Boob Obama Boobs It Up Again

The military executed the “kill” mission with expertise and precision. Everything went well until the Boob got in the picture.

From the first we stated that Barack Obama’s decision on the burial, with full Muslim ceremony, full care for Muslim “sensitivities”, even as Barack Boob Obama said “Bin Laden is not a Muslim” – was going to be a big problem. Bin Laden should have been put on ice like a shrimp cocktail and kept frozen and blue somewhere.

It’s not the fault of the military that prayers for “forgiveness” were chanted over the purified body of Bin Laden. It’s not the fault of the military that respect and ritual were observed for the killer of the thousands of many religions who themselves were pulverized without recourse to ritual and religious sacraments. The military did the job well even if in years past the executioners were the object of derision and contempt.

As the hours tick away from the kill operation of great success, it seems as if every second brings with it new Obama boobery. Even on Obama Hopium dens the complaints are heard that ‘they’re screwing up the messaging, the p.r.’. Even Big Media is noticing the boobery that damages the well executed military mission carried out by the military:

“WASHINGTON – Killing Osama bin Laden was a big victory for the U.S., but how exactly the raid went down is another story — and another, and another.

Over two days, the White House has offered contradictory versions of events, including misidentifying which of bin Laden’s sons was killed and wrongly saying bin Laden’s wife died in gunfire, as it tries to sort through what the president’s press secretary called the “fog of combat” and produce an accurate account. [snip]

The circumstances for the Navy SEALs involved hardly lent themselves to careful note-taking. One of their helicopters stalled even before they rushed bin Laden’s compound, entering different rooms from different angles, not knowing who they’d find and then, according to the White House, engaging in a firefight. Some of what happened during those 40 minutes in Abbottabad, Pakistan, may never be known.

Nevertheless, the contradictory statements seem certain to raise suspicions about the White House’s version of events, given that no independent account from another source is likely to emerge. The only non-U.S. witnesses to survive the raid are in Pakistani custody.”

From the first we stated that “early reports, as is typical with preliminary reports from war zones, were not completely accurate.” We, along with just about everyone else understands that elementary concept. We were forgiving and understanding about the stumbles. A question we cannot answer, the concept we cannot circumnavigate, is how White House spokesman Jay Carney, just like Barack Obama, can be so pompous and sniveling – so self-assured and ostentatiously incompetent – all at the same time?

As soon as the military mission was over, as soon as Barack and his clowns got involved, the boobery began:

“Some of the White House contradictions and corrections that have emerged so far:

_White House counterterrorism adviser John Brennan told reporters Monday that bin Laden’s son Khalid was killed in the raid. When the White House released a transcript of Brennan’s briefing, the name had been corrected to that of another son, Hamza.

_Brennan said bin Laden’s wife died while shielding the terrorist leader from U.S. gunfire. Carney said Tuesday that the wife hadn’t died and was merely shot in the leg, although another woman did die. But it wasn’t clear that either of them was trying to shield bin Laden.

_Brennan and other officials suggested that bin Laden was holding a gun and even firing at U.S. forces. Carney said Tuesday that bin Laden was unarmed.

_Officials have offered varying accounts of how President Barack Obama and his team in the White House Situation Room were able to monitor the raid. Without providing details on the technology involved, Brennan said that “we were able to monitor in a real-time basis the progress of the operation from its commencement to its time on target to the extraction of the remains and to then the egress off of the target.”

CIA Director Leon Panetta told PBS on Tuesday that “Once those teams went into the compound, I can tell you that there was a time period of almost 20 or 25 minutes that we really didn’t know just exactly what was going on.”

_The night of the raid, administration officials held a telephone briefing for reporters. “During the raid, we lost one helicopter due to mechanical failure,” one of the administration officials said. Later in the same call, another official contradicted that: “We didn’t say it was mechanical.”

Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., chairwoman of the Senate Intelligence Committee, clarified Tuesday that the explanation was more technical: The air temperature in the compound was hotter than expected and the helicopter was too heavy to stay aloft under that condition.”

Why was John Brennan given the opportunity to open his mouth? Why was Mumbles Carney allowed near a podium that night of all nights? Why is Mumbles Carney, he who appears to be perpetually passing a kidney stone, ever allowed near a podium? Mumbles Carney needs a TelePrompTer as much as Boob Obama:

Carney: ‘Even I’m getting confused

Here’s what you need to know from Tuesday’s White House briefing with press secretary Jay Carney:

— The White House hasn’t released the photo of Osama bin Laden’s corpse because it is “gruesome” and could inflame enemies’ passions, Carney said. “We are making an evaluation of a need to do that because of the sensitivities involved,” he said.

— Carney wouldn’t even say whether President Obama has seen the photo. “I don’t want to get into who’s seen the photos or where they are,” he said.

— Underscoring the complicated nature of the American team’s attack on bin Laden, Carney was caught in a crossfire of his own when he was asked about the number of floors in the compound in Pakistan. “Even I’m getting confused,” Carney said as he looked through his notes.

— Carney wouldn’t say whether bin Laden’s sea burial was videotaped, but he urged reporters “to be patient.”



All the hard work of the military shoved into a bag and dumped into the sea by the boobery of Barack and Mumbles.

Today’s spectacle of boobery is about the pictures of the dead Binny. The most transparent liar ever does not want to produce the pix of the hit. A sensible argument can be made that the pictures and videotapes should not be released. There is now a 12 year old daughter that says her killer dad was killed, along with one of the wives that says the killer has been killed. There are diplomats and military men and women who face the potential of additional rage if the pictures are released. There is a good case to be made for what is happening, but… well, we’ll have Larry Johnson phrase it in a crude but accurate way:

Just when you thought you had spotted a glimmer of competence from the Obama Administration, they remind us in one afternoon that they couldn’t buy a blow job with Donald Trump’s money in a whore house. The are making a complete hash of the storyline about what happened to Osama.”

Whatever good reasons there are to withhold pictures of the dead Binny, are gone with the fish once Barack Obama’s reasoning came to light. According to Barack Obama “We don’t need to spike the football.” This is not a football game or March Madness basketball. It is not about trophies.

We have no doubt that the photographs of dead Bin Laden will be seen by the American electorate. The photos will eventually be released by someone who wants to buy favors from Big Media. There will be photos, but expect them around October 2012.

Reuters has already purchased gruesome photographs of dead men at Bin Laden’s former abode. Reuters paid cash for the pictures of the dead men. By 2012 the Bin Laden pictures will be sold for political favors, not cash. These photographs are not to be confused with the staged recreation photos of Obama Sunday night.

The Bin Laden pictures will be released but only when it is for Barack Obama’s convenience. The photographic football will be spiked at the appropriated time to benefit Obama.

In the meantime, Barack Obama will continue to spend taxpayer dollars on speechwriters, elocution classes, and how to give a speech lessons. Mumbles Carney should sneak in on the sessions and get some hints.

After a few hours on Sunday night in which Americans gave Obama the benefit of the doubt we are back to business as usual. The boob is back. The boob never left. The boob will continue to boob.

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279 thoughts on “Boob Obama Boobs It Up Again

  1. The nyt poll has obama up 11 points from 45% approval to 56%. I can only pray that it can’t last.

  2. The nyt poll is the cBS/NYT poll

    you should see how many more dems they have in the poll, one of the most skewed polls there is, the cBS/NYT poll that is.

  3. what a racist Harry Reid is. A white man telling a latino man that Rubio needs to remember who he is and where he came from, and here I thought Marco Rubio was an American, just like the rest of us.

  4. Carol, the “bounce” thus far has been modest at best. Also, there are some peculiarities with the Times poll:

    http://hotair.com/archives/2011/05/04/obamas-osama-bounce-pt-2-the-curious-nytcbs-poll/

    First, there is the usual NYT/CBS sample weighting. The D/R/I party ID of the raw sample was 36/24/32, which was reweighted (pdf) only slightly to 36/24/40. That’s slightly more skewed to the Dems than the last NYT/CBS poll Ed Morrissey mocked in April. For comparison, Gallup recently reported that Democratic Party identification dropped to a 22-year low in 2010, for a D/R/I breakdown of 31/29/38. By that measure, the NYT/CBS Democratic skew is 10%.

    However, the skewed sample is standard operating procedure for the NYT/CBS combine. The truly strange thing about this particular poll is tucked away in the paper’s separate explanation of how it was conducted:

    The latest New York Times/CBS News poll is based on telephone interviews conducted May 2 and 3 with 532 adults throughout the United States.

    The poll’s respondents had also been interviewed in a separate poll conducted April 28 to May 1 by CBS News, before President Obama’s announcement of Osama bin Laden’s death.

    The 11% bounce reported in this poll is measured from the NYT/CBS poll taken April 15-20, 2011, not the poll taken taken just before bin Laden was killed. The 9% bounce reported by WaPo/Pew was by comparison to a poll taken March 30 – April 3. Looking at the RCP poll average for Obama’s job approval reveals that Obama was in a downward trend at the start of April that bottomed on April 20th and had been heading fairly steadily upward ever since. Indeed, Obama hit a low of 41% in the Gallup poll on April 15 but stood at 46% in that poll last weekend. Measured from April 15, Obama’s current Gallup number of 50% (and it’s likely to be a couple of points higher tomorrow, given the rolling 3-day average) would give him a bounce just below the average historical 13% bounce (which can be found at the first link in this post), but the modern news/polling cycle now tells us the actual bounce is maybe five or six percent or — per the CNN and NewsBeast polls in the field last weekend — even less.

  5. “Bin Laden should have been put on ice like a shrimp cocktail and kept frozen and blue somewhere.”

    Agreed.

    I spoke to an Assemblyman who is also a pilot and he said there is no way the helicopter crash was a mechanical failure. Off the record, of course.

    It is nauseating that the POS won’t release proof of the dead OBL. It is disgusting he is going to Ground Zero tomorrow for a victory lap. It is beyond belief that we are being lied to about the 911 murderer’s fate.

    I can’t believe we are expected to take as gospel anything coming out of the mouth of the POS without proof.

    I want to see the dead bloody face of the SOB OBL. Period.

  6. Admin, alcina had this comment on the last thread echoing what you wrote. Obummer’s opportunism is truly disgusting and pathetic because it does not look like he can do anything else with any degree of competence.

    #alcina
    May 4th, 2011 at 6:38 pm

    regarding BO not releasing the OBL photo

    he’s done it again, just like he played the BC issue, BO keeps the OBL story alive for as long as it works for him. what better way to keep the economy, gas prices, unemployment, spending, etc. out of the headlines. bravo, BO. you play the public like a cheap violin.

    let’s see…my bet is he releases the photo “under pressure” around October 2012?

  7. First he hides his birth certificate, school records and Illinois senate records. Now he hides proof of Bin Laden dead until i’s convenient for his reelection campaign.

  8. Honestly, I can’t understand how or why the people of the US allow this. I’m beginning to feel like an alien.

    I pray this backfires on his a$$. I red that the POS won’t speak tomorrow – it’s just a photo op with selected 911 family to lay a wreath at ground zero. I wonder if he’s learned not to toss it?

    And apparently the “live” address to the US Sunday evening wasn’t real, either, and it’s been going on for decades.

    From poynter:

    by Al Tompkins Published May 4, 2011 12:41 pm Updated May 4, 2011 6:48 pm

    Until Wednesday, the White House debated whether to release photos showing Osama bin Laden’s body. In theory, the photos would be proof to any doubters that the terrorist is dead. But not all photos can be believed — not even when they seem to show the president of the United States making a historic speech.

    Reuters White House photographer Jason Reed describes how the president made his speech to a single TV camera, then immediately after finishing, he pretended to speak for the still cameras.

    Reed writes:

    “As President Obama continued his nine-minute address in front of just one main network camera, the photographers were held outside the room by staff and asked to remain completely silent. Once Obama was off the air, we were escorted in front of that teleprompter and the President then re-enacted the walk-out and first 30 seconds of the statement for us.”

    That means the photograph that appeared in many newspapers Monday morning of Obama speaking may have been the staged shot, captured after the president spoke. This type of staging has been going on for decades.

  9. “You’re welcome to obviously consult the Defense department,” Carney said.

    This from the WH press secretary NOW. After screwing it all up, grandstanding, chasing poll numbers, NOW they don’t want to talk about it. I guess they finally decided to stop digging the hole. Does this mean Obama has cancelled for WTC tomorrow since nobody (like two ex-Presidents) don’t want to be seen with him in public.

  10. Well, one must understand what the overriding thought was residing in the mind of the boob. He wanted to cut into “the Donald’s TV Show” BO couldn’t wait for a debriefing, wait to get everyone’s story straight, couldn’t wait for Monday morning. He was like the little boy who had to jump the gun and now all the stories sound conflicting and amateurish. Poor, BO, he could fu*k up a one car funeral procession. Competence, really? The saddest thing is how ridiculous is it if his polling goes up because of this.

  11. Mormaer
    May 4th, 2011 at 8:04 pm

    I thought Waffles was still going tommorow? Have the plans changed? No way could his ego could take that.

  12. It was too big to fail.. so the grownups took charge until critical and left it up to boob and his clan to handle the rest. Also he does not want to stand there in GZero crowing about killing a Mooslem.. afraid what his Mooslem friends will do to him.

  13. the man openly has the press and media working for him 24/7

    Trump’s jokes at the correspondent dinner? written by Comedy Central for the Wafflesman.

  14. For those watching the polls, try this via JournoLister Ben Smith, from an Obama lovin’ JournoLister – who sees trouble with a capital T:

    http://www.politico.com/blogs/bensmith/0511/Down_on_the_economy.html?showall

    Weigel spots a remarkable stat that suggests Obama’s trajectory may be more Bush I than Bush II:

    Right here, buried in the new NYT/CBS poll, is the picture of how Barack Obama’s poll bounce will fade. How big is the approval surge from the capture of OBL? Big. Obama rises from a 46-45 approval rating in April to a 57-37 approval rating post-OBL. It’s his highest number since the summer of 2009.

    But keep reading. The pollster asked whether voters “approve or disapprove of the way Barack Obama is handling the economy.” That number has fallen since April, from 38 percent to 34 percent. Disapproval has fallen, too, from 57 percent to 55 percent, as the number of people with no opinion — possibly dazzled by the OBL news — has doubled.

  15. Boobery:

    http://thepage.time.com/2011/05/03/halperins-take-mistakes-were-made/

    The major errors so far:

    1. Not getting its story straight: Was bin Laden armed or not? What woman served as a human shield? Who actually was killed beyond the main target? The administration deserves mountains of credit for its painstaking, conspicuous effort to brief the world on the mission, knowing a lot of information would have to be held back to protect sources, operatives, methods, and sensitive data. Which makes the carelessness of the errors somewhat surprising. The costs: the media coverage sours, the President’s opponents (especially on talk radio) go crazy, other details of the mission unfairly get called into question, and the wild theories of global enemies and conspiracy seekers get a foothold.

    2. Not giving George W. Bush enough credit for helping bring bin Laden to justice: Even if the White House believes the previous occupant had nothing to do with OBL’s ultimate demise, it would have been better for national unity and Obama’s own political fortunes if he had gone out of his way to thank 43. His invitation to Bush to join the event Thursday at Ground Zero (an offer declined) was the right idea, but belated.

    3. Letting the photo debate get out of control: The decision about whether to release images of a dead bin Laden was not an easy one. But the administration’s conflicting statements and public agonizing before the President’s plan to withhold the images created a distraction. The White House stumbled by coming up against one of Washington’s iron rules: when something becomes famous inside the Beltway for not being released, the pressure from the media to release it becomes unrelenting. The president’s choice will not end the controversy.

    4. Letting the debate about the war in Afghanistan get out of control: There are signs that some of the president’s advisers are looking to scale back the commitment in Afghanistan sooner rather than later. But by failing to go on the offensive in defining and defending whatever policy the President wants to pursue, the White House has allowed those pressing for an end of the war to use bin Laden’s death as rhetorical leverage.

    5. Letting the debate about Pakistan get out of control: The congressional and media demand for a radical change in America’s relationship with Pakistan is burning like wildfire. The administration knows that a shift in policy is complicated and compromising, and not necessarily in the United States’ interest. Stoking the problem: executive branch officials, publicly and privately, are expressing incredulity that the Pakistanis were unaware bin Laden was hiding in plain sight in their country. There should be and will be a debate about all this, but the administration’s actions and inactions is making it less likely it will be on their terms.

  16. “it would have been better for national unity and Obama’s own political fortunes if he had gone out of his way to thank 43.”

    Bingo! Instead “I”, “we as americans through different administrations”
    I as a non-Waffles supporter would have at least appaulded the statement, and even given him approval marks for providing unity, genuine unity. Instead we now have a victory lap, I just cannot belive how the hell they managed to bungle this up to this extent.

  17. I do not beleive this man is capable of humility or humbleness,I remember after Hillary was forced out, he was told to act more humble, how the hell can a person “act” humble? Either you are or you arent, and if you aren’t, you become humble when you learn humility, and this man has an ego of a mountain, and the arrogance of a celebrity, is incapable of humility.

    I hope the 9/11 families feel some justice as the murderer of these innocent lives is now at least dead. I have heard so many on TV wanting those pictures released, what they must be feeling now? to be told that their feelings and consideration come second and are not the primary concern of this Waffles.

  18. I’m just glad the Navy fed him to the fishies quickly. If they had given the Boob in Chief time to think about it, Bin Laden would probably be lying in state at the US Capitol and buried in Arlington Cemetary.

  19. I cannot believe I am agreeing with Ann Coulter on this, but she appeared on Hannity to say something like “Waffles seems to have this moral superiority about not spiking the football i.e releasing those photos, then what is he doin in NYC tommorow? spiking the football from now until election day!”

    (I doubt waffles will milk this until election day. But I completely agree with the release of those photos, this was a crime against America, I don’t want some jerks in DC telling Americans, “we’ve seen the pictures, no need for America to see them”, who the hell are you to tell Americans they can’t see the dead picture of a murdering terrorist??)

    Didn’t GWB release all the picture of saddam’s dead sons?

  20. Good read per usual administrator, particulalry enjoyed “Bin Laden should have been put on ice like a shrimp cocktail and kept frozen and blue somewhere. …”
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    Unfortunately,based on the events and polls, it appears now, more than ever, that Obama is undefeatable in 2012 absent some major scandal.

  21. Obongo was going to win anyways in 2012
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    agreed….there is simply no viable candidate other than Hillary who is not a candidate.

  22. More boobery:

    On Saturday at the annual White House Correspondents Dinner, “Saturday Night Live” star Seth Meyers cracked a joke about Osama bin Laden and where he was hiding out (it also involved C-SPAN). Unbeknown to most of those in attendance, just a day earlier the president had given the order to kill bin Laden, a raid was scheduled for Saturday but was called off, and in just 24 hours the president would announce to the world that the globe’s number one terrorist had died

    http://www.theblaze.com/stories/flashback-obama-reacts-to-bin-laden-joke-hours-before-the-raid/

  23. Hillary could not win against a AA. I mean do we have to go there again ? Race overlapts sex in this world. And it’s not helping Hillary in the least to be working with this fraud. Even Bill Clinton going to be photographed with that loser at ground zero tomorrow. And I don’t blame him.

  24. hwc
    May 4th, 2011 at 9:15 pm
    I’m just glad the Navy fed him to the fishies quickly. If they had given the Boob in Chief time to think about it, Bin Laden would probably be lying in state at the US Capitol and buried in Arlington Cemetary.
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    LOL!!

  25. How would I know that when I got home from work, that Admin. would have another present for me to read, a new post?

    It’s like an unbirthday present.

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    As soon as the military mission was over, as soon as Barack and his clowns got involved, the boobery began…

    No truer words were spoken. Hannity is saying almost the same thing……..does he finally read Big Pink before he goes on the air?

    BTR

  26. “Obama is undefeatable in 2012 ”

    wow, 18 months before an election such eyeroism. Waffles will have a hard time winning, no matter what the polls say, considering most of them are so skewed. I’m always surprised people are so reliant on these skewed polls.

  27. And it’s not helping Hillary in the least to be working with this fraud. Even Bill Clinton going to be photographed with that loser at ground zero tomorrow. And I don’t blame him.
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    Many here regretted the moment she accepted the SOS job, but she has worked endlessly trying to fix Barry’s mistakes. As for Bill, he has been nuetered by Hillary serving in this administration and hopefully soon, he will be able to tell the real story of what happened in 2008.

  28. Who is this joker? Thinks he can run for president..

    http://hotair.com/archives/2011/05/04/mitch-daniels-im-probably-not-ready-to-debate-obama-on-foreign-policy/

    He was asked if he were ready to debate President Obama on foreign policy. “Probably not.” (He is candid.)

