO called him out. Sounds similar to what was done to the justices.

  86. S

    I was thinking the same thing last night. I wish Trump would send his investigators out to show how corrupt and bullying the 2008 election was.

    ——

    While we are wishing, I wish that Lynette Long would put her website back up for the public to see all the data she collected of the caucus fraud so people like Trump could bring it out into the light of day. Lynette said all this information was given to the Clinton’s.

    That’s what I wished.

    Sort of possibly getting death threats, why would she hide it from the public???????????

  87. Washington Post fact-checked
    ————————-
    Fact checking my ass. If they did not ask Donald for his information, then all they are doing under the guise of fact checking is looking at one side of the ledger–their side, and reiterating what they already concluded. Nobody with any street smarts would believe these people. They cannot be trusted to investigate themselves. Most of all, they cannot provide a credible answer as to why if he has the document–as he claimed he did in Dreams of My Father, or can get it for the princely sum of $3 based on the plain meaning of Hawaiian Law–as opposed to the obfuscations of corrupt jurnolisters and political hacks, rather than spending $2 million to hide it. Fact check that one you WashPo assholes.

  88. What word to use to call a person’s skin color and being the most PC is always evolving.

    Personally, I couldn’t care less.

  89. I just do not see Morris’s pick as having a chance in hell of winning or beating O
    ————–
    Which is one more reason we need Trump.

  90. wbboei
    April 14th, 2011 at 2:02 pm
    Washington Post fact-checked
    ————————-
    Fact checking my ass. If they did not ask Donald for his information, then all they are doing under the guise of fact checking is looking at one side of the ledger–their side, and reiterating what they already concluded. Nobody with any street smarts would believe these people. They cannot be trusted to investigate themselves. Most of all, they cannot provide a credible answer as to why if he has the document–as he claimed he did in Dreams of My Father, or can get it for the princely sum of $3 based on the plain meaning of Hawaiian Law–as opposed to the obfuscations of corrupt jurnolisters and political hacks, rather than spending $2 million to hide it. Fact check that one you WashPo assholes.
    ______________________________________________

    Fixing the state of jounalism –
    Wobbei – reversal of the NY Times malice standard?

  91. BigCatLover,
    Thank you for your post.
    I am very addled by SS rules. Feebly trying to get a grasp but the more I look the more confused I get.
    I get really confused when I read the bots defense of the health scare act– if the courts decide they can force an individual to purchase x from y does not the rule than apply to retirement/life etc insurance? And then can they not start dictating what choices we make?

  92. Economy must be bad…………..

    ABC has pulled the plug on its long-running soaps ‘All My Children’ and ‘One Life to Live.’

    According to the network, the final episode of ‘All My Children’ will air this September. ‘One Life to Live’ will air January 2012. The network will replace the soaps with two new shows, ‘The Chew’ and ‘The Revolution.’

    “‘All My Children’ and ‘One Life to Live’ are iconic pieces of television that have made an indelible mark on our culture’s history,” Brian Frons, president of daytime at Disney ABC/Television Group, said in a statement. “Each of the shows has touched millions and millions of viewers and informed the social consciousness. It has been a privilege to work with the extraordinary teams who brought the residents of Pine Valley and Llanview to life each day, and we thank the cast, crew, producers and most especially the fans for their commitment to the shows through their history.”

    AOL TV first reported the ‘All My Children’ cancellation rumors in March. In the last month ‘AMC’ has delivered record lows in Nielsen ratings. In March, Deadline reported the soap came in last in the key demographic of women 18–49. It was seen by 463,000 viewers in that demo, down 34 percent compared to last year. The series also came in last in total viewers, grabbing 2.32 million. ‘One Life to Live’ had 2.36 million during the week of March 7.

  93. best comment on pulling the plug on daytime dramas…..

    Obama has overseen the destruction of pretty much everything now…he’s even killed of Susan Lucci!

  94. Talk about on the job training……………..muppet

    http://blogs.abcnews.com/george/2011/04/president-barack-obama-exclusive-concedes-senate-vote-against-raising-debt-limit-political.html

    Obama Exclusive: Concedes Senate Vote Against Raising Debt Limit Was ‘Political’

    In my exclusive interview with President Barack Obama, the president acknowledged that Democrats are going to bear the “burden” of extending the national debt limit later this spring – and he explained for the first time that only when he became president did he understand why his 2006 Senate vote against raising the debt limit was wrong:

    George Stephanopoulos: You’ve got to extend the debt limit by May. And it seems like you made up the job– your job is a lot tougher because of your vote in the Senate against extending the debt limit…When did you realize that vote was a mistake?

    President Obama: I think that it’s important to understand the vantage point of a Senator versus the vantage point of a…President. When you’re a Senator, traditionally what’s happened is this is always a lousy vote. Nobody likes to be tagged as having increased the debt limit for the United States by a trillion dollars… As President, you start realizing, “You know what? We– we can’t play around with this stuff. This is the full faith in credit of the United States.” And so that was just a example of a new Senator, you know, making what is a political vote as opposed to doing what was important for the country. And I’m the first one to acknowledge it.

    George Stephanopoulos: But now Senator McConnell is– is talking to a lot of the Republican Senators about doing the same thing. Saying, “Let’s just have 51 Democratic Senators.”

    President Obama: Right…My suspicion is that the burden is going to fall a lot on Democrats in the Senate to make this happen, but in both chambers, we’re going to need some votes from the other side.

    This was the president’s first broadcast interview since announcing his re-election last week and addressing America’s debt crisis yesterday. He was in an expansive and feisty mood:

    Taking on Rep. Paul Ryan’s contention that yesterday’s speech “poisoned the well” for upcoming budget talks and outlining what he thinks can be achieved right now.
    Saying what he would – and would not – do about rising gas prices.
    Giving his view of the choice voters will face in 2012, and his first take on a re-election pitch.
    And opening up with what he really thinks of Donald Trump riding the “birther” issue to the top of the GOP 2012 field.

    My exclusive interview with Obama will air tonight on “World News” and I’ll be releasing a full transcript right here on my blog at 6:30pm.

    –George Stephanopoulos

    VIDEO included at link, there you go, he just admitted, he votes for scoring political points and not out the best interests of the people.

  95. “And so that was just a example of a new Senator, you know, making what is a political vote as opposed to doing what was important for the country. And I’m the first one to acknowledge it.”

    Seriously WTF, if they dont rip him a new asshole for that, i give up, its basically admitting he has qualms in doing what is not in the interest of the country.

  96. Shadowfax
    April 14th, 2011 at 12:36 pm

    How about building a little greenhouse for your herbs and things?

    All fresh soil and your own water. The greenhouse protecting the plants from contaminated rainwater and air particles?

  97. Wobbei – reversal of the NY Times malice standard?
    —————————–
    No. Here is the problem. Substitute middle class for working class.

    http://www.marxists.org/archive/gramsci/1916/12/newspapers.htm

    As Hedges points out, these journalists are de facto servants of the State. They are offered a small piece of the wealth of the elites, and are treated with a modicum of respect by those elites, whom privately look down on them. And for that, wittingly or not, these journalists sell their soul to the devil. Ezra Klein, David Sirota and butboy Todd et al in one generation, EJ Dionne, Williams and Tapper in another. The answer is to not give them our eyeballs.

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