Donald Trump’s Legacy

Donald Trump is not running for president and Big Media is happy. Lots of Republicans/conservatives are happy too. “Hooray!” they say. “We got rid of Donald Trump.”

Big Media loathing of Donald Trump is easy to understand. Big Media will do everything to serve and protect the golden calf Barack Obama. But what was the reason for all the Donald Trump hate from Republicans/conservatives?

Republican/conservative hate of Donald Trump had several causes/reasons/sources: (1) partisans of other candidates not happy Trump got so much attention; (2) genuine disgust at a publicity seeker using the Republican nomination process as a publicity stunt; (3) real concern that Trump was detracting from the Republican “message”; (4) the always laughed at but barely disguised fear that Trump could actually win.

The “publicity stunt” reason to attack Donald Trump was the most cited cause of aggravation. But was this a rational reason to attack Donald Trump? No, the “publicity stunt” charge was not a rational reason for Republicans/conservatives to attack The Donald. Let’s assume that Donald Trump’s “campaign” was a publicity stunt. Who did that hurt?

Assuming the very worst of Donald Trump’s intentions, who did he hurt? The Republican Party wasn’t hurt. Outsider Donald Trump going after Barack Obama with a sledgehammer hurt Obama.

Millions of Americans who recognized Donald Trump as a hit TV show host at least heard Donald Trump’s assault on Barack Obama. Many of these Americans ordinarily would not listen to a politician or participate in electoral politics, but they heard Trump beat up on Obama. You had a very well known man attack Barack Obama on a personal and policy level and the Republican/conservative response was – attack Donald Trump.

“But, but, but… Donald Trump hurt the message” say these Republicans/conservatives. Really? That’s too big a pill to prescribe on the Monday after the Sunday that Newt Gingrich appeared on “Meet The Press.” Did Donald Trump ever hurt Republicans the way Newt “let me give Dimocrats a great campaign commercial” Gingrich did? Paul Ryan slammed Newt today by saying “With Allies Like That, Who Needs The Left?”



Did Donald Trump ever trash Paul Ryan and his plan the way Newt Gingrich has? Donald Trump had said that Paul Ryan’s plan was too ahead of its time. Trump’s critique of Ryan’s plan was that it could hurt in next year’s elections and that critique is accepted by many as on target. Donald Trump did not hurt Republicans/conservatives with his pronouncements. What did Newt Gingrich say? Who helped the Republican/conservative message more – Donald Trump or Newt Gingrich? Here’s what Newt said:

“White House hopeful Newt Gingrich called the House Republican plan for Medicare “right-wing social engineering,” injecting a discordant GOP voice into the party’s efforts to reshape both entitlements and the broader budget debate.

In the same interview Sunday, on NBC’s “Meet the Press,” Mr. Gingrich backed a requirement that all Americans buy health insurance, complicating a Republican line of attack on President Barack Obama’s health law. [snip]

I don’t think right-wing social engineering is any more desirable than left-wing social engineering,” he said when asked about a Medicare plan championed by House Budget Chairman Paul Ryan (R., Wis.) as an element of the party’s 2012 budget proposal. He said he was against “radical change” on the right and the left.”

Great message there Newt. And just think, Republicans attacked Donald Trump because he would take them off message. Of course, Newt was for the Ryan plan before he was against it on Meet The Press. Can anyone imagine Donald Trump saying anything so stupid as what Newt said? And yet, serious Republicans will say Newt is serious, Trump is not serious, and that this is some sort of strategic genius move on Newt’s part.

Newt Gingrich almost immediately went into “damage control” and many Republicans/conservatives went into ‘he’s misunderstood’ mode. Republicans/conservatives worried about Donald Trump taking the party off message?

The two other reasons to attack Donald Trump are essentially based on whether he could have won the nomination. We argued that if Trump was such a weak candidate in the Republican primaries his candidacy would easily implode during the debates. But a lot of partisans for other candidates did not believe their own rhetoric about how weak The Donald was.

Today, the partisans of other wannabee nominees should be in mourning, not celebration. Donald Trump, a New Yorker, close ties to Democrats, a hit TV show which features many African-Americans – and he was attacked as a “racist”. What these other wannabee nominees and their partisans will learn is that they too, the moment they get any traction, will be attacked as “racists”. Any statement that hurts Barack Obama will be attacked as “racist”. Any examination of Barack Obama’s history or allies will be attacked as “racist.” There is no way any Obama opponent can win under this formulation.

In his short run Donald Trump leaves a long legacy. Some Republicans/conservatives are not as stupid as their brethren and realize they lost something very important today:

“High fives at the White House…

Donald Trump just announced that he will not be running as a Republican candidate for president.

Bummer. There was no one better at attacking Obama on his failed policies and radical past.

Some Republicans/conservatives understand that, publicity stunt or not, Donald Trump leaves a legacy:

“But while Ed seemed to make light of his chances to begin with, I think that gives short shrift to the impact he had on the nation’s political gene pool. Not only did a series of polls show The Donald at least briefly holding a lead, he did pick up some followers among the political class. One of them was Chris Barron of GOProud fame and board chairman of that organization, who took to the pages of his blog today explaining precisely what we all need to have learned from the Trump Experience.”

The aforementioned gay conservative Chris Barron of GOProud:

As anyone who has read this blog or followed my twitter feed knows, I have been a fan of Donald Trump and an outspoken supporter of a potential Presidential bid by him. Today, Mr. Trump announced that he would not be seeking the GOP nomination in 2012.

Say what you want about Trump or about his flirtation with running, the fact is that for a few weeks Trump captured the attention of the country and energized the Republican base. While the establishment dances gleefully on the news that Trump isn’t running and the main stream media does it self-serving rounds of “told you so” there are important lessons to be learned from the Trump boomlet for any candidate who hopes to be the Republican nominee in 2012. [snip]

Republican primary voters believe, and rightfully so, that our country is at a dangerous crossroads. Now isn’t the time for Washington double speak and half measures. Trump’s sometimes over the top rhetoric touched a nerve with primary voters hungry for a leader who will “take it” to Obama and the Democrats. [snip]

People thought Trump was nuts for ever touching the birth certificate issue, even though a huge block of the GOP base cared about the issue. Trump’s poll numbers went through the roof when the conservative GOP base felt like it was finally being heard. The 2012ers need to talk to the issues the base cares about, instead of telling the base what they should care about.

With Trump out, I am a man without a candidate. Honestly, no one else excites me in this field. I am sure that will change, but for now, I am happy to sit back and watch.”

It’s going to be a long sit-back. Willard Romney has Romneycare to kill him off. Newt Gingrich finished himself off with his “right-wing social engineering” message. Pawlenty is as mushy as polenta. Mitch Daniels is the Obama dream opponent. The rest are not going to win either.

What Trump informed the Republican Party is that you need to fire up the base and win the crucial independents. Trump did exactly that. Donald Trump with his attacks on Barack Obama fired up the Republican/conservative base and those like us who understand that Barack Obama must be confronted without fear. Donald Trump also did well with independents because of who he was and because they heard his message on the economy. Now there is no one.

On a day that Gallup announced Obama’s little bump has shrunken further and has now disappeared. On a day the national debt limit has been banged into. On a day a poll is published which shows the deep concerns Americans have about the economy – Republicans/conservatives are celebrating they got rid of Donald Trump.

Donald Trump is out and none of the announced candidates thus far has a chance of winning the presidency. Donald Trump’s legacy is that he showed Republicans and Barack Obama opponents the way to win: expose Obama’s history and ineffectual policies while at the same time reaching out to non-Republicans/conservatives.

Donald Trump will not be the Republican nominee but neither will any of the current crop of candidates. Republicans are going to have to find themselves another Donald Trump – and this time not trash him or her.

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328 thoughts on “Donald Trump’s Legacy

  1. WTF @ trump not running? Just heard that on the news coming through my door. Uh I’m going to be sick. We all might ass well just get use to o’bongo getting another 4 years and that will officially mark the death of America.
    I’m beyond sick now.

  2. Sensible article as usual.

    Chris Barron’s comment “With Trump out, I am a man without a candidate. Honestly, no one else excites me in this field.” resonates with me

  3. Superb analyis admin. If they want to win, they need Christy. If they do not want to win, their base will desert them and a viable third party will eventually emerge. There is a gaping hole between the establishment party, i.e. two wings of the same bird, vs. the unmet needs of the American People. I have this sick fantasy that at some point the left and right will sit down and decide that whatever their differences they can join forces against the establishment. That will not happen because there is no trust. But in some respects what we have now if a perfect vaccuum between the interests of the elites and the interests of the American People. It is like Kipling’s quip–east is east, west is west, and ner the twain shall meet. But the good news is nature abhors a vaccuum and someone will fill it. If the Republicans want it to be a Republican, it needs to be Christie. If they put someone forward like Daniels their base will go home and they will go the way of the Whig Party.

  4. Admin, Mike Marks, Turndown, SHV, and other respected parties on this blog who have opined on one part or another of our argument that the birth certificate is fraudulent, here is the reply of my close friend who was an avid Hillary supporter in the 2008 primary and opened her home to our campaign staff for living quarters:
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    Bill,

    Thank you for sharing with me the thoughtful replys of those with whom you blog. I had a few more thoughts regarding this issue I hope you will share with your friends.

    First, and foremost, I am saddened by how cleverly Obama and his Chicago thugs have been able to twist the public discourse on this subject.

    I am a member of the Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians. I was born in East Lansing, MIchigan, and my father was born on Mackinac Island, Michigan. That side of our family has roots in that area that can be documented back to the early 1600’s.

    In 1970, many of the Native American Tribes went through a cultural revival which included incorporating and registering with the U.S. government. Members of our tribe were authenticated at that time by the 1910 special Indian census which for our area was called the Durant Rolls.

    My father registered himself, me, my daughter, my sisters, and my brother with the tribe. By 1980, the U.S. government decided further documentation was needed for tribal membership.

    As a result the decree went out that tribal members needed to provide birth certificates and death certificates linking them directly to the ancester(s) named on the Durant Rolls. The birth and death certificates had to be official certificates issued by the state involved with that state’s official seal on each and every document.

    Nothing less would be acceptable. Photo copies of birth certificates were not allowed and certainly no updated short forms would have been acceptable. By the way, the hospital in which I was born had merged with another hospital by 1980 but the name on my birth certificate reflected the name and address of the hospital as it existed when I was born.

    No one had any difficulty with my birth certificate because of one thing…it had the official seal of the State of Michigan affixed to it.The seal itself was a gold foil seal with embossed lettering. Obama has never produced a birth certificate with the official seal of the State of Hawaii affixed to it.

    Frankly, I am shocked and appalled that we, the citizens of this country, have allowed him to skam us with anything less. What he thinks he should tell us about his birth is unimportant. He should be willing to provide us with a document that has the official seal of the State of Hawaii affixed to it and nothing else.

    States are charged in our society with providing the official documentation for the citizens of this country. Obama is not and should not be allowed to function under the assumption he is better than me or any other citizen of this country. And when he has the audacity to issue a document purporting to be his birth certificate on what looks to be “official paper”….HE IS COMMITTING FRAUD.

    The name of a hospital that did not exist in 1961 was used, his father was declared to be of a race category that was not used in 1961, and the father’s country of birth (United States or a forgein country) was purported to be Kenya, East Africa.

    If the clerk was ignorant of the fact that neither Kenya or East Africa were countries, the clerk would have listed Kenya or East Africa but never one followed by a coma and then the other.

    When prima facia errors like these are committed by amateurs who were obviously born well after 1961 and were too ignorant to know any better, the worst thing we can do is make excuses for them.

    And even worse than making excuses is insisting that it is our responsibility to prove he was not born in Hawaii rather than his responsibility to provide an official and proper birth certificate.

    My daughter was born in early 1970. The hospital worker who came by to verify information for her birth certificate did not ask my husband or myself what our races were. The clerk simply put what she thought and then put Negroid down as the race for my daughter.

    I knew the government used the term Mixed to denote individuals who were the products of parents from different races. However, it would take me serveral years and many attempts to get the health department to recognize her race was Mixed and not Negroid.

    I went back and went over the Obama birth certificate I printed out that was published on the Fox News Website back in April.

    First there is no state seal.

    Second, there is a line asking for the address of the mother which is blank. If the document were real, that line item would be blacked out for privacy concerns, but it would not be blank.

    There is no line which asks for the father’s address. On my birth certificate there are both categories. For the mother’s country of birth the Obama forgery lists Wichita, Kansas.

    Does anyone want to profer the excuse that Obama’s mother or state worker didn’t know Wichita, Kansas is not a country?

    Furthermore, on this document I refer people to category number 20 which is labeled Date Accepted by Local Reg. In this box, there is a date that is not typed but stamped….the date is August 8, 1961.

    This category is a final offer of proof that the document provided by Obama is a hodge-podge forgery that is no more acceptable than his verbal assurance to us he was born in Hawaii.

    I offer this as a proof because it is the only category on the entire document that is stamped and not typed. It may be the only piece of information taken directly from Obama’s original birth certificate. I say this because during the election the State of Hawaii originally declared that Obama’s birth was officially recorded on August 8,1961.

    When Donald Trump was thinking about running for office, he had a reporter in his office conducting an interview. The reporter asked him if he had a valid birth certificate and Trump went to his file cabinet and pulled out a photo copy of his birth certificate. The reporter told him that was unacceptable.

    Now here is a man who regardless of whether you agree with his views or not has more accomplishments than that reporter or Obama will ever hope to have. And yet, the reporter had no problem questioning his birth certificate.

    So Trump went to the appropriate state office in New York and obtained an official copy of his birth certificate complete with the official seal of the State of New York.

    John McCain had to prove he was eligible to be President with official documentation that was scrutinized ad nauseum from main stream media. Can you imagine the uproar had McCain dared to provide something as phony as Obama’s documents and without any government seals?

    So three and a half years after this issue first arose, why can’t or won’t Obama produce his birth certificate from the State of Hawaii with the official seal of that state affixed to it?

    I firmly believe the burden of proof lies with Obama. It is HIS job to prove to US where he was born. His word, or 100 facsimiles of the same do not measure up to the standard provided by the State of Hawaii with its official seal.

    If we cannot demand this much of him, then he will continue to operate as he already has, feeling immune from any accountability whatsoever.

    And what is worse is the media will continue to hold each and every candidate who dares to oppose Obama to the highest and most microscopic level of scrutiny for any and every word they have ever said.

    Is this what we want for our country? Is this the meaning of civil discourse?

    I believe the issue of Obama’s birth certificate is more about Obama’s accountability as an elected official than it is about where he was born or what he might be trying to hide about the circumstances of his birth.

    I would also suggest he does not need any of you making excuses for him. He already does plenty of that for himself and also has the entire mainstream media doing the same.

    I know all of you care deeply about this this country. I hope we will all work to hold the media’s feet to the fires of accountability for each and every candidate who seeks elected public office.

  5. A few follow-up thoughts from my friend . . .

    Mothers current address is blank on birth certificate.

    We have to stop this. Nobody questions Obama when he says border fence is complete when it is only 5% complete.

    Also, my friend checked the transcript and the comment Newt made was taken out of context. He did say that Obama care is unconstitutional. And he did say do not implement right wing idealism-like de-funding abortions.

    Media has taken out Trump and they are now destroying Gingrich. Even FOX. People need to wake up to what is happening.

    We let Trump be treated in an uncivil manner, and at this point there is no point having an election.

    The same media who cannot find a difficult question to ask Obama viciously attack everyone who opposes him.

    They want Mitch Daniels even though his wife is crazier than a bed bug and he is physically a tiny man–bad visual. His wife does not go to any official events, etc. Big media has the goods to destroy him.

  6. Looks like i won’t be voting in 2012 unless Hillary changes her mind and challenges the Idiot in the WH.

  7. I agree with this Iowa voter. Gingrich needs to quit and now. I hope Trump will continue to beat up that crappy Wafflesman. And now that he doesn’t have to worry about getting elected, he can ramp up his hammering. I guess we are left with little boys like Roomney and Daniels who will run scared as soon as they are called a racist.
    The only candidate who I can see donating to in addition to voting for them is Herman Cain, the more I am reading about this man, the more I am impressed, I didn’t realise he was a federal reserve governor at one point. I guess I will be against voting against someone (Waffles) rather than for someone. The only candidate I will under no condition vote for is santorum.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uDQdraiUj0M&feature=player_embedded

  8. tim,

    I am beyonde disgusted. Trump folded like a cheap suit. Either that or he knew all along it was just a publicity stunt. Either way, I have zero respect left for him. He will never run for prez (or announce he might run for prez) again.

    We have no alternative. The MSM is salivating at the thought of destroying any BO challenger.

    The whole thing is so sickening. I wonder if this is what those in Nazi Germany who knew and feared what a Hitler regime would be like experienced?

    Much as I have disliked jbstone’s continual poll posting I’m beginning to think no matter how low his numbers BO gets in. Who the f*** is there to run against him?

    Please enlighten me – anyone. Right now it feels like – as one poster suggested – Trump might have been a foil to let BO releasse the LFBC. I can’t see who the past two months of trumpmania helps except BO.

    Again, I am looking for alternative theories, not a way to delude myself.

    I mean, if the BO crew could destroy Trump on national TV it means they will do anything, to anyone, as we already know all too well.

  9. BASIL99
    May 16th, 2011 at 8:38 pm

    I know you’re upset, I am as well. I don’t know, for some reason in the back of my mind I really was thinking he would pull out. Not because of Waffles, but because of all this disclosures he would have to make of his businesses, he doesn’t just operate in America, he’s company is massive, in Asia, Middle East etc. All of this information would be exposed.

    And on Friday on CNBC, we saw a taste of how his business would be dragged through the mud, not him personally, I doubt he would care, but the all that business info would be open to all his competitors.
    I’m very disappointed, and I don’t see him sitting down and shutting up, so I except him to continue the beatdown.
    I understand that sense of helplessness, I remember that feeling in 2008. If this piece of crap gets relected, it really will be at a point of a very long return of the America we all want. I have some faith, I cannot stand most of these repub candidates, but they are the lesser of the 2 evils, so to speak, so at this point, Waffles getting evicted in 2012 is more important than anything.

  10. ’ll not address your friend’s reply till she has time to read my comments in detail and look up the images of the other HI 1960s bc that use the same name of the hospital, and note that they were originally supplied by rightwing sources.
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    Turndown: lets cut to the chase: where’s the official seal?

  11. Nice that you found something good to say about Trump’s almost-run. Showed them the way.

    They won’t listen, there will not be the big Republican tanks rolling out to crush the corrupt One in the WhiteHouse.

    I waited for those tanks to roll out in the General Election of 2008 and it was a snooze fest galore.

    Why wouldn’t Baracko win again when there is just Tweedledum and Tweedledee running against him. Things are so easy at this point, he might not even have to cheat.

    Fake BC.
    No history.
    No experience.
    Corruption in the primary election.
    Corruption in everything he touches.

    AND ALL CANDIDATES ARE AFRAID TO CONFRONT HIM.

    COWARDS AND WIMPS.

    We are so s@rewed.

  12. basil99

    The whole thing is so sickening. I wonder if this is what those in Nazi Germany who knew and feared what a Hitler regime would be like experienced?

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    It sure feels that way to me.

  13. As I say, my friend watched the entire interview and she felt Gingrich did well, except for the one point on the individual mandate. On that point, he made the fatal–semi fatal mistake of letting David Gregory put words in his mouth. Tonight Gregory is the toast of Washington, but in her opinion rumors of his untimely death by me and others are greatly exaggerated. If Gingrich had any doubts about it before, he now knows that big media will do everything they can to destroy him, and that should be his takeaway from this sordid episode in Goebbels lite.

    There is a story I like to tell about an interview which took place on Meet The Press nearly forty years ago, because it provides a clue on how to fight big media. Admiral Richover father of our nuclear program was brought on that show to discuss education, and mid stream they turned the tables on him and began to grill him on naval appropriations. He reminded them of the ground rules, they told him the public had a right to know, and the media was their spokesman. Whereupon Richover responded you are nothing but a bunch of soap and deorderant salesmen and as far as I am concerned this interview is over.

    My friend said the minute Gregory put words in Gingrich’s mouth Newt should have stopped him dead in his tracks and asked him whether he was a journalist or an editorialist. If he said a journalist, then Newt should have said if that is what you are, then you have a bad habit of trying to put words in people’s mouths and ordered him to rephrase the question. If he evaded the question, Gingrich should have noted that and walked out. I have a friend who was a great federal judge and the best trial lawyer of his generation. He used to say you need to treat your adversary like a dog, and rap him good with a newspaper on his nose or you will never get his attention. That is what the Republicans must do with big media–treat them like the dogs they are. And if they ask a tough question, ask them why they have not asked the same question to Obama. If they think they can tiptoe through the tulips with big media they will get a shiv in their back.

  14. BASIL99
    May 16th, 2011 at 8:38 pm
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    Stick with the Jay Cost analysis and you will not go wrong. If you try to day trade this stock it will eat your guts out. It is why the average lifespan a commodity trader is 45 years.

  15. The idiots on Fox, Morris etc, think someone like Michelle Backman has a real chance of winning.

    Are you freakin’ kidding me? She was totally satisfied with the short form fake BC and didn’t even know the difference.

    The day she becomes the first woman President is the day I leave this country.

    Our Hillary, with all her knowledge and hard work, experience and poll ratings is cheated and someone like Michelle get it, NO Damn way.

  16. so wafflesman lost his bounce within 1.5 weeks

    http://hotlineoncall.nationaljournal.com/archives/2011/05/obamas-postbin.php

    “According to the Gallup poll, Obama’s approval rating crested at 52 percent after the bin Laden killing. His disapproval rating never fell lower than 40 percent.

    Obama’s bounce is smaller in magnitude and shorter in duration than the bumps enjoyed by other presidents over the past 70 years, according to a study by Republican polling firm Public Opinion Strategies. For example, George W. Bush received a 15-point bump after the capture of Saddam Hussein in 2003 — a bounce that lasted seven weeks”

  17. Shadowfax
    May 16th, 2011 at 9:33 pm

    Did you catch Morris calling Mitch Daniels “charismatic”, I don’t know what parallel world these people live in, it is clearly not based in reality.

  18. Chris Barron’s comment “With Trump out, I am a man without a candidate. Honestly, no one else excites me in this field.” resonates with me

    and me. There really may not be anyone to vote for. I have NEVER not voted, but the choices seem just horrendous.

    I just don’t understand Trump’s behavior and for the first time, Admin has not been able to clarify things for me.
    I don’t understand why Trump got out now and so quickly. As admin noted, the country is hungering for a competent, tough yet centered president.

    Something is up and I just don’t understand what.

  19. tim

    Did you catch Morris calling Mitch Daniels “charismatic”, I don’t know what parallel world these people live in, it is clearly not based in reality.

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    No kidding, I totally zoned out and I didn’t even have on a tin foil hat.

    When someone is charismatic, isn’t it totally apparent to the masses? Why is it a, ‘huh, wha…’ moment?

    Talk about desperate.

  20. wbboei
    May 16th, 2011 at 7:37 pm
    Superb analyis admin. If they want to win, they need Christy.
    *****
    I have thought this all along but he keeps refusing. Hope they make him an offer he can not refuse…

  21. so the Indiana Supreme Ct. essentially has declared the US Constitution a piece of toilet paper with this ruling, how the hell are such incompetent judges getting put on the bench!

    http://www.zerohedge.com/article/guest-post-indiana-supreme-court-dispenses-magna-carta-constitution

    “On June 10, 1215 AD, after prolonged rebellion and frustrating negotiation, a group of England’s most influential barons entered London to force the disastrous King John Softsword into accepting a revolutionary charter of individual freedoms.

    Five days later in the Runnymede meadow of Surrey County, John affixed his royal seal onto what became known as the Magna Carta. It still exists on the books today in England and Wales.

    This document was one of the more important antecedents to the US Constitution; its proclamations ended the absolutism of England’s monarchy and spelled out very clear rights and freedoms, including, among others, the right of a man to enjoy his private property without trespass from government officials.

    Over 550 years later, the framers of the Constitution codified this right in the 4th Amendment to be secure in one’s private property. Last week, the Indiana Supreme Court effectively rejected both documents in two separate cases.

    In the first case of Lacey v. State of Indiana, the Court ruled that police officers serving a warrant on a private home may simply walk right in without knocking.

    The second case of Barnes v. State of Indiana is far more startling. The case deals with one Richard Barnes, a regular Joe citizen of Indiana, who was in the midst of marital problems with his wife one evening in 2007. The couple was arguing when police arrived to the scene and attempted to enter the home.

    Barnes made it very clear to the officers that they were not to enter his home. The officers did not have a warrant, and they did not have probably cause to believe that anything illegal was happening. But they entered regardless.

    Barnes tried to block the door, and as the police officers muscled their way past him, he shoved one of them against the wall in defense of his property. Barnes was choked and tasered in his own home, subsequently hospitalized, then charged with misdemeanor battery on a police officer.”

  22. If Christy is the answer, then I’m leaving this country. He is a radical righwinger who will be happy to take away what’s left of the middle classes rights and financial security. Swinging to the far right is not the answer. That’s why Donald Trump seemed like the answer, he is centrist and not an idealogue. Don’t put your hopes into an idealogue.

    On the other hand, I don’t see how Hillary can possibly run against an administration she has been a big part of for 2 years. Both sides would kill her with jokes about how she was first for the administration, then against it. Unless Obama gets our or is thrown out, then the way would be clear, but she would still have to answer for his mistakes.

  23. Turndown: lets cut to the chase: where’s the official seal?

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    Who cares? HI was in a hurry to meet Obama’s deadline for the WHCD.

