Donald Trump At Sea

Republicans/conservatives who savaged Donald Trump can really be proud of themselves. Allied with Big Media they have, for all appearances, destroyed Donald Trump as a potential candidate for the Republican nomination for president. Congratulations guys, you slit your own collective throat and made common cause with Big Media – way to go fellas!

Donald Trump is at sea. He is either going to share Osama Bin Laden’s fate and go down in the deep blue – or he is going to take new courage as he surveys the shore from a spyglass.

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A few weeks ago, on his hit TV show Celebrity Apprentice, Donald Trump caused a ruckus. Trump asked Meatloaf (the musical celebrity, not a dinner), “should I run for president?” Meatloaf answered “Absolutely… I would vote for you, I would help you with your campaign.” Trump then asked Star Jones (yes, that is her real name) “What do you think Star? You’re a political analyst.” Jones replied “Of course, I’m right here now, ready to roll.”



Donald Trump managed to somehow squeeze that colloquy into a show that presumably had been taped long ago (in November). Somehow that episode and the uproar it caused (O’Donnell and others went nuts) has been forgotten already. If Trump managed to edit that show, couldn’t he just as easily update the final episode?

Republican/conservative HotAir chortled today that Trump had lied because according to NBC there is no Trump “announcement” in the final episode of the show. The usually astute Andrew Malcolm likewise mocked Trump because the final episode had been taped long ago (last November). Somehow all those laughing reports that Trump was engaged in a publicity stunt forgot the recent show (presumably also taped months ago but updated recently) in which Trump outraged the MSNBC crowd.

The point we repeated have made about Donald Trump is that he is showing the way forward. Many Republicans/conservatives hated the “birther” issue because “They fear being labeled “nuts” (as if they won’t be anyway).” The self-described “morons” at Ace of Spades at least learned something from Donald Trump:

“Candidates still can learn a lot from Trump: The party is eager to embrace a tough-talking candidate who treats Obama as what he is, and what he always has been: A professional politician, remarkable only for his ambition and narcissism.”

For their own self-interests, or to protect their favored candidate, many Republican/conservative websites and commentators joined Big Media in a frenzy of attacks against Donald Trump. When (not if) Big Media turns against their favored candidate these collaborators will have nowhere to run and their complaints will sound hollow. When (not if) Big Media declares a favored candidate “racist”, as was done to Donald Trump, the bill for the collaboration will come due.

Donald Trump showed the way when he attacked Barack Obama on the birth certificate issue. Again, the “morons” appear to understand the many reasons why the birth certificate issue resonated:

“1. They really believe the conspiracy theory.

2. They do not really believe the conspiracy theory, but also are not very trusting of Obama and the media, and take a “Prove it” stance.

3. They became sort of surprised (as many were) that there seems to be no clear mechanism for enforcing the Constitution’s requirement of “natural born citizen,” and for reasons I call “hygienic,” wished to make sure this particular part of the Constitution was not ignored as dead-letter and some clear mechanism of enforcement was either created, or an informal method (public pressure) was brought to bear.

4. They generally are sick of Obama getting a pass on everything in life and decided to draw the line here, for whatever reason.

5. They generally want him to produce background information and finally get the vetting Joe the Plumper did, and figured, let’s start from birth.

6. They figure any tool to dig up negative information on Obama is a useful catspaw which should be encouraged, not restrained, by conservatives.”

Few are celebrating the fact that Donald Trump forced Obama to play the birth certificate “landmine” well before the November 2012 elections. The celebrations of Donald Trump’s death though have been many. Some mocked “the air rapidly leaking out of the presidential balloon that kept Donald Trump floating above...” The source of the jubilation is a PPP poll that shows Trump sinking like Osama into the deep blue.

The reasons for a Trump slump could be that Trump, after the Bin Laden news, announced he would take a short hiatus from the campaign and “out of sight, out of mind”. It could be that the birth certificate issue is now considered resolved and therefore the candidate that put it on the map has temporarily or permanently been put to bed. It could be that Republicans/conservatives who support other candidates managed to damage Trump as a Democrat or independent, not a Republican/conservative worthy of Republican/conservative support.

What Republicans/conservatives and Obama supporters have yet to answer is: If Donald Trump was really the preferred Obama opponent, if Donald Trump was the “weakest link”, if Donald Trump and the birth certificate issue were such losers – why did Barack Obama move against both so very early?

Didn’t it make much more sense to bolster The Donald? That was the argument proffered by many Republicans/conservatives and Obama acolytes. Remember? They said that Barack Obama was going after Donald Trump in order to build Trump up to get the nomination and then they would squash The Donald. What happened to that ridiculous theory?

Donald Trump always said he was the candidate the Barack Obama campaign feared the most. If Donald Trump was wrong – why did the Obama campaign move so hard against him by releasing a birth certificate and by attacking Trump at a Big Media bash?

If Donald Trump was such a weak candidate why didn’t Republican/conservative websites allow the Republican rank and file to reject him at the polls? Why did Republican/conservatives move with such speed and venom to attack such a “weak” candidate? If the Trump message was such a loser, why not let it play out and have the public stone him to death? As we asked:

“If the numbers for not “serious” Trump are so obviously bad (hey, we thought he had celebrity name recognition and that’s why his Republican/conservative numbers were so good) then what is everyone so worried about? What’s the problem?

If Donald Trump is so dead in the water why not let him prattle on about birth certificates and such and beat up on poor Barack so then the big “serious” candidate can come in and harvest the crop?

Republican/conservative Big Media types are busy slamming Trump as worse than Ross Perot, as curdled as New Yorker Rudy Giuliani, and “destined to fizzle.” If they really believe this, then why worry?

Indeed, if you are committed to another Republican/conservative candidate why worry about The Donald? If you are part of the Mark Levin brigade dreaming of candidates that aren’t, thinking Ronald Reagan will rise from the tomb and file candidacy in Iowa – why worry about The Donald?”

For a candidate that is supposedly dead, the attacks continue to erupt. Today’s hit piece on Trump demonstrates that Trump is a wily developer that has benefited from his ability to run circles around inept government officials. The “get a thief to catch a thief” lesson is somehow lost.

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Donald Trump is at sea, not firmly ashore. He has promised a decision before June on whether or not he will run for president. The day of decision approaches.

It cannot be comforting that one polling firm which tilts “D” has him now trailing when not so long ago it showed him at the lead. It cannot be comforting that the jackals surround him. It cannot be comforting that he is called a “racist!” It cannot be comforting that the Obama Dimocratic Party views him as enemy #1, the Republican Party views him as enemy #1, and Big Media views him as enemy #1. Donald Trump is essentially alone.

Donald Trump is about to learn something about himself. He is going to learn whether he has a healthy ego or suffers from Obama like narcissism (we’ll have more on this later this week). The problem with an inflated ego is that one little pinprick lets the air out and what you have left is a deflated bag of protoplasm. But a healthy and very strong ego is necessary for anyone who wants to be president.

As Donald Trump surveys the shore with his spyglass he only now understands what awaits him. The attacks will be much worse than the tough attacks he imagined only a short while ago. But Trump should also assess the issues landscape.

The issues landscape for Donald Trump is one full of high ground. Donald Trump had this to say about Osama Bin Laden starting in early April:

If Osama is in Pakistan, why are we paying [Pakistan] hundreds of millions of dollars a year?” said Donald Trump in an interview on the O’Reilly Factor a month ago.

We’ll tell them that “we want Osama Bin Laden. If you don’t give us Osama Bin Laden, we’re just not giving you hundreds of millions of dollars…You have a 6’6’’ Arab who is on a dialysis machine, and we can’t find him? If you tell me that the leaders of Pakistan don’t know where a 6’6’’ guy is standing, you’re wrong,” he said.

If we said to them, ‘Sorry folks, we can’t [give you money anymore], you have to give us Osama Bin Laden, [Osama will] be standing on the White House doorstep very quickly,” he said.”


Donald Trump has nothing to fear on the Bin Laden front.

Most importantly Donald Trump is perfectly positioned on the great economic challenges of the day: housing, the economy, debt and deficits. In March of 2009, the New York Times interviewed Trump:

“I hear you are personally acquainted with Bernie Madoff, who visited your country club in Palm Beach.

I met Madoff a number of times at Mar-a-Lago. He loved golf, and I’d also see him at my golf club, which is nearby. One time he said to me, “Why don’t you invest with me?” I said jokingly, “No thanks, I can lose my own money.”

What do you think will happen to Ruth Madoff?
The wife should be put in jail on the other side of the hallway from him. I think she’s guilty, his sons are guilty, and I think that many of the people in the firm are guilty. He had 16,000 clients, and he’s one man. What, he’s going to send out every envelope every week?

How is the real estate business doing?
My real estate is doing great. Because most of my jobs were finished prior to the depression, as I affectionately call it.”

Donald Trump’s strong suit is real estate. He didn’t get fooled by Bernie Madoff. His own financial history is not without blemish but he does know real estate. Real estate is the issue of the hour:

“Home values posted the largest decline in the first quarter since late 2008, prompting many economists to push back their estimates of when the housing market will hit a bottom.

Home values fell 3% in the first quarter from the previous quarter and 1.1% in March from the previous month, pushed down by an abundance of foreclosed homes on the market, according to data to be released Monday by real-estate website Zillow.com. Prices have now fallen for 57 consecutive months, according to Zillow. [snip]

….While most economists expected sales to decline after tax credits expired, the drag on the market has been greater than many anticipated. “We expected December and January to be bad” as the market reeled from the after-effects of the tax credit, said Stan Humphries, Zillow’s chief economist. But monthly declines for February and March were “really staggering,” he said. They indicate “a reflection of the true underlying demand, which is now apparent because most of the tax credit is out of the system, and it’s being completely overwhelmed by supply.”

….Prices are decelerating in large part because the many foreclosed properties that often sell at a discount force other sellers to lower their prices. Mortgage companies Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac have sold more than 94,000 foreclosed homes during the first quarter, a new high that represented a 23% increase from the previous quarter. More could be on the way: They held another 218,000 properties at the end of March, a 33% increase from a year ago.”

Donald Trump can speak like no other about the real estate crisis confronting the country. It’s not just Antoin “Tony” Rezko that Trump can talk about. Obama’s policies on foreclosures have been a disaster. Trump can explain why with clarity and credibility.

Donald Trump is at sea surveying the shore. Donald Trump now knows what he will face from Barack Obama and Big Media. Today the Associated Press buoyed Barack Obama’s non-bounce poll numbers by publishing a poll which is so skewed the poll can only be said to measure the level of deceptions to which Big Media will go to protect and advance the golden calf:

“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.”

Big Media will do what it has to do to protect and serve stooge Barack Obama. As we have written, none of the announced Republican candidates can stand up to the brutal assault. Perhaps fighters like Sarah Palin or Chris Christie will enter the ring but they too will be trashed and beaten up.

Donald Trump has stated he will announce his intentions after May 22 and before June 1. On May 15, the last episode of his hit TV show airs. On May 17 Trump will be grilled by Erick Erickson of RedState. On May 22nd the contract with NBC ends and Trump is free to make his announcement. On May 23, Barack Obama goes on his five day European vacation (yes, another one). In June Trump will speak at several fundraisers scheduled in early primary states and Iowa. Today he was in New Hampshire, for all intents and purposes, a candidate.