    This is the sort of thing that, had Palin said it, would be cited by the George Wills of the world as proof of her alleged “intellectual incuriosity” and as evidence that she should never, ever be nominated. E.g., “Why isn’t she ready to debate Obama? Doesn’t she care enough about foreign policy to study it?” But since it’s Daniels, no doubt it’ll be applauded as refreshingly candid and a demonstration of charming Hoosier modesty.

  29. pm317
    May 4th, 2011 at 10:10 pm

    huh, the man makes tofu look exciting.
    The more I think about it, its going to be Trump or Romney, Palin will not get the nomination or the independents. Trump I see as a good choice, and even Romney is looking good at this point vs the Waffles.

  30. …some people just do not seem to understand that the election is over a year away…and many, many things can happen between now and then…for one thing, there is a funny little thing called the electoral college…and for all the brouhaha regarding a small bump in the polls in the last few days…things are not looking good for O in PA and FLA…he cannot win without those states…

    perhaps some have forgotten that George I was at around 90% in the polls and then lost to Bill Clinton…

    …for the faint hearted…a lot can happen between now and the election…a lot that no one can forsee at this point in time…stop being such defeatists…buck up…

  31. …stop the presses…coming in June issue of Vanity Fair…

    Inside stories include Jonathan Alter’s “Hillary Clinton’s third act–Dealing with Obama, saving the world, sneaking brownies,”

    …ugh! have not found it to read yet…but Alter can only mean yuck!

  32. According to a CNN/Opinion Research Corporation poll released Tuesday, 61 percent of the public says yes, with one in ten saying no and nearly a quarter unsure.

    Our media is now officially insane. Next question is will this assure Obama a place in heaven or will he now scale Mount Olympus to join the gods.

  33. BO couldn’t wait for a debriefing, wait to get everyone’s story straight, couldn’t wait for Monday morning

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    Pakistanis noticed the helicopter fight. Pakistani police went to investigate. They found Osama’s wives and children in the house, who told them the story. Their version would have gone all over the world very soon. Better the US version, even with some flaws, get out sooner than the ME press’s version of the Osama family’s version.

    Also, without the story of the burial at sea being released quickly, US embassies etc might have been attacked or hostages taken by Osama sympathizers wanting Osama released or his body returned.

  34. According to a CNN/Opinion Research Corporation poll released Tuesday, 61 percent of the public says yes, with one in ten saying no and nearly a quarter unsure

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    Yes to what?

  35. turndownobama
    May 4th, 2011 at 11:05 pm

    Crap. I left off the whole point. 61 percent polled said Osama has gone to hell, with one in ten saying no and nearly a quarter unsure if he has gone to hell.

  36. 61 percent polled said Osama has gone to hell, with one in ten saying no and nearly a quarter unsure if he has gone to hell.

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    I read that as ‘Obama has gone to hell’.

    I went looking up the thread thinking it meant Obama’s approval rating had gone to hell.

  37. Obama may be saving the photos for the election. But if he is then he would do well to remember that alot of people know the truth about how he froze in the moment of decision, and Panetta had to give the order. And some of the people who know the truth are Republicans. I think if he rides this pony too hard it will buck and throw him head over heels on is keester. And then big media and the rest of his loyal bots can call the pony a racist, but in the meantime the public will know the truth. And the truth will set all of us free. Free of Messiah and his little band of Nazis.

  38. Bill O”Really is doing his best to attack Hillary. His first two segments are trashing Hillary.

    The vicious hateful facial expression on his face when talking about Hillary. The has been windbag just happens to be on TV at a prime time and the old fool BIllO thinks it is because of him. LOL!

    BillO has all the answers… in his own mind. God help us if a gasbag like him were SOS!

  39. turndownobama
    May 4th, 2011 at 11:11 pm
    61 percent polled said Osama has gone to hell, with one in ten saying no and nearly a quarter unsure if he has gone to hell.

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    I read that as ‘Obama has gone to hell’.

    I went looking up the thread thinking it meant Obama’s approval rating had gone to hell.

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    Actually turndown you were clairvoyant. You simply forsaw what his polling will look like a year from now. This is a real race to the courthouse however between the American People and big media. Whoever gets there second will be destroyed. Big media is not in the business of journalism, they are not even in the business of propaganda, they are in the business of fraud:

    representation

    falsity

    knowledge of falsity

    reliance

    damage

    Howard Feinman, alias catch fart is a perfect example. When he penned that mawkish purple hail caesar prose about Obama, he knew that Obama froze up yet he covered up for him and made it appear that he had conquered Gaul. Have you noticed what geeks and dufuses the jurnolisters are? Howard is a little of both. But compared to Tapper he looks like Zola.

  40. http://blogs.suntimes.com/sweet/2011/05/bin_laden_raid_us_had_plan_to.html
    LYNN SWEET
    The scoop from Washington
    Bin Laden raid: U.S. had plan to take him alive. Hiding in plan sight?
    By Lynn Sweet on May 2, 2011 2:12 PM | No Comments
    Updated with Clinton, more Brennan remarks….

    WASHINGTON–U.S. Special Forces were prepared to take Osama Bin Laden alive; the most tense moment of the Sunday raid where he was killed was when a malfunctioning helicopter was forced to land. [….]

    Those are some of the highlights of a briefing Monday from White House Homeland Security advisor John Brennan.

    “If we had the opportunity to take bin Laden alive, if he didn’t present any threat, the individuals involved were able and prepared to do that.” Brennan said.

    “We had discussed that extensively in a number of meetings in the White House and with the president. The concern was that bin Laden would oppose any type of capture operation. Indeed, he did. There was a firefight. He therefore was killed in that firefight, and that’s when the remains were removed. But we certainly were planning for the possibility, which we thought was going to be remote, given that he would he likely resist arrest but that we would be able to capture him.”

  41. First he hides his birth certificate, school records and Illinois senate records. Now he hides proof of Bin Laden dead until i’s convenient for his reelection campaign.

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    Let’s not dirty the school records etc by lumping them in with the bloody photos. (Apologies to any Brits reading this. 😉 )

    Obama may be setting a trap. If people start a move demanding the photos, that will discredit demands for the school records etc.

    A still photo isn’t evidence for anything except that someone owns Photoshop.

  42. If anyone asked for records or proof of anything about BO…it’s RACIST or it’s a trap so we better not do it.

    When we have a nasty biased media like the one we have had the past 10 years who select the presidents rather than the voters that’s what happens and that’s before we even get into what gasbags like BillO and his vile cohorts did to Bill and Hillary.

  43. I can imagine a father or mother looking at their geek son and saying you can’t be a geek all your life what do you want to be when you grow up whereupon the young geek says I want to be a journalist like Jake Tapper and lie through my teeth to the American People whereupon the mother or father says better you should be a piano player in a whorehouse than that have you no shame, and where is doctor Kervorkian when we need him.

  44. “WASHINGTON – Killing Osama bin Laden was a big victory for the U.S., but how exactly the raid went down is another story — and another, and another.”

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    Has this not been the buffoon’s modus operandi for every major happening under his watch?

  45. As some have said, wouldn’t it be great if Bill or Hillary wrote a book about the crud that Obama has done along with the other stuff happening in our government.

    How about calling it The Audacity of TRUTH.

    Do we ever hear the truth anymore from this WH or the last one?

  46. Obama ‘withholding’ photos may be a trap. He’ll play it like the bc — which would further discredit the bc issue.

    What do you think some still photos would PROVE? Nothing. He could photoshop anything he wants.

  47. Bill Clinton is not going, neither is Gov. Patakie.

    “scheduling conflicts.”

    “its in the mail”

    “have a nice life”

    “Miss Otis regrets she’s unable to lunch today, Bambi

    “I’d love to dance with you
    I’d love to have my tonsils ripped out
    I’d love to be on a burning ship at midnight
    (Dorothy Parker)

    Ella—http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rX-b1Ksetcc

  48. Goodnight to you all and good night to BO’s bc, school records, senate records and Osama Bin Laden wherever you may be.

  49. I wonder if not releasing the Bin photo is good for one reason, all his gang that don’t believe it’s true will pick up the chatter to find out if Binny is still alive. Maybe that ‘chatter’ will have a trail to some of their strongholds?

  50. What do you think some still photos would PROVE? Nothing. He could photoshop anything he wants.
    ———————–
    Since I have not seen the still photos, I am hard pressed to tell you what they would prove or not prove.

  51. Freshen up the Lies-
    ______________

    Outsider hired for Obama speeches (Perfecting The King’s Speech?) 🙄

    7 other writers on staff payroll

    On top of the more than half a million dollars it spends on speechwriters, the White House is using tens of thousands of taxpayer dollars on a public relations firm headed by Democratic image maker Michael Sheehan — once dubbed by Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton as an “extraordinary media coach” who helped her master the teleprompter.

    Mr. Sheehan’s firm, Sheehan Associates, could receive more than $100,000 under a current contract and has been providing occasional speech and consulting services to the White House since 2009, federal purchasing records show.

    Although Mr. Sheehan has a reputation of helping politicians look good speaking in public, neither his firm nor its White House client has anything to say about the contracting arrangement. Sheehan Associates failed to respond to telephone and email inquiries about the hiring arrangement this week and last, as did the White House press office.

    Spending records show that the company was hired under three contracts since late 2009 and has received a total of $60,000. The records variously describe the company as providing “speech preparation training,” “speech writing services” and “speech coaching services.”

    It’s unclear what speeches the firm was assigned, but its hiring marks the second time that the White House has paid for outside public relations help. It approved contract work for up to $100,000 for Jeff Nussbaum, a speechwriting aide to vice-presidential candidate Joseph R. Biden during the 2008 election campaign, The Washington Times reported last year.

    At the time, a spokesman for Mr. Biden, Jay Carney, who has since been promoted to White House press secretary, told The Times that Mr. Nussbaum’s hiring was permitted under the sole-source provision of federal contracting rules.

    Weeks before taking office, Mr. Obama and Mr. Biden pledged to end abuse of no-bid contracting and require competitive bidding on nearly all contract orders for more than $25,000.

    However, Mr. Carney said at the time that Mr. Nussbaum was able to “provide unique services where no other person can fulfill the contract requirements” and the White House needed extra speechwriting help. He said Mr. Nussbaum wrote up to six “important and substantial” speeches each month.

    According to a 2010 payroll report, the White House employs seven speechwriters earning a combined $624,200. The team is led by Jonathan E. Favreau, the director of speechwriting, who earns $172,200, according to the report, which was released by the White House. Two other senior presidential speechwriters are paid $100,000 each. A pair of presidential speechwriters are paid $75,000 each, and a speechwriter and speechwriting assistant earn $60,000 and $42,000, respectively.

    The Obama White House isn’t alone in looking for outside speechwriters. The Bush administration in 2007 approved a $25,000 sole-source speechwriting contract for Matthew Scully, who previously worked as a special assistant and deputy director of presidential speechwriting in the Bush White House.

    Story Continues →

    http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2011/may/3/outsider-hired-for-obama-speeches/?cache

  52. I wonder if not releasing the Bin photo is good for one reason, all his gang that don’t believe it’s true will pick up the chatter to find out if Binny is still alive. Maybe that ‘chatter’ will have a trail to some of their strongholds?

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

    Interesting thought. But what if his gang, ie Al Qaeda, believe his wives and children who saw him shot (apparently beyond recovery)?

  53. pm317
    May 4th, 2011 at 10:10 pm
    Who is this joker? Thinks he can run for president..

    http://hotair.com/archives/2011/05/04/mitch-daniels-im-probably-not-ready-to-debate-obama-on-foreign-policy/

    He was asked if he were ready to debate President Obama on foreign policy. “Probably not.” (He is candid.)
    ————————————–
    I have a friend in Indiana is brilliant and politically wired through the old Democratic Party. As a matter of fact, she worked for Birch Bayh and knew Evan when he was a young boy. I asked her about Daniels and she said he is an empty suit. Dick Army insists that he is presidential and urges the tea parties to support him because as he puts it Mitch is one of them. I know my friend very well, and I know Dick Army slightly and on the subject of Mitch Daniels I trust her opinion over his. Insofar as foreign affairs is concerned, big media has already given us the criterion for competence in foreign affairs and that is of course living in a Kenyan village for a few months as a young boy. That is a tough record to match. But unlike Obama, Daniels has served in an executive capacity and that should count for something.

  54. What do you think some still photos would PROVE? Nothing. He could photoshop anything he wants.
    ———————–
    Since I have not seen the still photos, I am hard pressed to tell you what they would prove or not prove.

    ==========

    His crew could photoshop anything, re-shoot it, etc.

    The lfbc finally shown was also vouched for by the HI Ministry of Red Tape. You said that producing such a forged document would be serious, risky. No such verification available for photos.

  55. Interestingly, my close friend who is fled Viet Nam showed me the latest headline in the Chinese newspaper making hay over the change in the story told by the White House in re. the death of Obama. Whereas the big media rag in my town eschewed calling it a reversal or a lie–they looked for the most innocuous word in the Frank Luntz dictionary and they found it–overhaul. He did not lie, he did not prevaricate it, he merely overhauled the initial account. Nice work if you can get it.

  56. S@10:19PM

    Thank you for injecting some common sense into the poll-bump discussion. Everyone should forget about skewed public opinion polls, head-to-head match-ups between would-be candidates, and approval ratings. They are all meaningless and will be even a month before the election. Taking them seriously at this time will only result in an ulcer by Nov 2012. The electoral college is all that matters. If you must look at polls, pay attention to the battleground states and do the electoral math. As was pointed out in a previous comment, the fraud is not doing well in the critical states of Florida, Pennsylvania, Ohio, and other rust belt states with large numbers of white working class voters and high unemployment. The fraud can’t win without those voters and he’s not going to get them. The media’s purpose, as always, is to conjure up phony polls and create phony narratives in order to demoralize voters so that they’ll stay home on election day. Don’t fall into that trap, no matter where you live.

  57. I guess a victory lap at Ground Zero is not enough for Obama. He has big plans for the evening as well. Never let an opportunity to party go unheeded.
    ___________________

    From politico – tomorrow at 6:00 pm. Barack and Michelle Obama host a Cinco de Mayo reception; Barack Obama delivers remarks.

  58. Q-1: why did the administration claim initially that Osama bin laden was armed, held one of his wives as a human shield, and died in a fire fight–facts which they have subsequently retracted.

    A-1: if you discount the fog of war argument, the most reasonable explanation is that this was indeed an assassination carried out by Dick Cheney’s execution squad and authorized in writing by Obama–even though in the moment of truth he ran true to form and froze up. But for political, and security reasons, they wanted to make it look like it was not an assassination at all but a heroic military action by our Navy Seals. Now that is the CIA for you.

    (Note: the founder of the Seals was Admiral Draper Kauffman who was a world war II hero, and Superintendant of Annapolis when I entered in June 1968. I am sure he is long dead now. But though dead he is probably turning over in his grave over this one.)

  59. From politico – tomorrow at 6:00 pm. Barack and Michelle Obama host a Cinco de Mayo reception; Barack Obama delivers remarks.
    ——————–
    Politico is just a bunch of bottom feeders and obama worshippers. Every irrelevant detail about him they blow up, and every damning detail about him they hide.

  60. Was Obama Overruled on Decision to Kill Osama? Strong Circumstantial Evidence

    Interesting, Was it Hillary’s team that took out Osama?

    This update comes some 24 hours after our longtime Washington D.C. Insider first outlined shocking details of an Obama administration having been “overruled” by senior military and intelligence officials leading up to the successful attack against terrorist Osama Bin Laden. What follows is further clarification of Insider’s insights surrounding that event.

    …there had been a push to invade the compound for several weeks if not months, primarily led by Leon Panetta, Hillary Clinton, Robert Gates, David Petraeus, and Jim Clapper. The primary opposition to this plan originated from Valerie Jarrett, and it was her opposition that was enough to create uncertainty within President Obama. Obama would meet with various components of the pro-invasion faction, almost always with Jarrett present, and then often fail to indicate his position. This situation continued for some time, though the division between Jarrett/Obama and the rest intensified more recently, most notably from Hillary Clinton. She was livid over the president’s failure to act, and her office began a campaign of anonymous leaks to the media indicating such. As for Jarrett, her concern rested on two primary fronts. One, that the military action could fail and harm the president’s already weakened standing with both the American public and the world. Second, that the attack would be viewed as an act of aggression against Muslims, and further destabilize conditions in the Middle East.

    …Petraeus was threatening to act on his own via a bombing attack. …A brief meeting was held at this time with other officials, including Secretary Gates and members of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, but Gates, like Panetta, was unable to push the president to act. It was at this time that Gates indicated to certain Pentagon officials that he may resign earlier than originally indicated – he was that frustrated…

    read the whole thing at

    http://grendelreport.posterous.com/obama-overruled

  61. This Gunrunner thing is about to blow up in Obama’s face. Issa looks to be about to take a bat to the Administration.

    Rep. Darrell Issa, the California Republican who chairs the House Oversight Committee, was able to question Attorney General Eric Holder for the first time over the Project Gunrunner and Operation Fast and Furious scandal during a Tuesday morning hearing of the House Judiciary Committee. The scandal involves a sting operation conducted by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives in which American guns – including AK-47 assault rifles and military-grade, .50 caliber sniper rifles – were allowed to be smuggled into Mexico and sold to drug cartels, with the goal of tracking the weapons after they’ve been used.

    At the hearing, Holder conceded to Issa that Congress has the authority to conduct investigations independent of the Justice Department. Holder also said the DOJ has 20 cases heading to trial in June on the subject. Issa doesn’t think much of those cases.

    “Isn’t it true that those 20 cases going to trial in June are basically a bunch of meth addicts who were straw buying? You don’t have the kingpins,” Issa said. “What you have are the people you already had.”

    Issa then asked Holder whether the Justice Department will cooperate with ongoing congressional investigations, which he says differ from the DOJ’s on who is being investigated. “We’re not looking at straw buyers, Mr. Attorney General, we’re looking at you,” Issa said. “We’re looking at you, we’re looking at your key people who knew or should’ve known about this.”

    http://dailycaller.com/2011/05/03/issa-to-holder-on-gunrunner-were-looking-at-you-and-your-key-people/

  62. – I guess Guiliani is showing up today {snicker)….
    – I wonder if AFOne will fly around the statue of Liberty again (recall early photo op that scared NYorkers). Guess they’ll be more ‘sensitive’ about their flight path this time….
    – The reason I recalled Karen Hughes the other day was in connection with a time shortly after 9/11 when Big Dawg had walked down to the area of GZ. A reporter asked him some questions; he replied in his typically admirable manner; the report was aired; Hughes ripped BC a new one for making Jr. look bad. [no doubt he could have done the same for obie today]
    – That Cinco de Mayo stuff is awkward too. Local station here did a huge piece on a big celebration being held around later in the day. And that Obie will go home to one such celebration is really sweet.
    – Lastly, from his 60 minutes interview: NewsCore) – “Putting to rest days of speculation over whether the White House would release graphic images … [Obama replied] That’s not who we are.”
    http://www.myfoxdetroit.com/dpps/news/osama-bin-laden-photos-white-house-dpgapx-20110504-fc_13052522

    Well, “Lucille” picked a fine time to turn religious, patriotic and inclusionary [ever heard him say ‘we’ before? Wee wee’d yes; we, no.] Only 2+ years into this term, he’s founda way to manipulate to his advantage the virtues so many jerks thought he always possessed.

    – And really lastly, the phrase he picked is eerily familiar with the “That’s not who I am” phrase for which Gov. Christie is now widely known.

  63. moononpluto:

    Something similar had been posted by Ulsterman the other night, not in such great detail. But the back story begs… who is Jarret take HER orders from?

    The new headline should read: Enemy of the State

    “Jarrett refused to allow the president to give that approval.”

    ….”there had been a push to invade the compound for several weeks if not months, primarily led by Leon Panetta, Hillary Clinton, Robert Gates, David Petraeus, and Jim Clapper. The primary opposition to this plan originated from Valerie Jarrett, and it was her opposition that was enough to create uncertainty within President Obama. Obama would meet with various components of the pro-invasion faction, almost always with Jarrett present, and then often fail to indicate his position.(“He had no position.”)

    http://grendelreport.posterous.com/obama-overruled

  64. – And really lastly, the phrase he picked is eerily familiar with the “That’s not who I am” phrase for which Gov. Christie is now widely known.
    —————–

    Obama is a plagiarizer and idea stealer. He has nothing original to offer. I think one of his Harvard profs said (in LA Times) that this guy was good at picking up catch phrases that make it sound like he is smart and all, you know like the hangers on around really smart people and also good at pretending he is one of them. I know these characters.My FiL is somewhat like that. When visiting us he saw in our bookcase, the book ‘Mind’s Eye’ which he had not even heard of before and the next day he is dropping the name of that book in front of others as if he had read it. LOL.

