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February 17, 2009 - David Letterman - Top Ten Things Hillary Clinton Wants To Accomplish On Her Trip Overseas

10 Exchange U.S. dollars for currency that's worth something

9 Win respect defeating Japan's top-ranked sumo wrestler

8 Shift world's perception of America from "hated" to "extremely disliked"

7 Personally thank all of her illegal campaign donors

6 Three words: stylish Indonesian pantsuits

5 Visit burial site of revered Chinese military leader, General Tso

4 Get drunk with that Japanese finance minister guy

3 Convince China to switch from lead-tainted products to mercury-tainted products

2 Catch Chinese screening of Benjamin Button entitled "The Strange Adventures of Freaky Grandpa Baby"

1 Pick up carton of duty-free smokes for Obama

February 16, 2009 - David Letterman - Top Ten Things Abraham lincoln Would Say If He Were Alive Today

10 "Sup?"

9 "I see Madonna's still a slut"

8 "Who's that handsome sumbitch on the five?"

7 "Is that free Grand Slam deal still going on at Denny's?"

6 "I just changed my Facebook status update to, Tthe 'ol rail splitter is chillaxing'"

5 "How do I get on 'Dancing with the Stars'?"

4 "Okay, Obama, you're from Illinois, too. We get it!"

3 "Hey Phelps, don't Bogart the weed!"

2 "What's the deal with Joaquin Phoenix?"

1 "A Broadway play? Uhhh, no thanks. I'm good."

January 28, 2009 - David Letterman - Top Ten Things Overheard at the Meeting Between Barack Obama and the Republicans

10 "I miss the Clinton administration when we'd meet at Hooters"

9 "Can we wrap this up? I've got tickets to the 4:30 'Paul Blart: Mall Cop"

8 "Smoke break!"

7 "You fellas really need to take it easy on the Old Spice"

6 "Mr. President: don't misunderestimate the Republicans"

5 "Another smoke break!"

4 "What was the deal with Aretha Franklin's hat?"

3 "About that tax the rich stuff -- you were joking, right?"

2 "Sir, it's refreshing to have a Chief Executive who speaks in complete sentences"

1 "Senator Craig's offering his stimulus package in the men's room"

January 27, 2009 - David Letterman - Top Ten Ways Rod Blagojevich Can Improve His Image

10 Star in new television series, "America's Funniest Haircuts"

9 Quit politics and become a fat, lovable mall cop

8 Start pronouncing last name with Jerry Lewis-like "BLAGOOOYYYJEVICH"

7 Offer a senate seat with no money down, zero percent interest

6 Team up with John Malkovich and Erin Brockovich for hot Malkovich-Brockovich-Blagojevich sex tape

5 Change his name to Barod Obamavich

4 Safely land an Airbus on the Hudson River

3 I don't know...how about showing up for his impeachment trial?

2 Wear sexy dresses, high heels and say, "You Betcha!"

1 Uhhh...resign?

January 16, 2000 - David Letterman - Top Ten Signs Obama's Getting Nervious

10 New slogan: "Yes we can... or maybe not, it's hard to say"

9 In moment of confusion, requested a $300 billion bailout from the bailout industry

8 He's up to not smoking three packs a day

7 Friends say he's looking frail, shaky and...no, that's McCain

6 He's so stressed, doctors say he's developing a Sanjay in his Gupta

5 Been walking around muttering, "What the hell have I gotten myself into?"

4 Offered Governor of Illinois, Rod Blagojevich, $100,000 to buy his old Senate seat back

3 Standing on White House roof screaming, "Save us, Superman!"

2 Sweating like Bill Clinton when Hillary comes home early

1 He demanded a recount

January 8, 2000 - David Letterman - Top Ten Barack Obama Plans To Fix The Economy

10 Encourage tourists to throw spare change in the Grand Canyon

9 End our dependence on foreign owls

8 Sell New Mexico to Mexico

7 Put a little of that bailout money on the Ravens plus 3 at Tennessee. Come on! It's a mortal lock!

6 Rent out the moon for weddings and Bar Mitzvahs

5 Lotto our way out of this son-of-a-bitch

4 Appear on "Deal or No Deal" and hope to choose the right briefcase

3 Bail out the adult film industry -- not sure how it helps, but it can't hurt

2 Release O.J. from prison, have him steal America's money from China

1 Stop talkin' and start Obama-natin'!

January 7, 2000 - David Letterman - Top Ten Things Overheard At The Presidents' Lunch

10 "Sorry, you're not on the list, Mr. Gore"

9 "If Hillary calls, I've been here since Monday"

8 "Laura! More Mountain Dew!"

7 "You guys wanna see, 'Paul Blart: Mall Cop'?"

6 "Call the nurse -- George swallowed a napkin ring!"

5 "Hey Barack, wanna go with us to Cabo in March? Oh that's right, you have to work!"

4 "Kissey kissey"

3 "Obama? I think he's downstairs smoking a butt"

2 "Did you ever see a monkey sneezing?"

1 "I hope Clinton's unbuckling his belt because he's full"

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Hillary Clinton And Bibi Netanyahu Versus ‘Arabs’ Lawyer’ Barack Obama And His Teleprompter

What does Hillary Clinton think about the Barack Obama attacks on Israel? There is a concerted campaign of lies and deception about Hillary Clinton and it’s coming from Israel haters, Hillary Clinton haters, and Barack Obama lovers. The attempt is to glue Hillary Clinton to the Obamination which is Barack Obama’s treacherous speech last Thursday attacking Israel.

We wrote about why Barack Obama went to the State Department to deliver his TelePrompTer attack on Israel. It was an attempt to create the impression that Hillary Clinton was on board with his treacherous attack on an ally as well as an attempt to shut down any State Department/Hillary Clinton pro-Israel moves.

The hausfrau foreign policy non-expert Israel haters and the professional Israel haters are lying about Hillary Clinton and Israel. Furious because Joe Scarborough on his MSNBC show declared that Hillary Clinton would never have said what treacherous Barack Obama said last Thursday, the Israel Haters resorted once again to lies.

The Israel Haters and Obama apologists cited this butchered quote to buttress Barack Obama’s treacherous attack on Israel as somehow backed by Hillary Clinton:

“Hillary on 11/25/09: “We [support]…the Palestinian goal of an independent and viable state, based on the 1967 lines, with agreed swaps.”

By doctoring, removing the bulk of what Hillary Clinton actually said, these Barack Obama lovers and Israel Haters lied. Here is what Hillary Clinton actually 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.”

In 2009 Hillary stated the Palestinian position and the Israeli position, not the American position. It was “through good faith negotiations” that the Israelis and the Palestinians would arrive at an outcome beneficial to both parties. That quote and context is very different from the “We [support]” lie that Obama apologists, Israel haters and Hillary Clinton haters are trying to manufacture.

What Hillary Clinton said is extremely different from the treachery of Barack Obama:What Obama did in his speech was make the Palestinian goals of a “viable state based on the 1967 lines, with agreed swaps,” the American goal as well.”

Barack Obama has stabbed Israel in the back. Barack Obama wants to be the “Arabs’ lawyer”. We wrote about Obama’s long term desire to be the “Arabs’ lawyer’ around this time last year:

“With his Cairo speech, a speech in which for the first time an American president went to the Middle East without a stopover to consult with our Israeli allies, Obama signaled to many in the Arab world that he is on the Arab side. Obama snubbed Israel and the whole world saw that snub and were encouraged in their aggressions.

Indeed Obama has made it clear he wants to be the Arabs’ lawyer.

This dangerous Obama goading of Arabs and Muslims against American ally Israel has led to the current politics of Hopium and delusion we are now in. [snip]

Arabs, Muslims, and Israelis know Obama wants to be the “Arabs’ lawyer”. The former Israeli Mossad Chief knows Obama is weak and weakening America. Politico discussed Obama’s desire to be the Arabs’ lawyer in March of this year:

“Obama’s new focus, and the intense pressure his administration has placed on Netanyahu, have stirred deep concern among Israel’s allies on Capitol Hill, they say, because it represents an acceptance of the Arab narrative that Israeli intransigence lies at the heart of the Middle East conflict. And some observers see it in the context of a subtle, but major, shift in American strategy toward resolving it.” [snip]

“The new model drawing attention from Democratic foreign policy hands, he said, is to build support among Arab leaders for a U.S. plan and then present that to Israel — to serve as the Arabs’ lawyer, rather than as Israel’s, in one formulation used to describe the effort in the region.”

That Politico article written by JournoLister Ben Smith in March 27 of last year discussed Obama’s “logic” before a group of American Jews who love Obama more than they love Israel:

“Obama explained the logic of his actions in a private meeting with Jewish leaders that July, explaining the need to give Arab leaders “credibility” with their “street,” according to detailed notes taken by a participant in the meeting, “by creating space between us and Israel.

Barack Obama had a TelePrompTer with him when he spoke last Thursday. Barack Obama did not misspeak or ad lib what he said. What Obama said last Thursday was on the TelePrompTer and the words were calculated to create “space between us and Israel” so that Barack Obama could be the Arabs’ lawyer.

One year later, last Thursday, JournoLister Ben Smith and his cohort attempted to hoodwink the American public with high praise for Barack Obama boldness while at the same time saying not much had changed. Almost immediately however the narrative broke apart. Some of Barack Obama’s strongest supporters essentially gave the game away:

“This is the first clear statement by an American president that the Israeli-Palestinian conflict will be resolved based on the 1967 lines with mutually agreed territorial swaps,” said former Rep. Robert Wexler, who now leads the S. Daniel Abraham Center for Middle East Peace.

Though former presidents and secretaries of state have referred to those lines, widely assumed to be central to the shape of a final settlement, “it’s different because now it is the official policy of the United States of America,” Wexler said.”

Bibi Netanyahu, aware of Obama’s Pearl Harbor style attack on Israel did not remain quiet. The JournoListers tried to help the hoodwink along, but the Obama treachery and boobery, like a badly built skyscraper, began to list, tilt, fall:

“[T]he president’s comments about the Israeli-Palestinian conflict will lead nowhere. It is striking that he suggested no action: no meeting, no envoy, no Quartet session, no invitations to Washington. About the new Fatah-Hamas unity agreement he said this: “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.” Indeed they must, and they won’t, so this is perhaps an acknowledgment by the president that negotiations are simply unrealistic right now.”

By Friday, the JournoListers were routed by logic and reality from the “Obama gave a brilliant and bold speech that really didn’t do much but was prudent, wise, and stated what everyone knows and what a great leader Barack Obama is and he gives a tingle to our nether regions” defense of the boob:

Glenn Kessler today has a good explanation of why, for many — and contrary to my immediate reaction and that of many other close observers — Obama’s words yesterday represented, in a narrow context, a big deal:

He did not articulate the 1967 boundaries as a “Palestinian goal” but as U.S. policy. He also dropped any reference to “realities on the ground” — code for Israeli settlements — that both Bush and Hillary Rodham Clinton had used. He further suggested that Israel’s military would need to agree to leave the West Bank.

Obama did not go all the way and try to define what his statement meant for the disputed city of Jerusalem, or attempt to address the issue of Palestinians who want to return to lands now in the state of Israel. He said those issues would need to be addressed after borders and security are settled. But, for a U.S. president, the explicit reference to the 1967 lines represented crossing the Rubicon.”

For those that think these are just word games, think of the difference between describing someone as African-American, black, or the “N” word. Words matter and in the Middle East they matter with energy.

The Glenn Kessler article in the Washington Post was a stick of dynamite in the flophouse skyscraper Barack Obama was trying to build. Kessler examined in detail the sentences that raised red flags of danger for supporters of Israel:

“For people not trained in the nuances of Middle East diplomacy, the sentence might appear unremarkable. However, many experts say it represents a significant shift in U.S. policy, and it is certainly a change for the Obama administration.

As is often the case with diplomacy, the context and the speaker are nearly as important as the words. Ever since the 1967 Six-Day War between Israel and its Arab neighbors, it has been clear that peace with the Palestinians would be achieved through some exchange of land for security. [snip]

So, in many ways, it is not news that the eventual borders of a Palestinian state would be based on land swaps from the 1967 dividing line. But it makes a difference when the president of the United States says it, particularly in a carefully staged speech at the State Department. This then is not an off-the-cuff remark, but a carefully considered statement of U.S. policy.”

Obama read off his TelePrompter so he has no excuse that he “misspoke”. This was a deliberate attempt by Barack Obama to be the “Arabs lawyer” and a premeditated attack on Israel. Kessler does a good job of explaining why the Palestinians want the Obama formulation to be the accepted narrative:

“From an Israeli perspective, the de facto borders that existed before 1967 were not really borders, but an unsatisfactory, indefensible and temporary arrangement that even Arabs had not accepted. So Israeli officials do not want to be bound by those lines in any talks.

From a Palestinian perspective, the pre-1967 division was a border between Israel and neighboring states and thus must be the starting point for negotiations involving land swaps. This way, they believe, the size of a future Palestinian state would end up to be — to the square foot — the exact size of the non-Israeli territories before the 1967 conflict. Palestinians would argue that even this is a major concession, since they believe all of the current state of Israel should belong to the Palestinians.”

The Obama words come straight out of the Palestinian playbook and Israel has been stabbed in the back. Kessler also notes that the lack of the word “the” from United Nations Resolution 242 means that the land Israel won in the Six Day War is not necessarily all at play. If Resolution 242 had stated “from the territories occupied” instead of “from territories occupied” the Palestinian case would be stronger. But Resolution 242 does not employ the word “the”. As Bill Clinton well knows, words matter, even little words like “is” or in this case “the”.

Kessler performs a service by publishing quotes from past presidents whose goal was not to be the Arabs lawyer:

“Nevertheless, until Obama on Thursday, U.S. presidents generally have steered clear of saying the negotiations should start on the 1967 lines. Here is a sampling of comments by presidents or their secretaries of state, with some explanation or commentary.

“It is clear, however, that a return to the situation of 4 June 1967 will not bring peace. There must be secure and there must be recognized borders.” — President Lyndon Johnson, September 1968

“In the pre-1967 borders, Israel was barely ten miles wide at its narrowest point. The bulk of Israel’s population lived within artillery range of hostile armies. I am not about to ask Israel to live that way again.” — President Ronald Reagan, September 1, 1982

“Israel will never negotiate from or return to the 1967 borders.” — Secretary of State George Shultz, September 1988

Starting with President Lyndon Johnson, right after the Six-Day War, U.S. presidents often have shown great sympathy for Israel’s contention that the pre-1967 dividing line did not provide security.

“I think there can be no genuine resolution to the conflict without a sovereign, viable, Palestinian state that accommodates Israeli’s security requirements and the demographic realities. That suggests Palestinian sovereignty over Gaza, the vast majority of the West Bank, the incorporation into Israel of settlement blocks … To make the agreement durable, I think there will have to be some territorial swaps and other arrangements.” — President Bill Clinton, January 7, 2001

In his waning weeks in office, Clinton laid out what are now known as the “Clinton parameters,” an attempt to sketch out a negotiating solution to create two states. His description of the parameters is very detailed, but he shied away from mentioning the 1967 lines even as he spoke of “territorial swaps.”

“Ultimately, Israelis and Palestinians must address the core issues that divide them if there is to be a real peace, resolving all claims and ending the conflict between them. This means that the Israeli occupation that began in 1967 will be ended through a settlement negotiated between the parties, based on UN resolutions 242 and 338, with Israeli withdrawal to secure and recognize borders.” — President George W. Bush, June 24, 2002″

American Presidents, until the treacherous Barack Obama, have supported Israel. Kessler discusses the W. Bush exchange of letters with Sharon “that supported the Israeli position that the 1967 lines were not a useful starting point.” Barack Obama, Kessler notes “has refused to acknowledge the letter as binding on U.S. policy.Treachery.

Kessler also discusses the Hillary Clinton comment from 2009 which Obama apologists are twisting in a perverse attempt to steal Hillary’s golden glow and her vast knowledge (and that of Bill Clinton) of the Middle East into some twisted sort of support for Obama’s latest treacheries:

“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.” — Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, Nov. 25, 2009

When the Israeli government announced a partial settlement freeze, Clinton responded with a statement that specifically mentioned a state based on 1967 lines, but as a “Palestinian goal.” This was balanced with a description of an “Israeli goal.”

Kessler’s conclusion undermines all attempts by the Obama apologists and Israel haters to perfume the Obama stink:

“In the context of this history, Obama’s statement Thursday represented a major shift. He did not articulate the 1967 boundaries as a “Palestinian goal” but as U.S. policy. He also dropped any reference to “realities on the ground” — code for Israeli settlements — that both Bush and Hillary Rodham Clinton had used. He further suggested that Israel’s military would need to agree to leave the West Bank.”

The Obama apologists, Hillary haters and Israel haters have also attempted to link Hillary to Obama’s Thursday speech. Bill Press and others are saying that by delivering the speech at the State Department this is clear proof that Hillary helped write the speech. But, as we have noted, that was the deceptive aim of treacherous Barack Obama, not what really happened. Indeed, it is well known that Hillary enemy Tom E. Donilon also known as “Obama’s enforcer” was the writer of the Obama speech, not Hillary. The New York Times has confirmed much of what we have long written about the war between the Obama White House and the Hillary Clinton State Department.

The hausfrau Israel haters and the piano players in the whorehouse will continue to write fictions about Israel and Netanyahu even as they protect the players who can achieve a state almost immediately but only after they renounce the goal of the destruction of Israel.

The Harper government of Canada has refused to join in the Israel hate initiated by Barack Obama. More surprising than our best friends to the north refusing to participate in Obama’s treacheries is Harry Reid’s appearance last night at AIPAC:

“The most powerful Democrat in Congress, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.), on Monday night publicly rejected President Barack Obama’s decision to use a recent speech to lay out aspects of a potential peace deal between Israel and the Palestinians.

The place where negotiating will happen must be at the negotiating table – and nowhere else,” Reid declared in a speech to an annual gathering in Washington of the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC). “Those negotiations … will not happen – and their terms will not be set through speeches, or in the streets, or in the media.”

When the Senate leader added, “No one should set premature parameters about borders, about building, or about anything else,” the lights quickly came up on the vast audience and most in the crowd at the Washington Convention Center rose to their feet and applauded.

Harry Reid, the most powerful Obama Dimocrat in Congress wisely abandoned Barack Obama. Harry Reid rejected the “preconditions” that Barack Obama wanted to impose on Israel. Does anyone find it odd that Barack Obama rejected “preconditions” in meeting with America’s enemies in 2008 but now wants to impose “preconditions” on America’s friend and ally Israel? Why is that Barack?



Aaron David Miller, who can be counted on to find something good to say about Obama at any time, makes excuses but adds that the Obama boobery is too apparent:

[I]t’s about whether the Obama administration is acting dumb or smart, and let’s just say events of the past several days suggest the president isn’t being real smart. [snip]

To pick a fight with the Israelis on the eve of the visit of an Israeli prime minister with whom you don’t have a relationship (but who you need if you want to get anywhere on the peace process) is dumb; to put out June 1967 lines without any backgrounding after the speech is dumb; to take a position in non-existent negotiations and identify your position as a would-be mediator is dumb; and to send a message to the Palestinians that “you really have me sacred about your virtual statehood initiative so maybe I’ll identify my position on Jerusalem next” is dumb. [snip]

Right now the president has gotten the worst of all worlds: He’s pissed off the Israelis, failed to satisfy and preempt Palestinians from their initiative and given the Republicans a ready-made issue to hammer him. And for what? Applause from the Europeans at the G-8? That’s not smart.”

What Miller does not understand is that Obama lives for applause to fill his shrunken little boy emptiness. It’s all about applause. It’s all for applause.

* * * * * *

Into the void of Obama’s empty quest for applause came Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu:

“In a region where women are stoned, gays hanged, and Christians persecuted, Israel stands out…free press, open courts, rambunctious Parliamentary debates.” [snip]

“Israel is not what is wrong about the Middle East. Israel is what is RIGHT about the Middle East. [snip]

A Middle East that is GENUINELY democratic will be truly of peace. But while we work/hope for the best, we must recognize that powerful forces opposes this future, oppose modernity, oppose peace. Foremost is Iran.”

Attacks troops, subjugates people, sponsors terror worldwide, nuclear threat. Militant Islam could exact a horrific price from all of us before its own demise…The threat to my country cannot be overstated. Those who dismiss it are sticking their heads in the sand.” [snip]

“When we say never again, we mean never again. Israel always reserves the right to defend itself.”

Clarity: The debate over a Palestinian state is not really about the existence of a Palestinian state. It’s about opponents undermining the existence of a Jewish state.”

[The complete speech on video:



The full Netanyahu speech transcript is HERE.]

While Barack Obama made a fool of himself in Europe, Netanyahu spoke before an enthusiastic Congress eager to show support for Israel, even if that meant mocking the boob and the sleeveless boob. As noted at HotAir, David Frum, who likes Obama, wrote something smart today:

“That wasn’t Benjamin Netanyahu speaking. That was Congress speaking. [snip]

Congress’ reception of Netanyahu doused the Obama speech with ice-water realism.”

While Barack Obama made a fool of himself by not even knowing the year we live in, raising the question of whether Obama is in his right mind or some disease has taken hold of his faculties, Netanyahu spoke to America. While Barack Obama made a spectacle of himself thereby flummoxing the proceedings at a state dinner, Netanyahu was bringing clarity and demonstrating what a real leader is to the American Congress.

Netanyahu stated what Joe Biden did not want to applaud: Jerusalem must never be divided. Why Joe Biden did not applaud this line will be something he has to explain. At least Biden did not applaud the pro-Hamas activist who insulted the Prime Minister and inadvertently revealed even more of why Americans support Israel.



Like that heckler, Barack Obama tried to shut down Netanyahu and Israel last Thursday. But Barack Obama failed to understand the American character and ideas such as trust and loyalty. Obama also failed to understand the concept of Judeo-Christian values which both America and Israel share.

America will not abandon Israel - that is yet another simple truth that Barack Obama does not understand.

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410 comments to Hillary Clinton And Bibi Netanyahu Versus ‘Arabs’ Lawyer’ Barack Obama And His Teleprompter

  • admin

    Via PM317, the Boob embarrassed America again with his narcissism:

    http://blogs.abcnews.com/politicalpunch/2011/05/awkward-moment-during-obama-toast-to-queen-.html

    The president and the orchestra at Buckingham Palace this evening were a bit out of synch.

    When the president toasted the Queen the orchestra misunderstood a pause and what seemed to be a cue from the president for “God Save the Queen” to begin playing.

    “Ladies and gentlemen please stand with me and raise your glasses as I propose a toast,” the president said, putting down his note cards and grabbing his glass. “To her majesty the Queen.”

    The president paused, the guests stood, and the orchestra prepared to play.

    But the president wasn’t done speaking.

    “The vitality –“ the president said before the orchestra began.

    Then the familiar tune – you might know it better as “My Country ‘Tis of Thee” – started up.

    The president kept going: “ — of the special relationship between our peoples and for the words of Shakespeare to this blessed plot, this earth, this realm, this England,” the president said as the awkward moment played out.

    The Queen looked ahead as the UK anthem played.

    “To the Queen,” the president finally said.

    He lifted his glass to her, she smiled a bit uncomfortably.

    But because the song was playing, no one drank from his or her glass, including the president, who put his glass down on the table.

    Then once the song was over, everyone raised a glass.

    It almost felt like one of those moments at the Academy Awards when the speech from the recipient for Best Original Screenplay goes on too long and the orchestra tries to hustle him or her off the stage.

    Kind of weird.

  • pm317

    Thank you, Admin! What an awkward moment (and he looked angry at the end of it and very alone — he didn’t even drink a sip).

    {I didn’t want to post it here as that would take away from your serious post. But case in point, isn’t it? A guy who can’t even manage a toast..}

  • BigCatLover

    What was significant in both the Queen’s toast to O and his to her was the very apparent emphasis on ‘our special relationship’. If Obama had delusions of shoving the British aside while he’s in office, apparently someone in his admin jerked him back into line.

  • BigCatLover

    By the way, I watched the coverage of the state dinner toasts live on tv and the event was so formal and everyone was so deathly silent that the awkwardness was palpable. Not a fun event.

  • BigCatLover

    The sad thing is that O’s toast as it was written was a very nice toast. I was surprised because I’m not usually impressed with the words in his speeches. Maybe the state dept helped him by writing it.

  • turndownobama

    Did anyone else need NOTES to make a toast?

  • BigCatLover

    turndownobama
    Yes, the Queen also had notes, but not so obvious as his.

  • Mrs. Smith

    repost from previous thread:

    votermom:

    “BO&MO know that they are frauds and that’s why they overcompensate. Too worried about how they personally look rather than thinking about how they represent their country.”
    ____________________

    Good point- and most of all they are “white hating racists,” with a cherry on top! They didn’t sneer like they usually do. They just stumbled and bumbled their way through for two days thinking they could pull off a special invitation from the Queen. They couldn’t. Their protocol mistakes were as visible as 5 lb pustule sitting on the tip of Obama’s nose.

    I’ll bet they didn’t send a wedding gift to William and Kate because they weren’t invited to the wedding. And never thought to personally present a wedding gift to the Royal couple when they arrived at the Palace. (or there was a gift given to W&K- more plastic toys from the WH gift shop!)

    It wouldn’t surprise me if they omitted telling Obama to wait for the toast until the band concluded it’s music, more as a British slap for their insolence pointing to their ignorance deemed rude and unacceptable behavior coming from heads of state.

  • tim

    ““BO&MO know that they are frauds and that’s why they overcompensate. Too worried about how they personally look rather than thinking about how they represent their country.””

    Great and correct observation. In one of the interviews in the UK today (one of the media reported), Waffles mentions, although he wasn’t invited, he couldn’t understand the fascination with the royal wedding. Talk about chutzpah, so he thinks how could UK possiblely be so interested in an event that he and his ever-so stylish wife were deliberately not invited to?

  • Southern Born

    The queen had just given a toast to BO and showed him how to do it. SO there was no excuse for him not to know.

