Big Media And The Monarch

As stupid and uneducated as it is, there are still some people who are so stupid and uneducated, that they do not believe the smart and educated view that Big Media is protecting Barack Obama. These dolts think Obama is somehow under assault by Big Media and their overgrown dummy is helpless to defend himself from the Big Media bullies.

In addition, these stupid and uneducated people think it is only “racist and evil” Republicans who attack their golden calf. It is hard to educate these stupid people. Fortunately, today, some examples of Big Media corruption and a leftist critique have come to light which might help these dolts understand reality.

In the venerable and establishment U.S News some milquetoast “veteran journalists” from years past reportedly are shocked at how much more milquetoast current Big Media “correspondents” are:

“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.”

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.

It’s pretty bad when these lapdogs for previous presidents call out today’s much worse lapdogs. It’s gotten so bad for two reasons: (1) the proliferation of variety of media outlets means that Big Media must be much more overtly and glaringly partisan if Big Media is to sufficiently influence the population; (2) what used to be the cultural opposition is now the cultural establishment – and yes that means the left, the gentry left that despises the non-coastal white working class and it’s “bitter” and “clinging to guns and religion” belief systems.

One-time leftist hero Ted Rall today discusses the RISE OF THE OBAMABOTS – Stifling Liberal Dissent Under Obama. Cartoonist Ted Rall in the 1990s was published “in Time, Fortune and Bloomberg Personal magazines and over 100 daily and alternative weekly newspapers.” Rall was a “staff writer for two major magazines.” After 9/11 Rall lost most of his jobs and he blames his unemployment woes on George W. Bush and the Republican right:

“The media gorged on an orgy of psychotic right-wing rhetoric. Flags everywhere. Torture suddenly OK. In a nation where mainstream political discourse was redefined between Dick Cheney on the right and libertarian Bill Maher on the not-as-right, there wasn’t any room in the paper for a left-of-center cartoonist. My business was savaged. Income plunged. [snip]

McCarthyism–blackballing–made a big comeback. I had been drawing a monthly comic strip, “The Testosterone Diaries,” for Men’s Health. No politics. It was about guy stuff: dating, job insecurity, prostate tests, that sort of thing. They fired me. Not because of anything I drew for them. It was because of my syndicated editorial cartoons, which attacked Bush and his policies. The publisher worried about pissing off right-wingers during a period of nationalism on steroids.

Desperate and going broke, I called an editor who’d given me lots of work at the magazines he ran during the 1990s. “Sorry, dude, I can’t help,” he replied. “You’re radioactive.

Those wicked Republicans! How horrible! Can anything or anyone be worse than those wicked Republicans? Yes, Barack Obama can – be much worse – is much worse:

“It was tempting, when Obama’s Democrats swept into office in 2008, to think that the bad old days were coming to an end. I wasn’t looking for any favors, just a swing of the political pendulum back to the Clinton years when it was still OK to be a liberal.

This, you have no doubt correctly guessed, is the part where I tell you I was wrong.

I didn’t count on the cult of personality around Barack Obama.”

Uh, oh. We can hear the yelps and mockery already from the stupid and uneducated members of the overly-educated-to-the-point-of-stupidity-Obama-cult-left. The “racist” charge will soon be hurled at Ted Rall. But Ted Rall has an history:

“In the 1990s it was OK to attack Clinton from the left. I went after the Man From Hope and his centrist, “triangulation”-obsessed Democratic Leadership Council for selling out progressive principles. Along with like-minded political cartoonists including Tom Tomorrow and Lloyd Dangle, my cartoons and columns took Clinton’s militant moderates to the woodshed for NAFTA, the WTO and welfare reform. A pal who worked in the White House informed me that the President, known for his short temper, stormed into his office and slammed a copy of that morning’s Washington Post down on the desk with my cartoon showing. “How dare your friend compare me to Bush?” he shouted. (The first Bush.)

It was better than winning a Pulitzer.”

Ted Rall attacked the Bushes and Bill Clinton from a left perspective. He was often wrong but he got to work free of the “racist” epithet and free of the blacklist. Now Ted Rall writes that for a “leftie” Bush was better than Obama is now:

“It feels a little weird to write this, like I’m telling tales out of school and ratting out the Vast Left-Wing Conspiracy. But it’s true: there’s less room for a leftie during the Age of Obama than there was under Bush.

I didn’t realize how besotted progressives were by Mr. Hopey Changey.

Obama lost me before Inauguration Day, when he announced cabinet appointments that didn’t include a single liberal.

It got worse after that: Obama extended and expanded Bush’s TARP giveaway to the banks; continued Bush’s spying on our phone calls; ignored the foreclosure crisis; refused to investigate, much less prosecute, Bush’s torturers; his healthcare plan was a sellout to Big Pharma; he kept Gitmo open; expanded the war against Afghanistan; dispatched more drone bombers; used weasel words to redefine the troops in Iraq as “non-combat”; extended the Bush tax cuts for the rich; claiming the right to assassinate U.S. citizens; most recently, there was the forced nudity torture of PFC Bradley Manning and expanding oil drilling offshore and on national lands.

I was merciless to Obama. I was cruel in my criticisms of Obama’s sellouts to the right. In my writings and drawings I tried to tell it as it was, or anyway, as I saw it. I thought–still think–that’s my job. I’m a critic, not a suck-up. The Obama Administration doesn’t need journalists or pundits to carry its water. That’s what press secretaries and PR flacks are for.

Does Obama ever do anything right? Not often, but sure. And when he does, I shut up about it. Cartoonists and columnists who promote government policy are an embarrassment.

But that’s what “liberal” media outlets want in the age of Obama.

The organized left has no credibility anymore. It has eaten its seed corn and there’s nothing left. All the supposed principles the left espoused are now ignored in favor of worship of their Messiah, their Monarch. By becoming a cult, the left no longer has an ideological critique that can be taken seriously. What the left says is just words. The words are subverted by the lack of action for the principles.

Ted Rall is now a non-voice from what used to be called the left. But the current organized left? It’s joined the Temple Prostitutes. The organized left is now a whorehouse with ugly, old, dead, male, whores at a cult temple:

“I can’t prove it in every case. (That’s how blackballing works.) The Nation and Mother Jones and Harper’s, liberal magazines that gave me freelance work under Clinton and Bush, now ignore my queries. Even when I offered them first-person, unembedded war reporting from Afghanistan. Hey, maybe they’re too busy to answer email or voicemail. You never know.

Other censors are brazen.

There’s been a push among political cartoonists to get our work into the big editorial blogs and online magazines that seem poised to displace traditional print political magazines like The Progressive. In the past, editorial rejections had numerous causes: low budgets, lack of space, an editor who simply preferred another creator’s work over yours.

Now there’ s a new cause for refusal: Too tough on the president.

I’ve heard that from enough “liberal” websites and print publications to consider it a significant trend.

A sample of recent rejections, each from editors at different left-of-center media outlets:

· “I am familiar with and enjoy your cartoons. However the readers of our site would not be comfortable with your (admittedly on point) criticism of Obama.”

· “Don’t be such a hater on O and we could use your stuff. Can’t you focus more on the GOP?”

· “Our first African-American president deserves a chance to clean up Bush’s mess without being attacked by us.

I have many more like that.

What’s weird is that these cultish attitudes come from editors and publishers whose politics line up neatly with mine. They oppose the bailouts. They want us out of Afghanistan and Iraq. They disapprove of Obama’s new war against Libya. They want Obama to renounce torture and Guantánamo.”

These are not really “leftists”. These are cult members formerly in the American left. And the overt racism of “our first African-American president deserves a chance…” is beyond the capacity of these overly educated uneducated stupid people to comprehend. It’s a cult, a stupid, uneducated cult:

Obama is the one they ought to be blackballing. He has been a terrible disappointment to the American left. He has forsaken liberals at every turn. Yet they continue to stand by him. Which means that, in effect, they are not liberals at all. They are militant Democrats. They are Obamabots.

Ted Rall mocks the mentality of well educated stupid fools like Kevin Drum, a very respected member of the Monarch left:

“So what should I think about [the war in Libya]?,” asks Kevin Drum in Mother Jones. “If it had been my call, I wouldn’t have gone into Libya. But the reason I voted for Obama in 2008 is because I trust his judgment. And not in any merely abstract way, either: I mean that if he and I were in a room and disagreed about some issue on which I had any doubt at all, I’d literally trust his judgment over my own. I think he’s smarter than me, better informed, better able to understand the consequences of his actions, and more farsighted.”

That is cult behavior. It is by definition a cult when you defer to your leader and invest in your Messiah Monarch such reverence. We respect Hillary Clinton and Bill Clinton. We defer to them only when it concerns them. We did not think Hillary should become Secretary of State but we understood it was her decision and she knew what her situation was better than anyone because in fact the decision was about herself. We would also listen and gravely weigh the opinion of Hillary Clinton and Bill Clinton because we respect them and know they have great abilities. But we would never submit our will and opinions to theirs in such a cultish manner.

Ted Rall makes the correct call on the question of what is more important – principles or personality?:

“Mr. Drum, call your office. Someone found your brain in the break room.

Barack Obama and the Democrats have made it perfectly clear that they don’t care about the issues and concerns that I care about. Unlike Kevin Drum, I think–I know–I’m smarter than Barack Obama. I wouldn’t have made half the mistakes he has.

So I don’t care about Obama. Or the Democrats. I care about America and the world and the people who live in them.

Hey, Obamabots: when the man you support betrays your principles, he has to go–not your principles.”

The Hopium guzzlers are too submissive, too stupid, too uneducated, too “in” the cult, to see their behavior for what it is. It’s a cult. It’s always been a cult.

The critique by the veteran reporters and the blackball revelations by Ted Rall resonated with a Boston Herald blackball. It’s access blackball by the most transparent Monarch ever. Blackball anyone who dares not worship, let alone, not praise:

“The White House Press Office has refused to give the Boston Herald full access to President Obama’s Boston fund-raiser today, in e-mails objecting to the newspaper’s front page placement of a Mitt Romney op-ed, saying pool reporters are chosen based on whether they cover the news “fairly.”

I tend to consider the degree to which papers have demonstrated to covering the White House regularly and fairly in determining local pool reporters,” White House spokesman Matt Lehrich wrote in response to a Herald request for full access to the presidential visit.

My point about the op-ed was not that you ran it but that it was the full front page, which excluded any coverage of the visit of a sitting US President to Boston. I think that raises a fair question about whether the paper is unbiased in its coverage of the President’s visits,” Lehrich wrote.”

The Boston Herald is being punished, blackballed, because it is not praising on its front pages the visit by the Messiah Monarch. “’Newspapers don’t have to be unbiased to get access. You can’t just let only the newspapers you want in,” said Boston University journalism professor Fred Bayles.”

A columnist from the Boston Herald responded to the Monarch’s edict almost immediately:

“What are you afraid of, Mr. President?

I know it must be tough dragging yourself to these glitzy fund-raisers and mingling with rich people who shower you with money and affection. Who needs an unfriendly reporter shouting an unscripted question at you, or checking to see whether any of the guests are getting government contracts?

We all know Obama has an aversion to tough questions. During the campaign, he would refuse to engage with most local media, and reporters who camped out at the rope line got a stern talking-to from a campaign staffer.

But using the White House press pool to possibly punish or reward media based on what the White House considers “fair” coverage? This is taking the control freak thing to new levels. [snip]

But apparently this White House has a different view. It has a special place for perceived “unfair” media — at least 500 feet away. Even at White House press conferences, the president carefully chooses who gets to answer a question.”

The news today that George Soros “has spent more than $48 million funding media properties, including the infrastructure of news – journalism schools, investigative journalism and even industry organizations” is surprising only because it raises the question of how much more subservient to Barack Obama Big Media can become? Are uniforms, designed by Ralph Lauren next?:

“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. [snip]

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.”

Can it be that the goal is actual Big Media funded by actual government? Whodathunkit?:

“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.”

The organized left is now the party of the Royalists. The few of the principled left remaining, will have to join with the Tea Party to dump the Royalists into the deep waters. The Monarch, his courtiers, and the cult that worships him must be dethroned. The Royal scribblers will have to walk the plank as well.

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307 thoughts on “Big Media And The Monarch

  1. “As stupid and uneducated as it is, there are still some people who are so stupid and uneducated, that they do not believe the smart and educated view that Big Media is protecting Barack Obama.”
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    Stupid and uneducated isn’t really a clear definition of the point you are trying to get across- Educated or uneducated has nothing to do with the dynamic of people believing Obama is protected by Big Media…

    The two drivers in play here are “cognitive impairment and fear” People believing Big Media is running interference for Obama believe it is a good thing-or the employed believers are afraid if they speak the Truth, they will lose their jobs…

  2. classical liberals are people like russell feingold, he is one the few dems, other than Hillary I would ever vote for any position.
    The rest are alinksky scum, all of them, maybe they were classical liberals at some point, but their are all Obot worshipping scum now.

    I respect conservative who stick to principles rather than a party, just like I respect classicial liberals who stick to their principles. What we have now are worshippers of the Messaih, if he told them to drink the kool aide, they would do so by the gallon and then ask for more to please their Messaih.

    And the entire American press corp are Messaih worshipping Obots. Clinton was never protected like this, Bush sure as hell wasn’t. And little Katie Couric and the rest can’t figure out why no one trusts a word that comes out their mouths!

  3. “So what should I think about [the war in Libya]?,” asks Kevin Drum in Mother Jones. “If it had been my call, I wouldn’t have gone into Libya. But the reason I voted for Obama in 2008 is because I trust his judgment. And not in any merely abstract way, either: I mean that if he and I were in a room and disagreed about some issue on which I had any doubt at all, I’d literally trust his judgment over my own. I think he’s smarter than me, better informed, better able to understand the consequences of his actions, and more farsighted.”

    ———–
    Holy Smokes, this guy should be banned from publish anything, EVER!

    He is bent over so far for Barry, he has almost turned himself inside out.

    I have never in my entire life heard of such blatant stupidity!!

  4. Obama trying to steal thunder from the release of Corsi’s book tomorrow. Obama: Hey, Look at me- I have a Big surprise!

    A new video just released from WND showing the difference in the type used in Obama’s BC copy and the Nordyke Twins BC.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=58vFN2FFu2U&feature=player_embedded

    Proving the BC Obama released is not a copy of the original LFBC but a generated copy for public consumption.

    I’m getting bad vibes over his T-shirt campaign advertising his BC- I have the feeling it is going to be a disaster that will bite him where the sun don’t shine…

  5. Shadowfax
    May 18th, 2011 at 9:45 pm

    I’ve noticed Obama making examples of reporters who do not carry water for him. They get banned from access to the WH- When that happens… NO PAYCHECK…. Poverty! It’s FEAR!

  6. Mrs. Smith: “I’m getting bad vibes over his T-shirt campaign advertising his BC- I have the feeling it is going to be a disaster that will bite him where the sun don’t shine…”

    If it does bite him where the sun doesn’t shine…let’s hope they get it on video. Now I’d pay to see that one!!

  7. I think I am going to stop calling obama by his name. I have decided to call him “a disgusting excuse for a human being.”

  8. I can’t wait until I see an obot in one of those bc t-shirts. I’ll point out all the ways the bc is a fraud while it’s on their back. Ha.

  9. BigCatLover
    May 18th, 2011 at 10:00 pm

    I hope we see the Press with the T-Shirts on and someone takes their picture…

    In my experience, what I have found is when the enemy is (over) confident they have you beaten, they become so sure of themselves, they go into the “over reach” zone. When they dare to tread in the “over reach” zone is when it’s game over for them-

    My definition of the “over reach zone”…

    The enemy does one of two things, they:

    …. feel they have Won the game against you and prematurely begin celebrating pouring salt in the wound as they are doing with this T-shirt fund raiser…You know the T-Shirt thing is aimed at Trump and Corsi.

    …. the war against you has been waged for so long with little recrimination against them coming from you- they think they have you on your knees at their mercy. They then start embellishing their comments with outright lies… that is when this type of ‘over reach’ occurs… and may or may not be a factor in instituting a lawsuit. So you wait, suck it up, and wait…

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    Southern Born
    May 18th, 2011 at 9:52 pm

    Mrs. Smith: “I’m getting bad vibes over his T-shirt campaign advertising his BC- I have the feeling it is going to be a disaster that will bite him where the sun don’t shine…”

    If it does bite him where the sun doesn’t shine…let’s hope they get it on video. Now I’d pay to see that one!!
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    It’s bad Ju-ju SB, which usually backfires 10X worse than something Trump or Corsi could have planned themselves in retaliation for the insult.
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    JanH
    May 18th, 2011 at 9:59 pm

    I think I am going to stop calling obama by his name. I have decided to call him “a disgusting excuse for a human being.”
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    A covert code, DEFHB? 😆

  11. Bots are Dear Leader’s sad little cult followers.

    “It is now time for you to take your cyanide. Meanwhile, I will hit the links.”

  12. No religious exemptions, wonder who is behind this. Big brother is alive and well in the WH
    **********

    Circumcision Ban to Appear on San Francisco Ballot

    Associated Press

    SAN FRANCISCO—A group seeking to ban the circumcision of male children in San Francisco has succeeded in getting their controversial measure on the November ballot, meaning voters will be asked to weigh in on what until now has been a private family matter.

    City elections officials confirmed Wednesday that the initiative had received enough signatures to appear on the ballot, getting more than 7,700 valid signatures from city residents. Initiatives must receive at least 7,168 signatures to qualify.

    If the measure passes, circumcision would be prohibited among males under the age of 18. The practice would become a misdemeanor offense punishable by a fine of up to $1,000 or up to one year in jail. There would be no religious exemptions.

    http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052748703509104576331672328164768.html?mod=WSJ_hp_MIDDLENexttoWhatsNewsThird

  13. Mrs. Smith
    May 17th, 2011 at 9:19 am
    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!

    “UH JFK surely was not a dem neither was his fat uncle Teddy. I will leave out the blue dress stunt. I don’t see how any woman could stay with a cheater. But hey what do I know I’m just a tranny. “

  14. tim
    May 18th, 2011 at 10:53 pm

    awww, now the Wash Compost attacks Cornel West, “no better than a birther”,
    &&&&&&&&&

    “Birthers” are people who simply ask that a) any candidate prove their constitutional eligibility, b) states enforce existing rules, and c) press/media do their fucking jobs in covering when (a) or (b) lie or cheat or ignore the laws.

    Using a disparaging term to slander them reveals how corrupt and empty these douche bags are.

    As for Mr. West, he voted for Ubama, and they can’t even pin the “racist” label on him. “birther”??? That’s all ya got?

  15. From American Thinker, great article, goes with Admins post above.

    “Perhaps more importantly, the book illuminates the David and Goliath dust-up between old school journalists like Corsi and the anti-journalists who now dominates the media. Although the outcome remains in doubt, the terms of battle do not. And unless those terms are changed, the Goliath media will continue its inexorable drift towards Pravda-style journalism”.

    May 18, 2011
    Corsi Book An Important One
    By Jack Cashill

    Jerome Corsi’s much-anticipated book, Where’s the Birth Certificate?, is important in ways that go beyond the eligibility of Barack Obama to be president of the United States. That question the book addresses but cannot quite resolve.

    Perhaps more importantly, the book illuminates the David and Goliath dust-up between old school journalists like Corsi and the anti-journalists who now dominates the media. Although the outcome remains in doubt, the terms of battle do not. And unless those terms are changed, the Goliath media will continue its inexorable drift towards Pravda-style journalism.

    Corsi’s book could help level the battlefield. He is the Joe Friday of reporters, “Just the facts, ma’m.” Even the skeptical reader will have to appreciate how conscientiously he makes his case that Barack Obama’s eligibility is by no means a given. And for all its attention to detail, the book is well paced and always engaging.

    In the way of disclosure, Corsi and I are both affiliated with the journal at the center of the controversy, WorldNetDaily (WND), Corsi more formally than I. WND Books, in fact, published Where’s the Birth Certificate? I chose Simon & Schuster for my recent book, Deconstructing Obama, thinking that its reputation would help me penetrate the anti-journalism force field that protects the president. I was kidding myself.

    As I have come to learn firsthand, the anti-journalist does not seek to report the news. The anti-journalist attacks the people who do report the news or, just as likely, ignores them completely. When in attack mode, the anti-journalist disregards the facts and dismisses the fact finder as partisan, whacko, reckless, and inevitably, in regard to Obama, racist. No reporter in America knows this form of abuse better than Harvard Ph.D. Jerome Corsi.

    Corsi does not deserve it. In his book, he carefully walks the reader through what would seem to be an important issue, a candidate’s constitutional eligibility to be president of the United States. As Corsi documents, that issue certainly seemed important when John McCain emerged as the likely Republican nominee for president in 2008.

    “McCain’s Canal Zone Birth Prompts Queries About Whether That Rules Him Out,” screamed a New York Times headline in late February 2008, one of many such articles questioning McCain’s eligibility. The United States Senate took the question seriously enough to hold hearings on the matter, and even after the Senate decided in McCain’s favor, the Washington Post questioned whether “Senate Resolution 511 was sufficient to prove that McCain was a natural-born citizen.”

    Corsi provides a useful history into the thinking that informed Article 2, Section 1 of the United States Constitution, the natural-born citizenship clause. In brief, the founders did not want a president with divided loyalties. Regardless of where Obama was born, the fact that his presumed father was a British citizen at the time of Obama’s birth, and had every intention of remaining one, made Obama’s case at least as worthy of adjudication as McCain’s.

    But that was not to be. From the beginning, one questioned Obama’s eligibility, indeed any of his credentials, at his own risk. The introductory section of Corsi’s book shows those who may have forgotten with what incredible impunity the Obama campaign was allowed to proceed.

    In March 2008, contract employees for the State Department were caught breaching the passport files of the three still viable presidential candidates, Obama, McCain, and Hillary Clinton. While the media allowed Obama to pontificate about the sanctity of confidential records, they spared the public the knowledge that Obama’s file was uniquely visited on three occasions and that that visitor just happened to work for Obama adviser John Brennan, now Deputy National Security Adviser. Two weeks later, Obama first disclosed that he had visited Pakistan in 1981, a fact curiously missing from both of his books. The media predictably averted their gaze.

    Unlike every other candidate in modern presidential history, Obama did not choose to share any of his essential documents, and the media happily obliged him. As Corsi details, Obama has shielded those records involved with his adoption, his kindergarten, Punahou School, Occidental College, his passport and travel, Columbia University (including his senior thesis), Harvard Law School, his medical history, his Chicago law practice, his State Senate career, as well as his SAT and LSAT scores, and, until recently, his very birth certificate.

    Then, too, there is the question of Obama’s Connecticut-based Social Security number, a question that Corsi tackles, but the media inevitably dodge.

    In a telling incident from late October 2007, the New York Times offered the then underdog Obama a chance to reconcile the account of his New York years in Dreams from My Father with the accounts of those who knew him. “Yet he declined repeated requests to talk about his New York years, release his Columbia transcript or identify even a single fellow student, co-worker, roommate or friend from those years.”

    A campaign spokesman, Ben LaBolt, offered a conspicuously lame explanation for Obama’s reticence: “He doesn’t remember the names of a lot of people in his life.” Lame or not, it worked. Obama’s indifference to the facts on the ground may have shocked the Times, but it did not exactly shock the Times or any other media outlet into action.

    Ironically, of course, Obama won his U.S. Senate seat in Illinois only after the Chicago Tribune, likely at the prodding of Team Obama, forced both his primary and then his general election opponent to unseal their unseemly, and ultimately lethal, divorce records.

    Of all the records, however, none is important as the birth certificate, the ultimate symbol of Obama’s cryptic origins. Until the release of the birth certificate on April 27, I had assumed that Obama was born in, if not Hawaii, at least in the United States, the State of Washington, where he was first sighted as a three-week-old by his mother’s friends.

    A series of events has made me question my assumptions. One is the release a week after the birth certificate of A Singular Woman, the book about Obama’s mother, Stanley Ann Dunham. I had expected the book’s author, New York Times reporter Janny Scott, to clarify any remaining questions about Obama’s birth given her two-plus years of research. In fact, however, she does the opposite.

    Scott describes the Maui wedding of Obama’s presumed parents with the word “reportedly.” She tells us not one word about Dunham’s whereabouts from the February 1961 wedding to the August 1961 birth. She offers no baby pictures, no tales of trips to the hospital or anxious grandparents, no account of how Dunham got from Hawaii to Seattle. Indeed, Scott purposely fudges the timeline of Dunham’s Seattle exodus. Scott almost forces the informed reader to wonder what she is hiding.

    The recent posting of Barack Obama Sr.’s INS records has likewise increased my skepticism. In September 2010, Heather Smathers of the Arizona Independent requested these records through the Freedom of Information Act. She received them in CD form on April 18, 2011, and posted them on April 26. The next day Obama produced his birth certificate.

    In the 55-page release, only one page is fully handwritten by an INS official. That memo conveniently insists that “Barack Obama II” — the same odd locution as on the birth certificate — was born in Honolulu on “8/4/1961.”

    Most problematic is the content of the dramatically released birth certificate. Corsi does an excellent job documenting the many efforts made to keep that certificate from public view, efforts that put huge demands on Hawaii officialdom, engaged federal courts in needless ways, and, most inexcusably, sent Lt. Col. Terry Lakin to prison. If the birth certificate is, in fact, as innocuous as it appears, a real reporter has to ask why all the efforts to conceal it.

    A real reporter also has to at least examine a document this controversial and long concealed. These past few weeks, Corsi and WND have been doing just that with interesting results. Meanwhile, the anti-journalists sit back and snipe at them. And the least sensible of these snipers, alas, are the anti-journalists of the right.
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  16. “As stupid and uneducated as it is, there are still some people who are so stupid and uneducated, that they do not believe the smart and educated view that Big Media is protecting Barack Obama.”
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    Trust it’s education anybody that see different is obviously deluded. So I agree with the above. I will leave it with it’s a reason why the roman empire fail…..LETTING IN NOTHING BUT GARBAGE & LOWERING OUR STANDARDS

  17. Hannity, cancelled his interview with Corsi last night at the last minute.

    ****

    found this comment at AT, this is getting fuc*king ridiculous. The right is left and the left is black

  18. I guess I agee with Mrs. Smith. I think the adjutives should be the billantly stupid, and the over educated educated. why? Because these people in many cases matriculated at a very high level, but for some reason they did not take a course in Democracy. In a democracy, they have descent, and when the descent becomes the majority, you don’t lead anymore. The parliments work that way. They go after each other in the worse way, and when you lose the suppot of the majority, you are out of their.

    In Amercian, we have lost the voice of the descentors, and now only hear the people who regurgatate everthing the Savoir says. You disagree than Joy on the View will come after you like the biggest bully ever. She will shout down all descent to the Savior.

    As pointed out by the writer, descentors are in the unemployment lines. The Democracy in the US is dead.

  19. If the measure passes, circumcision would be prohibited among males under the age of 18. The practice would become a misdemeanor offense punishable by a fine of up to $1,000 or up to one year in jail. There would be no religious exemptions.

    http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052748703509104576331672328164768.html?mod=WSJ_hp_MIDDLENexttoWhatsNewsThird

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    Aw, they should allow it if requested…. After a 72 hour wait, and counseling, and an ultrasound of the foreskin….

  20. Amazing post.

    I’d love this printed on a uniform so that the cultists might be ‘into it:’

    “Hey, Obamabots: when the man you support betrays your principles, he has to go–not your principles.”

  21. Corsi and WND are dirty. Sorry, they are. I have experience firsthand with both Farah and Corsi burying information and instead publishing false information that favors Obama. Twisted stories, both.

    There’s a reason that WND is allowed in that press pool. And it is NOT because Obama or his administration are fair. Trust that.

    WND lets the White House make fools of the right. JMO.

  22. Didn’t WND attack Bill Clinton in the 90s? He forgave some such paper lately, was it them?

  23. ImRubberYoureGlue
    May 19th, 2011 at 2:25 am

    Corsi and WND are dirty. Sorry, they are. I have experience firsthand with both Farah and Corsi burying information and instead publishing false information that favors Obama. Twisted stories, both.
    ________________________

    Interesting- can you provide a link?