  24. Gingrich had any doubts about it before, he now knows that big media will do everything they can to destroy him

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    The enemy of Bill Clinton’s enemy is my friend.

  25. was in the midst of marital problems with his wife one evening in 2007.
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    Since it’s so common for mutants to beat/mutilate/murder their wives/girlfriends, I support the police in this case.
    The Constitution will not mean very much to me personally until the ERA is passed. Please recall that Scalia recently said there wasn’t anything in the US Constitution that prevented discrimination against women? Constitution? meh.

  26. I used to have a sinking feeling in the waning weeks of primary 2008 that if he became the nominee, he would win it and then he would get every protection possible and none of his shenanigans (of not just the 08 election) would come out. I guess that is what we are seeing now. Barring some really damaging info there is no way to dislodge him from the Dem nomination. Looking at the repub candidates so far, none seem up to the task of defeating him.

  27. Sorry, I don’t know of Christy being so far right. He is fiscally prudent and trying to pull his state out of enormous debt, but please enlighten me BigCat.

  28. The enemy of Bill Clinton’s enemy is my friend.
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    I’m not sure what exactly you meant by this but I will never forget or forgive the Newt for how he ran the House when he was Speaker and what he tried to do to BC. He’s a pig.

  29. Far right is all in the perspective. He is republican, he is aligning himself with the tea party positions, and he is obnoxious to his constituents who don’t agree with him. If you are right leaning, he may not seem far right to you. But I bet you would not call him Independent or centrist.

  30. BigCatLover
    May 16th, 2011 at 10:11 pm

    The enemy of Bill Clinton’s enemy is my friend.
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    I’m not sure what exactly you meant by this but I will never forget or forgive the Newt for how he ran the House when he was Speaker and what he tried to do to BC.

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    That’s what I meant. Gingrich was Bill Clinton’s enemy, so talley-ho against Gingrich.

  31. BigCatLover
    May 16th, 2011 at 10:11 pm

    The enemy of Bill Clinton’s enemy is my friend.
    **********************
    I’m not sure what exactly you meant by this but I will never forget or forgive the Newt for how he ran the House when he was Speaker and what he tried to do to BC.

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    That’s what I meant. Gingrich was Bill Clinton’s enemy, so talley-ho against Gingrich.

  32. BigCatLover
    May 16th, 2011 at 9:59 pm

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    Yup, that’s why the only two feelings I have right now are anger and depression, as far as 2012 goes.

  33. wbb

    Turndown: lets cut to the chase: where’s the official seal?

    ===========

    Who cares? HI was in a hurry to meet Obama’s deadline for the WHCD.

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    I have stayed out of this, and since turndown doesn’t see the significance of this seal, I would ask if an embossed or foil seal is present on others that have obtained their long form BC from HI?

    Like I said before, my MI BC did have an embossed seal when I sent for it.

  34. Oops, Greta is reporting that the IMF head has sexual abuse allegations against him as far back as 2002. Not good.

  35. gonzotx

    We all know baring a miracle Hillary will not run. Period.

    we are Fuc*ed

    ———-
    Yup x2

  36. With all due respect, I must disagree with several of my esteemed co-commentators here.

    Although I liked the way Trump took on the Fraud, called out the press, brought up taboo trade issues, etc., and thought that he had gotten in too far to back out, I always had my doubts as to how well he would do in the General Election, if he had gotten that far; was never convinced that he was capable of winning the key swing states that are needed to win the electoral college math. An “establishment” candidate, charismatic or not, would most likely do better than Trump in several of those states outside of the Northeast.

    My guess is that Trump was truly stunned by the reaction he got with his usual noises about running (which he had done many times before) and was enticed into thinking about it, before realizing exactly what was involved. I don’t think for a second that he was intimidated by the Washington Correspondents Dinner, I don’t think he was destroyed by the media, and I don’t think he backed out because he was afraid. He simply got unexpectedly dragged in due to voter desperation and then had to find a way out.

    At 62, I’m not a political neophyte, but I don’t think this dropout by Trump changes anything. Too many people are falling into the “Obama is inevitable” narrative. Why do you believe that? Forget about approval ratings (which aren’t good for him anyway) and head-to-head matchups; they are beyond meaningless. The key is still the electoral college and the Fraud is still vulnerable is several of the states he needs to win (VA, FL, OH, IN, PA, among others). If someone wants to persist in “Woe is me”-ing the 2012 election, show me some convincing evidence from the electoral college math. Otherwise, you’re allowing the media to demoralize you for no reason.

    In the swing states, people are STILL going to vote against Obama on the issue of the economy and jobs, regardless of who is running against him – it’s that simple. I don’t think the media is capable of destroying an Obama opponent in the 2012 election; their influence in waning among the voters that count in those states – swing voters, independents, working-class, and unemployed – just as that influence waned among them in 2008 and 2010.

    I don’t guarantee a defeat of the Fraud, but this election is barely begun, much less over.

    Respectful opposing views, the norm for this site, are welcome.

  37. turndown doesn’t see the significance of this seal

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

    The significance of the seal is to show that the paper really came from the HI records office. In this case that’s not necessary because there is other evidence that the paper really came from them.

  38. Mike Marks
    May 16th, 2011 at 10:24 pm
    I think our real hope for Trump was that he would keep up the pressure on O until O could no longer get away with the lies and coverups and he would be exposed enough to raise doubt in less informed voter’s minds.

  39. BigCatLover@10:28PM:

    Trump could still do that, perhaps even better as a non-candidate. Can you think of a better attack dog than Trump, working on behalf of a candidate that he supports?

  40. No I don’t think he can do that as a non-candidate (I wish he could). He will not get the air time or be invited to political events to speak. He can do it as a private citizen, but so can I. I don’t have a platform and neither will he.

  41. BCL@10:38PM

    I disagree. All the air time that he has gotten so far has been as a non-candidate. He will continue to have more of a platform than you or me.

  42. I hope so, but he dropped the bc issue like a hot rock. It all depends on how much stomach he has for continuing to be a thorn in O’s side. Of course, I did not mean literally that he does not have a platform, but I don’t consider a reality show on tv much of a political platform, but we will see if he keeps the pressure on.

  43. All the air time that he has gotten so far has been as a non-candidate.

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

    The free-time media can freeze him out any time. However, what he would have spent as a candidate can still buy a lot of air time. And without any pesky rules. And NBC’s $60m, was it?, figures in there somewhere.

    I can imagine taking the income he would have lost in various fields and buying ad time to support someone else, might have more effect.

  44. Actually there may be a pattern. Gore, Palin, Huckabee, Trump each going rogue, making a lot of money and acting outside the system.

    Bill Clinton in retirement might count in that list too.

  45. BCL@10:46PM

    Trump’s BC issue was an accident that he stumbled onto; he practically admitted as much. And then he didn’t know what to do with it, so he declared victory. It was never the “centerpiece” of his campaign, although the media tried to make it out to be. T was (is) more interested in economic issues (trade, oil).

    I wasn’t thinking of his show as a platform; he will continue to get his messages out the same way Sarah Palin does – by saying something controversial and inviting the media to trash him for it – thus assuring that the message gets out.

  46. …the only logic i can come up with is the repubs want O to have a second term…they will try to go for the Senate and hold on to the house and then let O take the heat for the stats (jobs,economy etc) and out vote him on their issues…

    …also the fact that Gingrich and Romney are tied up in ‘the mandate issue’ makes me very suspect…maybe the repubs scream the anti mandate talk but they don’t walk back the mandate in reality…like they are also in collusion with big pharma, etc…and no way they can stop those profits big pharma will make now and the cushy deals for insurance co…like one big set-up…

    today alot of air went out of the balloon…very hard to see how the current bunch running punch back…going to challenging…

  47. when i hear brit hume stating that Santorum has a real chance…i have to ask ‘what world are these people living in’ He could not even win his own state and to think that that santimonious far right winger would win in the general election is so out of touch that the repubs are either crazy or simply want O to have the next four years…maybe they want him to take the blame for 4 more tough years…let O keep the wars going…expand into other wars…keep the Bush policies going…the repubs capture the senate and keep house and mold O even further right…

    what a mess…

  48. S@11:10PM

    The only way the Republicans would potentially give up on defeating the Fraud would be if he was effective and popular (Reagan ’84, Clinton ’96). As we know, the Fraud is weak and VERY vulnerable. I don’t see the R’s passing up this opportunity.

    Out-of-workers in Ohio and Michigan don’t care how tall Mitch Daniels is or about the escapades of his wife, and they are the ones who are going to decide this election. And they don’t like Obama.

    How can you stay awake through anything Brit Hume says?

  49. maybe they want him to take the blame for 4 more tough years…

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

    Makes sense. Fits with how they acted in 2008, too.

  50. Trump can also use the BC posted on the government’s website denoting it is a fraud. To be a certified copy of the original, it needs to have the embossed seal of the State of HI. It doesn’t.

  51. TDO@11:22PM:

    How does that help the Repubs? It’s not certain at all that it will be four tough years. Four more years is plenty of time for the economy to start turning around – and then who would get the credit? The Dims, just in time for 2016. Sounds like a risky strategy. Better to grab the presidency from a weak incumbent while it’s available, I would think.

  52. In Trump’s statement, he mentioned these two things:

    So, I make you this promise: that I will continue to voice my opinions loudly and help to shape our politician’s thoughts. My ability to bring important economic and foreign policy issues to the forefront of the national dialogue is perhaps my greatest asset and one of the most valuable services I can provide to this country. I will continue to push our President and the country’s policy makers

    I truly hope he is sincere about the first statement. We really need someone out there to call Obama out and make him accountable. But why did he say that stuff about, “you can’t believe the things my guys are finding in Hawaii about this BC issue!” – he got Obama to release a BC – but there’s no follow up?? A lot of people are satisfied then. How did that help? And what about all the calls for the grades, passports, SSNs, etc. Is he going to drop them, too? I want him to rag on Obama about the lack of jobs, etc, but the others were of values, as well. I have a hard time believing that it was just to teach the other republican candidates “how to do it”, because I can’t see any of them ever doing it. And, again… what was that about “you can’t believe all this stuff my Hawaiian investigators are finding” – was that all a bluff, a game? I’m going to be irritated if there is no follow up from him!

    I look forward to supporting the candidate who is the most qualified to help us tackle our country’s most important issues and am hopeful that, when this person emerges, he or she will have the courage to take on the challenges of the Office and be the agent of change that this country so desperately needs

    I felt some hope with this statement. He didn’t specify that he’d be supporting the REPUBLICAN candidate… and he did mention “he or she”. Bachman is in the race, I don’t know if Palin is going to jump in or not…. but there’s another “she” that he supported in the past. I still have a little hope hidden away, against all odds, that Hillary may rise, and I think that Trump would support her if she did.

  53. Mike Marks…as I was commenting I had the tv on in background and Brit uttered that pearl of wisdom re: Santorum…it is enough to put most people to sleep but not these guys…

    I hope you are right…I agree re: electoral college and states that have to be won…but i just do not see anyone inspiring right now that can garner the independents…sure isn’t going to be gingrich or santorum…

    …we’ll see…still a long way to go…but T would have created excitement and some fun along the way…who will take his place is the question?

  54. admin-

    Nice summary of the Republican’s reaction to Trump-

    How about a similar summary on hiw The Dimocrats reacted to Trump-

    I don’t seem to remember too many Cat Calls at Trump coming from the Dem side- The only one who was bothered by The Donald- was Obama!
    _________________

    Christy needs to lose about 300lbs. Or invest in pin-striped horse blankets… God, he is a size. His cholesterol level must be in the thousands.. When the camera points to him in a side view, they must be using a wide angle lens.

    There ain’t no way I’m going to listen to the accolades of Republicans. They helped elected this plague on our country..
    Screw them and the elephants they ride out on-

  55. S@11:35PM

    I agree. But keep an eye on the polls showing independents’ preferences in each key swing state, not the national polls. I don’t see them voting for the Fraud as the lesser of two evils this time around.

  56. If I recall correctly, the short form BC (ie, the computer image) also did not have a seal. People made a stink about it – and a week or so later, voila! A seal. So the long form computer image may have one soon, too. Magic.

  57. Mrs. Smith: “Christy needs to lose about 300lbs. Or invest in pin-striped horse blankets… God, he is a size. His cholesterol level must be in the thousands.. When the camera points to him in a side view, they must be using a wide angle lens.

    There ain’t no way I’m going to listen to the accolades of Republicans. They helped elected this plague on our country..
    Screw them and the elephants they ride out on-”

    YES! YES! YES! 🙂

  58. The point of a ‘certified’ copy is to show that it really did come from the official, er, office — and thus is accurate, not a forgery.

    We know this came from the HI office because an official in the office said so in a personal letter.

    And even if it had a seal, that wouldn’t prevent the WH altering the image, would it?

  59. Right, lorac- people better have their screen shot key fired up and ready!

    Just returned from my Art Class where politics is never spoken of… well, I broke the rule. I asked if anyone had heard Mr T is not going to run. Their eyes opened wide and out with a million questions… These non-partisan people were really listening to Trump and loved what he had to say about turning around the economy… I was invited to the local pub to talk more about Trump… but asked if I could take a rain check for another time… I will go for drinks with them for Hillary if she takes pity on us and submits to a draft.

    Trump has everyone fired up. A shame to waste all that enthusiasm..

  60. Reckon we oughta corner the market in pin striped horse blankets NOW and make a killing if Christie’s nominated?

  61. #
    Southern Born
    May 17th, 2011 at 12:09 am

    Reckon we oughta corner the market in pin striped horse blankets NOW and make a killing if Christie’s nominated?
    _____________________

    That or bumper stickers that say:

    “Just Say No to No Neck!”

  62. Perhaps in lieu of a seal, the copy of the lfbc was released with this personal letter from the HI Director of Health. See Fox story for other HI officials confirming there was such a release.

    http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2011/04/27/obama-birth-certificate-moved-secure-location-months-ago/#ixzz1Km2BoUni
    Director of Health Loretta J. Fuddy. On Monday, Fuddy complied.
    “As director of health for the state of Hawaii, I have the legal authority to approve the process by which copies of such records are made. Through that authority, in recognition of your status as president of the United States, I am making an exception to the current departmental policy which is to issue a computer-generated certified copy,”

  63. There ain’t no way I’m going to listen to the accolades of Republicans. They helped elected this plague on our country..
    Screw them and the elephants they ride out on-”

    ——–

    x3

  64. The significance of the seal is to show that the paper really came from the HI records office. In this case that’s not necessary because there is other evidence that the paper really came from them.
    ———————
    The seal is a legal requirement. It does not matter where it came from. Or who provided it. Or what they had for breakfast. Or whether they voted for Obama. Without the seal the document has no binding legal effect–anymore than a marriage certificate or a drivers license which fails to conform with the requirements. Without the seal, it is not an official record. It is rankest hearsay, fraudulent for the purposes it was presented and should be rejected out of hand. Remember what happened when Trump presented his birth certificate without the seal? The reporter would not accept it. So he cured the problem whereas Obama still refuses to do so, and we make all these excuses for him, as if he needed any help in that department. Knock off the bullshit Obama, the burden of proof is on you not us to produce a conforming document, show me the seal. That is what we should be arguing instead of asking how many angels can dance of the head of a pin? We do not need a perfect case. He needs to produce a conforming document. Otherwise the issue is unsettled and anybody in big media who tells you different is a pathological liar.

  65. #
    Southern Born
    May 17th, 2011 at 12:20 am

    Mrs. Smith, how about we organize the NNNN Society?
    _____________

    I’m with ya.. Southern Born…

    Backatcha tomorrow- sleep tight! 🙂

  66. lorac

    But why did he say that stuff about, “you can’t believe the things my guys are finding in Hawaii about this BC issue!” – he got Obama to release a BC – but there’s no follow up??

    ————
    Yea, WTF is up with that hot potato he laid and ran away?

  67. I watched the movie Heartbreak Ridge. It is the story of an old marine drill instructor who made his bones in Korea, received the medal of honor, is lean and tough, but has become a living breathing anachronism in the more permissive modern corp, and a disaster in civilian society where he suffers from a broken marriage, a problem of alcoholism and a penchant for fighting with civilians. Early in the movie we find him in a holding tank with others and he is shucking and jiving with the boys. Suddenly an eight foot brute walks up to him and says I hate Marines. The drill instructor tries to back him off with cutting comments and subtle threats. It does not work. Instead of hanging there in the moment of indecision like most of us wood, he says some magic words to himself–“we are going to war”. He charges at the brute almost instinctively, and lays him out.

    How can a guy like Gingrich walk into an interview with David Gregory who is first and foremost a cocksucker, and second an ideologue of the lowest order and not expect an ambush interview? How can he not expect that Gregory will break in with him as he did with Hillary and McCain and put words in their mouth. Why was he not mentally agile enough to stop Gregory in his tracks as Hillary did and say stop putting words in my mouth. If he needs help in this area there is a guy named Eric Denzenhal who shows people in public life how to crush a media opponent who conducts an ambush interview. Finally, when Newt walked into the studio and looked that scumbag Gregory in the eye, why did he not say to himself “we are going to war”? You can be sure Gregory did, and as a result Newt got sucker punched which is inexcuseable. He deserved the rebuke he received from the man in Iowa. Stupidity has its price.

  68. Director of Health Loretta J. Fuddy. On Monday, Fuddy complied.
    “As director of health for the state of Hawaii, I have the legal authority to approve the process by which copies of such records are made. Through that authority, in recognition of your status as president of the United States, I am making an exception to the current departmental policy which is to issue a computer-generated certified copy,”
    ——————–
    A democrat? A public official in Hawaii? I do not give a rats ass what she attests to. It is tainted and utterly meaningless. SHOW ME THE SEAL! He can request the original document, despite prior media attempt to argue he could not. Show me the original document with the seal of the state of Hawaii. Nothing less will be accepted. Period.

  69. It would be interesting to know if anyone here who has ordered an official copy of their birth certificate from the state of their birth has one with an official seal.

    Arkansas birth certificates have a RAISED OR EMBOSSED SEAL. How about other states?

    I like your comments about it Wbboei 12:24.

  70. Mike Marks, I don’t know if vOmit is inevitable. I’m just not sure why I should care. My vOmit gag reflex hasn’t turned me into a Republican. McCain was unique, a Republican I’d support over any Dem except Hillary. vOmit has made the wrong economic moves post-meltdown — but vOmit didn’t cause the meltdown. I don’t even think the problem is vOmit anymore. My country is politically dysfunctional. We are a failing superpower of our own accord, not because of Bush or vOmit, but because we elect these losers.

    I hoped Trump would be the American Putin who would reverse our downslide. Our Putin will come eventually, but decades from now, after we’ve fallen. He or she is going to be one real nasty bastard.

  71. States have “favorite sons” but that does not mean that they should lie and cheat for them.

  72. Loetta Fuddy? As in hey fuddy duddie show me the seal. Don’t get sucked in to supporting his defenses.
    ————————-
    In lieu of a seal? What does that mean? The law makes no provision for this. The seal is either there or it is not. If it is not then it is not a legal document and parole evidence is inadmissible.

    (Note: the parol evidence rule is a substantive common law rule in contract cases that prevents a party to a written contract from presenting extrinsic evidence that contradicts or adds to the written terms of the contract that appears to be whole. The supporting rationale is that since the contracting parties have reduced their agreement to a single and final writing, the extrinsic evidence of past agreements or terms should not be considered when interpreting that writing, as the parties had decided to ultimately leave them out of the contract).

  73. Southern Born

    It would be interesting to know if anyone here who has ordered an official copy of their birth certificate from the state of their birth has one with an official seal.

    ———-
    My birth certificate ordered from Michigan was on white paper and had a embossed seal.

  74. I hoped Trump would be the American Putin who would reverse our downslide. Our Putin will come eventually, but decades from now, after we’ve fallen. He or she is going to be one real nasty bastard.
    ——————————
    That is what Chris Hedges believes too. There is a historical context to this as well . . .

    Ten years before the storming of the Bastille in 1789 Oeuvres de Gilbert prophetically had written:

    A man will arise, perhaps one who hitherto was lost in the obscurity of the crowd; a man who has not made his name either by speech or by writing; a man who in silence has mediated; a man who perhaps did not know his own talents, who can only become aware of them when called upon to exercise them; a man who has studied very little. That man will seize hold of opinions, opportunity and fortune and will say to the great man of theories what the Athenians said to the oratorical architect: all that my rival promises you, I will carry out.

    Such a man was Napoleon Bonaparte. He was a man wrapped in his own destiny, and he said as much on the path of no return to Moscow: I feel myself driven to an end that I will not know. As soon as I get there I shall become unnecessary, an atom could shatter me. Til then, not all the forces of mankind can do anything against me.

  75. My birth certificate ordered from Michigan was on white paper and had a embossed seal.
    ———————–
    Then by the Almighty, it is legitimate.

  76. Southern Born
    May 17th, 2011 at 1:04 am
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    Yes, that is the bottom line. My friend brought a clarity of thought to the issue as she always does. It is not as complicated as people make it. In fact, shorn of all the big media bullshit, it is quite simple and straight forward.

  77. There is a word for what Obama and big media do. The word is sophistry. Sophistry is defined as:

    1. Plausible but fallacious argumentation.

    2. A plausible but misleading or fallacious argument.

    We must not buy into it. The real estate association head I spoke to today is skeptical about everything. I do not think that gets you anywhere. At some point it becomes a convenient cover for indecision. I would rather trust all men– but cut the cards.

  78. Remember what happened when Trump presented his birth certificate without the seal? The reporter would not accept it.

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

    Iirc, the issue between Trump and the reporter was short form vs long form.

  79. So, I make you this promise: that I will continue to voice my opinions loudly and help to shape our politician’s thoughts. My ability to bring important economic and foreign policy issues to the forefront of the national dialogue is perhaps my greatest asset and one of the most valuable services I can provide to this country.
    ———————————————–

  80. Remember what happened when Trump presented his birth certificate without the seal? The reporter would not accept it.

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    Why would Trump’s bc’s not have seals? Here’s info about reporters seeing Trump’s short form and asking for his long form, but Ctl-Find cannot find either ‘seal’ or ’emboss’
    On a quick look I don’t find anything about Trump’s lacking a seal.
    hillaryis44.org/2011/03/30/big-media-lies-about-the-barack-obama-birth-certificate-and-donald-trump/

  81. From Nightly Business News last night, a more sobering aspect of the IMF director’s latest alleged sexual dalliance:
    … SUZANNE PRATT, NIGHTLY BUSINESS REPORT CORRESPONDENT: IMF Director Dominique Strauss-Kahn was supposed to be in Brussels today tackling Europe`s newest money troubles. Instead he sits in a Manhattan jail, not far from the New York Stock Exchange. As if the Eurozone didn`t have enough problems, the arrest of Strauss-Kahn is the latest dark cloud for the region. Veteran big board broker Ted Weisberg says it`s also a stark reminder that U.S. investors should keep a watchful eye on Europe….
    http://www.pbs.org/nbr/site/onair/transcripts/eurozone_debts_worsen_110516/

    So maybe DSK was on the plane merely in order to attend that meeting?

  82. IMF Director Dominique Strauss-Kahn was supposed to be in Brussels today tackling Europe`s newest money troubles. Instead he sits in a Manhattan jail

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    Maybe the US wants to exchange him for Assange.

  83. IMF Director Dominique Strauss-Kahn is just another elitist freak who does not think the rules apply to him. Let him rot in jail and be tried for a violent sex crime. His victims are starting to come out of the woodwork in France and they all have the same story including the part about not going public because he is so powerful. The hotel staff in New York reached a breaking point with these arrogant MF’ers and the cops decided to snag his raping ass off a plane when he ran off in a panic without his cellphone. This “socialist” works for the crew that breaks social safety net systems in countries having problems so they impoverish retirees and orphans to bail out the bankers and corrupt pols. This is one evil f*@&.

  84. Also remember that the “socialist” Dominique Strauss-Kahn was in a $3000 a night hotel room. There is no conceivable reason that a non head of state governmental type flunky needs digs like that. He is/was a servant of the elites and they overlooked his predilection until he was caught scurrying away like a rat.

  85. Well maybe not pitchforks. How about garden fork ? We can tell the authorities we are planning on doing a little weeding.

  86. Terminator admits he didn’t terminate sooon enough… 😆
    _________________________

    Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger admits he fathered child:

    LOS ANGELES — Former California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger has acknowledged that he fathered a child with a member of his household staff, a revelation that apparently prompted wife Maria Shriver to leave the couple’s home before they announced their separation last week.

    Schwarzenegger and Shriver jointly announced May 9 that they were splitting up after 25 years of marriage. Yet, Shriver moved out of the family’s Brentwood mansion earlier in the year after Schwarzenegger acknowledged the child is his, The Los Angeles Times reported Tuesday.

    “After leaving the governor’s office I told my wife about this event, which occurred over a decade ago,” Schwarzenegger said in a statement. “I understand and deserve the feelings of anger and disappointment among my friends and family. There are no excuses and I take full responsibility for the hurt I have caused. I have apologized to Maria, my children and my family. I am truly sorry.

    “I ask that the media respect my wife and children through this extremely difficult time,” the statement concluded. “While I deserve your attention and criticism, my family does not.”

    Schwarzenegger’s representatives did not comment further. A spokesman for the former first lady told the Times she had no comment.

    The Times did not publish the former staffer’s name but said the woman worked for the family for 20 years and retired in January.

    In an interview Monday before Schwarzenegger issued his statement, the former staffer said another man — her husband at the time — was the child’s father.

    She said she voluntarily left her position with the couple “on good terms.”

