Trumpets, Crumpets, Strumpets – Donald Trump Versus The Karl Rove Establishment Versus Sarah Palin And The Tea Party

Republicans/conservatives scratching their heads about Karl Rove’s unrelenting attacks against Donald Trump should acquaint themselves with the shared history of Rove and current DNC interim chair Donna Brazile. It’s an interesting read which also details how Republicans/conservative leaders share culpability for electing Barack Obama.

Recently one of those culpable, Sean Hannity, apologized for participating in one of several ‘destroy Hillary Clinton, help Barack Obama’ efforts. Such Republicans/conservatives, along with the lunatic “demographic destiny” writers of the left are responsible for the harm currently afflicting this country. They helped nominate and elect the Chicago flim-flam man. They deserve Hellish miseries for the harm they have done.

Karl Rove, as Donald Trump delights in pointing out, is also responsible for helping elect Barack Obama. That harm was not only in his alliance with Donna Brazile but also in Rove’s foolish belief in his own infallibility. Rove in 2006 boasted he had “the math” but his math did not add up to victory.

By the end of 2008, Karl Rove and George W. Bush had so disgusted the country that much of the country, including rank and file Republicans, could not bear four more minutes of Republican rule. By the end of 2008 as the financial crisis hit, John McCain was leading in the polls. The financial crisis brought George W. Bush full time into American living rooms and that was a disaster John McCain could not overcome. Donald Trump recites this history and Karl Rove cannot handle the truth. Some Republicans/conservatives want to delude themselves that this is not an accurate view of history. But it is the truth.

Many Republicans/conservatives think George W. Bush was great and made the right decisions. That may or may not be but this is irrelevant to the current situation. The bottom line is that by the end of 2008 Americans were disgusted by George W. Bush. Karl Roves is doing everything he can to muddy up that relevant history.

In 2009, Barack Obama and his Dimocrats were riding high. They were high in the polls and spending Chinese money. Much of the Republican “leadership” was terrified by Obama. It took grassroots activists – the Tea Party – to lead the charge because the Republican “leadership” was adrift (our April 15, 2009 report is HERE). It was not Karl Rove who led the way forward for Republicans. It was the Tea Party and angry activists who took on Obama Dimocrats at town halls (notice the first Marie Antoinette mention by us HERE). It was the Tea Party not Karl Rove that fought back against Barack Obama.

It was the great unwashed who fought back and took control of their own fates. Karl Rove urged caution and railed against the “unsophisticated” Tea Party. Karl Rove is hated by the Tea Party and Karl Rove hates the Tea Party:

Rove is the embodiment of everything the tea party resents. He supported Bush’s decision to bail out the banks in 2008, a major bone of contention with deficit hawks. And it was Rove, as White House political adviser, who pushed for some of the most expensive Bush programs, like the ­Medicare-prescription-drug bill, the passage of which cornered the troublesome State of Florida for Bush in 2004 but has already cost more than $1 trillion. The national debt nearly doubled under Bush, from $5.7 trillion to $10.6 trillion. [snip]

Then the Brain picked another no-­brainer. In Delaware, where Obama’s health-care bill polled relatively well compared with other states, Rove had been supportive of centrist Republican Mike Castle. Castle was soundly beaten in the primary by tea-party insurgent Christine O’Donnell, whose colorful past, including a dalliance with witchcraft, exploded in the media. Rove shocked fellow Republicans by attacking her candidacy on Fox News. “It does conservatives little good,” he said, “to support candidates who, at the end of the day, while they may be conservative in their public statements, do not evince the characteristics of rectitude and truthfulness and sincerity and character that the voters are looking for.”

Blowback was swift. A baffled Rush Limbaugh observed that if Rove “had just gotten this mad at Democrats during the Bush administration, why, who knows how things would be different today.

But Rove was only ramping up. And when he swiped at the tea party in October, Limbaugh homed in like a laser on what he saw as Rove’s self-serving motives, saying that “nobody who makes a living generating political support, generating political donations, nobody in that business can point to the tea party and say, ‘I did it.’ So it’s a threat.”

Mike Huckabee, also expressing disappointment with Rove, went on a rant about GOP “elites” who were trying to keep out the riffraff.”

The “riffraff” are the leaders who took on Obama while Rove put his interests above all others. Karl Rove is doing it again. Rove knows Trump owes him nothing and will not listen to Rove. So Rove, instead of attacking Barack Obama, joins Obama Dimocrats in attacking Trump.

Last year the target for hatred of the Karl Rove establishment was Sarah Palin. Sarah Palin was a threat to Rove which had to be neutralized:

“For the better part of a year, it’s been a truism that whoever wins the Republican nomination must somehow defeat, or at least co-opt, Sarah Palin or the forces that she represents. Rove took up the challenge both for tactical reasons and because Palin represents something dangerous to Karl Rove: political chaos.

“That’s the part that Karl doesn’t like,” says Tom Pauken, a conservative Republican in Texas who has been a longtime Bush antagonist and specifically a critic of Rove. “This whole tea-party thing, he can’t control.

The Rove-Palin polarity isn’t just about ideology; it’s about the merger of politics and media, how it changes the form and function of politics itself and threatens to shift power away from power brokers like Karl Rove.”

Last year Karl Rove and his ilk were out to destroy Sarah Palin. They believe they have succeeded in that mission. This year the target of Karl Rove and his ilk is Donald Trump (who particularly is a threat because he encapsulates the “merger of politics and media”). Once Donald Trump, if ever, is dispatched the roving eye of Sauron will turn its attention to another Frodo.

Karl Rove wants to dictate to the riffraff Tea Party:

“The shock-news approach of Palin and Michele Bachmann and pretty much every other Fox News candidate, which pegs TV ratings to polling and, perhaps, to votes, is anti-Rovean, possibly post-Rovean. And Rove, being Rove, doesn’t believe in post-Rove. “Things don’t change abruptly in politics,” he says.

For the moment, with Palin’s star dimming, Rove is looking, for now, like a winner. The old ways, if he can help it, will stand. And this puts Rove in a place he dearly loves to be: not merely in a position of power but also on the high moral ground, a place of … Courage and Consequence.”

The article we quoted from above was published on March 7, 2011, barely a month ago – but a month can be a long time in politics. Between that March 7 and now came another candidate outside the Rove establishment. That candidate is Donald Trump – media, politics, celebrity – all in one.

Last year’s Sarah Palin/Tea Party versus Karl Rove stories became old hat the minute Donald Trump stepped up.

The Republican establishment as exemplified by Karl Rove and the pundit Mark Levin brigades are trying to preserve their influence and power as it slowly slips away to such seemingly polar opposites like Trump and the Tea Party. Rove and Levin are trying to do what Barack Obama and his henchmen tried to do starting in August 2009: shut down the Tea Party and those who appeal to these activists.

It’s not going to work. The Rove establishment and the Levin brigades want to destroy Donald Trump by employing the birth certificate issue. The problem with this tactic is that a great deal of Republican rank and file voters side with Trump. We’ve discussed this before and how Iowa voters agree with Trump but today the New York Times in a poll asks “Was President Obama born in the U.S.?” 47% of Republicans answer “NO”. The response from Rove and Levin and the Republican establishment is “shut up teabaggers.”

Karl Rove and the Mark Levin brigades want to “fleebag” the birth certificate issue. They don’t want to discuss why Obama does not simply produce the long-form birth certificate and other documents to definitively answer the questions. The issue of the Barack Obama birth certificate is not going away. Even the New York Times is forced to discuss it with a degree of seriousness today:

“But what had been a wispy tale of purportedly buried documents and cover-ups, dismissed by many mainstream members of both parties, now appears to have legs as the political season lurches toward 2012. Debates in state capitols have been reframed in the dry language of good government — a simple effort to clear the air, supporters say, for confused voters. And because many of the bills failed this year, supporters are renewing their legislative battle plan for next year, when it would be debated in the heart of a presidential campaign.

Meanwhile, Mr. Trump, the real estate developer who hints at presidential ambitions, has kept the issue alive, suggesting in recent interviews that he is unsure about Mr. Obama’s bona fides. Divergent views among Republican governors have heightened a new sense of debate. After Ms. Brewer vetoed the Arizona bill, for example, Gov. Bobby Jindal of Louisiana, a Republican, said he would sign a similar bill enthusiastically, should it reach his desk.

Here in Oklahoma, where Mr. Obama won just over a third of the vote in 2008 — one of his worst state losses — Senate Bill 91 passed last month with overwhelming and even bipartisan support. People in both parties say they are confident that the House will go along by its deadline next week (though the bill would need to return to the Senate for a procedural vote). After that, lawmakers said they assumed that Gov. Mary Fallin, a Republican, would sign it. A spokesman for Ms. Fallin said the governor would not comment until the bill was on her desk and she could review it.

Legislators backing credentials bills in other states are closely watching what happens here, and said success in even one place would be a victory for all.

If one state passes, and the Obama administration basically ignores the requirement and does not qualify for the ballot in that state, that would send a very strong signal that we have a situation in the United States where someone who is not eligible is occupying the White House,” said Mark Hatfield, a Republican state representative in Georgia whose ballot bill failed to get through. If Oklahoma does not go forward, and an override of Ms. Brewer’s veto in Arizona does not materialize, Mr. Hatfield said, “then other states, including Georgia, have a duty to step up.”

Democrats in Oklahoma, meanwhile, were divided. The minority floor leader in the House, for example, Chuck Hoskin, said he would probably vote yes. Asked in an interview whether he was concerned about embarrassing the leader of his own party, Mr. Hoskin said he thought Mr. Obama’s failure to win over Oklahomans in 2008 was the real embarrassment.

“The current president failed to carry even one of the 77 counties,” he said. “Which is more embarrassing — to have a law passed requiring a birth certificate, or not being able to win one of 77 counties?”

The birth certificate legislation in state after state is increasingly serious and must be addressed by the Republican establishment and the Mark Levin brigades with calls for Obama to produce the documentation requested:

“Some lawmakers elsewhere around the country said the fight to clarify the rules, whether sparked by birther talk or not, was overdue. They said that doubt among voters over whether candidates are what they represent themselves to be was a growing problem, dangerous for democracy.”

Even as the New York Times is forced to take the birth certificate matter seriously, Barack Obama websites are in a panic and shutting down discussions of the matter:

“At first I found Trump funny, I thought he was mocking all the tea baggers.

Then Trump released a certificate of live birth and was ridiculed by politico for releasing the same thing as Obama. i.e hypocritical.

Then Politico said Trump was ineligible because he was not a natural born citizen due to Trumps mother being scottish, however they retracted this and stated he was eligible because his mother became a citizen prior to Donalds birth. i.e both parents were citizens at time of birth, in NYC. So Trump is natural born.

To be eligible to be president you must be 35, and a natural born citizen.…

I was just looking at Obamas wikipedia page and his father was kenyan and not an American citizen.

Look I think this birth certificate thing is crazy. But it is possible that the man is ineligible. I believe he is a citizen, I believe he was born in hawaii. But a technicality may become a problem.

My question is this: 1. Is this being done on purpose? 2. Is donald working on the inside to expose this(he was a hillary supporter) 3. What will we do?

I am sorry I cracked, I am getting bombarded from everywhere on this issue. Its nonstop in the news and now friends and family are talking about it.

I did some research to educate myself so I could debate it, but I am now left in doubt. I am actually scared by this proposition. I voted and volunteered for the man and feel that I am being conned. Donald Trump noway is the next president. Is this so we primary Obama? I hope that is the worst that happens.”

The discussion on the Obama websites is causing a run on Hopium stores and bringing up the name of Hillary:

“I am keeping my fingers crossed that he is doing this just for ratings or that he is doing it to primary Obama. Trump is a huge Hillary supporter. I don’t see Trump as a rethug. I think he is a moderate democrat. He is friends with loads of Democrats. My hope is that he is doing this for Hillary. I am concerned that the Koch brothers or some other corporate conmen got to Trump and are paying him for this. I would be so upset if this becomes reality.”

Why are Republicans/conservatives so worried about Trump when he is causing more primary Obama talk? The birth certificate discussions on Obama websites will continue, the natural born citizen clause will be discussed, until they are summarily blocked by the Mark Levins of the left.

Big Media meanwhile along with Republican/conservative websites chortled yesterday and said “see, we told you – the Donald Trump rise in the polls is all due to name recognition and that there is so much coverage of Donald Trump.” The high-fives were all due to a Pew poll celebrated by Big Media:

“A latter-day P.T. Barnum with an insatiable appetite for attention and a knack for getting it,Trump has capitalized on two defining and interrelated features of the political-media landscape in the Obama era — the symbiosis between political provocateurs and traffic-conscious news organizations and the rise of a conservative constituency that hungers for voices that will attack President Obama in sharp and unapologetic terms.

“Nobody I know in the real world of politics takes this seriously, but in the world of 24-7 cable and the Internet, there is a mutual dependency because he tops the charts,” Frank Sesno, director of the school of media and public affairs at The George Washington University and a former CNN Washington bureau chief, said of Trump. “He’s quotable, he’s funny, he’s outrageous and he’s unpredictable.”

Added Sesno: “It just shows how weird the world is that channels that have the word ‘news’ in their name would consider a Trump candidacy credible.”

Bias much? The same Big Media that swooned over celebrity Obama and protected celebrity Obama is now complaining that a celebrity might run to be president. The same pundits and Big Media shouting “name recognition” somehow missed when Trump was down in the polls. What has gotten Trump attention is what he is saying not “name recognition”.

The civility demanded by Big Media now evaporates in ad hominum attacks on Donald Trump. Instead of whining about Donald Trump, isn’t it time that idiots like Michelle Bachman (who talks birth certificate but is too uninformed or too cowardly to make sense) and other Republicans running for president campaign with seriousness and purpose.

The Donald Trump hates is only beginning to ramp up as narrative after narrative fail to derail him.

Charles Krauthammer called Donald Trump an “Al Sharpton” but now even Krauthammer is shifting away from the previously approved “publicity stunt” narrative. All it took was one phone call from Donald Trump.

The “publicity stunt” narrative against Donald Trump is increasingly shrill and delusional. South Carolina Governor (a woman, young, and Indian-American) Nikki Haley stabbed at that narrative yesterday:

“COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Real estate tycoon Donald Trump has called South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley and is serious about a White House bid, the Republican governor said Wednesday.

Anybody that thinks he’s doing this for name recognition – that’s just not true. He’s very serious about it and he’s convinced he can win,” Haley said. [snip]

Don’t just go to GOP clubs. Go to everybody because that was the key to my success,” Haley said. “And if you are going to come in with your typical consultant and do your normal presidential campaigning, you’re not going to win.”

Are you listening Karl Rove?


263 thoughts on “Trumpets, Crumpets, Strumpets – Donald Trump Versus The Karl Rove Establishment Versus Sarah Palin And The Tea Party

  1. Niki Haley knows.. she also had establishment Repubs going after her. She went straight to the people and to their credit they, the Republican voters elected her, a woman, a brown skinned woman in a southern state (if I am allowed to put it that way).

  2. thanks for posting the clip pm317…I am tech challenged…

    T on Greta…oh god…he starts with “acting like a bunch of babies” : )))

  3. That Dana Perino is a doll but not the sharpest bulb in the room. Still she gave a balanced view of Trump’s prospects on Greta without all the hysteria of her counterparts.

  4. ADMIN…this is fantastic post you have written above…so on point…so true…

    you are doing such great work…important and honest work…thank you again…

  5. …a little off topic but finally the smug, snarky, mean spirited, ugly PINOS are getting a little dose of what they deserve…

    More companies have joined Papa Johns, Huggies and Vanguard in dropping ads from the liberal, pro-abortion blog Wonkette after it ran a crass post mocking Sarah Palin and her son Trig, who has Down Syndrome.
    The web site ran what was supposedly a satirical piece criticizing Palin for her supposed use of Trig as a “political prop” during the 2008 presidential election, when Palin, the pro-life former Alaska governor, was the Republican vice-presidential candidate. The Wonkette post called Trig “retarded” and “somewhat alive” and claimed Trig was not the child of Todd and Sarah Palin.

    The post prompted a conservative backlash on Twitter, with hundreds of people writing to companies that had engaged in advertising on the popular blog site. In addition to the three that quickly dropped their ads, several others have followed suit. Below are the companies and the tweets they sent out announcing their ads will no longer appear on Wonkette. In some cases, it appears the companies contracted with a third-party advertising agency that placed their Internet ads on the blog, along with other websites.

    JJIll: “All: Please know we do not condone the Wonkette story. Thank you for bringing it to our attention. We have taken action to remove our ads.”
    Holland America Cruises: “Thanks for letting us known, we have blocked that page from running our ads.”
    Nordstrom: “Thanks for letting us know. The ads have been removed. We’re sorry to disappoint you.”
    Reliant Energy: “Thank you for alerting us. We did not choose this site and are working to have this removed immediately.”
    Bob Evans: “Our ad is not supposed to be running on that site. Agency has been alerted to pull it immediately.”
    Coldwell Banker: “We are in the process of pulling our ads from Wonkette.”
    DealSwarm: “We’ve pulled our ads from the site — we wouldn’t have approved them running next to that blog post. (Trig is a cutie pie.) Thank you for alerting us — we weren’t aware our ads were running alongside a blog post like that. Ads have been pulled.”
    MetroPCS: “We don’t condone @Wonkette, have removed the ad and ensured that our ads won’t appear on this site in the future. Thanks for bringing to our attention.”
    StarKist: “We’ve pulled our ads from Wonkette effective immediately. Any mean-spirited coverage of kids is wrong. Glad you told us about this.”
    TMobile: “Thank you for your note. We have pulled all of our advertising from the site. We appreciate the heads up from our fans. It allowed us to respond to the issue in a timely manner.”
    Starwood Hotels: “Thank you for bringing this to our attention and we are in the process of removing all Starwood ads from this site.”
    REI: “Thanks for bringing the Wonkette article to our attention today; REI is no longer advertising on the site.”
    Whataburger: “Thank you so much for bringing this to our attention. We immediately looked into this issue and have removed this web site from our ad rotation. This content does not represent Whataburger’s guiding principles or company values. In fact, supporting children with disabilities is one of the areas in which Whataburger focuses its charitable giving efforts. Thank you again for your concern and action. We appreciate your business and hope you will remain a devoted Whataburger customer. “
    Jimmy Johns: “We are pulling all advertising from Wonkette right away, thanks for the heads up.”
    Ford: “We have since pulled our ads from Wonkette. Thank you for your concern for the Ford brand. Please share. We already removed our ads from the site (it was a network buy). Please tell others.”


    there is no need for Wonkette to go so low and they are really not even apologetic…this is the kind of thing that drove thousands of us away from that side…who wants to be associated with that kind of stuff

  6. I have to say, Melania Trump did a great job speaking to Joy Behar, who at times sounds like Obama’s Nanny.

    Melania had her talking points down and did a good job getting her points accross. I like the fact that in spite of having a little difficulty with the English language, she stepped up to defend her guy.

  7. Go Trump Go
    I think the polls are way off. People are talking about Donald.
    Wish I could volunteer somewhere now for the campaign.

  8. S
    April 21st, 2011 at 10:46 pm
    it is great that all those companies are dropping their ads. those fuckers should be run out of business.

  9. Check out this song. It’s called “Dear Mr. President (You Oughta Know).”

    (Admin, please imbed.)

    Sample lyrics:
    “Get in line there’s no jobs and the kids are shootin’ dope
    Outta work outta time mamma’s startin’ to lose hope, hope”

    And later on, there’s this:
    “Dear Mr. President
    There is trouble on the streets
    Now is the time and the test we must meet.
    Dear Mr. President,
    take a look around
    Please Mr. President,
    Put your foot down”

  10. Once Donald Trump, if ever, is dispatched the roving eye of Sauron will turn its attention to another Frodo.


    Rove is like Gollum after his Precious.

  11. Mrs. Smith
    April 21st, 2011 at 10:53 pm

    Obama’s Nanny

    HaHa! That is exactly what she sounds like. Women have a weird reaction to O. They are his subjects or they think he is an a-hole. There seems to be little in between.

  12. “…narrative after narrative fail to derail him.”

    It’s almost sad. At this rate, the obots will end up swallowing their tongues.

    If anything Rove is the one pulling publicity stunts. The guy looks like a backed-up bowel movement. He’s like a moldy loaf of bread you dropped under the sink 6 years ago, now it’s covered with green fungus an inch thick.

    But for me all these ‘traditional conservatives’ are just Bush-Rove all over. I’m glad the Tea Party took out Pelosi, I’ll be glad when they take out Reid. But the WH is too much. A Tea Party junta would be just as arrogant and slimy as the Pelosi junta or the Bush-Delay junta.

    But a Trump WH with a Tea Party congress sounds like good chemistry to me. Obot/Jornolist is so sick and crazy. They should hedge their bets on Obama by backing Trump in the Repub primary over Rove’s pick. But you can’t expect a drone to think for itself, and bashing Trump is good business for the blog prostitutes.

  13. “Trading Down”: Have you had to take a pay cut?

    More than 8.84 million private sector jobs were lost during the downturn. Despite steady job creation this year, there are still more than four unemployed workers for every job opening. The job recovery has also been cruelly uneven. A full 40 percent of the jobs lost during the downturn came from high-wage industries — yet high-wage industries accounted for only 14 percent of the new positions created in the first year of the recovery, according to a report released in February by the National Employment Law Project.

    We asked readers to answer basic questions: have you had to take a lower-paying job because of the financial crisis? Have you had to switch industries, accept a big change in quality of life, relocate or cut back?

    The response was overwhelming. More than a year into the recovery, our readers’ responses offer a sharp counterweight to newspaper headlines proclaiming the labor market recovery is “gaining traction.”

    One response described a reader’s path from making $90,000 a year as an executive for an entertainment company to making minimum wage at a sewing store. After several months, she received a job offer as the office manager for a one-person law firm, making $50,000 a year. “Ironically, this was nearly the same job I had when I was putting myself through college to earn my bachelor’s degree. So, I’ve come round circle career-wise,” she wrote.

    Many readers described the shock they felt when the industry they spent their life working in was decimated and the uncertainty they felt when trying to start over in an unfamiliar field.
    Story continues below

    “Started out as tech writer, industry disappeared, went through 2nd grad program to become licensed counselor, jobs required to become licensed have disappeared, have been walking dogs,” reader elljayo wrote, tracking a downgrade from $80,000 a year, to $10,000. “Can’t afford to pay off loans…Surviving-but that’s all.”

    Echoed through many replies is the feeling of loss — not just of a decent paycheck — but of the sense of security, purpose and direction that a career provides.

    “[I]t is hard at the age of 45, after more than a dozen years of success, to feel like you are starting at the bottom again,” wrote reader RBB05, who was making $150,00 as a radio manager but is now making half that at his new position. “At least back then, it was just me. Now it is my wife and 12-year-old daughter going along for the ride. When I do go to work in the morning there are days when I wake up invigorated and glad to be doing anything. Then there are days when I pray for a call, any call, that lifts me anywhere close to the world I used to be in.”

    Disturbingly, many HuffPost readers said they were barely hanging on and struggling to make ends meet.

    “Depending on where they started on the economic ladder,” said Carl van Horn, a labor economist at Rutgers University who studies the effects of long-term unemployment and trading down in the workplace, “that downward mobility can be somewhere from inconvenient to actually pushing them into poverty.”

  14. pm317
    April 21st, 2011 at 11:38 pm

    it is great that all those companies are dropping their ads. those fuckers should be run out of business.

    They will not be around long with only “performance” enhancers and drain cleaners as sponsors. Did you know that Gawker owns that site. I did not know what the hell Gawker was until I looked it up and then knew Wonkette was really just political Gawker aka garbage.

  15. Someone questioned earlier as to why Hillary’s age was included in a news story. I did several searches and without having access to the AP style book itself the only reasons I could find for including the age of the individual were for obits(for obvious reasons) and crime stories so as to differentiate same named people from being confused with the suspects/perpetrators. They also usually cite where the individual lives– for example the one I keep hoping to read one day– B. Obama, 49, of Kenya.
    Athletes ages aren’t even used in straight news stories where age would be much more relevant.

  16. Loved your post, Admin.

    It’s also good to see the Obots hair on fire and talking about maybe Trump doing this for Hillary. (Oh how I wish)

  17. Polls suggest Obama far from a shoo-in to win the 2012 presidential election

    By Lee-Anne Goodman

    WASHINGTON — It’s been the conventional wisdom for months — U.S. President Barack Obama is in good shape to win the 2012 election, thanks in part to a Republican field populated by potential candidates like Sarah Palin, Donald Trump, Newt Gingrich and Michele Bachmann.

    And yet recent polls are suggesting 2012 is far from a sure thing for the president. Since he announced his re-election bid two weeks ago, his approval ratings have been steadily slipping as Americans fume about rising gasoline prices and the enduring ill health of the U.S. economy.