  24. Since Cornel West said Obama is the “black mascot of Wall Street oligarchs” the WH had to find a suitably black toady to come out and float “By indulging in the ‘Obama-as-other’ narrative, West is no better than a birther.” Now if West can make the jump that Obama has always been a paid for hack of various crooked business interests starting the southside of Chicago beginning by serving on “challenges” to pass out graft with Bill Ayers while accomplishing less than nothing but payola, moving on to the combine in the Illinois legislature and Rezko, to the US Senate where he could peddle his services to the highest bidders (which is about all he muster enough energy to actually show up) to the biggest thieves in the world on Wall St. With 40% unemployment for black males West may have an audience. To claim that West is attacking Obama over his “otherness” is all they got. Obama’s coalition of idiots is falling apart.

  25. gonzotx
    May 19th, 2011 at 12:29 am

    From American Thinker,

    “In March 2008, contract employees for the State Department were caught breaching the passport files of the three still viable presidential candidates, Obama, McCain, and Hillary Clinton. While the media allowed Obama to pontificate about the sanctity of confidential records, they spared the public the knowledge that Obama’s file was uniquely visited on three occasions and that that visitor just happened to work for Obama adviser John Brennan, now Deputy National Security Adviser. Two weeks later, Obama first disclosed that he had visited Pakistan in 1981, a fact curiously missing from both of his books. The media predictably averted their gaze.”

    … snip …

    “Most problematic is the content of the dramatically released birth certificate. Corsi does an excellent job documenting the many efforts made to keep that certificate from public view, efforts that put huge demands on Hawaii officialdom, engaged federal courts in needless ways, and, most inexcusably, sent Lt. Col. Terry Lakin to prison. If the birth certificate is, in fact, as innocuous as it appears, a real reporter has to ask why all the efforts to conceal it.”
    _________________________

    Brennan worked as security adviser to Bush and Clinton. He is CIA. So, I’m sure everyone in the loop has seen BO’s passport records. However, with poof as elusive as chicken with teeth, no good can come of it unless a paper trail follows.

    Terry Lakin is another example of subjective evidence screaming for validation. Validation only gained by a piece of paper, that in some enclaves, would be ideal material to make an fly as a paper plane. In this case, the fate of our country hangs in the balance because this particular piece of paper holds the fate of a president that must remain in power to complete a mission of “change” of America to a Third World country.

    If Jerome Corsi’s book can affect a change for the good of the country and us- than so be it. I’m in it to win it!

  26. admin, many thanks, for this post which literally has rescued my will to continue in the effort to rescue the republic.

    Heard somewhere on TV yesterday morning: CIA recruiting at colleges. Interested in hiring ME ethnicities. [In any setting outside Obamaville, this would exemplify the verboten ‘profiling’.]

  27. hiring ME [In any setting outside Obamaville, this would exemplify the verboten ‘profiling’.]
    _______________________

    In our case, hiring ME ethnicities would spell disaster- As if there isn’t enough chaos in the country already. TSA screeners are almost exclusively Muslim, thanks to Chernoff and Obama.

  28. Veteran Journalists: Today’s White House Reporters Are Too Timid

    By Paul Bedard

    Posted: May 17, 2011

    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.”

    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.

    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.”

    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.](at link)

    “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.
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    If they were boycotted as is the American way of showing dissatisfaction rather than complaining to a like thinking audience- they might fade into the sunset…

    The BBC is the only newsworthy station. Big media has been hired by Soros to keep the masses sedated. Who needs Ambien when media has the same effect reinforcing Obots who feel their rent money donated to Obama in 08′ is reason enough to continue living a LIE!

  29. HTA-

    Your post goes along with this news. We’ll be paying the Taliban to kill US soldiers! How will we know the difference?
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    U.S. to Partner with Taliban…Instead of Killing Them

    As reported by the London Telegraph, new U.S. special envoy Marc Grossman, “Mr. Appeasement,” …err, “Mr Reconciliation,” is busy completing the diplomatic side of our miserably failed COIN strategy which will deliver Afghanistan to the Taliban.

    A Western official in Kabul confirmed the United States was in direct contact with the Taliban following a sea change in American policy this year. Marc Grossman, the replacement for special envoy Richard Holbrooke, has been nicknamed “Mr. Reconciliation” and told to focus efforts on trying to facilitate a political deal which would ease a US exit. “Those are no longer preconditions, they are being seen as negotiated outcomes,” said the Western official. In February, Hillary Clinton, the US Secretary of State, said the US would no longer insist on preconditions such as the need for the Taliban to renounce al-Qaeda and accept the Afghan constitution. Such declarations could be made after a deal had been reached. The pursuit of “reconciliation” in Afghanistan will be high on the agenda in talks between Mr. Obama and Mr. Cameron in London next week.

    Inspirational Marine Warrior, Gunnery Sgt. Brian M. Blonder, who was awarded the Navy Cross for courageous, lethal service to the U.S., i.e., killing our jihadist Taliban enemies in Afghanistan — not drinking tea with them.

    Blonder’s unabashed account was reported by the Marine Corps, as follows:

    Blonder remembers the triumphant and tiring day vividly. From the rifle fire Sgt. Frank Simmons bestowed upon the enemy, killing “countless’ insurgents with single shots to the head or chest, to the accurate sniper fire of Staff Sgt. Richard Powell, Blonder said he’ll wear the Navy Cross as a representation of the Marines he fought alongside that day. The victory disrupted several Taliban unit networks, which Blonder said crippled Taliban spirits in southern Afghanistan.

    Alas the brave actions of Gunnery Sgt. Blonder and many intrepid stalwarts like him-which flew in the face of the delusive Petraeus COIN doctrine and its self-abasing and self-destructive mantra, “drink lots of tea, eats lots of goat, get to know the people” of “partnering” with the irredentist Afghan Muslim tribesmen-appear to have been for naught.

    http://comments.americanthinker.com/read/1/823484.html

  30. “Now if West can make the jump that Obama has always been a paid for hack of various crooked business interests starting the southside of Chicago beginning by serving on “challenges” to pass out graft with Bill Ayers while accomplishing less than nothing but payola, moving on to the combine in the Illinois legislature and Rezko, to the US Senate where he could peddle his services to the highest bidders (which is about all he muster enough energy to actually show up) to the biggest thieves in the world on Wall St.”
    ____________________

    yeah, lobbing a spit ball at Iron Mike is West’s opportunity for gratuity. He is more useful to Obama as a shadow endorser. BO eyeing all those college votes in West’s pocket.

  31. Mrs. Smith May 19th, 2011 at 7:37 am
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    This stuff is makin’ my head spin….

  32. This stuff is makin’ my head spin….
    _____________________

    Well, we’re ALL standing up-

    What are the Republicans doing? It’s the House Republicans who are in control and who we depend on when Treasonous activity is threatening the security of the country to do something-

    Someone needs to send Limbaugh a clue and see where he goes with it-

    Pumas Unleashed had been inundated last evening with gawkers from Islamabad peeking in to see what is going on- I’m sure today’s post will have them jumping for JOY!

    http://pumasunleashed.wordpress.com

  33. Question: what does Obama do with card carrying communists now that his fifty or so czar billest have been filled?

    Answer: he appoints them to the court of appeals, so they can redistribute wealth and order slavery reparations–what else?

    Comment: notice who the wavering Republicans are–they ones Erickson wants us to call. Those are the RINOS.
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    Today the United States Senate will vote on cloture in the matter of Goodwin Liu. Sixty votes are needed. Call 202-224-3121 and ask for your Senator. Tell him to oppose Goodwin Liu.

    Goodwin Liu is a true radical, in favor of using the courts to redistribute wealth and impose slave reparations, among other things. He’s so radical that even Rahm Emanuel was opposed to his nomination.

    According to Harry Reid (D-NV), the Democrats need Goodwin Liu on the federal bench because “the court of appeals is where law is made, and we need the finest minds in the world for that.”

    There are some Senate targets to focus on in getting them to oppose cloture.

    They include Sens. Alexander, Brown, Chambliss, Collins, Graham, Isakson, Kirk, McCain, Murkowski, Snowe, and Thune.

    Call 202-224-3121 and get your Senator to oppose cloture.

  34. Tea Party Puts Boehner on Notice: Shape Up or Ship Out
    by Walter Hudson

    Posted on May 18 2011 7:00 pm Walter Hudson is a political commentator and co-founder of Minnesota’s North Star Tea Party Patriots, a statewide educational organization. He runs a blog entitled Fightin Words. He also contributes to True North, a hub of Minnesotan conservative commentary. Follow his work via Twitter, Facebook, and YouTube.
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    Leftists still don’t get the Tea Party, and neither does the Republican party establishment. Reuters recently reported on a private meeting which took place between several Tea Party activists and House Speaker John Boehner. The mood was less than cordial.

    One of the 25 or so [Tea Party] leaders, all from Boehner’s district, asked him if Republicans would raise America’s $14.3 trillion debt limit.

    According to half a dozen attendees interviewed by Reuters, the most powerful Republican in Washington said “yes(…)”

    That answer incensed many of the Tea Party activists, for whom raising the debt limit is anathema.

    From the sidelines, the Left snickers and wags a finger.

    Boehner, along with much of the GOP, is “stuck between the Tea Party and a hard place.” But, he only has himself to blame for bringing the activists into the fold and over-promising what he could deliver with control of a single chamber of Congress.

    Surely, there are Tea Party activists with unreasonable expectations of what Republicans can accomplish with control of the House. However, the major beef Tea Partiers have with Republicans is not their lack of accomplishment. It’s their unwillingness to stand and fight, their apparent lack of principle, and the resulting impotence toward shifting the narrative in Washington.

    The crux of the conflict between the Tea Party and Republicans is a choice between short-term pragmatism and entrenched political warfare. Too often, the questions Republicans ask themselves are. Will this work? Can this pass? Will we win?

    The Left never asks these questions. They never concern themselves with whether a course is practical. They focus on controlling the narrative, framing the debate, then dominating the conversation. Doing so enables them to affect whether a future gambit, which may not work today, works tomorrow. They’re willing to double-down when the long-term benefit is worth the risk.

    Just look at the lengths Democrats were willing to go to in order to shove Obamacare down our throats. They didn’t care how much it cost them in 2010. They only cared about affecting a fundamental transformation which would benefit their cause in the long-run.

    That’s what the Tea Party demands of Republicans. Will the debt ceiling be raised? Almost certainly. The point is how. What will Republicans get in return? What will Democrats have to concede? How will the debate be framed? How will conservatives control the narrative? How will Boehner put the Left on the defensive, and strike a counter-blow that will sour their comparatively small victory?

    Ron Musilli, 62, a native of Troy, recalls asking Boehner what leverage points the Republicans planned to focus on in debt limit talks with the White House and Senate Democrats.

    “We haven’t figured that out yet,” he recalls Boehner replied.

    That’s unacceptable. The fear is that Republicans haven’t concocted a strategy against the White House because they are more focused on “managing expectations” among conservatives. That leads the Tea Party to the conclusion that serious changes are due in 2012.

    “The Tea Party will almost certainly primary those they want to get rid of,” said Larry Sabato, a politics professor at the University of Virginia. “They are not out to rebuild the Republican Party. They are out to take over the Republican Party and make it more like the Tea Party.”

    “If it takes some Republican defeats along the way to make that happen, then that is what they’ll do,” he added.

    Believe it. There is a place for pragmatism in political calculations. But like a shield absent a sword, it can’t do much against a fully armed opponent. If Republicans are unwilling to fight, if they lack the courage of their espoused convictions, if they can’t stomach hardcore political warfare, they’ll be replaced by those who can.

  35. John Boehner is not the man for the job. We need a fighter, but there aren’t any. Cantor is no better. He is trying to unseat Boehner, but does not have the votes or the seniority. If I were to hazard a guess, I would say John is being blackmailed by the Obama crew.

  36. TSA screeners are almost exclusively Muslim, thanks to Chernoff and Obama.

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

    ?!?

  37. I have a new theory and will be brief because don’t have much time. Obama is a monarch and a peon at the same time (by his own behavior). He believes strongly he is bestowing his blackness on America and redeeming its citizens of their ugly past. He wants Americans to be thankful that HE gave them this opportunity. He is bestowing his GIFT to America. He also knows very well that many have USED him and his (acceptable) blackness. This is one reason why he is so contemptuous (more so because half of him is white) of some people, most people (and sometimes America) and so readily throws them under the bus. He is caught between pimping himself selling his blackness to get ahead and then regretting how people use him (again more so because half of him is white). His wife reinforces his negative view of his blackness (‘see, I told you they don’t care about you as a person but just your appearance’). You can take many quotes from him and his behavior to corroborate any or all of this.

  38. Drip by drip…please dear LORD
    ******

    Peter Fonda calls Obama ‘traitor’ at Cannes

    AFP/File

    – US actor Peter Fonda (R) poses on the red carpet at the 64th Cannes Film Festival on May 17. Fonda launched …
    – Wed May 18, 11:45 am ET
    CANNES, France (AFP) – Peter Fonda launched a four-letter attack on US President Barack Obama at the Cannes film festival on Wednesday, calling him a traitor over the handling of the aftermath of the Gulf oil spill.
    The star of the 1969 road movie “Easy Rider” was in Cannes for the premiere of “The Big Fix” by Rebecca and Josh Tickell, the only feature documentary in the official selection at the Cannes film festival this year.
    Fonda — a keen environmentalist and co-producer of the film which centres on the explosion of the BP oil rig Deepwater Horizon, the ensuing spill and its consequences — accused Washington of trying to gag reporting on the issue.
    “I sent an email to President Obama saying, ‘You are a f(expletive) traitor,’ using those words… ‘You’re a traitor, you allowed foreign boots on our soil telling our military — in this case the coastguard — what they can and could not do, and telling us, the citizens of the United States, what we could or could not do’.”
    Fonda, who said he sent the email last week, appears in “The Big Fix” trying to get on to Louisiana beaches to assess the impact of the biggest oil spill in US history, only to be turned away by BP clean-up personnel.
    Speaking at a press event at the American Pavilion to promote the film, Fonda denounced BP as “a bunch of Brits — I thought we kicked them out a long time ago. They tried to get back in in 1812, but they didn’t make it.”

  39. BO just said that he thinks that Hillary will go down as one to the greatest Sec. of State. Said he depends of her every day.

  40. President Obama forgot to mention Bahrain in that list of countries where people are crying out for freedom.

    You can bet that was deliberate.

  41. Just tuned in-

    More lofty talk!

    Seems BO is worried more about other people than the citizens of the US.

  42. Nowhere, its just another “lets give our money away wheel of fortune” to anyone else but the american taxpayer.

  43. Obama was late starting the speech because he was on the phone w/ Bush’s speechwriters

    Bwahahahahahahahahahahah, twitter is on the ball today.

  44. lol……

    Obama mideast speech checklist: Empty threat against Assad…check. Empty threat against Iran…check…

  45. BO says we must get beyond the elites and listen to the voices of the people………..

    How come we are not doing that in the USA? Will he support that here?

  46. moononpluto
    May 19th, 2011 at 12:28 pm
    Nowhere, its just another “lets give our money away wheel of fortune” to anyone else but the american taxpayer.
    *****************************
    I heard on Washington Journal this morning that he is going to forgive Egypt’s debt to us of 2 billion $ and give them another 2 billion. I was dozing so I don’t remember who said it.

  47. Yes, something is up.

    Michelle Malkin : What is going on with this speech? Something is clearly unnerving him.

  48. Women’s issues…we need more women leaders…everywhere but here in the USA where women are attacked nad put down on the road to the presidency.

  49. BigCatLover
    May 19th, 2011 at 11:51 am
    Fonda sure took his time getting outraged over the BP oil mess. Where has he been?
    *********

    Maybe he did, but the networks wouldn’t cover it so he had to go overseas!

  50. Palestinians and Israel…for over 2 years we have worked with them to end conflict.

    Our commitment to Israel is unshakable. Israel must act boldy to get lasting peace.

    No peace can be imposed on the two countries.

    Need two states

  51. So wrong Hillary, so wrong. You know any inches;s the women have made in that country will be for not. Very sad to hear this.

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    In February, Hillary Clinton, the US Secretary of State, said the US would no longer insist on preconditions such as the need for the Taliban to renounce al-Qaeda and accept the Afghan constitution.

  52. He threw Israel under the bus by saying they have to stick to the 1967 borders (means no settlements).
    I think Israel will be furious, but will the Jewish community here care? Who knows.

  53. Who will get sainthood FIRST…John Paul or BO

    BO’s miracles:

    1. Obamacare check
    2. Getting Bin Laden check
    3. Peace in Middle East check

    None of those other presidents could achieve this…they all FAILED!

  54. moon, bet they’ll use SS & medicare money to cover the $2 billion.
    No one worries about the old & sick here making trouble – just let them die.

  55. What’s with BO sucking his bottom lip in after every few sentences. It’s aggravating to watch.

  56. Fox claiming that the WH denied yesterday that he would call for the 1967 borders, but he did call for that. Liar, liar pants on fire WH.

  57. ok, so today, we had 2 things from Obama,

    1 : Egypt 2 billion of our money while our people foreclose and starve

    2 : Obama told Israel to go fuck yourself.

  58. This is perfect ammo for the GOP if they weren’t such chickens. BO cares more about the ME than he does about Americans. He’ll throw money at them but force us to buy useless insurance, cut our social security and medicare, and refuse to tax oil companies who are raking money in hand over fist while gas prices reach $5/gal.

  59. votermom
    May 19th, 2011 at 12:57 pm
    He threw Israel under the bus by saying they have to stick to the 1967 borders (means no settlements).
    I think Israel will be furious, but will the Jewish community here care? Who knows.
    *****************

    problem with that is over half the Jewish population in this country have no real ideal what that means and 80% support the fool on the hill.
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    Southern Born
    May 19th, 2011 at 12:57 pm

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

    I have thought that also and all of it fake. Peace in the ME,more like hell in the ME and fraudcare? More like InsuranceCare

  60. He’s forgiving $1B of Egypt’s debt to the US.. huh?

    Oabama said our future if tied to the ME.

    Is he nutz?

  61. moononpluto
    May 19th, 2011 at 1:02 pm
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    Hi Moon. Glad you are back on the blog.

  62. I suppose that insisting on pre conditions to discussions with the Taliban would produce impasse, but that will lead to foreign aid for sure knowing Obama, and at that point taxpayer dollars will be spent to prop up a regime which brutalizes women and practices an eye for an eye in the most literal terms. On the other hand, there is one thing we can say when that happens: Thanks to Obama, the American taxpayer is now working for the Taliban. One more step along the path to cultural toleration, diversity and we are the world diplomacy. Twelve more years–why stop at two terms when you are on this kind of a roll, and when Daddy Warbucks Soros is buying out big media. There is no problem to large or too small for a neat totalitarian solution, and if it fucks the American People that is fine so long as it glorifies Obama and his big media but boys.
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    American Spring: Time to Stop Funding Terrorists Around The World

    Job stimulus for terrorists, a housing crisis for Israel, moral relativism, oh my!

    Posted by Daniel Horowitz (Profile)
    Thursday, May 19th at 12:58PM EDT

    Barack Obama has many sinister friends who are egregiously subsidized by taxpayers, but at least they aren’t terrorists. Unfortunately, the same cannot be said for his foreign patrons. At a time when Congress is searching for any morsel to cut from our domestic budget, Obama wants to expand foreign aid..to terrorists and terror filled nations. His push for expanded foreign aid comes as part of a broader endorsement of the “Arab Spring” uprisings in his latest foreign policy speech. Bin Laden is also endorsing them from the grave. Republicans need to call for an American Spring and categorically oppose all aid to enemy nations and entities in the 2012 budget.

    Over the past few months, Obama has helped blow up the Middle East by supporting radical Muslim uprisings in Egypt, Libya, and Yemen. Simultaneously, he has hypocritically remained silent on Bashar Assad’s violent repression in Syria until this week when he announced vapid sanctions on the Syrian dictator. He is still refusing to recall his ambassador from Damascus that he sent in 2009 as a gesture to Assad. He didn’t even call for tough measures against Syria’s puppet master; Iran, while claiming to support the Iranian protesters, despite his indifference when it really mattered in 2009.

    However, upon further cogitation, Obama’s actions are actually quite consistent. In both Egypt and Syria, Obama has strengthened the hand of terrorist organizations, placing Israel in great peril.

    His support of Mubabrak’s demise in Egypt, has led to a popular groundswell for war against Israel fomented by the Muslim Brotherhood. His continued support for Hamas and Fatah in Israel (with the proviso that they denounce “violence”, of course) has emboldened the Palestinian terrorists and jeopardized the besieged state from within. Finally, his calculated tepid response to Syria’s aggression, despite his tough rhetoric, and refusal to break diplomatic relations, has emboldened arch terrorist Assad to incite a breach of the Israeli border. State Department officials told the New York Times that Obama is worried about undermining the Syrian murderer because he views him as an indispensable partner in final negotiations for an Israeli peace deal, a.k.a. forcing Israel to hand over the Golan Heights. Hence, Obama views Assad as to big to fail.

    Obama has successfully imperiled Israel on all fronts, while using American money and diplomacy to undermine the prestige of both nations. As the ever prescient Caroline Glick succinctly opined last week, “Unlike his predecessors, Obama’s interest in the Palestinians is not opportunistic. He is a true believer.”

    Now, in anticipation of Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu’s visit to Washington, Obama plans to ask for more aid for Egypt, Libya, and the Palestinians, even as he turns the screws to Israel by demanding their retreat from their heartland and live within the Auschwitz borders. Additionally, in his speech today, Obama opened the door for the division of Jerusalem and the right of return for millions of Arabs to the remaining morsels of Israel’s diminished state. He wants to spawn job creation in the Middle East even as he kills jobs at home. Instead, Republicans should return the favor by cutting off all foreign aid to enemy countries.

    In FY 2010, we spent $39.4 billion on foreign assistance, the highest amount since 1985. Obama is requesting $40.12 billion for FY 2012. Here is a list of the top ten recipients of foreign aid:

    Congressman Ted Poe (R-TX) introduced a resolution (H.Res. 173) to prohibit the consideration of any bill that appropriates foreign aid for more than one country at a time. This will allow Congress to strike out the terrorist supporting nations from appropriations bills without falling into an administration trap of opposing aid to allies. Here are the terror supporting nations and entities that should be the first to be cut:

    Palestinians and UNRWA

    There is no such thing as a Palestinian, and the term only became popularized by the PLO in the ’90s. We give them roughly $500 million annually and up to $1 billion on occasion (FY 2009). Additionally, we contributed $267 million in FY 2009 to the United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA), the organization that harbors Palestinian terrorists under the guise of humanitarian aid. We are the largest bilateral donor to UNRWA. If the Obama administration officials were left to their own devices, they would authorize hundreds of millions more in aid to the Palestinians.

    Even for those who are too naive and uninformed to understand that the PLO-Fatah are a bunch of terrorists, must certainly agree that their unity government with Hamas is a deal breaker. A creation of a 22nd Arab state and 2nd Palestinian state (the first being Jordan) is absolutely inimical to our interests. They will make the Taliban look like girl scouts and they will serve as the most effective proxy for Iran. Obama’s puerile platitudes stating that Hamas must renounce terror are as fatuous as a declaration that Obama must renounce stimulus spending. At present, any aid to the PLO is morally indefensible.

    Egypt

    Egypt receives about $1.5 billion in foreign aid per year. Additionally, Obama is asking Congress to forgive $1 billion more in debt and grant them another $1 billion loan. Before Obama helped overthrow Mubarak, Egypt provided stability in the region, helped fight Islamofascists, secured the chaotic border with Gaza, and committed to the treaty with Israel. As such, there was some justification for that aid.

    Obama has obviated any justification for aid by paving the road for the Muslim Brotherhood to ascend to power. Thousands of Egyptians have been rioting in the streets calling for the end of the treaty with Israel, while the border with Gaza has been breached, allowing terrorists and weapons to flow across freely. Moreover, domestically, Muslim gangs have been massacring the Coptic Christians and repressing women. Not one penny of aid for Egypt!

    Pakistan

    Paukeestaun has received upward of $13 billion in taxpayer dollars over the past decade. Obama is requesting over $3 billion for this year, a slightly higher sum than Israel’s aid. Pakistan is an absolute crack pot nation and perhaps the most Islamist concentrated nation in the world.

    In theory, there is some merit to expending surreptitious help to the Pakistani government so they can maintain stability against their whacked out constituents, and ensure that nuclear weapons don’t fall into the wrong hands. Also, there is clearly a lot of double-take and triple-take that is taking place behind the diplomatic scenes that we are not seeing. At this point, however, there are too many open questions about the Pakistanis that demand resolution before we give them another penny of taxpayer money. Moreover, Pakistan’s newfound relation with China is extremely disconcerting.

    Congressmen Ted Poe and Vern Buchanan (R-FL) are introducing legislation to prohibit foreign aid to Pakistan until they can demonstrate that they had no knowledge of Osama’s whereabouts.

    Lebanon and UNIFIL

    For FY 2011, Obama asked for $246.3 million in total aid to Lebanon. In addition, Obama asked for $211 million for the UN Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL), the UN peacekeepers in southern Lebanon who helped Hezbollah during their war with Israel in 2006. Our aid to Lebanon has increased six-fold since the supposed Syrian pullout in 2006. However, Hezbollah has ostensibly taken over the government, and by extension; Syria, and by further extension; Iran. This is a no-brainer.

    Libya

    Obama is asking for $25 million for the Al-Qaeda backed rebels in Libya. This comes just a few months after he requested $1.7 million from Congress to train Qaddafi’s military! His policy towards Libya is as incoherent and schizophrenic as could be. We should stay out and let both sides bleed.

    Did Obama’s Muslim charm offensive even help?

    Unfortunately, even after sending billions of dollars to these terrorist cesspool nations, America’s favorability ratings are still dismal in every one of these countries except Lebanon. According to a Pew Research poll, 42% of Palestinians hold a favorable view of Hamas and 61% view Hezbollah favorably. You just can’t buy love in the Middle East.

    Ideological distinctions in foreign policy are often ambiguous and vague. However, Obama, with his dyslexic foreign policy of supporting enemies and undermining friends, has provided Republicans with a historic opportunity to distinguish themselves. The President has wide latitude over foreign operations, but Congress holds the purse strings. It’s time for Republicans to categorically reject the idiocy of giving taxpayer dollars to those who pray for our demise. It’s time for our own American Spring.

  63. pm317

    …He is caught between pimping himself selling his blackness to get ahead and then regretting how people use him (again more so because half of him is white). His wife reinforces his negative view of his blackness (’see, I told you they don’t care about you as a person but just your appearance’).

    ———
    Yup to that!

  64. Comments Gingrich and Romney Run Against Their Own Party
    by Michael Barone
    05/19/2011

    Exit Mike Huckabee. Enter Newt Gingrich. Exit Donald Trump. It’s been a busy week in the race for the 2012 Republican presidential nomination.

    A few questions remain to be answered. Enter Mitch Daniels? Exit Sarah Palin?

    But already two of the best-known candidates seem bent on ruling themselves out of contention.

    One is Newt Gingrich. He’s being denounced for his comments on House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan’s Medicare plan by the likes of Rush Limbaugh, Bill Bennett, the Wall Street Journal editorial page and Charles Krauthammer on Fox News.

    Ryan’s Medicare plan was part of the budget resolution that all Republicans but four voted for in the House. It is for all practical purposes the platform of the Republican Party. And Gingrich seemed to trash it.

    He did so in response to a tendentious question from “Meet the Press’s” David Gregory, who asked whether Republicans “ought to buck the public opposition” and “really move forward to completely change Medicare.”

    The smart response would have been to challenge the premises of Gregory’s question. The Ryan plan is not necessarily unpopular — public sentiment depends heavily on how poll questions are worded. And the plan wouldn’t completely change Medicare. The current system would remain in effect for everyone now 55 and over.

    But Gingrich accepted Gregory’s premises. “I don’t think right-wing social engineering is any more desirable than left-wing social engineering,” Gingrich responded. “I don’t think imposing radical change from the right or the left is a very good way for a free society to operate.”

    So a former Republican speaker of the House who wants to become a Republican president has just given Democrats a warrant to label a major Republican proposal “right-wing social engineering” and “radical change from the right.”

    It’s not hard to see why Russell Fuhrman, an Iowa Republican who happened to run into Gingrich in Dubuque, said: “You’re an embarrassment to our party. Why don’t you get out before you make a bigger fool of yourself?”