    And what’s with the formal dresses that ME-chelle chooses. I’ve seen her wear those big wide criss cross or big strap on one side. Her formal white dress tonight remined me of the picture during the primaries of Barack when he went to visit Kenya. They had put white dress type outfit on him…his tribe or something like that. Anyway, I remember that the BO campaign accused Hillary of releasing it and how RACIST it was.

    Now ME-chelle wears white formals that are dead ringers for it. Guess it is not RACIST anymore??

  • tim

    wow. I just saw that ABC video of the toast bungle by Waffles, Camilla didn’t even turn to look at him, the Queen looks ahead, no one is even looking at him & he’s just talking to himself it seems, this was beyond awkward. The british are normally very formal and stoic during such occasions, but this looks positively like they are barely trying not to look at him and embarass him even more.

  • Shadowfax

    Great post again, Admin.

    Obama embarrassed us not on a daily basis, but when ever he opens his mouth in public – with or without his TOTUS.

    Bibi, Hillary and Bill are leaders that make me proud and think that humanity is moving upward.

    Obama makes me feel that we have gone back to the Nixon years and are waiting for Woodward and Bernstein to meet with Smoking Gun. Maybe we are pushed back further than that, for our media is no longer W & B by any stretch of imagination.

  • Shadowfax

    admin
    May 24th, 2011 at 9:28 pm

    Via PM317, the Boob embarrassed America again with his narcissism:

    ==========
    Has this video already been scrubbed???

    I can’t find it, just a black box.

  • pm317

    I have started to feel sorry for him. When the fool finished his toast and raised his glass, the queen was not even looking at him and (he probably didn’t realize it was the Brit anthem, how could he not have?)

  • pm317

    I can play it from link above..

  • Shadowfax

    I can play it from link above..

    ——-
    Really?
    The link above just takes me to another site that also has no video in the box.

    I can play Bibi’s video, so video’s work…

    Hmmmmmmm???

  • tim

    “I have started to feel sorry for him.”

    pm317, if you ever feel sorry for this incompetent arrogant weakling of a man, just take a look at these as a reminder, I will never ever ever feel one ounce of sympathy for this PO$ scumbag after what happened in 2008.



    or perhaps this:


  • tim

    sorry admin, can you please release my posts from moderation? I posted 2 youtube links, thank you.

  • nomobama

    turndownobama
    May 24th, 2011 at 9:50 pm
    ===========================

    Exactly. And he still almost screwed up the word “vitality”.

  • nomobama

    Talking over their national anthem… hahahaha!

  • turndownobama

    From Crawdad:

    Obama’s handwriting is Reaganesque — and so is his memory.

  • gonzotx

    I just love the way he sings our song…

    gonzotx
    May 24th, 2011 at 9:02 pm
    Marvin Gays National Anthem

    http://www.filestube.com/aac4f9b8ee8f287803ea/details.html

    marvin_gaye_national_anthem.mp3

    Found at: http://www.filestube.com

  • SHV

    ““When we say never again, we mean never again. Israel always reserves the right to defend itself.””
    ********
    Netanyahu couldn’t be more “diplomatically” plain spoken. Israel has nuclear weapons, the delivery systems and will use them.

  • nomobama

    What I don’t understand about the protocol with regards to the Queen of England, when Øbama said “everyone please stand and raise your glasses”, there was no music playing, yet the people stood, BUT DID NOT RAISE their glasses. If they were expecting a toast, why not? Is it that when the Queen stands, the national anthem is always played? Although I doubt it, what do you all think the reason was for no one raising their glasses? They all knew not to do so, but I don’t understand why.

  • nomobama

    About Øbama’s handwriting, his signature looks like a sperm attaching or attacking an egg.

    Has there ever been an analysis done on the president’s handwriting that has been presented online?

  • nomobama

    attaching “to”, that is.

  • tim

    “but I don’t understand why.”

    The only way to not call an idiot out for his idiocy is to sort of play along. The british are classy enough to not make his look like an idiot, he does such a fine job of it himself.

  • gonzotx

    57 states, messes up the oath of office, missing 3 years ( 2008 really? ) whats up with that. Remember this…the ‘asthma. breathalator speech?



  • nomobama

    This article is an excellent analysis of Øbama’s recent actions concerning Middle East peace.

    He might as well kiss that goodbye because everything that he did will now be for naught. He has no support on this. All he has done is damaged himself with the sane people of the world.

  • tim

    him not “his”

  • Shadowfax

    tim

    Love Harriet not shutting up for anybody. She is a spitfire and I spent time protesting by her side in front of Trickles down his leg…

    - and I love our girl Hillary!!!!

  • Mrs. Smith

    Excellent article- admin.

    lots of attention to detail- thanks-

    I posted in the previous thread why I thought Hillary was not at Bibi’s speech yesterday- I’m glad she protected herself from the ever present Obama spies and perhaps had some fun for a change visiting with the Royals. I know her heart was in DC when Bibi gave his speech to Congress yesterday- and he made her proud to be her friend.

  • nomobama

    gonzotx
    May 24th, 2011 at 11:34 pm
    ==========================

    He really is a big a$$hole.

  • nomobama

    tim
    May 24th, 2011 at 11:33 pm
    ========================

    I guess what I am asking is why didn’t a toast proceed instead of Great Britain’s national anthem being played?

  • JanH

    Thank you admin for another wonderful article.

    I can’t help thinking that obama is getting very bad advice from his inside buddies, i.e. Jarrett. He keeps making the most idiotic diplomatic mistakes. It’s pretty obvious that he isn’t listening to Hillary or Gates. And it’s also pretty obvious that the Clintons are laughing behind his back because each time he tries to one-up Hillary, i.e. holding his Israel speech at the State Department, it just slaps him back in the face.

    This has to be the most ridiculous presidency on record.

  • gonzotx

    This has to be the most ridiculous presidency on record.

    This has to be the most ridiculous presidency on record.

    This has to be the most ridiculous presidency on record.

    YES

  • Shadowfax

    For all you Sarah fans…

    Shortly after Republicans swept last November to a historic victory in which Sarah Palin was credited with playing a central role, the former Alaska governor pulled aside her close aide, Rebecca Mansour, to discuss a hush-hush assignment: Reach out to conservative filmmaker Stephen K. Bannon with a request. Ask him if he would make a series of videos extolling Palin’s governorship and laying to rest lingering questions about her controversial decision to resign from office with a year-and-a-half left in her first term. It was this abdication, Palin knew, that had made her damaged goods in the eyes of some Republicans who once were eager to get behind her potential 2012 presidential campaign.

    The response was more positive than Palin could have hoped for. He’d make a feature-length movie, Bannon told Mansour, and he insisted upon taking complete control and financing it himself — to the tune of $1 million.

    http://www.realclearpolitics.com/articles/2011/05/25/palins_secret_weapon_new_film_to_premiere_in_june_109949.html

  • Shadowfax

    Big Pinks should have more eyes soon…

    White House Adds New Position to Deal with Unfavorable Online Media
    By Chris O’Shea on May 23, 2011 2:32 PM

    The White House has named Jesse Lee to a new position within its communications department titled Director of Progressive Media & Online Response. According to The Huffington Post, Lee will essentially be responsible for building up Obama’s online presence as he prepares for his reelection bid, and squashing any negative stories:

    The post is a new one for this White House. Rapid response has usually been outsourced to the Democratic National Committee (DNC), if not done on an ad-hoc basis by administration officials. And it signals that the White House will be adopting a more aggressive defense of the president and his policies as his re-election campaign gears up.

    http://www.mediabistro.com/fishbowlny/white-house-dedicates-new-position-to-deal-with-unfavorable-online-media_b36292
    ——

    …and we all know Barry’s aggressive attacks know no limits for candidates and voters.

  • admin

    No tears here.

    http://abcnews.go.com/Politics/john-edwards-prosecuted-alleged-campaign-law-violations-tied/story?id=13680079

    The United States Department of Justice has green-lighted the prosecution of former presidential candidate John Edwards for alleged violations of campaign laws while he tried to cover up an extra-marital affair, ABC News has learned.

    A source close to the case said Edwards is aware that the government intends to seek an indictment and that the former senator from North Carolina is now considering his limited options. He could accept a plea bargain with prosecutors or face a potentially costly trial.

    Edwards has been the focus of a lengthy federal investigation focusing on hundreds of thousands of dollars allegedly provided by two wealthy supporters. The government will contend those were illegal donations that ultimately went to support and seclude his mistress, Rielle Hunter.

    Hunter was a campaign videographer with whom Edwards had a lengthy affair that resulted in a daughter, Frances Quinn Hunter, now three years old.

    If the case were to proceed to trial, legal experts said, the government would have to prove that the intent of the donations was to cover-up the affair so that Edwards could continue his pursuit of the 2008 Democratic nomination for president.

    The government’s case against Edwards is expected to rely heavily on Andrew Young, a former close aide to Edwards who falsely claimed paternity of Hunter’s child three weeks before the Iowa caucuses.

    Young testified before a grand jury for nine hours in 2009, and also wrote a tell-all book that alleged Edwards was the mastermind of a well-funded, well-orchestrated plan to keep the affair from becoming public.

    Edwards acknowledged paternity of the child last year, but has steadfastly maintained that he has broken no laws.

  • S

    I was also watching that toast to the Queen earlier today…the Queen was brief and when she ended and O began I thought to myself ‘oh please, do not let him go on and on forever in his pompous way…as he likes to listen to himself and he has bought into how ‘he is the greatest and let me show you all how smart I am’…and then boom…instead he completely blows it and looks like the foolish, imposter boob he is…very humiliating for him…you cannot fake class…or protocol…

    …one of the very few times he is without his ‘telli’prompter and sure enough he blows it…reminds me of when he goes to speak to kids in school and has to bring his prompter so he will know what to say…this guy would be reduced to nothing without that prop…

    …there must be all kinds of whispering going on in London after this visit…starting with MO and her skirts blowing in the wind and matching the furniture when she met the Duchess (Will and Kate probably had a good laugh…a WTH? moment)…doesn’t MO realize how foolish she looks? and frankly I don’t think sling back shoes, minus stockings, were appropriate for the Palace either…and for protocol…the queen in white and MO upstages her in that white gown…thank goodness she was flashing her cleavage as she does in the USA…

    btw…when that fashion writer mentioned that MO’s style (costumes) would go over better in the USA than England, I think that was code for the propping up MO gets in the press when frankly her choices are wrong…as in a satin, shiny, flowery, girly prom dress to meet the Queen at Buckingham Palace…

  • S

    thank goodness she was NOT flashing…

  • nomobama

    The pictures of Michelle Øbama’s outfit that she wore while visiting the Queen reminded me, as was written in the Daily Mail in England, of upholstered furniture similar to what was seen in the pictures of her and Kate visiting with each other. That was my first thought when I saw the pictures. My second thought was that the little jacket looked stupid as usual, much like the way a girl would dress her Barbie doll, but Michelle is definitely no Barbie.

    I also had a good laugh concerning Michelle and her windy day adventure with her dress being blown upward revealing her black slip. If she was trying to imitate Marilyn Monroe, that was a miserable FAIL!

  • nomobama

    As for the white gown that Michelle wore for the dinner reception, I think she looked very nice in it.

  • nomobama

    Shadowfax
    May 24th, 2011 at 11:58 pm
    ===============================

    Do you consider this to be a bad thing? I don’t.

  • jbstonesfan

    Excellent article…still concerned his numbers are on the rise. That dam OBL thing really was a game changer.

  • wbboei

    One do the most beautiful passages in the English language, and the dolt has to blow it:

    This royal throne of kings, this sceptred isle,
    This earth of majesty, this seat of Mars,
    This other Eden, demi-paradise,
    This fortress built by Nature for herself
    Against infection and the hand of war,
    This happy breed of men, this little world,
    This precious stone set in the silver sea,
    Which serves it in the office of a wall
    Or as a moat defensive to a house,
    Against the envy of less happier lands,–
    This blessed plot, this earth, this realm, this England.

    How dare that orchestra interrupt his toast with God Save the Queen. How dare the queen ignore his toast. Racists. Colonialists. Typical white people.

    Well, one bad turn deserves another. Here is the toast that the Queen should have given to him in return for doing what comes naturally for him. Folks are dumb where Obama comes from . . . Take it away Betty Hutton:



    A fond tribute to Messiah Obama’s extraordinary toast to the Queen. Muddled

  • S

    this is funny…from hotair.com/archives/2011/05/24/good-news-obama-botches-toast-to-the-queen/

    The president paused, the guests stood, and the orchestra prepared to play.

    But the president wasn’t done speaking.

    “The vitality –“ the president said before the orchestra began…

    “To the Queen,” the president finally said.

    He lifted his glass to her, she smiled a bit uncomfortably.

    But because the song was playing, no one drank from his or her glass, including the president, who put his glass down on the table. (He kept talking thru the music – this is like someone talking while our National Anthem is being played)

    Protocol, apparently, requires the toastmaster to wait until after “God Save the Queen” plays and then begin the toast.

    But the almighty O waits for no sovereign, so he launched straight into his shpiel.

    To which I say, good for him. What else was the American revolution about, if not the right of the president to half-ass some formulaic niceties about the British monarch?

    He should have punctuated it with a weary “whatever” and downed the glass in one gulp.

    This is why he doesn’t get invited to weddings, guys.

    (wonder what MO was doing?)

  • admin

    S, Obama is toast. :)

  • wbboei

    still concerned his numbers are on the rise. That dam OBL thing really was a game changer.
    ————————
    Are they really on the rise? It seems to me that they have not taken a new poll since that incident.

  • wbboei

    By the way, I watched the coverage of the state dinner toasts live on tv and the event was so formal and everyone was so deathly silent that the awkwardness was palpable. Not a fun event.
    ———————
    Not until Barack introduced some unintended levity.

  • Shadowfax

    nomobama
    May 25th, 2011 at 12:50 am

    Shadowfax
    May 24th, 2011 at 11:58 pm
    ===============================

    Do you consider this to be a bad thing? I don’t.
    ————-
    Nope, I don’t think it’s bad at all…at least as far as I know what it’s about. Sounds to me like Sarah may run if she is making a movie to explain her stepping down and ‘repair’ her image.

  • wbboei

    That Politico article written by JournoLister Ben Smith in March 27 of last year discussed Obama’s “logic” before a group of American Jews who love Obama more than they love Israel:
    ———————–
    The White House feeds this cockroach his lines.

  • Shadowfax

    jbstonesfan
    May 25th, 2011 at 12:55 am

    Excellent article…still concerned his numbers are on the rise. That dam OBL thing really was a game changer.
    ———
    Don’t worry about his little bump, he has plenty of time for the shine to tarnish. He only has this one thing to boast about, and that’s it…zip, nada else.

  • Shadowfax

    This is why he doesn’t get invited to weddings, guys.

    ——> Yup, his reputation proceeds him. ;-)

    (wonder what MO was doing?)
    ——–> I hate to imagine.

  • admin

    Wbboei, here’s the speech:

    Btw, the rest of the speech (minus that anti-Jewish stuff) is rather relevant for today as it speaks to debt and deficits:

    England, bound in with the triumphant sea,
    Whose rocky shore beats back the envious siege
    Of watery Neptune, is now bound in with shame,
    With inky blots, and rotten parchment bonds:
    That England, that was wont to conquer others,
    Hath made a shameful conquest of itself.
    Ah! would the scandal vanish with my life,
    How happy then were my ensuing death.

  • wbboei

    America will not abandon Israel – that is yet another simple truth that Barack Obama does not understand
    ———————————
    Neither do the journolisters.

  • wbboei

    Admin: Obama’s toast was the pez d resistance of an otherwise stuffy event. It was so dramatic that even watery Neptune was speechless. I fancy that Obama may have a promising career ahead in the Old Vic or some dark back alley. He can bask in the adulation and applause. Can you imagine him delivering that soliloque as well as Rumpole of the Old Bailey did–without a teleprompter? The best part was the ending. After he flubbed the toast he stood there like Kwaliga wooden Indian:



  • wbboei

    That England, that was wont to conquer others,
    Hath made a shameful conquest of itself.
    —————–
    That just about says it all.

  • Mike Marks

    “jbstonesfan
    May 25th, 2011 at 12:55 am

    Excellent article…still concerned his numbers are on the rise. That dam OBL thing really was a game changer.”

    Do you understand the concept of the electoral college? Can you offer any evidence that his numbers are on the rise in the swing states that he needs for re-election? Any evidence that out-of-workers and people suffering during this economic turmoil, who are going to decide the next election, are even remotely concerned with the OBL episode or any of the other distractions created by the media? I haven’t, and I’ve been looking.

    If polls are so important to you, why not at least look at the ones that might matter, instead of wringing your hands daily about the meaningless ones?

  • nomobama

    Here’s a video link for animal/dog fans. This concerns a dog that was lost during one of the Alabama tornados a couple of weeks ago.

    http://cnn.com/video/?/video/bestoftv/2011/05/19/exp.mxp.tornado.dog.returns.hln

  • nomobama

    Another video link to a happy ending for some people who were in the Joplin tornado.

    http://cnn.com/video/?/video/bestoftv/2011/05/24/peirs.morgan.creed.jones.cnn

  • nomobama

    Shadowfax
    May 25th, 2011 at 1:08 am
    ============================

    That is more along the lines of what I was thinking. If she doesn’t run in 2012, she might in 2016 or beyond.

  • turndownobama

    Four separate studies recently released by researchers at the Guttmacher Institute paint a picture of who gets abortions in the U.S., and the public cost of denying women access to contraceptive services, sex education, and abortion care. That includes the handy state-by-state guide, as seen above, as well as a conservative estimate of how much unintended pregnancies cost the U.S. in public services: $11 billion annually.
    http://jezebel.com/5804964/abortion-rises-among-low+income-women-falls-in-other-groups

  • tim

    After watching Bibi’s speech, I find this hilarious.

    http://content.usatoday.com/communities/theoval/post/2011/05/Obama-Cameron-liken-Arab-spring-to-Cold-War-171548/1

    Waffles compare themselves [himself and Cameron] to Reagan and Thatcher, what an insult to Reagan and Thatcher, at least Cameron wasn’t stupid enough to do this, Waffles did this all by himself, the loser lives in his own mind about this greatness.

  • tim

    The state of Illinois appears to be deeper down the financial toilet that I thought. They have 45 billion in debts and while the state govt thinks they can borrow more to pay this off.

    The IL state treasurer himself warns prospective lenders to not lend $ to Illinois.

    http://www.stltoday.com/news/local/illinois/article_022e716c-8576-11e0-9fc5-0019bb30f31a.html

    “Illinois chief fiscal officer said Monday he is willing to dial up the bond houses and finance companies to alert them that lending the state more money, as Gov. Pat Quinn has proposed, would be a “major risk.”

    “If I need to send letters to the rating companies to tell them the treasurer of Illinois is opposed to more borrowing, I’m going to do that,” said Republican Treasurer Dan Rutherford.”

  • votermom

    The response was more positive than Palin could have hoped for. He’d make a feature-length movie, Bannon told Mansour, and he insisted upon taking complete control and financing it himself — to the tune of $1 million.

    http://www.realclearpolitics.com/articles/2011/05/25/palins_secret_weapon_new_film_to_premiere_in_june_109949.html

    Maybe this is why BeerO is acting so rattled and discombobulated! LOLOLOL.
    Btw, BeerO is going to address Parliament today… oh dear. I hope he packed TOTUS, I think I am at my personal national embarrassment limit. Though even with TOTUS, I don’t expect him to equal Bibi’s address to Congress.

  • Betty

    When the queen gave her toast did she ask everyone to stand up? If she didn’t maybe they don’t ask that when offering a toast so then maybe everyone standing up is what signals the anthem. Was that was his fu-pa, asking everyone to stand up?

  • votermom

    I am not sure, but I think when offering a “loyal toast” at a formal dinner, which is what it is called when toasting the head of state, and there is a live band, the practice is to simply stand and ask everyone to stand and then you just say “Her Majesty the Queen ” (if you are a subject) or “Queen Elizabeth” (if you are not her subject)and then the band plays the anthem. After the anthem you sip then sit.
    You are not supposed to offer remarks – I think that is considered patronising — no one needs a reason to toast the head of state that’s why it’s called a loyal toast.
    So BO got it right until he started to add remarks.

  • pm317

    There was a pause between ‘..to the Queen’ and his extra ‘the vitality..blah..’ and the music started during the pause. His faux pas was to have kept talking during the anthem and raising his glass as he finished but the song was not done, so no one would pick up their glass and he was forced to awkwardly put down his glass. When the music ended the Queen picked up her glass and everyone did, he awkwardly said to the Queen and didn’t take a drink from his glass (which I think is another no-no). What he could have done is to stop talking when the music started and finish whatever he wanted to say after. It is a huge embarrassment and I don’t think even the UK papers are talking about it much.

  • Mrs. Smith

    May 25, 8:35 AM EDT

    Abbas says Netanyahu’s speech disappointing

    By MOHAMMED DARAGHMEH
    AP

    RAMALLAH, West Bank (AP) — Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas on Wednesday slammed a peace vision presented by Israel’s prime minister and suggested the Palestinians now have their sights firmly set on seeking U.N. recognition of a Palestinian state in September.

    Israeli leader Benjamin Netanyahu’s speech to the U.S. Congress on Tuesday was filled with “falsehoods and distortions,” Abbas told leaders of the Palestine Liberation Organization and his Fatah movement. “He did not say anything we can build on positively.”

    Abbas’ comments marked the first time he responded publicly to a total of four speeches by Netanyahu and President Barack Obama over the past week.

    Abbas praised Obama’s parameters for a Mideast peace deal, saying they lay a positive foundation for negotiations. Obama said border talks should be based on the pre-1967 Mideast war lines, with mutually agreed land swaps, meeting a long-standing Palestinian demand.

    The Palestinians want to establish a state in the West Bank, Gaza and east Jerusalem, territories Israel captured in the 1967 Mideast war. They have said they are willing to consider minor border adjustments through land swaps that would enable Israel to annex some of the largest of dozens of Jewish settlements it has built on occupied territory.

    The Palestinians have limited their reaction to Obama’s speeches to the border issue, while ignoring U.S. proposals less to their liking, such as calls to recognize Israel as the homeland of the Jewish people.

    In his speech to Congress, Netanyahu promised generous territorial concessions, but said Israel would keep east Jerusalem and key parts of the West Bank. He also said Palestinian refugees would have to resettle in a future Palestinian state, not in Israel.

    An Abbas aide, Nabil Shaath, called Netanyahu’s outlines a “declaration of war” against the Palestinians and said the Israeli leader is not a partner for peace.

    Abbas said Wednesday he would consult with Arab League representatives in coming days to discuss the next steps. The Palestinians have developed alternate strategies to negotiations with Israel, largely on hold since 2008, and a bid for U.N. recognition of a Palestinian state in the 1967 borders is a centerpiece.

    Abbas said negotiations remain his first choice but that if that option is closed, “we are going to go to the option of (U.N. recognition in) September.”

    Abbas defended the U.N. bid against criticism from Obama, who said the Palestinians should not engage in what he said were futile attempts aimed at isolating Israel diplomatically.

    “Our goal is not to isolate Israel nor to challenge its legitimacy,” Abbas said. “This is not a unilateral act. The unilateral act is (Israeli) settlement expansion.”

    http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/stories/M/ML_ISRAEL_PALESTINIANS?SITE=AP&SECTION=HOME&TEMPLATE=DEFAULT&CTIME=2011-05-25-07-22-50

  • pm317

    We knew this was coming..He and his minions blame the orchestra.
    ———————–
    http://www.washingtonpost.com/world/white-house-notebook-obama-pokes-fun-at-toast-mishap-in-meeting-with-deputy-prime-minister/2011/05/25/AGBAiCBH_story.html

    President Barack Obama has made light of a musical mishap that threatened to cut short his toast at Tuesday night’s state dinner in London.

    Obama had just toasted the Queen Elizabeth II at Buckingham Palace when the band, apparently deciding that he had finished his speech, struck up “God Save the Queen.”

    Obama talked over the music, praising the relationship between Britain and the United States and quoting Shakespeare before the music ended.

    Obama told Clegg that band effectively gave a soundtrack to his closing passage. Joking about the moment as they met for brief talks Wednesday, Clegg — who was at the dinner — told Obama the music had added “a crescendo” to his words.

  • pm317

    This telegraph article tells you what he should have done.. who talks as a national anthem plays — he should know that but then again we know why he does not want to know that..

    The US President had just begun proposing a toast to the Queen when the orchestra accidentally struck up God Save The Queen.

    However, rather than pause and continue the speech after the music had stopped, Mr Obama pressed on only to be rebuffed when he raised his glass to her.

    The Queen did not seem to take offence at the mishap and appeared to stifle an embarrassed smile.

    Protocol demands that people stand to attention when the national anthem is played.

    Seated between the Queen and the Duchess of Cornwall for the white tie function, Mr Obama got to his feet and addressed the guests saying: “Ladies and gentlemen, please stand with me and raise your glasses as I propose a toast.

    “To Her Majesty the Queen.”

    Mistakenly believing that was their cue, the orchestra of the Scots Guard began playing the national anthem.

    Mr Obama continued: “For the vitality of the special relationship between our peoples and in the words of Shakespeare to ‘this blessed plot, this earth, this realm, this England’.”

    Raising his glass, halfway through the anthem, he concluded “to the Queen”, but seemed baffled when she did not respond.

    Looking around sheepishly at the rows of guests stood in silence, Mr Obama placed his glass back on the table and clasped his hands until the band had finished.

    He then repeated the gesture to the Queen, who smiled again, as she finally raised her own glass to the President. ………….

  • pm317

    Link to the telegraph article and the video (It is priceless to watch his befuddlement when he finished and nobody responded. Yes, I feel sorry for the guy. He was never meant to be there.) :

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/barackobama/8534947/Barack-Obama-suffers-royal-toast-mishap-at-Queens-banquet.html

  • pm317

    This link has his full toast. The video (embed code in the link) shows Hillary too and she looks gorgeous.