    When the Times later informed the woman of the governor’s statement, she declined to comment further.

    http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/43057177/ns/us_news-life/

  87. Light bulbs costing $50 per by Law? Next, forcing us to buy new lamps and lighting fixtures? Get this nut-job out of office asap-
    __________________________________

    LED bulbs hit 100 watts as federal ban looms

    NEW YORK – Two leading makers of lighting products are showcasing LED bulbs that are bright enough to replace energy-guzzling 100-watt light bulbs set to disappear from stores in January.

    Their demonstrations at the LightFair trade show in Philadelphia this week mean that brighter LED bulbs will likely go on sale next year, but after a government ban takes effect.

    The new bulbs will also be expensive — about $50 each — so the development may not prevent consumers from hoarding traditional bulbs.

    The technology in traditional “incandescent” bulbs is more than a century old. Such bulbs waste most of the electricity that feeds them, turning it into heat. The 100-watt bulb, in particular, produces so much heat that it’s used in Hasbro’s Easy-Bake Oven.

    To encourage energy efficiency, Congress passed a law in 2007 mandating that bulbs producing 100 watts worth of light meet certain efficiency goals, starting in 2012. Conventional light bulbs don’t meet those goals, so the law will prohibit making or importing them. The same rule will start apply to remaining bulbs 40 watts and above in 2014. Since January, California has already banned stores from restocking 100-watt incandescent bulbs.

    Creating good alternatives to the light bulb has been more difficult than expected, especially for the very bright 100-watt bulbs. Part of the problem is that these new bulbs have to fit into lamps and ceiling fixtures designed for older technology.

    Compact fluorescents are the most obvious replacement, but they have drawbacks. They contain a small amount of toxic mercury vapor, which is released if they break or are improperly thrown away. They last longer than traditional bulbs but not as long as LEDs. Brighter models are bulky and may not fit in existing fixtures.

    Another new lighting technology, organic light-emitting diodes, or OLEDs, has had problems reaching mass production. OLEDs are glowing sheets or tiles, rather than pinprick light sources, as LEDs are. They’re used as vibrant color screens for smartphones, particularly from Samsung Electronics Co.

    But making OLEDs that are big, bright, cheap and long-lasting enough for use as light sources has proved difficult, in part because they use chemicals that are sensitive to oxygen and spoil unless sealed very carefully.

    Acuity Brands Inc., an Atlanta-based maker of light fixtures, will be showing some OLED panels at the show. They will go on sale next year, but the price will likely make them technology showpieces rather than candidates for everyday lighting.

    LEDs are efficient, durable and produced in great quantities, but they’re still expensive. An LED bulb can contain a dozen light-emitting diodes, or tiny semiconductor chips, which cost about $1 each.

    The big problem with LEDs is that although they don’t produce as much heat as incandescent bulbs, the heat they do create shortens the lifespan and reduces the efficiency of the chips. Cramming a dozen chips together in a tight bulb-shaped package that fits in today’s lamps and sockets makes the heat problem worse. The brighter the bulb, the bigger the problem is.

    The most powerful pear-shaped LED bulbs in stores today — the kind that fits existing lamps — produce light equivalent to a 60-watt bulb, though there are more powerful ones for directional or flood lighting.

    Osram Sylvania, a unit of Germany’s Siemens AG, said it has overcome the heat problem and will be showing a pear-shaped 100-watt-equivalent LED bulb this week. It doesn’t have a firm launch date, but it usually shows products about a year before they hit store shelves.

    Lighting Sciences Group Corp., a Satellite Beach, Fla.-based company that specializes in LED lighting, will be showing several 100-watt-equivalent prototypes, including some that solve the problem of cooling the LEDs by using microscopic devices that move air over the chips, like miniature fans.

    Before the 100-watters, there will be 75-watters on the shelves this year. Osram Sylvania will be selling them at Lowe’s starting in July. Royal Philips Electronics NV, the world’s biggest lighting maker, will have them in stores late this year for $40 to $45.

    However, 60-watt bulbs are the big prize, since they’re the most common. There are 425 million incandescent light bulbs in the 60-watt range in use in the U.S. today, said Zia Eftekhar, the head of Philips’ North American lighting division. The energy savings that could be realized by replacing them with 10-watt LED bulbs is staggering.

    To stimulate LED development, the federal government has instituted a $10 million “L Prize” for an energy-efficient replacement for the 60-watt bulb. Philips is so far the only entrant in testing, and Eftekhar expects the company to win it soon. But Lighting Sciences Group plans its own entry, which it will demonstrate at the trade show.

    Philips has been selling a 60-watt-equivalent bulb at Home Depot since December that’s quite similar to the one submitted to the contest. But it’s slightly dimmer, consumes 2 watts too much power and costs $40, whereas the L Prize target is $22. Sylvania sells a similar LED bulb at Lowe’s, also for $40.

    However, LED prices are coming down quickly. The DoE expects a 60-watt equivalent LED bulb to cost $10 by 2015, putting them within striking range of the price of a compact fluorescent bulb.

    Bob Karlicek, the director of the Smart Lighting Research Center at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, N.Y., thinks that price is achievable.

    But, he said, “it’s not necessarily clear to people in the lighting industry that LED chips were ever meant to go into a bulb.”

    What’s really needed, he said, is a new approach to lighting — new fixtures and lamps that spread out the LEDs, avoiding the heat problem.

    http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20110516/ap_on_hi_te/us_led_lighting;_ylt=AsE3Gkdtse.WMyLRBM_sWOCs0NUE;_ylu=X3oDMTNqNzVocWJlBGFzc2V0A2FwLzIwMTEwNTE2L3VzX2xlZF9saWdodGluZwRjY29kZQNtb3N0cG9wdWxhcgRjcG9zAzgEcG9zAzUEcHQDaG9tZV9jb2tlBHNlYwN5bl9oZWFkbGluZV9saXN0BHNsawNs

  88. IMF Director Dominique Strauss-Kahn is just another elitist freak who does not think the rules apply to him. Let him rot in jail and be tried for a violent sex crime.

    ITA. I think most of the people at the top — specially of the finance world! – are sociopaths — let’s face it, they have to be enormously selfish and ruthless and heartless to get there. Most of the time the elites hide each other’s stink so they stay on top. But Strauss-Kahn wanted to grab even more power via politics and some of the other PTB decided to finally expose his sex crimes. Rats eating their own, imo.

  89. It’s getting crowded in that little ole chicken coop with so many Chickens Coming Home to Roost!

    Maria should have known, you can’t Trust a Republican!

  90. Actually how convenient that it all comes out NOW?! Maria if she didn’t know, she was a fool.

  91. OK – LC is eccentric, to say the least, but i did find some solace in today’s blog.

    Here are a few excerpts.

    This blog wills to thank Donald Trump for all he accomplished in the first letting of blood. It will now become the point of an exclusive here to explain what you have been watching………and regrettably make Mark Levin look not the brightest.
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    Mr. Trump was provided cover, and for his reasons he has now withdrawn. The reasons are many which include blackmail by NBC, the reality in Mr. Trump comprehends where this is going in how big the Obama downfall is, and the fact that the original players in the Clinton coup are back out of the woodwork looking to work Obama over personally.
    **********************************************************************’

    While not the key, the gatekeeper in this is Rahm Emanuel, and his now being installed, after Obama attempted to submarine him, now has the coup plotters in position to have Bill Daley and Rahm Emanuel initiate what they intended from the start in this.
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    Let me be clear in this, Karl Rove was part of a cabal which installed Obama, but the Bushites are bag men. The Rockefellers saw their opportunity in profits with Obama, but they were told to by the Rothschild Europeans to stand down and they did.
    The Rothschilds still can quash what is coming in this coup as they have done previously. Obama is paying with Libyan blood and oil, with the trillions in American debt handed over to the Europeans to keep his head………..do not miss this though in Donald Trump in high finance drew blood on this regime…….yes Mr. Trump completed his mission, which had many forms from taking the heat off of Sarah Palin and Michele Bachmann………but this is just the beginning.

    ***********************************************************
    Their internal polling though has Obama losing to every person in America who would care to run. This is why Karl Rove is desperate in trying to find some damn shill not as straw man now, but as someone who can be installed under his puppet strings. That is why Trump was pissing off the Rovians in Trump had both left and right wing backing.

    The Birther issue is not going away. It is now a cancer on the regime. There are about to be other cancers metastasizing though and one of them is going to appear in this blog in a week or so in a story if Mark Levin can finger it out this time, it will shut down the entire Obama campaign money supply and see him in prison.
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    Second city is now in the Emanuel control and the White House is carved up with the Daley control.
    Panetta in defense and Clinton at state……….that is the government and it’s pipeline is now coordinated by the Daley’s for the Clintons.
    ****************************************************************************
    The regime has blinked and has been blinking. Boehner for all his bawling has got the big money behind him, and it ain’t behind Obama and Geithner over the debt ceiling. This is appearing like a revenge of big oil and is why Eric Holder was sent out to threaten them.
    It is why Obama was drill baby drill in trying to bribe them, but the Ides of Obama are surfacing in this………all the long knives are not out, but you can see them packing under their togas.

    Watch Obama as his tells give him away. He was giving a speech to some kids school and a most Freudian slip took place on May 16th where Obama stumbled on words of going places and being somebody in a direct reflection of his Indonesian pipe dreams…….his stuttering on the words reveals his world is one Barry is not in control and he knows it.
    **************************************************************************

    The game is changing though and America should express her appreciation in what that scamp Donald Trump had the balls to pull off.

    Some are now stating to look for Eric Holder to be on the chopping block to get at Obama, as this was the deal this blog exposed with Darrell do nothing Issa for his political fortunes. I do not even look for Obama’s brain in Val-erie Jarrett being forced out as the mark to look for.

    Look for some event Obama is involved with in which he will really screw the pooch in blundering……….but it will be a set up from within and Bearick will walk right into it. It might involve Reggie Love, but it will be a “show” that the sappers are in the wire.
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    this part is a very American coup. I said from day one that Obama comes down when the Democrats pull the plug.
    *************************************************************

    If the Rothschilds do not Wikileaks par dux to save Obama again, payback is going to be a bitch for this regime without their cover.

  92. Here’s why Cain is not a good idea. First thing he does is play the Race Card! If they can’t run on their own steam.. forgetem!

    While having a conversation with a very wise woman, an in-law of mine about to retire from the CiA. ( This was pre-08′ election ) We were mulling over the reason the AAs were so quick to play the Race Card. Her assessment was simple… She said: “They have never transcended.” They have never put the slavery issues behind them and moved on like so many other ethnicities have. As the working models : The Irish, the Chinese, Italians etc… And she’s right- They continue to play the sympathy/rage card in the hope of gaining special treatment even a leg up if it helps them get where they want to go.. What the other ethnicities have in common is they helped their countries move forward. Sending money back to relatives helping lift them out of poverty. Seeing to it their children were educated continuing the trend until they were finally recognized as competitive in world markets…

    There are thousands upon thousands of successful AAs- Once they are successful how many return to their homeland giving back to their kinsman all the advantages they received in America? Just look at the current president- Instead of having his Auntie study and apply for citizenship… he has her living in MA as a fugitive from Justice… a deported alien who has never complied with the law.

    I don’t know about anyone else, but I am sick to death of AAs playing the sympathy/Race card…

    Herman Cain: ‘They’re Going to Come After Me More Viciously Than They Would a White Candidate’

    http://nation.foxnews.com/herman-cain/2011/05/16/herman-cain-theyre-going-come-after-me-more-viciously-they-would-white-candid

  93. She said: “They have never transcended.” They have never put the slavery issues behind them and moved on like so many other ethnicities have. As the working models : The Irish, the Chinese, Italians etc… And she’s right- They continue to play the sympathy/rage card in the hope of gaining special treatment even a leg up if it helps them get where they want to go..

    Well, they would have transcended (like the other groups did) if they were not treated like a vote bank by the Democratic party. Political propaganda and negative reinforcement are all we need to keep an ethnic group down. Hopefully Hispanics will be wiser to this phenomenon.

  94. The other woman- was married. She worked for Maria in her household for 20yr. and only retired this past January. Apparently Arnold was secretly supporting the child. It was good cover for Arnold seeing the woman was married, Maria never suspected a thing.

    My impression is- why after all this time did Arnold come clean?
    My guess is the story is about to break in the tabloids (like Edwards) and he had to get out ahead of it before it broke publicly.

  95. Well, they would have transcended (like the other groups did) if they were not treated like a vote bank by the Democratic party.
    ___________________

    You can thank Saul Alinsky and the Cloward-Piven Strategy for perverting a working model. However, no one forced the AA community to go about bettering themselves the way other ethnicities have. For them, it was the easy way out and they chose it rather than do the hard work like everyone else did with a modicum of pride in who they are and what they are able to accomplish.

    Coincidentally, The American Thinker republished an article from 02-07′ just today- when we all learned how Obama implemented both of these strategy’s with the help of the usual suspects, Rove, Ayers, Dorn and the Chicago Combine to win his Senate seat then on applying these strategies to win the presidency.

    You can read about it here:

    http://www.americanthinker.com/2009/02/the_clowardpiven_strategy_of_e.html

  96. I feel pretty bad for Maria; that it was with someone who worked for her for 20 years; that’s a whole extra level of betrayal. And for their kids.
    I have heard people say (before this) that Ahnold only married her for her political connections; it must really feel like that now.

  97. In Trump’s statement, he mentioned these two things:

    So, I make you this promise: that I will continue to voice my opinions loudly and help to shape our politician’s thoughts. My ability to bring important economic and foreign policy issues to the forefront of the national dialogue is perhaps my greatest asset and one of the most valuable services I can provide to this country. I will continue to push our President and the country’s policy makers
    *************************
    This is similar to what Huckabee said when he announced he is not running. Is there some plan for the outsiders to fight back against the mainstream party, or the usual bullcrap of those who are not willing to give up a lucrative private life and put themselves on the line for the country. Time will tell.

  98. votermom
    May 17th, 2011 at 8:50 am
    …they have to be enormously selfish and ruthless and heartless to get there. Most of the time the elites hide each other’s stink so they stay on top.

    The photos of this sociopath are very revealing. He is both insolent and terrified. He went too far and he knows it. He is just another malevolent, violent, misogynistic, entitled putz who thought he was too valuable to be touched. He is lucky he hasn’t been shot on his assault sprees.

  99. votermom
    May 17th, 2011 at 10:21 am

    Ehhh- not even going to concern myself with Maria’s problems once the whole story is out.

    All I know is this… One by one they fall. All the backstabbers stabbing Hillary in the back and responsible for electing Obama when they as Democrats and good friends of the Clintons could have backed Hillary. Instead, they chose BETRAYING Hillary out of supreme jealousy, electing the nut-job in high office running the country.

  100. You can’t really feel sorry for Maria S. She knew he was a chaser when she married him, but having one of his women in the house must really be galling, although not that unusual in rich families. Her grandfather, uncles, etc. all did this.

  101. I am not buying Trump’s reasons for not running for potus. The guy has wheeled and dealed, destroyed and plundered how many businesses? His whole life has been about “business” 24/7. And he’s just now deciding he’s a businessman through and through?

  102. Note dates. Most of the entries in this geneology file simply say “Race: Black” but some say “Race: African (black)”

    http://boatwrightgenealogy.com/boatwrightfamily4.4.html
    World War I Draft Registration Cards, 1917-1918
    Name: Arch Boatright
    County: Garrard
    State: Kentucky
    Birthplace: Kentucky;United States of America
    Birth Date: 5 Apr 1892
    Race: African (Black)
    FHL Roll Number: 1653358

    [….]

    World War I Draft Registration Cards, 1917-1918
    Name: Charley Boatright
    County: Garrard
    State: Kentucky
    Birthplace: Kentucky;United States of America
    Birth Date: 22 Feb 1892
    Race: African (Black)
    FHL Roll Number: 1653358

  103. http://members.tripod.com/~dinkins_2/aldraft.html
    Henry Dinkins, age 27, of Cottonton, Alabama, registered for the WWI Draft on June 5, 1917 at Precinct 9, Russell County, Alabama. He gave his birth date as April 22, 1890 and his occupation as farmer. At the time of registration, he was married with two children. He claimed exemption from the draft for support of family. He was tall and stout, with brown eyes and black hair.
    (Race: African)

    [….]

    Simon Dinkins, age 23, of Cottonton, Alabama, registered for the WWI Draft on June 5, 1917 at Precinct 9, Russell County, Alabama. He gave his birth date as August 9, 1893 and his birth place as Cottonton, Alabama. His occupation was farm laborer and his employer was W. B. Woodbridge (or Woolbridge). At the time of registration, he was single. He was short and stout, with brown eyes and black hair.
    (Race: African)

  104. I don’t know about anyone else, but I am sick to death of AAs playing the sympathy/Race card…

    Herman Cain: ‘They’re Going to Come After Me More Viciously Than They Would a White Candidate’

    http://nation.foxnews.com/herman-cain/2011/05/16/herman-cain-theyre-going-come-after-me-more-viciously-they-would-white-candid

    *********************
    Mrs. Smith,

    In this case, I don’t think Mr. Cain is playing the race card. I think he is pointing out that since he is a black Republican, he defies the Democrats’ mantra that all AAs must be Dems beause ifi they are Repubs they are voting against their own self interest or they have somehow sold out. He is making it known that Obama’s operatives are going to do their best to neutralize that threat by any means necessary. Remember how Hillary’s AA supporters were horribly disrespected and painted as race traitors.

    Cain being black has the potential to neutralize the Obama camp playing the race card against all legitimate criticism, but only if he can get passed have it played on him!

  105. Damn this frigging iPad keyboard. I will try one last time….

    Only if he can get past having it played in him!!!!!!!!

  106. I don’t know about anyone else, but I am sick to death of AAs playing the sympathy/Race card…

    Herman Cain: ‘They’re Going to Come After Me More Viciously Than They Would a White Candidate’
    ————————-
    In the abstract? Hell yes.

    In this context? Hell no.

    Message to the left: what comes around goes around. You are the real racists. In fact, you openly discriminate against people based on race and gender when it suits your political agenda, and then claim you are unalterably opposed to discrimination. It does not get any lower than that. False allegations of racism are the last bastion of the far left. They are to deadly enemy to democracy and a civil discourse. Your lies and propaganda release the beast in man. It is worthy of the monsters who invented it. Your perverse aim is to create a million Obama monsters foaming at the mouth with rage and yelling like cannibals, to hurl themselves at top speed against anyone who opposes them. Your vanguard in this is big media.

  107. As for whether ‘African’ or ‘Other’ was on a list of permitted parent ‘Races’ in HI 1961, do you think ‘Caucasian’ was on that list? On the Nordyke lfbc’s both the Nordyke parents are described as ‘Caucasian’.

    (Same hospital, very close dates, to Obama’s alleged lfbc.)

  108. Nothing to see here folks. Go back to your TVs and blogs.

    Vice-President Joe Biden, managing Obama’s killer budget cut negotiations with Congress, has declared, “Everything—including entitlements (Medicare and Social Security)—is on the table.” But in fact, the uprising by citizens at Town Halls over threats to cut Social Security and Medicare, has made cuts in Medicaid the Obama gang’s opening focus—the “backdoor” approach to mass killing of the elderly, because they calculate it’s not as politically explosive.

    Many Americans think Medicaid is a program for poor people, while they consider Social Security and Medicare as programs which provide retirement income and health benefits to workers which workers themselves pay a tax for every payday. The truth is, while 77% of the 58 million people enrolled in Medicaid are children and families, and only 23% are elderly or disabled, in fact, 64% of the money Medicaid spends is spent on older and disabled people [useless eaters]. According to the Kaiser Family Foundation, 7 of every 10 nursing home residents are on Medicaid, because middle-class patients can quickly use up their savings at nursing homes which charge $5,000-7,000 per month. Then, they need Medicaid to stay there. [That money could be used to bail out more big investment houses, thus helping them to further takeover our nation’s banking system.]

    The “block grant” mechanism is proposed as the way to cut Medicaid—once the allotted money is spent, treatment is over. [Die! You useless grandparents! Die! You sicklings, Die!] The state can decide how its block grant is spent—it could exclude certain life-saving procedures, like organ transplants, as was done in Arizona. A modern twist to the Hitlerian idea: once the block grant, the pittance allotted after the Federal government bails out the banks, has been used up, your life is “unworthy to be lived.” (To use the actual Nazi phrasing) [Alternatively,] As Lyndon LaRouche [old-geezer WWII veteran] said today, “Let the banks die—we can create new banks anytime!”

    In Florida’s “pilot program” to reduce Medicaid spending, the program is being turned over to HMOs to manage the care “more efficiently.” [Quiz: The Nazis / were / were not / “efficient” killers] Florida’s proposed new Medicaid law “requires that HMO organizations be paid less for each patient than what the state was paying under the “fee for service” system”—where, if a doctor prescribed treatment, the program had to pay for it.

    The House Republican budget plan would throw as many as 44 million low-income adults and children out of Medicaid over the next 10 years, and likely leave them with no health care coverage, according to a new study by the Kaiser Family Foundation. But what should you be left to think here at this moment? It’s simple. Shut down Wall Street which is sucking this program, and all other programs dry. Shut it down by putting all your effort behind driving Glass Steagall through, as federal law. As Benjamin Franklin would have told us today, “Glass Steagall, or Die.”

    Without Glass-Steagall, there will be mass killing of Americans.

    That fact should be regarded as more offensive than the headline to this report.

  109. Thanks. I’m just one old Clintonista doing low-hanging Googles. If a lot of geeky Bots start looking, I’m sure they can find a lot more instances of the questionable terms in the right time period.

  110. Thanks. I’m just one old Clintonista doing low-hanging Googles. If a lot of geeky Bots start looking, I’m sure they can find a lot more instances of the questionable terms in the right time period.

  111. Ani-

    Here’s my theory,” said Cain, leaning forward in his chair. “Let’s talk about the current field of Republican candidates. They can’t go after Obama as hard as I can because they’re not black. I think that, either subconsciously or deliberately, they are being coached to not say it a certain way, that you’re going to be labeled a racist and the liberal media is going to try to bring you down, because they still want to protect their precious Obama.”
    ___________

    Cain is not immune to attacks- Obama thugs will play him as an “Uncle Tom” until he begs for mercy. They did it to Rep John Lewis who originally was a Hillary supporter until after 4 mos of bashing he succumbed to the Obama Mafia.

    Even the blacks can’t standup to him… not alone anyway. Unless they come out by the thousands against him… or Oprah stands up to Obama, they will continue to terrorize them until they break and turn to support him.

  112. I agree he is not immune to attacks and I also agree that they will do their best to terrorize him til they break him or he breaks them. I was merely pointing out that he is not playing the race card in the same way that the O operatives have. Thanks so much for your response.

  113. well, well, what do you know? Bruni is pregnant. What do we make of this other story: On their India trip, she prayed for a child in one of the mosques..

    Bruni was apparently moved by the story of Emperor Akbar visiting the historic shrine to pray for a son, with the pir telling her through the interpreter that owing to Chishti’s blessings he fathered not one but four children. Thereupon, Bruni, too, made a wish for a son. “Inshallah, her wish will come true,” the old man prophesied. Before that, the couple offered separate ceremonial ‘chador’ to the pir amid Sufi music by qawwals.

    The Sarkozys skipped a second visit to Taj on Sunday and emerged from their deluxe hotel suite after lunch and siesta to visit Fatehpur Sikri. Their companion included Bruni’s mother. Looking relaxed, the cosy couple spent about an hour in the ghost town admiring the architecture of Buland Darwaza, Jodha Bai Ka Mahal and the dargah. When ASI officers requested Sarkozy to inscribe the visitors’ book, he turned to Bruni saying, “Ladies first.”

    “A wonderful visit to Sikri, goodbye,” she wrote in English while Sarkozy singed under her signature. On Saturday, she had signed the Taj visitors’ book under her husband’s remark in French, “‘Taj represents the rich civilisation of the east. Unforgettable, thank you and goodbye.”

    If it was that easy! Well, it looks like it is..

    http://articles.timesofindia.indiatimes.com/2010-12-06/india/28268463_1_carla-bruni-french-first-fatehpur-sikri

  114. Oprah stands up to Obama, they will continue to terrorize them until they break and turn to support him.
    *****
    I am afraid she is on her knees to the fraud

  115. ani
    May 17th, 2011 at 12:34 pm

    I understand your pov, ani- and appreciate the response.

    We have to do better picking candidates. According to Cain’s wiki he is in the thick of it on both sides. I wouldn’t Trust him with my Left shoe- (re: when an Iraqi threw his shoe at Bush?) 🙂

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Herman_Cain

  116. ohanson
    May 17th, 2011 at 12:04 pm

    We need to cut out the drug/etoh abusers. They get their money and drink and drug it up immediately, fake symptoms to come into the hospitals and have the social workers try to find further housing or funding for them. It is quite the racket and an endless cycle.

  117. Mrs Smith, I agree. It’s easy for Cain to say that but let’s see him audition by attacking BO now and see how far he gets.

  118. #
    gonzotx
    May 17th, 2011 at 1:07 pm

    Oprah stands up to Obama, they will continue to terrorize them until they break and turn to support him.
    *****
    I am afraid she is on her knees to the fraud
    ________________

    Oprah is getting hers- The ratings for her new OWN network are headed for the dust bin… She’s another back-stabber wondering when her comeuppance will come about… grrrrh-

  119. Mrs. Smith
    May 17th, 2011 at 10:03 am

    *****
    You have to think the kid had to look like in some way, did they hide him?

  120. Not to bring up old gossip, but hell those Kennedy and their kin sure like to pork the upstairs maid, huh???

    Sorry for the crude inuendo, but its been my opinion for4.5 years that the real Barack Obama’s mom is somebodies upstairs maid…or maybe downstairs maid….could be, you never know…..especially since we know Arnold has been doing the household staff…hmmm,hmmm!

