Obama Bin Laden Jobs Report – Stolen Valor

Oh, he’s a wily one. He’s a crafty one. We’ve called him a boob, with a capital B since 2007. We noted in our last article that he’s taken a successful military operation and turned it to boobery – think King Midas in reverse. Just about everyone acknowledges what we have written about the most recent boobery.

But be not deceived. He is a Boob (remember you can’t spell “Boob” without “B.O.”), of that there is no doubt. But when it comes to his own self-interest, his own self-advancement – he is a wily, crafty, master genius. That’s lantern-jawed Michelle Obama’s assessment. Ol’ “Scowly” knows whereof she speaks.

Yesterday, the crafty Boob (we know that’s an oxymoron but it accurately describes Obama) headed to New York City to torment the citizenry give a speech designed to give himself a halo as the man who shot Liberty Valence Osama Bin Laden. Obama was accompanied at Ground Zero by Rudy Giuliani (Presidents George W. Bush and Bill Clinton refused to be props).

Recall Rudy in 2008? Every response that came out of his mouth was “9/11”. That tactic did not help him win the Republican nomination. Barack Obama, taking a page from Rudy, wants to run an entire campaign on attacking his opponents as “racists” and now he wants to add the Bin Laden narrative to his campaign catchphrases. In short, Obama wants the capture of Bin Laden to be synonymous with his own name – we’ll call the strategy “Obama Bin Laden”.

But the wily Boob knows that an overt display of saying “Bin Laden, Bin Laden” at every turn will turn off the electorate. Obama does not want to face the backlash and ridicule that Rudy suffered. Besides Barack Obama knows Big Media will do much of the work for him in that regard (as well as in the “racist!” demagoguery). Barack Obama knows comedians will do his work for him. Barack Obama knows that his usual trick is to let his paid henchmen (or affiliate former paid henchmen like Burton) do the dirty work (they now have a website called “GutsyCall” which redirects to the Obama campaign website).

Why “spike the football” when the Big Media refs will do it for you?

Big Media will spike Obama’s football but enough people are already speaking out to make Obama wary of overtly saying “Bin Laden, Bin Laden”:

“David Beamer, father of 9/11 victim Todd Beamer on FOX News: “I feel some chagrin now, though, about how the rest of it has been handle. And frankly it started May Day, 2011 when the president announced what had happened. The excessive use of the personal pronoun that he used in his remarks, I really felt that was the beginning of the Commander-in-Chief putting too much spotlight on himself, taking too much credit for what the remarkable Americans had done. And of course it’s only now accelerated to a greater degree in the media.”



Obama has to pretend to be humble while fluffing his feathers enough to cause a fuss and make everyone take notice of his flapping about. Flying about from Ground Zero to military bases is a way to squawk like a hummingbird pretending to have laid an ostrich egg. Widely announcing a “secret” meeting with the team that offed Bin Laden is another way to “have your cake and eat it too”.

Barack Obama ordered a full publicity stunt campaign to “spike the football” – for himself – not the country. The Obama publicity stunt machine will continue to roll, “Applause” signs are at the ready, even as Obama acts like a shy country girl waiting for a suitor bearing chocolates or some lazy daisies. Obama can act like a shy country girl but he is more like the fertility experiment called “Octomom”.

Barack Obama also knows that he and the White House have bungled and boobed. The shy country girl act separates Barack Obama from answering questions about all that boobery. Obama might be a harlot in scarlet red dress but he will continue to pretend he is wearing a virgin white wedding dress. Meanwhile “Carney the Clown” is taking the hits for the undeniable boobery:

“There is increasing concern in Washington that Jay Carney, the new White House Press Secretary, isn’t up to the job. Even when faced with an innocuous question that requires only that he trot out the official line, he looks completely stunned, as if the questioner is Bob Woodward asking him about Deep Throat. He gathers himself, embarks on a stuttering reply, pauses for what seems like an eternity, then starts gabbling, tripping over his words, rephrasing what he’s just said, then looking plaintively back at the questioner as if to say, “How did I do? Was that okay? Or would you like me to try again?”

Get the boy a TelePrompTer. Jay “Carney the Clown” is the face of Obama and that face is a clown face:

“This is a pivotal moment in Barack Obama’s presidency, a moment when the eyes of the world are locked on Washington. In the global battle for hearts and minds, it is essential that the leader of the free world exudes an air of calm authority at this time. Yet the White House’s handling of the media in the aftermath of Sunday’s events has been breathtakingly amateurish, planting seeds of doubt about the legality of the operation and about Osama bin Laden’s death that would not otherwise be there. The constantly changing narrative – or “fact pattern”, as one White House official described it – suggests that the president and his advisers have been caught on the hop and have no clear strategy for dealing with the fallout from bin Laden’s death. This is epitomised by the halting, timid delivery of Jay – “How’m I doin’?” – Carney, who must bear some of the responsibility for this communications failure. [snip]

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.”

Obama is more than happy to throw someone else under the bus for his failures. “Carney the Clown” is about to feel rubber on his back.

While Obama parades through the streets with red lipstick, fishnet stockings, and lots of makeup, all the while telling the cops she is not a harlot out to make a buck – the bucks are scarce for a lot of Americans. The Obama campaign will continue to shout “racist!” to shut opponents up and will shout “Bin Laden, Bin Laden” to steal the valor and glory from others – because they have to.

They have to smear and steal valor because something has to be done to distract from the rising flood waters called the American economy:

“Herbert Walker Bush’s nemesis should also strike a familiar and ominous chord for President Obama. It was the economy. By mid-1992, a comfortable economic climate marked by low interest and inflation rates had given way to a rise in unemployment that displaced 7.8 percent of the American workforce. By September, the Census Bureau was reporting that 14.2 percent of Americans lived in poverty.

Today’s Quinnipiac poll shows virtually no change in Obama’s previous low approval rating when it comes to his handling of the economy. Of those queried, 57% diaapprove [sic] of his performance in this area, while only 38% approve.

Peter Brown, assistant director of the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute, is quoted as saying: The killing of Osama bin Laden has helped President Barack Obama’s popularity but not massively. The number of people opposed to his re-election has dropped, although they seem to have moved to ‘undecided,’ rather than to the pro-Obama column.”

It’s the economy – Boob – and 9.0 ain’t good:

“Without acceleration in job growth, the economy is unlikely to achieve the sustainable growth trajectory that is typical of an economy that is supposedly in its second year of recovery and technically has transitioned into expansion,” said Steven Ricchiuto, the chief economist for Mizuho Securities USA.

About 13.7 million people were out of work in April, among them 5.8 million people who have been jobless for six months or longer. In March, the number of people who were unemployed was 13.5 million, with 6.1 million of them considered the long-term unemployed. In April, about 64.2 percent of adults were either in the work force or looking for a job, the fourth consecutive month it has been at that level, which is the lowest labor participation rate in a quarter-century.”

Bin Laden is dead but increasingly so is the supposed American economic recovery. Obama promised below 8.5% unemployment if his stimulus scam was passed. It passed and the American economy is passing away as well. Obama’s visit to the Allison Transmission plant in Indianapolis today failed to mention the $62 million in taxpayer dollars it received – $82,666 per employee. Meager results.

Obama also has not mentioned today that one of every four jobs created in April were McJobs – jobs at McDonalds.

Barack Obama won’t mention the jobs report, or the housing report, or the dreaded double dip. Barack Obama won’t “spike the football” so that Americans can feel good about their country. Barack Obama will “spike the football” for his own glory – stolen valor.

Barack Obama will continue to do the whore stroll. He will shamelessly exhibit himself in borrowed clothes. As the economy continues to flounder, expect to hear the shouts of “racist”. Expect to see more plunder of the valor of others.

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600 thoughts on “Obama Bin Laden Jobs Report – Stolen Valor

  1. Why did he go to Fort Campbell today and also say he went there to thank the raid team? Isn’t that revealing to all adversaries where the raid team came from?

  2. stolen valor — a coward waffleman who is a thief and a plagiarist;
    whore stroll — look at me! look at me! and then throw money..;
    exhibit in borrowed clothes — who would otherwise be naked.

  3. pm – I thought exactly the same thing when I read that yesterday. Along with all the “intelligence” we are gleaning from the “Osama Diaries” and hard-drives being distributed to anyone with a steno pad and a pencil, Obama is making us (and more importantly our military) sitting ducks.

    He is SUCH an asshat – and a boob.

    BBL

  4. pm317
    The forces that carrried out the raid were Navy seals and Fort Campbell is army so I don’t think that is there home base.

  5. BigCatLover
    May 6th, 2011 at 6:01 pm
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    no, I specifically heard that the raid team were back and he was going there to thank them.

  6. Ok, I don’t know that much about the military and they were there. I wonder where they train.

  7. I predict the same fate for Bush III as Bush I, who thought he could win the elections by winning the Gulf War. In the end, it was the economy that sunk him in 1992 as it will the present squatter of the White House in 2012.

  8. Another Holder scandal simmering on the back burner ready to blow-
    ___________

    Ariz. Sheriff: Feds Order Release of Illegals to Phony Up Numbers

    Friday, 06 May 2011

    By Jim Meyers and Ashley Martella

    The U.S. Border Patrol has told its agents to stop arresting illegal aliens crossing the border from Mexico to keep the illegal immigration numbers down, Arizona Sheriff Larry Dever tells Newsmax.

    He also charges that Attorney General Eric Holder is “holding hands with the ACLU” to protect illegal aliens from prosecution, says illegals are committing “heinous crimes” across America every day, and calls claims that the federal government should be solely responsible for controlling illegal immigration,… “balderdash.”

    Dever is sheriff of Cochise County, which shares an 83-mile border with Mexico, and he says his Border Patrol sector is responsible for half of all illegal aliens caught trying to enter the country and halt the narcotics entering the United States.

    video:

    http://www.newsmax.com/Headline/LarryDever-BorderPatrol-Immigration-Arizona/2011/05/06/id/395500

    In an exclusive interview with Newsmax.TV, he was asked about the Obama administration’s bragging that the border is more secure than ever.

    “For the secretary of homeland security to say the border is more secure than ever, well, I’ve been there forever and there was a happier time than what it is today. We have a long, long way to go.

    “Don’t drink the Kool-Aid and buy into ‘this border is secure’ nonsense.

    “There’s a bad element in the mix of the aliens that are crossing that border and they don’t stay there, they move into communities throughout the country. And every day there are travesties and heinous crimes being committed by those people. If we don’t stop it at the border, it’s just going to continue to grow.”

    Dever recently told Congress that in one district in Texas, illegals are allowed to be caught crossing the border 14 times before being charged with a felony, and federal smuggling charges are not considered unless at least six illegal aliens are being smuggled into the country.

    “It doesn’t surprise me because we’ve been seeing that every day in Arizona, with artificial thresholds for narcotics, for human smuggling,” he tells Newsmax.

    “For that to be issued as a written solid order, it’s outrageous.”

    He also explains how he has heard that the Border Patrol has told officers to stop arresting Mexican illegals to keep official illegal immigration figures down.

    “That comes from agents on the ground, who have told me, told my deputies, told citizens in the area.

    “They have in the past been instructed to scare people back or turn them back south versus arresting them.”

    Border Patrol Chief Michael Fisher’s has denied that agents have been told not to arrest Mexican illegals. Dever responds: “I tend to believe there is no written order to that effect. But if your agents on the ground have that perception and that understanding, then you need to go back and change it.

    “If they’re lying, shame on them, and shame on me for bringing it up. But frankly, my staff, when they heard this, they said what’s the big deal? We’ve been hearing this forever. And people who live in my county say the same things.

    “So something’s going on and it needs to be rectified and fixed so these people are brought to justice.”

    Dever tells Newsmax that the Mexican drug cartels are freely operating many miles from the U.S.-Mexican border.

    “You can go up to 70 miles north in Pinal County, which isn’t even a border county, and the Bureau of Land Management put up signs on public land warning people not to travel there because of the threat from drug cartels.

    “If you travel into the recreational areas in my county, those same signs are up warning people they could encounter drug and human smuggling. I think we ought to point the signs south and tell the folks who are coming here that this is not a safe place for you to come.”

    Referring to “roadblocks” Eric Holder has been erecting against Arizona’s attempts to deal with the immigration problem, Dever says: “He’s the guy who sued us, sued the state of Arizona, holding hands with the ACLU. It doesn’t do any good to arrest people if all you’re going to do is kick them back. If they’re not going to be prosecuted and held accountable, where’s the teeth in the enforcement effort?”

    When Arizona passed its tough anti-illegal immigration legislation last year, the ACLU “sued every Arizona sheriff and every Arizona county attorney independently to enjoin us from enforcing the law should it pass constitutional muster,” Dever adds.

    “Then the Department of Justice sued the state of Arizona. Here’s what’s absolutely bizarre and hypocritical: The Department of Homeland Security since Sept. 11, 2001, has been on an outreach effort to empower and partner with state and local law enforcement to help defend and protect our homeland.

    “When it comes to gun-running, money-laundering, kidnapping, murder, all those border-related crimes that we have, they wrap their arms around us and say let’s go get these guys. When it comes to illegal immigration, they sue us. They say back off, that is our sole responsibility. And I say, balderdash.”

    Dever encourages Americans to “keep pressure on your congressional representatives” to deal effectively with illegal immigration. “It’s beginning to work. It’s beginning to take hold.”

  9. some jobs were created…too bad most of them were at McDonalds

    huffingtonpost.com/2011/05/06/unemployment-rate-rises_n_858595.html

    …snip…

    The trends show a labor market still struggling on a number of fronts, particularly in the creation of higher-wage positions in some key sectors. Employment in information and financial services, construction, and transportation and warehousing changed little in April. Manufacturing has been a bright spot of the recovery, but the rate of growth has slowed over the past two months. The professional and business services, health care and leisure and hospitality sectors continued to increase employment, however.

    The biggest industry jump in April, though, was in the retail sector, which added 57,000 new positions. Retail has consistently been one of the biggest winners since the recession, but the sector’s average hourly wage was only $9.03 as of 2010.

    Despite private employers’ best month of job creation in five years, the economy has yet to see a big uptick in wages. In April, the average workweek remained static at at 34.3 hours, while average hourly earnings only increased by 3 cents, or 0.1 percent. During the past 12 months, average hourly earnings only increased by 1.9 percent.

    Economists said this trend should begin to improve with the broader unemployment numbers, though they cautioned that significant wage increases are unlikely to arrive in the near future.

    …snip…

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

    the candidate that can explain what is happening to the disappearing middle class and get to the bottom line heart of the matter…is the candidate that can beat O…

    …if Hillary is out…then T needs to get his act together for his relaunch and start explaining the reality in clear, simple terms…jobs, jobs, jobs…and the ripoff of the USA…the Stolen Valor…

  10. so essentially without part time Mcdonald’s jobs, only 7K real jobs were created.

    http://www.zerohedge.com/article/nfp-ex-mcdonalds-and-birth-death-7k

    Today’s BLS of 244K is great… until you exclude the 62K from McDonalds hirings, and 175K from the Birth Death Adjustment, and end up with…. +7K jobs.

    And yes, the “McDonalds factor” is to be included. Per Goldman:

    McDonald’s Corporation said that it hired 62,000 people during an April 19 promotional event. Despite the striking number, we do not expect a major effect on nonfarm payroll employment. Last year, the industry referred to in the payroll statistics as “limited service restaurants” added 209,000 jobs during the seasonal upswing in employment from March through June in seasonally adjusted terms. Given that McDonald’s has a 17% market share of the US fast food market (as of 2009), around 35,000 of the new hires can be accounted for by seasonal variation. In addition, according to our equity analysts, US growth in the number of McDonald’s restaurants is limited. Therefore, it seems most likely that the hiring resulted from natural turnover and seasonal demand, rather than a broader business expansion. For the hiring event to have a major impact on the April employment report, a large majority of the new employees would have had to begin receiving a paycheck immediately. More likely these hires will be phased in over time.

    As for the Bush article with him being angry, don’t blame the man one bit, whatever I thought of Bush, I knew the cowboy was absolutely pro-US military, and pro-America and I will credit him a lot for keeping America safe (even if I didn’t agree with him on everything), as fr Waffles? Nope. Anyone who even as a statement for political reasons refuses to place their hand during a pledge, sits in a church listening to “God D*mn America” sermons, considers Bill Ayers their friends, well they have no real love for America, just power.

  11. Great Admin-

    Barack Obama will continue to do the whore stroll…

    and he is very experienced at it. Lookie, lookie at me, me, me.

  12. All I can say the media in this country is beyond pathetic at this point. The situation room that this all supposedly took place, not.

    http://strata-sphere.com/blog/index.php/archives/16451

    Lies, all lies, the only real heroes in this entire thing are the US military and the intelligence agencies and agents, and they can’t even take a victory lap, and Waffles sure as hell will be spiking that ball whenever it suits him. Never have I been this disgusted, even Bush is looking good compared to this lying Waffles.

  13. I’ll be standing on a corner high
    when they drive your casket high
    you rascal you.

    Now what is it you got
    That makes my wife think you hot
    You rascal you.

    I. Love. this. Song!

  14. Great Hillary pictures…

    6th May 2011

    At least there’s somebody to carry the bags: Hillary’s army of armed guards… so she can go shopping during trip to Rome

    It is what most women would want to do while on a trip to Rome.

    Hillary Clinton took advantage of a few spare moments between diplomatic meetings for a quick shopping trip during her visit to Italy.

    But unlike most women who take a tour of the city’s fashion houses, Mrs Clinton was surrounded by a team of at least 10 burly bodyguards.

    The tight security, on the Secretary of State’s first foreign visit since the U.S. shot dead Osama Bin Laden, showed the heightened fears of a revenge attack.

    More…’Happiness will turn to sadness’: Al Qaeda confirm death of Osama Bin Laden and vow to continue their attacks on the U.S.Cyclist who yelled ‘secret service, coming through’ in crowds waiting for Obama at Ground Zero is held at gunpoint by NYPD

    As Mrs Clinton strolled down Rome’s main street Via del Corso, she was marked by an imposing team of men in dark suits and sunglasses.

    Making her way between shops, she was trailed by a crowd of security guards, Italian police and aides.

    The Secretary of State is on a two visit for international talks on how to help the rebels fighting in Libya and protect civilians caught in the cross-fire.

    Mrs Clinton will fly out later on Friday after the meetings in which she has announced that the U.S. will tap the frozen assets of Gaddafi’s regime.

    The increased security around the Secretary of State comes as Al Qaeda vowed to continue its attack on the U.S. and warned Americans that ‘their happiness will turn to sadness’.

    In a statement posted on jihadist internet forums, the group confirmed that Bin Laden died in a raid on his compound in Abbottabad.. The Al Qaeda statement, signed by ‘the general leadership’ of the Al Qaeda, said his blood would not be ‘wasted’ and that it would continue attacking the US.

    The statement’s authenticity could not be independently confirmed, but it was posted on websites where the group traditionally puts out its messages.

    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1384338/Hillary-Clinton-goes-shopping-Rome-army-guards.html#

  15. Oreilly still degrading Hillary every evening.He is the poorest excuse for a journalist as he was called by Heraldo.FOX is a cesspool of paid character assassins that bring shame to their slogan of Fair and Balanced News.

  16. http://gatewaypundit.rightnetwork.com/2011/05/obama-flashback-it-is-no-longer-essential-to-kill-osama-bin-laden/

    Just when you thought you’d heard everything…

    Obama told us all week how he always promised to get Osama Bin Laden.

    …Except when he didn’t.

    This flip-flop came his first month in office.

    The Times reported, via Free Republic:

    Barack Obama suggested last night that removing Osama bin Laden from the battlefield was no longer essential and that America’s security goals could be achieved merely by keeping al-Qaeda “on the run”.

    “My preference obviously would be to capture or kill him,” he said. “But if we have so tightened the noose that he’s in a cave somewhere and can’t even communicate with his operatives then we will meet our goal of protecting America.”

    His comments, in a CBS interview, represent a significant watering down of the “dead or alive” policy pursued by President Bush since the terror attacks of September 11, 2001. They also appear to contradict Mr Obama’s own statements made in the election campaign.

    As recently as October 7, in a presidential debate, Mr Obama said: “We will kill bin Laden. We will crush al-Qaeda. That has to be our biggest national security priority.”

    Remember, with Obama, everything comes with an expiration date.

  17. On Greta tonight, discussing Binny’s will and his youngest wife that was kind of sent to him, she was cooped up in the mansion for 5 frickin’ years, mainly living in just two rooms.

    His will said all his wives should not remarry, but should look after his children.

    2/3rds of his money goes to his sons, the other third to his daughters and nada to his wives.

    Greta was steamed at the murder’s gall.

  18. “What an utter asshole this Lawrence O’Donnel is. MSNBC really has some top of the line stupid people. ”

    why did Condi even go on this stupid program? what an utterly ignorant and rude man, don’t know how Condi had the patience to sit through it and not smack this idiot.

  19. Shadowfax, you’re not being fair to Binny. He didn’t leave any money to his wives because they should be happy enough getting to bed such a hunk. 🙂

  20. In the will he forbade his sons from joining Al Queda.. That should be a message to all fathers out there. It takes a terrorist to know terrorism.

  21. Jay Cost has lots of charts (visible at link) and thinks Obama is in “a huge amount of trouble.”

    http://www.weeklystandard.com/blogs/morning-jay-economy-still-not-good-enough-reelect-obama_559238.html

    I have noticed something unsettling in my own life lately: I know a lot of people who are on food stamps or some kind of extraordinary government assistance. The count right now stands around 10 people, which is a lot for a small town denizen such as myself.

    That is a personal reminder of a very serious, yet rarely discussed economic, social, and indeed political problem: the fact that better than one out of seven Americans today requires government help to put food on the table.

    The following graph is only for the hale and hearty:

    The start date of this heartbreaking graph is important – June, 2009 is the point at which, according to the National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER), the economy hit bottom and began to recover.

    What we see in this graph is one example of a persistent feature of the recovery to date. On the top-line of the economic data, it often appears as though we have filled in the hole that was dug by the Great Recession. Check out this graph of personal income per capita to appreciate that. However, it is largely an illusion, a product of deficit-financed government spending – in the form of things like food stamps, extraordinary unemployment benefits, and the relatively stable federal employment situation.

    Call it the American “food stamp recovery:” take away the government supports, and the economic picture looks very bleak indeed. Two sobering features stand out.

    First, the ability of the private sector to provide people with a stable standard of living is in a long-term decline, one that has only eased, not reversed, in recent months. The following graph captures this phenomenon by tracking real wages per capita derived from the private sector.

    What we see here is that the private sector wages and salaries are actually at a thirteen-year low point when measured on a per capita basis, and the most recent reading (from Quarter I of 2011) showed a continued decline. The only “good” news is that the slope of the descent has eased.

    Second, the empty spot in the national wallet generated by the breakdown of private wealth has been filled by a socialization of personal income directed by the government. The following graph tracks the share of personal income that comes from either government transfer payments or government salaries.

    Yikes.

    All of this leads to the next point. This has been the worst economic recovery in generations, at least as it is felt by the average American. Let’s be precise in our language here: we’re not talking about the recession itself; we’re talking about the recovery, which has entirely been on Barack Obama’s watch.

    This is not rhetorical bluster, but empirical fact. The following graph demonstrates that by comparing employment in this recovery against every recovery since 1960. What I did was take the percentage of the adult population that was employed when NBER says a recovery began, set that as a baseline (100 percent) and tracked how this recovery stacks up against previous ones.

    As we can see, this one is worse than any other in 50 years.

    Unsurprisingly, we also see weakness in terms of real per capita income, as the next graph demonstrates. I did something similar with this one – taking real income per capita (minus government transfer payments) at the point that NBER says a recovery began, setting that at 100 percent, and tracking how the current recovery stacks up against previous ones.

    Taking the last two graphs together, the ultimate point is validated: this is the worst recovery in generations. The 2001 recovery saw similar weakness in terms of real income, but jobs bounced back better that time. What’s more, the 2001 recession was substantially milder, so we should have expected a greater snap-back this time around.

    On a cause-and-effect level, it’s hard to assign much blame to this president, or any president for that matter. As we can see from the last two graphs, the recoveries from the 1990, 2001, and 2007 recessions were all slow and unimpressive, suggesting that there are greater forces at play than the current occupant of 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue. Indeed, the transition to a post-industrial economy might be the single biggest factor. The once-great anchors of the American economy – steel, automotive, rubber, and other industries – used to be able to lay workers off temporarily during a slowdown, then bring them back when demand picked up, as can be seen in this graph. But the industrial sector of the economy is today just a fraction of what it used to be, meaning that such a brisk rebound is no longer possible.

    Obama does deserve some of the cause-and-effect blame for this recovery, mostly due to the terribly inefficient stimulus. I was recently in Washington and was able to snap this photograph, which should go down in the annals of history as a testament to Keynesianism run amok.

    It goes without saying that there were better ways to generate a recovery than this, so Obama and congressional Democrats deserve some cause-and-effect blame for the pace of the rebound. (Side note: Two years after Congress appropriated the money for this project, it is still not completed.)

    On a political level, the blame for the recovery goes entirely to President Obama. Indeed, looking at the polls on his handling of the economy, you can see that he is already taking the heat.

    And so, we can lay down the following marker: if the economic recovery does not begin to show substantial improvement, the likes of which we have not really seen in the last two years, and if the GOP nominates a reasonably acceptable alternative, this president is going to lose in 2012, and the final result will not be close. Nobody gets reelected with employment way down, real income way down, and 14 percent of his fellow citizens on food stamps. Nobody.

    And the president needs something more than a “recovery” in the sense that we’ve seen to date. When you start controlling for inflation, population growth, and government intervention, the recovery we’ve seen has only been, at best, a treading of water for average people. This president needs to see a significant improvement in real, per capita, and private metrics of personal economic vitality. Put simply, he needs something more than this “food stamp recovery” to win next year.

    People who are giving such a heavy advantage to the president next year must be making at least one of two assumptions: (a) the economy is suddenly going to do better than it has done in the last two years; (b) the GOP nominates a dud.

    On the Republican nomination front, Democrats and their friends in the mainstream media shouldn’t count on that, for the reasons I elaborated here. And when it comes to the economic growth front, no more peeing on my leg while telling me it’s raining: After two years of this disappointing, anemic, worst-in-several-generations, quote unquote recovery, I just don’t believe that the big, long-promised rebound is coming any time soon.

    Instead, what I believe nowadays is that this president is in a huge amount of trouble, as we all are.

  22. The Recession of the early 1990s= Generation Xers with college degrees complain because the only jobs they can find are at McDonald’s.

    The Recession of today= Unemployed Generation Xers are lined up at McDonald’s, hoping to get a job there so they can keep the house from going into foreclosure.

  23. obama-flashback-it-is-no-longer-essential-to-kill-osama-bin-laden/

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    Didn’t Bush at some point say that too?

  24. O’Donnell, what a dope fiend. We’ll ‘never know’ whether Saddam would have savagely crushed the ‘Arab Spring?’ Were Saddam still alive and ready to pounce on any fledgling gov’t, we’ll never know how Mubarak might have reacted more brutally to the uprising.

    I do find myself reassessing Iraq, at least in that we now know, as Trump points out, Bush didn’t go in there to steal the oil. My guess is that if Bush had planned to steal oil, he could have offered France a cut in return for their vote in the U.N.

    Obama can milk 9/11 all he wants. I see more and more boarded-up storefronts in my neighborhood. I noticed it on the East Side last year, but my neighborhood is supposedly more upscale. It’s depressing to walk past so many boarded-up businesses. On the plus side, the wait for mcnuggets at McDonald’s is very short.

  25. admin
    May 6th, 2011 at 10:36 pm

    Shadowfax, you’re not being fair to Binny. He didn’t leave any money to his wives because they should be happy enough getting to bed such a hunk. 🙂

    ————-

    Yea, nothing like sharing Binny Big Love Laden with the other wives in a million dollar, uglyass bunker with all the other children.

    Whadda life, and you get some old, hairy man with a turban that treats his goats and rabbits better than his wives.

  26. Another great post, Admin. I laughed so hard at some of your descriptions and prose I almost broke the stitches of my recent surgery.

    Thank you!

  27. we now know, as Trump points out, Bush didn’t go in there to steal the oil.

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

    What did Trump say about this?

  28. “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.

  29. From admin’s current post: Obama has to pretend to be humble while fluffing his feathers enough to cause a fuss and make everyone take notice of his flapping about. Flying about from Ground Zero to military bases is a way to squawk like a hummingbird pretending to have laid an ostrich egg. Widely announcing a “secret” meeting with the team that offed Bin Laden is another way to “have your cake and eat it too”.
    ————
    Yes. BO & MO gonna have cake whether anyone else does or not.

    To pm and others wondering, I think O thanked SEALS in private. I’m guessing there was no way even for him to make a photo op out of that. So, he made a photo op out of telling the troops at Fort Campbell that he’d thanked the SEALS. A photo op within a photo op, I supposed. (BTW didn’t those men look thrilled.)

    That’s what I surmised from ABC local TV this morning. That station by the way is rea-l-l-l-y carrying water for the boy today. I cite crawl entry “Obama & Biden trekked to Fort Campbell” … TREKKED my ass.
    And in reporting on the economy, this crawl brags about the 245,000 jobs but does not mention the rise in unemployment. Fortunately that station has a call-in line, and they have already heard from me about that.

    admin, continual wonderful posts; hope you’re keeping up with your vitamins….

  30. tdo: That might apply to confusion about the code names
    ———————–
    Speaking of code names … doesn’t the use of ‘Geronimo’ have racial undertones????? 🙂

  31. Speaking of code names … doesn’t the use of ‘Geronimo’ have racial undertones?????

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    Heh. Evidence that Obama didn’t vet it.

  32. Thanks to Hillbuzz for this tip (caveat: Kevin used a different source)

    Obama is rude and unresponsive to sister of 9/11 victim
    By Jennifer Rubin
    This interview with Debra Burlingame, the co-founder of Keep America Safe and the sister of the plot whose plane was crashed into the Pentagon on Sept. 11, is one of the more bracing moments of the week:
    [video]
    On a human level, this is a shocking reminder of just how emotionally disconnected and downright rude President Obama can be. Rather than simply saying, “I understand your concern about prosecuting CIA agents and I will do what’s best for the country” (or whatever), Obama brusquely says he’s not going to comment and turns his back on her. I can’t imagine for a moment that George W. Bush, Bill Clinton or Ronald Reagan would have acted with such dismissiveness. Obama’s thin skin is one of his worst qualities….
    http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/right-turn/post/obama-rude-and-unresponsive-to-sister-of-911-victim/2011/03/29/AFbOQB8F_blog.html

  33. Geronimo’s Great Great Grandson (not sure how many Greats)is indeed PISSED (He lives in NM, and was interviewed). In fact the indian meaning is something not suited at all to the situation. According to the indians it means Sacred Name and it Italian, Greek in origin.

  34. They claim the compound house had no internet and TV. But they claim they took away all kinds of computer hard drives and thumb drives.

    I for one am not surprised that too many details (ok, all of them) contradict each other and don’t make logical sense. I’m firmly in the camp that Bin Laden has been dead for years, although I do not believe his body has been on ice as some do. Now I’m trying to figure out if they set up the key trio of Obama, Jarrett, and Brennan. (Don’t forget that Brennan sanitized the Obama & Dunham passport files either)

    As for Geronimo, I’ve read that some of our Tribes are pissed right off and are filing complaints. Even the real Natives are restless with them. Heckava job Barky.

  35. HTA-

    “Thinned Skinness” is symptomatic of much bigger head problems that may not be visibly apparent because of the elusiveness skills developed by their possessers. The bedrock schism emanates from a deep seated feeling of inadequacy always rooted in narcissism imprisoning it’s victim with a virtually incurable affliction. From the research I have read, the reason for the low cure rate is because the victim always refuses to admit the possibility s/he is a narcissist.

    It is the families that suffer most.

  36. holdthemaccountable
    May 7th, 2011 at 7:54 am

    Here is one of Debra BurlingGame’s interviews (I believe she did another one on Fox the previous day, someone posted it on the previous thread), I really respect this woman, never once has she wavered in the past 10 years. As for Waffles, calling him scum would be an understatement and an insult to scum. I agree with the agree, I cannot remember any president, dem or repub from the past who would display such assinine behavior to a victim of a terrorist attack.

  37. Another quote from (hta’s Hill Buzz article)

    aside: I’ve noticed the WP isn’t PRO-Obama propaganda.. just sayin’
    __________

    “In addition to eliminating the very techniques that allowed us to track down and kill bin Laden, Obama has permitted the Justice Department to reopen investigation of previously cleared CIA operatives. Muskaey explains: “ I say ‘reopening’ advisedly because those investigations had all been formally closed by the end of 2007, with detailed memoranda prepared by career Justice Department prosecutors explaining why no charges were warranted.

    “Attorney General Eric Holder conceded that he had ordered the investigations reopened in September 2009 without reading those memoranda.” The investigations have now dragged on for years with prosecutors chasing allegations down rabbit holes, with the CIA along with the rest of the intelligence community left demoralized.”

    This is scandalous. And on this point I disagree with Burlingame: there is absolutely nothing to prevent Obama from directing Holder to cease his inquisition. The inquest never should have begun. Closing it down is a matter of national security (we cannot impede and intimidate our intelligence agencies). Obama is responsible for his own Justice Department and is irresponsible, not to mention grossly ungrateful, in allowing the prosecution to continue.”

    One suggestion: Current CIA Director Leon Panetta and Gen. David Petraeus will be facing Senate confirmation hearings on their new appointments. Both should be asked their opinion about the CIA inquests. Should they fail to offer an opinion or defend the ongoing prosecutions, the Senate would be fully justified in holding up their confirmations.

    And Obama owes Burlingame an apology.

  38. NewMexicoFan and all:
    I just don’t know how to reply to what you’ve added. Unfortunately, it gets more outrageous.
    Wish I could stay around to see what else turns up, but am truly fortunate to have a kid who wants me to hang out at her house this weekend and it is nearly time to leave. Happy day to all the mom’s.

  39. “but am truly fortunate to have a kid who wants me to hang out at her house this weekend and it is nearly time to leave. Happy day to all the mom’s.”
    __________________

    Have fun and enjoy… hta- 🙂

  40. Today is KENTUCKY DERBY DAY-

    The Classic Mint Julep

    They say that mint was planted at Churchill Downs in Louisville so that mint juleps could be served at the very first Kentucky Derby in 1875. On Derby Day alone, Churchhill Downs sells close to 80,000 mint juleps.

    The first mint juleps were made with rum or rye whiskey in the 1700’s. Kentucky bourbon whiskey was not widely available until later on in the 19th century. In the bible The Savoy Cocktail Book, the right reverend Harry Craddock refers to a recipe of skipper and novelist Captain Marryatt that uses mint sprigs, sugar, peach and common brandy, pounded ice, and fresh pineapple. (In a letter printed in Jerry Thomas’ 1862 book, “How to Mix Drinks or The Bon-Vivant’s Companion,” Captain Marryatt wrote that the ingredients in a “real” Mint Julep were peach brandy and common brandy, and that “epicures rub the lips of the tumbler with a piece of fresh pineapple.” Captain Marryatt found juleps “like the American ladies, irresistible.”)

    Even Master Distillers will give you different opinions on how to make a perfect mint julep. When fed up with all the complications of juleps, there’s the recipe attributed to Henry Watterson, a famed Kentucky newspaper man from days of old: “Pluck the mint gently from its bed, just as the dew of the evening is about to form upon it. Select the choicer sprigs only, but do not rinse them. Prepare the simple syrup and measure out a half-tumbler of whiskey. Pour the whiskey into a well-frosted silver cup, throw the other ingredients away and drink the whiskey.”

    Mint Julep Recipe:

    1. Freeze your glass or metal mug well before serving. This will help prevent the ice from melting so quickly.

    2. If you like a minty flavor, put about five small, young leaves of fresh mint minus the stems into the bottom of the cup. The number of leaves depends on how minty you like it. Add more or less to your taste.

    3. Add at least 1/4 ounce of some simple syrup to the cup if you prefer sweetness. Add more if you have a sweet tooth, of course. Or add none at all if you really love your booze straight.

    4. Muddle the mint and syrup in the bottom of the glass.

    5. Fill cup at least halfway with finely crushed ice. You can make your own at home by wrapping ice cubes in a clean dishtowel and crushing it with a rolling pin, hammer, or heavy frying pan.

    6. Add 2 ounces of the spirit of your choice. I know we always think of bourbon in a mint julep but try it with your preferred spirit whether vodka, rum, brandy, rye whiskey, or gin. A spirit of at least 90 proof is recommended so the spirit will stand up to all ice.

    7. Stir, then add more ice to the top of the cup.

    8. Shove the straw through the ice all the way to the bottom of the cup, then cut it off just above the top of the ice.

    9. Position a sprig of mint near the straw so that you can inhale the scent of the mint while sipping.

  41. In a nutshell…

    Obama’s victory turns into farce

    Andrew Bolt From: Herald Sun May 07, 2011

    FOR a second I thought I’d misread President Barack Obama.
    What guts, after all. What a leader.

    Against type, the Nobel Peace Prize winner sent four helicopters of troops into Pakistan to kill Osama bin Laden.

    What’s more, his hit squad did the job right under the nose of an army that was surely protecting the al-Qaida boss.

    But then, Obama’s greatest victory turned into a farce, thanks to all the President’s familiar traits of ineptitude, regal disdain and fuzzy Leftism.

    In Iraq, the US under George W. Bush wasn’t squeamish about showing the bodies of enemy leaders it had killed, and did so with al-Qaida’s leader in Iraq, psychopath Musab al-Zarqawi, and the two sons of Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein.

    It seemed to work. Far from inspiring jihadists, these bloody pictures seemed to deflate them.

    But Obama decided no such trophy pictures of bin Laden would be shown.

    Indeed, his body was dumped into the sea, in line, the White House laughably said, with Muslim custom.

    Obama’s reasoning seemed conflicted. He claimed that releasing pictures of bin Laden with a hole in the head could inflame opinion against the US, and, besides, it so was also “not who we are”, which makes me suspect Obama was fretting less over enraged terrorists than enraged Leftists.

    In fact, his call kicked off the usual anti-US conspiracy theories, and not just in the Middle East. Even Canada’s deputy Opposition leader Thomas Mulcair said: “I don’t think, from what I’ve heard, that those pictures exist.”

    Worse followed fast.

    On Monday, the President’s counter-terrorism adviser, John Brennan, made these claims: “Osama was engaged in a firefight” and was found “hiding behind women”.

    A woman he hid behind was said to have been shot dead.

    White House spokesman Jay Carney then added the soldiers who shot bin Laden “were met with a great deal of resistance” from “many other people who were armed”.

    Uh-oh. In fact, every one of those claims is false. Bin Laden was unarmed. Just one of the five men killed that night had a gun, and he was shot early. Bin Laden did not hide behind any woman, none of whom were killed.

    I have close to zero doubt that the US got its man. But somehow Obama’s “trust me” reassurance sounds very hollow.

    The bumbler is back, and now we really do need those pictures.

    http://www.heraldsun.com.au/opinion/obamas-victory-turns-into-farce/story-e6frfifx-1226051494403

  42. 05/06/2011

    Obama is rude and unresponsive to sister of 9/11 victim

    By Jennifer Rubin

    On a human level, this is a shocking reminder of just how emotionally disconnected and downright rude President Obama can be. Rather than simply saying, “I understand your concern about prosecuting CIA agents and I will do what’s best for the country” (or whatever), Obama brusquely says he’s not going to comment and turns his back on her. I can’t imagine for a moment that George W. Bush, Bill Clinton or Ronald Reagan would have acted with such dismissiveness. Obama’s thin skin is one of his worst qualities.

    Moreover, Burlingame is, of course, correct. In the Wall Street Journal today, former attorney general Michael Mukasey writes:

    Consider how the intelligence that led to bin Laden came to hand. It began with a disclosure from Khalid Sheikh Mohammed (KSM), who broke like a dam under the pressure of harsh interrogation techniques that included waterboarding. He loosed a torrent of information — including eventually the nickname of a trusted courier of bin Laden. That regimen of harsh interrogation was used on KSM after another detainee, Abu Zubaydeh, was subjected to the same techniques. When he broke, he said that he and other members of al-Qaeda were obligated to resist only until they could no longer do so, at which point it became permissible for them to yield. “Do this for all the brothers,” he advised his interrogators. . . .

    The harsh techniques themselves were used selectively against only a small number of hard-core prisoners who successfully resisted other forms of interrogation, and then only with the explicit authorization of the director of the CIA. Of the thousands of unlawful combatants captured by the U.S., fewer than 100 were detained and questioned in the CIA program. Of those, fewer than one-third were subjected to any of these techniques. . . .

    President Obama ran for election on the promise to do away with these techniques even before he became aware, if he ever did, of what they were. Days after taking office, he directed that the CIA interrogation program be done away with entirely and that interrogation be limited to the techniques set forth in the Army Field Manual, a document designed for use by even the least experienced troops. It’s available on the Internet and used by terrorists as a training manual for resisting interrogation.

    In addition to eliminating the very techniques that allowed us to track down and kill bin Laden, Obama has permitted the Justice Department to reopen investigation of previously cleared CIA operatives. Muskaey explains: “ I say ‘reopening’ advisedly because those investigations had all been formally closed by the end of 2007, with detailed memoranda prepared by career Justice Department prosecutors explaining why no charges were warranted. Attorney General Eric Holder conceded that he had ordered the investigations reopened in September 2009 without reading those memoranda. The investigations have now dragged on for years with prosecutors chasing allegations down rabbit holes, with the CIA along with the rest of the intelligence community left demoralized.”

    This is scandalous. And on this point I disagree with Burlingame: there is absolutely nothing to prevent Obama from directing Holder to cease his inquisition. The inquest never should have begun. Closing it down is a matter of national security (we cannot impede and intimidate our intelligence agencies). Obama is responsible for his own Justice Department and is irresponsible, not to mention grossly ungrateful, in allowing the prosecution to continue.

    One suggestion: Current CIA Director Leon Panetta and Gen. David Petraeus will be facing Senate confirmation hearings on their new appointments. Both should be asked their opinion about the CIA inquests. Should they fail to offer an opinion or defend the ongoing prosecutions, the Senate would be fully justified in holding up their confirmations.

    And Obama owes Burlingame an apology.

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/right-turn/post/obama-rude-and-unresponsive-to-sister-of-911-victim/2011/03/29/AFbOQB8F_blog.html

  43. When you look at it in this light, it is even more jarring. This guy is sick.

    http://www.nationalreview.com/articles/266580/first-person-presidency-victor-davis-hanson

    The First-Person Presidency
    President Obama takes credit for operations that would have been impossible had Senator Obama’s views prevailed.

    Here are a few excerpts from President Obama’s speech on Sunday night about the killing of Osama bin Laden.