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/barackobama/8534601/Barack-Obama-honours-special-relationship-in-toast-to-the-Queen.html

  • pm317

    I saw this comment on the youtube version of the full toast. Yeah you can hear the Queen say ‘set it down’.

    You can hear the queen say “SET IT DOWN” at 3:36. Poor guy looks like he wants to cry after that.

  • votermom

    I LOLed at this comment on the toast (found on another blog):

    I blame the Mossad for cuing the band to start playing too early.

  • wbboei

    Do You Have Your “Pelosi Waiver”
    From Obamacare?
    by Newt Gingrich

    When the news broke that the Obama administration was granting thousands of waivers for Obamacare and that one out of every five waivers was in Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s district, I began asking audiences if they had received their waiver from Obamacare.

    People knew what I was talking about. They began laughing, but no one raised their hand.

    Then I asked if they agreed with this principle: “If a waiver is given to some people, it ought to be available for everyone.” Virtually every hand went up in agreement in every meeting.

    The Obama administration has been handing out waivers because companies would drop employee health insurance without them. Obamacare doesn’t give businesses the flexibility and choice that is central to a free market. Rather, it imposes onerous mandates on what coverage businesses can offer, what services and benefits they cover, what they can charge, and how they can design their benefits.

    There is something both unfair and corrupt in the Obamacare waiver system.

    Having selective waivers inevitably favors one business against another.

    In Pelosi’s district, these favored businesses include VegiWorks, which sells “certified organic and pre-cut produce items,” The Stinking Rose, a famous restaurant with locations in San Francisco and Beverly Hills, and Tru Spa, where they pamper the “modern spa goer” with “an alternative to body wraps” in their Tropical Rainforest Room. You can see a list of the 38 favored businesses in Pelosi’s district here.

    Why should one business get a waiver while its competitor across the street is hit by the full force and costs of Obamacare?

    Similarly, why should Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid’s home state of Nevada get a waiver while another state has to bear the full burden of Obamacare?

    This kind of favoritism continues the corruption that helped pass Obamacare in the first place. Remember the Cornhusker Kickback? Gator Aid? The Louisiana Purchase? I wrote about how corrupt the vote was on Christmas Eve 2009 when the Senate passed Obamacare in my book, To Save America, where Harry Reid and Nancy Pelosi took care of their friends and potential allies while punishing their enemies.

    Crony capitalism inevitably gives the government enormous influence and forces companies, states, and individuals to seek favors from politicians. Obamacare is the kind of government concentration of power that our founding fathers would have called corruption.

    Yet, they did not limit the meaning of “corruption” to simply mean a bribe.

    The founding fathers used corruption to mean any violation of the principle of equal treatment by using government power to help one citizen gain advantage over another. This is a key reason they wrote that “all men are created equal” in the Declaration of Independence.

    Equality before the law was precisely what Americans were seeking after having endured favoritism, cronyism, and special privileges for the select few under the British Empire.

    President Obama’s policies begin to recreate the corruption and special favors against which Americans rebelled in the 1770s.

    Fortunately, there is a solution to Obamacare cronyism: grant every American, every business, and every state a waiver so everyone is once again equal before the law.

    Congressman Mike Rogers has a bill, The Health Care Waiver Fairness Act of 2011 (H.R. 984), that would grant every American a waiver. Individuals, businesses, hospitals, doctors, and many others should have the ability to obtain a blanket waiver from every rule, regulation, mandate, reimbursement cut, and tax increase.

  • wbboei

    Obama told Clegg that band effectively gave a soundtrack to his closing passage. Joking about the moment as they met for brief talks Wednesday, Clegg — who was at the dinner — told Obama the music had added “a crescendo” to his words.
    ————————–
    No that is not the funny part–and fuck you for trying to distract us WashPo. The funny part is not that the band started playing before he was finished bloviating through his notes, but that when it did start playing, instead of coming to attention as everyone else did, the studid ignoramus tried to force a toast in the middle of god say the queen, which is like asking a marine to explain the meaning of life while he is standing at attention saluting the flag while the national anthem of the United States is playing. He is a boob. That was the moment of levity. And WashPo is a whore.

  • pm317

    I was looking for this. Video of Queen’s toast at the link. You can see Hillary walking behind MO with p. Charles. You can see the Queen say ‘join me in wishing..’ and they stand and the US national anthem starts.. (like votermom said) You don’t talk after you ask them to stand up..

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/uknews/queen-elizabeth-II/8534610/Queen-toasts-President-Barack-Obama.html

  • votermom

    We are so lucky we don’t have a red neck hick from Wasilla representing us at state functions and making huge gaffes huh?
    :P

  • wbboei

    I blame the Mossad for cuing the band to start playing too early
    ——————————
    To quote Axelrod to midget Scheiffer: can they prove they didn’t do it?

  • pm317

    wbboei, well, the video speaks for itself, whatever the WAPO whores spin..It is really remarkable that this guy does not know the basic etiquette of a head of state.

  • pm317

    In a silly way, they both have learnt the hard way to hold their hand over their heart while the US national anthem plays.

  • tim

    pm317
    May 25th, 2011 at 9:21 am

    LOL!!!!!! OH MY! she says it pretty loudly too! SET IT DOWN! (like lecturing a child);; notice the chin hikes up a few notches whenever he’s insulted.
    great catch pm317!

  • tim

    this is probably why the Queen didn’t invite him and his missus. She’s been around a long time, knows and spots frauds pretty easily.

  • votermom

    pm, what is that expression on MO’s face while Queen E is talking (around 2:22 min mark).
    I hate to seem like I am picking on MO but srsly wtf?

  • pm317

    tim, I can see how she would get irritated. It is Etiquette101 for a head of state/politician to stop talking and stand in attention when the national anthem plays. This guy goes on and on oblivious to what is going on and reading from his notes only intent on getting through it. I think he has some major issues with his memory and other things which is why he relies on TOTUS so much. In this instance he seemed so intent on reading his notes that he didn’t know what else was going on. I don’t think he can keep a lot of info in his head — is that because of drugs? Question everything when his minions talk up something about him, in this case the best orator there is and conclude that as his biggest weakness.

  • pm317

    votermom, I was thinking the same thing. Why can’t she have a pleasant face for the cameras, at least pretend right, smile?

  • wbboei

    Admin: you may be interested in this one:

    “In the Tank” to a Whole New Level.

    “It was a remarkable descent into madness, and an effective one, for two election cycles. That the Washington Post fell with them is both predictable — they’re chasing a business model, aping the online left, that petered out three years ago, which is like continuing to publish a newspaper — and more than a little sad. I used to presume that they were playing me as straight as they could. I didn’t think they’d go the New York Times route as full party organ. Kinda sad, but they probably won’t be around much longer anyway.”
    ——————————————–

    Posted by Thomas Crown (Profile)
    Wednesday, May 25th at 12:18AM EDT
    Red State

    Many of us received a spam email this morning from the Washington Post, announcing they’d hired yet another left-wing thug cheerleader (snazzy uniform optional) for yet another made-up reporting gig that will inevitably degenerate into yet another look-at-the-dirty-racist-conservatives event. After adding Greg “I Think Union Violence Is Progressive” Sargent and Ezra “The Constitution Is, Like, Really Old and Stuff” Klein, and the late Dave “Kyle MacLachlan After Floating Face Down in a Pool for a Day” Weigel, there is simply no way that the Post thinks anyone is buying the act, and is instead catering to a dwindling audience of baby boomers and Gen-Xers who still don’t get all this internet stuff, but want to be reassured that Republicans are icky. Hey, with the for-profit college goldmine running dry, the Graham family needs to keep from being roasted alive by the shareholders. If you can sell worthless degrees to poor kids, you can cater to left-wing geezers.

    So, a big welcome to Think Tanked! If we’re lucky, we’ll hardly know you.

    The ridiculous part is that, as with the Post’s prior additions to its cutting-edge online site — now redesigned to look more like a failing newspaper, but I repeat myself — there is simply no way to disguise the fairly clear left-wing advocacy at work here. Let’s start with the press release:

    Allen McDuffee is a New York-based politics writer. Part reporter, part investigative journalist, part blogger, Allen has written for The Nation, Huffington Post, AlterNet, Raw Story, New York Observer, In These Times and Truthdig, among others.

    Now, I know that to a lot of Post print readers, these must seem like Sunday supplement sections to the local newspaper, sort of like Parade, but with fewer personal massager ads. Anyone living in the 21st century, however, would know that these are left-of-center publications much like Pravda was only a pro-Soviet Union newspaper. (The analogy was deliberate.)

    But! The worse part, by far, is that anyone with access to Mr. Google, Think Tanked’s old site (warning: hate site), and Allen McDuffee’s (the author of Think Tanked) Twitter feed can see that this is just the same old song and dance again. In other words, the Post’s editors either don’t know about these things — given the quality of their site these days, a real possibility — or they think we don’t, which, again, given the quality of their site, is a real possibility.

    So let’s walk it through.

    There’s the Twitter feed. Oh, what a gold mine that is.

    The GOP should be put to the noose.

    The Bush Administration benefited from not killing Bin Laden.

    Andrew Breitbart should lose a Grammy. (Hey, it probably made sense when he wrote it.)

    The Iraq War “catastrophe” was “caused” by the party that “needs proof” Bin Laden is dead.

    He hates Erick Erickson.

    Rachel Maddow is dreamy.

    He hates Frank Gaffney.

    He hates Paul Ryan.

    Paul Wolfowitz’s position on Libya is like Bill Clinton’s on cigars.

    Did he mention he hates Paul Ryan?

    He hates Sarah Palin.

    The Muslim Brotherhood is awesome.

    Did he mention that he hates Sarah Palin?

    Dear crazy lefty, have I introduced you to my friend? She’s not fat! (Sorry, just thought that was funny.)

    Koch Brothers opening a lobbying office in Madison, Wisconsin, makes him sick to his stomach.

    There’s so much more, including a weird back and forth with some other psychotic lefty about Trig Palin that is hard to summarize and disturbing to read. But that last — like so many others about the Kochs — should have sent eyebrows skyward at the Post, if for no reason other than that Koch funding is the same bete noir on the left as Soros funding is on the right. In other words, if his constant fits over the Kochs are real — and given that he’s cool in making a no-fat-chicks disclaimer in the same space, I think we can safely assume that — then someone at the Post should have said, Huh. Maybe we shouldn’t hire this guy to cover a subject he hates? Maybe? Maybe the whole Dave Weigel thing was an object lesson?

    Ha ha, yeah, I know. Even on the internet comedy can come through.

    Then there’s his web site — or more accurately, his penultimate site. Search for Koch. Revel. The New Yorker and Mother Jones(!) are treated as objective sources. And so on.

    There’s more fun, though — with no fat chicks! That’s important! — in one of his older sites. Behold the now-diagnostic obsession with an adult woman who has more than one child. And Ann Coulter. And Bill Kristol (”Billy”). And Sarah Palin again. (Did you know he hates her?) And Ann Coulter again.

    Do you know that before a law firm of any size will hire you, they’ll Google you? True story. I’m guessing the Washington Post company should get hiring tips from its lawyers. Or stop pretending that anyone on the right could conceivably be fooled by this fellow — by any reasonable measure, he makes the sub-literate Sargent look like a Nobel Laureate by comparison.

    In closing, a personal note.

    Back in the heady days of RedState’s founding — back when everyone, and not just Keith Olbermann and his cat, called us RedState.org — we had a relatively small number of things going for us: A ridiculously large editorial stable; a lot of camaraderie; the Democrats’ insane decision to nominate John Kerry for the Presidency; an up-and-coming, brilliant, and condescending commenter named streiff; and the Washington Post. We were largely a bunch of late twenty-somethings and early thirty-somethings (except Domenech, whom we believed to be eight and the result of a secret government super-writer program), but that didn’t mean we thought that the Post was center-right, or even center, or neutral, or objective. But they were fair. You had the impression that they actually tried to give our side an even shake, for good and for ill.

    Of course, Bush had the unmitigated gall to win, and pull a heck of a lot of Republicans into office with him. This had the same impact on the American Left that Sarah Palin has by breathing, thereby proving once and for all that we have not actually eliminated rabies in humans. Not coincidentally, as our side of the aisle degenerated into policy disputes about things that would never come to pass, the frothing animals went into overdrive, becoming the place where all of the energy online was in play, sort of like how your intestines are where all of the energy in your body is in play after chasing a burrito with a shot of hot grease.

  • tim

    “I don’t think he can keep a lot of info in his head”

    Always in waffles’s head: “I won, I won, I won, I won, I won, I’m the greatest, I won, I won, I’m the greatest, I won, I won, I’m the greatest.”

    Leaves room for little less, explains why the moron still thinks its 2008.

    looks like Fox is covering Waffle’s greatest speech ever to the UK Parliment, Bibi’s speech from yesterday will outshine his by miles upon miles. Must really irk Waffles that Bibi got more appaulse and standing o’s than him.

  • wbboei

    Waffles compare themselves [himself and Cameron] to Reagan and Thatcher,
    ——————————
    He has a point there alright. The only difference was when Reagan and Thatcher joined hands the bad guys surrender. Obama wants the good guys to surrender. He lives in the world of a child.

  • wbboei

    Barack Obama, Totally Clueless
    By Larry Johnson on May 24, 2011 at 9:52 PM in Current Affairs

    Man, I feel like a bully beating up a kid on the special ed bus, but Barack Obama’s performance today merits our scorn, ridicule and derision. What a putz he is. It is bad enough that he is doing his version of Chevy Chase’s European Vacation while the citizens of Joplin, Missouri grieve the loss of their citizens and community. Instead of cutting his trip short he decided to play a game of ping pong:

    What a stud. But then he compounds this callous photo op with genuine stupidity.

    First, he shows up at Westminster Abbey and does not even know what the date is:

    This is how President Obama signed the guestbook at Westminster Abbey earlier today, where he got a tour from the Very Reverend Dr. John Hall and laid a wreath on the Grave of the Unknown Warrior.

    It is a great privilege to commemorate our common heritage, and common sacrifice.

    Barack Obama

    24 May 2008

    But he didn’t stop there. He failed to follow protocol at the State dinner and botched the toast. Oh my God!! Watching this is like watching your neighbor’s kid fail at his piano recital. Cringe inducing.

    You see, protocol requires you play God Save the Queen before you actually imbibe:

    The president paused, the guests stood, and the orchestra prepared to play.

    But the president wasn’t done speaking.

    “The vitality –“ the president said before the orchestra began…

    “To the Queen,” the president finally said.

    He lifted his glass to her, she smiled a bit uncomfortably.

    But because the song was playing, no one drank from his or her glass, including the president, who put his glass down on the table.

    And the Dems insist that this guy is the smartest President evah? Right.

  • gonzotx

    So sad, I really liked him, he was so witty, patriotic

    Mark Haines Dies: CNBC Anchor Dead At 65

  • gonzotx

    Facebook page calls for beating Saudi women drivers

    May 25 09:57 AM US/Eastern

    A campaign has been launched on Facebook calling for men to beat Saudi wome…

    A campaign has been launched on Facebook calling for men to beat Saudi women who drive their cars in a planned protest next month against the ultra-conservative kingdom’s ban on women taking the wheel.
    The call comes as activists are demanding the release of Manal al-Sharif, a Saudi woman who was jailed for defying the ban.

    The page, titled “The Iqal Campaign: June 17 for preventing women from driving,” refers to the Arabic name for the cord used to hold on the traditional headdress worn by many men in the Gulf, advocating the cord be used to hit women who dare to drive.

    It has drawn over 6,000 “likes” on the popular social networking website.

    Some on the page proposed distributing boxes of Iqals to youths and encouraging them use them to hit women who participate in the June 17 protest.

    One joked about the price of Iqals going up due to men buying them before the protest.

    The issue has sparked debate in the Saudi press.

    The renowned novelist Abdo Khal, writing in Okaz, deplored the ban on women driving, and said he did not know “whether to laugh or cry” over the proposed Iqal campaign.

    Ahmed Sayed Atif, writing in Al-Watan, called for women be allowed to drive, and that they not arrested for not possessing a driver’s licence, as can happen now.

    Meanwhile, a Facebook page titled “We are all Manal al-Sharif: a call for solidarity with Saudi women’s rights,” has been growing in popularity, with its number of “likes” rising by about 5,000 to more than 19,000 in a day.

    “It is not a revolution, it is not a plot, it is not a gathering and it is not a protest — we are only requesting to drive our cars,” one post on the page said.

    And a petition launched by Gulf intellectuals calling for the release of Sharif has garnered over 300 signatures.

    According to Al-Watan, a 37-year-old Saudi woman who had repeated Sharif’s experiment in driving in the town of Al-Ras, northeast of Riyadh, was arrested at a supermarket by a police patrol accompanied by members of the religious police.

    She was driving with her mother and aunt at the time, according to the newspaper, which said she was released a few hours later.

  • moononpluto

    Bye Bye John Edwards

    Report: Former Presidential Candidate John Edwards Faces Indictment for Campaign Violations

    Published May 25, 2011 | NewsCore

    WASHINGTON — Prosecutors can seek an indictment against former North Carolina Senator and two-time Democratic presidential candidate John Edwards for allegedly using campaign donations to cover up an extra-marital affair and love child, ABC News reported late Tuesday.

    The network, citing sources, said the Department of Justice has given the go-ahead for Edwards to be prosecuted and the former politician has been informed of the development.

    Edwards may now accept a plea deal or face trial.

    Edwards, 57, has been the target of a lengthy federal grand jury investigation into allegations of campaign violations related to his relationship with mistress Rielle Hunter.

    As Edwards made his second run for the White House, he began an affair with Hunter — an aide who worked as a videographer on his campaign — that was uncovered by the National Enquirer in late 2007.

    Edwards finally admitted to the affair in August 2008, having initially denied that he was the father of Hunter’s daughter Frances Quinn Hunter, who was born in February 2008.

    The allegations in the federal investigation concern more than $1 million that was used to hide Hunter from public view.

    The amount was paid by two big-time donors — 100-year-old heiress and philanthropist Rachel “Bunny” Mellon and Edwards’ 2008 finance chairman Fred Baron, who died in 2008.

    Prior to his death, Baron admitted that he had paid money to help hide Hunter from the press, but denied that Edwards had any knowledge of the arrangement.

    Former Edwards campaign aide Andrew Young — who lived with Hunter while she was in hiding, initially claimed to be the father of the baby girl as a favor to Edwards, and has since written a tell-all book about the campaign — has said that Edwards definitely knew about the money, and even solicited it.

    A prominent trial lawyer before being elected to his North Carolina Senate seat in 1998, Edwards came second in the 2004 Democratic primary race and was then selected by the eventual nominee, Sen. John Kerry (D-Mass.), to be his vice presidential running-mate.

    Edwards’ wife, Elizabeth Edwards, died late last year after a battle with cancer.

    http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2011/05/25/report-presidential-candidate-john-edwards-faces-indictment-campaign-violations/

    Couldnt happen to a nicer guy.

  • confloyd

    It’s a total shame that John Edwards is being prosecuted by the Justice dept..it no doubt wants to make sure no one ever gives the Boy King a run for his money. Has there been anyone to is going to run against him this year…???

    Who the hell is this guy that he can get these things done for him???? Some one blackmails all the possible candidates that go against Obama….my bet is that they blackmailed Hillary too, but she was too powerful and too smart to get totally shut out.

  • confloyd

    Moon,
    I wouldn’t care that they were indicting John Edwards, but this administration has kept the Wall Street theives from anything happening to them….

    Arnold is getting his now too….so whats up with all this stuff coming out on everyone….I don’t get it. I don’t like Edwards, but having sex is not my idea of a real crime…now stealing tax payers money is…but nothing happens to those folks….

  • turndownobama

    We are so lucky we don’t have a red neck hick from Wasilla representing us at state functions and making huge gaffes huh?

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

    Hick town Bill Clinton and Jimmy Carter did okay too. Obama is just too full of himself to pay attention to how other people do things.

  • Shadowfax

    nomobama
    May 25th, 2011 at 2:41 am

    Here’s a video link for animal/dog fans. This concerns a dog that was lost during one of the Alabama tornados a couple of weeks ago..

    ——–
    What a cute and amazing little dog. Walking around on two broken legs to get back home.
    It freakin’ breaks my heart because they are not talking about trying to repair his broken legs, maybe the cost? Ya know if it were a human, they wouldn’t give up on him…and he has to stay in a shelter while his owners rebuild?
    Someone with the big bucks needs to help this little dog, pay for his surgery, and let him stay with a good family or person instead of a shelter.

  • tim

    gonzotx
    May 25th, 2011 at 10:57 am

    I liked mark haines as well, loved his friday american tie days. sounds like he died very unexpectedly

  • Betty

    Woops I should have said 2.06

  • tim

    Waffles is probably pissed a “typical white person” like the Queen basically to berated him in front of his adoring American press/fans.

  • Shadowfax

    pm317
    May 25th, 2011 at 9:21 am

    I saw this comment on the youtube version of the full toast. Yeah you can hear the Queen say ’set it down’.

    You can hear the queen say “SET IT DOWN” at 3:36. Poor guy looks like he wants to cry after that.



    ———

    Before I read this post, I imagined she said, “Put the glass down dumbAss, and show some respect for my song and status.”

    I was close ;-)

  • votermom

    admin, btw, great post – I love how you explained the diff between Hillary & past president’s position on Israel-Palestine vs BeerO’s speech.

  • Shadowfax

    Rod Blagojevich’s attorneys were starting their defense of the former Illinois governor Wednesday in his retrial on corruption charges, and new Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel is expected to be one of the opening witnesses.

    Emanuel and U.S. Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. have been called to testify in the Blagojevich case, according to a person familiar with the defense plans who spoke on condition of anonymity because the person was not authorized to speak publicly. The two elected officials were expected to appear Wednesday at the Dirksen Federal Courthouse.

    Prosecutors questioned the value of those witnesses in court Wednesday, saying neither could offer relevant testimony to the case.
    —–

    Are the Prosecutors mind readers, or will they control the tape that is heard by the jury?

    http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20110525/ap_on_re_us/us_blagojevich_trial

  • turndownobama

    Obamas face does look like a chainsaw sculpture. ;-)

  • Shadowfax

    Rep. Robert Andrews (D-N.J.) said Tuesday that Obama is “tilting toward Hamas” – a reference to the Palestinian group the United States and Israel consider a terrorist organization. He emphasized that Congress would never base its approach to Israeli aid on such a position.

    “A majority of the Congress disagrees with him,” Andrews said of Obama.

    http://thehill.com/homenews/house/163003-house-lawmakers-side-with-netanyahu

  • votermom

    I have to wonder what Hillary & Bill’s conversation after this trip will be like. Probably BIll will just say “how was your trip?” and they will both burst out laughing.

  • gonzotx

    Ed Schultz ( to be confused with the talking horse, but its coming from the other side of the animal ) calling Laura Ingram a slut..I know it must be Sarah Palins fault somehow

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

    ED SCHULTZ (02:52): And what do the Republicans thinking about? They’re not thinking about their next-door neighbor. They’re just thinking about how much this is going to cost. President Obama is going to be visiting Joplin, Mo., on Sunday but you know what they’re talking about, like this right-wing slut, what’s her name?, Laura Ingraham? Yeah, she’s a talk slut. You see, she was, back in the day, praising President Reagan when he was drinking a beer overseas. But now that Obama’s doing it, they’re working him over.

    http://radioequalizer.blogspot.com/2011/05/libtalker-ed-schultz-uses-vulgarity-to.html

  • turndownobama

    But it’s obvious! The Royal band was Racist!

  • confloyd

    Well I saw that video I must say they all look like they are having a swell time listening to the village idiot ramble on and on…

    I saw a little pic of Hillary, she really looked like she was having a blast….LOL!

  • pm317

    What did the OBozo mean when he said in his this was a first state dinner..?

    There was a state dinner for BC from the Queen in 1994 but I can’t get any video on Youtube of it..

  • votermom

    What did the OBozo mean when he said in his this was a first state dinner..?

    He’s living in 2008.

  • pm317

    Curiosity kills the cat! You know once something gets into my head I have to find it. I am looking for BC’s toast at the Queen’s state dinner in 1994 and in the process, found this link.. FYI It has his public appearances/interviews..

    http://www.c-spanvideo.org/billclinton

  • gonzotx

    Democrat Wins G.O.P. Seat; Rebuke Seen to Medicare Plan
    By RAYMOND HERNANDEZ

    Michael Appleton for The New York Times
    Kathy Hochul delivered her victory speech in Amherst on Tuesday evening.
    Kathy Hochul’s victory in a conservative New York district deals a blow to the national Republican Party in a race that largely turned on the party’s plan to overhaul Medicare.

  • mcnorman

    Atemydinnerjacket is convinced Barack is a puppet.

    http://elderofziyon.blogspot.com/2011/05/auto-translation-of-day.html

  • gonzotx

    gonzotx
    May 25th, 2011 at 1:47 pm

    And this is why I am afraid of a Medicare backlash in 2012. I twas stupid for the Repubs to come out with the Paul Ryan plan. They are going to be hit over the head and lose time and time again.

    Medicare needs some adjustments, lots of fraud, but SS is solvent if it is not stolen from. People depend on these two programs even more today because the private industry no longer has retirement plans. They have shifted everything to these two programs. Good luck with your 401′s and 403′s, they have lost untold amounts, as mine have. I am too old to ever get it all back, I won’t even come close.

  • wbboei

    Michael Appleton for The New York Times
    Kathy Hochul delivered her victory speech in Amherst on Tuesday evening.
    Kathy Hochul’s victory in a conservative New York district deals a blow to the national Republican Party in a race that largely turned on the party’s plan to overhaul Medicare.
    ———————-
    Fuck the New York Times and their hyper partisan interpetation. Have you ever seen them say something like that about the left wing dims. Obama should fire all his press spokesman. He has got NYT and WashPo to speak for him, cover for him and peddle his non stop lies.