    You folks realize we taxpayers are paying for these creeps to do this??? Where’s all that nobility Uncle Teddy was talking about….well I guess he was spreading the love to the lower income to elevate the human species….Thanks Arnold…we needed that!

  121. We have about $20 trillion of nominal U.S. debt, largely engendered by the bailout operation, which is choking the United States to death right now. We have a similar situation in continental Europe under the euro and the British system.

    What we’re looking at right now, is the imminence of a general breakdown crisis of the trans-Atlantic region. The crisis, while concentrated in that region, could not be avoided in China, India and so forth. So the Asian sector, while it’s in a much healthier condition than the trans-Atlantic region, could not withstand the effect of a collapse of the trans- Atlantic region.

    Now, there’s an obvious solution, for which the model is, what happened in 1933 with President Franklin Delano Roosevelt, especially with the Glass-Steagall Act, which he instituted then. The same kind of procedure works now.
    What people generally don’t understand, these days, is what the fundamental difference is between a credit system, which is what the United States was designed to be, and a monetarist system, which still prevails in Europe. What has happened, since the assassination of two Kennedys — one John and then later Bobby, Democratic nominee for President — since that time, we’ve gone more and more into a long-term, hyperinflationary process. [How much was a loaf of bread or a gallon of milk in 1970?]

    It’s like a fast-talking swindler who has been keeping his operation afloat with every form of deception, ponzi scheme, crooked accounting, political influence, bad loans, etc. It has come to the end-game and he is going to take everyone down with him.

    We have a situation, as in Wall Street, but also in the European system, in which most of the debt outstanding, the debt which is counted as assets, is worthless. We have about $20 trillion of debt, which is actually worthless, and on the other hand, we have hundreds of trillions of dollars of international debt of various forms which is also worthless: That is, this stuff cannot be redeemed, so it is not really an asset, but we’re carrying the burden of trying to puff up these assets which have no intrinsic worth.

    So, we’ve got to look for a complete crash akin to the collapse of Europe’s banking houses in the 14th century. It cannot be otherwise. It is an historical fact, if we would but study it.

    The only way we can avoid such a crash, which has been accurately termed a Dark Age, is by taking measures of reform modeled upon the success of what Roosevelt did in 1933, with the Glass- Steagall Act, which is putting the mess through a form of bankruptcy reorganization; the return of the United States to its Constitutional form of government, the credit system, which funds growth and the development of science, agriculture, manufacturing, education, infrastructure, and the elevation of the standard of living for all. A return to “Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness.”

  122. confloyd:

    Did you get my message about the deck shoes I posted yesterday?
    _______________

    Also, the herbs I planted, Basil, Parsley and Chives are looking so fine due to the light rain we’ve had for the last 4 days…

  123. gonzotx
    May 17th, 2011 at 1:12 pm

    We need to cut out the drug/etoh abusers. They get their money and drink and drug it up immediately, fake symptoms to come into the hospitals and have the social workers try to find further housing or funding for them. It is quite the racket and an endless cycle.

    ————

    I totally agree. HOW to end that sickness (in individuals and in society) is the question.

  124. Trump: “So, I make you this promise: that I will continue to voice my opinions loudly and help to shape our politician’s thoughts. My ability to bring important economic and foreign policy issues to the forefront of the national dialogue is perhaps my greatest asset and one of the most valuable services I can provide to this country.”

    I wonder if he could speak to the usefulness of putting the system through bankruptcy reorganization and that being a legitimate method for cleaning up and getting back on track after difficulties or mistakes. (I’m not being sarcastic.)

  125. ohanson,

    We don’t, it really is a disease they have to want to conquer, or in reality, control like diabetes. No cure, but there is a way home. It is all there for them, the 12 steps, Alcohol Anonymous . If you keep paying them, they keep drinking.

    Look at the single mother births? It has quadrupled since the “Great Society”. If we pay for children, guess what, boy, do we have children. No consequences. If we stop handing out money, people will stop having children till they can afford it. I can not tell you how many so called educated girls and boys, with 12 years of sex ed use no protection. Oh well, we will pay, and pay, and pay.

    Maybe this is what Hillary meant when she said it takes a village… and your and mine hard earned money.

    Please don’t start yelling “But the children, oh the children, we must take care of them”. BS. People, there are consequences to actions. Use birth control, get a job and get off my breast, I raised my children, you raise yours. What a novel idea!

  126. Now I am not talking about not giving a hand up, I am talking about 18 years of society paying for that child. Stop the insanity. WIC, Planned Parenthood, all good. Life long handouts, NO NO NO

  127. #
    gonzotx
    May 17th, 2011 at 1:08 pm

    Even the blacks can’t standup to him… not alone anyway.
    ****
    West has…it can be done
    ________________

    Who are you talking about?

    Allen West?

    Who did he stand up to?

  128. Mrs. Smith
    May 17th, 2011 at 1:51 pm

    To being a Tea Party Repub, called an Uncle Tom. Now he has not run for national office, but I do not see him bending to the fraud. Could be wrong, we shall see

  129. The River Flooded, and then They Got Hit With Nerobama

    Martin Luther King, Jr. was killed in Memphis 43 years ago, when he went there to help the city’s sanitation workers unionize their jobs. Neroboma went to Memphis today on behalf of a financial oligarchy whose policies are likely going to kill the jobs of 500 of the city’s sanitation workers.

    Memphis is the 19th largest city in the country, with a shrinking population. It is being hit by the same conditions that are devastating others of the top 50 cities with declining population (No. 11 Detroit, No. 21 Baltimore, No. 40 Long Beach, Calif., No. 42 Virginia Beach, Va. and No. 44 Cleveland): a collapsed industrial base, a collapsed tax base, and a political leadership still unwilling to be public and loud in demanding Glass-Steagall, which would eliminate the “necessity” for cuts.

    Memphis faces a $60 million budget gap in its coming fiscal year. One plan broached is to “save” $19 million by privatizing garbage collection, and laying off another 500 workers.

    In neighborhoods near where the White House Occupant slummed today, the Mississippi River is reaching levels not seen since the 1930s. Officials say that the river is likely to remain above flood stage into June. Cory Williams, chief of geotechnical engineering for the Army Corps of Engineers in Memphis, said: “Where the water is today, is where the water is going to be.” Thousands of families have been forced to evacuate.

    FEMA says some 1,400 people have applied to the Federal agency for assistance. The people are told that in two to three weeks, FEMA will send someone out to file a report.

    (LPAC)

  130. FEMA says some 1,400 people have applied to the Federal agency for assistance. The people are told that in two to three weeks, FEMA will send someone out to file a report.
    *****

    Jackas**

  131. #
    gonzotx
    May 17th, 2011 at 2:15 pm

    Mrs. Smith
    May 17th, 2011 at 1:51 pm

    To being a Tea Party Repub, called an Uncle Tom. Now he has not run for national office, but I do not see him bending to the fraud. Could be wrong, we shall see

    ________________________

    gonzotx:

    Congressman Allen West was elected in the midterms and took office on Jan 2011.

    http://west.house.gov/

    Reading his wiki- He is indecisive and unsure of himself making the wrong decision when faced with serious problem. West was in the Army, he resigned from his position rather than face and inquiry and most likely a Trial into his questionable actions.

    Imagine, this man is now a Congressman in Fla 22nd district.

  132. I guess West has already bent, other wise he may have been court-marshalled. BO gave him an opportunity to gain a high profile position.

    Wonder who owns West now?

  133. http://west.house.gov/

    Reading his wiki- He is indecisive and unsure of himself making the wrong decision when faced with serious problem. West was in the Army, he resigned from his position rather than face and inquiry and most likely a Trial into his questionable actions.

    Imagine, this man is now a Congressman in Fla 22nd district.
    *****

    What exactly does that mean, and who wrote it, an obot?

  134. http://allenwestforcongress.com

    Lieutenant Colonel Allen West (US Army, Retired) was born and raised in Atlanta Georgia and is third of four generations of military servicemen in his family. His parents instilled in him a very basic principle, love of God and Country. In 2004, when it was time to retire from more than twenty years of service in the US Army, he brought his wife and two young daughters to Broward County, Florida, where he taught high school for one year. He then returned to Afghanistan as an advisor to the Afghan army, an assignment he finished in November 2007. Allen West received his Bachelors degree from University of Tennessee and Masters degree from Kansas State University, both in political science. He also holds a Master of Military Arts and Sciences from the US Army Command and General Staff Officer College in political theory and military operations. “Education is the great equalizer,” he says. “With a good education, any child in America can live his dream.” Allen West knows that for our children to live their dreams, they need to be safe. He has served in several combat zones: in Operation Desert Storm, in Operation Iraqi Freedom, where he was battalion commander for the Army’s 4th Infantry Division, and in Afghanistan, where he trained Afghan officers to take on the responsibility of securing their own country. In his Army career, Col. West has been honored many times, including a Bronze Star, three Meritorious Service Medals, three Army Commendation Medals (one with Valor), and a Valorous Unit Award. He received his valor award as a Captain in Desert Shield/Storm, was the US Army ROTC Instructor of the Year in 1993, and was a Distinguished Honor Graduate III Corps Assault School. He proudly wears the Army Master parachutist badge, Air Assault badge, Navy/Marine Corps parachutist insignia, Italian parachutist wings, and German proficiency badge (Bronze award). Allen is an avid distance runner, a PADI Master certified SCUBA diver, motorcyclist, and attends Community Christian Church in Tamarac Florida. Excellence is a West family tradition. His wife, Angela, holds an MBA and PhD. and works as a financial planner. His oldest daughter, Aubrey, attends Archbishop McCarthy HS and his youngest daughter, Austen, attends Parkway Christian School.

  135. We know the obots r on a witch hunt with the military
    *****

    Allen West (politician)
    From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
    Allen West

    Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
    from Florida’s 22nd district
    Incumbent
    Assumed office
    January 3, 2011
    Preceded by Ron Klein
    Born February 7, 1961 (age 50)[1]
    Atlanta, Georgia[1]
    Birth name Allen Bernard West[2]
    Political party Republican
    Spouse(s) Angela West
    Residence Plantation, Florida, U.S.
    Alma mater University of Tennessee (B.A., political science, 1983)
    Kansas State University (M.A., political science, 1986)
    U.S. Army Command and General Staff Officer College (Master of Military Arts and Sciences in political theory, military history and operations, 1997)[3]
    Religion Christian[4]
    Website Allen West For Congress
    Congressman Allen West
    Military service
    Allegiance United States of America
    Service/branch United States Army
    Years of service 1982–2004
    Rank Lieutenant Colonel
    Commands 2nd Battalion, 20th Field Artillery, 4th Infantry Division
    Battles/wars Operation Desert Storm
    Operation Iraqi Freedom
    Awards Bronze Star
    Meritorious Service Medal
    Army Commendation Medal
    Army Achievement Medal
    Allen Bernard West (born February 7, 1961) is a Republican U.S. Representative from Florida’s 22nd congressional district, serving since January 2011. He is the first African-American Republican Congressman from Florida since Josiah T. Walls in 1876.[5]
    West served in the Army in Iraq and was a civilian adviser in Afghanistan. He achieved the rank of Lieutenant Colonel in the United States Army electing to retire after an investigation of his conduct during the interrogation of a detainee in Taji, Iraq.[6]

  136. So what job did the dictator offer, must haver been after his visit with Laura.
    ******

    April 19, 2011

    Rep. Allen West: Obama Displays ‘Third World Dictator-like Arrogance’

    Today on The Laura Ingraham Show, Rep. Allen West (R-FL) compared the president’s arrogance to that of a “third world dictator.” He also dismissed Michelle Obama’s military outreach campaign as nothing more than an effort to pick off conservative voters.

    On Michelle Obama’s military outreach campaign:

    “I think it’s part and parcel with the fact that you heard the president announce his campaign, getting that kicked off, and of course you have to try to go out there and garner votes from what is a very conservative group of individuals–that’s the United States military.”

    On Austan Goolsbee’s remark that S&P made a “political judgement”:

    “They don’t want to hear the truth. … They’re so used to having the cheering, adoring mainstream media that is nothing more than their own cast of cheerleaders, much the same as an episode of “Glee,” and that’s what they appreciate more than having real individuals sitting back and assessing this economic situation.”

    “What you continue to see is a third world dictator-like arrogance, that’s what I saw in that speech [by Obama] last week. And look, Laura, to borrow a phrase from Reverend Jeremiah Wright, the chickens are coming home to roost.”

    “This whole talk about shared prosperity–that really gives me the goosebumps because I’m starting to believe that a community organizer is nothing but a low-level socialist agitator.”

  137. A parody letter from Osama to Obama. Enjoy!

    Dear Barack

    Would quickly like to say thanks for ending my misery and sending me to the place I belong. Can’t quite figure out where I am right now, have a strange feeling it’s the land of milk and honey. Man, you’ve got to see the strippers do their bit. My days on earth were miserable. Shifting location every now and then to avoid bullets, missiles and grenades was frustrating. Never found time for a bath. My beard had become a honeymoon haven for insects, some died of suffocation trying to multiply, others I killed. If I had the slightest clue that ‘afterlife’ was this beautiful, would have beheaded myself long back. American music rocks! Lady Gaga is a rage out here; even Saddam Hussein hums her tunes. Everyone’s eager to meet her. Yesterday, Marilyn Monroe made a pass at me. She said I’d look dashing without a beard. That’s all for now, got to shave. You changed my world. Peace.

    Osama
    LOL

    http://socyberty.com/issues/a-letter-from-osama-bin-laden-to-barack-obama/

  138. May 17, 2011 1:14 PM

    Hillary Clinton: Obama says he’ll win re-election and then is “done”

    Speaking at a global development event in Washington, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said today that President Obama expects to win re-election — and then plans to be “done.”

    “Too many people who rhetorically pledge themselves to democracy believe in one election one time. And too many leaders don’t have any willingness to transfer power,” Clinton said at the opening of the Global Diaspora Forum. The three-day event is aimed at helping leaders from diaspora communities — those including resettled people — within the U.S. work on projects related to development and diplomacy with their countries of origin.

    “President Obama and I laugh a lot because we deal with these leaders who’ve been there for 10, 20, 30, 40 years, and he and I look at each other and say ‘Oh my gosh can you imagine?'” she continued. “The president said to me the other day, ‘I’m going to win re-election and then I’m done.'”

    Clinton was making the case that there are several countries poised for democratic transitions of power, and that leaders in diaspora communities in America can help leaders in places like the Middle East and Africa learn the political skills necessary to make it happen.

    “We believe strongly that if there is not vigorous political involvement, a lot of these movements will be hijacked,” she said.

    Recent former U.S. presidents, such as Bill Clinton and George W. Bush, have stayed out of politics after leaving office but have remained relevant by leading humanitarian and non-profit initiatives, such as earthquake relief efforts in Haiti.

    http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-503544_162-20063635-503544.html

  139. #
    gonzotx
    May 17th, 2011 at 2:55 pm

    http://west.house.gov/

    Reading his wiki- He is indecisive and unsure of himself making the wrong decision when faced with serious problem. West was in the Army, he resigned from his position rather than face and inquiry and most likely a Trial into his questionable actions.

    Imagine, this man is now a Congressman in Fla 22nd district.
    *****

    What exactly does that mean, and who wrote it, an obot?
    #
    gonzotx
    _________________________

    Don’t go there with a lame Obot argument, gonzotx. West has free access to his biographical information. He can dispute it, edit and correct it any time he wants. Not good enough for a defense.

    Nixon was the president- He was removed from office in disgrace.

  140. Clinton turns on Assad

    By: Hayley Peterson 05/17/11

    Secretary of State Hillary Clinton signaled Tuesday that the administration is going to crank up the heat on Syrian President Bashar Assad, who initiated a violent crackdown on his country’s political protesters.

    “President Assad talks about reform, but his heavy-handed, brutal crackdown shows his true intentions,” Clinton said at the State Department.

    She announced that the U.S. and European Union are planning to slap new sanctions on top officials in Assad’s regime – without naming those officials – ahead of President Obama’s speech Thursday on U.S. policy in the Middle East.

    “We will be taking additional steps in the days ahead,” she said.

    The underlying question is whether any of the new sanctions will target Assad himself.

    The U.S. and its allies have already imposed sanctions on a number of top officials in Assad’s regime – but none of the financial penalties have specifically named the Syrian president.

    Until Clinton’s remarks Tuesday, White House officials have avoided naming Assad in their statements condemning violence in Syria, hoping Assad would compromise with the protesters and commit to reforming his government before the U.S. is forced to turn up the heat.

    http://washingtonexaminer.com/blogs/beltway-confidential/2011/05/clinton-turns-assad

  141. JanH @ 2:35

    “Recent former U.S. presidents, such as Bill Clinton and George W. Bush, have stayed out of politics after leaving office but have remained relevant by leading humanitarian and non-profit initiatives, such as earthquake relief efforts in Haiti.”
    __________________

    We will have to wait and see how much Obama does leading humanitarian efforts when he leaves office as a one term president next year… 🙂

  142. JanH
    May 17th, 2011 at 3:38 pm

    Clinton turns on Assad

    By: Hayley Peterson 05/17/11

    Secretary of State Hillary Clinton signaled Tuesday that the administration is going to crank up the heat on Syrian President Bashar Assad, who initiated a violent crackdown on his country’s political protesters.

    “President Assad talks about reform, but his heavy-handed, brutal crackdown shows his true intentions,” Clinton said at the State Department.

    She announced that the U.S. and European Union are planning to slap new sanctions on top officials in Assad’s regime – without naming those officials – ahead of President Obama’s speech Thursday on U.S. policy in the Middle East.
    _______________

    Hillary is one hell of a good “wrangler”. Now that she is taking hold of Assad with the EU standing behind her, this should ease some of the tensions and pressure on Israel.

  143. Mrs. Smith,
    Yes I got your message about the deck shoes and I’m glad your herbs are coming up good, thanks to the rain you got.

    Well the wedding date is set for Jan. 7th and on the 9th we leave for the Bahamas….

    I just wish I could wear some of those cute sandals, but my feet are awful looking and I don’t want to take the meds to cure it…it’s bad for the liver…I like my liver much more than those shoes….so deck shoes it is…LOL! Well I have “working feet”, without them I’d have no job…LOL! I am going to risk getting a tan in a tanning booth, its kind of scary nowadays to do that.

    Well I sure wish politics would be better than what they are giving us now…Gingrich and Mittens, Gawd, you just can’t getting anything less charismatic than those two….it’s like the rethugs are throwing in the towel already….

    I’ll try to call you some night soon, but I’m now working the front desk when I’m not xraying, we’ve had cutbacks and I’m trying to keep my job….so I’m doing two for the price of one…good deal for those rethug owned hospitals don’t you think?? Not so good for the workers….Capitalism at its best!

    JanH, I sure am worried about Israel…surrounded on three sides by crazy arabs….can’t be any worse for them….except that Obama is the Potus…Mr. do nothing but shoot Osama for political gain….they’ve known where that jerk was for years, they were waiting for the political best time to shoot him in the head…Mulah Omar will be just before we vote!

  144. can’t be any worse for them….except that Obama is the Potus
    ==============================
    That’s right!!!!

  145. confloyd
    May 17th, 2011 at 4:00 pm

    “Well the wedding date is set for Jan. 7th and on the 9th we leave for the Bahamas….”
    ___________________

    Great News, Con- You deserve the very BEST.

    Have you made the reception plans or are you waiting until you get back…

  146. Mrs. Smith
    May 17th, 2011 at 3:37 pm
    **********

    Don’t go there with a lame Obot argument, gonzotx. West has free access to his biographical information. He can dispute it, edit and correct it any time he wants. Not good enough for a defense.*

    *****
    It’s not lame and we will disagree. Period.

    Moving on…

  147. Very sad about Hillary’s continued outspoken support for the fraud. I am sure she has great “laughs” with him, unfortunately it is at our expense.

    Why can’t she just do her job, which she does so well, and stop with the verbal support of the thug?

    And I have stopped reading tea leaves to try to think, “maybe she is really saying this”…

    I have always believed when she said in 2008 that those who think she would not support the fraud do not know her very well. The intense look on her face said it all.

    At least we have her as SOS

  148. “President Obama and I laugh a lot because we deal with these leaders who’ve been there for 10, 20, 30, 40 years, and he and I look at each other and say ‘Oh my gosh can you imagine?’” she continued. “The president said to me the other day, ‘I’m going to win re-election and then I’m done.’”

    What a strange comment. Presidents can only serve for 2 terms anyway. Is she implying that the puppet masters are thinking of installing him beyond that? Hillary is freaking me out.

  149. SO IT BEGINS…Actually I have a friend in Austin whose daughter weighed 150 and is 5’3″ and a Dr refused to take her on for OB/GYN. Freak out.

    Fat ( I am aware that above is not obese, but overweight) is the new Leprosy.

    *****
    Report: Doctors Refusing to Treat Overweight Patients
    Tuesday, May 17, 2011
    By Susan Jones
    From the South Florida Sun-Sentinel: Fifteen obstetrics-gynecology practices out of 105 polled by the Sun Sentinel said they have set weight limits for new patients. Some of the doctors said the main reason was their exam tables or other equipment can’t handle people over a certain weight, but at least six said heavy women run a higher risk of complications.
    “People don’t realize the risk we’re taking by taking care of these patients,” the newspaper quoted Dr. Albert Triana of South Miami as saying. “There’s more risk of something going wrong and more risk of getting sued. Everything is more complicated with an obese patient in GYN surgeries and in [pregnancies],” he told the newspaper.

    It is not illegal for doctors to refuse overweight patients, but it has medical ethicists worried. So far, the weight cutoffs have been enacted only by South Florida ob-gyns, who have long complained about high numbers of lawsuits after difficult births and high rates for medical-malpractice insurance.
    See Newspaper Roundup and Read South Florida Sun-Sentinel report

  150. Gonzo- the reason West was discharged from the service is as I said, he is indecisive and makes poor decisions.

    West put a gun to an Iraqi detainee’s head threatening to shoot him at point blank range if he didn’t get the information he wanted during the interrogation. When the detainee refused, West said :
    “this is the end” and fired the gun next to his ear..
    ________________________

    The story is here taken from the footnotes in his wiki:

    Footnote # 11

    THE STRUGGLE FOR IRAQ:

    INTERROGATIONS; How Colonel Risked His Career By Menacing Detainee and Lost

    By DEBORAH SONTAG; Ian Fisher contributed reporting from Baghdad for this article.

    Published: May 27, 2004

    PLANTATION, Fla. — In western Broward County, where Lt. Col. Allen B. West, 43, is preparing to start life over as a high school social studies teacher, the grass is green, the air is moist and the pressure is barometric. Iraq seems very far away, as does the night last August when Colonel West used his gun to coerce an Iraqi police officer during an interrogation.

    Intent on foiling a reported plot to ambush him and his men, Colonel West, a battalion commander, made a calculated decision to intimidate the Iraqi officer with a show of force. An interrogation under way was going nowhere, Colonel West said in an interview, and he chose to take the matter into his own hands.

    ”This could get ugly,” he told his soldiers. But, he said, he imposed limits: ”This man will not be injured and he will not have to be repaired. There will be no blood and no breakage of bones.”

    Still, Colonel West wanted the Iraqi policeman, Yehiya Kadoori Hamoodi, to think ”this was going to be the end” if he did not divulge what he knew. So Colonel West presided over what he considered a time-sensitive interrogation that grew steadily more abusive until he himself fired a pistol beside Mr. Hamoodi’s head.

    A strait-laced, by-the-book senior officer, Colonel West deliberately disregarded Army rules and regulations, gambling — and eventually losing — a successful 22-year military career that seemed destined for further advancement.

    ”There are rules and regulations, and there’s protecting your soldiers,” Colonel West said, sitting by a man-made waterway behind his family’s new home in a Florida subdivision. ”I just felt I’d never have to write a letter of condolence home to a ‘rule and regulation.’ ”

    ”The fact is, I made a choice, the choice had consequences and I accept that,” he continued.

    with 4 pgs more at the link:

    But, he added, the events of that hot, dusty night still disturb him: ”I’m not some bully who goes around threatening men’s lives. Certain things we have to do in war are outside our character.”

    Many months before the Abu Ghraib prison scandal raised questions about whether the military was permitting or tolerating the mistreatment of detainees, the Army pointedly rejected Colonel West’s aggressive tactics during that single interrogation.

    Expressing concern that his behavior could send the signal that abuse was acceptable as a means to an end, the Army relieved Colonel West of his command and contemplated court-martialing him on assault charges.

  151. Mrs. Smith
    May 17th, 2011 at 4:31 pm

    What you wanted him to really shoot him?

    The military has been doing this forever, we would have never gotten bin Monster if we played pretty.

    War is War period.

  152. #
    gonzotx
    May 17th, 2011 at 4:33 pm

    Mrs. Smith
    May 17th, 2011 at 4:31 pm

    What you wanted him to really shoot him?

    The military has been doing this forever, we would have never gotten bin Monster if we played pretty.

    War is War period.
    __________________________

    War has Rules especially when prisoners are involved. You really ought to read West’s story. West knew the rules. He let his emotions over take the Rules as a Battalion Leader because he felt personally threatened. He made a bad decision. Like I said- we have to more selective of the People we send to Congress to represent us.

  153. http://blogs.abcnews.com/thenote/2011/05/how-serious-was-donald-trump-about-2012-more-serious-thanpeople-realize-political-adviser-says.html

    Had Donald Trump decided to run for president he and his aides were planning an announcement event in an iconic location — the glittering atrium of his own building on New York’s Fifth Avenue.