    “Tonight, I can report . . . And so shortly after taking office, I directed Leon Panetta . . . I was briefed on a possible lead to bin Laden . . . I met repeatedly with my national security team . . . I determined that we had enough intelligence to take action. . . . Today, at my direction . . . I’ve made clear . . . Over the years, I’ve repeatedly made clear . . . Tonight, I called President Zardari . . . and my team has also spoken. . .These efforts weigh on me every time I, as Commander-in-Chief . . . Finally, let me say to the families . . . I know that it has, at times, frayed. . . .”

  44. turndownobama
    May 7th, 2011 at 6:24 am
    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.

    I would not quibble about code names mix ups, and other niggling operational details being of small importance. The problem I have seen this past week looks like a WH that was caught completely flat footed and was trying to rush out info in anticipation of leaks that would be extremely unflattering to an indecisive, procrastinating, disengaged figurehead who is only interested in re-election. Since this WH executes all PR better than anything else that they accomplish, it begs the question of why they bungled this particular matter so spectacularly. The only explanation that is reasonable to me personally is that they did not know beforehand what was going to happen and when. They were kept out of the loop so they could not stop it, screw it up, or make plans to use it as a planned election event. The WH has been scrambling and I think it was because they did not have a clue therefore they have been playing catch up all week and making mistakes because they did not have time to plot out the PR and election opportunity strategies. I am a cynic about this administration based upon what I saw in the primaries and caucuses of 2008 and everything they have done since.

  45. Yeah, we never thought Obama liked being an AMerican, haha..
    A retort to this seen on memeorandum. Notice how none of the lefty blogs or NYT/WAPO pick up on this.
    ———————————–
    Matt Hadro / NewsBusters.org:
    Michael Moore: You ‘Hate Being an American’ If You Wanted Bin Laden Killed Without a Trial
    Link Search: IceRocket, Google, and Ask
    +
    Discussion: Media Research Center, The Other McCain, Left Coast Rebel, Examiner, Fire Andrea Mitchell! and The Talking Dog

  46. and this is now in America, our America. No doubt Waffles will be agreeing with these islamic radical fools. Calls Osama a “visionary”. Who are these nutjobs and why are they in this country and why have they not been kicked out?

    “A leader of a major American Muslim organization, the Muslim American Society (MAS), is arguing that there “was nothing wrong with” Osama bin Laden’s dream of creating a renewed Caliphate. Khalilah Sabra’s comments are the most recent and worrisome from the group, which has a long history of defending alleged terrorists.

    Sabra, the director of the North Carolina branch of MAS’ Freedom Foundation, made the statement in a sometimes disjointed article entitled “Agreeing to Disagree About the Death of Osama Bin Laden” that was released Wednesday under the MAS logo. The statement aligns more with a period of Sabra’s life in the late 1980s, when she traveled to Afghanistan with bin Laden’s predecessor, Abdullah Azzam, to provide aid to the mujahideen fighting the Soviet Union.

    Her statement doesn’t defend bin Laden’s terror attack on 9/11. But it does laud his vision of an Islamic state”

    http://www.investigativeproject.org/2832/mas-official-bin-laden-a-visionary

  47. Obama brusquely says he’s not going to comment and turns his back on her

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

    But, but, don’t we understand? She was out of line. It was a terrible faux pas. She acted like the occasion was about 9/11. When it was really about Him.

  48. a WH that was caught completely flat footed and was trying to rush out info in anticipation of leaks that would be extremely unflattering

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

    Leaks from our side, perhaps. But certainly they had to get ahead of media in Pakistan and ME relating stories from the WITNESSES of the shooting, Bin Laden’s wife and daughter.

    As to what was going to happen, NOBODY knew that a woman would move in front of BL, etc etc etc.

  49. Oh, and anyway, they didn’t have time to worry about who was going to speak to the press etc. They were too busy writing jokes about Trump.

  50. What tortured prisoners told Rumsfeld:

    an Adam Curtis documentary (the Power of Nightmares), which they have been discussing on Crooked Timber. That’s a link to YouTube, move the timer to 20 mins 50 secs in.
    It’s Donald Rumsfeld describing what we ‘know’ about where Osama Bin Laden is hiding. Apparently he’s in a secret underground bunker, and Rumsfeld shows a picture of it, done in cut-away, with arrowed captions. ‘Bedrooms and offices on the top, here you can see the secret exits… and the main entrance here is wide enough to drive a tank in.’

  51. -Albert K. Bates
    The Biochar Solution: Carbon Farming and Climate Change
    History is littered with the bones of civilizations that turned rich soils into deserts, cut down tall forests, and dried up or fouled their precious sources of fresh water.
    To prepare ourselves for the changes now coming quickly our way, we should not be following the examples of those who persisted in folly until they exhausted their wealth but rather the examples of those who recognized in fertile soil and biodiversity the best means by which to weather hard times.

  52. I think Zawahiri has eyes on the new Egypt and split with bin Laden — I read that he was ready to cut his losses in Afghanistan and move on to Cairo. That looks more likely than before seeing the squalor coming out of bin Laden’s life situation before the raid. Al Queda is morphing into something else and many wanted bin Laden gone. Anyway, that is just an educated guess on my part.

    The people who want Islamic Republics should take a look at India and Pakistan. They were all the same people but after 1947 and independence, they parted ways. Pakistan became an Islamic republic and India remained a secular state. Look at how they have fared. Somehow this detail is lost on so many people.

    http://www.csmonitor.com/Commentary/Opinion/2011/0506/Ayaan-Hirsi-Ali-Will-Muslim-Brotherhood-succeed-where-Osama-bin-Laden-failed/

    …………. Saudi Arabia vs. Egypt

    The interesting thing to watch carefully will be the new Egypt’s relations with Saudi Arabia. For the West, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia is a place that holds the world’s largest oil reserves. For the Islamists who dream of a Muslim caliphate, Saudi Arabia is the location of the two Holy Shrines of Islam. The Muslim Brotherhood and its allies will work to take control of the Hijaz (Mecca and Medina); if they realize this dream, the oil will be simply a bonus.

    The Muslim Brotherhood sees the Saudi monarchy as decadent, hypocritical and traitors of Islam. In the coming months we shall see a dance of power as the House of Saud and the Brotherhood seek to outmaneuver one other.

    The prospects, in short, of an Egyptian government dominated by the Muslim Brotherhood are as alarming as the prospect of a French government dominated by the Jacobins in the early 1790s.

    Repression at home will cause human rights violations, economic crisis and an exodus of refugees, beginning with those who have money and a reasonable level of education, deepening Egypt’s poverty and destabilizing the region and perhaps even Europe. Growing conflict with Israel could lead to war.

    For all these reasons, Western policymakers should be exceedingly wary about the influence of the gradualist jihadists on the events now unfolding in Egypt and the rest of the Middle East. Bin Laden is dead. Al Qaeda may soon follow him to the grave. But the doctrine of jihad lives on.

  53. gee, forgot the blockquotes.. everything below the link is from the Ayan Hirsi Ali opinion article.

  54. Well I just read the quote of Colin Powell about how Obama blew away the birthers when he showed his birth certificate…and I’m also sick of listening to how Bin Laden was killed…Fox is on it 24/7….and they are in on rehiring that bastard for another 4 years….damn the American people are fucking idiots…

  55. Colin Powell is now on my “shit list”….to think I used to think he was a great man….he’s as good a liar as Dick the prick Cheney and Chrissy tingles Mathews…

    I am sick to death of all these fuckers!

  56. http://globaleconomicanalysis.blogspot.com/2011/05/bls-jobs-report-nonfarm-payroll.html

    Mish’s site is a good site as well, his analysis of the jobs report

    “Digging deeper into the Household Survey, we see some more interesting data. In the last year, the civilian population rose by 1,817,000. Yet the labor force dropped by 1,099,000. Those not in the labor force rose by 2,916,000.

    In January alone, a whopping 319,000 people dropped out of the workforce. In February another 87,000 people dropped out of the labor force. In March 11,000 people dropped out of the labor force. In April, 131,000 dropped out of the labor force. The 4-month total for 2011 is 548,000 people dropped out of the labor force.

    Many of those millions who dropped out of the workforce would start looking if they thought jobs were available. Indeed, in a 2-year old recovery, the labor force should be rising sharply as those who stopped looking for jobs, once again started looking. Instead, an additional 548,000 people dropped out of the labor force in the first four months of the year.


    Were it not for people dropping out of the labor force, the unemployment rate would be well over 11%.

    As I said, the report looks good on the surface, it does not look good if you poke around in the details.

  57. Larry Johnson from NQ, on the John Batchelor radio show, seems to be saying that his sources say that Osama wasn’t buried at sea, but rather that the Seals disposed of his body by dropping him into the mountains from the helicopter….. hmmmm….

    Why can’t we have a straight story? And if this version is true, what is wrong with these people that they have to lie all the time?

  58. lorac, SEALs must be mad that the PC WH twisted the narrative to say OBL was given a nice Muslim burial. This is a leak to slap the WH.

  59. “This is a leak to slap the WH.”

    Lets hope there are more leaks to slap the WH and Waffles, leaks from the CIA, leaks from the Navy Seals. Especially after Barry’s victory lap, I truely wonder if he is stupid enough to keep taking credit, whatever good will generated dissapated with his stupid victory lap and his media obot minions not giving full credit where it is deserved, the US military and intelligence agents who have worked, many giving their lives, through different administrations to complete the job of getting Bin Laden.

  60. You’re probably right, pm317. It will be interesting to see if how they react to the demands to release photos of the burial at sea lol What lengths will they go to to preserve their (everchanging) narrative? People are very invested in all this, after what Osama did. If it can ever be proven that BO lied about this, I think it would do him in. On the radio show, they said they first became aware Osama was there in August (but apparently the CIA procedure is to observe for a period of time to verify), and that they knew for sure in February. So how interesting that they chose to get him NOW – the BC, and then Osama – after people started listening to Trump challenging BO…..

  61. The sea burial story was well thought out and WH stuck to the lines nicely. Question everything done well that way and is suspect from the get go in this WH.

  62. Tim, what in the world are you talking about? Everyone knows “Obama got Osama” (TM). lol

    (Where are our t-shirts?)

  63. Larry Johnson from NQ, on the John Batchelor radio show, seems to be saying that his sources say that Osama wasn’t buried at sea, but rather that the Seals disposed of his body by dropping him into the mountains from the helicopter…

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

    As bait?

  64. Oh, and they mentioned that Jarrett was against getting Osama, and that Hillary pushed for it, which is similar to that recent Insider story.

  65. lorac
    May 7th, 2011 at 2:39 pm

    Oh yes, all hail the Messaih :), blessed are the worshippers of the Messaih. 🙂

    Notice how they are now trying to call it Usama, Fox at least has been consistent for the past 10 years, I have seen several sources now change it to Usama now, gee I wonder why??!?

  66. OMG Tim, I always wondered why Fox spelled it Usama – it didn’t occur to me that they were trying to keep it distinct from Obama lol

  67. Have we seen an instance of Ubama anywhere? 😉

    Countless commentators have made that mistake, Osama for Obama, LOL..do you think it irritates Obummer?

  68. Yes, lorac. Thank you for brining it to our attention. I wonder if LJ will do a post on it. But like you say, it tracks the insider story about Panetta, Hillary and Gates, the grownups leading Obummer. And yes, I think the WH waited for an opportune moment, Trump + BC + Royal wedding..

  69. On the radio show, they said they first became aware Osama was there in August (but apparently the CIA procedure is to observe for a period of time to verify), and that they knew for sure in February.

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

    To fit the rest of the sentence, “became aware Osama WAS there” should be “became aware Osama MIGHT BE there.”

  70. Osama wasn’t buried at sea, but rather that the Seals disposed of his body by dropping him into the mountains from the helicopter

    ———
    I would be happy to hear this is the true story, the seals tossing the garbage out, fitting.

  71. So how interesting that they chose to get him NOW – the BC, and then Osama – after people started listening to Trump challenging BO…..

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

    I expect it was Obama’s dumb luck that pressure from Trump coincided with pressure from the military (and perhaps from Hillary, Gates, etc). Obama may have timed the fine-tuning, releasing his lfbc just in time to have it wiped off the news by the raid. But bumping The Apprentice was probably more dumb good luck. The military’s timing was practical, and the announcement had to follow quickly.

    Or dumb bad luck, as bumping TA is getting Obama criticized.

  72. I think the WH waited for an opportune moment, Trump + BC + Royal wedding..

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

    Or the other way around: Trump + Royal Wedding + Bin Laden = a good time to release the bc.

    Releasing the bc was the only item really in Obama’s control.

  73. Jindal, natural born citizen? well, not if you want the parents to be US citizens, right? Interesting.

    http://www.nola.com/politics/index.ssf/2011/05/gov_bobby_jindal_releases_his.html
    ——————-

    Gov. Bobby Jindal arrived in the United States in utero, his mother about three months pregnant.

    As he wrote last year in his book, “Leadership and Crisis,” his mother had been offered a scholarship in 1970 to complete a graduate degree in nuclear physics at LSU.

    When she informed the university that she couldn’t accept the scholarship because she was pregnant, “LSU wrote back and promised her a month off for childbirth if she changed her mind. LSU was so accommodating, and the opportunity to come to America so thrilling, that my parents accepted.

    “So, my parents stepped out on faith, secured green cards, packed up a few suitcases, said their goodbyes, and took off for this exotic new place called Baton Rouge, Louisiana.”

    They arrived Feb 1, 1971, and a bit over six months later, on June 10, 1971, Piyush Jindal was born at Woman’s Hospital in Baton Rouge, a natural-born U.S. citizen, who like every other child born in America, could, constitutionally, grow up to be president.

    Very interesting.. Jindal says his dad was offered green card before they entered the US, which may be true. But there is also this paragraph in the article contradicting that.

    Asked whether he was concerned that his legislation could adversely affect a future Bobby Jindal, whose parents simply chose to come to the United States on a student visa instead of a green card, Vitter replied, “Let’s not get distracted from the real issue.”

    here we go again…. At least Jindal became a church going Christian unlike someone else we know. 😉

  74. The sea burial story was well thought out and WH stuck to the lines nicely. Question everything done well that way and is suspect from the get go in this WH.

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

    Yes. The more slick and consistent the story, the more likely it’s fictitious.

  75. Woops, I didn’t mean to dispute the sea burial story. I was just speaking about WH stories in general. And the inconsistencies and confusion in the story about the compound seem to me evidence for it being basically true.

    As for the sea burial story being neat, that wasn’t happening in the middle of a firefight. They did have time to do it in an orderly manner, with only friendly witnesses (ie from the crew of the carrier) present.

    I do believe the sea burial story over the drop in mountains story, as too many military people would have to be in on such a coverup.

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

    Previous:

    The sea burial story was well thought out and WH stuck to the lines nicely. Question everything done well that way and is suspect from the get go in this WH.

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

    Yes. The more slick and consistent the story, the more likely it’s fictitious.

  76. Were it not for people dropping out of the labor force, the unemployment rate would be well over 11%.

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

    Too many ways to juggle those figures. Better to look at personal bankruptcy filings, sales of consumer items, etc.

  77. I like Bobby Jindal, if Waffles wants to change the rules (after lying) that all that means to be NBC is to be born in America to legal residents (permanent residents or legal visa holders), then heck yea, Bobby Jindal can be president.

  78. BTW, I had three robins build nests underneath my deck but does not look like any of it has been used..It is amazing the way they construct the nests and before building the new one, they push out the old one from last year to the ground ..

  79. pm317,

    you know better than to get me talking about birds – my favorite subject, right?

    😉

    I have a collection of nests and some of them are pure genius in design. One looks like a long earthen tunnel covered with moss. A pair of tiny Carolina wrens built it the first summer I was in the cottage atop of a dresser I had no room for which was out on the deck. The parents laid 3 eggs and as they hatched the chicks got fatter and fatter until they were stacked pyramid style inside the mouth of the nest. The parents were going crazy trying to keep them all fed. One day I saw all three chicks fly out one after another.

    It is soooooo cool watching the parent-nest-hatchling-fledgling cycle.

    I had a pair of budgies ten years ago and I broke down and bought them a nest box and got to see the whole process up close and personal. I used to lift the top of the box and could see the parents lying on the eggs and took pix as they hatched, one after another. But unlike the wrens, the chicks fledged in the order in which they hatched. I still have one daughter, Pixie, from the original pair. But no more birdie babies for me. Too much work and heartbreak.

  80. I dont have a problem that OBL is dead he was an evil person and as a tax payer I would’nt have wanted to have spent one pennny on housing, feeding, gaurding him while waiting to send him to trail. I’m not sure how I fell about how he died, we went in during the middle of the night and shot an unarmed OBL in front of his wife and children. Then Obama runs around bragging about how he got him and all but admits he’s a murder and not one word from the talking heads on the left, now if Bush had done any of this their heads would be exploding, but not so much as peep when it’s there boy. The Navy Seals did there jobs they take orders and did there jobs they are Heros and Obama is a murder and not a concern from the left.

  81. http://insidetv.ew.com/2011/05/06/oprah-winfrey-own/

    “Oprah: cable is not where I wanted to be”

    Cry me a river, what a pathetic woman, does not stand up once for the sexism against Hillary and certainly not against the sexism against Sarah, and now is so surprised that less and less people want to watch her show. How can someone so rich be so dumb?

  82. tim
    May 7th, 2011 at 5:27 pm
    http://insidetv.ew.com/2011/05/06/oprah-winfrey-own/

    “Oprah: cable is not where I wanted to be”

    Cry me a river, what a pathetic woman, does not stand up once for the sexism against Hillary and certainly not against the sexism against Sarah, and now is so surprised that less and less people want to watch her show. How can someone so rich be so dumb.
    **********

    Forgive me. I am no fan of Oprah after her behavior in 2008 –not allowing a qualified female candidate on her show. But I don’t want to misquote anyone and she is being misquoted above.

    She was asked “How do you feel about OWN’s performance so far?” Her actual response in the article is “It’s not where I want it to be” meaning that her network has not yet developed yet to a point she is satisfied with.

  83. ani
    May 7th, 2011 at 6:08 pm

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

    Thanks for the clarification. Imo it’s important to quote people correctly, even people we dislike.

  84. Agreed. To this day, for example, Bill Clinton is being misquoted on the “fairy tale” business re Obama’s position on Iraq. The media is still selling it as Clinton calling Obama’s candidacy a “fairy tale” when that is clearly not what he was talking about. The Daily Beast recently had an article where this bozo restated the wrong position as if it were fact. No one questioned it.

    So if the other side (whatever the “other side” happens to be in any particular instance) wants to get it wrong, I want to get it right. That way no one ever has any excuses to dispute our credibility.

  85. DERBY on Now!

    # 5 Pants on Fire ridden by Rosie Napravnik,

    When the starting gate opens at Churchill Downs, Napravnik will be just the sixth female jockey to ride in the Derby. But the first woman to win season titles at the Fair Grounds (2011) and Delaware Park (2010) as well as sweeping the Maryland riding titles at Pimlico and Laurel in 2006 is firmly on board Pants on Fire, a 20-1 shot Saturday in Louisville, Ky.

  86. Pants on Fire trained by Kelly Breen-

    Big win for the women if “Pants on Fire” crosses the finish line first!

  87. Animal Kingdom takes it- first time on dirt surface…

    Pants on Fire finishes out of the money…

  88. ani
    May 7th, 2011 at 6:08 pm

    Thank you for correcting me, yes indeed I did misquote her. Still cannot stand this pathetic woman though.

  89. So if the other side (whatever the “other side” happens to be in any particular instance) wants to get it wrong, I want to get it right. That way no one ever has any excuses to dispute our credibility.

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

    Right!

  90. The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals heard arguments in Drake v. Obama, a case questioning whether President Barack Obama was born in the United States and is eligible to serve as president. Wiley Drake, a former vice presidential candidate in 2008 and former presidential candidate Alan Keyes, are two of the lead plaintiffs challenging the validity of President Obama’s birth certificate. A lower court dismissed this case ruling that the Court is not the proper place to challenge a president’s election.
    Video of Orly Taitz suit:
    http://www.c-spanvideo.org/program/Drake

  91. tim
    May 7th, 2011 at 6:41 pm

    No worries, Tim. Believe me, I feel the same way. I no more think one should vote for a woman because she is a woman than one should vote for an AA candidate because of his ethnicity. neither qualify you for office.

    But Oprah betrayed the women on whose backs she got her success. The least she could have done was to have both Hillary and Obama on her show and allowed her audience to make the choice for themselves, instead of electioneering.

    That showed me that she did not have faith in her audience to come to the same foregone conclusion that she did and felt she had to manipulate them. That hold not have been necessary if he was indeed so far above everyone el, as she was wont to claim.

  92. From an ex-SEAL:

    http://www.blackfive.net/main/2011/05/squandering-our-victory.html
    this vacillation is causing real harm to the significance of our victory here and to the reputation of the SEAL Teams. Let me assure you right now that there is no such thing as a “Kill only “ mission.
    [….]
    I have yet to see somebody from the military nay the SEAL community on a podium at the Pentagon laying out the operation and answering (or not answering) questions. The Bush Administration was very good at this, and when some major military operation took place, the White House would direct the media to the Pentagon where some General or Admiral held a press conference often with video clips and some Powerpoint slides showing some the mission highlights. The Bush White House was happy to let the experts handle things and show a unified front.
    [….]
    If that SEAL operator came through the door to find UBL with his hands up, compliant, and unarmed (including no evidence of a suicide vest) [he would have been taken alive].

    [SEALS] would not be tasked with a mission profile that excludes the capture of the single greatest intelligence bonanza in the history of the conflict.

  93. From a comment at the Blackfive article:

    Questions were being answered by politicians and suits, instead of directed to the Military. To date, we haven’t seen a single powerpoint presentation or Pentagon official with a stick pointing at anything.

  94. I can imagine cases where the military might cover up something to help a GOP president — but not for Obama.

    Or, stage a funeral if they really had Bin Laden somewhere being questioned. But that doesn’t work, because BL’s family saw the shooting.

  95. tim
    May 7th, 2011 at 3:27 pm
    I like Bobby Jindal, if Waffles wants to change the rules (after lying) that all that means to be NBC is to be born in America to legal residents (permanent residents or legal visa holders), then heck yea, Bobby Jindal can be president.
    ********t

    The Constitution should not be discarded for any fair child. The NBC is important for all the reasons we have addressed ad nausea here. If the people of the United States of America want it to be changed, then we will need to go thru the Amendment process.

  96. Al Qaeda confirms bin Laden death and vows revenge

    By Erika Solomon | Reuters – Fri, 6 May, 2011

    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.

  97. Posted at ACE….

    *****

    President Bush’s Speech Upon the Capture of Saddam Hussein
    —rdbrewer

    Commenter “Crusty” had a good idea. He went back and looked at George W. Bush’s speech after the capture of Saddam Hussein in order to compare it with Obama’s self-aggrandizing “I was practically there, man” speech last Sunday. You know, the one where he used the word “I” like a carpenter uses tenpenny nails. Victor Davis Hanson pulled all the first person references:

    “Tonight, I can report . . . And so shortly after taking office, I directed Leon Panetta . . . I was briefed on a possible lead to bin Laden . . . I met repeatedly with my national security team . . . I determined that we had enough intelligence to take action. . . . Today, at my direction . . . I’ve made clear . . . Over the years, I’ve repeatedly made clear . . . Tonight, I called President Zardari . . . and my team has also spoken. . .These efforts weigh on me every time I, as Commander-in-Chief . . . Finally, let me say to the families . . . I know that it has, at times, frayed. . . .”
    Compare that with the speech given by George W. Bush on December 14, 2003:
    Good afternoon. Yesterday, December the 13th, at around 8:30 p.m. Baghdad time, United States military forces captured Saddam Hussein alive. He was found near a farmhouse outside the city of Tikrit, in a swift raid conducted without casualties. And now the former dictator of Iraq will face the justice he denied to millions.
    The capture of this man was crucial to the rise of a free Iraq. It marks the end of the road for him, and for all who bullied and killed in his name. For the Baathist holdouts largely responsible for the current violence, there will be no return to the corrupt power and privilege they once held. For the vast majority of Iraqi citizens who wish to live as free men and women, this event brings further assurance that the torture chambers and the secret police are gone forever.

    And this afternoon, I have a message for the Iraqi people: You will not have to fear the rule of Saddam Hussein ever again. All Iraqis who take the side of freedom have taken the winning side. The goals of our coalition are the same as your goals — sovereignty for your country, dignity for your great culture, and for every Iraqi citizen, the opportunity for a better life.

    In the history of Iraq, a dark and painful era is over. A hopeful day has arrived. All Iraqis can now come together and reject violence and build a new Iraq.

    The success of yesterday’s mission is a tribute to our men and women now serving in Iraq. The operation was based on the superb work of intelligence analysts who found the dictator’s footprints in a vast country. The operation was carried out with skill and precision by a brave fighting force. Our servicemen and women and our coalition allies have faced many dangers in the hunt for members of the fallen regime, and in their effort to bring hope and freedom to the Iraqi people. Their work continues, and so do the risks. Today, on behalf of the nation, I thank the members of our Armed Forces and I congratulate ’em.

    I also have a message for all Americans: The capture of Saddam Hussein does not mean the end of violence in Iraq. We still face terrorists who would rather go on killing the innocent than accept the rise of liberty in the heart of the Middle East. Such men are a direct threat to the American people, and they will be defeated.

    We’ve come to this moment through patience and resolve and focused action. And that is our strategy moving forward. The war on terror is a different kind of war, waged capture by capture, cell by cell, and victory by victory. Our security is assured by our perseverance and by our sure belief in the success of liberty. And the United States of America will not relent until this war is won.

    May God bless the people of Iraq, and may God bless America.

    Thank you.

    President Bush’s speech is completely outwardly directed. He speaks of the momentous occasion and gives all credit to the military and the intelligence community. There is no attempt to highlight his part in the story. Quite a contrast.

    Close it up

  98. I know it’s long but too funny…American Thinker

    ******

    May 07, 2011
    Charlie Chan and the Mystery of the Mansion Hideout
    By Lee Cary

    As the story of the death of Osama bin Laden grows more curious by the day, it’s time we call in that legendary Honolulu police detective of yesteryear, Charlie Chan, to visit the scene.

    With his Number One Son, Jimmy, Chan arrives at the former hideout of the deceased mass murderer, where a small crowd of on-lookers still lingers. This conversation ensues:

    Jimmy: Gee, Pop, this doesn’t look like a mansion. It looks more like a three-story police headquarters in a provincial capital in Guatemala.

    Chan: True, but look around, Jimmy. Few houses are nearby, and none is bigger. Nor is there another house surrounded by a tall wall topped with barbed wire. But you are right, Number One Son. It does look like a jail, but given its secluded location and size, to some here it might appear to be the home of a rich man.

    Jimmy: If bin Laden was hiding here from the Pakistani authorities, as well as from the Americans, isn’t this a high profile place to hide?

    Chan: Yes, Jimmy. And within your question lives another: Was he hiding from the Pakistani authorities?

    Jimmy: They said they were hunting him.

    Chan: Look around. What do you see?

    Jimmy: Mostly open fields, with only a few houses nearby.

    Chan: Look further.

    Jimmy: Well, we did pass a big military base nearby where tens of thousands of Pakistani soldiers live. And there are many homes of retired Pakistani military. Plus, there’s that national military academy we passed about a mile back. Gee, it’s like we’re at the center of the Pakistani armed forces.

    Chan: Yes, and so we are, Jimmy.

    Jimmy: Pop, wouldn’t you think that someone in the Pakistani intelligence service would have noticed this place and inquired as to who lived here? It sticks out like a sore thumb.

    Chan: Pakistani authorities report they visited here in 2003 to make such inquiries. An official says the compound “was raided when under construction” back then.

    Jimmy: So who was living here then, Pop?

    Chan: Here’s an aerial photo of the compound from 2004. Who do you think was?

    Jimmy: It was an empty field! So how did they visit a compound on an empty field?

    Chan: It must have required great imagination, Number One Son.

    Jimmy: I see evidence of the shootout here, Pop. The newspapers say it lasted 40 minutes. We are so close to a lot of armed soldiers. What did they do when they rushed here to investigate?

    Chan: Another good question, Jimmy. An official of Pakistan’s main intelligence organization, the ISS, says, “We were totally caught by surprise. They were in and out before we could react.” He also says, “the compound was not on our radar; it is an embarrassment for the ISI. We’re good, but we’re not God…This one failure should not make us look totally incompetent.”

    Jimmy: Well, at least they admit their mistakes.

    Chan: Perhaps. But an ancient honorable ancestor once said that sometimes a clever man will claim to be stupid to hide his cleverness.

    Jimmy: You mean they knew bin Laden was here all the time, sort of in protective custody, under house arrest?

    Chan: The President of Pakistan, Asif Ali Zardari, said that bin Laden “was not anywhere we had anticipated he would be.” But White House counter-terrorism adviser John Brennan says bin Laden could have been living here five or six years. Is it not interesting that in 2005, al-Libi, who also lived here in Abbottabad, was captured and taken to Guantanamo?

    Jimmy: All this doesn’t add up, Pop. How long have we known that bin Laden was likely hiding here?

    Chan: Number One Son has a good head for mathematics. The government admits knowing since mid-February.

    Jimmy: Wait. Wasn’t that around the time when Raymond Davis, an American contractor collecting information for the C.I.A. in Pakistan, was arrested for killing two men who, he said, were trying to rob him at a crowded traffic stop?

    Chan: Another honorable ancient ancestor once said, “Two dogs may bark at the same time, but not necessarily for the same reason. On the other hand, one cat in a neighborhood of dogs can set all to barking.”

    Jimmy: This Davis story is a curious coincidence.

    Chan: Much about all of this is curious, Jimmy. Details of what happened inside the compound when bin Laden was terminated with extreme prejudice are confusing. A man unable to relate a relatively simple story without changing it with each retelling is often more interested in concealing, than revealing, information.

    Jimmy: You mean the government might not be telling us the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth, Pop?

    Chan: Number One Son, do not be alarmed with what I am about to tell you: No government does such things.

    Jimmy: I’m wondering about the timing of all this. I read that there were many National Security Council meetings over the last 6 weeks about how and when to enter the Mansion. I know these things take time, but I don’t sense the fierce urgency of now to get a man who we’ve been hunting for 10 years.

    Chan: Yes, the timing is interesting, Jimmy. Sometimes one must look for the reasons for when something happens within the eventual impact it brings.

    Jimmy: And this comes from another honorable ancient ancestor?

    Chan: No, from the Los Angeles Times.

    Intense, closed-door meetings continued until after midnight. David Plouffe, a senior White House advisor who ran Obama’s 2008 campaign, met with the president’s press team and afterward, ambled past the Oval Office in blue jeans, shirttail out, looking tired but happy. A single Secret Service agent stood guard outside the Oval Office, where the light was still on. For a White House that has seen its poll numbers drop amid a sour economy and setbacks overseas, Sunday was a welcome reprieve.

    Jimmy: Surely you’re not suggesting that the timing was designed to enhance the President’s standing in the polls?

    Chan: Have you ever seen the ocean, Number One Son?

    Jimmy: You know I have, Pop. We live in Honolulu.

    Chan: Indeed. And what have you seen?

    Jimmy: Same as you — the surface of the ocean.

    Chan: Of course. But we see just part of the ocean’s surface, and not see the ocean itself.

    Jimmy: One more thing, Pop. We’re concerned that the Chinese — the ones who live in China — might get access to sensitive technology contained in the tail of the helicopter that was destroyed in the raid. What do the Chinese have to do with all of this?

    Chan: We passed a Chinese restaurant on the way here. Let’s have lunch, Jimmy.

  99. gonzotx
    May 7th, 2011 at 11:09 pm

    all I can say is wow, the difference is amazingly stark. Bush spoke for America, Waffles spoke for Obama. What an amazingly me, me, me, I, I, I speech.

    When the 2 speeches are read one after the other, the difference between a person playing a president (Waffles) and a president being a president (Bush) are just stark.

  100. While Big Media Jerks the People Around by Their Nose Rings
    …the putrid soap opera continues

    “As the Pyramid Bursts”

    A senior Washington government source reported to LPAC that the sudden crash of commodity prices on Thursday was the result of the bursting of the latest pyramid swindle, run through the usual London and Wall Street suspects. While OPEC and the oil majors say that an appropriate oil price today is between $60-85 dollars per barrel, largely based on the 40-percent collapse of the U.S. dollar in recent years, the spike in oil and other commodity prices in the past few months has been purely the work of futures speculators, driving up prices through a classic pyramid swindle. This past week, with oil supplies still significantly greater than demand, the bubble peaked, and someone decided that it was time to profiteer by shorting the futures contracts. The source said that, while it was too early to say whether the very brokerages and hedge funds that drove up the prices on core commodities like oil and precious metals, led the shorting on Thursday, it was clear that the balloon had reached its limit, and someone made a killing as it burst. The source added that the Libyan crisis had not significantly affected oil supplies, and the Saudi decision to cut back production by 800,000 barrels a day had not created any shortage, so that pyramid scheme just ran out of steam for the time being.

    Meanwhile…

    While a report calling for the “transcending of traditional sovereignty concepts” in the interest of a “global governance architecture” and “decarbonization” is published to influence affairs in Europe, Prince Charles comes to Washington, DC to promote “sustainable agriculture” and the monetary empire’s anti-progress, limits-to-growth neo-feudalism.

    As President Obama gallivants around with British Royals (Prince Charles was at the White House on Wednesday, and the Obamas are soon off to visit the Queen later this month), the U.S. is coming apart. The latest Bureau of Labor Statistics data on April employment reveals that there are now 86,240,000 Americans who are written out of the labor force—an all-time record. Eight states are already devastated by the tornadoes and flooding, and we are weeks away from the official start of the hurricane season—not to mention the ongoing threat of major earthquakes and volcanic eruptions along the Rim of Fire. And Obama does not give a damn about this calamity.

    The whole country is set to explode, and the only thing that will set things right is the immediate passage of Glass-Steagall [it’s before the House as a bill now], as Lyndon LaRouche has repeated stated. This is our winning strategic flank, and we are going to win this fight outside of the Washington Beltway, by mobilizing the American people to kick Congress in the ass. At the White House, on Wall Street and in the City of London, they know, as well as we do, that this is an existential showdown. Congress will not move unless they are put under excruciating pressure from the American people. And nobody is going to lead that process, aside from us [e.g. larouchepac.com]

    There are signs all over the place of just how vulnerable the enemy is. Geithner had to scramble this week, to come up with the usual swindle, to postpone the showdown on the debt ceiling into August, after he had been running around screaming that the world would come to an end if the debt ceiling wasn’t raised by May 16th. They did not have the muscle to ram it through the Congress, and so they are buying time—by stealing money from the Federal Pension Fund to get through to Aug. 2. We know that Bernanke had to back down last week, at his press conference, and delay pushing for QE3—another $1 trillion Fed bailout of Wall Street.

    All of this means that we have a revolutionary opportunity staring us in the face—if we act aggressively. Will the American people tolerate another $1 trillion bailout …, when Obama says there is not a penny for the eight states that have been devastated? Are the American people going to tolerate the “Haiti treatment?”

    Not if we do our job, they won’t! With $17 trillion restored to the credit account of the U.S. Government, we can solve all of these problems, …

    Reinstating Glass-Steagall separates our checking/savings deposits from these gambling units they call “derivatives”, “CDOs” (Collatorized Debt Obligations) “SIVs” “Credit Default Swaps” etc. If rich folk want to gamble, fine. Just don’t put tax payers on the hook for their losses.

    Shall humankind live as but an animal in a cage bounded by “limited natural resources” (resources controlled by the elite while we live caged in their multi-cultural zoo) or shall we, accepting our imperfection, continue upon the path charted by our Declaration of Independence and Constitution? Namely, the path of Liberty to pursue a higher standard of living. For all.

    If the cages didn’t have T.V.s, people would not put up with this shit.

  101. A man unable to relate a relatively simple story without changing it with each retelling is often more interested in concealing, than revealing, information.

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

    But too many cooks put in too many ingredients.

  102. When the 2 speeches are read one after the other, the difference between a person playing a president (Waffles) and a president being a president (Bush) are just stark.

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

    Both were playig president, but Bush had a better speechwriter. Hm, there’s not much topical in that speech: it might have been canned on ice being polished for a long time.

    Obama’s sounds ad-libbed. Free association. Really I suppose it was telepromptered. Autocomplete. When the prompter hear’s an ‘uh’, it autocompletes to ‘Uh … I’.

  103. turndownobama
    May 7th, 2011 at 10:27 pm
    —————————-
    Thanks Turndown. It needs to go viral.

  104. The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals heard arguments in Drake v. Obama,
    ————————–
    My circuit, and in my opinion, the least competent appellate court in our nation. The case has got zero chance in that forum.

  105. Shall humankind live as but an animal in a cage bounded by “limited natural resources” (resources controlled by the elite while we live caged in their multi-cultural zoo) or shall we, accepting our imperfection, continue upon the path charted by our Declaration of Independence and Constitution?

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

    Well, for starts, we could legislate Pi equal to 3.

  106. So is Huntsman the stealth Republican candidate?
    ————————–
    Well . . . that is what a Republican operative told me a couple years ago. I do not see what he has going for him. Another Pawlenty.

  107. Colin Powell is a bitter tortured man who sees everything now through a racial prism. He became the fall guy for the Iraq invasion and he was mortally wounded by it. Nothing the man says anymore makes sense. He has become the lowest of the low, a black racist.

  108. The Administration was kept out of the loop so they could not stop it, screw it up, or make plans to use it as a planned election event. The WH has been scrambling and I think it was because they did not have a clue therefore they have been playing catch up all week and making mistakes because they did not have time to plot out the PR and election opportunity strategies.
    ———————–
    Precisely.

  109. Surely they knew the basic fact, that we were going to raid and probably kill him. So they could have looked at how to line up some General with a pointer, even if they didn’t know what he’d be pointing at. And they could have prepared a vague speech like Bush’s.

    Instead they spent their time writing jokes about Trump.

    What would be fun is if Trump made the right kind of statement about BL, something really presidential.

  110. turndownobama
    May 8th, 2011 at 3:42 am

    Well, for starts, we could legislate Pi equal to 3.
    ====================

    Yeah. That’s the Obama administration proposal. Close enough for the serfs in the new global economy, he figures.

    He was promised, after all, that the pResidency thing wouldn’t include any math or geometry, and that his transcripts and grades would never become public.

  111. Glass-Steagall

    Being not an admirer of the works of Sir Alan Greenspan or helicopter Ben, I find these a treat:

    This is the FDR administrations law:
    Public Law 73-66
    Banking Act of 1933 (aka Glass-Steagall)
    by the 73rd Congress of the United States
    http://
    en.wikisource.org/wiki/Banking_Act_of_1933

    ————–

    This is what’s before Congress now:
    http://www.govtrack.us/congress/billtext.xpd?bill=h112-1489
    Need a vomit bag researching who controls the committee.

    ————–

    We can either free up more than 20 trillions of credit for saving the states from bankruptcy and restoring essential services and infrastructure or we can let the scumbags keep playing with it.

    “A republic, if you can keep it. “ To paraphrase Benjamin Franklin.

    Sadly, few know whose library Ben read from when he was a lad, or why that might be important.

  112. This is from The Jerusalem Post
    http://www.jpost.com/International/Article.aspx?id=219660

    NY Hassidic paper ‘deletes’ Clinton from iconic photo
    By JORDANA HORN

    Brooklyn newspaper altered photograph of Obama and staffers watching raid on Osama bin Laden’s compound to remove all females.

    NEW YORK – The photograph showing President Barack Obama and staffers in the White House Situation Room carefully watching the raid in progress by US forces in Pakistan on the bin Laden compound last Sunday has been published far and wide.

    One Hassidic paper in Brooklyn, however, has chosen to alter the photo – excising Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and another female staffer from the picture.

    First reported in the blog failedmessiah.typepad.com, the photoshopped picture was published in the Yiddish newspaper Der Zeitung (The Time) on Friday, with empty spaces where Clinton had been sitting and where the female staffer had stood.

    The photograph was released by the White House with the following imprimatur: “This official White House photograph is being made available only for publication by news organizations and/or for personal use printing by the subject(s) of the photograph. The photograph may not be manipulated in any way and may not be used in commercial or political materials, advertisements, e-mails, products, promotions that in any way suggests approval or endorsement of the President, the First Family, or the White House.”

    Manipulations of the already-iconic photograph, however, have proliferated on Facebook, but those generally fall under the umbrella definition of satire and parody. However, the Der Zeitung edit is the one edit of the photo that has appeared in the context of the press.

    While Der Zeitung had no comment as to why it altered the picture, many conjectured that it was either because of concerns about immodesty, or strong feelings that women should not be in positions of power.

    [Rather the latter reason, because for the other woman in the photo, who was also deleted, only her head was visible.]

    “This is a bit silly,” one commentator wrote at failedmessiah. “Secretary of State Clinton was not dressed immodestly. There was no intent of objectification in the photo. Haven’t the editors got something better to do?”
    *******

    Hassidics can be as silly as muslims but they get away with it because they’re on our side, or rather we’re on theirs.

  113. …why they bungled this particular matter so spectacularly…

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    Maybe the Barry, wifey, Jarrett, et al operation has been seriously disrupted, too. Can’t do diddly any more.

    It’s amazing at this point they can get any big funding at all

    but then

    this administration is still serving to destroy all the founders assembled

    and the money is free to the big funders

  114. http://www.theblaze.com/stories/bush-might-have-been-passed-out-drunk-for-the-last-3-or-4-days-alan-graysons-partisan-lowbrow-banter-returns/

    I do not think the left/dems have a clue that this a$$inine bashing of Bush is going to backfire severely on them. I didn’t support Bush, but I will give the more man more credit than Waffles, much more, and I give the Seals and intellegence agencies the most credit of all.

    These people still think its 2006.

    And being Sunday, I assume all the talk shows are going to be showering waffles with rose petals, the way the story will be spun, mr.waffles single handedly got bin Laden, the seals just were there helping Waffles.

  115. Alcina,

    I was kicked off wordpress and couldn’t log in so I had to re-register with a new name, thus basil99.

    Boy, was that a lonely feeling.

    🙁

  116. another example of lies told and then spread, gee just shocked to read, that the AP just took something from Think Progress, a leftiest organization, and AP didn’t even bother checking the facts, and just ran with it. /s

    http://militaryreporter.net/2011/05/05/copy-editors-need-more-training-about-military-affairs

    “Copy editors need more training about military affairs”
    “Many editors and copy editors don’t look at a wire stories as closely as they should. Just because it comes from the Associated Press, Notimex or Agence France Presse, doesn’t mean the originators of the story got their facts correct. In this case, since it was a hoax, it would have been more easily spotted by a copy editor……….”

  117. http://www.realclearpolitics.com/video/2011/05/06/obama_to_troops_on_osama_raid_when_i_gave_the_order_they_were_ready.html

    What a punk, because its all about him. of course;; I spoke with several military families yesterday, and not one thinks this man Waffles has much of any respect for the military, and pretty much all called that victory lap by the fool nothing but a shamless publicity stunt. From what I can see and hear there is absoluetely no love lost between Waffles and the military, and I suspect the intellig. agencies also.