Donald Trump is at sea. The decision he must make is whether to drift away or advance the flag onto the land. Will Trump yell “FIRE” and unleash the cannons? Or will he lower the flag and order a retreat? Will it be “Damn the torpedoes, full speed ahead“, “I have not yet begun to fight” or “I’m outta here”?

Donald Trump has a great opportunity. He will either seize it, or give in to Big Media, the Republican establishment, and Obama Dimocrats. At the end of May we will all know what Donald Trump is made of. So will he.

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150 thoughts on “Donald Trump At Sea

  1. Republicans/conservatives who savaged Donald Trump can really be proud of themselves. Allied with Big Media they have, for all appearances, destroyed Donald Trump as a potential candidate for the Republican nomination for president.
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    My heart fell a little bit when I read this, but then I noticed that Appearances was italicized and I cheered up.

  2. The CA finale has always had a live segment at the end, when the winner is announced. Unless they changed the format, “Sharon Pannozzo, publicity director for NBC Entertainment” is either lying or ignorant. Shocking, I know.

  3. I wonder if pressure from NBC is what is making Trump take a second look at running. They are horribly partisan.

  4. admin:

    There is a partial report of Trump in NH near the end of the last thread… Although, I think the video version is easier on the ears…

  5. BigCatLover, NBC is owned by GE whose CEO is Jeff Immelt who is one of BO’s puppet-masters.

  6. http://www.commentarymagazine.com/2011/05/09/easiest-incumbent-to-beat-since-1980/

    What will matter most in the forthcoming presidential election are the objective conditions, and most especially the objective economic conditions, of the nation. That’s why this story in the Wall Street Journal must be so disconcerting to President Obama. It reports that home values posted the largest decline in the first quarter since late 2008, “prompting many economists to push back their estimates of when the housing market will hit a bottom.”

    In the first quarter home values fell 3 percent from the previous quarter and 1.1 percent in March from the previous month, according to data to be released Monday by real-estate website Zillow.com.

    Stan Humphries, Zillow’s chief economist, said that while most economists expected sales to decline after tax credits expired, the drag on the market has been greater than many anticipated. “We expected December and January to be bad,” Humphries said, but monthly declines for February and March were “really staggering.” Humphries now believes prices won’t hit bottom before next year and expects they will fall by another 7-9 percent. Others agree. Paul Dales, a senior U.S. economist with Capital Economics, says prices could fall by as much as 10 percent, down from his previous forecasts of around 5 percent.

    We are now in the fifth month of Barack Obama’s third year in office. Unemployment is at 9.0 percent. We’re about 7 million jobs short of where things stood when Obama took office. Economic growth in the first quarter was 1.8 percent. Housing prices have fallen for 57 consecutive months. Only one in three Americans approve of the way Obama is handling the economy, the lowest point since he took office, and nearly eight in 10 American are less optimistic about the economy than they were a few months ago.

    David Axelrod is anxious, and he’s right to be. His friend, the president, is caught in a political tractor beam from which few, if any, public officials escape. The only way to likely to overcome it is if the economy shows signs of a strong recovery. That has yet to happen, and one cannot help but think it may never happen, in the Obama presidency. If that ends up being the case—if a year from now the economy is more or less in the same condition as it was two years ago, last year, and what it is now—Obama will be the easiest incumbent to beat since 1980. It’s not impossible for Republicans to lose such an election, but it would be mighty hard.

  7. So what pressure could NBC exercise over Trump if he runs? If he wins, he would not need a tv show in the future, but if he loses, he might want one.

  8. What an amazing article! Bravo!

    About real estate, here’s a quick anecdote. I was in my accountant’s office today because the NYS Department of Taxation has billed me a penalty – for what, I cannot fathom – although after an hour on the phone with these thieves I did get them to extend the payment deadline by two months and that’s why I was at the accountant’s getting her to straighten it out.

    I was, of course, ranting and raving and threatening to leave the state and muttering about how I’m one of the stupid 49 percent minority who even pay taxes and the other client – a youngish hands-on kind of guy was agreeing with me as was the agent who said the state tax department sends out these penalty notices all the time and most people simply pay them – and the guy said he was there because;

    HE HAD BEEN GRANTED one of those $8,000 first time home buyer tax credits and now the banks, the state and the federal gov’t refused to honor it and he was livid! He said he had been lied to, he wasn’t the only one in the area, the money was not in the accouts to pay people and basically he had been misled into buiying a home.

    That’s what one real estate market anaylsis Iread said, too.

    It was a SCAM! Just like cash for clunkers. Just like the newly resuscitated “dream Act,” just like every friggin’ thing else the POS has said and done over the past 2 and a half years.

    At this point I’m ready to concede the first AA prez trophy thing and move one IF the POS is a one termer.

    I hope Trump has “not yet begun to fight.”

  9. I am guessing there’s not much NBC can do directly since CA has excellent ratings and any rival network would jump to get it. But the indirect pressure of deals getting called off, the cold shoulder from the insiders, etc., that’s something that someone like Immelt has more than enough clout to do. I am just speculating.

  10. @admin, “At the end of May we will all know what Donald Trump is made of. So will he. ”
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    I am not so sure about this line. We are putting on this one man a lot of burden (like we do on Hillary) to go up against a corrupt establishment on both sides. Even then stupid voters at large won’t realize what is good for them. Why should Trump save us from the fuckers if we voters can’t save ourselves from these fuckers?

  11. “Republicans/conservatives who savaged Donald Trump can really be proud of themselves.”

    I was hoping you would call this shit out. Fuck them all. Democrats = Republicans (except they are twice as evil) and they are all partisan shitheads.

  12. “Why should Trump save us from the fuckers if we voters can’t save ourselves from these fuckers?”

    Urgh…and then never were truer words typed.

  13. Admin:

    It seems that the media, as you said several weeks ago, are still floundering around for a narrative to destroy Trump, and he is not making it easy for them. Trump is media-savvy enough not to intrude on the Fraud’s soon-to-be-forgotten OBL victory tour. Why should he? He’s busy with his show and would only be accused of trying to upstage BO. He’s wisely biding his time.

    Whether he winds up running or not (I personally think it’s too late for him to back out now), I hope he continues to deconstruct the myth of the Fraud and to call out the media as the protectors that they are. There are certainly no other announced candidates that will do THAT!

  14. “Even then stupid voters at large won’t realize what is good for them. Why should Trump save us from the fuckers if we voters can’t save ourselves from these fuckers?”
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    That is pretty much my conclusion. The 2008 election was probably the most important of my lifetime and the Country blew it. The 2012 election will be meaningless. No matter who runs or wins, the game it set to drive the “stake” harder into the heart of the middle class. The next opportunity will be 2016 but I don’t expect the voters to get a clue. It’s all been down hill since Reagan and “welfare queens”; distract the voters with nickel and dime crooks while the elites loot the treasury for trillions.

  15. From Smart Money

    Excerpts from how the $8g first time home buyers incentive was a SCAM!

    From Smart Money.

    The government’s recent $8,000 cash incentive for first-time home buyers has proved even more costly for recipients than for taxpayers, according to data released Monday. Typical buyers have lost twice as much to price declines as they received from the program.

    The median home value fell to about $170,000 in March from $185,000 a year earlier, according to Zillow.com. That means a buyer who closed on a house just before the tax-credit program expired in April 2010 collected $8,000 but has since lost $15,000 in value. Those who bought earlier in the program have done worse; the median price is down $20,000 from

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    The credit wasn’t great for taxpayers, either. IRS says it paid $26 billion in home buyer credits in 2009 and 2010, enough to cover the maximum $8,000 credit for more than 3 million buyers. (It says at least $513 million went for fraudulent claims. Some claimants hadn’t bought houses. Some filed twice. Some were under age 18 or incarcerated.)

    In October 2009, when the extension of the $8,000 credit for homebuyers was under consideration, I outlined five reasons the U.S. didn’t need more housing perks. These included already-high prices and an abundance of benefits, the questionable stimulus value of home subsidies and a gaping budget deficit. In January 2010, with the extension passed, I recommended that eager buyers wait at least nine months and purposely miss the $8,000 tax credit deadline to take advantage of price declines after. The median price fell about $8,000 over the next nine months and another $8,000 since.

  16. Oh MY word.

    Now the WH website is just making $hit up and calling everyone a racist. GatewayPundit has a superb recording of this.

    http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2011/05/10/remarks-president-comprehensive-immigration-reform-el-paso-texas

    What the WH transcript says happened, and then the video of what was actually said.

    I don’t believe no poll at this point, I have some faith in Rassumesum and Gallup, the rest, cBS/NYT, this AP poll, all garabage, they are trying to create some inevitablity like they did in 2008, NOT GOING TO HAPPEN THIS TIME!

    admin — another great post.

  17. I love reading your regular blog-readers, Admin…about as much as I love reading you.

  18. Why the hell is this guy running on the Republican side?

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    Because his Romneycare is very similar to what the GOP proposed in the 90s?

  19. so is the rapper who wanted to “burn Bush” and loves the cop-killer still invited to the WH for poetry night? And this is the week when cop’s unions all over are remembering the fallen policemen who died in the line of duty.

    Could these bozos in the WH be any more dense? They don’t care and they don’t care that we know they don’t care.

  20. “Why should Trump save us from the fuckers if we voters can’t save ourselves from these fuckers?”

    Because he’s in a position that we’re not in; he can make a difference in perceptions. He’s independently wealthy, aggressive, knows how to handle the media, and isn’t afraid to bring up issues that nobody will go near. I haven’t heard anyone else ask what is the purpose of the three expensive wars we are engaged in; that’s a potent issue, even if he expresses it roughly at this point. Who else is asking why all of our jobs are going overseas? Or why we give so much money to countries that hate us?

    I believe that Trump is genuinely appalled at the state of American business and that is his true motivation. Everything else, ego, money, celebrity, is secondary; he already has all of those things.

    If a less controversial candidate also brought up these issues and was not afraid of the press, I would support that candidate also. But I don’t see any.

  21. how the hell has this democrat party gone this crazy?? an unelected board cannot tell a business that it cannot do business in another state, if a company is abusing its employees, yes then say/do something, but they cannot force a company not to do business anywhere the company deems best for it.

    I miss my old JFK democrat party, I don’t know know who the hell are these new dems that have now completely taken over this undemocratic party.

    http://thehill.com/blogs/floor-action/senate/160473-reid-defends-nlrb-over-boeing-decision-

    “Reid said the NLRB “acts as a check on employers and employees alike” and is consistent with the “spirit of checks and balances” established by the Founding Fathers.”

  22. . Donald Trump had this to say about Osama Bin Laden starting in early April:
    “If Osama is in Pakistan, why are we paying [Pakistan] hundreds of millions of dollars a year?”

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    How big was that ‘IF’? Was Trump pretty sure Osama WAS in Pakistan, or was he just pointing out someone else’s inconsistency?