  • wbboei

    Atemydinnerjacket is convinced Barack is a puppet.
    ———————-
    Even a broken clock is right two times per day. On the other hand, this is so obvious that it could just as easily remain unspoken. All you need to do is watch what he does.

  • gonzotx

    Karma is a bitch….
    *******

    Jane Seymour: Schwarzenegger has two more out-of-wedlock kids

    By Joyce Lee Topics News ,Celebrity

    (CBS) – Actress Jane Seymour claims Arnold Schwarzenegger has fathered two more children outside his 25-year marriage to Maria Shriver.

    “From what I gather, I think there will be lots of information coming people’s way,” Seymour tells CNN. “I heard about two more [out of wedlock kids] somebody else knows about. I even met someone who knows him well.”

    Seymour says she was “not even remotely surprised” when the former California governor and Maria Shriver announced their separation.

    “The moment I heard it, that there was an announcement of their separation — he was obviously jumping the gun before everyone else told the world of the news,” she said, referring to the revelations he fathered a child with a member of his household staff.

    “I feel sorry for the kids,” she adds.

    Read more: http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-31749_162-20065271-10391698.html#ixzz1NO9LkR4L

  • wbboei

    U.S. Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr.
    ————————-
    I wonder if he is a target and has been given immunity.

  • Tony Stark

    New Yorkers (Jewish and Gentile) will end up voting for Obama again even if it means 4 more years of hell for the country and Israel if they perceive that SS and Medicare will be threatened by the GOP’s plans. Just goes to show once again how shortsighted voters can be.

  • mp

    I think these “royal mistakes” were DELIBERATE…..it is basically saying to the Brits/Queen…take that for my Kenyan grandfather who used to be a cook for your guys…..

  • wbboei

    A majority of the Congress disagrees with him,” Andrews said of Obama.
    ————————–
    Liar. A majority? Like 51%? Is that what he means? The correct term is congress unanimously disagrees with Obama. That is the truth he hides behind a euphemism. The reason it is important to be clear on this is because with the vast powers he has as leader of his party and chief executive, a president can defeat a majority through various ploys. But unless he intends to have his friend Bomber Bill Ayers start a Reichtag fire, he cannot defeat a unanimous Congress. So the question to Andrews would be how many in Congress want the United States to side with Hamas, as Obama does? A showing of hands will do.

  • jbstonesfan

    Yes…the midocare scare seemed to work in that NY election. But truthfully , withno significant republican candidate and the killing of OBL, it was kind of over anyway. My fellow Jews will still vote for him at 78% and raises millions for him. Thankfully, most members of Congress oppose his plan to destoy Israel and Israel will simply have to bunker donw for another 4 years….

  • gonzotx

    Tony Stark
    May 25th, 2011 at 2:04 pm

    Stupid maybe, but terrified of losing their only income. It was stupid of the Republicans to bring out this plan BEFORE the election.

    Cut funding for fraudcare, cut defense spending, oil subsidies,close the border, stop any funding for anyone here illegally…but going after these two entitlements is a mistake.

  • gonzotx

    mp
    May 25th, 2011 at 2:09 pm

    You give him wayyyyy to much credit…2008? Really?

    he’s smoking something I am pretty sure

  • votermom

    Whoever runs against BeerO should focus on jobs, jobs, jobs.

  • gonzotx

    The fraud doesn’t even need to raise money, he’s a shoe in if they keep this up
    *****

    ACE

    Are you ready for… hard truth about our unsustainable entitlements programs which are going to be savaged by drastic cuts in just 8 years are so, by operation of law, unless something is changed?

    A day after telling Iowans their beloved ethanol subsidies will have to go, Republican presidential candidate Tim Pawlenty used a stop in senior-heavy Florida to call for reining in Social Security and Medicare benefits for future retirees.
    The former Minnesota governor, who launched his campaign Monday, talked about entitlement reform during a 30-minute Facebook town hall and in a question-and-answer session with reporters at the Biltmore hotel.

    It’s part of a tough-medicine tour, designed to highlight Pawlenty’s willingness to tell “hard truths.” He’s also planning to visit Washington to call for less-generous pay and benefits for public sector employees and to New York to call for an end to Wall Street bailouts.

    “We won’t have Medicare or Medicaid or Social Security as we know it in the future if we don’t make changes and adjustments now that can preserve these important programs,” Pawlenty told the Facebook audience.

    Pawlenty said Social Security’s retirement age must “gradually” increase for people who are not yet in the system. He also called for ending cost-of-living increases for wealthy retirees. He said he’ll release details soon and said the changes would not affect current retirees.

  • JanH

    May 24, 2011

    Obama Campaign Cultivates Clinton Donors

    By NICHOLAS CONFESSORE

    President Obama’s campaign manager, Jim Messina, met privately on Monday night with donors close to his erstwhile rival, Hillary Rodham Clinton, as the campaign sought to knit together and mobilize the Democratic fund-raising elite in advance of the 2012 election.

    Mr. Messina has traveled around the country in recent weeks to meet with groups of major Democratic donors, the top tier of which are being asked to raise $350,000 this year for the president’s re-election campaign.

    Monday night’s meeting was organized by Marc Lasry, a billionaire hedge fund manager and prominent Democratic donor who is close to the Clinton family, and was held at his home in Manhattan, according to an e-mail invitation. Mr. Lasry is also among those organizing a major New York City fund-raiser for Mr. Obama, scheduled for June 23.

    “Jim wants to sit down with those of us who were very supportive of Secretary Clinton’s 2008 campaign,” Mr. Lasry wrote in the e-mail. “We believe that meetings like this are a strong first step in having a continued conversation as the campaign moves forward.”

    About 30 people came to the meeting, according to one person who attended, many of them part of the tight-knit circle of female professionals who were among Mrs. Clinton’s most loyal backers when she ran for president in 2008.

    Mrs. Clinton’s campaign was known for its ardent cultivation of important donors, while Mr. Obama’s political operation has taken a more hands-off approach since he was elected, to the annoyance of some donors. And while the wounds of the bitter 2008 primary between Mr. Obama and Mrs. Clinton, now his secretary of state, have largely healed, Mr. Messina’s visit suggests that the Obama camp believes that it has more work to do to fully harness the Clinton donor network to its own formidable fund-raising machine.

    http://thecaucus.blogs.nytimes.com/2011/05/24/obama-campaign-cultivates-clinton-donors/

  • JanH

    Pure hogwash…

    ————

    Will Clintons Campaign For Obama In 2012?

    By Andrew Belonsky
    Wednesday, May 18, 2011

    President Obama has been struggling to round up surrogates for his 2012 reelection campaign. Will the Democratic Party’s most famous and powerful family lend him a hand? If they do, will it matter?

    When President Obama ran for the White House in 2008, he relied heavily on a cast of well-placed surrogates to persuade voters: Missouri Sen. Claire McCaskill proved integral, as did South Carolina Rep. Jim Clyburn and then-Pennsylvania Gov. Ed Rendell. But many of the president’s former pals, due to either their own upcoming elections or political differences, aren’t as keen to go to bat come 2012. And this campaign landscape is completely different.

    Writes Politico’s Glenn Thrush:

    Kick-starting a campaign after two years in the White House means old friends tend to become less friendly after compromises and disappointments — and finding validators who haven’t drawn an administration paycheck becomes more difficult.

    And the role of surrogates in 2012 will be fundamentally different than last time — less about introducing Obama to the public and more about explaining health care reform, the stimulus, two-and-half wars, and the flagging economy to anxious voters.

    While Obama’s allies remain confident the commander-in-chief can rally the troops, I’m left wondering if we’ll hear form the Democratic Party’s figurehead family, the Clintons.

    After Hillary Clinton and Obama’s primary battle, the then-Senator and her ex-president husband became two of nominee Obama’s most powerful, vocal and influential surrogates, mostly because they needed to iron out the belligerent tensions between Team Hillary and Obama’s backers.

    And now that he’s president, Obama still relies on the Clintons: Mr. Clinton in 2009 stumped for health care reform, and Hillary of course became Secretary of State, but only until 2012, when she says she’ll leave her post.

    But Secretary Clinton can’t very well take to the campaign trail. She’s too busy being the nation’s top diplomat, although she did appear to offer subtle support at a global development conference this week. Referring to long-time heads of state, Clinton remarked, “President Obama and I laugh a lot because we deal with these leaders who’ve been there for 10, 20, 30, 40 years, and he and I look at each other and say ‘Oh my gosh can you imagine?”

    “The president said to me the other day, ‘I’m going to win re-election and then I’m done.”

    Mrs. Clinton may not be able to stump, but Bill could, and so too could daughter Chelsea. Though the former first daughter typically stays out of the electoral spotlight, she campaigned hard for her mother in 2008, and at the beginning of May came out for marriage equality in New York State. Perhaps she’s caught the political bug that bit her parents so many years ago and would be enthused to fight for Obama’s reelection.

    So, yes, Bill and Chelsea could, in theory, travel around the nation tooting Obama’s horn. That doesn’t mean they will. Nor does it mean they would be effective.

    Again, the Clinton’s rhetorical power in 2008 came precisely from the fact that they had tried to take Obama down, and lost. Their failure demanded a campaign presence. There’s no such demand now. Tensions in the Democratic Party, particularly over policy disputes involving Wall Street and immigration reforms, sure, but the Clintons may not be inclined to play moderator in a fight they didn’t start. And voters may not be inclined to listen to the former president and his daughter wax political about policy they didn’t craft.

    http://www.deathandtaxesmag.com/91252/will-clintons-campaign-for-obama-in-2012/

  • votermom

    Perhaps she’s caught the political bug that bit her parents so many years ago and would be enthused to fight for Obama’s reelection.
    Ha ha ha ha ha!!!!!
    When pigs like Chris Matthews grow wings and fly, MAYBE.

  • turndownobama

    gonzotx
    SS is solvent if it is not stolen from.

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

    Right! As Hillary said a couple of years ago.

    People complain that the Boomers will draw more from it as they retire because there are more of them. Well, they contributed more TO it while they were working, because there WERE more of them.

    That’s what Boomers, means, doh.

    All they contributed has been out there earning interest ever since. Trillion/s surplus there!

  • turndownobama

    said the changes would not affect current retirees.

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

    Until after their votes have been cast. At which time, the fine print gets quietly changed.

  • turndownobama

    New Yorkers (Jewish and Gentile) will end up voting for Obama again even if it means 4 more years of hell for the country and Israel if they perceive that SS and Medicare will be threatened by the GOP’s plans. Just goes to show once again how shortsighted voters can be.

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

    Huh? Is that a typo? Didn’t you mean “how shortsighted the GOP can be”?

    The voters putting up with four more years of Obaboobery for the sake of saving decades of SS and Medicare — is short-sighted?

  • Tony Stark

    Nope, not a typo. IMHO four years more of Obaboobery is far more damaging long term in terms of the economy and foreign affairs than putting up with the GOP’s shenanigans at this point.

  • turndownobama

    putting up with the GOP’s shenanigans at this point.

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

    You think the GOP can’t really damage SS, Medicare, Planned Parenthood, and their other targets? Walker has done serious damage in WI, and other GOP are working on it elsewhere. Even just a few weeks less unemployment payments can seriously damage some families. As for unwanted children being born — $11BILLION cost wasn’t it? — see my post above.

  • tim

    “And while the wounds of the bitter 2008 primary between Mr. Obama and Mrs. Clinton, now his secretary of state, have largely healed”

    Don’t know who the hell they are talking about?!? “HEALED”?!?!

    If Bill or Hillary campaign for this piece of turd for 2012, I will forever lose all respect for both Clintons, 2008, I understood, they had to campaign for this PO$, but 2012!?!, they are under no obligation, if they campaign for him for 2012, I will lose completely all respect for both Clintons. If they want to campaign for dems, fine, but to campaign for that race-baiting scumbag?? NO.

  • tim

    the NY-26 is more of an aberration, barely 100K people voted, and 10% of it went to a dem who claimed to be a tea party supporter, a big fat lie when it was showed he donated a lot to Waffles. It was only 47-43.

    Repubs definitely need to be careful on how they are showing their Medicare plans, they need to show this throught a long term lens, because if changes are not made, those that need it the most will be the ones hurt the most. Ryan’s heart is in the right place, but I know many who would be lost without that safety net, but that safety net is weakening and will weaken even more by 2024, it needs to be explained in that context, to strengthen Medicare.

    ObamaCare basically is going to gut Medicare by 500 Billion, less and less docs are going to accept it, rationing will be done by default — yet no LSM explains this. All they are doing is scaring people, without telling them in 14 years, when the boomer’s population reaches a peak, Medicare will be in so much trouble, so changes have to be made to make sure that people who need help will get it, they will have that safety net to rely on.
    The dems just want to scare people and not even try to confront this reality that will be here in just 14 years (or sooner)

  • Tony Stark

    turndownobama
    May 25th, 2011 at 3:30 pm

    You think the GOP can’t really damage SS, Medicare, Planned Parenthood, and their other targets?
    ===============

    Nope. They couldn’t do it under GWB and a GOP-controlled Congress, but the Boob (GB III) can with a few more years in office if he succeeds in bankrupting the US with his current policies, in which case there will be zero money for all those social programs.

  • tim

    Tony Stark
    May 25th, 2011 at 3:08 pm

    I agree with you.

  • tim

    Tony Stark
    May 25th, 2011 at 4:26 pm

    again, completely agree. We aren’t dealing with a JFK or FDR type dem, this is an alinksky & marxist disciple.

  • turndownobama

    They couldn’t do it under GWB and a GOP-controlled Congress

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

    Do you mean Ryan’s Medicare=Vouchers plan won’t pass the Senate? Or would you trust Obama to veto it?

  • Shadowfax

    Obama dates his note in Westminster Abbey guestbook ‘24 May 2008′

    Here is the signature and date.

    My guess is that Barry cares more about his life in 2008 than any year he has previously experienced. That is the year he crucified Hillary Clinton and was drug over the finish line in a bloody trail of corruption.

    Read more: http://dailycaller.com/2011/05/24/obama-dates-his-note-in-westminster-abbey-guestbook-24-may-2008/#ixzz1NOqyqRxJ

  • Mrs. Smith

    #
    Tony Stark
    May 25th, 2011 at 2:04 pm

    New Yorkers (Jewish and Gentile) will end up voting for Obama again even if it means 4 more years of hell for the country and Israel if they perceive that SS and Medicare will be threatened by the GOP’s plans. Just goes to show once again how shortsighted voters can be.
    ________________

    Threatening Medicare and SS is a deliberate ploy by the GOP to shepherd the voters back to Obama.

  • pm317

    Strange, I would have thought Drudge would run a headline on the toast botch. He didn’t. What is up with that? I think Obots are squirming. While Althouse is not an Obot, she voted for him and still defends her vote. Her headline on this topic is ‘Toast botch is too painful to mock’. Yeah, that is who you voted for, morons.

  • Tony Stark

    turndownobama
    May 25th, 2011 at 4:55 pm

    Do you mean Ryan’s Medicare=Vouchers plan won’t pass the Senate? Or would you trust Obama to veto it?
    =========

    Obama is a proven liar. I don’t believe any of his promises. Neither should you.

  • Mrs. Smith

    JanH
    May 25th, 2011 at 2:28 pm

    Pure hogwash…

    ————

    Will Clintons Campaign For Obama In 2012?
    ______________________

    My guess is Bill has already been approached by one of Obama’s con men, maybe Messina, testing the water about him fundraising for Obama. Bill indicated he is not enthused about the idea and would rather not. The Obama team has taken to the newspapers to pressure Bill into campaigning for him. Which I sincerely hope he never does.

  • Tony Stark

    Do you mean Ryan’s Medicare=Vouchers plan won’t pass the Senate?
    =========
    Why are you so convinced that it will pass?

  • turndownobama

    So why do you think the GOP can’t damage SS, Medicar, etc now? You said “They couldn’t do it under GWB and a GOP-controlled Congress”. You don’t trust Obama to veto it (me neither). Do you trust the Senate to reject Ryan’s plan?

  • Tony Stark

    If I understand you correctly, you’ll vote for an untrustworthy Obama in 2012 rather than let the GOP win because you’re absolutely convinced this time like those people who believed in the end of the world coming on May 21 that they will gut all those social programs this time around when they couldn’t do it despite having GWB for 8 years and the GOP control both houses of Congress for 6 years? Glad you cleared that up.

  • Shadowfax

    Rod Blagojevich’s attorneys launched his defense Wednesday in his corruption retrial, summoning Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel and U.S. Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. to testify briefly that they did not know of any arranged deals with the ousted governor over President Barack Obama’s vacant Senate seat.

    Testifying for less than five minutes, Emanuel leaned to one side, sometimes looking bored, as he told jurors with a one-word “no” that as White House chief of staff he never was asked directly by Blagojevich to help the then-governor get a top job in return for appointing someone to the Senate.

    Jackson, on the stand only about 30 minutes, testified that he never authorized anyone to tell Blagojevich that his supporters could raise money for the former governor if he made Jackson a senator.

    But in their cross-examination, prosecutors took advantage of Jackson’s appearance to ask about an unrelated incident that could prove damaging to Blagojevich in the jury’s eyes.

    http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20110525/ap_on_re_us/us_blagojevich_trial

  • turndownobama

    Tony,

    Pls stop with the flamy assumptions. We don’t do that stuff here.

    I’m asking you to clarify your statement that the GOP ‘can’t’ damage SS, Medicare, etc. Do you mean they can’t get it passed? Or do you mean that if they do get it passed, its effect (vouchers to private insurance companies) will not really be damaging?

  • turndownobama

    Threatening Medicare and SS is a deliberate ploy by the GOP to shepherd the voters back to Obama.

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

    It may well be. But letting the GOP pass it won’t help either. Either way Med/SS loses something, and then we have more GOP up there voting their social issues.

  • Mrs. Smith

    You’ve been given a solid answer- just accept it and move on.

  • Tony Stark

    I thought I made myself clear after several posts. I don’t see good evidence from history that the GOP will be able to pass any proposal that will gut Medicare, SS and other social programs you hold so dearly. They are just as beholden to special interest groups as the Dems; any serious reform proposals will be eventually be watered down to the point of uselessness in committees. The Dem controlled Senate will make sure of that until 2012. We wouldn’t even be talking about this if Obama hadn’t run the country to the ground and depleted the Treasury to pay for these social programs. So you can stop with your the GOP will bring about the Apocalypse so its better to vote for Obama meme.

  • Mrs. Smith

    Shadowfax
    May 25th, 2011 at 5:49 pm

    “But in their cross-examination, prosecutors took advantage of Jackson’s appearance to ask about an unrelated incident that could prove damaging to Blagojevich in the jury’s eyes.”
    _____________________

    Jackson said, Blago asked for a $25,000 donation in front of the jury-

    “Under questioning, Jackson confirmed that Blagojevich had once considered Jackson’s wife for a position as head of the Illinois lottery. But Jackson told prosecutors that his wife didn’t get the promised appointment after Jackson refused to give Blagojevich a $25,000 campaign donation.”

  • turndownobama

    any serious reform proposals will be eventually be watered down to the point of uselessness in committees. The Dem controlled Senate will make sure of that until 2012.

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

    Which party do you want to control the Senate after 2012? I’d like the Dems to continue to make sure that privitizing Medicare (etc) doesn’t happen after 2012, either. (And as you say, we can’t trust Obama’s veto.)

  • tim

    Belarus appears to be on its way to hyperinflation, or will have to privatise much of its country’s assets.
    This is why people in this country are worried about debt, we all want a safety net, we all want those who need help to get it, but if the debt goes so high, the US dollar will no longer be a reserve currency, and then we will be at the mercy of bond holders who will demand a higher interest rate and/or refuse to lend us money, or the worse case scenario hyper-or-high inflation.
    We either have to face painful decisions now on our terms so we can ensure maximum protection for those in need & at the same time grow the economy more so more revenues come in, or those painful decisions will not be under our country’s control and they will be more painful and more swift.

    This article explains what is going to happen to Belarus, its on its way to hyperinflation and/or drastic cuts to social programs, they are excepting much civil unrest now.
    http://www.zerohedge.com/article/welcome-hyperinflation-hell-following-currency-devaluation-belarus-economy-implodes-sets-blu

  • Tony Stark

    You just like to argue and preach, don’t you? Bored now.

  • BASIL99

    pm317
    May 25th, 2011 at 9:13 am
    Bwa-ha-ha-ha-ha-ha and ROTFLMFAO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    My mom is from England, grew up during the bombing of London, and her demeanor is exactly like the queen’s! That’s what my mom would have said if any of her kids made such an etiquette faux pas. That is hysteriacally funny!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! The British are so under-stated. Notice the queen didn’t make eye contact?

    Honestly, if that moment doesn’t encapsulate the BO presidency nothing does.

    to too funny. And, as usual MO is uncovered in all the wrong places. Doesn’t a real formal occassion call for covered armpits?

    And the way her boobs are strapped to her chest. :shudder:
    sshe

  • BASIL99

    Honestly, jbstonesfan
    May 25th, 2011 at 2:11 pm,

    You give new meaning to the term “Eyeore.”

  • wbboei

    I thought I made myself clear after several posts. I don’t see good evidence from history that the GOP will be able to pass any proposal that will gut Medicare, SS and other social programs you hold so dearly.
    ————————————–
    The question is will they gut Obama care. If they cannot bring themselves to do that then they should stop lying to voters by saying they are the party of small government, low taxes and free choice. As a matter of fact, they should turn in their charter and start a koolaide stand with Karl Rove as head chef. Who were the five crossovers anyway. I am not sure I favored Ryans proposal, but if all the other side of the aisle can do is walk away from our problems, then they have no validity.

  • wbboei

    Don’t tell me let me guess. The two victims of too much inbreeding from Maine. The Playgirl centerfold from Massachusetts. Useless Lindsey Grahma. And that senator from big oil Murkowski/

  • wbboei

    If you have any doubt that the bots are bi polar, look at their bumper stickers. On one side you will see a bumper sticker for Obama in 2012. ON the other side you will see the words endless war. Libya is proving to be just that, and what happened to his promise that we would be out of Iraq by 2011. A bot would say something profound about that like please do not confuse me with the facts.

  • Shadowfax

    Tony Stark
    May 25th, 2011 at 6:13 pm

    You just like to argue and preach, don’t you? Bored now.
    ——
    :lol:

    You got that right.

  • turndownobama

    I finally got him to clarify his position, ie that he relies on the Dem Senate till 2012.

    I have not yet begun to argue. ;-)

  • turndownobama

    In context:

    http://blogs.abcnews.com/thenote/2011/05/bill-clinton-to-paul-ryan-on-medicare-election-give-me-a-call-.html

    Clinton told Ryan that if he ever wanted to talk about it, he should “give me a call.” Ryan said he would. Watch it here.

    Democrats make no bones about why they believe they won in a solidly Republican district – voter anger at Paul Ryan’s controversial plan to restructure Medicare.

    “It was about Medicare,” Clinton said during a speech to the debt forum minutes before he met Ryan back stage. Clinton was referring to Ryan’s controversial budget plan, passed by the House this year, which would transform Medicare for those under the age of 55.

    “You shouldn’t draw the conclusion that the New York race means that nobody can do anything solve the rising Medicare costs,” said during his speech. “I just don’t agree with that. I think you should draw the conclusion that the people made a judgment that this proposal in the Republican is not the right one. I agree with that, but I’m afraid that the Democrats will draw the conclusion that because Congressman Ryan’s proposal, I think, is not the best one, that we shouldn’t do anything and I completely disagree with that.”

  • Tony Stark

    I wouldn’t worry about a GOP controlled Senate either in 2012. They were just as useless during the Bush years. Go argue in front of a mirror; at least you’ll feel listened to and appreciated.

  • turndownobama

    http://krugman.blogs.nytimes.com/2011/05/25/buffalo-buffalo-buffalo-buffalo-buffalo-buffalo-buffalo-buffalo/
    [...] Republicans really do want to dismantle Medicare – and that’s the truth no matter how many times Very Serious People reach for their smelling salts when Democrats say that. And you would think that would make Medicare an even more potent weapon for the Dems than it was for the Rs (unless they go out of their way to ignore what the electorate is really concerned about.)

    It’s now starting to look like a real possibility that we will have had three electoral waves in a row – a Democratic sweep in 2006-2008, a Republican countersweep in 2010, and a countercountersweep in 2012 as voters realize that the GOP is the same as it always was, only more so.

  • pm317

    Did somebody mention this already? Palin’s secret documentary coming out next month:
    I am ready to listen to her ultra nasal voice and ill constructed sentences if the Repubs are offering the current crop of candidates. She will go after Obuma with impunity because she has nothing to lose at this point.. And nobody can be as bad as Obummer, not even her.

    http://www.realclearpolitics.com/articles/2011/05/25/palins_secret_weapon_new_film_to_premiere_in_june_109949-3.html

  • turndownobama

    As Governor, Palin was quite good.

  • tim

    Paul krugman?!??! another idiot who didn’t deserve the nobel prize, wait, maybe he did, he can sit in the same company as Waffles.

    2010 wasn’t a republican wave, it was a tea party wave, most of who are fiscal conservatives — not social ones necessarily, since the fiscal problems haven’t been addressed, let alone fixed, that wave will not go away. The only thing that may happen is a third party, which is the worse option, because then Waffles will win, and by then the bond market will make its discontent well known.

    NY-26 wasn’t a wave, 47-43 in a 3 way race with about 100K voters, with 2 dems running, one as a fake tea party candidate, this isn’t a wave, its at the most a ripple.

  • Mrs. Smith

    The Ulsterman Report: Eric Holder’s Down Low Wall Street Love Affair…

    Despite promising to go after Wall Street crime, Obama’s Attorney General Eric Holder has done just the opposite – Wall Street prosecution rates have plummetted.