    A new ABC/Washington Post survey puts Obama’s approval rating at 47 per cent, with 50 per cent expressing disapproval. That’s a drop of four percentage points in a similar poll a month ago.

    For the White House, perhaps the most chilling statistic in the ABC/Post poll is this one: among independents — now the biggest and most powerful bloc of American voters — Obama’s disapproval rate has risen to 55 per cent, again fuelled by economic concerns. Winning over the independents will be the key to presidential victory in 2012.

    Another poll, this one by Gallup, has found that Obama’s ninth quarter in office has him at the lowest point in his presidency, with his job approval rating slipping to 43 per cent and to as low as 41 per cent on two separate occasions earlier this month.

    And a Rasmussen Reports survey published Thursday has found that just 22 per cent of likely U.S. voters believe the country is heading in the right direction. That ties with the lowest level of Obama’s presidency, back in mid-March.

    “Whenever you’re the president, you’re going to be held accountable for events, whether they’re of your creation or not,” David Axelrod, a longtime Obama strategist, told the Wall Street Journal this week. “That’s just part of the deal.”

    Americans, indeed, don’t care whose fault it is. All signs suggest that unless the economy improves significantly in the next 19 months, Obama could face defeat at the polls, especially if Republicans choose a respected mainstream candidate, like Mitt Romney, Mike Huckabee, Jon Huntsman or Tim Pawlenty.

    Romney, in fact, is considered the one candidate who could beat Obama, according to the ABC/Post poll. Whether the Republican base, many of them Christian evangelicals, gives a Mormon the nomination remains to be seen.

    One observer points out that there’s lots of time for the situation to change.

    “The economy is starting to turn around a bit, so while his poll numbers are bleak right now, any improvement in the economic situation will be to his advantage,” Victoria Mantzopolous, a political science professor at the University of Detroit Mercy, said Thursday.

    “I see similarities to the situation Ronald Reagan faced at about the same stage of his presidency. The economy started to improve, his numbers went up and he won re-election.”

    Others see parallels to the scene in 1992. With the economy in trouble and unemployment climbing to eight per cent, George H.W. Bush was nonetheless considered a shoo-in for re-election based on the supposed weakness of potential Democratic candidates.

    Enter Bill Clinton, whose chief campaign strategist, James Carville, famously pointed out what issue was of paramount concern to Americans that year: “It’s the economy, stupid.”

    Democrats gave Clinton the nomination, and by July of ’92, he’d pulled ahead of Bush and was on his way to a two-term presidency.

    The D.C. contention — among Democrats and Republicans alike — that Obama could easily dispose of someone like Trump or Palin explains why some of the most influential conservative voices in the United States have been railing for weeks against the presidential aspirations of fringe candidates.

    The venom they’ve aimed at Palin for months has now been redirected at Trump, the mouthy billionaire with a hairstyle as eyebrow-raising as some of his recent proclamations. His popularity is nonetheless surging among Republican voters.

    Washington Post columnist Charles Krauthammer called Trump “our Al Sharpton, no more, no less” in weekend remarks, a reference to the widely discredited African-American civil rights activist.

    Karl Rove, George W. Bush’s chief strategist, has assailed Trump’s remarks that he’s unconvinced of Obama’s citizenship, saying the real estate mogul is part of the “nutty right” and as a result is “not consequential” as a potential candidate.

  18. “Nobody I know in the real world of politics takes this seriously, but in the world of 24-7 cable and the Internet, there is a mutual dependency because he tops the charts,” Frank Sesno, director of the school of media and public affairs at The George Washington University and a former CNN Washington bureau chief, said of Trump. . .
    It just shows how weird the world is that channels that have the word ‘news’ in their name would consider a Trump candidacy credible.”
    This is the problem with in breeding as we behold the phenomenon in big media. The mind closes around a single narrative, the bad money chases out the good and they burn all heretics at stake. But in all the attacks, all the lies and all the circumlocutions in which the scions of big media indulge, they avert their eyes from the one burning question which is the root of it all: if he was borne in Hawaii as he claims, and if he has a long form birth certificate as he also claims, then why did he spend millions of dollars to resist its production?

    There is a statement by Clarence Darrow in the Scopes Monkey Trial which speaks to the prehensile behavior we see in big media toward Hillary, Sarah and now Donald. Nunc pro tunc–then as now . . .

    “With flying banners and beating drums we are marching backward to the glorious ages of the sixteenth century when bigots lighted fagots to burn the men who dared to bring any intelligence and enlightenment and culture to the human mind.

    Three days later, Judge Raulston bars the defense from presenting eight scientific experts that had been brought to Dayton to support Darwin’s theory. Their prepared statements are published widely in the press, however, and Darrow’s effort to turn the trial into a national biology lesson is successful.

    Darrow says in response to the Court’s ruling excluding his experts: “I cannot understand why a bare suggestion of anything that is perfectly competent on our part should be immediately overruled.” Judge Raulston asks Darrow, “I hope you do not mean to reflect upon the court?” Darrow’s reply, which earns him the first contempt citation of his career, “Well, your honor has the right to hope.”

  19. Mrs. Smith
    April 22nd, 2011 at 12:02 am

    The pulling of the ads is a very big deal. Talked with my internet company sys adm son earlier tonight and he said that is a very big deal. These companies pay for ads that are just randomly assigned to websites that an ad agency puts on a “roll call”. The sites sign up for ad money and agree to put up whatever comes in. He said this is “low rent” and he advises clients not to take it because it could be “d)@% enlargement” or cesspool cleaners splashed across their carefully crafted work. When this many advertisers raise holy hell and yank it off there is a serious problem and the ad agency is in the doghouse too for putting this crap in rotation. So the ad agencies may exclude them because Wonkette cannot be trusted to follow the rules of decency.

  20. Admin: the case you make against Rove is bullet proof. Let us hope Donald’s people see it and use it with acute sense of timing and for maximum effect. As with so many other issue, you are the best source of information on politics in the country.

  21. Great post Admin, and I must say the Mrs Donald did a fine job with the prostitute “Joy”, talk about a misnamed individual! Maybe it’s short for Joyless…

    About those high paying jobs, remember the fool touting McDee’s 50,000 new hires? h
    His wife, with the derrière problem, is trying to shut them down ( while she eats barbecue and fried chicken ), where’s an ex-mid to high level manager to go?

  22. This was the argument I had with the talk radio station in Austin last week. I was talking to the Donald being a businessman and bringing real jobs back to America vs being forced to work at McDonald’s, and he dismissed me and the Donald. Well, he finally cut me off, you can imagine what I threw at him after attending the 101 for 4 years.

  23. Prepare for more “Hillary to replace Biden” nonsense – this happens every time Obama sinks in the polls:

    Former San Francisco Mayor Willie Brown has never been shy to make bold predictions.

    But the latest vision to come to “Da Mayor” comes in the form of a political shake up of the highest levels.

    As President Barack Obama comes to San Francisco on Wednesday, Gothamist reports that the City’s former mayor can see a future where Mr. Obama has a new vice president.

    There has been some scuttlebutt that Obama may replace Biden on the ticket with Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.

    Brown sees another power politician filling the void.

    Brown says he is predicting that New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo will be Obama’s running mate and Biden will replace Clinton as the secretary of state.

    “Here’s a prediction: Vice President Biden moves over to secretary of state, with New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo stepping in to bring new blood to the Obama re-election campaign,” Brown said.

    “He’s a big name, a big-state governor. And a Democrat who is taking on the issue of pubic-employee salaries and pensions. Plus, he looks good.”

    For what it’s worth, Cuomo’s people say that the governor is not interested in the job.

    “The governor is committed to working for the people of New York and is not going anywhere,” a source close to Cuomo told The New York Post.

  24. admin

    Prepare for more “Hillary to replace Biden” nonsense – this happens every time Obama sinks in the polls:

    I’d rather see Hilary replace Obama.

  25. I note with interest that MSNBC arch pundit Mike Barnacle appears in the above video, and tries to dismiss the Trump candidacy because Trump has the audacity to question why Obama has spent $2 million to hide his birth certificate from the American People. This makes perfect sense if you know who Mike Barnacle is.

    The district director of the Hillary campaign in Laredo Texas, whom I worked for, was a fellow reporter with Mike Barnacle on the Boston Globe. In her view he was a lazy arrogant reporter who cut corners and was known to play fast and loose with the truth. At some point, it got completely out of hand, and he was forced to resign over two counts of plagiarism.

    With a distinguished background like that it is hardly surprising that he would end up in the grave yard of journalism MSNBC where he has taken his rightful place in their rogues gallery of liars, thieves and propagandists.

    Here is part of the Wiki article on this Obama loving fraud:

    In 1998, Barnicle resigned from the Boston Globe amid allegations of plagiarism about two of his columns. The first column dated from October 8, 1995. The column recounted the story of two sets of parents with cancer-stricken children. When one of the boys, a black child, died, the parents of the other boy, a white child who had begun to recover, sent the dead child’s parents a check for $10,000. When the Globe could not locate the people in the story, who had not been publicly identified, Barnicle insisted nonetheless that the story was true. He said he did not obtain the story from the parents but from a nurse, whom he declined to identify. Walter V. Robinson, a Pulitzer Prize-winning editor then in charge of the Globe’s “Spotlight” investigative team, failed to match a recorded death with the date of death claimed for the child.[2]

    The second column, more than 80 lines of humorous observations dated August 2, 1998, contained observations from the 1997 book Brain Droppings by George Carlin.[3] After Barnicle said he had never read the book, the editor of the Globe issued a temporary suspension. However, WCVB-TV subsequently aired a video clip of Barnicle recommending the book to viewers, the editor called for his resignation; this was rescinded under fire from readers and the suspension period doubled instead.[2]

  26. That Dana Perino is a doll but not the sharpest bulb in the room. Still she gave a balanced view of Trump’s prospects on Greta without all the hysteria of her counterparts.
    I am partial to Deneen Borelli. I think she does a terrific job as a pundit and a tea party representative. Very impressed.

  27. Unbelievable. Thaddeus McCotter (R-Mi)has the bearing and demeanor of the farmer in the Grant Wood painting American Gothic. He is on a show called Red Eye with young dopers discussing politics.

  28. The joker who comes on after Baracle is even more pathetic. He looks like an old adolescent. Like Mikie he hates everything. He is living proof that test tube experiments do not always turn out right. Have you noticed how these chattering class people in the NBC/MSNBC organization are butt ugly, predictable and downright stupid.

  29. Judge Raulston asks Darrow, “I hope you do not mean to reflect upon the court?” Darrow’s reply, which earns him the first contempt citation of his career, “Well, your honor has the right to hope.”


    Judge: “Young lady, are you trying to show contempt for this court?”

    Mae West: “Your honor, I’m doing my best to hide it.”

  30. Have you noticed how these chattering class people in the NBC/MSNBC organization are butt ugly


    I don’t watch, but remember how the villains of 1998 all had names like Dickens villains: Linda Tripp, Kenneth Starr, Newt Gingrich…. And looked to match, unless you think Elmer Fudd was an exception.

  31. pm317: “Melania and Carla, they will make a good pair! But so does Hillary with Sarkozy”

    In that case, perhaps a little news from France is in order: Sarkozy has received Mahmoud Abbas and, in cooperation with the EU, is thinking of recognizing the Palestinian state as a way to get the talks going again between Abbas and Netanyahu. Latin American countries are already on the bandwagon and unilateral recognition may come with the UN General Assembly this autumn.

  32. Excellent interview on Fox Business with Alan Keyes, laying out the Constitutional issue of Natural Born Citizen. Brilliantly done and needs to go viral:

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    Hillary Rodham Clinton


    67th United States Secretary of State
    Assumed office
    January 21, 2009
    President Barack Obama
    Deputy Jim Steinberg
    Preceded by Condoleezza Rice


    United States Senator
    from New York
    In office
    January 3, 2001 – January 21, 2009
    Preceded by Daniel Patrick Moynihan
    Succeeded by Kirsten Gillibrand


    First Lady of the United States
    In office
    January 20, 1993 – January 20, 2001
    Preceded by Barbara Bush
    Succeeded by Laura Bush


    First Lady of Arkansas
    In office
    January 11, 1983 – December 12, 1992
    Preceded by Gay Daniels White
    Succeeded by Betty Tucker
    In office
    January 9, 1979 – January 19, 1981
    Preceded by Barbara Pryor
    Succeeded by Gay Daniels White


    Born October 26, 1947 (1947-10-26) (age 63)
    Chicago, Illinois, U.S.
    Political party Democratic Party
    Spouse(s) Bill Clinton
    Relations Hugh E. Rodham (father, deceased)
    Dorothy Howell Rodham (mother)
    Children Chelsea
    Residence Chappaqua, New York, United States
    Alma mater Wellesley College (B.A.)
    Yale Law School (J.D.)
    Profession Lawyer
    Religion Methodist
    Website Official website
    The Hillary Rodham Clinton seriesv · d · e
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    Hillary Diane Rodham Clinton (pronounced /ˈhɪləri daɪˈæn ˈrɒdəm ˈklɪntən/; born October 26, 1947) is the 67th United States Secretary of State, serving in the administration of President Barack Obama. She was a United States Senator for New York from 2001 to 2009. As the wife of the 42nd President of the United States, Bill Clinton, she was the First Lady of the United States from 1993 to 2001. In the 2008 election, Clinton was a leading candidate for the Democratic presidential nomination.

    A native of Illinois, Hillary Rodham first attracted national attention in 1969 for her remarks as the first student commencement speaker at Wellesley College. She embarked on a career in law after graduating from Yale Law School in 1973. Following a stint as a Congressional legal counsel, she moved to Arkansas in 1974 and married Bill Clinton in 1975. Rodham cofounded the Arkansas Advocates for Children and Families in 1977 and became the first female chair of the Legal Services Corporation in 1978. Named the first female partner at Rose Law Firm in 1979, she was twice listed as one of the 100 most influential lawyers in America. First Lady of Arkansas from 1979 to 1981 and 1983 to 1992 with husband Bill as Governor, she successfully led a task force to reform Arkansas’s education system. She sat on the board of directors of Wal-Mart and several other corporations.

    In 1994 as First Lady of the United States, her major initiative, the Clinton health care plan, failed to gain approval from the U.S. Congress. However, in 1997 and 1999, Clinton played a role in advocating the creation of the State Children’s Health Insurance Program, the Adoption and Safe Families Act, and the Foster Care Independence Act. Her years as First Lady drew a polarized response from the American public. The only First Lady to have been subpoenaed, she testified before a federal grand jury in 1996 due to the Whitewater controversy, but was never charged with wrongdoing in this or several other investigations during her husband’s administration. The state of her marriage was the subject of considerable speculation following the Lewinsky scandal in 1998.

    After moving to the state of New York, Clinton was elected as a U.S. Senator in 2000. That election marked the first time an American First Lady had run for public office; Clinton was also the first female senator to represent the state. In the Senate, she initially supported the Bush administration on some foreign policy issues, including a vote for the Iraq War Resolution. She subsequently opposed the administration on its conduct of the war in Iraq and on most domestic issues. Senator Clinton was reelected by a wide margin in 2006. In the 2008 presidential nomination race, Hillary Clinton won more primaries and delegates than any other female candidate in American history, but narrowly lost to Senator Barack Obama.

    As Secretary of State, Clinton became the first former First Lady to serve in a president’s cabinet. She has put into place institutional changes seeking to maximize departmental effectiveness and promote the empowerment of women worldwide. She has set records for most-traveled secretary for time in office. She has been at the forefront of the U.S. response to the 2011 Middle East protests, including advocating for the military intervention in Libya.

    Contents [hide]
    1 Early life and education
    1.1 Early life
    1.2 College
    1.3 Law school
    2 Marriage and family, law career and First Lady of Arkansas
    2.1 From the East Coast to Arkansas
    2.2 Early Arkansas years
    2.3 Later Arkansas years
    2.4 Bill Clinton presidential campaign of 1992
    3 First Lady of the United States
    3.1 Role as First Lady
    3.2 Health care and other policy initiatives
    3.3 Whitewater and other investigations
    3.4 Lewinsky scandal
    3.5 Traditional duties
    4 Senate election of 2000
    5 United States Senator
    5.1 First term
    5.2 Reelection campaign of 2006
    5.3 Second term
    6 Presidential campaign of 2008
    7 Secretary of State
    7.1 Nomination and confirmation
    7.2 Tenure
    8 Political positions
    9 Writings and recordings
    10 Cultural and political image
    11 Awards and honors
    12 Electoral history
    13 Notes
    14 References
    15 Bibliography
    16 Further reading
    17 External links

    Early life and educationEarly lifeHillary Diane Rodham[nb 1] was born at Edgewater Hospital in Chicago, Illinois.[1][2] She was raised in a United Methodist family, first in Chicago and then, from the age of three, in suburban Park Ridge, Illinois.[3] Her father, Hugh Ellsworth Rodham, was the son of Welsh and English immigrants;[4] he managed a successful small business in the textile industry.[5] Her mother, Dorothy Emma Howell, is a homemaker of English, Scottish, French, French Canadian, and Welsh descent.[4][6] She has two younger brothers, Hugh and Tony.

    Mementos of Hillary Rodham’s early life are shown at the William J. Clinton Presidential Center.As a child, Hillary Rodham was a teacher’s favorite at her public schools in Park Ridge.[7][8] She participated in swimming, baseball, and other sports.[7][8] She also earned numerous awards as a Brownie and Girl Scout.[8] She attended Maine East High School, where she participated in student council, the school newspaper, and was selected for National Honor Society.[1][9] For her senior year, she was redistricted to Maine South High School, where she was a National Merit Finalist and graduated in the top five percent of her class of 1965.[9][10] Her mother wanted her to have an independent, professional career,[6] and her father, otherwise a traditionalist, held the modern notion that his daughter’s abilities and opportunities should not be limited by gender.[11]

    Raised in a politically conservative household,[6] at age thirteen Rodham helped canvass South Side Chicago following the very close 1960 U.S. presidential election, where she found evidence of electoral fraud against Republican candidate Richard Nixon.[12] She then volunteered to campaign for Republican candidate Barry Goldwater in the U.S. presidential election of 1964.[13] Rodham’s early political development was shaped most by her high school history teacher (like her father, a fervent anticommunist), who introduced her to Goldwater’s classic The Conscience of a Conservative,[14] and by her Methodist youth minister (like her mother, concerned with issues of social justice), with whom she saw and met civil rights leader Martin Luther King, Jr., in Chicago in 1962.[15]

    CollegeIn 1965, Rodham enrolled at Wellesley College, where she majored in political science.[16] During her freshman year, she served as president of the Wellesley Young Republicans;[17][18] with this Rockefeller Republican-oriented group,[19] she supported the elections of John Lindsay and Edward Brooke.[20] She later stepped down from this position, as her views changed regarding the American Civil Rights Movement and the Vietnam War.[17] In a letter to her youth minister at this time, she described herself as “a mind conservative and a heart liberal.”[21] In contrast to the 1960s current that advocated radical actions against the political system, she sought to work for change within it.[22] In her junior year, Rodham became a supporter of the antiwar presidential nomination campaign of Democrat Eugene McCarthy.[23] Following the assassination of Martin Luther King, Jr., Rodham organized a two-day student strike and worked with Wellesley’s black students to recruit more black students and faculty.[23] In early 1968, she was elected president of the Wellesley College Government Association and served through early 1969;[22][24] she was instrumental in keeping Wellesley from being embroiled in the student disruptions common to other colleges.[22] A number of her fellow students thought she might some day become the first woman President of the United States.[22] So she could better understand her changing political views, Professor Alan Schechter assigned Rodham to intern at the House Republican Conference, and she attended the “Wellesley in Washington” summer program.[23] Rodham was invited by moderate New York Republican Representative Charles Goodell to help Governor Nelson Rockefeller’s late-entry campaign for the Republican nomination.[23] Rodham attended the 1968 Republican National Convention in Miami. However, she was upset by how Richard Nixon’s campaign portrayed Rockefeller and by what she perceived as the convention’s “veiled” racist messages, and left the Republican Party for good.[23]

    Returning to Wellesley for her final year, Rodham wrote her senior thesis about the tactics of radical community organizer Saul Alinsky under Professor Schechter (years later while she was First Lady, access to the thesis was restricted at the request of the White House and it became the subject of some speculation).[25] In 1969, she graduated with a Bachelor of Arts,[26] with departmental honors in political science.[25] Following pressure from some fellow students,[27] she became the first student in Wellesley College history to deliver its commencement address.[24] Her speech received a standing ovation lasting seven minutes.[22][28][29] She was featured in an article published in Life magazine,[30] due to the response to a part of her speech that criticized Senator Edward Brooke, who had spoken before her at the commencement.[27] She also appeared on Irv Kupcinet’s nationally syndicated television talk show as well as in Illinois and New England newspapers.[31] That summer, she worked her way across Alaska, washing dishes in Mount McKinley National Park and sliming salmon in a fish processing cannery in Valdez (which fired her and shut down overnight when she complained about unhealthy conditions).[32]

    Law schoolRodham then entered Yale Law School, where she served on the editorial board of the Yale Review of Law and Social Action.[33] During her second year, she worked at the Yale Child Study Center,[34] learning about new research on early childhood brain development and working as a research assistant on the seminal work, Beyond the Best Interests of the Child (1973).[35][36] She also took on cases of child abuse at Yale-New Haven Hospital[35] and volunteered at New Haven Legal Services to provide free legal advice for the poor.[34] In the summer of 1970, she was awarded a grant to work at Marian Wright Edelman’s Washington Research Project, where she was assigned to Senator Walter Mondale’s Subcommittee on Migratory Labor. There she researched migrant workers’ problems in housing, sanitation, health and education.[37] Edelman later became a significant mentor.[38] She was recruited by political advisor Anne Wexler to work on the 1970 campaign of Connecticut U.S. Senate candidate Joseph Duffey, with Rodham later crediting Wexler with providing her first job in politics.[39]

    In the late spring of 1971, she began dating Bill Clinton, also a law student at Yale. That summer, she interned at the Oakland, California, law firm of Treuhaft, Walker and Burnstein.[40] The firm was well-known for its support of constitutional rights, civil liberties, and radical causes (two of its four partners were current or former Communist Party members);[40] Rodham worked on child custody and other cases.[nb 2] Clinton canceled his original summer plans, in order to live with her in California;[41] the couple continued living together in New Haven when they returned to law school.[42] The following summer, Rodham and Clinton campaigned in Texas for unsuccessful 1972 Democratic presidential candidate George McGovern.[43] She received a Juris Doctor degree from Yale in 1973,[26] having stayed on an extra year to be with Clinton.[44] Clinton first proposed marriage to her following graduation, but she declined.[44] She began a year of postgraduate study on children and medicine at the Yale Child Study Center.[45] Her first scholarly article, “Children Under the Law”, was published in the Harvard Educational Review in late 1973.[46] Discussing the new children’s rights movement, it stated that “child citizens” were “powerless individuals”[47] and argued that children should not be considered equally incompetent from birth to attaining legal age, but that instead courts should presume competence except when there is evidence otherwise, on a case-by-case basis.[48] The article became frequently cited in the field.[49]

    Marriage and family, law career and First Lady of ArkansasFrom the East Coast to ArkansasDuring her postgraduate study, Rodham served as staff attorney for Edelman’s newly founded Children’s Defense Fund in Cambridge, Massachusetts,[50] and as a consultant to the Carnegie Council on Children.[51] During 1974, she was a member of the impeachment inquiry staff in Washington, D.C., advising the House Committee on the Judiciary during the Watergate scandal.[52] Under the guidance of Chief Counsel John Doar and senior member Bernard Nussbaum,[35] Rodham helped research procedures of impeachment and the historical grounds and standards for impeachment.[52] The committee’s work culminated in the resignation of President Richard Nixon in August 1974.[52]

    By then, Rodham was viewed as someone with a bright political future; Democratic political organizer and consultant Betsey Wright had moved from Texas to Washington the previous year to help guide her career;[53] Wright thought Rodham had the potential to become a future senator or president.[54] Meanwhile, Clinton had repeatedly asked her to marry him, and she continued to demur.[55] However, after failing the District of Columbia bar exam[56] and passing the Arkansas exam, Rodham came to a key decision. As she later wrote, “I chose to follow my heart instead of my head”.[57] She thus followed Bill Clinton to Arkansas, rather than staying in Washington where career prospects were brighter. Clinton was then teaching law and running for a seat in the U.S. House of Representatives in his home state. In August 1974, she moved to Fayetteville, Arkansas, and became one of only two female faculty members in the School of Law at the University of Arkansas, Fayetteville,[58][59] where Bill Clinton also was. She gave classes in criminal law, where she was considered a rigorous teacher and tough grader, and was the first director of the school’s legal aid clinic.[60] She still harbored doubts about marriage, concerned that her separate identity would be lost and that her accomplishments would be viewed in the light of someone else’s.[61]

    Early Arkansas years
    Hillary Rodham and Bill Clinton lived in this 980 square feet (91 m2) house in the Hillcrest neighborhood of Little Rock from 1977 to 1979 while he was Arkansas Attorney General.[62]Hillary Rodham and Bill Clinton bought a house in Fayetteville in the summer of 1975, and Hillary finally agreed to marry.[63] Their wedding took place on October 11, 1975, in a Methodist ceremony in their living room.[64] She announced she was keeping the name Hillary Rodham,[64] to keep their professional lives separate and avoid apparent conflicts of interest and because “it showed that I was still me,”[65] although her decision upset their mothers.[66] Bill Clinton had lost the congressional race in 1974, but in November 1976 was elected Arkansas Attorney General, and so the couple moved to the state capital of Little Rock.[67] There, in February 1977, Rodham joined the venerable Rose Law Firm, a bastion of Arkansan political and economic influence.[68] She specialized in patent infringement and intellectual property law[33] while also working pro bono in child advocacy;[69] she rarely performed litigation work in court.[70]

    Rodham maintained her interest in children’s law and family policy, publishing the scholarly articles “Children’s Policies: Abandonment and Neglect” in 1977[71] and “Children’s Rights: A Legal Perspective” in 1979.[72] The latter continued her argument that children’s legal competence depended upon their age and other circumstances and that in serious medical rights cases, judicial intervention was sometimes warranted.[48] An American Bar Association chair later said, “Her articles were important, not because they were radically new but because they helped formulate something that had been inchoate.”[48] Historian Garry Wills would later describe her as “one of the more important scholar-activists of the last two decades”,[73] while conservatives said her theories would usurp traditional parental authority,[74] allow children to file frivolous lawsuits against their parents,[48] and argued that her work was legal “crit” theory run amok.[75]

    In 1977, Rodham cofounded the Arkansas Advocates for Children and Families, a state-level alliance with the Children’s Defense Fund.[33][76] Later that year, President Jimmy Carter (for whom Rodham had been the 1976 campaign director of field operations in Indiana)[77] appointed her to the board of directors of the Legal Services Corporation,[78] and she served in that capacity from 1978 until the end of 1981.[79] From mid-1978 to mid-1980,[nb 3] she served as the chair of that board, the first woman to do so.[80] During her time as chair, funding for the Corporation was expanded from $90 million to $300 million; subsequently she successfully fought President Ronald Reagan’s attempts to reduce the funding and change the nature of the organization.[69]

    Following her husband’s November 1978 election as Governor of Arkansas, Rodham became First Lady of Arkansas in January 1979, her title for twelve years (1979–1981, 1983–1992). Clinton appointed her chair of the Rural Health Advisory Committee the same year,[81] where she successfully secured federal funds to expand medical facilities in Arkansas’s poorest areas without affecting doctors’ fees.[82]

    In 1979, Rodham became the first woman to be made a full partner of Rose Law Firm.[83] From 1978 until they entered the White House, she had a higher salary than her husband.[84] During 1978 and 1979, while looking to supplement their income, Rodham made a spectacular profit from trading cattle futures contracts;[85] an initial $1,000 investment generated nearly $100,000 when she stopped trading after ten months.[86] The couple also began their ill-fated investment in the Whitewater Development Corporation real estate venture with Jim and Susan McDougal at this time.[85]

    On February 27, 1980, Rodham gave birth to a daughter, Chelsea, her only child. In November 1980, Bill Clinton was defeated in his bid for reelection.