  118. BASIL99
    May 8th, 2011 at 8:17 am
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    thanks. just making sure we weren’t chatting with a basil-impersonator. we want the real thing!

  119. Obama’s half brother steps up to the plate. Running a half baked charity funneling money underground for his reelection. Desperation is the mother of inspiration. Obama Sr’s rotten apples haven’t fallen too far from his tree.
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    Obama’s half-brother runs questionable charity

    President Obama’s half-brother runs an off-the-books American charity that claims to support poor Kenyans — but it lies about its federal status and no one knows how it spends its money.

    The group, the Barack H. Obama Foundation, was named after the president’s father and founded by his sibling Abon’go Malik “Roy” Obama, a 53-year-old polygamist who recently made headlines by adding a third wife — who’s still in her teens.

    Its Web site claims to have provided drinking water in Kenya’s Siaya District, which includes the Obama clan’s ancestral village. The organization also says it has completed a madrassa, or Muslim school, and is building an imam’s residence. A photo of the tidy little school building is displayed on the site.

    That and other photos on the site are the only purported evidence that the nonprofit has accomplished any of its mission.

    A group of Missouri State college students who visited the Obama family village of Kogelo in 2009, and who met the president’s half-brother, felt something was amiss. They sensed he was an “operator” and decided to give their donation of 400 pounds of medical supplies directly to a local clinic.

    “We didn’t know what he was going to do with them,” said Ken Rutherford, a former Missouri State professor who led the trip and who shared in the 1997 Nobel Peace Prize for his work to ban landmines.

    Rutherford said the Obamas’ relatives are the only Muslims in a village of 4,000 Christians and that Malik has a private mosque on his property.

    Malik started his charity the year his brother ran for president.

    The foundation claims to be a tax-exempt, federally recognized nonprofit. It is not.

    Nor are there any filings of its expenditures, which the IRS requires of larger charities.

    Alton Ray Baysden, a former State Department employee at whose Virginia home the charity was founded in 2008, admitted the organization has not even applied for tax-exempt status.

    “We haven’t been able to find someone with the expertise to do this,” he told The Post. “We are informally scouting for an executive director, someone who knows how to register the charity.”

    The charity is not even registered in Virginia, a requirement for soliciting donations in that state.

    The foundation’s Web site includes a donation form that says it has nonprofit status. Charity expert Marcus Owens said knowingly telling donors contributions are tax-deductible if they are not could amount to fraud. “If they haven’t applied for exemption, they can’t promise their donors that contributions are deductible,” said Owens, a lawyer and former IRS official.

    he National Legal and Policy Center, a Washington, DC, watchdog group, made a formal complaint to the IRS and US Post Office last week alleging fraud.

    Malik Obama, reached in Kenya, said the foundation has a budget of $250,000. When asked about why it wasn’t a registered charity, Malik, an accountant by trade, said that he was “in process” of changing that. The White House did not return a message seeking comment.

    Malik is the oldest son of Barack H. Obama Sr. His father left Kenya for the US in 1959 when Malik was a toddler and his mother was pregnant with his sister, Auma. He enrolled in the University of Hawaii where he met and married the president’s mother, Stanley Ann Dunham.

    The president didn’t meet his older half-brother until the 1980s. Malik — whom Obama calls Roy — was living in Washington, DC, and was married to an American Peace Corps worker. He now splits his time between Kenya and Virginia.

    President Obama, in his book “Dreams From My Father,” describes arriving at a DC airport expecting to be greeted by his half-brother, but being stood up. Malik tells him he’s had a fight with his wife and asks him to get a hotel room.

    Malik later served as the best man at Obama’s wedding and attended the president’s inauguration.

    He claims the foundation is entirely his idea “and is not dependent on the endorsement of his brother.”

    But the foundation seems to be capitalizing on the Obama name. A California-based company is selling T-shirts with the president’s image and the phrase “Yes We Cannabis.” It promises half of the proceeds will go to the Barack H. Obama Foundation.

  120. I used to read Anglachel’s Journal quite a bit but she stopped writing for a while. The following is her musings on May 1.

    “The news tonight also puts a different light on some of the reshuffling of major posts. The move of Panetta from CIA to Defense makes more sense. If this was an intelligence victory, as seems to be the case, then moving the person in charge of that to head up the remaining operations in the area offers continuity.”

    “But the interesting story to tease out of here is what was Panetta’s involvement in this operation and why is this leading to him going to replace Gates at Defense rather than have him remain at the CIA?”

    On May 4 this was her response to someone who went after Panneta.

    “Hey, lay off Leon, Portia. He’s a mensch.”

    “More specifically, he’s a old fashioned conservative from the Monterey Bay area who started life as a socially responsible Republican (yes, Virginia, there once actually was such a beast in the political zoo…) and then got harrassed out of the party by Nixon for refusing to go along with the crap we now know as Movement Conservatism.”

    “He’s a process guy more than anything, and was a good selection to bring something like normalcy (yes, yes, relative term…) to Langley after Cheney’s regime.”

    “This is also someone who was part of the Clinton WH when Bill was trying to get Bin Laden but kept getting stymied by the refusal of the careerists at CIA and DoD to work with that white trash Southern guy to catch some no-account towel head out in Afghanistan. Read Richard Clarke’s “Against All Enemies” for the real account of the early hunt for Bin Laden. Anyway, Panetta was Chief of Staff during part of that time, so he would have been in on it. It must have been satisfying to get that nemesis.”

    Leon is a process guy. He outmaneuvered them because he had to and he knew how with years of experience. Process that Obama.

  121. With the way the media is glorifying BO over OBL and the way they trashed TRUMP, Palin and other strong non-dim candidates, does anyone see a path to defeating BO in 2012?

    I don’t see any other strong contender right now.

    As much as I HATE to admit it, I dread the thought that despite the fact the POS had NOTHING to do with pulling off the military coup last week and strong as my feelings are that the narrative is essentially a lie designed to make the POS look good, it seems they have succeeded.

    What say you? We had the POS in a weak position just days ago. How do we make it happen again?

  122. basil99

    We are too far from the election have any thought this is a lock. It was a sift in the economy that accidently put O in he last time at the last minute. There is plenty of opportunities for this man to screw up. In addition, people feel deceived. When that happens, they don’t want to be a fool again.

  123. It will take a lot more than dancing on the grave of a Terrorists to show that you can run the governement. The economy is hanging together by a string, and the feeble action tried by O have not worked all that well. Leading from day one has gone to will he every find the path to leading.

    One thing we do know is that the Seals can Lead.

  124. We had the POS in a weak position just days ago. How do we make it happen again?

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    Obama and his British string-pullers would not be able to withstand the public upheaval that would accompany passage of a restored Glass-Steagall law through Congress.

    In 2003, the commodities futures market still totalled a sleepy $13 billion…. But in the first 55 days of 2008, speculators poured $55 billion into commodity markets, and by July 2008, $318 billion was roiling these markets,…. The worldwide price of food in 2008 was up 80% over 2005; in early 2011 it is up 150% over late 2008. Imaginary wheat dominates the price of real wheat, as speculators (traditionally one-fifth of the food commodity futures market) now outnumber bona-fide hedgers four-to-one.

    The above is just an almost arbitrary snippet from the report.
    http://www.larouchepub.com/other/2011/3818geithner_protects_goldmansachs.html
    GLASS-STEAGALL WOULD STOP SPECULATION

    Obama-Geitner et al are still making everything worse. There is no recovery. No protection or meaningful regulation has been put in place. We are increasingly being held hostage by these financier operations.

  125. BASIL99
    May 8th, 2011 at 9:52 am

    Good morning, I too was wondering about the change in the name :), glad to hear its you, basil9
    (maybe you can change the alias back to basil9? I think your sign in name may have changed, but I know wordpress lets you change how the name is presented)

    Trust me when I say, this bounce is nothing, and Waffles and his media will overdo it like they always do, but this time they are playing with fire. The US military is the most respected institution in this country, over any dem or over any repub. The fact that WH is this tone deaf that they release a video of Waffles after Bin Laden was dead is proof, that they have no clue what they are doing with this chest-thumping, how it takes away from the bravery of the US military, and how the general public has already figured it out (this is what I heard over and over again when I spoke with the few military families I know pretty well)

    As for the approval numbers, they are specific to a question not in regards to who people will vote for, I was polled by gallup after the Saddam capture, I said, yes I approve of Bush, but they never asked me would I vote for Bush? the answer would have been no, but that is not the question they asked.
    And people have already figured out that Waffles own administration admits Bush’s policies played a significant role in this (enhanced interrogation), and yet Waffles (according to Jay Carney) opposes them, and YET, Waffles wants to claim credit from the results achieved from these tactics. Cannot have things 3 ways, the general public recognizes this.

    18 months is a long long time, polls are irrelevant at this point, they skew the number in terms of who is in that polling pool, cBS/NYT is a prime example of this, they did the same exact thing to Hillary in 2008. The press does not realise that people who normally used to fall for their bullcrap, namely Hillary dems, independents have already built in a filter against the Obot media.

    And most importantly, the economy will not recover, the unemploy. rate will go up and down, the number of people in the workforce is at a decades low, corporations seem very reluctant to hire and I know from personal experience, small businesses are even more reluctant to hire.

    The spin from the LSM is only getting ramped up, everytime I hear any story from ANY obot infested media source, I recognize it for what it is, a tainted obot tilted media source, so I would put no real validity to it.
    (I refuse to watch any sunday shows anymore, but I would bet some IHOP waffles that its all about how great the leader President WTF is, how he singlehandedly did this, and inferring, whether they realise it or not, just how anyone (including the military, the seal, the intellegience agencies) will be thrown under the bus to prop up their messaih). They can’t help themselves.

    And this is when the numbers will plunge again.

  126. Panetta is still head of the CIA. Petraeus is due to replace him after confirmation. Panetta is responsible for getting and killing OBL.

    Kudos to Panetta!

  127. Barring any major damaging scandals, news leaks, we have to accept that obummer will milk this bin Laden thing to the maximum and people who voted for him before will again fall for it. Maybe Panetta and the SEALS should leak how it all happened and damage the usurper and his Chicago slum lordesses he rode in with.

  128. If anyone makes any sense of this? He’s comparing Bin Laden more to a white supremist? I don’t understand the statement one bit.

    http://abcnews.go.com/Blotter/osama-bin-ladens-anti-us-strategy-exploit-minority/story?id=13547780

    ““I think the viewpoint reflects more of a Neo-Nazi, white supremacist outlook on American whites than anything based in reality,“ ”

    Do white supremacists target white people? CAIR’s logic makes my head hurt. I read it several times, and that is the only connection I see him making is that Bin Laden is more like a white supremist; I don’t get the logic, not one bit.

  129. Cheney is highly invested in building new nuclear plants. Where 104 plants already exist; this article describes how we are a hare’s breath away from becoming another Fukushima because of a lax Nuclear Regulatory Commission’s policy of looking the other way when serving penalties and violations on corporate owners negatively affecting stockholder profits.
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    Nuclear Agency Is Criticized as Too Close to Its Industry

    In the fall of 2007, workers at the Byron nuclear power plant in Illinois were using a wire brush to clean a badly corroded steel pipe — one in a series that circulate cooling water to essential emergency equipment — when something unexpected happened: the brush poked through.

    Corroded pipe at the Byron plant in Illinois, a hundred miles from Chicago.The resulting leak caused a 12-day shutdown of the two reactors for repairs.

    The plant’s owner, the Exelon Corporation, had long known that corrosion was thinning most of these pipes. But rather than fix them, it repeatedly lowered the minimum thickness it deemed safe. By the time the pipe broke, Exelon had declared that pipe walls just three-hundredths of an inch thick — less than one-tenth the original minimum thickness — would be good enough.

    Though no radioactive material was released, safety experts say that if enough pipes had ruptured during a reactor accident, the result could easily have been a nuclear catastrophe at a plant just 100 miles west of Chicago.

    Exelon’s risky decisions occurred under the noses of on-site inspectors from the federal Nuclear Regulatory Commission. No documented inspection of the pipes was made by anyone from the N.R.C. for at least the eight years preceding the leak, and the agency also failed to notice that Exelon kept lowering the acceptable standard, according to a subsequent investigation by the commission’s inspector general.

    Exelon’s penalty? A reprimand for two low-level violations — a tepid response all too common at the N.R.C., said George A. Mulley Jr., a former investigator with the inspector general’s office who led the Byron inquiry. “They always say, ‘Oh, but nothing happened,’ ” Mr. Mulley said. “Well, sooner or later, our luck — you know, we’re going to end up rolling craps.”

    Critics have long painted the commission as well-intentioned but weak and compliant, and incapable of keeping close tabs on an industry to which it remains closely tied. The concerns have greater urgency because of the crisis at the Fukushima Daiichi plant in Japan, which many experts say they believe was caused as much by lax government oversight as by a natural disaster.

    The Byron pipe leak is just one recent example of the agency’s shortcomings, critics say. It has also taken nearly 30 years for the commission to get effective fireproofing installed in plants after an accident in Alabama. The N.R.C.’s decision to back down in a standoff with the operator of an Ohio plant a decade ago meant that a potentially dangerous hole went undetected for months. And the number of civil penalties paid by licensees has plummeted nearly 80 percent since the late 1990s — a reflection, critics say, of the commission’s inclination to avoid ruffling the feathers of the nuclear industry and its Washington lobbyists.

    Although the agency says plants are operating more safely today than they were at the dawn of the nuclear industry, when shutdowns were common, safety experts, Congressional critics and even the agency’s own internal monitors say the N.R.C. is prone to dither when companies complain that its proposed actions would cost time or money. The promise of lucrative industry work after officials leave the commission probably doesn’t help, critics say, pointing to dozens over the years who have taken jobs with nuclear power companies and lobbying firms.

    Now, as most of the country’s 104 aging reactors are applying for, and receiving, 20-year extensions from the N.R.C on their original 40-year licenses, reform advocates say a thorough review of the system is urgently needed.

    The agency’s shortcomings are especially vexing because Congress created it in the mid-1970s to separate the government’s roles as safety regulator and promoter of nuclear energy — an inherent conflict that dogged its predecessor, the Atomic Energy Commission.

    “It wasn’t much of a change,” said Peter A. Bradford, a former N.R.C. commissioner who now teaches at Vermont Law School. “The N.R.C. inherited the regulatory staff and adopted the rules and regulations of the A.E.C. intact.”

    Mr. Bradford said the nuclear industry had implicitly or explicitly supported every nomination to the commission until Gregory B. Jaczko’s in 2005. Mr. Jaczko, who was elevated to chairman by President Obama in 2009, had previously worked for both Representative Edward J. Markey, the Massachusetts Democrat and longtime critic of the nuclear industry, and Senator Harry Reid, the Nevada Democrat and current Senate majority leader who sought to block a nuclear waste repository in his state.

    sickening to read but worthy of clicking the link to be informed:

    http://www.nytimes.com/2011/05/08/business/energy-environment/08nrc.html?hp

  130. pm317
    May 8th, 2011 at 10:26 am
    So Mormaer, this was Panetta sticking it to the CIA..

    Maybe it was more cleaning out the Cheneyites and letting the pros do their work finding OBL. Then old pro Panetta had to circumnavigate the boobs in the WH and let the Pentagon do their thing. It appears these parts of our government work quiet well if the political posturing and boobism is shoved out of the way.

  131. Thank’s everyone for the common-sense, level-headed replies to my question.

    I feel tons better!

    Honestly, I have watched next to zero TV coverage over the past week because I knew how sickening it would be. I switched my one hour nightly-after-chore/work viewing to totally trivial meaningless entertainng shows like American Pickers or (I confess) even American Idol.

    But Sunday morning is my housework day to weekly news shows and I should have just turned the channel to the cartoon station.

    And, yes, it is me, Basil99. I have no idea of why wordpress suddenly objected to my sign-in.

    Happy Mother’s Day. Hope everyone has had a chance to tell their own moms how much they are appreciated and, if moms yourselves, have had grateful kids sing your praises.

  132. Shall humankind live as but an animal in a cage bounded by “limited natural resources” (resources controlled by the elite while we live caged in their multi-cultural zoo) or shall we, accepting our imperfection, continue upon the path charted by our Declaration of Independence and Constitution?

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    Well, for starts, we could legislate Pi equal to 3.
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    Yeah. That’s the Obama administration proposal.

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    Then we can legislate that natural resources are unlimited, we’ll never run out, we can damage the environment all we want to — in the name of Liberty!

  133. Followup to Obama’s half brother’s dabbling in non-profits for profit.
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    IRS Asked to Investigate Charity Run by Obama’s Brother

    by Peter Flaherty

    05/08/2011

    The NLPC (National League and Policy Center) is asking the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) to investigate the Barack H. Obama Foundation, which is soliciting tax-deductible contributions from the public although it is not tax exempt. The Foundation is named for Obama’s father and is apparently based in Kenya. Its founder and chairman is Abon’go Malik Obama whose father is also the father of President Obama.

    The Foundation has addresses in Kenya and in Arlington, Virginia to which it asks that donations be sent. Two members of the NLPC staff went to the Arlington address on May 6. It is a commercial mail drop facility where the clerk touted the fact that the address “looked like a real office address” and the facility could arrange to forward mail to any location in the world.

    Isabel Vincent and Melissa Klein report today in the New York Post that there are questions about what happens to the money:

    A group of Missouri State college students who visited the Obama family village of Kogelo in 2009, and who met the president’s half-brother, felt something was amiss. They sensed he was an “operator” and decided to give their donation of 400 pounds of medical supplies directly to a local clinic.

    “We didn’t know what he was going to do with them,” said Ken Rutherford, a former Missouri State professor who led the trip and who shared in the 1997 Nobel Peace Prize for his work to ban landmines.

    The Foundation’s original registered agent in the United States is an American named Alton Ray Baysden, who admitted to the Post that the group has not even applied for tax-exempt status.

    As pointed out in our Complaint, federal law requires that organizations seeking to be 501(c)(3) tax-deductible charities must first make a successful application to the Internal Revenue Service and satisfy the standards ensuring the applicant would adhere to the requirements associated with operating a 501(c)(3).

    Among the requirements following the certification of an applicant as a 501(c)(3), is the requirement that the group file an annual IRS Form 990 which sets forth income, expenditure, salary, consultant compensation and a host of other details which allow the public, the IRS and the media to assess whether the group is carrying out its obligations in an ethical and legal manner.

    Since the Obama Foundation appears never to have applied for 501(c)(3) status and consequently never filed an IRS Form 990, these apparent violations of Federal tax law and regulations constitute grounds for an investigation and the application of sanctions, if appropriate.

    Our Complaint asks the IRS to determine the following:

    (1) How much money was raised since the Barack H. Obama Foundation began soliciting public donations?

    (2) To what bank account(s) were such funds deposited?

    (3) How many individuals relied upon the misrepresentations as to the tax-deductibility of donations to the Obama Foundation found on their web page and made improper deductions?

    (4) Were the funds collected ever used for charitable purposes or were they diverted to personal use by anyone associated with the Obama Foundation?

    (5) If there was such a diversion, was income tax paid by individuals for any such income received by the Obama Foundation through its mail drop operation in Arlington, Virginia?

    (6) Were the representations of charitable activities made on the Obama Foundation web site just as false an inducement as the misrepresentations as to the groups 501(c)(3) status.

    It is not known to what extent President Obama is approving, or is aware, of his half-brother’s activities. In any case, the IRS must not give special treatment to the Obama Foundation.

    http://nlpc.org/stories/2011/05/08/irs-asked-investigate-charity-run-obamas-brother
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    This could be a cross referencing treasure trove of donations just happening to appear in a review of Obama’s 08′ Campaign Finance Records..

  134. Oh, special thanks to NewMexicoFan, tim and ohanson for your POV’s.

    BTW, I listened to the John Batchelor radio show posted by (?) yesterday and the excerpt pointed out at the 21 minute mark when Larry Johnson of NQ say the OBL burial at sea was a “fairy tale” and his body had been dumped in the mountains!

    You know what I hope? Remember how the press crucified Clinton over the Bosnia incident when she was reported as saying her plane had landed and they were under fire? (Of course I didn’t BELIEVE the trumped up press charges but they were designed to destroy HRC).

    Boy, oh boy do I wish for some intrepid reporter (if there is such a thing) to dig up the real truth about BO’s role in all this and provide proof he had nothing to do with the military victory.

    pm317, I listened to

  135. “Then old pro Panetta had to circumnavigate the boobs in the WH and let the Pentagon do their thing.”
    ____________

    All Panetta had to do was take his phone off the hook and become a ghost for a week or so. Surely, Obama and Jarett were relieved when he stopped pestering them for a decision. Thinking they had asserted themselves willfully and decisively leaving Panetta and Hillary reverberating from their unmitigated power. 🙂

  136. asked.
    And people have already figured out that Waffles own administration admits Bush’s policies played a significant role in this (enhanced interrogation)

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    WHen you endorse torture, pls call it torture. And where is your evidence of key informaiton coming during torture? The torturers have claimed it of course — just as Obama claims credit for anything that happens.

    If you’re talkng about the nickname of a courier, IT that really came from someone who had been tortured, it came long after the torture, at a different facility.

  137. Larry Johnson of NQ say the OBL burial at sea was a “fairy tale” and his body had been dumped in the mountains!

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    Odd claim. Why would they do this? And if they did, why would LJ reveal it?

  138. Larry Johnson of NQ say the OBL burial at sea was a “fairy tale” and his body had been dumped in the mountains!

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    Odd claim. Why would they do this? And if they did, why would LJ reveal it?

  139. BASIL99
    May 8th, 2011 at 11:49 am

    🙂 I have a question, I had trouble signing in a few weeks back, but then I close my explorer brower and used firefox and have no problems since. Have you tried signing in through firefox?

  140. BASIL99

    Basil, just to let you know.. there are a few teckies (dumbkins) Obama loyalists that have access to the serious side of WP. In the past, they have deleted unfavorable info I posted on Obama from my Pumas Unleashed blog site. To correct this, I had to write to WP headquarters to have the info reinstated and ask they remind their staff to be careful in the future. I have the feeling they blocked your access because you are not of their ilk… You have nothing to lose by giving them notice of what happened to your moniker.. of course not mentioning you have a new one would be prudent on your part.

  141. this was Panetta sticking it to the CIA..

    Maybe it was more cleaning out the Cheneyites and letting the pros do their work finding OBL.

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    Why were the Cheneyites obstructing things? Did they want OBL to continue at large as an excuse to continue their war?

  142. ‘I have the feeling they blocked your access because you are not of their ilk.’

    That thought crossed my mind, too.

    👿

  143. Frankly, I do not know what to make of that article by Anglachel, other than the fact that she likes Panetta, who comes from the same state. However, it seems to confirm the back channel story which needs to get out, i.e. that Obama dithered, Panetta acted, and now Obama is sucking up all the glory for a decision he failed to make but someone else who he refuses to acknowledge did. If that story hit the transom then Obama would not be riding high in the polls. The problem is big media has quashed it. They are determined to ensure that they preserve their power and lavish life style, even if it kills the American People. Why the fuck should they care. They just want to be part of the elite, and if the country goes to hell, it aint their problem. What is the proper strategy to deal with people who are that morally and intellectually dishonest. I do not know the definitive answer. It is a pity that anyone listens to them.

  144. Mormaer
    May 8th, 2011 at 11:36 am
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    I agree..when I said Panetta sticking it to the CIA, I meant just that, the guys who obstructed Bill and are now shoved out of the way by Panetta..

  145. Odd claim. Why would they do this? And if they did, why would LJ reveal it?
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    Because the Seals are navy, and in the navy, it is a honor worthy of a hero to be buried at sea.

  146. For me, listening to big media–people like Brian Williams, George Stepanopolis, and the depraved msnbc crew, is akin to listening to Charles Manson expound on how we are destroying the environment. When the messenger stinks, the message gets lost in the shuffle, even on those rare occasions when these propagandists happen to say something accidentally which is not a blatant lie.

  147. Happy Mothers Day to everyone and hugs to those of us who no longer have our beloved moms with us. 🙂

  148. PRUDEN: The insult to the American soldier

    Friday, May 6, 2011

    Can’t anybody here play this game?”

    The president, revealing himself to be Barack Obungle, has done what nobody else could have done, not even the spectacularly hapless original New York Mets, who drove Casey Stengel to his famous cry of terminal frustration.

    The White House converted a picture-perfect military operation into a public-relations disaster that will be cited as what not to do and how not to do it in flackery textbooks for a hundred years. Days after the raid on Osama bin Laden’s “mansion” they still can’t get the “fact pattern,” in the language of the White House, even close to straight.

    Even that ubiquitous photograph of the president, the secretary of state and assorted minions bravely watching the operation in “real time” looks now to have been a “photo-op” taken after the fact. This is the scene that the goofy John Brennan, the president’s anti-terrorism chief, described as one of unbearable tension endured heroically by the magnificent minions. Hillary seemed to be clutching her throat, choking back terror as she watched the raid unfold, but now Leon Panetta, the chief of the CIA, reveals that 24 minutes of the 40-minute video were “blacked out” by some kind of electronic malfunction. Maybe she was only wishing she had ordered pepperoni with extra cheese when the president sent out for pizza.

    What a roller coaster ride: Osama bin Laden engaged the SEALs in a firefight. Well, no, actually, it turns out he didn’t. But he did seize a woman, probably one of his wives, to use as a human shield. Uh, well, actually he didn’t do that, either. But he was armed, we know that for sure. Ummm, no, not really. OK, but we’re positive that woman was killed. Uh, not exactly. But we definitely, positively, absolutely know that Osama is dead. We have the photographs to prove it and the public can see them. Er, no, not quite. The president has them but you can’t see them. Everybody will just have to take his word for it.

    That won’t happen, either. There was a time when everybody took a president’s word for everything. But nobody trusts the government on anything anymore. Lies have withered public patience. Too bad, Mr. President, but you’ll have to show us the death certificate. No reasonable man can doubt that Osama is dead, dead, dead, but we’re talking now about the Middle East.

    You might think the president would have rehearsed his minions in a story, even if concocted, so everybody would tell it like it is. The White House finally shut up with the explanation that “the fact pattern” is still being evaluated. It’s only now dawning on the president that he has done everything possible to guarantee an enduring worldwide harangue over whether Osama is in fact dead, how he was killed, whether dumping the body in the sea was wise, whether how he died violated the decencies of international custom, and whether burial traditions of Shariah law were followed before Osama became the ultimate fish dinner.

    Alan Dershowitz, the Harvard law professor and one of the most distinguished criminal lawyers in the land, says “burying his body at sea constituted the willful destruction of evidence.” The doubts that will be contrived by Muslim red-hots would have been prevented if Osama’s body had been subjected to the usual forensic testing, extensive examination of entrance and exit wounds, and paraffin testing for gunpowder residue. “Dead bodies,” he writes in an essay in the Wall Street Journal, “often talk more loudly, clearly and unambiguously than live witnesses.” He notes that when a Muslim or a Jew is murdered in the United States “religious considerations do not trump civil circumstances.”

    But the real offense of the Washington wimpery is pushing a weakling’s canard against the military, asserting that the photograph can’t be shown because it would make Muslim terrorists cross at us. But surely the Army and the Navy can take care of themselves; soldiers, sailors and Marines aren’t Campfire Girls. Can anyone imagine FDR and his generals canceling D-Day because an invasion might infuriate the Germans? Or that a Muslim terrorist will now salute an American soldier in Afghanistan and put down his rifle and grenade launcher, telling him “we really appreciate your president’s keeping that ugly photograph to himself.”

    Americans come from Mars, so the witticism goes, and Europeans are from Venus. But that doesn’t include this president and his bungling minions. They’re weepy refugees from Pluto.

    http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2011/may/6/pruden-insult-american-soldier/

  149. I wondered how long it would take before Third World behavior overtakes hungry Americans sick of unemployment, high fuel prices, losing their homes to foreclosure and watching their families go hungry.
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    Americans Gone Wild

    Gerald Celente is known to love to make the following statement: “When people lose everything and have nothing left to lose – they lose it.” Sadly, Celente is exactly right about this. As the U.S. economy continues to collapse, Americans are going to becoming increasingly frustrated, and this frustration will inevitably boil over into rioting and violence. Could we be starting to see the start of this already? The number of Americans that have “gone wild” seems to be escalating. Years ago, losing a job was not that big of a deal. Now a job loss is enough to cause some Americans to snap and go over the edge. We are seeing restaurant brawls and open violence in the streets that would have been unthinkable 50 years ago. All over the nation people are losing it and are literally going crazy. The news stories and the videos posted below of “Americans gone wild” are very graphic and very shocking. There is a reason for this. These examples are meant to show you that the very fabric of our civilized society is falling apart. It won’t matter who ends up leading us politically if this is the kind of people we become.

    Sadly, it appears that we are not the same kind of people that we used to be. Something has changed in America. Something is different. We have forgotten many of the things that made us great as a nation. We no longer live by the same principles. We no longer value the same truths.

    There are examples of “Americans gone wild” all over the nation. The things you are about to read about below are not just isolated incidents. The truth is that I could have easily included dozens more examples.

    As the economy continues to crumble this trend is going to get even worse. The following are just a few examples of how Americans have been freaking out and losing it recently….

    *One elementary school teacher in the town of Monroe, Georgia was arrested recently for something very unusual. One day he made the decision to walk around the halls of his school completely naked. So why was he naked? Well, it turns out that he learned that he was going to be fired and so he snapped.

    *As I have written about previously, McDonald’s recently held a “National Hiring Day” and about a million Americans showed up to apply for jobs at McDonald’s restaurants all around the nation. Well, in Cleveland a horrible fight broke out between some girls and it ended up with three people being run over by a car.

    Do not watch this video if you are sensitive to graphic violence….

  150. OT but…great Kentucky Derby race…I love when the odds are stacked against the horse 20-1 (or people) and they rally to outrun the pack…

    …on to the Preakness…

  151. Happy Mother’s Day to Big Pink moms!!

    Here is a video song/card my son sent me that you might enjoy:

  152. Shadow
    Thank you.
    Screw the over priced soffee basket I sent my mom. She’s getting this song as well,

  153. And the Muslim barbarism continues.

    Christians being slaughtered in Egypt and Nigeria.

    http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/42944234/ns/world_news-mideastn_africa/

    Egypt’s prime minister called for an emergency Cabinet meeting Sunday, a day after officials reported at least 12 people were killed in sectarian clashes outside a Cairo church. Officials said the violence began over rumors that a Christian woman who converted to Islam was being held at the church against her will. Prime Minister Essam Sharaf postponed a trip to Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates to discuss the church attack, according to EgyNews, Egypt’s official news agency. Egyptian state TV said 10 people died and 232 were wounded in the violence Saturday. At least 190 were arrested.

    To protect the Muslim radicals, some are trying to say this was just a gang of thugs and had no real religious motivation. Of course, the report makes no mention of the rising influence and power of the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt.

    Many Muslims have a hard time with the free exchange of ideas and the right of individuals to choose what they believe. In virtually every majority Muslim nation, a person converting from Islam to Christianity faces intense persecution at best, and often death. That is never the case in majority Christian nations. That single fact says a great deal about the two faiths.

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-africa-13322307

    Nigeria: Deadly attack on northern village BBC

    At least 16 people have been killed in an attack on a predominantly Christian village in northern Nigeria.

    Police said late on Friday that unidentified assailants had also burnt a number of houses in the village in Bauchi state, near Tafawa Balewa.

    Hundreds have died in clashes in Nigeria following national elections last month in which Goodluck Jonathan, a southern Christian, won the presidential poll against a Muslim, Muhammadu Buhari.

  154. And the Muslim barbarism continues.

    Christians being slaughtered in Egypt and Nigeria.

    Egypt’s prime minister called for an emergency Cabinet meeting Sunday, a day after officials reported at least 12 people were killed in sectarian clashes outside a Cairo church. Officials said the violence began over rumors that a Christian woman who converted to Islam was being held at the church against her will. Prime Minister Essam Sharaf postponed a trip to Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates to discuss the church attack, according to EgyNews, Egypt’s official news agency. Egyptian state TV said 10 people died and 232 were wounded in the violence Saturday. At least 190 were arrested.

    To protect the Muslim radicals, some are trying to say this was just a gang of thugs and had no real religious motivation. Of course, the report makes no mention of the rising influence and power of the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt.

    Many Muslims have a hard time with the free exchange of ideas and the right of individuals to choose what they believe. In virtually every majority Muslim nation, a person converting from Islam to Christianity faces intense persecution at best, and often death. That is never the case in majority Christian nations. That single fact says a great deal about the two faiths.

    Nigeria: Deadly attack on northern village BBC

    At least 16 people have been killed in an attack on a predominantly Christian village in northern Nigeria.

    Police said late on Friday that unidentified assailants had also burnt a number of houses in the village in Bauchi state, near Tafawa Balewa.

    Hundreds have died in clashes in Nigeria following national elections last month in which Goodluck Jonathan, a southern Christian, won the presidential poll against a Muslim, Muhammadu Buhari.

  155. http://edition.cnn.com/2011/TRAVEL/05/07/muslims.kicked.off.plane/

    I don’t remember Rosa Parks being accused of running planes into buildings either. I am so sick and tried of these CAIR whining people comparing themselves to people like MLK and Rosa Parks. What a bunch of ignorant fools. The pilot shouldn’t have done what he did, refusing to fly with these 2 imams on the plane, but I can completely understand why he was feeling that way, CAIR really needs to shut up about comparing this to civil rights icons.

  156. I don’t remember Rosa Parks being accused of running planes into buildings either.

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    These Muslims didn’t do that.

  157. BASIL99
    May 8th, 2011 at 3:23 pm

    I saw that on tv, so sad. I read this is as well, the coptic christians in egypt have had another attack against them, several churches were burned.

  158. turndownobama
    May 8th, 2011 at 2:18 pm

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    There are no words for your constant barrage of pro-muslim terrorist responses.

    I’m not even going to try to understand why you feel you have to counter every pro-American post in this way.

    Do you honestly think all of us are so stupid that you have to teach us that not everything is black and white?

    May I presume to tell you that most of us posting here to know that already? We don’t need it spelt out to us like an energizer bunny moment over and over and over again.

  159. The guy over at NoQuarter is saying his sources back up the description of events leading to the Osama capture described by Ulsterman and the White House insider. Story was just posted a short time ago..

  160. JanH
    May 8th, 2011 at 4:05 pm

    It is obnoxious, isn’t it? I guess that’s the point.

    How’s your budgie? Mine, a ten year old named Pixie, has been reliving her childhood the past few days, getting into everything, flying everywhere she isn’t allowed and generally being a PITA!

    But she’s adorable. I keep my squirt-bottle handy to keep her off of lampshades, blinds, picture frames, etc.

  161. Basil,

    That is such a cute name for your bird.

    Mine is “Buddy” and he is still just a baby but lots of fun.

    Thanks for asking. 🙂

  162. Thanks for the info, AmericanGal.

    Here’s the link and some key excerpts.

    http colon double slash www dot noquarterusa dot net/blog/

    Anyway, back to Panetta. The CIA chief wanted to pull the trigger in February. Don’t know if you have seen the blog featuring comments by a person claiming to be an Obama insisder (i.e., Ulsterman. I was skeptical of this person before but, based on what he/she has written on this subject and given the independent sources I have I would peg Ulsterman’s accuracy at more than 80%. Valerie Jarret led the charge resisting the push from Panetta to go after UBL. Obama initially sided with Jarret. The White House spin that Obama had to persuade senior advisors to go after Osama is pure unadulterated bullshit. He was the one dragging ass.

    In fact, according to someone who was privy to the decision making process, Hillary played a major role in backing up Leon Panetta and finally convincing Obama to act.
    Here’s some very interesting questions that need to be answered? Why are the SEALs who went on this mission being pressured after the fact to sign non-disclosure agreements regarding this particular incident? What happens when members of the House and Senate Intel Committees learn that Osama was not buried at sea?

  163. The guy over at NoQuarter is saying his sources back up the description of events leading to the Osama capture described by Ulsterman and the White House insider.

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    Is that the same NQ guy who said the SEALS dumped BL’s body in the mountains then cooperated with a funeral hoax to help Obama’s public relations? Some of the ‘Ulsterman’ story sounds credible, tho imo ‘Ulsterman/Insider’ himself ia a hoax (and is probably getting his ideas from reading h44 😉

  164. What happens when members of the House and Senate Intel Committees learn that Osama was not buried at sea?

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    Hell freezes over?

  165. John Batchelor’s take on the murky OBL timeline which is what I have thought from the beginning.

    Too many things don’t add up.

    The roughly 8 – 10 hours between reported attack and OBL burial is especially unbelievable.

    I have spoken to several pilots including an Assemblyman who said not only was the flight time for helicopters insufficient to allow for transport between Abbotobad and the Vinson unless midair refueling took place (not likely over either Afganistan or Pakistan) but the report about the crash doesn’t meet the smell test.

    Some reports say the helicopter went straight from Abbotobad to the North Arabain Sea.

    Others have it landing in a hanger in Afganistan, first, and then going to the Vinson.

    I have been collecting info as I find it posted.

    Batchelor, however, also said it would be hard for challengers to overcome the narrative created, promoted and embellished by MSM.

    “Larry Johnson also reports source speaking that Bin Laden’s body was flown to Afghanistan, either Bagram at Kabul or the air base at Jallalabad, perhaps along with that of his son. That the DNA testing was not possibly completed in time to dispose of the body in the timeline provided. That Bin Laden’s body was not flown to the Carl Vinson but rather was disposed over the Hindu Kush. None of this is confirmed. I do have another source who says that the detail about the body over the Hindu Kush is a report as of Wednesday 4 that is not confirmed.”

    The timeline of the Bin Laden episode from last August, 2010, will require time and precision. The White House must deal with the inconsistencies.

    For example, Senator Saxby Chambliss reports that he was told on Sunday that the Seals took the first shot at Bin Laden as he ducked out of a room, and that it missed. The Seals pursued him into the room for the kill shots. This is a new detail of that first missed shot.

    And about the White House narrative that Bin Laden was taken to the Carl Vinson. There is no detail of where the body was taken from Abbottabad. Unlikely they flew 500 miles across Pakistan airspace.

    How did they reach Carl Vinson? Via Afghanistan? What is the timeline? The Bin Laden killing needs to stand up to all inquiries for the next 18 months. The game is afoot.

    BTW 0

  166. BASIL99
    May 8th, 2011 at 5:04 pm

    I wouldn’t be surprised if the CIA people even told Waffles the whole truth. They already know how unrealible he is, and how political he is, already has probes against CIA agents that were opened up even before looking at the evidence.

    I mean, really, how would Waffles know anything unless they told him? He was pulled from the golf course and made to sit in a chair, and now we know he wasnt even watching the raid, most likely he was watching Panetta brief him on the raid.

    Panetta is a pretty steady guy, and the counter terrorism folks in the military work closely with the intel people, so it wouldn’t surprise me one bit if the storyline we are told is not the whole truth.

  167. Still plus 9.3% approval in latest RCP poll….hopefully economy/gas prices will take center stage again as we need O under 50% to have any chance of defeating him in 2012.
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    Happy Mother’s days to all the Mom’s out there.

  168. Can somebody report where is the rest of Obama white side of the family? Surely they r not all dead?!?!? I just never hear of them at all on shows or etc

  169. tim,

    Agreed. What is most galling is that the media is giving the POS credit for NOTHING! It is the story of his life, isn’t it? A free pass for everything. It makes me see red thinking of how he has treated Americans, the 911 families, the military and anyone who doesn’t subscribe to his BLT worldview. It is infuriating to see Holder continue to push for investigations of CIA officers who had been CLEARED during Bush’s term.

    I had my hair done today and the haridresser said many of her customers, formerly avid BO supporters, have been suffering a bad case of voters remorse, even tose involved in local dim politics.

    I honestly believe his approval ratings must really be well below 40 and MSM is lying to make him look good. I hate what is happening to this country at the hands of what used to be a free press.

  170. O.M.G.

    You crack me up V4H!

    I think they’re either dead, in the witness protection program or ashamed to admit kinship.

  171. basil99

    I just went over to Larry’s NQ site, and read what he wrote, considering he still has contact with many active field people, I trust Larry’s take on all of this.

    I also found this interview by this finance guy, he is one of the top finance people and its very interesting on his take…….

    http://video.cnbc.com/gallery/?video=1905669017

    V4H, there is one white guy, a doctor who went on every show he was invited on (he says) to oppose deathcare aka Obamacare, of course he was never invited on anything but Fox, we know how this works, CNN will invite Levi Johnston, but god forbid they invite anyone who is related to the waffles who is critical of him.

  172. forgot to say, this doctor, white guy, he is I think either a first cousin or second cousin, he might still be in Kansas.

  173. AmericanGal
    May 8th, 2011 at 4:08 pm
    The guy over at NoQuarter is saying his sources back up the description of events leading to the Osama capture described by Ulsterman and the White House insider. Story was just posted a short time ago..

    It sure does. No Quarter’s Johnson has info from the intelligence angle and Ulsterman has it from the WH inside baseball angle. They are remarkably similar. All of this leaking means a bunch of pissed off people want the truth to come out. Of course Johnson will be described as a nut even if he worked for the CIA.

  174. Want to bet the initial Whitehouse reports of the event will be scrubbed, soon? Re-education is already in process.
    Here is a selected list of comments collected from other sites over the past week
    “After the firefight, the “non-combatants were moved to a safe location as the damaged helicopter was detonated,” Carney said. “The team departed the scene via helicopter to the USS Carl Vinson in the North Arabian Sea.”

    ——Will someone explain how, if they left the compound and went to the USS Carl Vinson, that they can have a picture of Osama dead in a hangar in Afghanistan?
    ——Panetta who said that the picture that showed the best, that identified him as Bin Ladin, was done in the hanger in Afghanistan, and it was also the most gruesome. Someone has some “plaining to do”.

    ——Since the range of a blackhawk chopper is 480 nm + /- and the Chopper variant used (by the looks of the chopper tail being of the classified type), the range of the chopper they used would not be carrying a heavy fuel load. The shortest egress was towards Kabul. Not sure they would want to mid air refuel over Pakistan airspace with all that dead weight so to speak, all the way down the valley to the sea…

    ——-But if they supposedly went to the Carl Vincent first, then they lied that the pictures of Bin Laden that were the most recognizable were the ones taken at Bagram Air Base. Which is it?

    Quote: “The team departed the scene via helicopter to the USS Carl Vinson in the North Arabian Sea”.

    Question: One official report stated a stop in Afganistan 1st. WHY ????

    That distance, in a fully loaded helicopter, is beyond the range of the Black Hawk without refueling. That’s more than 500 miles.

    ——I might add. How can they have a picture of Osama in a hangar in Afghanistan when they said they flew directly from the compound to the aircraft carrier?