    President Obama’s Attorney General Eric Holder clearly has a very difficult time with the truth. In 2008 and 2009 he went on record stating he would aggressively prosecute thoseWall Street executives allegedly responsible for the economic collapse and resulting Great Recession. Anti-Wall Street attacks were, and remain, common in the Obama White House public relations arsenal, but the actions, or more importantly, the in-actions, of this administration paints a clearly differing reality that exists betweenWall Street and Obama Inc.

    Since Holder’s promise in 2008, not one top Wall Street executive has been criminally charged for any wrongdoing by Eric Holder’s Department of Justice. Not one. Either Eric Holder was grossly incompetent in making such an aggressive and oft-repeated promise that said prosecutions were coming, or he simply lied about his intent to do so – or perhaps some combination of the two.

    Which is it Mr. Holder?

    What the Holder Justice Department has done is vastly increase mortgage fraud prosecutions that have primarily forced mid-tier banking institutions to buckle under the weight of further federal regulation and scrutiny. These increases did not hamperWall Street so much as they did small businesses, while at the same time initiating widespread banking failures and resulting consolidation by the larger lending institutions – in essence, enhancing the power and wealth of the very same Wall Street firms Holder had earlier threatened to go after. The very same Wall Street firms that overwhelmingly supported Barack Obama for president in 2008.

    So at present, the United States has an Attorney General who gives guns to Mexican drug cartels and dollars to Wall Street bigwigs, to say nothing of wanting to prosecute the same CIA operatives President Barack Obama praises when it is to his political advantage to do so.

    Valerie Jarrett must be so pleased…

    http://socyberty.com/history/the-ulsterman-report-eric-holders-down-low-wall-street-love-affair/
    __________________

    The illegals coming in by the droves and possibly radical terrorists.

  • turndownobama

    a tea party wave, most of who are fiscal conservatives — not social ones necessarily

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

    That’s what they claimed at the time.

  • Mrs. Smith

    The new HBO movie of the banking crisis, ‘Too Big to Fail’ has a cleansing effect on Banks and investment firms for all the gambling done on Wall St. with investor portfolios. The entire movie is about saving the big investment houses and never once relates to the cause of the failures.

  • tim

    wow. I just read that Arnie’s rumored to have more than 1 child out of wedlock, apparently Jane Seymour, who I think worked with him on some projects, is saying there are a couple more.

  • tim

    another wow, not a fan of laura ingraham, but MSNBC’s Shutlz called her a “talk slut”, NOW is silent, but New Agenda is calling for a suspension. I agree with them, suspend, heck fire this disgusting person. To call any woman of any political stripe a “whore” a “slut” is so unbelievably insulting, especially when younger women see this kind of unpunished behavior and then it discourages them from pursuing venues that they otherwise would have.

  • Mrs. Smith

    admin: please post video

    Congressman On Recent Flight: TSA Patted Down Child, Little Old Lady; Ignored Man In Arab Garb

    http://www.realclearpolitics.com/video/2011/05/25/congressman_on_recent_flight_tsa_patted_down_child_little_old_lady_ignored_man_in_arab_garb.html

    The Hill reports: “I walked through … right behind me there was a grandmother — little old lady, and she was was patted down,” Rep. Paul Broun (R-Georgia) said on C-SPAN’s “Washington Journal.”

    “Right behind her was a little kid who was patted down. And then right behind him was a guy in Arabian dress who just walked right through. Why are we patting down grandma and kids?”

  • Tony Stark

    Found this link through Uppitywoman’s blog:

    http://uppitywoman08.wordpress.com/2011/05/25/bibi-and-bambi-a-tale-of-two-young-fellas-and-their-maturity-bravery-and-responsibilty-patterns/

    As Uppity woman put it so well:
    Bibi: Working at not getting killed or seeing his endangered country vaporized because they are Jews.
    Barry: Thinking of his next toke.

  • Mrs. Smith

    Wall Street Journal Op-Ed Editor:

    Obama’s Peace ‘a War Formula’

    U.S. President Barack Obama’s Palestinian Authority-Israel peace plan is a ”formula for war,” writes Bret Stephens, foreign affairs editor and deputy editorial page editor of The Wall St. Journal.

    In an op-ed article in the Journal, Stephens charged that the president’s approach to Israel and his relationship to American Jews has showed that he “has mastered the concept of chutzpah.”

    “What Mr. Obama offered is a formula for war, one that he will pursue in a second term. Assuming, of course, that he gets one,” Stephens wrote.

    He noted that President Obama’s “sandbagging” Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu “with an adversarial policy speech” the day before his visit is not the first time the American leader has treated foreign visitors with disdain.

    “Remember when the Dalai Lama visited Mr. Obama last year?” Stephens wrote. ”As a courtesy to Beijing, the president made sure to have the Tibetan spiritual leader exit by the door where the White House trash was piled up. And that was 11 months before Hu Jintao’s state visit to the U.S.”

    Stephens accused President Obama, who said in his speech “It’s time to tell the truth,” of composing language that served as a “thin tissue of falsehoods, rhetorical legerdemain, telling omissions and self-contradictions….

    “For starters, it would be nice if the president could come clean about whether his line about the 1967 line – “mutually agreed swaps” and all – was pathbreaking and controversial, or no big deal. On Sunday, Mr. Obama congratulated himself for choosing the hard road to Mideast peace as he prepares for re-election, only to offer a few minutes later that “there was nothing particularly original in my proposal.”

    “Yet assuming Mr. Obama knows what he’s talking about, he knows that’s untrue: No U.S. president has explicitly endorsed the ’67 lines as the basis for negotiating a final border.”

    Stephens articulated what virtually no other newspaper or news website, except for Israel National News, has stated: “Mr. Obama would also know that in 2009 Hillary Clinton had described this formula as ‘the Palestinian goal.’ Now it’s Mr. Obama’s goal as well, even as he insists that ‘no peace can be imposed.’

    The article also chastised President Obama for maintaining that the United States “will hold the Palestinians accountable for their actions and their rhetoric.” Stephens challenged the president, “Can Mr. Obama offer a single example of having done that as president, except perhaps at the level of a State Department press release?”

    If President Obama were really pro-Israel, “He would tell Palestinians that there is no right of return,” wrote Stephens and “would outline hard and specific consequences should Hamas join the government.”

    President Obama glaringly dismissed the issues of the status of Jerusalem and that of “refugees’ by suggesting the inherent contradiction that the Palestinian Authority and Israel should discuss them – after agreement on a PA state.

    http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/144480

  • Tony Stark

    tim
    May 25th, 2011 at 7:53 pm
    wow. I just read that Arnie’s rumored to have more than 1 child out of wedlock, apparently Jane Seymour, who I think worked with him on some projects, is saying there are a couple more.
    ========
    Hopefully for Arnold, they will be NBCs and he can see them all each grow up to be President. :D

  • BigCatLover

    Tony Stark
    May 25th, 2011 at 6:05 pm
    I thought I made myself clear after several posts. I don’t see good evidence from history that the GOP will be able to pass any proposal that will gut Medicare, SS and other social programs you hold so dearly. They are just as beholden to special interest groups as the Dems; any serious reform proposals will be eventually be watered down to the point of uselessness in committees.
    ***************************
    Then why are so many Repubs pushing this lie that they want to do this? It’s like a mantra now from those pretending to care about cutting the deficit – even some junior rep from Georgia that I heard this morning on Washington Journal was spouting about cutting (and saving of course) Medicare. People are fed up with the Repubs doing this, as caller after caller argued against this and suggested other ways to cut. It fell on deaf ears.

  • BigCatLover

    Tea Party favorite Gov. Chris Christie received a severe blow to his education budget cuts by a Superior court judge:

    Gov. Chris Christie’s deep cuts to state school aid last year left New Jersey’s schools unable to provide a “thorough and efficient” education to the state’s nearly 1.4 million school children, a Superior Court judge found today.

    Judge Peter Doyne, who was appointed as special master in the long-running Abbott vs. Burke school funding case, today issued an opinion that also found the reductions “fell more heavily upon our high risk districts and the children educated within those districts.”

    “Despite spending levels that meet or exceed virtually every state in the country, and that saw a significant increase in spending levels from 2000 to 2008, our ‘at risk’ children are now moving further from proficiency,” he said.

    “The difficulty in addressing New Jersey’s fiscal crisis and its constitutionally mandated obligation to educate our children requires an exquisite balance not easily attained,” Doyne wrote. “Something need be done to equitably address these competing imperatives. That answer, though, is beyond the purview of this report. For the limited question posed to the Master, it is clear the State has failed to carry its burden.“

    Ouch. Chris Christie has spent only enough time to drink a cup of coffee in New Jersey as its governor so far, but since he’s very good at bullying people, FOX News pundits just love him. He has yet to solve any problems there and when it comes to education, has refused to meet with protesters after he slashed education funding. Now he has to deal with this ruling.

    Think Progress:

    As the article notes, Judge Doyne was appointed as a “special master” in this case, and so his finding today will go back to the state Supreme Court, which can choose to act on it. This seems likely to happen. “A special master’s report like this carries great weight with the higher court,” said David Sciarra, the executive director of the Education Law Center. “The evidence was exhaustive, detailed thorough and its conclusions are sobering about the impact of the funding cuts on students across the state, particularly poor students, regardless of where they live.”

    Christie has not yet responded to the finding. If he is required by the state Supreme Court to find more funding to at-risk districts, perhaps the governor could reconsider some of his proposed tax cuts for corporations and millionaires.
    http://crooksandliars.com/john-amato/nj-judge-rules-against-chris-christie-b

  • Tony Stark

    BigCatLover
    May 25th, 2011 at 9:18 pm

    Then why are so many Repubs pushing this lie that they want to do this?
    =========
    Because they are liars and they will say anything to get elected, just like Obama’s Dems.

  • turndownobama

    They are just as beholden to special interest groups as the Dems; any serious reform proposals will be eventually be watered down to the point of uselessness in committees.

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

    With some special interest groups (eg big banks), you can bash them publicly but cater to them in private (as Obama does). But what ‘special interest groups’ do you mean here? The people who use SS and Medicare and Medicaid?

    Who are the GOP trying to please with all this ‘anti-entitlement’ stuff?

    And, do you think the voucher plan would really ‘reform’ anything?

  • turndownobama

    Because they are liars and they will say anything to get elected, just like Obama’s Dems.

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

    Glad we agree on something. Crossed in the aether with my last post.

  • wbboei

    BigCatLover
    May 25th, 2011 at 9:22 pm
    Tea Party favorite Gov. Chris Christie received a severe blow to his education budget cuts by a Superior court judge:
    ——————-
    Crooks and Liars include the people who run the website by that name. Yes, yes, yes, it was a severe devastating mortal deadly etc etc etc blow–these left wing bastards really reach for the most extreme words they can find, and forget to mention that erroneous decisions are always appealable, and I have a hunch this one who is probably a dim appointee will be appealed. So lets see how severe this blow is after the smoke clears and the Supreme Court of New Jersey weighs in. And of course they have to mention in the first sentence that he is a tea party favorite, thus by rhetorical extension this was also a major defeat for the Tea Parties. This blog wreaks of George Soros.

  • BigCatLover

    wbboei
    Their bias is apparent in the entire article, but it was the one that my search returned so I posted it. The story does not change, just their view of it. Christie got smacked down on his cuts.

  • tim

    BigCatLover
    May 25th, 2011 at 9:18 pm

    Repubs are completely not realising what the dems are doing. What the dems did in ObamaCare is disgusting & much worse, what the dems did is actually gut Medicare, repubs aren’t gutting Medicare, they aren’t actually cutting any funds from medicare, and certainly not from those over 55.

    First, the ObamaCare cuts, what will happens? when you cut 500 billion from Medicare, what will happen is those doctors who take medicare patients will dwindle, there will be an indpendent advisory panel created (the so called “death panel”) who will decide what will covered and to what extent. Insurance companies do this as well, doctors frequently argue with insurance companies to cover something, if patients don’t like it, they can switch to another insurance company, etc, if the federal govt says no to a procedure, i.e. the Independent panel says no, who is that medicare patient going to turn to?
    This is absolutely going to hurt seniors, less and less docs will be accepting Medicare, so there is a backdoor rationing that will take place.
    That commercial of “grandma getting thrown off a cliff”, well the dems already did that last year, and not one media source make a big stink about it.
    (Waffles will gut Medicare more than repubs ever will, because he is never critized for anything, he;s no deep thinker, he just wants a Rose ceremony, he’s set, he doesn’t have to worry about his financial future)

    Now for Ryan’s plan, there is no actually cutting of Medicare funds, it will not affect those over 55. Now, what happens under 55? if you are under 40, you have time to save, etc. but if you are in that 40-55, it gets tricky, because what he is proposing is using the type of system federal employees have, they are given X number of choices, and the fed govt says, we will pay Y amt of money to co-cover the costs, you pick plan Z, which is best suited for you. So this is not exactly privatising it, if it was a true privatisation, there would be no govt money involved. Instead what Ryan is proposing for those under 55 is the govt will still pay Y to the medicare reciepant, and that medicare patient gets to choice from various plans from many insurance companies, pick a plan Z that is best suited for you. This will assure there is still a safety net, but instead of less and less docs accepting medicare, that pool will increase, because more docs will see Medicare just as a regular insurance, rather than like now, where more and more docs don’t want to deal with Medicare paperwork, etc.

    This doesn’t really solve the Medicare problem as much as much make it sustainable for longer, at the same time allowing more choices for seniors, it will strenthen Medicare for sometime longer.
    Now here is the problems with Ryan’s plan(in my opinion at least), those vouchers may not cover all the costs for medical issues, and seniors will have to make up the costs, this is not the case so much now, so more out of cost for seniors. But this will not affect those over 55, so he;s thinking this gives people time to save more for their own care at the same time have a safety net of some kind. Its not really gutting Medicare, like that 500 Billion was cut from Medicare under ObamaCare; the dems gutted Medicare with ObamaCare more than the repubs ever did.

    So, it all comes down to quality and choices of care for Seniors. Anyone over 55 will not be affected, seems fair to me. Under ObamaCare, an unelected panel decides what will be covered and to what extent, as a result more and more doc do not accept Medicare, rationing happening indirectly. Under Ryan’s plan, for those who still have time to prepare, the under 55′s, they will still have a safety net, but it will make people have to cover somewhat more, out of pocket costs are higher, but more docs accept medicare, so the quality and choices of doc, etc are more for seniors.

    For me, the Ryan plan makes more sense as I understand it. Because if nothing is fixed, less and less doc will take medicare, rationing will happen, those that need help the most will not be able to get it in the way they can now, and it will only get worse with more and more boomers retiring. The only thing I don’t like about the Ryan plan is how to assure that those who really cannot afford those increased out of pocket costs, how can this be solved? Yes, the under 55s have more time, but this does not mean they are aware of what is happening, and what happens if they are in financial trouble etc, and couldn’t save, this I’m not sure how to solve.
    This is why I do believe Ryan’s heart is in the right place, his plan needs some work, but he is not ,in my opinion as I understand this plan, “throwing grandma off the cliff”, the dems did more of that throwing with ObamaCare much more so with the 500 billion in Medicare cuts last year.

    –just my humble take on this.

  • BigCatLover

    tim
    I agree with your view of what Obamacare does but the rub comes in trusting the Repubs to do what and only what their disclosed plan states. I don’t because my experience with them is that the want to privatize everything so they can put a middleman in there to skim off whatever profits can be coaxed from their plans. Leave these programs alone, restore any borrowed funds and increase payments into the programs by future recipients. Gut entitlements has been their battle cry since Ronald Reagan and the conservative agenda is the driving force behind the Republicans, and this never changes if you watch closely what they do and ignore what they say.

  • Shadowfax

    Mrs S
    I was ove on WND earlier, listening to Corsi talk about his recent talk with Trump, telling Trump that some people think he is protecting Obama by dropping the BC issue.
    Corsi was really ragging on Trump……….

    I went back to find the link because you might enjoy the rest of the info Corsi was talking about the BC……….and I see this:

    A QUESTION OF ELIGIBILITY
    You’re forged! Trump declares Obama’s birth certificate fake
    ‘I always said I wanted to know if it was real’
    Posted: May 25, 2011
    8:25 pm Eastern

    © 2011 WND

    Donald Trump

    Billionaire businessman Donald Trump, who staged a weeks-long public campaign questioning Barack Obama’s eligibility to be president during March and April – and rose to the top of the pool of potential candidates for the 2012 GOP nomination then as a result – says he believes the “birth certificate” released by the White House is forged.

    His comments came yesterday in a telephone call to WND senior reporter Jerome Corsi, Ph.D., who is appearing on wall-to-wall radio programs – between 10 and 20 per day – to respond to questions about his latest best-seller, “Where’s the Birth Certificate? The Case That Barack Obama is Not Eligible to be President.”

    Trump asked Corsi about the book, its evidence and what is happening next in the effort to document whether Obama is, in fact, constitutionally qualified for the presidency under Article 2, Section 1′s “natural born citizen” requirement.

    Get the inside details on what could be the most serious constitutional crisis in modern history, in “Where’s the Birth Certificate? The Case That Barack Obama is Not Eligibility to be President.”

    Trump said his period of almost-complete silence on the issue following the release by the White House on April 27 of the image of a “Certificate of Live Birth” from the state of Hawaii was not because he was satisfied with the document.

    http://www.wnd.com/index.php?fa=PAGE.view&pageId=303181

  • pm317

    The woman who should be our president:

    http://www.daylife.com/photo/0d98egxbl31k8

  • gonzotx

    Despite spending levels that meet or exceed virtually every state in the country, and that saw a significant increase in spending levels from 2000 to 2008, our ‘at risk’ children are now moving further from proficiency,” he said.
    ***************

    So money is NOT the issue, lack of family support is. My daughter works in a low socio-economic district as a teacher and a coach. The parents, 60-80% just don’t care. She has to pick up kids for practice because the parents are drunk, not working, just drunk. Pathetic.

    And Christie made numerous town hall meetings to explain his cuts. Don’t know where you are getting your facts BigCat

  • gonzotx

    . Gut entitlements has been their battle cry since Ronald Reagan and the conservative agenda is the driving force behind the Republicans, and this never changes if you watch closely what they do and ignore what they say.
    ***********

    You have the Dems that want to make us all dependent on the government. One out of seven people now get food stamps in America. He is the food stamp president. Quite an honor.

  • BigCatLover

    pm317
    May 25th, 2011 at 10:00 pm
    The woman who should be our president:

    http://www.daylife.com/photo/0d98egxbl31k8
    ***********************
    Loved her ruffled blouse in that photo. Do you know which org she was talking to there?

  • BigCatLover

    gonzotx
    And Christie made numerous town hall meetings to explain his cuts. Don’t know where you are getting your facts BigCat
    *************************
    don’t know which facts you are disputing here. Heard about the judge’s ruling against Christie on Fox News yesterday and waited to see it posted on a blog. Silence. So I searched for a report on it and posted the one that came up first. The court did rule against Christie’s cuts to school funding. Sorry.

  • Fifth Dimension

    It’s also important to remember that the 500 billion in cuts to Medicare was over ten years. I’m not saying that makes it ok, I detest Obamacare and $50 billion per year is still a lot of cuts….but it’s far less than what the GOP has in mind. To say that the GOP isn’t gutting Medicare but Obamacare did? Well I’d have to disagree…

    Of course, I am probably in the minority here, as I prefer complete universal health care, and was also of the mind that Health Care Reform should simply have been done by expanding Medicare, making it Medicare-for-all.

  • tim

    BigCatLover
    May 25th, 2011 at 9:58 pm

    Yep, I agree. See, I think the repubs really have a split, there are those like Ryan who don’t want to gut entitlements, to me, they aren’t entitlements as much as they are a safety net (if China had this, their economy would sky rocket, they save every penny because they are afraid, what happens when I get old, what happens if I get sick, there is no help….etc; so they are more afraid to take investment risks, etc)

    Ryan, to me, seems sincere, in strenthening these programs, but there are others like Dick Armey who actually have stated they want to cut back on entitlements — I don’t agree with all his arguments, but I see where is making them from.

    Unfortantely, there will be cuts, there is no way around it — 14.3 trillion in debts– it will not go up too much higher until the bond backlash begins, Waffles will do his little dance & speechyfying, etc, but he will cut it (press wont say a word), and to be honest as will any repub if he/she wins in 2012 (this the press will hammer).

    So then the question becomes, ok, if there are cuts, how to try and create as good of a safety net to those who need it now, and those who will need it later.

    And to me, most americans want that safety net, but then they also see 51% of americans not paying taxes, etc, so then that tangent of a different argument comes in, are there people who are just takers in society, and not contributors? and not those who have worked all their lives and now are retiring, I’m not talking about those, but dems mix these 2 sets of people, and hit the repubs with this. These are 2 seperate issues, but dems blend them, so no solution is achieved and we just keep kicking that can along, until it will be too heavy of a can or there is no more road to kick it on.

  • Fifth Dimension

    Medicare-for-all being one of a few ways, that is, to get to real universal health care…

  • BigCatLover

    Oh gonzotx, you might want to find Judge Napolitano’s attempts over and over to try to explain how this ruling is not a blow to Christie’s reputation, but he fails for trying too hard. See if you can find it on Neil Cavuto’s show yesterday.

  • tim

    how the heck do these people have so much money??

    DSK’s wife buys a 14 million apt while he goes on trial. This whole thing is just disgusting to me.
    http://www.zerohedge.com/article/presenting-dsks-brand-new-14-million-tribeca-house-arrest-palace

  • BigCatLover

    And to me, most americans want that safety net, but then they also see 51% of americans not paying taxes, etc
    ********************
    I keep hearing this statistic from the Repubs (dems may be saying it too, but I haven’t heard it) and I want to know where that figure is coming from. To begin with, it is inaccurate because we all pay sales taxes and gasoline taxes, etc. Even if the claim is that 51% don’t pay income taxes, I want to see the study that proves this.

  • BigCatLover

    tim
    I heard a report that his wife is very wealthy, but I don’t know where her money came from.

  • tim

    BigCatLover
    May 25th, 2011 at 10:18 pm

    I’ll try to find that link for you, its not sales taxes, etc (those tend to be local/state anyways I believe), I think its only federal income taxes, the workforce in America is about 140 million, then you exclude kids, those that can’t work etc… then it comes to more people in America who don’t work, therefore pay no income taxes, out of the total population of about 300-310 million. I havne’t read the details, but they were covering this on CNBC a few weeks back, that’s how I understood it. I’ll try and find that link, it was very interesting how this number was figured out.

  • tim

    BigCatLover
    May 25th, 2011 at 10:19 pm

    did you see how opulent that apt is? just sickening, I think you’re correct, his wife seems to have old money.

    pics of the apt, I can’t get over how rich these people are.
    http://streeteasy.com/nyc/sale/468912-townhouse-153-franklin-street-tribeca-new-york

  • BigCatLover

    tim
    He’ll certainly have all the amenities while he’s out on bail, won’t he.

  • BigCatLover

    pm317
    May 25th, 2011 at 10:02 pm
    The clowns:

    http://www.daylife.com/photo/0eBL2A50XWck7
    ************************
    Were they impressed when the Queen arrived or jealous.

  • pm317

    Pakistan blackmail and double games and its nukes, an accident waiting to happen. Long article but read if you are interested.

    http://www.foreignpolicy.com/articles/2011/05/24/take_pakistans_nukes_please?page=0,0

    Khan eventually toured the world with his blueprints, selling varying levels of nuclear know-how to Iran, Iraq, North Korea, and Syria, among other rogue states. The United States tracked his activities for years, and in 2004, under increasing U.S. pressure, Pakistan placed Khan under house arrest. In a confession broadcast live on television, Khan claimed to be the sole salesman of Pakistan’s nuclear technology. If true, Khan’s confession raises this question: How could he have gone undetected? A report by the U.S. Congressional Research Service updated this year confirmed that al Qaeda had sought Khan’s assistance. If Khan’s statement was false, then who else was complicit in his nuclear trade? In 2005, a report by the Commission on the Intelligence Capabilities of the United States Regarding Weapons of Mass Destruction stated that al Qaeda “had established contact” with other Pakistani scientists to develop a nuclear weapon. A majority of Pakistan’s nuclear sites are located in areas now dominated by the Pakistani Taliban, and between 2007 and 2008, they launched spectacular attacks on installations in Sargodha, Kamra, and Wah.

    Nuclear weapons have earned Pakistan the illusion of prestige, but not security. Yet Pakistan latches on to them. Why? There are two reasons.

    The first is India. Pakistan’s sense of itself as the authentic home of India’s Muslims cannot be vindicated as long as India remains a secular state encompassing the Muslim-majority province of Kashmir. Pakistan has waged three wars to wrest Kashmir from India, but the experience of defeat led Islamabad to wage low-cost terror warfare. Pakistan has repeatedly dispatched highly trained mobile teams to attack high-profile Indian targets — from the attack on India’s Parliament in 2001 to the bombing of its embassy in Afghanistan in 2008 and the siege of Mumbai the same year — but India’s ability to retaliate, even with surgical strikes on terrorist headquarters, is severely restricted by the threat of an all-out nuclear war. The nuclear weapons shield Pakistan from accountability.

    The second reason is aid. Pakistan’s ruling elite believes that America, terrified by the potential cost of dealing with nuclear Pakistan’s failure, will always pay the price for its survival. It’s an extraordinary pattern: Pakistan commits a crime, threatens instability, evades prosecution, and receives a bribe. But it cannot be sustained.

    Khan once boasted about bestowing nuclear prestige on a country “where we can’t even make a bicycle chain.” Take away those nuclear weapons and Pakistan is a veritable basket case. It has no manufacturing base, and in the first four months of 2011 it managed to attract all of $50 million in equity investment — $650 million less than Bangladesh managed in the depression year of 2009. Pakistan would benefit in more meaningful ways if it channeled its India obsession into energizing its economy.

    Washington has often rushed to assuage Islamabad that it is not after Pakistan’s nuclear weapons. But measured against the very real possibility that they may end up in the hands of extremists, U.S. intervention would serve to help rather than harm Pakistan.