  65. Remember this?

    A Tale of two roses. Found at Uppity Women. BO tosses rose at GZ during 2008 campaign.

  66. He (Jack Shafer) sounds reasonable this time!

    The Bin Laden photos, Zelizer says, are “part of the record, part of the news event” and locking them away ascribes “magical powers” to the photos that wouldn’t otherwise exist. If we conceal them from public view, we board a slippery slope that flows toward ignorance, timidity, doubt, and conspiracy-mongering.

    Part of the ambivalence about releasing the photos, Zelizer says, is that a universally accepted narrative for Bin Laden’s killing has yet to emerge. As I wrote the day after the raid, the press and the government had huge trouble agreeing exactly how the operation unfolded. Did Bin Laden make a human shield of his wife? Was she killed? Did he shoot at the SEALs? Or did the SEALs summarily execute an unarmed man?

    If such an accepted narrative existed, it might be easier for the administration to predict how the photos would be received at home and overseas. But it’s not the White House’s business to control and manage news for the good of the nation based on some imagined worst-case reaction to events. That’s Soviet thinking.

    If a nation can be trusted to view the horrors of 9/11 in real time, flip through the Abu Ghraib picture book, witness the made-for-video murder of Daniel Pearl, see images of dead Uday and Qusay on the evening news, and gaze upon pictures of dead soldiers coming home as air freight (photos that President Bush, incidentally, tried to ban in the name of managing the news), then it can be trusted to stomach the last photos of Osama Bin Laden—and whatever turmoil those photos might cause. Why? Because that’s what sort of country the United States is.

    http://www.slate.com/id/2293031/pagenum/all/

  67. Gail Collins, take that, you fool!

    http://www.reuters.com/article/2011/05/05/us-binladen-clinton-allergy-idUSTRE7442C420110505

    Funny how these reporters come up with the titles. They use the word anguish in the title but Clinton herself never uses the word.

    A photo of Clinton, President Barack Obama and other senior officials watching the operation live from the White House situation room has become one of the most striking images of the raid that killed the al Qaeda leader.

    The photo shows Clinton with her hand to her mouth in what looks like a gesture of anxiety over the outcome of the operation.

    “Those were 38 of the most intense minutes. I have no idea what any of us were looking at that particular millisecond when the picture was taken,” she said on Thursday when asked about the photo during a visit to Rome.

    “I am somewhat sheepishly concerned that it was my preventing one of my early spring allergic coughs. So it may have no great meaning whatsoever,” Clinton added.

  68. Maybe OBL is still alive and the whole thing was staged so that he could be put into the Witness Protection Program where he could later masquerade as an immigrant taxi driver in Detroit, except that the boobs in the WH just couldn’t keep their stories straight.

  69. “Those were 38 of the most intense minutes. I have no idea what any of us were looking at that particular millisecond when the picture was taken,” she said on Thursday when asked about the photo during a visit to Rome.

    “I am somewhat sheepishly concerned that it was my preventing one of my early spring allergic coughs. So it may have no great meaning whatsoever,” Clinton added.

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

    LOL! Hillary good sense comes through!

  70. Way off topic & important; please just tuck this in the back of your minds for another time, and tuck the name Lou Barletta in there too.

    Lou Barletta offers federal bill on illegal immigration
    WASHINGTON — After just a little more than 100 days in office, U.S. Rep. Lou Barletta, who gained national attention for implementing strict anti-illegal immigration laws as mayor of Hazleton, has made the topic his first solo initiative on Capitol Hill. Standing alone at a podium before a sprinkling of reporters Wednesday morning, Barletta said he was in the process of crafting a bill that would withhold all federal funding from so-called “sanctuary cities,” those that do not fully enforce federal immigration laws. The freshman Republican, who represents Carbon and Monroe counties, also has asked the Congressional Research Service to calculate how much each such city — there are more than 100 in the U.S. — receives in federal taxpayer dollars. “If the federal government wants to sue the state of Arizona because it claims the state is breaking federal law, then it should also sue the mayors of sanctuary cities because they are willfully breaking federal immigration law,” Barletta said. “Local elected officials who choose to ignore enforcement of federal immigration policy are aiding and assisting illegal aliens. … They should not receive millions or even billions in tax dollars as a reward.” In 2006, Barletta backed a law for his small town of no more than 25,000 that fined local businesses for hiring and landlords for renting to illegal immigrants. The law also made English the official language of Hazleton. Barletta was sued and the law was found unconstitutional in federal court….
    http://www.latimes.com/news/politics/mc-lou-barletta-illegal-immigration-20110504,0,7481515.story

  71. If a nation can be trusted to view the horrors of 9/11 in real time, flip through the Abu Ghraib picture book, witness the made-for-video murder of Daniel Pearl, see images of dead Uday and Qusay on the evening news, and gaze upon pictures of dead soldiers coming home as air freight (photos that President Bush, incidentally, tried to ban in the name of managing the news), then it can be trusted to stomach the last photos of Osama Bin Laden—and whatever turmoil those photos might cause. Why? Because that’s what sort of country the United States is.
    ————————
    Schafer is naive as usual. But then again he writes for Slate, which is a left wing rag. What makes this situation different from the disclosures which were common in prior administrations is the transparency Obama has brought to government, and people like Jack sat there like children waiting for Santa to come down the chimney, and are still waiting. Transparency was one of the many broken promises made under the mantra of hope and change which Jack and his ilk categorically refuse to hold him accountable because in the end they aint journalists. Just ask Jack who he and the rest of his fellow travelers will vote for in 2012 and you will know why.

  72. Something similar had been posted by Ulsterman the other night, not in such great detail. But the back story begs… who is Jarret take HER orders from?

    The new headline should read: Enemy of the State

    “Jarrett refused to allow the president to give that approval.”
    ———————
    Yes. But I was even more struck by the comment “we overruled him”. Assuming that statement is true, who is “we”? Soros? Goldman Sacks? The CIA? Ultimately, since Obama is clearly a puppet, who praytell is pulling the strings? And once we know that, the next question would be where are they taking the country? I have my theories on that, and they are based on objective evidence. I would like to have more conclusive evidence however and that is what is missing at this point.

  73. wbboei:

    The question was asked “who”overruled him” and answered in the first two paragraphs in the article.

    Q: You stated that President Obama was “overruled” by military/intelligence officials regarding the decision to send in military specialists into the Osama Bin Laden compound. Was that accurate?

    A: I was told – in these exact terms, “we overruled him.” (Obama) I have since followed up and received further details on exactly what that meant, as well as the specifics of how Leon Panetta worked around the president’s “persistent hesitation to act.” There appears NOT to have been an outright overruling of any specific position by President Obama, simply because there was no specific position from the president to do so. President Obama was, in this case, as in all others, working as an absentee president.
    _____________________

    “Assuming that statement is true, who is “we”? Soros? Goldman Sacks? The CIA?”
    __________________

    Panneta is the CiA and I doubt a Bank or Soros is on our side of the equation.

  74. moononpluto
    May 5th, 2011 at 4:57 am
    ————————-
    You know Moon, the pattern here is set:

    1. Obama fails to make a decision.

    2. Big media covers up for him.

    3. Big media calls critics conspiracy nuts.

    4. If it goes bad, Obama fires a subordinate.

    5. Big media applauds him for holding people accountable.

    6. If it goes well, Obama takes credit.

    7. Big media joins him in the victor laps.

    8. Big media jiggers the polls to produce false positives.

    9. Big media prints the White House press release without edits.

    10. Lap dogs lap it up.

    This is the only “transparent” thing about the Obama administration. Anyone with an IQ over room temperature can see it. But still they listen to big media, when prudence and common sense dictate changing the channel, or throwing a blunt object at the television if the channel changer is out of reach.

  75. uh oh….

    http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-31727_162-20059640-10391695.html?tag=contentMain;contentBody

    CBS News is reporting that documents obtained by Congressional investigators looking into the Project Gunrunner scandal include a wiretap authorization from Assistant Attorney General Lanny Breuer dated in March 2010.

    Also included in documents released by investigators is a January 8, 2010 “briefing paper” on Project Gunrunner from the Phoenix, AZ field division of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. The documents were released earlier today as the Senate Judiciary Committee convened for an oversight hearing on the Department of Justice.

    One document indicates a Holder Asst. Attorney General, Lanny Breuer, authorized a wiretap in the controversial gun trafficking case headquartered in Phoenix. In that case, called “Fast and Furious,” multiple sources say ATF allowed thousands of guns to hit the streets, destined for Mexican drug cartels.—CBS News

    As reported by this column today, Attorney General Eric Holder professed considerable lack of knowledge about the Gunrunner operation, and its links to the slaying of Customs and Border Protection Agent Brian Terry last December. That prompted the Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms to call for Holder’s resignation.

    ……………………………

    This thing is creeping closer and closer to the WH, lets see how long before Holder goes under the bus.

  76. wbboei…i’m sure they have an Obama “shit hits the fan” flowchart on their walls on what to do to cover his ass.

  77. 04.05.11

    With bin Laden dead, Obama has to turn to the Mideast

    If Obama does not stabilize the Middle East this summer, a regional avalanche will take place by summer’s end.

    By Ari Shavit

    Nothing will help the American right wing, the Israeli right wing or Fox News now; the assassination of Osama bin Laden has given U.S. President Barack Obama a decided boost.

    Now that bin Laden is dead, Obama is seen not as a geek but as a killer, not as a softy but as a fairly tough leader. The young man has successfully completed his coming-of-age ceremony. Combined with the burgeoning recovery of the economy and the president’s movement toward the political center, bin Laden’s death has turned Obama into a strong and authoritative leader. If he doesn’t make any big mistakes in the coming year, chances are good that he’ll continue living in the White House until 2016.

    But Obama insists on making big mistakes. His Middle East policy is inconsistent and incoherent. His guiding principles are obtuse and bizarre. He supported the removal of Egypt’s Hosni Mubarak from office but grants immunity to Syria’s Bashar Assad. He went to war to avoid a bloodbath in Libya, but won’t raise a finger to stop the massacres in Syria.

    Weak leadership and a lack of moral clarity continue to characterize Obama. Instead of leading the Arab world to a good place, he’s being dragged along with it to a bad one.

    One problem is Iran. The Arab spring has caused a situation in which no Sunni power except for Saudi Arabia now stands in the way of the ayatollahs. The revolutions in Arab countries have also improved the economic situation in Tehran by pushing up the price of oil. Improved strategic and economic positioning allow Iran to rush toward a nuclear reactor and erode America’s hegemony in the region.

    Turkey poses another problem. In mid-June, Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan is expected to win reelection in a landslide victory. Right after that, the temporary respite he’s granted himself will end. Encouraged by the scope of his mandate to govern, this ambitious Islamist will try to build a neo-Ottoman Empire. He’ll work with the Muslim Brotherhood, Hamas and Iran to undermine the U.S. foothold in the Middle East.

    The third problem is Palestine. As everyone knows, another Black September is in the offing. Palestinian Authority President Mohammed Abbas is provoking Obama by his plan to undermine Israeli stability with the expected international recognition of a Palestinian state and his reconciliation with bin Laden’s supporters in Gaza. If a Hamas-Fatah government leads to PA Prime Minister Salam Fayyad’s disappearance from the scene, the result will be the collapse of American’s peace policy.

    The fourth problem, Egypt, is the most severe of all. Egypt is likely to go bankrupt by the end of the year because of the loss of income from tourism, the strengthening of the army’s monopoly and the new government’s inability to be anything other than populist. Mubarak was bad? The White House will be longing for him way before Christmas. The economic growth he created will contract. Poverty will turn into shortages, shortages into despair, despair into protest. The army will not be able to withstand the disappointment and rage.

    Egypt will become a black hole.

    There are no simple solutions to these four problems, none of which are Obama’s doing. Perhaps he hasn’t offered a genuine answer to any of these strategic problems because he did not understand that when he opened the Pandora’s box of the Middle East, he became responsible for what emerged from it. While Obama exhibited professional determination in taking care of Osama, he was hesitant and amateurish when it came to the fundamental problems of the Middle East.

    Egypt is the most pressing problem. Two years ago Obama gave a very impressive speech in Cairo. Three months go he encouraged the revolution there. But now the U.S. president has disappeared. Where is the American plan to rebuild the Egyptian nation? Where is the international initiative to save the Egyptian economy? Where is the effort to do on the banks of the Nile what is being done in Ramallah?

    The summer of 2011 is the summer of Barack Hussein Obama. If he does not stabilize the Middle East this summer, a regional avalanche will take place by summer’s end. Obama will bear personal responsibility if the Arab spring turns into a cold and bleak winter.

    http://www.worldjewishdaily.com/toolbar.html?4t=extlink&4u=http://www.haaretz.com/print-edition/opinion/with-bin-laden-dead-obama-has-to-turn-to-the-mideast-1.359863

  78. The journalistic model practiced by big media and outlined above is a form of fraud. As such, it should form a permanent stain on the reputation of the institutions who practice it as well as the organizations they represent. In the most literal sense of the term they have sold their soul to the devil, and unlike the German legend fo Faust there is really no way out for them. They cannot wake up tomorrow and reclaim the mantle of journalism, because before the eyes of the American People they have flushed their reputations down the shitter. These people are more akin to the Gestapo because they tell lies, and they hunt people down who disagree with them – verbally if not physically–think of the 27 investigative reporters NYT sent to Alaska to dig up dirt on Sarah, the crucifiction of Joe the plummer and everyone else who has been subjected to their meatgrinder in order to protect Obama. If the Republicans are stupid and weak–and there is every indication they are, they will fail to confront this juggarnut. There are many ways to do that but a good start would be to take a principled position that there will be NO televised debates on NBC, CNN or ABC. Why give their uber corrupt talking heads the podium? Any and all debates will be on public television. Then I would go to work on their sponspers. If the Republican Party goes for the jugglar, the people of this country will be behind them. If not then they will get exactly what they deserve–another failure.

  79. moononpluto
    May 5th, 2011 at 10:52 am

    uh oh…
    __________________________

    Keep the info coming on this one- Our Tax Payer dollars funding gun running and Obama is absent- not even declared present.

  80. If the Republicans took that position, then big media would howl like a stuck pig. It not just the income they would lose, but more to the point the loss of control over the political system which they would suffer. This in turn would highlight their deep partisanship for Obama, and the dirty tricks which they should be more famous for. If they came back to the table after that, the public would view every utterance they make with profound skeptism, and the Republicans could accuse them of retaliation.

  81. #
    moononpluto
    May 5th, 2011 at 11:12 am

    Obama cannot stabalize the middle east, he is dead and buried there. Finito.
    ______________

    As time goes by, your words could become prophetic seeing Obama has thrown his Muslim allies under the bus-

  82. There is no real competition in big media. Awhile back, I complimented a journalist from the Los Angeles Times on a story about Obama, he thanked me and made reference to his competition, i.e. the New York Times. Viewed from his standpoint, they are a competitor since they are all looking to break stories before their competition. But if you look at the narrative which these organizations promote, then it becomes obvious that they are a de facto cartel. And like every other cartel–including OPEC they prey upon the American People. One way to do that would be to grand foreign media like Speigel, al Jazzera, BBC and others greater access to this market. They have a much better track record in delivering the truth, than their power hungry deceptive American counterparts.

  83. Truth is that Obama is no longer trusted by anyone, no politician in the ME would trust Obama. One thing arabs know is a snake and how to deal with it.

  84. Obama cannot stabalize the middle east, he is dead and buried there. Finito.
    ——————–
    I agree. He is a huge liability now. The irony is they blame him for something which he did not really do, i.e. order the bin Laden hit, but is anxious to take credit for, for domestic political reasons. But the problem is deeper than that: he came to them, promised hope and change and said trust me we are all brothers etc. And now this . . . Human nature does not like to be deceived, and in his case they were. The only people who do not seem to mind being played for fools are the bootlickers of big media, the left and the cult.

  85. Truth is that Obama is no longer trusted by anyone, no politician in the ME would trust Obama. One thing arabs know is a snake and how to deal with it.
    ———————
    It must be hard for those who know the real story about what happened to sit back and watch Obama bask in the glory of a decision he did not make. You should assume that is why Bill and W did not want to participate in his little charade. Of course, that did not stop Bloomberg, and if I had to guess, I think he might be on a short list for Vice President for Bambi in 2012. The man has an undeserved aura of credibility about him, and a presumptive competence in economic matters which some independents might mistakenly trust. Just a guess.

  86. There are no simple solutions to these four problems, none of which are Obama’s doing.
    *****

    I do disagree with this statement. I think the fraud should have supported Mubarak openinly but behind the stage set the rules for his departure, now it is a disaster in Egypt, just like I thought it would be. Amateur hour.

  87. jbstonesfan
    May 5th, 2011 at 10:39 am
    Today he is 51.3% approval- a 8.7% plus spread!!!
    *****

    Didn’t your mother ever tell you you could go blind from masturbation or reading too many polls?

  88. VANITY4USA
    May 5th, 2011 at 10:19 am
    Cali is freaking broke because of those damn blood sucker illegals over there. I say we stop aiding them.
    *********

    My husband has a friend that retired from the fire department after 25,maybe 30 years as a Captain, His benefits include full medical and $100,000 dollars a year.

    This type of benefit package is a killer. We in the private workforce don’t even come close and this is why WI was able to pass it’s bill limiting the unions. Unfortunately the Gov didn’t have the balls Ohio did and take on the Police and Fire depts.

    I do agree about the illegals however.

  89. frauds teleprompter man…paid for by YOU
    ******

    On top of the more than half a million dollars it spends on speechwriters, the White House is using tens of thousands of taxpayer dollars on a public relations
    firm headed by Democratic image maker Michael Sheehan — once dubbed by Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton as an “extraordinary media coach” who helped her master the teleprompter.

    Mr. Sheehan’s firm, Sheehan Associates, could receive more than $100,000 under a current contract and has been providing occasional speech and consulting services to the White House since 2009, federal purchasing records show.

  90. JanH
    May 5th, 2011 at 11:08 am

    04.05.11
    _________________

    Good article- thanks for posting it.

  91. Media if course doesn’t talk about these statistics
    ******

    About 1 in 7 in U.S. Receive Food Stamps

    By Sara Murray

    Growth in the food stamp program appeared to reach a plateau in February — with 14.3% of the population relying on the safety net program.

    Click the image for a map of food stamp use by state.
    The number of food stamp recipients was essentially flat in February, the most recent month available, with 44.2 million Americans receiving benefits, according a new report from the U.S. Department of Agriculture. (See a sortable breakdown of the data here.)

    The food stamp program ballooned during the recession as workers lost their jobs or saw their hours and income reduced. The rise in recipients has begun to flatten in recent months, which may mean that as the economy is improving fewer Americans are seeking to join the program. Enrollment in the program is still high though, with 11.6% more people tapping benefits in February than the same month a year earlier.

    Food stamp numbers aren’t seasonally adjusted though, meaning a variety of factors could influence the monthly tallies and the program could grow again in coming months.

    Mississippi and Oregon were among the states with the largest share of the population utilizing food stamps in February: At least one in five residents in each state were receiving benefits.

    Wyoming had the lowest rate of recipients with just 6.6% of the state’s residents using food stamps.

  92. moononpluto
    May 5th, 2011 at 10:52 am
    ————————-
    The Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco and Firearms has a mixed history. In the early days, they did a far better job of keeping tabs on the Mafia than the FBI did, and the presumed reason was the Mafia had pictures of Hoover in a fashionable dress making whoopie with his first assistant Fred Tolin. Meanwhile Annenburg who was head the Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco and Firearms prepared a black book documenting that there was a Mafia–something which was denied by Hoover, and documenting in some detail the scope and nature of their activities. He presented this black book to Bobby Kennedy when he became AG and Bobby, and his chief investigator Walter Sheridan used it to form Organized Crime Strike Forces around the country and go after the Mafia. This was prior to the enactment of RICO by Notre Dame Law Professor and former assistant US Attorney Robert Blakely.

    But that history is not representative of what the Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco and Fireams (I see they have added explosives to their title.) From what I can tell, they are a bunch of cowboys who shoot first and ask questions later, and their loss of control over those automatic weapons is symptomatic of the problem. If it were my call, I would eliminate that agency altogether and fold them into the FBI.