  23. I am a Trump supporter, and I welcome the attacks against him coming now, rather than later. I think he has to prove his ability to take this and fight back. If he throws in the towel, we do not want him. This is a come to Jesus moment for him. I think he will pass with flying colors. It is like the Jack Demsey said the test of a champion is to get knocked to the mat, and summon the strength and stamina and will to get up, resume the fight and take out your opponent–in this case all three of them–big media, rethugs and bots. My friend the congresswoman said it best–politics aint bean bag.

  24. “Why should Trump save us from the fuckers if we voters can’t save ourselves from these fuckers?”

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    “Because he’s in a position that we’re not in;”

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    Yeah, a position where he stands to lose his image and therefore $$. And with that go the jobs of the people he employs…

    Ha Ha, Ok..now that I am done pretending that Obama is THAT important to anyone other than the AP, I see your point.=)

  25. The business of Washington is to protect Washington at the expense of the country. All those faceless bureaucrats, K street lobbyist, attorneys, big media hacks and their ilk are like fat hogs feeding at the public trough. And what comes out of this sewer is a diseased mind and appetite called Potomac Fever, which is both a mindset of banal elitism, and a state of utter subservience to the social pecking order of that fair city. When a Hillary Clinton, a Sarah Palin or a Donald Trump come forward and advocate policies which will benefit the country, the snakes, vipers and backshooters who thrive in this hot house enviroment summon their resources to destroy the interloper and thereby preserve a system which is fatally flawed and undemocratic to its core.

  26. When a Hillary Clinton, a Sarah Palin or a Donald Trump come forward and advocate policies which will benefit the country, the snakes, vipers and backshooters who thrive in this hot house enviroment summon their resources to destroy the interloper

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    Yes. And add to the list Bill Clinton and Al Gore. (And possibly Goldwater.)

  27. ooooo.. the reporter called him Willard! Did he read here? Romney will perhaps say it was a ‘boneheaded’ mistake. Maybe the media will then shove it under the carpet like they did Rezko for the other guy. Obuma and his handlers are salivating over this guy. Maybe that is what the repubs want too.

    http://www.bostonherald.com/news/columnists/view/2011_0510maybe_mitt_could_just_call_in_sick/

    Here are the first three words Willard Mitt Romney needs to say in Michigan tomorrow, but never will.

    “I screwed up.”

    The only way for Willard to move on, get some closure, etc. on this grand fiasco of RomneyCare is to finally man up and admit that in 2006 the Democrats in Massachusetts beat him like a rented mule. Acknowledge the undisputable truth that, thanks to his raw political ambition, we have tax-paying American citizens being fined $2,000 for the crime of having no dough, to quote The Band.

    Oh, and by the way, illegal aliens still get free health care. Just ask Auntie Zeituni.

    Following his first three words, Willard could employ that ancient bipartisan gesture of quoting a member of the opposite party, in this case the late Sen. Lloyd Bentsen, or was it Al Smith:

    “When I make a mistake, it’s a doozy.”….

  28. That bostonherald article is pretty funny. The cynic in me thinks Obama made Obamacare Romneycare to neutralize this guy and other Repubs (shhhhh.. it is your own plan) for 2012. And his base, who cares? where the fuck are they going to go? vote for a republican?! No they wouldn’t dare!

  29. Very interesting read per usual admin. Donald really is at sea and hopefully will come back ashore like a Tsunami.

  30. oh, my! but there is no lesson learnt here. They will still vote for Obuma.

    “Survey: 85% of New College Grads Move Back in with Mom and Dad”

    The kids are coming home to roost.

    Surprise, surprise: Thanks to a high unemployment rate for new grads, many of those with diplomas fresh off the press are making a return to Mom and Dad’s place. In fact, according to a poll conducted by consulting firm Twentysomething Inc., some 85% of graduates will soon remember what Mom’s cooking tastes like.

    Read more: http://newsfeed.time.com/2011/05/10/survey-85-of-new-college-grads-moving-back-in-with-mom-and-dad/

  31. “hopefully will come back ashore like a Tsunami.”

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    damaging only Obuma’s assets!

  32. IRYG @ 8:38 PM

    “Yeah, a position where he stands to lose his image and therefore $$. And with that go the jobs of the people he employs…”

    As a native New Yorker myself, I think that, until now, Trump’s image has pretty much been that of a clown (the hair, the extravagance, the media overexposure), and can only improve by being a serious candidate. As far as money goes, he has proven that he knows how to make it, lose it, and re-gain it. With a little boning up on issues, and softening some of his rough edges, he still has plenty of time to develop into a formidable candidate. I think he is genuinely concerned about the country’s economic situation, even though he will continue to do well personally.

  33. It seems to me that in the world of politics you can get past certain mistakes, and not others. Lloyd Benson’s comment that he does not make many mistakes but when he does it is a doozie. The kind of mistakes that kill a candidate are those which involve a breach of fundamental principles such as Romney’s father George who said he had been brainwashed on Viet Nam, Ford’s claim that eastern Europe is not under Soviet occupation and George Bush seniors pledge of no new taxes. In my opinion, Willard cannot get by saying that he made a mistake on health care. Sooner of later it will be fatal to his candidacy, ergo better that it take him down sooner as opposed to later. The way this thing is shaping up, with voter angst at an all time high, and our economic future going down the tube, the candidate must be someone who can run hard–real hard against Washington. Thus, JBstonesfan’s suggestion that Christy and Rubio would be a winning ticket is sound, and it would produce a landslide victory in my opinion.

  34. You go girls!! Fuck the men, Muslim men..

    http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2011-05-10/saudi-women-to-get-behind-the-wheel-in-defiance-of-driving-ban.html

    Manal, a 32-year-old woman, is planning something she’s never done openly in her native Saudi Arabia: Get in her car and take to the streets, defying a ban on female drivers in the kingdom.

    Manal and 10 other people are organizing a campaign on Facebook and Twitter urging Saudi women with international driver’s licenses to join them starting June 17, risking their jobs and their freedom. The coordinated plan isn’t a protest, she said.

    “I’m doing it because I’m frustrated, angry and mad,” Manal, who asked to be identified only by her first name, said in an interview from the eastern city of Dhahran. “It’s 2011 and we’re still discussing this insignificant right for women.”

  35. wbboei, Romney is mostly done.. even stupid repubs will realize he is a non-starter (my comment was sarcastic.)

  36. “Those messages haven’t stopped conservatives from quoting Common’s anti-cop lyrics, citing his opposition to interracial dating, and highlighting protests by influential police organizations, including the New Jersey State Troopers Fraternal Association. By sheer bad luck, the White House’s event landed on the same week that police organizations annually commemorate dead police officers.

  37. This is not snark. I really want to know. What has Christie done besides stand up against teachers and unions, what has he managed, what is his background?

    What about Rubio? Same questions.

  38. Southern Born, I don’t know Christie’s background but I think people like him for his abrasive in the face remarks and they are hoping he would do that to Obuma to his face a la Trump. That remains to be seen.

  39. oh, boy, Obama will eat this guy for lunch!

    http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052748703864204576317413439329644.html

    Obama’s Running Mate
    Mitt Romney’s ObamaCare problem.

    Mitt Romney travels to Ann Arbor today to deliver what his campaign bills as a major address laying out his “2012 principles for health-care reform.” These are likely to be sensible, but what we’ll be listening for is how he explains his health-care principles of five years ago.

    As everyone knows, the health reform Mr. Romney passed in 2006 as Massachusetts Governor was the prototype for President Obama’s version and gave national health care a huge political boost. Mr. Romney now claims ObamaCare should be repealed, but his failure to explain his own role or admit any errors suggests serious flaws both in his candidacy and as a potential President.
    ***

    There’s a lot to learn from the failure of the ObamaCare model that began in Massachusetts, which is now moving to impose price controls on all hospitals, doctors and other providers. Not that anyone would know listening to Mr. Romney. In the paperback edition of his campaign book “No Apology,” he calls the plan a “success,” and he has defended it in numerous media appearances as he plans his White House run.

    Mr. Romney has lately qualified his praise, saying in a speech in New Hampshire in March that “our experiment wasn’t perfect—some things worked, some things didn’t, and some things I’d change.” He’s mostly avoided specifics other than retreating to the cover of state experimentation, but we can fill in the details based on interviews with Romney staffers as well as others present at the creation.

  40. I would at least respect Romney if he flat out said, you know what my intentions were good, my plan is horrible, it was a mistake and needs to be redone.

    why the hell doesn’t he have a backbone and say this? He would gain so much respect. I have a few friends in MA, from what they tell me, to get a new general doc or an appt with a general practioner, its a 10-12 month wait, and so now ERs are full all the time, because people can’t get into see their regular docs.

  41. On an airplane trip from Los Angeles to Seattle I met a guy who was with GE Medical when Immelt was its head. He said it was a terrible place to work–cutthroat, arbitrary, and highly abusive. This guy was no wall flower. He served with the British Marines on joint exercises with the Seals and their Israeli equivalent. He told me and my friend that the CIA had been monitoring 20 terrorist who crossed our southern border into the United States, and had managed to lose them. This was 6 months prior to 9/11 as I recently reminded my friend.

  42. correction: it was the FBI. Theoretically, the CIA has no jurisdiction within the United States. This was by agreement between J Edgar Hoover head of the FBI and Wild Bill Donovan of the World War II Office of Strategic Services and founder of the CIA.

  43. tim
    May 11th, 2011 at 8:06 pm

    Oh MY word.
    ______________

    I read the text in the link you posted to Obama’s speech in El Paso. The dialog between Obama and the audience was conversational talk you would hear on a Friday night at a Sports Bar or a Pub.

    Here is an example of Obama stating a mistaken dynamic to a group of people who will not question his statement:

    “So we don’t want the next Intel or the next Google to be created in China or India. We want those companies and jobs to take root here. (Applause.) Bill Gates gets this. He knows a little something about the high-tech industry. He said, “The United States will find it far more difficult to maintain its competitive edge if it excludes those who are able and willing to help us compete.”
    __________________

    It was these companies that decided they could realize huge cost savings by exporting US jobs overseas. Taking advantage of Federal tax break incentives and outsourcing the (cheap) cost of labor overseas adding huge profits to their bottom line.

    And didn’t Obama recently sign an XO exporting our technology FREE to developing countries ?

    How in the world do people fall for Obama’s folksy charm intentionally ‘lowering the bar’ when speaking to the public in a confusing manner deliberately muddying the water and distorting historical facts?

  44. “the CIA had been monitoring 20 terrorist who crossed our southern border into the United States, and had managed to lose them. This was 6 months prior to 9/11 as I recently reminded my friend.”

    I believe that is what Micheal sauer? (a former CIA person in charge of the Bin Laden section) has said many times on Fox and other media outlets.

  45. Mrs. Smith
    May 11th, 2011 at 10:18 pm

    Completely agree with you. When astroturf are the audience, they are paid to clap at anything or anyone. Wouldn’t be surprised if there was someone with a “APPAULD” placard in front directing the astroturf.