  175. An interesting take on the Ulsterman Report by Stephen Diamond as linked at NQ.

    http://stephen-diamond.com/?p=3545

    An excerpt;

    “Thus, at the end of the day, what did Obama do if we accept Insider’s account? He attempted to have it both ways. He put in place the legal authority to let the operation move forward while tasking Jarrett to fight a scorched earth policy to place bureaucratic obstacles in the way of carrying out the operation. If the operation were pulled off the table altogether, then since the power to carry it out had been handed explicitly to Panetta, Panetta would get the blame. If it went forward and failed, then again Panetta gets the blame for a bad policy and Obama would have, as political cover, a loud and clear track record created by all of Jarrett’s vociferous interference with Panetta and the military indicating that he had problems with the plan all along.”

    There is nothing morally attractive about such an approach to wielding political power but one has to admire the craftiness of it. And that craftiness is something that seems to elude Insider and in fact seems to elude many in the Democratic party who do not agree with the policies of the Obama administration. They misjudge what is going on I think when they call the President indecisive, slow moving or seemingly uninterested in foreign policy issues. They do not seem to understand his style as part of the way in which Obama is, in fact, governing. To understand that we have to go back and consider not the deep divisions within the Administration, but more broadly those inside the Democratic Party.

    Obama and Jarrett, as I have long suggested on this blog, are part of a relatively new demographic shift giving rise to a “multicultural pseudo-left” in the Party. This wing has its base in the race oriented and immigrant rights politics groups in the party such as SEIU rather than in the traditional urban industrial and rural white working class segments. It is not a surprise then that a Jarrett would be the one to raise concerns obsessively about the sensitivities of the Muslim world. For her this is a proxy for the political battles she and the south side Chicago milieu that nurtured Obama have been fighting for many decades.”

  176. BASIL99
    May 8th, 2011 at 6:03 pm

    An interesting take on the Ulsterman Report by Stephen Diamond as linked at NQ.
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    Who would have thought ‘calling present’ was a way of governing much less a winning strategy! 😉 So when Obuma drives, he looks for an escape route every step of the way and is ready to point the finger at the other party if he has an accident — that is no way to drive. (I know Steve Diamond is no Obot but this analysis surprised me.)

  177. VANITY4USA
    May 8th, 2011 at 5:28 pm
    Can somebody report where is the rest of Obama white side of the family? Surely they r not all dead?!?!? I just never hear of them at all on shows or etc
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    Obama’s mother, and grandparents are dead.

  178. pm317,

    I just posted the last few paragraphs of a lengthy article. It is very dense but well-written. Did you read the whole thing? I skimmed and then posted the short bit above. I have to go back and reread.

  179. “the traditional urban industrial and rural white working class segments”

    These are the folks, as Waffles would call them, “cling bitterly to their guns and religion”
    These were the same people who were Reagan dems, and its rural black, rural hispanics, its basically middle America that Waffles and his minions loathe and look down on.

  180. That the DNA testing was not possibly completed in time to dispose of the body in the timeline provided.

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    Why would the DNA testing have to be completed first, if they had already taken and kept plenlty of samples of body remains?

  181. Carney said. “The team departed the scene via helicopter to the USS Carl Vinson in the North Arabian Sea.”

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    Note this does not say “DIRECTLY to”. A refueling stop would not be inconsistent.

  182. Obama’s mother, and grandparents are dead.

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    A white great-uncle was quoted during the campaign (not very enthusiastic, said he scarcely knew the boy). I don’t recall any mention of Stanley Ann having siblings. Might check the Time Mag bio of her, or some of the profiles of Obama and family linked from 1950democrat.livejournal.com

  183. I am not in any way promoting Oprah’s new network.

    Just wanted to let everyone know that “Extraordinary moms” is on right now with Julia Roberts.

    She is interviewing Hillary (who I think may come on last), and two others.

  184. Tim,

    Agreed, again. Has there ever had such an anti-American COC? Ever? Has the majority of a population every given up power so easily?

    The local school board I cover has 8 candidates running for 3 seats. One, of South American origin, told me during our candidate profile interview that he was the best candidate because he brings a level of diversity to the board. How is that a qualifying statement? But he was very proud of his position and felt sure it would convince voters he should be elected. The sense of entitlement dripping from his responses to my questions was staggering.

    Meantime, the mostly dim white collar type board which is supporting this guy is trashing the rural businesses and farmers who want accountability, lower taxes, fiscal responsibility and an end to six-figure salaried administrators. The vile remarks, the slanderous comments I have heard from that group against the blue collar types who want fiscal change are unfrigginreal. I have been told the candidates the rurals support all have criminal records, have been in jail, have beat their wives, their kids, their dogs, were accused of sexual harrassment at age 12, are hicks. “Can you believe the candidates running for election?” they say to me, knowing I know who they’re referring to.

    The town’s top police department investigator dropped a number of such comments, in passing, of course, without naming names but he didn’t have to. I knew exactly who he was referring to.

    It’s like they all have the same “talking points.” Sound familiar?

    By contrast, I have not heard such despicable remarks from the other side which sticks mostly to arguments against unsustainable school taxes for people on moderate and fixed incomes, waste, over-compensation, etc.

    I know this is politics on a small scale but honestly the depths to which the dims stoop is revolting. Of course I don’t write about any of this. I stick to the candidates positions and write about the details of the school budget with a critical eye which drives the administrators nuts, pointing out things like the contingency budget is much higher than the proposed budget – a tiny detail which is illegal.

    Oh well. Sorry for rambling. Sometimes I feel like resigning from the human race.

  185. Jan,

    (or anyone). Isn’t it customary for the whitehouse, and especially the FLOTUS, to make remarks about Mother’s Day? An oversight? (like Easter not being mentioned while Muslim holidays have been acknowledged?)

    TTTT, I’m not a fan of most holidays probably because I was forced to endure then non-stop while working in public schools where teachers plan all their lessons around one holiday after another. I can’t stand the commercialization of all these days and feeling obligated to observe them but then I am not POTUS or FLOTUS.

  186. “Oh well. Sorry for rambling.”

    please Ramble away, I agree with you. I can’t imagine without websites like this how people would even realise that they are the not the only ones who think like them. I’m glad we at least now have blogs and the Internet to get info that the media suppresses or outright lies about.
    I also agree with you, this democrat (I refuse to call it a democratic party after what I saw on may 31th 2008) party is unrecognizable from the one I joined many years ago.
    They make deals on the side to preserve their power and yet claim to be for the people, honestly without the Internet, I would have no clue how down the toilet they have gone.

  187. tim,

    I feel the same way. Blogs like this are a lifeline. I turned in my dim card in 2008 and registered as an Indy. I am embarrassed I once thought the dims were the party of the people.

  188. LJ has a time line of the OBL take-down..maybe has more truth than the continually spin coming from the WH:

    (snip)
    “Here is what really happened. The U.S. Government learned of Bin Laden’s whereabouts last August when a person walked into a U.S. Embassy and claimed that Pakistan’s intelligence service (ISI) had Bin Laden under control in Abottabad, Pakistan. Naturally the CIA personnel who received this information were skeptical. That’s why the CIA set up a safehouse in Abottabad in September 2010 as reported yesterday in the Washington Post.

    The claim that we found Bin Laden because of a courier and the use of enhanced interrogation is simply a cover story. It appears to be an effective cover story because it has many Bush supporters pressing the case that enhanced interrogation worked. The Obama operatives in the White House are quite content to let the Bushies share in this part of the “credit.” Why? It keeps most folks from looking at the claims that don’t add up.

    Anyway, the intel collection at the safe house escalated and the CIA began pressing Pakistan’s ISI to come clean on Osama. And their response? They outed the CIA Chief of Station in December. This was not in retaliation per se for the civil suit filed in November accusing some ISI officers of playing a key role in the December 2008 Mumbai terrorist attack, but that was seen as part of the broader pressure the CIA was applying to Pakistan.

    And who was behind this?

    Leon Panetta. I have been critical of Panetta of late and must eat some crow. Once it was clear that the information from the walk-in was accurate, Panetta set up a reporting chain from the Pakistan station direct to him. This information did not go thru normal DO channels. It went straight to the Director. By January 2011 there was a high degree of confidence that Bin Laden was in the house (which was in essence a ISI “jail” for keeping tabs on UBL). We had also learned that key people in Saudi Arabia were sending Pakistan money to keep Osama out of sight and out of trouble. That’s why you haven’t seen any UBL spectaculars during the last five years. They had him in terrorist time out.
    (snip)

    http://www.noquarterusa.net/blog/2011/05/08/obama-coereced-into-going-after-bin-laden/#more-59173

    Unfortunately the Obama has continued and increased the perversion of “truth” from Bush/Cheney….We are left sorting through tea leaves on the net.

  189. Basil,

    If this were normal times and if the potus and his boot lickers were not the selfish self-absorbed idiots that they are, then maybe just maybe important dates like Easter and Mother’s Day would be acknowledged.

  190. the CIA set up a safehouse in Abottabad in September 2010 as reported yesterday in the Washington Post.
    [….]
    Anyway, the intel collection at the safe house escalated and the CIA began pressing Pakistan’s ISI to come clean on Osama. And their response? They outed the CIA Chief of Station in December.

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

    Does Chief of Station = chief of the safe house?

  191. “We are left sorting through tea leaves on the net.”
    _________________

    That is the whole idea isn’t it- Go around and around until you burn out dizzy from all the why’s and the wherefores trying to pinpoint actual events. The bottom line is all that matters i.e. Is OBL dead or was this all a ruse?

    Meanwhile back at the ranch- Obama has been running scott free using the OBL headlines to his political advantage. Just one photo-op after another pouring salt in the wounds, insulting the WTC victim’s families as much as possible, hoping everyone forgets the birth certificate issue, the dual social security numbers question, the legality of his natural born citizenship claims, even though he has admitted his father was not an American citizen which puts him in naturalized territory… and ineligible for the candidacy for US President…

    We have to stop this train, get off, and get back on track with questions pertaining to Obama’s eligibility for reelection. With these issues we have control. Getting involved in so much speculation about OBL and the speculation of the legality of killing OBL is a waste of time… it’s over and needs to end and move on-

    ::rant over:: … back to your local stations…

  192. #
    JanH
    May 8th, 2011 at 8:17 pm

    Basil,

    If this were normal times and if the potus and his boot lickers were not the selfish self-absorbed idiots that they are, then maybe just maybe important dates like Easter and Mother’s Day would be acknowledged.
    ______________

    If they take time out acknowledging Easter and Mother’s Day- it would break the momentum of further self-aggrandizement of the OBL fiasco adding this accomplishment to his campaign literature, building another donation website on the backs of the military… You know- “Never let a crisis go to waste.”

  193. On one of the financial websites the transcript of Waffle’s 60 min. interview is there, lots of comments, none of them good about Waffles, one of them stuck out to me, very concise and very true

    “a real leader wouldn’t have taken credit for something accomplished with many others involved”

  194. Martha Stewart is hosting a show (on now) with Jill Biden and Michelle Obama. The theme of the show is “A Tribute to American Mothers”. I watched as much as I could stomach having to listen to MO’s reassurances: “the military has nothing to fear while they are away from home, their wives and Moms are being well taken care of by the US Government”…

    There was a headline last week that thousands of homes owned by soldiers serving in the ME have been foreclosed on. Military families forced to leave their homes without legal recourse stopping these foreclosures. Unable to afford legal help to fight the banks using inaccurate financial information to force these families out into the street…

    I hope military Moms were watching this show and this publicity stunt using Mother’s Day as a platform praising the government, reassuring the public, the military is well taken care of backfires on them with both barrels..

  195. Are the dems really this stupid to essentially slap the US military? Comparing Waffles’s “courage” to those Navy Seals who actually put their lives on the line to capture a terrorist?

    I don’t think this is a DNC official, lets hope the DNC and the rest of the dems aren’t stupid to pursue this angle of propping their Messaih up.
    “But he made that decision to go without telling Pakistan and that took some real courage, as much courage as our Navy SEALs did in pulling off a near flawless operation.”

    http://hotair.com/greenroom/archives/2011/05/07/wendy-chamberlain-obama-was-just-as-courageous-as-the-seals/

  196. tim-

    It cuts both ways- If Obama dares to equate himself with the courage and bravery of the Navy Seals… His ego will have trumped reality and the repercussions of the blowback will have devastating consequences on his reelection bid.

    Did you happen to read the Diamond article Basil posted? To me, and perhaps to me only, it brought up more questions then it answered. What was a particularly interesting comment he made was his analogy to JFK’s “The Bay of Pigs.” Of course, the circumstances were reversed but nevertheless, an interesting observation.

  197. Shadowfax
    May 8th, 2011 at 2:34 pm
    Happy Mother’s Day to Big Pink moms!!

    Here is a video song/card my son sent me that you might enjoy:
    ___________________

    Thanks for posting the video- BCL is right… ::sniff::

  198. Is OBL dead or was this all a ruse?

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

    Here are just some of the people who would have to be involved in such a ruse:

    The Al Qaeda spokesmen who have acknowledged it an threatened revenge.
    The wife and child who witnessed the shooting.
    The Pakistan and ME media who interviewed the wife and child.
    The Pakistan authorities who came to the scene.
    The SEALS.
    The US military on the carrier.
    The US military/security brass who authorized and oversaw the operation.
    And — Hillary.

  199. BigCat and Mrs. S.

    That video brings a tear to a mother’s eye. 😉

    ——-
    Indeed it does.

  200. I was reading the link to NQ, and hope the story of them dumping the body over the mountains is true.

    One seal said on tv that there is probably video of the religious ‘funeral’ on the boat.

    That would be pretty easy to do, a body, anybody, alive or dead could be wrapped in a sheet, on the boat, and dumped over the side. If alive, the person would just swim over to a rope and be pulled out.

  201. “MO’s reassurances: “the military has nothing to fear while they are away from home, their wives and Moms are being well taken care of by the US Government”…”

    I find this such a revealing statements, these fools, the Waffles, actually do think of themselves as the benevolent King and Queen, and before their “reign”, no one in America gave a crap about the military families, and now that they are in charge, they will make sure the US govt “takes care of them”. This seems to be their way of thinking.

    Some of the strongest communities I know are military families, they rely on each other and take care of each other, they don’t wait around sitting and thinking, “when is the govt going to care of us”.

    These Waffles fools really do think of themselves as king and queen, doling out things, and assuming that America was some hellhole before their “reign” and now that they are “in charge”, they will take care of things.

  202. oh my, how things have changed, just 2 1/2 years ago this website, Zerohedge was all about the greatness of the messaih, etc.
    Now, these are their comments from today’s 60 min interview. The comments are, well, some of them left me speechless. Especially since I have seen their transition from pro-Messaih to anti-Messaih
    Here is the post, read the comments. I’m surprised some of them are allowed to be left there, the moderator there has not deleted them, and Zerohedge is one of the top financial websites on the Internet.

    http://www.zerohedge.com/article/full-barack-obama-60-minutes-interview-and-complete-transcript

  203. http://www.zerohedge.com/article/full-barack-obama-60-minutes-interview-and-complete-transcript

    Sorry, not sure if the went through, for those that have never visited Zerohedge, well, some of their language is really really bad, and some of the avatars are even worse, just wanted to let people know that, incase they visit that website. Again, considering how known that financial website is and linked to, I’m surprised at what comments, etc, are left out there and never taken down.

  204. LOL.

    “55% to 45% chance”, so I see the new narrative, it was a 50/50 chance, and Waffles was brave enough to take that chance.

  205. tim
    May 8th, 2011 at 10:24 pm

    “These Waffles fools really do think of themselves as king and queen, doling out things, and assuming that America was some hellhole before their “reign” and now that they are “in charge”, they will take care of things.”
    ______________________

    Yes- and what I have noticed lately there seems to be a pattern forming of sadistic behavior. No other word I can think of defines this type of action. Whenever the occasion arises where Americans are suffering greatly, Obama never promises uplifting solutions easing the suffering Americans are facing. He/They prefer poring salt in open wounds acting distant, unaffected and totally unable to empathize offering the help only the power of the Oval Office can provide at a moment’s notice.

    For example, the skyrocketing price of fuel- that is responsible for affecting ever raising food prices. Instead of ordering the release of millions of gallons of oil from the country’s reserves to offset the record price of fuel; he creates a task force to look at the situation (just another stalling tactic) and come back to him with a report.

    Call me crazy- but there seems to be some sadistic satisfaction they enjoy from watching and hearing about Americans suffering. Then they announce they are once again off on vacation spending millions of taxpayer dollars on luxurious hotel accommodations, outlandish 10 car security details, and souveniers that would make Hollywood blush at depicting such over the top extravagances by an American president in the throws of an economic crisis.

  206. Now here is a new development…

    Jan, I hope you are looking here:
    ____________________

    US Special Forces go after Mullah Omer, Ayman Zawahiri, Seif al-Adel
    In the wake of the Osama bin Laden operation, the US is sustaining the momentum of the war on terror by sending more Special Forces and drones into Pakistan after his top lieutenant, the Egyptian Ayman al Zawahiri, Taliban leader Mullah Omer and al Qaeda’s chief operations officer, Seif al Adal.

    debkafile’s counter-terror sources report that on May 2, the day bin Laden was killed, the Taliban leader and his top staff were thought to be in Karachi, southern Pakistan and the two al Qaeda leaders in the tribal region of North Waziristan. All three are presumed to have since moved on.

    US intelligence suspects their whereabouts are known to Pakistan’s Inter-Services-Intelligence agency (ISI).

    Our Washington sources report that Saturday night, May 7, President Barack Obama gave the Pakistani government, army and intelligence an ultimatum: Cooperate in the capture of the three wanted men or else we shall pump more American soldiers into Pakistan to take up the pursuit with or without your permission.

    US intelligence is convinced that Omer, Zawahiri and al-Adal have joined forces and are plotting a revenge attack on America dramatic enough to outdo the psychological impact of the bin Laden killing.

    Al-Adal, whom Iran released in Sept. 2010 and allowed to cross into Pakistan, is rated the most competent and innovative planner of large-scale terrorist attacks.
    The videos of bin Laden the Pentagon released Saturday from the raid on his Abbottabad compound show an ageing man with a straggling grey beard, huddled under a blanket and watching his own performance on a TV screen – a far cry from the well-known tall, commanding presence.
    Still, US spokesmen are now insisting that the master-terrorist they killed was active, dangerous and preoccupied with plotting attacks on the United States.
    As the sifting through the computers, files and drives captured in the raid continued, a senior US intelligence source maintained: “The materials reviewed over the past several days clearly show that bin Laden remained an active leader in al Qaeda, providing strategic, operational and tactical instructions to the group. He was far from a figurehead. He was an actively player.”

    This assessment radically contradicted everything Washington put out about the al Qaeda leader in the last four years. They scorned as “one man on the run” who was too busy chasing from one hideout to another under hot US pursuit to have time for setting up terrorist operations. Such operations were increasingly attributed to al Qaeda’s regional “franchises.”
    Now, US terrorist experts have clearly decided otherwise.
    Saturday, May 7, debkafile described how the Obama administration is putting Pakistani military intelligence on the spot.

    http://www.debka.com/article/20914/

    For the article see next post-

  207. The US pushes Pakistani intelligence to the wall

    DEBKAfile Exclusive Analysis May 7, 2011

    The Obama administration is presenting the successful Osama bin Laden hit as an epic American solo operation, unparalleled in military and intelligence annals, while leaning hard on Islamabad to sack certain officers of the powerful military intelligence army ISI including its head Lt. Gen. Ahmad Shuja Pasha, accusing them of keeping the dead al Qaeda leader hidden for eight years.

    The ISI chief is a close confidant of Pakistan’s chief of staff Gen. Ashfaq Parvez Kayani with whom Washington works closely and so the demand for Pasha’s head is seen as casting aspersions on him too.

    American sources reported Saturday, May 7 that five days earlier, just hours after bin Laden was killed in Abbottabad, Pakistan, a high-ranking US official landed in Islamabad with a demand to bring the ISI officers involved in sheltering the al Qaeda leader to book.

    It now appears that the iconic jihadi leader first arrived in Pakistani in 2003 and stayed in the small village of Chak Shah Mohammad near Haripur 40 kilometers north of the Pakistani capital. According Pakistani sources, this information came from questioning the Bin Laden wife found and detained in the Abbottabad villa where he was killed. She said the family stayed in the village two and-a-half years before moving to Abbottabad in 2005.

    debkafile’s intelligence sources report that details are slipping out over bin Laden’s secret Pakistani addresses over the years. The ISI used some of those compounds as safe houses for terrorists from other organizations. The Abbottabad villa compound is now revealed as having served as a byway station for terrorists from Pakistan-backed organizations heading for Kashmir, long a violent bone of contention with India.

    In summer, however, it had a very different use: High-ranking diplomats and officials of the Pakistani foreign office used it as a holiday villa, attracted by the pleasant climate in this North West Frontier town.

    Far from being off the beaten track, the property was therefore in regular use by the authorities in Islamabad.

    In the mounting duel between the Obama administration and Pakistan, two conflicting versions of the bin Laden episode are unfolding, with potentially detrimental effect on the Afghan War and global war on terror.

    The Americans have embarked on a two-pronged strategy:

    1. Friday, May 6, President Barack Obama was cheered by members of the 101st Airborne Division at Fort Campbell, Kentucky, when he said: “Now in recent days, the whole world has learned just how ready they were. These Americans deserve credit for one of the greatest intelligence military operations in our nation’s history.” Pakistan was not mentioned.

    Obama had just shaken the hands of the Seals members who returned from Abbottabad.

    2. Washington is not only cutting Pakistan out of any role in the feat but bent on weakening Pakistani military intelligence and, in particular, the officials tied to Osama bin Laden, on the assumption that they are also in touch with other high-profile al Qaeda leaders and may even be harboring them too. The US also presumes them to be in connection with the very Taliban leaders American soldiers are fighting in Afghanistan.

    The Obama administration is vitally interested in weakening the Pakistani factions maintaining those ties and showing Taliban they can no longer be relied on as protection against America’s long arm. The US will ultimately corner Taliban’s leaders, whether by diplomatic engagement or the methods which ended Osama bin Laden’s life.

    Pakistan’s take is not just different but increasingly resentful: Its military intelligence insists the bin Laden operation would not have succeeded without close cooperation between the CIA and ISI and the two armies – or some factions thereof – which was maintained at least up until President Obama’s decision to authorize the Abbottabad raid. This view is supported by some Western counterterrorism agencies engaged in the war on al Qaeda.

    Pakistani officials suspect the US administration heads is deliberately denying them a measure of credit for the successful mission because, with bin Laden gone, Obama feels confident enough to go straight to the Taliban to negotiate an end to the Afghanistan war and dispense with Pakistan’s good services as intermediaries. With the al Qaeda leader out of the way, he wants to see the back of a Pakistan role in Afghanistan.

    http://www.debka.com/article/20912/

    debkafile’s counter-terror sources warn that the rising acrimony between Washington and Islamabad may well deter Pakistani intelligence from fingering more wanted al Qaeda figures and their hideouts – or even encourage the ISI to stand aside when Taliban goes for American targets in revenge for bin Laden’s termination.

  208. Obama is so willing to take hero credit; what can he say if Panetta continues cleaning out terrorist factions plotting revenge against America?

    You wanted to OWN it Buddy, and now you will!

    Of course your ME consorts won’t be very happy, but who cares when American lives are at risk? Right?

  209. tim
    May 8th, 2011 at 10:29 pm

    ————————

    Oh my! It does my heart good to see these idiots switching sides.

  210. Mrs. Smith,

    bambi is gonna have a lot of ‘splaining’ to do to his terrorist buddies. All the money they gave to his campaign…all the promises he made so faithfully…

    And then Panetta and Hillary sweep in to save the day…lol… 🙂

  211. bambi is gonna have a lot of ’splaining’ to do to his terrorist buddies. All the money they gave to his campaign…all the promises he made so faithfully…

    And then Panetta and Hillary sweep in to save the day…lol
    ——————
    True, but here is my dilemma: if a tree falls in the forest and no one is around to hear it does it make a sound. In other words, if Panetta Hillary and Gates made the decision while he and Jarrett dithered, but big media lies through their teeth and tells the country the exact opposite, namely that he made a “gustsy decision” which is the language of a complete nerd, then that is what the public believes, and if the public believes it then that becomes the truth. When the legend concocted by the White House conflict with the truth, big media is perfectly happy to promote the legend. A system which does not provide accurate feedback from reality, and promotes fictions such as this is one that will ultimately collapse. It cannot be otherwise.

  212. JanH-

    I was hoping you were still awake and reading.. This is certainly a pivotal turn of events. Very meaningful in regards to the safety of Israel.

    Not only that, but there seems to be an execution of longer range plans
    than we could have imagined. It seems what has happened is like a Dam burst opening up an all out free range assault on getting/killing these terrorist heads optimizing a window, a free fall opened up since the killing of OBL and BO taking all the credit… meaning he will have to take the blame from his terrorist allies… and regretfully a shrinkage of his overseas donations.. 🙂

  213. For example, the skyrocketing price of fuel- that is responsible for affecting ever raising food prices. Instead of ordering the release of millions of gallons of oil from the country’s reserves to offset the record price of fuel;
    *********
    I don’t understand the market economics of the oil bidness but something stinks to high heaven. For the consumer, there is no market competition. If one retailer increase prices 3 cents, within 24 hours all are basically the same price. Price fixing??? The vast majority of crude is produced by Nationally owned oil companies, Saudi Aramco is an example. If the state owned companies are raising prices to the refiners (producers) Exxon-Mobil, Shell, etc., how is it that their profits continue to increase way beyond the increase of crude??? Exxon-Mobile’s profits hit a record for the last quarter, up by 60%. I would think that the other, (any other) oil company would keep prices somewhat lower and increase market share; doesn’t happen, all of the multinationals keep in lock step with each other with prices.

    The daily consumption of crude by the US is about 20 million barrels per day. Maximum total release from US reserves (assuming that it could be distributed to refineries) is about 4.4 million barrels per day and at that rate the reserves would be gone in 6 months. Then what??

  214. What we see happening now is a strategy is in place. The dilemma has been thought out of both sides of the equation.

    Is it more beneficial to Obama to be thought of as a hero? Or are we better off going for broke by capture and killing the terrorists who have been identified and their whereabouts confirmed?

    Obviously, there are more plans they have in place that will counteract any benefit to Obama from killing the terrorists. I say this because of the swiftness of their actions and their new policy standing up to PA is a monumental development..

    So, tomorrow- will Obama be talking tough on Pakistan? I say he will make an announcement and become a recluse until it’s over… thoughts?

  215. wbboei

    That may very well be true, but I live in hope that more and more people see the twit for what he is and discard the feckless opinions of the media.

    Slowly but surely.

  216. Thirty days hence, this bin Laden thing will be a footnote in history. Attention will turn back to where it belongs, on the economy. When over half the eligible people living in this country pay no taxes, one in seven is on food stamps, and Republican control of state legislations, Obama’s days are numbered. I think he will lose by a landslide, and big media will be in real trouble. Distrusted by government and the electorate, their days are numbered as well. Fraud has its consequences

  217. “The daily consumption of crude by the US is about 20 million barrels per day. Maximum total release from US reserves (assuming that it could be distributed to refineries) is about 4.4 million barrels per day and at that rate the reserves would be gone in 6 months. Then what??”
    __________________

    Summer is coming and the need for heating oil consumption is way down, even now.. temperatures in the NE have been very mild. We’ve had more rain with day time temps in the 60’s leveling off to the 40’s overnight. Our fuel pricing here is over $4.25 gal for gasoline and $4.45 gal for diesel.

    Speaking with a son in Texas, their fuel oil prices are at $3.59 gal.. even though the oil refineries are in Texas…

    Releasing oil from the reserves is only a temporary fix. What needs fixing is what Trump has been crowing about lately- dealing with OPEC. With Obama, that will never happen. The only relief that has recently happened is a sell off of oil stock that gutted the oil prices and has stopped the bi-weekly rise in our price at the pump..

  218. JanH
    May 9th, 2011 at 12:03 am
    wbboei

    That may very well be true, but I live in hope that more and more people see the twit for what he is and discard the feckless opinions of the media.

    Slowly but surely.
    ————————
    God, I hope you are right. Most of us hate the kind of person you see in Obama, the ball hog, the self aggandizer, talks big but cannot deliver, blaming others for his shortcomings, petty to a fault. It is the profile of a cultural outcast. At the viceral level, that profile screams one word: fraud.

  219. the powerful military intelligence army ISI including its head Lt. Gen. Ahmad Shuja Pasha, accusing them of keeping the dead al Qaeda leader hidden for eight years.

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

    Oh. I guess it means “the now-dead”. 😉

  220. I forgot some.

    Here are just some of the people who would have to be involved in such a ruse:

    The people who did the DNA test.

  221. GAME ON!
    ____________________

    A QUESTION OF ELIGIBILITY

    by Jerome Corsi

    May 8, 2011

    Hawaii detective charges: ‘Birth certificate’ a fraud
    Claims phonies created by state in order to ‘screw with birthers’

    HONOLULU, Hawaii – A private investigator claims employees of the state Department of Health forged three Hawaiian birth certificates for Barack Obama to “screw with birthers.”

    Takeyuki Irei told WND one document placed the birth at Kapiolani hospital, another at Queens Medical Center and a third in Kenya.

    The 57-year-old detective, who has been a P.I. since the 1980s, said he was stunned when he discovered that the purported copy of Obama’s original birth certificate released by the White House was more or less an exact image of one of the forgeries.

    Irei said he was provided a copy of the document indicating a Queens birthplace but ascribed no importance to it. He explained that he was focused on finding evidence that Obama was born in Kenya, which he thought would provide a financial windfall.

    The image released by the White House was trumpeted as “proof positive” Obama was born in Hawaii in an announcement accompanied by a rare presidential statement on the issue.

    However, few other officials were talking. Hawaii authorities ordered WND not to contact the state employee identified as the source of the phony certificates. Also, WND learned the state’s employees had been ordered not to respond to WND questions.

    Officials at Kapiolani also refused WND permission to ask questions of anyone at the hospital. Spokesman Shawn Nakamoto told WND the hospital would not respond to anyone at “your organization.”

    Likewise, officials at Punahou High School, where Obama graduated, also refused WND access to information that often is available, such as copies of student newspapers.

    Irei explained the state employee told him the fake records were kept in a vault in Room 303 of the Hawaii Department of Health. The room, next to the director’s office, is well known and holds files such as the records of residents of the Kalaupapa leper colony on the island of Molokai.

    But Irei pointed out that the obviously fraudulent Kenya-birth document published by the Aloha Reporter website contains markings that appear to coincide with markings found on the document recently released by the White House.

    more:

    http://www.wnd.com/index.php?fa=PAGE.view&pageId=295369

  222. Hope this is not a repeat. I always check, but do not trust my ‘scanner’. Final disclaimer: Nobody despised the Bush 43 administration more than I.
    Cheney: Justice Probe of CIA Interrogators an ‘Outrage’
    … “These are government employees. They did nothing wrong, as best as any of us knows,” Cheney told “Fox News Sunday.” “It is an outrage that we would go after the people who deserve the credit for keeping us safe for seven and a half years.” Former Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld also said Sunday that the Obama administration should set the CIA probe “aside” and move on, calling it a “most unfortunate thing. These people were operating at the direction of the president. They were doing things that had been approved by the Department of Justice,” Rumsfeld said on CBS’ “Face the Nation.” “And it sends a chill throughout the government….”
    http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2011/05/08/cheney-justice-probe-cia-interrogators-outrage/

    Repeated for emphasis: “These people were operating at the direction of the president.”

  223. These threats appear real against FR, UK and US. The US is taking them seriously and dealing with them accordingly.

    Now the hunters will deservedly so, become the hunted.

    The translation is rough- but falls in line what we reported last night.
    _________________

    Taliban give threat to US and UK after Osama death.

    Peshawar, 9 May 2011, Taliban commanders of Pakistan and Afghanistan has protest against US and Pakistani government in south Wazirstan. The demonstration has start after the memorial service of Osama in Wana Bazaar.

    Local sources confirm that Molvi Haroon lead the demonstration in wana Bazaar South Wazirstan. Commander Ibrahim, Commander Malik Noor Adat also attends the demonstration in wana Bazaar today. Taliban commanders condemn the Abbot Abad operation and say that the enemy of Muslim USA killed the Osama, who’s the hero of every Muslim and we will target US and his allies specially USA , UK and France very soon . They also shout against these countries.

    Sources confirmed that during demonstration Wana Bazaar were close. During demonstration afghan Taliban also attend the demonstration. The area where demonstration is belongs to Movi Nazir Group of Taliban.

    musarrat ullah jan is based in Peshawar, North-West Frontier, Pakistan, and is Anchor for Allvoices

    http://www.allvoices.com/contributed-news/9016971-taliban-give-threat-to-us-and-uk-after-osama-death

  224. holdthemaccountable
    May 9th, 2011 at 6:49 am

    Hope this is not a repeat.
    _____________

    No, it isn’t. I read about it last night but didn’t get a chance to post it.

    What galled me was this quote by Cheney: “It is an outrage that we would go after the people who deserve the credit for keeping us safe for seven and a half years.”

    True, but why hide behind them now, when Bush/Cheney were warned, the threat of an attack was imminent in 2000 when Clinton left the WH. Al Gore handed Cheney the intelligence reports personally… and Cheney remarked: “I’ll look at them when I have a chance and pass them along “… In principle, I agree with what he said. Theres no doubt about it… Holder needs to be removed… Republicans… I can’t hear you!

  225. If Holder is removed, the House of Cards will fall like the temps in February. Seeing that time is of the essence.. It needs to be done asap-

    Three of Obama’s inner circle have left the WH. Holder is the final pin in the circle that needs to be gone. If we are to have a chance to deal with many issues plaguing our country like gunrunning and immigration at the top of the list.

  226. Mrs Smith: “These threats appear real against FR, UK and US. The US is taking them seriously and dealing with them accordingly.”
    *************

    As far as the French are concerned, they’ve been subject to terrorist attacks since Arafat took up residence in Paris a long time ago. Some of those attacks were really bloody (my son almost got killed in one of them) but were not newsworthy in the US. Anyway, now the French are old hands at it: since 9/11, the DGSE (foreign intelligence) has thwarted about 15 terrorist attacks in France – Not necessarily by assassination squads, but they’ve got them too.

  227. jeswezey
    May 9th, 2011 at 7:51 am

    Thanks for posting your first hand knowledge of the attacks happening in France. I have noticed the Fr are more aggressive towards the Muslims residing there.. i.e. banning of burqas in public.. which seems to be a no brainer for obvious reasons, but a big deal to them.

  228. The birth certificate debate – it’s not over

    Posted: May 08, 2011

    You may have thought Barack Obama ended the eligibility debate, and certainly the birth certificate debate, with his release of what purports to be his long-awaited, long-form document.

    But it’s not over – not by a long shot.

    Beginning today in WND – and extending throughout the week – we will be presenting what I believe is compelling new evidence that Obama is not only ineligible to be president, but that the document released by the White House is fraudulent.

    I know these are strong words, and I use them advisedly.

    I did not set out nearly three years ago persuaded that Barack Obama was ineligible. I assumed the Democratic Party would not knowingly nominate a candidate who was constitutionally unfit. For a long time, I just suspected he was hiding something by refusing to release his birth certificate.

    But as we learned in Watergate, sometimes the cover-up is worse than the crime itself. I now believe Obama and other government officials in Washington and Hawaii have been engaged in just such a cover-up – one that could make Watergate pale by comparison.

    Today WND presents what I believe is the most compelling case I have seen that the birth certificate released by the president himself was created by a person or persons who also created at least one other intentionally fraudulent birth certificates.

    Why would the right-hand margin of Obama’s official Hawaii birth certificate include the very same tell-tale scribblings found in a clearly fraudulent document posted on the Internet about a year ago – a document that alleged he was born in Kenya?

    Can anyone explain that anomaly to me? I’m really eager to hear some viable explanation other than the two documents were created by the same forger.

    comparison of documents and commentary at link:

    http://www.wnd.com/index.php?fa=PAGE.view&pageId=296293

  229. Where is moononpluto?

    Moon, where are you? Things are getting hairy again in the ME.

    Hope you are OK-

  230. ewww- Obama will have trouble parting with that bounty money. I guarantee there will be many excuses. Afterall, his half brother has a non-profit (for profit) fund that is in need of a boost.
    ________________

    Give bin Laden bounty to 9/11 survivors

    May 09, 2011

    Rep. Anthony Weiner: Give bin Laden bounty to 9/11 survivors New York U.S. Rep. Anthony Weiner said Sunday that victims of the 9/11 attack should reap the benefits of the $25 million bounty placed on Osama bin Laden.

    http://www.thestatecolumn.com/articles/rep-anthony-weiner-give-bin-laden-bounty-to-911-survivors/

  231. “Give bin Laden bounty to 9/11 survivors”

    I don’t agree with Weiner on that much, but I agree with him on this, either give that 25 million to 9/11 survivor’s trust fund to give to the kids of 9/11 srvivors OR give that 25 million to a great organization like the Wounded warrior funds to help wounded veterans, etc.

  232. so now cop-killer sympathezisers are being honored at the WH. Not surprised one bit, he’s another disciple of Rev Wrong.

    http://nhjournal.com/2011/05/09/acolyte-of-rev-wright-to-complicate-obama-poetry-night/

    “According to the Associated Press, Obama “will celebrate American poetry and prose with a gathering of poets, musicians and artists at the White House next Wednesday night.” One of the poets who will attend is Lonnie Rashid Lynn, Jr. who goes by the name “Common.”

    It is likely Obama met Common at the Rev. Jeremiah Wright’s Trinity United Church of Christ were both men were members. Several of Wright’s sermons caused a firestorm of controversy during the 2008 presidential campaign due to their caustic, racially charged, anti-American tones. One sermon in particular caused Obama a severe headache – the one in which he blamed America for Osama bin Laden’s terrorist attacks. “America’s chickens are coming home to roost,” he said.

    Obama at first tried to defend Wright. But when that strategy became untenable, he disavowed him. Not so Common. In fact, Common defended his minister.

    “What I picked up from the pews…was messages of love,” Common said at the time. “Anything that was going on against that love he would acknowledge and expose. He’s been a preacher that’s helped raise one of the greatest political figures in the world, and hopefully, the next President. He’s also raised one of the greatest rappers in the world [meaning Common himself].”

    In fact, Common rapped at the 2008 New Year celebration at Wright’s church. “I’m gonna let you know / No people want drama / We gonna vote for my man / What’s his name? Obama … Revolution is here,” he sang, and the Rev. Wright danced in the background.

    Some of Common’s poetry could also raise some eyebrows among those who might find cop-killing and racially-tinged or misogynist language beneath the Office of the Presidency.

    “Tell the law my Uzi weighs a ton … I hold up a peace sign but I carry a gun,” raps Common in one appearance that was posted onto YouTube. “

  233. OSECRETARY HILLARY RODHAM CLINTON

    Secretary Clinton and Secretary of the Treasury Tim Geithner co-host the third annual U.S.-China Strategic and Economic Dialogue (S&ED) with their counterparts, Chinese Vice Premier Wang Qishan and State Councilor Dai Bingguo, in Washington, DC. Click here for more information.

    9:15 a.m. Secretary Clinton delivers remarks at the Opening Session of the U.S.-China Strategic and Economic Dialogue (S&ED), in the Department of the Interior’s Sidney R. Yates Auditorium.

    10:10 a.m. Secretary Clinton welcomes State Councilor Dai upon his arrival in the C Street Lobby of the Department of State.

    10:15 a.m. Secretary Clinton leads the S&ED Strategic Track Small Group Session I with State Councilor Dai, at the Department of State.

    12:15 p.m. Secretary Clinton hosts a working luncheon with State Councilor Dai and participants in the S&ED Strategic Track, at the Department of State.

    2:15 p.m. Secretary Clinton leads the S&ED Strategic Track Plenary Session I on enhancing U.S.-China cooperation with State Councilor Dai, in the Loy Henderson Auditorium at the Department of State.

    4:00 p.m. Secretary Clinton participates in the S&ED Strategic Track Plenary Session II on cooperation on regional global issues led by State Councilor Dai, in the Loy Henderson Auditorium at the Department of State.

    6:00 p.m. Secretary Clinton, Secretary Geithner, Vice Premier Wang and State Councilor Dai meet with President Obama, at the White House.

    7:00 p.m. Secretary Clinton participates in an official photograph with Vice Premier Wang, State Councilor Dai, Secretary Geithner and senior members of the U.S. and Chinese delegations, at the Department of State.

    7:15 p.m. Secretary Clinton and Secretary Geithner co-host a banquet for Vice Premier Wang, State Councilor Dai and the Chinese delegation, at the Department of State.

    urlady POTUS never stops:

  234. Mrs. Smith: Al Gore handed Cheney the intelligence reports personally…
    ——————
    I think Gore also pinpointed the risk of airports/airplanes to our Republic, and was mocked mercilessly for that.
    Yes, the 43rd administration ignored the vital information so carefully transferred to them until they were caught with their pants down. Then Bush picked up a megaphone which, having been a cheerleader, he felt comfortable with, and the military man who was excused from duty to help with someone’s election became a hero.
    Of course, the OO occupant has gone from bad to worse; thanks for nothing, Republicans, for establishing the precedent that inexperience in the Oval Office is acceptable.
    ———–
    bin Laden bounty – I think Obie will put it in his campaign fund.

  235. The Bounty money, I believe, should be divided equally and given directly to the survivors and the services survivors that helped in the rescue and subsequent cleanup that died because of their efforts.

    When you get other agencies involved, they start creating their own rules of how the money will be dispersed and will turn into a nightmare for the survivors struggling to support their kids without benefit of their spouses lost income.

  236. Bounty money (at least part of it) should go to the Pakistani walk-in who gave up the intelligence where bin Laden was.

  237. #
    holdthemaccountable
    May 9th, 2011 at 9:02 am

    Mrs. Smith: Al Gore handed Cheney the intelligence reports personally…
    ——————
    I think Gore also pinpointed the risk of airports/airplanes to our Republic, and was mocked mercilessly for that.

    Yes, the 43rd administration ignored the vital information so carefully transferred to them until they were caught with their pants down. Then Bush picked up a megaphone which, having been a cheerleader, he felt comfortable with, and the military man who was excused from duty to help with someone’s election became a hero.
    Of course, the OO occupant has gone from bad to worse; thanks for nothing, Republicans, for establishing the precedent that inexperience in the Oval Office is acceptable.
    ———–
    bin Laden bounty – I think Obie will put it in his campaign fund.
    _____________

    The last line of your statement is what I am afraid of as well-
    Let the excuses begin- ( Obama spent more than $25M when he went to India. So he should shut up about it and give them their due..)

  238. Pakistan is a terrorist state and they conduct terrorism with impunity knowing that nobody would go after them because of their nukes. They blackmail and they terrorize but still get billions of US taxpayer moneys every year.

    Serving Major among four Pak nationals behind 2008 Mumbai attacks
    New Delhi, May 9 (PTI)

    A suspected serving Pakistani Major, believed to be working with the ISI, is among four nationals of that country charged by the US with being alleged conspirators behind the 2008 Mumbai terror strikes.

    The accused identified as ‘Major Iqbal’, was named along with Sajid Mir, Mazhar Iqbal and Abu Qahafa in a second superseding indictment filed by the federal prosecutors before a court in Chicago on April 25 last. Besides, the indictment mentioned an unnamed individual as “Lashkar Member D.”