    There, at Trump Tower, surrounded by polished marble, brass, mirrors and even a waterfall , the real estate and reality television mogul planned to hold a morning press conference on Wednesday, May 25. It was to be followed by a series of events over the next few weeks in early nominating states like New Hampshire and Iowa that Trump confidantes said would attract thousands.

    “I love this country, I hate what’s happening to it,” Trump said in an interview with ABC News in April when asked about the chances he would run, “and you may very well be surprised.”

    But Trump’s abrupt announcement on Monday that he would not seek the Republican nomination, renewed questions about whether it was all just a fantasy created by Trump and a small cadre of advisers to raise his profile and improve his negotiating position before signing on for a 12th season of “The Apprentice.”

    For the third time since 1988, Trump flirted with a run before ultimately rejecting the idea. As he said in a statement, “business is my greatest passion and I am not ready to leave the private sector.”

    But he was apparently ready to think about it — so much so that Trump had been meeting with political consultants on a weekly basis and talking to them on the phone even more frequently. Last Thursday they handed him a campaign plan complete with suggested names for a campaign manager, a finance director and even a team to run his political website.

    “He was more serious than a lot of people realize,” John McLaughlin, one of the consultants working closely with Trump, said in an interview with ABC News. “He definitely had a path to victory — it would have been a tough path.”

    A few weeks ago, Trump settled on McLaughlin, who along with his brother Jim, run a New York and Virginia-based polling and strategic services firm, McLaughlin & Associates, to draw up the blueprint for a potential presidential bid.

    When asked how close he believed Trump was to running on a scale of one to ten, McLaughlin answered, “I think he was a nine.”

    McLaughlin, who worked on the presidential bids of Steve Forbes and Fred Thompson, said the campaign-in-waiting he had been putting together for Trump would have been ready to go at a moment’s notice. He was recruiting Rudy Giuliani’s 2008 deputy national press secretary, Jason Miller, to be Trump’s campaign manager. (Miller never officially accepted the position.)

    By last week, Trump and his aides, including top political adviser Michael Cohen, were reviewing network television proposals for interview requests timed to coincide with the May 25 announcement. At the same time Trump was also facing heavy pressure from NBC executives who wanted Trump to continue hosting “The Celebrity Apprentice” for another season.

    “He was definitely avoiding the NBC people,” said McLaughlin who met in person with Trump last week to deliver the campaign plan and said he was providing his services voluntarily while Trump considered his options. “He was procrastinating on the decision.”

    Another political operative under consideration to work for Trump’s campaign team said he was “far from 100 percent sure that he was ever going to pull the trigger.”

    There’s still a big void in the Republican primary for someone with a big voice, for someone with no hesitation on what they’re about or what they want to accomplish,” said the source who had taken part in phone conversations with members of Trump’s staff. “He’s the type of leader that a lot of Republicans in the base were looking for — they don’t want wall flowers.

    At least one member of Trump’s extended family, his son-in-law, Jared Kushner, was said to have taken an active interest in Trump’s political plans. Kushner, a wealthy New York media and real estate player who is married to Trump’s daughter, Ivanka, recommended a possible messaging and ad consultant to his father-in-law.

    And Trump appeared to be showing real interest in a presidential bid in other ways too. Besides paying two visits to New Hampshire in less than a month, he met last week with roughly two-dozen Christian pastors in his New York office. Trump even made a brief cameo on Fox News over the weekend immediately following former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee announcement that he was passing on a presidential bid.

    “A lot of people are very happy that he will not be running, especially other candidates,” Trump said in the taped segment. “So, Mike, enjoy the show, you’re ratings are terrific.”

    But, like Huckabee, it was the lure of a successful television show and other business ventures that kept Trump out of the presidential race even though he boasted on Monday, “I maintain the strong conviction that if I were to run, I would be able to win the primary and ultimately, the general election.”

    McLaughlin, who did not learn of Trump’s decision until Monday morning, said that it was better for Trump to stay out of the race since as Trump, himself said, “running for public office cannot be done half heartedly.”

    But, McLaughlin added, “if he had gotten in, he would have sucked all the oxygen out from the rest of the field.”

  154. On the road again…

    Hillary Clinton to address OECD on tax fairness

    (AFP) – 29 minutes ago

    WASHINGTON — US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton will promote “tax fairness” at a meeting next week in Paris of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, a top aide said Tuesday.

    Richard Hormats, the department’s undersecretary of economic, energy and agricultural affairs, said Clinton will talk about “tax fairness, accountability, how countries structure their tax systems.”

    The point, said Hormats, is to ensure that tax systems provide “sufficient revenues to finance development, that the responsibility for providing these revenues is fairly shared among taxpayers, and that the use of the revenue is transparent.”

    The questions are important ones for the administration of President Barack Obama in the face of tough fights over fiscal issues with Congress, which funds US overseas assistance.

    Clinton did not plan to cite any country in particular, said Hormats.

    Since her arrival at the State Department, Clinton has called for fiscal reform in Pakistan, one of the largest recipients of US aid.

    “It is absolutely unacceptable for those with means in Pakistan not to be doing their fair share to help their own people, while the taxpayer of Europe, the US and other contributing countries are all chipping in to do our part,” Clinton said last October after flooding swept through Pakistan.

    Clinton will lead the American delegation to the Paris headquarters of the 34-nation OECD, which promotes economic and social policies worldwide, when it celebrates its 50th anniversary from May 24-26.

    French President Nicolas Sarkozy, German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Japanese Prime Minister Naoto Kan will also be in attendance.

    http://www.google.com/hostednews/afp/article/ALeqM5iBbMBIzLTucUnLm15fITNTIP0DNQ?docId=CNG.339223ab5436ba3fa84923908500ee61.cb1

  155. Donald Trump was as serious about running for President as he always has been, and as much as anyone that hasn’t actually done it. Am I as serious about running for President as he was. Scale of 1-10, I am a 8.34%……….meaning nothing.

    Shouldah, couldah, wouldah….take a hike Trump, you are more interested in MONEY, not helping us fix the corruption and stupidity in our government.

  156. Mrs. Smith,
    No we aren’t having a wedding, just a in front of the judge thing…I’ve already had a big wedding and so has he…neither of us wants spend money on that…we’ll blow it in at the Bahamas….LOL!

    It’ll be just him and I and of coarse the JP. We will however have pics made afterwards…

    Oh its just a formality anyway and we are older than dirt…why would we want a big hoopla for a couple of old geezer’s getting hitched in the winter of their lifetime…LOL!

    I’m into going to the Bahamas though and maybe a summertime visit up the East Coast on a cruise ship with a stop over in Rhode Island to meet the famous Mrs. Smith….LOL!

  157. Universities Pimp Out Curriculum for Funds

    John Allison, former Chairman of BB&T, the mega bank holding company, used BB&T’s Charitable Foundation to buy the curriculum at many universities, including four campuses of the University of North Carolina, by tying its grants to the condition that they include classes on Ayn Rand, the darling of the fascist Austrian School. Allison, now a professor at Wake Forest in Winston-Salem, “seeks to expand his foundation’s gifts to 200 schools nationwide,” according to Bloomberg Markets magazine.

    In 2006, Meredith College in Raleigh, North Carolina, gave up a seven-year, $420,000 grant from the BB&T foundation after some faculty bristled at the president’s decision to accept the money on the condition that the school teach Atlas Shrugged. Also, after Guilford College in Greensboro, North Carolina, accepted a 10-year, $500,000 grant from Allison’s foundation, Richard Zweigenhaft, a professor of psychology, protested the decision in an article for Academe, a magazine published by the American Association of University Professors. “This deal with BB&T was simply an egregious case of the college administration deciding to sell a chunk of the curriculum,” Zweigenhaft said.
    (LPAC)

  158. Sorry, confloyd- I was watching my favorite show- CASH CAB

    Where the Taxi driver asks trivia questions of his passengers on their journey to their destination. If they succeed in answering all the questions without getting three (wrong) strikes, the money they’ve accrued can at the end of their ride be doubled on a video bonus question for double or nothing.
    __________________

    confloyd:

    “I’m into going to the Bahamas though and maybe a summertime visit up the East Coast on a cruise ship with a stop over in Rhode Island to meet the famous Mrs. Smith….LOL!”

    Looking forward to seeing you… July is the best month to visit NE.. Otherwise, it might be rainy in June and August…

    Famous? hahaha- yeah, right! Maybe famous for spending too much time on the blogs… where else can we get the Truth?

    silly woman! 🙂

  159. gonzotx
    May 17th, 2011 at 6:44 pm
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    gonzotx – please explain your disgust for perry. i read his bio today and thought he sounded pretty good. the type who wouldn’t hesitate to kick bo’s ass.

    is he really that bad??

  160. DONNA BRAZILLE *********** EMAIL BOMB****************DONNA BRAZILLE ***********

    I think we all need to tell her we want Hillary 2012?

    from another blog_________
    Team Hillary, we were just informed that Donna Brazille as a MEMBER OF THE LEADERSHIP of the DNC – (A POSITION THAT SHE CHOSE and takes great PRIDE IN BRAGGING ABOUT ON CNN) doesn’t want to hear the concerns of the grass roots members of the party – so be sure and drop Mrs. Brazile your message of concern to her about her actions:
    Mrs. Brazile’s Email –
    Donna Brazile donna@brazileassociates.com
    This message was sent by a Dear member of Team Hillary, who in his attempts to suggest change by the Democrats got a flat out “Leave me alone” from Donna Brazille!
    Change.org just informed us that DNC Vice Chair Donna Brazile has served a cease in desist with regards to having petition emails forwarded to her.
    She CHOSE to be in the DNC in a position of leadership.
    On Fri, May 6, 2011 at 11:43 AM, Donna Brazile wrote:
    Please remove my name. I am not interested in receiving your emails. Thanks and have a great weekend.

  161. shenanigans
    May 17th, 2011 at 7:40 pm

    I believe the DNC has a mission statement. It might be worthwhile to dig it up and read it.. It Da Wonda isn’t fullflling the guidelines set out in their mission statement (Charter) then maybe it’s time for her to move on and let someone else takeover the position. After all, donors expect something for their money supporting the DNC year in and year out- at the very least, they expect to be heard…

  162. Haven’t emailed Donna B. in ages. Now that she is head of the DNC, I’ll have to remedy that. Thanks for the reminder of her email address.

  163. I think I agree with Ron Paul on this issue-
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    Selling Gold at Fort Knox Emerges as Next Big Question in Debate on Federal Debt Limit

    Congressman Paul Endorses the Idea, Amid Showdown Between Congress, Administration

    By DAVID PIETRUSZA, Special to the Sun | May 17, 2011

    NEW YORK — The next big question on the federal debt limit could be whether to start selling the government’s holdings of gold at Fort Knox — and at least one presidential contender, Ron Paul, has told The New York Sun he thinks it would be a good move.

    The question has been ricocheting around the policy circles today. An analyst at the Heritage Foundation, Ron Utt, told the Washington Post that the gold holdings of the government are “just sort of sitting there.” He added: “Given the high price it is now, and the tremendous debt problem we now have, by all means, sell at the peak.”

    His comment came in the wake of not only the government having reached the statutory debt limit of $14.29 trillion but also the release of a report by the Heritage Foundation of a report on asset sales. The report outlined how a “partial sales of federal properties, real estate, mineral rights, the electromagnetic spectrum, and energy-generation facilities” might garner the federal treasury $260 billion over the course of the next 15 years.

    The report did not mention the possibility of selling the government’s holding of 147 million ounces of bullion, which at recent prices of $1,500 an ounce, would be worth about $370 billion. But the possibility has not been lost in the policy debate now raging in Washington. The Wall Street Journal reported Monday that a group of Republican congressmen supports the idea of selling gold.

    Officials of the Obama administration have taken notice — and disagree. The assistant Treasury secretary for financial markets, Mary Miller, wrote in a posting on the Treasury Department’s Website May 6 that “fire sale” of the government’s financial assets, including gold, would not be a “viable option.” She urged instead a raising of the debt limit.

    An unnamed senior administration official was quoted by the Washington Post as saying, “Selling off the gold is just one level of crazy away from selling Mount Rushmore.” The Wall Street Journal, in its dispatch Monday, reported that Treasury “could be forced to rethink” their opposition if the budget talks fail.

    A study of gold reserve sales in the late 1990s noted that seven nations — Australia, Austria, Belgium, the Netherlands, Portugal, and Sweden — had then recently sold off substantial portions of their gold reserves. The sales, which amounted to 48% of those reserves, presaged a 26% devaluation in their nation’s respective currencies. Between 1999 and 2002, in 17 separate auctions, Britain sold off half of its gold reserve, netting $3.5 billion. What Britain sold is now worth $10.5 billion.

    In September 2009 the International Monetary Fund authorized sales from its gold reserves. At the conclusion of its sales, the IMF had disposed of 403.3 tons of gold or 13% of reserves. Over half was purchased by the central banks of India, Sri Lanka, Mauritius, and Bangladesh. In early 2011, Communist China announced plans to increase its gold reserves from to 10,000 tons by decade’s end from the 1,200 tons it currently holds. Mexico has acquired 93.3 tons of gold this year, while Thailand added 9.3 tons to its national reserves this March. Russia added 22.5 tons in January and February.

    In August 2010, a leading figure in the monetary debate in Congress, Ron Paul, a Republican of Texas, called for an audit of the federal government’s gold reserves. “If there was no question, you’d think they would be very anxious to prove to us that the gold is there. . . . ,” Dr. Paul then said, “In the early 1980s when I was on the gold commission, I asked them to recommend to the Congress that they audit the gold reserves – we had 17 members of the commission and 15 voted not to the audit. I think there was only one decent audit done 50 years ago.”

    “If we ever get around to deciding we should use gold in relationship to our currency we ought to know how much is there,” Dr. Paul added, “Our Federal Reserve admits to nothing and they should prove all the gold is there. There is a reason to be suspicious and even if you are not suspicious why wouldn’t you have an audit?” In March 2008 the Times of London quoted a spokesman of the American treasury as saying that American gold holdings “are audited every year by the Department of Treasury’s Office of Inspector General. He confirmed that although independent auditors oversee the process they are not given access to the Fort Knox vault.”

    Dr. Paul told the Sun today that he reckoned the sale of gold reserves would be “a good and moral decision. An individual would have to do the same.” The sentiment is echoed by another big name in the debate on monetary reform, Edwin Vieira Jr., who told the Sun he has little hope of the government moving to sound money and would prefer that it coin its gold holdings in pieces marked with their weight and use them to pay off debts, particularly individuals — who might be owed, say, tax refunds.

    Mr. Vieira is a proponent of what he calls the “absolute separation between currency and debt.” He considers specified weights of gold and silver as the only constitutional currency. “Redeemable currency,” he says, “is an oxymoron.” And given that America is in an era of fiat money with no plans on the government’s part to mount a reform, he says of the government: “They don’t need the gold. They’ve just been sitting on it since Roosevelt stole it.”

    However, one of the most famous advocates of the gold standard, Lewis Lehrman, opposes the sale of the gold holdings of the American government — or any part of them. “Under no circumstances should the United States consider selling a single ounce of gold,” Mr. Lehrman, who runs the internet project TheGoldStandardNow.org, told the Sun. “On the contrary, depending upon the facts and circumstances and the level of prices, the United States might be a gradual buyer.”

    Mr. Lehrman, who had served in the early 1980s with Dr. Paul as a member of the United States Gold Commission, had just been this afternoon interviewed by Diane Rehm of National Public Radio, on which he called for American leadership in restoring a gold standard. He did not suggest that it could be done immediately, but he argued that this is the time to start, saying: “We have all the grounding and the basis for the United States taking the lead in establishing the convertibility of the dollar today.”
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    Could it be possible Fort Knox has already been cleaned out by crooked Treasury officials?

    http://www.nysun.com/national/selling-gold-at-fort-knox-emerges-as-next-big/87350/

  164. “No we aren’t having a wedding, just a in front of the judge thing…”
    ********
    That is the way to do it. Alison and walked out to the end of a dock in Nantucket harbor, met the town clerk… ten minutes… we were done; a passer by took the official wedding pics and then we went shopping for bathroom tile.

  165. I think Republicans are easily manipulated…sorry, but I think it’s that simple…just like Obamacrats. And the party leaders hate their constituents and would sell their own children for a vote.

    Still…off in some dream world they drift – like they saw a shiny penny in the street.

    There’s no other way to explain why republicans are so easily convinced to act contrary to their self-interests.

    They really believe that this country hates the ‘Boob’ so much that we are ready to embrace ultra-conservative politics. They are confused and led astray easily.

    I mean, I hate Obama THAT much…but I am on an extreme end of the spectrum, fo sho.

  166. Mrs. Smith,

    You asked me yesterday what was going on in the Middle East. The article below is lengthy but a good read.

    May 17, 2011

    Obama’s Newest Ambush

    By Caroline Glick

    It is hard to believe, but it appears that in the wake of the Palestinian unity deal that brings Hamas, the genocidal, al-Qaida-aligned, local franchise of the Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood, into a partnership with Fatah, US President Barack Obama has decided to open a new round of pressure on Israel to give away its land and national rights to the Palestinians. It is hard to believe that this is the case. But apparently it is.

    On Wednesday, The Wall Street Journal reported that while Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu is in Washington, and before the premier has a chance to give his scheduled address to a joint session of Congress, Obama will give a new speech to the Arab world. In that speech, Obama will praise the populist movements that have risen up against Arab tyrannies and embrace them as the model for the future. As for Israel, the report claimed that the Obama administration is still trying to decide whether the time is right to put the screws on Israel once more.

    On the one hand, Deputy National Security Adviser Ben Rhodes told the Journal that Arab leaders are clamoring for a new US initiative to force Israel to make new concessions. Joining this supposed clamor are the administration-allied pro-Palestinian lobby J Street, and the administration-allied New York Times.

    On the other hand, the Netanyahu government and Congress are calling for a US aid cutoff to the Palestinian Authority. With Hamas, a foreign terrorist organization, now partnering with Fatah in governing the PA, it is illegal for the US government to continue to have anything to do with the PA. Both the Netanyahu government and senior members of the House and Senate are arguing forcefully that there is no way for Israel to make peace with the Palestinians now, and that the US must abandon its efforts to force the sides to sign an agreement.

    The Israeli and congressional arguments are certainly compelling. But the signals emanating from the White House and its allied media indicate that Obama is ready to plough forward in spite of them. With the new international security credibility he earned by overseeing the successful assassination of Osama bin Laden, Obama apparently believes that he can withstand congressional pressure and make the case for demanding that Israel surrender Jerusalem, Judea and Samaria to Hamas and its partners in Fatah.

    THE SIGNALS that Obama is setting his sights on coercing Israel into agreeing to surrender its capital and heartland to Hamas and its partners in Fatah came in three forms this week. First, administration officials are trying to lower the bar that Hamas needs to pass in order to be considered a legitimate political force.

    After Fatah and Hamas signed their first unity deal in March 2007, the US and its colleagues in the so-called Middle East Quartet – Russia, the EU and the UN – set three conditions that Hamas needed to meet to be accepted by them as legitimate. It needed to recognize Israel’s right to exist, agree to respect existing agreements with Israel, and renounce terrorism.

    These are not difficult conditions. Fatah is perceived as having met them even though it is still a terrorist organization and its leaders refuse to accept Israel’s right to exist and refuse to abide by any of the major commitments they took upon themselves in precious agreements with Israel. Hamas could easily follow Fatah’s lead.

    But Hamas refuses. So, speaking to Washington Post columnist David Ignatius two weeks ago, administration officials lowered the bar.

    They said Hamas had made major concessions to Fatah in their agreement because it agreed to accept provisions of the 2009 unity deal drafted by the Mubarak government that it rejected two year ago and because Hamas agreed that the unity government will be manned by “technocrats” rather than terrorists.

    Even if these contentions are true, they are completely ridiculous. In point of fact, all the 2009 agreement says is that Hamas will refrain from demanding to join the US-trained and funded Fatah army in Judea and Samaria. As for the “technocratic” government, who does the Obama administration think will control these “technocrats”? And as to the truth of these contentions, in an interview last week with the New York Times, Hamas terror-master Khaled Mashal denied that he had agreed to the terms of the 2009 agreement.

    Indeed, he said that Fatah agreed to add annexes to the agreement reflecting Hamas’s positions.

    The second pitch the administration and its friends have adopted ahead of Obama’s address next week is that Hamas has become more moderate or may become more moderate.

    Robert Malley, who in the past advised Obama’s presidential campaign, made this argument last week in an op-ed in the Washington Post. Malley claimed that by joining the government, Hamas will be more moved by US pressure. A New York Times editorial last Saturday argued that Hamas may have moderated, and even if it hasn’t, “Washington needs to press Mr. Netanyahu back to the peace table.”

    Adding their voices to the din, Middle Eastern leaders like Amr Moussa, the frontrunner to serve as Egypt’s next president, and Turkish Prime Minister Recip Erdogan, have given interviews to the US media this week in which they denied that Hamas is even a terrorist organization.

    Here it is important to note that none of the administration’s statements about the Hamas- Fatah deal and none of the media coverage related to it have included any mention of the fact that Hamas deliberately murders entire families and targets children specifically. No one mentions last month’s Hamas guided rocket attack which deliberately targeted an Israeli school bus. Hamas murdered 16-year-old Daniel Viflic in that attack. No one has mentioned the café massacres, the bus bombings, the university campus massacres, the breaking into homes massacres, the Passover Seder massacres Hamas has carried out and bragged about in recent years. No one has mentioned that when seen as a portion of the population, Hamas has killed far more Israelis than al-Qaida has killed Americans.

    The final pitch the administration and its surrogates are making is that the deal needs to be seen as part of the overall regional shift towards popular rule. This pitch too is difficult to make.

    After all, the first casualty of the Arab world’s shift towards popular rule is the 30-year-old Camp David peace treaty between Israel and Egypt. Now that Egypt’s citizens have gotten rid of US-ally Hosni Mubarak, they have committed themselves to getting rid of the peace he upheld with Israel throughout his long reign.

    Again, despite the difficulties, the Obama administration is clearly willing to make the case. Regarding Egypt, they argue that the Muslim Brotherhood’s rise to power is a good. This was the point of Obama’s Passover and Israel Independence Day messages.

    As for the regional shift, the fact that Obama reportedly intends to place the so-called Palestinian- Israeli peace process into the regional context signals that he sees potential for an agreement between Israel and Syria as well. His advisers telegraphed this view to Ignatius.

    Obama’s advisers made the unlikely argument that if Syrian leader Bashar Assad survives the popular demonstrations calling for his overthrow, he will feel compelled to distance his regime from Iran because his Sunni-majority population has been critical of his alliance with the Shi’ite mullocracy.

    This argument is unlikely given that the same officials recognize that if Assad survives, he will owe his regime’s survival to Iran. As they reminded Ignatius, US intelligence officials reported last month that Iran has “secretly supplied Assad with tear gas, anti-riot gear and other tools of suppression.”

    WHAT IS perhaps most remarkable about Obama’s apparent plan to use the rise of the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt as an excuse for a new round of diplomatic warfare against Israel is how poorly coordinated his steps have been with the PLO-Fatah. Mahmoud Abbas and his predecessor Yasser Arafat always viewed the US obsession with getting the Arabs and Israel to sign peace treaties as a strategic asset. Anytime they wanted to weaken Israel, they just needed to sound the fake peace drum loudly enough to get the White House’s attention. US presidents looking for the opportunity to “make history” were always ready to take their bait.

    Unlike his predecessors, Obama’s interest in the Palestinians is not opportunistic. He is a true believer. And because of his deep-seated commitment to the Palestinians, his policies are even more radically anti-Israel than the PLO-Fatah’s. It was Obama, not Abbas, who demanded that Jews be barred from building anything in Jerusalem, Judea and Samaria. It is the Obama administration, not the PLO-Fatah, that is leading the charge to embrace the Muslim Brotherhood.

    Like his belated move to demand a permanent abrogation of Jewish property rights in Jerusalem, Judea and Samaria, Abbas arguably embraced Hamas because Obama left him no choice. He has no interest in making peace with Israel, so the only thing he can do under the circumstances Obama has created is embrace Hamas. He can’t be less pro-Islamic than the US president.

    ALL OF this brings us to Netanyahu and his trip to Washington next week. Obviously Obama’s decision to upstage the premier with his new outreach-to-the-Arab-world speech will make Netanyahu’s visit more challenging than it was already going to be.

    Obama is clearly betting that by moving first, he will be able to coerce Netanyahu to make still more concessions of land and principles.

    Certainly, Netanyahu’s earlier decisions to cave in to Obama’s pressure with his acceptance of Palestinian statehood and his subsequent acceptance of a Jewish building freeze give Obama good reason to believe he can back Netanyahu into a corner. Defense Minister Ehud Barak’s hysterical warnings about a diplomatic “tsunami” at the UN in September if Israel fails to capitulate to Obama today no doubt add to Obama’s sense that he can expect Netanyahu to dance to his drums, no matter how hostile the beat.

    But Netanyahu doesn’t have to give in. He can stick to his guns and defend the country. He can continue on the correct path he has forged of repeating the truth about Hamas. He can warn about the growing threat of Egypt. He can describe the Iranian-supported butchery Assad is carrying out against his own people and note that a regime that murders its own will not make peace with the Jewish state. And he can point out the fact that as a capitalist, liberal democracy which protects the lives and property of its citizens, Israel is the only stable country in the region and the US’s only reliable regional ally.

    True, if Netanyahu does these things, he will not win himself any friends in the White House.