    Later Arkansas years
    Governor Bill Clinton and Hillary Clinton attend the 1987 Dinner Honoring the Nation’s Governors with President Ronald Reagan and First Lady Nancy Reagan.Bill Clinton returned to the governor’s office two years later by winning the election of 1982. During her husband’s campaign, Rodham began to use the name Hillary Clinton, or sometimes “Mrs. Bill Clinton”, to assuage the concerns of Arkansas voters;[nb 4] she also took a leave of absence from Rose Law to campaign for him full-time.[87] As First Lady of Arkansas, Hillary Clinton was named chair of the Arkansas Educational Standards Committee in 1983, where she sought to reform the state’s court-sanctioned public education system.[88][89] In one of the Clinton governorship’s most important initiatives, she fought a prolonged but ultimately successful battle against the Arkansas Education Association, to establish mandatory teacher testing and state standards for curriculum and classroom size.[81][88] In 1985, she also introduced Arkansas’s Home Instruction Program for Preschool Youth, a program that helps parents work with their children in preschool preparedness and literacy.[90] She was named Arkansas Woman of the Year in 1983 and Arkansas Mother of the Year in 1984.[91][92]

    Clinton continued to practice law with the Rose Law Firm while she was First Lady of Arkansas. She earned less than the other partners, as she billed fewer hours,[93] but still made more than $200,000 in her final year there.[94] She seldom did trial work,[94] but the firm considered her a “rainmaker” because she brought in clients, partly thanks to the prestige she lent the firm and to her corporate board connections.[94] She was also very influential in the appointment of state judges.[94] Bill Clinton’s Republican opponent in his 1986 gubernatorial reelection campaign accused the Clintons of conflict of interest, because Rose Law did state business; the Clintons deflected the charge by saying that state fees were walled off by the firm before her profits were calculated.[95]

    From 1982 to 1988, Clinton was on board of directors, sometimes as chair, of the New World Foundation,[96] which funded a variety of New Left interest groups.[97] From 1987 to 1991, she chaired the American Bar Association’s Commission on Women in the Profession,[98] which addressed gender bias in the law profession and induced the association to adopt measures to combat it.[98] She was twice named by the National Law Journal as one of the 100 most influential lawyers in America: in 1988 and in 1991.[99] When Bill Clinton thought about not running again for governor in 1990, Hillary considered running, but private polls were unfavorable and, in the end, he ran and was reelected for the final time.[100]

    Clinton served on the boards of the Arkansas Children’s Hospital Legal Services (1988–1992)[101] and the Children’s Defense Fund (as chair, 1986–1992).[1][102] In addition to her positions with nonprofit organizations, she also held positions on the corporate board of directors of TCBY (1985–1992),[103] Wal-Mart Stores (1986–1992)[104] and Lafarge (1990–1992).[105] TCBY and Wal-Mart were Arkansas-based companies that were also clients of Rose Law.[94][106] Clinton was the first female member on Wal-Mart’s board, added following pressure on chairman Sam Walton to name a woman to the board.[106] Once there, she pushed successfully for Wal-Mart to adopt more environmentally friendly practices, was largely unsuccessful in a campaign for more women to be added to the company’s management, and was silent about the company’s famously anti-labor union practices.[104][106][107]

    Bill Clinton presidential campaign of 1992
    Hillary Rodham Clinton, 1992Hillary Clinton received sustained national attention for the first time when her husband became a candidate for the Democratic presidential nomination of 1992. Before the New Hampshire primary, tabloid publications printed claims that Bill Clinton had had an extramarital affair with Arkansas lounge singer Gennifer Flowers.[108] In response, the Clintons appeared together on 60 Minutes, where Bill Clinton denied the affair but acknowledged “causing pain in my marriage.”[109] This joint appearance was credited with rescuing his campaign.[110] During the campaign, Hillary Clinton made culturally disparaging remarks about Tammy Wynette and her outlook on marriage,[nb 5] and about women staying home and baking cookies and having teas,[nb 6] that were ill-considered by her own admission. Bill Clinton said that in electing him, the nation would “get two for the price of one”, referring to the prominent role his wife would assume.[111] Beginning with Daniel Wattenberg’s August 1992 The American Spectator article “The Lady Macbeth of Little Rock”, Hillary Clinton’s own past ideological and ethical record came under conservative attack.[74] At least twenty other articles in major publications also drew comparisons between her and Lady Macbeth.[112]

    First Lady of the United StatesRole as First LadyWhen Bill Clinton took office as president in January 1993, Hillary Rodham Clinton became the First Lady of the United States, and announced that she would be using that form of her name.[113] She was the first First Lady to hold a postgraduate degree[114] and to have her own professional career up to the time of entering the White House.[114] She was also the first to have an office in the West Wing of the White House in addition to the usual First Lady offices in the East Wing.[45][115] She was part of the innermost circle vetting appointments to the new administration, and her choices filled at least eleven top-level positions and dozens more lower-level ones.[116] She is regarded as the most openly empowered presidential wife in American history, save for Eleanor Roosevelt.[117][118]

    The Clinton family arrives at the White House on Marine One, 1993.Some critics called it inappropriate for the First Lady to play a central role in matters of public policy. Supporters pointed out that Clinton’s role in policy was no different from that of other White House advisors and that voters were well aware that she would play an active role in her husband’s presidency.[119] Bill Clinton’s campaign promise of “two for the price of one” led opponents to refer derisively to the Clintons as “co-presidents”,[120] or sometimes the Arkansas label “Billary”.[81][121] The pressures of conflicting ideas about the role of a First Lady were enough to send Clinton into “imaginary discussions” with the also-politically-active Eleanor Roosevelt.[nb 7] from the time she came to Washington, she also found refuge in a prayer group of The Fellowship that featured many wives of conservative Washington figures.[122][123] Triggered in part by the death of her father in April 1993, she publicly sought to find a synthesis of Methodist teachings, liberal religious political philosophy, and Tikkun editor Michael Lerner’s “politics of meaning” to overcome what she saw as America’s “sleeping sickness of the soul” and that would lead to a willingness “to remold society by redefining what it means to be a human being in the twentieth century, moving into a new millennium.”[124][125] Other segments of the public focused on her appearance, which had evolved over time from inattention to fashion during her days in Arkansas,[126] to a popular site in the early days of the World Wide Web devoted to showing her many different, and frequently analyzed, hairstyles as First Lady,[127][128] to an appearance on the cover of Vogue magazine in 1998.[129]

    Health care and other policy initiativesSee also: Clinton health care plan of 1993

    Hillary Rodham Clinton’s Gallup Poll favorable and unfavorable ratings, 1992–1996[130]
    no opinionIn January 1993, Bill Clinton appointed Hillary Clinton to head the Task Force on National Health Care Reform, hoping to replicate the success she had in leading the effort for Arkansas education reform.[131] She privately urged that passage of health care reform be given higher priority than the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) (which she was also unenthusiastic about the merits of).[132][133] The recommendation of the task force became known as the Clinton health care plan, a comprehensive proposal that would require employers to provide health coverage to their employees through individual health maintenance organizations. Its opponents quickly derided the plan as “Hillarycare”; some protesters against it became vitriolic, and during a July 1994 bus tour to rally support for the plan, she was forced to wear a bulletproof vest at times.[134][135] The plan did not receive enough support for a floor vote in either the House or the Senate, although Democrats controlled both chambers, and the proposal was abandoned in September 1994.[134] Clinton later acknowledged in her book, Living History, that her political inexperience partly contributed to the defeat, but mentioned that many other factors were also responsible. The First Lady’s approval ratings, which had generally been in the high-50s percent range during her first year, fell to 44 percent in April 1994 and 35 percent by September 1994.[136] Republicans made the Clinton health care plan a major campaign issue of the 1994 midterm elections,[137] which saw a net Republican gain of fifty-three seats in the House election and seven in the Senate election, winning control of both; many analysts and pollsters found the plan to be a major factor in the Democrats’ defeat, especially among independent voters.[138] The White House subsequently sought to downplay Hillary Clinton’s role in shaping policy.[139] Opponents of universal health care would continue to use “Hillarycare” as a pejorative label for similar plans by others.[140]

    Clinton reads to a child during a school visitAlong with Senators Ted Kennedy and Orrin Hatch, she was a force behind the passage of the State Children’s Health Insurance Program in 1997, a federal effort that provided state support for children whose parents could not provide them with health coverage, and conducted outreach efforts on behalf of enrolling children in the program once it became law.[141] She promoted nationwide immunization against childhood illnesses and encouraged older women to seek a mammogram to detect breast cancer, with coverage provided by Medicare.[142] She successfully sought to increase research funding for prostate cancer and childhood asthma at the National Institutes of Health.[45] The First Lady worked to investigate reports of an illness that affected veterans of the Gulf War, which became known as the Gulf War syndrome.[45] Together with Attorney General Janet Reno, Clinton helped create the Office on Violence Against Women at the Department of Justice.[45] In 1997, she initiated and shepherded the Adoption and Safe Families Act, which she regarded as her greatest accomplishment as First Lady.[45][143] In 1999, she was instrumental in the passage of the Foster Care Independence Act, which doubled federal monies for teenagers aging out of foster care.[143] As First Lady, Clinton hosted numerous White House conferences, including ones on Child Care (1997),[144] on Early Childhood Development and Learning (1997),[145] and on Children and Adolescents (2000).[146] She also hosted the first-ever White House Conference on Teenagers (2000)[147] and the first-ever White House Conference on Philanthropy (1999).[148]

    Clinton traveled to 79 countries during this time,[149] breaking the mark for most-traveled First Lady held by Pat Nixon.[150] She did not hold a security clearance or attend National Security Council meetings, but played a soft power role in U.S. diplomacy.[151] A March 1995 five-nation trip to South Asia, on behest of the U.S. State Department and without her husband, sought to improve relations with India and Pakistan.[152] Clinton was troubled by the plight of women she encountered, but found a warm response from the people of the countries she visited and a gained better relationship with the American press corps.[152][153] The trip was a transformative experience for her and presaged her eventual career in diplomacy.[154] In a September 1995 speech before the Fourth World Conference on Women in Beijing, Clinton argued very forcefully against practices that abused women around the world and in the People’s Republic of China itself,[155] declaring “that it is no longer acceptable to discuss women’s rights as separate from human rights”.[155] Delegates from over 180 countries heard her say: “If there is one message that echoes forth from this conference, let it be that human rights are women’s rights and women’s rights are human rights, once and for all.”[156] In doing so, she resisted both internal administration and Chinese pressure to soften her remarks.[149][156] She was one of the most prominent international figures during the late 1990s to speak out against the treatment of Afghan women by the Islamist fundamentalist Taliban.[157][158] She helped create Vital Voices, an international initiative sponsored by the United States to promote the participation of women in the political processes of their countries.[159] It and Clinton’s own visits encouraged women to make themselves heard in the Northern Ireland peace process.[160]

    Whitewater and other investigationsThe Whitewater controversy was the focus of media attention from the publication of a New York Times report during the 1992 presidential campaign,[161] and throughout her time as First Lady. The Clintons had lost their late-1970s investment in the Whitewater Development Corporation;[162] at the same time, their partners in that investment, Jim and Susan McDougal, operated Madison Guaranty, a savings and loan institution that retained the legal services of Rose Law Firm[162] and may have been improperly subsidizing Whitewater losses.[161] Madison Guaranty later failed, and Clinton’s work at Rose was scrutinized for a possible conflict of interest in representing the bank before state regulators that her husband had appointed;[161] she claimed she had done minimal work for the bank.[163] Independent counsels Robert Fiske and Kenneth Starr subpoenaed Clinton’s legal billing records; she said she did not know where they were.[164][165] The records were found in the First Lady’s White House book room after a two-year search, and delivered to investigators in early 1996.[165] The delayed appearance of the records sparked intense interest and another investigation about how they surfaced and where they had been;[165] Clinton’s staff attributed the problem to continual changes in White House storage areas since the move from the Arkansas Governor’s Mansion.[166] After the discovery of the records, on January 26, 1996, Clinton made history by becoming the first First Lady to be subpoenaed to testify before a Federal grand jury.[164] After several Independent Counsels had investigated, a final report was issued in 2000 that stated there was insufficient evidence that either Clinton had engaged in criminal wrongdoing.[167]

    The Clinton family takes an Inauguration Day walk down Pennsylvania Avenue to start Bill Clinton’s second term in office. January 20, 1997.Other investigations took place during Hillary Clinton’s time as First Lady. Scrutiny of the May 1993 firings of the White House Travel Office employees, an affair that became known as “Travelgate”, began with charges that the White House had used audited financial irregularities in the Travel Office operation as an excuse to replace the staff with friends from Arkansas.[168] The 1996 discovery of a two-year-old White House memo caused the investigation to focus more on whether Hillary Clinton had orchestrated the firings and whether the statements she made to investigators about her role in the firings were true.[169][170] The 2000 final Independent Counsel report concluded she was involved in the firings and that she had made “factually false” statements, but that there was insufficient evidence that she knew the statements were false, or knew that her actions would lead to firings, to prosecute her.[171] Following deputy White House counsel Vince Foster’s July 1993 suicide, allegations were made that Hillary Clinton had ordered the removal of potentially damaging files (related to Whitewater or other matters) from Foster’s office on the night of his death.[172] Independent Counsel Kenneth Starr investigated this, and by 1999, Starr was reported to be holding the investigation open, despite his staff having told him there was no case to be made.[173] When Starr’s successor Robert Ray issued his final Whitewater reports in 2000, no claims were made against Hillary Clinton regarding this.[167] In March 1994 newspaper reports revealed her spectacular profits from cattle futures trading in 1978–1979;[174] allegations were made in the press of conflict of interest and disguised bribery,[175] and several individuals analyzed her trading records, but no formal investigation was made and she was never charged with any wrongdoing.[175] An outgrowth of the Travelgate investigation was the June 1996 discovery of improper White House access to hundreds of FBI background reports on former Republican White House employees, an affair that some called “Filegate”.[176] Accusations were made that Hillary Clinton had requested these files and that she had recommended hiring an unqualified individual to head the White House Security Office.[177] The 2000 final Independent Counsel report found no substantial or credible evidence that Hillary Clinton had any role or showed any misconduct in the matter.[176]

    Lewinsky scandal
    Hillary Rodham Clinton’s Gallup Poll favorable and unfavorable ratings, 1997–2000[130]
    no opinionIn 1998, the Clintons’ relationship became the subject of much speculation when investigations revealed that the President had had extramarital sexual activities with White House intern Monica Lewinsky.[178] Events surrounding the Lewinsky scandal eventually led to the impeachment of Bill Clinton. When the allegations against her husband were first made public, Hillary Clinton stated that they were the result of a “vast right-wing conspiracy”,[179] characterizing the Lewinsky charges as the latest in a long, organized, collaborative series of charges by Clinton political enemies[nb 8] rather than any wrongdoing by her husband. She later said that she had been misled by her husband’s initial claims that no affair had taken place.[180] After the evidence of President Clinton’s encounters with Lewinsky became incontrovertible, she issued a public statement reaffirming her commitment to their marriage,[181] but privately was reported to be furious at him[182] and was unsure if she wanted to stay in the marriage.[183]

    There was a variety of public reactions to Hillary Clinton after this: some women admired her strength and poise in private matters made public, some sympathized with her as a victim of her husband’s insensitive behavior, others criticized her as being an enabler to her husband’s indiscretions, while still others accused her of cynically staying in a failed marriage as a way of keeping or even fostering her own political influence.[184] Her public approval ratings in the wake of the revelations shot upward to around 70 percent, the highest they had ever been.[184] In her 2003 memoir, she would attribute her decision to stay married to “a love that has persisted for decades” and add: “No one understands me better and no one can make me laugh the way Bill does. Even after all these years, he is still the most interesting, energizing and fully alive person I have ever met.”[185]

    Traditional dutiesClinton initiated and was Founding Chair of the Save America’s Treasures program, a national effort that matched federal funds to private donations to preserve and restore historic items and sites,[186] including the flag that inspired “The Star-Spangled Banner” and the First Ladies Historic Site in Canton, Ohio.[45] She was head of the White House Millennium Council,[187] and hosted Millennium Evenings,[188] a series of lectures that discussed futures studies, one of which became the first live simultaneous webcast from the White House.[45] Clinton also created the first Sculpture Garden there, which displayed large contemporary American works of art loaned from museums in the Jacqueline Kennedy Garden.[189]

    In the White House, Clinton placed donated handicrafts of contemporary American artisans, such as pottery and glassware, on rotating display in the state rooms.[45] She oversaw the restoration of the Blue Room to be historically authentic to the period of James Monroe,[190] the redecoration of the Treaty Room into the presidential study along 19th century lines,[191] and the redecoration of the Map Room to how it looked during World War II.[191] Clinton hosted many large-scale events at the White House, such as a Saint Patrick’s Day reception, a state dinner for visiting Chinese dignitaries, a contemporary music concert that raised funds for music education in public schools, a New Year’s Eve celebration at the turn of the 21st century, and a state dinner honoring the bicentennial of the White House in November 2000.[45]

    Senate election of 2000Main article: United States Senate election in New York, 2000
    The long-serving United States Senator from New York, Daniel Patrick Moynihan, announced his retirement in November 1998. Several prominent Democratic figures, including Representative Charles B. Rangel of New York, urged Clinton to run for Moynihan’s open seat in the United States Senate election of 2000.[192] Once she decided to run, the Clintons purchased a home in Chappaqua, New York, north of New York City, in September 1999.[193] She became the first First Lady of the United States to be a candidate for elected office.[194] Initially, Clinton expected to face Rudy Giuliani, the Mayor of New York City, as her Republican opponent in the election. However, Giuliani withdrew from the race in May 2000 after being diagnosed with prostate cancer and having developments in his personal life become very public, and Clinton instead faced Rick Lazio, a Republican member of the United States House of Representatives representing New York’s 2nd congressional district. Throughout the campaign, opponents accused Clinton of carpetbagging, as she had never resided in New York nor participated in the state’s politics before this race. Clinton began her campaign by visiting every county in the state, in a “listening tour” of small-group settings.[195] During the campaign, she devoted considerable time in traditionally Republican Upstate New York regions.[196] Clinton vowed to improve the economic situation in those areas, promising to deliver 200,000 jobs to the state over her term. Her plan included tax credits to reward job creation and encourage business investment, especially in the high-tech sector. She called for personal tax cuts for college tuition and long-term care.[196]

    The contest drew national attention. Lazio blundered during a September debate by seeming to invade Clinton’s personal space trying to get her to sign a fundraising agreement.[197] The campaigns of Clinton and Lazio, along with Giuliani’s initial effort, spent a record combined $90 million.[198] Clinton won the election on November 7, 2000, with 55 percent of the vote to Lazio’s 43 percent.[197] She was sworn in as United States Senator on January 3, 2001.

    United States SenatorMain article: Senate career of Hillary Rodham Clinton
    First term
    Reenactment of Hillary Rodham Clinton being sworn in as a United States Senator by Vice President Al Gore in the Old Senate Chamber, as President Clinton and daughter Chelsea look on. January 3, 2001.
    Clinton’s official photo as U.S. SenatorUpon entering the Senate, Clinton maintained a low public profile and built relationships with senators from both parties.[199] She forged alliances with religiously inclined senators by becoming a regular participant in the Senate Prayer Breakfast.[122][200]

    Clinton has served on five Senate committees: Committee on Budget (2001–2002),[201] Committee on Armed Services (since 2003),[202] Committee on Environment and Public Works (since 2001),[201] Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (since 2001)[201] and Special Committee on Aging.[203] She is also a Commissioner of the Commission on Security and Cooperation in Europe[204] (since 2001).[205]

    Following the September 11, 2001, attacks, Clinton sought to obtain funding for the recovery efforts in New York City and security improvements in her state. Working with New York’s senior senator, Charles Schumer, she was instrumental in quickly securing $21 billion in funding for the World Trade Center site’s redevelopment.[200][206] She subsequently took a leading role in investigating the health issues faced by 9/11 first responders.[207] Clinton voted for the USA Patriot Act in October 2001. In 2005, when the act was up for renewal, she worked to address some of the civil liberties concerns with it,[208] before voting in favor of a compromise renewed act in March 2006 that gained large majority support.[209]

    Clinton strongly supported the 2001 U.S. military action in Afghanistan, saying it was a chance to combat terrorism while improving the lives of Afghan women who suffered under the Taliban government.[210] Clinton voted in favor of the October 2002 Iraq War Resolution, which authorized United States President George W. Bush to use military force against Iraq, should such action be required to enforce a United Nations Security Council Resolution after pursuing with diplomatic efforts.