    From his own personal experience, Gingrich should have known what is happening here. The party’s congressional wing, with its majority in the House, has taken the initiative in setting party policy — as it did when Gingrich was speaker in 1995 and 1996.

    Republican presidential contenders didn’t disparage Gingrich’s ideas in anything like the way Gingrich disparaged Ryan’s. Gingrich sees himself, accurately, as a generator of new ideas. But the party he seeks to lead is already committed to ideas that are apparently contrary to his.

    If Gingrich has put himself out of line with Republican policy more or less purposefully, Mitt Romney had no way of knowing that he would be aligned with President Obama when he formulated his Massachusetts health care plan back in 2006.

    Congressional Republicans have almost unanimously supported repeal of the Obamacare bill jammed through Congress in March 2010 with a mandate, modeled on the one in Massachusetts, requiring everyone to buy health insurance. Twenty-seven state attorneys general or governors, almost all Republicans, are bringing lawsuits arguing that the Obamacare mandate violates the Constitution.

    Romney delivered a health care speech last week in Michigan defending his Massachusetts plan and insisting that a state mandate is a different kind of duck from a federal mandate. But the response of the large mass of Republicans seems something like the old New Yorker cartoon in which the little girl confronted with a green vegetable says, “I say it’s spinach, and I say the hell with it.”

    Some Romney fans are saying he has recovered by raising $10.25 million in a single day this week. It’s an impressive fundraising feat.

    But what is money for in a presidential nomination race? It can help build state organizations, it can introduce an unknown candidate to voters, and it can present arguments for a candidate or against his opponents.

    Some of those things, however, can be done much more cheaply these days through new media. And it doesn’t seem likely that even millions of dollars of ads can make Republican primary voters and caucus-goers love the Massachusetts mandate.

    Romney is running as a technocrat, someone who can analyze data and get results through good management. But Republicans this year are looking not for a technocrat but for someone to reverse the Obama Democrats’ vast increase in the size and scope of government.

    Romney, too, seems out of line with the party he seeks to lead.

  65. No impasse with the Taliban- and no pre-conditions!

    U.S. to Partner with Taliban… Instead of Killing Them

  66. Obama: “A Full and Phased Withdrawal” by Israel to “1967 Lines”

    by Gavriel Queenann

    US President Barack Obama addressed his nation Thursday and called for a “full and phased withdraw of Israeli forces” from “occupied Palestinian lands.”

    Obama’s comments came during Obama’s much anticipated policy address at the State Department in which he outlined the United State’s new foreign policy for the Middle East and North Africa in light of the “spring revolutions” that have rocked the region.

    Saying the world was tired of “nothing but stalemate” in the Arab-Israeli conflict, and complaining that “settlement activity continues” while the “Palestinians have walked away from talks,” Obama said Israelis cannot obtain the dream of a democratic and Jewish state through “occupation.”

    Obama called for “two states for two peoples” with permanent borders based on the “1967 lines with agreed upon swaps.” The borders referred to as “1967 lines” are in fact the lines agreed upon in the 1949 armistice, following which Jordan occupied Judea and Samaria for 19 years.

    “Our policy is two states for two peoples. Israel as a Jewish state for the Jewish people. Palestine as a Palestinian state for the Palestinian people. A viable Palestine; a secure Israel.”

    Calling for “permanent borders” before addressing the “future of Jerusalem” and “Palestinian refugees” Obama said he believed these “wrenching issues” would solve themselves because, in his words, “I am convinced majority of Israelis and Palestinians would rather look to the future than be trapped in the past.” Obama, who justified remarks endorsing PA territorial demands by invoking the long-standing friendship between Israel and the United States, said that “because of that friendship we must speak the truth.”

    Saying Israel must “act boldly to advance a lasting peace” and claiming a “growing number of Palestinians” live west of the Jordan river, Obama put the onus on Israel to make “millions believe peace is possible” and – using language traditionally associated with one-sided Israeli concessions – said Israel must “act boldly to achieve a lasting peace.”

    At the same time Obama rejected unilateral moves by Palestinian Authority leaders to achieve a declaration of statehood outside of negotiations in the United Nations in September saying efforts to to isolate Israel in the UN, and delegitimize Israel, won’t achieve statehood.

    “No peace can be imposed, not by US, not by anyone else,” Obama said.

    While saying the US would “make every effort” to advance the “cause of peace” Obama outlined no plan – other than Israeli concessions – for achieving an agreement between Israel and the PA.

    The most relevant part of Obama’s speech for Israelis follows:

    “So while the core issues of the conflict must be negotiated, the basis of those negotiations is clear: a viable Palestine, and a secure Israel. The United States believes that negotiations should result in two states, with permanent Palestinian borders with Israel, Jordan, and Egypt, and permanent Israeli borders with Palestine. The borders of Israel and Palestine should be based on the 1967 lines with mutually agreed swaps, so that secure and recognized borders are established for both states. The Palestinian people must have the right to govern themselves, and reach their potential, in a sovereign and contiguous state.

    As for security, every state has the right to self-defense, and Israel must be able to defend itself – by itself – against any threat. Provisions must also be robust enough to prevent a resurgence of terrorism; to stop the infiltration of weapons; and to provide effective border security. The full and phased withdrawal of Israeli military forces should be coordinated with the assumption of Palestinian security responsibility in a sovereign, non-militarized state. The duration of this transition period must be agreed, and the effectiveness of security arrangements must be demonstrated.

    These principles provide a foundation for negotiations. Palestinians should know the territorial outlines of their state; Israelis should know that their basic security concerns will be met. I know that these steps alone will not resolve this conflict. Two wrenching and emotional issues remain: the future of Jerusalem, and the fate of Palestinian refugees. But moving forward now on the basis of territory and security provides a foundation to resolve those two issues in a way that is just and fair, and that respects the rights and aspirations of Israelis and Palestinians.

    http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/144334?utm_source=twitterfeed&utm_medium=facebook
    ________________________

    The line:

    “As for security, every state has the right to self-defense, and Israel must be able to defend itself – by itself – against any threat.”
    _________________

    Does this mean if PA attacks Israel, they should not count on any support from the US?

  67. Now he is justifying going into Libya.

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

    Because Hillary and Bill were throwing rocks to wake him up?

  68. “Does this mean if PA attacks Israel, they should not count on any support from the US?”

    —————–

    The minute he stole the potus position, this took effect.

  69. I don’t know Jan-

    It worries me that he said: “Israel can defend itself; by itself”… The media doesn’t seem to be picking up on that line and speculating on the meaning. Wait for more news from Israel.

  70. Going along with Mrs Ss post above,

    Is Drudge pulling another WTF moment by posting this article with the Fake One HUGGING Hillary on it’s top post??????????????

    (It is such a strange photo I am not sure it’s Hillary or not.)

    Obama says Palestine must be based in 1967 borders

  71. Mrs. Smith
    May 19th, 2011 at 2:13 pm

    He has done such a magnificent job on our border security he thinks he can give no only advise, but veiled ultimatums.

  72. US President Barack Obama addressed his nation Thursday and called for a “full and phased withdraw of Israeli forces” from “occupied Palestinian lands.”
    —–

    Let’s see how the Jewish liberals that support Barry react to this.

    I know a boat load of them than wouldn’t believe me that Ubama had stolen the nomination from Hillary, after they voted for her.

  73. Interesting article, admin. Thanks for highlighting at least one liberal who knows what’s going on, and isn’t afraid to stand up against it.

    I also appreciate the following from your article…

    That is cult behavior. It is by definition a cult when you defer to your leader and invest in your Messiah Monarch such reverence. We respect Hillary Clinton and Bill Clinton. We defer to them only when it concerns them. We did not think Hillary should become Secretary of State but we understood it was her decision and she knew what her situation was better than anyone because in fact the decision was about herself. We would also listen and gravely weigh the opinion of Hillary Clinton and Bill Clinton because we respect them and know they have great abilities. But we would never submit our will and opinions to theirs in such a cultish manner.

    It confirms what I have felt about the writer(s) of this blog, so it was so very nice to see it in writing.

  74. Mrs. Smith,

    The very idea that obama is kissing up to the Taliban, making ANY demands on Israel, is attrocious.

    I honestly don’t believe that Bibi trusts him one inch, but I also think that there are enough Dems and Repubs who will exert pressure on the “disgusting excuse for a human being” when it comes to protecting Israel.

    I’m still waiting for the outrage to come about the borders of Israel being trampled on from all sides.

  75. Currently at foxnews.com as ‘breaking news’ in their breaking news red banner: Israeli PM Netanyahu Rejects Obama’s Calls to Pull Back, Calls ’67 Borders ‘Indefensible’

  76. Honestly, I believe that there are a lot of secular Jews who actually will support Øbama’s comment about Israel going back to its 1967 borders, regardless of how wrong he is on that.

    Øbama should go back to his “Chicago borders”, and allow someone with brain preside over our country. Øbama may stand with the Muslims, but I will always stand with the Jews.

  77. Went down like a bucket of sick…..while Livni is a turkey voting for christmas. Israeli Govt just said go F yourself Obama.

    http://www.jpost.com/DiplomacyAndPolitics/Article.aspx?id=221383

    “Obama is the new Arafat!”: Knesset

    Danon, Ben-Ari outraged by US president’s call for creation of Palestinian state on ’67 lines; Livni says plan in Israel’s interests.

    Knesset members on the Right expressed outrage on Thursday night at US President Barack Obama’s call for the creation of a Palestinian state based on the 1967 lines with mutually agreed swaps in an exchange of territory for security.

    They called upon Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu to reject Obama’s plan when he meets with him on Friday in Washington.

    “Barack Hussein Obama adopted the staged plan for Israel’s destruction of Yasser Arafat, and he is trying to force it on our prime minister,” said Likud MK Danny Danon. “All that was new in the speech was that he called for Israel to return to 1967 borders without solving the crisis. Netanyahu has only one option: To tell Obama forget about it.”

    National Union MK Michael Ben-Ari also slammed Obama’s speech, calling it “a landmine with pretty wrapping.”

    Environment Minister Gilad Erdan, who as a minister close to Netanyahu must be more diplomatic, complained on Channel 2 that according to Obama’s approach, the Palestinians would receive their demands on borders before negotiations begin.

    “Once they have everything from the start, they have no reason to make any concessions,”Erdan said.

    But opposition leader Tzipi Livni said Obama’s plan was clearly in Israel’s interests, while the diplomatic stalemate that she believes was brought on by Netanyahu is not.

    “On his visit, Netanyahu must display the leadership necessary now to create the conditions necessary to restart negotiations with those who are ready to end the conflict,” Livni said. “Only a real Israeli initiative with content that can receive American and international support can be an answer to the current dangers and opportunities.” Her Kadima colleague, MK Yoel Hasson, warned that if Netanyahu did not take immediate action, he would bring Israel into deeper international isolation and borders forced on Israel unilaterally.

  78. Jewish Donors Warn Obama on Israel .

    Jewish donors and fund-raisers are warning the Obama re-election campaign that the president is at risk of losing financial support because of concerns about his handling of Israel.

    The complaints began early in President Barack Obama’s term, centered on a perception that Mr. Obama has been too tough on Israel.

    Some Jewish donors say Mr. Obama has pushed Israeli leaders too hard to halt construction of housing settlements in disputed territory, a longstanding element of U.S. policy. Some also worry that Mr. Obama is putting more pressure on the Israelis than the Palestinians to enter peace negotiations, and say they are disappointed Mr. Obama has not visited Israel yet.

    One top Democratic fund-raiser, Miami developer Michael Adler, said he urged Obama campaign manager Jim Messina to be “extremely proactive” in countering the perception in the Jewish community that Mr. Obama is too critical of Israel.

    He said his conversations with Mr. Messina were aimed at addressing the problems up front. “This was going around finding out what our weaknesses are so we can run the best campaign,” said Mr. Adler, who hosted a fund-raiser at his home for Mr. Obama earlier this year.

    “Good friends tell you how you can improve. They don’t tell you ‘everything’s great’ and then you find out nobody buys the food in your restaurants,” he said.

    It is difficult to assess how widespread the complaints are. Many Jews support Mr. Obama’s approach to the Middle East, and his domestic agenda. But Jewish fund-raisers for Mr. Obama say they regularly hear discontent among some supporters.

    http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052748703509104576331661918527154.html?mod=googlenews_wsj

  79. Where is that DAMN Donald Trump when we need him?

    Oh yea, he is making more money deals. &^%&^3!!!!

  80. Borders forced on Israel unilaterally? Is that what the Kadima party is worried about in Israel? It sure sounds like that is what is currently happening right under their noses, even if Netanyahu balks. Øbama is trying to force Israel back to the 1967 borders.

  81. Well the confusion may have been the intended surprise, No?!
    ——————————–
    From Hotair:

    Update: I’m not sure how the AP came up with this:

    President Barack Obama is endorsing the Palestinians’ demand for their future state to be based on the borders that existed before the 1967 Middle East war, in a move that will likely infuriate Israel. Israel says the borders of a Palestinian state have to be determined through negotiations.

    Er … no, he didn’t. He said that the settlement should “be based on the 1967 lines with mutually agreed swaps.” That’s been the US position for quite a while.

    Update II: Seriously, how the Associated Press could make this kind of a mistake is beyond me. Not only is this point clear in the text, Obama delivered it accurately as well. Here’s the video, via Greg Hengler:

    http://hotair.com/archives/2011/05/19/obamas-cairo-ii-speech-cheering-democratization-in-general/

  82. STARVE THE BEAST; DEPRIVE OBAMA OF CAMPAIGN CASH

    Why help him if he doesn’t help you? WSJ article.

    online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052748703509104576331661918527154.html?mod=googlenews_wsj

    By LAURA MECKLER
    Jewish donors and fund-raisers are warning the Obama re-election campaign that the president is at risk of losing financial support because of concerns about his handling of Israel.

    The complaints began early in President Barack Obama’s term, centered on a perception that Mr. Obama has been too tough on Israel.

    Some Jewish donors say Mr. Obama has pushed Israeli leaders too hard to halt construction of housing settlements in disputed territory, a longstanding element of U.S. policy. Some also worry that Mr. Obama is putting more pressure on the Israelis than the Palestinians to enter peace negotiations, and say they are disappointed Mr. Obama has not visited Israel yet.

    One top Democratic fund-raiser, Miami developer Michael Adler, said he urged Obama campaign manager Jim Messina to be “extremely proactive” in countering the perception in the Jewish community that Mr. Obama is too critical of Israel.

    He said his conversations with Mr. Messina were aimed at addressing the problems up front. “This was going around finding out what our weaknesses are so we can run the best campaign,” said Mr. Adler, who hosted a fund-raiser at his home for Mr. Obama earlier this year.

    “Good friends tell you how you can improve. They don’t tell you ‘everything’s great’ and then you find out nobody buys the food in your restaurants,” he said.

    It is difficult to assess how widespread the complaints are. Many Jews support Mr. Obama’s approach to the Middle East, and his domestic agenda. But Jewish fund-raisers for Mr. Obama say they regularly hear discontent among some supporters.

    The Obama campaign has asked Penny Pritzker, Mr. Obama’s 2008 national finance chairwoman, to talk with Jewish leaders about their concerns, Ms. Pritzker said. So far, she said, she’s met with about a half dozen people. She said the campaign is in the process of assembling a larger team for similar outreach.

    “I do think there’s an education job to be done, because there’s lots of myths that abound and misunderstandings of the administration’s record,” she said. “The campaign is aggressively getting the information out there.”

    Robert Copeland, a Virginia Beach, Va., developer, who has given large donations to many Democrats, has already decided he won’t vote for Mr. Obama in 2012. “I’m very disappointed with him,” he said. “His administration has failed in Israel. They degraded the Israeli people.”

    An Obama campaign spokeswoman declined to comment on Mr. Messina’s conversations with donors, but said the campaign would reach out to Jewish donors and expected strong support. She also directed questions to Ken Solomon, an Obama fund-raiser and CEO of the Tennis Channel, who said any problems were minimal and that most Jewish voters were concerned about many issues, not just Israel.

    Malcolm I. Hoenlein, the executive vice chairman of The Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations, said he saw potential for the discontent to affect Mr. Obama’s fund raising.

    “It’s that people hold back, people don’t have the enthusiasm and are not rushing forward at fund-raisers to be supportive,” he said. “Much more what you’ll see is holding back now.”

    Mr. Adler says he does not doubt Mr. Obama’s commitment to Israel but thinks the White House needs to do a better job communicating its support.

    Three opportunities come in the next four days: On Thursday, Mr. Obama gives a speech about U.S. policy in the Middle East and North Africa, and on Friday he meets with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. On Sunday, Mr. Obama addresses the largest pro-Israel lobby group, the American Israeli Public Affairs Committee.

    In his AIPAC speech, Mr. Obama is expected to argue that the U.S.-Israeli alliance is strong and cite his backing for initiatives such as the Iron Dome missile defense system, which is positioned near the Gaza border and has already intercepted incoming short-range rockets.

    Rep. Debbie Wasserman-Schultz (D., Fla.), chairwoman of the Democratic National Committee, said the speech on Sunday should help set the record straight. “There’s nothing like hearing it straight from the president of the United States—his expression that he is strongly pro-Israel.” Some say the appointment of Ms. Wasserman-Schultz, who is Jewish, to run the DNC, is helpful in itself.

    Some of Mr. Obama’s Jewish supporters hope he will visit Israel as a symbolic show of support after having visited several Muslim nations. At a small listening session this year with Mr. Messina in Palm Beach, Fla., one donor asked if Mr. Obama would do so.

    “It’s definitely on the schedule tentatively out there,” he responded, according to Nancy Gilbert, an Obama supporter who was at the session. She said the 30 or so people present were happy to hear that a trip was at least under consideration.

    In 2008, Jewish voters accounted for 2% of the electorate, according to exit polls. Some 78% of Jewish voters backed Mr. Obama, a better showing than the 74% who backed the 2004 Democratic nominee, John Kerry.

    Some of the misgivings among Jewish supporters can be traced to specific incidents that resonated in the Jewish community. Last year, for example, Israeli media suggested Mr. Obama had snubbed Mr. Netanyahu and an Israeli delegation by leaving a White House meeting early.

    The White House and Israeli officials disputed that characterization. But the incident left a lasting impression. “It was a snub,” said former New York Mayor Ed Koch, who campaigned for Mr. Obama in 2008. “My feeling was that the president was hostile to Israel.”

    Mr. Koch, a Democrat, said he had been considering voting Republican in 2012, but then he saw the House proposal for privatizing Medicare for people under age 55, which he opposes. He now expects to support Mr. Obama again.

    Still, Republicans see an opening. In April, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney told a gathering of the Republican Jewish Coalition that Mr. Obama should have delivered criticism of Israel’s settlement policy privately. And last year, a poll by McLaughlin & Associates, a Republican polling firm, found that 46% of American Jews said they would consider voting for someone other than Mr. Obama.

  83. One question: How can a Palestinian state be “contiguous” when you have the Gaza strip separated from the West Bank by Israel in the middle? I don’t understand this.

  84. From the Canadian Press:

    Israeli leader rejects calls for withdrawal to 1967 lines ahead of major White House meeting

    JERUSALEM – Israel’s prime minister has rejected a key aspect of President Barack Obama’s policy speech, saying that a return to his country’s 1967 borders would spell disaster for the Jewish state.

    In a statement released late Thursday, Benjamin Netanyahu called the 1967 lines “indefensible.”

    The tough stand could set the stage for a tense meeting Friday when Netanyahu goes to the White House.

    In his speech, Obama said a future Palestinian state must be based in territories captured by Israel in the 1967 Mideast war, with minor adjustments reached through negotiations.

    Netanyahu said such a withdrawal would jeopardize Israel’s security and leave major West Bank settlements outside Israeli borders.

    http://www.brandonsun.com/world/breaking-news/122244153.html?viewAllComments=y

  85. jbstonesfan
    May 19th, 2011 at 1:47 pm
    It was a “nabka”.
    ———————
    That is exactly what it was. Withdrawal is a bargaining chip which belongs to Israel. If he felt it was a chip Israel should give up, then he should have let Bibi do it in the context of negotiation. Instead, he chose to blindside our ally, and grandstand over the issue to curry personal favor and to restore his status as world leader.

    This was no staged event. No good guy-bad guy routine. This was pure self aggrandisement, and a power play against Bibi. The reaction from Bibi was predictable. If he caves in to Obama he looks like a puppet. He is justifiably outraged and the prospects for a peace accord are correspondingly diminished.

    But watch the American Jews. He smiles, he accepts their money, but at the end of the day he is anti-semitic to the core. The evidence is right there in front of them, but all they see is a black man in the White House who is a symbol of the civil rights movement which they strongly endorse, and he is easy to do business for their business leaders and opinion makers. Everything else they rationalize.

    It is the same the world over: we must never underestimate the difficulty of changing erroneous beliefs through mere facts.

  86. gb44hrc
    May 19th, 2011 at 2:54 pm

    STARVE THE BEAST; DEPRIVE OBAMA OF CAMPAIGN CASH

    Why help him if he doesn’t help you? WSJ article.

    online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052748703509104576331661918527154.html?mod=googlenews_wsj

    By LAURA MECKLER

    Jewish donors and fund-raisers are warning the Obama re-election campaign that the president is at risk of losing financial support because of concerns about his handling of Israel.
    ___________________

    What are the Jewish donors waiting for? Getting hit over the head with a 2×4 before they get it? Stop begging Obama for anything- you have one chance to hit him where it hurts.. Just do it!

  87. Some of my $$$$ comments on the WSJ piece above:

    “The Obama campaign has asked Penny Pritzker, Mr. Obama’s 2008 national finance chairwoman, to talk with Jewish leaders about their concerns, Ms. Pritzker said. So far, she said, she’s met with about a half dozen people. She said the campaign is in the process of assembling a larger team for similar outreach.”

    $$$(translation) Pritzker: “There isn’t a single problem that needs to be dealt with in a straightforward manner. We’ll just brainwash our under-the-bus supporters with ‘you are feeling great, and please keep backing the historical hopey-changey One’. It’s worked before”.

    “Robert Copeland, a Virginia Beach, Va., developer, who has given large donations to many Democrats, has already decided he won’t vote for Mr. Obama in 2012. “I’m very disappointed with him,” he said. “His administration has failed in Israel. They degraded the Israeli people.”

    $$$ Well, well, well, it looks like Pritzker has her work cut out for her.

    “It’s that people hold back, people don’t have the enthusiasm and are not rushing forward at fund-raisers to be supportive,” he said. “Much more what you’ll see is holding back now.”

    $$$ So explain it to us again, Penny, how this whole “outreach” and “education” is going to help brainwash ex-supporters into forking over a boatload of cash, after they did in 2008 and then were dumped unceremoniously at the curb.

  88. Jewish donors and fund-raisers are warning the Obama re-election campaign that the president is at risk of losing financial support because of concerns about his handling of Israel.
    —————-
    A very hollow threat. In the end, they will fall in line. And Israel will be left to fend for itself. What you will hear from them in the days ahead is a lot of sound and fury signifying nothing. What will matter in the end is they cannot give up on the first black president. You can take that one to the bank–or Obama can–and will.

  89. I was listening to Tom Sowell this morning. He was reminded of the dire predictions he made about Obama when he took office–on the economy and on foreign policy. He was asked how he felt about Obama now as he basks in the glow of the big media love fest. He smiled and said I am the only one who has not been disappointed.

  90. HECKUVA JOB, OBAMBI.

    With the Osama bin Laden story fading, the spotlight slowly returns to Mr. Shirky doing nothing about creating jobs:

    http://www.cnbc.com/id/43090708

    Weekly Claims See Fall, But Jobs Picture Remains Weak
    ====================

    19 May 2011
    Reuters

    New U.S. claims for unemployment benefits fell more than expected last week, but a rise in the four-week moving average to a six-month high indicated the labor market recovery will remain painfully slow.

    Initial claims for state unemployment benefits fell 29,000 to a seasonally adjusted 409,000, the Labor Department said on Thursday, continuing to unwind the prior weeks spike.

    Economists polled by Reuters had forecast claims dropping to 420,000. The prior weeks figure was revised up to 438,000 from the previously reported 434,000.

    The four-week moving average of unemployment claims, a better measure of underlying trends, rose 1,250 to 439,000 – the highest level since mid-November.

    The data covers the survey period for the governments closely watched employment report for May, which will be released early next month.

    The recent jump in claims, blamed on auto layoffs because of supply chain disruptions from March’s Japanese earthquake and problems with adjusting data for seasonal variations, had raised fears of a pull back in the pace of job creation.

    Despite the fall, claims held above the 400,000 mark for a sixth straight week, indicating payroll growth will only be gradual. The four-week average has now been above that level, which is normally associated with stable job growth, for four weeks in a row.

    A Labor Department official said only one state or territory, the Virgin Islands, had been estimated, indicating the report was largely clear of distortions.

    The number of people still receiving benefits under regular state programs after an initial week of aid fell 81,000 to 3.71 million in the week ended May 7.

    Economists had expected so-called continuing claims to fall to 3.72 million from a previously reported 3.76 million.

    The number of people on emergency unemployment benefits increased 53,398 to 3.47 million in the week ended April 30, the latest week for which data is available. A total of 7.94 million people were claiming unemployment benefits during that period under all programs.

  91. “MR. TRANSPARENCY”. NOT!!!!

    Too bad for Hopey McChange that the Repubs run the House. Not being self-accountable, accountability will be rammed down his throat.

    http://www.reuters.com/article/2011/05/19/us-usa-obama-lobbyists-idUSTRE74I5NH20110519

    Republicans to push Obama on “hidden” lobbyist meetings
    ======================

    Reuters) – Republicans will examine claims that President Barack Obama’s aides held hundreds of meetings with lobbyists away from the White House to keep them out of Secret Service visitor logs.

    Allegations that White House staffers scheduled time with lobbyists in coffee shops and other off-site venues to avoid public disclosure requirements will be the focus of an upcoming Capitol Hill hearing, a senior Republican told Reuters.

    Cliff Stearns, the Republican chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Oversight subcommittee, said the practice of meeting lobbyists at external locations like a Caribou coffee shop one block from the White House would be reviewed at a hearing on transparency.

    “These meetings appear to be in direct contrast to President Obama’s pledge to have the most transparent administration in history,” Stearns said.

    Meeting lobbyists for coffee or lunch has long been a common practice in Washington — there were many such meetings attended by staff in the Bill Clinton and George W. Bush administrations.

    As a presidential candidate, Obama railed against the influence of lobbyists in Washington and promised to be more open about the meetings that take place.

    But David Wenhold, who recently stepped down as president of the American League of Lobbyists, told Reuters that Obama’s aides have held more off-site encounters, hidden from the official record, than previous administrations.

    Such meetings occurred particularly frequently during negotiations over the $787 billion stimulus package, which was passed by Congress shortly after Obama took office, he said.

    “The president obviously doesn’t like lobbyists, but he still needs information from us — so it’s obviously easier for them not to have these meetings in the logs,” Wenhold said. “They are saying one thing, and doing another thing.”

    White House officials said there are many lobbyist meetings documented in the visitor logs that are publicly available, and stressed there are no rules against meeting lobbyists outside of the White House.

    “This administration has taken unprecedented steps to increase the openness and transparency of the White House,” said Eric Schultz, a White House spokesman.

    “We expect all White House employees to adhere to their obligations under our very stringent ethics rules regardless of who they are meeting with and where they meet.”

    Claims that White House staff deliberately tried to hide “hundreds” of meetings with lobbyists from visitor logs first emerged in The New York Times last year. That was one media report cited during a transparency hearing Stearns held on May 3 that prompted the follow-up attention.

    Randy Johnson, a U.S. Chamber of Commerce official who has attended meetings both in the White House and off-site, said he saw nothing wrong in the practice.

    “I have been doing this stuff a long time, and I don’t see anything unusual,” Johnson said.

    “The only possible difference here is that this administration was taking a stance early on that every meeting would be open. But sometimes meetings are held at the White House, sometimes not — it just depends on whether a room is available.”

    The White House agreed in 2009 to release visitor records after a Washington watchdog sued for their release.

  92. Gangster Government
    from the editor of Human Events

    The liberal media sold the American people on Barack Obama as a philosopher king, who would be a philosopher President: intellectual, endowed with extraordinary talents, and even, in the words of Newsweek’s Evan Thomas, “sort of God.”