    But he never had a chance of winning Obama and his advisers over anyway. He will empower Israel’s allies in Congress, though. And more importantly, whether he is loved or hated in Washington, if Netanyahu does these things, he will be able to return home to Jerusalem with the sure knowledge that he earned his salary this month.

    http://www.worldjewishdaily.com/toolbar.html?4t=extlink&4u=http://www.realclearpolitics.com/articles/2011/05/17/obamas_newest_ambush_109889.html

  167. Jerome Corsi’s blockbuster making the case that Barack Obama is ineligible for the presidency hits bookstore shelves across the nation today – a day on which Corsi is turned loose to tell Americans what he has discovered about what he claims is a fraudulent birth certificate released in desperation to hush widespread public concern about Obama’s constitutional qualifications for office.

    Read more: It’s out! The book that proves Obama’s ineligible http://www.wnd.com/?pageId=299345#ixzz1MfIfD3YV

    I haven’t heard any comments on the book, I did hear that Hannaity cancelled Corsi at the last minutr on his radio show today. I was wondering if there any meat to this book.

  168. I haven’t heard any comments on the book, I did hear that Hannity cancelled Corsi at the last minute on his radio show today. I was wondering if there is any meat to this book.

    I really need to prof read befor I hit submit.

  169. Uh is it possible trump was a plant ? I mean we have a mole in the wh. And is it true Hillary said today “Obama think 8 years is enough”? Uh
    Can’t wait til she is not working under that fraud anymore only because one can’t really be for her here when at the end of the day obongo is her boss.

  170. gonzo: ….have the social workers try to find further housing or funding for them. It is quite the racket and an endless cycle.

    But Gonzo, don’t forget, the hospitals have the social workers provide all those resources and assistance to minimize the chances of people coming BACK to the hospital. Of course, social workers want to help people, but also a large part of medical social work is helping the hospital not lose any more money than it has to.

    It’s true for both funded and unfunded pts., but primarily for the unfunded since they present at the ER instead of using a primary care MD or an urgent care. If the medical social workers can get them set up with a community clinic for non-acute medical issues, it keeps the hospital from eating the costs of providing care to someone who doesn’t need such a high level of care. Likewise, they often send unfunded pts. home with free medicine, sometimes even when the med is available for $4 at Walmart, to increase the chances the pt. won’t be back. It’s cheaper for the hospitals to provide the meds than to have to treat the pt. again because they didn’t fill their prescription.

    Sometimes hospitals even pay for an unfunded patient to go a skilled nursing facility, simply because it’s cheaper than what it would cost to keep them in the hospital (if it wouldn’t be a safe discharge home). The business offices in hospitals also do whatever they can to get people qualified for either Medi-cal or CMS – because at least then the hospital can get *some* money for their services lol

    I actually read an article today that said in the future ERs will have urgent care offices inside them. When the first contact triages the walk-in, if it’s not acute, they’ll be sent “next door” instead – and the ER discharge planners and social workers are going to be doing even more of setting up after-care, because there’s going to be more of a push to not even admit anyone who doesn’t absolutely need it (so they’ll need that help while they’re in the ER). The article also said something about hospitals are going to now start getting “blocks” of money (I didn’t read this part that carefully yet), but it said that this further requires hospitals to be very careful how they’re spending their funds.

    So it’s largely about the hospital’s own bottom line. But as I’m sure you know (being an RN as I seem to remember you are), that a lot of pts. learn the system and work it!

  171. gonzo – oops, not important, but I just realized my last parenthetical statement above wasn’t clear – I meant that I seem to recall that you are a nurse, not that I am as well!

  172. Vanity – sometimes I wonder if she might be trying to get people riled up. When I hear that BO is satisfied with eight years, my first reaction is, “I don’t even want him to finish the first four!”

    I do believe that Hillary is doing what she can to serve the country. I just can’t believe that she can truly forgive him for what he did to her. But I imagine that someone in her position would have to find some way to compartmentalize all that, in order to even be able to look at him without sneering (I personally can’t see his image without a sneer of disgust showing!).

    So I do think she’s working for the country – she’s probably the only one I have faith in anymore. But I wouldn’t follow her off a cliff. I just figure there *might* be an underlying message when she says things, but I don’t put a whole lot of energy into it. I just figure she’s doing what she thinks is best, and I try not to worry about it – because I sure wouldn’t have her strength. I’ve often thought if he ever showed up at my job, I’d have to hide in the bathroom – because I’d end up getting fired or arrested for refusing to be polite to him or refusing to shake his hand (ewwww touching him NO!) lol

  173. Yes Confloyd, I hope you and your preHusband have a wonderful life together and love isn’t just for the young and innocent.

  174. Allahpundit wants Hillary to run as a republican against Obuma?! Or may be he is just happy that she said “Hell, no!” to a meeting with Carter on N. Korea.

    http://hotair.com/archives/2011/05/17/bad-news-angry-hillary-refuses-to-meet-with-useful-idiot-on-north-korea/

    If you don’t understand why she’d be so mad, reread this post and all shall be revealed. Now that primary season is upon us and we’re fantasizing about longshot candidates who might conceivably give The One a run for his money, it’s worth remembering that there’s someone out there who checks a lot of the boxes we’re looking for. She’s got Senate experience and major foreign-policy chops; she spent more than a year attacking Obama on a daily basis in 2008, and is linked by marriage to a centrist whose economic record is farrrrrr better than Obama’s is. And of course it’s not unheard of for presidential candidates in one party to end up under consideration to join the ticket of the other. Just ask Joe Lieberman.

  175. Clinton says Obama told her, “I’m going to win re-election, and then I’m done,” a remark that drew laughter from the audience.

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    Wonder if she was implying all he wants to do is win the re-election and then do nothing, 🙂

  176. The seal is a legal requirement. It does not matter where it came from. Or who provided it. Or what they had for breakfast. Or whether they voted for Obama. Without the seal the document has no binding legal effect–anymore than a marriage certificate or a drivers license which fails to conform with the requirements. Without the seal, it is not an official record. It is rankest hearsay [….] the burden of proof is on you not us to produce a conforming document, show me the seal.

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    When the facts are against you, thump the law.

  177. They really believe that this country hates the ‘Boob’ so much that we are ready to embrace ultra-conservative politics.

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    I hope the voters who did embrace conservtives like Scott Brown and Gov Walker have learned their lesson now.

  178. JanH

    My commentary to

    Excerpts from Caroline Glick:

    “Certainly, Netanyahu’s earlier decisions to cave in to Obama’s pressure with his acceptance of Palestinian statehood and his subsequent acceptance of a Jewish building freeze give Obama good reason to believe he can back Netanyahu into a corner.”

    I think Bibi is in a fairly strong position… as long as he doesn’t give any ground in this first round of talks.

    What I see is Bibi using the good faith he has accrued through these concessions as political capital challenging Obama’s fairness as a negotiator in having Hamas match what he has already done before entertaining any further concessions.

    “Defense Minister Ehud Barak’s hysterical warnings about a diplomatic “tsunami” at the UN in September if Israel fails to capitulate to Obama today no doubt add to Obama’s sense that he can expect Netanyahu to dance to his drums, no matter how hostile the beat.”

    If a diplomatic “tsunami” is to come then it should fall on Palestine (the unity government) and Hamas to match the concessions Israel has already made.

    “But Netanyahu doesn’t have to give in. He can stick to his guns and defend the country. He can continue on the correct path he has forged of repeating the truth about Hamas. He can warn about the growing threat of Egypt. He can describe the Iranian supported butchery Assad is carrying out against his own people and note that a regime that murders its own will not make peace with the Jewish state.”

    Hillary has already given Assad notice, as noted in the article you posted today- Assad may think twice before making demands when he is unable to keep order in his own house.

    “And he can point out the fact that as a capitalist, liberal democracy which protects the lives and property of its citizens, Israel is the only stable country in the region and the US’s only reliable regional ally.

    True, if Netanyahu does these things, he will not win himself any friends in the White House.”

    “But he never had a chance of winning Obama and his advisers over anyway.

    I don’t think Bibi is going to the WH to win Obama and his advisers over. What he will most likely do is remind and reaffirm ALL Israel has done to facilitate the Peace process with PA. However, he is at a loss to point to any tangible movement by PA, Hamas and the Muslim Brotherhood in a similar direction.

    “He will empower Israel’s allies in Congress, though. And more importantly, whether he is loved or hated in Washington, if Netanyahu does these things, he will be able to return home to Jerusalem with the sure knowledge that he earned his salary this month.”

    I don’t know who those allies are… Cantor (?) Bibi should not let himself be disappointed if the Jewish support is weak. Also, how can anyone put a dollar/shekels amount on doing what Bibi does, guiding Israel safely and surely through these treacherous waters, when pirates await to pillage and burn at dawn on every new day?

  179. Allen West (politician)
    From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

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    Dunno about West per se, but Wikipedia is probably not reliable. And West probably cannot effectively change what they say about him. Each article has editors who can ‘revert’ away any changes they don’t like: insiders = geeks = probably Bots.

  180. OT…now the word floating around out there is that Arnold S has two love children…

    …if this guy was able to keep this stuff secret for so many years, one can only wonder what O has been up to…for real…

  181. WIC, Planned Parenthood, all good.

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    PLanned Parenthood very good. Unwanted babies cost money.

    What’s WIC?

  182. “Bibi should not let himself be disappointed if the Jewish support is weak. Also, how can anyone put a dollar/shekels amount on doing what Bibi does, guiding Israel safely and surely through these treacherous waters, when pirates await to pillage and burn at dawn on every new day?”

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    Exactly!

  183. WIC stands for Women and Infant Children. It’s a program that provides formula to new moms – I think it provides some other stuff, too.

  184. S
    May 17th, 2011 at 11:43 pm

    If a second Love child exists, he will have 3 angry women to contend with… and his Box Office dreams have just evaporated..

  185. Mrs. S…here is a photo of the current housekeeper A had a lc with

    ibtimes.com/articles/147401/20110518/mildred-patricia-baena-mother-of-arnold-schwarzenegger-s-out-of-wedlock-child-revealed-photos.htm

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    what a humiliation…

  186. S
    May 18th, 2011 at 12:19 am

    Mrs. S…here is a photo of the current housekeeper A had a lc with
    ___________________

    (sitting in a circle) Now close your eyes- and roll back 20 yrs.. Madame would be a spritely 30 yr old.. who loves to salsa while doing her work. A few three fingers of Scotch on the rocks after a long, hard day, and Vavava-voom. Millie shakes her Vannili at Senor Terminator and sparks fly! CUT-Print!

  187. Mrs. S

    …and 10 years ago Millie continues working in Maria’s home while pregnant with LC…until Jan of this year…what a total disregard for Maria and his children…mind boggling…

    …and after Maria was complicit in throwing Grey Davis, the elected Dem Gov, under the bus when Arnold took over as governor and going on about what “an A+ guy Arnold was”…

  188. “The seal is a legal requirement. It does not matter where it came from. Or who provided it. Or what they had for breakfast. Or whether they voted for Obama. Without the seal the document has no binding legal effect–anymore than a marriage certificate or a drivers license which fails to conform with the requirements. Without the seal, it is not an official record. It is rankest hearsay [….] the burden of proof is on you not us to produce a conforming document, show me the seal.”

    It cannot just be any old seal either, the regulations state it must be ‘raised.’ The seal that factcheck.org photographed was not raised. The close-up recently published of Miki Booth’s seal is ‘RAISED.’

    Here is a close-up of the word “HAWAII.” in those two seals-one is raised and Obama’s is not.

    http://img806.imageshack.us/img806/1142/closeupraisedvsnotraise.jpg

  189. Gov. Scott Walker believes a new law that gives gay couples hospital visitation rights violates the state constitution and has asked a judge to allow the state to stop defending it.
    Democrats who controlled the Legislature in 2009 changed the law so that same-sex couples could sign up for domestic partnership registries with county clerks to secure some – but not all – of the rights afforded married couples.

    Wisconsin Family Action sued last year in Dane County circuit court, arguing that the registries violated a 2006 amendment to the state constitution that bans gay marriage and any arrangement that is substantially similar.

  190. Well if it is in violation of the state constitution isn’t it his duty to uphold that constitution? I think it blows chunks but the remedy lies elsewhere.

  191. S
    May 18th, 2011 at 12:51 am

    Well, I guess theres no problem now with showing the JFK movie in the US.

  192. There is an article in the LA Times this morning concerning Obama’s speech… I’ll leave the link here… but really, it contains very little info.

    h..w..latimes.com/news/nationworld/world/la-fg-obama-mideast-20110518,0,937149.story

    Nothing like this revealing article:

    Israeli media reveals U.S. president’s forthcoming Mideast speech
    2011-05-17

    JERUSALEM, May 17 (Xinhua) — U.S. President Barack Obama will call on Israel to withdraw to the 1967 borders and agree to additional concessions that will enable a resumption of the peace process, Israeli daily Yedioth Ahronoth revealed on Tuesday.

    The newspaper claimed to have obtained a draft of Obama’s planned speech at the State Department on Thursday in which he will outline his administration’s Middle East policy, in light of the anti-government protests that have swept the region over the past year.

    White House press secretary Jay Carney said Sunday that Obama would raise the need for progress in the peace process. However, he did not reveal whether the president planned to present a diplomatic initiative to revive the process, after negotiations between Israel and the Palestinians broke down last September.

    According to Yedioth Ahronoth, Obama will call on Israel to withdraw to the 1967 cease-fire lines with territorial adjustments that will be agreed on in the negotiations with the Palestinian National Authority. The president will label the West Bank settlements as “illegal” and emphasize that Israel must halt their construction.

    Obama’s position on the settlement blocs, which Israel slates to remain under its sovereignty in any peace deal, is yet unclear.

    The president is also expected to announce his solution regarding the status of Jerusalem and call for its division. The U. S. envisions the city as the shared capital of the two states, Israel and Palestine, side by side in peace.

    Such a stand would essentially echo the so-called “Clinton Parameters” offered by then-president Bill Clinton in 2000, which called predominantly Arab neighborhoods to come under the Palestinian sovereignty while Jewish neighborhoods remaining within the Israeli territories.

    Yedioth Ahronoth claimed that the contents of Obama’s speech were shared with Netanyahu’s national security advisor Ya’akov Amidror and his predecessor Uzi Arad in their recent discussions with senior U.S. officials.
    Amidror and Arad were dispatched to Washington last week to prepare the ground for Netanyahu’s scheduled meeting with Obama on Friday, the report said.

    The two purportedly met with White House national security advisor Tom Donilon, trying to convince him and other officials that Obama’s positions essentially matched those of the Palestinians.

    The Israelis are said to have stressed that Obama’s initiative will not enable “real” peace negotiations and demanded that changes be inserted, according to the paper, which quoted an unidentified U.S. official as answering the two that “you are familiar with the positions of American administrations. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has already specified in detail an Israeli-Palestinian agreement last October.”

    Amidror, however, on Monday categorically denied that such a meeting had ever taken place, saying that “Not one word in that article is correct.”

    “There was no meeting with Donilon … no talks. The meeting simply never occurred,” Amidror told Army Radio.

    Obama’s address will not be short of demands on the Palestinians, according to Yedioth Ahronoth. The president is expected to explicitly demand a Palestinian willingness to accept the conditions set forth by the Mideast Quartet, including a recognition of Israel’s right to exist, a renunciation of violence and incitement, and dropping a unilateral declaration of statehood at the United Nations in September.

    As a precursor to his speech before a joint session of the U.S. Congress next Tuesday, Netanyahu on Monday evening presented lawmakers his basis for negotiations with the Palestinians, saying that Israel was prepared to “cede parts of our homeland for true peace,” though he assessed that there is no partner on the Palestinian side.

    In his address, Netanyahu expressed Israel’s willingness to withdraw into several West Bank settlement blocs while maintain its military presence in the Jordan Valley. The future Palestinian state, he said, would be demilitarized and created only through a peace agreement.

    Netanyahu outlined his preconditions for entering peace negotiations with the Palestinians, saying that these preconditions enjoyed the support of a majority of the Israeli public.

    The Palestinians would first have to recognize Israel as the nation-state of the Jewish people, Netanyahu said. A peace agreement also must end the conflict and any further Palestinian demands. Netanyahu said Palestinian refugees would not resettle in Israel and the settlement blocs would remain under the Israeli sovereignty.

    Regarding Jerusalem, Netanyahu said the city would remain Israel’s “united capital,” a position echoed by all Israeli governments since 1967.

    The prime minister added that Israel would not be able to strike a peace agreement with a Palestinian government if half of it was comprised of the members of Islamist group Hamas.

    http://news.xinhuanet.com/english2010/world/2011-05/17/c_13879553.htm

  193. Oh-Boy! Just when you thought things were Bad… things are getting much worse.. college age Babies popping up …
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    PARSING ARNOLD

    Vilification has set in: Arnold Schwarzenegger’s marital infidelity was politicized the moment the news he fathered a love child with a household employee hit public radar. In the past 48 hours, the former California governor issued multiple mea culpas while his wife Maria Shriver begged for family privacy. Assorted press reports identified the mother as Tammy Tousignant, an attendant on Mr. Schwarzenegger’s private jet for two decades; the athletic son from the affair is said to be college age. An obligatory DNA paternity test is in the works. Twitter is riddled with untidy jokes, and of course, the habits and outcomes of other erring politicians have been revisited.

    “John Edwards, move over. Mark Sanford and Newt Gingrich? Mere pikers. Arnold has the stage now,” observes Los Angeles Times political blogger Steve Lopez.

    “Did Arnold Schwarzenegger’s governorship depend on keeping love child secret? Even if Schwarzenegger’s public persona was a macho rogue, adultery doesn’t play well with voters, especially Republicans,” says Christian Science Monitor writer Peter Grier.

    “So Schwarzenegger turns out to be a true member of the Kennedy clan,” muses “Instapundit”Glenn Reynolds, a Pajamas Media contributor.

    “He put himself out here, knowing there was all this scrutiny on his personal life. That was a really risky thing he did in even getting into politics, knowing this,” James Carville told ABC morning host George Stephanopoulos, who replied, “It is pretty amazing.” Both were close advisers and vigorous defenders of former President Bill Clinton during the height of “bimbo eruptions” – including Mr. Clinton’s dalliance with White House intern Monica Lewinsky.

    The former advisers show “supreme lack of irony or self-awareness,” Newsbusters analyst Scott Whitlock tells Inside the Beltway. “I think some journalists will continue to have no sense of irony when it comes to how they treated Clinton’s adultery and how they’re reporting on Schwarzenegger.

    Stephanopoulos certainly seems unconcerned with how his current comments contrast with an aggressive defense of Bill Clinton.”

    http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2011/may/17/inside-the-beltway-942076472/

  194. Democratic Leaders Mislead on Gas Prices, Oil Taxes, Says Energy Expert

    May 17, 2011

    By Matt Cover

    (CNSNews.com) – Democratic leaders in both the House and Senate continue to make misleading statements about the effect their plans to raise taxes on oil companies would have on gas prices.

    “We have to do something about the exorbitant gas prices, and the best way to start with that is to do something about the five big oil companies getting subsidies they don’t need,” Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) said on the Senate floor on Tuesday.

    Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee Chairman Rep. Steve Israel (D-N.Y.) was even more direct. Appearing on MSNBC’s Jansing & Co., Israel said that Congress could lower gas prices by eliminating tax write-offs for large oil companies.

    “There’s lots of things we can do [to lower gas prices],” Israel said. “We can start by eliminating the $4 billion subsidy that big oil companies get.”

    Democratic National Committee Chair Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-Fla.) said May 6 on Fox News Channel’s Fox & Friends that the “first step” to bringing down gas prices was to eliminate tax write-offs for oil companies.

    “The bottom line is that we are still giving ridiculous, unacceptable subsidies to oil companies and massive tax breaks that even they’ve said they don’t need,” Wasserman Schultz said. “That’s the first step that we need to take to try to bring our energy costs down.”

    However, as Institute for Energy Research Senior Vice President Dan Kish told CNSNews.com, eliminating tax write-offs for oil companies will not have any effect on gas prices.

    “If food prices are going up, would it make sense to tax farmers? Would that make prices go down or up? At the end of the day, basically, what they’re talking about is more un-American energy,” Kish said. “If you make it more expensive in the United States to produce energy, it will be produced somewhere else.”

    Senate Democrats, led by Sen. Robert Menendez (D-N.J.) have introduced a bill that would eliminate tax write-offs for the five largest oil companies – ExxonMobil, Conoco-Philips, Chevron, BP America, and Shell – saying it is unfair that these large corporations continue to receive tax breaks when Congress is forced to cut the federal budget in other areas.

    Kish pointed out that all five of the targeted oil companies are international corporations, and that the real result of Sen. Menendez’s bill would be to push their business overseas.

    “The top five companies are in the distinctly unique position of being international; they have operations all over the world,” said Kish. “When the United States increases the cost of producing something here, they will simply produce it somewhere else where it won’t be taxed and the United States cannot tax them on it.”

    Kish also said that in addition to not affecting gas prices, the Democrats’ plan may end up costing American jobs. Oil companies expend “massive amounts” of capital investments in oil exploration that results in job creation, he said, and higher taxes could drive that investment overseas.

    “This is the nature of the beast,” he explained. “You’re either going to have that investment here or you’re going to penalize that investment, in which case it will go somewhere else. It means fewer jobs and more un-American energy.”

    According to the American Petroleum Institute (API), the oil and natural gas industry in the United States supports 9.2 million jobs and 7.5 percent of GDP. It also generates nearly $100 million in revenue for the federal government every day.

    http://www.cnsnews.com/news/article/democratic-leaders-mislead-gas-prices-oi

  195. This article points up the serial failures by the Federal Election Commission to properly vet Obama and the source of his campaign contributions. They have given him a pass on the flimsiest excuses, and now this. Why have an agency such as this for whom the gate swings only one way? It does not protect the integrity of the political process. It simply provides a platform for the politically favored side to attack the other and provides its officers and employees with an income from taxpayers which they do not deserve. They are lobbyists and should be forced to register as such. The Article is by Erickson at RedState.
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    Lee Fang and Center For American Progress Use Foreign Money to Influence American Elections
    Posted by Erick Erickson (Profile)
    Tuesday, May 17th at 6:06PM EDT
    4 Comments
    Remember in 2010, Barack Obama, the Center for American Progress (”CAP”), and little Lee Fang over at CAP, were in high dudgeons about the United States Chamber of Commerce and “foreign money.” The irony here is that Lee Fang and CAP are largely funded by a convicted criminal named George Soros whose conviction for insider traded was upheld way back in 2006 in France. But that’s another story.

    It was the big talking point when the left ran out of all their other talking points. Never mind that the Chamber of Commerce could definitively show that no foreign dollars were going to influence American elections. Little Lee Fang sank his fangs into the story, ignored the facts, and fluffed up controversy where there wasn’t any on the Center for American Progress’s web site. Lefties seized on every salacious distortion and omitted fact.

    Turns out that it was not the United States Chamber of Commerce using foreign money to influence American elections. It was and is the Center for American Progress using foreign money to influence elections. Little Lee Fang is kind of sort of paid with foreign dollars.

    So, which U.S. based organizations do the foreign-based and foreign-funded Atlantic Philanthropies support? The foundation helpfully provides a list and a searchable database, and it turns out that the highly political Center for American Progress (CAP) and Center for American Progress Action Fund (CAPAF) received $1,653,000 in five separate grants in 2008 and 2009, most of that going to CAPAF.

    CAPAF is not only a 501(c)4 organization able to run political ads, it is the home of ThinkProgress and Lee Fang.

    That’s right. Lee Fang and the Center for American Progress are hypocrites. Not that it matters. See, there really can’t be hypocrites on the left. To be a hypocrite you have to fall short of a principle. They have none.

    It’s worth noting that much of what Barack Obama does policy wise originates at the Center for American Progress. So while he may not be a foreign born manchurian candidate, his public policy proposals derive from Bermuda dollars spent over at CAP.

    Someone needs to page Dinesh D’Souza to see what he thinks Barack Obama’ reaction will be to the idea that his big public policy proposals are vetted via a British territory, given Obama’s antipathy for the Brits.

  196. The Arnold issue does not interest me. I think both of them are insufferable people. On the other hand, I have great sympathy for the maid who was assaulted by the French socialist pig with IMF. His actions are a direct reflection on the integrity of an international body in whom we place too much control and too much trust. Their personal behavior is per force relevant, and probative to their mission. Suicide watch is a waste of taxpayer dollars.

  197. My lack of sympathy for Shriver has a rational basis. I vividly remember her leading primal chants during the primary of He is the one we have been waiting for. Also, I vividly recollect the comment by one PUMA which summed her political bona fides up nicely: I refuse to take political advice from someone who has their own executive chef. Where I might otherwise accord some measure of sympathy, here I do not. The gulf between this woman and the rest of us is too wide. Her money and status puts her in a league where this is simply an embarrassment. She can assuage her pain with high paid shrinks and dom Perigonne.

  198. I really think it is the mark of a dullard to blindly follow the edicts of either party. I think Reagan was wrong when he said never attack a fellow Republican, and Ann Lewis was wrong when she said never attack a fellow Democrat–and imputed those comments to Hillary. There must be room for honest debate within each party, whereas bromides such as this have a chilling effect on that process. The end result is self serving shit which ill serves the interests of the American People.

  199. I think the Newt comments are tragic, on so many levels. First, his mea culpa will not satisfy the conservative base, who were suspicious of him to begin with. Second, he is a complete fool to exonerate David Gregory for conducting an ambush interview. I will explain why in due course. Third, he has important ideas to introduce into the public debate whether or not he becomes the candidate. This episode guarantees that they will not receive the fair hearing which they deserve. He will be seen as a RINO which he most definitely is not. Fourth, although I like Paul Ryan, he really does need to develop a thicker skin.