    The best way to rid Pakistan of its nuclear arsenal, as the Wall Street Journal’s Bret Stephens has argued, is for Washington to offer to buy it. In return, Washington should offer Islamabad trade privileges and security guarantees — even against India. Pakistan’s history of selling its nuclear secrets to the highest bidders may, ironically, hold the key to expropriating its nuclear weapons. If Kim Jong Il can identify, isolate, and cultivate the right individuals, why can’t the world’s sole remaining superpower?

    If incentives fail to move the generals in Rawalpindi, then Washington must be prepared to threaten Pakistan with isolation through U.N. mechanisms, including travel bans on its military leaders. Finally, Pakistan must be made to understand the cost of nuclear warfare. If a single nuclear warhead falls into the wrong hands — or is pressed into service by the right hands — there will be no Pakistan. Only denuclearization can now save Pakistan from itself — and the world from Pakistan.

  • tim

    pm317
    May 25th, 2011 at 10:39 pm

    Thanks for posting, very interesting. Didn’t pakistan obtain its nuclear weapons from China orginally? I remember reading India developed their own nuc. weapons, they never relied on another country, they built their own, but Pakistan, once India developed its own, went and bought some from China, so their “alliance” may not be new. I might be wrong about this, but I remember reading this somewhere.

  • gonzotx

    BigCatLover
    May 25th, 2011 at 10:09 pm

    I stand with wbb.Sorry back

  • pm317

    tim, read the article from the link.. the part I didn’t post has what you are looking for. It was not China. Bhutto (Benazir’s father) enlisted A. Q. Khan who was working in Netherlands in a nuclear facility, to steal info and that is how it started in early 1970s and well before India developed its own nukes.

    This country fills me with terror and yet nobody is doing anything. And now they are selling their soul to China and may be China will reign in the rogue elements. But they have no incentive to protect India from the same rogue elements inside Pakistani military. India is screwed.

  • gonzotx

    He’s fighting a liberal state Supreme Court, ball is now in the court of the legislation. Throwing good money after bad. You an’t going to get what you pay for!

    And he was at a Town meeting, he holds them all the time.And I appreciate that he goes into the den of lions,the Dems back yards.

    “It’s the lack of family stupid”. Schools can’t raise the children for them. Can’t buy parental guidance and values.

    Written by
    JANE ROH

    News
    South Jersey News

    Gov. Chris Christie fields questions from the crowd at a town hall meeting in Cherry Hill Tuesday. / CHRIS LaCHALL/Courier-Post

    Gov. Chris Christie was challenged by some members of the town hall audience in strongly Democratic Cherry Hill. / CHRIS LaCHALL/Courier-Post

    Supreme Court orders N.J. to spend $500M more for needy school districts, including Camden
    Gov. Christie holds town hall meeting in Cherry Hill
    CHERRY HILL — Gov. Chris Christie on Tuesday said a state Supreme Court ruling handed down that morning would drive up taxes statewide.

    “I don’t know when the Supreme Court is going to finally abandon the idea that if we just continue to throw more money at this problem we’re going to fix it,” Christie told around 400 people at the National Guard armory in Cherry Hill.

    Hours before the afternoon town hall, the court ordered New Jersey to spend an additional $500 million on low-income school districts. In South Jersey, the so-called Abbott districts include Camden, Burlington City, Gloucester City and Pemberton Township.

    Christie had previously expressed such outrage at the prospect of an unfavorable ruling that some expected him to defy the court. But he told constituents in the muggy armory that he would do as the judiciary ordered.

    “You elected me governor, not emperor,” Christie said. “So here’s the deal: the Supreme Court is the Supreme Court and I have to comply with their order.

    “But the deal is this: it’s up to the Legislature now,” he added. “Now the Legislature is going to have to figure where they find the $500 million.”

    It did not go unnoticed by the Democratic majority on Tuesday that the governor appeared to be shifting responsibility for complying with the court to State House lawmakers.

    “The governor always seems to have a suggestion for how the Legislature should do something. But when it comes to resolving a school funding deficiency problem he is directly responsible for, all of the sudden he has no ideas, no thoughts, no ways whatsoever to resolve the problem,” said Christopher Donnelly, spokesman for Senate President Stephen M. Sweeney, D-Gloucester.

    “Instead, in typical fashion, he lays blame elsewhere and ignores his leadership duties.”

    There is little to dispute Christie’s assertion that billions spent on the state’s poorest school districts over the years had not yielded great returns. Camden schools are continually ranked among the lowest performing in the nation.

    more at link
    http://www.courierpostonline.com/article/20110525/NEWS01/105250371/Christie-tells-Cherry-Hill-town-hall-he-will-comply-school-fu

  • jbstonesfan

    Wow, the apt is incredible…..

  • SHV

    “Thanks for posting, very interesting. Didn’t pakistan obtain its nuclear weapons from China orginally?”
    ********
    I’m sure that the Chinese have their fingers in the Pakistan Nuke program but their first reactor was supplied by the US “Atoms for Peace” program, built by American Machine and foundry. Their second reactor was self built using a Chinese design (stolen from the Canadians). Their major reactor producing Plutonium, for their weapons program was/is a GE reactor supplied by GE of Canada. A lot of blame to go around for those yahoos having 100(?) nukes.

  • turndownobama

    Health Care Reform should simply have been done by expanding Medicare, making it Medicare-for-all.

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

    Yes. This was done once before, when it was expanded to cover a larger group. It could be expanded gradually, working down the age groups.

    This is another reason to resist privitizing Medicare. Having it still in place to grow, in case we ever get real Democrats in charge again.

  • turndownobama

    the rub comes in trusting the Repubs to do what and only what their disclosed plan states. I don’t because my experience with them is that the want to privatize everything so they can put a middleman in there to skim off whatever profits can be coaxed from their plans.

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

    Exactly! And once the plan is in place, they can start tinkering with the fine print, till those now over 55 are also caught in it.

  • turndownobama

    that medicare patient gets to choice from various plans from many insurance companies, pick a plan Z that is best suited for you. This will assure there is still a safety net, but instead of less and less docs accepting medicare, that pool will increase, because more docs will see Medicare just as a regular insurance, rather than like now, where more and more docs don’t want to deal with Medicare paperwork, etc.

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

    CHoosing from many private insurance companies is what the GOP gave us in the 90s, and look how that has turned out.

    The doctors I’ve dealt with are glad when I say I have Medicare, which they find easier to deal with than the private companies. SHV has similar experience.

  • S

    pm317
    May 25th, 2011 at 10:02 pm
    The clowns:

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

    pm317…thank you for always posting such interesting photos…great job…

    btw…probably stating the obvious…but…MO is just as big a narcissist as O…she just cannot stop herself from trying to outshine and outdo everyone…at least in her clothing choices…she simply must stand out, above and beyond everyone around her…

    O has met his match…they are perfect for one another…

  • JanH

    OT: and I apologize in advance if anyone feels this is inapropriate.

    I just got back from the hospital. My sister’s significant other for the past 7 years died suddenly this afternoon at the age of 53. He was short of breath yesterday and this morning but procrastinated as far as getting checked out. He died in the ambulance and our family is devastated by this loss of such a kind and giving man.

    All I ask is that if any of you or your loved ones feel unwell please don’t wait until it is too late to check it out. I don’t know how my sister is going to recover from this.

    Thanks for letting me vent.

  • Southern Born

    JanH, how sad that such a “young” man died. I’m sure it must have been quite a shock. We will keep you and your sister in our thoughts.

  • gonzotx

    JanH
    May 25th, 2011 at 11:42 pm

    How horrible, I am so sorry

  • Fifth Dimension

    Kind and caring thoughts to you Jan.

  • Shadowfax

    JanH

    I’m very sorry for your and your sisters loss.

  • nomobama

    JanH
    May 25th, 2011 at 11:42 pm
    ==============================

    My condolences to both your sister and you. How sad.

  • NewMexicoFan

    It is hard to tell when that pain in the chest is a significant event. You just think it cannot happen to you. I know of some that survive, and some that don’t. A close friend had one such event, survived it, had another, but this time was medically evaluated. He has survived over 30 years since then. However, it is hard to understand why some die from the first event, and others do not.

    My thoughts are with your sister, and hope that she feels comforted. Unfortunately, our lives don’t always go the way we see them planned in our minds.

  • nomobama

    For those of you who might be interested, I just read something recently about using cayenne pepper for those who you suspect have had a heart attack. In many cases, it supposedly prevented damage to the heart.

    The way to use it is to put about a quarter teaspoon of cayenne pepper (mild form, not the hottest variety) in about 6 to 8 ounces of warm water and have the person drink it. Google this for more information. Of course, if the person is unconcious, you can’t use this remedy, but if someone is complaining about the pains in the arm, and the other pain symptons that are associated with a heart attack, you might want to consider doing this for them. It offers quick relief from what I read. I have used cayenne pepper in this manner (and I hate spicey foods!) for another health situation that I have been going through these past 6 weeks, and I believe it has helped me for what I intended it to do… reduce inflammation, and control some light bleeding.

  • nomobama

    unconscious, that is.

  • nomobama

    admin
    May 25th, 2011 at 11:16 am
    =========================

    Obama looked stoned in that picture. How flattering. He is such a d-bag.

  • Southern Born

    Why in the world would BO and MO be looking like that when the Queen arrived? Were she and Prince Phillip riding in one of those great carriages, or did they arrive in a really hot car?

    BO’s mouth looked to me like it did when the queen told him to set his glass down after he flubbed the toast.

  • nomobama

    Mrs. Smith
    May 25th, 2011 at 8:24 pm
    ======================================

    What happened in that story is the kind of crap that gets my blood to boil. In my opinion, Republicans should use these incidents as clubs to bludgeon their Democratic opponents. This is the kind of stuff that people remember, and it get’s reactions against whoever sponsors it or implements it. In this case, a Democratic administration.

  • pm317

    S
    May 25th, 2011 at 11:41 pm

    at least in her clothing choices…she simply must stand out, above and beyond everyone around her…

    O has met his match…they are perfect for one another…
    ————————

    You’re right. The fact that she wore white to compete with the Queen who always wears white to these state dinners is distasteful.

  • holdthemaccountable

    Condolences, JanH, for the loss your sister and you feel so deeply.

  • tim

    JanH
    May 25th, 2011 at 11:42 pm

    My condolences to you and your family, very sorry to hear that.

  • Mrs. Smith

    JanH
    May 25th, 2011 at 11:42 pm

    JanH, dear friend- what a terrible tragedy. Both of you are in my thoughts at this very sad time. I know you will do all you can do giving your sister comfort and support helping her heal.

    Blessings to you and your family-

  • democrat1

    JanH
    May 25th, 2011 at 11:42 pm

    Sorry to hear that. Heartfelt condolences to you and your sister.

  • democrat1

    An accurate summation of the Fraud’s European Vacation
    from Telegraph (UK) H/T Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy (No Quarter)

    “O’Bama? Oh, Puh-Lease!”
    by James Delingpole

    Ah Bejaysus and Begorrah! Oi’ll be swearin’ boi the auld shrine to the Vorgin with the shamrocks growin’ round it next to the hill where Cuchullain slew the Great Leprechaun of Kildare on St Patrick’s Day that Barack Seamus O’Toole Flaherty Joyce O’Bama is the most Irish US president that ever set foot on the Emerald Oisle, so he is, so he is.

    Except, when he’s in Africa, of course, when he disappears into the dry ice and re-emerges with a grass skirt and a bone through his nose and declares himself to be Mandingo, Prince of the Bloodline of the Bonga People, Drinker of Cattle Urine, Father of A Thousand Warrior Sons, Keeper of King Solomon’s Mines, Barehanded Slayer of Lions, Undaunted Victim of the Evil Colonial British Empire.

    And in the Middle East, where he is Al-Barak Hussein Obama, Protector of the Holy Shrine, Smiter of the Kuffar, Lion of the Desert, Tent-Loving-Aficionado-of-the-Oversweetened-Coffee, Chomper of Sheeps’ Eyeballs, Restorer of the Caliphate.

    Etc.

    Tony Blair used to do this trick too, his accent mutating from broad Glaswegian to genteel Edinburgh to Mummerset to Estuary to Richard E Grant to Sarf London Grime – often in the course of one Downing Street reception – the better to persuade his target audience that he was their kind of guy. And it is, of course, the hallmark of an unutterable charlatan.

    I’ve argued before that Tony Blair and Barack Obama have an awful lot in common. Both are lawyers; both are snake-oil-salesman; both claim to be post-partisan, and Third Way and consensual; both play the acceptable, moderate-seeming public face of a regime chock full of Communists, class warriors, single issue rabble rousers, malcontents, communitarians and eco-loons hell bent on destroying every last vestige of what once made their country great. And both do (or did) the things dodgy political leaders always do when the going gets tough at home and their domestic audience finally wises up to how totally useless they are: they hop on the plane and pose as international statesman instead.

    My colleague Damian Thompson appears to be under the impression that Obama is a great guy because he said nice things about the Queen. Look, I think the Queen’s great too, but did it really not occur to my distinguished colleague (and editor) that there might have been a hint of an ulterior motive here? Obama can’t stand Britain (his wife likes us even less): he made that clear enough when he sent back Winston Churchill’s bust and dissed our Prime Minister with those dodgy DVDS. He blames us for what happened to his grandfather during Mau Mau. He doesn’t believe in the Special Relationship. Are we honestly supposed to believe in that during the subsequent year in office, Obama has since acquired such wisdom and insight that he suddenly realises how special we are?

    Of course he hasn’t. Obama is just doing now what all bullies and losers start doing when they realise how unpopular they are and that everyone is abandoning them. They suck up to anybody and everybody. They whore themselves piteously before enemies they once considered beneath their contempt. Fain will they fill their bellies with husks that swine eat – but which no man will give them: and serve them jolly well right, too!

    By all means let us enjoy watching Obama smarm and grovel and ingratiate himself like some presidential Uriah Heep. But for heaven’s sake let us never give him the benefit of the doubt. He’s a cold fish and would certainly never show any mercy towards us were the roles to be reversed.

    http://blogs.telegraph.co.uk/news/jamesdelingpole/100088971/obama-oh-puh-lease/

  • blue

    Here is a smart article in the WSJ stating clearly what we are up against:

    By SHELBY STEELE
    Many of the Republican presidential hopefuls should be able to beat President Obama in 2012. This president has a track record now and, thus, many vulnerabilities. If he is not our “worst president,” as Donald Trump would have it, his sweeping domestic initiatives—especially his stimulus package and health-care reform—were so jerry-built and high-handed that they generated a virtual revolution in America’s normally subdued middle class.
    The president’s success in having Osama bin Laden killed is an exception to a pattern of excruciatingly humble and hesitant leadership abroad. Mr. Obama has been deeply ambivalent about the application of American power, as if a shameful “neocolonialism” attends every U.S. action in the world. In Libya he seems actually to want American power to diminish altogether.
    This formula of shrinking American power abroad while expanding government power at home confuses and disappoints many Americans. Before bin Laden, 69% of Americans believed the country was on the wrong track, according to an Ipsos survey. A recent Zogby poll found that only 38% of respondents believed Mr. Obama deserved a second term, while 55% said they wanted someone new.
    And yet Republicans everywhere ask, “Who do we have to beat him?” In head-to-head matchups, Mr. Obama beats all of the Republican hopefuls in most polls.
    The problem Mr. Obama poses for Republicans is that there has always been a disconnect between his actual performance and his appeal. If Hurricane Katrina irretrievably stained George W. Bush, the BP oil spill left no lasting mark on this president. Mr. Obama’s utter confusion in the face of the “Arab spring” has nudged his job-approval numbers down, but not his likability numbers, which Gallup has at a respectable 47.6%. In the mainstream media there has been a willingness to forgive this president his mistakes, to see him as an innocent in an impossible world. Why?
    There have really always been two Barack Obamas: the mortal man and the cultural icon. If the actual man is distinctly ordinary, even a little flat and humorless, the cultural icon is quite extraordinary. The problem for Republicans is that they must run against both the man and the myth. In 2008, few knew the man and Republicans were walloped by the myth. Today the man is much clearer, and yet the myth remains compelling.
    What gives Mr. Obama a cultural charisma that most Republicans cannot have? First, he represents a truly inspiring American exceptionalism: He is the first black in the entire history of Western civilization to lead a Western nation—and the most powerful nation in the world at that. And so not only is he the most powerful black man in recorded history, but he reached this apex only through the good offices of the great American democracy.
    Thus his presidency flatters America to a degree that no white Republican can hope to compete with. He literally validates the American democratic experiment, if not the broader Enlightenment that gave birth to it.

    He is also an extraordinary personification of the American Dream: Even someone from a race associated with slavery can rise to the presidency. Whatever disenchantment may surround the man, there is a distinct national pride in having elected him.
    All of this adds up to a powerful racial impressionism that works against today’s field of Republican candidates. This is the impressionism that framed Sen. John McCain in 2008 as a political and cultural redundancy—yet another older white male presuming to lead the nation.
    The point is that anyone who runs against Mr. Obama will be seen through the filter of this racial impressionism, in which white skin is redundant and dark skin is fresh and exceptional. This is the new cultural charisma that the president has introduced into American politics.
    Today this charisma is not as strong for Mr. Obama. The mere man and the actual president has not lived up to his billing as a historical breakthrough. Still, the Republican field is framed and—as the polls show—diminished by his mere presence in office, which makes America the most socially evolved nation in the world. Moreover, the mainstream media coddle Mr. Obama—the man—out of its identification with his exceptionalism.
    Conversely, the media hold the president’s exceptionalism against Republicans. Here is Barack Obama, evidence of a new and progressive America. Here are the Republicans, a cast of largely white males, looking peculiarly unevolved. Add to this the Republicans’ quite laudable focus on deficit reduction and spending cuts, and they can be made to look like a gaggle of scolding accountants.
    How can the GOP combat the president’s cultural charisma? It will have to make vivid the yawning gulf between Obama the flattering icon and Obama the confused and often overwhelmed president. Applaud the exceptionalism he represents, but deny him the right to ride on it as a kind of affirmative action.
    A president who is both Democratic and black effectively gives the infamous race card to the entire left: Attack our president and you are a racist. To thwart this, Republicans will have to break through the barrier of political correctness.
    Mr. McCain let himself be intimidated by Obama’s cultural charisma, threatening to fire any staff member who even used the candidate’s middle name. Donald Trump shot to the head of the Republican line by focusing on Mr. Obama as a president, calling him our “worst” president. I carry no brief for Mr. Trump, but his sudden success makes a point: Another kind of charisma redounds to those willing to challenge political correctness—those unwilling to be in thrall to the president’s cultural charisma.
    Lastly, there must be a Republican message of social exceptionalism. America has more social mobility than any heterogeneous society in history. Isn’t there a great Republican opportunity to be had in urging minorities to at last move out of their long era of protest—in which militancy toward the very society they struggled to join was the way ahead? Aren’t Republicans uniquely positioned to offer minorities a liberation from both dependency and militancy?
    In other words, isn’t there a fresh new social idealism implicit in conservative principles? Why not articulate it and fight with it in the political arena? Such a message would show our president as unevolved in his social thinking—oh so 1965. The theme: Barack Obama believes in government; we believe in you.
    Mr. Steele is a senior fellow at Stanford University’s Hoover Institution. Among his books is “White Guilt” (Harper/Collins, 2007).

  • pm317

    Thus his presidency flatters America to a degree that no white Republican can hope to compete with. He literally validates the American democratic experiment, if not the broader Enlightenment that gave birth to it.

    From the Steele article.

    I mentioned something similar in a comment on another thread. The republicans can counter what Steele is saying by having their own version of cultural revolution — embrace a woman (like Palin) and run her.

  • JanH

    Thanks to all of you for your kind thoughts.

  • NewMexicoFan

    On a facebook comment someone indicated how prejudice Fox news was. I pointed out that they had their problems,and you had to be careful from where ever you read what the agenda was. The person took out after me viciously, stateing I must be a Fox devote, which I was not, in fact just the opposite. They then went after me again in a bullyin manner, went to my profile, and accuse me of all sorts of stuff belittling me. They were a friend of a friend, delected my comments and blocked the person.

    I could not believe how vicious this person became because I suggested that there were others besides fox that had their own hidden agendas, and that they were printing only what supported the agenda they were supporting.

  • Mrs. Smith

    “Of course he hasn’t. Obama is just doing now what all bullies and losers start doing when they realise how unpopular they are and that everyone is abandoning them. They suck up to anybody and everybody. They whore themselves piteously before enemies they once considered beneath their contempt. Fain will they fill their bellies with husks that swine eat – but which no man will give them: and serve them jolly well right, too!”
    ____________________

    True enough- All bullies are narcissists. They hate seeing anyone else get attention. They round up their minions and designate a target for harassment and ridicule then pounce. Hiding in the shadows like the cowards they are. After all, he is the elected leader of the free-world. As Nixon was wont to remind us and himself- “I am the president.”

  • Mrs. Smith

    #
    nomobama
    May 26th, 2011 at 2:14 am

    Mrs. Smith
    May 25th, 2011 at 8:24 pm
    ======================================

    What happened in that story is the kind of crap that gets my blood to boil. In my opinion, Republicans should use these incidents as clubs to bludgeon their Democratic opponents. This is the kind of stuff that people remember, and it get’s reactions against whoever sponsors it or implements it. In this case, a Democratic administration.
    ____________________

    Exactly- Where is the opposition party? Happy they don’t have to worry about the next election their deals have been made with the current president. If it ain’t broken; why fix it?

  • turndownobama

    Tim,

    Thanks for a clear expression of your position. Your points sound good in theory.

    “Free enterprise, lots of choices.” Do you also support Obamacare? This is basically the same thing. (Plus inadequate vouchers and the promise of a public option; do you really think the insurance industry would let that get through, in any practical form?)

  • Mrs. Smith

    My youngest son now living in Texas as a permanent resident, loves it there.
    ________________________

    Financial Terrorism: TSA Holds Texas Flights Hostage

    May 25, 2011

    DOJ resorts to economic terrorism, lawmaker compares fight to revolutionary war against Mexico

    An astounding Department of Justice threat to cancel airline flights to and from Texas, in addition to underhanded lobbying by TSA representatives, has killed efforts in the state to pass HB 1937, a bill that would have made invasive pat downs by TSA agents a felony.

    HB 1937, a bill that would have made it “A criminal act for security personnel to touch a person’s private areas without probable cause as a condition of travel or as a condition of entry into a public place,” was headed for an imminent Senate vote in Texas having already passed the House unanimously 138-0, before the federal government stepped in to nix the legislation.

    In a letter sent to Texas lawmakers, including to Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst, Speaker Joe Straus, the House Clerk, and the Senate Secretary, U.S. Attorney John E. Murphy threatened to cripple the airline industry in the state if legislators did not back down.

    “If HR [sic] 1937 were enacted, the federal government would likely seek an emergency stay of the statute,” Murphy wrote. “Unless or until such a stay were granted, TSA would likely be required to cancel any flight or series of flights for which it could not ensure the safety of passengers and crew.”

    “We urge that you consider the ramifications of this bill before casting your vote,” Murphy added.

    The fact that Murphy can’t even get the name of the bill correct is almost as disconcerting as the rampant mafia-like attitude of the DOJ in using de facto economic terrorism to shoot down the legislation.

    Following a fiery debate in the Texas House last night, Senate sponsor Dan Patrick (R-Houston) pulled the bill, remarking that TSA representatives had been “lobbying” the Texas Senate in an effort to mothball the legislation.

    “I will pull HB 1937 down, but I will stand for Liberty in the state of Texas,” Patrick said.

    Patrick added that TSA officials had warned him passing the bill “could close down all the airports in Texas,” which he regarded as a ‘heavy handed threat’ by the federal government.

    The staff of Rep. David Simpson said the DOJ had “thrown down the gauntlet” in using such stark language to oppose the bill.

    “Either Texas backs off and continues to let government employees fondle innocent women, children and men as a condition of travel,” the staff wrote, “or the TSA [Transportation Safety Administration] has the authority to cancel flights or series of flights.”

    “… 97 percent of people who go though the nation’s airports do not go through these offensive searches. And yet, a United States Attorney warns that flights to Texas could be shut down because TSA would not be able to ensure the safety of passengers and crew if agents could not touch genitals. Someone must make a stand against the atrocities of our government agents …”

    In a point by point refutation of the DOJ letter, Simpson compared the battle against the TSA to the Texas revolutionary war against Mexico, writing, “Gentlemen, we find ourselves at such a watershed moment today. The federal government is attempting to deprive the citizens of Texas of their constitutional rights under the Fourth Amendment of the United States Constitution and Article 1, Section 9, of the Texas Constitution. If we do not stand up for our citizens in the face of this depravation of their personal rights and dignity, who will?”

    The fact that the Department of Justice and the TSA have resorted to threats of economic terrorism in addition to underhanded lobbying techniques again illustrates the fact that the federal government is increasingly behaving like a criminal enterprise with total disregard for the Constitution.

    The TSA’s initial response to HB 1937 was to claim that it could not become law because it violated the Supremacy Clause of the U.S. Constitution (Article. VI. Clause 2), a law that the TSA claimed “prevents states from regulating the federal government.”

    In reality, this was a complete fabrication.

    “The statement is false. Ignorance from the TSA is unlikely, so I’ll call a spade a spade. They’re lying. The supremacy clause says nothing of the sort,” reported Michael Boldin of the Tenth Amendment Center.

    Here’s the full text:

    This Constitution, and the Laws of the United States which shall be made in pursuance thereof; and all treaties made, or which shall be made, under the authority of the United States, shall be the supreme law of the land; and the judges in every state shall be bound thereby, anything in the constitution or laws of any state to the contrary notwithstanding.

    “So, in simple terms, what does the supremacy clause mean? Just what it says. The constitution is supreme. And any federal laws made in line with the constitution is supreme. Nothing more, nothing less,” writes Boldin.

    As we have documented, TSA grope downs and body scans are now being rolled out on highways, street corners, public buildings, at sports events, and even at local prom nights.