  46. Rick Perry: “This is a President who is more interested in trying out for Saturday Night Live it seems like. . . . . the guy’s a stand-up comic, and that was what he was playing to. The fact of the matter is, Americans don’t want a stand-up comic for the President of the United States. . . . Anyone who knows what’s happening on the border of Texas and Mexico – or for that matter the southern border of the United States with Mexico – realizes this is not comedy, there are people’s lives in jeopardy every day.””

    I agree with Gov. Perry on his assessment. Keep mocking this fool, narrassitic people hate being mocked, thin-skinned and all.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zkVT9Xn_05M&feature=player_embedded

  47. tim
    May 11th, 2011 at 10:22 pm

    Mrs. Smith
    May 11th, 2011 at 10:18 pm

    Completely agree with you. When astroturf are the audience, they are paid to clap at anything or anyone. Wouldn’t be surprised if there was someone with a “APPAULD” placard in front directing the astroturf
    ________________

    Yes, after the second time I heard an audience member shout out:
    “WE LOVE YOU!” I knew it was a PLANT!. I think he travels to these events with his own cheerleaders aboard AF1.

    Yes, you are right about the CiA, Tim. They can be deployed homogeneously domestically as well as for foreign service. I believe Bush changed the rule while he was in office… Even FBI agents operate overseas now…

  48. Loved your post Admin, and thanks for the video of Trump today. This is one of the few politicians, besides the Clinton’s I can listen to until the cows come home.

    Trump sounds a little toned down in the video, but just as true to himself and his beliefs as before.

    Maybe he is toning it down for the group of people he is talking to and also to the folks that almost broke their pearls a couple of weeks ago when he turned the air a little blue with an F-bomb.

    Personally, I like the wilder side of Trump, it matches my feelings towards the corruption we have seen since 2007.

    I will be one very angry Hillary supporter if he backs out of the race!!! We will have the same parade of party sheep running, and the media foaming at the mouth over all of them.

    I would rather have Hillary, that should go without saying by now…but just in case Hillary is watching… 😉

  49. …well, for fun…let’s take odds…

    imho…I think Trump jumps into the race and runs…the only variable I see is the very long shot of Christie also jumping in…according to T, T and Christie are very good friends…

    I don’t think Christie jumping in is a deterrant for T not to run…in fact, I think T’s ego is such that ultimately he doesn’t care about the hammering…he wants to be part of the dialogue…he wants to be a voice and presence at the debates…either way, high or low in the polls…the next debate is in June sponsored by CNN…

    I think T believes he has got something important to say and the time is now…he ‘knows’ the dynamics can change…his voice is about creating jobs, building things in the USA again, the economy, protecting the USA from the usual ripoffs and the explaining the foreclosures and real estate and coming up with some solutions…

    …so I am still leaning towards T jumps in the race…

    What does everyone else think?

  50. votermom
    May 11th, 2011 at 6:50 pm

    I am guessing there’s not much NBC can do directly since CA has excellent ratings and any rival network would jump to get it.

    ———-
    I agree. I watch the show and I don’t watch it because it’s on NBC, I would watch it on any station. It’s just as easy to punch in another number on the remote.

  51. “I hear you are personally acquainted with Bernie Madoff, who visited your country club in Palm Beach.

    I met Madoff a number of times at Mar-a-Lago. He loved golf, and I’d also see him at my golf club, which is nearby. One time he said to me, “Why don’t you invest with me?” I said jokingly, “No thanks, I can lose my own money.”
    _______________

    And Madoff would have made Trump a walking testimonial at the top of his list of celebrity investors. Duping other potential investors into his pyramid scheme if Trump had succumbed to Maddoff’s sales centerpiece, greed. I’m sure Trump has learned his lessons well and could smell Maddoff coming a mile away.

    Probably why Obama, the huckster, sticks out like a sore thumb to Trump.

  52. S,

    He doesn’t run but he keeps kicking butt.

    I honestly think he is just playing with the idiot.

  53. May 11th, 2011 at 7:10 pm

    @admin, “At the end of May we will all know what Donald Trump is made of. So will he. ”
    —————-

    I am not so sure about this line. We are putting on this one man a lot of burden (like we do on Hillary) to go up against a corrupt establishment on both sides. Even then stupid voters at large won’t realize what is good for them. Why should Trump save us from the fuckers if we voters can’t save ourselves from these fuckers?

    ————-
    Ah shucks, I hate when logic goes up against basic hopes. 😉

  54. “I am not so sure about this line. We are putting on this one man a lot of burden (like we do on Hillary) to go up against a corrupt establishment on both sides. Even then stupid voters at large won’t realize what is good for them. Why should Trump save us from the fuckers if we voters can’t save ourselves from these fuckers?
    _____________

    The answer is simple! And Trump has said it over and over many times-

    HE LOVES THIS COUNTRY AND KNOWS HE CAN MAKE IT GREAT AGAIN!

    I guess, he needs to shout it from the rooftops until his philosophy resonates with everyone..

  55. wbboei
    May 11th, 2011 at 8:25 pm

    I am a Trump supporter, and I welcome the attacks against him coming now, rather than later. I think he has to prove his ability to take this and fight back. If he throws in the towel, we do not want him. This is a come to Jesus moment for him.

    ———–
    True wbb, we need a fighter and someone smart and strong to run our country. We have had a corrupt wimp for long enough.

  56. When you give it some thought, Trumps philosophy is identical to Bill and Hill’s. We know how much they Love this country. They were the political pioneers that brought Peace and Prosperity to the US not seen since the presidency of FDR.

  57. Gallup on the little Obama bump:

    http://www.gallup.com/poll/147500/Obama-Approval-Bump-Hasnt-Transferred-2012-Prospects.aspx

    Bottom Line

    Americans’ higher approval of Obama after the mission against bin Laden appears largely detached from their willingness to support him for re-election in 2012. The president’s approval rating rose much more over the past week among Republicans than among independents and Democrats — perhaps reflecting Republicans’ greater support for killing the al Qaeda leader — but that has convinced few in this largely conservative voting bloc to switch sides in the 2012 general election. A rally event that drives up support for Obama among independent rather than Republican voters would seem more likely to give Obama an electoral dividend.

  58. “we need a fighter and someone smart and strong to run our country. We have had a corrupt wimp for long enough.”
    ____________________

    Trump brought the fight to Obama. Isn’t that why Obama is running scared? I believe Trump is capable and won’t back down one bit. He isn’t afraid of Obama. He is the voice Obama doesn’t want to hear- that is what frightens Obama. Trump isn’t an idiot sitting at one of Obama’s rallys shouting “We Love You”- Trunp is asking HARD questions. Questions Obama doesn’t have an answer for.

    All Obama can do is distract from the answers by political diversions and ridiculing Trump from the sidelines and through the media. Obama is the weak one and he knows it!

  59. “The president’s approval rating rose much more over the past week among Republicans than among independents and Democrats — perhaps reflecting Republicans’ greater support for killing the al Qaeda leader — but that has convinced few in this largely conservative voting bloc to switch sides in the 2012 general election. ”
    ————–

    Admin, I made a comment to that exact point here.

  60. Much of this Palin and Trump analysis is crap (the beginning is ok):

    http://thehill.com/blogs/ballot-box/gop-presidential-primary/160333-palin-and-trump-its-complicated

    Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin and businessman Donald Trump have formed a political bond, one united by their populist ideology and contempt for the mainstream media.

    Their kinship grew during the height of the birther controversy. As Trump called on President Obama to release his birth certificate, Palin rose to Trump’s defense, excoriating the press. [snip]

    For his part, Trump reveled in the attention Palin helped bring, telling The Wall Street Journal that she was “so gracious to me on the birther issue. I mean, she really thought that I was doing a great service.”

    For better or worse, Palin has attached her seal of approval more clearly to the Trump phenomenon than any other potential presidential candidate.

    This is surprising — not just because it’s a controversial link, but also because the two share an ideological base, and in a normal political universe, that means they’d be natural foes when competing in a zero-sum game.

    Yet Republican consultant Matt Mackowiak says that hasn’t exactly happened.

    “They appeal to the same segment of the base, but rather than compete, they are holding hands.

    For Trump, an association with Palin has obvious benefits. She has a rabid fan base, more political experience, a more serious mien, and a legion of followers who, ideologically, line up with Trump. Palin’s seal of approval is a powerful one, and if she vouches for someone, others often follow.

    But it’s a risky prospect for Palin. Most think that her association with Trump can only hurt her, but others see value for her — not because they think Trump is formidable, but precisely because they think he isn’t.

    So is her link with him harmful or helpful?

    Harmful:

    Those subscribing to this theory think Palin sullies her reputation by praising Trump.

    Fox political analyst and Daily Beast columnist Kirsten Powers draws the link.

    “She has a real following; he is a circus act. She doesn’t need him; he is the one who benefits from the alliance. She diminishes herself when she associates herself with this kind of hateful crap,” Powers said. [snip]

    Helpful:

    There are those who think Palin would actually benefit from a Trump presidential bid. At first glance, that appears ridiculous.

    According to polls, Palin’s and Trump’s support overlaps. That means there’s a limited number of votes from which both draw, and theoretically, each would fare worse with the other in the race.

    But that ignores a counterintuitive dynamic that might emerge and lift Palin outside her base and more firmly into the mainstream.

    By all accounts, Trump is a celebrity first, politician second. If he entered the field, he’d be The Political Celebrity — the ultimate sideshow. Suddenly, Palin’s experience as governor of Alaska might look more impressive.

    One GOP consultant, who asked not to be identified, described the heart of the argument: Trump’s entry, he said, “positions Sarah Palin closer to the establishment intelligentsia than otherwise possible.”

    When presented against the backdrop of Trump and his orange mane, Palin might look more electable and serious.

    “To the average voter who finds Palin an exceptionally polarizing and equally unprepared presidential suitor, the former Alaska governor doesn’t seem quite so bad when opposite the sheer vulgarity of Trump,” the consultant pointed out.

    Indeed, if it’s clear that the conservative base isn’t going to let an establishment candidate win, then they could be drawn into the arms of Palin when confronted by the specter of Trump. It’s an admittedly unlikely scenario, but the logic of contrasts makes sense.

    Palin’s controversial statements look positively pedestrian when compared to Trump’s call for seizing Iraqi oil, cutting off all aid to Pakistan and imposing 25 percent tariffs on China.

    Suddenly, mistaking “refudiate” for “repudiate” — as Palin did last year — seems far less noteworthy, and Palin herself more electable.

    The question is whether she can avoid descending into Trump’s sensationalism and separate herself from him, thereby mainstreaming herself.

  61. jbstonesfan, read these lines every morning for the next few days, 🙂

    The president’s approval rating rose much more over the past week among Republicans than among independents and Democrats — perhaps reflecting Republicans’ greater support for killing the al Qaeda leader — but that has convinced few in this largely conservative voting bloc to switch sides in the 2012 general election.

  62. Trump and Sarah have many things in common:

    – They both speak their minds and are not beholding to being PC

    – Neither of them follow the Republican pack, and are therefore considered unelectable by the G@@D OLD BOYS.

    – They have no strong party ties and are therefore open to massive media stoning by both parties.