    After the Iraq War began, Clinton made trips to Iraq and Afghanistan to visit American troops stationed there. On a visit to Iraq in February 2005, Clinton noted that the insurgency had failed to disrupt the democratic elections held earlier, and that parts of the country were functioning well.[211] Noting that war deployments were draining regular and reserve forces, she cointroduced legislation to increase the size of the regular United States Army by 80,000 soldiers to ease the strain.[212] In late 2005, Clinton said that while immediate withdrawal from Iraq would be a mistake, Bush’s pledge to stay “until the job is done” was also misguided, as it gave Iraqis “an open-ended invitation not to take care of themselves.”[213] Her stance caused frustration among those in the Democratic Party who favored immediate withdrawal.[214] Clinton supported retaining and improving health benefits for veterans, and lobbied against the closure of several military bases.[215]

    Hillary Rodham Clinton’s Gallup Poll favorable and unfavorable ratings, 2001–2009[130]
    no opinionSenator Clinton voted against President Bush’s two major tax cut packages, the Economic Growth and Tax Relief Reconciliation Act of 2001 and the Jobs and Growth Tax Relief Reconciliation Act of 2003.[216] Clinton voted against the 2005 confirmation of John G. Roberts as Chief Justice of the United States and the 2006 confirmation of Samuel Alito to the United States Supreme Court.[217]

    In 2005, Clinton called for the Federal Trade Commission to investigate how hidden sex scenes showed up in the controversial video game Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas.[218] Along with Senators Joe Lieberman and Evan Bayh, she introduced the Family Entertainment Protection Act, intended to protect children from inappropriate content found in video games. In 2004 and 2006, Clinton voted against the Federal Marriage Amendment that sought to prohibit same-sex marriage.[216][219]

    Looking to establish a “progressive infrastructure” to rival that of American conservatism, Clinton played a formative role in conversations that led to the 2003 founding of former Clinton administration chief of staff John Podesta’s Center for American Progress, shared aides with Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington, founded in 2003, and advised the Clintons’ former antagonist David Brock’s Media Matters for America, created in 2004.[220] Following the 2004 Senate elections, she successfully pushed new Democratic Senate leader Harry Reid to create a Senate war room to handle daily political messaging.[221]

    Reelection campaign of 2006Main article: United States Senate election in New York, 2006
    In November 2004, Clinton announced that she would seek a second Senate term. The early frontrunner for the Republican nomination, Westchester County District Attorney Jeanine Pirro, withdrew from the contest after several months of poor campaign performance.[222] Clinton easily won the Democratic nomination over opposition from antiwar activist Jonathan Tasini.[223] Clinton’s eventual opponents in the general election were Republican candidate John Spencer, a former mayor of Yonkers, along with several third-party candidates. She won the election on November 7, 2006, with 67 percent of the vote to Spencer’s 31 percent,[224] carrying all but four of New York’s sixty-two counties.[225] Clinton spent $36 million for her reelection, more than any other candidate for Senate in the 2006 elections did. Some Democrats criticized her for spending too much in a one-sided contest, while some supporters were concerned she did not leave more funds for a potential presidential bid in 2008.[226] In the following months, she transferred $10 million of her Senate funds toward her presidential campaign.[227]

    Second term
    Senator Clinton listens as Chief of Naval Operations Navy Admiral Mike Mullen responds to a question during his 2007 confirmation hearing with the Senate Armed Services Committee.Clinton opposed the Iraq War troop surge of 2007.[228] In March 2007, she voted in favor of a war-spending bill that required President Bush to begin withdrawing troops from Iraq by a deadline; it passed almost completely along party lines[229] but was subsequently vetoed by President Bush. In May 2007, a compromise war funding bill that removed withdrawal deadlines but tied funding to progress benchmarks for the Iraqi government passed the Senate by a vote of 80-14 and would be signed by Bush; Clinton was one of those who voted against it.[230] Clinton responded to General David Petraeus’s September 2007 Report to Congress on the Situation in Iraq by saying, “I think that the reports that you provide to us really require a willing suspension of disbelief.”[231]

    In March 2007, in response to the dismissal of U.S. attorneys controversy, Clinton called on Attorney General Alberto Gonzales to resign.[232] In May and June 2007, regarding the high-profile, hotly debated comprehensive immigration reform bill known as the Secure Borders, Economic Opportunity and Immigration Reform Act of 2007, Clinton cast several votes in support of the bill, which eventually failed to gain cloture.[233]

    As the financial crisis of 2007–2008 reached a peak with the liquidity crisis of September 2008, Clinton supported the proposed bailout of United States financial system, voting in favor of the $700 billion Emergency Economic Stabilization Act of 2008, saying that it represented the interests of the American people.[234] It passed the Senate 74–25.

    Presidential campaign of 2008Main article: Hillary Clinton presidential campaign, 2008
    Clinton had been preparing for a potential candidacy for United States President since at least early 2003.[235] On January 20, 2007, Clinton announced via her web site the formation of a presidential exploratory committee for the United States presidential election of 2008; she stated, “I’m in, and I’m in to win.”[236] No woman had ever been nominated by a major party for President of the United States. In April 2007, the Clintons liquidated a blind trust, that had been established when Bill Clinton became president in 1993, to avoid the possibility of ethical conflicts or political embarrassments in the trust as Hillary Clinton undertook her presidential race.[237] Later disclosure statements revealed that the couple’s worth was now upwards of $50 million,[237] and that they had earned over $100 million since 2000, with most of it coming from Bill Clinton’s books, speaking engagements, and other activities.[238]

    Clinton led candidates competing for the Democratic nomination in opinion polls for the election throughout the first half of 2007. Most polls placed Senator Barack Obama of Illinois and former Senator John Edwards of North Carolina as Clinton’s closest competitors.[239] Clinton and Obama both set records for early fundraising, swapping the money lead each quarter.[240] By September 2007, polling in the first six states holding Democratic primaries or caucuses showed that Clinton was leading in all of them, with the races being closest in Iowa and South Carolina. By the following month, national polls showed Clinton far ahead of Democratic competitors.[241] At the end of October, Clinton suffered a rare poor debate performance against Obama, Edwards, and her other opponents.[242][243][244] Obama’s message of “change” began to resonate with the Democratic electorate better than Clinton’s message of “experience”.[245] The race tightened considerably, especially in the early caucus and primary states of Iowa, New Hampshire, and South Carolina, with Clinton losing her lead in some polls by December.[246]

    Clinton campaigning at Augsburg College in Minneapolis, Minnesota, two days before Super Tuesday 2008.In the first vote of 2008, she placed third in the January 3 Iowa Democratic caucus to Obama and Edwards.[247] Obama gained ground in national polling in the next few days, with all polls predicting a victory for him in the New Hampshire primary.[248][249] However, Clinton gained a surprise win there on January 8, defeating Obama narrowly.[250] Explanations for her New Hampshire comeback varied but often centered on her being seen more sympathetically, especially by women, after her eyes welled with tears and her voice broke while responding to a voter’s question the day before the election.[250][251] The nature of the contest fractured in the next few days. Several remarks by Bill Clinton and other surrogates,[252] and a remark by Hillary Clinton concerning Martin Luther King, Jr., and Lyndon B. Johnson,[nb 9] were perceived by many as, accidentally or intentionally, limiting Obama as a racially oriented candidate or otherwise denying the post-racial significance and accomplishments of his campaign.[253] Despite attempts by both Hillary Clinton and Obama to downplay the issue, Democratic voting became more polarized as a result, with Clinton losing much of her support among African Americans.[252][254] She lost by a two-to-one margin to Obama in the January 26 South Carolina primary,[255] setting up, with Edwards soon dropping out, an intense two-person contest for the twenty-two February 5 Super Tuesday states. Bill Clinton had made more statements attracting criticism for their perceived racial implications late in the South Carolina campaign, and his role was seen as damaging enough to her that a wave of supporters within and outside of the campaign said the former President “needs to stop.”[256] On Super Tuesday, Clinton won the largest states, such as California, New York, New Jersey and Massachusetts, while Obama won more states; they almost evenly split the total popular vote.[257][258] But Obama was gaining more pledged delegates for his share of the popular vote due to better exploitation of the Democratic proportional allocation rules.[259]

    Clinton speaking at a Pennsylvania rally in support of her former rival, Barack Obama; October 2008.The Clinton campaign had counted on winning the nomination by Super Tuesday, and was unprepared financially and logistically for a prolonged effort; lagging in Internet fundraising, Clinton began loaning her campaign money.[245][260] There was continuous turmoil within the campaign staff and she made several top-level personnel changes.[260][261] Obama won the next eleven February caucuses and primaries across the country, often by large margins, and took a significant pledged delegate lead over Clinton.[259][260] On March 4, Clinton broke the string of losses by winning in Ohio among other places,[260] where her criticism of NAFTA, a major legacy of her husband’s presidency, had been a key issue.[262] Throughout the campaign, Obama dominated caucuses, which the Clinton campaign largely ignored organizing for.[245][259][263] Obama did well in primaries where African Americans or younger, college-educated, or more affluent voters were heavily represented; Clinton did well in primaries where Hispanics or older, non-college-educated, or working-class white voters predominated.[264][265] Some Democratic party leaders expressed concern that the drawn-out campaign between the two could damage the winner in the general election contest against Republican presumptive nominee John McCain, especially if an eventual triumph for Clinton was won via party-appointed superdelegates.[266]

    Clinton’s admission in late March, that her repeated campaign statements about having been under hostile fire from snipers during a 1996 visit to U.S. troops at Tuzla Air Base in Bosnia-Herzegovina were not true, attracted considerable media attention and risked undermining both her credibility and her claims of foreign policy expertise as First Lady.[267]
    On April 22, she won the Pennsylvania primary, and kept her campaign alive.[268] However, on May 6, a narrower-than-expected win in the Indiana primary coupled with a large loss in the North Carolina primary ended any realistic chance she had of winning the nomination.[268] She vowed to stay on through the remaining primaries, but stopped attacks against Obama; as one advisor stated, “She could accept losing. She could not accept quitting.”[268] She won some of the remaining contests, and indeed, over the last three months of the campaign she won more delegates, states, and votes than Obama, but it was not enough to overcome Obama’s lead.[260]

    Clinton speaks during the second night of the 2008 Democratic National Convention in Denver, Colorado.Following the final primaries on June 3, 2008, Obama had gained enough delegates to become the presumptive nominee.[269] In a speech before her supporters on June 7, Clinton ended her campaign and endorsed Obama, declaring, “The way to continue our fight now to accomplish the goals for which we stand is to take our energy, our passion, our strength and do all we can to help elect Barack Obama.”[270] By campaign’s end, Clinton had won 1,640 pledged delegates to Obama’s 1,763;[271] at the time of the clinching, Clinton had 286 superdelegates to Obama’s 395,[272] with those numbers widening to 256 versus 438 once Obama was acknowledged the winner.[271] Clinton and Obama each received over 17 million votes during the nomination process,[nb 10] with both breaking the previous record.[273] Clinton also eclipsed, by a very large margin, Congresswoman Shirley Chisholm’s 1972 mark for most primaries and delegates won by a woman.[274] Clinton gave a passionate speech supporting Obama at the 2008 Democratic National Convention and campaigned frequently for him in Fall 2008, which concluded with his victory over McCain in the general election on November 4.[275] Clinton’s campaign ended up severely in debt; she owed millions of dollars to outside vendors and wrote off the $13 million that she lent it herself.[276]

    Secretary of StateMain article: Hillary Rodham Clinton’s tenure as Secretary of State
    See also: Foreign policy of the Barack Obama administration
    Nomination and confirmation Wikinews has related news: Hillary Clinton nominated as US Secretary of State

    Clinton takes the oath-of-office as Secretary of State, administered by Associate Judge Kathryn Oberly as Bill Clinton holds the Bible.In mid-November 2008, President-elect Obama and Clinton discussed the possibility of her serving as U.S. Secretary of State in his administration,[277] and on November 21, reports indicated that she had accepted the position.[278] On December 1, President-elect Obama formally announced that Clinton would be his nominee for Secretary of State.[279] Clinton said she was reluctant to leave the Senate, but that the new position represented a “difficult and exciting adventure”.[279] As part of the nomination and in order to relieve concerns of conflict of interest, Bill Clinton agreed to accept several conditions and restrictions regarding his ongoing activities and fundraising efforts for the Clinton Presidential Center and Clinton Global Initiative.[280]

    The appointment required a Saxbe fix, passed and signed into law in December 2008.[281] Confirmation hearings before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee began on January 13, 2009, a week before the Obama inauguration; two days later, the Committee voted 16–1 to approve Clinton.[282] By this time, Clinton’s public approval rating had reached 65 percent, the highest point since the Lewinsky scandal.[283] On January 21, 2009, Clinton was confirmed in the full Senate by a vote of 94–2.[284] Clinton took the oath of office of Secretary of State and resigned from the Senate that same day.[285] She became the first former First Lady to serve in the United States Cabinet.[286]

    Obama and Clinton speaking with one another at the 21st NATO summit in April 2009Clinton spent her initial days as Secretary of State telephoning dozens of world leaders and indicating that U.S. foreign policy would change direction: “We have a lot of damage to repair.”[287] She advocated an expanded role in global economic issues for the State Department and cited the need for an increased U.S. diplomatic presence, especially in Iraq where the Defense Department had conducted diplomatic missions.[288] She pushed for a larger international affairs budget;[288] the Obama administration’s proposed 2010 budget contained a 7 percent increase for the State Department and other international programs.[289] In March 2009, Clinton prevailed over Vice President Joe Biden on an internal debate to send an additional 20,000 troops to the war in Afghanistan.[290] An elbow fracture and subsequent painful recuperation caused Clinton to miss two foreign trips in June 2009 amid media speculation about her level of influence within the administration.[290][291] Clinton returned to the diplomatic scene sitting down with ousted Honduran President Manuel Zelaya, who agreed on a U.S.-backed proposal to begin talks with the Micheletti government.[292] Clinton announced the most ambitious of her departmental reforms, the Quadrennial Diplomacy and Development Review, which establishes specific objectives for the State Department’s diplomatic missions abroad; it is modeled after a similar process in the Defense Department that she was familiar with from her time on the Senate Armed Services Committee.[293] (The first such review was issued in late 2010 and called for the U.S. leading through “civilian power” as a cost-effective way of responding to international challenges and defusing crises.[294] It also sought to institutionalize goals of empowering women throughout the world.[156]) In September, Clinton unveiled the Global Hunger and Food Security Initiative at the annual meeting of her husband’s Clinton Global Initiative.[295] The new initiative seeks to battle hunger worldwide as a strategic part of U.S. foreign policy, rather than just react to food shortage emergencies as they occur, and emphasizes the role of women farmers.[295] In October, on a trip to Switzerland, Clinton’s intervention overcame last-minute snags and saved the signing of an historic Turkish–Armenian accord that established diplomatic relations and opened the border between the two long-hostile nations.[296][297] In Pakistan, she engaged in several unusually blunt discussions with students, talk show hosts, and tribal elders, in an attempt to repair the Pakistani image of the U.S.[154]

    In a major speech in January 2010, Clinton drew analogies between the Iron Curtain and the free and unfree Internet.[298] Chinese officials reacted negatively towards it, and it garnered attention as the first time a senior American official had clearly defined the Internet as a key element of American foreign policy.[299] By mid-2010, Clinton and Obama had forged a good working relationship; she was a team player within the administration and a defender of it to the outside, and was careful that neither she nor her husband would upstage him.[300] She met with him weekly, but did not have the close, daily relationship that some of her predecessors had had with their presidents.[300] In July 2010, Secretary Clin

  34. Once Donald Trump, if ever, is dispatched the roving eye of Sauron will turn its attention to another Frodo.
    I love this imagery. Back to reading.

  35. Here is someone who should not be overlooked for what he brings to the table. The Jewel of the Hudson- Allen West…or if you prefer-
    a Royal Pain in Obama’s a**!

    Video- Allen West: ‘I am Sick and Tired of Marxist Rhetoric from the

    Pundit Press 4/22/11

    Posted on Friday, April 22, 2011 8:21:36 AM by therightliveswithus

    Talking on Greta VanSusteren’s On the Record last night, Republican Congressman Allen West gave a strong rebuke of the President’s policies…

    Here’s a short transcript-

    Greta- Those are pretty tough words for the President, I know you have a lot of passion about your views, but uh, the words: any, uh, you a do a do-over on that, or do you stand by your words?

    West- Good evening and happy Easter, Greta. I do stand by those words, and perhaps one of the things that one of the… many people need to understand is that the Truth needs to be said.

    When I go around and I talk to people down here in my district and we get phone calls, that speech that was given last Wednesday was absolutely beneath the statesmanship, or the atmosphere, or the personality that a President should show. I am sick and tired of this class warfare, this Marxist demagogic rhetoric that is coming from the President of the United States of America.

    It is not helpful for this country and it’s not going to move the ball forward as far as rectifying the economic situation in our country.

  36. The Hillary Henry K. one hour was a great performance by a great lady.Is there any doubt that she is the most outstanding political person ot our time with an abundance of courage experience and view of the world around us that few people understand and she is eager to share it when her time arrives.
    On the other hand we have a Bogus Potus that is destructive inexperience lazy and fearful of being questioned about his plans for restoring order to this country and the world.It is very evident when he rushes for the exits after his mumbling stumbling prompter garbage is being spoon fed to him.He is either spooked or has bladder problems.

    Have a happy Easter all regardless of faith.

    ABM90 Make it soon Girl

  37. Michelle Obama Begs Oprah For Forgiveness Over Bitter Feud

    April 22, 2011

    First Lady Michelle Obama and media mogul Oprah Winfrey reportedly despise each other. Apparently, the First Lady booted Oprah out of the “White House inner circle,” some time ago, but now it seems that Oprah has gained the upper hand in their long running bitter feud. Rumor has it that the President’s wife is so desperate to get back into Oprah’s good graces that she’s literally begging to be forgiven.

    Rumor has it that the feud began when Michelle Obama became jealous of Oprah “for having [her] hubby’s ear.” But now, she wants Oprah to publicly endorse Barack Obama’s bid for re-election in order to “rally the female vote he needs to win a second term.” But it doesn’t look like that’s going to happen.

    “Oprah bluntly told Michelle there’s a problem,” reports an inside source, “and it’s business, not personal. Oprah’s convinced that her original public endorsement caused the widely reported erosion in her ratings. Now she’s fearful that if she repeats her personal public campaign for Barack Obama, it could undercut female viewer support for her new network, OWN. It’s a real dilemma.”

    Oprah has relented enough to book the Obamas on her May 2 show, but insiders say that she’s also informed Michelle that will probably be the end of it.


    More like pangs of conscience than worrying about undercutting female viewership. My goodness. The inextricable enmeshment of politics, public media, and personal passions. Sounds like Oprah knows Obama screwed the pooch.. in this case she is the pooch!

    Refusing an endorsement of Obama’s reelection campaign is hardly equal to the damage done by Oprah to Hillary- When Oprah chose Race over substance, experience and a qualified woman to deal with the problems facing America today. She, all by herself, undercut ALL women of all colors in every state in America. Live with it girl… You OWN it!

  38. Shez ZK
    April 22nd, 2011 at 7:28 am
    Excellent interview on Fox Business with Alan Keyes, laying out the Constitutional issue of Natural Born Citizen. Brilliantly done and needs to go viral:
    Excellent: the proper place to adjudicate the issue of Obama’s birth certificate, and thus his eligibility under Article II to be president is not before talking heads or private foundations with partisan backgrounds, but in a court of law, in an actual trial, where each side produces witnesses, documents and is subject to cross examination–Alan has got it right.

    How can Bachman, who took what appeared to be a principled stand over the issue, fail to understand the difference between a long form birth certificate and a certificate of live birth? That was a foreseeable question, but she got blindsided. Seeing how quickly she surrenders a position which she has taken to the enemy convinces me that she has no business running for president. I might even speculate that she is a poseur who pretends to represent the tea party movement, but is in fact a shill for the establishment, put there to siphon votes away from Sarah. There is other evidence to support that hypothesis as well.

  39. American Girl.. I’ll post the article in full. Thanks for bringing us this little gem.. I see Dr. Corsi provides the evidence as well. 😆

    Why do 3 supporters own Obama’s home?

    Listed as property tax payers for family’s Chicago mansion

    By Jerome R. Corsi
    © 2011 WorldNetDaily

    The Obamas’ Chicago mansion (

    This, the first of a series of articles on the Obama home at 5046 S. Greenwood, establishes that three individuals other than Obama are listed in public records as owners and taxpayers on the property.

    Barack Obama is not among at least three people listed as current owners and taxpayers of the mansion his family calls home in Chicago’s upscale Kenwood neighborhood, according to public records.

    WND reported in December 2008 that William Miceli, the attorney for convicted political operative Tony Rezko and a fundraiser for Obama, owns the Obama home at 5046 S. Greenwood.

    Make your contribution to the TV ad campaign for Jerome Corsi’s “Where’s the Birth Certificate?” now. Donations of $25 or more gets you a first-edition, author signed copy of the book as soon as it rolls off the presses.

    Miceli is a lawyer at the Chicago law firm Miner, Barnhill & Galland, which employed Obama when he did legal work for Rezko.

    Now, WND has discovered that, along with Miceli, there are at least two other people listed in public records as owners and taxpayers of 5046 S. Greenwood in the South Side neighborhood of Kenwood, an oasis of pricey homes that has attracted professors at nearby University of Chicago.

    The Cook County Recorder of Deeds website shows the property was purchased by the Northern Trust Company, with the mortgage recorded Dec. 19, 2005. The records suggest a Northern Trust Company trust, perhaps headed by Miceli, was the deed holder.

    There are no Cook County records that show Barack or Michelle Obama own 5046 S. Greenwood Ave., although the likelihood is that the couple are the owners of the Northern Trust Company trust established to buy the property.

    Rezko found the new residence for Obama when the Rezko family lived across the street.

    In the 2008 presidential campaign, Rezko’s role in the purchase created a scandal that threatened to derail Obama’s presidential hopes. The list price for the home was $1.95 million. But the Obamas reportedly were able to negotiate a price of $1.65 million when Tony Rezko’s wife, Rita Rezko, closed on the purchase of an adjacent vacant lot for $625,000 on the same day. The Obamas later bought one-sixth of the adjacent lot from Rita Rezko, creating a buffer.

    Obama was grilled on the transactions before the election in meetings with the editorial staff of Chicago’s two major newspapers, the Sun-Times and the Tribune. He admitted to the Sun-Times that it was a “boneheaded move” but denied he coordinated the purchase with the Rezkos. Critics pointed out that any coordination with supporters would be a clear violation of Senate ethic rules.

    Now, a search of records shows that, in addition to Miceli, the Obama mansion is owned by Chicago Probate Judge Jane L. Stuart and Obama accountant Harvey Wineberg, both of whom are paying taxes on the property.

    WND was assisted in the inquiry by an expert debt collector who had access to professional databases used by debt collection agencies and skip-tracing companies with proprietary “skip-trace” software designed to find debtors who have attempted to run away to avoid payment.

    WND’s source wishes to remain anonymous to prevent the type of retaliation faced by other experts who have been cut off from using proprietary databases in their attempt to search Obama’s records.

    The expert lives in the U.S. Southeast and has more than 10 years of experience in the financial and debt collection industries. He describes himself as a libertarian who voted for Obama in 2008, only to become disillusioned with what he sees as attacks on medical freedom in Obama’s health-care reform law.

    Owner No. 1: Judge Jane L. Stuart

    In the records of the Cook County Assessor’s office, Chicago probate Judge Stuart shows up as an owner of the Obama property at 5046 S. Greenwood Ave.

    See full details at link:

  40. Mrs. Smith
    April 22nd, 2011 at 10:23 am

    Oprah is still going to be an Øbama voter. Her problem is with Meechelle, not Barry.

  41. Oprah, what goes around comes around. She became just full of herself, felt she was God, and found out that she runs a talk show fairly well, but she not that good at running everything else. As I have said before, Oprah is known as a Tyrant in her organization, and of O worked for her, he would be fired.

    When is this book on the BC going to be Published? I have to wonder if Trump is holding all information on the BC at the request of that author, so that he can make his killing on the book, and the Trump can release his findings. I think he might do that one business person to another.

    It is interesting how the BC issue and the House issue are raising their ugly heads again. If his performance was satisfactory, these would be dead issues.

    People will turn a deaf ear to the recovery when they are sitting there with jobs half of what they had before, properties they cannot sell or pay for, debt for college, and YOUNGER people coming into the workforce, who don’t appear to have been really affected. Let’s face it, the younger people should not have established a standard of living, so they can make some cost of living adjustments. They might have debts for college, etc. However the mid range group of people are really getting screwed. Those are the people, along with the older people that will vote.

  42. #
    April 22nd, 2011 at 10:42 am

    Mrs. Smith
    April 22nd, 2011 at 10:23 am

    Oprah is still going to be an Øbama voter. Her problem is with Meechelle, not Barry.

    You would be right IF you accept Oprah’s explanation at face value. I think she prodded Obama behind the scenes to do something for his and her People and he flim-flammed her a story of how he was in the process of at least assigning retribution damages on the issue of slavery for the moment promising more will come later, just to keep her quiet.