    But as weary Americans now know after two years of the Obama presidency, the real Obama is far from the almost mythical figure that the president’s media fan club still idolizes. Obama didn’t come to Washington from Mount Olympus. He came from the corrupt, dirty politics of Chicago.

    In Gangster Government: Barack Obama and the New Washington Thugocracy, my friend David Freddoso, author of the New York Times bestseller The Case Against Barack Obama, exposes the real truth of Obama’s background in Chicago’s gangland politics – and takes you inside a White House that approaches Chicago levels of skullduggery and corruption.

    Laying bare the backdoor deals, threats, and pay-to-play schemes Obama uses to push his policies on unsuspecting voters, Gangster Government proves that Obama is more concerned with protecting his friends and punishing his enemies than doing right by the American public.

  93. With the President’s daily interruption over, we now rejoin our regularly scheduled program, “As the Economy Sours”.

    Miss Lovelorn: “Oh, Mr. Economy, you look so…pale…and sickly, I do declah.”

    Mr. Economy: “Well, my indexes are killing me. And my friend Johnny Jobs didn’t show up for work today. And Harry Homes is just sitting at the local bar, The Hobo Grille, getting stewed. And Hopey McChange, the boss, well he is mainly pretty gosh darn unavailable. Not that it matters; whenever he does try to intervene, he just schmucks it up.”
    &&&&&

    http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2011-05-19/fed-s-dudley-says-moderate-economic-recovery-is-falling-short-of-goals.html

    Fed’s Dudley Says ‘Moderate’ Economic Recovery Is Falling Short of Goals
    ============

    Federal Reserve Bank of New York President William Dudley said the central bank is falling short of its goals because of the modest pace of the recovery, with unemployment too high and headline inflation likely to ease.

    “The recovery remains moderate and we still have a considerable way to go to meet the Fed’s dual mandate of full employment and price stability,” Dudley said today in a speech in New Paltz, New York.

    Fed officials are considering how quickly to begin an exit from record stimulus after purchasing a total of $600 billion in U.S. Treasuries by the end of June. They are also discussing a strategy for how to remove stimulus, with a majority favoring ending the policy of reinvesting proceeds from maturing securities first before raising interest rates or selling assets, minutes of their April 26-27 meeting showed yesterday.

    Inflation of more than 3 percent is “somewhat above the desired level” and has been pushed higher by rising commodities prices, Dudley said during a two-day tour of the Hudson River Valley. “It is noteworthy, however, that even with the sharp rise in oil and food prices over the past year — and notwithstanding the more recent drops — there has been limited pass-through into the prices of other goods and services.”

    Gauges of core inflation, excluding food and energy, “remain below levels consistent with our mandate for price stability,” he said. If commodities prices stabilize or fall, “I would expect headline inflation to move back to a more mandate-consistent rate.”

    Still Stable
    Measures of the public’s view of inflation “remain stable,” Dudley said, adding “it is critical that we ensure that inflation expectations do not become unmoored.”

    In response to audience questions, Dudley said the Fed has had a “difficult” time in promoting employment growth and that while the central bank’s bond purchase program was not “a panacea,” it has had a positive impact on jobs.

    Dudley said he is confident the Fed will achieve price stability even in the face of a rising federal deficit.

    “Regardless of what happens in Washington, we are going to do our job” and keep inflation in check, he said.

    Fed Chairman Ben S. Bernanke and other policy makers last month reduced their forecasts for U.S. growth this year after the economy slowed in the first quarter, while increasing estimates for inflation excluding food and energy prices.

    The consumer-price index increased 3.2 percent in the 12 months ended April, the biggest year-over-year gain since October 2008, figures from the Labor Department showed May 13. The index excluding food and energy rose 1.3 percent from April 2010, the most since February 2010.

    ‘Transitory’ Increase
    Dudley’s view echoed Bernanke, who said last month he expects inflation resulting from higher commodities prices to be “transitory.”

    Weakness in growth in the first quarter was probably temporary and was caused by lower consumer spending due to higher gas and food prices, Dudley said. He said he was encouraged by the latest report on employment.

    The Labor Department said May 6 the economy added 244,000 jobs in April with non-government employers added 268,000 jobs, the best month for the private sector of the economy since 2006. Other job market data remain weak, as the unemployment rate has been stuck near 9 percent or higher for 25 months.

    Still, “unemployment remains unacceptably high” and “even if the economy added 300,000 jobs per month from now on, we would likely still have considerable labor market slack at the end of 2012.”

    ‘Downside Risks’
    The New York Fed leader said “downside risks” to growth included the effect on food and energy prices on households, declining home prices and the effect of lower government spending on growth.

    The economy grew at a 1.8 percent pace in the first quarter of 2011, according to Commerce Department data.

    Growth will pick up to 3.3 percent in the current quarter and 2.7 percent for the year, according to the median of 67 economists surveyed this month by Bloomberg News.

  94. “Corsi and WND are dirty. Sorry, they are. I have experience firsthand with both Farah and Corsi burying information and instead publishing false information that favors Obama. Twisted stories, both.”
    ________________________

    Mrs. Smith

    “Interesting- can you provide a link?”

    ________________________

    Yes. As I said, both incidents were personal experiences. I detailed my first unsettling experience with Joe Farah and WND on my blog in January:

    http://obamasgarden.wordpress.com/2010/12/31/retraction-request-to-wnd/
    http://obamasgarden.wordpress.com/2010/12/31/fbi-investigation-imminent-my-follow-up-to-wnd/
    and here:
    http://obamasgarden.wordpress.com/2011/01/06/pleading-for-answers/

    These are just three of the blog entries I wrote on this particular bad experience with WND. It’s inexplicable that I never was able to resolve anything with them and they refused to explain what should have been their biggest story ever.

    There are a few more entries on the same subject at my blog, but three links is plenty for the spam filter.

    ***

    The second bad WND experience I had was with Jerome Corsi and it happened just last week.

    Corsi contacted me through my blog with a request for any helpful information I might have about Obama’s vital records. (I have written numerous Open Records requests to the Hawaii Dept of Health and my blog is basically dedicated to the issue.)

    In fact, I did pass along some HUGELY important information to him, and he told me he intended to publish something on it. He followed up with questions by email and said he was researching in Honolulu. But, after my experience with Farah in January, my gut told me that WND was not going to publish something genuinely incriminating about Obama’s vital records.

    And my gut was right, Corsi published a story that not only failed to include the information I gave him, but included the erroneous and deliberately deceitful information initially published by Factcheck.org that I had alerted him to.

    More on this soon…

  95. “Corsi and WND are dirty. Sorry, they are. I have experience firsthand with both Farah and Corsi burying information and instead publishing false information that favors Obama. Twisted stories, both.”
    ________________________

    Mrs. Smith

    “Interesting- can you provide a link?”

    ________________________

    Yes. As I said, both incidents were personal experiences. I detailed my first unsettling experience with Joe Farah and WND on my blog in January:

    http://obamasgarden.wordpress.com/2010/12/31/retraction-request-to-wnd/
    here:http://obamasgarden.wordpress.com/2010/12/31/fbi-investigation-imminent-my-follow-up-to-wnd/
    and here:http://obamasgarden.wordpress.com/2011/01/06/pleading-for-answers/

    These are just three of the blog entries I wrote on this particular bad experience with WND. It’s inexplicable that I never was able to resolve anything with them and they refused to explain what should have been their biggest story ever.

    There are a few more entries on the same subject at my blog, but three links is plenty for the spam filter.

    ***

    The second bad WND experience I had was with Jerome Corsi and it happened just last week.

    Corsi contacted me through my blog with a request for any helpful information I might have about Obama’s vital records. (I have written numerous Open Records requests to the Hawaii Dept of Health and my blog is basically dedicated to the issue.)

    In fact, I did pass along some HUGELY important information to him, and he told me he intended to publish something on it. He followed up with questions by email and said he was researching in Honolulu. But, after my experience with Farah in January, my gut told me that WND was not going to publish something genuinely incriminating about Obama’s vital records.

    And my gut was right, Corsi published a story that not only failed to include the information I gave him, but included the erroneous and deliberately deceitful information initially published by Factcheck.org that I had alerted him to.

    More on this soon…

  96. i am sure the fraud will be on his show sucking toes mighty fast…This was before the MAJOR, HISTORIC, GOD LIKE speech on the ME the fraud just finished…
    ***********

    Jon Stewart To Bill O’Reilly: I’d Vote For A Republican, Against Obama

    Jon Stewart told Bill O’Reilly that he would consider voting for a Republican, and that President Obama has not lived up to his expectations.

    In the second part of their chat (the first, which focused on rapper Common’s appearance at the White House, aired on Monday), O’Reilly and Stewart discussed the 2012 presidential race.

    O’Reilly told Stewart half-jokingly that Obama “let you down sometimes when he didn’t do a far-left thing you wanted.”

    “How far left am I?” Stewart asked. “It depends on the night,” O’Reilly responded. He then asked, “would there ever be a scenario where you could see not voting for Barack Obama and voting for a Republican?”

    “Sure,” Stewart said. “If I didn’t have a clear sense of the direction he wanted to move the country in, and somebody else had a more logical sense of where to take it.” O’Reilly expressed surprise at this, and asked if Obama had lived up to Stewart’s expectations.

    “No, but I don’t know if my expectations were fair,” he said. “I believed we lived in a more transformative time…I think he had an opportunity more in the Reagan mold to be a bully pulpit president.”

  97. Hahahahahahahaha he really has fucked it up. He’s united both sides against him, way to go Bambi.

    Hamas: Obama speech a complete failure

    The Hamas movement called US President Barack Obama’s Mideast policy speech a “complete failure,” saying it was like “throwing sand in the eyes of the public.”

    Hamas spokesman Sami Abu Zuhri claimed the speech lacked content, adding that his organization “is opposed to intervention in our internal affairs.” Abu Zuhri urged the Palestinian Authority to dismiss the speech, and emphasized the need to “coordinate the stances of Palestinian forces against the American arrogance.”

    http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-4071351,00.html

  98. A very hollow threat. In the end, they will fall in line. And Israel will be left to fend for itself. What you will hear from them in the days ahead is a lot of sound and fury signifying nothing. What will matter in the end is they cannot give up on the first black president. You can take that one to the bank–or Obama can–and will.
    =================

    Sad, but 100% correct.

  99. ATLANTA, May 18, 2011, 11 p.m. – The bestselling author of a new book, which says President Obama is not a natural born citizen, today said that he questions whose side “Donald Trump was playing.”

    Corsi, who is the author of “Where’s the Birth Certificate? The Case that Barack Obama is Not Eligible to Be President”, says that he was never “100 percent convinced that Donald Trump’s heart was in this.”

    “It was very convenient that once Barack Obama produced the birth certificate Trump didn’t ask for verification,” he told this reporter on the Redding News Review radio show. “He just dropped the issue.”

    http://www.reddingnewsreview.com/newspages/2011newspages/jerome_corsi_trashes_donald_trump_%2011_10000046.htm

  100. “These principles provide a foundation for negotiations. Palestinians should know the territorial outlines of their state; Israelis should know that their basic security concerns will be met. I know that these steps alone will not resolve this conflict. Two wrenching and emotional issues remain: the future of Jerusalem, and the fate of Palestinian refugees.”
    *********
    The bottom line for the PLO/PA has always been UN Resolutions 194 (Article 11) and UN Resolution 242. Well Obama has just make official policy to support 242 (pre_1967 borders); I suspect 194 (Art. 11) {right of Return} will be next. It’s suck it up time for American Jews; support Israel or continue the self-congratulatory, “feel good” derived from supporting a faux AA President.

  101. ImRubberYoureGlue
    May 19th, 2011 at 3:37 pm

    Mrs. Smith:

    Actually, this was the initial post on WND’s scamming for Obama that I wrote on Dec. 30, 2010:
    _________________________________

    When you click on the image of your WH letter, which btw- does not include an enlargement feature to enable the reader to see what the communication is all about. It takes you to a photo-shopped page that apparently YOU used photoshop software on the original WND photo.

    When I click on WND’s letter it stays as is-

    You have included no evidence from any experts authenticating your work whereas, Corsi offers his work to anyone that has any doubts his work is authentic.

    I don’t believe you-

  102. Israel Expects Obama to Take Back ‘1967 Lines’ Demand

    by Gil Ronen

    Follow Israel news on Twitter and Facebook.

    Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu was quick on the draw Thursday in voicing clear displeasure with President Barack Obama’s mideast policy speech.

    “Israel appreciates President Obama’s commitment to peace,” the response began, curtly. “Israel believes that for peace to endure between Israelis and Palestinians, the viability of a Palestinian state cannot come at the expense of the viability of the one and only Jewish state.”

    “That is why Prime Minister Netanyahu expects to hear a reaffirmation from President Obama of U.S. commitments made to Israel in 2004, which were overwhelmingly supported by both Houses of Congress.”

    “Among other things,” Netanyahu reminded Obama, “those commitments relate to Israel not having to withdraw to the 1967 lines which are both indefensible and which would leave major Israeli population centers in Judea and Samaria beyond those lines.”

    “Those commitments also ensure Israel’s well-being as a Jewish state by making clear that Palestinian refugees will settle in a future Palestinian state rather than in Israel.”

    “Without a solution to the Palestinian refugee problem outside the borders of Israel, no territorial concession will bring peace.”
    “Equally, the Palestinians, and not just the United States, must recognize Israel as the nation state of the Jewish people, and any peace agreement with them must end all claims against Israel.”

    “Prime Minister Netanyahu will make clear that the defense of Israel requires an Israeli military presence along the Jordan River.”

    “Prime Minister Netanyahu will also express his disappointment over the Palestinian Authority’s decision to embrace Hamas, a terror organization committed to Israel’s destruction, as well as over Mahmoud Abbas’s recently expressed views which grossly distort history and make clear that Abbas seeks a Palestinian state in order to continue the conflict with Israel rather than end it.”

    http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/144338

  103. For all the attention this aide to Gingrich is receiving for his supposed wit and brilliance, he really does not get it. He thinks the Washington elites do not want outsiders disrupting their comfortable world. If that were all there was to it, then the problem would be benign. The truth is Washington insiders are robbing the American people of their country and their financial security. Moreover, just as a burglar hates the sound of an alarm, the bark of the dog, and the footsteps of a armed and dangerous homeowner, these corrupt people and their camp followers see Hillary, Sarah, Trump and Newt as a direct threat to their lavish life styles which are supported by a Chicago style culture of corruption and their divine right to pick the candidate to run against their favorite son Obama. Their love for him is the stuff of romance novels and enough to turn your stomach.
    —————————————–
    The literati sent out their minions to do their bidding. Washington cannot tolerate threats from outsiders who might disrupt their comfortable world. The firefight started when the cowardly sensed weakness. They fired timidly at first, then the sheep not wanting to be dropped from the establishment’s cocktail party invite list unloaded their entire clip, firing without taking aim their distortions and falsehoods. Now they are left exposed by their bylines and handles. But surely they had killed him off. This is the way it always worked. A lesser person could not have survived the first few minutes of the onslaught. But out of the billowing smoke and dust of tweets and trivia emerged Gingrich, once again ready to lead those who won’t be intimated by the political elite and are ready to take on the challenges America faces.”

  104. Ooh we just had a 6.0 quake here in Turkey. Hope everyone is alright. We aint had a big one in a while.

  105. Obama is playing schizophrenic good cop bad cop with himself. Its like he’s 2 different people at once.

  106. Nothing New in the Idea That ’67 Borders Should Guide Peace Talks (UPDATED)

    By Jeffrey Goldberg

    May 19 2011, 2:07 PM ET

    I’m amazed at the amount of insta-commentary out there suggesting that the President has proposed something radical and new by declaring that Israel’s 1967 borders should define — with land-swaps — the borders of a Palestinian state. I’m feeling a certain Groundhog Day effect here. This has been the basic idea for at least 12 years. This is what Bill Clinton, Ehud Barak and Yasser Arafat were talking about at Camp David, and later, at Taba. This is what George W. Bush was talking about with Ariel Sharon and Ehud Olmert. So what’s the huge deal here? Is there any non-delusional Israeli who doesn’t think that the 1967 border won’t serve as the rough outline of the new Palestinian state?

    A bigger deal: President Obama’s call for a phased withdrawal of Israeli forces from the West Bank following an agreement. Prime Minister Netanyahu wants to keep a residual force in the Jordan Valley (as does the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan, which won’t admit this publicly). The key here is the word “phased,” which could mean anything. Israel could keep troops in the valley for 10 years after an agreement.

    A much bigger deal: Obama’s forthright denunciation of the unilateral Palestinian plan to seek the General Assembly’s endorsement this September of statehood. Also a big deal: The President’s statement that the Hamas-Fatah pact “raises profound and legitimate questions for Israel — how can one negotiate with a party that has shown itself unwilling to recognize your right to exist? In the weeks and months to come, Palestinian leaders will have to provide a credible answer to that question.” This doesn’t sound like a radical departure from long-term American policy. Or even a mild departure.

    UPDATE: Here is what Hillary Clinton said in 2009: “We believe that through good-faith negotiations the parties can mutually agree on an outcome which ends the conflict and reconciles the Palestinian goal of an independent and viable state based on the 1967 lines, with agreed swaps, and the Israeli goal of a Jewish state with secure and recognized borders that reflect subsequent developments and meet Israeli security requirements.”

    http://www.theatlantic.com/international/archive/2011/05/nothing-new-in-the-idea-that-67-borders-should-guide-peace-talks-updated/239162/

  107. Just an idle question or two: How can Obama overrule a joint resolution of Congress that the US recognizes that the 1967 lines makes them defenseless as a country and we will never pressure them to go back to those lines? Simple. He is a dictator who hates our friends, loves our enemies, and disrespects the Constitution. Who is he to demand they come back to the table? Bibi is right to call this a day of catastrophe.

  108. We are going to give all this money to create freedom of speech OVER THERE, OVER THERE AND IT WON’T BE OVER TIL ITS OVER OVER THERE.

  109. It is true that 1967 borders with swaps has been the US position prior to W in 2004, however, it is one thing to support that and another thing to shout it to the world a few hours before meeting Netanyahu.
    Huge slap in the face to Israel.
    BO is the stupidest negotiator ever. He’s always giving stuff away before even sitting at the table. Idiot.
    BO looks so weak right now. Bribing Egypt and the other revolutionaries with money, bribing Hamas with Israel. Weak, weak, weak.

  110. When I said ‘JMO’ I meant it. My experience is authentic and played out in real time. I am not responsible for the photos on WNDs website and would have no way of posting photos I manipulated there. In other words, you don’t need to look at any images I compiled for my blog entries to understand my point. You asked for links, I gave them.

    And I am not out to convince you of my opinion. Why should I? I know what I see.

    If you can honestly look at the images of the ‘hospital letter’ from this article at WND (http://www.wnd.com/?pageId=104146) and tell me the close up of that raised White House Seal on a cream colored piece of paper with fibrous texture (here:http://www.wnd.com/images/misc/obamalettertopseal.jpg) is a close-up of the seal on the letter in the full size photo (here:http://www.wnd.com/images/misc/obamaletter750x910.jpg) and from the same document as the close-ups of Obama’s signature and the line of text (here:http://www.wnd.com/images/misc/obamalettersignature.jpg and here:http://www.wnd.com/images/misc/placeofmybirth.jpg), that’s fine by me.

    But, I don’t see that.

    I am not sure why I have to present any credentials to say what my eyes see very clearly. I am not alone in what I noticed. Other people contacted WND with their real names and told WND they also had vision and were qualified to point out the discrepancy.

    All any of us who wrote WND wanted to know is if Kapiolani Hospital provided WND the images and close-ups as they were published or if WND cropped them for the story themselves.

    WND wouldn’t answer that question for anyone. They still haven’t. That’s their prerogative, now I don’t trust them.

    So, what’s to believe? Either you agree the photos aren’t of the same sheet of paper or you don’t.

  111. Michelle Obama makes first foray into new campaign

    WASHINGTON—Michelle Obama made her first foray into the 2012 presidential campaign Thursday, telling donors that her husband needs them to “work like you have never worked before” so he can finish the job he started.

    Though the first lady said President Barack Obama has accomplished much in almost 2 1/2 years, she told a Democratic Party women’s group that there’s a lot more to do, with a long and difficult campaign ahead.

    Addressing the Democratic National Committee’s Women’s Leadership Forum’s annual national issues conference, the first lady hit many of the same notes as the president has in his recent campaign speeches.

    She talked about turning around an economy in decline, cutting taxes for the middle class, overhauling the health care and financial systems and providing more financial aid for college students. She mentioned repealing the ban on gay military service and bringing home troops from Iraq after the end of formal combat operations.

    “He needs you to work like you have never worked before, people,” she said.

    Since part of her mission was to appeal to women, a core Democratic constituency, Mrs. Obama noted that the president had put two “brilliant” women on the Supreme Court and had made signing an equal pay law one of his first acts in the White House.

    “I think that it’s fair to say that we’ve seen some change and we should be proud of what we’ve accomplished,” she told the more than 500 women in the audience. “But we should not be satisfied.”

    In 2008, Mrs. Obama overcame early reservations about Obama’s decision to run for president and ended up becoming a popular stand-in for him on the campaign trail. On Thursday, she discussed her cynicism about that campaign and politics in general and said she’d work harder this time, too.

    Mrs. Obama spoke last Sunday at a private fundraiser for younger Obama supporters in Atlanta, but Thursday’s speech was her first before a large group during this campaign cycle.

    Last fall, she made about a half-dozen appearances on behalf of Democratic Senate candidates campaigning for the midterm elections but has no formal campaign schedule for the year.

    In her remarks Thursday, Mrs. Obama didn’t mention any of the Republicans who are running or thinking about running against her husband. But implicit in the 20-minute speech was the sentiment that Obama is the one who will make the country a better place for their children and grandchildren.

    “So I have one question for you. Are you in?” she said, riffing on the Obama campaign’s re-election theme. “I hope that all of you are fired up. I hope that all of you are ready to go.”

    Yes, Michelle, we’re fired up and ready to let your husband and you GO!

    Proceeds from the conference were going to the Obama Victory Fund to be shared between the Democratic National Committee and Obama’s re-election campaign.

    Democratic officials declined to say how much money was raised, citing competitive reasons.

    I hope there was enough money taken in to at least cover the dinners.

    The president was scheduled to address the group Thursday evening.

  112. ImRubberYoureGlue
    May 19th, 2011 at 5:27 pm

    You made the statements Corsi and WND are dirty but failed to submit authenticated convincing evidence- Sorry!

  113. I should add, too, that even if I had never noticed the discrepancy in those photos, I still don’t find WND credible, nor helpful, nor particularly insightful. And I never cared for the whole self-promotion stuff in their reporting style.

    They take in too much $$$ from nice people using the ‘birther controversy’ to not answer a simple fucking question from their readers. Sorry, but that’s how I feel.

  114. Hamas: Obama speech a complete failure

    05.19.11 Israel News

    The Hamas movement called US President Barack Obama’s Mideast policy speech a “complete failure,” saying it was like “throwing sand in the eyes of the public.”

    Hamas spokesman Sami Abu Zuhri claimed the speech lacked content, adding that his organization “is opposed to intervention in our internal affairs.” Abu Zuhri urged the Palestinian Authority to dismiss the speech, and emphasized the need to “coordinate the stances of Palestinian forces against the American arrogance.”

    http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-4071351,00.html

  115. ImRubberYoureGlue
    May 19th, 2011 at 5:41 pm

    You made the claim. The burden of conclusive proof is on you. You failed the test- by submitting a photo shopped graphic of WND original document from their site..

    End of story-

  116. Hillary may discover yet that you cannot dance with the devil.

    ——
    I hardly think Hillary is dancing, she is working her ass off with a very few others to keep our country from going completely to Hell under Ubama’s rule.

  117. “You made the statements Corsi and WND are dirty but failed to submit authenticated convincing evidence- Sorry!”

    Mrs. Smith–

    Well, no, that’s disingenuous. I stated my opinion that they are dirty and I provided you just one of two reasons in full detail.

    Agree or disagree with what I see, fine. But, I am more than entitled to that opinion. I make no apologies and I wonder if you do feel that raised White House seal in the close up is a photo of the same document at the other images/close-ups?

    Take a look, again, if you don’t mind. I’m interested your take, credentials be damned:

    http://www.wnd.com/images/misc/obamalettertopseal.jpg
    http://www.wnd.com/images/misc/obamaletter750×910.jpg

    (Also here:http://www.wnd.com/images/misc/obamalettersignature.jpg and here:http://www.wnd.com/images/misc/placeofmybirth.jpg)

  118. Shadowfax
    May 19th, 2011 at 4:11 pm

    ATLANTA, May 18, 2011, 11 p.m. – The bestselling author of a new book, which says President Obama is not a natural born citizen, today said that he questions whose side “Donald Trump was playing.”

    That has been running through my mind for days. Who’s side was Donald Trump on. If you look at what was accomplished it is hard not to think he was working for Obama. If he was working for Obama and if he was an iteration of the next “shiny thing” I fell for it.

  119. “Mrs. Smith
    May 19th, 2011 at 5:44 pm

    You made the claim. The burden of conclusive proof is on you. You failed the test- by submitting a photo shopped graphic of WND original document from their site..

    End of story-”

    ___________

    Huh? I thought I was just sharing my experience, not trying to prove that you have to have the same opinion.

    I provided direct links to WND’s own images, their story – freely, and many times over – at my own blog and here in response to you today.

    For whatever reason, I just thought you wanted to know why I felt they way I feel. I didn’t know you were wanting me to convince you to feel the same way.

    Apparently we both do like ‘Hilaryis44″ – hopefully we can just leave it at that.

  120. Barack Obama to back Middle East democracy with billions in aid

    (Meanwhile, America’s roads and infrastructure turn to rubble!)

    President pledges cash to support Egypt and Tunisia after criticism US has been too slow to support uprisings. (and forgives $1B of debt owed by Egypt) Some please STOP this Madman!
    ________________

    Barack Obama is to announce that the United States and the west will pour billions of dollars into the Middle East in support of Egypt, Tunisia and other countries embracing democracy, a move the White House portrayed as being on the scale of aid to former communist countries after the fall of the Berlin Wall.

    Speaking in Washington, the president will attempt to reposition the US as a champion of the newly-emerging Arab democracies. His speech comes amid criticism that the US has been too slow to support the uprisings, and has adopted contradictory approaches in its dealings with different countries.

    It is his most important speech on the Middle East since Cairo in 2009, when he called for a new beginning in relations between the US and the Muslim world. The support for Obama in the Arab world in 2009 has since dropped sharply.

    The speech will deal mainly with the Arab spring, hailing the benefits of democracy and respect for human rights, in spite of America’s long-time support for authoritarian regimes in the region.

    Senior Obama administration officials, briefing on the speech, said he will take a fresh look at the Middle East after a decade of tension and division. With the winding down of the Iraq war and the death of Osama bin Laden, “we are turning a page”, one official said, adding that the democracy movements reinforced this.

    The official suggested that the best way to support democracy was through economic reform, and drew comparisons with the massive injection of American aid to Europe after the war, and with the support given to central and eastern Europe in 1989. The US is to relieve Egypt of up to $1bn in debt and lend or guarantee up to $1bn. The World Bank, the IMF and other multilateral institutions to provide a further $2bn-3bn. The official described Tunisia and Egypt as beacons, models to encourage others to pursue democracy.

    “It is the beginning of a long-term effort,” an official said. The speech is expected to last 45 minutes, a long one by Obama’s standards. He is to devote a big portion to castigating countries such as Iran and Syria. The US Treasury announced sanctions on Wednesday targeted for the first time at Syria’s president Bashar al-Assad over the brutal crackdown on pro-democracy protesters. Six other Syrian officials were also added to the sanctions list.

    “The actions the administration has taken today send an unequivocal message to President Assad, the Syrian leadership, and regime insiders that they will be held accountable for the ongoing violence and repression in Syria,” said David Cohen, the acting Treasury undersecretary for terrorism and financial intelligence. The European Union on Tuesday imposed fresh sanctions against Syria but did not include Assad.

    The US assets freeze on Assad is mainly symbolic as the Syrian leader has few assets in the country but it is a sign the US has lost patience with a president it once hoped might initiate reforms.