    Indian investigators had named Major Iqbal along with another Pakistani Army officer Major Sameer Ali as the brain behind the Mumbai terror strikes and on the request of New Delhi, Interpol has issued a Red Corner Notice against them….

    http://www.deccanherald.com/content/160069/serving-major-among-four-pak.html

  239. oh, yeah, now they (Pakistanis) have a new sugar daddy in China. Their new threat to the US is that if you don’t feed us your billions, we will go with your rival. China is only eager (and already is) to play along. But they are not fools. They get what they want from Pakistan well before they give out any goodies. It is amazing how India has kept its wits about surrounded by these crooks and terrorists.

  240. “A suspected serving Pakistani Major, believed to be working with the ISI, is among four nationals of that country charged by the US with being alleged conspirators behind the 2008 Mumbai terror strikes.”

    This may seem an ignorant question on my part, but why isn’t India charging this Major as one of the alleged conspirators for the Mumbai attacks? why is the US charging? the crime was committed on Indian soil, so why isn’t India charging, instead of the US?

  241. #
    pm317
    May 9th, 2011 at 9:19 am

    Bounty money (at least part of it) should go to the Pakistani walk-in who gave up the intelligence where bin Laden was.
    _____________

    There are two funds holding money-

    One for $25M the other for $50M. The Rewards for Justice Program established the $25 million bounty for the terrorist leader in 2004.

    Congress passed legislation allocating upwards of $50 million for information leading to the capture of bin Laden.

  242. now they (Pakistanis) have a new sugar daddy in China.

    pm317, I had not even considered that angle, India and China are rivals, right? and India and Pakistan are rivals, right? And now China and Pakistan are conpiring together. Pretty unnerving for India I’m sure.

  243. The US carrot and stick approach for allegiance has got to STOP. They can begin with disarming the nukes from PA and bringing PA to heel.
    Raise the import Tariffs with China to 40% to 50% if they quibble and refuse.

  244. tim, Pakistan refuses to cooperate with India on the Mumbai attack demanding more and more evidence and countering this and that. Indians have boatloads of evidence down to the cell phone conversations tracking it back to ISI elements and a terrorist was even captured during the attack. US is involved because there were American deaths in that attack. They attacked a Jewish Chabot House and killed the pregnant wife of the Rabbi’s — I think they were Americans. But there were also American guests at the Taj hotel who got killed.

    China is doing a lot of stealth things to choke India. They smile at you but knife you in the back. In the 60s, Nehru got a first hand lesson on that when he believed their friendly overtures and reached out and the next thing you know they gobbled up a chunk of Indian territory in a war.

  245. tim, during the cold war days, US got close to Pakistan because they wanted a puppet and influence in that region. India, though on paper said non-aligned, aligned with the Soviet Union because Pakistan had US backing and with China to its north it was a geopolitical decision. Historically that is the dynamics that has played out. US was never on India’s side and still is not. But they should be.

  246. “US was never on India’s side and still is not. But they should be.”

    really, why do you say that, I’m curious? I don’t see it that way. India is one of the very few number of democracy that fought for its own independence, like the US, I would like to think the US recognizes that. I know in the 70’s it was more of a socialist society, but then in the 80’s after so many immigrants moved here, the govt became more capitalist from what I remember.
    All the indian immigrants I’ve met have very similar ideas of freedom and liberty , value system as the US, and I know they are some of the hardest working people I’ve seen. My neighbors were indian, their kids were born here I think, but the work ethic I saw them press on their kids is something I wish more americans emulated.

  247. tim, China and Pakistan don’t conspire together because Pakistan is not on par with China. Pakistan is like a cheap whore who sells to the highest bidder. They are ready to (has been at it for a while) do China’s bidding for a fair price which is why US is going crazy — ‘no, no don’t go there, stay with us, we will give you billions’.

  248. tim
    May 9th, 2011 at 10:01 am

    “US was never on India’s side and still is not. But they should be.”

    really, why do you say that, I’m curious? I don’t see it that way.
    ————————-

    I am talking about US foreign policy and not the day to day influence. 🙂

  249. This joker, Van Jones, got thrown off his WH appointed ‘Green Czarist’ post for his questionable affiliations.. So it is befitting he would be the one to carry Obama’s racial flag reminder intimidating “thinking” AAs during the Obama campaign if they are not supporting Obama.
    ____________________

    May 09, 2011

    Van Jones Targets Trump, Lil’ John and Star Jones

    Jeannie DeAngelis

    Former White House green czar, Marxist, environmentalist, 9-11 ‘truther’ and Mumia Abu-Jamal supporter Van Jones is kicking up a STORM. By way of the political group Color of Change Mr. Jones is doing what he does best, “reclaiming revolution,” by pressuring “Celebrity Apprentice” cast members Lil’ Jon and Star Jones to boycott Donald Trump.

    “Color of Change” hopes to hammer Jones and Jon into submission by placing the duo between a racial rock and a hard place. According to the ‘Change’ website, the group uses the Internet to enable its “members to speak in unison, with an amplified political voice,” keep informed about the “most pressing issues for Black people in America … give them ways to act,” and lobby “elected representatives using email, the telephone, and face-to-face meetings.”

    By way of a full-blown Twitter campaign, Van Jones and company are hoping to pound Lil’ Jon and Star Jones into submission. The plan is to get the duo to denounce Trump because the media mogul dared to try to settle the “birther” conversation by asking Obama to release a birth certificate as well as his college transcripts.

    “Color of Change” twits who routinely target Breitbart and Beck tweeted messages such as the following:

    ColorOfChange ColorOfChange.org

    ColorOfChange Calls on ‘Celebrity Apprentice’ Stars Lil Jon and Star Jones to Repudiate Trump

    A “Color of Change” spokesperson proudly stated: “This is the first organized attempt to target these celebrities and demand that they, as prominent African-Americans, take a public stance against Donald Trump’s ongoing attacks against President Obama.”

    Accusing Trump of racism is what “Color of Change” considers “Speaking in unison, with an amplified political voice.” Even though Van Jones is no longer an official czar, it’s apparent that he is still on the Barack Obama/Saul Alinsky bully-tactic payroll. Alinsky’s “fourth rule carries within it the fifth rule: Ridicule is man’s most potent weapon. It is almost impossible to counterattack ridicule. Also it infuriates the opposition, who then react to your advantage,” and what’s more infuriating than calling a white man a racist and, in this case, black folk Uncle Donald?

    In preparation for the coming campaign cycle, Marxist Jones has decided to use Alinsky tactics in hopes of an Obama trifecta. Van Jones is kicking off the “Bring Race into the Presidential Campaign” movement, the goal of which is to paint Obama opponents as racists and to pressure blacks into the uncomfortable position of either denouncing association with anyone other than Obama or suffering being ostracized from the black community.

    Rashad Robinson, executive director of “Color of Change” said “We’ve gotten a lot of people tweeting.” Robinson explained that the goal is to send a message to Star Jones, Lil’ Jon and other “Celebrity Apprentice” cast members that “they can’t have a relationship with the black community and …a relationship with Trump and not call him out for his actions.”

    Trump, Lil’ Jon, and Star Jones are now in the crosshairs. The original “Celebrity Apprentice,” Barack Obama, started the process by publicly bullying Trump at the White House Correspondence Dinner.

    Since then Obama has slickly passed the baton to Van Jones and his minions. The hope is that Trump, who in just a few months has demanded more accountability from Barack Obama than the entire Republican Party has in three years, will be destroyed and branded a racist, and Lil’ Jon and Star Jones offered up as examples.

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

  250. http://www.google.com/hostednews/ap/article/ALeqM5ivPF__jOfd6yJW9fbUdmWcQcEgBQ?docId=0ecb96a28be64068977a20f4b9202c31

    the article says, there have already been 3 such incidents today.

    “Yemeni man rushes cockpit of a AA airplane from San Francisco”

    “Crew members and passengers wrestled a 28-year-old man to the cabin floor after he began pounding on the cockpit as an American Airlines flight approached San Francisco, the third security incident in a day on U.S. planes, authorities said Monday.

    The man was yelling unintelligibly as he brushed past a flight attendant about 10 minutes before American Airlines Flight 1561 was due at San Francisco International Airport Sunday night, Sgt. Michael Rodriguez of the San Francisco police said.

    A male flight attendant tackled the suspect, who carried a Yemen passport, and other crew members aided as the suspect banged on the cockpit door.”

  251. With Obama, there is and will always be: i) the lie–trumpeted to high heaven by his adoring press accolades, and ii) the real story–whispered about in the corridors of power, and largely unseen to the general public who are bamboozled by the blizzard of lies and disinformation promoted, once again, by the tower of Babble otherwise known as big media, or bm. Larry Johnson does yeoman work in surmounting the wall of lies concocted by the White House and bm. If Obama was a hero then it follows as day follows night that Pot Pal was a humanitarian and Charles Manson is an environmentalist. Not. And if this thing had gone sideways, Obama would have hung Paneta out to dry, make no mistake about that.
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    Obama Coerced into Going After Bin Laden
    By Larry Johnson on May 9, 2011 at 1:15 AM in Current Affairs
    * Bumped Up *

    I’ve learned some things from friends who are still active that dramatically alter the picture the White House is desperately trying to paint. Here is what really happened. The U.S. Government learned of Bin Laden’s whereabouts last August when a person walked into a U.S. Embassy and claimed that Pakistan’s intelligence service (ISI) had Bin Laden under control in Abottabad, Pakistan. Naturally the CIA personnel who received this information were skeptical. That’s why the CIA set up a safehouse in Abottabad in September 2010 as reported yesterday in the Washington Post.

    The claim that we found Bin Laden because of a courier and the use of enhanced interrogation is simply a cover story. It appears to be an effective cover story because it has many Bush supporters pressing the case that enhanced interrogation worked. The Obama operatives in the White House are quite content to let the Bushies share in this part of the “credit.” Why? It keeps most folks from looking at the claims that don’t add up.

    Anyway, the intel collection at the safe house escalated and the CIA began pressing Pakistan’s ISI to come clean on Osama. And their response? They outed the CIA Chief of Station in December. This was not in retaliation per se for the civil suit filed in November accusing some ISI officers of playing a key role in the December 2008 Mumbai terrorist attack, but that was seen as part of the broader pressure the CIA was applying to Pakistan.

    And who was behind this?

    Leon Panetta. I have been critical of Panetta of late and must eat some crow. Once it was clear that the information from the walk-in was accurate, Panetta set up a reporting chain from the Pakistan station direct to him. This information did not go through normal DO channels. It went straight to the Director. By January 2011 there was a high degree of confidence that Bin Laden was in the house (which was in essence a ISI “jail” for keeping tabs on UBL). We had also learned that key people in Saudi Arabia were sending Pakistan money to keep Osama out of sight and out of trouble. That’s why you haven’t seen any UBL spectaculars during the last five years. They had him in terrorist time-out.

    Anyway, back to Panetta. The CIA chief wanted to pull the trigger in February. Don’t know if you have seen the blog featuring comments by a person claiming to be an Obama insider (i.e., Ulsterman. I was skeptical of this person before but, based on what he/she has written on this subject and given the independent sources I have, I would peg Ulsterman’s accuracy at more than 80%. Valerie Jarrett led the charge resisting the push from Panetta to go after UBL. Obama initially sided with Jarrett. The White House spin that Obama had to persuade senior advisors to go after Osama is pure unadulterated bullshit. He was the one dragging ass.

    In fact, according to someone who was privy to the decision making process, Hillary played a major role in backing up Leon Panetta and finally convincing Obama to act.

    Here’s some very interesting questions that need to be answered? Why are the SEALs who went on this mission being pressured after the fact to sign non-disclosure agreements regarding this particular incident? What happens when members of the House and Senate Intel Committees learn that Osama was not buried at sea?

    Lots of unanswered questions. The only thing we know for sure per the SEALs who carried out the op is that Bin Laden is dead. And, if not for the perseverance of Panetta, the mission would never have happened. Leon, I am sorry I ever thought ill of you. You were unafraid to do what needed to be done and didn’t care what happened to your self. That, my friends, is true courage.

  252. Larry’s narrative is basically the same as the info received by The Insider with a few details added that surfaced after the fact.

    It’s too bad LJ condemned Panetta before he knew the score. At least he was man enough to admit his mischaracterization of Panetta and for that, I can give him kudos.

    Most of LJ info was known about last week, so no new revelations afaics.

  253. I would say two things about this demand that the Seals sign non-disclosure agreements: i) first, it I recall the military oath which I took over forty years ago, it says something about supporting and defending the country and the constitution, and ii) second, John Dean was White House counsel under Nixon, he signed a non-disclosure agreement when he took the job, he was also bound by his ethical duties as an attorney which arose under common law, the code was less defined in those days, yet he told the real story. The only legitimate reason the Administration can advance for requiring confidentiality is the security blow black–and certainly not the political fate of Obama. That blow back can be addressed in camera, by closing the meeting to the press and getting the real facts. Since Obama has been milking the issue for political gain, it is imperative that his exaggerated claims be re examined in the cold light of reality, which means the truth of the entire res gestae of the raid including the orders that were given, the actual risk which they confronted in the moment, where OBL was buried must also come out. Unless there is a compelling national security objection, every detail must come out–every single one.

  254. Hillary Clinton Co-Chairs US-China Meet on Security and Markets

    May. 8 2011

    US Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton will co-chair the third annual China-US Strategic and Economic Dialogue on Monday and Tuesday in Washington, where leading officials in both countries will focus on security and economic cooperation.

    On the economic side, the US will focus on the Chinese currency exchange rate, intellectual property protection, market access and China’s financial system reforms.

    “I think you’re looking at two days where a lot of concessions between the two countries get made on issues like North Korea, intellectual property and human rights,” says Rob Scott, an economist and China specialist at the Economic Policy Institute in Washington.

    Chinese President Hu Jintao was in the US on a state visit in January. Jintao will not be in Washington this week. Since January, officials on both sides have met at least twice, including a most recent trip to Beijing in April led by Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid.

    In a China Daily op-ed on Monday, page editors wrote that old and new issues are standing in the way of stronger ties between the two nations. “Aside from US arms sales to Taiwan and US pressure on China to appreciate the yuan, the two also hold completely different views towards their trade deficits. Many in the US have aired growing concerns about China’s rising economic and political clout in the international arena. In fact, China has no intention of challenging the US’ worldwide supremacy as it will stick to the road of peaceful development.”

    Clinton will co-chair the two-day event with Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner as representatives to the president. China State Councilman Dai Binggou and China’s Vince Premier Wang Qishan will represent Jintao.

    The first round of the Strategic and Economic Dialogue was held in Washington in July 2009, while the second round was held in Beijing in May 2010.

    http://blogs.forbes.com/kenrapoza/2011/05/08/hillary-clinton-co-chairs-us-china-meet-on-security-and-markets/

  255. Clinton: ‘Israel has been a beacon of hope and freedom’

    By JPOST.COM STAFF
    05/09/2011

    In message for Israel’s 63rd Independence, US secretary of state praises Jewish state on its achievements and commitment to democracy.

    US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton on Sunday sent a message to Israel on the occasion its 63rd Independence Day, praising the Jewish state’s achievements, rich history and commitment to democratic institutions.

    Clinton said in her message to Israel: “Your achievements are a testament to your hardworking citizens, innovative economy, and commitment to democratic institutions.”

    “Israel has been a beacon of hope and freedom for so many around the world,” she said.

    The US secretary of state recalled that “Sixty-three years ago the United States was the first country to recognize Israel’s independence” and added “that spirit of kinship continues to guide us today.”

    “Our two countries are united by a deep, unshakable friendship and bond. We are bound together by our shared values and history pursuing freedom, equality and democracy. And this relationship is deepening every day. Whether it’s our security partnerships or the expanding economic and trade collaborations – our work together is securing a brighter future for all our people,” Clinton said.

    She also commented on the recent unrest in the Middle East, saying “As you celebrate your independence, the Middle East is experiencing rapid change. This is a moment of uncertainty, but also of opportunity.”

    Clinton concluded by reaffirming that “the security of Israel is – and will remain – a cornerstone of US foreign policy, and we will continue to strive for a comprehensive peace between Israel and all of its neighbors.”

    http://www.jpost.com/DiplomacyAndPolitics/Article.aspx?id=219853

  256. Most of LJ info was known about last week, so no new revelations afaics.
    ———————
    Yes, but every time it is repeated from a different source it reaches a different audience and can build political momentum. Also, the source here appears to be CIA, whereas the Insider source appears to be political. Furthermore, the Seals themselves have some pieces to the puzzle, and I rather doubt that disclosure agreements will stem the tide of information because the public wants to know everything. Obama and his cloying media enablers have created the feeding frenzie and like other things it is easier to start than it is to stop. I hope they get eaten alive.

  257. “Most of LJ info was known about last week, so no new revelations afaics.”
    _______________

    My point is … to claim he has the “real” story is a bit disingenuous on his part when the WH “Insider” did an apolitical story summarizing, using Q and As from his source to compose his narrative.

  258. This attempt by the administration to silence voices who would contest their account of the presidents actions in the Bin Laden matter, is akin to the problem we sometimes see in cross examination. It is black letter law that the scope of cross examination is confined to matters which are within the pleadings. If it exceeds those boundaries, then it is objectionable. However, if the proponent of the evidence delves into irrelevant matters on direct examination, and then objects when his opponent cross examines the witness in those same areas, then the proper response to that objection is this: you opened the door. Same here.

  259. This question should be offered in the declarative on Jeopardy.
    ____________________

    Is Obama a Serial Liar?

    Monday, May 09, 2011

    American Thinker

    Accusing someone of lying is a serious matter. Especially when that someone is the President of the United States. Charges of that nature should be leveled based only on absolute proof of a deliberate statement, intentionally made, whose sole purpose is to deceive. Based on this criterion, President Obama is a liar.

    Demonstrably so. And a disturbing pattern is emerging that allows for the possibility that our president is a “serial liar”.

    Consider:

    In just the last month, Obama has made several statements that are just not so. Statements made to the American public that were in direct conflict with known facts.

    In April, Obama flatly stated that implementing ObamaCare will reduce the deficit by $1 trillion. A day later, the Congressional Budget Office reported that statement was ‘incorrect,’ pegging the “deficit savings” at $210 billion over 10 years.

    In the same April 15 speech, Obama stated that the tax burden on the wealthy is the lowest it has been in 50 years. A simple fact-check proves him wrong. Obama did not correct his false statement and the media didn’t either.

    In January of 2009, Obama stated that it was no longer necessary to kill Osama bin Laden to win the war against al-Qaeda. On May 1, 2011, after the successful raid by Navy Seals that killed bin Laden, Obama told the nation that he made the capture or killing of Osama bin Laden a “top priority,” and had instructed CIA Chief Leon Panetta to make this job number one. Which statement is correct?

    Last week, several of my friends asked me if I believed that bin Laden was really dead. The questions weren’t surprising, considering the mass of misinformation and conflicting accounts of bin Laden’s death now emanating from the White House…

    much more at link…

    http://www.americanthinker.com/2011/05/is_obama_a_serial_liar.html

  260. Trump’s latest interview on Fox and Friends,I agree with him, the 2012 election will be about the economy 90%.
    And I wish Trump would hit back harder against these pathetic race baiters like commie Van Jones

  261. Mrs. Smith
    May 9th, 2011 at 11:39 am

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    The nature of this article, inclusive of its abrasive title, is surely awe-inspiring. Who would have thought in 2008 when obama was being touted as “king of the world” that any media outlet would dare to make such accusations.

    Can I but hope that this is a turning point and surely but slowly some true journalism is coming out?

  262. Bush/Cheney were warned, the threat of an attack was imminent in 2000 when Clinton left the WH. Al Gore handed Cheney the intelligence reports personally… and Cheney remarked: “I’ll look at them when I have a chance and pass them along “

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    And iirc Bush de-funded a program that Clinton/Gore had set up to watch for ‘smart terrorist’ activitity, saying it was a waste of money.

  263. I think Gore also pinpointed the risk of airports/airplanes to our Republic, and was mocked mercilessly for that.

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

    In the late 90s, Clinton/Gore were saying that the next big threat to the world would be ‘smart terrorism’ that would by-pass the existing security systems. Rightwingers attacked them for this, saying they were just making it up as an excuse for Big Brother government — of the sort that Bush immediately created with his Patriot Act etc.

  264. Bounty money (at least part of it) should go to the Pakistani walk-in who gave up the intelligence where bin Laden was.

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

    Good point. And I saw an article about tips that the India government had sent to US security saying BL was in Pakistan/Attenbad.

    Still they might have been guessing and lucked out.

  265. Marxist, environmentalist, 9-11 ‘truther’ and Mumia Abu-Jamal supporter

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    LOL! An environmentalist? That’s really bad.

  266. turndownobama
    May 9th, 2011 at 12:00 pm
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    Thanks for the better info.

  267. Great Tim, thanks for posting that Utube of Trump…

    The man has the hide of an elephant which is, I guess, a prerequisite of life if you expect to attain the status he has. He demonstrates composure and fearlessness in the face of attacks not spending precious time whining about being attacked rather… going forward letting it roll of his back and moving on…

    I guess, the lesson here is… if you are thin-skinned, you always lose as Obama is about to find out in the very near future.

  268. Give bin Laden bounty to 9/11 survivors”

    I don’t agree with Weiner on that much, but I agree with him on this, either give that 25 million to 9/11 survivor’s trust fund to give to the kids of 9/11 srvivors OR give that 25 million to a great organization like the Wounded warrior funds to help wounded veterans, etc.
    ******

    9/11 survivors have had lots of financial support. You can’t dilute grief with endless money. The Oklahoma survivors got nothing. It never seemed right to me. People were so overwhelmed, wanting to help, but I remember Bush coming on and telling everyone to go “shopping”. It really is all about the economy, and a lousy one at that. I was shocked though, people wanted to go WW2 and there was nothing to do. It was a real eye opener for me that we had lost 90% of our manufacturing base. We never have come back from pre 9/11 economically speaking. I am a nurse and I signed up on a medical hotline to volunteer…we were expecting survivors…we know how that turned out.

    I think the Wounded Warriors Fund would be great.

  269. #
    JanH
    May 9th, 2011 at 11:52 am

    Mrs. Smith
    May 9th, 2011 at 11:39 am

    —————-

    Can I but hope that this is a turning point and surely but slowly some true journalism is coming out?
    _______________

    In view of the events occurring as of May 1st. The ball is in play. From here on in it’s all downhill for Obama. As the blog consensus grows negatively on Obama, it will be impossible for mainstream media to ignore the Truth because their viewership will have noticeably evaporated pointing to their irrelevancy. I don’t know of any media outlet will continue to pay their piranhas big money for failure. Meredith Viera has been kicked off nbc for her inappropriate remarks that have embarrassed her targets (Prince Harry)where she was scheduled to leave in June… she is getting the bum’s rush after her stupid remark about PH turning something innocent into something sexually deviant. (pooh-on Meredith)

    We have reached the point of no return. Obama is going no matter how many tricks he pulls from here on in… There isn’t a doubt in my mind he’s going, not after what I posted last night about PA.

    Nothing would make me happier than watching them pack their bags and head off to who knows where… After we get done with them, even HI will not relish an extended visit from these grifters…

  270. tim
    May 9th, 2011 at 11:45 am
    *****

    Sounds like Donald is not running. Passion gone,too many compliments for the fraud. Not good, moving on.

  271. “Meredith Viera has been kicked off nbc for her inappropriate remarks that have embarrassed her targets (Prince Harry)where she was scheduled to leave in June… she is getting the bum’s rush after her stupid remark about PH turning something innocent into something sexually deviant. (pooh-on Meredith)”

    What was this about? I don’t watch NBC at all so have not heard of this, what happened? Thanks in advance for any explanation.

  272. Weak Tea…WTF happened to dear old Allen West? Money? Already?
    ******
    From ACE

    May 09, 2011
    We’ve Got Better Things To Do Than Try To Incrementally Repeal ObamaCare Says…Allen West
    —DrewM.

    I’d call him a RINO but I don’t have the guts.

    Rep. Allen West (R-Fla.), who has emerged as an outspoken conservative voice among GOP freshmen, cast a surprising vote last week against a bill to scrap part of the 2010 healthcare overhaul. The legislation would repeal $100 million in funding for the construction of school-based health centers. West was one of just four Republicans to vote against the measure, which passed 235-191.
    West spokeswoman Angela Sachitano said in an email that the congressman “believes there are bigger funding issues to be focusing on right now including the numerous developments in the Middle East, concerning Pakistan and whether there is a link to [Osama bin Laden] and the recent unity agreement with the [Palestinian Authority] and Fatah and Hamas.”

    That’s pretty weak tea. It’s not like the House of Representatives is directly responsible for managing that litany of foreign affairs crisis his spokeswoman lists. Funding or defudning programs is however exactly what the House does.

    This does get to a larger truth…winning the House last year was never going to be as powerful as people seemed to think it would be. With Democrats in the Senate and most importantly the White House, the real power in taking the House is to stop the bleeding. Having the House means no more new ObamaCares, no DREAM Act or wider amnesty, no Card Check or any other expansions of the Obama agenda. Repeal however was always going to be a multi-cycle effort.

    Oh and if you think the answer to this is “shut the government down!”, I’m going to guess you don’t remember 1995. I’m not saying we shouldn’t threaten to shut it down to get what we want (and be ready to follow through) but it’s not without risk or sure to work.

    Still, why not make the odd symbolic vote here or there? It’s important to keep this stuff top of mind. Sure it’s dead on arrival in the Senate but so is immigration “reform”and yet Obama trots that out every now and then.

    I really don’t get the idea of voting no on this. What exactly did West gain? If he doesn’t like the strategy, then make that known in private. Voting no doesn’t seem to serve any purpose.

  273. Sounds like Donald is not running. Passion gone,too many compliments for the fraud. Not good, moving on.
    ____________________

    Trump is an optimist and I say he is going to run. Do not mistake a coolness when people keep their heads waiting for the right moment to pounce. It’s something integral to people with an entrepreneurial spirit who are used to winning.

  274. The legislation would repeal $100 million in funding for the construction of school-based health centers. West was one of just four Republicans to vote against the measure

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

    Maybe some of his constituents have children in school?

  275. Mrs Smith, it wasn’t coolness I heard

    Me either. The compliments he gave sounded like pats on the head to the slacker student who unexpectedly turns in his homework.

  276. “What was this about? I don’t watch NBC at all so have not heard of this, what happened? Thanks in advance for any explanation.”
    ___________________

    One of the little flower girls in Prince Williams wedding was a carriage mate riding with Harry after the wedding. The little girl was visibly shaken from the response of the crowd cheering for William, Kate and Harry and of course the Queen. Harry reached in his pocket and pulled out what looked like a toy, a gummy type wiggly worm and handed it to the little girl to make her laugh assuring her everything was ok… The press picked up on him slipping the little girl a toy and Viera said, “what was that in PH pocket? Was it something showing he was glad to see us?

    Akin to the comments made in adult movies…

  277. ” Viera said, “what was that in PH pocket? Was it something showing he was glad to see us? ”

    Thanks for the explanation.

    LOL, oh my goodness, ok, it was not an appropriate comment, but this PC stuff has really gone into new levels now. It wasn’t that bad. Something that idiot Kathy ? (the one who picks on the Palin kids) would say, but I guess I see just how sensative they are.

  278. “Mrs Smith, it wasn’t coolness I heard”

    I listened to it again, I haven’t made up my mind, Trump is pretty smart, so going after Waffles relentless just 1 week after bin laden’s killing will not seem very appealing to people. Trump may be holding back until a little more time has gone by. One thing about Trump, he seems very media saavy and a pretty quick learner on how these political games are played.
    I’m going to wait and see how he talks in the next weeks, I don’t count him out yet.

  279. Pelosi: GOP Budget Subsidizes Big Oil At Expense of Seniors’ Medicare

    Washington (CNSNews.com) – House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) said the House Republican budget for 2012 asks seniors to “pay more for less” Medicare benefits so that oil and gas companies can receive tax breaks.
    [….]
    Pelosi also said that the House Republican proposal from Rep. Ryan, The Path To Prosperity, “continues to give subsidies to Big Oil while it calls upon America’s seniors to pay more for Medicare and receive less in terms of benefits.”
    “If we were to end a big part of those subsidies, we could save $31 billion over 10 years,” she said. “The Republicans say that Big Oil needs these subsidies as an incentive to drill and yet for the first quarter of this year the big five oil companies had profits of over $30 billion.”

  280. http://www.onenewsnow.com/Persecution/Default.aspx?id=1342408
    very sad how these christians are prosecuted over and over again by these radical nuts in many parts of the ME.

    “Christians in Pakistan recently fled when a Muslim mob attacked a seminary and accused believers of desecrating the Quran.

    Roughly 4,000 Muslims recently attacked a Presbyterian seminary in Gujranwala and compelled 3,000 believers to flee the area. Pastor Eric Issac, who oversees a local Presbyterian church, was also arrested and falsely accused of burning the Quran.

    Jonathan Racho, regional manager for Africa with International Christian Concern (ICC), says the attack may have been trigged by the Pakistani police’s decision to release two Christians accused of insulting the Quran.

    “This is not the first time that Christians have been persecuted in the area. On April 15, the Muslim radicals in the area accused Mushtaq Gill and his son Farrukh Gill of desecrating the Quran, and they got them arrested,” Racho reports.”

  281. turndownobama
    May 9th, 2011 at 12:45 pm

    U can’t cheery pic this monster, it all has to be defunded and start a new. If you accept part of it, it validates the rest.

  282. turndownobama
    May 9th, 2011 at 12:59 pm

    YOU MEAN ON TOP OF THE 500 BILLION FRAUD CUT TO SUPPORT FRAUDCARE?

  283. WTF???!?!?!?! Put Hillary back in that picture, take the loser in the golf course out of the picture instead!
    What the hell is wrong with these sexist fools?

    tim, that just makes me boiling mad!

  284. tim
    May 9th, 2011 at 12:33 pm

    ————-
    Not that I am supportive of them cutting Hillary out of the picture, but this is a Yiddish newspaper run by the Hassidic. It is very old, modest and very traditional and rarely if ever includes pictures of women.

    Similarly, when I go to orthodox synagogue, the women sit on the sides and the men sit by themselves down the middle.

    Doesn’t make it right, but there you go.

  285. “Trump is pretty smart, so going after Waffles relentless just 1 week after bin laden’s killing will not seem very appealing to people. Trump may be holding back until a little more time has gone by.

    One thing about Trump, he seems very media saavy and a pretty quick learner on how these political games are played.

    I’m going to wait and see how he talks in the next weeks, I don’t count him out yet.
    _____________

    Trump is pacing himself for the Corsi book due out on the 19th.. when the book has been read by the thousands of people who purchased it. He will rip Obama a new one! You can count on it…plus the new info that will be going mainstream about the fraud.

  286. CNS News (a conservative site):
    KSM, one of three terror suspects who were waterboarded, provided information about the courier MONTHS AFTER the waterboarding had ended, the official said.

  287. JanH
    May 9th, 2011 at 1:13 pm

    Thanks for explaining, still doesn’t make it right, but I didn’t know the history behind it.

  288. It wasn’t that bad.
    _____________

    I guess it all boils down to who you insult.. and come to think of it… Maybe Meredith can give Kathy Griffen a run for her money..in competition for an award for degrading behavior unbecoming a woman.

    Who knows, it might be a tie!:)

  289. Not that I am supportive of them cutting Hillary out of the picture, but this is a Yiddish newspaper run by the Hassidic. It is very old, modest and very traditional and rarely if ever includes pictures of women.

    Similarly, when I go to orthodox synagogue, the women sit on the sides and the men sit by themselves down the middle.

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

    But when Muslims do the same thing — it shows that their whole religion is EVVIILLL!

  290. I don’t care if it is Jewish, it is still evil. Women are literally “disappeared” from historical record?

  291. For Tim and anyone else interested:

    Annals of Diplomacy
    The Double Game
    The unintended consequences of American funding in Pakistan.
    by Lawrence Wright May 16, 2011

    ………After the September 11th attacks, Pakistan abruptly became America’s key ally in the “war on terror.” Under President George W. Bush, the U.S. gave billions of dollars to Pakistan, most of it in unrestricted funds, to combat terrorism. Pervez Musharraf, who served as President between 1999 and 2008, now admits that during his tenure he diverted many of those billions to arm Pakistan against its hobgoblin enemy, India. “Whoever wishes to be angry, let them be angry—why should we bother?” Musharraf said in an interview on the Pakistani television channel Express News. “We have to maintain our security.” Since Musharraf left office, there has been little indication that U.S. aid—$4.5 billion in 2010, one of the largest amounts ever given to a foreign country—is being more properly spent.

    The main beneficiary of U.S. money, the Pakistani military, has never won a war, but, according to “Military Inc.,” by Ayesha Siddiqa, it has done very well in its investments: hotels, real estate, shopping malls. Such entrepreneurship, however corrupt, fills a gap, as Pakistan’s economy is now almost entirely dependent on American taxpayers. In a country of a hundred and eighty million people, fewer than two million citizens pay taxes, and Pakistan’s leaders are doing little to change the situation. In Karachi, the financial capital, the government recently inaugurated a program to appoint eunuchs as tax collectors. Eunuchs are considered relentless scolds in South Asia, and the threat of being hounded by one is somehow supposed to take the place of audits.

    Read more http://www.newyorker.com/reporting/2011/05/16/110516fa_fact_wright#ixzz1LsTnIskU

  292. turndown,

    Get a grip already. Not everything is about you and your Muslim addiction.

    As far as evil is concerned, I think the word is a little exaggerated here given what true evil is…i.e. violence against women and children etc…burning down churches.

  293. ‘Trump is pacing himself for the Corsi book due out on the 19th.. when the book has been read by the thousands of people who purchased it. He will rip Obama a new one! You can count on it…plus the new info that will be going mainstream about the fraud.’

    Got my fingers crossed you are right.

    BTW, Interesting that Trump had three black women on the recent CA and 1 or 2 black men. Seemed a bit excessive to me but I wondered if he was trying to preempt just such idiots as Van Jones calling him racist?

    TTTT, it ticked me off to see vacuous Janet, obnoxious Starr and loudmout Ne-Ne on the show and then a mute Marly whassername. I wonder if there was a not-so-subtle dig with that panel.

    What’s PA?

  294. Jan,

    I believe it’s time to give up. This is absolutely not worth the effort. (Although I confess I AM glad to see someone smacking the troll).

  295. #turndownobama
    May 9th, 2011 at 1:33 pm

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

    But when Muslims do the same thing — it shows that their whole religion is EVVIILLL!
    ———————-

    Well if those Hasidics were in the millions and some of them terrorized and killed others in the name of their religion, then they would also be called evil.. Here the wrong-headed thing they are doing has no bigger impact on world societies than few hundred families and the people inside those families have the choice to give up that lifestyle.

  296. Basil,

    I know. I’m just a little stressed at the moment…lol…lack of sleep.

    Time to take a step back and just ignore…ignore…ignore.

    ——————–

    Thanks pm317

  297. tim
    May 9th, 2011 at 11:45 am

    Honestly, I didn’t get the impression Trump sounds defeated. It would seem he’s just biding his time. At least that’s what I took away from it. He does say he understands now why successful people don’t run for political office and said that he didn’t know whether to take the excessive attention at the WHCD as insult or compliment.

    But I thought his answers were level-headed, cool and noncommittal.

  298. Trolls can be great for stress relief. It’s one of their only uses. Maybe it’s good to keep one or two around.

  299. and some of them terrorized and killed others in the name of their religion, then they would also be called evil.

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

    That’s the way people with Palin Derangement Syndrome defend their attacks on her clothes etc. “Well, she’s done these other things that are really serious, so it’s okay to attack her for something we do also.”

  300. BTW, Trump also said that while OBL had clearly been good for the POS if the economy was bad in 2012 he didn’t believe he would “coast to victory” and that a bad economy would make it easier for a repub to get in.

    About a prez run:

    “I’m making my decision over the next short period of time and you will hear about it.”

    About the WHCD:

    “I knew I was getting into the lion’s den but I had no idea the entire evening would be about Donald Trump.”

    “It hard for a person who has done a lot in life to run for president.”(implying BO has done nada.)

    About Van Jones charges of racism:

    “A lot of people have used Donald Trump for publicity.”

    About whether the negative press would make him less likely to run he said, “that he had been hammered and he used to get good press but that it would have no affect on his decision (paraphrasing).”

    He also got in a lick at the rezko deal saying he had done many deals and had been criticized and BO had done only 1 deal and had not been criticized. A lot of hidden meaning in that sentence, I think.

    Anyway, the point is Trump is still on Fox Monday mornings and I’m not ready to write him off, yet. Different circumstances call for different demeanors and today he sounded like a mild-mannered businessman.

    What I did NOT like was when Steve (Lucy?) said racism had been dredged up in response to the birth certificate issue but now “that had been laid to rest.”

  301. Does anyone know the significance of this?

    “Our esteemed treasury sec has moved the debt ceiling to 5/16.”

  302. O.M.G.

    Almost 30 percent of US homeowners are underwater with their mortgages and new analysis shows it will not begin to improve until 2012!

    This was the worst quarter since 2008.

  303. I am such a DUMMY sometimes!

    😳

    I think the debt ceiling question I asked means that Geitner moved the date to May 16!

    “In a new letter to congressional leaders, Geithner said Monday that he can delay an unprecedented default on the debt until Aug. 2, using a series of bookkeeping maneuvers to keep the government running. That’s nearly a month longer than the July 8 deadline Geithner had previously cited.

    The U.S. government will hit its $14.3 trillion borrowing limit on May 16. After that time Geithner can take such steps as removing investments from government employee and retiree pension funds to keep from going over the limit.”

  304. …from the start T said he would announce sometime after the Apprentice finale on May 22…it is May 9…why would he want to announce now and step on his own announcement with the spotlight on Gingrich’s annoucement now…

    …if I were T (ha!), I would take this time to do a lot of background work behind the scenes…get a real temperture on who he can count on…who is with him…who would endorse him…get his talking points lined up…and do his due diligence on current events…

    …because if he does run, he has already committed to the next debate in June…where I would bet there will be many ‘gotcha’ questions to drill T on his policies on various issues…T needs to have thought things out and done some research so he can sound informed…otherwise the rath of the MSM will fall upon him…(not saying he hasn’t but he needs to become current and know the issues from all sides…not let the MSM trap him like they tried to re: privacy and woman’s rights)

    …he has to project competency, confidence, and a plan…with, imho, most of his emphasis on jobs, jobs, jobs, and the economy…and saving the USA the billions that are being stolen and going into black holes of corruption all over the world…wasted money we borrow then give away to corrupt politicians and our country continues to fall apart…Donald also needs to expand on his ideas to help homeowners in foreclosure…today they are sounding the alarm again on the real estate and housing market…this is an area Donald can speak to with knowledge…

  305. S,

    Yes, the real estate quagmire has only deepened and is now projected that prices will not hit bottom until 2012.

    DT announced his entrance in a big way and by the time and energy devoted to him by the WH and continued by MSM, it seems he scared the sh!t out of them. I hope he’s got something else up his sleeve.

  306. tim

    Trump’s latest interview on Fox and Friends
    ——

    Thanks for posting the link.

    I hope I am wrong but it sounded like there might be a possibility that Trump is having second thoughts about running??????

    He sounded different and pretty mellow towards Obama on this clip.

  307. turndownobama
    May 9th, 2011 at 2:04 pm
    ——————–

    Now you’re talking gibberish.

  308. http://www.physorg.com/news223917242.html

    People living in countries with governments that have a greater number of social services report being more satisfied with life, according to a study by a Baylor University researcher.

    The findings of the study contrast with the views of economists who are critical of government intervention and the welfare state in particular, arguing it can lead to inefficiency and wastefulness that will hurt employment, wages and economic growth.

  309. basil9…

    T can pace himself…we are still over a year away…the story below is not going away…this is what T needs to hammer…it connects the jobs to the economy to the loss of home values and foreclosure…these are the bread and butter issues people will care about..this is the MIDDLE CLASS who is becoming the unemployed poor…OBL story will fade…he is already being thought of as an maybe an old kook whose days were past…

    bloomberg.com/news/2011-05-09/u-s-underwater-homeowners-increase-to-28-percent-zillow-says.html

    More than 28 percent of U.S. homeowners owed more than their properties were worth in the first quarter as values fell the most since 2008, Zillow Inc. said today.

    Homeowners with negative equity increased from 22 percent a year earlier as home prices slumped 8.2 percent over the past 12 months, the Seattle-based company said. About 27 percent of homes were “underwater” in the fourth quarter, according to Zillow, which runs a website with property-value estimates and real-estate listings.

    Home prices fell 3 percent in the first quarter and will drop as much as 9 percent this year as foreclosures spread and unemployment remains high, Zillow Chief Economist Stan Humphries said. Prices won’t find a floor until 2012, he said.

    “We get tired of telling such a grim story, but unfortunately this is the story that needs to be told,” Humphries said in a telephone interview. “Demand is still quite anemic due to unemployment and the fact that home values are still falling. And that tends to make people more cautious about buying.”

    The U.S. unemployment rate rose to 9 percent in April, up from 8.8 percent in March, the Department of Labor reported May 6. Home prices have fallen almost 30 percent from their June 2006 peak, wiping out more than $10 trillion in equity, including $667.5 billion in the first quarter, Humphries said.

    Dropping Home Values
    Other analysts also expect homes to continue losing value this year. Oliver Chang of Morgan Stanley expects prices to fall as much as 11 percent, according to an April 25 report. Prices may fall “another 5 or 10 percent,” Robert Shiller, an economics professor at Yale University, said April 26 on Fox Business News. Home prices were 33 percent below the July 2006 peak in February, according to the S&P/Case-Shiller Composite 20-City Home Price Index, co-created by Shiller.

    Prices will continue falling as more houses are lost to foreclosure, flooding the market with distressed properties, Humphries said.

    Foreclosures fell to the lowest level in three years in the first quarter as lenders worked through a backlog of flawed paperwork, according to RealtyTrac Inc., an Irvine, California- based real estate information service. Foreclosure filings are likely to jump 20 percent this year, reaching a peak for the housing crisis, RealtyTrac predicted in January.

    Las Vegas Highest

    In Las Vegas, 85 percent of homes with mortgages were underwater, the most of any city tracked by Zillow. Other metropolitan areas in the top five were Reno, Nevada, at 73 percent; Phoenix at 68 percent; and Modesto, California, and Tampa, Florida, both at 60 percent. Zillow has tracked negative equity since the first quarter of 2009, when more than 22 percent of homes were underwater.

    Property values rose in only three of the 132 regions tracked by Zillow: Fort Myers, Florida, where they gained 2.4 percent; Champaign-Urbana, Illinois, up 0.8 percent; and Honolulu, up 0.3 percent. Fort Myers prices increased after falling more than 60 percent from their 2006 peak because they “over-corrected,” Humphries said.