    Despite the fact that the federal government has resorted to thuggish intimidation tactics to kill the anti-grope down bill in Texas, this only marks the latest chapter in an epic states’ rights battle that has centered on the agenda of the TSA to become a literal occupying force in America, manning internal checkpoints that will litter the entire country.

    http://www.infowars.com/financial-terrorism-tsa-holds-texas-flights-hostage/

  • holdthemaccountable

    Wow. Is this for real?

    A QUESTION OF ELIGIBILITY
    You’re forged! Trump declares Obama’s birth certificate fake
    ‘I always said I wanted to know if it was real’
    ——————————————————————————–
    Posted: May 25, 2011
    8:25 pm Eastern
    Donald Trump
    Billionaire businessman Donald Trump, who staged a weeks-long public campaign questioning Barack Obama’s eligibility to be president during March and April – and rose to the top of the pool of potential candidates for the 2012 GOP nomination then as a result – says he believes the “birth certificate” released by the White House is forged. His comments came yesterday in a telephone call to WND senior reporter Jerome Corsi, Ph.D., who is appearing on wall-to-wall radio programs – between 10 and 20 per day – to respond to questions about his latest best-seller, “Where’s the Birth Certificate? The Case That Barack Obama is Not Eligible to be President.”
    Trump asked Corsi about the book, its evidence and what is happening next in the effort to document whether Obama is, in fact, constitutionally qualified for the presidency under Article 2, Section 1′s “natural born citizen” requirement….
    http://www.wnd.com/index.php?fa=PAGE.view&pageId=303181

  • turndownobama

    Wow. Is this for real?

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

    I doubt it. ;-)

    At this point I bet WND and Corsi are both using Trump’s name to get attention. Corsi needs to defend his book, WND wants clicks as usual.

  • Mrs. Smith

    The Today Show spent quantitative time roasting Gingrich this morning. Asking about the $500,000 balance he’s running at Tiffinys if he is buying diamond rings in bulk. They have the time now that Trump isn’t the focus of their attention unless he declares as an Indy.
    ____________________

    holdthemaccountable
    May 26th, 2011 at 9:46 am

    Wow. Is this for real?

    A QUESTION OF ELIGIBILITY

    You’re forged! Trump declares Obama’s birth certificate fake
    ‘I always said I wanted to know if it was real’
    _______________

    Good- We know the first step is always the most difficult. Next, phase 2- Is he going to run afterall?

  • turndownobama

    Where is the opposition party? Happy they don’t have to worry about the next election their deals have been made with the current president. If it ain’t broken; why fix it?

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

    Right. The GOP backers get the results they want — and the Dems get the blame.

  • wbboei

    Thus his presidency flatters America to a degree that no white Republican can hope to compete with. He literally validates the American democratic experiment, if not the broader Enlightenment that gave birth to it
    ———————
    Flatters whom? The chattering class with jobs, the uberwealthy who can feel superior somehow to their jet setter counterparts because they are more socially evolved, or the average American who is does not like being called a racist. Two years ago Shelby was promoting a different rationale, namely that Obama was the interlocautur between guilt ridden whites and radical blacks. Since that explanation is no longer satisfactory, he adopts this one. For most people it is no longer about symbolism. That boat left the dock two years ago never to return. It is about how his policies affect their lives, and whether they trust him. Anything else is magic thinking, and if we have become a nation of magic thinkers,–if that is all we are anymore then bread, circuses and totalitarianism are right around the corner.

  • Mrs. Smith

    Republican lawmaker says US Jews should be more pro-Israel

    By Jordan Fabian – 05/26/11

    A freshman House Republican on Wednesday singled out “most” liberal American Jews for not being sufficiently pro-Israel.

    Rep. Joe Walsh (Ill.) questioned why U.S. Jews have not expressed more outrage over President Obama’s demand that the Israeli-Palestinian peace process be based around the 1967 borders, with mutually agreeable land swaps.

    “The short answer is that most American Jews are liberal, and most American liberals side with the Palestinians and vague notions of ‘peace’ instead of with Israel’s well-being and security,” Walsh wrote in an op-ed for the conservative Daily Caller.

    Walsh, who is Catholic, added that the American Jewish community should be more pro-Israel.

    “Like the president, the U.N., and most of Europe, too many American Jews aren’t as pro-Israel as they should be and too many share his belief that the Palestinians are victims of Israeli occupation,” he wrote. “Nothing could be further from the truth.”

    While members of Congress on both sides of the aisle have broken with Obama over his statements about the Israeli-Palestinian border, few if any have publicly questioned the response from the Jewish community.

    Several major Jewish groups have defended the president’s position. The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) said that Obama understands the “nuances” involved in the conflict.

    “This administration has come a long way in two years in terms of understanding of the nuances involved in bringing about Israeli-Palestinian peace and a better understanding of the realities and challenges confronting Israel,” the group said in a statement last week following Obama’s White House speech on the Middle East, in which he layed out his vision for Israeli-Palestinian peace.

    The American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) released a statement after Obama’s speech at its annual conference, noting that the president’s position is not that Israel should withdraw to the 1967 border — a border Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu called “indefensible.”

    But Walsh accused the president of sympathizing with the Palestinians and putting their interests ahead of Israel’s, citing Obama’s 2007 remark that “nobody is suffering more than the Palestinian people.”

    “Most U.S. presidents have followed the old paradigm and tried to be an honest broker between the two sides,” he wrote. “President Obama seems only to pay lip service to even that role, and clearly his sympathies lie with the Palestinians. He is not capable of achieving peace in the Middle East because he is not pro-Israel.”

    http://thehill.com/blogs/blog-briefing-room/news/163397-republican-us-jews-should-be-more-pro-israel-

  • wbboei

    Then as now–really.

    The Nazi party influenced the mass population of Germany with its all suffocating propaganda in all major free speech organizations, i.e. the 1000 newspapers which existed in 1944–82% swore total allegiance to the Nazi regime. They maintained the facade that the view expressed by these pieces of propaganda were true. However it is clear they were engineered to steer Germany to war, holocaust . . .

  • wbboei

    Several major Jewish groups have defended the president’s position. The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) said that Obama understands the “nuances” involved in the conflict.
    ————————
    This was once a fiery proactive and sometimes radical group as in Myer Kahane etc. Now, they have lost sight of their mission, and in the pursuit of power have become little more than an organ of the dimocratic party and have settled for a stall fed existence. Oh sure, they make a big deal when some nut case in France burns a synagogue, but that is not enough to make them relevant. Not when they give a pass to a so called president who slaps Bibi and Israel across the face repeatedly and scuttles the peace process by introducing perverse incentives for political campaign purposes. Nuanced? My ass.

  • votermom

    (((JanH)))
    I am so sorry for your loss.

  • turndownobama

    Now, they have lost sight of their mission, and in the pursuit of power have become little more than an organ of the dimocratic party

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

    Kind of like NOW.

  • NewMexicoFan

    wbboei 10:41

    Same thing happened with the woman’s groups. No matter how much O does not fulfill his promises, they support him unconditionally, as they have been brain washed to think the Reps will take them back to the middle ages. Thus, even though O has done literally nothing, they will lick his buxx, and declare him their savior.

  • votermom

    My 2 cents about Medicare being replaced by vouchers. This is just another way to funnel money to Wall Street; a stealth bailout. A big part of the Healthcare problem is the insurance company middleman who skims money off the top that should go to health care and redirects it to the CEO’s bonus.

    Supporting medicare vouchers means supporting more wall street bailouts.

  • wbboei

    Six months ago, I was convinced that Gingrich would be the Republican candidate, and that he would rip Obama a new asshole in the debates. He could have done that you know. Now, I am more inclined to think that when the smoke clears Romney will be the candidate and Bachman will be his vice presidential candidate. The Anti-Christ will look for a woman to run with him as vice president. Hillary will decline, so it is hard to know who will get the nod–possibly Selibius–who would be no match for Bachman. But the real story is this will be the ugliest campaign in the history of the United States thanks to Obama. If it results in a Reopublican victory, the blacks will riot. If it results in an Obama victory, the middle class is finished. Hobson’s choice, but the choice is clear. Obama must go–whatever it takes.

  • NewMexicoFan

    The women’s groups demand nothing, and therefore get NOTHING. Why should they pay attention to the women when they do not call out the cops when they have been beaten, and claim, I have no where else to go. They need to take stock of what they have lost under O, because it is more than they think. The Jewish people are just the same. They think he is the only game in town. They need to take stock of how much they have already lost under O.

  • turndownobama

    My 2 cents about Medicare being replaced by vouchers. This is just another way to funnel money to Wall Street

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

    Right. No matter how it’s being presented, that’s what it would come out to in practice.

  • wbboei

    My comment above that the bad decision by the New Jersey court would be appealed to the Supreme Court and remedied overlooked the minor detail that is was the Supreme Court of that state that rendered the bad decision–I thought it was a district court judge. Mea culpa.

  • BigCatLover

    Fox and CNN are reporting that the Supreme Court upheld parts of the Arizona illegal immigartion law – the part that deals with employers giving them jobs. Am looking for a link to this story. Fox doesn’t seem to have one yet.

  • wbboei

    How Nazi Scientists Tried to Create an Army of Talking Dogs
    —————————
    And they succeeded. You have heard of Sergeant Shultz perhaps. Well, he had a cousin named Ed who is a radio host. A talking dog if there ever was one. His wife is a psychiatric nurse, which is hardly surprising if you think about it.

  • wbboei

    The women’s groups demand nothing, and therefore get NOTHING. Why should they pay attention to the women when they do not call out the cops when they have been beaten, and claim, I have no where else to go. They need to take stock of what they have lost under O, because it is more than they think. The Jewish people are just the same. They think he is the only game in town. They need to take stock of how much they have already lost under O.
    ———————-
    The American left has become the establishment. The price they have paid is the grand compromise of their values. When he betrayed them, and they went along with it, they became defrocked.

  • BigCatLover

    Breaking news on Fox:
    Judge Strikes Down Wisconsin Law Taking Away Collective Bargaining Rights From State Workers
    http://politicalwire.com/archives/2011/05/26/judge_strikes_down_wisconsin_collective_bargaining_law.html

    And the fight goes on.

  • wbboei

    Now, the left will follow the familiar pattern which Orwell decribed which is a descent into a certain form of madness:

    “The Party seeks power entirely for its own sake. We are not interested in the good of others; we are interested solely in power. Not wealth or luxury or long life or happiness: only power, pure power. What pure power means you will understand presently. We are different from all the oligarchies of the past, in that we know what we are doing. All the others, even those who resembled ourselves, were cowards and hypocrites. The German Nazis and the Russian Communists came very close to us in their methods, but they never had the courage to recognize their own motives. They pretended, perhaps they even believed, that they had seized power unwillingly and for a limited time, and that just round the corner there lay a paradise where human beings would be free and equal. We are not like that. We know that no one ever seizes power with the intention of relinquishing it. Power is not a means; it is an end. One does not establish a dictatorship in order to safeguard a revolution; one makes the revolution in order to establish the dictatorship. The object of persecution is persecution. The object of torture is torture. The object of power is power.”

  • wbboei

    The guy who ought to be suspended is that bald headed prick with ears Phil Griffin who urged Matthews to launch similar attacks against Hillary. He is the president of MSNBC, an Imelt protogee, and he is the one who pushes these talking heads-like he also did with Olberman. If the guillotine is rolled out, I say start at the top.

  • BigCatLover

    JanH
    So sorry for your family’s tragedy. What a shock for such a young man to pass away from illness.

  • BigCatLover

    These suspensions at MSNBC are getting pretty old. How about changing the culture there so these over the top screeds do not happen.

  • NewMexicoFan

    Breaking News: 7 Nato soldiers killed In Afganishtan.

  • turndownobama

    Orwell’s 1984:

    “The Party seeks power entirely for its own sake. We are not interested in the good of others; we are interested solely in power. Not wealth or luxury or long life or happiness: only power, pure power. [....] Power is not a means; it is an end. One does not establish a dictatorship in order to safeguard a revolution; one makes the revolution in order to establish the dictatorship. ”

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

    This, at least the firwst part, is spookily close to stuff Obama taught in his Alinsky course as a Community Organizer. Iirc I posted it at 1950democrat.livejournal.com

  • wbboei

    “I also met with management here at MSNBC and, understanding the severity of the situation and what I said on the radio and how it reflected terribly on this company, I have offered to take myself off the air for an indefinite period of time with no pay.”
    ——————————————–
    No Ed. You are wrong about that too. MSNBC is the hub of racism and sexism in the anals of big media. What you said, Ed, is precisely what this company, i.e. MSNBC is. In fact you nailed them.

  • pm317

    we get the real news from the other side of the pond:

    http://blogs.telegraph.co.uk/news/nilegardiner/100089594/barack-obama-was-outclassed-at-yesterdays-downing-street-press-conference/

    President Obama has finally left for France and the G8 after two intense days of meetings, dinners, speeches and ping pong in London. I doubt that many Americans were watching Barack Obama’s press conference with David Cameron yesterday but those who did (it was shown live on CNN) would have been disappointed with their president’s performance. To say that he was outclassed by his British counterpart would be an understatement – the president floundered in the face of some straightforward questions and evaded others altogether.

    Obama rarely performs well without a script, and this was no exception. The president greatly prefers big set piece speeches, like the one he delivered later in Westminster Hall, carefully choreographed, without annoying questions from the media. While Cameron clearly relishes these more combative occasions, Obama shies away from them. And you can see why. His response to a question on the budget deficit, for example, was painfully poor, offering no solutions at all to the biggest problem facing the United States today……..

  • turndownobama

    The Today Show spent quantitative time roasting Gingrich this morning. Asking about the $500,000 balance he’s running at Tiffinys if he is buying diamond rings in bulk. They have the time now that Trump isn’t the focus of their attention unless he declares as an Indy.

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

    LOL, good thinking. Yours and Trump’s. ;-)

  • Shadowfax

    Blago is on the stand right now!

    Good for him, sing Blago and tell your side of the story.

  • wbboei

    No Ed. You are wrong about that too. MSNBC is the hub of racism and sexism in the anals of big media. What you said, Ed, is precisely what this company, i.e. MSNBC is. In fact you nailed them
    ——————————
    To be clear, the racism and the sexism we see on MSNBC is promoted right out of the office of Phil Griffin, by him personally. So it is a blatant lie for Ed to say that his calling Laura what he did reflected terribly on the company. It was simply one more example of who they are and it is time for somebody to drag that dark mover Phil Griffin who is the architect of this shit out of his spider hole and into the broad light of day. Sunlight is the best disinfectant electric light the best policeman.

  • wbboei

    pm317
    May 26th, 2011 at 12:24 pm
    we get the real news from the other side of the pond:
    —————————–
    Good stuff. Would it be fair to say that Obama is a national embarrassment and an international joke? If having this bumbling windbag and his dingbat wife encamped at Pennsylvania avenue, makes our nation more evolved than others–which is Steele’s point, then given the dismal performance, the case for social evolution is at best over stated and at worst a blatant lie.

  • wbboei

    These suspensions at MSNBC are getting pretty old. How about changing the culture there so these over the top screeds do not happen.
    ———————————-
    How can they? This is the market niche they have chosen. They have the delusional left left and that is all they have. If they tried to move back to the center no one would believe them.

  • holdthemaccountable

    OMG: CNN Jeanne Moos of CNN does Obama.
    http://www.cnn.com/video/#/video/offbeat/2011/05/25/moos.obama.burned.toast.cnn?hpt=T2

    PS: Who in America is surprised that Obama dissed England’s national anthem? We all remember the picture of candidates Obama, Clinton, Richardson and The One who did not put hand to heart.

  • pm317

    Not sure why the dingbat’s wife didn’t wear this outfit for the B. Palace? It looks rather nice and would not have made a show of her undies in the wind..

    http://www.daylife.com/photo/05oI1KA9Xs801?__site=daylife&q=Michelle+Obama

  • pm317

    BTW, she wore it for the plane to fly back home alone.. I guess she did not want to get caught next to Carla Bruni for the G8 which where the dingbat went.

  • pm317

    Good for Jeanne Moos!!

  • pm317

    She is on to something..
    —————–
    http://drudgereport.com/flash11.htm

    PALIN TO HIT THE ROAD

    Sarah Palin will hit the road this Memorial Day weekend on a tour of the Northeast — and possibly New Hampshire — aboard a red, white and blue bus emblazoned with the words: “One Nation Under God, Indivisible, With Liberty & Justice For All.”

    The former Alaska govenor will began her journey Sunday from Washington, D.C., after she and husband Todd join a quarter-million motorcyclers in the Rolling Thunder event to support the troops. She’ll leave the veterans and make her first stop at the National Archives, where she’ll stop by to view the U.S. Constitution.

    Details on where she’ll go next — and when — are unclear, but fans and supporters will be able to follow her path on http://www.sarahpac.com, where the RV’s progress can be tracked live. All an aide would say is that Palin “will embark on a One Nation tour of historical sites that were key to the formation, survival, and growth of the United States of America.”

    Antietam? Independence Hall? Gettysburg? Liberty Hall? Federal Hall? Faneuil Hall?!

    And eventually, Manchester, N.H.? Stay tuned….developing….

  • pm317

    She is on to something..
    —————–
    http://drudgereport.com/flash11.htm

    PALIN TO HIT THE ROAD

    Sarah Palin will hit the road this Memorial Day weekend on a tour of the Northeast — and possibly New Hampshire — aboard a red, white and blue bus emblazoned with the words: “One Nation Under God, Indivisible, With Liberty & Justice For All.”

    The former Alaska govenor will began her journey Sunday from Washington, D.C., after she and husband Todd join a quarter-million motorcyclers in the Rolling Thunder event to support the troops. She’ll leave the veterans and make her first stop at the National Archives, where she’ll stop by to view the U.S. Constitution.

  • pm317

    admin, you’re always ahead of the pack by months and years.. (same old Hillary did it too or Bush did it too defense from Obama minions.)

    {Sorry for the repeat comment — was too impatient to wait for the comment that went into moderation to show up.}

  • pm317

    Looks like Palin is going to lay the ground without announcing a run so as not to give any chance to the donkey media to start braying.

  • Shadowfax

    This is frightening how close to ‘real’ these bots have gone…maybe BO is a bot too? ;-)

    Life-like robot tests boundaries

    Read more: http://www.cbsnews.com/video/watch/?id=7367333n&tag=strip#ixzz1NU5n5Huq

  • Shadowfax

    pm

    I wonder how many repubs will toss their hat in the ring at the last minute to avoid abuse by the MSM? I am wondering if Trump will do the same thing.

  • holdthemaccountable

    The news of Sarah’s imminent plans is excellent! I had no idea. What a wonderful surprise.

  • Shadowfax

    I know BigCat posted this before upthread, but I didn’t realize it was the Suprems’s making this decision, thought it was the AZ S Court.

    The US supreme court has upheld an Arizona law allowing the state to shut down businesses that hire illegal immigrants, a ruling arising from the fierce national debate on immigration policy.

    The court’s majority opinion, written by its chief justice, John Roberts, rejected arguments by business and civil rights groups and the Obama administration that the Arizona law conflicted with federal immigration law and must be struck down.

    The supreme court’s decision could spur other states and cities to adopt their own tough anti-immigration measures.

    For once, at least this part of the law slaps Barry in the ass!!

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2011/may/26/arizona-immigration-law-upheld-supreme-court

  • ABM90

    I am shocked to read that Rick Santorum may run for office again:
    He was set adrift by PA voters when they read a news story on his alledged double-dipping his home and office expenses when he was holding office.Can someone look into that and get the details? It worries me to see him go back for more.

    Henry you are from this area and quite a skilled political hawk-eye

    Yhanks ABM90

  • holdthemaccountable

    ABM:
    I too am shocked. This is the scandal I recall, and there is more detail at the link:
    The Issue:
    Why is Rick Santorum spending your tax dollars on his family?
    Rick took $100,000 from a struggling Pennsylvania public school district to pay for his children’s “cyber” education program
    Unfortunately, Rick and his family live in suburban Virginia, not Pennsylvania, so they weren’t entitled to those funds
    And when exposed in the press, Rick wouldn’t pay back the money, so the Penn Hills School District had to go to court to get it back…at more cost to local taxpayers
    Pretty hypocritical, since Rick won his first congressional race by attacking the incumbent for living in Virginia instead of Pennsylvania
    http://santorumexposed.com/pages/issues/issues-tax.php

  • S

    Jan (H)…I am so sorry to hear about you and your sister’s loss…a sudden loss is even more traumatic…I hope each day will be easier…

  • votermom

    Bah, a Santorum run is DOA. I don’t know why he bothers.

  • jtjames

    alright so this was posted on elizabeth joyce’s prediction page back in january, been thinking about posting it for a while but didn’t but seen as Sarah P has now moved to arizona I guess part of her prediction is coming true!

    Obama is embarrassed in early 2011, as he places people in office that have not been properly vetted or cleared. He will not run for office in 2012, even though many think he will at this time.
    Sarah Palin moves out of Alaska down to the lower 48 — Arizona. ??? From the coldest state to the warmest state?
    A woman is the focus of the news in January and February, perhaps extending into March. There are three possibilities, and they all may occur at this timing: 1) Linsay Lohen may pass away because of her drug use. 2) Problems with Kate and William, although I do see the wedding coming off, there is disruption and disharmony beforehand. 3) Hillary Clinton tosses her pretty blond head and walks away from the Secretary of State position – very soon. Make no mistake—the Clintons are the ones who have the power here, not Obama. Hillary has to distance herself from this administration, as it beings to flap and fail, because she will run for President in 2012 and WIN. Also, the 2012 election will involve two women running against each other.

    so take it with a grain of salt, let s see what happens!

  • Mrs. Smith

    Who is behind Obama’s Obsession?

    Obama’s Malignant Obsession with Jews and Israel

    Jew hatred comes in many forms, all of them irrational and unsupported by empirical fact, but all of them powerful and largely effective in deflecting personal and political failures onto a tiny people which by their mere existence highlight the glaring deficiencies that exist in their adversaries. Like a deadly systemic infection, be it viral or bacterial, Jew hatred comes in many strains.

    STRAIN #1—THE DUMB FACTOR

    This strain is based mostly on ignorance. In short, a dim-witted parent, family member, friend, teacher or coach—who was “schooled” by another dimwit—tells an innocent child that everything that is wrong with his or her life is because of “the Jew” who lives down the street or employs his or her parent or publishes the local newspaper whatever.

    “They may look like you and me,” the critic says, “but underneath that head of hair are horns, and by the way they bake their Passover holiday bread-substitute with the blood of kids like you and your sister, and you should know that they control all the money in the world, and never forget that they killed Jesus.” Then the kid gets older and his actual life experience contradicts what he’s heard as he or she studies or socializes or works with Jews and sometimes falls in love and marries one.

    But the Dumb Strain, it seems, never quite dissipates as even “reformed” Jew haters brag with genuine pride that their doctors and lawyers and accountants are Jewish! They want other people to consider them intelligent enough to pick “the best” professionals, while they’re also boasting that the last bargain they got was a result of “Jewing down” the store manager. As I said, dumb.

    But dumb anti-Semitism is still anti-Semitism, just like dumb stereotypes about tap-dancing blacks or whiskey-guzzling Irish people or can’t-screw-in-a-light-bulb Poles or Mambo-obsessed Hispanics or kemo-sabe-spouting American Indians are still destructive to a decent and respectful social order.

    The only difference is that malevolently stereotyping Jews—and, today, Christians—has once again become acceptable, whereas defaming other groups is strictly taboo among the fetishists of political correctness and multiculturalism, selective as they are in what offends their very delicate sensibilities.

    Say something even mildly negative about women, gays, Muslim terrorists, or the above-mentioned ethnic groups and the leftists among us go into an orgy of frenzied outrage. But slander a Jew—or murder a Jew—no problem.

    Glaring examples emanate daily from the Middle East, where “Palestinian” jihadists not only slit the throats of Israeli babies, but vow to destroy the Jewish state, while the craven Western media scramble to rationalize their bestial acts or, predictably, blame the victims.

    But how to explain the Jew hatred that has come to our shores, in, for instance, the egregious non-action of the FBI’s Joint Terrorism Task Force in New York City, which this month stopped a plot by two terrorists to bomb the largest synagogue in the Big Apple, but decided not to press charges—to let the jihadists go—because the incident was probably “mischief”?

    And that’s only an infinitesimal part of the ongoing and deliberate attempt to marginalize not only Jews in general but the sovereign State of Israel, our most trusted and only democratic ally in the entire Middle East.

    STRAIN #2—THE EMOTIONAL FACTOR

    There are legions of highly intelligent people—in terms of IQs, advanced college degrees, professional accomplishments, published books, and fancy titles—who are nonetheless driven almost exclusively by their feelings. Ironic that they’ve spent lifetimes honing their razor-sharp intellects, refining their debating skills, priding themselves on scrupulous research—but still, emotion prevails. This is no surprise because, simply, emotions are stronger than the intellect. On PET scans of the brain, anger and fear “light up” significantly more than the higher cognitive processes of reasoning and logic.

    The emotional anti-Semite is one into whose brain the thorn of Jew hatred gets stuck, and no amount of rationalizing or higher-center thought can excise it. Even the one who harbors the feelings may wonder about the dissonant “reasoning” that inspires this hatred. But like the Mark of Cain, it’s there for life.

    In a very real way, Jew hatred is consoling to this species, analogous to the Xanax that so many people take to alleviate anxiety. Have a problem that is unbearably agitating? It’s the Jews! Aahhh, I feel better. Feeling depressed? I don’t need an anti-depressant like Celexa or Lexapro, it’s the Jews! Aahhh, I feel better.

    This type of anti-Semitism is the default position of people who are “smart” enough to reinvent objective history and who purposefully invent events such as the Al Dura hoax or deny that the Holocaust ever existed in order to create an anti-Semitic “reality” out of whole cloth, one that invariably gibes with their intractable, all-consuming hatred of Jews.