    ——–
    Even though one is a ‘Republican’, he is more of a centrist and a PUMA.

  63. “Duping other potential investors into his pyramid scheme if Trump had succumbed to Maddoff’s sales centerpiece, greed.”
    **********
    The genius of the Maddoff scam was that it wasn’t about greed but safety and long term investing. My cousin sold his business about ten years ago and after doing a lot of research, put a large percentage of that money with Maddoff. He was looking at the long term for his four children. He received monthly statements showing low but steady returns. When the scam collapsed, he lost it all. He had diversified his investments but unknown to him, several of his other funds had invested with Maddoff. He is now in a protracted legal fight with the IRS who wants additional capital gains taxes on the “profits” from the Maddoff scam.

  64. “Because he’s in a position that we’re not in;”
    _____________

    Yeah, a position where he stands to lose his image and therefore $$.

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

    Most of his $$ are not in his image but in his real estate and real businesses — where he stands to lose if the US economy gets worse.

  65. “Because he’s in a position that we’re not in;”
    _____________

    Yeah, a position where he stands to lose his image and therefore $$.

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

    Most of his $$ are not in his image but in his real estate and real businesses — where he stands to lose if the US economy gets worse.

  66. We are putting on this one man a lot of burden (like we do on Hillary) to go up against a corrupt establishment on both sides.

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

    Excellent point.

  67. I would at least respect Romney if he flat out said, you know what my intentions were good, my plan is horrible, it was a mistake and needs to be redone.

    ==========

    We say ‘Romneycare’ but wasn’t it really largely from the legislature and/or the former governor?

  68. The genius of the Maddoff scam was that it wasn’t about greed but safety and long term investing. My cousin sold his business about ten years ago and after doing a lot of research, put a large percentage of that money with Maddoff. He was looking at the long term for his four children. He received monthly statements showing low but steady returns. When the scam collapsed, he lost it all. He had diversified his investments but unknown to him, several of his other funds had invested with Maddoff. He is now in a protracted legal fight with the IRS who wants additional capital gains taxes on the “profits” from the Maddoff scam.
    ——————————
    I knew a guy named CW who created a similar scheme, and went to jail for it. I spent a few days with him and a friend of mine in Galveston. He made the pitch but I never bit. His pitch was he give me $50,000 and I will invest it for you. I have a strategy which has averaged 20% per annum based on short term futures and a long term staggered T-bill hedge. And manachevetts did he have the paper work to prove it, delivered on the first of the month. The return was so good that everybody said just roll it over, I cannot get that kind of return anywhere (they were right about that part), and he used the proceeds to live a lavish life, until the scheme ran out. He got 96 months in club fed. The greatest indignity he suffered was being forced to wear an orange smock, which is the colors of the much hated University of Texas Longhorns. You see he was an Aggie–Texas A&M. My fried lost a large portion of his net worth, and among the many victims was a 93 year old man who had known cw since he was a boy. This is what sociopaths are like, and it is what makes Obama dangerous.

  69. Obama made Obamacare Romneycare to neutralize this guy and other Repubs (shhhhh.. it is your own plan) for 2012. And his base, who cares? where the fuck are they going to go?

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

    Right on both counts, except….

    Imo he made it Romneycare because he gets more donations from the big money people: insurance, Pharma, etc.

    It didn’t neutralize the GOP public statements.

    I wish his base did have somewhere to go. Where’s Nader when we need him?

  70. For some voters, Trump might have a better chance in 2012 against Obama than in 2016 against some serious Democrat. Trump is the anti-Obama. Clown vs clown. (No offense to miq2xu.)

  71. The problem with big media is they are an extension of the Washington DC elites, who have more in common with the elites in Britain, France, Germany, the Hague etc. than with the American People. It ain’t just Embassy Row, it permeates that town. As a result, their analysis is skewed and they don’t even know it. They do not write for the American People or the folks back home. They write for each other and can do no more than double down on the cliches, biases and running narrative which is in vogue. They are bound to the group because if they do not accept its mandates they will be cut off from information and cannot do their jobs. Interestingly, big media has that problem now, and it is a self inflicted wound. They have become so partisan that after the Republicans win back the White House, they will know what it is like to be frozen out. They will be forced to purge most of their top people who have prostituted themselves to Obama and perpetrated the big lie to the American People.

  72. For some voters, Trump might have a better chance in 2012 against Obama than in 2016 against some serious Democrat. Trump is the anti-Obama. Clown vs clown. (No offense to miq2xu.)
    ————————–Serious democrat? You are speaking of an artifact of history. No longer the representative of working people, they have become the party of lifestyle, the party of Obama and the wholly owned subsidiary of Wall Street. The tipping point May 31, 2011. In my view there is no such thing as a serious democrat. Jointly and severally, they have sold their souls to Obama, and have condemned white people as racist. They are not serious. They stand for nothing except perpetual power and self aggrandisement. The country be damned, theirs is the politics of expediency, deception and the big lie.

  73. May 31, 2008–the Rules and Bylaws Committee hearing–a day that shall live in Infamy for those who believe in representative democracy.

  74. The Rules and Bylaws Committee hearing unmasked the Great Satan who now controls the party. That committee spit in the face of their own members and issued a Pearl Harbor assault on the institution of democracy, which is why I call it a day that shall live in infamy forever.

  75. The more I think about it, the more I believe that calling the RGB decision a Pearl Harbor makes sense. After all, it was a sneak attack on the institution of democracy. It was in violation of the law–not international law but the most sacred principle of the Democratic Party, i.e.fair reflection. But above all, it is a reminder that the decision was issued by the grandson of the man who first uttered the words a day of infamy to describe the sneak attack on Pearl Harbor by the imperial empire of Japan. His father was head of a marine raider battalion in World War II which was also impressive. But in the familiar pattern of old wealth where the first generation makes the money, the second generation manages it and the third generation squanders it, James Roosevelt the son and grandson of patriots is a traitor.

  76. Snips about Christie from wikipedia

    In 1986, Christie married Mary Pat Foster, a fellow student at the University of Delaware. After marriage they shared a one-room apartment in Summit, New Jersey. Mary Pat Christie pursued a career in investment banking, eventually working at the Wall Street firm Cantor Fitzgerald. She left the firm in 2001 following the September 11th attacks, only recently returning to work part-time.

    In 1994 he was elected as a Republican to the Morris County, New Jersey, Board of Chosen Freeholders… As freeholder, Christie required the county government to obtain three quotes from all qualified firms for all contracts. He led a successful effort to bar county officials from accepting gifts from people and firms doing business with the county. He voted to raise the county’s open space tax for land preservation; however, county taxes on the whole were decreased by 6.6% during his tenure. He successfully pushed for the dismissal of an architect hired to design a new jail, saying that the architect was costing taxpayers too much money. The architect then sued Christie for defamation over remarks he made about the dismissal
    In 1998 Christie registered as a lobbyist for the firm of Dughi, Hewit & Palatucci…
    Christie served as the chief federal law enforcement officer in New Jersey from January 17, 2002 to December 1, 2008. His office included 137 attorneys, with offices in Newark, Trenton and Camden. Christie also served as one of the 17 U.S. Attorneys on Attorney General Alberto Gonzales’ advisory committee.
    Despite the initial misgivings over his degree of experience, Christie received praise for his history of convictions for public corruption. During his tenure, Christie’s office won convictions or guilty pleas from 130 public officials, both Republican and Democratic, on the state, county and local levels without losing a single case.
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chris_Christie

  77. I think this Twitter post from the WH is self-explanatory. No need for me to provide a caption above the post. It really deserves full discussion of the President’s values and the image he is casting of America elsewhere on this thread.
    ________________________

    Obama Defends Pro-Cop-Killer, Burn Pres. Bush Rapper Appearance at White House

    Wednesday, May 11, 2011

    CBS News Radio White House Correspondent Mark Knoller via Twitter:

    WH says Pres Obama opposes violent & misogynist lyrics, but defends participation of rapper known as Common in WH poetry event tonight.

    WH says some criticism of ‘Common’ is distorted and lyrics suggesting a threat against police are not the sum total of his work.

  78. admin
    May 11th, 2011 at 11:47 pm

    Much of this Palin and Trump analysis is crap (the beginning is ok):

    Does this mean that they are starting to fear a Trump/Palin ticket? Think what those two together could do to expose the rot in American’s MSM, not to mention the rot in our political system. What fun for us but you are right, those two and most likely their families would be treated mercilessly.

    There must be something we can do to offer some small protection “When a Hillary Clinton, a Sarah Palin or a Donald Trump come forward and advocate policies which will benefit the country, the snakes, vipers and backshooters who thrive in this hot house enviroment summon their resources to destroy the interloper (wbboei)”

    We can’t just let it happen again, can we?

  79. Mrs. Smith May 12th, 2011 at 8:27 am
    ————————-
    Sounds like POTUS “I don’t give a sh*t and in your face, baby. I’m getting $30,000 a plate all around the country. I can buy whatever I need.”

  80. holdthemaccountable

    It is the women, MO and Jarrett poking Americans, ‘racists’ in the face.

  81. pm317 May 12th, 2011 at 9:03 am
    Maybe so, but BO is plenty capable of doing the same; saw it in 2008 brushing Hillary off his shoulders. h/t NotYourSweetie. Miss her.

    I don’t pretend to understand how to interpret, or fairly judge, the various polls; but certainly Rasmussen pres tracking has not moved much since the OBL advantage: from a high of -7 on May 7 then steadily lower, and -12 today.

  82. In regard to not much going on with Trump or the tea party groups, I’m thinking and hoping that he and they are just waiting to see where the pieces from the various blows already inflicted, fall. Obama is doing all he can to interrupt that cycle, but the fight is not over. Ordinary people have financial/personal energy/time constraints, and would be wise to save the battle for when the spotlight does not have to be so intensely shared with OBL. Same for Trump in the time aspect. Trump would appear to be insensitive if comes back too soon. Then Obie will be out of country providing another interruption if the next cycle of challenges for him begins early.

    I really don’t know. But I’m using that approach in the small things I do for our Republic. Catching my breath, getting ready for the next battle, waiting for the opportune time to gear up again.

  83. hta, I agree he is utterly capable of it.. and it is all a strategy of doing ‘egregious’ things and when people show genuine surprise and disapproval, they can come back and cry ‘racists’.

  84. Obama plan for health care quality dealt a setback
    snip
    Just over a month ago, the administration released long-awaited draft regulations for “accountable care organizations,” networks of doctors and hospitals that would collaborate to keep Medicare patients healthier and share in the savings with taxpayers. Obama’s health care overhaul law envisioned quickly setting up hundreds of such networks around the county to lead a bottom-up reform of America’s bloated health care system.

    But in an unusual rebuke, an umbrella group representing premier organizations such as the Mayo Clinic wrote the administration Wednesday saying that more than 90 percent of its members would not participate, because the rules as written are so onerous it would be nearly impossible for them to succeed.

    “It’s not just a simple tweak, it’s a significant change that needs to be made,” said Donald Fisher, president of the American Medical Group Association, which represents nearly 400 large medical groups around the country providing care for roughly 1 in 3 Americans. Its members, including the Cleveland Clinic, Intermountain Healthcare in Utah, and Geisinger Health System in Pennsylvania, had been seen as the vanguard for accountable care.