    The US is facing criticism for engaging in military action to bring down the Libyan leader, Muammar Gaddafi, but refusing to become sucked into similar action in Syria. It has also faced criticism for being slow to cut ties with traditional US allies such as the former Egyptian ruler Hosni Mubarak. The US issued only a mild rebuke over the violent suppression by another ally, Bahrain, of pro-democracy protesters.

    Obama’s speech comes after intensive debate within the White House between those arguing that the US should be at the forefront of the democracy movement, and those whose concern is US national security and protection of oil supplies. The few billion dollars proposed so far is not comparable to the vast sums the US sent to Europe after 1945, and some of it has already been announced by the World Bank and the IMF.

    Obama will next week urge the leaders of the G8 rich countries to provide aid when he meets them at a European summit.

    On Tuesday, Obama pledged several hundred millions of dollars in aid to King Abdullah of Jordan, even though that country has not been at the forefront of the democracy movement. This could raise questions about the value of the billions of dollars to Egypt and Tunisia as incentives to the democracy movement.

    The White House spokesman, Jay Carney, said that the president saw a historic moment of opportunity.

    “In the last decade, our focus in the region was largely on Iraq, which was a military effort, and on the hunt for Osama bin Laden and the fight against al -Qaida,” Carney told reporters. “That fight against al-Qaida continues, but there is an opportunity in that region to focus on advancing our values and enhancing our security, and that’s what the president looks forward to discussing in his speech.”

    As part of the attempt to portray the US as fully behind the reform movement, the White House yesterday released details of a call between John Brennan, a White House adviser on national security, and President Ali Abdullah Saleh of Yemen, urging him to sign a political agreement that would allow Yemen “to move forward immediately with its political transition”.

    Obama will also express his continued hopes for an Israeli-Palestinian peace deal. He will discuss the issue with the Israeli prime minister, Binyamin Netanyahu, at the White House tomorrow, and is to address the conference of the Israeli lobbying organisation Aipac on Sunday before leaving for Ireland and Britain.

    A poll published on Tuesday by the Washington-based Pew organisation found that President Obama remains unpopular among countries polled in the Middle East and elsewhere in the Muslim world, except Indonesia.

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2011/may/19/barack-obama-middle-east-aid

  121. Mrs. Smith:

    “You made the claim. The burden of conclusive proof is on you.”

    This is how I feel, too!

    WND made the claim the photo of the seal is a close up of the image of the full letter and I just wanted them to back it up.

    So, in some ways, we agree about something!

  122. Why does he have to give these stupid speeches? Why can’t he just bring the parties together in Camp David and let them work through it? Why does he have to make all these stupid pronouncements? Who the hell is this guy?

  123. UPDATE: Here is what Hillary Clinton said in 2009: “We believe that through good-faith negotiations the parties can mutually agree on an outcome which ends the conflict and reconciles the Palestinian goal of an independent and viable state based on the 1967 lines, with agreed swaps, and the Israeli goal of a Jewish state with secure and recognized borders that reflect subsequent developments and meet Israeli security requirements.”
    ——————
    I strongly suspect that Hillary voted for the Congressional Resolution that the US recognizes that the 1967 lines makes Israel defenseless as a country and we will never pressure them to go back to those lines. That is the problem with being secretary of state to the anti Christ.

  124. Maria shows Arhnold who the real Terminator is in the family!

    Revealed: Arnold Schwarzenegger’s women duelled after ‘Maria Shriver confronted mistress over love child’

    Maria Shriver confronted her husband’s mistress over suspicions she was secretly raising his love child, it has been claimed today.

    The mother of four, 55, is said to have asked her family’s housekeeper, Mildred Baena, 50, if her son was fathered by Arnold Schwarzenegger.

    During the dramatic showdown, Baena broke down and confessed, according to America’s Radar Online.

    Schwarzenegger only came clean about sordid affair after Shriver told him she new the truth about his 13-year secret, insiders say.

    pics and more at link:

    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/tvshowbiz/article-1388674/Arnold-Schwarzeneggers-wife-Maria-Shriver-confronted-Mildred-Baena-love-child.html

  125. wbboei, the fool left out this all important clarification: “and the Israeli goal of a Jewish state with secure and recognized borders that reflect subsequent developments and meet Israeli security requirements.”

  126. What a stupid fucking fool that Maria is!

    Her backing is widely thought to have helped Schwarzenegger to election.

    ‘I wouldn’t be standing here if this man weren’t an A-plus human being. I wouldn’t be taking my time, I wouldn’t have left my job that I love, I wouldn’t be doing any of this if I didn’t believe in this man,’ she said in a speech to a Republican women’s group in Orange County in 2003.

    She called him ‘an extraordinary man’, adding: ‘He’s honest, he’s sensitive, he’s sincere. And he is gracious with every bone in his body.’

    Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/tvshowbiz/article-1388674/Arnold-Schwarzeneggers-wife-Maria-Shriver-confronted-Mildred-Baena-love-child.html#ixzz1MqAJgiK5

  127. Kingsgrove
    May 19th, 2011 at 5:15 pm
    Nothing New in the Idea That ‘67 Borders Should Guide Peace Talks (UPDATED)

    By Jeffrey Goldberg

    May 19 2011, 2:07 PM ET
    ——————————
    There is a level of nuance and evasion in this article that I find troubling. For example, the clever use of the word “guide”. Guide is not the same thing as force, but he glosses over that important distinction. The borders were discussed between the parties, but there was never any agreement. But then there was an intervening development namely the 2004 Congressional Resolution which stated that the 1967 borders would make Israel defenseless, and the promise that we would not force this upon them. Goldberg is well aware of this, it repudiates his core premise that the 1967 borders were negotiable, so he censors it. Goldberg is intellectually dishonest. I view the article in that light. The one thing I do know for sure about him is he did not agree to go to work for the left wing rag that employs him until the editor arranged for his children to ride a pony. That is how his mind works.

  128. Why does he have to give these stupid speeches? Why can’t he just bring the parties together in Camp David and let them work through it? Why does he have to make all these stupid pronouncements? Who the hell is this guy?
    ————————
    As you know, he is not a detail man. He is a speech reader. He is playing to his strengths, impressing the world with his leadership, and getting American Jews to open their wallets so he can reach his billion dollar goal. Like he always does.

  129. wbboei, the fool left out this all important clarification: “and the Israeli goal of a Jewish state with secure and recognized borders that reflect subsequent developments and meet Israeli security requirements.”
    ————————–
    He did not need to say it. Everyone knows he can be trusted. Besides, it might piss off the Palestinians.

  130. Betty

    Shadowfax
    May 19th, 2011 at 4:11 pm

    ATLANTA, May 18, 2011, 11 p.m. – The bestselling author of a new book, which says President Obama is not a natural born citizen, today said that he questions whose side “Donald Trump was playing.”

    That has been running through my mind for days. Who’s side was Donald Trump on. If you look at what was accomplished it is hard not to think he was working for Obama. If he was working for Obama and if he was an iteration of the next “shiny thing” I fell for it.

    ———

    I have very mixed feeling about Trump right now, mainly I am very angry at him for leading voters on again, that he might run for President, and yet clearly he didn’t plan to actually go though with it. I don’t know his real reasons for backing away…probably a business/financial move, but on the other hand…

    I have a very hard time believing that he would be playing that role of the court jester FOR Obama’s benefit. Trump seems to have a big ego and being the fool just to help Obama out, makes no sense to me.

    If anything, I think that Corsi may feel letdown by Trump’s abandonment, just like I do. It would have helped Corsi, and all that believe the BC is a fake – if Trump had followed though. He had public attention that the rest of us do not have.

  131. Mrs. Smith
    May 19th, 2011 at 4:33 pm
    Israel Expects Obama to Take Back ‘1967 Lines’ Demand

    ———————-
    Yes!

  132. I believe as you do wbb, Hillary can not dance with the devil and come out of this unscathed. She stood there today, knowing what he was going to put out there..

    Her own words portray her real feelings

    UPDATE: Here is what Hillary Clinton said in 2009: “We believe that through good-faith negotiations the parties can mutually agree on an outcome which ends the conflict and reconciles the Palestinian goal of an independent and viable state based on the 1967 lines, with agreed swaps, and the Israeli goal of a Jewish state with secure and recognized borders that reflect subsequent developments and meet Israeli security requirements.”

  133. “As for security, every state has the right to self-defense, and Israel must be able to defend itself – by itself – against any threat.” -Obama

    Note the “By itself”.

    So Waffles is openly saying Israel is on its own if attacked. I have never ever seen such an anti-Israel President ever, even Carter didn’t hate Israel this much.

  134. I have to modify what I said about Carter, I did vote for the man one time, he did get a good agreement of peace between Israel and Egypt, and for that I will praise him, Carter didn’t hate Israel, Waffles hates Israel, everything he says & does reflects that.

  135. Now China is showing its financial influence in their rise and our decline. Its only a matter of time before they are even more overt in their demands.

    “”The senior management team of the IMF should better reflect changes in world economic patterns and should be more representative of emerging market economies.””

    http://imarketnews.com/node/31042

  136. Hillary is not dancing with anyone but Bill. She gave Obama “nothing” if he asked her what he should do about Israel. If she did give him anything she gave him the old saw card, “The failed 1967 Agreement” thats been played numerous times and gotten no closer to Peace between the countries than it did when Bill Clinton proposed it.

    To boot, Obama has pissed off Hamas and Assad. Friends? He has no friends in the ME after the boondoggle of a speech he gave today!

  137. even Carter didn’t hate Israel this much.
    =============

    Actually they are tied for first.

  138. tim
    May 19th, 2011 at 8:26 pm

    “As for security, every state has the right to self-defense, and Israel must be able to defend itself – by itself – against any threat.” -Obama

    Note the “By itself”.
    _______________

    I said the same exact thing, Tim. But did not speculate as to the conclusions until clarification is made in the press. The press has interpreted a few points wrong in their summaries and are backpedaling their initial reports.

    If Obama spoke out of turn about Israel and doesn’t realize what this means to Israel; then Bibi will go to the meeting tomorrow loaded for Bear! I believe Obama original intent was to incite Israel into doing something it may regret doing.

    That statement seems deliberate for Israel to assume he as president is saying the US will abandon Israel if it is attacked and hoping Israel will react negatively in the meeting tomorrow. I’m sure, Hillary will be in contact with Bibi before that meeting occurs.

    Mrs. Smith
    May 19th, 2011 at 2:35 pm

  139. Exit question: Can anyone explain quickly in the comments who’ll allegedly be saved and who won’t on Rapture Day Saturday? Is it all theists, or just Christians, or just some Christians? I want to gauge how many of us will be left behind to battle the zombie hordes come Sunday. Luckily I live in New York City, so … pretty much all of us will still be here.

  140. OBAMA TELLS ISRAEL: TURN OVER THE TOMB OF JESUS TO HAMAS

    by Jim Hoft on Thursday, May 19, 2011, 4:06 PM

    Today when Barack Obama told Israel to move back to the 1967 borders he effectively gave half of Jerusalem, the Wailing Wall, The Temple Mount, Old Jerusalem, The holiest Christian Church in the world, The Church of the Holy Sepulchre to the Hamas-Fatah terror alliance.

    This is what Barack Obama wants to give to Hamas.

    Many pics at link:

    http://gatewaypundit.rightnetwork.com/2011/05/obama-turns-over-the-tomb-of-jesus-to-hamas/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+gatewaypundit2+%28Gateway+Pundit%29

  141. Credibility Is Obama’s Biggest Weakness In Middle East Strategy (NO Credibility in the ME OR the US)

    After Lincoln delivered the Gettysburg address, the crowd walked away disappointed. Too short, was the rap. Too straightforward.

    Yet today that speech is admired for both its power and beauty. It endures as one of the most memorable speeches in American history, in large part because of Lincoln’s incredible accomplishments. His presidential triumphs over adversity—both before and after the speech—added substantive gravitas and resonance to his words.

    In comparison, President Obama’s address today proved doubly disappointing. It lacked Lincoln’s simplicity and clarity. And the orator himself could offer no real accomplishments to give the speech weight.

    Credibility is the big problem with this president’s Middle East strategy. Thursday’s speech had to build on a foundation of next to nothing.

    Mr. Obama has promised to negotiate away the Iranian nuclear threat and failed.

    He has promised to negotiate an Israeli-Palestinian peace and failed.

    His 2009 Cairo speech was so vacuous, it promised nothing, so I suppose you could argue he delivered on that one.

    Still, it’s hard to take seriously the words of a leader who has so abjectly failed to make good on previous promises.

    Further undercutting the president’s standing today is the fact that he spent most of the Arab Spring as bystander-in-chief. Mr. Obama called for Mubarak to step down after it was clear Mubarak had to step down. He turned against Syria when everyone else did. He dumped Libya faster than NBC dropped Charlie Sheen. And he completely ignored the protesters in Iran.

    It’s not like he had no chance to get ahead of breaking events in the region. Weeks beforehand it was public knowledge that the so-called Facebook Intifada was scheduled for after prayers on May 15.

    If Obama really wanted to lead, to act like a game-changing president, he could have come out and made a strong speech in defence of Israel before the 15th. Instead, he waited sheepishly to see how things unfolded. He “led from behind” with a speech four days after the fact.

    Today’s speech provided little evidence that president really gets it on leadership in general or the Middle East in particular. This idea of promoting a “mini-Marshall Plan” for the Middle East is as stale as it is doomed. Just look at Egypt.

    As my colleague Ted Bromund notes, “The amounts the administration is talking about — $1 billion in debt forgiveness, and $1 billion in loan guarantees — will be swallowed up by the broader collapse of the Egyptian economy. In practice, the administration’s plan is not enough to matter, but enough to create the false impression that the U.S. can simply ride to the rescue of the Egyptian economy.”

    Furthermore, you can’t just dump money into un-free economies and expect that act to somehow further the cause of freedom. All that approach does is prop up the powers that be and promote corruption. Again, take a gander at what billions in aid to Egypt accomplished for the people there.

    Though he spoke at length, the president failed to adequately address any of the top issues that U.S. policy should focus on in the region. The bulk of speech consisted of warmed over promises and calls for more dead-end dialogs. This was an exercise in cheerleading, not leading.

    http://www.foxnews.com/opinion/2011/05/19/credibility-obamas-biggest-weakness-middle-east/

  142. The jews are very smart, but I can not fathom why they fell for this Fraud. But for their support, this idiot would not be sitting in the White House. It is Karma.

    Of all the comments I read on the Fraud’s speech, the most sensible and I agree with fully is the one by John W Smart

    http://johnwsmart.wordpress.com/2011/05/19/last-straw-for-the-israeli-government/#more-3348

    Last straw for the Israeli government?
    Posted on May 19, 2011 by JWS

    Well, well…Does Obama have principles he suddenly decided to stand up for? On first blush his Middle East speech indicates he might. He reached out and slapped Israel from the U.S. Department of State on Thursday…

    by insisting that the 1967 borders must be where Palestinian statehood negotiations begin and end. Reverting to the 1967 borders have long seemed the reasonable solution to many a sane lib…myself included. So let’s give Obama a little credit for his momentary lapse of timidity. Of course, nothing about Obama’s speech reflects principle at all. Or wisdom. Or statesmanship.

    To glean what Obama is really up to let us unpack:

    Item one: Middle east envoy and Clinton pick George Mitchell “quit” very recently after 2 years of being hobbled by Obama and his peeps.

    Item two: Israeli Prime Minster Netanyahu is arriving for an official visit Friday. Obama was a first class prick to him the last time he came to D.C. It’s a safe bet that Obama doesn’t think much of Israel in general given his cultural baggage, church choices, and string of Anti-Israel fellow travellers. One must read Obama’s sudden decisive 1967 border declaration the day before Netanyahu’s visit as a slap upside the Prime Minister’s head. In 2011 Israel finds the proposition intolerable. Everyone knows this. The most important element of his speech was calculated to give Israel a chest shove. Obama’s distaste for traditional American allies will be legendary before long.

    Item three: He chose to make the speech at the State Department. His habit of getting probable opponents in a room then giving a confrontational speech is now clear. Ask Paul Ryan. The whiff of sadism pervades the air. Many State Department pros know the 1967 borders are a nonstarter this late in the game. Many more, no doubt, oppose what Obama said today on the topic. It’s hard to say where SoS Clinton stands but we do know she’s both an admin trooper and more likely to be sympathetic to Israel. The Obama faction wanted the photo they got. The Secretary of State hugging the President after the speech. Clinton, cornered, has now visually signed off on Obama’s new policy. Obama exacted a momentary in-house coup on Israel/Palestine policy.

    Momentary because..well…there are more powerful forces in this world than Barack Obama. He, having convinced himself that he alone killed Bin Laden, probably doesn’t agree. Israel is a tiny superpower, adept at insisting on its weakness. Think of Israel as Queen Elizabeth I. On first blush she was the weak Virgin Queen. Yet she had agents everywhere, running the most efficient police state known up until that time, managed to reign for decades, obliterated the mighty Spanish, and ran the Pope out-of-town. She was the ultimate survivor. Israel, like it or not, reminds me a great deal of bonny Elizabeth. Iron fist in a velvet glove.

    n my estimation what Barry did today was cross a Rubicon of sorts with Israel.
    After the events in the region over the past few months I have to wonder if Obama’s speech Thursday wasn’t the proverbial last straw for the Israeli government. With all due respect to the power of the U.S. Presidency if I had to pick a winner in Obama V. Israel – I’d choose Israel. Much safer bet.

    Jews, and Israelis in particular, brook no fantasies. The 1967 borders talking point is not a fantasy, but it is damn late in the day to re-introduce it. I’ll risk the anti-Semitism tag and say it: There are many powerful Jews in this nation who will turn on Obama now. They probably should. (I’ll take the allegation that I’m promoting the secret Jewish cabal meme and throw it back with “thank goodness for it.” Of all the secret cabals we’re littered with successful Jews are easily the most enlightened. Does anyone want Mormons running the media? Or Presbyterians? )

    Obama probably doesn’t care about the hornet’s nest he’s jiggled. He doesn’t think that far ahead. The speech was an opportunity to head butt Netanyahu and Clinton…one of his favorite past times. That’s it.

    He’s not a smart man. The next election is getting so very interesting.

  143. wbboei, are you being sarcastic?
    ——————————–
    No. I was simply emulating big media.

  144. VanityUSA:

    Every body will be here, but only atheists will be happy because they never believed in this nonsense

  145. As for security, every state has the right to self-defense, and Israel must be able to defend itself – by itself – against any threat.” -Obama

    Note the “By itself”.

    So Waffles is openly saying Israel is on its own if attacked. I have never ever seen such an anti-Israel President ever, even Carter didn’t hate Israel this much.
    ————————
    Yes. He is also giving himself plausible deniability if they decide to bomb Iran. Yes, he is very clever. Stupid too. Oh excuse me that was a careless remark, I take it back, please do not univite me to those cocktail parties, I will never tell the truth about Obama again. Hail Caesar–see I can yell it almost as loud as Tapper. Journalist? Why be a journalist when you can be an overpaid shill, and have Soros put your kids through college. Lying has its perks.

  146. “But for their support, this idiot would not be sitting in the White House.”

    ———————-

    um…are you saying that American Jews are the only reason he is potus?

    Where are your facts?

  147. here are many powerful Jews in this nation who will turn on Obama now.
    ————————
    Wishful thinking.

  148. I listened to Hillary and then to the Bum talk about ‘Hillary Clinton’ ‘Hillary’ in that godawful familiar way.

    Surprisingly she didn’t say anything about Israel or ME peace at all. She was talking up her diplomatic and USAID staff and democracy in general in Tunisia, ME and north Africa.

    I also read somewhere (can’t remember where) that applause lines were muted and one in particular while he waited didn’t get any applause at all.

  149. Jan H

    Jews are not the only reason, but one of the main supporters because of Axelgrease and Rahm

  150. I never believed Trump backed out of the race challenging Obama for MONEY- As we are aware, Obama’s MO is creating a scandal forcing his opponents out of a contest before the race begins eliminating the possibility of an opponent’s win… A scandal/smear about Trump University, to me, would be enough to force him to drop out..
    ___________________________-

    ‘Trump University’ Being Investigated By New York Attorney General’s Office

    May 19, 2011 9:28 PM

    ALBANY, N.Y. (CBSNewYork/AP) — A for-profit university operated by real estate mogul Donald Trump is being investigated by the New York Attorney General’s office.

    A spokesman for the Trump Entrepreneurial Initiative acknowledged receiving an inquiry from Attorney General Eric Schneiderman’s office and said the organization would cooperate with the probe.

    A person familiar with the situation told the Associated Press that Schneiderman’s office was looking into claims that the developer and TV host exaggerated Trump University’s success. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the probe hasn’t yet been made public.

    The person says Schneiderman is investigating four other for-profit schools in a case looking at deceptive business practices. He’s found more than a dozen credible complaints.

    Trump announced Monday he would not pursue a presidential bid. He also said that he would be canceling his appearance at the Iowa GOP’s annual Lincoln Dinner on June 10, which is considered one of the party’s biggest annual fundraisers.

    The investigation was first reported by The New York Times.

    (TM and Copyright 2011 CBS Radio Inc. and its relevant subsidiaries. CBS RADIO and EYE Logo TM and Copyright 2011 CBS Broadcasting Inc. Used under license. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed. The Associated Press contributed to this report.)
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  151. democrat1
    May 19th, 2011 at 10:00 pm

    ————-

    Thanks for the clarification. I agree about those two idiots. They are a huge embarassement to those of us Jews who haven’t been swept up by all this garbage.

  152. I think the Katie Kouric interview was very unprofessional. She asked questions and never followed through after Hillary answered each one.

    It was like a Cliffs Notes version of Hillary’s views.

  153. Maria Shriver confronted her husband’s mistress over suspicions she was secretly raising his love child, it has been claimed today.

    The mother of four, 55, is said to have asked her family’s housekeeper, Mildred Baena, 50, if her son was fathered by Arnold Schwarzenegger.

    During the dramatic showdown, Baena broke down and confessed, according to America’s Radar Online.

    Schwarzenegger only came clean about sordid affair after Shriver told him she new the truth about his 13-year secret, insiders say.
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    Like sands in the hourglass, so are The Days of Our Lives

    (Selznik memo): music rises from the orchestra pit, Maria confronts the big dumbass, he responds civilly http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oA0IpS_3S-0, Maria wacks dumb ass over the head with an iron skillet, clank1111111111111111 fade to black. Coming attraction: no fault divorce in California Gloria Alread to represent Arnold (that is a switch)–the defense you are a Kennedy get used to it, and Maria will be represented by William Kennedy Smith a friend.

  154. I said the same exact thing, Tim. But did not speculate as to the conclusions until clarification is made in the press. The press has interpreted a few points wrong in their summaries and are backpedaling their initial reports.
    *************

    If your waiting for the press for clarity, then I guess hell has frozen over Mrs Smith

  155. I spoke to somebody today who knows why Trump backed out of the race. What he said to that individual was this: I can fight Obama and I can win. No question about that. But I cannot win if I have to fight Obama and big media and the Republican party. No one can.

  156. wbboei
    May 19th, 2011 at 10:18 pm

    After seeing how the NYT got the NY AG to go after Trump’s University program where there is a 98% approval, this information does not surprise me. Makes me think more and more the repubs do not want to win in 2012 the way they skewered Trump, they want the Senate back, and keep the house. But by 2013, all hell is going to break loose financially for this country. The bond market is only waiting to start the backlash. It won’t matter about dems or repubs, this country will be in a severe depression by then, there is no recovery, when one is bumping along the bottom, any bump up seems like a recovery, but it is in fact just bumping along the bottom.

  157. http://www.deadline.com/2011/05/cannes-politics-hit-festival-as-obama-sarkozy-are-dissed-in-official-films/

    The Obama bashing takes place in The Big Fix, the only documentary in the festival’s official selection of films this year. It focuses on the scandals behind the Gulf oil crisis and had its world premiere out of competition Tuesday night. With a tagline calling it “The ultimate un-cover up,” filmmakers Josh and Rebecca Tickell hope to replicate the success of another doc that debuted in the exact same Cannes venue one year ago and went on to win an Oscar as Best Documentary Feature. That film of course was Inside Job, a brilliantly conceived indictment of Wall Street that Big Fix wants to emulate in style and substance. Unfortunately the Tickells’ half-baked movie never rises to the occasion, settling in to be a overly slanted agitprop that is bleak and hopelessly depressing. The directors have chosen interview subjects who offer repetitive theories on how the problems that got us into this mess will never be solved so why bother. The only solution and positive suggestion the filmmakers come up with is for people to rise up, as in Egypt and Wisconsin (there’s lots of footage), to take to the streets against the oil companies .

    The film also comes out swinging against President Obama, repeatedly stating he is no better than George W. Bush and even implying at one point that his administration and all government is corrupt. It presents the most aggressive attack from the left on Obama yet seen. Peter Fonda executive produced and is seen mainly in the first 15 minutes of the film “observing” the problems that were the result of the worst oil spill in history. Then the voice-over narration says he had to go back to L.A., making his entire on-camera participation pointless. At an American Pavilion news conference, Fonda went even further than the film in attacking Obama. “I sent an email to President Obama saying ‘you are a f****** traitor’ by those words. ‘You’re a traitor, you allowed foreign boots (meaning ther BP oil company) on our shore, telling our military — in this case the Coast Guard — what they can and could not do,’ ” he said.

    At least 20 minutes too long, The Big Fix is in need of a big fix itself, seeming more like a work-in-progress than something that would have any shot of theatrical success in its present form. It does focus worthy attention on the continuing plight of Gulf residents and effectively details BP’s broken promises (to date), but it doesn’t offer an alternative beyond picking up protest signs.

  158. Trump should have come out and said that, but even then, if he believed in his message, he would have gone forward.

    He’s a fake…good riddance.

  159. Jan-

    The NY Jewish community is going to hold on to their wallets until they hear what Bibi has to say after the meeting with Obama tomorrow. Obama has had almost 4 yrs to build bridges with Israel and US Jews. The people I know, are outraged at Obama’s remarks today. One of them is the president of the National Bar Assn. He is a well known well respected attorney awarded the highest damage award $13M for his clients from the US Army. He is no wallflower and a lightening rod to others in the community.

    Knowing him, I know enough was enough long ago- There will be not another dollar given to Obama if he has his way.

  160. Let them eat cake, said the Mrs Fraud…anyone here go to this little gala?

    To think the debt ceiling needs to be raised, hell, lets just dance, I know it makes me feel good.

    Love that the spouses of Supreme Court was there? No problem with separation of powers there!
    *******************

    Gloria Estefan sings for lunch with Michelle Obama
    May 19, 2011 | by G’town Gravyboat

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    Gloria Estefan with the First Lady and other leading women in the background
    The Queen of Latin Pop Gloria Estefan had Michelle Obama movin’ and swayin’ to the Miami Sound Machine music at the Congressional Club’s lunch in honor of the First Lady at the Washington Hilton on Wednesday.
    Enjoying the Latin music are from left Mariella Trager of Georgetown, Maria Elena Carrion, wife of Puerto Rico’s delegate to Congress also a Georgetown resident, and Pilar Aleman, wife of Panama’s former ambassador to the U.S.
    Many of the truly politically connected women who had attended The First Lady’s Luncheon over the years generally agree it ranked right up there as one of the best choices for entertainment ever. Conga lines formed in the aisles. Nobody could sit still, not even the First Lady, as she threw her long arms up and swayed to Mi Terra, Don’t Wanna Lose You, and still more Estefan mega-hits.
    In her introduction, Estefan said, “People tell me, I’ve been married to your music, I’ve been divorced to your music. Hey, whatever, it is fine as long as I’m there.”
    Gloria Estefan lights up the gathering
    Was she channeling Maria Kennedy Shriver? Who couldn’t be subliminally thinking about the latest “Good Wife” in the news. La pauvre.
    Praising Mrs. Obama (whose husband is a big Estefan fan) Estefan said: “We’re so proud of you. Thank you for giving our young women somebody incredible to look up to.”

    From the songs of the Cuban-born singer to Luncheon Chair Mrs. Pat Mica’s (wife of Florida’s Rep. John Mica) bright yellow jacket, to the bright hot-pink and orange tablecloths, the event this year had an electric beach flavor. Tucked into the South Beach themed goodie bags were sandals, terry towels, tumbler drink cups, healthy treats, and Miami scents.