  93. I added this person’s comment at the end because I just love it ( and the name ” this guy is nuts ” ). At this rate we will be lucky to put food on our own table much less 1 out of 7 people in the US.
    ******

    Obama administration floats draft plan to tax cars by the mile
    By Pete Kasperowicz – 05/05/11 07:45 AM ET
    The Obama administration has floated a transportation authorization bill that would require the study and implementation of a plan to tax automobile drivers based on how many miles they drive.

    The plan is a part of the administration’s Transportation Opportunities Act, an undated draft of which was obtained this week by Transportation Weekly.

    The White House, however, said the bill is only an early draft that was not formally circulated within the administration.

    “This is not an administration proposal,” White House spokeswoman Jennifer Psaki said. “This is not a bill supported by the administration. This was an early working draft proposal that was never formally circulated within the administration, does not taken into account the advice of the president’s senior advisers, economic team or Cabinet officials, and does not represent the views of the president.”

    News of the draft follows a March Congressional Budget Office report that supported the idea of taxing drivers based on miles driven.
    Among other things, CBO suggested that a vehicle miles traveled (VMT) tax could be tracked by installing electronic equipment on each car to determine how many miles were driven; payment could take place electronically at filling stations.

    The CBO report was requested by Senate Budget Committee Chairman Kent Conrad (D-N.D.), who has proposed taxing cars by the mile as a way to increase federal highway revenues.

    Obama’s proposal seems to follow up on that idea in section 2218 of the draft bill. That section would create, within the Federal Highway Administration, a Surface Transportation Revenue Alternatives Office. It would be tasked with creating a “study framework that defines the functionality of a mileage-based user fee system and other systems.”

    The administration seems to be aware of the need to prepare the public for what would likely be a controversial change to the way highway funds are collected. For example, the office is called on to serve a public-relations function, as the draft says it should “increase public awareness regarding the need for an alternative funding source for surface transportation programs and provide information on possible approaches.”

    The draft bill says the “study framework” for the project and a public awareness communications plan should be established within two years of creating the office, and that field tests should begin within four years.

    The office would be required to consider four factors in field trials: the capability of states to enforce payment, the reliability of technology, administrative costs and “user acceptance.” The draft does not specify where field trials should begin.

    The new office would be funded a total of $300 million through fiscal 2017 for the project.

    This story was updated at 10:17 a.m.

    Comments (1477)

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    Uh, forgive me if I’m wrong, but doesn’t the federal gas tax already hit those that drive more the hardest? Didn’t Obama promise that no American families making less than $250,000 a year would not see their taxes increased by one dime? This ridiculous idea will hurt the poorest the hardest—but then again, this administration couldn’t care less.

    Evidently we are not paying enough at the pump in their eyes, guess we’d be easier to control if we can’t afford to drive and had to stay home. Guess they want us to go back to the stone age and use of horses and oxen that will crap all over the streets, releasing more methane into the atmosphere worsening “global warming.”

    Good luck getting them to put any device in my car that will keep track of my driving. Ain’t gonna happen.
    BY THIS GUY IS NUTS on 05/05/2011 at 07:57

  94. The Burea of Alcohol Tobacco and Firearms botched Ruby Ridge and Waco. Unfortunately, the FBI was also implicated.

  95. The Obama administration has floated a transportation authorization bill that would require the study and implementation of a plan to tax automobile drivers based on how many miles they drive.

    The plan is a part of the administration’s Transportation Opportunities Act, an undated draft of which was obtained this week by Transportation Weekly.

    The White House, however, said the bill is only an early draft that was not formally circulated within the administration.

    (Snip)

    THIS GUY IS NUTS
    ——————–
    Not nuts. Just Orwellian.

  96. For those people who cannot understand why liberty is important, perhaps they can understand what the loss of liberty looks like. Obama is squeezing the American People at every point in the compass in order to impose absolute control and destroy the middle class. This taxing drivers by the mile is one example. It is different than cap and trade where the economic burden trickles down from the business to the consumer in the form of an increase in the cost of goods purchased. This tax goes directly on the back of the consumer, so it is more visible. And when the word of it gets out, you get the same response we have seen before when their Orwellian Plan is prematurely disclosed: this was just a draft.

  97. The only draft I see is the one between the ears of obots. It is more than a draft however–it is a wind tunnel.

  98. CNN going gaga over Obama in a NY firestation, honestly, you’d think Obama hadkilled Bin Laden himself terminator style in Pakistan.

    Totally Disgraceful.

  99. moononpluto
    May 5th, 2011 at 4:57 am

    Was Obama Overruled on Decision to Kill Osama? Strong Circumstantial Evidence

    Interesting, Was it Hillary’s team that took out Osama?

    —-
    Wow, that entire article from the Insider is believable. If true, Hillary and the military have learned to go around Obama to do the business of the US.

    That being said, are all these great American’s willing to let Barry win in 2012 while many of them resign, or will they do what is necessary to get this fraud out of the Whitehouse?

  100. ISLAMABAD (AP) – Pakistan warned America Thursday of “disastrous consequences” if it carries out any more unauthorized raids against suspected terrorists like the one that killed Osama bin Laden.

    However, the government in Islamabad stopped short of labeling Monday’s helicopter raid on bin Laden’s compound not far from the capital Islamabad as an illegal operation and insisted relations between Washington and Islamabad remain on course.

    http://apnews.myway.com/article/20110505/D9N18J581.html

    Tell them to STFU over there or we stop giving them any money at all.

    They think they can blackmail us with their nukes?

  101. Tell them to STFU over there or we stop giving them any money at all.

    They think they can blackmail us with their nukes?
    ___________________

    Think about this for a minute- BO calls Geithner and says- “we need $20M printed by next Thursday promised to Pakistan.” It is legal to keep printing money as long as we are the World currency. The minute that plug is pulled, and they realize we are broke, is when a war will break out in our country.

  102. wbboei
    May 5th, 2011 at 12:16 pm

    The Obama administration has floated a transportation authorization bill that would require the study and implementation of a plan to tax automobile drivers based on how many miles they drive.
    ———————–

    We had an IBM guy over who was talking about Swedes doing something similar.. like if you drive (requires road sensors and tracking) during rush hour you automatically pay a toll. Their study indicates that the traffic density came down. It works for Sweden, a sparsely populated very small country. Good luck with doing that here. But I must say they have speed cameras everywhere now and automatic fines and that has indeed regulated speeds.

  103. However, the government in Islamabad stopped short of labeling Monday’s helicopter raid on bin Laden’s compound not far from the capital Islamabad as an illegal operation and insisted relations between Washington and Islamabad remain on course.
    http://apnews.myway.com/article/20110505/D9N18J581.html

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

    Or as a British politician said about Bin Laden hiding in plain sight in Attenbad: “Let’s not have a flaming row with Pakistan about this.”

  104. They think they can blackmail us with their nukes?
    ——————-

    They have already been doing that for eternity.

  105. I just keep wondering about the timing of all this. So many facts being throw out and then being pulled back.

    The long birth certificate issue no longer front and center.

    Where is Trump?

    obama on 24/7.

  106. Yes where in hell is trump? Ugh he was the only sane person in the media I was looking to. Maybe he is waiting til his show ends this month for a grand comeback?!?!?

  107. I have kept aol for many years as I was able to get a e-mail which helps my law practice nd would be hard to get elsewhere. I never follow much of their news links before, but now many are linked directly to Huffpo given the aquisition. Every headline is seemingly what great thing Obama has done …really frustrating. Obama now plus 9.1%!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  108. JanH
    May 5th, 2011 at 1:41 pm

    …Where is Trump?

    I think/hope he is just taking a breather. He knows how the media will hound him, attempt to trash him, maybe even attack his family. If he is taking a few weeks of peace before the storm that is fine with me.

    Just think how anyone(and their families), other then the media’s(and whoever controls the media) chosen candidate must bite the bullet, run the gauntlet, be deliberately misunderstood and misquoted, be battered from all sides and finally probably be cheated out of a victory of Olympian proportions. I will be forever grateful to him if he decides to run, and will understand if he decides not to.

  109. I just keep wondering about the timing of all this. So many facts being throw out and then being pulled back.
    The long birth certificate issue no longer front and center.

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

    That may be why Obama released the long form when he did, knowing that the BL story was coming and would wipe it off the news and prevent questions like “Why did you wait so long?”

  110. http://biggovernment.com/sberry/2011/05/05/will-osama-bin-ladens-death-end-up-being-a-liability-for-president-obama

    Will Osama bin Laden’s Death End Up Being A Liability for President Obama?

    It would be the ultimate irony if the one courageous and decisive act by President Obama turned out to be yet another liability. Quite frankly, it would not be surprising either.

    Questions about how the death and burial of Osama bin Laden came about are mounting. It is becoming increasingly evident that the White House is now backing off, changing details, and spinning to its political advantage an event that should primarily celebrate a decade of U.S. policies of intelligence-gathering and military strategy, as well as the strength and competence of the best-trained military in the world.

    CIA Chief, Leon Panetta, now appears to be at odds with the White House, regarding both the release of photos of bin Laden’s body and whether waterboarding was used to extract intelligence information from detainees of Guantanamo.

    White House spokesman Jay Carney, and now the president himself, has said that the White House is reluctant to release the photos of the body because of concern about “sensitivities.” The question is, whose “sensitivities?” Other radical jihadists who may be enraged further with the United States? American citizens who have already witnessed gruesome photos of dead civilians- courtesy of the main stream media- in Iraq and Afghanistan? Or, the liberal base of the Democratic party, who can’t quite get their heads around the fact that their president- who is supposedly of such superior moral character, and has already done such a thorough job of apologizing to the world for the “transgressions” of the United States- actually made a decision to kill the apparently unarmed terrorist within sight of his wife (or child), to defend and preserve American freedom and security?

    Already, the complicit media is, as expected, ignoring some of the “hot spots” of how the information, regarding bin Laden’s whereabouts, was brought to light, such as through the use of waterboarding. What a dilemma for them and the White House! The same policies, initiated by the Bush-Cheney administration, relied upon by President Obama?

    While many have wondered if Mr. Obama will be more inclined to win re-election in 2012 because of the killing of bin Laden, the fact is that his decision to act was a good one, but, unfortunately, uncharacteristic of his presidency. The truth is that most Americans do not approve of the president’s performance because most of his decisions carry with them a sea of controversy and distrust regarding his aspirations for the nation and desire to fulfill the will of the American people.

    As details of Osama bin Laden’s killing continue to emerge, will his liberal base be turned off because of their “sensitivities” to the realities of keeping the country safe, or will conservatives ultimately see another confused, inconsistent mass of details coming from an administration that is still not courageous, still not decisive, and still not trusted?

  111. …Where is Trump?

    —–
    He is watching Barry make a fool of himself over all the stories about the takedown.

    No reason to step in right now and derail this self-boobification.

  112. tim
    May 4th, 2011 at 8:51 pm

    “it would have been better for national unity and Obama’s own political fortunes if he had gone out of his way to thank 43.”
    &&&&&&&&

    This would presume that Obama could be tactful, and that he’s a good politician.

    That not being the case, it was a true long shot that he’d share any glory, and that he withstand the impulse to do a public victory dance.

    Hmmmm, smells like a rerun of “Mission Accomplished”.

  113. Hillary under the microscope…again.

    (Reuters) – An allergy and not anguish may explain why Secretary of State Hillary Clinton had her hand to her mouth while watching the commando operation to kill Osama bin Laden, she said on Thursday.

    “Those were 38 of the most intense minutes. I have no idea what any of us were looking at that particular millisecond when the picture was taken,” she said on Thursday when asked about the photo during a visit to Rome.

    “I am somewhat sheepishly concerned that it was my preventing one of my early spring allergic coughs. So it may have no great meaning whatsoever,” Clinton added.

  114. Seems to me from what Hillary said above, that they were not just watching Panetta give a blow by blow narration of the take down, or she would have know what she was watching for 38 minutes, (Panetta).

  115. Gosh Admin – you are SOOOOOOOO Good!

    LOVE your stuff! LOVE IT LOVE IT LOVE IT!

    Thanks for all you do.

    _________________________________________

    Saw a comment on a news blog regarding the “Million Dollar Mansion”

    “If that is a mansion, I wonder what the 72 virgins look like”

  116. ‘uh seriously to think I was ever a dem. These people r crazy’

    LOL!

    I have been saying the same thing to myself over the past few years!

  117. Next time I suggest we capture these folks alive and let Cheryl Crow foot the bill

  118. Good God – Fox News Watch 9-11 “As it Happened” on Sunday – all day.

    So, let me get this straight. We will watch Americans being incinerated in airplanes, people jumping to their deaths, fire fighters and police officers being crushed by concrete and glass, New Yorkers chocking till their lungs come up on dust and toxic fumes – and then waych a re-run of “Law and Order” or something –

    but Good God! Don’t show us the pictures of Dead Binny with a bullet in the head. We might piss off some muslim terrorist.

  119. HOW’S THAT RECOVERY GOING THERE, BUDDY BOY?

    news.yahoo.com/s/nm/20110505/bs_nm/us_usa_economy;_ylt=AjZwqFy3Z0c_oJym0cdXZ4iyBhIF;_ylu=X3oDMTJmaDc2ZTZ2BGFzc2V0A25tLzIwMTEwNTA1L3VzX3VzYV9lY29ub215BGNwb3MDMwRwb3MDOARzZWMDeW5fdG9wX3N0b3J5BHNsawNqb2JsZXNzY2xhaW0-

    Data hints at slowdown in job creation
    ==========

    By Lucia Mutikani Lucia Mutikani – 2 hrs 20 mins ago

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The number of Americans filing for jobless aid rose to an eight-month high last week and productivity growth slowed in the first quarter, clouding the outlook for an economy that is struggling to gain speed.

    While the surprise jump in initial claims for unemployment benefits was blamed on factors ranging from spring break layoffs to the introduction of an emergency benefits program, economists said it corroborated reports this week indicating a loss of momentum in job creation.

    New claims for state jobless benefits rose 43,000 to 474,000, the highest since mid-August, the Labor Department said on Thursday. Economists had expected claims to fall.

    One factor that likely helped push claims up and that could prove lingering were auto layoffs brought about by supply disruptions from Japan’s earthquake and tsunami.

    A second report showed nonfarm productivity increased at a 1.6 percent annual rate in the first three months of the year, braking from a 2.9 percent pace in the fourth quarter.

    “We do not think that the entire rise in claims over the last month can be explained by special factors alone,” said Harm Bandholz, chief U.S. economist at UniCredit Research in New York. “It seems instead as if the improvement in the labor market slowed a bit.”

    The data was the latest to suggest a softening in the jobs market. Other reports this week showed weaker employment growth in the manufacturing and services sectors in April, and a step back in private hiring.

    ECONOMIC GROWTH SLOWS IN FIRST QUARTER

    Boosting employment is critical to reinvigorating a recovery weighed down by high food and energy pries. Growth slowed to a 1.8 percent annual rate in the first quarter after a 3.1 percent expansion in the final three months of 2010.

    Economist anticipate a pick-up in growth but the prediction could be in jeopardy if the stream of weak data persists.

    “The data is not consistent with the type of growth numbers that are anticipated for the economy over the balance of the year,” said Steven Ricchiuto, chief economist at Mizuho Securities in New York.

    The claims data fell outside the survey period for the government’s employment report for April, which will be released on Friday and is expected to show the jobless rate holding at a two-year low of 8.8 percent.

    A Reuters survey found economists looking for an increase of 186,000 in nonfarm payrolls, which rose by 216,000 in March — the most in 10 months.

    But the odds are high for an even lower number. An industry survey released on Thursday found hiring by U.S. small businesses almost ground to a halt in April.

    SPECIAL FACTORS BLAMED

    U.S. stocks fell on the claims report, while government debt prices rose for a sixth straight session. The dollar gained against the euro after the European Central Bank offered few clues on the timing of the future interest rate increases.

    Reports from retailers showed a late Easter boosted sales of clothing and other holiday-related items in April, but stores warned rising costs and a weak labor market would dampen purchases over the next several months.

    A Labor Department official said spring break layoffs in New York added about 25,000 to the jobless benefit rolls last week. He said the start of an emergency benefits program in Oregon also helped lift the number of claims.

    Many states in the Northeast allow for non-teaching staff to file for unemployment benefits when schools close for spring and summer breaks. The department tries to adjust its figures to take into account these seasonal fluctuations but New York’s spring break occurred at an unusual time this year.

    Tornadoes that struck parts of the country could also have accounted for a small number of claims.

    “We are hesitant to take too strong of a signal from the recent increase in claims data and will look to upcoming reports before suggesting that the upturn in claims is a sign that the labor market has lost momentum,” said Michael Gapen, a senior economist at Barclays Capital in New York.

    The slowdown in productivity in the first quarter reflected the softening in growth, but also suggested businesses may soon need to step up hiring.

    “It’s not unusual at this stage of the cycle to see productivity slowing. We’re seeing hiring, it’s not very rapid, but companies cannot squeeze more out of their workers anymore,” said Yelena Shulyatyeva, an economist at BNP Paribas in New York.

    The data showed a slight gain in wage-related price pressures, which nevertheless were muted. Unit labor costs, which gauge the cost of labor for any given unit of output, rose at a 1 percent rate after dropping 1 percent in the fourth quarter.

  120. In a statement released by the Human Rights Campaign, Bill Clinton said:

    Our nation’s permanent mission is to form a ‘more perfect union’ – deepening the meaning of freedom, broadening the reach of opportunity, strengthening the bonds of community. That mission has inspired and empowered us to extend rights to people previously denied them. Every time we have done that, it has strengthened our nation. Now we should do it again, in New York, with marriage equality. For more than a century, our Statue of Liberty has welcomed all kinds of people from all over the world yearning to be free. In the 21st century, I believe New York’s welcome must include marriage equality.

    [ Chelsea Clinton also made a statement supporting gay marriage. ]

  121. I didn’t know there was a Republican candidate debate tonight. No wonder Obama picked today for his propaganda show…

  122. Will Bin Laden’s sea burial backfire? Radical Muslims already name location ‘Martyr’s Sea’

    —(Good, let all the martyr’s strap on a bomb and jump in with their leader
    888

    FUNNY
    *****A Repub debate without Trump would be sooo boring

  123. gonzotx
    May 5th, 2011 at 5:54 pm

    I sometimes feel in no mans land, no party..

    This must be what Independent feels like!

    ——-
    I feel the same way. I think of Independents as Cherry Pickers. 🙂

  124. As a black transsexual about the gay marriage thing we have more important ish to be worried about than a darn gay marriage. And yes I’m beyond pro- gay but I am American first. But thanks for the concern billy

  125. jbstonesfan
    May 5th, 2011 at 10:39 am
    Today he is 51.3% approval- a 8.7% plus spread!!!
    ———————————————————-

    jbstones – you’ve gotta snap outa’ this. it is only temporary. this guy will be back in the crapper within a week. thought i might cheer you up with one of my fav stones songs from days long past. 🙂

    http://youtu.be/d01ViihGBS8

  126. I’m with Vanity4USA on the marriage equality thing. Bigger fish to fry than that right now. I am never going to agree with any politician on every issue. And I won’t discard anyone who I think has the best interests of my country at heart because of that issue.

  127. “Sheryl Crowe on bin Laden: I felt ‘mixed emotions about the fact that we killed someone’”

    Who the hell are these people? 9/11 was barely 10 years ago.
    “I have been saying the same thing to myself over the past few years!” Me as well, who are these people?

  128. watch video:http://www.realclearpolitics.com/video/2011/05/05/burlingame_after_meeting_with_obama_he_turned_his_back_on_me.html

    Burlingame After Meeting With Obama: He Turned His Back On Me

    Debra Burlingame, the sister of Charles “Chic” Burlingame (pilot of the plane that crashed into the Pentagon) met with President Obama today, along with other families who were victims of 9/11. Burlingame said she confronted Obama about Attorney General Eric Holder prosecuting the men who interrogated KSM, which may have produced intelligence leading us to bin Laden.

    Burlingame describes the encounter with Obama: “As a former attorney I know you can’t tell the Attorney General what to do, he said, ‘No, I can’t.’ But I said ‘we — that shouldn’t stop you from giving your opinion. We wouldn’t be here today if they hadn’t done their jobs. Can’t you at least give them your opinion.’ And he said ‘no I won’t,’ and he turned around and walked away.”

  129. Are there Prez debates on for the Rethugs tonight?

    Anyone listening to them? …me neither.

    Is Trump in on them?

  130. 61% of American’s think Binny is now in Hell.

    I guess the others either don’t know or think he is boinking his virgins.

  131. Re: shenanigans, May 5th, 2011 at 8:14 pm

    “No, I can’t” and “No I won’t” sure is a far cry from ‘Yes We Can!’