    The first quarter’s U.S. home price decline was the steepest since the fourth quarter of 2008, when prices fell 3.9 percent, according to Zillow data. Values dropped almost 13 percent over the course of that year.

    “It’s not going to be as bad as 2008,” Humphries said. “But it’s going to be worse than we thought it was going to be.”

    ‘Stealing Demand’
    Prices were propped up in 2009 and early 2010 by federal stimulus programs, such as tax credits worth up to $8,000 for first-time homebuyers, Humphries said. That program “was stealing demand from the future,” weakening shoppers’ appetites now even as housing affordability is at its three-decade high, he said.

    “In the past, people felt more bullish in a post-recession recovery,” he said. “They’d go out and spend more on homes and that would ignite hiring in construction and the mortgage industry. And they’d start to get the flywheel moving more quickly. Unfortunately, now, that flywheel is broken.”

  310. …this may sound cynical…but T would be helped if some of his black friends came out and strongly said that T is NOT a racist…they have known him a long time, bla, bla, bla…

    after T announces, his black friends should nip this racism BS in the bud…maybe stories of how he has helped them, how long they have been friends, etc…just knock this racism story out…

  311. BASIL99
    May 9th, 2011 at 1:41 pm

    BASIL99
    May 9th, 2011 at 1:48 pm

    S
    May 9th, 2011 at 2:37 pm
    ____________________

    Yes, yes and yes- Trump, whether you see it 24/7 or not is passionate about our country. When he speaks, he speaks for all of us. Most of us are sick and tired of watching our country fall by the wayside because of the corruption within two branches of government. Having NO ONE to speak for us, our Congressional Representatives are mum, our Senate seems to be dumbfounded to do anything- combine these two Houses with a corrupt WH and you have unending suffering of the People. Trump sees it- He knows how to stoke our economy and deal internationally with countries holding our jobs… He didn’t get where he is today by playing a hot headed fool shooting his mouth off because someone insulted him. He swallowed it, saving his retribution for another day… like we all do when we are not dealing from strength in certain situations.

    I would be very surprised if he did not run… and the first to admit I was wrong. All we can do is wait and see-

  312. OMG what will I do if Gingrich gets the nomination. I will never vote for Obama and ditto for Gingrich.

    One ray of hope both Trump and Palen are keeping their heads down, Palen is a brilliant campaigner and I think Trump must be too. I sure would like to know what those two are thinking.

  313. Mrs Smith…and you and I and many of us have discussed here on many occasions…both parties in DC are in cohoots with each other…it is all jockeying for the same lobbying money and power…they scream and yell and point the finger then all turn around and do the same thing…

    …just look at the latest from the dims…supposedly they were all up in arms about secret money the repubs were raising…and now the dims have declared they will be doing the same thing (as if O wasn’t doing it from the get go…pleeeassse!)

    …the thing both sides hate about T is that he is an outsider…his own man, so to speak…a man who has played with both sides…the repubs and the dims…donated to both and most believe is probably a moderate on most issues…

    we need someone who can go to washington and cut throw all the game playing and really start to put policies together that will get us all going in the right direction again…

    the MSM is going to try to make a mountain out of a molehill regarding the jobs added…someone had to call them on it…it is nonsense…people cannot live on $9.00 and hour and lose their home at the same time…this IS the reality for thousands of people out there…

    you are right, Mrs. Smith…we need someone to REALLY speak for us…

  314. Thanks, S-

    my sentiments exactly!
    ________________

    My thoughts on Palin… Trump should hire her to campaign for him.
    She is tv savvy, a good PR person, and an asset for raising campaign donations.. and, above all, she hold a premium card, I think she is HONEST. 🙂

  315. pm said:
    and some of them terrorized and killed others in the name of their religion, then they would also be called evil.

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

    Sorry you didn’t understand my previous reply. I’ll try another example.

    People post about Muslim women sitting separate from the men as though it meant ALL Islam was evil in every way — when in fact many religions do that. When called on it, the posters make an excuse like yours, ie that the evil is in something else the target group is accused of.

    This is like Gingrich and others with Bill-Clinton Derangement Syndrome. They talk about Bill’s sex life saying it proves he is a terrible person. When shown that Gingrich and others have a similar (or worse) sexual history, they say “Well, I wasn’t in the Oval Office” or “I didn’t lie about it under oath.”

  316. I had to come online to post this, can any of us imagine if this was reversed, and Bush was inviting someone to the WH who had “sung” about “burning Waffles”
    Headline at Drudge: “Michelle Obama to host rapper at WH who talks of killing cops, burning Bush… ”
    I wonder if Jeb Bush is still going to accept invites from Waffles after this latest thing.

    http://dailycaller.com/2011/05/09/burn-a-bush-michelle-obama-invites-rapper-common-to-a-poetry-reading/

    Everyday, these people do something to offend more and more people.

  317. tim
    May 9th, 2011 at 4:35 pm

    Sad that these nickel dimers use the seat of power in retribution for
    inferred insults. They must feel slighted because Bushy refused to be part of the GZ photo op last week.

    Watch out, Billy- Some ‘Hot Sauce’ comin’ yer way!

  318. Mrs. Smith
    May 9th, 2011 at 4:53 pm

    who knows? I don’t know if its sheer incompetence, or they know what they are doing (which would be even worse, as I don’t remember ever a sitting president inviting ANYONE to the WH that was endorsing violence against a past president, as the Daily Caller pointed out)

  319. Today on Beck’s show Judge Napalitano is doign the show, they are covering the financial downtrend and how its only accelerating (housing prices plummeting as pointed out above), this was a very well piece, very informative and well rounded

  320. it is, you know, a plan to dismantle Medicare. When you transform a program that pays seniors’ medical bills into a program that gives them a voucher that almost certainly isn’t enough to buy adequate insurance, you can call the new scheme Medicare, but it isn’t the same program.
    — Krugman

    Here’s a pro-GOP item with some more details of the GOP’s anti-Medicare plan:
    politifact.com/rhode-island/statements/2011/may/01/david-cicilline/cicilline-says-he-fought-republican-budget-ends-me/

  321. an excellent read by one of the leaders of Finland’s main political party that just resigned in protest of more bailouts, on the backs of ordinary taxpayers. This is his op-ed as to why he resigned.

    http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052748703864204576310851503980120.html

    “When I had the honor of leading the True Finn Party to electoral victory in April, we made a solemn promise to oppose the so-called bailouts of euro-zone member states. These bailouts are patently bad for Europe, bad for Finland and bad for the countries that have been forced to accept them. Europe is suffering from the economic gangrene of insolvency—both public and private. And unless we amputate that which cannot be saved, we risk poisoning the whole body.

    At the risk of being accused of populism, we’ll begin with the obvious: It is not the little guy that benefits. He is being milked and lied to in order to keep the insolvent system running. He is paid less and taxed more to provide the money needed to keep this Ponzi scheme going. Meanwhile, a kind of deadly symbiosis has developed between politicians and banks: Our political leaders borrow ever more money to pay off the banks, which return the favor by lending ever-more money back to our governments, keeping the scheme afloat.

    In a true market economy, bad choices get penalized. Not here. When the inevitable failure of overindebted euro-zone countries came to light, a secret pact was made.

    Instead of accepting losses on unsound investments—which would have led to the probable collapse and national bailout of some banks—it was decided to transfer the losses to taxpayers via loans, guarantees and opaque constructs such as the European Financial Stability Fund, Ireland’s NAMA and a lineup of special-purpose vehicles that make Enron look simple. Some politicians understood this; others just panicked and did as they were told. ……….”

  322. turndownobama
    May 9th, 2011 at 4:31 pm

    pm said:
    and some of them terrorized and killed others in the name of their religion, then they would also be called evil.

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

    Sorry you didn’t understand my previous reply. I’ll try another example.

    People post about Muslim women sitting separate from the men as though it meant ALL Islam was evil in every way — when in fact many religions do that. When called on it, the posters make an excuse like yours, ie that the evil is in something else the target group is accused of.
    —————————————-

    huh, now you are trying minimize people’s objection to Islam and its women — Muslim women sitting separate is not the only thing that is wrong with that religion and you know it. Can you honestly compare a mainstream religion that is followed by millions with world-wide impact to some fringe group religion in the hundreds that does its own thing? You are comparing apples and oranges and does not look like you have any training in logic or reasoning.

  323. A corrupt, sociopathic, fraud in the White House and wacko Rethugs in the State Houses and this Country is going into the shitter. This is insane:

    “Florida Bill Could Muzzle Doctors On Gun Safety”

    “Florida Gov. Rick Scott is expected to sign a bill that will make the state the first in the nation to prohibit doctors from asking patients if they own guns. The bill is aimed particularly at pediatricians, who routinely ask new parents if they have guns at home and if they’re stored safely.

    Pediatricians say it’s about preventing accidental injuries. Gun rights advocates say the doctors have a political agenda.”
    (snip)

  324. AmericanGal
    May 9th, 2011 at 6:09 pm
    New White House insider interview…part 2

    What a bunch of scumbags. I will never forgive the Dem Party for rigging it all for this crew of Chicago pay to play thugs.

  325. AmericanGal
    May 9th, 2011 at 6:09 pm

    New White House insider interview…part 2

    The article is explosive and I hope they will succeed in throwing the Fraud out before he does more damage

  326. …snip…

    On Monday, Russell Simmons and Rabbi Marc Schneier, the leadership of the Foundation For Ethnic Understanding, along with Imam Shamsi Ali (Spirtual Leader of NYC’s largest mosque) and Imam Mohammed Magid (President of the Islamic Society of North America), met with Donald Trump at his office to discuss tolerance.

    In this private meeting, the various parties spoke openly about the need for more cultural and religious understanding around the world.

    By the end of the meeting, everyone committed to working together on building stronger bridges between Jews and Muslims, as well as making a stronger effort to eradicate Islamophobia and anti-Semitism.

    …snip…

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

    due diligence…

  327. newsmax.com/InsideCover/Trump-NewHampshire-business-expo/2011/05/09/id/395706

    NH Girds for Media Crush at Trump Business Expo Speech
    Monday, 09 May 2011 02:24 PM

    By Dan Weil

    Real estate mogul/reality TV star Donald Trump is headed back to New Hampshire Wednesday. And officials of the Greater Nashua Chamber of Commerce, which is hosting the potential presidential candidate, are girding for a big event, The Nashua Telegraph reports.

    The Donald will speak at the group’s 2011 Business Expo. Last month, the chamber issued a news release announcing it had hired a public relations firm to deal with the expected media crush.

    In the release, Chamber of Commerce President Chris Williams predicts “tremendous media interest in Trump’s Nashua appearance, given the response [last month] to Trump’s first New Hampshire visit as a potential candidate, as well as the fact that Trump’s address will be his first major speech in New Hampshire while he’s exploring a run for the presidency.”

    Editor’s Note: You can join Donald Trump live online, exclusive for Newsmax readers — Click Here Now.

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

    …back on track…Mr. T…no swearing…it will be a distraction…

  328. “…back on track…Mr. T…no swearing…it will be a distraction…”

    Agreed (about the no cursing as well). The man is a quick learner but not afraid of giving a political rhetorical knuckle sandwich when needed.

  329. I just read the recent Ulsterman report and I have to confess I found it disappointing.

    What he talked about are things posters at this blog have been talking about for years. Nothing new there. The 2008 financial collapse was orchestrated to keep McCain from winning and get BO to the WH.

    We all knew that. We all knew there was something fishy about the timing. We have always suspected Geitner and Holder of playing dirty pool.

    And I really didn’t like the last few paragraphs where he talks about maybe NOT stopping BO for 2012 but neutering him, if reselected.

    I don’t know. The thrill is gone for me. He seems to pin everything on Jarrett and that I find difficult to beleive.

    What does everyone else think?I find it hard, frankly, to believe Jarrett has as much power as he reports.

    FWIW, while reading the post, which was 10 pages, I got a 404 server error when switching between pages. It was strange.

  330. Florida Gov. Rick Scott is expected to sign a bill that will make the state the first in the nation to prohibit doctors from asking patients if they own guns. The bill is aimed particularly at pediatricians, who routinely ask new parents if they have guns at home and if they’re stored safely.

    Pediatricians say it’s about preventing accidental injuries. Gun rights advocates say the doctors have a political agenda.
    ———————-
    Nuts.

  331. this may sound cynical…but T would be helped if some of his black friends came out and strongly said that T is NOT a racist…they have known him a long time, bla, bla, bla…

    after T announces, his black friends should nip this racism BS in the bud…maybe stories of how he has helped them, how long they have been friends, etc…just knock this racism story out…
    ————————
    Yes.

  332. if they could put the transition pictures of Bush to waffles on the side of this blog on this following post, they would be accurate, and but this author is 3 years way too late to realise it.

    http://www.zerohedge.com/article/obama-gives-fake-hope-and-change-act-and-adopts-neocon-fear-playbook

    To be fair, the author points out he voted for Waffles, that link in in the post link above.

    (also, I thought this was an interesting post by this same author, he was written a few days after the election in 2008; one would have thought for someone who was astute enough to write something this accurate, he would have seen through the empty suit that was Waffles, but nope, another fool who voted for Waffles.

    http://www.washingtonsblog.com/2008/11/neocons-and-neoliberals-two-masks-one.html)

  333. Van Jones calling him racist?
    ——————————-
    Fuck Van Jones. He is as much of an expert on racism as Charles Manson is an expert on environmentalism. Van Jones is human garbage.

  334. ooops, looks like my last post got caught in the moderation relm, I’ll try again. My apologies admin for the double post.

    if they could put the transition pictures of Bush to waffles on the side of this blog on this following post, they would be accurate, and but this author is 3 years way too late to realise it.

    http: // www . zerohedge . com/article/obama-gives-fake-hope-and-change-act-and-adopts-neocon-fear-playbook

    To be fair, the author points out he voted for Waffles, that link in in the post link above.

    (also, I thought this was an interesting post by this same author, he was written a few days after the election in 2008; one would have thought for someone who was astute enough to write something this accurate, he would have seen through the empty suit that was Waffles, but nope, another fool who voted for Waffles.

    http : // www . washingtonsblog . com/ 2008 /11/ neocons-and-neoliberals-two-masks-one . html)

  335. “What does everyone else think?I”

    I couldn’t finish reading it. It was a lot of material.

  336. “Gun rights advocates say the doctors have a political agenda.”

    I don’t get this, pediatricians have no real authourity to take away guns, they just want to make sure parents are aware of making sure the guns are out of reach of their kids. How can this be a “political agenda”, the docs aren’t reporting anything, not sure what they would report and to who?

    I don’t get this one bit, there is no logic.

  337. Obama’s approval average up to plus 9.5%!!!!!
    —————————
    I think 10% is the resistance point. We shall see. But this is altered states, and they will be altered again in 30 days as more bleak news on the economy crosses our field of vision.

    I will grant you this much however:

    if it were 14 months from now, and-

    if there was no republican opponent, and-

    if the economy was showing signs of improvement, and

    if the methodology of these polls was sound,

    then . . . they might be worth worrying about.

    since none of these propositions are true, they are not predictive of anything save the simple fact that the pollsters are corrupt and will perpetuate the big lie until obama is run out of town.

    Put differently, there is an old expression and it applies to these polls as we see them right now: garbage in and garbage out.

  338. Insider hightlights…

    I have detailed to you the conflicts between Rahm Emanuel and Valerie Jarrett. Money and resources were spent against Rahm’s campaign by the Obama people. Rahm then received support, very important support, from two powerful allies. One was political machine of outgoing mayor Richard Daley. The other was from Bill Clinton. But I am not quite prepared to relate the Clinton connections as they relate to Chicago because that may compromise what is still underway.

    [snip]

    Donald Trump…look at how he is being attacked now. That is proof positive he is considered a serious threat. I would support a Trump campaign. Absolutely. I would support a Hillary Clinton campaign. Most certainly. God how I wish she was willing to make that kind of move. The fact is though, at this point…at this time, I am willing to work for anyone who can defeat Obama. And I am. When I speak of we – when I let you know I’m not the only one involved in trying to secure at the very least a real choice for 2012 – we aren’t all Democrats. There are Republicans involved. There are business leaders now involved – some of them who like me, strongly supported the president back in 2008 but have since been shocked and dismayed to see just how inept and dangerous he is to this country…

    [snip]

    First up is Eric Holder. He is gonna fall. Watch for Holder news – it’s coming. They are gonna fight hard to keep him in there. He’s done a hell of a job keeping the lid on so much sh-t. But that’s about to change. I ain’t saying I trust Issa, but it’s been explained to me that he knows that he’s doing and it’s getting done. So ok…I’ll see if that’s the case. Then it’s on to 2012 with the information in hand that will be the result of Holder stepping down from the DOJ. It’s gonna be a race to get it out there before the election, but we sure as hell are gonna try. And even if Obama manages to get his re-election, we will cripple him politically…we will trip him up enough, that his second term will be nowhere near the threat to the country that this one has been. And he may not be able to complete that second term. The information that will be forced into the hands of the media, the people, the party leaders, the donors…the man thinks he’s under political pressure now? Just wait. They made a big mistake, and we got them. We got them…

    ———–
    Two more topics, the Blago trial and how there might be tapes that really do connect Barry to the crime…tapes that Blago has been trying to get a hold of and wants aired.

    Also the market crash manipulation, which I always expected was done by Obots in Wall St. but when deeper to help Barry.

  339. I have no words for this, I really don’t.

    http://www.weeklystandard.com/blogs/california-balks-public-display-american-flag_559436.html

    “The panel’s ruling demanded “viewpoint neutrality.” That is, if CalTrans was going to allow the hanging of the American flag on public land, then it must also allow the hanging of all flags — whether the British flag, the Nazi flag, or the Jolly Rogers — as well as “expressive banners” of all sorts. In its letter to OTORA, CalTrans writes,……”

    I’ve heard on interviews that CA is more communist that China, I’m beginning to think that is true. I’ve never heard of the US flag being referred to as a “banner”.

  340. Wbboei – in the latest NYT “News Alert” Obama just wasn’t ‘gutsy” – he was McArthur and Ike all rolled into one!

    “U.S. Braced for Fights With Pakistanis in Bin Laden Raid, Officials Say

    President Obama insisted that the assault force hunting down
    Osama bin Laden last week be large enough to fight its way
    out of Pakistan if confronted by hostile local police
    officers and troops, senior administration and military
    officials said Monday.

    In revealing additional details about planning for the
    mission, senior officials also said that two teams of
    specialists were on standby: One to bury Bin Laden if he was
    killed, and a second composed of lawyers, interrogators and
    translators in case he was captured alive. That team was set
    to meet aboard a Navy ship, mostly likely the aircraft
    carrier Carl Vinson in the North Arabian Sea.

    Mr. Obama’s decision to increase the size of the force sent
    into Pakistan shows that he was willing to risk a military
    confrontation with a close ally in order to capture or kill
    the leader of Al Qaeda.

    Read More:
    http://www.nytimes.com/2011/05/10/world/asia/10intel.html?emc=na

  341. The 2008 financial collapse was orchestrated to keep McCain from winning and get BO to the WH.
    —————————
    Don’t say they orchestrated it unless you can prove it. And proving it means producing clear cogent and convincing evidence of who when what why where and how it was orchestrated. Give us that information and we shall not scruple to call them war criminals and hunt them down for the animals they are. If the evidence shows that Soros, who allegedly once pulled the gold fillings out of corpses and went on 60 Minutes years ago to block that story, is the responsible party, then he will finally face the justice that he eluded at the end of World War II. In the meantime, I would be reluctant to make what is simply a blind allegation. If you have the goods, show me the money.

  342. “he was willing to risk a military
    confrontation”

    Add that to Libya – and you have our “Peace Prize President” at work.

  343. Just watching two women go on on and about waterboarding and how it worked and how it didn’t on Hannity.. It was like watching Onion News Network. Instead of questioning the courier story and all the waterboarding stuff, these fools have yet again fallen prey to Obama shenanigans — he threw them precisely the bone they were looking for and I bet he is chuckling at these fools gobbling it up. The story is most likely hinges on the walk-in in Pakistan. I don’t remember who said this but it was also about the same time Hillary was challenging the Pakistanis that the people in the govt would not know where bin Laden is. Yet these fools on the republican side are ahanging on to the courier charade and waterboarding. Distractions that is what Obama does best.

  344. Wbboei – in the latest NYT “News Alert” Obama just wasn’t ‘gutsy” – he was McArthur and Ike all rolled into one!
    ———————————–
    The bigger they blow the balloon, the bigger the bang when it bursts.

  345. The reason some polls have waffles up 9-10% is when they use so many more dems in their surveys, etc, prime example of this time of skewing is cBS/NYT, so then the RCP average goes up.

    http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/42964113/ns/politics-white_house/

    “In the days after Barack Obama ordered the successful mission to kill Osama bin Laden, the president’s approval rating on foreign policy issues reached an all-time high, even as public opinion regarding his handling of the economy sunk to the lowest point of his administration, according to a new NBC News poll.

    The survey shows a mixed picture for Obama, whose overall job-approval rating was bumped higher by a modest three points after the al-Qaida leader’s death was announced late Sunday.

    What has changed for the president since the raid at bin Laden’s compound: The number of respondents seeing Obama as a strong leader and a good commander in chief has spiked, and public opion for his handling of the war in Afghanistan jumped to an all-time high.

    But here’s what hasn’t changed: Just a third of Americans believe the country is headed in the right direction; less than four in 10 approve of Obama’s handling of the U.S. economy; and nearly 70 percent think the economy will get worse or stay the same in the next year.

    Why the modest increase for the president after the momentous — and historic — event of bin Laden’s death?

    It’s the economy.

    Only 37 percent approve of the president’s handling of the economy, while 58 percent disapprove.

    Also, just 31 percent believe the economy will improve in the next 12 months, compared with 43 percent who think it will stay the same and another 25 percent who say it will get worse.”

  346. Trump on Greta’s show:

    “They protect him like nothing I have ever seen. They don’t protect me, they won’t protect me, every article written about me is all negative.”

  347. Norma: if we want to get technical here, dug out Dough McArthur was relieved of command when he became arrogant and delusional, and before he did that he called affable Ike who was in charge of Operation Overlord the best clerk I ever had. So the analogies cut both ways. Now if you had said N.B. Forrest then I would be worried. Grant called Confederate General Forrest, that devil Forrest and the toughest adversary the Union Army ever faced. Lee, Johnson and old Jeff Davis said they might have won the war if they had used him more effectively. To be sure, we can find fault with his extra circular activities, but on the battle fields of the Civil War he had no equal. Years later he offered his services to Sherman when war with Spain seemed imminent and Sherman said in one sense he regretted that it did not happen because it would have been an honor to fight on the same side for a change.

  348. Trump is making so much sense. He is absolutely correct on his assessement of interest rates, etc.

  349. Wbboei – you are always a great read. Thanks for the history!

    Obama is a legend in his own mind.

  350. Trump – “I have to make that decision.” (To run or not run).

    Sounds like doubt to me, I hope to God he runs.

    (Unless Hillary runs, as if I have to say that…but I always feel I need to clarify that she is numero uno.) 😉

  351. It’s gonna be hard for Trump (IMO) to come out and say “I can make this country great again” and then NOT follow through because the MSM and the WH are in attack mode at his every turn.

    I hope he is throwing them off the trail. Let’s see what the Trump-stories are in the next few days. Headlines like “Trump Doubtful” “Trump Says Presidency is Hard” etc will indicate his strategy has worked.

  352. tim
    May 9th, 2011 at 9:47 pm
    I have no words for this, I really don’t.

    http://www.weeklystandard.com/blogs/california-balks-public-display-american-flag_559436.html

    “The panel’s ruling demanded “viewpoint neutrality.” That is, if CalTrans was going to allow the hanging of the American flag on public land, then it must also allow the hanging of all flags — whether the British flag, the Nazi flag, or the Jolly Rogers — as well as “expressive banners” of all sorts. In its letter to OTORA, CalTrans writes,……”

    I’ve heard on interviews that CA is more communist that China, I’m beginning to think that is true. I’ve never heard of the US flag being referred to as a “banner”.
    =========================
    Where in the quoted text is the American flag referred to as a banner?

  353. Certainly Obama cannot make Trump look like a sissy – even with all the media’s help

  354. “then it must also allow the hanging of all flags — whether the British flag, the Nazi flag, or the Jolly Rogers — as well as “expressive banners” of all sorts.”

    To me at least, I take this as equating a flag, the US flag, in the same league as a banner. Maybe I’m old fashioned, but this is how I take it, and to me its insulting that they would equate the two things in the same way.

  355. I am underwhelmed by the choice of counsel who will be appearing before the fourth circuit court of appeals on Tuesday to argue the merits of the circuit court decision by judge hudson striking down obamacare. Where is Ted Olsen?

  356. ah.. Ted Olson is no longer Ted Olsen. His new wife is a Democrat and from what I read he has been softened to a pulp. Didn’t he challenge prop 8 in CA?!

  357. this is one of the cutest videos I have seen since those twin baby boys babbling to each other

    a french bulldog is teaching a baby how to crawl

  358. tim
    May 9th, 2011 at 10:38 pm
    “then it must also allow the hanging of all flags — whether the British flag, the Nazi flag, or the Jolly Rogers — as well as “expressive banners” of all sorts.”

    To me at least, I take this as equating a flag, the US flag, in the same league as a banner. Maybe I’m old fashioned, but this is how I take it, and to me its insulting that they would equate the two things in the same way.
    =============
    Oh, I see. I read “as well as “expressive banners” of all sorts.”” as “in addition to”.
    Thx

  359. pm317
    May 9th, 2011 at 11:14 pm
    ah.. Ted Olson is no longer Ted Olsen. His new wife is a Democrat and from what I read he has been softened to a pulp. Didn’t he challenge prop 8 in CA?!
    ————–
    He represented the defense of prop H8 in CA.

  360. Ack! Strike my last comment… you were correct.

    Lawyers Ted Olson and David Boies united to overturn California’s Proposition 8

  361. wbboei
    May 9th, 2011 at 11:10 pm

    I believe you have indicated you have a law background, I’m wondering what you think of this? I have read articles and commentary where there are many citizens who are openly saying if the indiv. mandate is found “consitutional”, they will not be forced into purchasing something they don’t want to, and would be willing to be fined, and eventually jailed by the IRS. And then I listened to an interview by a VA state delegate that basically indicated that they will not direct their sheriff’s dept to go arrest people for not paying fines for not buying a product that they are forced to buy.

    So, my question is, how can they possibly enforce an indiv. mandate, this is not like when SS insurance was started, that was sold as an insurance and became a tax. However with health insurance, it is a private product, unless they intend to completely get rid of all private insurance companies and then make the indiv. mandate a tax (which won’t happen, as much as they will try), how can it possibly be that even if the supreme ct says yes indiv mandate is “constitutional”, this will be enforceable, especially with so many people openly saying we will not abide by forcing of a buying of a private product?

    I have never seen any articles on this, can this even be forced? they can’t jail all these people, so I don’t get how this part will even be enforceable when 2014 arrives?
    Thanks in advance for any explanation.

  362. huffingtonpost.com/2011/05/09/arnold-schwarzenegger-maria-shriver-separation_n_859750.html

    LOS ANGELES — Arnold Schwarzenegger has announced that he and his wife of 25 years, Maria Shriver are separating.

    A spokesman for the actor and former California governor issued a statement announcing the news Monday night.

    The statement from Schwarzenegger and Shriver says that after “a great deal of thought, reflection, discussion and prayer,” they decided to live apart while they work on the future of their relationship.

    They acknowledge that they’re both going through a “time of great personal and professional transition.” Both will continue to parent their four children together.

    Schwarzenegger finished his second term as governor in January and has been on the speech circuit and pursuing various entertainment projects. Shriver was a correspondent for NBC News when she left to fulfill her role as First Lady.

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

    …left office in January…that didn’t take very long…

  363. To be sure, we can find fault with his extra circular activities,
    *********
    Forrest’s pre-war slave trading business in Memphis, the behavior of his troops at Fort Pillow and his early membership in the KKK have tended to create a rather negative picture of him in American history.

  364. …I happened to catch a segment of the really awful ‘showbiz tonight’ tonight, i think it is on a sister cnn channel…heaven knows how the host got his job…someone who goes by, AJ Hammer…very untalented annoying guy…anyway he and his ‘guests’ did the full court press on Trump…a full segment…complete with actual diagrams of “all” the Hollywood people who have turned against T…

    I turned the channel and came back and they were still attacking T…

    …the female ‘expert’ guest (someone I never heard of)went on and on about how all the women have turned against T because of the birther issue and how Hollywood is so against T for going after O…and the three of them all agree that T has alienated the woman’s vote and how he is now a joke…and a racist…

    …the script has been set…we will hear the same stuff over and over again…everywhere…

    the brainwashing has started…they will tell us what to think…and how we feel…

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

    these people are such idiots…they make a rational person start screaming at the TV…no, the women have not turned against T…no he is not alieninating women…and why don’t you let little O fight his own battles…bad enough he had to hide behind Seth whatever his name is at the WHCD…and then roast T who had to sit there and be gracious…poor little wimpy O, he has to have everyone protect him…the leader of the free world can’t take that big bad T all by himself…

  365. Yet these fools on the republican side are ahanging on to the courier charade and waterboarding.

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

    Even CNS (Conservative News System/Serv/Shit) says the courier nickname came out MONTHS AFTER the waterboarding. I posted the quote earlier today.

  366. …one last thing…also heard Mort Zuckerman suggesting that T is racist because of the birther issue…Zuckerman and his newspaper are frequently attacking and ridiculing T front page …Zuckerman saying that he thought no other person would ever have been subjected to what O has been subjected to and be treated that way…

    …so of course, it is because of O’s skin color…because no one would ever criticize O, the man, it must be because of O, the black man…in other words, O is above any and all criticism…

    …again I wanted to scream at the tv…are you freaking kidding me…first of all, O slipped in without any vetting…everyone else goes thru the ringer…

    second…hey, Mort…were you around during the Clinton admin…the two terms…go take a look at what the press, the congress, the courts, the prosecutors, the repubs…all of them…go take a look at what they put Bill…and Hillary Clinton through…then come back and cry us a river because O, who no one knows much about, had to simply provide his birth certificate…a legal requirement to be Prez of USA…

    …perhaps Mort forgot that the special prosecutor dragged Hillary, our First Lady, in front of a grand jury…

    …all I can say is I hope there is someone out there that who is really, really, really tough enough to do the pushback that is going to be necessary…because this is going to be brutal…

  367. two teams of
    specialists were on standby: One to bury Bin Laden if he was
    killed, and a second composed of lawyers, interrogators and
    translators in case he was captured alive.

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

    So much for a ‘kill only’ mission.

  368. to prohibit doctors from asking patients if they own guns. The bill is aimed particularly at pediatricians, who routinely ask new parents if they have guns at home and if they’re stored safely.

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

    Could they also prohibit doctors asking other mickeymouse questions that waste time and then wasting more time with mickeymouse speeches claiming the questions are relevant.

  369. What [Ulsterman] talked about are things posters at this blog have been talking about for years. Nothing new there.
    [….]
    I don’t know. The thrill is gone for me. He seems to pin everything on Jarrett and that I find difficult to beleive.

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

    I’ve never taken him seriously. NOthing new ever, he’s probably getting his ideas from us. And the style drips snake oil, it’s like a bad scam fortuneteller or seance. I don’t believe he’s trying to help Hillary. MOre likely some GOP mole trying to smear her by association.

  370. I have always been a great admirer of Patrick Leahy. I admired him when he leaked sensitive security information to the Mew York Times. I admired him when he got caught red handed and boldly stated I should not have done it, I am sorry and I take full responsibility–which is the political equivalent of confession and avoidance. I admired him when he took a cheap shot at Cheney, and then got down on is hands and knees in the Senate cloak room and begged forgiveness when Cheney said fuck you. I admired him when he paraded around Senate in a Grateful Dead tee shirt on to enhance his Orville Reddingbacker-like gravitas. But I never knew what he was really capable of until I read his cirriculum vitae which is bare as a goats ass and long as a whores dream, so much so that they saw fit to include this:

    A big fan of Batman comics, Leahy lent his voice in the Batman: The Animated Series episode “Showdown”. He appeared in a cameo role in the 1997 film Batman and Robin, and in the 2008 film The Dark Knight.[17]
    Leahy wrote the introduction to the collected edition of Green Arrow: the Archer’s Quest and the foreword to the first volume of The Dark Knight Archives, a hardcover reprinting of the first four issues of the Batman comic book.

    This from the former Chairman of the Judiciary Committee who was preceded by Orin Hatch and succeeded by Orin Hatch, who gave him a Rush Limbaugh tie, rather than a Jerry Garcia tie. If there is to be a necktie party for Batman Leahy, I hope to be there to see that justice is done.

  371. Arnold Schwarzenegger has announced that he and his wife of 25 years, Maria Shriver are separating.
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  372. pm,

    Can you find any instance of a Muslim paper (even if very fringy) deleting Hillary or other women from a photo of an important meeting? Can you imagine the outcry if they did, how people would — unfairly imo — condemn the whole worldwide population of Muslims? Imo we should not condemn EITHER large group because of the actions of a few. We should recognize that ALL large groups include fringy extremists, and tolerate the rest of the group in spite of the fringes.

    Even Krauthammer only claims that 7% of all Muslims ‘support’ the extreme violent groups, iirc not even claiming all 7& belong to the extremist groups. So the extreme Muslim groups themselves are probably much smaller. — Now, what percentage of Jews are Hasadic? In Israel, appparently the percentage of Hasadics is well higher than Krauthammer’s 7% extremist-supporting Muslims.

    From a Hasidic FAQ at
    http://www.pinenet.com/~rooster/hasid1.html#HASID1-Q3-A
    “So, how many Hasidim are there? Nobody knows. I’ve heard figures of 250,000 or more for New York City, and anywhere from 10 to 20% in Israel, but these are only very rough estimates.”

    So I don’t see how we could say that the extreme Jews who deleted Hillary are just a small fringy group, not typical, and aren’t they cute — while suggesting that the extreme Muslims who do the terrorism are typical of the WHOLE Muslim group.

    Btw, here’s an interesting note for those who think Muslims are going to conquer the world by having more babies than anyone else does:

    [[ Monday, November 27, 2006.
    GAINESVILLE, Fla. — In an era when the Jewish population in America is stable or declining, ultra-Orthodox Hasidic Jewish numbers are growing rapidly — a trend that may make the Jewish community not only more religiously observant but also more politically conservative.
    So says a University of Florida population geographer who recently completed the first estimate of the Hasidic population based on the U.S. Census.
    Geography professor Joshua Comenetz estimated today’s Hasidic population at about 180,000, just 3 percent of the approximately 6 million Jews in the U.S., in a recent paper published in the journal Contemporary Jewry. However, Comenetz calculated that the Hasidic population doubles every 20 years because Hasidic Jews tend to have many children. That’s occurring even as demographic studies show that the non-Orthodox Jewish population is flat or falling. If current trends continue, Hasidic and other growing ultra-Orthodox Jewish groups will constitute a majority of U.S. Jews in the second half of this century – a potentially profound cultural and political change. ]]

  373. O, who no one knows much about, had to simply provide his birth certificate…a legal requirement to be Prez of USA…

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

    Other Presidents and candidates have done this without fussing or delaying. Eisenhower and Nixon had to have special bc’s created (openly).

  374. Is this true?

    “In 2009, the Israeli paper Yated Neeman photoshopped the female ministers out of a picture of Israel’s cabinet.”

  375. Ubama will be here today,
    Chamizal National Memorial, located in El Paso, Texas, along the United States–Mexico international border, commemorates the peaceful settlement of the Chamizal boundary dispute.
    The 55-acre (22 ha) memorial park serves primarily as a cultural center and contains art galleries, a theater, and an amphitheatre. A museum, which details the history of the U.S.–Mexico border, is located inside the visitor center. The park commemorates the peaceful resolution of the Chamizal Dispute, a more than 100-year border dispute between the United States and Mexico that resulted from the natural change of course of the Rio Grande between the cities of El Paso and Ciudad Juárez, Chihuahua. This national memorial was established on part of the disputed land that was assigned to the United States according to the Chamizal Convention of 1963; a corresponding Parque Público Federal “El Chamizal” was created on the now-Mexican portion of the land.
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chamizal_National_Memorial

    pushing for aggressive immigration reform.
    Jobs, anyone?

  376. Major neworks (ABC-NBC-CBS) Sanitize news regarding latest Radical Muslim attack on an American Airlines plane. A California resident with a Yemeni passport storms the cockpit of an American Airline’s flight during landing.-

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iqVhtHapFW4&feature=player_embedded

    The headline:

    Media Manipulation? The Majority of American Media Outlets Fail To Report The Yemeni Passenger Was Shouting Allahu Akbar’ As He Attempted To Storm The Cockpit Door –

    Video Examples Of Newscasts From Around The Country
    ________________

    Our fellow Americans helped flight attendants subdue this Radical Muslim hell bent on interfering with landing their flight safely.

    Score two for the Americans… disgruntled passenger upset his terrorist leader killed?

  377. WBBOEI,

    I was paraphrasing what the Ulsterman article said and that part I have no problem believing. It was just too convenient, the timing, the way JM was ahead until that point.

    Now I have no idea of who “orchestrated” it but it seems it could have happened.

    I do agree with U about that.

  378. “subdue this Radical Muslim hell bent on interfering with landing their flight safely.”

    :shudder:

    I am glad I don’t have to fly anywhere anytime soon. OTOH, I take Amtrak when I go see my ailing mom on LI and now I’m nervous about that, too.

    Nothing like fears of mulim, (NOT chirstian, jewish, Buddhist, Hindu, Catholic, Shamanistic or any other religion) fanatics terrorizing the traveling public.

  379. In haste — I’ll be out most of the day.

    Krugman compared Medicare with a footbridge in need of repair, not dismantling.

    I’d say it’s in need of reinforcement. But the GOP wants to smash it to splinters, and throw the seniors to the insurance sharks.

  380. Rick Perry has declined the White House’s request that he greet President Obama when Air Force One lands in Texas on Tuesday, the Republican governor’s office says.

    “We did try to arrange something with the White House,” Lucy Nashed, a spokeswoman for Perry, told POLITICO. “They asked us if we wanted to meet him out on the tarmac in El Paso, but we weren’t able to work anything out, based on the fact that it’s probably going to be a 10-minute greeting.”

    http://www.politico.com/politico44/perm/0511/a_lone_star_9e990758-d385-4fb4-99af-6839ab49aed2.html
    h/t gateway

  381. This is the last post I will make on this issue. I would only venture to say that there are “issues” in most religions that not all of us agree with and leave it at that.

    May 9, ’11

    STATEMENT FROM NEWS REPORT (DI TZEITUNG)

    REGARDING THE WHITE HOUSE PICTURE

    The White House released a picture showing the President following “live” events of the apprehension of Osama Bin Laden, last week Sunday. Also present in the Situation Room were various high-ranking government and military officials including Secretary of State, the honorable Hillary Rodham Clinton and another female participant.

    Our photo editor realizing the significance of this historic moment, published the picture, but in his haste, did not read the “fine print” that accompanied the picture, forbidding any changes and published a picture omitting the female participants in the room.

    Because we wanted to honor the President and our armed forces for the historic significance of the moment, we opted to publish the photo, but without the women included, as is our long standing editorial policy.

    Our editorial policies are guided by a Rabbinical Board and because of laws of modesty, does not allow for the publishing of photos of women. The readership of the Tzeitung believe that women should be appreciated for who they are and what they do, not for what they look like, and the Jewish laws of modesty are an expression of respect for women, not the opposite.

    The allegations by some, that Orthodox Judaism denigrates women or do not respect women in public office,is a malicious slander and libel. The Jewish religion does not allow for discrimination based or gender, race, etc.

    The current Secretary of State, the Honorable Hillary R. Clinton, was for eight years, a Senator representing New York State with great distinction. She won overwhelming majorities in the Orthodox Jewish communities in her initial campaign in ’00, and when she was re-elected in ’06 it was because the religious community, among others, appreciated her unique capabilities, talents and compassion for all.

    We respect all government officials. We even have special prayers for the welfare of our Government and the government leaders.

    In retrospect, we apologize for any misunderstanding that this might have caused. We should not have published the altered picture, and we have conveyed our regrets and apologies to the White House and to the State Department.

    http://ditzeitung.com/statement.html

  382. Clinton’s visit to Pakistan cancelled

    US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s visit to Pakistan scheduled for this month has been cancelled, report said on Tuesday. Sources told the media that the current tension (after Al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden’s killing in Pakistan) between the two countries is the reason behind the cancellation of Clinton’s visit. Sources also said that she will visit Pakistan next month.

    http://nation.com.pk/pakistan-news-newspaper-daily-english-online/International/10-May-2011/Clintons-visit-to-Pakistan-cancelled

  383. China rights clampdown ‘fool’s errand’: Clinton
    (AFP) – 1 hour ago

    WASHINGTON — US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton in an interview published Tuesday denounced China’s clampdown on dissent as a “fool’s errand,” saying Beijing was trying to stop the course of history.

    The remarks, some of the strongest by a senior US official since China launched a major crackdown earlier this year, came as Clinton was meeting with senior leaders from Beijing as part of the two nations’ annual dialogue.

    “They’re worried, and they are trying to stop history, which is a fool’s errand,” Clinton told The Atlantic magazine, referring to Chinese officials.

    “They cannot do it. But they’re going to hold it off as long as possible,” she said.

    Chinese authorities, apparently spooked by the wave of pro-democracy uprisings sweeping the Middle East, have detained dozens of lawyers, artists and other perceived critics in recent weeks.

    Clinton nonetheless defended the US policy of seeking cooperation with China on a range of global issues, saying: “We live in a real world.”

    “We don’t walk away from dealing with China because we think they have a deplorable human rights record. We don’t walk away from dealing with Saudi Arabia,” she said.

    The United States said it was raising specific cases with China during the two-day Strategic and Economic Dialogue, which closes on Tuesday. Beijing has repeatedly rejected foreign concerns on human rights.

    In the magazine interview, Clinton also voiced concern that the United States and its allies were failing to project their influence at a time that China’s state media was rapidly expanding its presence around the world.

    She pointed to planned spending cuts by the BBC, part of a budget-cutting drive underway both in Britain and the United States.

    “We are losing the war of ideas because we are not in the arena the way we were in the Cold War,” Clinton said.

    “I just feel like we’re missing an opportunity. And I’m well aware of our budget constraints and all of the difficulties we face, but now is the time,” she said.

    http://www.google.com/hostednews/afp/article/ALeqM5iLsKox4215uLgNSKScoxCKkJlX7w?docId=CNG.6ddcbc57a3d9d10ad0e2f7b757e9b37a.671

  384. holdthemaccountable

    Ubama

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    Oooo that is great, I may have to steal that name and use it.
    I am tired of the old names, Fraud, Berry, Waffles, Bambi….I still like the BoyKing, but now Ubama has a good ring to it.

  385. Clinton’s visit to Pakistan cancelled.

    —–
    Good, keep Hillary out of the ME, send Ubama over there to face his bros.