    The medical groups say they are worried they will be left holding the bag for losses, that the government has designed things so there is no easy way to tell which patients are part of the program, and that there’s no reliable way to adjust for patients who are sicker and require closer follow-up and more expensive treatments.

    The deadline for public comments on the proposed regulations is still weeks away, but Fisher said “we needed to get their attention early on, so (the administration) could be thinking about how major changes are needed to make these regulations viable.”

    Medicare spokesman Brian Cook said the agency is doing extensive outreach to explain and take feedback on the regulations and hat “we will carefully consider this input.”

    “We are confident that providers’ decisions on whether to participate in the program will be made on the basis of the final rule, which will reflect the feedback we receive,” added Cook.

    Many in the health care industry were silent partners backing Obama’s overhaul law, but disappointment over the accountable care rules has put a chill into the relationship. During the congressional debate, Obama extolled Mayo and Geisinger, holding them up as a model of what he wanted to achieve for the nation. Industry criticism of his administration’s proposal has been building up for weeks in online forums.

    “This has all the hallmarks of a party that nobody comes to, unless there is a serious rethinking,” said former Medicare administrator Gail Wilensky, who ran the agency under President George H.W. Bush.

    Wilensky said the idea of coordinating care isn’t the problem, but “it sounds like (the administration) really overshot the mark.”

    The regulations are “overly prescriptive, operationally burdensome, and the incentives are too difficult to achieve to make this voluntary program attractive,” the medical group association said in its letter. One of the major problems seems to be that medical groups have little experience in managing insurance risk, and the administration blueprint rapidly exposes them to potential financial losses.

    Without major changes, “we fear that very few providers will enroll … and that (Medicare) and the provider community will miss the best opportunity to inject value and accountability into the delivery system.”
    snip
    http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20110511/ap_on_he_me/us_health_care_setback

  85. Jbstonesfan: this may help alleviate some of the concern:

    DISREGARD THE AP POLL

    By DICK MORRIS & EILEEN MCGANN

    Published on DickMorris.com on May 11, 2011

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    The Associated Press has released a survey, taken on May 5-9, 2011 to measure public approval of Obama after the killing of Osama bin Laden. The poll purports to show that the president’s job approval has soared to 60 percent. Don’t you believe it.

    The AP sample contains twice as many Democrats as Republicans (35% Democrat vs. 18% Republican). While party identification is, itself, a variable to be determined by polling, the normal sample usually contains an approximately equal number of Democrats and Republicans. Lately, Republicans have actually been slightly in the plurality in most statistically valid samples.

    This AP poll — with its 2:1 Democratic edge — is utter hogwash.

    Even by the standards of AP’s previous polls, this sample doesn’t stand up. It is vastly more Democratic than any of the organization’s recent polls:

    PARTY IDENTIFICATION IN AP POLLS

    Democrat Republican
    October, 2010 32% 25%
    November, 2010 29% 24%
    January, 2011 28% 25%
    March, 2011 29% 20%
    May, 2011 35% 18%
    Of course, all of these AP polls reflect a decided pro-Democrat bias compared to most national survey findings. The Associated Press needs to search its soul — and consult with its polling company — to determine if this bias can be corrected.

    Most polls, such as that by Rasmussenreports.com, suggest that Obama has, indeed, gotten a single digit bounce from the bin Laden killing. Rasmussen has his approval now at 48% after it had languished in the low 40s for some months.

    In the long term, this bounce won’t mean anything. The effects of unemployment and inflation will soon reassert themselves and voters will lower their ratings of Obama. Over the next few months we may expect a steady, slow downward movement as the economic troubles drag him lower.

    But the bin Laden killing has one important impact on our national debate: Terrorism is no longer a weak spot for Obama. Despite his rules against harsh interrogation and the limitations he has placed on intelligence gathering, unless we are hit again by a major terror attack, Obama will always have the shooting of bin Laden to point to as a defense against attacks on this issue.

    That’s too bad. It is clear that waterboarding and other harsh interrogation techniques had a key role in providing the information that led intelligence operatives to Obama’s conduit with the outside world. Following this man led them to bin Laden’s lair. Blocked from using these techniques in the future, American intelligence officials will not be able to duplicate this intelligence coup as long as Obama’s rules are in effect. Who knows what mayhem we will not be able to discover — or prevent — as a result?

  86. Southern Born
    May 11th, 2011 at 9:38 pm
    This is not snark. I really want to know. What has Christie done besides stand up against teachers and unions, what has he managed, what is his background?

    What about Rubio? Same questions.
    **********************
    Thank you for posing this question. The country is a mess as we swing back and forth between non leaders of both parties who really have done nothing. We got obama as a backlash to Bush. Now too many people want to elect a big mouth to counter the do nothing in the WH. Big mouth does not a leader make. Don’t confuse loud words with strength. Trump has a loud mouth but he also has a record to back it up. We know what we are getting with him. These other newcomers are just too new on the scene to put the country in their hands (just like Obama was).

  87. The only point I disagree with is that AP should “search its soul”, as Morris puts it. Knowing that the editor is a former NYT executive, knowing that he tows the NYT party line, and seeing what he did with corrupt minions like Beth Fouhey who stalked Hillary during the primary campaign and misreported the news, the following question is rather apt:

    What soul?

    In other words, this is no accident. It was purposeful. And it is coordinated with the same puff up Obama headlines that NYT has been promulgating in the aftermath of bin Laden. In other words, this is part and parcel of a coordinated effort. Thispoll is symptomatic of what they are, i.e. serial liars. All the more reason to discoount anything they say.

  88. “Many in the health care industry were silent partners backing Obama’s overhaul law,”
    **********
    No shit…Big Insurance, Pharma and the Hospital associations put up big money to pass Obama care….sounds like the hospital associations didn’t read the fine print. Suckers, they should know, never trust a sociopath.

    The AMA sold out for peanuts, a temporary rollback in the Medicare cuts. They didn’t read the fine print either. Physician owned clinics are paid less than hospitals for the same services. Hospitals are now buying up doctors clinics and, for example, give big up front money, 5 year employment contracts and 3 year pay guarantee. What then happens is after three years big pay cuts and the fine print has a severe geographic non-compete clause. Physicians only have themselves to blame. If they had worked for a comprehensive single payer system, they would have had some control over their lives.

    Health care is the largest industry in the US, 2.4 trillion per year. Prior to Obamcare, it was split 60-40 govt run vs big health. After Bush, Obama and now the planned destruction of Medicare/caid, it will be 30-70(?). Even small shifts in the balance will produce huge windfall for the Insurance bidness. The voucher plan for Medicare is worth trillions in new revenues and profits.

    James Roosevelt was chair of the rules committee for one reason, stop Hilliary. (Jams Roosevelt, Jr….He is past chairman of the board of trustees for the Massachusetts Hospital Association, past president of the American Health Lawyers Association and past chairman of the board of trustees for Mount Auburn Hospital. Currently, Roosevelt serves as chairman of the board of directors for Massachusetts Association of Health Plans, and as a member of the boards at America’s Health Insurance Plans)

  89. Florida Democrats may skip 2012 presidential primary

    By William March
    May 12, 2011

    Florida Democrats got singed over the state’s early presidential primary date in 2008, and this time around they’re keeping their hands off the stove.

    The party announced Wednesday that if the state’s presidential primary is held before March 6, violating the rules of the national parties, state Democrats won’t participate.

    Instead, they’ll pick delegates to their national convention in county caucuses held in June 2012 – a system similar to other states that use caucuses, not primaries, to have their say on presidential nominations.

    “Should the Republicans break the rules, we will not be participating in the primary,” said state Democratic Party spokesman Eric Jotkoff. “Democrats from across Florida would be invited to attend county caucuses held in June which will be used to allocate the delegates appropriately.”

    The decision won’t likely affect the 2012 Democratic nomination – President Barack Obama isn’t expected to face any serious challenge from within the party.

    What it likely would mean is that on presidential primary day, Florida Republicans would go to the polls in the expected hard-fought GOP primary, but Democrats would have no election.

    Jotkoff said the state Democratic Party hasn’t decided whether it will submit candidates’ names to the state if the primary is too early. If it doesn’t, there would be no election, Department of State spokesman Chris Cate said.

    Instead, Democratic voters would be invited to county caucuses to choose delegates to a state convention, which in turn would choose delegates to the national convention – who presumably would vote for Obama as the nominee.

    In 2008, Democratic candidates boycotted the Florida primary and state Democrats nearly lost their national convention delegation because the January primary date violated both national parties’ rules.

    Florida Republicans faced comparatively light penalties.

    This year, Republican leaders in the state Legislature again want an early primary but agreed to a compromise with the national GOP. They set up a Presidential Preference Primary Date Selection Committee to choose the date; it has until Oct. 1 to act, and can pick a date of March 6 or earlier.

    Jotkoff said he’s not worried the move could affect Democratic voters who may be eager to vote for Obama.

    “We are designing a system that will very much help motivate our voters [to] participate in this process like never before,” he said of the caucus plan. “This allows us to organize and energize Democrats across Florida.”

    He called the commission “a bureaucratic waste of taxpayer money” set up because Senate President Mike Haridopolos, a candidate for U.S. Senate, and House Speaker Dean Cannon wanted Florida to have an early primary.

    The two have argued that because Florida is crucial in the general election its voters should have a strong voice in choosing the Republican nominee.

    University of Central Florida political scientist Aubrey Jewett, who’s politically neutral, said a non-contested Democratic primary wouldn’t generate much excitement anyway.

    “Overall, I think the Democrats are making a smart move,” he said. “They got squeezed last time – the Republican legislature set the date, but the Democrats got penalized. This way they seize control of their own destiny.”

    http://www2.tbo.com/news/breaking-news/2011/may/12/florida-dems-may-skip-2012-presidential-primary-ar-206638/

  90. May 12, 2011
    Obama nominates William Burns as Clinton deputy

    WASHINGTON – US PRESIDENT Barack Obama on Wednesday formally nominated seasoned diplomat William Burns to serve as Hillary Clinton’s deputy at the State Department.

    Mr Burns will become deputy secretary of state if confirmed by the Senate, a step up from his current position as the department’s number three official and most senior foreign service official.

    He will take over from Jim Steinberg who is leaving the department for academia.

    Secretary of State Clinton first previewed the appointment back in March.

    Mr Burns served as Washington’s ambassador to Jordan from 1998 to 2001, assistant secretary of state for Near Eastern affairs from 2001 to 2005, and then as ambassador to Russia, from 2005 to 2008. He speaks Russian, Arabic and French. — AFP

    http://www.straitstimes.com/BreakingNews/World/Story/STIStory_667692.html

  91. http://hotair.com/archives/2011/05/12/fineman-obama-will-have-to-run-on-values/

    The eminences grises at MSNBC see a serious problem ahead for Barack Obama in 2012. Why, some voters might just judge him on his … performance! Quelle horreur! Howard Fineman tells Chris Matthews on Hardball that Obama made a strategic error when he said that voters could judge him on how well he did his job. That’s an error? Isn’t that what voters are supposed to do with incumbents? No, explain Fineman and Matthews — incumbents are supposed to talk values (via Newsbusters and Blue Collar Todd):

    Values, eh? Does this mean Obama wants to reopen the debate over Jeremiah Wright and Bill Ayers again? How about last night’s poetry reading from Common, a rapper that celebrated a convicted cop-killer, who came to the White House during a week that honors fallen police officers? If we’re going to have a debate on values, after all — a debate that the Obama campaign declared illegitimate in 2008 — then these are open topics for the discussion.