  132. “Burlingame After Meeting With Obama: He Turned His Back On Me”

    Doesn’t surprise me one bit Waffles did this. Now lets see how long before Waffles and his media minions called this poor woman a racist, 3, 2, 1.

  133. CNN: Wapo says CIA spied on bin laden for months from a safe house near his compound. This backs up the story that Obama refused to pull the trigger on the operation for some time.

  134. LOL, it looks like all the Republicans at the debate are dressed in gray suits. What’s up with that??

  135. Trump has not announced he is runnng for president so he is not on the Rep debates.

    Too bad you are missing it…z-z-z-z-z…:wink:

  136. “CIA spied on bin laden for months from a safe house near his compound.”

    I wonder if Debra Burlingame knows about this, I read quite a few familes are upset with Waffles taking this victory lap, I wonder how many know the delays this man caused when the US military and CIA were so much in close pursuit of this terrorist? Yet, he is right there to take all credit, in my opinion, the main, and I mean main, people who deserve credit are the US military and CIA, Waffles is to be commended for not getting in the way of the bravery of the US military and the CIA.
    If someone were watching CNN and MSNBC today, they would think this weakling man went all by himself like Rambo and killed those terrorists.

    Never have I see such a blatant and disgusting sight of how the media minions prop up this fool. No wonder many 9/11 families are upset, I wouldn’t be surprised if the the navy seal’s families and they themselves feel this way as well, of course they will never openly get any credit, let alone expressing their true feelings.

  137. thought i might cheer you up with one of my fav stones songs from days long past.

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    Thanks!!!!

  138. the only one I like hearing from is Herman Cain, the rest of them are interchangable. I think he is the only person, Cain, that has actually run a business.

  139. Heavens to Betsy! Watching this debate gives Americans an idea of what it’s like to be water-boarded. 🙂

    The exit question will be who was most dull – the candidates or the moderators?

  140. Admin, LOL

    It’s taken almost 30 minutes to realized that Romney is not at the debates. Has he not said he is a candidate? If he has where is he?

  141. “the candidates or the moderators?” Both.

    I think a can of soda will make a nice addition, its campaign slogan? Vote for me and kick out Waffles from the WH. Short and simple.

  142. How about “We don’t need a Waffle House, we need a Whitehouse” ( no offense to the Waffle House Restaurants )…”an’t you leave me alone to eat my waffles”

  143. Say it isn’t so….

    Drudge Alert – Ron Paul Has Best Chance vs. Obama in CNN Poll
    May 6, 2011 No Comments ›› admin
    From CNN “According to the poll, taken before the announcement of Osama bin Laden’s death, President Barack Obama has an edge over all the top GOP candidates in hypothetical match-ups.” “Who does best against Obama? Paul. The congressman from Texas, … who is well liked by many in the tea party movement, trails the …

  144. Did Wikileaks force the attack on Osama 18 months before the election? (updated)

    Thomas Lifson

    I confess to being such a cynic about Obama that when the death of Osama was announced Sunday night, the first question in my mind was, “Why so long before the election?” This is exactly the sort of event (like the financial crisis of 2008) that can swing several percentage points of the vote with its halo effect.

    A potential answer to my question comes from the UK Daily Mail. Neil Sears writes:

    WikiLeaks may have triggered the killing of Osama Bin Laden, it was suggested last night.

    For although the CIA has thought since September that he was in hiding in Abbottabad, special forces stormed his fortress only days after the website published new secret documents.

    These made reference to named ‘couriers’ carrying Bin Laden’s message to his followers, and also to Abbottabad as a possible Al Qaeda bolthole. (snip)
    Although the document does not suggest Bin Laden has hidden in Abbottabad, it clearly identifies the city as known to the Americans as a possible Al Qaeda leadership bolthole, and identifies by name several couriers.

    It is not yet clear whether the named couriers are those who did indeed lead the CIA to Bin Laden – but even so the document could have provided evidence for Al Qaeda that the net was closing in.

    We will probably never know exactly why this particular moonless night was chosen, but it was the first such optimal evening to occur after Wikileaks let the cat out of the bag.

    Julian Assange, hero to the anti-American left worldwide, may have forced Obama’s hand in deploying “Cheney’s Assassination Squad” (Seymour Hersh’s term) for a “targeted assassination” prematurely.

    Life is full of ironies.

    Update from Dale T. Armstrong:

    In addition to what Thomas outlines above with the Wikileaks document, there may have been several other incidents that when taken separately, slipped under the radar, but when taken together as a series, may have indicated to the US Intelligence Community that their identification of and stakeout of Bin Laden’s Safe house in Abbottabad was about to be blown, and thus a critical mass had been reached, and it was time to act on the Intel that the White House had been sitting on since August of 2010.

    The second incident, in addition to the Wikileaks document, was the arrest of CIA “Contractor” Raymond Davis in Lahore, back in February of this year. Davis was arrested in eastern Pakistan, in the city of Lahore, which coincidentally, 200 miles southeast of Abbottabad. Davis’ cover-story, that he was keeping track of Islamic Extremists in Eastern Pakistan, never made much sense to begin with.

    “The New York Times on Monday reported that Davis was part of a CIA operation tracking Islamist extremists in eastern Pakistan, such as Lashkar-e-Taiba, the virulently anti-Indian group blamed for the bloody 2008 siege of Mumbai.”

    The US has never targeted the Eastern Jihadis in Pakistan, those focused on Kashmir & India, and certainly never used Drone Attacks against them. I would propose, that Davis was in fact, part of the CIA undercover operation targeting Bin Laden’s couriers, and scouting out Abbottabad!.

    Thirdly, in March of this year, this in-depth article was published in the Asia Times, by well known Pakistani Journalist Syed Saleem Shahzad. The gist of the article, is that after years of no Intel on Bin Laden whereabouts, the US recently had become aware of major Bin Laden movement across the area and meetings with Taliban and Jihadi leaders.

    Though the US Intel Community had supposedly not shared with any other Intelligence Service their belief that Bin Laden was hiding out in the Abbottabad safe house, Syed’s article had to raise alarm bells inside the Beltway, as Syed is known not only for his well-placed sources inside the Taliban and probably Al Qaeda, but also for his obvious connections to the Pakistani Military and Intelligence/ISI networks as well. And though the Pakistani Military/ISI may not have known specifically about the US having identified the Abbottabad Bin Laden safe site, clearly, from the article, someone in the Pakistani Journalist’s informant network, was privy to sensitive information that Bin Laden had had a recent surge of activity.

    Syed’s article, combined with the arrest of CIA contractor Raymond Davis, and the Wikileak Article, probably caused the US decision on whether to act on the Abbottabad issue to reach a critical mass, and ultimately forced the US’ hand on the issue.

    http://www.americanthinker.com/blog/2011/05/did_wikileaks_force_the_attack.html

  145. “How about “We don’t need a Waffle House, we need a Whitehouse” ( no offense to the Waffle House Restaurants )…”an’t you leave me alone to eat my waffles””

    LOL.

  146. Herman Cain actually has quite the business sense but he is AA and I don’t think the country is going down THAT road again for some time

    Thank you Mr Fraud ( will never say that name)but what is this that all Muslims appear to have barrack somewhere in their name?

  147. gonzotx
    May 5th, 2011 at 10:17 pm

    Obama warns White House party crowd: ‘You do not want to be between Michelle and a tamale’
    ——————–
    So now MO is the butt of his jokes. I hate when husbands do that.

  148. Obama warns White House party crowd: ‘You do not want to be between Michelle and a tamale’

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

    funny as hell!!!

  149. when the death of Osama was announced Sunday night, the first question in my mind was, “Why so long before the election?” This is exactly the sort of event (like the financial crisis of 2008) that can swing several percentage points of the vote with its halo effect. [….]
    WikiLeaks may have triggered the killing of Osama Bin Laden, it was suggested last night.
    For although the CIA has thought since September that he was in hiding in Abbottabad, special forces stormed his fortress only days after the website published new secret documents.

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

    Sounds like the sort of thing Assange wanted Wikileaks to do: keep someone like Obama from keeping secrets to manipulate elections.

  150. House GOP Unanimously Passes Anti-Abortion Bill That Redefines Rape, Raises Taxes, And Creates Rape Audits — “In a 251 to 175 vote this evening, 16 anti-choice Democrats joined every House Republican present in passing H.R. 3, the No Taxpayer Funding For Abortion Act. A chief weapon in the House GOP’s ‘comprehensive assault’ on women this bill proposes some of the most radical and draconian restrictions on women’s rights.”

  151. …everything I have heard and read points to Leon Panetta being the ‘leader’ in this whole thing…probably with the esteem assistance of Hillary and Gates…

    I have even heard repubs who don’t even like Leon praising him and saying he was magnificent…

  152. i can’t believe Scott Brown or the twins would vote for that bill

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    I know C**kl*y wouldn’t.

  153. it never ends
    *****

    WASHINGTON (AP) — A White House official says President Barack Obama will meet with some of those involved in the military assault that killed Osama bin Laden when he visits Fort Campbell, Ky., on Friday.

    ****

    Too bad about Trump, this is an assassination.

  154. “Too bad about Trump,”

    Trump will be back, starting next week, I have no doubt about that, let Waffles have his victory lap as more and more people get pissed off at him and his me, me, me tour.

  155. let’s hope T is regrouping…laying low…letting O’s victory lap wrap itself up…and taking his time until the end of the month as he said and then announce…and be prepared…with backing and endorsements up his sleeve…hoping the donald is lining up his ducks (so to speak)…he needs to come back serious, prepared, and focused on top priorities..no time now for frivolity…

    …he has time to relaunch…but he has to use all those smarts he says he has…hopefully he is studying the lay of the land now and sizing up the big picture…the sure wins and the pitfalls…and getting himself organized…

    the game has changed … he has to come back with strong and substantial moves…

  156. Herman Cain actually has quite the business sense but he is AA and I don’t think the country is going down THAT road again for some time

    Thank you Mr Fraud ( will never say that name)but what is this that all Muslims appear to have barrack somewhere in their name?
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    Even if Obama is the alternative?

  157. Something I just posted at Riverdaughter.

    RD said: His act of aggression was tantamount to an act of war.

    Me: Yes. And, rightly, so was our response. BL invented a sort of war that jumped borders. Our response jumped borders and jumped a decade. But it was the right response.

    (In both cases, 9/11 and 5/11, it was c. 20 highly competent people in a short time doing what an army could not. But both were still war.)

    No, I wouldn’t go out and celebrate. But I understand why some people would. Power to their catharsis.

  158. When the first paragraph in a news story leads with… now, now- put your feet up, grab a cold one- let the gastric juices that have been bubbling up during your dreary day settle and relax- theres nothing to fear, after you hear how Obama reenacted his speech for the camera a second time, revamping his original announcement OBL had been killed.
    ________________________

    How Photos from Obama’s Speech on Bin Laden’s Death Were Staged

    http://www.mediabistro.com/fishbowlny/obama-speech-bin-laden-staged_b34749#more-34749

  159. Whoever runs against Obama needs to understand that they are also running against big media. In order to win, they must take both of them down, because Obama and big media are joined at the hip.

  160. Trump pulled out of the Indy race
    ——————
    Pulled out or never entered. If he has yet to announce, how can he throw his hat in the ring. As far as that goes, he is not intimidated by Obama, and he disrespects big media. He promised us a surprise and my guess is he is working on one. If it is the Indiana race, they will go with their favorite son Daniels, and if he did enter and did not win, big media would lie and claim he was losing altitude. During the campaign Mr Henry, one of Hillary’s advisors wrote a memo advocating that she skip Iowa. Unfortunately, Solis Doyle leaked it to Obama and big media. In hindsight that may have been good strategy, but I did not think so at the time.

  161. I don’t know enough about Cain but the idea of the R’s nominating their first black candidate to run against the first black president seems contrived. Not to mention that the name McCain means son of Cain. No one on the stage gave me the chris matthews(tingle) although I did find Paul very entertaining. I also think Cain may have confused Egypt and Libya.

  162. Obama and his Chicago mafia are coming after Trump.. Dirty tricks are nothing new this WH-

    Now the “other” race is being asked to withdraw their support from Trump.

    “ColorOfChange launches a Twitter-based campaign to persuade Star Jones and Lil Jon to speak out against the possible presidential contender.

    An African-American political advocacy group is targeting Celebrity Apprentice star Donald Trump in the aftermath of what many feel are racially tinged political comments made about President Obama.”

    http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/black-stars-celebrity-apprentice-urged-185885

  163. Silly bots calling/faxing/writing/facebooking the advertisers on The Apprentice to boycott. Pretty sure those ad slots have been paid for already. And if Trump announces there isn’t going to be a show next year. All they are doing is bringing attention to how every criticism or questioning of bambi is responded to with cries of racism diluting its efficacy with each unfounded claim.

  164. Silly bots calling/faxing/writing/facebooking the advertisers on The Apprentice to boycott. Pretty sure those ad slots have been paid for already. And if Trump announces there isn’t going to be a show next year. All they are doing is bringing attention to how every criticism or questioning of bambi is responded to with cries of racism diluting its efficacy with each unfounded claim.
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    I see no appreciable difference between these little jerk-offs and the gestapo.

  165. Obama’s Osama Cover Up
    By Larry Johnson on May 5, 2011 at 8:10 PM in Current Affairs

    It is clear now that the Obama team is lying about some critical details about how they discovered the whereabouts of Osama Bin Laden and what happened when Navy Seals entered the compound. This is Deja Bush all over again. I remember dismissing doubts I had when Colin Powell made his bogus presentation to the UN Security Council in January 2003. I reassured myself at the time with the refrain, “the Administration must have intel that they can’t tell us about.” Well, I was wrong then.

    So I’m throwing the bullshit flag on Barack Obama. His story about the demise of Bin Laden does not add up and Congress should get to the bottom of the matter. Let’s start with the transcript of Obama’s remarks last Sunday night:

    Then, last August, after years of painstaking work by our intelligence community, I was briefed on a possible lead to bin Laden. It was far from certain, and it took many months to run this thread to ground. I met repeatedly with my national security team as we developed more information about the possibility that we had located bin Laden hiding within a compound deep inside of Pakistan. And finally, last week, I determined that we had enough intelligence to take action, and authorized an operation to get Osama bin Laden and bring him to justice.

    Today, at my direction, the United States launched a targeted operation against that compound in Abbottabad, Pakistan. A small team of Americans carried out the operation with extraordinary courage and capability. No Americans were harmed. They took care to avoid civilian casualties. After a firefight, they killed Osama bin Laden and took custody of his body.

    Let’s look at one specific claim.

    “After a firefight, they killed Osama bin Laden and took custody of his body.”

    Then National Security counter terrorism advisor John Brennan jumped into the fray with this account:

    Q You said that Osama bin Laden was actually involved in the firefight, and we had — it has been reported that he reached for a weapon. Did he get his hand on a gun and did he fire himself?

    MR. BRENNAN: He was engaged in a firefight with those that entered the area of the house he was in. And whether or not he got off any rounds, I quite frankly don’t know.

    Thinking about that from a visual perspective, here is bin Laden, who has been calling for these attacks, living in this million dollar-plus compound, living in an area that is far removed from the front, hiding behind women who were put in front of him as a shield. I think it really just speaks to just how false his narrative has been over the years. And so, again, looking at what bin Laden was doing hiding there while he’s putting other people out there to carry out attacks again just speaks to I think the nature of the individual he was. . . .

    Q I’m sorry. I just want to clear something up because I think a few of us are confused. The woman that was killed was bin Laden’s wife?

    MR. BRENNAN: That’s my understanding. It was one of them.

    Q And he was using her as a shield?

    MR. BRENNAN: She served as a shield. Again, this is my understanding — and we’re still getting the reports of exactly what happened at particular moments — that when — she fought back; when there was the opportunity to get to bin Laden, she was positioned in a way that indicated that she was being used as a shield — whether or not bin Laden or the son, or whatever, put her there, or she put herself there, but, yes, that’s again, my understanding that she met her demise, and my understanding is that she was one of bin Laden’s wives.

    John Brennan is not some flunky who was tending flowers in the Rose Garden. He was standing behind President Obama in one of the pictures released watching the raid unfold real time. So you would think that his report to the media was not based on something that someone else saw or did. He watched. But for some reason, still unknown, the White House story changed within 24 hours:

    On orders of the President, a small U.S. team assaulted a secure compound in an affluent suburb of Islamabad to capture or kill Osama bin Laden. The raid was conducted with U.S. military personnel assaulting on two helicopters. The team methodically cleared the compound, moving from room to room in an operation lasting nearly 40 minutes. They were engaged in a firefight throughout the operation, and Osama bin Laden was killed by the assaulting force.

    In addition to the bin Laden family, two other families resided in the compound: one family on the first floor of the bin Laden building, and one family in a second building.

    One team began the operation on the first floor of the bin Laden house and worked their way to the third floor. A second team cleared the separate building.

    On the first floor of bin Laden’s building, two al Qaeda couriers were killed, along with a woman who was killed in crossfire. Bin Laden and his family were found on the second and third floor of the building. There was concern that bin Laden would oppose the capture operation — operation rather, and, indeed, he did resist.

    In the room with bin Laden, a woman — bin Laden’s — a woman, rather, bin Laden’s wife, rushed the U.S. assaulter and was shot in the leg but not killed. Bin Laden was then shot and killed. He was not armed.

    Following the firefight, the noncombatants were moved to a safe location as the damaged helicopter was detonated. The team departed the scene via helicopter to the USS Carl Vinson in the North Arabian Sea.

    Aboard the USS Carl Vinson, the burial of bin Laden was done in conformance with Islamic precepts and practices. The deceased’s body was washed and then placed in a white sheet. The body was placed in a weighted bag; a military officer read prepared religious remarks, which were translated into Arabic by a native speaker. After the words were complete, the body was placed on a prepared flat board, tipped up, and the deceased body eased into the sea. . . .

    Q Thanks, Jay. Since, as you said, bin Laden was not armed, why was the decision made to kill him as opposed to capturing him?

    MR. CARNEY: As Mr. Brennan and others have made clear, there was — we were prepared to capture him if that was possible. We expected a great deal of resistance and were met with a great deal of resistance.

    Q But he wasn’t armed?

    MR. CARNEY: But there were many other people who were armed in the region — I mean, in the compound. There was a firefight.

    Q But not in that room when he went in?

    MR. CARNEY: Dan, it was a highly volatile firefight. I’ll point you to the Department of Defense for more details about it, but it was a — he resisted. The U.S. personnel on the ground handled themselves with the utmost professionalism and he was killed in an operation because of the resistance that they met.

    Completely different account. Still insisting there was a firefight throughout the entire incident.

    Then on Wednesday, 4 May, an Obama Administration official tells MSNBC:

    3 of 4 men killed in assault on bin Laden compound were unarmed, never fired shot, officials tell NBC News

    One other point that makes no sense. Carney says the SEALs took off from Abbottabad and flew to the USS Carl Vinson in the North Arabian Sea. That distance, in a fully loaded helicopter, is beyond the range of the Black Hawk without refueling. That’s more than 500 miles.

    These are not minor, inconsequential details. These are major discrepancies. I think Osama is dead. The SEALs are confident they got the job done and they know who they shot. But the Administration spin is nonsense. They have pushed the heroic Obama meme (e.g., he supposed only had 60% certainty). In reality they knew with almost 100% certainty that Osama was in that building. How? Video and on the ground surveillance in the days preceding the raid. And one other tidbit I picked up today. An element in the Pakistan ISI was cooperating with us and gave us the greenlight to take out a guy they have spent the last ten years protecting.

  166. Obama is the Potemkin Village President. Nothing about him is real. It is a front. White becomes black, day becomes night, hesitation in the moment of decision is made to appear as bold decisiveness, and the ignoranti swallow the fiction hook line and sinker. All of it is just one grand illusion supported to the hilt by the chattering class, and a legion of obots too dumb to spit.

  167. wbboei
    Did you see this?
    A supplemental brief filed by Orly Taitz yesterday?

    http://networkedblogs.com/hvFLH

    She filed between the time bambi flubbed the oath and was later sworn in. I watched the whole 52 minute hearing from May 2 and it seems to me she punched a huge whole in the defenses argument which from what I gathered was that once in office it was out of the court’s hands and eligibility was then under the purview of the legislature. But since she filed before he took the oath the court could rule.

    Is this a big deal?

  168. wbboie
    here is the brief

    On May 2, 2011 undersigned conducted oral argument in the above captioned case in front of Honorable Justices Berzon, Fisher and Pregerson. Justices were trying to ascertain, what would be the correct timing in filing a legal action, questioning legitimacy of the President of the United States.