    This was not my initial reaction. I was right there with that man in Iowa, telling Newt to get out. Then, I stepped back and saw the big picture. With the help of a friend, I changed my mind.

  200. IMPORTANT: go back and read the Ulsterman articles. One of them discussed the media strategy of the general election. You will see that he openly brags about how big media and Obama conspired to choose the Republican candidate. They wanted to run against McCain, therefore, through their big media co conspirators, they propped up McCain and savaged his opponents.

    They are, I submit, doing the exact same thing now. I am quite sure that Mayflower Sally the rum ridden debutramp who presides over the Washington social establishment like Pamela Digby Harriman (the great horizontal) once did has already named the Republican they want to defeat. Ruth Marcus, who is not the sharpest knife in the drawer, gut spilled their strategy when she recently said: I want Mitch Daniels to win the Republican Primary and Obama to win the general election.

    The strategy becomes obvious once you realize how weak Daniels is. As noted, he is a little shrimp–maybe 5’2″ and he is a dead ringer for the Walt Disney character Jimminie Cricket. He makes the effeminate Bambi look like Sergeant Rock. He is dull as paint, and has no charisma. But the fatal flaw is his bipolar wife. In view of these flaws, the goal of the establishment becomes obvious, right?

    Given that goal, they must embark upon a similar campaign to destroy the more viable Republican contenders. So what do they do? They start with the most articulate and substantive republican contender, and they savage him in an ambush interview. He makes a couple mistakes and they trumpet them across the internet. And that brings a knee jerk reaction from people like Krauthammer, the man in Iowa, and even me which says you are are a RINO get out. Big media laid the trap and we fell for it.

    When I told my friend, she said I do not believe Gingrich supports the individual mandate I need to read the transcript–something which neither Krauthammer, the man in Iowa or me bothered to do before we shot our mouths off. If you read the transcript, you will see that Gingrich confirmed that he does not support the individual mandate, and that in his view it is unconstitutional. His comment about right wing social engineering was clearly a mistake, but it was made more serious by the knee jerk reactions of the base and Paul Ryan. In other words, the media achieved it objective and are delighted because their strategy is working-for them and against the American People.

    If we are smart, we will take this as a learning experience. We must not go to pieces when viable candidates express differing views, or make mistakes. We are not bots and we must not allow ourselves to be manipulated by big media that way. We must not allow them to put the burden of proof on us when it comes to issues where Obama has the burden such as the birth certificate. And here, we must not allow big media to attack the strong candidates while giving Obama a free pass so they can choose the weakest republican candidate for him to run against. In short, we must be wise to their game, as Ulsterman described it.

    They have struck hard at Gingrich, shot him in an ambush interview, and many of us, who want Obama gone fell for it.

  201. wbboei
    May 18th, 2011 at 9:42 am
    …His actions are a direct reflection on the integrity of an international body in whom we place too much control and too much trust.

    This is the leader of “let the peons starve and save the bankers” bunch of the IMF. It appears his behavior has been like this a good while but he is tolerated if not approved of by the other elitists. The woman in France going after him now after several years was discouraged by her own Socialist party official mother and party lawyers from going public. More of his victims will crop up. He thinks he is entitled to act any way he pleases then go lunch with his daughter on his way out of the country. His apologists think his victim should be “exposed” for daring to accuse him. The French press are appalled with his “perp” walk and our law enforcements brutality in marching him around in handcuffs. What exactly are the authorities supposed to do with him? Provide a valet and limo?

  202. Interesting editorial from France which seems to say that their media has the same habit of selecting their candidates:
    http://blogs.reuters.com/great-debate/2011/05/18/strauss-kahn-and-the-troubling-omerta-of-the-french-media/

    But once again, current affairs force us to question the use of journalists. What is the role of journalists? Some citizens think, not without reasons, that some journalists (not most of them, but some of the most influential ones) try to impose their ideas rather than seek to inform us. As a result, they form a largely pretentious class. They are like a political community that is free from difficulties of action but never deprived of speech. They resemble a media-friendly class, which neither acts (politicians’ role), nor exposes the truth (journalists’ role), but splits hairs instead.

  203. UXTLA GUTIERREZ, Mexico – Police in Mexico’s southern Chiapas state found 513 migrants on Tuesday inside two trailer trucks bound for the United States … The migrants said the smugglers were charging them about $7,000 apiece to get them into the United States. A Guatemalan migrant who identified himself as Juan said remaining in his hometown in Guatemala was not an option, noting “a lot of us are Indians, and we can’t stay in our homes. There is no work, and there’s nothing to eat.” An agent for the National Immigration Institute who was not authorized to be quoted by name said it was the largest shipment of migrants detained in Mexico in recent years. The immigration institute said in a statement that 410 of the migrants were from Guatemala, 47 from El Salvador, 32 from Ecuador, 12 from India, six from Nepal, three from China and one each from Japan, the Dominican Republic and Honduras.
    http://www.foxnews.com/world/2011/05/18/mexican-police-find-513-bound-migrants-trucks/

  204. Just a reminder of what a hypocrite Donna Brazile is, I found this: notice the date is just a few weeks ago.

    04/27/11

    DNC Interim Chair Donna BrazileS Statement On Republican Attacks On Voting Rights DNC Press
    Donna Brazile
    Washington, DC  Across the country, as noted in a New York Times editorial this morning, Republicans spreading false claims about voter fraud are launching attacks on Americans voting rights. As a result of their efforts, more than two-thirds of states are considering or have passed photo identification laws that would make it more difficult for many Americans to cast a ballot  most directly effecting minorities and young people. Its not surprising that minorities and young people predominantly vote for Democrats. In response, DNC Interim Chair Donna Brazile released the following statement:

    For years, Republicans have knowingly trumpeted false claims about rampant voter fraud. They know these claims to be false. Indeed, every effort to demonstrate widespread fraud at the ballot box has failed to turn up evidence that such fraud exists. Yet Republicans persist in such claims for cynical and partisan reasons: assertions of voter fraud enable them to offer a plausible reason for passing legislation that does nothing more than disenfranchise the most vulnerable Americans, depriving them of their most basic right to choose their leaders.

    Indeed, the photo identification laws that Republicans are pushing across the country are most likely to disenfranchise young Americans, poor Americans, and minorities  individuals who are least likely to have government identification or to be able to afford to get it. Its obvious that Republicans are pursuing these laws not to protect against nearly nonexistent voter fraud, but instead to increase their own chances of victory on Election Day. Republican efforts to secure party victories at the expense of Americans basic democratic rights are unconscionable, and they should be condemned by right-thinking Americans of both parties.

  205. The objective here is not to expand voter participation in the electoral process. It is to create massive voter fraud which will corrupt the election process. Fat donna give pigs a bad name. Pigs wallow around in the mud like she does, but they are actually relatively clean animals. The analogy stops there. Lady?????
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    The Funny, Funny Lady Donna Brazile
    Red State Blog
    Posted by Repair_Man_Jack (Profile)
    Wednesday, May 18th at 11:15AM EDT

    Across America, Republican lawmakers have talked a big game about cutting budgets, but they also are seeking reductions to something much more fundamental: Americans’ voting rights. From coast to coast, the GOP is engaged in what appears to be a coordinated, expensive effort to block voters from the polls.

    -Donna Brazile, Stand-Up Comedian (HT:USA Today)

    What Donna Brazile has gone full-metal jackass over is the fact that GOP-controlled legislatures have passed a number of Voter-ID laws. One example is the recent law passed in Kansas that I blogged about here. To me, this seems pretty basic. It’s no worse than having to remember your CAC Card if you work on a military base. Or for that matter; your driver’s license if you want to legally drive to the polling place in the first place.

    But No, Ladies and Germs, we get the full, brainless, whining libertard strum und drang. Brazile insults the intelligence and law-abiding tendencies of the people she claims she’s here on God’s Green Earth to defend below.

    As a result, 11% of Americans —21 million citizens of voting age who lack proper photo identification — could be turned away on Election Day. And these people tend to be most highly concentrated among people of color, the poor, the young and the old.

    (Donna Brazile Obcit.–cue the rim shot!)

    Why this self-hating woman believes that only wealthy, middle-aged people of Caucasoid ancestry have the smarts and organizational ability to bother with getting a license before they drive around town in their cars is unstated in her Op-Ed. It couldn’t possibly be because Donna Brazile wants to continue the vote fraud Voter ID was supposed to prevent. I am so convinced that Donna Brazile, and all the patriotic, America-loving Democrats possess nothing but the purist motivations on this issue that I eagerly await her alternative plan to Voter ID. One that will prevent the voter rolls in Chicago, IL from resembling the cast of an old George Romero horror movie entitled “Election of The Living Dead”.

    Based on Donna Brazile’s professional record, I question both her motives and her honesty for even bringing the issue up. It was soon after the acrimonious Presidential Election of 2000 had ended in a virtual dead heat. Donna Brazile, Campaign Manager for the Gore Lieberman Democratic party Ticket, was combing Florida in a desperate quest for the 500 or so votes that she just couldn’t seen to find. As the spearhead of her party’s effort to win Florida and capture the Presidency, she received very interesting legal advice from one Mark Herron.

    He wrote a 5 page memorandum instructing Democratic legal workers in the fine art of challenging and disqualifying military absentee ballots. Thus Donna Brazile was in the forefront of a sophisticated and heavily-lawyered effort to deliberately invalidate as many absentee military ballots as possible so that her employers Al Gore and Joe Lieberman could win a contested election.

    Like the efforts by Wisconsin Democrats to disenfranchise a nunnery in the Wisconsin Judicial Election, Brazile will stop at nothing to win. She cares about as much for your franchise as The Alabama Democratic Party cared for the franchise of Condoleezza Rice’s father when they made him try and guess how many jelly beans were in a jar before he could vote in their primary one year. Laugh at Donna Brazile. Her objections to Voter ID legislation are a sad and dishonest joke.

  206. Mrs. Smith/Janh-the 67 borders are simply indefensible positons for Israels’s secutity. If anything, the current borders are inadequate and Israel should take back all of Judea and Samaria as it is our g-d given land.

  207. When the facts are against you, thump the law.
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    Well, first let us note that courts have ruled that we don not have standing to raise raise the issue in a legal forum, because we do not have standing to do so. Whether you agree with that formulation or not that is the law. But the real jury here is the electorate. And this jury should know by now that the man they are dealing with is a pathological liar. Lying comes as naturally to him as breathing. For that reason alone his representation is suspect. Furthermore, he fought all efforts to produce it and that too should raise strong suspicion as to the legitimacy of anything he would produce. But if you treat this as a legal requirement, then he has failed to produce a conforming document, he has the legal power to do so and yet he has still failed to produce the actual certificate. That is how most people who are not partisans see it, according to the polling.

  208. That Maria Shriver looks like a fool more and more.. What galls me is all the show and fuss about their marriage, partnership, blah, blah, blah, they spew on gullible people in shows like that woman Oprah’s and all that stagecraft on the stage during the political campaigns, kissing, holding the cheeks and such, disgusting. And her woman empowerment conference is a joke.

    And, all those pontifications, in particular I remember her saying how her mom (mummy!) asks her what ‘good’ she has done everyday. Yeah remember the little people.

    At the end of the day, he would not even show her the decency to leave her in the house, she went and checked into a hotel! This thing really is more indecent than perhaps other thigs he has done. Not sure for all the show she put up she deserved this. But fuck these women for being stupid.

    http://beta.news.yahoo.com/behind-arnolds-deception-112953475.html

  209. Wow!! This is really big. The BC issue is dead!!
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    In a stunning development one day after the release of Where’s the Birth Certificate? The Case that Barack Obama is not Eligible to be President, by Dr. Jerome Corsi, World Net Daily Editor and Chief Executive Officer Joseph Farah has announced plans to recall and pulp the entire 200,000 first printing run of the book, as well as announcing an offer to refund the purchase price to anyone who has already bought either a hard copy or electronic download of the book.

    Read more: http://www.esquire.com/blogs/politics/jerome-corsi-birther-book-5765410#ixzz1MisqKI8U

  210. oh no!! It is all in the name of Satire! READ THE UPDATE..
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    UPDATE, 12:25 p.m., for those who didn’t figure it out yet, and the many on Twitter for whom it took a while: We committed satire this morning to point out the problems with selling and marketing a book that has had its core premise and reason to exist gutted by the news cycle, several weeks in advance of publication. Are its author and publisher chastened? Well, no. They double down, and accuse the President of the United States of perpetrating a fraud on the world by having released a forged birth certificate. Not because this claim is in any way based on reality, but to hold their terribly gullible audience captive to their lies, and to sell books. This is despicable, and deserves only ridicule. That’s why we committed satire in the matter of the Corsi book. Hell, even the president has a sense of humor about it all. Some more serious reporting from us on this whole “birther” phenomenon here, here, and here.

    Read more: http://www.esquire.com/blogs/politics/jerome-corsi-birther-book-5765410#ixzz1MitgHSVI

  211. I wonder if Corsi can sue esquire..

    I have always believed that by the simple ACT of releasing BC (or something, anything), Obama has made himself immune to this issue.

  212. My personal opinion, which btw means nothing, but I think Newt is doing this on purpose….I think Newt will be VP and I think Hillary will be VP….because what better way to promote the race but Hillary against Newt…I think it will either be Mittens or that scumbag Perry in the Presidential seat…it will be someone Obama can compete with….So it’ll be Mittens…Its all staged…

  213. Hillary / Newt? You can’t be serious? Have we forgotten how hateful Newt was to Bill & Hillary in the 90’s?

  214. I have always believed that by the simple ACT of releasing BC (or something, anything), Obama has made himself immune to this issue.

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    Yes. Unless we make a ju-juitsu move by saying, “Okay, the lfbc was fine — so WHY did he fight releasing it for 3 years?”

    That’s a simple character/judgement issue most people can support. For the suspicious-minded, it also suggests that there might be something ELSE the lawsuits wanted revealed that he is still concealing, such as school records.

  215. The migrants said the smugglers were charging them about $7,000 apiece to get them into the United States. A Guatemalan migrant who identified himself as Juan said remaining in his hometown in Guatemala was not an option, noting “a lot of us are Indians, and we can’t stay in our homes. There is no work, and there’s nothing to eat.”

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

    Then where did they get the $7,000 each (and for some, the plane tickets from India and China)? Maybe there’s confusion about the rate of exchange, or something.

  216. I think it will either be Mittens or that scumbag Perry in the Presidential seat…it will be someone Obama can compete with….So it’ll be Mittens…Its all staged…

    On the Pro-Palin sites, they have been saying that the GOP is desperate to nominate Anyone But Palin (ABP). I think they are right; just like with Hillary.
    (Not saying Palin is the same as Hillary, but she scares the GOP establishment as much as Hillary scared the Dems because they both are strong-willed ladies who think for themselves)

  217. Yes. Unless we make a ju-juitsu move by saying, “Okay, the lfbc was fine — so WHY did he fight releasing it for 3 years?”

    ————-

    Yeah, we have talked about this before. We expected Trump to move on and take it to the next level. Well, we now know how that has turned out. As I have said many times, he (Obuma) is one lucky bastard. The office of the presidency gives him all the protection he needs unless… a whistleblower with an unquestionable evidence shows up. Even there it looks like he makes many part of his crooked dealings that no one is safe or everyone protects everyone else.

  218. he fought all efforts to produce it and that too should raise strong suspicion as to the legitimacy of anything he would produce.

    [[ Better that should raise suspicions about what else he may be hiding (in school records etc) since apparently there was no good reason for hiding the lfbc. ]]

    But if you treat this as a legal requirement

    [[ I thought that was how you were treating it, by demanding the seal. ]]

    That is how most people who are not partisans see it, according to the polling.

    [[ I haven’t seen any polls about whether people accept the current alleged lfbc. ]]

  219. The woman in France going after him now after several years was discouraged by her own Socialist party official mother and party lawyers from going public. More of his victims will crop up.

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

    Like Paula Jones?

  220. Well, there are a lot of responses to the Esquire blog. For example, since they deal in pulp fiction, no reasonable person took it seriously. Or, they made the allegation, and when they found they could not prove it, they called it satire rather than issuing a retraction. In any event, they gave the book some additional publicity, and when you are trying to get the attention of the public that is never a bad thing. Most people have made up their minds about the fraud by now, so the elites are really just dancing with themselves. This is about what you would expect from the sophomoric types who are running the business. They think they are cute, but the public has a different view of them.

  221. Not just by her party but by her mother. Sad.

    A local official of the Socialist party claimed that Strauss-Kahn had attacked her daughter, who is goddaughter to Strauss-Kahn’s second wife, in 2002.

    Tristane Banon was in her 20s and writing a book when she approached Strauss-Kahn for an interview in 2002. In a TV programme in 2007, in which Strauss-Kahn’s name had been bleeped out, Banon allegedly described him as a “rutting chimpanzee” and described how she was forced to fight him off. “It finished badly … very violently … I kicked him,” Banon said. “When we were fighting, I mentioned the word ‘rape’ to make him afraid, but it didn’t have any effect. I managed to get out.”

    Banon consulted a lawyer, but did not press charges. “I didn’t want to be known to the end of my days as the girl who had a problem with the politician.”

    Banon’s mother, Anne Mansouret, told journalists on Sunday night she had dissuaded her daughter from legal action because she believed Strauss-Kahn’s behaviour had been out of character and because of close links with his family. “Today I am sorry to have discouraged my daughter from complaining. I bear a heavy responsibility,” she said.

    She said Strauss-Kahn was “an otherwise warm, sympathetic and extremely talented man”, but the attack left her daughter depressed and traumatised. “My daughter, despite the passing years, is still shocked by these facts. Her life was completely upset by this affair and she was depressed for a long time.” She added that it was clear Strauss-Kahn had “difficulty controlling his urges”. She said: “I’m not a doctor or psychiatrist, but there is something violent in this predatory move.”

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2011/may/16/dominique-strauss-kahn-tristane-banon

  222. Another article gives a slightly more understandable reason for her not pressing charges – didn’t want the stigma.

    “I didn’t wish to be the girl who had a problem with a politician for the rest of my life.”

    So said Tristane Banon, in explaining why she didn’t file charges nine years ago against Socialist Party politician and current International Monetary Fund chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn. It was her mother, Anne Mansouret, also a Socialist politician, who advised her against it.

    As Mansouret recounted the conversation, she told her daughter: “Listen, you know, if he had raped you, I wouldn’t have any hesitation, but that wasn’t the case. He sexually assaulted you; there wasn’t any rape per se. So until the end of your life, you’re going to have on your resume, you know, Tristane Banon is the girl who . . .”

    http://www.newsmax.com/Estrich/TristaneBanon-DominiqueStrauss-Kahn-InternationalMonetaryFund-SocialistParty/2011/05/18/id/396785

  223. [[ I haven’t seen any polls about whether people accept the current alleged lfbc. ]]
    ——————–
    Among Republicans it was over half. You have got to dig into the areas which question the birth certificate, rather than mining the Obama ore. You just might strike gold. The standing issue is jurisdictional. If a court will not entertain the issue, they never reach the merits. Therefore, we can still apply the legal standard as the reference point. When he says the real deal, he is clearly implying that what he is producing is legitimate and meets the legal standard.

  224. When he says the real deal, he is clearly implying that what he is producing is legitimate and meets the legal standard.

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

    He’s claiming it’s legitimate, not a forgery.

    Seal, schmeal. He’s not applying for a driver’s license. 😉

  225. About Shriver, I have NO sympathy. What goes around comes around. First Caroline, then Orca and now Shriver kicked to the curb by Karma. I just can’t wait until BO’s turn comes up.

    And about her not knowing for over a decade that one of her housekeepers had an affair with Arnie? Come on! There was a deal made to keep everyone quiet about it until after Arnie got the governership toy.

    They’re all lying, IMHO. The only ones I have the slightest bit of sympathy for is the kids and even then – not much. Spoiled, pampered children of the rich and famous, I’m sure they will get over it.

  226. wbboei
    May 17th, 2011 at 1:00 am
    Director of Health Loretta J. Fuddy. On Monday, Fuddy complied.
    “As director of health for the state of Hawaii, I have the legal authority to approve the process by which copies of such records are made. Through that authority, in recognition of your status as president of the United States, I am making an exception to the current departmental policy which is to issue a computer-generated certified copy,”
    ——————–
    A democrat? A public official in Hawaii? I do not give a rats ass what she attests to. It is tainted and utterly meaningless. SHOW ME THE SEAL! He can request the original document, despite prior media attempt to argue he could not. Show me the original document with the seal of the state of Hawaii. Nothing less will be accepted. Period.
    &&&&&&&&

    turndownobama is using extremely flawed logic in outlining all the ways the online form is sufficient and legitimate.

    It is not.

  227. turndownobama
    May 18th, 2011 at 2:41 pm
    When he says the real deal, he is clearly implying that what he is producing is legitimate and meets the legal standard.

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

    He’s claiming it’s legitimate, not a forgery.

    Seal, schmeal. He’s not applying for a driver’s license.
    &&&&&&&

    Yeah, he only seeks to retain power of the most powerful position on the planet.

    You need the proper ID to merely drive a vehicle.

    We have constitutional requirements, albeit enforcement has proven to be completely lacking, by state officials and MSM.

    Those who cannot or will not perform their due diligence must be forced to lose their jobs. State officials need to be held to account, and MSM has proved that they will throw individual employees if said reporter/columnist proves to be an embarrassment. So the public must pressure politicians and media.

    Our job here is to help educate and disseminate information that will bring about positive change.

  228. wbboei,

    Suppose you get traction on this seal thing. You know what will happen?

    THE HI DEPT OF RECORDS WILL SEND ANOTHER COPY *WITH* A SEAL.

    Then Obama will call in reporters to put their hands in the holes in its side and they will vouch for it. He’ll call in Gringrich and Trump and everyone else and rub their noses in it.

  229. “They’re looking to manage the press down to the smallest detail,” Graham said. “If you’re not willing to suggest that Obama is some combination of Lincoln and JFK, you’re not allowed in.”

    This is why Tapper is reduced from a journalist to nothing more than a Good Morning Mr President and a sorority sister whispering gossip about Hillary in his Fatal Attraction comparison the primary and more recently Trump in his Carrie vignette. It is why these people should not command our attention, much less our trust. Their partisanship is completely transparent. Their hubris is annoying. Their behavior is an affront to journalism. They gladly bend their standards so they can be junior partners in a corrupt administration. Speak truth to power? Now there is a joke we can laugh at. If we are willing to concede that Judas was funny.

    http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2011/05/18/boston-herald-tiff-white-house-months-old-romney-op-ed/

  230. wbboei,

    Suppose you get traction on this seal thing. You know what will happen?

    THE HI DEPT OF RECORDS WILL SEND ANOTHER COPY *WITH* A SEAL.
    —————————–
    Let them do it. The truth is what we want. In the final analysis, we can live with the truth. Obama on the other hand cannot. Trust me, he will not produce the real birth certificate for the same reason he spent two million to hide it from disclosure through judicial process.

  231. They’ll send another copy of what is on the WH website, adding a seal if it doesn’t have one already.

    By their silence, they are already complicit in the current WH version. They will support it again.

  232. If perchance he did produce a conforming document, then your question, i.e. why did we have to go through this Dance of the Seven Veils to get it, would be even more apt than it is now.

  233. question, i.e. why did we have to go through this Dance of the Seven Veils to get it, would be even more apt than it is now.

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

    Better ask it now while the issue is fresh rather than letting him go through another round of “Okay here’s another copy, nya nya.”

  234. They’ll send another copy of what is on the WH website, adding a seal if it doesn’t have one already.

    By their silence, they are already complicit in the current WH version
    ——————————-
    Don’t you think they would look silly as hell if they did that? Would it not be an admission that what they produced before was not compliant? Would it not contradict the sworn testimony of their affiant? Would it not provoke the question, well if this one does not work what will you do for an encore? I would not mind it if they did. It would be strike 3. Bear in mind, I am not trying to prove he was not born here. I am trying to prove that he has twice produced a document which is not an official birth certificate and thereby committed fraud.

  235. Don’t you think they would look silly as hell if they did that?

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

    No, it would make us/you look silly.

    For one thing, we don’t know there isn’t a seal on the current copy. The WH scanned it and put it up in hurry, maybe the seal didn’t show up on the image.

    Anyway that may be their claim. If the HI records office doesn’t want to openly send another copy, they can run off another copy and put a seal on it and send it quietly and the WH can rescan and substitute the new scan and pretend it is what they had all along.

    Even if HI does send another copy with seal, it’s us that would look silly, not them.

  236. Would it not contradict the sworn testimony of their affiant?

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

    Hm? What’s an affiant? Is there a recent sworn document from HI online somewhere?

  237. Want a Copy of Obama’s Birth Certificate?
    (Who else would report this garbage but the NYTs)

    President Obama took the issue of where he was born seriously enough to (ask) release his long-form birth certificate last month. But his campaign is not above using it to have a bit of fun.

    …Visitors to BarackObama.com can now receive a T-shirt or mug emblazoned with an image of the birth certificate for a donation of $30 or more.

  238. jbstonesfan
    May 18th, 2011 at 11:52 am

    Mrs. Smith/Janh-the 67 borders are simply indefensible positons for Israels’s secutity. If anything, the current borders are inadequate and Israel should take back all of Judea and Samaria as it is our g-d given land.

    —————-

    Amen!

  239. Mrs. Smith,

    obama can shove his Israeli demands down his throat for all I care. He is the monster who created the mess in the first place. He is the one who fostered world hatred of Israel.

  240. For jbstonesfan.

    Voters remain fairly evenly divided over whether they want to give President Obama a second term in the White House.

    The latest Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that a Generic Republican currently earns support from 45% of Likely Voters across the nation, while the president attracts 43% of the vote.