    After waiting months for results and nothing forthcoming, Oprah prodded him into a corner. Obama made a lateral move because he never intended on going any further keeping his promise to Oprah. He sicked Michelle on her.. end of story. One thing about Oprah— she can and will hold a grudge until Hell freezes over. Oprah’s deep pockets just got shrunk in the wash… too bad, so sad-

  43. Maybe Oprah will buy a ticket:

    When Sarah Palin headlined the Iowa GOP’s big fall fund-raising dinner last September, around 1,500 people packed Des Moines’s Hy-Vee Hall, at $100 a plate. No one could remember a bigger Republican turnout.

    Well, that record looks set to be swamped–by, of course, Donald Trump.

    Two months ago, the real-estate developer and would-be 2012 GOP candidate agreed to keynote the party’s big spring Lincoln Day gala. Ever since, suspense has hung how big a hall he might fill, with both his camp and that of state GOP Chairman Matt Strawn pushing aggressively for a larger-than-Palin bash.

    The state Republican Party now says the June 10th dinner will be held at Polk County Convention Center, with an expectation of up to 2,500 GOP faithful showing up. And the price this time: $150 a plate.

    GOP officials declined to predict what the eventual turnout would be, but some operatives say it’s pretty certain to be the biggest fund-raising event ever in the state, outside of the big Ames Straw Poll.

    “Since first announcing Mr. Trump as our keynote speaker, we’ve received a very high level of demand from all corners of the state,” said Mr. Strawn, in a statement.

  44. Someone handed Bachmann a plum and told her to get off the BC issue if she wanted to be a member of the Club. I don’t believe the SCOTUS will ever take on the NBC issue. If the SCOTUS ever did take it on.. the effect would be a Pandora’s Box of misery and they know it. Every immigrant in the land will be suing for an equivalent of NBC for the Right to run for Potus… I don’t believe they will go there. I think they will wait until the evidence against Obama is SO overwhelming, a lower court will disqualify him and order him to resign. It will be up to Obama to file an appeal and sue for reinstatement…and that will be years or litigation and millions of dollars on his part. And what will be the point of it in the endall, when he’s guilty of FRAUD?

  45. Well . . . when I speak disparagingly (but accurately) about the corruption we see in big media, and list the guilty parties, I make a point to exclude CBS. In part, that was sentimental–Shirer, Murrow, Cronkite, Sevaraid–the class that the stars shown on. Oh I could forgive them for a few lightweights–like Katie Couric who never had the intellect or the gravitas to walk in their path. But now it appears that CBC too has abandoned the creme of the journalistic tradition, and has joined ranks with the other corrupt legacy networks plus CNN and NBC who make a market in hiding the truth from their audiences. A few days ago, CBS hid evidence that Obama once again showed his vile contempt for this country and its citizens when he described the American People as “slugs”. And now one of their ace (pronounced ass) reporters is hyping the budget ceiling and claiming falsely that if we fail to raise the ceiling then we will default on our bonds. As between lying vs sloppy reporting, the evidence suggests the former. The name of the culprit is Brian Montopoli.

    Posted by Erick Erickson (Profile)
    Friday, April 22nd at 10:23AM EDT
    No Comments
    There is a fascinating new poll out about the debt ceiling that Washington politicians should pay attention to.

    Just 27 percent of Americans support raising the debt limit, while 63 percent oppose raising it.

    Eighty-three percent of Republicans oppose raising the limit, along with 64 percent of independents and 48 percent of Democrats. Support for raising the debt limit is just 36 percent among Democrats, and only 14 percent among Republicans.

    Seven in ten who oppose raising the debt limit stand by that position even if it means that interest rates will go up.

    But along the way, Brian Montopoli, the reporter, gets something amazingly wrong — so amazing he either does not know what he is talking about or he is lying. In the write up of the poll, Montopoli writes, “If the debt limit is not raised, the United States will default on its bonds for the first time in history.”

    That simply is not true. In fact it is only true if Barack Obama instructs Tim Geithner to default.

    In fact, back in January Pat Toomey pointed out that

    The debt service, interest on our debt is about 6 percent of everything the federal government has to pay. So, we would be taking in enough revenue to cover more than 10 times all the interest that we owe. There is no reason we would have to default on our interest obligations.

    We will not default on our debt. To say otherwise is a lie or monumental case of bad and lazy reporting.

    Category: Brian Montopoli, CBS News, debt ceiling

  46. “Trump can’t win… Trump can’t win… Trump can’t win… ignore the polls:”

    Donald Trump debuts in a first-place tie in Gallup’s latest update of Republicans’ preferences for the party’s 2012 presidential nomination among potential contenders. Trump ties Mike Huckabee at 16%, with Mitt Romney close behind at 13%. Sarah Palin is the only other potential Republican candidate to earn double-digit support.

    The April 15-20 Gallup poll finds Trump leading the field among moderate and liberal Republicans, with 21% supporting him. Huckabee is the leader among conservative Republicans. Huckabee’s support and Trump’s support differ between ideological groups, while Romney and Palin get similar support from both ideological wings of the party.

    Among the lower-ranked candidates, Newt Gingrich’s support and Michele Bachmann’s support tilt decidedly conservative. Trump is the only potential candidate who shows notably stronger appeal to liberals and moderates than to conservatives within the GOP.

    To stay competitive, Trump would need to maintain a decent level of support among conservatives, since they outnumber moderates and liberals by about 2 to 1 among rank-and-file Republicans and Republican leaners. For the same reason, Huckabee’s smaller support among moderates and liberals is less of an issue if he maintains his top standing among conservatives.

  47. What fucking morons think about these things, the conspiracy about Trig being Bristols? Oh yeah, those would be the lefty bloggers like that fucker Sullivan. Shame!They elect a guy without vetting and now there are so many questions surrounding that but they say ‘nothing to see, move on..’ and here they are harrassing Palin with ludicrous theories.

    But here is a guy from Salon debunking all that. duh..

  48. ABM, I admire you. Someone should be monitoring that wikipedia article to keep it fair, as wikipedia lets bots and others change anything, any time!

    For example it says: In late 2005, Clinton said that while immediate withdrawal from Iraq would be a mistake, Bush’s pledge to stay “until the job is done” was also misguided, as it gave Iraqis “an open-ended invitation not to take care of themselves.”[213] Her stance caused frustration among those in the Democratic Party who favored immediate withdrawal.[214]

    It should go on to say that in 2008 Hillary DID favor immediate withdrawal from Iraq. This was in a debate. Asked what would happen to Iraq if we did withdraw, she said no one knew, and the only sure thing would be that our soliders would be safe, but that was the important thing. (paraphrased) This was before Bush’s surge was reported to work. Istr that she also said our presense in Iraq had become a partial cause of the trouble.

  49. #
    Tony Stark
    April 22nd, 2011 at 2:08 am


    Prepare for more “Hillary to replace Biden” nonsense – this happens every time Obama sinks in the polls:

    I’d rather see Hilary replace Obama.


  50. Mrs. Smith
    April 22nd, 2011 at 10:23 am

    Michelle Obama Begs Oprah For Forgiveness Over Bitter Feud

    That’s some darn good news in my book.
    MO even jealous of another AA woman that ‘helped’ Barry scam silly little female brains.

    Ofra tanked in the ratings.

    Ofra won’t try and think for female obots again.

    Karma for all of um.

  51. Don’t just go to GOP clubs. Go to everybody because that was the key to my success,” Haley said. “And if you are going to come in with your typical consultant and do your normal presidential campaigning, you’re not going to win.”

    Are you listening Karl Rove?
    When democracy died in the Democratic Party on 3/31/08, a number of Hillary supporters took what we had learned about the Obama thugs and their new kind of warfare and we offered it to the McCain campaign free of charge. At the time, we had reason to believe that McCain would be receptive to our help since he selected Palin as his running mate, and he met with some of us to discuss how we might work together to defeat Obama. But at the end of the day, the alliance we hoped for never materialized, as I have described before. The greatest obstacle was not mutual trust per se, although some of his staff people had a not invented here attitude. The biggest obstacle was the very thing Nikki told Trump–they believed they could beat Obama by dropping political bombs on him from 20,000 feet and it turned out to be no more effective than what Obama has encountered in Libya. Our point was they needed a ground game, and in my area the PUMAs were prepared to provide it for them. They never accepted my (our) offer. That was an outcome determinative political mistake. I am glad to see that Niki is telling Trump do not make that mistake. Get out and meet the people yourself. And develop a ground game which will counter and surpass what the Obama thugs and corrupt reporters will throw at you.

  52. JanH
    April 22nd, 2011 at 11:16 am


    Thanks for the video of Hillary. It’s always good to see her.

    I hate the day to come when she is working behind the scenes and not visible to the public. [sign….]

  53. wbboei
    April 22nd, 2011 at 12:02 pm

    I think the Dick is probably right on this, if Dennis K runs, he will grab some of the far left and college vote, which would take away the lions share to Barry.

    If Hillary doesn’t run, Trump could very possibly take many of the blue state Dem votes that don’t care for Barry but don’t feel right voting for a conservative.

    In a place like CA, where the Terminator was Gov for two terms, voting for Trump wouldn’t be such a leap. As long as Trump doesn’t go all religious on us in the future and talk about overturning pro-choice laws.

    Trump may not draw the twenty somethings, thirty and above must be seriously considering him…this is my guess.

  54. She always sounds presidential. I checked to see if these comments were posted anywhere else in the media realm and they weren’t.

    Not surprised given the importance of the message and how obama could care less…

    Clinton says U.S. must get “own house” in order

    April 22, 2011

    U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said one of America’s biggest foreign policy challenges right now is to get its “own house” in order, according to a transcript released by the State Department on Thursday.

    “That is something that I feel very strongly about,” she said in the “Conversations on Diplomacy” moderated by American TV show host Charlie Rose.

    She said the U.S. has to consolidate its “own economic and political position” in order to be able to continue to “influence events in the future.”

    “But it’s also important to keep the American people feeling very positive about the direction of our own country because that influences what kind commitment a government can make,” she added.

    “Conversations on Diplomacy” is a series of discussions joined by current and former U.S. State Secretaries, who talk about current issues and reflect on U.S. foreign policy.

    The U.S. is still struggling to find a solution to its mounting deficit and high unemployment rate. Both U.S. President Barack Obama and Clinton had warned before that no country can long maintain its geopolitical position if its economy is suffering.

  55. Bill Clinton: Hillary and I are too old to be appointed to the Supreme Court

    Sunday, April 18, 2010

    Bill and Hillary Clinton have both held big jobs in their lives, but the ex-president said Sunday that Supreme Court justice shouldn’t be among them – they’re too old.

    “I’d like to see him put someone in there, late 40s, early 50s, on the court and someone with a lot of energy for the job,” the 63-year-old Clinton told ABC’s “This Week” when asked about President Obama’s upcoming replacement of Justice John Paul Stevens.

    Since Stevens, 90, announced his retirement, both Clintons have been mentioned as possible – albeit long-shot – nominees to the high court.

    The former president predicted that no matter whom Obama nominates, he should expect a fight from Senate Republicans.

    But the ex-president said he and his wife, Secretary of State Clinton – who met at Yale Law School in the early 1970s – would counsel the president against picking either of them.

  56. I posted the above from 2010 because I hear that rumors are circulating again that when Hillary’s term is over…well…

  57. Red Cross: No humanitarian crisis in Gaza

    Friday, April 22, 2011

    The International Red Cross on Wednesday acknowledged what anyone not taken in by anti-Israel propaganda has known for some time: that there is no humanitarian crisis in the Gaza Strip.

    In an interview with the Israeli army spokesman, Mathilde Redmatn, deputy director of the Red Cross in Gaza, clearly declared for all those willing to listen that there “is no humanitarian crisis in Gaza.”

    “If you go to the supermarket, there are products. There are restaurants and a nice beach,” noted Redmatn.

    But Redmatn did go on to criticize Israel for maintaining a partial embargo on certain goods, such as cement, which can and has been used by terrorist forces to build bunkers.

    “Israel has the legitimate right to protect the civilian population, [but] this right should be balanced with the right of 1.5 million people living in the Gaza Strip,” said Redmatn. “…difficulties in importing building materials [has] hampered sustainable economic recovery and dashed any hope of leading a normal and dignified life.”

    Israelis would argue that a territory that elects terrorists as its leaders and then facilitates the launching of thousands of missiles at a neighboring territory has forfeited the right to a “normal and dignified life.”

    Redmatn also slammed Hamas and its terrorist allies for continuing to fire missiles and mortar shells at Israeli civilians in southern Israel.

    But, despite the reality, painting Gaza as a squalor-filled prison is just too good a propaganda tool for most to give up.

    A few brave journalists over the past few years have bucked the media trend of portraying Gaza as the most destitute place on earth, and have provided written and photographic evidence that Gaza is not nearly as bad off as most reports make it out to be.

    Last year, National Post reporter Tom Gross lambasted his colleagues in the international media for focusing solely on those parts of Gaza that are impoverished in a deliberate attempt to suggest that the entire region lives that way, because of Israeli security measures.

    “We could produce the same effect by selectively filming seedy parts of Paris and Rome and New York and Los Angeles, too,” Gross wrote at the time.

    Even Hamas has admitted that there is no Israeli-created starvation in Gaza.

    “There is no starvation in Gaza. No one has died of hunger,” Khalil Hamada, a senior official at Gaza’s Ministry of Justice, told London’s Daily Telegraph last year.

    The claim, reiterated by Redmatn, that Israel is not allowing enough building materials into Gaza is also dubious.

    In November, Gaza Housing Minister Yousef Alamanti confirmed to United Press International that construction had been started on a massive high-rise apartment project. The project includes three apartment buildings with a total of 25,000 apartments, a mosque, playground, shopping center and schools.

    It is difficult to understand how such an expansive project could be built if Israel is not letting Gazans get their hands on even basic building materials.

    The truth revealed by all of these acknowledgements and reports is that Gaza is not under siege. Yes, Israel is closely monitoring and restricting the entry of certain goods in order to limit the terrorists’ capabilities. But the influx of goods into a territory that is actively engaged in terrorist warfare against the civilians of its neighboring territory is unprecedented in Gaza.

  58. Is someone off his medication or are obots still in denial about the slacker?


    Obama’s Likability Gap
    Obama today is different than the 2008 candidate.

    If it is true, as Michelle Obama said in February, that her husband isn’t smoking anymore, maybe he’d better start mellowing out with the cigs again before it costs him the presidency.

    The Barack Obama we’ve been seeing lately is a different personality than the one that made a miracle run to the White House in 2008.

    Obama.2008 was engaging, patient, open, optimistic and a self-identified conciliator.

    Obama.2011 has been something else—testy, petulant, impatient, arrogant and increasingly a divider.

    Never forget: That historic 2008 victory came with 52.9% of the total vote and 52% of independent voters. David Axelrod recently noted “how small the margin for error is.”

    Presidential personality is well inside the margin of error for 2012, but the one on display recently has not been attractive. And it’s happening a lot.

    This Monday, after wrapping up a White House interview with a Dallas TV reporter, the station reported that Mr. Obama said: “Let me finish my answers the next time we do an interview, alright?”

    This self-referencing, snappish tone tracks with the president’s “open mic” comments last week at a Chicago fund-raiser. Dismissing the GOP as “nickel and diming” him on budget negotiations, he asked, “You think we’re stupid?” White House Press Secretary Jay Carney said the president wasn’t embarrassed. But he should be. Not because his comments were caught, but because suddenly he’s sounding more like Travis Bickle (“You talkin’ to me?”) than the president of the United States.

    The Obama migration from the high road to the low road is evident even in nonpolitical settings. Here he is last weekend talking about the White House phone system: “You know the Oval Office always thought I was going to have like real cool phones and stuff. I’m like ‘come on guys, I’m the president of the United States.’ Where’s the fancy buttons and stuff, and the big screen comes up? It doesn’t happen.”

    I’m like? Real cool phones and stuff? Would Franklin Roosevelt or John F. Kennedy ever have affected whatever their generational equivalent was of “Where’s the fancy buttons and stuff?”

    Some will say that this is making a mountain out of a molehill, that polls show independent voters like his proposals to tax the rich and keep every entitlement intact. But if we have learned anything in the media age, it’s that molehills can send anyone to a destructive fall, even presidents. Ask George W. Bush about just two defining words: mission accomplished.

    In 2007-08, Obama’s high-toned, consistent persona was everything. What else was there? Barack Obama took a blank slate and wrote a masterpiece of a presidential campaign across it. From nothing, this fresh Obama persona defeated the familiar, experienced Hillary Clinton in the primaries. In the general election, he ran famously on “hope and change,” gave a stirring speech on race in America, and persuaded enough moderate and independent voters to turn 2008 into a “historic” American election.

    Barack Obama had levitated himself above the usual, dispiriting muck of politics. This new person seemed to be precisely what a disgusted electorate wanted. Candidate Obama embedded that image in the American psyche. He built it. He fed it.

    Now he’s deconstructing himself into another Obama. The latest Obama, which seems genuine, routinely ridicules and mocks his opposition. He mocks pretty much anyone who disagrees with him about anything.

    Last week, official Washington gathered at George Washington University to hear the president make his contribution to the fiscal-policy debate. What they got was something else (just as the members of the Supreme Court got something else at last year’s State of the Union speech). The person who said memorably in 2008 that there were no red states or blue states gave a speech essentially reading the Republicans out of the American political system. “This is not a vision of the America I know.”

    The political left lapped it up. Finally, wrote the progressive punditariat, Barack Obama was acting like their guy, willing to get in the face of the American right. At last, an American president was calling out conservatism as nothing less than a violation of “the basic social compact in America.”

    Gallup just reported that the Obama approval rate among independent voters stands at 35%. The conventional reply to this is that the American people fundamentally “like” Barack Obama, or that the GOP candidate will make the election an unlikability Olympics.

    What voters like is the memory of the historic Obama they voted into the office of the presidency. The person they voted for in 2008 is different than the person who kicked off his presidential campaign last week by personally stomping his opposition.

    Somehow voters are apparently expected to “like” whichever version Mr. Obama chooses to give them. It is asking a lot. By definition, this is a gap, and it’s looking like it could be a dangerous one for the incumbent.

  59. wbboei
    April 22nd, 2011 at 1:25 pm

    re: McCain campaign



    I don’t think McCain ever had the real fight or stomach to go after O…his camp muzzled Sarah (as we have seen since then how outspoken and direct she is)…there were times when McCain almost sounded like he was endorsing O…cue debates…

    I think most of us believe that ‘the race card’ (and caucus cheating) is what brought O to victory…the repubs were very muted (especially when you consider how viciously they went after Bill and Hillary in the past)…we all kept waiting for that infamous republican machine that never showed up…(except for Hannity)

    …they were uncharacteristically deferential because everyone was stunted in their game because of the “historic” first AA president…AND the real threat of riots if anyone interferred…there was a definite fear that the O campaign put in the hearts of any opposition…sadly including the Clintons…everything was overshadowed and dwarfed by ‘first AA and the One’…and that was the story essentially reinforced by the MSM and blogs…

    I am not telling you anything you do not know…just reflecting back on how it really was…


    on another note…regarding the gallup poll out today with T tied for first…this must really put fear and increase the stress level of the O camp and dims in general…T is appealing to ‘liberal and moderate repubs’ and independents…

    …the funny little secret no one in the media or the blogs (except for here) want to recognize is that many of these ‘independents’ are former democrats that no longer can be counted on to loyally follow their leader…specifically this leader, O…

    …so when we see those stats about ‘independents’ we know that there are a lot of Clinton dems in that number or that will be swept up in that category eventually…

    the talking heads and dims…and repubs can say what they want…we know what is really going on…and i suspect T is fully aware of what is happening…


    re: that MSNBC clip above with Joe S and his minions…that little clip is such a perfect example of the daily brainwashing groupthink that goes on there…

    …they use the same tactics in unison from opponent to opponent…Al Gore, Hillary and Bill, Palin and now Trump (throw in just about any repub woman for good measure)

    …that’s how they roll over there…very predicable…you can almost write each daily segment and talking points…starting in the morning when they wake up the public with their nonsense and then by Cenk Yurk to Maddow to O’Donnell to Shultz…they just continue to build and go way over the top…drilling the same talking points and ‘racism’ BS all day…and night…

    …the same can be said for CNN…if anyone caught Gloria Borgia yesterday she was just rambling on…not even making any sense…filling up tv time…to just talk about T destroying (inject big laugh) the repub party…

  60. JanH
    April 22nd, 2011 at 2:07 pm

    Bill Clinton: Hillary and I are too old to be appointed to the Supreme Court


    `In other words, “Are you effin’ kidding me? Hillary and I enjoy our lives, helping others and doing what we can to make America and the world a better place. Anything Obama offers us, we are going to say, ‘Take your job and shove it!'”

    -Okay, the Big Dawg wouldn’t say “effin”, but he would mean the same thing 😉

  61. The Barack Obama we’ve been seeing lately is a different personality than the one that made a miracle run to the White House in 2008.

    Obama.2008 was engaging, patient, open, optimistic and a self-identified conciliator.

    Obama.2011 has been something else—testy, petulant, impatient, arrogant and increasingly a divider.
    What a load of shit. The person who wrote that is one/all of the following: A hopeless Obot, lazy and or stupid. Despite Obama and his enablers efforts to obscure/obliterate/fabricate Obama’s past, there were enough data to realize that he was and still is a small minded, vicious, sociopath. The difference is, now that he has become “historic”, he really doesn’t feel the need to make the major effort needed to hide his true personality.

  62. I’m glad Hillary is not running. Those Chicago goons are a menace to society and most of all to anyone that would knock the Boob off his perch.

  63. SHV…O was and is an imposter with a ‘telli’prompter that has been winging it for the last few years…too bad for him that the only transparency he has produced is to start showing his true colors since he has a record now for everyone to see…

    …how anyone could have been fooled into not seeing it sooner is the myth T is trying to expose…bit by bit…


    also…what a laugh…yeah, like Bill and Hillary, who are front and center on the world stage, might want to give that up to go into seclusion where their power and voices are muted amidst the power tripping of the Supreme Court…

    no way Jose…

  64. NOTE to Mr. Trump, if any of his reseachers read this site.

    With respect to the Roverster’s attacks on Trump, Mr. Trump, the next interview you are asked about Rove’s attacks, tell the reporter “Since it appears Rove doesnt like me, and is more interested in attacking me than Obama, if he wants to go work for Obama, please by all means go join the Obama camp, I’m sure they could use the help.”

  65. Mrs. Smith

    Please tell me- Where is the ACLU when you need them?

    Big Brother is tapping our I-phones and Androids and sending info back to Google every 12 hrs..

    Unions…pretty soon we won’t have any, or at least none with any collective barganing.

    Mac is also doing it with a secret file on the iPhone. They say they don’t spy, but why even put that easter egg there?

  66. pm317
    April 22nd, 2011 at 3:56 pm
    This pic says it all.. and the caption from

    Our 2009 Earth Day twig planting, Big Guy doing what he does best…
    By doing what he does best, I assume you mean nothing.

    Notice however that she is at least putting on the appearance of working (which is not the same thing as actually working) and he is putting on the appearance of supervising (which is not the same thing as actually supervising, because in order to supervise others you must know what you yourself are doing. She is looking for worms, and he is looking for campaign donors, which is a distinction without a diffence)

  67. Mrs. Smith
    April 22nd, 2011 at 3:24 pm

    awww, isn’t that sweet, CNN protesting the Waffles. I swear I have never seen anything like this in my entire life.

  68. The Barack Obama we’ve been seeing lately is a different personality than the one that made a miracle run to the White House in 2008.

    Obama.2008 was engaging, patient, open, optimistic and a self-identified conciliator.

    Obama.2011 has been something else—testy, petulant, impatient, arrogant and increasingly a divider.
    What a load of shit. The person who wrote that is one/all of the following: A hopeless Obot, lazy and or stupid. Despite Obama and his enablers efforts to obscure/obliterate/fabricate Obama’s past, there were enough data to realize that he was and still is a small minded, vicious, sociopath. The difference is, now that he has become “historic”, he really doesn’t feel the need to make the major effort needed to hide his true personality.
    A very accurate diagnosis doctor. Obviously, the writer in question voted for Obama in 2008 like the rest of the rubes. And now he is unhappy with the result. So he says Obama has changed.

    The fault here lies entirely with the writer. In 2008, he failed to examine Obama by the proper standard. He judged him on the basis of campaign rhetoric and was stampeded with the rest of the herd. He never looked behind the curtain, to Obama’s actual record as a public official. Had he done so he would have seen a consistent past practice of serving big business donors at the expense of constituents. Obama has not changed one iota. He is the same scumbag, i.e small minded, vicious sociopath he always was. And the writer in question cannot bring himself to admit it.

  69. Mrs. Smith
    April 22nd, 2011 at 3:24 pm

    New Trump video 04-21-11


    This is so circular. Trump says, “…then don’t ask me any more questions on the BC”, and within the next breath of air, they ask him about the BC.