    FRAP 28 (j) Citation of Supplemental Authorities

    Third District Court of Appeals of CA, in Keyes et al v Bowen et al C 062321 Third District Court of Appeals of CA which was based on a prior decision in Robinson v Bowen 567 F. Supp. 2d at p1147 from U.S. District Court for the Northern District of CA. Both Robinson and Keyes dealt with the challenge of presidential eligibility. Robinson dealt with the challenge of the eligibility of senator McCain in light of his birth in the city of Colon, Panama and Keyes challenged eligibility of senator Obama in light of lack of long form birth certificate. Both cases were filed against the Secretary of State of CA Debra Bowen. Both the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of CA and the Third District court of Appeals in Ca concurred that the proper time to challenge presidential eligibility, is after the election and after the congressional confirmation.

    “Therefore, this order holds that the challenge presented by plaintiff is committed under the Constitution to the electors and the legislative branch, at least in the first instance. Judicial review–if any–should occur only after the electoral and Congressional processes have run their course. [Citation.]” (Robinson v. Bowen, supra, 567 F.Supp.2d at p. 1147.) (emphasis added)

    Undersigned would like to remind this court that she filed this action on the Inauguration day. Defendant, Mr. Obama, could not memorize the oath of office and Chief Justice Roberts had to come back to the White House and give Mr. Obama a make up oath. By that time Taitz already filed this legal action. As such, the timing was perfect: it was executed after the legislative process ran its course and before the defendant, Mr. Obama, was sworn in..

    Respectfully submitted,

    Dr. Orly Taitz, ESQ
    Attorney for 40 plaintiffs in case 10-55084.

    http://networkedblogs.com/hvFLH

  169. Donald Trump dumps offer to drive Indy 500 pace car Thu May 5, 7:52 pm ET
    NEW YORK (Reuters) – Donald Trump has turned down an offer to drive the pace car at the Indianapolis 500 because it would be “inappropriate” while he considers a possible 2012 run for the Republican presidential nomination, race organizers said on Thursday. The Indianapolis Motor Speedway had selected the U.S. real estate mogul and reality TV star to be the celebrity pace driver for the race on May 29, but a busy schedule has left Trump unavailable. “I very much appreciate the honor but time and business constraints make my appearance there, especially with the necessary practice sessions, impossible to fulfill,” Trump said in a statement released by the Speedway. “I look forward to watching the race from New York.” According to race organizers, Trump told them he may soon be announcing his intention to run for the Republican presidential nomination and thought it would be “inappropriate” to drive the pace car. His withdrawal comes as a “Dump Trump” campaign to have him removed as pace car driver picked up speed with race fans angered that someone with no connection to racing would get the honor on the event’s 100th anniversary. A replacement for Trump has not been named for the event widely known as the “Greatest Spectacle in Racing.”
    http://news.yahoo.com/s/nm/20110505/people_nm/us_donaldtrump

  170. Yesterday I did not foresee a need to bring immigration policies up again so soon in comment, but have since noticed the following on TV. Seems now the illegals are free to out themselves with impunity; but if the terrorists ever come here again (snark), Barack has us covered.
    Local Police Chief Frustrated with Federal Immigraiion Policies
    Beaver Meadows, Carbon County [PA]—-Beaver Meadows Police Chief Mike Morresi pulled over a speeder a few days ago and learned the driver was an illegal immigrant from Mexico. He contaced Immigration and Customs Enforcement, I.C.E. for assistance..He was told cut the man loose. Chief Morresi told Eyewitness News, “I.C.E. never ceases to amaze me, they change their policy everytime I call them.one time the issue a detainer,another time they refuse to get involved. The anhe pulled over was 29 year old Oswaldo- Tlalmis-Perez, he admiited he was in the country illegally, 5 years in New jersey, one year in Hazleton. Chief Morresi has stopped close to 60 illegal immigrants over the past two years and has gained a reputatino as a no nonsense police officer when it comes to illegal immigration. But he says, thee must be a consistent policy from I.C.E, he said, “I am really frustrated, unless we file criminal charges,we are told to cite them with a traffic violations.” Congressman Lou Barletta, who championed illegal immigration reform when he was Mayor of Hazleton and gaimed him the natinal spotlight has been in contact with Morresi, he told Eyewitness News, “I wrote a letter to the director of I.C.E and demanded answers, how can a known illegal immigrant be let free.” Eyewitness News contace I.C.E officials, for comment..our phone calls and e-mails were not returned.
    http://pahomepage.com/fulltext/?nxd_id=182667

  171. TG for people like Orly Taitz, who fight the fight daily and never give up. Also, Condi Rice did a great job putting O’Donnell in his place while keeping her kool. And… she did have the LAST word… with that pariah!
    ______________________________

    Obama Says He Won’t Release bin Laden Photos: He‘s ’Not a
    Trophy’

    The world will not see the Osama bin Laden death photos any time soon.

    CBS News is reporting that in a “60 Minutes” interview set to air Sunday, the president will say that he will not release the reportedly gruesome photos of bin Laden’s death.

    Excerpts of the interview will air on Wednesday night’s “CBS Evening News.”

    “It is important to make sure that very graphic photos of somebody who was shot in the head are not floating around as an incitement to additional violence or as a propaganda tool,” the president told Steve Kroft.

    The risks of release outweigh the benefits,” the president told Steve Kroft in the interview. “Conspiracy theorists around the world will just claim the photos are doctored anyway, and there is a real risk that releasing the photos will only serve to inflame public opinion in the Middle East.”

    “Imagine how the American people would react if Al Qaida killed one of our troops or military leaders, and put photos of the body on the internet,” he continued. “Osama bin Laden is not a trophy — he is dead and let’s now focus on continuing the fight until Al Qaida has been eliminated.”

    “We don’t trot out this stuff as trophies,” he reiterated. “The fact of the matter is, this is somebody who was deserving of the justice that he received.”

    The president also turned to a sports analogy to explain his decision: “we don’t need to spike the football.”

    http://www.theblaze.com/stories/obama-i-will-not-release-the-bin-laden-photos/

  172. Holder feigns ignorance to questions…
    ______________________

    More Than 1,300 Guns Were Bought Illegally by Suspect Buyers Under ATF’s ‘Gunrunner’ Program

    By William La Jeunesse

    It is the closest thing to a smoking gun congressional investigators have in their probe of Project Gunrunner — a program that was intended to stop the flow of guns to criminals in Mexico but instead allowed those guns to be smuggled to Mexico instead.

    An internal memo from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives shows that U.S. officials allowed criminals to buy 1,318 guns worth nearly $1 million, even after they suspected the buyers were working for Mexican drug cartels, and that the agency’s effort to stop the guns had “yielded little or no results.”

    That memo came to light Wednesday at a Senate Judiciary Hearing and provided by Sen. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa. The ATF memo shows a list of 15 suspects, all later indicted, who bought guns on behalf of Mexican cartels.

    Click here to see memo (see page 1)(PDF)

    Those suspects are known in the trade as straw buyers, or people who legally purchase guns and illegally resell them….

    –snip–

    In a companion memo dated June 15, 2010, field agents say they recovered “179 crime guns in Mexico…and 130” in the U.S., but roughly 1,300 were unaccounted for and “due to the proximity to the border, bank subpoenas and financial investigations have yielded little or no results.”

    Click here to see memo (see page 2)(PDF)

    In a second, equally explosive disclosure, a law enforcement source tells Fox News, that ATF undercover agents were acting as the straw buyers and purchasing guns using government-issued false identifications and then providing those guns to cartel traffickers to gain credibility in their undercover roles. In that capacity, the ATF “provided 2, 50 cal. machine guns to traffickers that are loose in Mexico and unaccounted for,” the source said.

    http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2011/05/04/1300-guns-bought-illegally-suspect-buyers-atfs-gunrunner-program/

  173. George Bush angry at Obama’s Ground Zero ‘victory lap’

    By DAILY MAIL REPORTER
    5th May 2011

    Former president George Bush is angry at Barack Obama for not giving him or his administration credit in the discovery and killing of Osama Bin Laden, it was reported today.

    Bush, who arguably set up the intelligence infrastructure that led to Bin Laden’s bloody assassination, was ‘rubbed the wrong way’ after the President failed to acknowledge
    his predecessor in the aftermath of Sunday’s kill operation.

    The spat comes as the President prepares to tour Ground Zero later today, meeting victim’s families in private before laying a wreath at the disaster site.

    […]

    ‘Obama gave no credit whatsoever to the intelligence infrastructure the Bush administration set up that is being hailed from the left and right as setting in motion the operation that got Bin Laden.

    Read more:

    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1383860/Osama-Bin-Laden-dead-Obama-meet-SEAL-heroes-honouring-9-11-victims.html

  174. Mrs. Smith
    May 6th, 2011 at 7:37 am
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    That’s our Obie. Takin’ the credit and movin’ on.

  175. If this is their strategy, then it invites a withering rebuttal. Leading from the rear, gustsy call or doing the obvious and stealing credit where it is not deserved. This one does not pass the red face test. These people are mawkish nerds. Somebody who is good does not need to brag about it. Someone who is not does. And instead of bragging about the team he brags himself, and claims credit for a decision which he did not make. These people are pathetic, and so is anyone who does not see it for what it is.
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    Will Obama 2012 Campaign Run On The “Gutsy Call” Of Doing The Obvious?

    Mr. President, You Are The Leader of a Team. Act Like One.
    Posted by Dan McLaughlin (Profile)
    Thursday, May 5th at 6:17PM EDT

    If you click on the URL http://www.gutsycall.com, you will notice that – as of this writing – it redirects you to the Obama 2012 re-election campaign website. The URL was apparently purchased yesterday, although the purchaser seems to have covered its tracks. It would appear that this is being done with the intention of using “Gutsy Call” as a campaign slogan for Obama’s 2012 campaign, in an effort to capitalize on President Obama’s decision -after just 16 hours of deliberation – to order the operation that led to Osama bin Laden’s death.

    If that’s the plan, it speaks badly of President Obama as a leader and of the political instincts of his campaign team.

    You see, the President of the United States is, first and foremost, the leader of a team. That’s why we generally look for proven leaders to do the job – people who have led others and run things have a sense not only of how you make things happen as President, but how to handle successes and failures that depend on those working beneath them. As the football saying goes, when you get to the end zone, know how to act like you’ve been there before. Presidents invariably get both more credit and more blame than they deserve – as Harry Truman loved to say, “the buck stops here” – and they can’t always control the people under them; Truman also famously remarked of his successor, Dwight Eisenhower, “Poor Ike. It won’t be a bit like the Army. He’ll sit here and he’ll say, ‘Do this, do that,’ and nothing will happen.”

    The takedown of Osama bin Laden was a magnificent example of teamwork by this Administration, building on the tools and the leads developed by the previous Administration. The intelligence community, under the leadership of CIA Director Leon Panetta, the military under the leadership of Defense Secretary Robert Gates and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Admiral Mike Mullen, coordinated by National Security Advisor Tom Donilon, among others – whatever other criticisms we may have of them on other days, all are part of a team that can take a well-deserved victory lap for tracking bin Laden to Abbottabad, planning and carrying out a mission to get him, and keeping the whole thing a secret all the way. Indeed, that’s the message of the now-iconic photo from the White House – the whole national security team is there, with the President off in one corner.

    There is nothing wrong with that picture. The President assembles the team, the President approves the options they bring him, the President gets out of the way while the professionals do their job. That’s the way it’s supposed to work. And if President Obama is savvy about this unaccustomed trip to the end zone, that’s how he’ll play it and have his campaign spokesmen play it – just another day at the office, a job well done by all around, a victory that speaks for itself. No “spiking the football,” so to speak. Early polls certainly show that even Americans who aren’t fond of Obama or his presidency generally give him credit for a job well done here, and don’t need to have it explained to them why they should do so.

    But if his campaign – the same campaign that ran on the vacuous and unsubtle “Yes We Can” and “Hope and Change” slogans in 2008 – intends to trumpet Obama’s decision to greenlight this mission as a heroic “gutsy call,” they could end up overplaying their hands as badly as John Kerry did with his “Reporting for Duty” convention. Because for all the credit Obama deserves for how things were accomplished on his watch by his team, there was nothing especially heroic or gutsy about making the decision to get bin Laden. Yes, Obama could have bombed bin Laden’s compound without sending in troops, and indeed he reportedly turned down the chance to do just that in March. That was the pre-9/11 Clinton-era approach to terrorist-hunting that President Bush famously derided (“When I take action, I’m not going to fire a $2 million missile at a $10 empty tent and hit a camel in the butt”), but it’s hard to imagine a post-9/11 American president who wouldn’t have given the green light to kill bin Laden by any means available, given the chance. Certainly plenty of high-value targets were taken out during the Bush years (Saddam, Zarqawi, Uday & Qusay, Khalid Sheikh Mohammed), some of them by U.S. troops under hazardous conditions. And plenty of not-so-bold previous presidents have approved high-risk missions of this sort – Jimmy Carter approved the Desert One operation to rescue the Iranian hostages, Gerald Ford (with the advice of, among others, then-Chief of Staff Don Rumsfeld) approved the effort to rescue the crew of the SS Mayaguez. Sure, it could have gone badly, and the President had to sweat that in a way few civilians do when they make decisions. But ultimately, so what? If the Lakers are down 3 points with just a few ticks on the clock and they give the ball to Kobe Bryant, there’s a pretty good chance they lose the game (Kobe hits a 3-pointer only about a third of the time). But any coach in his right mind still gives the ball to Kobe. That’s not a gutsy call, it’s the only call. Who wouldn’t try to get bin Laden when you find out he’s sitting right there in the center of town?

    Nor did Obama act with any particular heroic dispatch – while the 16 hours it took him to pull the trigger may seem fast compared to his months of indecision on the Afghan surge or weeks of agonizing while the Libyan resistance got routed, it is hardly the stuff that episodes of 24 are made of. You can’t argue with the results, but that’s not because Obama acted heroically but because the team of which he was the leader, all the way down to the SEALs who carried out the toughest and most dangerous parts of the plan, acted well as a team. Gutsy mission? Yes. Gutsy call? Not so much.

    Why would Obama feel the need to overplay his own role in this, if “gutsy call” is indeed going to be a campaign slogan? We can only speculate whether from political desperation, a cynical view of the electorate or just an overweening need to be the center of attention.

    Perhaps Obama and his campaign team are just too insecure to make this a team victory, especially since the team includes Gates (a Bush appointee as Secretary of Defense), Admiral Mullen (another Bush appointee as Chairman of the Joint Chiefs), Panetta (Bill Clinton’s Chief of Staff) and the Secretary of State, his old primary rival Hillary Clinton. Perhaps his campaign team wants this to be all about The One making a “gutsy call” that was the only decision any reasonable person would make under the circumstances. If so, that’s a sad comment on our Commander-in-Chief and probably bad politics as well. You’re in the end zone, Mr. President. Thank the offensive line and act like you’ve been there before.

  176. holdthemaccountable
    May 6th, 2011 at 5:50 am
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    I stand corrected.

  177. Is this a big deal?
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    No. In my opinion at this point it is not a big deal. It is somewhere between a political question which courts as a rule will not touch and a constitutional one which they are obliged to deal with, but generally take the easy way out. I am speaking of the court as a whole when I say that–not individual judges whose instincts may be more or less heroic. If you believe in the wisdom of crowds and the wisdom of juries, then you will be inclined to respect the collective decisions of judges. Personally, I would rather be ruled by the first 200 names in the Brooklyn phone directory than the entire faculty of Harvard Law School. WFB.

  178. The WH can no longer ignore the Ulsterman articles. They are being too widely read and alluded to in too many pieces especially by the Brits in describing 16 hour delays in decision making to sleep on it, etc. They have now unleashed the always toadying Media Matters for America in a take down of the blogger and his Whitehouse Insider in a piece titled The Unbelievable Adventures Of Ulsterman, Super-Journalist .

    Believe Ulsterman or not, the WH can no longer ignore him. It makes too much sense and it is hitting too close to home. The PR fiasco of the past days which clearly indicated that they did not know the nuts and bolts of the Seal team raid clearly shows that WH Obama flunkies did not have the details because they were not included in the planning, decision making, nor execution of the raid until it was a fait accompli. This week at the WH has been about spin, political opportunism on the fly, and butt covering. Now the WH political operation will do what they do best which is ridicule and smear. It certainly is not leading nor governing.

  179. From Telegraph UK

    President Obama is coming dangerously close to snatching defeat from the jaws of victory. Somehow, he and his Press Secretary have created the impression that Operation Geronimo was carried out by the Keystone Kops rather than an elite unit of Navy SEALs. In fact, the only amateurs in this unfolding story are in the White House.

    http://blogs.telegraph.co.uk/news/tobyyoung/100086530/jay-carney-is-floundering-under-pressure-say-washington-insiders/

  180. #
    holdthemaccountable
    May 6th, 2011 at 8:30 am

    Mrs. Smith
    May 6th, 2011 at 7:37 am
    ———————
    That’s our Obie. Takin’ the credit and movin’ on.
    _____________________

    Also, I make note of all the LUV and overt fanfare paid to the greatest president of our time, Bill Clinton. The Bushes and Bill Clinton appear to have become very close over the last 11 yrs. Hopefully this is NOT just lip service polishing their own family image riding Clinton’s popularity and his coattails of success.

    I would really be disappointed if in the end, the Bushes sold out BC, turning once again to the ways of that contemptible blaggard, Dick Cheney.

  181. Mormaer
    May 6th, 2011 at 10:39 am
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    Excellent analysis.

    If their answer is to deploy their toady Media Matters for the take-down, then they need to realize that Media Matters cannot take down their own pants when they take a shit, which is why wherever the go, whatever they say, and whatever they do, it stinks to high heaven.

  182. “HUNDREDS” TURN OUT TO SEE PUBLICITY-STARVED PREZ

    Mrs. Smith
    May 6th, 2011 at 7:37 am
    George Bush angry at Obama’s Ground Zero ‘victory lap’
    &&&&&&

    Hundreds??? What happened to the stadium-sized crowds of 2008?

    “Though there was heavy security, New Yorkers still turned out by the hundreds yesterday to gather just southeast of the World Trade Centre site and line the roads to watch the president’s motorcades.”

    Heh, heh.

    I work right across from Ground Zero, and I avoided coming into work yesterday, because it was going to be a massive hassle, and quite frankly, don’t want to be anywhere near THAT GUY.

  183. Clinton Calls on Nations to Cooperate Against Food Costs Near Record Highs

    By Nicole Gaouette – May 6, 2011

    Secretary of State Hillary Clinton called on the world to fund agriculture and counter the destabilizing effects of food prices close to record highs.

    Prices for staples such as corn and rice this year surged to the highest level in more than two years. The Food and Agriculture Organization’s index of 55 commodities rose to 232.1 points in April, down from an all-time high of 237.2 in February.

    “We must act now cooperatively and collaboratively to blunt the impact of rising food prices,” Clinton said, speaking to about 400 international delegates at the FAO, an arm of the United Nations in Rome.

    The cost of living in the U.S. rose at its fastest pace since December 2009 in the 12 months ended in March, the same month in which Chinese consumer prices rose by the most since 2008. The European Central Bank raised interest rates on April 7, joining China, India, Poland and Sweden in a bid to control inflation partly blamed on food costs. Costlier food also contributed to riots across northern Africa and the Middle East that toppled leaders in Egypt and Tunisia this year.

    Clinton and President Barack Obama have funneled administration resources into food security, which the U.S. sees as integral to stabilizing developing countries.

    At the G8 Summit in L’Aquila, Italy in July 2009, global leaders said they would “act with the scale and urgency needed to achieve sustainable global food security.” Obama pledged at least $3.5 billion over three years to help leverage more than $18.5 billion in support of a global approach.

    Agricultural Chain
    The Feed the Future program that Clinton’s State Department and the U.S. Agency for International Development oversee aims to “strengthen the entire agricultural chain,” Clinton said.

    That includes creating better seeds, connecting farmers to local and larger markets, and encouraging crop diversity and better nutrition, Clinton said.

    She urged delegates to renew their commitment to sustainable agriculture and food security.

    “We’ve learned a lot but we haven’t applied it all and we haven’t brought it to scale,” Clinton said, acknowledging that this was hard to do even within her own government.

    “If we do not act now to increase the opportunity to increase security we may never catch up,” said Clinton, who is wrapping up two days of meetings in Rome.

    Food output will have to climb by 70 percent from 2010 to 2050 as the world population swells to 9 billion and rising incomes boost meat and dairy consumption, the FAO forecasts. Producing 1 kilogram (2.2 pounds) of pork can take 3.5 kilograms of feed, U.S. Department of Agriculture data shows.