  386. votermom
    May 9th, 2011 at 1:36 pm
    I don’t care if it is Jewish, it is still evil. Women are literally “disappeared” from historical record?
    ****

    I agree…HERtory vs HIStory. Call discrimination wherever it is, otherwise we are no different than the bots

  387. Shadowfax
    May 10th, 2011 at 12:21 pm
    —————-
    I stole it from a comment somewhere – maybe even here.

  388. I stole it from a comment somewhere – maybe even here.

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    Heh, then maybe it’s already in public domain. 😉

  389. And I believe it was my friend* FF over at Uppity’s who started using Usama after all the networks started calling Osama UBL after they couldn’t keep each one straight. 😉

  390. Maria Shriver-glad she is miserable as her support for BO was another betrayal of Hillary.
    Obama plus 9.6% today on RCP.

  391. Good, I am not alone.

    Majorities from Every Political Ideology Want Option of Third Party
    By: Jon Walker Tuesday May 10, 2011 9:33 am

    Overall, 52 percent of Americans would like to add a third major political party, while only 40 percent feel Democrats and Republicans do an adequate job representing the American people, according to the latest Gallup poll. The interesting finding of this poll is that it found across the political spectrum, liberals, moderates and conservatives, all equally felt the need for more than the two parties.

    Firedog Lake

  392. Norma Desmond
    May 10th, 2011 at 2:04 pm

    Shadowfax – don’t they know any white folks?
    ——

    I guess MO is a racist- she is only scowl-less around black people.

  393. jbstonesfan

    Maria Shriver-glad she is miserable as her support for BO was another betrayal of Hillary. ——-> KARMA!

    Obama plus 9.6% today on RCP. —-> It is one of the last bumps he will ever have. It took our SEALs killing Binny to get him a rise.

  394. I am tired of the old names, Fraud, Berry, Waffles, Bambi….I still like the BoyKing, but now Ubama has a good ring to it.
    Ubambi? 🙂

  395. Personally, I never liked Bambi nor waffles.

    As a child I loved Bambi, and I enjoy waffles with fruit on top.

  396. wow, wag the dog, for 2012..

    The messages, including urgent blasts from the President , information on imminent threats and Amber Alerts about missing children, will supercede all other phone traffic so they won’t be stalled or delayed.

    FEMA’s Fugate and Federal Communications Commissioner Chair Julius Genachowski plan to announce the new system at the World Trade Center site Tuesday in a press conference with Mayor Bloomberg and top phone company execs.

    They system is expected to be up and running in New York and Washington by the end of the year – months before the rest of the country.

    Read more: http://www.nydailynews.com/ny_local/2011/05/09/2011-05-09_new_yorkers_soon_to_get_emergency_cell_phone_alerts_in_what_bloomberg_calls_quan.html#ixzz1LyuuAt00

  397. Google alerts just sent me a pack of sites claiming that Trump is washed up because of one poll. Reminds me of what they said about Hillary needing to get out of the race.

    Trump is hearing it from both sides too.

    I decided not to look at any of them and just wait and see if Trump is serious about running after CA ends.

  398. EVEN ARIANNA WONDERS, “WUDDUP?”: OBAMA MEASURES UP….TO THE TYRRANY OF LOW EXPECTATIONS

    Seems that even she realizes Obama’s multiple victory laps for “getting bin Laden” is lost if he gives lip service to the country’s economic conditions, especially the jobless and the underpaid McJobs.

    huffingtonpost.com/arianna-huffington/obama-jobs-economy_b_860026.html

    If “America Can Do Whatever We Set Our Mind To,” How Come Our Leaders Won’t Set Their Minds on Jobs?
    =========

    “We do big things,” President Obama said during his State of the Union speech in January. And, in fact, we do. Sometimes. Finding and dispatching Osama bin Laden certainly qualifies. “We are once again reminded,” the president said after announcing the terrorist’s death, “that America can do whatever we set our mind to.”

    But if that’s true, why are our leaders so accepting of a stagnant economy? If they really focused on the havoc it is wreaking on the lives of tens of millions of Americans, they would, in the memorable words of Richard Clarke, be running around with their hair on fire.

    But they’re not. Instead, they express concern but resign themselves to the fact that, as White House economic adviser Austan Goolsbee put it in an interview with HuffPost, the economy has “a long way to go.” Meanwhile, we’re being asked to accept years of underemployment, low growth and draconian cuts to America’s social safety nets as the “new normal.” Or, as Bill Clinton put it in a different context, the “tyranny of low expectations.”

    It’s a testament to these low expectations of our leaders that we’re supposed to take recent economic figures as some kind of good news. In March, the economy added 216,000 jobs and the unemployment rate fell from 8.9 percent to 8.8 percent. Not bad. But not good, either. And if you take a closer look at the numbers, you’ll want to keep that celebratory champagne on ice. Because while adding jobs is obviously better than shedding them, even if we continue to add 200,000 jobs a month, it would take until 2019 to achieve the employment level we had when the recession started. “There are still five unemployed workers per job opening,” Heidi Shierholz, economist with the Economic Policy Institute, told HuffPost, “far worse than the worst month of the early-2000s recession.”

    What’s more, much of the downturn in the unemployment rate was actually caused by people giving up and leaving the workforce. As the New York Times noted, participation in the workforce fell to 64.2 percent, the lowest mark in 25 years. If you were to factor those who have stopped looking for work into the official unemployment rate, it would be 9.8 percent. If you were to include those working part-time who would rather be working full-time, it would be 15.7 percent. “Being happy with the falling unemployment rate right now,” said Wells Fargo’s Jeremy Ryan, “would be like being happy that your team won because the other team’s bus broke down on the way to the field.”

    April’s numbers were equally disconcerting: even though the economy added 244,000 jobs, the unemployment rate rose from 8.8 percent to 9 percent. Even worse, the unemployment rate for African-Americans jumped to 16.1 percent. And for those over the age of 55, the average length of time spent looking for a job is now over a year.

    Add to that an anemic GDP growth rate of 1.8 percent for January through March, down from 3.1 percent for the last quarter of 2010, and the fact that, according to U.S. Census numbers released last week, the percentage of young adults living with their parents has jumped to a staggering 34 percent, largely because of their limited job possibilities.

    Then there is the chilling reality that more than 28 percent of U.S. homes were underwater in the first quarter of the year, and foreclosures are expected to rise 20 percent this year. “We get tired of telling such a grim story,” Zillow economist Stan Humphries told Bloomberg News, “but unfortunately this is the story that needs to be told.”

    Told, but apparently not listened to. At least not in Washington.

    It’s no wonder then that, according to a recent Gallup poll, over half the country currently believes we’re in a recession or a depression. Or that a New York Times/CBS poll shows that 80 percent say the economy is in fairly bad or very bad shape.

    How are these not hair on fire numbers?

    Yet our leaders, who are supposed to be doing big things, seem instead to have made their peace with “the new normal.” Take the Fed: it could be doing a lot more to create jobs, but instead it’s guarding against the phantom bogeyman of inflation. “Why has Mr. Bernanke decided to accept widespread unemployment for years on end, even though he believes he has the power to reduce it?” asked David Leonhardt. “After all, does the economy feel as if it’s on the verge of overheating?” Hardly.

    At the New America Foundation’s conference about the Federal Reserve, the Peterson Institute’s Joe Gagnon said that the Fed’s timidity is responsible for the loss of 1 million jobs. “Apparently,” writes Mark Thoma, “the millions and millions of people who are unemployed, some of whom won’t be reemployed until years from now if we do nothing to help, are supposed to be patient because people with power over policy are worried about inflation and higher interest rates.”

    Our elected leaders aren’t any better — less focused on the job crisis than on arguing about how to best divvy up harsh cuts to the social safety net and programs that benefit the middle class. Meanwhile, profits for the Fortune 500 jumped by 81 percent in 2010, to $318 billion. Clearly big things aren’t out of reach for everybody.

    It’s not that we can’t do something big about the economy — it’s that our leaders choose not to. Or, as Mark Thoma puts it: “We can’t help to stimulate job growth if we don’t try, and so far we aren’t trying anywhere near hard enough.”

    President Obama himself connected the economy to his can-do speech about Osama. Immediately after declaring that “America can do whatever we set our mind to,” he said, “That is the story of our history, whether it’s the pursuit of prosperity for our people, or the struggles for equality for all our citizens.”

    But, at the moment, that doesn’t seem to be the story of our country. We are dangerously close to accepting a bifurcated economy as the new status quo. Yes, there are political realities. Yes, the parties are hugely divided.

    But if it’s true we can do “whatever we set our mind to,” then how about we set our mind to reigniting the American Dream for everybody, and not just those few for whom the recession is an out-of-sight-out-of-mind reality? There is no bigger Big Thing we can do as a country right now.

  399. Good, keep Hillary out of the ME, send Ubama over there to face his bros.
    *********************
    LOL

  400. JanH
    Posting that statement by the misogynist Hasidic press again does not change the fact that their policies are Misogynist.

  401. Surely a few attacks from the chicago thug and his adoring press can’t force Trump out of the race, can it? It might make him think about it, but he will never live it down (in the business or political world) if he lets them run him out.

  402. VANITY4USA
    May 10th, 2011 at 7:48 pm
    (pic) This is why Osama really didnt stand a chance,look what he was up against http://t.co/5IMQ0ys
    **********************
    Funny. Where did they find all those super heroes suits?

  403. Passengeners on the plane tell the local reporters he was shouting “Allah Akbhar” while trying to ramp into the cockpit on a american airlines airplane in CA.

    His family’s explanation:
    “His family also claimed that Almurisi, 28, suffers from rheumatoid arthritis and could also have reacted badly when an air stewardess told him to sit down.
    There’s a lot of things I’m guessing, you know, I’m just trying to figure it out,’ said Rageh. ‘I know he wasn’t trying to harm anyone. I know that for sure. He’s not a terrorist. He’s a nice guy.’”

    Passengers and eyewitness in the plane on the other hand say:

  404. Democrat1, S, and Basil9

    Shadowfax
    May 9th, 2011 at 8:51 pm

    AmericanGal
    May 9th, 2011 at 6:09 pm

    New White House insider interview…part 2

    http://socyberty.com/politics/white-house-insider-eric-holder-is-gonna-fall/
    ——
    Thank you for posting this…it’s like coming home from work and seeing a huge, homemade chocolate cake, and tossing the diet out the window.

    I am going back to read this loooooooooooooooooooog article.
    _______________

    Thanks for posting the link to the Insider.. I did get a chance to read all 10 pgs. If anyone is having difficulty reading though the 10 pgs, suggest you enlarge the print.. Your eyes will fly through the text like a hot knife through butter… (press Ctrl and plus sign)

    The high points I made note of were i.) the war with Valerie Jarret and Rahm Emanual, ii.) Trump instrumental in breaking though the wall of secrecy in the WH. iii.)the link between McCain’s failed presidential bid and the financial collapse. iv.) The Republicans helping to elect Obama… we always knew why- to STOP Hillary. v.) the rest of the article is about Geithner’s involvement in the housing market crash…in collusion with Henry Paulson, the Fed and Bernache…

    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

    Agreed- the chess pieces are in transition, about to be reshuffled on the chessboard.

    Truthfully, the evil perpetrating the atmosphere is so thick, you can cut it with a knife. Obama feels threatened by Trump. He is delegating a full on premptive attack on Trump throuh the news outlets and blogs before Corsi’s book debuts. But he is too late to the dance. The books are ordered and paid for. They will be reaching the hands and minds of thousands of Americans in short order.

    Anyone hear Obama speaking about Pakistan today? JanH I’ve been away most of the day away from the news cycle. Just wondering if he has made a statement re: the new foreign policy regime towards PA.

  405. another explanation from his family:
    ” “He might have seriously mistaken the cockpit for the bathroom…. He’s only been on three planes in his whole life.””

  406. #
    tim
    May 10th, 2011 at 8:44 pm

    another explanation from his family:
    ” “He might have seriously mistaken the cockpit for the bathroom…. He’s only been on three planes in his whole life.””
    ______________

    Is it customary to yell Allahu Akbar before accessing the Rest Room?

  407. Mrs. Smith
    May 10th, 2011 at 8:51 pm

    lol, I’ve seen now 2 explanations from the family, the bad leg one, now he was looking for the restroom. I am wondering what will used next as an explanation.
    He was just denied bail by a judge.

    And he’s a math teacher in CA.

  408. Also, contained in the Insider Report, “Holder’s days are numbered”. Once he is removed from his post and someone with respect for the Law is appointed, heads will begin to roll.

  409. “And he’s a math teacher in CA.”
    ______________

    Thank goodness, there is a judge with a brain removing this radical from associating with kids and safeguarding the streets of CA.

    Just wondering, who or what the trigger was for the guy to crack?

  410. so the rapper who was appaulding cop-killers and “burning Bush” is still invited by Waffle’s wife for “poetry night” tommorow night. Hannity is spending a lot on this, for once I agree with Hannity, this is disgusting, I just listened to some of this rapper’s lyrics, absolutely disgusting, very mysogenistic.

  411. Mrs. Smith,

    I am happy you are so optimistic and I swear I wish I shared in it. The recent Ulsterman Report, while fascinating, just seemed like a letdown after everything that’s been posted on this blog for the past few years.

    We already KNEW most of that stuff!

    I hope you’re right heads are about to roll.

    I agree it’s obvious BO and the WH are terrified of Trump. Why go after him the way they did if they weren’t afraid? I hope you’re right about the Corsi book. I have little time for regular book reading these days but you and others have been anticipating its impact and I am going to order it.

    About Trump, I agree that if he doesn’t respond in some way, in his own time, to the attacks by the WH, BO and MSM he will lose credibility in the business world.

    Anyone have a link of him with Greta last night?

    BTW, “Truthfully, the evil perpetrating the atmosphere is so thick, you can cut it with a knife” seems to be a template for dim tactics even in the teensy political world I report on. The last few weeks have been sickeningly nasty. I just got home from a pre-school board election hearing where one dim stood up and accused several prospective board members of being felons, having complaints lodged against them and other low-blow comments.

    It seems the slash and burn disinformation and slander techniques of the BO crew have permeated the lower echelons and honestly it is disgusting. I may not be cut out for this.
    I’m ready to quit and spend my time with the flock. They fight, too, but it’s about perch territory and is entirely non-personal.

    I feel like I need a bath and I already had one shower today.

  412. This is just sad, these poor fisherman.

    http://www.wmur.com/money/27844592/detail.html

    “Fishermen on New Hampshire’s Seacoast are warning that new fishing regulations could destroy their industry and have already caused them severe emotional stress.

    The U.S. Department of Commerce has sent a team to Seabrook to look at the effects of the new regulations.

    “If they don’t do something to modify the fishing regulations, we won’t have a fishing industry on the Seacoast, is what it boils down to,” said Hampton Town Manager Fred Welch.

    Many in the fishing industry said they want the federal team to do more than its stated task of creating an economic development assessment report. The team is spending three days in Seabrook and visiting five other New England fishing towns…

    …“One of the fishermen from Rye had said that there had been three suicide attempts and a half dozen divorces during this first year of catch-shares,” said Bob Campbell of the Yankee Fisherman’s Cooperative. “Commercial fishermen are usually pretty tight-lipped, and for something this serious to come out, I mean, you know that the whole situation is grave.”

    Campbell said the cooperative has lost about $750,000 in business since the new regulations went into effect.”

  413. “I feel like I need a bath and I already had one shower today.”
    _______________

    I feel the same way. It’s an odorless stench enveloping the air around us looking for a place to light. It will be gone soon. It cannot expend the energy it takes for control for too long. People tune out and look inward.

  414. Europeanizing American Space Activities by Stealth

    Obama is proposing to bind the U.S. by executive order to a European “Code of Conduct” for space activities that would stifle missile defense and open our commercial space industry to the prying eyes of competitors.

    n the name of better managing the celestial environment, the Obama administration seems to be on the verge of imposing new international constraints on the American space establishment, without consultation with the Senate. Sources in the arms-control community inform me that, as part of its National Security Space Strategy released a couple months ago, the White House plans to sign an executive order soon that will compel both the U.S. military and commercial space industry to comply with the European Union “ Code of Conduct” for space activities.

    The proposed code is partly a response to the Chinese test of an anti-satellite weapon in early 2007, which created a huge mess in low earth orbit. Such concern was further heightened by the accidental collision between an Iridium communications satellite and a derelict Russian satellite a little over two years ago.

    Originally drafted in 2008, with a revision last September, the code seems innocuous enough at first reading, basically forbidding the destruction of satellites and generating debris in low earth orbit. Among other things, it is an attempt by space arms controllers to accomplish what they have never been able to get by formal treaty — a limit on space weaponry. An actual anti-satellite ban has been criticized as unworkable and unverifiable, so instead, they drafted up “rules of the road,” a series of best practices for operating in space.

    However, the language concerns some analysts. There was a panel on the topic hosted by the Marshall Institute in February, which questioned the need for this, on which industry analyst/journalist

    Jeff Foust reported in March:

    http://pajamasmedia.com/blog/europeanizing-american-space-activities-by-stealth/?singlepage=true

  415. Mrs. Smith
    May 10th, 2011 at 9:35 pm

    I will try to find the article for you, but the Chinease played a heavy hand in this, they are essentially trying to hinder our space program by imposing European “code of conduct” on our space program (the european space program not as good as ours)
    At the same time, the chinease are cooperating with the russians to beat us. So slow us down and at the same time speed up their programs, advancements.

    The chinease tried the same with cap n trade, they enouraged Waffles to impose it on us, yet, when their turn came, they said essentially, hell no, we are not hindering our growth for this nonsensical rules.

  416. Thanks for info, Tim.. The Chinese are America’s stalking horse.
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    Orthodox Jewish paper apologises for Hillary Clinton deletion

    New York paper Di Tzeitung removed Clinton from a photograph of Barack Obama and his staff monitoring the Bin Laden raid.

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2011/may/10/jewish-paper-apologises-hillary-clinton
    ______________

    The world LOVES Hillary. I’m sure when Di Tzeitung realized it’s error, they felt badly about it…sending apologies forthwith.

  417. So, if Waffle’s wife still invites the rapper who in his raps was singing about violence against GWB, will Laura Bush ever again appear anywhere with Waffle’s wife? I think Laura Bush is a very patient person, but this might even break her patience and tolerance for this nonsense.

  418. AmericanGal
    May 10th, 2011 at 9:37 pm

    Well, we knew this was coming didn’t we…

    Bin Laden Death Now Part of Obama Re-Elect Message
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    Oh yeah- and how! Forget the economy and the high price of food and fuel. We always wanted to experience what it feels like to be a Third World country. Thanks for a glimpse into the abyss and the future you portend for America.

    You can go now- Don’t let the WH door hit you in the *** on the way out!

    .

  419. The world LOVES Hillary. I’m sure when Di Tzeitung realized it’s error, they felt badly about it…sending apologies forthwith.
    ***********************
    did they apologize to the other woman who was removed from the photo also?

  420. #
    tim
    May 10th, 2011 at 9:54 pm

    So, if Waffle’s wife still invites the rapper who in his raps was singing about violence against GWB, will Laura Bush ever again appear anywhere with Waffle’s wife? I think Laura Bush is a very patient person, but this might even break her patience and tolerance for this nonsense.
    __________________

    The Obama’s thrive on payback- (Obama felt insulted when Bush declined being used as a prop for BO’s GZ photo-op) All Bushey needs is a good reason to come at him with gunz blazin’ Texas style. Thursday, he will have it-

  421. BigCatLover
    May 10th, 2011 at 9:57 pm

    The article mentions the other woman but doesn’t say what they did. The benefit here is the over site may have had an impact on their decades old policy and may be the impetus for change in the future.

  422. I liked what Trump was doing but he had the misfortune of having the long form certificate of live birth released and then OBL…he appears to be done as far as being a serious candidate.

  423. jbstonesfan
    May 10th, 2011 at 10:17 pm

    “he appears to be done as far as being a serious candidate.”
    ___________

    That sentence does have a ring to it like “Do you know a good lawyer?” 🙂

  424. I disagree with you jbstonesfan…Obama’s road tour of self-congratulation will eventually run out of steam as the more immediate issues of everyday life again take hold on voters conciousness. People will be back to asking serious questions…Trump just needs to wait for when the time is right to capitalize on it…

    If he decides to become a candidate he will no doubt be even more aggressive in bringing up the unanswered questions about Obama and his leadership. No doubt he will capture media attention. I don’t think we’ve heard the last from Trump at all. The “glow” of the Osama capture is still in the news and drowning out other things right now but that will pass……

  425. Thanks Mrs. Smith:),
    —————–
    I hope you are correct AmeicanGal, but even before these events, Trump was being marginalized by both the left, right and everyone in between. Absent a re-emergence of Trump, there is not one current republican candidate that can win. I think a guy like Christie would be their best shot with Rubio as the VP to get the Latino vote.

  426. Respect your opinion, but I don’t think assumptions that “there is not one current republican candidate that can win” can be made for certain yet. There is still such a long time before the election that unforseen events, actions or candidates can impact the race. I’m sure that George Bush Sr, with his never before seen 90% approval rating, thought he was a “sure thing” in 1992 but the economy and Bill Clinton changed that.

  427. Wouldn’t it be great if we could just have the BEST, most experienced, qualified, smartest candidiate for president rather than having to worry about nominating a candidate just to get the Black, Latino and probably eventually the Muslim vote in this country?

  428. rap workshops for school children…
    WTF?… over

    possible headline:
    Lay Z to host rapper Common at White House.
    I’m appalled, but not the least bit surprised. This guy is about as much of a poet as Eva Longoria is an immigration reform expert. In fact, calling him a poet chaps me about as bad as anything else about the story, and I don’t even like poetry.
    Yep, the union thugs and rappers come in the front door, and the Dalai Lama has to use the back door.
    “You gotta get out of the crib, get into the world”
    correction—–”get out the crib”

  429. I hope you are correct AmericanGal,
    ___________________

    She is- and I agree totally with her response. Trump will be back on top in no time. The beginnings of this political dance has it’s ebb and flow just like anything new coming to market. Trump is a quick study and is by far leaps and bounds ahead of any other R candidate out there today.

    Boehner made a statement today about Christie. He said, “Christie speaks English”. Unfortunately, speaking English isn’t enough to mitigate the damage done by the ‘O’ WH.

    At least we know Trump has the tools, the resources and a record of accomplishment he can point to during public appearances until his candidacy is officially announced. Don’t count him out just yet- He is a serious player.

  430. and probably eventually the Muslim vote in this country?
    ==========================================================

    Scary ,but true. Like Europe now, by 2050, this country will have lost it’s culture to Islam. Hopefully, the sometimes chavanistic hasidic Jews can keep pace 🙂

  431. The solid citizen rapper common advocates the killing of police and the burning of President Bush–and HE is welcome in the White House?
    Why isn’t the FBI looking into this thug for making veiled threats against a former President?
    You can bet that when Obama is out of office (hopefully in early 2013) and someone made a comment like common made about Bush, efforts to prosecute that person would be viral.
    Imagine inviting a member of the David Duke to the White House for poetry–the outrage would be deafening, as it should, but a hateful, bigoted black rapper gets the ‘red carpet’.
    Obama’s actions basically ‘spit’ in the eye of most Americans with his more visible support of racism and bigotry against Whites, Police and a former President–and, the media gives him a pass.
    In the end, it’s ALWAYS about race–I’m sick and tired of that BS and the PC nonsense that seems to only be one-way.

  432. JBStones…imho…you are putting too much attention on fluctuating early daily polls…and polls that are frequently skewed (and stressing yourself out in the meantime)…it will come down to the electoral college and who wins what states…

    …and in political terms…we are light years away from the election…

  433. I know S…I am obsessed with these polls and I check out RCP everyday so I can’t avoid them. I will try not posting , but it will be like going “cold turkey”.

  434. BigCatLover
    May 10th, 2011 at 8:17 pm

    JanH
    Posting that statement by the misogynist Hasidic press again does not change the fact that their policies are Misogynist.
    ———————
    I posted the newspaper’s response as a news item…plain and simple. I did not say I agreed with this custom. As a matter of fact, as a Jewish person I have always struggled with this issue.

    I would venture to think that maybe many Christian women struggled for year’s with the church’s attitude on abortion and divorce.

    Either way, by posting an article at any time, it does not mean that I 100% agree with what has been said.

    That would be ludicrous for anyone to assume that.

  435. The latest Atlantic Monthly has a lengthy interview with Hillary Clinton

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    Hillary Clinton: Chinese System Is Doomed, Leaders on a ‘Fool’s Errand’

    By Jeffrey Goldberg

    In an exclusive interview, the secretary of state says Beijing’s human rights record is “deplorable” and it is “trying to stop history” by opposing the advance of democracy…

    http://www.theatlantic.com/international/archive/2011/05/hillary-clinton-chinese-system-is-doomed-leaders-on-a-fools-errand/238591/

  436. Southern Born
    May 10th, 2011 at 11:08 pm

    Wouldn’t it be great if we could just have the BEST, most experienced, qualified, smartest candidiate for president rather than having to worry about nominating a candidate just to get the Black, Latino and probably eventually the Muslim vote in this country?
    ———–

    Yup, that is why we are all on the Big Pink supporting the bestest, candidate ever……..our girl, Hillary.

    Thinking of the last part of the insider story, led me to believe that the falling of the dominoes may be getting a tap or two by the Clinton’s?

    Hillary is tired of taking marching orders from a punk, slacker and she sides with folks like Gates and they work together with others to do what should be done, then tell Ubama to just sign it when it’s finished…like it or not.

    Ubama wasn’t kidding when he said Hillary was throwing rocks at his window. I hope sooner rather than later that Hillary sends a bolder though that window.

  437. After watching what has gone on in this past few years, the only significant polling should be done amoung the centalist of both parties, and the Independence. They are the only ones that will shift, which would make a difference. In addition, it is the voting group of these areas that matters. If you are polling this group and only 40% vote, and of course the hard core extreme will be there, the influence of this group would not be significant. But we know that we have seen stats that say the parties and independence are approximately 33% each.

    I would like to see a poll of the voting segments of the centralist of each party, and the independence. I don’t know of anyone presently doing that polling. Even during the primary it appears they did not do that until near election time. Why I don’t know, as in the end, the polling that counts would be amoung those groups that change.

  438. I’m travelling — limited access.

    I’m sure when Di Tzeitung realized it’s error, they felt badly about it…sending apologies forthwith.
    ***********************
    did they apologize to the other woman who was removed from the photo also?

    According to the story I saw (AP iirc) they apologized — to the White House for altering the picture. Maybe to the St Dept too. But no mention of them apologlzing to either woman!

  439. From the UK Guardian story:

    Di Tzeitung said it has a “long standing editorial policy” of not publishing women’s images. It explained that its readers “believe that women should be appreciated for who they are and what they do, not for what they look like, and the Jewish laws of modesty are an expression of respect for women, not the opposite”.
    [….]
    An editor at a Manhattan weekly that has covered Jewish issues since the 1890s addressed why the Brooklyn newspaper might have altered the image. The Forward’s managing editor, Lil Swanson, said that removing women from photographs is “in keeping with” the belief of some ultra-Orthodox Jews that showing images of the female form is “immodest”.

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

    Muslims give similar rationales for their burqua custom.

  440. Here’s the comment from the Di Tzeitung publisher:
    “In accord with our religious beliefs, we do not publish photos of women, which in no way relegates them to a lower status… Because of laws of modesty, we are not allowed to publish pictures of women, and we regret if this gives an impression of disparaging to women, which is certainly never our intention. We apologize if this was seen as offensive.”

    Ugh. The no apology apology. Don’t pee on my leg and tell me it’s raining. Yet another patriarchal religion associated with medieval notions that women are temptresses to be hidden from view–an outlook common among several fundamentalist approaches to religion.

    I don’t see any reason to walk on eggshells to maintain a semblance of respect for people’s religious beliefs. I am disrespectful to any religion that disrespects me.
    There’s a straight line between erasing women from photos / reality and forcing her to remain hidden under yards of fabric.

    Geh cachen auffen yam. (Go take a crap in the lake.)

  441. “In 2009, the Israeli paper Yated Neeman photoshopped the female ministers out of a picture of Israel’s cabinet.”
    ——————–
    True.
    Murphy posted about it at pumapac in april 2009:
    http://pumapac.org/2009/04/08/masculine-modesty/

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    I often see it sais that moderate Muslims do not speak out enough against excesses of extreme Muslims. How many moderate Jews spoke out against this excess by extreme Jews?

  442. JanH, albeit a poor decision to photoshop the pic, it was not done with malice, but rahter out of a concept of modesty(they simply should not have used the pic ). At least they recognized their mistake and apologized to Hillary. I would take a photoshoped pic anyday than the stoning/beheading/ honor killings and other atrocirties other religions committ against woman. If you want to see woman treated equally, look at Israel where great women like Golda Meir led a nation to victory. The hasidic Jews are wonderful people and very toleraant compared tomost religious groups. They nade a mistake and it was unfortunate, but lets us never compare this to the horrors other women in the world face. Look no further than the USA were a great wonan, Hillary, was torn down by the good old boys club.

  443. IMO, any culture that thinks women’s appearance is an issue, should be having those who are bothered have to take the extra steps. In other words, MEN are disturbed by women’s bodies – but they make the women have to shoulder the burden of “protecting” the men. IMO, the men should have to “protect” themselves – like, by hiding in the home, or walking around in a box and a cane for the sight impaired, or wearing silly sunglasses with no peripheral vision, or gosh, taking testosterone suppressants. It’s THEIR problem, THEY should have to change their OWN lives, not those of the women.

    IMO, “Culture”, determined by men which is meant to control the behavior of “the other” (the women), does not take precedence over the freedom of women. They can call it religion (MAN-made), they can call it culture (MAN-made), but it’s about control, freedom, and second-class status. AFAIC, “culture” and “religion” are merely being used to justify oppression.

    If there were a tribe in Africa with darker and lighter members, and the light ones were doing to the dark ones what these middle eastern men do to women, can you imagine anyone accepting “culture” or “religion” as an excuse? I can’t. It’s okay because it’s just “women”.

  444. While some of you may think I hate George W. Bush and never see anything positive about him, let me correct your error. My basic beef with Bush is that he spent money like a Democrat, he attacked Iraq without justification and, in the process, diverted our nation’s attention from getting Bin Laden, and he countenanced the release of Valerie Plame’s identity and approved the use of torture. I think George W. Bush tarnished his family and our nation by this conduct and he will be judged harshly by history.

    However, let’s give Bush credit for not milking the capture of Saddam Hussein the way that Barack Obama is milking the killing of Bin Laden. The irony is huge and delicious. Bush made a big deal about not treating terrorists under the rules of “law enforcement.” However, when Saddam was snatched from the spider hole he was treated as a prisoner and ultimately tried. He got the law enforcement treatment.

    I know the true story of how Saddam was captured. I’ve been privileged to go shooting with the guys who actually did the op (I bought them a box of cigars for their accomplishment). The story the Bush people put out was an effective cover story. They wanted to protect the identity and capability of those who actually did the mission.

    What a contrast with Obama. He and his team can’t tell the same story two days in a row. Awful. And in the process he is exposing important classified capabilities. But Obama does not care. He’s desperate to get a bump from this and will do anything to get it.

    The contrast between Bush and Obama on this score is enormous. Bush acted like a real leader when it came to the capture of Saddam. Obama has violated everything he claimed to stand for.

  445. I would only venture to say that there are “issues” in most religions that not all of us agree with

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    Very true!

  446. jbstones – Modesty is not an extreme – it isn’t being invisible. I have yet to see a definition of “modesty” that includes “invisibility”!

    They wanted the females “disappeared”, so they disappeared them.

    I wonder how they would feel if a community meeting with a few Hassidic Jews and a bunch of other people had the Hassidic Jews “disappeared” from the public photos? I imagine they’d be making quite the stink about it. I guess the newspaper could say they were merely being mddest, didn’t want the guys with the curliques to be ridiculed, they were doing it to protect the curlique guys.

  447. However, when Saddam was snatched from the spider hole he was treated as a prisoner and ultimately tried. He got the law enforcement treatment.

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

    Saddam was turned over to his own Iraqi political enemies, who by then were in control of the Iraq government. Was there any doubt they would execute him (or at least keep him in prison for life)? Who would we have turned Bin Laden over to, and with what certainty of the result?

    (Is it true that early on, the Afgan government offered to turn him in to the Hague, but Bush would not agree?)

    In Saddam’s spider hole, I don’t think he had room for sons and couriers, presumably armed. Didn’t he come out waving hands up and saying “I want to negotiate”?

  448. There’s a straight line between erasing women from photos / reality and forcing her to remain hidden under yards of fabric.

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

    Yes. But erasing the women altogether is much, much worse than than their wearing burquas.

  449. At least they recognized their mistake and apologized to Hillary.

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

    Not to Hillary in any report or statement I’ve seen. Unless you count ‘apologized to the State Department.’ Nor have I seen any apology to the other woman, who was Head of Counter Terrorism iirc.

  450. Internationally, I can understand that happening, but only an idiot in American would have thought that was OK. It just proves again how deep seated the feeling against women are in this country. Which is very hard for me to understand.

    Instead of leading the charge for the equality of women, we appear to be in the middle ages. Another indication that this country is not what I thought it was.

  451. Yesterday in Texas, Obama used one of his favorite tactics. Choose between A. Smear or B. Mock
    GOP Disputes Obama’s Claim That Border Security Has Improved

    …”We have gone above and beyond what was requested by the very Republicans who said they supported broader reform as long as we got serious about enforcement,” Obama said. “But even though we’ve answered these concerns, I gotta say I suspect there are still going to be some who are trying to move the goal posts on us one more time. Maybe they’ll need a moat,” Obama said mockingly to laughter from the crowd. “Maybe they’ll want alligators in the moat….”
    http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2011/05/10/obama-urges-congress-pass-immigration-reform/

  452. A-yup,that sure does fly in the face of Border Patrol agents under Federal Order having to chase illegals back to the border letting them go- Keeping Obama’s illegal arrest numbers down on the books.. (see 2nd linked post)

    holdthemaccountable
    May 11th, 2011 at 6:21 am

    Yesterday in Texas, Obama used one of his favorite tactics. Choose between A. Smear or B. Mock
    GOP Disputes Obama’s Claim That Border Security Has Improved

    …”We have gone above and beyond what was requested by the very Republicans who said they supported broader reform as long as we got serious about enforcement,” Obama said. “But even though we’ve answered these concerns, I gotta say I suspect there are still going to be some who are trying to move the goal posts on us one more time. Maybe they’ll need a moat,” Obama said mockingly to laughter from the crowd. “Maybe they’ll want alligators in the moat….”
    _____________________________

    Ariz. Sheriff: Feds Order Release of Illegals to Phony Up Numbers

    Friday, 06 May 2011

    By Jim Meyers and Ashley Martella

    The U.S. Border Patrol has told its agents to stop arresting illegal aliens crossing the border from Mexico to keep the illegal immigration numbers down, Arizona Sheriff Larry Dever tells Newsmax.

    He also charges that Attorney General Eric Holder is “holding hands with the ACLU” to protect illegal aliens from prosecution, says illegals are committing “heinous crimes” across America every day, and calls claims that the federal government should be solely responsible for controlling illegal immigration,… “balderdash.”

    h.. w… newsmax.com/Headline/LarryDever-BorderPatrol-Immigration-Arizona/2011/05/06/id/395500
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    Sheriff claims Border Patrol has told officers to STOP arresting Mexican illegal immigrants… to keep official figures down

    “The revelations come just a few weeks after Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano cited the lower arrest rates as evidence of a more secure border.”

    “U.S. Customs and Border Protection commissioner Alan Bersin even said: ‘The border is more secure than it has ever been.’

    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1378739/Sheriff-Larry-Dever-says-Border-Patrol-told-officers-STOP-arresting-Mexican-illegal-immigrants.html

  453. Mrs. S. This event has been playing out here, Ubama staff cherry picking what is enforced. The crime in this article is not heinous, although 2 false ID cards and $3000 does raise hackles. {I’ve mentioned this incident before; it is news again because ICE finally responded, and Lou Barletta (R, PA 11)has joined in.)

    Lawmakers Take Aim At I.C.E. After Illegal Immigrant Is Cut Loose
    Beaver Meadows, Carbon County– Congressman Lou Barleta and State Representatives, Tara Toohil and Doyle Heffley and Senator John Yudichak are all taking action in the aftermath of a traffic stop. Beaver Meadows Police say that’s when an illegal immigrant was set free by I.C.E. Lawmakers from Pennsylvania and Carbon County gathered at the Beaver Meadows Borough Building Monday morning to call for tougher laws on those who obtain state access cards illegally. Admitted illegal immigrant Oswaldo Tlamles-Perez had two in his possessn when he was pulled over for speeding last week on route 93 in Beaver Meadows. He also had three thousand dollars in cash in his pockets. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, I.C.E. told Beaver Meadows Police Chief Mike Moressi to cut him loose since he was not charged with a serious crme. The move by I.C.E. fanned a controversy that continues to get hotter.
    Congressman Lou Barletta sent a strongly worded letter to I.C.E. I.C.E. responded in a statement Monday saying that Perez was not a wanted fugitive and that I.C.E. has to prioritize its calls. That had he been charged with a serious crime, he wold have been detained. We look forward to working with Beaver Meadows Police in the future.
    The response did not set well with Barletta. He said, “I want answers. This should not be taking place.”
    http://pahomepage.com/fulltext?nxd_id=183137

  454. Here’s an interesting WaPo piece by the execrable Blankley —

    May 11, 2011
    Conditions of Anonymity By Tony Blankley

    There is a particular media conceit that, in the garb of purported impeccable disclosure, is in fact a license for news sources to market talking points.

    A hilarious example of the breed can be found in an article by Anne E. Kornblut in the Sunday Washington Post. The article is about the White House’s intended use of the bin Laden event and is titled “Bin Laden raid fits into Obama’s ‘big things’ message.”

    The phrase in question is the italicized words in the following quote: “A senior administration official, who spoke on the conditions of anonymity to speak freely about internal thinking, said the White House is not developing a strategy to leverage the raid in other difficult arenas, such as the budget or debt-ceiling negotiations with the Republicans. And the official insisted it would not change the overall message or approach of the 2012 campaign, which has long been described as a campaign focused on the economy.

    “Still, it will almost certainly help a president elected on ‘hope’ and ‘change’ to shift his next campaign in a new direction.”

    Of course, the entire point of the article was precisely the opposite of what the unnamed official said: that the White House staff, in fact, is itching to take political advantage of the bin Laden killing.

    Indeed, the constant quotes of clumsy denials of political calculations by senior White House officials is the artful leitmotif of the entire article.

    Admittedly, the senior official was merely following an old, regularly used Washington tactic: going on background not necessarily to speak the truth, but to spin the office talking point — and make it sound like it is an inside revelation, rather than just a standard piece of propaganda for mass consumption.

    While the Post, The New York Times and other such media regularly use the italicized phrase, in this instance, the entire article is a substantive refutation of the phrase. As a result, the phrase is actually misreporting facts observed by the reporter. (Let me emphasize, this is not the reporter’s fault. It is the news outlet’s policy and is enforced by their editors. The reporter has no say in such matters.)

    In fact, other than the offending phrase, this is an exceptionally good piece of writing. The White House staff is not likely to be happy with a Washington Post article that explicitly contradicts the words quoted in the article by senior aides to the president on one of the most politically sensitive topics any White House has had to handle.

    Consider the opening sentence of the article: “Advisers to President Obama are tiptoeing carefully around the political bounce he received after the successful raid on Osama. …” As the article discloses, they are tiptoeing about as carefully as a drunken fat man at three in the morning (my phrase, not the reporter’s).

    David Axelrod, the President’s top political adviser, is described in the article as “careful not to paint the raid as a personal victory for the President. It ‘was not a political exercise, so I don’t want to treat it as such,’ he said.”

    But obviously, he was not careful enough to fool the Post reporter of this article, who a few paragraphs before that quote pointed out that “Obama is already stitching the victory into the broader tapestry of his 2012 reelection campaign. … And although the White House advisers insist they are not incorporating the bin Laden raid into their political planning for 2012, they acknowledge it has the potential to do more than simply reshape his image as a decisive leader.”

    Articles like this tend to close with a kicker last line. Here, the closing line is a quote from the president’s press secretary, Jay Carney: “I think that the president firmly believes that making the right policy decisions tends to be beneficial come political season, but for him, at least, political season is a long way off.”

    Given that the article’s whole point was that the president’s advisers are tripping over one another trying to take immediate political advantage of the event, Carney can’t be pleased with the ironic tone implicit in his article-closing quote.

  455. HTA-

    Yes- agreed. Obama is not only diddling with illegal arrest numbers, which has become a “BAD” habit of his.. But he is using this BAD habit in all things. Now that campaign season has rolled around…He is standing in front of Taxpayers and outright lying to their faces. Like stating a 9% unemployment rate- when the real rate of unemployment is closer to 20%. Same thing with false numbers stating 1.2% for the country’s economic growth which is probably -3% actually unpublished as a double dipped recession, retiring the National Debt in 10yrs, which the GAO said it a lot of hooey!
    ___________________

    Here is the all time killer advertisement (below) within a corrupt administration. People like Janet Napolitano and Allen Bersin “LYING” for him. If they are willing to throw their integrity to the wind; they are also willing to HATE for him, promoting and labeling people racists, just like he does..

    quote from previously posted Border articles:

    “The revelations come just a few weeks after Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano cited the lower arrest rates as evidence of a more secure border.”

    “U.S. Customs and Border Protection commissioner Alan Bersin even said: ‘The border is more secure than it has ever been.’
    ____________

    Crickey- there is no one we can TRUST in Obama’s administration, no-one!

  456. http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052748703864204576315680040526802.html

    There he goes again.. time for another speech, another Rodney King moment with his Muslim brethren..Maybe he thinks if he begs them enough he can reform them and really earn his Nobel Peace prize.

    WASHINGTON—President Barack Obama is preparing a fresh outreach to the Muslim world in coming days, senior U.S. officials say, one that will ask those in the Middle East and beyond to reject Islamic militancy in the wake of Osama bin Laden’s death and embrace a new era of relations with the U.S.
    Mr. Obama is preparing to deliver that message in a wide-ranging speech, perhaps as early as next week, these officials say. The president intends to argue that bin Laden’s death, paired with popular uprisings sweeping North Africa and the Middle East, signal that the time has come to an end when al Qaeda could claim to speak for Muslim aspirations.

    “It’s an interesting coincidence of timing—that he is killed at the same time that you have a model emerging in the region of change that is completely the opposite of bin Laden’s model,” Ben Rhodes, deputy national security adviser at the White House, said in an interview.

    That is so not true. Pakistan has just proved that a state actor with impunity can encourage and aid in terrorism. How about asking Pakistani govt to set aside their militant and terrorist behavior? Obuma sure goes for the low hanging fruit — which is actually his teleprompter.