  92. …caught a recap of T in NH on c-span last night…i think it is the same appearance that Admin linked to above…

    …he was calm, conversational, direct and touched on many issues…if T gets in the race and enters the debates and actually starts to campaign across the country…and goes to town halls, meet and greets, etc…the full nine yards…I believe he will begin to resonate with people…

    one thing I really liked that he said was that he is very anti-establishment…he said he has been taking shots from the repubs because he is not in their club…and then he went on to say he doesn’t care about that…we have to do what is right for our country to start manufacturing here and bringing our jobs back to the USA, stop the ripping off of the USA, which he explains country by country, and get the economy going…’there is room for everyone to flourish in our country’…he will make our country rich again and respected, etc…

    …he is no Bill Clinton, but…T has a similiar quality as Bill in that he speaks very plainly and explains complicated issues in simple, and sometime humorous terms, and he brings his audience with him…reminds me of a chemist I know who takes very complicated cellular theory and breaks it down so it is easy to understand…

    …O is the opposite…he is usually lecturing, condescending, reading his telli and unconnected…

  93. One of the issues which is au currant involves the silly debate over artificial intelligence, and human cloning. As far as I am concerned that is all just blather because in the end technology will decide such matters just as evolution does with living organisms. If we could clear the decks of those trivial pursuits then perhaps we could find the time to deal with the more pressing problems de jour–like what to do with Howard Fineman. This guy is so fucking clueless, that he thinks he speaks only to beltway elites who have no common sense to begin with. Don’t judge the commander in chief on whether he wins battles. Judge him on his ability to cite values he does not personally believe in. Thats good Howard. Now here is your cyanide pill. You are going to a better place Howard. And so are we since when you take your medicine we will have one less idiot in the world to listen to, and the world will be a better place for it.

  94. SHV
    May 12th, 2011 at 10:59 am
    ————————
    You see, perhaps, why I call James Roosevelt Jr. a traitor.

    wbboei
    May 12th, 2011 at 2:02 am

  95. BigCatLover
    May 12th, 2011 at 10:50 am
    Christie is best known in NJ for having served as the chief federal law enforcement officer for that state from January 17, 2002 to December 1, 2008. His office included 137 attorneys, with offices in Newark, Trenton and Camden. Christie received praise for his history of convictions for public corruption. During his tenure, Christie’s office won convictions or guilty pleas from 130 public officials, both Republican and Democratic, on the state, county and local levels without losing a single case.

  96. OT…

    “Big Oil execs hit back on tax proposal”
    (snip)
    “As for gasoline prices, the oil execs said they have little control over prices at the pump and are instead at the mercy of fluctuations in the price of crude oil.

    “Everything from the weather to politics and the global economy determines the price of oil and the fuels made from it,” Odum said in prepared testimony. “No one person, organization or industry can ‘set’ the price for crude oil.”
    ******
    That reminds me of the “testimony” of Big Tobacco that smoking didn’t cause cancer..

    What they are saying is bullshit but I still don’t understand why people buy it. The top three countries that the US imports crude from are Canada, Mexico, and KSA. I don’t see any of the “big five” having a significant presence in Canadian oil production and Pemex (Mexico) and Aramco (KSA) are State owned. So if Exxon Mobil’s is at the mercy of foreign oil companies and has to pay more for their raw materials (crude) how it it that Exxon-Mobile’s profits are up 60% from last year???? Seems like in a “free” market”, gas prices would increase but profits would remain the same or decline.

    Perhaps if the Congress brought back the old Roman concept of decimation, the oil execs would be more honest.

  97. There is a precedent for what idiot Fineman alludes to but it has no roots in this country. It is the British parliamentary system wherein the monarch is the value progenitor for the country and the Prime Minister is the head of government. But the Obama supporters take it one step further. Quietly, they are transferring more and more power away from the people and their duly elected representatives to faceless bureaucrats whose decisions are neither known nor reviewable. And, they want to president to be the pacifier of the people, who speaks down to them as if they were children and sweeps aside the Constitution in order to move us toward the new world order which was foreshadowed by NAFTA.

  98. I hope to God some court finds Ubama guilty of whatever, not only to keep him from being our fake pResident, but also to get Slick Rick and his gal MO off the public dime for the rest of their lives.

    Just letting him have one term is not good enough for me, I don’t want my tax dollars to go for his lifelong support.

  99. “I don’t want my tax dollars to go for his lifelong support.”

    Great. I hadn’t even thought about this. As if I don’t have enough disgust to cope with when it comes to Barack and Micheal. (sp. is correct)

  100. Admin
    The eminences grises at MSNBC see a serious problem ahead for Barack Obama in 2012. Why, some voters might just judge him on his … performance! Quelle horreur!

    ——–
    No freakin’ kiddin’!!

    I can’t even watch the morons at MSNBC on a video. I get so angry at their stupidity I can feel my blood pressure rise to a DEFCON level.

  101. Did you Big Pinkers see the headline at Druge?

    NATO forces are going in for the kill of Daffy. Bombs away!
    Are they France’s bombs or Ubama’s?

  102. So who is to blame here? Obama’s thugs or the majority of the feckless media who no longer take the time to review the blather before they post it?

    This is the obama template for everything they spout…

    ————————–

    If at first you don’t succeed, fudge the results
    Obama rigs the statistics to create appearance of border security

    May 11, 2011

    As the adage goes, “If at first you don’t succeed, try, try again.” But according to the Obama administration, if at first you don’t succeed, manipulate the results. This especially applies to its border security plan.

    During a recent hearing of the Senate Committee on Homeland Security, Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Janet Napolitano unveiled plans to develop a “border security index” to measure enforcement progress along the southwestern border.

    According to Miss Napolitano, the border security index will include crime, immigration and economic data. She thinks this new test will produce a passing grade for the administration and back their claims that the border is more secure than ever.

    Among their repeated talking points, administration officials claim the border is secure because deportations are up and apprehensions are down. But it appears they have inflated their professed border security achievements.

    The Obama administration used questionable methods to achieve the record deportation numbers.

    In fact, DHS’ Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) included more than 19,000 immigrants who had exited the previous fiscal year. ICE also continued operation of a Mexican repatriation program five weeks longer than it had done previously, allowing the agency to count at least 6,500 exits that otherwise would not have been included. ICE also used “voluntary return” to bolster deportation numbers, but this is not removal because it does not subject an illegal immigrant to penalties for returning to the United States.

    Another media report highlights allegations by some local law enforcement and Border Patrol agents that they have been ordered to stop apprehending illegal immigrants crossing the U.S.-Mexico border.

    Based on its report card, the Obama administration’s new border security index will be nothing short of manipulated facts and figures toprovide an excuse to say the border is secure. But if the border security index were based on fact rather than fiction, it would be better named an Insecurity Index.

    According to the Government Accountability Office (GAO), of the nearly 2,000 miles separating the United States and Mexico, just 44 percent are under the “operational control” of the Border Patrol and just 15 percent are under “full control.” Less than 50 percent is a failing grade. The GAO also found that efforts by the Border Patrol to stop illegal crossings were “poor.”

    Mexican drug cartels are out of control, and the violence threatens to spill over into the United States. In the past five years, more than 35,000 people have been killed in Mexico because of drug-related violence. Recently, an Immigrations and Customs Enforcement agent was killed and another injured when their vehicle was shot at by unidentified gunmen.

    Last year alone, three Americans lost their lives because of drug-related border violence. In 2010, there also were more than 1,000 incidents of violence against Border Patrol agents. In December, Border Patrol Agent Brian A. Terry was shot and killed while doing his job of protecting the border.

    Each year, millions of illegal immigrants try to enter the United States. During fiscal 2010, nearly half a million people were apprehended trying to enter the country illegally – and those are just the ones we caught.Border Patrol agents on the ground estimatethere are three successful illegal entries for every one illegal immigrant who is apprehended. That means more than 1 million illegal immigrants cross into the U.S. each year.

    No matter what kind of index the administration manufactures, it cannot change the facts. The truth is that there are massive holes in security along the southern border and the Obama administration has ignored this growing problem for the past two years.

    The administration’s index is just a cover-up for inaction. There is no substitute for improved border security coupled with increased interior enforcement of drug and immigration laws.

    The administration wants to change the test until it comes up with the results it wants. But it will not succeed in convincing the American people that the border is secure.

    http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2011/may/11/if-at-first-you-dont-succeed-fudge-the-results/print/

  103. Was Binny killed in his ethnic undies?

    Description of death photos, bullet went in head though ear or eye, exploded in head, brain matter came out eye socket.

    —-

    They are gruesome, of course, because it was taken right after the incident,” he said. “And so, of the 12, three of them were older pictures so that we could actually compare what he looked like when he had the black beard and what he looked like after he was killed. And that was part — the good way of making that presentation. Then they had some of his ear. Now, what had happened in those, I couldn’t tell whether the bullet went through the ear and out the eye cavity or through the eye and out the ear because a lot of brains were draped out from the socket. But it clearly — what we saw there was it was him. There is no question he was dead. But, the more revealing pictures really were the ones on the USS Vinson and the North Arabian Sea.”

    Inhofe then revealed details about the photos that have not been made public yet — that bin Laden was in his underwear at the time of his death.

    “See, the beard is a moving target because he dyes it all the time,” Inhofe said. “And the pictures we had older pictures had a black beard. His beard this time was a little bit shorter and it was more salt-and-pepper. You could tell it’s probably the actual color of the beard. Now, what he was dressed in, some of these were just headshots so you only had the head shot. Only two of them showed that he was partially, I would say you would call underwear on, that was about it.”

    Inhofe explained that despite some of the reports that his skull was partially gone, that was not the case based on his viewing of the photos.

    “It appeared that way at first,” Inhofe said “Then when you saw the other pictures later, you could tell it wasn’t that way. Now, what happened was if the bullet went into the eye socket, then it was an explosive, it detonated once it was in so that caused the brain to come back out of the eye socket. That’s what made it look so gruesome.”

    Read more: http://dailycaller.com/2011/05/11/inhofe-gruesome-photos-reveal-bin-laden-in-nothing-but-his-underwear-when-shot/#ixzz1MAEOKmIq

  104. …here we go…

    realclearpolitics.com/articles/2011/05/12/trump_to_write_policy_book_109836.html

    Reality TV star and real estate mogul Donald Trump is working on a policy book, which Regnery Publishing will release in conjunction with his potential presidential campaign, RCP has learned.

    Regnery intends to place the book on a crash schedule, and it is tentatively set for a late-summer release date.