    That said, silky gray was the power color of the day. The First Lady wore gray; so did Estefan. Maybe it’s the new black — or the old red. The dresses were cool, stylish knockouts.
    This year’s event benefits the “Negro Spiritual” Scholarship Foundation, the Florida Alliance for Arts Education and Operation Homefront. In her remarks to the more than 2,000 people in attendance, the First Lady honored military personnel and their families, and praised companies that hire families and people who served in the military.

    Invited women, their friends and families flew in from coast to coast and from north to south. Spouses of Cabinet members, the U.S. Supreme Court and the leadership of the Senate and House, among others, were escorted down a long runway to the head table for the nearly three-hour affair. Georgetowner Rep. Nancy Pelosi’s handsome mate, Paul, traipsed the runway with a grin—and to the enthusiastic applause of the 99% female audience.

  161. Here are the results of a FOX poll which asked whether Israel should restore the 1967 borders, as Obama demands.

    Thank you for voting!
    Yes. The current situation can’t continue, and something needs to give. 7.13% (8,783 votes)

    Not sure. I’m wondering whether Obama gave Israel the heads-up on this. 2.14% (2,630 votes)

    No. Israel is our one true ally in the region, and we need to stand with them. 89.62% (110,330 votes)

  162. I was also told today why the Beck show was cancelled. It was cancelled because the Soros financed moveon.org conducted a campaign against its sponsors, it was gaining traction, and the open threat was to expand that campaign to all FOX sponsors. The source noted that Obama is the one who admonished us just the other day that we must learn to be tolerant of the people whose opinions do not agree with ours. Obviously, it is all just words, and he never seems to practice what he preaches.

  163. wbboei
    May 19th, 2011 at 10:18 pm

    I spoke to somebody today who knows why Trump backed out of the race. What he said to that individual was this: I can fight Obama and I can win. No question about that. But I cannot win if I have to fight Obama and big media and the Republican party. No one can.
    ————–
    IF THIS IS TRUE, it is the one thing I could understand. I could understand it, but I do not like it.

    Is everyone going to not run that isn’t a party sheep?

    At least our girl Hillary had the courage to run under these and worst conditions, won and got it stolen from her.

  164. wbboei
    May 19th, 2011 at 10:18 pm

    After seeing how the NYT got the NY AG to go after Trump’s University program where there is a 98% approval, this information does not surprise me. Makes me think more and more the repubs do not want to win in 2012 the way they skewered Trump, they want the Senate back, and keep the house. But by 2013, all hell is going to break loose financially for this country. The bond market is only waiting to start the backlash. It won’t matter about dems or repubs, this country will be in a severe depression by then, there is no recovery, when one is bumping along the bottom, any bump up seems like a recovery, but it is in fact just bumping along the bottom
    ———————————
    Let us hope not. But I will tell you this much. A couple years ago, when we were doing the research on the paper Obama’s Godfather Georg Soros, I ran across a report entitled The European Common Market in 2050. It was the handiwork of some clairvoyant, and I took it in that light. In other words a higher level of credibility than Time Magazine or NYT but still speculative. As I recall there was something that happened in the time frame you are talking about, and there was no mention of the United States in 2050. I chalked it up to Eurpean ethnocentricity, but your comment put me in mind of it. Needless to say we did not use it in the paper.

  165. Just had to see what Ulsterman had to say about Obama’s speech today. Not an iota of Hope here:
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    The Ulsterman Report: Obama’s Muslim Brotherhood Bailout Plan

    As a longtime radical and anti-American Muslim group prepares to make significant gains in the power structure of the post-revolution Egyptian government, Barack Obama promises to forgive Egypt one billion in debt owed to the United States.

    Despite repeated proof of the radicalized nature of the Muslim Brotherhood, an organization that has advocated the destruction of Israel, the death of homosexuals, a “settlement jihad” against America, as well as insisting women remain as second class citizens, U.S. President BarackObama intends to pledge full support of the newly forming Egyptian government, going so far as to promise forgiving some 1 billion dollars in debt the Muslim nation currently owes the United States taxpayers.

    The gesture by Obama is what his administration and certain left-leaning media figures are describing as part of the “Arab Spring” – the hopeful spreading of democracy throughout the Middle East. While this version being perpetrated by the Obama White House appears in stark contrast to the reality of an Egyptian nation now facing a significant shift toward a more radicalized Muslim government, President Obama remains intent on ignoring such a reality in favor of the warm and fuzzy scripted version to be placed inside his ever-present teleprompter. To say nothing of the fact that the United States has already given billions in free aid to the Egyptian government in past years, only to see that former government toppled and now replaced by one dominated by the Muslim Brotherhood – the very same organization whose leadership stated, “Jihad is our way.”

    …So this brings us to more recent events in the Middle East, and the seemingly contradictory message coming out of the Obama White House regarding uprisings throughout that region – and the influence of the Muslim Brotherhood both on those uprisings, and the muddled response of President Obama.

    In Egypt, the Muslim Brotherhood was constantly rebuked by the Mubarak regime – a regime that had for decades helped keep the peace between the Muslim world and Israel. Within hours of an uprising breaking out, President Barack Obama, who admitted every decision he makes is first run by Valerie Jarrett, spoke out against longtime American ally Hosni Mubarak and demanded the longtime Egyptian ruler step aside. It is in Egypt where the Muslim Brotherhood was founded, though since that time it has spread its considerable influence throughout the Muslim world.

    President Obama’s very public stance against Mubarak was in stark contrast to uprisings a year earlier in Iran (the birthplace of Valerie Jarrett) that saw a tepid response from the Obama administration – nary a word was spoken against the Iranian regime, or support given to the cause of the protesters.

    …A 2010 New York Times article cited the following regarding the Obama administration’s ever increasing involvement with Muslim groups – led of course by Iranian-born Valerie Jarrett: Muslim and Arab-American advocates have participated in policy discussions and received briefings from top White House aides and other officials on health care legislation, foreign policy, the economy, immigration and national security. They have met privately with a senior White House adviser, Valerie Jarrett.

    This seems to be a new addendum added today:

    … AND now we have President Obama moving to forgive a billion dollars in Egyptian debt owed to the American taxpayers as the radical and anti-American Muslim Brotherhood prepares to take a dominant seat at the political table of the newly forming Egyptian government.

    Wonder what the Muslim Brotherhood might do with that billion of our tax dollars Obama is so happy to give them? Perhaps an invasion of Israel? Or maybe more financial support of jihadist terrorists attempting to do further harm to the United States?

    I wish I was kidding folks. I really do…

  166. A lively exchange between Brad the bot, and a friend of mine. Watch:
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    —– Original Message —–
    From: Brad Woodhouse, Democrats.org
    To: M
    Subject: Birther nonsense

    M —

    When one-time Republican frontrunner Donald Trump dropped out of the presidential race, I thought we were done with all this birther nonsense.

    But I guess right-wing conspiracy theorist Jerome Corsi finally got to prove a Democrat wrong. Corsi just released his latest book, called — wait for it — Where’s the Birth Certificate?

    Fortunately, the Obama campaign knows just how to handle things like this: Treat them like the joke they are. That’s why I wanted to be sure you saw the campaign’s email from yesterday offering “Made in the USA” mugs with the President’s birth certificate. You can get yours here:

    https://my.democrats.org/USA-Made-Mug

    Thanks,

    Brad

    ————-ORIGINAL MESSAGE————-
    From: Julianna Smoot, BarackObama.com
    Subject: You’ll like this one

    Friend —

    Let me introduce you to Jerome Corsi.

    This week he released a new book that the publisher says will be a bestseller “of historic proportions.”

    The title is Where’s the Birth Certificate? — yes, really.

    Corsi’s work is a greatest-hits reel of delusions, ranging from 9/11 conspiracies to claiming that there is an infinite supply of oil in the Earth’s core. In 2008, he published a book about Barack Obama claiming, among other things, that he (a) is a secret Muslim; (b) is secretly anti-military; (c) secretly dealt drugs; and (d) secretly supported terrorist actions when he was eight years old. So many secrets!

    FactCheck.org called Corsi’s work “a mishmash of unsupported conjecture, half-truths, logical fallacies and outright falsehoods.”

    There’s really no way to make this stuff completely go away. The only thing we can do is laugh at it — and make sure as many other people as possible are in on the joke.

    So let’s just do this — get your Obama birth certificate mug here:

    https://my.democrats.org/USA-Made-Mug

    Last year, the President said, “I can’t spend all of my time with my birth certificate plastered on my forehead.”

    This is about as close as we can get.

    2.From: M
    To: democraticparty@democrats.org
    Subject: Re: Birther nonsense

    Brad,

    Wait for it….I frankly don’t care where the fuck Obama was born…what I do care about is that Obama parades around like a wounded cow crying racism and throwing any and all kind of nonsense at us that parades as a birth certificate. To stop the nonsense all he has to do is release a birth certificate that has an actual state seal attached to it…just like the one certifying my birth certificate has. Instead he’s been crying about this for the last 3 1/2 years!!! Enough already!!! II would gladly purchase a mug that says “Where’s the Seal?” When you have one of those mugs available? Get back to me.

    Thanks,

    M

  167. Wonder what the Muslim Brotherhood might do with that billion of our tax dollars Obama is so happy to give them? Perhaps an invasion of Israel? Or maybe more financial support of jihadist terrorists attempting to do further harm to the United States
    ————————————
    Can he give them that money without congressional approval? If not then he has got a problem hasn’t he.

  168. Who’s side was Donald Trump on. If you look at what was accomplished it is hard not to think he was working for Obama.

    My gut feeling is that he wasn’t working for Obama. BO looked so pissed at having to release this new BC. I really think BO just wanted the whole issue to disappear. I don’t think he wanted Trump to set him up to force him to come up with a new BC….imo…

  169. NEWT’S RIGHT

    By DICK MORRIS & EILEEN MCGANN

    Published on DickMorris.com on May 19, 2011

    Printer-Friendly Version

    In the 1980s, the pre-Blair leftist Labor Party issued its campaign manifesto to oppose Thatcher’s Conservatives in the coming national election. Its loony, leftist proposals were so extreme that the Tory media promptly dubbed it “the longest suicide note in history.”

    The Republican proposal to shift Medicare from the current system to a voucher-based program of private insurance – in TEN years – falls into the same category. Don’t blame Newt Gingrich for saying so. In fact, we have to hope that Romney, Bachmann, Daniels and the other candidates join him in distancing himself from the plan if we have a hope of electing any of them president!

    Worse, the Ryan budget continues the $500 billion in Medicare cuts which formed the basis of the Republican critique of Pelosi and Obama in the 2010 election. It keeps the money in the Medicare system rather than spending it on other entitlements as Obama did, but that is scant compensation for someone seeking care now to stay alive!

    (When I first endorsed Ryan’s plan in a column and video, I was under the impression – as he had told me – that he would eliminate the $500 billion cut. I must have misunderstood him because his plan keeps that very cut on which we based our entire 2012 campaign. When I found that out, I switched to opposing his plan).

    Gingrich was entirely correct in denouncing this part of the Ryan Budget. The rest of the document is fine. But Obama has, as we predicted he would, focused all his fire on the Medicare portion and that is what the campaign of 2012 will be about – unless the GOP candidate for president disavows the plan.

    And the height of lunacy is that the Medicare voucher-based conversion is slated to take effect in a decade! Who can predict how medicine will evolve next week let along a decade hence? To hold the Republican Party’s political fortunes hostage to a program that might or might not take effect in a decade is pure insanity.

    So Gingrich called it what it is – “right wing social engineering.” Granted, Paul Ryan has the best of intentions. He wants to keep the Medicare system solvent in the face of escalating costs, but even he concedes that changing Medicare is not necessary over the next nine years to reduce the budget deficit. It is only in 2021, when those who are now 55 turn to Medicare that he would effect his changes. The House should drop the Medicare part of the program, repeal the $500 billion cut that the Republicans vilified in the campaign, and go ahead and implement the rest of the Ryan budget.

    Newt has acted responsibly and in the best interests of the Party by describing accurately what the stakes are. Don’t blame him. Honor him for saying and doing the right thing

  170. Murkowski is no good. Same with Hatch. Still, the little commie ideologue did not get the appeals court position. Too fucking bad.
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    Senate GOP Marks a First – Blocking an Obama Judicial Nominee
    by Trish Turner | May 19, 2011

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    Democrats needed 60 votes to move the nomination forward to final passage. Senate Republicans on Thursday toppled the nomination, 52-43, of controversial University of California-Berkeley law professor Goodwin Liu, nominee for the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, a first in President Barack Obama’s presidency.

    In the end, only one Republican voted for the nominee, Sen. Lisa Murkowski of Alaska. Nebraska’s Ben Nelson was the lone Democrat to oppose Liu. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, a former chairman of the Judiciary Committee, chose to vote “present,” a sign of his long-time opposition to judicial nominee filibusters. Democrats needed 60 votes to move the nomination to final passage.

    GOP Leader Mitch McConnell said the nominee’s writings “reveal a left-wing ideologue who views the role of a judge not as that of an impartial arbiter, but as someone who views the bench as a position of power.” And though the Kentucky senator said he has “nothing against (Liu) personally, “Earning a lifetime appointment isn’t a right, nor is it a popularity contest.”

    But Judiciary Committee Chairman Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., decried the filibuster, arguing that right-wing judicial nominees had received an up or down vote when Republicans were in power. “I listened to the speeches….I sometimes wonder who everyone’s talking about,” Leahy said. “No question, his intellect and qualifications, he should be treated with respect and admiration, not maligned.”

    Leahy also cited Liu’s Taiwanese immigrant heritage as a reason for confirmation, noting, “There are no Asian-Pacific Americans on the bench.”

    Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., argued unsuccessfully for a straight up or down vote, saying, “The record is clear. Any claims Goodwin Liu is undeserving of our confirmation is simply wrong.” The leader called out Sens. Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn, Johnny Isakson, R-Ga., and Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, among others, citing their past opposition to filibusters of judicial nominees.

    But senior Republicans had launched an all-out push to quash the nomination, urging their entire conference to support a GOP-led filibuster.

    “(Liu’s) record reflects a carefully honed and calculated philosophy that he developed and advanced over the course of his brief career in the ivory towers of academia and which threatens the American tradition of limited constitutional government,” Sens. Charles Grassley of Iowa, top Republican on the Judiciary Committee, and senior panel member Jeff Sessions of Alabama, wrote in a letter, obtained by Fox News, to their GOP colleagues Wednesday.

    In a most ominous sign, former GOP members of the so-called “Gang of 14,” who narrowly averted a judicial crisis back in 2005 that nearly shut down the Senate, are lining up against Liu, as well.

    The somewhat undefined threshold developed by the bipartisan group back then stated that a nominee should be filibustered only under “extraordinary circumstances.”

    “The nomination of Mr. Goodwin Liu does rise to a level of ‘extraordinary circumstances,’ and therefore McCain will seek to filibuster the nomination,” read a statement by the office of former gang member John McCain.

    Same goes for McCain’s fellow gang member, Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-SC., who said Liu’s words “ring of an ideologue,” adding that Liu should, rather, “run for Senate, run for President. Don’t sit on the court…In Mr. Liu’s world, I think he has a very small view of the law.”

    Graham took pains to say, however, he did not see Thursday’s defeat of Liu as precedent-setting. But that was hardly salve to Liu’s supporters, including home-state Sen. Barbara Boxer, D-Calif., who warned colleagues, “I think the ramifications, and I feel very strong about this, I don’t say this very often on the floor, I think the ramifications of this filibuster are going to be long and difficult for those who cause this good man to be filibustered.”

    The nominee, who has endured a rare two confirmation hearings with more than five hours of testimony, enjoyed bipartisan support outside Congress, including famed former prosecutor Ken Starr. Still, but opposition in the Senate came on a number of fronts, with most Republicans accusing the nominee of wanting to make law, not interpret it. Some viewed Liu, 40, as too young for a lifetime appointment to the bench, fearing he might soon be propelled to the Supreme Court.

    But it was Liu’s scathing critique of then-Judge Samuel Alito, President George W. Bush’s nominee for the High Court, that appeared to sting the most.

    Paralleling the late Sen. Ted Kennedy’s dress-down of failed Supreme Court nominee Robert Bork, Liu said at the judge’s confirmation hearing that in Alito’s America “police may shoot and kill an unarmed boy” and “the FBI may install a camera where you sleep,” and he went on to say in that America “a black man may be sentenced by an all-white jury for killing a white man absent analysis showing discrimination.”

    Liu apologized numerous times for the comments, calling them “inartful,” but Republicans balked.

    “I’m not going to vote for that,” Sen. Johnny Isakson, R-Ga., told Fox News Wednesday, “It’s the perfect definition of ‘extraordinary circumstances’. I was here when the confirmation hearings of Judge Alito were going on. You know, I can understand a difference of philosophy, but there should be an evenness of temperament. Judicial temperament, to me, is the most important thing a judge can possess, and I think in that circumstance alone, he demonstrated less than what I would consider appropriate judicial temperament.”

    Chairman Leahy reminded his colleagues recently that Liu received the highest ranking from the American Bar Association, a unanimous “well qualified,” a coveted endorsement in GOP circles that also includes an evaluation of temperament.

    In a last ditch attempt to show support, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev, brought the nominee in for a meeting Wednesday with a handful of Democratic senators and White House Counsel Bob Bauer. The media were invited in to take pictures, with Reid saying the nominee deserved to be confirmed.

    The White House appeared to know the vote tally in advance. No centrist Republican said he or she was contacted for a follow-up visit with the nominee or for a last-minute conversation with a high-ranking Administration official courting support.

    Though Liu’s backers consistently touted his impressive educational credentials, a Yale Law School graduate and Rhodes Scholar, as proof of his intellectual prowess, the wave of opposition to Liu proved too great.

    Filed In Congress

  171. If there is a smaller brain in the senate than Leahy then you would need a microscope to find it.

  172. Sen. Barbara Boxer, D-Calif., who warned colleagues, “I think the ramifications, and I feel very strong about this, I don’t say this very often on the floor, I think the ramifications of this filibuster are going to be long and difficult for those who cause this good man to be filibustered.”
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    Dash and wrong. Nobody but her is invested in this little ideologue.

  173. In the end, only one Republican voted for the nominee, Sen. Lisa Murkowski of Alaska.

    ++++++
    She owes the Dems and for all practical purpose, she is one

  174. Gee, all Pakistan got for Christmas was 20 billion from us and a weapons grade nuclear reactor! Can’t wait to see what Egypt does with all their billions!

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    Satellite images reveal alarming speed Pakistan is rushing to finish weapons-grade nuclear reactor
    By DAILY MAIL REPORTER

    Last updated at 3:24 PM on 18th May 2011

    New satellite images have shown the alarming speed at which Pakistan is constructing a weapons-grade nuclear reactor.
    The aerial images, taken on April 20, show the rapid building progress of the fourth reactor to produce plutonium in Pakistan’s Khushab facility.
    The site was barren in 2009 and the facility ‘costing billions’ was undetectable by satellite just 17 months ago, but has since grown at an alarming rate.

    Alarming: The rate of construction at the Khushab nuclear facility has ‘raised eyebrows’ with US officials
    The facility in Khushab is the fastest growing nuclear program in the world, with the speed of the latest reactor’s construction prompting concern from U.S. officials.
    Pakistan first revealed the Khushab site and its plutonium production facility in 1998 after the country’s first nuclear test.
    Although the U.S. has provided Pakistan with $20 billion in military and economic aid since September 11, 2001, it has been said that there is ‘no explanation’ as to how Pakistan are paying for the latest reactor.

    More…
    Tensions increase in Pakistan after Nato helicopter injures two soldiers in attack on Afghan border
    I told Bin Laden he couldn’t marry my daughter (but then I relented): Terror chief’s father-in-law gives extraordinary interview
    Paul Brannon, a nuclear analyst with the Institute for Science and International Security, said: ‘The buildup is remarkable.
    ‘You can see the square of the reactor building, you can see the inner square of the reactor hall where the actual reactor goes, and if you measure the dimensions of the building it matches up exactly to the second and the third reactors.
    ‘And that nobody in the U.S. or in the Pakistani government says anything about this — especially in this day and age—is perplexing.’

    Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1388363/Satellite-images-reveal-alarming-speed-Pakistan-rushing-finish-weapons-grade-nuclear-reactor.html#ixzz1MrZzCDaY

  175. You made the claim. The burden of conclusive proof is on you.

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    Often honored in the breach. Now, what was that about TSA screeners being “almost exclusively Muslim”?

  176. You made the statements Corsi and WND are dirty but failed to submit authenticated convincing evidence

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    Maybe he should have said “almost exclusively dirty.” 😉

  177. ImRubberYoureGlue
    May 19th, 2011 at 5:27 pm

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    Thanks for careful thinking and reasonable posts.

  178. wbb

    Let’s say what your friend told you about Trump was true, that means that if the Republican’s don’t find a good candidate that can pull in centrists (Independents and PUMAs) like Trump could have, and if that person doesn’t excite the majority of Republican enough to go out and vote for them, that the Republican party, including people like Rove, are pulling another 2008 letting Obama win again, McCain part II.

    I know others have been saying this for awhile, it just hurts me to say it.

  179. Yes, Republicans are in high support mode for Israel. They won’t mind picking off Obama’s donations and presidential votes in 2012′.
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    Jewish Donors Warn Obama on Israel

    Jewish donors and fund-raisers are warning the Obama re-election campaign that the president is at risk of losing financial support because of concerns about his handling of Israel.

    The complaints began early in President Barack Obama’s term, centered on a perception that Mr. Obama has been too tough on Israel.

    Some Jewish donors say Mr. Obama has pushed Israeli leaders too hard to halt construction of housing settlements in disputed territory, a longstanding element of U.S. policy. Some also worry that Mr. Obama is putting more pressure on the Israelis than the Palestinians to enter peace negotiations, and say they are disappointed Mr. Obama has not visited Israel yet.

    One top Democratic fund-raiser, Miami developer Michael Adler, said he urged Obama campaign manager Jim Messina to be “extremely proactive” in countering the perception in the Jewish community that Mr. Obama is too critical of Israel.

    He said his conversations with Mr. Messina were aimed at addressing the problems up front. “This was going around finding out what our weaknesses are so we can run the best campaign,” said Mr. Adler, who hosted a fund-raiser at his home for Mr. Obama earlier this year.

    “Good friends tell you how you can improve. They don’t tell you ‘everything’s great’ and then you find out nobody buys the food in your restaurants,” he said.

    It is difficult to assess how widespread the complaints are. Many Jews support Mr. Obama’s approach to the Middle East, and his domestic agenda. But Jewish fund-raisers for Mr. Obama say they regularly hear discontent among some supporters.

    The Obama campaign has asked Penny Pritzker, Mr. Obama’s 2008 national finance chairwoman, to talk with Jewish leaders about their concerns, Ms. Pritzker said. So far, she said, she’s met with about a half dozen people. She said the campaign is in the process of assembling a larger team for similar outreach.

    “I do think there’s an education job to be done, because there’s lots of myths that abound and misunderstandings of the administration’s record,” she said. “The campaign is aggressively getting the information out there.”

    President Obama acknowledges U.S. ties to the Middle East and how recent changes are shifting foreign policy in the region. Video courtesy of Fox News.

    Robert Copeland, a Virginia Beach, Va., developer, who has given large donations to many Democrats, has already decided he won’t vote for Mr. Obama in 2012. “I’m very disappointed with him,” he said. “His administration has failed in Israel. They degraded the Israeli people.”

    An Obama campaign spokeswoman declined to comment on Mr. Messina’s conversations with donors, but said the campaign would reach out to Jewish donors and expected strong support. She also directed questions to Ken Solomon, an Obama fund-raiser and CEO of the Tennis Channel, who said any problems were minimal and that most Jewish voters were concerned about many issues, not just Israel.

    Malcolm I. Hoenlein, the executive vice chairman of The Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations, said he saw potential for the discontent to affect Mr. Obama’s fund raising.

    “It’s that people hold back, people don’t have the enthusiasm and are not rushing forward at fund-raisers to be supportive,” he said. “Much more what you’ll see is holding back now.”

    Mr. Adler says he does not doubt Mr. Obama’s commitment to Israel but thinks the White House needs to do a better job communicating its support.

    Three opportunities come in the next four days: On Thursday, Mr. Obama gives a speech about U.S. policy in the Middle East and North Africa, and on Friday he meets with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. On Sunday, Mr. Obama addresses the largest pro-Israel lobby group, the American Israeli Public Affairs Committee.

    In his AIPAC speech, Mr. Obama is expected to argue that the U.S.-Israeli alliance is strong and cite his backing for initiatives such as the Iron Dome missile defense system, which is positioned near the Gaza border and has already intercepted incoming short-range rockets.

    Rep. Debbie Wasserman-Schultz (D., Fla.), chairwoman of the Democratic National Committee, said the speech on Sunday should help set the record straight. “There’s nothing like hearing it straight from the president of the United States—his expression that he is strongly pro-Israel.” Some say the appointment of Ms. Wasserman-Schultz, who is Jewish, to run the DNC, is helpful in itself.

    Some of Mr. Obama’s Jewish supporters hope he will visit Israel as a symbolic show of support after having visited several Muslim nations. At a small listening session this year with Mr. Messina in Palm Beach, Fla., one donor asked if Mr. Obama would do so.

    “It’s definitely on the schedule tentatively out there,” he responded, according to Nancy Gilbert, an Obama supporter who was at the session. She said the 30 or so people present were happy to hear that a trip was at least under consideration.

    In 2008, Jewish voters accounted for 2% of the electorate, according to exit polls. Some 78% of Jewish voters backed Mr. Obama, a better showing than the 74% who backed the 2004 Democratic nominee, John Kerry. (and he is Jewish- his father is..)

    Some of the misgivings among Jewish supporters can be traced to specific incidents that resonated in the Jewish community.

    Last year, for example, Israeli media suggested Mr. Obama had snubbed Mr. Netanyahu and an Israeli delegation by leaving a White House meeting early.

    The White House and Israeli officials disputed that characterization. But the incident left a lasting impression. “It was a snub,” said former New York Mayor Ed Koch, who campaigned for Mr. Obama in 2008. “My feeling was that the president was hostile to Israel.”

    Mr. Koch, a Democrat, said he had been considering voting Republican in 2012, but then he saw the House proposal for privatizing Medicare for people under age 55, which he opposes. He now expects to support Mr. Obama again.

    Still, Republicans see an opening. In April, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney told a gathering of the Republican Jewish Coalition that Mr. Obama should have delivered criticism of Israel’s settlement policy privately.

    And last year, a poll by McLaughlin & Associates, a Republican polling firm, found that 46% of American Jews said they would consider voting for someone other than Mr. Obama.

    http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052748703509104576331661918527154.html?mod=googlenews_wsj

  180. I. A plurality of Jewish voters would consider someone else for President.

    According to the 2008 exit polls, Barack Obama won 78% to 21% among Jewish voters.

    Now, in the second year of Obama’s presidency, only 42% of voters would re-elect him, while the plurality (46%) would consider voting for someone else.

    Key voter segments including, Orthodox/Hasidic voters, Conservative voters, voters who have friends and family in Israel and voters who have been to Israel, are more likely to consider someone else. There is clearly a voter difference depending upon their religious beliefs and their ties to Israel.

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    For review of the actual breakdown of poll numbers, see the pdf:

    Reminder- this poll was taken a little over 1 yr ago- I believe due to the geopolitical climate now- Obama’s 08′ numbers would reverse themselves dramatically.

    http://www.mclaughlinonline.com/lib/sitefiles/National_Jewish_Memo_0410.pdf

  181. Jan, I can assure you my attorney friend is not a schvartze. As a matter of fact, he is a better looking version of Maury Povich.. Great hair and greater work ethic

  182. wbboei
    May 19th, 2011 at 10:18 pm
    I spoke to somebody today who knows why Trump backed out of the race. What he said to that individual was this: I can fight Obama and I can win. No question about that. But I cannot win if I have to fight Obama and big media and the Republican party. No one can.