  457. oh man, this is not good news for some of you who have pinned your hopes on Trump..Let us face it — he was up against the whole machinery of both parties and the media. What we need is an insider leak to expose Obuma.

    http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/washington/2011/05/donald-trump-celebrity-apprentice-nbc-obama-.html

    Finally, some good news for Obama: Donald Trump will not be announcing his presidential bid Sunday

    May 11, 2011 | 5:24 am

    Donald Trump talking as usual 5-5-11What a relief for President Obama and his staggering political fortunes!

    Donald Trump, the shy, retiring developer who forced the 44th president to finally release his long-form Hawaii birth certificate after nearly four years of stonewalling other less wealthy birthers, will not be announcing his political candidacy on the season finale of “The Celebrity Apprentice.”

    Does this mean the finale of Trump’s trumped-up presidential candidacy?.

  458. “this is not good news for some of you who have pinned your hopes on Trump”..
    __________________

    hahaha! Trump faked out Obama.. He said he wasn’t going to announce on Sunday. He didn’t say, he changed his mind and decided NOT TO RUN!

    BIG DIFFERENCE!

  459. uh oh.. jbstonesfan won’t be happy with this..{Don’t worry, he is basking in the glory of other people’s competence, but he will screw it up soon enough}.

    http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/us_ap_poll_obama_boost
    =========================================================

    Not good news. The “bump” seems to be swelling instead of coming back down. I am now 100% convinced he gets a 2nd term and to make it worse, John Kerry will be his SOS. To think 8 years of this, in the prime of my life, is beyond depressing.

  460. hahaha! Trump faked out Obama.. He said he wasn’t going to announce on Sunday. He didn’t say, he changed his mind and decided NOT TO RUN!

    BIG DIFFERENCE!
    ***************************
    Trump corrected Martha McCallum on Greta’s show saying he would annouce his decision in June, not May 22 like she reported. He said he had a lot to think about. I assume he’s trying to get his backers together and decide if his team can beat Ubama.

  461. jbstonesfan
    May 11th, 2011 at 10:46 am
    If you don’t stop with this ‘the sky is falling’ garbage everyday, I’m going to find you and smack you. Get a backbone and support the team! Go team go.

  462. JanH-there is no comparison between how Muslims/Arabs treat their women and a hasidic newspapers poor judgment in using an altered photo. The fact it is getting so much attention when middle east dictators are killing their own people in the street like dogs is quite telling. You see JanH, if you are Jewish and or Israeli, you cannot afford the slightest mistake as we are held to a double/higher standard . Take the targeted killing of OBL..a great victory on terror. Israel has been conducting targeted killings for years to eliminate killers of innocent men, women, amnd children, and is routinely condemned by all including the US. But when we (USA) do it, it is ok. When the US kills innocent civilians with drones, we apologize and regret the loss of life. When israel has to protect itself from rockets beig fired at it’s citizens, and the vermin hide in mosques,hospitals, apartment buildings using civilians as human shileds, Israel goes out of it’s way to avoid civilian causualties despite the addded risk to the great IDF forces. They even go as far as calling residents in buildings to warn them to get out before they strike. This photo is a non issue and a distraction being perpertrated by the liberal media to make orthodox Jews look bad…it’s that simple.

  463. “It’s an interesting coincidence of timing—that he is killed at the same time that you have a model emerging in the region of change that is completely the opposite of bin Laden’s model,” Ben Rhodes, deputy national security adviser at the White House, said in an interview.

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

    One big lead to Attenbad was some ME informant who walked into a security office and told them Bin Laden was there. This informant’s motive might have been connected with the non-violent revolutionary activity.

  464. I sent a copy of the ex Seal’s take down of Obama to a close friend who I campaigned with for Hillary. Her experience, credentials and insights on politics, and our beloved Obama, are, in my judgment, second to none. I thought you might enjoy her response:
    ———————————————————

    Bill,

    Who knows what the real story is concerning the Bin Laden mission. I do believe there was an attack, bomb sniffing dog along on the mission,and although not said, my personal belief is that dog was present when Bin Laden was confronted. Some sort of weaponry was reported to be present in the room with Bin Laden. The report Bin Laden was confused and disoriented to me fits with the notion the dog, more than capable of tearing the man’s throat out, was present. I can see him pushing the wife towards the Seal and the dog in an effort to protect himself from the dog more than the Seal. How the decision to take him out was made I do not know, but it is reasonable to think that everything was over in a matter of seconds. Thus decisons were made to shoot him given Bin Laden’s responses that were not supplied to the general public. I don’t know why, other than the fact Obama was anxious to have all the light and credit shining on him and only a minimal amount of credit supplied to the Seals. I’m sure he did not care one iota about the details and was eagerly looking for opportunities to be on camera and speak. He was trying to imitate Bush’s visit to ground zero after 9/11 and I think that failed. He flew to talk with the Seals, but that too failed because there were no great camera moments involved in the private meeting. So he resorted to what he always does, an indepth interview on 60 minutes where he gets to spin whatever yarn he wants and is eagerly encouraged by the interviewer. Now he’s trying to parlay the Bin Laden moment into immigration reform. Another speech, another fund raiser, and of course his declaring the border now successfully closed makes it so. His arrogant need to make fun of those any and all adults who are trying to solve real problems are alive and well. Everything is a photo op, a camera moment, and a political game to him. None of it has any real meaning to him, he lives on the surface, driven only by his enormous and inflated ego.

    Having said all that, I don’t think a Bin Laden moment or ten more Bin Laden like moments will assure his re-election. The only ones who can do that are the Republicans

  465. Dear Reader,

    Donald Trump is fired up and taking aim at everything from Obama to OPEC, and today at 12:45 p.m. EDT he’s rallying New Hampshire at the Nashua Chamber of Commerce’s 2011 Business Expo. The New York billionaire and potential presidential candidate is expected to discuss his priorities, his reaction to the recent, nasty media attacks, and his master plan to make America rich again.

    Please note: Tickets to this event are completely sold out.

    BUT, we’ve pulled some strings to secure the live, online stream of Trump’s speech in its entirety! Uncensored and uninterrupted, we’re bringing this hard-hitting media goliath direct to you.

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  466. Finally, some good news for Obama: Donald Trump will not be announcing his presidential bid Sunday

    May 11, 2011 | 5:24 am

    Donald Trump talking as usual 5-5-11What a relief for President Obama and his staggering political fortunes!

    Donald Trump, the shy, retiring developer who forced the 44th president to finally release his long-form Hawaii birth certificate after nearly four years of stonewalling other less wealthy birthers, will not be announcing his political candidacy on the season finale of “The Celebrity Apprentice.”

    Does this mean the finale of Trump’s trumped-up presidential candidacy?.
    ————————-
    No. What it means it that snarks like this writer who are content to live with their head up their ass are seldom right but never in doubt. If case this asshole has not noticed, Trump refuses to be dictated to by the media, just as Hillary refused to be dictated to until she threw in the towel and supported Obama. I remember some inside the campaign chatter in the closing days, when they were bribing her supporters in congress, and the big media attack machine was training its howitzers on her and her alone, someone said that before that Wednesday when her erstwhile friend and supporter Rangel was threatened and fell through his ass that she was doing everything possible to not submit to the Goliath of big media/ the campaign, and that was the last moment when she was still free of their control. So where Trump is concerned, if you are not stronger than your adversary you can at least be unpredictable. We will know soon enough whether my faith in his is justified–possibly by noon est.

  467. Morrissey on the AP poll.. A must read for jbstonesfan! I would have linked this article above if it was published then but it wasn’t or I didn’t see it.

    http://hotair.com/archives/2011/05/11/and-the-award-for-the-most-ridiculous-poll-sampling-goes-to/

    Move over, CBS. Hang up the kid-leather gloves, WaPo/ABC. There’s a new sample-skewing sheriff in town, and it’s the Associated Press. In a new definition of “outlier,” the AP reported that its latest poll from GfK Roper shows Barack Obama with a 60% approval rating in a survey of 1001 adults, with even his approval on the economy shooting past the 50% mark:….

    Oddly — or perhaps not — the AP report doesn’t include a link back to the survey’s raw data. In order to find it, one has to go to GfK’s site for its AP polls. The partisan breakdown in the sample is found about halfway through the PDF, and it explains a great deal about how Obama managed to get such a high boost in this poll while others showed shallow bumps that had already started to subside.

    The Dem/Rep/Ind breakdown in this poll is 46/29/4, as AP assigned most of the leaners to the parties. That is a 17-point gap, more than twice what was seen in the 2008 actual popular vote that elected Obama. It only gets worse when independents are assigned properly. When taking out the leaners, the split becomes — I’m not kidding — 35/18/27. Oh, and another 20% “don’t know.” That’s significantly worse than the March poll, in which the proper D/R/I was 29/20/34, and far beyond their post-midterm sample of 31/28/26. It’s pretty easy to get Obama to 60% when Republicans are undersampled by almost half.

    Frankly, this sample is so bad that no real insights can be gleaned from it. I think it’s time to break out the Billy Madison verdict:

  468. Morrissey on the AP poll.. A must read for jbstonesfan! I would have linked this article above if it was published then but it wasn’t or I didn’t see it.

    Move over, CBS. Hang up the kid-leather gloves, WaPo/ABC. There’s a new sample-skewing sheriff in town, and it’s the Associated Press. In a new definition of “outlier,” the AP reported that its latest poll from GfK Roper shows Barack Obama with a 60% approval rating in a survey of 1001 adults, with even his approval on the economy shooting past the 50% mark:….

    Oddly — or perhaps not — the AP report doesn’t include a link back to the survey’s raw data. In order to find it, one has to go to GfK’s site for its AP polls. The partisan breakdown in the sample is found about halfway through the PDF, and it explains a great deal about how Obama managed to get such a high boost in this poll while others showed shallow bumps that had already started to subside.

    The Dem/Rep/Ind breakdown in this poll is 46/29/4, as AP assigned most of the leaners to the parties. That is a 17-point gap, more than twice what was seen in the 2008 actual popular vote that elected Obama. It only gets worse when independents are assigned properly. When taking out the leaners, the split becomes — I’m not kidding — 35/18/27. Oh, and another 20% “don’t know.” That’s significantly worse than the March poll, in which the proper D/R/I was 29/20/34, and far beyond their post-midterm sample of 31/28/26. It’s pretty easy to get Obama to 60% when Republicans are undersampled by almost half.

    Frankly, this sample is so bad that no real insights can be gleaned from it. I think it’s time to break out the Billy Madison verdict:

    http://hotair.com/archives/2011/05/11/and-the-award-for-the-most-ridiculous-poll-sampling-goes-to/

  469. Barack Obama Is Wrong: 18 Facts Which Prove That Illegal

    Immigration Is An Absolute Nightmare For The U.S. Economy

    http://theeconomiccollapseblog.com/archives/barack-obama-is-wrong-18-facts-which-prove-that-illegal-immigration-is-an-absolute-nightmare-for-the-u-s-economy

    Barack Obama has declared that “immigration reform is an economic imperative”, and is promising to do his best to get an immigration bill pushed through Congress this year. But will “legalizing” all of the illegal immigration that has taken place over the last several decades improve the struggling U.S. economy or will it actually make our economic problems worse?

    One of the favorite tricks of top politicians is to promise that the economy is going to improve if we just support what it is that they are currently pushing. Hopefully the Americans people will not buy the nonsense that Obama is spewing.

    The truth is that Barack Obama is wrong about the economic impact of illegal immigration. Illegal immigrants don’t do jobs that Americans “don’t want” to do.

    A million Americans recently showed up to apply for a job at McDonald’s. That is how desperate Americans are for work these days. Please don’t try to tell me that there aren’t millions of Americans out there that would not pick fruit for minimum wage.

    The millions upon millions of illegal immigrants in this country are stealing jobs, they are depressing wages in a whole host of industries and they are a huge factor in the erosion of the middle class. [snip]

    The following are 18 facts which prove that illegal immigration is an absolute nightmare for the U.S. economy….

    #1 Illegal immigrants take jobs away from American citizens. According to a review of U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics and Census Bureau data, legal and illegal immigrants gained over a million additional jobs between 2008 and 2010 even as millions of American citizens were losing their jobs during that same time period.

    #2 The majority of our immigrants now sneak in through the “back door” that the federal government purposely leaves open. Thanks to the negligence of the federal government, far more people move into the United States illegally than come in through the legal immigration process. This has got to change.

    #3 Illegal immigrants generally don’t pay taxes. The vast majority of illegal aliens would never even dream of paying income taxes, but Mexicans living in America send billions upon billions of dollars out of the United States and back to Mexico every single year.

    #4 Although illegal aliens pay next to nothing in taxes, they have no problem receiving tens of billions of dollars worth of free education benefits, free health care benefits, free housing assistance and free food stamp benefits. Many communities in the United States now openly advertise that they will help illegal aliens with these things.

    #5 The cost of educating the children of illegal immigrants is staggering. It is estimated that U.S. taxpayers spend $12,000,000,000 a year on primary and secondary school education for the children of illegal immigrants.

    #6 Thanks to illegal immigration, California’s overstretched health care system is on the verge of collapse. Dozens of California hospitals and emergency rooms have shut down over the last decade because they could not afford to stay open after being endlessly swamped by illegal immigrants who were simply not able to pay for the services that they were receiving. As a result, the remainder of the health care system in the state of California is now beyond overloaded. This had led to brutally long waits, diverted ambulances and even unnecessary patient deaths. Sadly, the state of California now ranks dead last out of all 50 states in the number of emergency rooms per million people.

    #7 It was estimated that there were approximately 7.7 million illegal aliens employed by U.S. employers during 2008. How much better would our economy look if all of those jobs were being filled by American workers?

    #8 The region along the U.S./Mexico border is now an open war zone. Just across the U.S. border, the city of Juarez, Mexico is considered to be one of the most dangerous cities on the entire planet because of the brutal drug war being waged there. In fact, Juarez has now become the murder capital of the western hemisphere. Much of that violence has begun to spill over into areas of the southwestern United States.

    For example, a while back NPR described one incident in the Juarez Valley that involved American citizens….

    A couple of weeks ago, gunmen in the Juarez Valley killed the Mexican relative of a Fort Hancock high school student. When the student’s family in Fort Hancock heard about it, they crossed the border at 10 a.m. to see the body, and took the student with them.

    “By 10:30, they had stabbed the relatives that went with him, which included his grandparents, with an ice pick,” says school superintendent Jose Franco. “My understanding is that the gentleman is like 90 years old, and they poked his eyes out with an ice pick. I believe those people are still in intensive care here in a hospital in the U.S.”

    #9 A substantial percentage of young illegal immigrants end up in gangs. U.S. authorities say that there are now over 1 million members of criminal gangs operating inside the United States. According to federal statistics, these 1 million gang members are responsible for up to 80% of the violent crimes committed in the U.S. each year. Latino gangs made up primarily of illegal aliens are responsible for much of this violence.

    According to the Center for Immigration Studies, some of the most notorious gangs in the country are made up almost entirely of illegal immigrants….

    “Gang investigators in Virginia estimate that 90% of the members of MS-13, the most notorious immigrant gang, are illegal immigrants.”

    #10 The “18th Street Gang” is certainly giving MS-13 a run for their money. It is believed that the 18th Street Gang has thousands of members in the city of Los Angeles alone. In fact, the gang has become so notorious that there are even rumors that some police officers in Los Angeles simply will not venture into the areas most heavily controlled by the 18th Street gang.

    The following is what Wikipedia says about the 18th Street Gang….

    A US Justice Department report from 2009 estimates that the 18th Street gang has a membership of some 30,000 to 50,000 with 80% of them being illegal aliens from Mexico and Central America and is active in 44 cities in 20 states. Its main source of income is street-level distribution of cocaine and marijuana and, to a lesser extent, heroin and methamphetamine. Gang members also commit assault, auto theft, carjacking, drive-by shootings, extortion, homicide, identification fraud, and robbery.

    #11 The “drug war” in northern Mexico is one gigantic bloodbath. The Mexican government says that as many as 28,000 people have been slaughtered by the drug cartels since 2007. A very significant percentage of those deaths have happened in areas right along the U.S. border, and yet our federal government still sees no reason to get serious about border security.

    #12 It is an open secret that Mexican drug cartels are openly conducting military operations inside the United States. The handful of border patrol agents that we have guarding the border are massively outgunned and outmanned.

    One agent who patrols the border and who asked to remain anonymous told Fox News the following….

    “To say that this area is out of control is an understatement.”

    A different federal agent put it this way in an email to Fox News….

    “Every night we’re getting beaten like a pinata at a birthday party by drug, alien smugglers.”

    #13 Federal border officials say that Mexican drug cartels have not only set up shop on U.S. soil, but they are actually maintaining lookout bases in strategic locations in the hills of southern Arizona. If you go to Arizona today, there are actually signs that have been put up by the federal government warning American citizens not to venture into certain wilderness routes that are used by Mexican drug cartels to bring in drugs.

    #14 The drug war being waged on both sides of the border is so violent that it is almost unimaginable. For example, one very prominent Mexican assassin known as “the soupmaker” has confessed that he made approximately 300 bodies disappear by dissolving them in acid baths. But right now there is essentially nothing that is preventing the next “soupmaker” from crossing the U.S. border and moving into your neighborhood.

    #15 Arizona police are being openly warned by the Mexican drug cartels that if they try to interfere with the drug traffic in their area that they will be “taken out” by drug cartel snipers.

    #16 While the U.S. military endlessly hunts for “members of al-Qaeda” in the caves of Afghanistan and on the streets of Iraqi cities, a very real threat has been building just south of the border. Over the past 15 to 20 years, Hezbollah has set up operations all over Mexico, Central America and South America. Hezbollah is reportedly making a lot of money in the drug trade and in trafficking illegal aliens. Sadly, our government is largely ignoring this.

    #17 Each year, it costs the states billions of dollars to incarcerate illegal immigrant criminals that should have never been allowed into the country in the first place. It is estimated that illegal aliens make up approximately 30 percent of the population in federal, state and local prisons and that the total cost of incarcerating them is more than $1.6 billion annually.

    #18 The drug cartels and the gangs always seem to be a couple steps ahead of our agents along the border. Approximately 75 tunnels along the U.S. border with Mexico have been discovered by law enforcement authorities in the last four years alone.

    How much do you think all of this crime, gang violence and drug cartel activity is costing our economy?

    Why won’t the federal government do what the Constitution requires and secure the border?

    Oh, but Barack Obama says that he has a plan.

    He says that he is going to save the day.

    The following is how Barack Obama describes his plan… (see the link above)

  470. trying again..

    http://hotair.com/archives/2011/05/11/and-the-award-for-the-most-ridiculous-poll-sampling-goes-to/

    Oddly — or perhaps not — the AP report doesn’t include a link back to the survey’s raw data. In order to find it, one has to go to GfK’s site for its AP polls. The partisan breakdown in the sample is found about halfway through the PDF, and it explains a great deal about how Obama managed to get such a high boost in this poll while others showed shallow bumps that had already started to subside.

    The Dem/Rep/Ind breakdown in this poll is 46/29/4, as AP assigned most of the leaners to the parties. That is a 17-point gap, more than twice what was seen in the 2008 actual popular vote that elected Obama. It only gets worse when independents are assigned properly. When taking out the leaners, the split becomes — I’m not kidding — 35/18/27. Oh, and another 20% “don’t know.” That’s significantly worse than the March poll, in which the proper D/R/I was 29/20/34, and far beyond their post-midterm sample of 31/28/26. It’s pretty easy to get Obama to 60% when Republicans are undersampled by almost half.

    Frankly, this sample is so bad that no real insights can be gleaned from it. I think it’s time to break out the Billy Madison verdict:

  471. weird, when I cut and paste a part of that Morissey’s post, the comment goes into a black hole.

    Anyway, hope jbstonesfan reads that post.

  472. Trump did say he had a big announcement planned for the 22nd and that it will surprise people. Maybe he pushed it back to a later time so it will have better impact, whatever it is.

  473. “Common” Controversy Comes to White House Poetry Night; Cops, Conservatives Cry Foul at Some of His Past Work

    New Jersey State Trooper Dave Jones could hardly believe it.

    An official from the White House had called him to find out more about his objections to the participation of the hip hop artist “Common” in White House poetry night, and the official had never heard of Joanne Chesimard.

    Common celebrated Chesimard, also known as Assata Shakur, in his song “A Song for Assata,” one of a handful of works that have this week been criticized with his invitation to the White House. Common is a fairly mainstream hip hop artist, but he has voiced opinions that members of law enforcement and others find offensive.

    Jones, a 33-year veteran and president of the New Jersey State Troopers Fraternal Association, explained to the White House official – whom he wouldn’t name – who Joanne Chesmard is.

    “She’s a domestic terrorist who wrapped her criminality and her abhorrent anti social behavior in a cause to try to disguise her disgust for America in this make believe 1960s radicalism,” Jones told ABC News Wednesday morning. “In 1973 she executed Trooper Werner Foerster with his own gun after he was already shot and didn’t represent a threat to anyone. And after she shot him she kicked him in the head to the point that hours later after he was picked up his brain was still part of the remnants on her shoe.”

    Common has a different take: “Assata had been convicted of a murder she couldna done,” Common rapped. “Medical evidence shown she couldna shot the gun….I wonder what would happen if that woulda been me/All of this sh*t so we could be free./Yeah, I often wonder what would happen if that woulda been me? /All of this sh*t so we could be free, so dig it, people.”

    The song also features Cee-Lo singing “I’m thinkin’ of Assata, yeah./Listen to my love, Assata, yeah./Your power and pride, so beautiful… /May God bless your soul.”

    Chesimard was a member of the Black Liberation Army who was wanted for her involvement in felonies including bank robbery. On May 2, 1973, Chesimard was stopped for a motor vehicle violation on the New Jersey Turnpike by two State Troopers; according to the FBI, she and her two accomplices opened fire on the State Troopers, wounding one and killing the other.

    In 1977, Chesimard was found guilty of first degree murder, assault and battery of a police officer, assault with a dangerous weapon, assault with intent to kill, illegal possession of a weapon, and armed robbery, and was sentenced to life in prison. In November 1979, she escaped from prison and now lives in Cuba.
    In a Def Poetry Jam poem, Common said, “flyers say ‘free Mumia’ on my freezer,” a reference to cause célèbre Mumia Abu-Jamal, convicted of killing Philadelphia Police Officer Daniel Faulkner in 1981, whose supporters maintain his innocence.

    ( video of the rapper at link)

    http://blogs.abcnews.com/politicalpunch/2011/05/common-controversy-comes-to-white-house-poetry-night-cops-conservatives-cry-foul-at-some-of-his-past-work.html

  474. Wait just a sec… Trump has said from the beginning that because of his NBC show contract that he couldn’t announce anything until his show ends. He has always said he would decide after it ended, and implied late May or at times mentioned June. It was the usual suspects, the lameass Media, that jumped to the conclusion and ran with it that he would do it at the finale no matter what he clearly said to the contrary. Our ‘Media’ sucks bad.

  475. Trump still has use for 2012 whether he runs or not. Just keep asking those damn questions media won’t and raise reasonable doubt in people’s minds. Obuma is not invincible. I am still holding on to the hope that something will turn and turn big, and the rightful owner, you all know who that is will be nominated. If nominated she will win and we will have our first woman president. How grand is that?!

  476. Grrrr-eat! Palin connects with Trump!
    ___________________

    Trump, Palin Offer Each Other Support

    Wednesday, 11 May 2011

    By Dan Weil

    It may seem like an unlikely alliance: country girl from Alaska and city slicker from New York. But former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin and real estate mogul/reality TV star Donald Trump are getting along swimmingly, The Hill reports:

    The two bonded over the controversy about President Barack Obama’s place of birth. When Trump took heat for questioning whether Obama was born in the U.S. and urging him to release his full birth certificate, Palin defended him.

    “Donald Trump is the one being really treated unfairly … in the press when they’re hammering him about the one issue,” she told Fox News. “He’s merely answering reporters’ questions about his view on the birth certificate.”

    After Obama released the document, Palin gave Trump a ‘shout-out’ on Twitter. “Media, admit it, Trump forced the issue,” she wrote.

    Trump appreciated the support. Palin was “so gracious to me on the birther issue,” he told The Wall Street Journal. “I mean, she really thought that I was doing a great service.”

    http://www.newsmax.com/InsideCover/Trump-PalinOfferEachOtherSupport/2011/05/11/id/395947

  477. wow, with that many Dems, shouldn’t he be higher like 80% ;)?

    The Campaign Spot

    Election-driven news and views . . . by Jim Geraghty.

    Latest AP Poll Sample Skews to Democrats by 17 Points
    May 11, 2011 8:55 A.M.
    By Jim Geraghty

    Tags: Barack Obama, Polling

    Wow! The AP poll has Obama’s approval rating hitting 60 percent! And 53 percent say he deserves to be reelected!

    And on the economy, 52 percent approve of the way Obama’s handling it, and only 47 percent disapprove! He’s up 54–46 on approval of how he’s handling health care! On unemployment, 52 percent approval, 47 percent disapproval! 57 percent approval on handling Libya! Even on the deficit, he’s at 47 percent approval, 52 percent disapproval!

    It is a poll of adults, which isn’t surprising; as I mentioned yesterday, you don’t have to be a registered or likely voter to have an opinion on the president.

    But then you get to the party ID: 46 percent identify as Democrat or leaning Democrat, 29 percent identify as Republican or leaning Republican, 4 percent identify as purely independent leaning towards neither party, and 20 percent answered, “I don’t know.”

    http://www.nationalreview.com/campaign-spot/266932/latest-ap-poll-sample-skews-democrats-17-points

  478. Oh joy!

    ————

    Obama speech on Arab world in coming days: report
    (AFP) – 5 hours ago

    WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama’s long-expected speech on turmoil in the Arab world could take place as soon as next week, in the aftermath of the death of Osama bin Laden, a report said Wednesday.

    Obama’s address will focus on the popular uprisings, violence and political change sweeping the region, and also come at a time of deep uncertainty for his hopes of renewing talks between Israel and the Palestinians.

    The Wall Street Journal reported that the address, predicted back in April by Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, could come as soon as next week, before Obama leaves on a Europe trip, which includes the G8 summit in France.

    An official said that no firm date had yet been set for the speech.

    Obama is believed likely to make the case that uprisings by the people of Middle Eastern nations against long-ruling autocrats reveal the ideology of bin Laden’s Al-Qaeda movement to be redundant.

    “It’s an interesting coincidence of timing — that he is killed at the same time that you have a model emerging in the region of change that is completely the opposite of bin Laden’s model,” Ben Rhodes, a top Obama foreign policy advisor, told the Journal.

    Bin Laden perished in a US special forces raid at a compound in Abbottabad, Pakistan early on May 2, ending a 10-year manhunt for the mastermind of the September 11 attacks in 2001 and other strikes against the United States.

    Officials however cautioned that the speech should not be styled as an address to the “Muslim world” in the same vein as the speech in Cairo in 2009.

    It was also unclear whether Obama would make any proposals to reinvigorate the stalled Israeli-Palestinian talks which broke down last year in a row over settlements.

    The Palestinian unity deal between the Fatah faction and the Hamas militant organization, which Israel and Washington consider a terrorist group, has cast deep doubt over the chances of a US-brokered process resuming.

    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is due to arrive in Washington late next week and will hold talks with Obama on May 20 at the White House and make a major address to the US Congress.

    Obama is also due to meet Jordan’s King Abdullah II at the White House on May 17.

    The president’s speech will come at a time of great tumult throughout the Muslim world, after uprisings overthrew longtime dictators in Tunisia and Egypt, and with unrest raging in Libya, Bahrain, Syria and Yemen.

    http://www.google.com/hostednews/afp/article/ALeqM5giG6c_VQ7edkBm_ND-4wD9dw52fg?docId=CNG.92fb4367a8490f59da3f779a101f39b6.c1

  479. http://www.nbcnewyork.com/news/local/NJ-State-Police-Outraged-Over-Rapper-Invited-to-White-House-121596869.html

    (warning, really scary pic of Mick Jagger on the page)
    So the “poet” writes a tribute to a cop killer and pisses off the NJ state cops. What I don’t under-effin-stand, is the cop in story says he likes Barry and Moo and thinks BO’s been doing a good job. Is this a union thing? a black thing? a dem thing? I’ve seen people say he’s screwed stuff beyond recognition,and then say they will vote for him again. Crazy.

  480. Umm…where’s the msm screeching about RACISM here?
    Check out what this gal says, a supposed Poet invited to this bunch of junk at the WH.
    http://weaselzippers.us/2011/05/11/poet-jill-scott-invited-to-white-house-opposes-interracial-relationships-when-my-friend-told-me-his-wife-was-caucasian-i-felt-my-spirit-wince/

    No wonder mulattos have to pick a side. Wake me when the people “wake up” & a revolution comes. But I’m sure the ones who have the best interest in this country will be the ones that lose.

  481. (warning, really scary pic of Mick Jagger on the page)
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    he looks great!!!!

  482. I have to post this story because the this rumor is gaining momentum and the Iranians aren’t about to shut-up about it…

    The one thing we know for sure- is when you get involved with Obama; you are in for nothing but CHAOS and more CHAOS!
    ___________________

    Iran can prove Bin Laden was dead long before US raid – Iranian minister

    10 May, 2011

    Iranian Intelligence Minister Heydar Moslehi claims that Osama Bin Laden died from an illness before the US raid on his compound in Abbottabad. Iran has documents to prove it, he said.

    “We have credible information that Bin Laden died some time ago of a disease,” Moslehi said on the sidelines of a cabinet meeting on Sunday, as quoted by ISNA news agency.

    “If the US military and intelligence apparatus have really arrested or killed Bin Laden, why don’t they show him [his body]? Why have they thrown his corpse into the sea?” Moslehi asked rhetorically, FARS news agency reports.

    Moslehi labeled the US raid in Abbottabad as a “PR campaign”, created to divert the attention of its citizens from domestic problems, such as the “fragile” state of the US economy.

    “We believe that what the US is seeking, by dictated media programs, to overshadow the recent awakening in the region through the release of such reports,” ISNA quoted Moslehi as saying.

    Bin Laden was killed on May 2 in the Pakistani town of Abbottabad, north of the capital Islamabad, during a special operation carried out by US Navy Seals. President Barack Obama announced the news in a special address to the nation.

    The news of “justice having been done” sparked mass celebrations in the United States and then ignited a new wave of conspiracy theories after Washington refused to release Bin Laden’s postmortem photographs, claiming that they might instigate a new wave of radicalism.

    http://rt.com/news/osama-dead-raid/
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    Then of course you have this… memorial reminder of the birth certificate squeaker:

    Obama refuses to prove Bin Laden’s death

    05 May, 2011

    Story and video

    h… rt.com/news/obama-bin-laden-death-proof/

  483. rollingstone.com/culture/news/donald-trump-lets-his-hair-down-20110511?page=1

    Donald Trump lets his hair down…RS interviews T

  484. Thanks pm317…he is a little above 51% on RCP approval. It is amazing how the media ignored it when he was sliding in the polls, but today every headline is how big a bounce he is getting. It really is amazing that we no longer have unbiased source of news left in America. Whether it’s pro right or pro left, you can’t find an objective piece of journalism .

  485. FWIW – although in the comments someone said the last portion of the finale is always live.

    Trump Stumped: No Big Announcement on Celebrity Apprentice Finale
    Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images

    Donald Trump misspoke when he promised a clue about his presidential intentions on Celebrity Apprentice.

    By Lindsey Boerma
    Updated: May 10, 2011 | 3:28 p.m.
    May 10, 2011 | 2:12 p.m.

    Reset your DVRs! You can make that Sunday night dinner with mom after all: Contrary to his own personally advanced hype, Donald Trump will not be making any kind of announcement about his presidential plans on the Celebrity Apprentice season finale.

    The ratings-deflating news was delivered to National Journal on Tuesday by Sharon Pannozzo, publicity director for NBC Entertainment, who sounded a little miffed with The Donald’s false advertising.

    “The show this weekend [part one of the finale] was taped back in November, and next week’s episode is also taped,” Pannozzo said. “So there will be no opportunity for him to do something like that.”

    What? Didn’t Trump himself suggest to The New York Times that he’d be delivering the news—or at least news of when and where he’d deliver the news—of his presidential plans on the show?

    “I am thinking of saying on the live finale of The Apprentice on May 22 that in a few days I will be making an announcement about my decision,” Trump told the Times. ”I might ask the two finalists if I should run for president. Of course, if they’re intelligent they’ll have to say yes, since I’m about to fire one of them.”

    Not exactly, according to the show’s publicist. “There will be no announcement,” Pannozzo said. “It’s just misinformation on his part.” Pannozzo insists there will be no live segments of the show. Asked about Pannozzo’s comments, Trump spokesman Michael Cohen confirmed to National Journal: “Mr. Trump will not be making any announcement during the finale of The Apprentice.”

    This will definitely come as a major disappointment to Trump watchers: Newsmax was the first to report last month that Trump “plans to say on the NBC show that he will be holding a press conference in the next few days … [where] he will be announcing whether he will run for the presidency.” Cohen confirmed that news to National Journal, just before Trump himself teased the prospect to the Times.

    But the final episodes of Celebrity Apprentice were pre-taped in the fall—before any serious buzz developed about a Trump candidacy and definitely before Trump began hinting at an announcement on the show’s finale.

    So was the whole thing just an enormous publicity stunt?

    Cohen was still trying to whet media interest on Tuesday. “It’s not inconceivable that he will make an announcement either before or after the finale, which we would clearly let you know about,” he said.

  486. I hope Admin soon weighs in on the meaning of the current polls, Trump news and Obama campaign…I think things are actually working up towards something major..don’t know what yet though…

  487. Trump is being mis-represented as usual. He never said he invented the, er, that he would announce a decision on his show. What he said indicates that he will still be considering his decision — which is what he’s said all along.

    “I am thinking of saying on the live finale of The Apprentice on May 22 that in a few days I will be making an announcement about my decision,” Trump told the Times. ”I might ask the two finalists if I should run for president. Of course, if they’re intelligent they’ll have to say yes, since I’m about to fire one of them.”

  488. I will just wait until the Donald tosses his hat in the ring or says he doesn’t want to waste his time.

    Until then, the spin doctors can go screw themselves.

    Trump is getting a clearer picture of what really happened in 2008 to Hillary.

    If he runs and puts up his own website, he will get a boat load of info. from PUMAs.

  489. Anyone have a report about Trumps’ appearance in NH today?

    AmericanGal,

    I know what you mean. “I think things are actually working up towards something major.”

  490. oops, sorry admin, for so many repeated comments. It didn’t tell me the comment went into moderation but just refreshed the page without posting my comment. Anyway.. I will be careful next time.

  491. The previous Celebrity Apprentice finales had a live segment at the end (with studio audience) so either NBC is lying through its teeth or they changed the formats.

  492. http://politicalticker.blogs.cnn.com/2011/05/11/a-serious-trump-turns-up-in-new-hampshire/

    A serious Trump turns up in New Hampshire
    By: CNN Associate Producer Gabriella Schwarz

    (CNN) – Potential 2012 presidential candidate Donald Trump took a departure from his sideshow topics Wednesday to tout his past remarks on Osama bin Laden, weigh in on the budget negotiations and assess his chances of moving into the White House.

    During his second trip to the early presidential contest state of New Hampshire, the famously confident Trump said he appeared on television “a few weeks ago” saying bin Laden was in Pakistan but that “nobody else picked it up.”

    “You tell them (Pakistan) we’re not giving you any money unless you hand over to us Osama bin Laden and everybody looked at me like eh, nobody else picked it up,” Trump told a crowd at the Chamber of Commerce Nashua Expo. “That’s what I hate about politics. You know when I buy a piece of real estate I own it, OK? When you come up with a good idea in politics, if they like it they take it and they say I have an idea and you know, by that time most people forgot it was Trump’s idea so Trump doesn’t get any credit. I love to get credit.”

    He criticized the handling of bin Laden’s body after the U.S. Navy SEAL team killed the al Qaeda leader, action that he said was aided by enhanced interrogation techniques.

    “So we catch this guy, they shoot him, then they clean his body, they give him a religious ceremony … Why? I don’t understand it,” Trump said.

  493. Why the hell is this guy running on the Republican side?
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    http://bluemassgroup.com/2011/05/romney-backed-a-federal-individual-health-care-mandate-in-1994/

    Romney backed a *federal* individual health care mandate in 1994
    david | Wed, May 11, 2011 11:33 AM EST

    We’re all positively breathless with anticipation over what Mitt Romney might have to say about health care tomorrow in Michigan. He’s tried so many times to explain how President Obama’s health care law is TOTALLY different from the one he signed in Massachusetts, even though it isn’t, that we’ve lost count of them. One tack he’s tried has been to claim that the individual mandate (which forces pretty much everyone to buy insurance) that he signed is OK, because it’s enforced by the state government. But having the federal government do it, well now, that’s a whole different kettle of fish.

  494. Trump in NH says: Obama Re-election Will Lead to Second Crash

    Wednesday, 11 May 2011 04:03 PM

    Billionaire and potential presidential candidate Trump told a business gathering in New Hampshire that the 2012 presidential election will decide the economic fate of America and vows that if he runs and wins “this country will be great again.”

    In an address carried live by Newsmax via streaming video on Wednesday, Trump warned that the re-election of President Obama would lead to a huge increase in taxes, called for an end to Obamacare, and said high oil prices will lead to a “second crash.”

    Editor’s Note: If you missed the live event of Trump’s speech, you can watch a recording by clicking here.

    He also said during his speech in Nashua that the U.S. should withhold all aid to Pakistan until they discard their nuclear weapons, and defended the use of enhanced interrogation tactics on terrorist suspects.

    The speech at a business expo and luncheon was Trump’s first major address to the people of New Hampshire, the nation’s first primary state, and his first major public event since Obama released his birth certificate in response to Trump’s goading.

    Trump did not reveal if he intends to run for the Republican presidential nomination next year. But he declared: “If I run and if I win, and that’s a big if, this country will be great again. This country will be rich again. And maybe most importantly of all, this country will be respected again.”

    After he was introduced as “the man, the legend, the Donald,” Trump took to the podium and declared: “Our country is in serious trouble like it’s never been before.

    “Right now this country is going to go over a cliff. I honestly believe the upcoming election, if not the [most], is one of the most important in the nation’s history.

    “I can tell you if President Obama gets re-elected, I think your taxes are going to go through the roof. I do believe he’s holding them down as long as he can because he wants to get through this election.

    “I honestly believe if he gets re-elected your taxes are going to go to a level they haven’t been at in a long, long time. It’s not going to be good for this country or for business. It’s going to be good for no one.”

    Turning to the killing of terrorist mastermind Osama bin Laden, Trump said: “We had a great victory last week with the killing of bin Laden. That was great, and enhanced interrogation really led us to that.

    “Enhanced interrogation. We’re so political correct. Isn’t that another word for torture?

    “And you know what? The people I watched jumping off the World Trade Center, that was torture.

    “Right now numerous people who used enhanced interrogation after September 11 are under investigation, and I don’t think they should be under the kind of gun they are under.

    “I look at what’s going on. I look at Pakistan. Not our friend. We give Pakistan billions and billions of dollars a year. I said [before Osama’s death], tell them we’re not giving you any money unless you hand over to us Osama bin Laden.

    “If anybody thinks that Pakistan, that the government, didn’t know that he was there, they’re foolish.

    “The bad guys could take over Pakistan very easily, very quickly. They have nuclear weapons. They desperately need our money. I say we don’t give them any money unless they give up their nuclear weapons. To me that’s so simple

    “They use that money for nuclear weapons. Let’s say they’re semi-friendly. But they might be tremendously against us soon, including Israel, because if that happens Israel is in serious trouble.

    “[Pakistan has] have serious nuclear weapons. But they need our money. That’s a deal I would make and I would not veer from it because you cannot let them have those nuclear weapons.”

    Trump noted that Iraq has $15 trillion in oil reserves, and the United States has already spent some $1.5 trillion there.

    “I say this: At a minimum we get our money back and we pay each one of the families of those soldiers that died a couple of million dollars, and we give our badly wounded and our wounded a lot of money. It’s peanuts compared to this incredible oil reserve.

    “When families of those fallen soldiers are sitting at home a couple of years from now, when Iran goes in and takes over Iraq and takes over the oil, how do you think the parents are going to feel about that, because those soldiers would have died in vain — plus all the wounded and all the money.

    “What a terrible, terrible situation.”

    On the subject of oil, Trump told the gathering: “If gasoline doesn’t go down dramatically we’re going to have a second crash. If oil stays over $100, we could have a real, real problem. We could have real second dip.

    “You look at what OPEC’s doing to this country. I always say the worst abuser of the United States is OPEC. The second worst is China.
    “I know how to deal with OPEC.

    “We have a real problem, and the problem is we don’t use our best people. Negotiation is an art. It’s an absolute art and we’re not using our best people.

    “I know Wall Street very well. When we negotiate against China, South Korea, against all of these countries, why aren’t we using our smartest, greatest business people? Instead we use a diplomat — a person that studies how to be nice.

    “I don’t want a nice person. And that’s why I may not make it in terms of getting [elected] I’m not that nice a person.

    “But I’d make this country great again, that I can tell you.”

    Trump did refer to Obama’s release of his birth certificate, stating: “I took on the president. I was very strong, I said put up your birth certificate. Now whether I was right in doing that or wrong, I don’t care.
    I mean, why not show it, and why did it take so long?

    “I was honored that I was able to get him to do it.”

    He compared Obama’s delay in releasing his birth certificate to his attempts to stall a final court decision on Obama’s healthcare reform legislation.

    “We have to get rid of Obamacare. I really think the president is doing this country a tremendous disservice. Just like he should have given his birth certificate three years ago instead of making everyone wait — it’s sort of the same thing.

    “We are going through all these court systems. Why doesn’t he allow it just to go to the Supreme Court? You’ll save a year and maybe more. I know people who are going absolutely crazy with their business on the assumption that Obamacare happens.

    “Ultimately those people on the Supreme Court are going to be ruling on Obamacare. Wouldn’t it be good if we knew what is going to happen instead of waiting?”

    Trump also said that Republican Rep. Paul Ryan’s deficit reduction plan “was early. There was no reason to put a plan forward where they are even talking about touching Medicare at this point.

    “The Democrats are doing a number on that plan like I’ve never seen.
    “Let Obama go first. He’s supposed to be the leader. Let him come in and put up a plan.”

    Finally, the potential presidential contender referred to his status as a political outsider.

    “All my life I’ve heard that very successful people cannot run for high office.

    “I’m very anti-establishment, that even includes the Republicans.

    “Republicans don’t like it because I’m not in the club. That club is not what is going to make us in my opinion a great country again.”

    Editor’s Note: If you missed the live event of Trump’s speech, you can watch a recording by clicking here.

    http://www.newsmax.com/Headline/trump-obama-new-hampshire/2011/05/11/id/396026

    (Go to link and press here)

  495. Thanks for the Trump post, Mrs. S.

    If neither Hillary nor Trump run in 2012 – I am gonna be one pistoff PUMA!

    It will prove that the race card, intimidation and character assassination will work again, and we will be stuck with Slick Rick the Poverty Pimp until 2016.

    5.5 more years of Ubama, somebody please just shoot me.

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