  241. And longtime NBC and ABC reporter Sander Vanocur:

    “You want to know what’s wrong with the press? The press is what’s wrong with the press.”

    Veteran Journalists: Today’s White House Reporters Are Too Timid

    By PAUL BEDARD
    Posted: May 17, 2011
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    Several veteran and prize-winning journalists who covered presidents from John F. Kennedy to George W. Bush say that the current crop of White House correspondents are too timid and deferential and have played a role in killing the impact of presidential news conferences.

    “If you watch an Obama news conference, and watched a Bush news conference previous to that, where correspondents sit in their seats with their hands folded on their laps, [it’s] as if they are in the room with a monarch and they have to wait to be recognized by the president,” says Sid Davis, the former NBC Washington bureau chief who covered nine presidents. “It looks like they are watching a funeral service at [Washington funeral firm] Joseph Gawler’s and it shouldn’t be that way.” [See photos of the Obamas behind the scenes.]

    Adds Pulitzer Prize-winning Washington Post reporter Haynes Johnson, “It’s all very stale, very structured, very pale.”

    And longtime NBC and ABC reporter Sander Vanocur: “You want to know what’s wrong with the press? The press is what’s wrong with the press.”

    They and others anchored a media panel Monday night organized by the White House Historical Association to herald the 50th anniversary of the first live televised news conference, conducted by JFK. Former Clinton press secretary Mike McCurry moderated the discussion from the very same State Department Dean Acheson Auditorium where Kennedy eventually conducted 60 televised news conferences with ease and humor. [See who has been visiting the White House.]

    Each of the journalists attended the press conferences and were blunt on JFK’s style and honesty.

    When the topic turn to today’s White House press corps, the grizzled veterans were dismissive, calling them weak imitations of their Cold War predecessors.

    Davis says “I don’t like today’s news conferences” with the president. Kennedy’s, he says, were “thoroughly unrehearsed, natural and they worked to a large extent.” Today’s versions, he adds, “look like they are rehearsed.” [See editorial cartoons about Obama.]

    Worse, he says, reporters look like stenographers. “I think democracy is noisy. The news conferences should get to back to what they were even if people are going to raise their voices.”

    Former Today Show newsman John Palmer went to so far as to suggest that a weakened press, a 24-hour news cycle, coupled with presidents who don’t like live press conferences, have killed the impact of the events. “I think we are witnessing the demise of the televised news conference. I think its time is past,” he says. [Read 10 things you didn’t know about White House spokesman Jay Carney.]

    “The news conference won’t have the big command that it had before,” he adds.

    McCurry, however, says that the situation hasn’t become that bad. “Reports of the press conference’s death are exaggerated, I think,” he says. “Presidents will need a forum like that to clear the air and give at least the appearance of accountability–and the press will continue to want to demonstrate its relevance by standing up and speaking truth to power.” [Check out a roundup of this month’s best political cartoons.]

    But he conceded that what Palmer called the “golden age” of presidential news conferences, like the videos of an engaging JFK shown at the panel discussion, might be over. Presidents who don’t like press conferences will labor through them but they won’t have the magic of some of what we watched last night,” says McCurry.

  242. BASIL99
    May 18th, 2011 at 5:03 pm
    For jbstonesfan.

    Voters remain fairly evenly divided over whether they want to give President Obama a second term in the White House.

    The latest Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that a Generic Republican currently earns support from 45% of Likely Voters across the nation, while the president attracts 43% of the vote.
    &&&&&&&&

    Is this the same Obama who “got Osama”?? I thought he was going to be at 103% approval for months on end (after ahem, “adjusting for Democrats”).

  243. Joseph Farah says he may sue Esquire for ‘parody’ story on Jerome Corsi book
    Published: 12:06 PM 05/18/2011 | Updated: 1:57 PM 05/18/2011

    By Chris Moody – The Daily Caller

    From The Daily Caller::

    The ‘birther’ issue isn’t going away | The Daily Caller – Breaking News, Opinion, Research, and Entertainment

    An article on Esquire magazine’s website, claiming that the publisher of Jerome Corsi’s new book about President Obama’s birth certificate is pulling it from bookstores, may have been written as a parody, but not everyone is laughing.

    The Esquire story, written by Mark Warren, spread across the Internet moments after being posted on the magazine’s website Wednesday morning. Esquire has said it was a joke and Warren told TheDC he has no regrets about posting it.

    “He is an execrable piece of shit,” Warren said of Corsi.

    Joseph Farah, editor and chief executive officer of World Net Daily Books, which published Corsi’s work, said he never spoke to the magazine and that the book is “selling briskly.”

    “I have never spoken to anyone from Esquire. Never uttered these words or anything remotely resembling them to anyone. It is a complete fabrication,” Farah told The Daily Caller. “The book is selling briskly. I am 100 percent behind it. This has all the earmarkings of a White House dirty trick – but, of course, only the Nixon administration was capable of dirty tricks like that, according to our watchdog media.”

    Corsi’s book, titled, “Where’s the Birth Certificate? The Case that Barack Obama is not Eligible to be President,” hit stores this week. The book claims to contain evidence that Obama was not born in the United States. (The president was born in Hawaii on August 4, 1961.)

    I JUST LOVE THAT THE SO CALLED JOURNALIST PUTS IN PARENTHESIS THAT THE FRAUD WAS BORN IN HAWAII, END OF STORY

    Read more: http://dailycaller.com/2011/05/18/joseph-farah-says-he-may-sue-esquire-for-parody-story-on-jerome-corsi-book/#ixzz1Mk2BVehM

  244. “I thought he was going to be at 103% approval”

    Even with all the MSM assistance they can barely keep the POS afloat. Just imagine if the press REALLY did their job like the article gonzo posted talks about.

  245. Fraud is so tough he can “scold” West…right, what a man…and I thought John Wayne was dead!

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    Cornel West’s criticism of Obama sparks debate among African Americans

    By Krissah Thompson, Wednesday, May 18, 2:40 PM

    Scholar Cornel West’s scathing critique of President Obama’s liberal bona fides in a series of recent interviews has ignited a furious debate among African-American bloggers and commentators.

    The well-known Princeton professor and author, who has released rap albums and starred in Hollywood films, had been a supporter of Obama in the 2008 presidential campaign but now calls the president a “black mascot of Wall Street oligarchs and a black puppet of corporate plutocrats.”

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    “I was thinking maybe he has at least some progressive populist instincts that could become more manifest after the cautious policies of being a senator,” West told Chris Hedges in an interview for the liberal Political blog Truthdig.

    White House officials declined to respond to West’s remarks, which have sparked a hot conversation this week, but have have been content to allow others to take up the president’s defense.

    Several commentaries from African American scholars and bloggers have particularly disputed West’s take on Obama and race. West told Hedges: “I think my dear brother Barack Obama has a certain fear of free black men…It’s understandable. As a young brother who grows up in a white context, brilliant African father, he’s always had to fear being a white man with black skin. ”

    Melissa Harris-Perry, a Princeton professor of African-American studies and politics, wrote a column for the Nation calling that comment “utter hilarity coming from Cornel West who has spent the bulk of his adulthood living in those deeply rooted, culturally rich, historically important black communities of Cambridge, MA and Princeton, NJ. …Harvard and Princeton are not places that are particularly noted for their liberating history for black men.”

    Eddie Gladue, a professor of Religion and African American Studies at Princeton, said African Americans in academia had been discussing West’s comments for days, particularly looking at how he had deployed race in his critique of Obama.

    “West came out swinging,” said Glaude, who engaged in the debate on Twitter saying he found West’s political critique much more substantive than his “racial reasoning.”

    West argued that Obama’s politics are more centrist than progressive and do not uplift the poor.

    “It became very clear to me as the announcements were being made that this was going to be a newcomer … who wanted to reassure the establishment by bringing in persons they felt comfortable with and that we were really going to get someone who was using intermittent progressive populist language in order to justify a centrist, neoliberalist policy that we see in the opportunism of Bill Clinton,” West told Hedges.

    West’s comments, which continued in a Tuesday night interview on MSNBC, intensified the criticism of Obama that began after the election. During the 2008 campaign, West said, he traveled to 65 campaign events for the presidential candidate.

    According to West, the souring of his relationship with Obama came to a peak following a speech the president gave in July 2010 at the National Urban League’s centennial conference. West said Obama made a beeline to him after the speech and “cussed” him out, saying that West ought to be ashamed for saying Obama is not a progressive. White House aides did not deny that the scolding occured.

    The Rev. Al Sharpton, a close Obama ally who has sparred with West over the president, said Tuesday that the issue comes down to a misunderstanding of Obama’s role. “This is the first time in this country that we have an African American president. He is not the president of African Americans,” Sharpton said. “The problem we’re seeing with too many older-minded people is you don’t want the next generation. You want clones. And people don’t have to be your clone to validate your sacrifice.”

    West, who did not respond to a request for comment from the Washington Post, sent out this message via Twitter last night in response to the criticism: “This discussion is in no way about me, it has to do with poor and working people having low priority in US governmental policy including the Obama Administration. My personal words had to do with being disrespected by the President. People are disrespected everyday, and they can raise their voices in response to it.”

    And he sent out a link to his interview with Hedges.

  246. End of question…we are Fuc*ked

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    Why Is Soros Spending Over $48 Million Funding Media Organizations?

    By Dan Gainor

    Published May 18, 2011
    | FoxNews.com

    AP
    Editor’s note: This is the second part of a two part series by on billionaire investor George Soros and his ties to the U.S. media. To read Part 1 of the series, click here.
    It’s a scene journalists dream about – a group of coworkers toasting a Pulitzer Prize. For the team at investigative start-up ProPublica, it was the second time their fellow professionals recognized their work for journalism’s top honor.
    For George Soros and ProPublica’s other liberal backers, it was again proof that a strategy of funding journalism was a powerful way to influence the American public.
    It’s a strategy that Soros has been deploying extensively in media both in the United States and abroad. Since 2003, Soros has spent more than $48 million funding media properties, including the infrastructure of news – journalism schools, investigative journalism and even industry organizations.
    And that number is an understatement. It is gleaned from tax forms, news stories and reporting. But Soros funds foundations that fund other foundations in turn, like the Tides Foundation, which then make their own donations. A complete accounting is almost impossible because a media component is part of so many Soros-funded operations.
    This information is part of an upcoming report by the Media Research Centers Business & Media Institute which has been looking into George Soros and his influence on the media.

    It turns out that Soros’ influence doesn’t just include connections to top mainstream news organizations such as NBC, ABC, The New York Times and Washington Post. It’s bought him connections to the underpinnings of the news business. The Columbia Journalism Review, which bills itself as “a watchdog and a friend of the press in all its forms,” lists several investigative reporting projects funded by one of Soros foundations.
    The “News Frontier Database” includes seven different investigative reporting projects funded by Soros’ Open Society Institute. Along with ProPublica, there are the Center for Public Integrity, the Center for Investigative Reporting and New Orleans’ The Lens. The Columbia School of Journalism, which operates CJR, has received at least $600,000 from Soros, as well.
    Imagine if conservative media punching bags David and Charles Koch had this many connections to journalists. Even if the Kochs could find journalists willing to support conservative media (doubtful), they would be skewered by the left.
    For Soros, it’s news, but it nothing new. According to “Soros: The Life and Times of a Messianic Billionaire,” he has been fascinated by media from when he was a boy where early career interests included “history or journalism or some form of writing.” He served as “editor-in-chief, publisher, and news vendor of” his own paper, “The Lupa News” and wrote a wall newspaper in his native Hungary before leaving, wrote author Michael T. Kaufman, a 40-year New York Times veteran. The Communist Party “encouraged” such papers.
    Now as one of the world’s richest men (No. 46 on Forbes’ list), he gets to indulge his dreams. Since those dreams seem to involve controlling media from the ground up, Soros naturally started with Columbia University’s School of Journalism. Columbia is headed by President Lee Bollinger, who also sits on the Pulitzer Prize board and the board of directors of The Washington Post.
    Bollinger, like some of Soros’ other funding recipients, is pushing for journalism to find a new sugar daddy or at least an uncle – Uncle Sam. Bollinger wrote in his book “Uninhibited, Robust, and Wide-Open: A Free Press for a New Century” that government should fund media. A 2009 study by Columbia’s journalism program came to the same conclusion, calling for “a national fund for local news.”
    Conveniently, Len Downie, the lead author of that piece, is on both the Post’s board and the board of the Center for Investigative Reporting, also funded by Soros.
    Soros funds more than just the most famous journalism school in the nation. There are journalism industry associations like:
    • The National Federation of Community Broadcasters;
    • The National Association of Hispanic Journalists;
    • And the Committee to Protect Journalists.
    Readers unhappy with Soros’ media influence might be tempted to voice concerns to the Organization of News Ombudsmen – a professional group devoted to “monitoring accuracy, fairness and balance.” Perhaps they might consider a direct complaint to one such as NPR’s Alicia Shepard or PBS’s Michael Getler, both directors of the organization. Unfortunately, that group is also funded by Soros. At the bottom of the Organization of News Ombudsmen’s website front page is the line: “Supported by the Open Society Institute,” a Soros foundation. It is the only organization so listed.
    The group’s membership page lists 57 members from around globe and features:
    • Deirdre Edgar, readers’ representative of The Los Angeles Times;
    • Brent Jones, standards editor, USA Today;
    • Kelly McBride, ombudsman, ESPN;
    • Patrick Pexton, ombudsman, The Washington Post.
    The site doesn’t address whether the OSI money creates a conflict of interest. But then, who could readers complain to anyway?
    There’s more. The Open Society Institute is one of several foundations funding the Investigative News Network (INN), a collaboration of 32 non-profit news organizations producing what they claim is “non-partisan investigative news.” The James L. Knight Foundation also backs the network and is possibly the most-well-known journalism foundation. Knight President and CEO Alberto Ibargüen is on the board of directors for ProPublica.
    INN includes the Investigative Reporting Workshop at American University, the liberal web start-up MinnPost, National Institute for Computer-Assisted Reporting, National Public Radio, and the Wisconsin Center for Investigative Journalism. The network had included the liberal Huffington Post investigative operation among its grants, but HuffPo investigations merged with the possibly even more left-wing Center for Public Integrity, on whose board Arianna Huffington sits.
    Liberal academic programs, left-wing investigative journalism and even supposedly neutral news organizations all paid for by a man who spends tens of millions of dollars openly attacking the right. George Soros is teaching journalists that their industry has a future as long as he opens his wallet.
    Dan Gainor is the Boone Pickens Fellow and the Media Research Center’s Vice President for Business and Culture. He writes frequently for Fox News Opinion. He can also be contacted on Facebook and Twitter as dangainor.

    Read more: http://www.foxnews.com/opinion/2011/05/18/soros-spending-48-million-funding-media-organizations/#ixzz1Mk7ZI8cf

  247. This despite the Society of Professional Journalists’ ethical code stating: “avoid all conflicts real or perceived.” …first article
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    Why Don’t We Hear About Soros’ Ties to Over 30 Major News Organizations?

    By Dan Gainon

    Published May 11, 2011

    AP
    Editor’s note: This is the first of a two part series on George Soros and the media.
    When liberal investor George Soros gave $1.8 million to National Public Radio , it became part of the firestorm of controversy that jeopardized NPR’s federal funding. But that gift only hints at the widespread influence the controversial billionaire has on the mainstream media. Soros, who spent $27 million trying to defeat President Bush in 2004, has ties to more than 30 mainstream news outlets – including The New York Times, Washington Post, the Associated Press, NBC and ABC.
    Prominent journalists like ABC’s Christiane Amanpour and former Washington Post editor and now Vice President Len Downie serve on boards of operations that take Soros cash. This despite the Society of Professional Journalists’ ethical code stating: “avoid all conflicts real or perceived.”
    This information is part of an upcoming report by the Media Research Centers Business & Media Institute which has been looking into George Soros and his influence on the media.
    The investigative reporting start-up ProPublica is a prime example. ProPublica, which recently won its second Pulitzer Prize, initially was given millions of dollars from the Sandler Foundation to “strengthen the progressive infrastructure” – “progressive” being the code word for very liberal. In 2010, it also received a two-year contribution of $125,000 each year from the Open Society Foundations. In case you wonder where that money comes from, the OSF website is http://www.soros.org. It is a network of more than 30 international foundations, mostly funded by Soros, who has contributed more than $8 billion to those efforts.

    The ProPublica stories are thoroughly researched by top-notch staffers who used to work at some of the biggest news outlets in the nation. But the topics are almost laughably left-wing. The site’s proud list of “Our Investigations” includes attacks on oil companies, gas companies, the health care industry, for-profit schools and more. More than 100 stories on the latest lefty cause: opposition to drilling for natural gas by hydraulic fracking. Another 100 on the evils of the foreclosure industry.
    Throw in a couple investigations making the military look bad and another about prisoners at Guantanamo Bay and you have almost the perfect journalism fantasy – a huge budget, lots of major media partners and a liberal agenda unconstrained by advertising.
    One more thing: a 14-person Journalism Advisory Board, stacked with CNN’s David Gergen and representatives from top newspapers, a former publisher of The Wall Street Journal and the editor-in-chief of Simon & Schuster. Several are working journalists, including:
    • Jill Abramson, a managing editor of The New York Times;
    • Kerry Smith, the senior vice president for editorial quality of ABC News;
    • Cynthia A. Tucker, the editor of the editorial page of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
    ProPublica is far from the only Soros-funded organization that is stacked with members of the supposedly neutral press.
    The Center for Public Integrity is another great example. Its board of directors is filled with working journalists like Amanpour from ABC, right along side blatant liberal media types like Arianna Huffington, of the Huffington Post and now AOL.
    Like ProPublica, the CPI board is a veritable Who’s Who of journalism and top media organizations, including:
    • Christiane Amanpour – Anchor of ABC’s Sunday morning political affairs program, “This Week with Christiane Amanpour.” A reliable lefty, she has called tax cuts “giveaways,” the Tea Party “extreme,” and Obama “very Reaganesque.”
    • Paula Madison – Executive vice president and chief diversity officer for NBC Universal, who leads NBC Universal’s corporate diversity initiatives, spanning all broadcast television, cable, digital, and film properties.
    • Matt Thompson – Editorial product manager at National Public Radio and an adjunct faculty member at the prominent Poynter Institute.
    The group’s advisory board features:
    • Ben Sherwood, ABC News president and former “Good Morning America” executive producer
    Once again, like ProPublica, the Center for Public Integrity’s investigations are mostly liberal – attacks on the coal industry, payday loans and conservatives like Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour. The Center for Public Integrity is also more open about its politics, including a detailed investigation into conservative funders David and Charles Koch and their “web of influence.”According to the center’s own 990 tax forms, the Open Society Institute gave it $651,650 in 2009 alone.
    The well-known Center for Investigative Reporting follows the same template – important journalists on the board and a liberal editorial agenda. Both the board of directors and the advisory board contain journalists from major news outlets. The board features:
    • Phil Bronstein (President), San Francisco Chronicle;
    • David Boardman, The Seattle Times;
    • Len Downie, former Executive Editor of the Washington Post, now VP;
    • George Osterkamp, CBS News producer.
    Readers of the site are greeted with numerous stories on climate change, illegal immigration and the evils of big companies. It counts among its media partners The Washington Post, Salon, CNN and ABC News. CIR received close to $1 million from Open Society from 2003 to 2008.
    Why does it all matter? Journalists, we are constantly told, are neutral in their reporting. In almost the same breath, many bemoan the influence of money in politics. It is a maxim of both the left and many in the media that conservatives are bought and paid for by business interests. Yet where are the concerns about where their money comes from?
    Fred Brown, who recently revised the book “Journalism Ethics: A Casebook of Professional Conduct for News Media,” argues journalists need to be “transparent” about their connections and “be up front about your relationship” with those who fund you.
    Unfortunately, that rarely happens. While the nonprofits list who sits on their boards, the news outlets they work for make little or no effort to connect those dots. Amanpour’s biography page, for instance, talks about her lengthy career, her time at CNN and her many awards. It makes no mention of her affiliation with the Center for Public Integrity.
    If journalists were more up front, they would have to admit numerous uncomfortable connections with groups that push a liberal agenda, many of them funded by the stridently liberal George Soros. So don’t expect that transparency any time soon.
    Dan Gainor is the Boone Pickens Fellow and the Media Research Center’s Vice President for Business and Culture. He writes frequently for Fox News Opinion. He can also be contacted on FaceBook and Twitter as dangainor.

    Read more: http://www.foxnews.com/opinion/2011/05/11/dont-hear-george-soros-ties-30-major-news-organizations/#ixzz1Mk8dKR4j

  248. They and others anchored a media panel Monday night organized by the White House Historical Association to herald the 50th anniversary of the first live televised news conference, conducted by JFK.
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    I hope this is on c-span.

  249. White House officials declined to respond to West’s remarks, which have sparked a hot conversation this week, but have have been content to allow others to take up the president’s defense.
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    Of course.

  250. May be this is one reason she went straight to the police.. to help the scoundrel in some odd way..
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    The IMF chief’s alleged sex-assault victim lives in a Bronx apartment rented exclusively for adults with HIV or AIDS, The Post has learned.

    The hotel maid, a West African immigrant, has occupied the fourth-floor High Bridge pad with her 15-year-old daughter since January — and before that, lived in another Bronx apartment set aside by Harlem Community AIDS United strictly for adults with the virus and their families.

    Read more: http://www.nypost.com/p/news/local/imf_accuser_in_apt_for_hiv_vics_oZmUkbtouJ14RHw1434HvJ#ixzz1MkC7Ezgo

  251. pm317
    Her lawyer has denied reports she lives in a place for HIV or AIDS people yesterday.

  252. I got thrown off the blog after I posted my last comment and couldn’t get back in. Don’t know what was wrong.

    I did not claim she does or does not have HIV, I only said her lawyer made a point to deny the claim that she lives there when an interviewer said she did. Don’t know why and don’t care, I’m just reporting what I heard.

  253. BigCatLover
    May 18th, 2011 at 5:52 pm
    &&&&&&&&&

    I guess you’d be interested in the new documentary just out in theaters, “African Cats”.

    I’d love to see it, being the owner, or shall I amend that to “caretaker”, of several small furry feline critters.

    Here’s the synopsis from a movie web site (Samuel L. Jackson is involved):

    Director: Keith Scholey, Alastair Fothergill
    Cast: Samuel L. Jackson

    Synopsis
    An epic true story set against the backdrop of one of the wildest places on Earth, “African Cats” captures the real-life love, humor and determination of the majestic kings of the savanna. The story features Mara, an endearing lion cub who strives to grow up with her mother’s strength, spirit and wisdom; Sita, a fearless cheetah and single mother of five mischievous newborns; and Fang, a proud leader of the pride who must defend his family from a once banished lion.

  254. rgb44hrc
    May 18th, 2011 at 6:31 pm
    I’ve heard about that movie but I think it’s only playing in Imax theaters or something like that.

  255. wow, looks like Gingrich is toast. DOA..I would have liked to hear some of his ideas and debate his POV. He is more interesting than others out there in that regard.

  256. Kingsgrove
    May 18th, 2011 at 4:17 pm

    The 2012 Obama campaign embraces ‘Birtherism’, releases a “Made In The USA” T-Shirt (with image BO’s Birth certificate. No kidding!)!
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    Shadowfax:

    “Visitors to BarackObama.com can now receive a T-shirt or mug emblazoned with an image of the birth certificate for a donation of $30 or more.”
    __________________________

    I’m thrilled Obama is selling T-Shirts emblazoned with the BC- We won’t have to wonder who the Obots are… wearing the “mark” of Obama from their hand to a shirt. Kool-
    _______________

    jbstonesfan
    May 18th, 2011 at 11:52 am

    Obama is visisting MA for a fundraiser today- I thought he was meetng with Bibi- Or is it tomorrow?

    _________________________-

  257. Eliot Spitzer is reporting that Admiral Mullen is saying stop talking about the Osama bin Laden raid because it is putting the Seals at risk for future operations. Too many details have been released. Are you listening White House.

  258. JanH
    May 18th, 2011 at 4:48 pm

    Mrs. Smith,

    obama can shove his Israeli demands down his throat for all I care. He is the monster who created the mess in the first place. He is the one who fostered world hatred of Israel.
    ___________________

    And I think that is where his demands are going to end up!

  259. Joseph Farah says he may sue Esquire for ‘parody’ story on Jerome Corsi book

    I believe Joe Farah has it right. Obama put Warren up to the prank. School yard tricks mimic the mentality of Barack Obama.

    Obama interruped Trump’s show announcing OBL was dead- hours before he made an appearance. The ending to the show, who was fired, was announced in news broadcasts at 11pm. Obama is addicted to power and loves flaunting it at Americans.

  260. Obama interrupted Trump’s show announcing OBL was dead- hours before he made an appearance. The ending to the show, who was fired, was announced in news broadcasts at 11pm. Obama is addicted to power and loves flaunting it at Americans.

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    Joseph Farah says he may sue Esquire for ‘parody’ story on Jerome Corsi book

    I believe Joe Farah has it right. Obama put Warren up to the prank. School yard tricks mimic the mentality of Barack Obama.

  261. I have a WP site so I know how it works- typing words into the spam word generator automatically prevents the post form posting.

  262. Ah-HA! I found the text that prevents the post from posting…

    It’s from today @ 5:32pm

  263. I don’t think WND has anything to worry about. What will be laughable is if the book really does hold revelations making Obama out to be a LIAR- Where will he go to run for president, Kenya?

  264. Another thing I wanted to mention-

    I don’t think Trump decided against running because of the HUGE money he was offered for his next Show. It has to be something more serious than that.. for him to do a 180 in the span of hours in less than a day..

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