    I saw this happen on Greta last night, same deal, and Greta actually chuckled and said, “I don’t think I started the discussion on the BC, maybe I did. I will have to go back and watch the tape.” She had a little grin, I am almost sure she started it, and I think she knew it too.

  70. Mrs. Smith
    April 22nd, 2011 at 3:24 pm
    New Trump video 04-21-11

    Once again, big media pundits try to play the Grand Inquisitor of Seville over the birth certificate issue, they have not got the chops and Donald stuffs the pair of them down the garbage chute.

    They make the same argument as Rove. It is a non-sequitur.

    1. they admit he is leading or tied for the lead in the polls

    2. they know from other polls that a majority of Americans agree with his decision to pursue the birth certificate issue

    3. yet, they tell him it is a political mistake for him to pursue the birth certificate issue, because nobody will vote for him.

    4. furthermore, they continue to ask him about it, get the same response, and the result is the issue takes on a life of its own.

    5. then the advantage shifts to Donald, because he tantalizes them with a promise to reveal things about Obama which will shock everyone, but refuses to tell them what it is and when he will reveal it.

    If you ask me, Donald is making monkeys out of the scions of big media. The public should be cheering him on. No one else has been able to do that.

    First, they concede he is leading or tied in the polls. Second, Then they say nobody will vote for him unless he backs off on the birth certificate issue.

  71. I cannot believe that the likes of Steven Spielberg, Will Farrell, Tom Hanks, Rita Wilson and George Clooney turned up in L.A. to give HUGE donations to obama’s campaign this week.

    How on earth can they justify supporting this twit?

  72. “How on earth can they justify supporting this twit?”

    Money does not buy sense.

    I’ve boycotted all of their work for the last 3 years, nothing but limosine dimwitted fools, all of them.

  73. A Friday WTF moment…

    right on the heels of an investigation of barry’s 2008 election donations from foreigners, and other illegal donations:

    Democrats Sue to Force U.S. Election Agency to Reveal Political Donations.

    WASHINGTON — Unable to stanch the flow of corporate money to Republican causes, Democrats tried a new tack on Thursday by bringing a lawsuit against the Federal Election Commission to force the disclosure of tens of millions of dollars in secret donations.

    The lawsuit seeks to close “a major loophole” that allows private companies and nonprofit groups to operate “under a veil of anonymity” in raising money for political work, said Representative Chris Van Hollen, a Maryland Democrat who brought the lawsuit along with lawyers for several liberal groups.

    In another push for greater disclosure, President Obama is considering issuing an executive order that would require contractors with federal business to report their political donations. “His goal is transparency and accountability,” said the White House spokesman, Jay Carney.

    A surge in corporate spending on political causes — the result of a Supreme Court decision in the Citizens United case in January 2010 — became a major issue in the Congressional races that year and promises to be important in the 2012 presidential race.

    Some Democrats attributed their loss of the House majority in November to the flood of largely anonymous spending by conservative groups. They have been unsuccessful in rolling back aspects of the Citizens United decision in the courts or in Congress, where Senate Republicans last year blocked a measure known as the Disclose Act, which Mr. Van Hollen sponsored.

    As a result, Democrats are turning to other regulatory and executive branch measures — tactics that conservatives said Thursday smacked of political desperation as the presidential election nears.

  74. Shadowfax
    April 22nd, 2011 at 4:46 pm

    I have to confess that despite her popularity on this site I have never been a Greta Fan.

    I never could understand how a reporter who speaks like she’s got a fistful of marbles in her mouth got such a high-profile gig. Admittedly, she may be competent in some investigative areas (I guess) but I find listening to her absolutely painful. The way she drops consonants, slings words together, is annoying. Her enunciation isn’t that great and I think that should be a requisite for a newscaster.

    Of course, by that standard 90 % of the blatherers on the air would be out of a job.

    And at least her POV is tolerable.

  75. “a reporter who speaks like she’s got a fistful of marbles in her mouth ”

    basil9, I like Greta, but that line has me laughing out loud. Very funny.

  76. the mcdonalds thing is terrible.
    if you are one your are not safe in my opinion.

    wrote this to them just now:
    I am totally disgusted at your lack of policy regarding a life threatening situation and the lack of training your employees exibited during the racial attack that poor woman endured.

    as society continues to degenerate it appears your establishments are dangerous and I will not let my family step one foot in one again until you have a policy in place that prevents this kind of thing from happening.

    in life threating situations your employees need to be trained to prevent this kind of thing and not just sit back and watck

    mark dormann
    family of three who is also disgusted by your lack of empathy due to the pathetic statement your company put regarding the incident.

  77. tim
    April 22nd, 2011 at 3:48 pm
    NOTE to Mr. Trump, if any of his reseachers read this site.

    With respect to the Roverster’s attacks on Trump, Mr. Trump, the next interview you are asked about Rove’s attacks, tell the reporter “Since it appears Rove doesnt like me, and is more interested in attacking me than Obama, if he wants to go work for Obama, please by all means go join the Obama camp, I’m sure they could use the help.”


    good one…


    as for Greta…her heart and her brain are in the right place…she cares about getting at the truth and trying to be fair…she is one of the few people that tries to bring the focus back to ‘the little guy’…or what is the middle class today that is still getting the raw end of all the deals being made…

    …and she will question things from both sides…not just slant things for one particular agenda…

    plus…she is open to listening to real people…

  78. sirmrks
    April 22nd, 2011 at 6:38 pm

    Sorry for my ignorance, but what is this in reference to? Did something happen today? Thanks.

  79. S,

    I agree Greta’s heart is in a much better place than most talking heads but her poor speech patterns really get on my nerves.

    It’s the main reason, I think, I don’t watch her show much.

    Still, she’s one of the better ones.

  80. basil9
    April 22nd, 2011 at 6:55 pm

    oh my goodness, I couldn’t watch the entire thing, it was too much, that poor girl, what a awful disgusting thing. I’m writing Mcdonalds as well, I have nieces who frequent mcdonald’s a lot, and this video has scared me, the employees are just watching, and then tells the black girls who were beating up to just run away since the police are coming. This is disgusting, absolutley disgusting.

  81. I agree, Tim. Amd it comes just a few weeks after a wacked-out black woman terrorized employees over spring Break at a McDonald’s in Flordia. She jumped on top of the order counter, trashed the place, raved like a lunatic. It was unfrigginreal.

    I hope those 2 bytches in NB spend decades in jail. Doubtful, though isn’t it? Just like the Duke Lacrosse rape accsuer who, after runing the lives of several young men, was recently charged with the murder of her boyfriend.

    Now I’m definitely no frat-boy lover but the way the media crucified those guys was unconscionable. Again, the race factor triumphed.

    The backlash is building to a boiling point. People are increasingly outraged by the double standard.

  82. 😳

    About the employees, they didn’t do anything. And why did it take so long for someone to call the cops? Not to mention the pig who was videotaping the whole thing, a brother, I would assume, by his speech. “Her mouth bleeding. Yo. Her mouth bleeding.”


  83. “Now I’m definitely no frat-boy lover but the way the media crucified those guys was unconscionable.”

    Oh yes, and that idiot Sharpton with his big mouth screaming racism! racists! if this was reversed, the idiot man would be again screaming racism! racists!

    I feel so bad for that young girl, I hope she recovers quickly and completely.

  84. …they use the same tactics in unison from opponent to opponent…Al Gore, Hillary and Bill, Palin and now Trump (throw in just about any repub woman for good measure)


    Yep. Let’s not believe them about Gore either.

  85. Admin. fyi, just sent Trump a copy of your excellent post in re. Karl Rove today. Norma Desmond, thanks for his email address.

  86. Tim,

    Now there are reports from the brother who taped the incident (the guy who was calling out to the bytches to run – the cops were coming) that the “woman” was a cross-dresser. As if, (if it’s true) that’s any excuse. The police report cites the victim’s gender as female.

  87. So Meeee-chelle wants to get Okra to endorse Waffle’s again, and Okra is afraud to alienate viewers from her new show?

    Is Okra really this stupid? She’s pissed off both Hillary and Palin supporters, those viewer are never coming back, the only ones left were those who are Waffle’s supporters anyways.

  88. The guy is complete and utter joke.

    “I am rooting for everyone to get rich”.


    Is that all we expect from a president?

    Evidently, in his case.

    What we fear, is that in addition to rooting, he will do irreparable harm . . .

  89. Shorne of the formalities, the debate between Republicans and Democrats is between people who want to keep their money and people who want part of the action. Fundraising is also critical. Problem solving is not critical–to them. If it were, they would solve the nation’s problems, rather than kicking the can down the road. Then along comes Trump. He is not interested in their debate. He is interested in solving the problems of this country, in the here and now. That is the difference between Trump and Obama. And it is all the difference he needs.

  90. Trump is now on Eliot Spitzer’s show on CNN setting him straight on the attacks Spitzers been making on his finances. Trump is doing all the talking and says his worth is well in excess of the reported 2 billion.

  91. Trump pounding Spitzer on Libya and says it was handled really badly and we get no oil from Libya. China gets the libyan oil.

  92. basil9
    April 22nd, 2011 at 7:11 pm

    Did you notice who is co-anchoring with spit-zer? the idiot who was not even watching Hillary in the debates, and yet said she did horribly.

    I never knew just how corrupt the media was until 2008.

  93. basil

    On Greta, I can understand if someone’s speech bothers you, it is difficult to get past that they say.

    I kind of feel that way about Sarah Palin, the pitch of her voice some how sends shocks though my brain and I can’t concentrate on what the words are. This doesn’t happen all the time, but when it does, I tune her out.

    My history of admiring Greta goes back to the OJ trial. I was one of those people that listened to every day of that trial. I worked in a field at the time, where I could work with the radio on, and drove others nuts that I followed it so closely. I wanted to be a lawyer at one time, guess I still have a strong interest in it.
    Any who, Greta was one of many reporters, she is an attorney, and after a short time I realized she was the only one that picked up the details and ignored the spin.

    She was a little odd back then too, but I quickly grew to really respect her and still do.

    Greta has a little crooked smile, so my guess is she has a small physical problem, but she has risen because she is one smart cookie.

    I love Greta.

  94. Did you notice who is co-anchoring with spit-zer? the idiot who was not even watching Hillary in the debates, and yet said she did horribly.
    That was Jeffrey Toobin with Eliot Spitzer. I sent him a very short email during the primaries saying ‘You’re clueless.’

  95. wbboei
    April 22nd, 2011 at 7:43 pm

    Greta’s bio is interesting . . .
    “Van Susteren is married to John P. Coale. They are both Scientologists.”

    Oh..boy…fortunately I have never watched her “show”

    “Xenu (play /ˈziːnuː/ ZEE-noo),[1][2][3] also spelled Xemu, was, according to the founder of Scientology and science fiction writer L. Ron Hubbard, the dictator of the “Galactic Confederacy” who, 75 million years ago, brought billions[4][5] of his people to Earth in a DC-8-like spacecraft, stacked them around volcanoes and killed them using hydrogen bombs. Official Scientology dogma holds that the essences of these many people remained, and that they form around people in modern times, causing them spiritual harm.[1][6]

    These events are known within Scientology as “Incident II”,[7] and the traumatic memories associated with them as The Wall of Fire or the R6 implant. The narrative of Xenu is part of Scientologist teachings about extraterrestrial civilizations and alien interventions in earthly events, collectively described as space opera by Hubbard. Hubbard detailed the story in Operating Thetan level III (OT III) in 1967, warning that the R6 “implant” (past trauma)[8] was “calculated to kill (by pneumonia etc) [sic] anyone who attempts to solve it”.[8][9][10]

    Within the Church of Scientology, the Xenu story is part of the church’s secret “Advanced Technology”,[7] considered a sacred and esoteric teaching,etc….etc….etc.

    (A third rate science fiction writer’s practical joke on the world.)

  96. i too have a problem with Greta’s speech pattern so I just don,t watch her program.better safe than sorry about what she meant if repeated.

  97. tim
    April 22nd, 2011 at 8:09 pm
    They need to prosecute this as a hate crime. When millions of people see this kind of thing on u-tube, there will be repercussions, unless the law steps in and takes a strong stand. (Unfortunately, the race baiting tactics of the Obama campaign, and the explicit use of race in campaigns by minions like Chris Van Hollen (D-Md) former head of the DNCC help poison the well.

    I was at a gun store the other day. I was very impressed with the sales staff. Each of them carried a pistol–mostly 45s or 9mms. Pistols are generally good outside 20 feet. Inside 20 feet a knife is more effective because of response time. Hence, each of them carried a combat knife as well. Most of them were marines who had served in the Middle East. All of them were highly trained and had great reflexes.

    I spoke to one of them at great length. He told me he grew up in Hawaii on the big island. He said that over there everybody does martial arts, and everybody fights. He said he was one of the only two white kids at his school and got his ass kicked every day until he entered the fifth grade.

    Then he decided to study the martial arts himself. He said he studied 12 different styles of karate, rather than moving through the belts in only one style as most hot doggers like to do. He also showed me his work with a knife which were lethal.

    But he was very concerned with the legalities–particularly the use of excessive force, which he said could land him in jail even though he was the one who was attacked. He said, I think about multiple self defense hypotheticals 24/7 and figure out how I would handle himself in each of those situations.

    To my surprise, he would not automatically intervene in a criminal situation. For example, he said that if he was at the scene of a robbery, and the clerk was giving the armed criminal the money he would not intervene and play good samaritan. Why not? Because he said that is where you get into legal difficulty. But if the armed criminal was killing people then he would shoot to kill.

    Like most people I am unaccustomed to thinking in those terms therefore I found the discussion fascinating. I suspect he would have intervened in the Baltimore situation, with nothing more than karate.

  98. SHV
    April 22nd, 2011 at 8:54 pm
    That was the one thing that surprised me too.

  99. basil9
    April 22nd, 2011 at 7:52 pm
    …that the “woman” was a cross-dresser…

    Since the cinematographer is probably in some legal jeopardy for video tapping an assault (or at the minimum loosing a job) I am not sure a close family member should be listened to at this point. A crime reporter in Baltimore specifically calls the victim a woman in a news article and has been in contact with the hospital providing treatment. Tweets by the reporter indicate the victim is transgender. So that would make the attack a possible double hate crime for race AND sexual identity. It looks worse and worse.

  100. wbboei
    April 22nd, 2011 at 9:20 pm

    Its amazing in the past 3 years just how immune I’ve (and I suspect most on this blog)have become to these ignorant fools’s opinions.

    I used to be swayed by them, them being “senior political analysts” etc, now if I ever listen to them, and its rare I do, I just think in my mind: “alert, idiot speaking”

  101. wbboei
    Could not the guy filming also be held accountable as an accessory after the fact for warning them to flee as the approached? (I know I have watched way too many late night reruns of L&O)

  102. What stuns me is someone like Steven Speilburg donating to Waffles, considering Waffles has anti-sematic friends, sat in a church for 20+ years listening to rants against jews.

    Just proves the point, money does not buy common sense, or any other kind of sense either.

  103. Tom Hanks is the most boring actor I have ever seen. The only movie I have seen of him from start to finish is sleepless in Seattle. He is the most overrated actor there is.

  104. OK- A HEADS UP-

    There was a video but it seems non-funcional:

    Looking for a response to this post talking about us from Ben Smith /Politico on the Front Page of msnbc.msn after you read this. I don’t think we can dilly-dally over this accusation:

    Clinton supporters said to have created birtherism

    just when we thought all that the debate over the president’s birth certificate had been settled, donald trump brought it all back. now the debate over president obama ‘s birth place reached fevered pitch again. a poll shows a quarter of americans believe the president was born outside of the united states . incredible. among republicans, that number jumps to 45%. politico senior political writer ben smith is with us. i don’t know how you get past this, i don’t know how the white house gets past it, but you dug back into the roots of it and it goes back to the campaign.

    what it goes back to is the clinton campaign. and not clinton herself or her staff, but her supporters. as she was losing and this sort of really bitter spring of 2008 , some of her passionate supporters were grasping at straws for reasons he could be ineligible to run for president. some said maybe his father is a foreigner, maybe that means he’s not a citizen and got excited about that and looked at the law and that turned out not to be true. and this was sort of a backup strategy. oh, what if he was actually born in kenya. it was ludicrous. this bubbled through the ’08 campaign. the main smear was that he was a muslim and this bubbles around the fringes and burst after the election for some reason.

    was it the republicans also in the election campaign or was it really during that bitter primary fight? i seem to recall john mccain at a town hall meeting saying to a rabid supporter, no, no, that’s not true.

    i believe he was saying that obama was not a muslim. that was the main thing bubbling in the campaign. this is an outgrowth of that in some way, but —

    it is all that he’s the other, he’s different, that he’s somehow not —

    he’s got to be foreign in some kind of provable way. and that seems to be — we should say it is totally discredited. there is no —

    and how are the other republicans handling this? in contrast to donald trump , certainly mitt romney wants no part of this.

    most of the leading republican candidates for president want no part of it. mitt romney , tim pawlenty , michele bachmann , orbit dthe other day dismissed it out of hand. democrats, five or six years go, there was a pretty widespread belief among the democratic base, up to 50% in some polls that president bush was responsible in some sense for 9/11, complicit in 9/11. and any democrat who embraced this theory was drummed out of the party. cynthia mckinney drummed out of the party for this. that hasn’t happened. congressional republicans pushing this idea.

    ben smith , thank you so much from politico for reminding us of where this all started.

  105. In other words, Hillary supporters are raaacist!, and maybe republican too if they think he’s Muslim. Same old, same old.

  106. ‘So that would make the attack a possible double hate crime for race AND sexual identity. It looks worse and worse.’


    Let’s hope justice is served. But don’t hold your breath.

  107. “Clinton supporters said to have created birtherism”

    As a Hillary supporter myself, I have no issues with an Obot kissing politico saying this. They have figured Trump doesn’t care if he’s called a racist, next on the list, call Hillary supporters, PUMAs racists!, yea! that’s teach those PUMAs to come to the defense of Waffles and shun Trump.

    I swear these people would trip over their own feet even if they were sitting down.

  108. Notice little Ben of the polituro did not mention Philip Berg’s , a hillary dem, many lawsuits since 2008. Nice how they omit this pertinent piece of info.

  109. Poor, poor, poor Republicans. Hannity has a program tonight about how HORRIBLE and unfair the media treated poor, poor George Bush and any Rep. woman candidate.

    NO ONE has EVAH been treated as badly as the poor REP by the media.


  110. Definitely a new wall of defense coming out of the Chicago Combine creating an excuse to attack Hillary and her supporters.

    Seeing this is a worldwide attack- I’m thinking admin has to be aware of this before we go forward.. What do you all think about a united strategy? Of course, politico is reading here and have been ordered by on high to call us out- agreed?

    I have ideas… but do not want to venture anything until admin has a say… Obviously we have struck a nerve interfering with the WH… so- I will tread lightly and deal with the smoke coming out of my ears in my own way until further notice.

  111. Hmmm…

    Journolists argue Republicans are batshit crazy racists, Tea Partiers are batshit crazy racists, Conservatives are batshit crazy racists, and…

    …Hillary voters are the Alpha batshit crazy racists.

    Do they even want Obama to win reelection? How does this help him?

    Thank you Politico. You’ve effectively turned off everyone except the REAL batshit crazy racists: Obots fanatics. Good luck with that.

  112. “politico senior political writer ben smith ”

    don’t you mean “senior Obot spin master” Poltiburo??

  113. “i don’t know how you get past this, i don’t know how the white house gets past it”

    I have no idea how “senior political anal-ysts” get paid this well to be this dumb and ignorant

    1) release his long form birth certificate, its a simple request, heck Trump will even pay for it if you ask him
    2) release his long form birth certificate, include the hospital name, physician in attendence, exactly what the LA legislation will require
    3) release his long form birth certificate
    4) release his college applications, did he list himself as an American citizen or not?

  114. wbboei
    Could not the guy filming also be held accountable as an accessory after the fact for warning them to flee as the approached? (I know I have watched way too many late night reruns of L&O)
    Henry, if I were doing the investigating, I would be very curious too about that camera man. What was he doing there? Why did he bring a camera? Why did he photograph the assault?, Why did not intervene to stop the fight and why did he warn them to leave? It raises an inference that he was associated with them in some way, and is perhaps an accomplice.

  115. From a Yahoo! comments board that I just read…


    In a move certain to fuel the debate over Obama’s qualifications for the presidency, the group “Americans for Freedom of Information” has Released copies of President Obama’s college transcripts from Occidental College … Released today, the transcript school indicates that Obama, under the name Barry Soetoro, received financial aid as a foreign student from Indonesia as an undergraduate. The transcript was released by Occidental College in compliance with a court order in a suit brought by the group in the Superior Court of California. The transcript shows that Obama (Soetoro) applied for financial aid and was awarded a fellowship for foreign students from the Fulbright Foundation Scholarship program. To qualify, for the scholarship, a student must claim foreign citizenship.
    This document would seem to provide the smoking gun that many of Obama’s detractors have been seeking. Along with the evidence that he was first born in Kenya and there is no record of him ever applying for US citizenship, this is looking pretty grim. The news has created a firestorm at the White House as the release casts increasing doubt about Obama’s legitimacy and qualification to serve as President article titled, “Obama Eligibility Questioned,” leading some to speculate that the story may overshadow economic issues on Obama’s first official visit to the U.K. In a related matter, under growing pressure from several groups, Justice Antonin Scalia announced that the Supreme Court agreed on Tuesday to hear arguments concerning Obama’s legal eligibility to serve as President in a case brought by Leo Donofrio of New Jersey . This lawsuit claims Obama’s dual citizenship disqualified him from serving as president.. Donofrio’s case is just one of 18 suits brought by citizens demanding proof of Obama’s citizenship or qualification to serve as president.

    Gary Kreep of the United States Justice Foundation has released the results of their investigation of Obama’s campaign spending. This study estimates that Obama has spent upwards of $950,000 in campaign funds in the past year with eleven law firms in 12 states for legal resources to block disclosure of any of his personal records. Mr. Kreep indicated that the investigation is still ongoing but that the final report will be provided to the U.S. Attorney general, Eric Holder. Mr. Holder has refused to comment on the matter…


    Subject: RE: Issue of Passport?

    While I’ve little interest in getting in the middle of the Obama birth issue, Paul Hollrah over at FSM did so yesterday and believes the issue can be resolved by Obama answering one simple question: What passport did he use when he was shuttling between New York , Jakarta , and Karachi ?

    So how did a young man who arrived in New York in early June 1981, without the price of a hotel room in his pocket, suddenly come up with the price of a round-the-world trip just a month later?

    And once he was on a plane, shuttling between New York , Jakarta , and Karachi , what passport was he offering when he passed through Customs and Immigration?

    The American people not only deserve to have answers to these questions, they must have answers. It makes the debate over Obama’s citizenship a rather short and simple one.

    Q: Did he travel to Pakistan in 1981, at age 20?
    A : Yes, by his own admission.

    Q: What passport did he travel under?
    A: There are only three possibilities.
    1) He traveled with a U.S. … Passport,
    2) He traveled with a British passport, or
    3) He traveled with an Indonesia passport.

    Q: Is it possible that Obama traveled with a U.S. Passport in 1981?
    A: No. It is not possible. Pakistan was on the U.S. .. State Department’s “no travel” list in 1981.

  116. The claim that Obama’s Occidental college records was released is an old piece of disinformation that’s made the rounds in email.

  117. Q: What passport did he travel under?

    I remember during the campaign there was a “break in” in the passport records, Hillary was blamed, but there were stories that it was some high powered DC firm that santized those records. I remember someone here posted a few articles on it.

  118. The passport flap is probably the one with the most legs since someone accessed his passport records during the campaign, which was covered by reports of or actual access of McCain’s and I believe Hillary’s too. Seemed fishy at the time and grows fishier as more coverups are identified.

  119. nomobama
    April 22nd, 2011 at 10:22 pm

    Is there a link verifying the article as True with a link to original paperwork?

  120. Tony Stark
    April 22nd, 2011 at 10:28 pm

    Thanks. I planned on looking into it some more in a few minutes, so I was glad to read your comment. Admin, if you like, please remove my comment about this. Thank you.

  121. wbboie
    Most cell phones now have video capability. So he could have just been there and flipped it on. I think he could find himself in a heap of dog pooh though if he was using the phone to record another person being battered and while holding a phone in his hand and filming did not call 911 or assist the assaulted and then if he then placed the recorded video online as a means of profit(doesn’t have to be money it can even mean look at me I am so cool I got this to his friends and the world wide web) and if he was the one who warned of police. Well???