    The book does not yet have a working title.

    Designed to add some intellectual heft to Trump’s light political resume, the book will lay out the New York City businessman’s policy prescriptions for the country.

    Trump has contributed to well over a dozen previous books, but his latest tome is unlikely to echo his pro-choice stance and advocacy for a universal health care system and a one-time luxury tax on the wealthy, which he promoted in his 2000 book, “The America We Deserve.”

    Washington-based Regnery has published several No. 1 best-sellers penned by high-profile conservative firebrands, including Michelle Malkin, Laura Ingraham and David Limbaugh.

    Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, a potential rival to Trump for the Republican nomination, has also had his books published by Regnery.

    Regnery’s executive editor, Harry Crawford, has been tapped to take the lead in editing Trump’s new work, which will be heavily ghostwritten, with Trump playing a supporting role in generating content.

    Trump has said that he will announce his decision on whether to seek the GOP presidential nomination after the May 22 season finale of his NBC reality show, “The Celebrity Apprentice.”

  105. The party announced Wednesday that if the state’s presidential primary is held before March 6, violating the rules of the national parties, state Democrats won’t participate.
    Instead, they’ll pick delegates to their national convention in county caucuses held in June 2012

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

    Wow, the FL GOP just keeps on giving — to Obama.

  106. John McCain op-ed in WP:

    I asked CIA Director Leon Panetta for the facts, and he told me the following: The trail to bin Laden did not begin with a disclosure from Khalid Sheik Mohammed, who was waterboarded 183 times. The first mention of Abu Ahmed al-Kuwaiti — the nickname of the al-Qaeda courier who ultimately led us to bin Laden — as well as a description of him as an important member of al-Qaeda, came from a detainee held in another country, who we believe was not tortured. None of the three detainees who were waterboarded provided Abu Ahmed’s real name, his whereabouts or an accurate description of his role in al-Qaeda.

    In fact, the use of “enhanced interrogation techniques” on Khalid Sheik Mohammed produced false and misleading information. He specifically told his interrogators that Abu Ahmed had moved to Peshawar, got married and ceased his role as an al-Qaeda facilitator — none of which was true. According to the staff of the Senate intelligence committee, the best intelligence gained from a CIA detainee — information describing Abu Ahmed al-Kuwaiti’s real role in al-Qaeda and his true relationship to bin Laden — was obtained through standard, noncoercive means.
    [….]
    Mistreatment of enemy prisoners endangers our own troops, who might someday be held captive.

  107. God I hate these bastards in the Florida Legislature! First they disenfranchised us as voters by tying the “paper trail” bill to the moved-up Primary date in 2008 (along with the help of Karen Thurman and the Florida DNC)and now they (AND the Florida DNC) want to take away ALL of our rights to vote by holding caucuses for DELEGATES?

    WTF?!?!?!?

    Let’s PRETEND some on gets into the race to challenge Obama? What then? More Obama Caucus Cheating?

    Who do these politicians think they are? I SWEAR they are trying like hell to do away with VOTING ALL TOGETHER and their f*cking hero Obama is leading the way.

  108. Reality TV star and real estate mogul Donald Trump is working on a policy book, which Regnery Publishing will release in conjunction with his potential presidential campaign, RCP has learned.

    Regnery intends to place the book on a crash schedule, and it is tentatively set for a late-summer release date.

    —–
    That’s a REAL GOOD sign!!!

  109. JanH
    May 12th, 2011 at 2:15 pm

    Hiring pencil pushers to create a test to arrive at the desired results. Similar to the Cost of Living Index. The cost of living has risen as we all know- but not according to the Index used making the determination.

    JanH
    May 12th, 2011 at 3:47 pm

    That video hit the spot! Thanks for the good cheer! 🙂

  110. #
    Shadowfax
    May 12th, 2011 at 5:44 pm

    Reality TV star and real estate mogul Donald Trump is working on a policy book, which Regnery Publishing will release in conjunction with his potential presidential campaign, RCP has learned.

    Regnery intends to place the book on a crash schedule, and it is tentatively set for a late-summer release date.

    —–
    That’s a REAL GOOD sign!!!
    _______________

    Sounds like a PLAN! 🙂

    The old saying: “A Man with a Plan is a dangerous Man!”

  111. S
    May 12th, 2011 at 12:05 pm

    …caught a recap of T in NH on c-span last night…i think it is the same appearance that Admin linked to above
    ______________

    Yes, and your summary of his speaking to his audience was accurate. I liked that you mention he has a similar Bill Clinton quality speaking in easy, plain, understandable terms- which is a talent in itself. Hillary has also mastered the same technique throwing wordy irrelevant anecdotes that become dreary and off point, out the window. I believe people really appreciate simple, straight talk for a change.

  112. admin
    May 12th, 2011 at 11:41 am

    I hope they wallop Obama good on inviting the Cop Killer rapper to the WH- It might be a good illustration of Obama values for future Trump topics.

  113. SHV
    May 12th, 2011 at 10:59 am

    When we were all in, reading summaries of the HC Bill when the first draft was put out to the public- I read doctors were going to be forbidden to own Urgent Care centers according to Obama’s new guidelines. Which I thought, based on the time and expense it takes for becoming a doctor was a direct slap in the face of doctors everywhere. Doctors hardly have time for their families, nevermind undercutting their prospects for a comfortable retirement.

    Sure,James Roosevelt SOLD out to the HC Industry for Big Bucks…
    ——-

    SHV, are you from MA?

  114. holdthemaccountable
    May 12th, 2011 at 8:58 am

    Mrs. Smith May 12th, 2011 at 8:27 am
    ————————-
    Sounds like POTUS “I don’t give a sh*t and in your face, baby. I’m getting $30,000 a plate all around the country. I can buy whatever I need.”
    __________

    Exactly- Do the Obamas actually think no one notices their behavior? The outrage from Republicans is bloody deafening!

  115. I want to see TRUMP call them all out front and center on the fictitious race charges. . Call them out by name.
    I think he should go to Philly and give a little speech on the subject. color of change is slandering him and he could suffer a considerable amount financially as a result of their unsupported allegations.

  116. BTW, MO hosted an afternoon poetry seminar for students (in a guady skirt with all sequin and auto parts) and then they had some gala with that common rapper in the evening (the boob, sorry blue dress you see in the picture above). So the whole day yesterday was one big party! I bet Obummer squeezed in some golf in between because the weather has been picture perfect here.

  117. Not from MA but spent ten years in Boston learning how to operate..sorta like “jumped up” Vo Tec at Harvard

  118. …just a little speculating…but

    americanthinker.com/2011/05/citizen_cain.html – profile on Herman Cain

    …snip…

    A strong black man from the South, a self-made black man, unafraid of anyone, unafraid to say directly to Obama’s face what needs to be said directly, as often as it needs to be said. Cain has had a true American experience. He knows from real racism and segregation, not some intellectualized rage formulated in the soft environs of the Ivy League. Cain did not beg, borrow, and steal for a piece of the pie — he quite literally made his own pies. His example is the American example.

    …snip…

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    just saying… a Trump/Cain ticket…two strong, successful businessmen with varied backgrounds and accomplishments and experience…with a campaign to put all of the USA back to work in the good old USA…and stop the ripping off of the USA…

    two tough negotiators fighting for the USA…gee, what a novel idea…

    …a possibility…

  119. a possibility…
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    I think, I’ve had enough to last me the rest of my natural life.

  120. CBS now reporting that the Navy Seals recorded the entire Bin Laden capture with cameras on their helmets. Obama is doing everything in his power to keep this story at the forefront of the news. Why would this story be released late in the second week after the capture?

    It does bring up the question, however, why all the conflicting stories of what happened when the whole incident was videotaped?

  121. Here is a red hot poker for Obama.
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    Blagojevich lawyers: Did President Obama know about alleged shakedown?

    By Natasha Korecki on May 12, 2011

    Reporting with Lark Turner

    Rod Blagojevich’s lawyers are making another run at the FBI report of President Obama’s Dec. 2008 interview with federal agents in the ex-governor’s investigation.

    This time, though, they argue that they want to know if Obama knew that Blagojevich was allegedly trying to shake him down. And if he did know, what did he do about it.
    They think it’s relevant to determine whether Obama believed what Blagjoevich was doing was criminal.

    “The instant request seeks different information as to whether or not President Obama ever reported or caused to be reported any of the alleged ‘asks’ that the government alleges were part of a ‘shakedown’ of the President,” defense lawyers wrote in a court filing.

    Union leader Tom Balanoff testified that Obama called him the day before the Nov. 4, 2008 presidential election to give him the green light in discussing Valerie Jarrett’s candidacy for the Senate seat with Blagojevich. Blagojevich later asked Balanoff to send word that he wanted a cabinet appointment and subsequently, asked for a foundation to be set up in exchange for Jarrett’s appointment.
    Balanoff said he told Jarrett about the cabinet appointment request.

    “It is essential for the defense to know whether President Obama, subsequent to the alleged ‘ask,’ reported it to anyone and that he believed this ‘ask’ to be illegal or improper. The fact that at the time the President-elect was preparing to become the Chief Executive and an arm of the Department of Justice makes Obama’s reporting (or lack of reporting) of the alleged ‘ask’ highly relevant. President-elect Obama presumably had a duty to report it if he believed it to be criminal.”

    After Blagojevich’s Dec. 9, 2008 arrest, federal agents interviewed Jarrett, Rahm Emanuel and Obama, who at the time was President-elect. While prosecutors have turned over to defense lawyers FBI reports of both Emanuel and Jarrett, they haven’t given the defense Obama’s FBI report. Judge James Zagel, who said he has read the report, has blocked the defense from access.

    http://blogs.suntimes.com/blago/2011/05/blagojevich_lawyers_did_presid.html

  122. AmericanGal
    May 12th, 2011 at 8:21 pm

    the CIA probably has all the recording (25 min blackout) and not showing it to anyone, including barry or his sidekick uncle joe.

    and never mind that now the seal’s families need extra security, the idiot went to KY last week basically telling the whole world where the seal families’s lived.
    What a pathetic idiot.

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-13379298

  123. Mrs. S.

    After Blagojevich’s Dec. 9, 2008 arrest, federal agents interviewed Jarrett, Rahm Emanuel and Obama, who at the time was President-elect. While prosecutors have turned over to defense lawyers FBI reports of both Emanuel and Jarrett, they haven’t given the defense Obama’s FBI report. Judge James Zagel, who said he has read the report, has blocked the defense from access.

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    Blago is also asking that ALL the tapes are played, of Ubama and his under the bus With or Without his towel Rhambo.

    Blago thinks if Barry gets a pass for his massive corruption though out his entire career wheeling and dealing, then Blago shouldn’t go to jail for having the other end of the same conversation.

  124. “Blago thinks if Barry gets a pass for his massive corruption though out his entire career wheeling and dealing, then Blago shouldn’t go to jail for having the other end of the same conversation.”
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    I’ve never seen or heard of any coverup as vast as the tentacles emanating from this WH- For a new guy on the block; it seems there has to be a bigger power structure holding the leaky dam back then lil ole Eric Holder.

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