    Only the voters can do this. I may be the most naive person on this blog, but I believe that the fight, rejection, overthrow of our current two party equals one big hustle system started slowly in 2008. Obama cheated like hell to win the nomination and then won the general but did not win a landslide even though he had every advantage imaginable. He lost massively in the mid terms in 2010 and the Democratic machinery knows it. His polling numbers are rigged, the number of self identified Dems keeps shrinking, and I think he is going to have trouble raising enough money (there is never enough for a Chicago pol). The electorate is past angry with the economy circling the drain. Any Republican may be able to beat him if he can walk and chew gum at the same time.

  183. Gingrich Aide Skewers Media in Epic Retort
    …From Tyler [Gingrich aide]: “The literati sent out their minions to do their bidding. Washington cannot tolerate threats from outsiders who might disrupt their comfortable world. The firefight started when the cowardly sensed weakness. They fired timidly at first, then the sheep not wanting to be dropped from the establishment’s cocktail party invite list unloaded their entire clip, firing without taking aim their distortions and falsehoods. Now they are left exposed by their bylines and handles. But surely they had killed him off. This is the way it always worked. A lesser person could not have survived the first few minutes of the onslaught. But out of the billowing smoke and dust of tweets and trivia emerged Gingrich, once again ready to lead those who won’t be intimated by the political elite and are ready to take on the challenges America faces.”
    And so it was written.
    http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2011/05/19/gingrich-aide-skewers-media-epic-retort/?test=latestnews

    Shades of wbboei?

  184. Good news:
    – Thu May 19, 9:27 am ET
    NEW YORK (Reuters) – Flamboyant pop singer Lady Gaga ousted U.S. media mogul Oprah Winfrey to top this year’s Forbes celebrity power list released on Wednesday. Gaga, whose real name is Stefani Germanotta, moved up four positions from last year to claim the top spot in Forbes’ annual “The Celebrity 100” 2011 list that measures power by entertainment-related earnings, media visibility and social media popularity. Forbes rated the American singer-songwriter No. 1, estimating her earnings in the past 12 months as $90 million, but also noting her 32 million Facebook fans and 10 million Twitter followers. “Lady Gaga beat Oprah this year because of her social media power. She can use Twitter and Facebook to work the “little monsters” into a frenzy that leads to record sales and media attention. She’s the best example of how celebrities will need to manage their careers in the coming years,” Forbes editor Dorothy Pomerantz said. Winfrey, who next week ends “The Oprah Winfrey Show” syndicated TV chat show after 25 years, dropped one place from last year to No. 2 earning an estimated $290 million. Canadian pop star Justin Bieber, 17, was the youngest to make the list and debuted at No. 3, earning $53 million from concerts and sales from his concert movie and documentary “Never Say Never.” Coming in at No. 4 was U2, earning $195 million and Elton John, who earned $100 million. Forbes said its earnings figures consist of pretax income between May 1, 2010, and May 1, 2011

    Rounding out the top ten for 2011 was golfer Tiger Woods, earning $75 million, country singer Taylor Swift, rock band Bon Jovi, British music producer and “The X Factor” judge Simon Cowell and U.S. basketball player LeBron James.
    http://news.yahoo.com/s/nm/20110519/people_nm/us_celebritypower_2

    repeated for emphasis: syndicated TV chat show

  185. Too funny (h/t hillbuzz)
    YouTube – “I will Follow Him (Obama)” Video Parody

  186. Mrs. Smith,

    That polling certainly gives me a little more faith again. I too am waiting to see what Bibi says. I hope he comes out fighting.

    I am assuming that obama will shun him again like he did that other time.

  187. Recent college grads sour on Obama, surveys say

    Fri May 20, 12:11 am ET

    A very large proportion of recent university graduates have soured on President Barack Obama, and many will vote GOP or stay at home in the 2012 election, according to two new surveys of younger voters.

    “These rock-solid Obama constituents are free-agents,” said Kellyanne Conway, president of The Polling Company, based in Washington, D.C. She recently completed a large survey of college grads, and “they’re shopping around, considering their options, [and] a fair number will say at home and sit it out,” she said.

    The scope of this disengagement from Obama is suggested by an informal survey of 500 post-grads by Joe Maddalone, founder of Maddalone Global Strategies. Of his sample, 93 percent are aged between 22 and 28, 67 percent are male and 83 percent voted for Obama in 2008. But only 27 percent are committed to voting for Obama again, and 80 percent said they would consider voting for a Republican, said New York-based Maddalone.

    That’s a drop of almost 60 points in support for Obama among this influential class of younger post-grad voters, who Maddalone recruited at conferences held at New York University and Thomson-Reuters’ New York headquarters.

    The bad news for Obama was underlined May 19 with a report by a job-firm Adecco that roughly 60 percent of recent college-grads have not been able to find a full-time job in their preferred area. One-in-five graduates have taken jobs far from their training, one-in-six are dependent on their parents, and one-in-four say they’re in debt, according to the firm’s data.

    Overall, roughly one-third of young voters have some college education, and one-half have college degrees, said Conway. Many are underemployed or unemployed, they’re worried about their debts and economic trends, and they’re worried about the value of their educations, she said. In 2012, she said, “I suspect a fair number will return to Obama, but maybe not enough, and not in the [swing] states where he needs them,” she said.

    Those states include Michigan, Nevada, New Mexico, New Hampshire, Indiana, Virginia and Iowa, she said. All were won by Obama in 2008, and all were lost in state-wide elections to GOP candidates in 2010, she said.

    The GOP is making some progress towards earning their votes, Maddalone said. For example, 38 percent of his respondents said the GOP is “doing a good job addressing and engaging with young professionals,” and 58 percent said they would consider voting for the GOP “if you felt that Republicans were doing a good job addressing and engaging with young professionals.”

    Only one-in-six of his respondents voted for the GOP presidential candidate in 2008, and 80 percent of those said they would vote GOP again, said Maddalone.

    “People have had time to reflect on how they voted in 2008, and now they’re thinking about whether they have a job or like their job,” said Maddalone. As their trust in the federal government shrinks, they’re becoming more self-reliant, as their attitude shifts from “‘yes, we can,’ to ‘yes, I can,’” he said.

    This shift, he said, “is not really being discussed.”

    Still, there’s a wide gap in priorities between the millions of crucial swing-voters in swing-states — Ohio, Florida, Virginia, for example — and Maddalone’s group of mostly male, urban, and upwardly-mobile professionals.

    Many of those swing voters have already pulled the lever for GOP candidates in 2010, but 59 percent of Maddalone’s respondents said the GOP is still not “doing a good job addressing and engaging with young professionals.” This gap isn’t merely created by the parties’ economic platforms. One in six of the respondents said would not vote GOP even if the GOP was “doing a good job addressing and engaging with young professionals.”

    Some of those gaps were evident in a recent survey by California-based RK Research. One thousand college students ranked education, economic and health care as their top three issues, but credited top marks to the GOP for its stance on military issues and a “business-friendly environment.” The students ranked the GOP low on environmental, immigration and gay-rights issues, but they also ranked those last two issues as a low priority.

    http://news.yahoo.com/s/dailycaller/20110520/pl_dailycaller/recentcollegegradssouronobamasurveyssay;_ylt=Ase0UH_am0IDPFioAHCKdJSyFz4D;_ylu=X3oDMTNtaDU5ajA0BGFzc2V0A2RhaWx5Y2FsbGVyLzIwMTEwNTIwL3JlY2VudGNvbGxlZ2VncmFkc3NvdXJvbm9iYW1hc3VydmV5c3NheQRwb3MDMTUE

  188. #
    JanH
    May 20th, 2011 at 7:58 am

    Mrs. Smith,

    That polling certainly gives me a little more faith again. I too am waiting to see what Bibi says. I hope he comes out fighting.

    I am assuming that obama will shun him again like he did that other time.
    _______________________

    Not forgetting Jews and Christians are aligned at this point in time. Radical Muslims have made no secret of the hatred they feel for both religions, announcing to the world they will not rest until both have been eradicated from the face of the earth.

    The blowback to Obama will be devastating. With the expense of hiring staged audiences at his rally appearances, his war chest donations dwindling to the point of accepting money from forbidden foreign sources. I can only hope Obama continues to hold the line back to the 67′ boundaries he announced yesterday. His stand in the face of populist sentiment will deny him the seat he so wishes to keep. If Obama relents and gives in to public pressure he will be showered with $$$ by the Jewish community thankful they have been given a temporary reprieve at the whim of Obama.

  189. Broward Politics

    Congressman Allen West condemns Barack Obama’s policy on Israel, Middle East

    By Anthony Man May 19, 2011 02:33 PM

    U.S. Rep. Allen West, R-Plantation, issued a strongly worded statement Thursday condemning President Barack Obama’s policy on the Middle East.

    West termed it the “most egregious foreign policy decision his administration has made to date, and could be the beginning of the end as we know it for the Jewish state.”

    Obama delivered a much-anticipated speech Thursday outlining his policy goals.

    Below, on the continuation, West’s statement and Obama’s speech.

    Congressman Allen West Response to President Barack Obama’s Call for a Two State Solution in Israel

    (WASHINGTON) — Congressman Allen West (FL-22) released this statement today:

    “Today’s endorsement by President Barack Obama of the creation of a Hamas-led Palestinian state based on the pre-1967 borders, signals the most egregious foreign policy decision his administration has made to date, and could be the beginning of the end as we know it for the Jewish state.

    From the moment the modern day state of Israel declared statehood in 1948, to the end of the 1967 Six Day War, Jews were forbidden access to their holiest site, the Western Wall in Jerusalem’s Old City, controlled by Jordan’s Arab army.

    The pre-1967 borders endorsed by President Obama would deny millions of the world’s Jews access to their holiest site and force Israel to return the strategically important Golan Heights to Syria, a known state-sponsor of terrorism.

    Resorting to the pre-1967 borders would mean a full withdrawal by the Israelis from the West Bank and the Jewish neighborhoods of East Jerusalem. Make no mistake, there has always been a Nation of Israel and Jerusalem has been and must always be recognized as its rightful capital.

    In short, the Hamas-run Palestinian state envisioned by President Obama would be devastating to Israel and the world’s 13.3 million Jews. It would be a Pavlovian style reward to a declared Islamic terrorist organization, and an unacceptable policy initiative.

    America should never negotiate with the Palestinian Authority- which has aligned itself with Hamas. Palestine is a region, not a people or a modern state. Based upon Roman Emperor Hadrian’s declaration in 73 AD, the original Palestinian people are the Jewish people.

    It’s time for the American people to stand by our strongest ally, the Jewish State of Israel, and reject this foreign policy blunder of epic proportions.

    While the winds of democracy may blow strong in the Middle East, history has demonstrated that gaps in leadership can lead to despotic regimes. I have questions for President Obama: ‘Who will now lead in Egypt?’ and ‘Why should American taxpayers provide foreign aid to a nation where the next chapter in their history may be the emergence of another radical Islamic state?’

    President Obama has not stood for Israel or the Jewish people and has made it clear where the United States will stand when Palestine attempts to gain recognition of statehood by the United Nations. The President should focus on the real obstacle to security- the Palestinian leadership and its ultimate goal to eliminate Israel and the Jewish people.”

  190. The world caves in on Obama while he’s too busy placating PA’s ruffled feathers all thumbs when it comes to multi-tasking!
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    Obama pick for bench blocked by GOP

    WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama has been handed his first Senate defeat of a judicial nominee. Republicans mustered enough votes to continue their filibuster against University of California law professor Goodwin Liu.

    The 40-year-old Liu could one day be a dream Supreme Court candidate for liberals.

    Democrats needed 60 votes to end the blocking tactics and give Liu an up-or-down vote. The vote to end the filibuster fell short of that, at 52-43.

    Republicans argued that Liu is a liberal ideologue who would bring his views with him to the San Francisco-based 9th U.S. Circuit Court of appeals. They objected to Liu’s sharp criticisms of Chief Justice John Roberts and Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito when they were Republican nominees.

    Democrats said Liu is a scholar who received the American Bar Association’s top rating.

    http://www.nypost.com/p/news/national/obama_pick_for_bench_blocked_by_OKHoQzgMtQfMMLExdFyf5H

  191. Jan-

    My Jewish attorney friend is so humble. He never mentions his recent awards which I assure you are staggering. Mind boggling he has the time to accomplish all this and donating $250,000 to upgrade new innovative techniques to further the education of our local law school. Refreshing my mind, he is a Trial attorney designated, ‘Super Lawyer’ by his peers.

  192. Here is another morsel of truth for the loony left to chew on. Ironically, the more he beats them the more they love their first black president. War Powers Act? Oh, that applied to Bush, he violated it, and if our light of love Obama had not inherited this mess from W, he never would have had to violate it too. Ergo, he is forgiven. That is their perverse logic. This is a cult which brings forth recollections of Jamestown. A disease of the mind.
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    Posted by Erick Erickson (Profile)
    Friday, May 20th at 5:00AM EDT

    I half expect Benjamin Netanyahu to come to the United States today and demand the U.S. cede all territory gained from the 1848 Mexican cession back to Mexico. It, like Obama’s Middle East speech of yesterday, would be a key distraction from a date and duty Barack Obama has had 60 days to get ready for.

    Under the War Powers Act, today is the day Barack Obama must either get congressional support for the Libyan operation or begin a full withdrawal from Libya.

    The media will probably not get the significance of the day. Richard Nixon vetoed the War Powers Act, but Congress overrode his veto. For years the left has hailed the War Powers Act as a restraint against Presidents and the military.

    As John Yoo and Robert Delahunty observe in today’s Wall Street Journal, Obama originally said he was acting in Libya “consistent with” the War Powers Resolution.

    While many on the right believe the War Powers Act is unconstitutional. It is hard to find a liberal who agrees. The law the left championed against both Ronald Reagan and George W. Bush may very well fly apart at the hands of Barack Obama. “If American forces over Libya do not stand down today, the administration would be directly violating the Constitution as understood by Mr. Obama.”

    Of course we can guarantee one thing — on this historic day, Barack Obama can be expected to do nothing so much as vote present on what happens.

  193. “EMPTY SUIT”, “LEADING FROM BEHIND”, “DRIVERLESS CAR”

    Whatever analogy you want to throw in, Ubama is obviously not a leader. He is a prop who runs for office by giving motivational speeches. Ergo, he’s just a charlatan selling miracle elixirs.

    Here’s one example of how his lack of leadership hurts our country, and concentrates power in the hands of a few who dole out favors to their masters. (the link here contains lots of other referenced links).

    dealbook.nytimes.com/2011/05/18/at-a-time-of-needed-financial-overhaul-a-leadership-vacuum/

    At a Time of Needed Financial Overhaul, a Leadership Vacuum
    ================

    By JESSE EISINGER, ProPublica
    May 18, 2011, 3:11 pm The Trade

    After the worst crisis since the Great Depression, President Obama has unleashed an unusual force to regulate the financial system: a bunch of empty seats.

    With Sheila C. Bair soon to leave her post at the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, the Obama administration will have five major bank regulatory positions either unfilled or staffed with acting directors.

    The administration has inexplicably left open the vice chairman for banking supervision, a new position at the Federal Reserve created by the Dodd-Frank Act, despite having a candidate that many people think is an obvious choice: Daniel K. Tarullo. The new Consumer Financial Products Board chairman is unnamed. There are some lower-level positions that dont have candidates, including the head of the Treasurys Office of Financial Research and the Financial Stability Oversight Council insurance post.

    Perhaps most important, the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency, is being headed by an acting comptroller, John Walsh, who took over the agency last August. Nine months have passed without a leader who might better reflect the Obama administrations views on banking regulation, a time lag made worse by the offices coddling of the banks even as they have acknowledged rampant abuse and negligence in the foreclosure process.

    The vacancies come at a time that calls for stiffer regulatory examination. The financial regulatory system was remade under Dodd-Frank and requires strong leaders to put the changes into effect. Though the acting heads insist they feel empowered to make serious decisions, they have roughly the same authority as substitute high school teachers.

    Supposedly, the Obama administration is getting close to naming people to head the comptrollers office and the F.D.I.C. But weve been hearing that for a while. In April, Barbara A. Rehm of American Banker wrote that the administration was working on a big package of nominations to send to the Hill all at once. A month later, were still twiddling our thumbs in anticipation.

    So whats going on?

    In a vacuum of leadership, conspiracy theories arise. One is that Treasury Secretary Timothy F. Geithner is making a power grab and doesnt mind that these roles arent filled. The idea is that he is asserting his influence over the Dodd-Frank rule-making process. A former adviser to Mr. Geithner dismissed that notion as ridiculous, and thats persuasive to me. It seems too Machiavellian by half.

    If its not Mr. Geithner, then who or what is responsible for the vacancies? Not surprisingly, people close to the administration blame Republicans. The nomination process has become hopelessly broken in Washington. Even low-level appointments are now deeply partisan affairs, the playthings of score-settling senators with memories like elephants and the social responsibility of hyenas (which probably insults hyenas).

    The Obama administration put up Peter A. Diamond for a position on the Federal Reserve board. Winning a little something called the Nobel Prize hasnt helped him with confirmation, however. Senator Richard Shelby, the powerful Alabama Republican and ranking member of the banking committee, is standing in his way. The senator also quashed the nomination of Joseph A. Smith Jr. to head the Federal Housing Finance Agency.

    But much of the blame for this situation lies with the Obama administration. Its almost as if the president and his staff have thrown up their hands. The administration has had trouble finding good candidates who are willing to go through the vetting process and has shied away from fights. It also hasnt seeded the ground or supported the nominations it has made, people complain.

    A Democratic Senate staff member confided worry to me about the fate of Mark Wetjen, whom the administration nominated last week as a candidate for a seat on the Commodity Futures Trading Commission. They didnt shop it and they didnt get buy-in, the staff member said. The administration doesnt seem to be putting any sort of effort into it.

    Making these appointments will help answer a question: Where does Mr. Obama stand on financial regulation?

    With the Geithner appointment, the president chose early on the path of continuity over muscular regulation. Immediately, the Treasury secretary became the personification of every Obama financial policy. Mr. Geithner remains the most politically costly appointment Mr. Obama has made, saddling him with all the Bush presidencys financial crisis decisions. After all, Mr. Geithner, as head of the Federal Reserve Bank of New York, was intimately involved in the emergency actions of September 2008. Republicans made great hay tying Democrats to the Wall Street bailouts in the 2010 midterm elections. Now, of course, Republicans are leading Democrats in Wall Street campaign donations.

    With these positions unfilled, Mr. Obama is losing out on a political opportunity to draw a line between himself and his opposition.

    But its more important than that. Allowing these vacancies to linger drains leadership from the financial overhaul at the exact moment when it is needed most.

  194. [snip]

    For his part, Mr. Netanyahu has complained that Mr. Obama has pushed Israel too far — a point driven home during a furious phone call with Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton on Thursday morning, just hours before Mr. Obama’s speech, during which the prime minister reacted angrily to the president’s plan to endorse Israel’s pre-1967 borders for a future Palestinian state.

    Mr. Obama did not back down. But the last-minute furor highlights the discord as they head into what one Israeli official described as a “train wreck” coming their way: a United Nations General Assembly vote on Palestinian statehood in September.

    http://www.nytimes.com/2011/05/20/world/middleeast/20policy.html?_r=1&hp

  195. 1. Jeffery Goldberg: Nothing New in the Idea That ‘67 Borders Should Guide Peace Talks (UPDATED)

    2. FOX News: Obama . . . stunned Washington and Jerusalem Thursday by endorsing Palestinians’ demand for their own state based on the pre-1967 borders.

    3. Who is lying? That is a question that American Jews will have to decide. Is he really another Lincoln?

    4. Clue #1: Don’t lets ask Kevin Drum. By his own admission, he is an idiot. Clue #2: Jeffery Goldberg–an over educated idiot ain’t far behind.
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    May 19 2011, 2:07 PM ET

    Netanyahu Heads to White House After Obama Shift on Palestinian Statehood

    Published May 20, 2011
    | FoxNews.com
    Print Email Share Comments (3814) Text Size The frosty relationship between President Obama and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will endure another test Friday, as the two meet in the Oval Office following a bombshell policy shift by the U.S. on terms for Mideast peace.

    Obama, in a sweeping address tackling the uprisings in the Middle East and the stalled peace process, stunned Washington and Jerusalem Thursday by endorsing Palestinians’ demand for their own state based on the pre-1967 borders. The break with U.S. policy appeared to immediately aggravate the Israelis, who want the borders of any future Palestinian state determined through negotiations.

    In a statement released late Thursday, Netanyahu said such a withdrawal would put at risk Israel’s security. He effectively called on Obama to recant his latest demand.

    “Israel appreciates President Obama’s commitment to peace,” the statement said. “Israel believes that for peace to endure between Israelis and Palestinians, the viability of a Palestinian state cannot come at the expense of the viability of the one and only Jewish state. That is why Prime Minister Netanyahu expects to hear a reaffirmation from President Obama of U.S. commitments made to Israel in 2004. … Among other things, those commitments relate to Israel not having to withdraw to the 1967 lines.”

    According to a report in the Israeli newspaper YNet, the prime minister is prepared for a confrontation with Obama Friday. Obama and Netanyahu have worked through a string of diplomatic challenges over the past two and a half years, but the president’s Mideast speech presents a new hurdle. The U.S. had previously endorsed the concept of a Palestinian state, but not the demand for permanent pre-1967 borders, with mutually agreed land swaps.

    May 19: President Barack Obama delivers a policy address on events in the Middle East at the State Department in Washington.
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    Raw Data: Text of President Obama’s Mideast Speech The immediate concern among pro-Israel lawmakers and advocates was that Obama’s speech will give Palestinians a new starting point in negotiations, rather than something to work toward over the course of talks.

    Josh Block, former spokesman for The American Israel Public Affairs Committee, told FoxNews.com that Obama “repeats the error” made when his White House pressed the Israelis on settlement construction, granting the Palestinians more leverage in talks.

    The talks have since stalled and Obama’s Middle East envoy has resigned. Block said Obama’s new position will not help matters.

    “This strategic error is manifold, and undermines, not advances, the prospects for peace talks,” he said in an email.

    Obama is set to address the AIPAC conference on Sunday. Other Jewish advocacy groups, though, said Obama’s position merely puts the U.S. on record in support of a plan that had a good chance of being the basis for a compromise anyway.

    “There will be the naysayers who can find something to protest from this address, including what is widely accepted wisdom — that a final resolution will ultimately be based on 1967 lines with mutually agreed swaps,” The National Jewish Democratic Council said.

    Despite the shift, the president sought to assure that the United States’ commitment to Israeli security is “unshakable.”

    He said Israeli’s right to defend itself will remain paramount, and suggested the recent unity agreement between Fatah and Hamas, which the U.S. deems a terrorist group, is problematic for negotiations. Though Israel occupied East Jerusalem, along with the West Bank and Gaza Strip, in the 1967 Six Day War, Obama said Thursday that the “future of Jerusalem” remains to be worked out, as does the fate of Palestinian refugees.

    He also publicly rejected attempts by the Palestinians to gain recognition for their own state before the United Nations. “Symbolic actions to isolate Israel at the United Nations in September won’t create an independent state,” Obama said.

    The border announcement, which came toward the end of the president’s 50-minute speech, was arguably the most significant statement in an address otherwise devoted to underscoring U.S. support for the uprisings in the Middle East and North Africa. Speaking at the State Department, the president sought to align the U.S. with the ambitions of protesters pushing for economic and political reform, while warning heads of state who resist this wave that the U.S. is losing patience.

    “We cannot hesitate to stand squarely on the side of those who are reaching for their rights, knowing that their success will bring about a world that is more peaceful, more stable, and more just,” he said.

    Netanyahu is laying down demands of his own. He said in a speech to his parliament before traveling to Washington that he’s opposed to talks with the new Palestinian alliance which includes Hamas. He also urged the Palestinians to drop their claim to East Jerusalem.

  196. This is what I’d like to know…why did the POS give his middle east speech at the “State Dept”, with Hillary present???? There was some motives there behind the scenes….its just sick…good grief this guy is the pits…

  197. They need to stamp one word across Obama’s forehead in neon lights. The word is failure. Everything he touches turns to shit.
    ———————————————————-

    Bibi Squeezes Barack With Jewish Donors
    By Chris Stirewalt

    Bibi Squeezes Barack With Jewish Donors; Syria Responds to Speech with Slaughter; Obama CIA Visit Comes Amid Holder Probe; Mashing Mitt in South Carolina; Huntsman Deflation Begins; First Lady Hits the Stump for Hubby

    Netanyahu Repays Obama for Political Ploys

    “[Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu] expects to hear a reaffirmation from President Obama of U.S. commitments made to Israel in 2004, which were overwhelmingly supported by both houses of Congress.”

    — Statement from the Israeli prime minister ahead of his meeting today with Obama.

    The good news for Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu: President Obama’s surprising embrace of the Palestinian demand that Israel return to its borders prior to the 1967 Six-Day War gives Netanyahu additional political security at home. With Obama siding with the Palestinians on this key point, Netanyahu’s hard-line stance will be vindicated.

    The bad news for Netanyahu: Obama has deprived him of a key bargaining chip as world pressure mounts for him to restart negotiations with the re-radicalized Palestinians.

    Obama and his political aides (particularly Rahm Emanuel) have somewhat openly worked to dislodge the hawkish Netanyahu from power, preferring to install more moderate leadership for Israel in an effort to jump-start talks with the Arabs and end Israeli construction projects in areas claimed by the Palestinians.

    But faced with shrinking their borders and splitting the holy city of Jerusalem, Israelis stuck with Netanyahu and his popularity has grown as unrest has spread across the Arab world, now with increasing menace toward Israel.

    Obama’s decision to lay down a new U.S. policy on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict ahead of his meeting with Netanyahu was a provocative move, to say the least. The meeting will likely be a chilly one and heavy on diplomatic decorum and pre-programmed statements.

    But, now it is Netanyahu’s turn to cause Obama some political heartache. The more distraught Netanyahu and his Likud Party are about Obama’s call for Israeli concessions, the more likely key Jewish donors will be to withhold the contributions Obama is now in a desperate dash to raise.

    Obama will head to the American-Israel Political Action Committee’s annual convention on Sunday to restate his pitch and appeal again to Jewish donors, but his decision to try to push Netanyahu will mean a pretty hostile reception for the president.

    ________________________________________

    Assad to Obama: Get Right back to You on That Democracy Thing

    “We heard shelling throughout the night and can still hear gunfire every now and then.”

    — A resident of Talkalakh, Syria talking to the Associated Press about the latest strikes by government forces.

    In his Middle East policy speech President Obama expressed his unhappiness about Syrian strongman Bashar Assad, but also extended an invitation to the despot to become part of the process of democratization.

    Assad responded by stepping up his attacks on the rebels among his nation’s Sunni majority.

    Assad knows that not only has Syria long been a preferred partner for diplomats from the Democratic Party, but that with Obama’s involvement in the Libyan civil war causing considerable political problems at home, military U.S. military involvement is far out of the question.

    Under the war powers resolution, today is the deadline for Obama to obtain congressional authorization for U.S. involvement in the war, but so far the president has made no response to demands from the Hill that he further explain his goals in the conflict.

    Assad knows that he has time to kill. Casualties are already estimated at 850 on the rebel side and will surely climb as the Iranian-backed Assad seeks to crush the rebellion once and for all.

  198. Confloyd-

    Mr. Netanyahu has complained that Mr. Obama has pushed Israel too far — a point driven home during a furious phone call with Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton on Thursday morning, just hours before Mr. Obama’s speech, during which the prime minister reacted angrily to the president’s plan to endorse Israel’s pre-1967 borders for a future Palestinian state. (from my post above)

    —> Maybe Ubama had the speech at the St. Dept to make it look like Hillary agreed with his attack on Israel. Clearly Netanyahu tried to get Hillary to change Barry’s mind on the phone call and to vent.

    Hillary must be itching to get out of working ‘for’ that One, Gates is leaving NEXT month.

  199. This WaPo columnist says that it was a gaffe and that BO had added it in last minute :\http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/post-partisan/post/obamas-mideast-peace-gaffe/2011/04/19/AFyl0R7G_blog.html

    In the end this looks like another instance in which Obama’s insistence on pushing his own approach to the peace process will backfire. The president was urged by several senior advisers not to delve deeply into Israeli-Palestinian affairs in this speech, just as he was warned last year not to continue insisting on a freeze of Israel’s West Bank settlements. Apparently at the last minute, Obama chose to include the 1967-lines idea in his speech. The result has been the draining of attention from the speech’s central discussion of Arab democracy, a cheap talking point for GOP opponents — and yet another pointless quarrel with Bibi Netanyahu.