    About 44 million people have been pushed into poverty since June by the “dangerous levels” of food prices, World Bank President Robert Zoellick said in February. Another 10 million may join them should the UN food index rise another 10 percent, the World Bank said April 16. The number of hungry people in the world globally declined last year to 925 million from more than 1 billion in 2009, according to the FAO.

    http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2011-05-06/clinton-calls-on-nations-to-cooperate-against-rising-food-costs.html

  184. Pakistan to Cut U.S. Military Presence After Bin Laden Raid

    Published May 05, 2011 | FoxNews.com

    Pakistan is calling for cuts in the U.S. military personnel inside the country after U.S. Navy SEALs killed Usama bin Laden in his Pakistan compound — without Pakistan’s help or prior knowledge.

    The siege has only increased the strain on relations between the two countries, as some U.S. lawmakers are calling for cuts to the $1.3 billion in U.S. aid to Pakistan for its failure to locate bin Laden. The Al Qaeda leader was found and killed in a large $1 million compound in an army town not far from the capital of Islamabad. Lawmakers have suggested Pakistan was either too incompetent to catch bin Laden or was complicit in protecting him.

    In a statement Thursday, Pakistan’s army fired back, saying U.S. military personnel inside the country would be reduced to the “minimum essential” levels to protest the American commando raid that killed bin Laden early Monday local time. The army also threatened to cut cooperation with Washington if it stages more unilateral raids on its territory.

    The U.S. military has no combat forces in Pakistan, but it does have a group of nearly 300 non-combat personnel within what’s called the Office of Defense Representative, Pakistan. Members of this group essentially act as a liaison in the military-to-military relationship between the U.S. and Pakistan. For instance, this group played a critical role during the international flood relief efforts last year.

    The statement from Pakistan’s army was issued after a meeting of top generals. The statement gave no details on the numbers, and a spokesman declined to elaborate.

    The statement said the Inter-Services Intelligence spy agency, or ISI, had given initial information to the CIA about bin Laden, but claimed the “CIA did not share further development of intelligence on the case with the ISI, contrary to the existing practice between the two services.”

    The raid on bin Laden has sharpened tensions between the two countries. Despite the calls from some U.S. lawmakers for cuts in aid to the country, the Obama administration and British Prime Minister David Cameron have indicated they would continue with their policy of engaging with the country.

    “It is not always an easy relationship,” U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said Thursday in Rome. “But on the other hand, it is a productive one for both of our countries and we are going to continue to cooperate between our governments, our militaries, our law enforcement agencies.”

    Some Republican lawmakers also advised against cutting aid to Pakistan.

    “I think our aid should continue to Pakistan,” House Speaker John Boehner said.

    “Distancing ourselves from Pakistan would be unwise and extremely dangerous,” said Sen. Richard Lugar, R-Ind.

    But other lawmakers want answers to how bin Laden was able to live in such a large compound so close to the capital for six years.

    “Who did they think was living behind those 15-foot walls?” Sen. John Kerry asked Thursday. “Was there any level of curiosity? How could bin Laden have gone undetected living next door to Pakistan’s equivalent of West Point? All Americans and many other people are troubled by these questions.”

    Rep. Kay Granger, R-Texas, the chairwoman of the House State and Foreign Operations Appropriations Subcommittee, which has jurisdiction over aid to Pakistan, sent a letter to Clinton expressing her “concerns during this time of immense uncertainty about our country’s relationship with Pakistan.”

    Granger says she is troubled about the U.S. sending $190 million to help with flood assistance in Pakistan. She also said that her worries about Pakistani aid “has only been heightened by the discovery of the most notorious terrorist in the world living hundreds of yards from a Pakistani military installation for more than five years.”

    “This reinforces my greater concern that the government may be incapable of distributing U.S. funds in a transparent manner that allows proper oversight of taxpayer dollars,” she wrote.

    http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2011/05/05/pakistan-cut-military-presence-bin-laden-raid/

  185. Mormaer
    May 6th, 2011 at 10:39 am

    Agreed- Ulsterman seems to be the one and only good source for accurate information as of late- Others speculate, but Ulsterman delivers insights you can take to the bank. Too bad the masses continue favoring their old haunts falling victim to the things they complain about most.. an Obama owed media. Oh well- Ignorance used to be bliss.

  186. George Bush angry at Obama’s Ground Zero ‘victory lap’

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

    He should be..it was only through his implementing of so called enhanced interrogation techniques that we were able to get the intel to find OBL whereabouts. Love him or hate him, Bush did what he had to do to protect our country.

  187. I love the usually economy analysis. We gained so many jobs, but unemployment went up to 9%. So why do we not hear how many jobs were lost, vs, how many we gained, and amazing how they describe the increase of unemployment as slight. You cannot analyze these numbers unless you do it on equal footing. knowing the amount of jobs lost, would give a better idea on what a great month it was, and stop using the work slight unless you can really prove it is meaningful.

    The media is using there power to manufacture a fake economy AGAIN.

  188. it was only through his implementing of so called enhanced interrogation techniques that we were able to get the intel to find OBL whereabouts.

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

    Pls don’t accept the torturers’ claim so easily. If the same informant had been water tortured, it was months or years before he finally let slip (in normal ‘conversation’) a nickname which was followed up.

    Many scraps of information from many different sources added up to Attenbad as a possible location.

  189. He should be..it was only through his implementing of so called enhanced interrogation techniques that we were able to get the intel to find OBL whereabouts. Love him or hate him, Bush did what he had to do to protect our country.
    ************************
    Enough with the outrage about O’s not acknowledging Bush’s role in intelligence that took down Osama. Yes the WH did their usual fluffing by having Obama announce the killing with lots of I’s and Me’s. He always does that. But, the very next day every spokeperson for the govt. made a point of thanking both Bill Clinton and George W. Bush for the roles they played during their administrations. It was so widespread, I commented on it here. I said that was odd that they are making a point of saying over and over that both previous presidents played a role. Wonder why? It seems pretty obvious that the rightwing community reacted quickly to claim the credit and revive the reputation of George Bush and the WH did an about face. Keeping up the routine that they didn’t credit George is kind of pathetic.

  190. Gloria Borger (I know, I know) is reporting that the tortured terrorist did not give up the courier’s information under torture but revealed that information later when he was interrogated by another entity. I just caught her claim as I was switching channels yesterday, so I certainly am not supporting her claim and I did not catch who she cited as her source, but she is making it, so watch the see if it goes anywhere in the press.

  191. I forgot to wish you Happy Cinco yesterday. We should have played with the Barry Pinata and beat it until all the false promises fell out.

    Happy Friday.

  192. Sorry Shadowfax, I typoed your name again. Didn’t do it on purpose, I swear on Obama’s pinata.

  193. DUBAI (Reuters) – Al Qaeda confirmed the death of Osama bin Laden on Friday in an Internet message that vowed revenge on the United States and its allies, including Pakistan, according to a statement issued by the Islamist militant group.

    Five days after President Barack Obama announced bin Laden’s death in a U.S. raid in Pakistan, al Qaeda confirmed the death of its leader as a historic moment, and vowed not to deviate from the path of armed struggle.

    “In a historic day for the great Islamic nation… the mujahid (holy warrior) Shiekh Abu Abdullah, Osama bin Mohammed bin Laden, God have mercy on him, was killed on the path taken by those before him and will be taken by others after him.”

    “Congratulations to the Islamic umma (community) for the martyrdom of its son Osama.”

    The global militant group, which said it will soon release an audio tape made by its leader a week before he died, vowed not to deviate from the path of armed struggle and said bin Laden’s blood “is more precious to us and to every Muslim than to be wasted in vain.”

    “It will remain, with permission from God Almighty, a curse that hunts the Americans and their collaborators and chase them outside and inside their country,” the militant network said in a statement released on Islamist Internet forums.

    “Their happiness will turn into sorrow, and their blood will be mixed with their tears,” al Qaeda said.

    “We call upon our Muslim people in Pakistan, on whose land Sheikh Osama was killed, to rise up and revolt to cleanse this shame that has been attached to them by a clique of traitors and thieves … and in general to cleanse their country from the filth of the Americans who spread corruption in it.”

    The al Qaeda statement also urged the United States to treat the bodies of Osama bin Laden and those killed with him in the raid with care, and to return their bodies.

    “We warn the Americans not to harm the corpse of the sheikh or expose it to any indecent treatment or to harm any members of his family, living or dead, and to deliver the corpses to their families,” it said.

    “Any harm done will open the doors of evil upon you doubly, and you will not have anyone but yourselves to blame.”

  194. “Though there was heavy security, New Yorkers still turned out by the hundreds yesterday to gather just southeast of the World Trade Centre site and line the roads to watch the president’s motorcades.”

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

    No other reason to be standing at the side of the ‘road’ in the middle of Manhattan. If Obama hadn’t been driving through, those streets would have been deserted.

    Note they’re not counting attendance at some location where it would be clear that the people had come on purpose.

  195. Wow…

    SANAA, Yemen — The U.S. military used a drone to strike Thursday at an al-Qaeda target in Yemen, the first such U.S. attack using unmanned aircraft in that country since 2002, according to U.S. and Yemeni officials.

    Two al-Qaeda operatives were killed in the attack in the remote, mountainous Yemeni governorate of Shabwa early Thursday, a Yemeni security official said.

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/world/middle-east/yemeni_official_us_drone_strike_kills_2_al_qaeda_operatives/2011/05/05/AF7HrzxF_story.html?wprss=rss_homepage

  196. Blago trial, the small segment of tape played recently exposes Obama…

    —–

    [snip]

    “I’ve got the scrutiny going on, lawyers to pay for,” said Blagojevich. “How the hell am I going to send my kid to college? That’s the biggest (expletive) downside that I’m really dealing with.”

    “Never again am I going to (expletive) screw my kids and family and put them in a position like this. I gotta fix this!”

    But the fix wasn’t easy. Federal prosecutors were closing in. Unbeknownst to him, the FBI was listening in at that very moment. He was jealous of the new president, who he felt was being given a pass on his own associations with convicted fundraiser Tony Rezko.

    “You know Axelrod and Obama’s people clearly turned, you know, got the Chicago media to make Rezko all about me,” he told Harris. Even as he speculated about taking a lucrative job in the private sector, he wondered aloud if he should take the Senate seat himself, so he would be closer to Obama in Washington.

    “The governor’s got that problem with Rezko. Boom! But I’m in the Senate, it’s not just mine any more. It’s his too isn’t it?”

    The tapes were played on day four of the former governor’s second corruption trial, offering the jury possible motives for his actions. The last jury didn’t get answers to the motive question until the trial was nearly over. It’s one of many areas where prosecutors have tweaked their case, hoping to get convictions on the charges on which the first jury could not reach agreement.

    After court, the former governor urged reporters, and the public, to wait until the case was complete.

    “What the government is trying to do is they’re trying to criminalize the political process,” Blagojevich said. “They’re trying to criminalize, make criminal, honest and open talk, discussion, conversation, and the bouncing around of ideas.”

    “The government has taken snippets of talk out of context.”

    Source: http://www.nbcchicago.com/blogs/ward-room/Blago-Tapes-Paint-a-Picture-of-Frustration-121353679.html?dr#ixzz1LabKcZP5

  197. I watched the end of the GOP debate last night and the Frank Luntz focus group of 29 S. Carolinians afterwards. AS someone reported above when they were asked who’s answers they liked the best and who most impressed them in the debate, they picked Herman Cain by about 3/4 of the group. Then, surprised, Luntz asked how many supported Cain before the debate and only one hand went up. He then went around the group and asked for short answers as to why they were impressed. Everyone was very forceful in their answers. Interesting reaction and I guess it was to Cain’s benefit to show up at this debate. The group also was very angry at the GOP candidates who did not show up and said they better not write off S. Carolina because it’s an early primary.

  198. Obama could have bombed bin Laden’s compound without sending in troops, and indeed he reportedly turned down the chance to do just that in March. That was the pre-9/11 Clinton-era approach to terrorist-hunting

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

    Huh?

    And then the writer praises Bush for being more selective. Sure, starting a war with Iraq….

  199. Larry Johnson:
    John Brennan is not some flunky who was tending flowers in the Rose Garden. He was standing behind President Obama in one of the pictures released watching the raid unfold real time. So you would think that his report to the media was not based on something that someone else saw or did. He watched.

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

    Several different cameras were in the compound, on different SEALS’ helmets as they moved around, sending pictures simultaneously. That would not give someting that the people in the WH could watch ‘unfold in real time’. In fact, weren’t they watching some military spokesman (Panetta) narrate what was going on, based on his crew of people watching and sorting out the various streams of pictures.

  200. I wonder if the inconsistencies are symptoms of the supposed power struggles within the WH between Jarrett & Daley and & the Pentagon that Ulsterman is talking about.

  201. Gloria Borger (I know, I know) is reporting that the tortured terrorist did not give up the courier’s information under torture but revealed that information later when he was interrogated by another entity.

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

    Dunno Borger, I saw it days ago in some statement from some miliatry/non-journalistic source. Apparently this was some long time after he’d been moved from the facility that did the torture.

  202. NEW YORK (Reuters) – Donald Trump has turned down an offer to drive the pace car at the Indianapolis 500 because it would be “inappropriate” while he considers a possible 2012 run for the Republican presidential nomination

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    I’m sure Obama will be happy to drive it for them.

  203. President Bush famously derided (“When I take action, I’m not going to fire a $2 million missile at a $10 empty tent and hit a camel in the butt”)

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

    So he bombed Bahgdad instead.

  204. TOUR D’ HUBRIS

    Good article.

    humanevents.com/article.php?id=43337

    Why the Bounce Won’t Last
    =====================
    Obama has already bungled the bin Laden kill, and it will get worse.

    by John Hayward
    05/05/2011

    President Obama’s “Death of Bin Laden” victory tour winds up in New York City today, with an appearance at Ground Zero. It’s amazing how quickly completely his Administration has blown the aftermath of Operation Geronimo. Some media outlets have been frantically trying to manufacture polls that show Obama getting a huge approval-rating bounce, but it’s beginning to look like any gains in his approval rating will be minimal… and in any event, they won’t last very long. His behavior over the past few days demonstrates why.

    From the beginning, it was clear that Obama would blow the goodwill of America by demanding it too stridently. His Sunday night announcement was delayed by an hour, long enough for his speechwriters to turn it into a carefully prepared “Claim Of Full Credit For Heroic Deed” form, submitted in triplicate. Obama becomes the latest in a long line of politicians to discover that respect cannot be demanded.

    The incredible P.R. catastrophe of the confused, endlessly revised White House account of the bin Laden raid is a natural result of politicians scrambling to control the spotlight, instead of dutifully reporting an important military action to the American public. They confused the idea of shaping a political narrative with the notion of controlling history. In the process, they turned one of the most important missions ever undertaken by the Navy SEALs into a quantum event, in which our heroic soldiers took down a Schroedinger’s Cat who was either armed or unarmed, resisting or surrendering, protected by either a private army or a pack of lightly-armed goons, and either hiding or not hiding behind a woman who was either his wife or daughter, and is now either alive or dead.

    Meanwhile, the Administration demanded we celebrate the decisive action of a President who took sixteen hours to make up his mind about launching the attack, during which bin Laden was stitching hundreds of Euros into his clothes and preparing to bolt. They pushed out an “iconic” photo of Obama and his top people watching the raid unfold in real time, then admitted they did no such thing, leaving us all to wonder what they’re staring at in the photo they insisted on turning into America’s desktop wallpaper image.

    Obama and his team are so wedded to anti-Bush rhetoric that they could not simply admit he was right about prosecuting the War on Terror, and they were dangerously wrong. Now they are being dragged into making that admission, in root-canal interviews like the one CIA chief Leon Panetta gave to Brian Williams of NBC. This strongly reinforces the impression that they don’t understand what Bush did to make the bin Laden kill possible, and are still determined to make all of their old mistakes. In only a few days, they’ve transformed a spectacular victory in the War on Terror into a happy accident they blundered into, using intelligence they previously treated like a plate of liver and onions set before a screaming child. This leaves Americans to breathe a sigh of relief that at least our special forces troops know what they’re doing.

    Refusing to release the bin Laden death photos fits neatly into the atmosphere of arrogance, secrecy, and moral superiority that clings to this White House like barnacles. We don’t need another lecture in how little Obama trusts our judgment, or how much he fears the Muslim world. We have been given many good reasons to mistrust Obama’s judgment. There are some people in the Muslim world who need to be afraid of us. Obama’s failure to understand that does not bode well for the future of the War on Terror.

    Osama bin Laden was not some unfortunate fellow who happened to stumble in front of a bullet tsunami. We killed him. We are happy and proud that we killed him. We’ll be equally happy and proud to kill anyone who stands with him. That is not barbarism. It is the violent denial of barbarism. Obama is treating the details of bin Laden’s death like unpleasant business he doesn’t want to discuss in depth with his children. In doing so, he reveals himself as immature and naïve. We will see those photos eventually – Leon Panetta was right about that.

    The Democrats clearly think Americans will be foolish enough to ignore all other news, and their memories of the past two years, while they marvel at the brilliance of their beloved President. That would not be true of any President. Even if the SEAL who actually capped Osama reveals his identity and runs for President next year, I’m afraid I’m going to have to hear his positions on the debt ceiling, job creation, and domestic oil production before I can support him. Trust me – I would really want to like those positions, but I won’t like them automatically.

    When the glow of bin Laden’s death has faded, all of the things we’ll actually judge Obama on in 2012 – such as unemployment, which just got worse again – will still be there. As we are more stridently instructed to ignore them, we will be less inclined to do so.

    Obama will kill his poll “bounce” by looking far too eager to inflate and maintain it, while simultaneously looking confused and secretive about the event which produced the bounce. Humility, reverence for the men who actually pulled off the mission, and appreciation for the bold leadership of his predecessor would have made him look bigger. Instead, he is still the shrinking President, a dwindling figure who vanishes when his policies turn into disasters… and makes disasters out of the occasional good decision, by insisting that we formally certify them as great.

    Note: Elapsed time from announcement of bin Laden death until I became the latest commentator to say “Obama” when I meant “Osama”: 3 days, 13 hours, 42 minutes. I’ve corrected the reference.

    Update: If you’re going to invite 9/11 families to your big Ground Zero photo op, do not use a form letter.

  205. rgb44hrc
    May 6th, 2011 at 1:12 pm

    That link refers to this article about the email form letter invitation to hang with Mr. Terrorist Killah.

    http://www.sun-sentinel.com/news/nationworld/wpix-family-unhappy-about-obama-visit,0,4037272.story

    9/11 Family Invited To Presidential Ground Zero Visit Snubs Obama
    ==========================

    By MONICA MORALES
    pix11.com
    11:51 a.m. EDT, May 5, 2011

    NEW YORK (PIX11)— As 50 carefully selected families prepare to join President Barack Obama for a ceremony at the World Trade Center site Thursday, one of the invited 9/11 families have decided to pass on the Commander-in-chief’s visit.

    Although many consider it to be a once in a lifetime invitation, the Vigiano family of Deer Park, Long Island have respectfully declined.

    “If this form letter was the invitation, it was kinda lame,” John Vigiano told PIX 11 News when describing the email invitation sent to him from the White House.

    Jan and John Vigiano received the email invite Tuesday and admitted that they nearly deleted it, thinking it was spam. The private invitation complete with the White House seal informed the couple about President Obama’s visit to the World Trade Center site just days after news broke about Osama bin Laden’s death.

    What rubbed the Vigiano’s the wrong way was not what the email said, but how it was addressed.

    “It says ‘Dear 9-11 family member,’ – no names” ” John Vigiano said, reading the invite aloud to PIX 11 cameras. “I don’t know if its disrespectful, but it doesn’t work for me.”

    The Vigianos lost both their sons on September 11, 2001. John Vigiano Jr. was 36, and a FDNY firefighter, while their youngest Joe Vigiano was an emergency services detective with the NYPD.

    “There is no closure,” a sobbing John Vigiano said. “There is none.”

    The Vigiano family is just one of fifty families sent the exclusive invitation to meet the President at what is being billed as a historic visit to Ground Zero Thursday. With all that considered, the mourning father says he’s not going.

    “I’m honored the President of the United States is coming to New York,” he said. “[But] to me its just going to be a photo op.”

    Jeannie Evans, of Elmont, who lost her baby brother firefighter Robert Evans on 9/11 will also not be there Thursday. She wasn’t invited.

    “I guess I feel lucky and leftout,” Evans said as she held a picture of her brother. “Its always a select few. Is it fair? No. We all have voices.”

    Evans says she will probably watch Obama’s visit on television but wishes she could ask him a few questions.

    “Why not show us proof, that Bin Laden was killed? I would like to see that,” wondered Evans.