    I am too young to remember the case of the woman stabbed to death in the parking lot(I think her name was Kitty Genovese) while people heard her screams for help and everyone assumed someone else had called for help and she died. Sociologists/anthropologists and the whole ists family studied that to death. Let’s see what they do with this.
    I do believe until we know the whole story we should hold back on it being racial. Maybe it is? Here I think it is best to err on the side of caution. I read a few of the comments on the story in the Baltimore paper and was incredibly saddened.
    Which begs to question– do they not moderate the posts on their site? Open spewing white/black, black/white hate venom. Nothing good can come of that and publishing it? Some of the posts were ours old.

    THANK YOU bambi you have healed the world.

  122. After reviewing the amfoi site, it seems to have been created specifically for releasing this info as something soon to be. However, the age of the site with nothing more on it… screams bogus… imo.. there may be other sleeper sites around. This seems to be a pattern by Obots planting bogus info in the hope of the opposition seizing and running with it- then calling it a hoax blaming the group or individual discrediting them in the process.

  123. Mrs. Smith
    April 22nd, 2011 at 10:53 pm

    Thanks for doing the research that I was intending to do. Next time, I’ll do it first before I post.

  124. I just found the video of the McDonald’s beating in the Baltimore area. I am so angry right now. I applaud the older female for stepping in at risk of injury to herself. I see that she was pushed several times by one of the attackers. She is a brave person for what she did. I am totally disheartened by the males in the video. Even after the lady’s apparent seizure, not one person rushed to her aid at that point in time. If I was in the restaurant, I think that I would have been arrested. Both of the girls would have been laying on the floor after I popped them one.

  125. Its amazing in the past 3 years just how immune I’ve (and I suspect most on this blog)have become to these ignorant fools’s opinions.

    I used to be swayed by them, them being “senior political analysts” etc, now if I ever listen to them, and its rare I do, I just think in my mind: “alert, idiot speaking”
    Economists call this process sorting and labeling. Admin would be labelled someone well worth reading, whereas Ben Smith would be labelled low moral character and a waste of valuable time. It does no good to respond to Ben–he is a child peach fuzz and all . . . (Cute little bugger)

    There is nothing original about Ben. The White House and his jurnolister colleagues do his thinking for him. If you have seen him in real time he is dumb as a post. In this case, he is merely repeating what Ann Coulter said it a week ago–without accreditation.

    Finally, Ben’s tripe calls to mind the old adage–if the law is on your side argue the law, if the facts are on your side argue the facts, and if neither the law or the facts are on your side then pound the table and in Ben’s case, perjure yourself.

  126. Wow. I just looked up the Kitty Genovese story which I studied in a freshman humanities class in 1985 and because I was in college I took what I thought I was being taught as gospel. The story is heartbreaking but there was misinformation created by a venerable NYC newspaper which did nothing to ease the suffering of the woman who died, her family or to the community at large. Instead it painted a portrait of callous uncaring Americans who stood by and watched as a woman was brutally murdered and raped. Not what happened.
    Guess which newspaper printed the lies?
    Give you a clue many here hate her but if you read some of Ann Coulter’s books she calls the paper out and documents the lies extremely well over decades? I don’t like her but she does do her homework.

  127. Occam’s razor says produce the long form birth certificate Mr Obama. For the sake of your jurnolisters who are hyperventillating now and are on the verge of cardiac arrest just do it.

    (Note: Occam’s razor often expressed in Latin as the lex parsimoniae, translating to law of parsimony, law of economy or law of succinctness, is a principle that generally recommends selecting the competing hypothesis that makes the fewest new assumptions, when the hypotheses are equal in other respects.[2] For instance, they must both sufficiently explain available data in the first place.)

  128. It is so excruciatingly sad that if the McD’s Baltimore story gets more coverage I’d lay odds on the lame stream media defending the actions of the “audience” on the bystander effect. No such phenomenon exists. Made up after the Genovese case and taught as fact in at least my college. Most journalists have BAs from decent schools but I bet very few have ever looked into anything that was

  129. “Clinton supporters said to have created birtherism”


    Guess what Obots, you need Hillary supporters to back your fraud so Obama can have a second term?

    Do we care what you think of our leaving the Democratic Party?

    You screw with MORE than half of the party’s voters and now you think attacking us is going to bring us back?

    PUMAs will back any candidate that ends Obama’s Presidency. You can count on that.

    And just for the record, we will back candidates that actually keep their promises and know how to act in America’s best interest.

    You stole Hillary’s Presidency, now it’s payback!

  130. At the heart of the birth certificate issue lies something more than the constitutional question. At an even deeper level, it represents a struggle for control over the public debate, the parameters, and the finality of the judgments of big media. Big media villied those who pursued the issue, and the courts backed them up. In the eyes of big media they won and the issue was decided. But opening up this issue, Trump has launched a serious challenge, not just to Obama but to the power of big media. If he comes up with something important, something which they failed to uncover in their supposedly exhaustive investigation, then the American People will come to the realization that big media is an affront to democracy which presupposes a well informed public–as opposed to a well indoctrinated one.

  131. oops got cut off before I was finished

    My point I was trying to make is that journalism school whether it be a small college or the prestigious Columbia should be teaching the same exact thing and that is how to report. Journalists report. It is in a nutshell the 5Ws.

    But all of our journalists come out of the humanities schools of our major universities. When kids hear the story of Kitty Genovese as it was told to me in Sociology 101 cold callous people heard the screams of a woman and came out to their balconies and assumed someone else would call and so no one did. I was taught that.
    Based on a New York Times article the world believed that people would watch a woman die and do nothing. The story is false.

    I am just posting this because I fear individuals are going to try to equate what happened to this person and how those who could have stopped it to the bystander effect. There is no bystander effect. You stand up or you are afraid to be injured yourself but both are respectable.

  132. Shadowfax,
    Just for the record I created the birthism fad all be myself and if you even try to capitalize on my product i am going all social network suing on you.
    You have been warned.

  133. henry
    April 23rd, 2011 at 12:40 am

    Just for the record I created the birthism fad all be myself and if you even try to capitalize on my product i am going all social network suing on you.
    You have been warned.

    Good one henry!

  134. Shadowfax
    I have a serious question for you–
    I am new to twitter( I actually created an account when the revolution was being twittered in Iran but never looked at it again) and I thought what a waste of time. I don’t need to know where anyone is having dinner.

    So I thought, and then I wanted to do my bit and be a Trumpet.(Coined Trumpet myself but I am sure you will still that just like you did the birthers thing) So I joined the Donald on the twitter. Looked around very lost on “the” twitter and found a few people I’d love to read. Holy shite how ass backwards am I, the thing is brilliant. I am finding stuff about stuff talking about stuff that makes me think about what I am thinking.
    Can’t take the excessive tweeters but damn I LOVE finding out asap when something new occurs.

    We are a bit apart politically but I would love to know who you think I should follow? I mean that with respect.

  135. Sorry, looks like others found the same site I did or at least the same info.

    We still don’t have his academic records, so who really knows?

  136. henry
    My experience with Twitter is the same as yours.

    I was on Twitter when Iran kids were protesting, and not since then. I can’t even get my page open when logged in.

    So I am not the person to ask.

  137. Shadowfax
    I know damned well why you are ignoring me. So I will let you know I wrote down the word Trumpet and mailed it to myself. I suppose if you want a long drawn out legal battle over the rights you could do the same.
    So as a settlement I will ask you again can you recommend a twit/writer/politician that i should follow

  138. It is so excruciatingly sad that if the McD’s Baltimore story gets more coverage I’d lay odds on the lame stream media defending the actions of the “audience” on the bystander effect. No such phenomenon exists. Made up after the Genovese case and taught as fact in at least my college. Most journalists have BAs from decent schools but I bet very few have ever looked into anything that was
    Well Henry this is what human nature looks like. Most of us are Walter Mitties. We assume that if we were confronted with the same situation we would behave heroically, and that means putting ourselves at risk to save a stranger who is being attacked for reasons we do not understand. But the ugly truth is most people freeze up, unless they have had training in how to deal with these situations, or have a bias for action which we see in true leaders. The rest of us run away from danger not toward it. I have mentioned the California historian who wrote books about the pioneer generation, and imbued great attributes to them, until one day in the course of her research, she discovered a journal which recounted an incident where a rattle snake jumped into the covered wagon and no one lifted a pistol to shoot it. The guy I met at the gun shop is the type who would intervene as a matter of course but for the legal risk he would incur. But as noted, he is always thinking about these sort of scenarios and planning how he would react. In other words, he is pre programmed.

  139. Shadowfax
    I assume you took my last post as a feeble attempt at humor. If not I meant no offense.
    I have been so anti-twitter because I care nothing about the comings and goings of celebrities and that’s what I thought twitter was.
    I was mistaken. It is probably the greatest marketing tool/information sharing thing ever.
    I need to learn what I write off as stupid I should invest in. Who knew in 85 bottled water would outsell all other beverages?

  140. In a peculiar sort of way, we are like that guy in the gun shop because like him we are always thinking about hypothetical scenarios–albeit political ones, and how we should react to neutralize risk. We present a more elusive target to the elites, than the people who do not play the what if games, and simply go with the flow of whatever Brian Williams tells them. Those people are easily led and easily seduced. In a different time and different place they would be referred to as “good Germans.”

  141. wbboei
    But the fact of the matter is that the New York Times story was a lie 38 people did not watch her be assaulted, raped and murdered. Did not happen. One kid said his dad hesitated to call the police because he didn’t want to get involved. The story I was told in college was that many watched and did nothing. I was 18 I accepted it as fact. I was mortified by the images it created. I am now 44 and don’t think in my life I have ever needed to recall the name again but when I reflected upon the events of the Baltimore McD’s incident the name and the images of people standing on their balconies listening to the screams of a woman being assaulted as I was taught came flooding back over me. Had I not doubted my memory of the name I never would have researched it. I did wiki and a few other sites. Each had the same story, but what I was taught in college long after the truth of the evening had come out was that ugly Americans in the cold brutal city of New York did nothing while a woman was raped. That is the repugnant manipulation of a ny times writer and nothing more.
    Bystander effect maybe something but nothing I have ever witnessed.
    What scares me is that our so called journalists took all of those humanities courses that I did and like I did believed they were learning something. That is scary. Major universities in America are teaching courses in psych/sociology/blah blah and citing this case as an incidence in which Americans are bad people and will look the other way. And it is not the truth. Had I not tried to remember the case I wouldn’t know the truth. The fabrication by the slimes scribbler had long been exposed but the case is still being taught as the fraud wrote it.
    I want my money back. But this is just one instance. How many others are there?

  142. So I thought, and then I wanted to do my bit and be a Trumpet.(Coined Trumpet myself but I am sure you will still that just like you did the birthers thing) So I joined the Donald on the twitter
    Very good Henry. You sound almost Biblical:

    “Then the Spirit of the LORD came upon Gideon, and he blew a trumpet, summoning the Abiezrites to follow him.”

  143. wbboei
    I have no idea why but that gave me a good laugh

    Be warned that Shadow FOX has already tried to steal the whole “I created the birther movement” from me and now she is after my Trumpet.

    Why does no one care that NPR can ridicule Catholics on the taxpayers dime?


  144. NewMexicoFan
    I was like you.
    But the beauty is you just follow people you want to hear. Journalist/pundit/scuba diver whatever. You open up a separate tab in my case, as I’m still on vista and the little tab lights up and lets you know someone you are following has tweeted. Ya go the tab and you see the tweet. Tweets are like headlines with links “Palin says waffles listen to McCain” you follow the link if given and get to the story. Kind of like Drudge but from the people you want to get the news from. Give it a shot. I was the most anti-tweet ever but I have been pleasantly surprised. You just have to watch who you follow or you’ll get the minutia.

  145. Butch is a stand up guy. He was married to one of the daughters of Simplot–the potato baron. They divorced and he was single for a while, during which time he won the Mr. Tight Jeans contest. Seems pretty harmless now, given what MO gets away with. I note that Idaho is one of 27 states which have filed suit against Obamacare.
    Governor Of Idaho Takes Action Against Obamacare

    April 22, 2011 by Personal Liberty News Desk

    Idaho Governor C.L. “Butch” Otter has unveiled an executive order that prohibits the State from implementing Barack Obama’s healthcare reform law.

    Otter issued the mandate on April 20 after he vetoed a bill that was designed to nullify the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. The governor rejected the legislation because he said that it would have forced Idaho to forgo the creation of a State health insurance exchange, thus allowing the Federal government to intercede and carry out their own plan.

    In his executive order, Otter says that no executive branch department or agency is allowed to “establish or amend any program or promulgate any rule to implement any provisions of the PPACA,” quoted by CNN.

    Idaho is among 27 States that have sued the Federal government over Obamacare, charging that the individual mandate — which requires Americans to buy insurance by 2014 or face financial penalties — is unConstitutional. Federal judges in Florida and Virginia have affirmed that stance.

  146. NewMexicoFan
    I just have to add that I think the people behind twitter are the greatest marketers ever. You get no ads but they are like drudge to the one hundreth million power. Click through their site using their link and blah blah blah.

  147. Sadowfax
    I hope I have not offended you. Not my intent. I think I am funny far more often than others do. My apologies if I did.

  148. Trump: Rove Needs to Retire
    Friday, 22 Apr 2011 06:10 PM

    Donald Trump, fresh from a Gallup poll showing him tied with former Gov. Mike Huckabee for the lead in the Republican race for the White House, is firing back at GOP strategist Karl Rove for calling Trump a “joke candidate.”

    Trump, who says that Rove has proven himself to be out of touch with Americans, released the following statement to Newsmax:

    “Karl Rove is a loser. He is doing the Republican Party a great disservice by trying to stop the discussion about the president not being able to present his birth certificate to the American people – or to assure the American people as to his place of birth. This is a great issue for Republicans, and I can tell you that the president is spending millions of dollars fighting this issue and he doesn’t like it at all.

    “I also have great respect for the states considering legislation that would require a birth certificate, not a certificate of live birth, be mandatory in order for a candidate to appear on a presidential ballot in their state.

    “Karl Rove should go into retirement where he belongs. The old machinery is broken, and new and much smarter blood is needed.”

    Trump debuted atop a new Gallup poll released Friday that, for the first time, listed the billionaire businessman as a potential Republican presidential hopeful. Trump garnered 16 percent of the support in the survey of Republicans and Republican-leaning independents, tying Huckabee, according to Gallup.

    Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney finished third, with 13 percent, and former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin snagged 10 percent. The rest of the field came in at 6 percent or less in the poll, based on telephone interviews April 15 to 20 with a random sample of 1,047 Republicans and Republican-leaning independents.

    Read more on Trump: Rove Needs to Retire
    Important: Do You Support Pres. Obama’s Re-Election? Vote Here Now!

  149. Reverend Billy Graham’s Son Supports Trump

    2012 Presidential Election Franklin Graham: Trump May Be My Candidate
    Friday, 22 Apr 2011 08:10 PM

    The Rev. Franklin Graham, whose father advised several U.S. presidents, says in an interview to be broadcast Sunday that he may back Donald Trump for president if the real estate tycoon decides to make a bid for the White House in 2012.

    Graham also told ABC television that he doubted former Republican vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin would join the field of candidates aiming to unseat President Barack Obama.

    Asked whether Trump might be his preferred candidate, Graham told ABC’s “This Week” program: “Sure, yes.”

    “When I first saw that he was getting in, I thought, ‘Well, this has got to be a joke,'” ABC quoted Graham as saying. “But the more you listen to him, the more you say to yourself, you know, maybe this guy’s right.”

    The flamboyant businessman has attacked Obama repeatedly in recent weeks — notably repeating the debunked claim that the president was not born in the United States — and suggested he could make a White House run.

    Recent public opinion polls have found Trump at the top of the pack of Republicans with former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney.

    Asked about Romney, Graham replied: “No question he is a very capable person, he’s proven himself” but did not endorse him, according to an account of the interview that ABC released.

    Graham, whose father, the Rev. Billy Graham, has met with U.S. presidents of both major parties in the Oval Office since 1950, said he doubts that Palin would run for the White House.

    “I think she likes speaking on the issues, and I agree with many of the issues that she brings up,” Graham told ABC. “I don’t see her as running for president.”

  150. Henry, I am signing off. But I thought I would leave you with a different version of that song, by Sister Wynona Carr.

  151. Maybe Rove understands now why you don’t fuck with Hoppey. If Donald gets hit he hits back 10 times harder. Greta frets that the dims will use the bc issue to fundraiser. Relax-if this issue did not exist they would find some other excuse to pour money into a corrupt candidate in exchange for access and influence. Frankly, the issue plays well to the electorate and in the final analysis that is far more important than what the chattering class want you to believe.

  152. ““Karl Rove should go into retirement where he belongs. The old machinery is broken, and new and much smarter blood is needed.””

    This is a pretty tame swat at the Roverster by Trump.
    Considering this is pretty lame, but right on target, I cannot wait to see what Trump unloads on David Axel-a$$hole.

    “Trump garnered 16 percent of the support in the survey of Republicans and Republican-leaning independents”
    NOTE to Gallup, survey dems and dem leaning independents with regards to Trump, the numbers will shock you.

  153. FTR,

    The slug filming the McDonald’s beat down was an employee. He posted it to his facebook page and later took it down.

  154. There was a post several days ago from someone who said they had obtained their long form birth certificate from Texas for ten dollars. I tried to go back and find it unsucessfully.

    Could that person repost or does anyone know where to find it? Has anyone documented whether Hawaii routinely provides copies of the long form BC?

    I have Hillary turned O supporters who are doubting O and open minded. They are under the impression that O’s certi of live birth is an “Hawaian” BC.

  155. Some more crimes you won’t see on MSM.

    St. Louis Youths Plays “Knock Out” Game With Elderly Vietnamese Man… Kill Him
    Posted by Jim Hoft on Saturday, April 23, 2011, 7:04 AM

    72-year-old Hoang Nguyen and his wife Yen went shopping at a Vietnamese market in the 3900 block of South Grand last Saturday morning just as they did every weekend. It was their last trip to the market. After leaving the store the couple was attacked by four black youths playing “knock out.” The thugs killed Nguyen in an alley.

    FOX 2 has video of the couple’s last trip to the store. That is Nyuyen in the white hat shaking hands with a friend.

    For the record, the St. Louis Post Dispatch hid the race of the attackers from the public for several days.

    KSDK reported:
    The funeral for 72-year-old Hoang Nguyen was held at Resurrection of Our Lord Catholic Church in South City Thursday morning. Police say the Vietnamese immigrant is the victim of a deadly game called the ‘Knock Out’ game. City leaders are trying to get the word out.

    St. Louis police and Circuit Attorney Jennifer Joyce are tweeting about it, they’re talking to community leaders about it, and city leaders are finding out this Knock Out game, where you attack and try to knock out someone vulnerable, may be happening more than they realized.
    Hoang Nguyen’s death followed an incomprehensible crime in an alley near Spring and Chippewa.

    According to court documents, Nguyen was punched in his head, causing him to fall to the ground and smack his head against the pavement, allegedly by this man, 18-year-old Elex Levell Murphy, who has been charged with first-degree murder. Another male suspect started kicking Nguyen in the rib cage. And it says Murphy admitted it was part of the Knock Out game. Ward Alderwoman Jennifer Florida attended Nguyen’s funeral.

    “In the words of Mrs. Nguyen, were ‘father, forgive them, for they know not what they do,’” Florida said.

    Forgive them????? Hell NO! Let them rot in jail for the rest of their miserable lives.

  156. Carol
    April 23rd, 2011 at 8:26 am

    I remember that post, it was several thread back, someone from TX got their long form BC. As for HI, yes they do provide long form BC, they changed their rules just last year, mainly because they want to protect Waffles. In fact, there was some HI born people who were born about 6 months prior to Waffles in HI, and they released their long form BC as a sample. There are several websites that had this information.

  157. Corsi book out may 3 BO had better turn in his Passport before that day.

    « ObamaNation, Obama, Jerome Corsi, Tony Rezko, Change, Communism, Cult of Personality, Far left, Anti Israel, Kenya, Odinga, Drugs, Jeremiah WrightObama, Kenya, Raila Odinga, ODM Candidate for President, Jacquerie, Part 1 »Obama Nation, Tony Rezko, Corruption charges, conviction, Jerome Corsi, Obama Corruption, Lies
    By obamaimpeachment
    One of the biggest reasons for signing the petition to Impeach Senator Obama, is the well documented, long time, close association between Barack Obama and Tony Rezko. Not only did Obama have close ties to Rezko in many areas of his personal, political and business dealings, but Obama lied about the frequency and level of his ties to Rezko.

    In Jerome Corsi’s new book, “The Obama Nation”, Corsi provides a broad picture of Obama and his past. Corsi includes a section on Tony Rezko and corruption in Chicago. Here are some exerpts:

    “A small army of Chicago investigative reporters have dug into the story in the last two years, producing a mountain of incriminating evidence against Barack Obama that the mainstream media have failed to make known to the American public nationwide.”

    Quoting Evelyn Pringle: “Without Rezko’s fundraising, Obama would not have been elected to the Illinois Senate, or the U.S. Senate,”

    “As we will soon see, Rezko’s money ties go back to the Middle East, back to one Islamic money mogul who could be fairly be described as a “bag man” to Saddam Hussein at the height of his Oil for Food scam.”

    Jerome Corsi in “The Obama Nation”, provides a good introduction to Obama’s ties to crime and corruption in Chicago, Illinois and the Middle East. For more indepth knowledge of these corruption ties, search this blog and use the reference sources on the Petition site. Also when you visit the Petition site, view the signatures, but especially read the comments from Americans like you. Many people are disgusted with Obama and the main stream med

  158. It would have been nice if Blackwell put a link to the new EPA mandates in his story-

    The article didn’t mention the 78% of the oil refineries in Texas to be shut down by the same EPA beginning later this year. Sorry, USA, we’ll only be making enough gasoline to serve Texas. The rest of us will be pleading to Obama for the return to $15 dollar a gallon gasoline.

    While Republicans are standing idely by with their hands in their pockets Obama and his anti-American friends are running roughshod over Capitalism in America… Republican hopeful for president? No Taxation without representation.

    Why does Obama say one thing then does another?

    During a recent speech at Cleveland State University focused on small business in Ohio, President Obama described a goal of “knocking down barriers that stand in the way of your growth.”

    Unfortunately, his EPA couldn’t be more in the dark about how to translate that message into practice – with the agency poised to adopt more than 30 new, major regulations and over 170 major policy rules in the next several months.

    Even with 14 million Americans out of work and an economy still searching for light at the end of the tunnel, the EPA is poised to enact a series of back-door mandates that will stifle economic growth. And with the speed that this runaway train is traveling, people in states like Ohio should be scared of the “Train Wreck” headed towards a town near you.

    Unfortunately, everyday Americans may not realize the impact of the EPA’s “Train Wreck” of new regulations on jobs, the economy and price of essential energy until it’s too late. The truth is, even the EPA itself doesn’t quite know what these regulations might cost to implement – although various outside analysts seem to agree that, at minimum, the 10 major rules that the EPA issued in 2010 could cost the economy at least $23 billion and nearly one million jobs.

    But with America being known as the Saudi Arabia of coal, it’s clear that our nation – and especially Ohio – will need to continue relying on our extraordinary, domestic reserves of coal as a source of low-cost electricity capable of stimulating and sustaining long-term recovery. So with industry analysts estimating that 22 percent of existing U.S. coal-fired power plants could be shut down, with about 75 gigawatts lost (read: enough electricity to power 56.3 million homes), it is understandable why there is a mounting fear about when this wreck will be coming around the bend.

    Unfortunately for the Buckeye state, the EPA has shown that it will blindly push ahead its agenda without regard for potential job losses, electric reliability issues or increased costs for everyday Americans. While there is still time for Congress to limit EPA authority and to thwart this imminent wreck, the bad news is that the train has already left the station and has shown no sign of stopping since this rulemaking process began years ago.

    Ohioans can only hope that their state and federal government officials can help spread the word nationally about the repercussions of the EPA “Train Wreck” in time to successfully stop this runaway train. If not, there will be a price to pay, it will be significant, and it will be borne by the working families of Ohio and other impacted states.

    No one can say for sure how my home state, Ohio,will be impacted; we do know that Ohioans will not fare well. That’s because coal generates close to 90 percent of net electricity in Ohio and energy consumption in the state’s industrial sector ranks among the highest in the nation. Put another way, the EPA’s “Train Wreck” will destroy Ohio’s main electricity source.

    According to analysts, this assault on Ohio’s coal-burning power plants transfers directly into at least 10 plant shutdowns and over 1,000 job losses. According to a report from the United Mine Workers of America, national job losses associated with the closure of EPA-targeted coal units could be significant, amounting to more than 50,000 jobs in the coal, utility and rail industries. With Ohio’s unemployment rate still above 9 percent, the EPA “Train Wreck” would clearly be a major blow to my state.