    BO was 30 minutes late for the speech, wasn’t he?
    Hillary must have done a headdesk privately afterwards. I wonder who helped him put it in — Samantha Powers?
    Also, I totally see BO using the speech as an opportunity to slam Netanyahu just because he doesn’t like him personally – he is so petty.

  200. Obama will head to the American-Israel Political Action Committee’s annual convention on Sunday to restate his pitch and appeal again to Jewish donors,….
    ******
    Good luck with that!!! It will be interesting to see if Barry can keep his pissy pettiness under control when walking into a very hostile environment. AIPAC doesn’t carry the clout that it did when Tom Dine was in charge but it still has teeth.

  201. The result has been the draining of attention from the speech’s central discussion of Arab democracy, a cheap talking point for GOP opponents — and yet another pointless quarrel with Bibi Netanyahu.
    ——————-
    A cheap talking point? The writer of this article is “cheap”– and disingenuous. The talking point is solid gold. Why? Because it is who he really is. These “cheap” self serving elitists at WashPo who want to hide the truth about him from the American People have their work cut out for them. It keeps popping out spontaneously. To hide his real self from the public requires the services of an exorcist.

  202. Yes, Shadowfax- thats exactly right.

    Obama tried to bag Hillary as privy to an ambush betraying his confidence.

    ___________________

    Obama, Netanyahu talk at White House following president’s challenge to Israel on peace

    May 20, 1:56 PM

    WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama is conceding that he has differences with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on a future state for Palestinians but that such disagreements happen “between friends.”

    Obama spoke after a lengthy meeting with Netanyahu in the Oval Office. Both men greeted reporters with smiles despite the deep tension surrounding their talks.

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    Netanyahu told Obama that Israel values the U.S. president’s efforts to advance the peace process.

    The two leaders spoke after Obama declared in a speech Thursday that the United States supports creation of a Palestinian state based on the border lines that existed before the 1967 Six Day War in which Israel forces occupied east Jerusalem, the West Bank and Gaza.

    Netanyahu said Israel can make some concessions but cannot return to the 1967 borders, which he called “indefensible.”
    _______________________

    You know, this may sound a little simplistic. Bibi needs to show Obama a map of Israel in it’s present geological configuration. Then show him the boundary lines as they were in 1967.

    I’ve looked at both maps myself and agree with Bibi’s assessment. Those boundary lines are “indefensible.”

    How does Obama expect Israel to defend itself when the boundary lines are broken and scattered? How can Israel be expected to do the impossible?

  203. wbboei, I agree it’s not a cheap talking point. But I thought it was really interesting that BO had apparently stuck that bit about 1967 borders in last minute after his senior advisers (aka Hillary et al) told him not to touch the topic.
    It could very well be that BO saw this as a chance to try to alienate the Jewish community from Hillary by making it look like she approves of everything he said – the kiss & hug etc.

  204. Then show him the boundary lines as they were in 1967.

    I’ve looked at both maps myself and agree with Bibi’s assessment. Those boundary lines are “indefensible.”

    ———-
    If someone has to show a President a map, that Israel will be shrunk to a 12 mile width, that president should resign for shooting off his mouth at such stupidity.

    Someone could attack Israel with a potato slingshot at that width. – Almost 😉

  205. “It could very well be that BO saw this as a chance to try to alienate the Jewish community from Hillary by making it look like she approves of everything he said – the kiss & hug etc.”
    _____________________

    It would have meant more than that to Bibi. Bibi would have thought it was deliberate and an ambush, thinking Hillary knew all along and didn’t warn him ahead of time-

    Where Obama wanted to score points with the PAs by making the announcement public; they ended up mad at him anyway because he didn’t go far enough in his boundary line statement !

  206. If someone has to show a President a map, that Israel will be shrunk to a 12 mile width, that president should resign for shooting off his mouth at such stupidity.
    ___________________

    I will bet you Obama has never looked at the map. He has relied on Jarret’s explanation because the majority of her time has been spent talking to the PA’s and writing down their demands..

    What a doofus!

  207. JanH

    I think the WP has all that is going to be released as news of the discussion between O and B… If you hear anything in the ME news cycle, would you please post it here? Thanks-

  208. Mark Burnett on Donald Trump

    [snip]

    During this season of ‘The Celebrity Apprentice,’ Donald Trump has effectively kept himself in the headlines. When you look at it from your perspective, are you happy for the publicity or wishing he didn’t say some of the things he’s been saying?
    ‘The Celebrity Apprentice’ and my business relationship with Donald on that is very separate from Donald’s personal life and his aspirations politically. I will tell you that Donald did not do it at all for publicity. Donald was very very serious and that’s something I’m certain of. Certain.

    You know, it was Donald’s choice [whether or not to run for President] … I knew that, based on ratings, NBC would be bringing back ‘Celebrity Apprentice’ as a franchise no matter what. It was the number one show in all of television at 10 o’clock this season, with the exception of a little show called ‘The Voice.’ So it was clearly coming back, and it was down to Donald to decide, because, based on equal access laws, Donald wouldn’t be able to run for President of the United States and be on ‘Celebrity Apprentice.’ And clearly Donald decided, when he weighed up his family and business interests, to not do it. I’m obviously very happy, selfishly, because Donald Trump is clearly the absolute best possible host for ‘Celebrity Apprentice.’

    http://www.tvsquad.com/2011/05/20/mark-burnett-interview-apprentice-the-voice-survivor/

  209. Carol
    May 20th, 2011 at 8:48 am
    ——–

    Excellent!

    ————

    Mrs. Smith,

    I have read your posts with great interest. The last time I was in my beloved Israel was approx. 20 years ago. Much too long but family and responsibilities kept me from going back.

    I hope to return in the next few years. It is a beautiful place to be.

  210. If the liberal Jews don’t stop donating to him after this, same on them.
    =======================

    Correct.

  211. 20.05.11

    Netanyahu tells Obama: Israel cannot go back to the 1967 borders

    Comments in front of press comes day after U.S. president’s Mideast policy speech called for negotiations for two-state solution based on 1967 lines.

    By Haaretz Service

    Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu met with U.S. President Barack Obama in Washington on Friday, holding a closed door session in the Oval Office after which each delivered statements to the press.

    The two leaders’ comments come a day after the U.S. president’s Mideast policy speech called for negotiations for a two-state solution based on 1967 lines.

    Netanyahu reiterated his rejection of what he called ‘indefensible borders’, saying that in light of today’s security and demographic reality, returning to 1967 borders is not feasible.

    Obama opened the conference saying that the changes in the region such as what has happened in Egypt with the fall of Mubarak, are an opportunity for prosperity. He said that the ‘Arab Spring’ is a window for change, and that the United States plans to be closely involved.

    He reiterated the United States’ commitment to the promotion of human rights in region, expressing concern over developments in Syria, adding that he discussed with Netanyahu the steps America is taking to push Syria to make reforms.

    Obama said that both the United States and Israel are deeply concerned about Iran, not only for Israel but for the entire region and the world as well. He said that the U.S. is in the process of formulating additional sanctions, adding that a nuclear Iran is unacceptable.

    The U.S. leader called for renewed efforts toward democratization in the Middle East, saying that the Iranian leadership is an obstacle to democratization and peace in region.

    Obama also touched on prospective peace between Israel and Palestinians, a particularly sensitive topic in light of his comments on Thursday. He said that he and Netanyahu went over the points of the speech in depth, adding that the ultimate goal is security for Israel next to a contiguous, functioning Palestinian state.

    The U.S. president conceded that there were some points of contention, but these were “differences between friends”, and that Israel’s security will in any event remain paramount for any ultimate agreement.

    He was optimistic that it is possible to find a deal that will safeguard Israel’s security as well as resolve the conflict.

    Obama acknowledged that it is difficult for Israel to enter negotiations with Hamas who does not recognize Israel, and the Palestinian Authority must “answer some very serious questions” in light of the Hamas-Fatah reconciliation deal.

    The U.S. president condemned Hamas for perpetrating terror against Israel, saying this not acceptable for the peace process. He said any deal must be based on Quartet guidelines.

    Obama concluded that his meeting with Netanyahu was constructive, adding that American ties with Israel remain close and that he looks forward to a “new age of prosperity” in the coming weeks and years.

    Netanyahu opened his statement reflecting on the “enduring bond of friendship” between Israel and the United States, adding that he was happy to meet with the U.S. President after hearing his speech on Middle East policy.

    The prime minister said that Israel and the United States share the common goal of a democratic Middle East, thanking Obama for his commitment to Israel’s security and the peace process.

    Netanyahu said that he wants peace, but ” a peace that will be genuine, that will hold, that will endure”. He clarified that the only peace that will be durable is one that is based on reality as it stands.

    The prime minister said that the Palestinians need to accept this, and that while Israel is willing to make compromises, it cannot return to the “indefensible” 1967 lines that do not take into account demographic changes that have taken place in the past decades.

    Netanyahu stressed that 1967 borders would make Israel an easy target, and while 45 years ago it was possible to defend these borders, today it is not.

    He echoed Obama’s words of condemnation for Hamas, saying Israel cannot negotiate with a Palestinian government that includes Hamas and that does not recognize Israel. He recounted the terror that Hamas has perpetrated against Israel, reminding the public of the hit last month of an Israeli school bus.

    Netanyahu called on the PA to choose between peace with Israel and its agreement with Hamas, adding that he hopes they will choose peace with Israel.

    The prime minister addressed the issue of refugees, saying that 1948 created not only Palestinian, but Jewish refugees from Arab countries as well. He said that “tiny Israel” absorbed the Jewish refugees, both Jewish and Palestinian refugees, Israel took the Jewish refugees, roughly the same number as Palestinians, yet the “vast Arab world” refused to take in the Palestinian refugees.

    He said that the expectation that Israel absorb Palestinian refugees 63 years later is unrealistic, saying that this would destroy Israel’s demographic integrity as a Jewish state.

    Netanyahu said that the Palestinian refugee problem has to be resolved and that it can be resolved, but only “if the Palestinians choose to do so in Palestinian state.”

    Netanyahu also admitted that there were “differences here and there” but that Israel and the United States are committed to work together. He hailed Obama as the leader of great American people, and himself as the leader of a much smaller people that has endured centuries of persecution.

    The prime minister cautioned that Israel, who fought for centuries to obtain autonomy, does not have a margin for error because “history will not give the Jewish people another chance”.

    Netanyahu concluded, saying that the future of Israel falls on his shoulders in a time of great uncertainty, but he is committed to working with Obama to bring about a peace that will secure Israel’s future.

    He closed his remarks thanking the U.S. president, saying “in the coming days and weeks and months, I intend to work with you to seek a peace that will address our security concerns, seek a genuine recognition that we wish from our Palestinian neighbors and give a better future for Israel and for the entire region”.

    http://www.haaretz.com/news/international/netanyahu-tells-obama-israel-cannot-go-back-to-the-1967-borders-1.363075

  212. Why is Hillary staying on as SoS? When I see her hugging and kissing Obama I think “Who is that, can that really be Hillary, did I ever really know her? Back in 2008 someone said Obama had some kind of hold on her and I am beginning to believe that is the case. What if he fires her as SoS and makes her campaign for him?

  213. <blockquoteI will tell you that Donald did not do it at all for publicity. Donald was very very serious and that’s something I’m certain of. Certain.

    Right…. as serious as he was in 88, 2000, 2004. Whatever.

  214. “The U.S. president conceded that there were some points of contention, but these were “differences between friends”, and that Israel’s security will in any event remain paramount for any ultimate agreement.”

    “He was optimistic that it is possible to find a deal that will safeguard Israel’s security as well as resolve the conflict.”
    ______________________

    Got to put on the chest high waders for those statements-

    Do you think Obama is rethinking how his decision will affect the influx of donations coming from the Jewish communities?

    If anything at all- the donations should be very small, considered a down payment depending on Obama performance…

  215. AIPAC has issues with Obama’s bully tactics toward Israel but the NJDC is fine with it. Why this stark difference. If you examine the priorities of both organizations, you can see which one represents the Jewish traditions and Israel, and which one is a front organization for the Democratic Party.

    1. The National Jewish Democratic Council

    a. singular set of priorities includes:[1]
    Educating Jewish voters about the very real differences between their Democratic and Republican candidates for elected office through special reports and voter guides. NJDC has distributed more than 250,000 informational guides to Jewish households in recent election cycles.

    Informing candidates for public office about the need to address and support issues of concern to the Jewish community.
    Advocating on behalf of Jewish and Democratic ideals on Capitol Hill and in Jewish and national media.

    Fighting the radical right agenda at every turn through research and reports, grassroots advocacy, working directly with lawmakers in Washington, and educating journalists.

    Engaging and cultivating a new generation of young Jewish Democratic leaders by replicating our highly successful Washington-based Young Leadership program in other major cities, including New York, Boston, Los Angeles, Cleveland and South Florida.

    Expanding Jewish awareness of critical legislative activity through quarterly and biweekly publications, as well as Breakfast Roundtables and Domestic Issues Forums featuring congressional and executive branch leaders.

    (Question: any commitment to defending Israel? Crickets)

    b. officers: Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md), Honorary Chair
    Senator Ron Wyden (D-Or), Honorary Chair inter alia

    c. Obama cheerleaders: The NJDC has shown approval for the Obama administration’s policies such as the 2009 stimulus package,[7] and the president’s decision to pull out of Durban II,[8] the UN conference against racism which has been known to be a forum for anti-Israel discussion. The Republican Jewish Coalition has questioned Obama’s relationship with Zbigniew Brzezinski, Samantha Power, and Chas Freeman,[9] who have been accused of holding strong anti-Israel views.[10] The NJDC has stated its trust in Obama’s support for Israel

    2.American Israel Public Affairs Committee

    a. singular set of priorities: stated purpose is to lobby the Congress of the United States on issues and legislation related to Israel. AIPAC regularly meets with members of Congress and holds events where it can share its views. AIPAC is not a political action committee, and does not directly donate to campaign contributions. Nevertheless, according to The Washington Post, “money is an important part of the equation.” The Washington Post states that AIPAC’s “web site, which details how members of Congress voted on AIPAC’s key issues, and the AIPAC Insider, a glossy periodical that handicaps close political races, are scrutinized by thousands of potential donors. Pro-Israel interests have contributed $56.8 million in individual, group, and soft money donations to federal candidates and party committees since 1990, according to the non-partisan Center for Responsive Politics. Between the 2000 and the 2004 elections, the 50 members of AIPAC’s board donated an average of $72,000 each to campaigns and political action committees.”[12]

    AIPAC’s aims include pressuring the Palestinian Authority to adhere to its commitments to fight terrorism and incitement against the state of Israel with the eventual goal of creating two states one Jewish, one Arab, in the territorial holdings of Israel. They also wish to strengthen bilateral relations through shared intelligence and foreign military and economic aid to Israel, condemn the actions of the Iranian government in pursuing nuclear status and questioning the Holocaust, and levy financial restrictions in order to hinder Iran’s nuclear development. Also important to the group is to support the U.S. congress and executive administration in rejecting the UN backed United Nations Fact Finding Mission on the Gaza Conflict’s paper, commonly referred to as the “Goldstone Report.”

  216. More posturing . . .

    Koch: Israel Facing ‘Most Dangerous and Critical Period’ Ever
    Friday, 20 May 2011 12:48 PM

    By Martin Gould

    Democratic senior statesman Ed Koch says Israel is facing its “most dangerous and critical period” and he is ready to break with his party in the next presidential election over President Obama’s policies on the Middle East.

    In an exclusive interview with Newsmax.TV, the former New York City mayor said, “Mitt Romney correctly summed it up when he said that President Obama has once again thrown Israel under the bus.

    “I believe this is the most dangerous and critical period that Israel has ever faced and regrettably it does not have the support of the President of the United States, which in past difficult situations it could count on.”

    Story continues below the video.

    Koch, who crossed party lines to support President George W. Bush against John Kerry in 2004 due to his foreign policy stance, said he would do it again. All it would take is the right candidate.

    “I’m a Democrat. I support the Democratic domestic philosophy and policies and will always be supportive of them,” said Koch, mayor of America’s largest city from 1978-89. “But I have no hesitation in crossing party lines when I think America’s interests demand that I cross party lines.

    “I supported President Obama, believing he would be good on foreign policy, particularly with respect to the support of Israel. It turned out badly.”

    But 86-year-old Koch said that no “decent” Republican candidate has yet come forward – “their efforts to privatize social security and Medicare and Medicaid absolutely turn me off,” he said.

    “Now if a Republican candidate were to appear who was good on Medicare and Social Security and Medicaid and support of Israel, I wouldn’t hesitate to cross party lines.”

    Koch was speaking in the light of Obama’s Thursday speech on the Middle East in which the President called for a two-state solution to the Israel/Palestine gridlock with borders that were in place before 1967.

    Koch said he believes the president took the position because “he thinks it’s more important that America have the support of the Arab nations as opposed to the support of what we heretofore have said was our ally in the Mideast – the only democratic state there.”

    But he said he has doubts that the speech will affect the support that Jewish voters have traditionally given Democratic presidential candidates.

    “Regrettably the Jewish vote has been tied to the Democratic Party since FDR. No matter who’s running for president, many Jews think it’s still FDR.
    “That’s been harmful to the Jewish community supporting the State of Israel.”

  217. This is strange. Neither foxnews nor cnn currently has stock market data posted on its home page. A look at Forbes.com shows DJIA down 93+. BBT

  218. The U.S. president conceded that there were some points of contention, but these were “differences between friends”, and that Israel’s security will in any event remain paramount for any ultimate agreement.”

    “He was optimistic that it is possible to find a deal that will safeguard Israel’s security as well as resolve the conflict.”
    ——————————
    Pure unadulterated nonsense. He is a pathological liar. Whether or not his administration is friends with Israel depends not on his lying words but on his actions. His actions are not those of a friend.

  219. JanH
    May 20th, 2011 at 4:13 pm

    Mrs. Smith,

    I would love to have you come with me
    _____________

    My old, old, retired attorney is living there and perhaps some of my husband’s relatives (?) I’ll have to speak to my SIL.

  220. votermom
    May 20th, 2011 at 2:53 pm
    —————————
    I suppose that could be the explanation. But I am sure Hillary has a private back channel to Bibi. I think she probably tipped him off, and that outrage story is just a cover. That propagandist Jeffrey Goldberg from the Obama loving Atlantic tried to conflate what Hillary suggested as a possible end game with what Obama demanded as a unilateral concession. A careful reader will see the difference, and realize that Goldberg is attempting to bamboozle us. But whether she kissed him or he hugged her, he is still the anti Christ.

  221. My old, old, retired attorney
    ——————-
    Older than Blackstone? He is retired too. In fact he has been dead for four hundred years. Nevertheless I consult with him often.

  222. Shadowfax,

    Did you straighten out your Twitter account?

    I think we should all get on in case something ugly happens where we can communicate trading info back and forth if our daily lives are disrupted with a major catastrophe.

    There is a new site called ‘Trove’ I wanted to put on my Twitter acct for live State dept updates..

  223. Why is Hillary staying on as SoS? When I see her hugging and kissing Obama I think “Who is that, can that really be Hillary, did I ever really know her? Back in 2008 someone said Obama had some kind of hold on her and I am beginning to believe that is the case. What if he fires her as SoS and makes her campaign for him?
    =================================================================

    It is hard to stomach for me as well. I love her dearly, but having her introduce him yesterday , knowing he was about to throw Israel under the bus, was hard to take. Neithe President Clinton , or then senator from NY, Hillary Clinton, ever treated Israel as badly as this administration, which , regrettably, she chose to be a part of. How condecnding to her to have O, a professor with extremely questionable ties, tell us she will go down as one the greatest SOS in history…she should have been President, not his SOS implementing these horrendous policies.

  224. wbboei
    May 20th, 2011 at 4:39 pm

    My old, old, retired attorney
    ________________

    Blackstone was a very forward thinking guy, a visionary…

    Around the corner in the center of old town, there is a boutique memorial park to William Blackstone. He traveled extensively in my area until finally settling down somewhere nearby after the town was incorporated.

    Sir William Blackstone KC SL (10 July 1723 – 14 February 1780) was a British jurist, judge and Tory politician of the eighteenth century. He is most noted for writing the Commentaries on the Laws of England. Born into a middle class family in London, Blackstone was educated at Charterhouse School before matriculating at Pembroke College, Oxford in 1738. After switching to and completing a Bachelor of Civil Law degree, he was made a Fellow of All Souls, Oxford on 2 November 1743, admitted to Middle Temple, and called to the Bar there in 1746. Following a slow start to his career as a barrister, Blackstone became heavily involved in university administration, becoming accountant, treasurer and bursar on 28 November 1746 and Senior Bursar in 1750. Blackstone is considered responsible for completing the Codrington Library and Warton Building, and simplifying the complex accounting system used by the college. On 3 July 1753 he formally gave up his practise as a barrister and instead embarked on a series of lectures on English law, the first of their kind. These were massively successful, earning him a total of £56,000 in 2011 terms, and led to the publication of An Analysis of the Laws of England in 1756, which repeatedly sold out and was used to preface his later works.

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

  225. NETANYAHU: ‘Peace based on illusions will crash eventually on the rocks of Middle Eastern reality’…

    translation….Obama you know squat.

  226. Does Obama even realised Bibi just bitchslapped him across the face.

    Obama looked pissed off and ready to rip that arm of the chair.

  227. Mrs. Smith

    Shadowfax,

    Did you straighten out your Twitter account?

    ——
    Nope, not yet.
    Too busy at work, but if the blog starts going down, I will start a new account on twitter 😉

  228. NETANYAHU: ‘Peace based on illusions will crash eventually on the rocks of Middle Eastern reality”…..
    **********
    That is brilliant…Perfect “diplomatic speak” for telling Barry that he is a fucking idjit

  229. Bill & John : Why they were our favourite presidents

    Their unbridled optimism inspired Irish people, writes Sam Smyth

    Just a year after promising that the first man on the moon would be an American, John F Kennedy made history in June 1963 as the first serving US president to land on Irish soil. That defining moment two generations ago was redefined nearly 32 years later when a remarkably similar president reconnected the umbilical cord linking Ireland to the US.

    Bill Clinton, the 42nd president, stopped more than the traffic on his historic visit to Ireland in November 1995 — his arrival in Belfast was confirmation of the end of the Troubles.

    Irish people marvelled at the unquenchable optimism of these Herculean world leaders, rekindling hope in a small country more at ease recalling 800 years of heroic failures.

    Kennedy and Clinton, in their different ways in different decades, promised a future where can-do is an article of faith driven by self-belief.

    Clinton was hewn from the same Mount Rushmore rock as Kennedy and each president worked tirelessly for Ireland after being beguiled by rapturous crowds on their visits here.

    They shared talents beyond spellbinding oratory and vote-grabbing charisma — both were matinee-idol handsome and each was drawn to women who were mesmerised by them.

    Comparing his visit to Berlin from where he flew into Ireland, Kennedy told his scriptwriter Ted Sorensen: “In Berlin, the girls along the street, along the curb in the motorcade, were different to the pretty girls in Dublin.”

    Sorensen said: “In Dublin he (Kennedy) could see them mouth the words as he went by, ‘God love you’. In Berlin, he felt they were mouthing something much more earthy, which I won’t repeat.

    His welcome in Co Wexford, at Dunganstown and New Ross, was equally as rapturous.

    When Albert Reynolds was visiting the White House, Clinton couldn’t keep his eyes off a guest at the St Patrick’s Day party, Irish actress Roma Downey.

    “The president will remember her next time,” noted an Irish official to a US Secret Service agent, who replied: “If there were not so many around he would be offering her a guided tour of the Oval Office.”

    After Kennedy’s visit in 1963, Nixon, Reagan, Clinton and George W Bush dutifully followed and now Obama will make the journey from the White House to a proverbial mud cabin in Ireland

    The office of the president of the United States is not an oval shaped room in the West Wing of the White House but a moveable feast that follows the incumbent.

    Which means that when he is travelling abroad a US president can dispense the sort of patronage that is usually delivered from Washington. Taoiseach Sean Lemass discovered this when he met Kennedy in June 1963 at the US Embassy in Dublin.

    What was to have been a low-key social trip by the then Taoiseach to Washington later that year was transformed into a high-powered visit by a head of government.

    Kennedy’s “thank you” for the welcome in Ireland was delivered alongside Lemass waving to cheering Irish Americans from a motorcade through the US capital.

    And a generation later Clinton opened every door in Washington for the Irish when the prime ministers of much wealthier nations had to wait for months for access to the White House.

    Covering Clinton’s first visit to Ireland in November 1995 was a privilege and an eye-opener for many of us hard-boiled by the apparent hopelessness of the Troubles.

    Somehow Belfast was transformed from a city where cynicism encrusted itself like soot to the buildings to a glittering metropolis where anything just might be possible.

    More than the decorations dazzled us when Clinton turned on the Christmas lights at Belfast City Hall. The Christmas tree had been shipped over from Belfast’s twin city Nashville, Tennessee, and, for the first time on his home patch, Van Morrison sang ‘Days Like This’.

    I remember watching all this with the now mayor of London, Boris Johnson, who was then a reporter with the ‘Daily Telegraph’. We had a small bet: I wagered that Van Morrison’s then girlfriend, Michelle Rocca, would appear on stage while he was performing.

    Johnson said she couldn’t get past the serried ranks of armed police and US Secret Service agents but they all stood back as Rocca took her place on stage near Hillary Clinton.

    Boris Johnson yelped “cripes” — recalling that she had once presented the European Song Contest and noted that she added chutzpah to a star-spangled evening.

    At Mackies Metal Works in west Belfast, two children, one Protestant and one Catholic, each read a message to Clinton before 500 invited guests.

    Catherine Hamill recalled how her father Patrick had been shot dead by Loyalists in 1987.

    “My first daddy died in the Troubles,” she said. “It was the saddest day of my life. I still think of him.”

    Clinton, no more than the rest of us, could barely hold his composure after that heart-stopping appeal from a little girl.

    Next day back in Dublin, the big issue when Clinton arrived for a well-flagged drink at Cassidy’s pub in Camden Street was whether he would have Guinness or Smithwicks.

    Pictures of Clinton holding a pint of Guinness in Dublin appeared all over the world and gave the brewery’s marketing team an early Christmas present in 1995.

    Clinton has become a regular visitor to Ireland after his second term in office and the Irish people will never forget his commitment to them. He was a long-time admirer of Kennedy and studied his predecessor long before he was first elected president in 1992.

    Clinton likes to quote from Kennedy’s speeches and his favourite is from his visit to Limerick on June 29, 1963: “This is not the land of my birth but it is the land for which I hold the greatest affection,” said Kennedy

    Both of Ireland’s favourite former presidents could deliver that line with equal conviction.

    http://www.independent.ie/national-news/state-visits/bill-amp-john-why-they-were-our-favourite-presidents-2652758.html

  230. Yes I have to say the pic of Hillary hugging that POS, made me green around the gills….

    WE MUST ALL REMEMBER WHAT A GOOD ACTRESS HILLARY IS!!!

  231. Bill & John : Why they were our favourite presidents

    Their unbridled optimism inspired Irish people, writes Sam Smyth
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    I traveled to Ireland w/ a friend in 2003, St Patrick’s Day wk. As soon as the Irish found out we were Americans, they asked us if we knew Bill Clinton. We just laughed and said we know him as well as we can on tv.. They then said, “would you please say Hello to him from us if you should happen to meet him..” more laughing… We were offered dual citizenship if we knew what town the relatives were born. I regret not buying property there.

    Gawd, they are the friendliest people on God’s green earth…
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    Shadow:

    I will start a new account on twitter 😉

    excellent!

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    confloyd
    May 20th, 2011 at 5:53 pm

    WE MUST ALL REMEMBER WHAT A GOOD ACTRESS HILLARY IS!!!
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    necessity is the mother of invention. Just think how bad off we would be and Israel if she weren’t there. There would be no negotiating terms if Rice or Power were in her place.. Come to think of it, Power’s husband is Jewish-

  233. Obama really gave that evil eye glare to Bibi today…you could see the steam coming out of O’s ears and the daggers coming out of his eyes…he was trying to stand down Bibi with that intense glare…

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