    Meanwhile, the Vigiano family insisted they mean no disrespect toward the President as John is a former marine and a retired Brooklyn firefighter.

    “I got a call from the White House today apologizing,” he revealed. “Apology accepted of course. He is the President of the United States after all.”

    In an email to Monica Morales, the White House said, “In consultation with the National 9/11 Memorial staff, we personally invited a group of 9/11 family members who we believe represents a cross section of family members from various 9/11 organizations. If that personal touch did not come across, it was only as a result of technological and time constrictions in pulling together such an important discussion on such short notice. The president looks forward to spending time visiting with the families of those who were tragically killed on 9/11.”

  206. votermom
    May 6th, 2011 at 12:57 pm
    I wonder if the inconsistencies are symptoms of the supposed power struggles within the WH between Jarrett & Daley and & the Pentagon that Ulsterman is talking about.

    Me too. I think the whole place has turned into a campaign office/cluster(*@% and they have reached the point of Daley as chief of staff along with the big cabinet secretaries are now dominating the Chicago thug club of poseurs, hack operatives, and pay to play cronies. I personally think they may be afraid of them and what they can expose. The professional adults I hope and pray have taken over.

  207. HILLARY “LIVID” OVER LILY-LIVERED “ABSENTEE PRESIDENT”

    My apologies if this was already posted. Q/A with “Insider”.

    Great line here:

    “i was correct in stating there had been a push to invade the compound for several weeks if not months, primarily led by Leon Panetta, Hillary Clinton, Robert Gates, David Petraeus, and Jim Clapper. The primary opposition to this plan originated from Valerie Jarrett, and it was her opposition that was enough to create uncertainty within President Obama. Obama would meet with various components of the pro-invasion faction, almost always with Jarrett present, and then often fail to indicate his position. This situation continued for some time, though the division between Jarrett/Obama and the rest intensified more recently, most notably from Hillary Clinton. She was livid over the president’s failure to act, and her office began a campaign of anonymous leaks to the media indicating such.”

    Here’s the link:

    socyberty.com/issues/white-house-insider-obama-hesitated-panetta-issued-order-to-kill-osama-bin-laden/

    White House Insider: Obama Hesitated – Panetta Issued Order to Kill Osama Bin Laden
    ===================

    “What Valerie Jarrett, and the president, did not know is that Leon Panetta had already initiated a program that reported to him –and only him, involving a covert on the ground attack against the compound.”
    &&&&&&&

    Q: You stated that President Obama was “overruled” by military/intelligence officials regarding the decision to send in military specialists into the Osama Bin Laden compound. Was that accurate?

    A: I was told – in these exact terms, “we overruled him.” (Obama) I have since followed up and received further details on exactly what that meant, as well as the specifics of how Leon Panetta worked around the president’s “persistent hesitation to act.” There appears NOT to have been an outright overruling of any specific position by President Obama, simply because there was no specific position from the president to do so. President Obama was, in this case, as in all others, working as an absentee president.

    was correct in stating there had been a push to invade the compound for several weeks if not months, primarily led by Leon Panetta, Hillary Clinton, Robert Gates, David Petraeus, and Jim Clapper. The primary opposition to this plan originated from Valerie Jarrett, and it was her opposition that was enough to create uncertainty within President Obama. Obama would meet with various components of the pro-invasion faction, almost always with Jarrett present, and then often fail to indicate his position. This situation continued for some time, though the division between Jarrett/Obama and the rest intensified more recently, most notably from Hillary Clinton. She was livid over the president’s failure to act, and her office began a campaign of anonymous leaks to the media indicating such. As for Jarrett, her concern rested on two primary fronts. One, that the military action could fail and harm the president’s already weakened standing with both the American public and the world. Second, that the attack would be viewed as an act of aggression against Muslims, and further destabilize conditions in the Middle East.

    Q: What changed the president’s position and enabled the attack against Osama Bin Laden to proceed?

    A: Nothing changed with the president’s opinion – he continued to avoid having one. Every time military and intelligence officials appeared to make progress in forming a position, Jarrett would intervene and the stalling would begin again. Hillary started the ball really rolling as far as pressuring Obama began, but it was Panetta and Petraeus who ultimately pushed Obama to finally act – sort of. Panetta was receiving significant reports from both his direct CIA sources, as well as Petraeus-originating Intel. Petraeus was threatening to act on his own via a bombing attack. Panetta reported back to the president that a bombing of the compound would result in successful killing of Osama Bin Laden, and little risk to American lives. Initially, as he had done before, the president indicated a willingness to act. But once again, Jarrett intervened, convincing the president that innocent Pakistani lives could be lost in such a bombing attack, and Obama would be left attempting to explain Panetta’s failed policy. Again Obama hesitated – this time openly delaying further meetings to discuss the issue with Panetta. A brief meeting was held at this time with other officials, including Secretary Gates and members of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, but Gates, like Panetta, was unable to push the president to act. It was at this time that Gates indicated to certain Pentagon officials that he may resign earlier than originally indicated – he was that frustrated. Both Panetta and Clinton convinced him to stay on and see the operation through.

    What happened from there is what was described by me as a “masterful manipulation” by Leon Panetta. Panetta indicated to Obama that leaks regarding knowledge of Osama Bin Laden’s location were certain to get out sooner rather than later, and action must be taken by the administration or the public backlash to the president’s inaction would be “…significant to the point of political debilitation.” It was at that time that Obama stated an on-ground campaign would be far more acceptable to him than a bombing raid. This was intended as a stalling tactic, and it had originated from Jarrett. Such a campaign would take both time, and present a far greater risk of failure. The president had been instructed by Jarrett to inform Mr., Panetta that he would have sole discretion to act against the Osama Bin Laden compound. Jarrett believed this would further delay Panetta from acting, as the responsibility for failure would then fall almost entirely on him. What Valerie Jarrett, and the president, did not know is that Leon Panetta had already initiated a program that reported to him –and only him, involving a covert on the ground attack against the compound. Basically, the whole damn operation was already ready to go – including the specific team support Intel necessary to engage the enemy within hours of being given notice. Panetta then made plans to proceed with an on-ground assault. This information reached either Hillary Clinton or Robert Gates first (likely via military contacts directly associated with the impending mission) who then informed the other. Those two then met with Panetta, who informed each of them he had been given the authority by the president to proceed with a mission if the opportunity presented itself. Both Gates and Clinton warned Panetta of the implications of that authority – namely he was possibly being made into a scapegoat. Panetta admitted that possibility, but felt the opportunity to get Bin Laden outweighed that risk. During that meeting, Hillary Clinton was first to pledge her full support for Panetta, indicating she would defend him if necessary. Similar support was then followed by Gates. The following day, and with Panetta’s permission, Clinton met in private with Bill Daley and urged him to get the president’s full and open approval of the Panetta plan. Daley agreed such approval would be of great benefit to the action, and instructed Clinton to delay proceeding until he had secured that approval. Daley contacted Clinton within hours of their meeting indicating Jarrett refused to allow the president to give that approval. Daley then informed Clinton that he too would fully support Panetta in his actions, even if it meant disclosing the president’s indecision to the American public should that action fail to produce a successful conclusion. Clinton took that message back to Panetta and the CIA director initiated the 48 hour engagement order. At this point, the President of the United States was not informed of the engagement order – it did not originate from him, and for several hours after the order had been given and the special ops forces were preparing for action into Pakistan from their position in Afghanistan, Daley successfully kept Obama and Jarrett insulated from that order.

    This insulation ended at some point with an abort order that I believe originated from Valerie Jarrett’s office, and was then followed up by President Obama. This abort order was later explained as a delay due to weather conditions, but the actual conditions at that time would have been acceptable for the mission. A storm system had been in the area earlier, but was no longer an issue. Check the data yourself to confirm. Jarrett, having been caught off guard, was now scrambling to determine who had initiated the plan. She was furious, repeating the acronym “CoC” and saying it was not being followed. This is where Bill Daley intervened directly. The particulars of that intervention are not clear to me beyond knowing he did meet with Jarrett in his office and following that meeting, Valerie Jarrett was not seen in the West Wing for some time, and apparently no longer offered up any resistance to the Osama Bin Laden mission. What did follow from there was one or more brief meetings between Bill Daley, Hillary Clinton, a representative from Robert Gates’ office, a representative from Leon Panetta’s office, and a representative from Jim Clapper’s office. I have to assume that these meetings were in essence, detailing the move to proceed with the operation against the Osama Bin Laden compound. I have been told by more than one source that Leon Panetta was directing the operation with both his own CIA operatives, as well as direct contacts with military – both entities were reporting to Panetta only at this point, and not the President of the United States. There was not going to be another delay as had happened 24 hour earlier. The operation was at this time effectively unknown to President Barack Obama or Valerie Jarrett and it remained that way until AFTER it had already been initiated. President Obama was literally pulled from a golf outing and escorted back to the White House to be informed of the mission. Upon his arrival there was a briefing held which included Bill Daley, John Brennan, and a high ranking member of the military. When Obama emerged from the briefing, he was described as looking “very confused and uncertain.” The president was then placed in the situation room where several of the players in this event had already been watching the operation unfold. Another interesting tidbit regarding this is that the Vice President was already “up to speed” on the operation. A source indicated they believe Hillary Clinton had personally made certain the Vice President was made aware of that day’s events before the president was. The now famous photo released shows the particulars of that of that room and its occupants. What that photo does not communicate directly is that the military personnel present in that room during the operation unfolding, deferred to either Hillary Clinton or Robert Gates. The president’s role was minimal, including their acknowledging of his presence in the room.

    At the conclusion of the mission, after it had been repeatedly confirmed a success, President Obama was once again briefed behind closed doors. The only ones who went in that room besides the president were Bill Daley. John Brennan, and a third individual whose identity remains unknown to me. When leaving this briefing, the president came out of it “…much more confident. Much more certain of himself.” He was also carrying papers in his hand that quite possibly was the address to the nation given later that evening on the Bin Laden mission. The president did not have those papers with him prior to that briefing. The president then returned to the war room, where by this time, Leon Panetta had personally arrived and was receiving congratulations from all who were present.

    In my initial communication to you of these events I described what unfolded as a temporary Coup initiated by high ranking intelligence and military officials. I stand by that term. These figures worked around the uncertainty of President Obama and the repeated resistance of Valerie Jarrett. If they had not been willing to do so, I am certain Osama Bin Laden would still be alive today. There will be no punishment to those who acted outside the authority of the president’s office. The president cannot afford to admit such a fact. What will be most interesting from here is to now see what becomes of Valerie Jarrett. One source indicated she is threatening resignation. I find that unlikely given my strong belief she needs the protection afforded her by the Oval Office and its immense powers to delay and eventually terminate investigations back in Chicago, but we shall see.

    Stay safe.

  208. @Mormaer: “The PR fiasco of the past days which clearly indicated that they did not know the nuts and bolts of the Seal team raid clearly shows that WH Obama flunkies did not have the details because they were not included in the planning, decision making, nor execution of the raid until it was a fait accompli.”

    —————–
    You’re right. Carney, Brennan and their contradicting stories, some in the CIA, Pentagon are excluding these guys but they have to go on camera and tell the stories which they did. Interesting..

    I was thinking about your other comment on how Obama, the lazy guy that he is did not change or do anything on his own but kept Bush’s appratus churning on this issue..but of course, now they want all the credit and those guys who did do the job are not going to make it easy for these lazy bums.

  209. “Perhaps Obama and his campaign team are just too insecure to make this a team victory, especially since the team includes Gates (a Bush appointee as Secretary of Defense), Admiral Mullen (another Bush appointee as Chairman of the Joint Chiefs), Panetta (Bill Clinton’s Chief of Staff) and the Secretary of State, his old primary rival Hillary Clinton. Perhaps his campaign team wants this to be all about The One making a “gutsy call” that was the only decision any reasonable person would make under the circumstances. If so, that’s a sad comment on our Commander-in-Chief and probably bad politics as well. You’re in the end zone, Mr. President. Thank the offensive line and act like you’ve been there before.”
    ———————-

    He and his whole political apparatus are so insecure and woefully diffident that they don’t deserve a second term. Even when the grownups give this bum a victory he does not know how to manage that. It is all a greedy machination for only the perks of the job but not necessarily doing the job successfully (mostly because even they know they are inadequate).

  210. rgb44

    Excellent article!

    [snip]

    In only a few days, they’ve transformed a spectacular victory in the War on Terror into a happy accident they blundered into, using intelligence they previously treated like a plate of liver and onions set before a screaming child. This leaves Americans to breathe a sigh of relief that at least our special forces troops know what they’re doing.

  211. Havels With
    Secretary of State
    Hillary Rodham Clinton

    Secretary of State Clinton is in Rome, Italy May 4-6 to participate in a meeting of the Libya Contact Group. The Rome meeting will build on the last Contact Group meeting held in Doha and will allow the United States to discuss with its international partners the ongoing implementation of United Nations Security Council Resolutions 1970 and 1973.

    Secretary Clinton will also conduct a series of bilateral meetings, including Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi, President Giorgio Napolitano, and Foreign Minister Franco Frattini. Assistant Secretary Philip H. Gordon and Assistant Secretary Jeffery Feltman will accompany the Secretary on this trip.

    Remarks
    05/06/2011 Remarks at Food Security Event
    05/05/2011 Remarks With Italian Foreign Minister Franco Frattini

    Press Releases
    05/03/2011 Secretary Clinton To Deliver Remarks on the State of Global Food Security

    illary up up annd away

  212. Yesterday. CBS NY. 5 pm. Team coverage. Top story: Obama Brings Closure To Ground Zero!!!!!
    —————————–
    To those who insist upon trivializing for the sake of Obama, let us remember the statement made by a picture credited to Andrew Savulich/NY Daily News. I’ve seen it as a poster with this caption “There is not enough dust to cloud our love for freedom.”
    The picture is here: http://911research.wtc7.net/cache/wtc/attack/eves_firefighters.htm
    And the message is here: FDNY Capt. Michael Dugan, raises the American flag in a haunting call of distress, which mirrors the imperiled state of the New York City Fire Department itself!

    I saw the aforementioned poster centered () for the first time on Tuesday, and share it with you in order to draw the stark contrast between what 9/11 meant and what CBS would like it to mean.

  213. “The PR fiasco of the past days which clearly indicated that they did not know the nuts and bolts of the Seal team raid clearly shows that WH Obama flunkies did not have the details because they were not included in the planning, decision making, nor execution of the raid until it was a fait accompli.”

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

    That might apply to confusion about the code names for the mission and for Bin Laden. However the other contradictiosn I’ve heard of, ie what happened inside the compound, could not be known in advance by anyone.

  214. Greece is seriously thinking of pulling out of the Euro…
    Major power players are scrambling in secret…(Germany, France, etc)

    Athens Mulls Plans for New Currency
    Greece Considers Exit from Euro Zone

    {snip}

    ‘Considerable Devaluation’

    Sources told SPIEGEL ONLINE that Schäuble intends to seek to prevent Greece from leaving the euro zone if at all possible. He will take with him to the meeting in Luxembourg an internal paper prepared by the experts at his ministry warning of the possible dire consequences if Athens were to drop the euro.

    “It would lead to a considerable devaluation of the domestic currency against the euro,” the paper states. According to German Finance Ministry estimates, the currency could lose as much as 50 percent of its value, leading to a drastic increase in Greek national debt. Schäuble’s staff have calculated that Greece’s national deficit would rise to 200 percent of gross domestic product after such a devaluation. “A debt restructuring would be inevitable,” his experts warn in the paper. In other words: Greece would go bankrupt.

    It remains unclear whether it would even be legally possible for Greece to depart from the euro zone. Legal experts believe it would also be necessary for the country to split from the European Union entirely in order to abandon the common currency. At the same time, it is questionable whether other members of the currency union would actually refuse to accept a unilateral exit from the euro zone by the government in Athens.

    more: http://www.spiegel.de/international/europe/0,1518,761201,00.html

  215. BOTTOM OF THE BARREL

    Just when you thought Limbo Obama could go no lower, he does. An executive order that will be used to funnel money away from “the competition” (Repubs).

    online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052748703992704576305414137806694.html

    Obama’s ‘Gangster Politics’
    ====================

    The president is about to order companies that do business with the federal government to disclose their political donations.

    By KIMBERLEY A. STRASSEL
    MAY 5, 2011, 6:56 P.M. ET

    President Obama has officially kicked off his 2012 re-election campaign, and don’t Republicans know it. The president is expected any day now to sign an executive order that routs 70 years of efforts to get politics out of official federal business.

    Under the order, all companies (and their officers) would be required to list their political donations as a condition to bidding for government contracts. Companies can bid and lose out for the sin of donating to Republicans. Or they can protect their livelihoods by halting donations to the GOP altogether—which is the White House’s real aim. Think of it as “not-pay to play.”

    Whatever you call it, the order amounts to the White House brazenly directing the power of government against its political opponents—and at a time when the president claims to want cooperation on the budget and other issues. Senate Republicans from Mitch McConnell to Susan Collins are fuming, warning this is one political sucker punch too far, an unabashedly partisan move that will damage Senate work.

    Minority Leader McConnell in an interview calls the order the “crassest” political move he’s ever seen. “This is almost gangster politics, to shut down people who oppose them. . . . I assure you that this going to create problems for them in many ways—seen and unseen—if they go forward.”

    That might not matter to a White House that’s already monomaniacally focused on 2012. Democrats are obsessed with the money game, in particular rubbing out any GOP opportunities that came with the Supreme Court’s Citizens United decision to restore some corporate free-speech rights. Democrats last year tried to ram through the Disclose Act, designed to muzzle those new corporate rights, while allowing unions to continue spending at will.

    When the party failed to get the bill through even an overwhelmingly Democratic Senate, the White House stepped up. The draft order, which came out last month, would require federal bidders to supply a complete list of all political contributions made by the company, its political action committee, and its senior executives—going back two full years. (Richard Nixon would be impressed.) More astounding, the order requires the list to include donations made to third-party political groups—disclosure that is not currently required by law, and that is, as a result, surely unconstitutional.

    Ever audacious, the White House is spinning this as “reform,” claiming taxpayers deserve to know how federal dollars being paid to contractors are being spent in campaigns. This might hold (a drop of) water if the executive order also required all the (liberal) entities that get billions in taxpayer dollars via federal grants and funding—unions, environmental groups, Planned Parenthood—to disclose also. It doesn’t.

    The whole reform language is “Orwellian,” says Ms. Collins. It’s a measure of the order’s naked political nature that she’s leading the pushback—spearheading a GOP letter to the president and briefing Republican senators at a policy lunch this week. This is the same Susan Collins who has bucked her party in the past on campaign-finance issues, voting for McCain-Feingold.

    The administration’s argument that this is about disclosure is “a fraud,” she declares. The very notion “offends me deeply,” she says, since the order undermines decades of work by her and others to ensure federal business is free of corruption of political influence.

    The politics of the order have been so ugly that she argues the media has missed the equally profound policy implications. It’s the “equivalent of repealing the Hatch Act,” she argues, the seminal 1939 law designed to weed out federal pay-to-play.

    It has taken decades to create a federal contracting system based on “best prices, best value, best quality,” Ms. Collins says, and the effect of the Obama order is to again have “politics play a role in determining who gets contracts.” Companies may choose not to bid, which will reduce competition and raise government costs. And the order puts “thousands of civil servants” who oversee contracting “in an impossible situation.”

    The White House hasn’t bothered to respond to Ms. Collins’s letter, though Mr. Obama has had plenty of time for campaigning. In recent weeks he’s held fund-raisers in Chicago, California (six events in two days) and New York, while next week he heads to Texas. Supporters are bragging the campaign may break the $1 billion threshold, money that will go even further if the White House can simultaneously use its executive order to dry up Republican donations.

    The GOP has stayed mum on what it will do if Mr. Obama chooses to inject that level of partisanship into Washington’s current debates. His Osama bin Laden victory notwithstanding, Americans remains unhappy with the president’s performance on jobs, the economy and debt. If the president wants to shut down the possibility of bipartisan accomplishment on those fronts, a raw, election-motivated attack on Republicans is one sure way to do it.

  216. Watched Obama’s speech at Fort Campbell after meeting with the Navy Seals. He was at least 30 minutes late appearing and sure enough, he had his 2 trusty teleprompters. He started slow and sing songy, but managed to pull out some cheers from the troops by calling out the names of divisions that recently returned from action. And of course, he complained about the weather, saying it was too hot.

  217. Reporter on Fox News is reporting that there is a big rift in Pakistan over who knew what about the raid and there is a chance this could result in a coup in the govt. Apparently, the military intelligence knew of the raid beforehand but the civilian govt did not.

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