    But the bureaucrats in Washington, D.C. and the environmental groups’ intent on stopping the use of coal in America aren’t worried about these good-paying, blue collar jobs in Ohio. Unfortunately for us, they consider the EPA’s “Train Wreck” to be an effective means to an end. An end to coal for sure.

  159. I watched the entire Fl tea party event with Trump, I was impressed, he was introduced by Col. West, another patriot I very much respect.
    Lol, love the sense of humor of Trump, “At least with all this wind, you know its my real hair”

  160. OH-LOOK WHAT IS “BUBBLING UP” in Jerome Corsi’s other book.. “OBAMA NATION”


    “In Jerome Corsi’s new book, “The Obama Nation”, Corsi provides a broad picture of Obama and his past. Corsi includes a section on Tony Rezko and corruption in Chicago. Here are some exerpts:

    “A small army of Chicago investigative reporters have dug into the story in the last two years, producing a mountain of incriminating evidence against Barack Obama that the mainstream media have failed to make known to the American public nationwide.”

    Quoting Evelyn Pringle: “Without Rezko’s fundraising, Obama would not have been elected to the Illinois Senate, or the U.S. Senate,”

    “As we will soon see, Rezko’s money ties go back to the Middle East, back to one Islamic money mogul who could be fairly be described as a “bag man” to Saddam Hussein at the height of his Oil for Food scam.”

    Jerome Corsi in “The Obama Nation”, provides a good introduction to Obama’s ties to crime and corruption in Chicago, Illinois and the Middle East. For more indepth knowledge of these corruption ties, search this blog and use the reference sources on the Petition site. Also when you visit the Petition site, view the signatures, but especially read the comments from Americans like you. Many people are disgusted with Obama and the main stream med

  161. Well Henry this is what human nature looks like. Most of us are Walter Mitties. We assume that if we were confronted with the same situation we would behave heroically, and that means putting ourselves at risk to save a stranger who is being attacked for reasons we do not understand. But the ugly truth is most people freeze up, unless they have had training in how to deal with these situations, or have a bias for action which we see in true leaders. The rest of us run away from danger not toward it. I have mentioned the California historian who wrote books about the pioneer generation, and imbued great attributes to them, until one day in the course of her research, she discovered a journal which recounted an incident where a rattle snake jumped into the covered wagon and no one lifted a pistol to shoot it. The guy I met at the gun shop is the type who would intervene as a matter of course but for the legal risk he would incur. But as noted, he is always thinking about these sort of scenarios and planning how he would react. In other words, he is pre programmed.
    I think that is a very accurate analysis. Very few people are willing/able to made the split second decisions needed to confront violence. 4-5 years ago, a nurse that I worked with had gotten off from the evening shift and went to check on his mother who had been ill. He took a short cut across a “bad” part of town. At a stop sign on a poorly lit street, three large teens blocked the front of his truck and a fourth tried to force the passenger side door.

    His “after action” report was interesting. In a span of a few seconds, his thought process was first to drive through them, “but if I do that I will be in for prolonged legal trouble that will hurt my family”, (white man runs down Black teens, etc.) He then reached behind the driver seat and got his son’s baseball bat, calmly opened his door, walked up to the largest teen, took a full swing and knocked his teeth out. All four then ran away. I suspect that the teens thought it was a joke that a mid-40s, 5’9″ skinny balding man was going to confront them. The skinny man, however, had been active duty Marine for ten years, been in combat during Gulf I and was a MP. They were very lucky that they ran, he was also armed with a 1911.

    His story reinforces wobbei’s story about the gun store owner and his thought process; but all bets are off until a person has to use the baseball bat or the gun that they brag about carrying.

  162. As for HI, yes they do provide long form BC, they changed their rules just last year, mainly because they want to protect Waffles.


    Iirc, HI has been tightening up on this by stages, over the last couple of years. Didn’t the legislature finally pass a law saying the Local Red Tape office isn’t allowed to etc etc? If so, that law should be public record — including the date they passed it.

  163. I had the misfortune yesterday of being stuck in a room when the cbs evening news was on with that pseudo journalist. She blasted Congress for trips and doing little work, but didn’t utter a word bout bambi. I wonder if they believe their own spin. What has waffles down to garner such protection from scrutiny?

  164. The slug filming the McDonald’s beat down was an employee. He posted it to his facebook page and later took it down.


    Not to get into this incident, but if a person is scared to physically intervene in a fight, filming the attackers and posting the film at least gets evidence and may lead to other people tipping off the police as to the attackers’ names, where they live, etc.

    Also it shows the police that something did happen and gets enough attention to make the police investigate.

  165. Henry, it is the me generation. They are all selling themselves like proxxxxx, so they can get that exclusive for that book they are going to write to set them up for life. To hell with the standard of living, or this country. The Me generation of Journalism.

    I have to agree with Trump on a second point. I think we should be given some compensation for this war people have given their lives for, and which is the primary responsibility for our debt. Our debt has not been caused by paying school teachers, and retirees a fair retirement. The huge debt has been caused by wars in which we are so charitible we expect NOTHING in return for the young life lost and maimed, and fully swallow all of the infrastructure we build and they blow up, and when we leave there will shortly be taken over by Iran who will raise the price of oil.

    The others that have not return our charity are the financial sector. Our taxes went to shore them up, and now, we the tax pay cannot qualify for the loans they have tightened up so severly they have to have information on everthing in your life. We refinanced, and had a one time $4,000 repayment. We had purchased something that the health insurance was going to pay for, but the health provider was skeptical, and insisted that we put it on our credit card, and then when they got the payment, they would cut us a check. Happen one lousy time, and we had to write a letter on it. I still want to know all of the top level salaries and the bonuses that are going on in the financial institutes we bailed out. If our pay is frozen, without even cost of living or step increases, I want to know that they get down to the last nickle.

  166. turndownobama
    April 23rd, 2011 at 11:22 am


    That is only true if the employee filming the incident handed it right over to the police or simply posted in online for self-gratification.

    It looks to me as if they all waited to call 911. None of them went to her aid.

    They should all be fired.

  167. It would be nice if just once obama would call for the arrests of these teenage hoodlums, no matter what color they are. It would also be nice if for once he gave a speech that said no matter what color, this will not be tolerated.

    Instead he will probably hold another beer forum.

  168. Did you notice the difference in the delivery of Trump speeches, vs Os? Trump has notes, but he talks to the people. Os as normal are read from a teleprompter. He always sounds like a Preacher. I really don’t know how people are in awe of that.

  169. Pat Buchannon says: “Show your Birth Certificate.”

    Bill Press another lame defender of Obama and talking media head argues over why there are more important things to worry about… like Libya, Iraq, the economy-
    than Obama’s birth certificate…

    Bill, we can’t get any real info about those BIG issues.. (classified) We can ask the president to release the “Long Form of his Birth Certificate.”…
    Obama’s LFBC should be public information, he is paid with tax payer money and has an obligation to his employers to produce it!

  170. I hope that everyone on the blog is enjoying this holiday in their own way. When I use to sing in church choirs, I always felt like a nun after this week and weekend, I was in church so much. Stay safe if you are traveling.

  171. Moochelle whinging that she was’nt invited to the Royal wedding……aaw poor old moose.

    Thing is, this is not an official state occasion and as such Heads of state are not invited on a non state occasion. Prime Minister of Australia Gillard is going but thats because the Queen is the head of state of Australia.

    Should have invited Bill and Hillary, that really would have pissed her off.

  172. This (from moononpluto’s article)

    While she met Queen Elizabeth in April 2009, Mrs. Obama has yet to meet the royal couple. She did pass on her congratulations to William and Kate via an interview with Barbara Walters. “Congratulations and, hopefully, you will be as happy, as happily married as Barack and I,” she said in an interview last November.

    haha, you have to make everything about you but you and Barack are a joke.

  173. What, is Kate a beard and Wills is running around with Larry Sinclair on the south side of Chicago.

  174. You know they are cons when they say these stupid things. She could just let it be a hearty congratulations and I wish them well but no, she had to con the stupid people into believing they have a marriage made in heaven. Not a class act.

  175. Not sure if I’m the same person, but I brought up my TX birth cert a couple of weeks ago. I had ordered it originally (from here in MI) from the central vital records office out of Austin. They sent me a short form, and it was missing details I needed, like my time of birth. Called Austin office back up, they directed me to the County Clerk’s office in the actual county of my birth (in southeast coastal Texas) to get my long form, and pay the similar nominal fee per copy again with the County Clerk at that county Courthouse.

    That was the one thing that Michelle Bachmann did get correct, or slipped in (maybe out) under stress, during the George Steph brow beating railroaded interview. She meekly squeaks out that the “Clerk of county” should have his record “in the county of his birth”. That was a tell, as everyone only discusses the HI Dept of Health (DOH) office and records, never mentioning that the County Clerk of Honolulu county, and the Sec of State which is also the Lt Gov, all should have those records on file or access to them. She also mentions this statement about the ‘Clerk of county’ on Hannity’s show on 4/19.

    Perhaps behind the scenes she has had convos with HI Sen Sam Slom(R) that has been asking questions. Perhaps they found the HI statute of disclosable records in
    HRS 92F-12 (b)(5) Goverment records persuant to subpoena from any house of the state legislature;

    Or, perhaps since she’s a mother she is speaking from personal experience and stumbled upon the fact the county clerk would handle the furnishing of authenticated records. (Especially in a court proceeding) Or perhaps she’s fucking clueless on the whole issue and is reeling from the loss of support she suffered the second she allowed Georgie S to bully her and failed to stand up for the Constitution she took an oath to protect (not a man nor a usurper fraud).

  176. It has been a hoot to check out and scan thru comments on some of the bigger sites and certain links that come along. The Obots are in such meltdown and fear. I’ve noticed more and more this week that the Sensible people have been forced to revert to remedial civics for them by leaving out all technical data and simply saying “Obama is only Half American. How can someone who is only 50% American be a 100% natural born citizen? He can’t”

  177. She meekly squeaks out that the “Clerk of county” should have his record “in the county of his birth”.


    Or maybe she also recently had to get her own long form bc for some reason, and was directed to the ‘clerk of county’ (in her own birth state) to get it.

  178. That is only true if the employee filming the incident handed it right over to the police or simply posted in online for self-gratification.


    Not getting into details. If the person filming it distrusted the police, posting it online would keep the police from burying it. Also, who would want to give their cell phone to the police and maybe have trouble getting it back?

  179. Many experts assumed that the mounting debt, the doubts that the political class can get its act together on the economy, efforts by George Soros inter alia to come up with a new reserve currency to supplant the dollar, and most recently the bad news from S&P would spell doom in the short term. So far it has not, and those experts are now scratching their heads wondering why.

    This article in Taipan explains the why of it. It seems that bad news for the economy is good news for the market— because it leads to the infusion of cheap stimulus money from the Federal Reserve. Money which is borrowed from China and the unborne at the cost of our soverignty and our future. For as night follows day, there will come a point–nobody knows precisely when, where the spigot runs dry. And then the problem will be catastrophic if it is not addressed in the near term.
    The Real Message of the S&P Debt Downgrade Justice Litle, Editorial Director, Taipan Publishing Group
    Wednesday, 20 April 2011

    A funny thing happened in the wake of the S&P debt downgrade: Long bonds went up, not down. What is the real message here?

    On Monday, for the first time in 70 years, the Standard & Poor’s credit rating agency issued a “negative” outlook on U.S. debt.

    The rating itself was kept at “triple A,” the highest available. But the move from “stable” to “negative” implied a 33% (one out of three) chance of going through with a real credit downgrade in the next two years.

    The move is seen as a warning to Washington. Dear politicians: Stop spending like drunken sailors. (With apologies to drunken sailors, who, as Steve Forbes has noted, at least protect the country and spend their own money.)

    By some measures, the partisan gap between Democrats and Republicans is now wider than ever. One side is accused of throwing widows and orphans to the wolves (while preserving tax cuts for the rich). The other is accused of living in a fantasyland, taking the country down a fiscal road to ruin.

    The stock market convulsed on the news. On Monday morning, various index futures contracts dropped instantly the moment the downgrade hit the tape.

    But here is the funny thing: One would think that, on a historic downgrade of the U.S. debt outlook, the value of long-dated Treasury bonds should fall. The dollar, too, should fall on such news. After all, if Uncle Sam has taken one step closer to becoming a deadbeat, surely that makes his paper less attractive.

    But this is not what happened. Long bonds and the dollar went UP on the news, not down.


    It is first helpful to remember that, on Wall Street, good news and bad news are often reversed.

    Bad news about the economy, for example, may be good news to Wall Street if it means the Federal Reserve will keep “stimulating” paper assets.

    On the flip side, good news can be bad news if economic strength allows the Fed to take its magic juice away… or worse still, if interest rates have room to rise. (Higher interest rates cut into the flow of cheap money that Wall Street so loves.)

    So when the S&P debt downgrade hit the tape, Wall Street was shaken by one all-important question: “What about our magic juice?”

    As the Financial Times noted earlier this week,

    An end to global monetary policy easing is on the horizon, with the US Federal Reserve set to signal it will cease asset purchases at the end of June…

    Even the more dovish officials at the Fed see little case for further asset purchases because the risks that led them to launch QE2 last autumn have abated…

    In recent testimony to Congress, Ben Bernanke, Fed chairman, noted evidence of “a self-sustaining recovery in consumer and business spending”. He added that “downside risks to the recovery have receded and the risk of deflation has become negligible”.

    Mr. Market was already worried by the prospect of losing the Fed’s easy money. Think of a drug addict whose favorite dealer has hinted he may have to go cold turkey soon.

    The S&P news made the market’s jitters worse, then, by reminding Wall Street of the fact that the drug supply (i.e. the stimulus supply) is not unlimited. At some point the money pumping has to stop.

    (This isn’t the first time I’ve written about the S&P 500. Sign up for Taipan Daily to receive all of my investment commentary.)

    That is the real message of America’s debt downgrade. We cannot keep propping up the markets (or the economy) with artificial stimulus forever. Much as some might like to, it simply isn’t possible.

    Those who foresee hyperinflation have said repeatedly that bonds and the dollar might crash. Surely they must be scratching their heads this week, to see both go up in the face of bad news.

    Your humble editor, in contrast, has argued that the U.S. will NOT see hyperinflation, and that other nations (like China and Japan) will not allow a dollar crash… unless we fall into a deflationary “Great Depression II” type scenario first.

    The S&P downgrade is a major boost for America’s deficit hawks. The news does not mean much in itself — who cares what an incompetent ratings agency thinks, especially after the subprime crisis? And yet, as an event of historical weight, the drop to “negative” is a psychological peg the hawks can hang their hat on.

    The weight of America’s debt is pressing down, even as new cries for austerity are rising in Washington. Strong voices say that spending must be cut back.

    But if major cutbacks happen and the economy stalls, the net result will be deflationary. Prices will start falling again. Businesses will start “hunkering down” again. The cheery mood, even among the top 30% of consumers who are cash flush, will sour and turn dark.

    Some believe this deflationary turn will happen anyway, regardless of whether Washington cuts a lot or a little. And while such a move would be very, very bad for stocks, it would be bullish for Treasury bonds… and the U.S. dollar… and gold.

    If deflationary fears mount, those three assets — bonds, the dollar and gold — would assume their “riders of the apocalypse” formation, going up even as all other risk assets head down.

    And that is exactly the scenario we got a whiff of on Monday. Bonds rose. The dollar rose. And gold rose too.

    The S&P debt downgrade did not scare Wall Street with a vision of the U.S. bond market collapsing. It hinted at an even darker vision: An end to free-flowing stimulus, as the deflationary stall threat looms.

  180. *Grinz* I think every single member of Congress better be getting a fresh copy of their own birth certs from their county clerks ready for 2012, or rightfully sooner, that they meet the Constitutional qualifications to serve. If Congress hasn’t imploded before then when the truth comes out, and they even have a job left. I’m demanding they all show them A.S.A.P.

    Meanwhile, natural born Citizen is the true issue to serve for prez & VP, and the crucial issue they have been trying to not only circumvent but to change or abolish it by shady means for years now right under our noses. We cannot allow that to happen.

  181. We’ve heard that at the time of BO’s birth, Hawaii would issue one of those short form certificates even to people who weren’t born there. We’ve also heard that his sister, who was demonstrably born in Indonesia, also has a Hawaiian short form.

    I wish Trump would find out if these two claims are true, and if they are, shout them from the rooftop. If true, these things would be be a conclusive reason for BO having to show the long form, which lists the other data which can be follow up on to verify its authenticity.

  182. hopefully, you will be as happy, as happily married as Barack and I,” she said in an interview last November
    In Hollywood there are three (3)classes of actors: good actors, bad actors and ham actors. Seeing that mawkish quote, I can only conclude that Michelle is something of a hybrid–a bad ham actor.

  183. Obama is in your face every day. Every fucking day. So lets be practical about it. By November 2012 he will have had his two terms and we can relegate him to the bone heap of history, right off the north point of Hilo where flamingos fly and sharks swarm.

  184. I am not technologically good at things, can someone explain how twitter works? I want to get an account, but I don’t understand it, I know its short messages, is it on a website? or a cell phone?

    Can someone explain? Thanks.

  185. lorac
    April 23rd, 2011 at 1:24 pm

    Especially if they find HI born people who have a long form BC. If they have one, why the hell doesn’t Barry?

    As a CIC, he should be eager to show that he is consitutionally legit to command the US military. There should no doubt in one military personnel’s mind that the man who can send them into harm’s way is legimate to hold the position of CIC.

  186. lorac, Corsi is releasing his book in the middle of May. Just so happens that LTC Terry Lakin, O’s political prisoner for asking for proof of eligibility, is being released from Leavenworth in the middle of May. A Full Moon on May 17th.

    Get popcorn.

  187. Shez ZK
    April 23rd, 2011 at 1:52 pm

    Yep, you’re 100% right.
    I just checked amazon, that book is released on May 17th. Heck, I might just order a couple more copies to donate to more libraries. The price has gone down to about $15.

    I can’t figure out where the rankings are.

  188. tim, Twitter is a ‘microblogging’ platform. Each message is limited to 140 characters, which counts down the character number left while typing your tweet, by the text box once you’ve registered an account. You can login with a browser, your smart phone, or other Twitter apps available out there.

    Here is a good link found at in Help > Twitter basics > Frequently Asked Questions

  189. tim
    April 23rd, 2011 at 1:44 pm
    I don’t want a twitter account and will never have one. But I will give you a history on how it came about. It is based on the publish/subscribe idea that has been around in computer science for ages, only made convenient in the recent past for implementation by cell phone network, Internet, and wireless connectivity. A source (any source, person, place) publishes a short message and you can subscribe to that source (by becoming a follower in twitter language) and those messages will automatically get routed to your account/device. If you have passed around text messages on your cell phone, it is really the same transport system but there is a publisher and a consumer/subscriber.

    As an aside, here is an interesting story. In 2006, one enterprising (I mean that very loosely) network engineer at AOL made a huge database of online searches made by their users available to CS researchers and did it foolishly without completely sanitizing the individual records that some bloggers and the NYT reporters could actually track down the individuals to the online searches in real life. It was a huge scandal and that guy was fired. But since then he has resurrected himself and is a big scientist at Twitter. I hear he is datamining all the millions of conversations that go on there. Scientists working on social networks would love to get their hands on these data.

  190. As an aside, here is an interesting story. In 2006, one enterprising (I mean that very loosely) network engineer at AOL made a huge database of online searches made by their users available to CS researchers
    I meant to say, he made that available on the Web (!) for everybody (not just researchers) but the file was taken down after the scandal started brewing and researchers would not use it because of its taint.

  191. Shez ZK
    April 23rd, 2011 at 2:06 pm
    April 23rd, 2011 at 2:13 pm

    Thank you to you both. I won’t be publishing much, maybe links forwarded to Trump’s twitter hashtag account (is that how you say it?). But I would like to receive them, so that is possible, right? To receive most of the time, but not publish much?

  192. henry
    April 23rd, 2011 at 3:32 am

    I hope I have not offended you. Not my intent. I think I am funny far more often than others do. My apologies if I did.

    henry – no apology please. I knew you were joking, I just got tried after working all week and went to bed.

  193. Kirsten Powers is trashing Trump on FOX right now and Judith Miller is agreeing plus the two guys. Shame on Kirsten Powers. I didn’t think SO little of her until now. She says everyone should stop treating Trump like a candidate…he’s a joke and won’t last ten minutes in Iowa.

    OH, let’s hope she and the haughty media elites have to eat humble pie very soon.

  194. Southern Born
    April 23rd, 2011 at 2:40 pm

    What they do not realise is that since 2008, not only has Waffles been judged & exposed, so has been the lame media. One thing Americans do not like is elitism, people who think they know better, and their opinion holds more weight than others, the main reason royalty will never work in this country.

    I think the more they bash Trump, people see that as a bashing against them as wel, that they [MSM] are bashing ordinary Americans, they did this to Hillary, and they piled on Palin for this same reason. The more they bash Trump, the more people will side with Trump.

    I really think they do not get this. With the access of blogs, people know they are not alone and realise there are more people who think like them, rather than waiting for validation from these media elites. Sadly, the media has NO, none, clue.

    “She says everyone should stop treating Trump like a candidate”

    This statement reveals everything, Powers is saying, WE the media elites decide who will be a candidate and who won’t be, you the little Americans, who the hell are you to think for yourselves, we the elite media will tell you who the candidate is and how to think!

  195. [Trump] won’t last ten minutes in Iowa.


    Those Tea Party people are pretty good at showing up and not being bullied.

    Besides, they’ll be easy to spot, if they all wear their Uncle Sam costumes. 😉

  196. tim, his next week’s entertainment work is taken care of. He should do his fundraisers on weekends.

  197. tim, another thing about Twitter. You don’t need to use your real name, use screennames if desired. I have a Twitter for my name here, and also more accounts each named for my blogs & websites.

    At first don’t worry about using the @ sign for sending or replying to other usernames, just type in what you want to share or talk about in general. You’ll catch on quick. Don’t worry figuring out # hashtags for categories if you want to tag your tweets for searches, many don’t bother. Not needed. Yes you can add urls to sites or articles in your tweets, and if a url pasted in is too long Twitter will auto convert the long link for you into a tinyurl when it publishes. You can even set up your twitter to send you a text message on your cell phone if you receive a private message from a Follower of yours. Again: not needed. You can really get your groove on and modify the design and colors of your Twitter home page to customise the looks and logo of it with their easy built in tools.

    You are looking to buddy up with friends or people by Following them and hopefully vice versa. You can Follow big names, news orgs, people of interest, businesses, etc., to see what they tweet about without having to leave your own twitter home page. Or you can visit their twitter home pages if they have it set to Public. An easy way to collect people to Follow is to check out the box in everybody’s sidebar that shows the avatars of who they Follow & Followers. Hover over them to see usernames and click on any avatar or username you recognize to be brought to their home page, and the Follow button for them will be there.

  198. tim, my husband set up a twitter account when it first surfaced and tweeted something like, ‘I’m sitting on the deck and enjoying the sun’ and he now has some 25 followers, all strangers.. that was the only ‘tweet’ he made but keeps getting followers.

    Here is a parody on twitter:

  199. Shez ZK
    April 23rd, 2011 at 3:13 pm

    Thanks! I’ll be playing around with this this weekend. The main reason is I want to be able to send links, etc to Trump’s twitter account.

  200. Kirsten Powers is trashing Trump on FOX right now and Judith Miller is agreeing plus the two guys. Shame on Kirsten Powers. I didn’t think SO little of her until now. She says everyone should stop treating Trump like a candidate…he’s a joke and won’t last ten minutes in Iowa.

    OH, let’s hope she and the haughty media elites have to eat humble pie very soon.
    They sound like the French military elite pontificating about the impregnability of the Marginot Line on the eve of World War II. They totally misread their adversary, the terrain and the mood of the country. Maybe they should brush up on their history, their Shakespeare–or better still, their Hegel: Thesis=Bush; Anti-thesis=Obama; Synthesis=Donald Trump.

  201. April 23rd, 2011 at 4:07 pm

    notice how the RNC chairman says “I don’t pick the candidate”, “I don’t pick the candidate, the primary voters decide this” ARE YOU LISTENING HOWARD DEANIE MAN AND DONNA BRAZILLE!!!!

    The republican party seems to be more democratic that the UNdemocratic party!

  202. I would like to see a $5 penalty for each instance, imposed on every person that speaks in public that uses, “ah” as a pause in their sentences or between words. That penalty money should be collected immediately and put into a pot to pay off the national debt.

    This drives me absolutely nuts, and is so distracting, right now the Missouri Governor’s report is making me want to hang myself. I have even heard Hillary do it, and it needs to be stopped because it seems to be done more often than ever before.

  203. it’s something that I think about the first thing when I wake up in the morning,”


    Stole that line from Hillary.

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