    Think of a person with childhood-onset diabetes or a seizure disorder. No amount of hoping the condition away has any effect. It’s simply there, deep within, with symptoms that must be treated constantly in order to stem the horrible symptoms that ensue if the condition is not attended to. Emotion-driven anti-Semitism is in this category, incurable but, unlikediabetes, unfortunately untreatable.

    STRAIN #3—THE SELF-HATE FACTOR

    Okay, you may say, people of other religions may hate Jews, but how is it possible for Jews themselves to hate Jews? Surprisingly, the answer is rather simple: It’s hard to be a Jew, and most people simply aren’t up to it. Yes, they can be proud of their brains and talents, but when it comes to their backbones—that’s another story.

    The most universal desire in the world is to be liked and accepted, starting with pre-verbal babies who know by the smiles of strangers that the world is a friendly and welcoming place, and extending to full-grown adults who continue to seek acceptance in intimate relationships as well as in groups, including in the workplace, in recreational activities, and in politics.

    For many Jews, being a member of the world’s most historically vilified minority is just “too much” to cope with. In fact, to withstand the relentless onslaught would require them to have an accurate knowledge of Jewish history, a history that the spineless set has abandoned teaching their children. It would require a willingness to correct the constant blitz of misinformation that an anti-Semitic world never tires of perpetuating. It would require a willingness to stand on principle when the entire world is substituting propaganda and violence for righteousness. And it would require a belief that the land of Israel was indeed bequeathed to the Jews by the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, that their return to Zion after Hitler incinerated six million of their brethren during the Holocaust was the fulfillment of Biblical prophecy, and that, perversely and for the first time in world history, they should return the lands won in the belligerent wars waged against them by anti-Semitic Arabs who remain intractably so to this day.

    Liberal Jews are not psychologically up to any of these challenges, hence their pathetic over-eagerness to “understand” the people who hate them, to accommodate themselves to the enemies of Israel (which means all Jews), to capitulate to the ever-escalating and invariably-one-sided demands for “compromise,” to slavishly follow Jews like linguist Noam Chomsky and financier George Soros and playwright Tony Kushner who are so suffused with Jew hatred that their entire lives have been devoted to amputating any vestige of Jewish identity from their beings, to vote year after year after year for Israel-loathing leftists like Jimmy Carter and Barack Obama, and to stand up and applaud Obama at an AIPAC conference not 48 hours after he announced his intention to plunge Israel back to what then-Israeli foreign minister Abba Eban referred to as “the Auschwitz borders” of 1967!

    As Boris Shusteff, a Russian immigrant to the United States and a research associate at the Freeman Center for Strategic Studies, writes: “The simple truth is that under the facade of their `progressiveness` there is always a subconsciously hidden attempt to escape from their Jewishness. They use beautiful words and convincing arguments to prove the necessity of fighting for somebody else’s abstract rights instead of proudly defending their own. They say that they ennoble the world community by defending the interests of other nations, while disregarding the fate of their brethren. They rush to a cosmopolitan universe, where all the uniqueness of the nations disappears and where they can call themselves citizens of the universe.”

    Aha, the famous “one world order” the progressives among us have embraced, while they demonize Jews like me—and there are millions of us—who prefer not to have their identities blended and bastardized into some amorphous tasteless valueless Godless gruel!

    STRAIN #4—THE MOTHER’S MILK FACTOR

    This variant is infused into tabula rasa embryos by a loathing so systemic it suggests a DNA aberration. After delivery, infants literally imbibe a particularly toxic brew of anti-Semitism flowing either from their mothers’ breast milk or worldview. And when they have been sufficiently intoxicated, they enter into a family and “culture” that makes the hatred of Jews their entire raison d’√™tre.

    This strain has been on vivid display in the Arab world for decades—actually centuries—where toddlers are taught to echo the Jew hatred drummed daily into their developing brains, instead of being taught how to play the piano or play ball or play with dolls, and where young children are taught by the time they’re three-years-old how to strap suicide bombs onto their young bodies.

    It is in this “culture,” which has not changed significantly since the seventh century, that “leaders” keep the abhorrence going by inflaming the masses they have purposefully kept poor and ignorant, the better to energize them not by jobs and creativity but by the adrenaline fueled by hatred. These palace-dwelling leaders generously pay the media to perpetuate the hate, and also endlessly “play” the United States of America like a Stradivarius by extorting billions every year to keep a so-called reasonable lid on their Jew hatred.

    No wonder Golda Meir, Prime Minister of Israel from 1969 to 1974, said: “We will have peace with the Arabs when they love their children more than they hate us.”

    But it’s not just Arabs and Muslims who make the hatred of Jews the virtual centerpiece of their lives. There is the full-blown return of anti-Semitism in Europe, as Guy Milli√®re writes, where citizens have now been effectively Islamized and the entire region is on the way again to being Judenrein, or “cleansed of Jews.” In fact, anti-Semitism has now reached pandemic proportions, right in time for an American “president” to help orchestrate the so-called spontaneous “pro-democracy” uprisings throughout the Arab world, from Tunisia to Yemen to Egypt to Lebanon to Jordan to Syria to Bahrain, on and on.

    Yes, orchestrate! And while he’s at it, make a practice out of de facto condoning the butchery and hatred of America’s and Israel’s enemies Iran and Syria, while at the same time punishing America’s longtime allies and Israel’s longtime “cold peace” partners Egypt and Libya.

    To what end? Certainly not to encourage democracy, of which the entire world has seen not a hint since this smoke-and-mirrors travesty began, but rather to ferret in the real new world order, in which the virulently anti-Semitic, Nazi-inspired Muslim Brotherhood will reign, with its oft-stated intentions of obliterating Israel and every last Jew who breathes on its land.

    (During World War II, the Grand Mufti of Jerusalem and founder of the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt allied himself with Hitler and was active in recruiting Arabs for the Waffen SS).That’s the same Muslim Brotherhood whose terrorist branch Hamas has launched over 12,000 missiles at Israeli civilians.

    The same Muslim Brotherhood—in Egypt—that condemned Bin Laden’s death and wants to end the peace accord with Israel. The same Muslim Brotherhood that, according to Jim Hoft of Gateway Pundit, citing an AP report, is about to receive $1 billion from Obama! As Hoft says, “Obama wants to reward them.”

    STRAIN #5—THE GREEN-EYED MONSTER FACTOR

    According to author and columnist Dennis Prager, the reason that “for thousands of years there has been so much attention paid to Jews and why, today, to Israel, the one Jewish state is that Jews are God’s Chosen People.

    Atheists are exempted from this theory, Prager says, because “they don’t believe in a Chooser, so they cannot believe in a Chosen. But for most believing Jews and Christians (most particularly the Founders who saw America as a Second Israel, a second Chosen People), Jewish Chosen-ness has been a given.”

    Prager says the proof of this “chosen-ness” is that “evil has consistently targeted the Jews,” for instance:

    * Nazi Germany was more concerned with exterminating the Jews than with winning World War II.

    * Throughout its 70-year history, the Soviet Union persecuted its Jews and tried to extinguish Judaism.

    * The United Nations has spent more time discussing and condemning the Jewish state than any other country in the world.

    * Much of the contemporary Muslim world—and nearly all the Arab world—is obsessed with annihilating the one Jewish state.

    This obsession, he says, “can be best explained only in transcendent terms, namely that God, for whatever reason, chose the Jews.”

    But I think of an equally visceral kind of jealousy when I contemplate the Greatest Hatred Ever Known. I think of what it must be like for a huge population of well over 300-million Arabs and Muslims in the Middle East to watch as the straggling remnants of European Jewry—cadaverous, hungry, heartbroken, stupefied by the cruelty they had endured and witnessed—rose up to repel the savage Arab armies of Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon and Syria (backed by Saudi Arabia and Yemen)—that tried to annihilate the nascent Jewish State in 1948 and then to defeat them again and again in the many wars the Arabs continued to initiate.

    And what must it be like for the immensely wealthy Arab potentates , as well as their serfs, to not only lose war after war to the Jews, but to see the people they call “pigs” literally make long-barren deserts bloom, to have the world’s only thriving economy, to lead the world in technology and science, to create magnificent symphonies and athletic teams and life-saving medical remedies, et al, while the most the Arab world has ever accomplished in the last six decades is to “create” terrorist groups like Hamas and Hezbollah, and of course those itty bitty suicide bombers.

    And further imagine what it must be like to live in these feudal swamps and to know that big bad America—which has sent trillions of dollars to the Arab countries over the years—continues to support the sole democracy in the Middle East, Israel.

    It must be eerily like what the black citizens of America and their leftist leaders think when they contemplate the wealth of our country and realize that every program—in education and job-equality and equitable healthcare that the liberals-cum-progressives have magnanimously funded and enacted for over half a century—has failed thunderously.

    What do these two things have in common? Again, the answer is so simple—rage and envy. The same things that the Arabs don’t “get” about the roots of genuine success and empowerment are the same things that community organizers—and for that matter the Resident in the White House—don’t “get,” is that self-actualization, certainly for Americans, is not based on a mind-set of victimhood and lifelong entitlement but rather on the reality of plain old nose-to-the-grindstone hard work, resilience in the face of adversity, the strength of family ties, a devotion to the U.S. Constitution, and a belief in the overriding Judeo-Christian ethos that has blessed our country with benevolence and guidance for nearly 235 years.

    WHO IS BEHIND OBAMA’S OBSESSION?

    That is, his malignant obsession with Jews and with Israel!

    read about this extraordinary analysis at link:

    http://canadafreepress.com/index.php/article/36846

  • pm317

    jtjames, I LIKE that prediction, :) especially about Hillary winning it.

  • gonzotx

    Shadowfax
    May 26th, 2011 at 2:27 pm

    That really is scary.

  • jtjames

    by the way she did say that hillary would not win in 2008, and said tthat obama would be one term and then hillary in 2012 for the win… fingers and toes crossed!

  • turndownobama

    Looks like Palin is going to lay the ground without announcing a run so as not to give any chance to the donkey media to start braying.

    ========

    They will bray anyway but at least she keeps her job at Fox.

  • Mrs. Smith

    jtjames
    May 26th, 2011 at 3:46 pm

    Very good- Thanks for posting..

    I hope Hillary somehow, I don’t care how, winds up in the O/O in 2012.

  • Mrs. Smith

    Sarah Palin is full of surprises. These ladies with lots to do accomplish more than the women with nothing to do- Imagine having all those kids being a Mom, a wife and in Politics all at the same time-

    Loved her great looking streamlined Bus… very uplifting for depressed Americans at this point in time.

  • pm317

    This (bolded part) really made me laugh out loud!! His work ethic, talent, not impressed with himself, ROFL!!! She crammed every opposite adjective in there, didn’t she? Fucking liar! Sad thing is gullible people do get impressed with that sort of thing.

    http://blogs.abcnews.com/politicalpunch/2011/05/michelle-obamaoprah-20.html

    First – how to choose a husband. Girls, do not have a checklist, Mrs. Obama advised.

    “There are a lot of women who have the boxes. Did he go to the right school? What is his income, you know?”

    The First Lady said that for her “it was none of that” which led her to choose her husband to marry.

    “It was how he felt about his mother. The love he felt for his mother. His relationship to women. His work ethic,” Mrs. Obama said, “he did his work and he was good. And he was smart. And I liked that. And he was low-key and he wasn’t impressed with himself. And he was funny. And we joked a lot. And he loved his little sister.”

    Those values, Mrs. Obama said, coupled with talent made her agree to call Barack Obama her husband.

  • Mrs. Smith

    Admin please post video when you get a chance:
    ____________________

    No surprise there:

    video at link-

    Sen Inhofe Hints ‘Arrogant’ Obama Might Need Mental Diagnosis to Explain Timing of 1967 Borders Speech

    http://www.breitbart.tv/sen-inhofe-hints-arrogant-obama-might-need-mental-diagnosis-to-explain-timing-of-1967-borders-speech/

    “…he is incredibly arrogant and he really believes that he can talk anybody out of anything.”

  • Carol

    I know many of you like Palin and want to see her run. I don’t dislike her , but I must say again that if Sara were the R noiminee, Obama is a shoe in. I know many people who dislike Obama greatly, but will not vote for Sara. It is what it is. The media did a job on her she can not recover from.
    I want to see Obama defeated and Sara is not the one to do it.

  • Mrs. Smith

    I did read somewhere, Obama is going to begin subsiding Arabia (bowing to his buddy, King Abdullah) with weapons to defend itself against aggression from Iran. I have the feeling he is instead of maintaining Israel’s alignment with the US as it has been for the last 60 yrs, Obama will marginalize Israel ostracizing them from an alliance with the US and instead forming a new alliance with Saudi, Arabia and the UAE.

    Obama is going to turn our world on it’s ear!
    _______________________

    Obama’s Reset: Arab Spring or Same Old Thing?

    How the President and the Pentagon Prop Up Both Middle Eastern Despots and American Arms Dealers

    If you follow the words, one Middle East comes into view; if you follow the weapons, quite another.

    This week, the words will take center stage. On Thursday, according to administration officials, President Obama will “reset” American policy in the Middle East with a major address offering a comprehensive look at the Arab Spring, “a unified theory about the popular uprisings from Tunisia to Bahrain,” and possibly a new administration approach to the region.

    In the meantime, all signs indicate that the Pentagon will quietly maintain antithetical policies, just as it has throughout the Obama years. Barring an unprecedented and almost inconceivable policy shift, it will continue to broker lucrative deals to send weapons systems and military equipment to Arab despots. Nothing indicates that it will be deterred from its course, whatever the president says, which means that Barack Obama’s reset rhetoric is unlikely to translate into meaningful policy change in the region.

    For months now, the world has watched as protesters have taken to the streets across the Middle East to demand a greater say in their lives. In Tunisia and Egypt, they toppled decades-old dictatorships. In Bahrain and Yemen, they were shot down in the streets as they demanded democracy. In Kuwait, Jordan and Saudi Arabia, they called for reforms, free speech, and basic rights, and ended up bloodied and often in jail cells. In Iraq, they protested a lack of food and jobs, and in response got bullets and beatings.

    As the world watched, trained eyes couldn’t help noticing something startling about the tools of repression in those countries. The armored personnel carriers, tanks, and helicopters used to intimidate or even kill peaceful protesters were often American models.

    For decades, the US has provided military aid, facilitated the sale of weaponry, and transferred vast quantities of arms to a host of Middle Eastern despots. Arming Arab autocrats, however, isn’t only the work of presidents past. A TomDispatch analysis of Pentagon documents finds that the Obama administration has sought to send billions of dollars in weapons systems — from advanced helicopters to fighter jets — to the very regimes that have beaten, jailed, and killed pro-democracy demonstrators, journalists, and reform activists throughout the Arab Spring.

    The administration’s abiding support for the militaries of repressive regimes calls into question the president’s rhetoric about change. The arms deals of recent years also shed light on the shadowy, mutually supportive relationships among the US military, top arms dealers, and Arab states that are of increasing importance to the Pentagon.

    http://www.alsiasi.com/en/index.php/press/world-press/8908-obamas-reset-arab-spring-or-same-old-thing

  • Vcal

    Carol, I’m with you>Palin is no Hillary .Many republicand don’t like Hillary, but she inspires respect and nobody has ever thought that Hillary is a dumb woman or empty head as many think for Palin.She’s the BO version in woman:talks and talks and talks.She didn’t give us the opportunity to judge her by her accomplishments as a gov, but instead quit.I was for her after Hillary on 2008, but not anymore, she’s just the opposite of the super smart, warm, down to earth and experienced Hillary! I hope the prediction that she’ll be the Pres in 2012 is true!

  • BigCatLover

    They have the time now that Trump isn’t the focus of their attention unless he declares as an Indy.
    *****************************
    CNN did a story this afternoon on Trump’s school and what a ripoff they say it is. They had an Hispanic woman on who said she went and never got to meet Trump and the only contact she had with her mentor was by telephone. Then, they said something about her spending $34,000 but they showed a paper with a 3 day course that cost $1,495. So the campaign to trash Trump is already beginning.

  • S

    …this is way OT…however today I got a very scary and sad diagonsis for one of my beloved cats…he has been diagonosed with renal failure. I have found a site that is not completely fatalistic and offers some help with others that have been in this situation and perservered…

    …if anyone has any thoughts or info to suggest I would appreciate…he is such a great cat it is breaking my heart…

    …sorry to inject more sad news…

  • Mrs. Smith

    #
    BigCatLover
    May 26th, 2011 at 8:07 pm

    They have the time now that Trump isn’t the focus of their attention unless he declares as an Indy.
    *****************************
    CNN did a story this afternoon on Trump’s school and what a ripoff they say it is. They had an Hispanic woman on who said she went and never got to meet Trump and the only contact she had with her mentor was by telephone. Then, they said something about her spending $34,000 but they showed a paper with a 3 day course that cost $1,495. So the campaign to trash Trump is already beginning.
    _______________________

    I’m guessing Trump was concerned with overcharges and delivery of the promises on his contractual agreements at Trump U. Had his people go over the books and reviewed any complaints for merit and found nothing out of the ordinary from their day to day activities/transactions.

    The fact that he surfaced so quickly and is talking about getting back in the game, going Indy is sort of anti-climactic. The whole smear could have been based on a scare. He was unprepared, panicked and stepped out of the spotlight until he could ascertain if the threat was real or not. Apparently, it was a bluff to throw him off his stride and break his momentum.

    The Obama Combine is good at kneecapping opposing candidates. It’s just about the only thing they do well. Then again, their singular talent is not something that benefits people just themselves.

  • BigCatLover

    S
    What does you vet say in the way of treatment?

  • Shadowfax

    BigCat

    Trump, Sarah and tons of Repubs should all say they may run for President…that way the obots will have to many people to attack it will dilute the impact by the MSM.

    People will get so sick of hearing it, just like pulling the race card out so many times it’s now worthless.

  • Mrs. Smith

    Shadowfax
    May 26th, 2011 at 9:35 pm

    Brilliant- :)

  • S

    BigCatLover, the Vet says this is fatal in cats and there isn’t much you can do with this disease…he mentions fluid treatment and diet but says with this disease it is only a bandaid. I have found a very comprehensive website and group just today…if you are interested I will post that address…they post many success stories and alternate treatments…

    the Vet does say that cats can live with this for a range of time, my guy is still eating but weak and definitely not his active, wonderful self…

    you can probably imagine how I feel being a cat lover yourself…

  • Shadowfax

    Are any of you listening to Hannity, special about some damn Sage Brush lizard in E. Texas that if put on the endangered specie list could shut oil drilling in that area.

    Freakin’ run over the damn lizard and drill in Texas. At least it doesn’t contaminate the damn gulf and kill all the ocean life.

  • BigCatLover

    S
    If your vet does not specialize in treating cats, you might find a cats only vet. It is usually fatal, but you can prolong life with fluid treatments (which you can do at home if you are willing), but that means sticking a needle in (usually everyday). It still might be worth a visit to a cat specialist. I lost one cat to this, so I know what you are going through.

  • Fifth Dimension

    I had been away for a long time and did not get a chance to discuss this when it happened, but I wanted to say a few things about Hillary and the taking down of Osama Bin Laden.

    I believe Hillary was more instrumental in this than we will ever know, and of all the Washington people….imo Hillary was the one who was truly leading on this. Here is why:

    On October 29, 2009, Hillary Clinton stated the following: [i]“I find it hard to believe that nobody in your government knows where they are [Al Qaeda] and couldn’t get them if they really wanted to.”[/i]

    Hillary was the first to raise this issue, that Pakistan may have some complicity in harboring Bin Laden. It was Hillary who didn’t mince words and brought up the tough topic of discussion and said what was needed.

    Then, in July 2010, on another trip to Pakistan, Hillary built on her previous remarks and stated: [i]“I believe (bin Laden) is here in Pakistan and it would be very helpful if we could take them (Al-Qaida leaders)…..I want those guys. I assume somebody in this (Pakistani) government, from top to bottom, does know where Bin Laden is, and I would like to know too” [/i]

    As we know now, about a month after Hillary’s July 2010 trip to Pakistan, the US received information in August 2010 about Bin Laden’s possible whereabouts, which eventually led to what happened this spring.

    In a separate interview with Greta Van Susteren that same July, Hillary said: [i]I want those guys — I mean, I will not be satisfied until we get them.” [/i]

    Now, I know the media will never give Hillary the credit she is due, but I felt it was important to state the real facts about what happened here. You got them Hillary, you got them.

  • nomobama

    It’s somewhat disconcerting and unbecoming of people on this blog to be spouting the halftruths about Sarah Palin that the media has inundated their audience with. Calling Sarah stupid, or insinuating that she is makes the accuser look like what she or he is accusing Sarah of being. I wish I was as stupid as Sarah Palin. Maybe then, I would also be a millionaire.

    Sarah may not be as schooled in things political as Hillary, but she does have many positive qualities. The media tried to kneecap Sarah, and the have only partially succeeded. I give her credit for not being crawled up in a ball crying while hiding in one of her closets. What the media did to her was totally unfair. It was similar, and possibly even worse at times than what they did to Hillary Clinton. I cringe when I see people parroting the sh!t about what the media says about Sarah Palin when I visit this blog. Sorry, but I think the people here are better than that, even if they don’t like Sarah Palin’s personality or politics. Nothing personal to any of you, but at least try to be honest about what has happened in her life with regards to the constant daily attacks. Some empathy is in order, as it was for Hillary.

  • S

    thanks, BCL…I just found this out so I am going day by day right now…more like hour to hour…the website i mentioned is w w w felinecrf.org…there is so much info and a support group…right now I am overwhelmed and trying to educate myself…the vet did say this is the number one killer of cats…he said it just happens, there really isn’t anything you can do to prevent it other than monitor your cats with blood work, but if they get this all that monitoring doesn’t seem to matter…

  • nomobama

    Fifth Dimension
    May 26th, 2011 at 10:09 pm
    ===========================

    I’ll give Hillary her due on this. I believe that she was instrumental in that perverted terrorist’s demise.

  • Fifth Dimension

    The formatting corrected….

    ——————————————–

    I had been away for a long time and did not get a chance to discuss this when it happened, but I wanted to say a few things about Hillary and the taking down of Osama Bin Laden.

    I believe Hillary was more instrumental in this than we will ever know, and of all the Washington people….imo Hillary was the one who was truly leading on this. Here is why:

    On October 29, 2009, Hillary Clinton stated the following: “I find it hard to believe that nobody in your government knows where they are [Al Qaeda] and couldn’t get them if they really wanted to.”

    Hillary was the first to raise this issue, that Pakistan may have some complicity in harboring Bin Laden. It was Hillary who didn’t mince words and brought up the tough topic of discussion and said what was needed.

    Then, in July 2010, on another trip to Pakistan, Hillary built on her previous remarks and stated: “I believe (bin Laden) is here in Pakistan and it would be very helpful if we could take them (Al-Qaida leaders)…..I want those guys. I assume somebody in this (Pakistani) government, from top to bottom, does know where Bin Laden is, and I would like to know too”

    As we know now, about a month after Hillary’s July 2010 trip to Pakistan, the US received information in August 2010 about Bin Laden’s possible whereabouts, which eventually led to what happened this spring.

    In a separate interview with Greta Van Susteren that same July, Hillary said: I want those guys — I mean, I will not be satisfied until we get them.”

    Now, I know the media will never give Hillary the credit she is due, but I felt it was important to state the real facts about what happened here. You got them Hillary, you got them.

  • BigCatLover

    S
    I’m eager to check out your site and see what they recommend. People delay deterioration of their kidneys with medication and diet, so don’t know why cats can’t also.

  • nomobama

    Carol
    May 26th, 2011 at 6:45 pm
    ================================

    You may be right about Sarah not being able to recover, but I hold out hope that she will. I couple that hope with the desire to see Øbama experience some irreversible damage to his image that will make it easier for any opponent to defeat him in 2012. It would be best if he were forced to resign before his first term is up, but that is probably just a fantasy of mine.

  • nomobama

    pm317
    May 26th, 2011 at 6:05 pm
    ==============================

    She is just like him… full of bullsh!t.

    I laughed, too, because many of us know bullsh!t when we hear it.

  • Fifth Dimension

    nomobama
    May 26th, 2011 at 10:12 pm

    Fifth Dimension
    May 26th, 2011 at 10:09 pm
    ===========================

    I’ll give Hillary her due on this. I believe that she was instrumental in that perverted terrorist’s demise.

    ===========

    Agreed, nomobama. She was the only one really putting any effort into this, while all our other “leaders” were beholden to whatever vanities du jour!

  • Shadowfax

    S

    Here is some info on treatments that may prolong life of you kitty…

    How is CRF Treated?

    http://cats.about.com/cs/healthissues/p/CRF.htm

    I hope it helps.

  • jbstonesfan

    First time I ever agreed with Senator Inhofe

  • S

    thanks BCL and Shadowfax…

  • turndownobama

    You may be right about Sarah not being able to recover, but I hold out hope that she will.

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

    Good heavens, if Gingrich had hope of recovering, anyone can!

    She’s made a good start, by endorsing candidates, so that whenever one of her longshots wins anywhere in the US, it’s like a referendum on her.

  • turndownobama

    As we know now, about a month after Hillary’s July 2010 trip to Pakistan, the US received information in August 2010 about Bin Laden’s possible whereabouts, which eventually led to what happened this spring.

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

    You mean information from people in Pakistan and/or India? Like the ‘walk-in’? Could be, especially if her State people doing their outreach events were also quietly offering rewards for info….

  • Mrs. Smith

    Fifth Dimension:

    “In a separate interview with Greta Van Susteren that same July, Hillary said: [i]I want those guys — I mean, I will not be satisfied until we get them.” [/i]

    Now, I know the media will never give Hillary the credit she is due, but I felt it was important to state the real facts about what happened here. You got them Hillary, you got them.”
    __________________

    I’m sure Hillary will have a treasure trove of stories relating back in 5 yrs or so, (if she does not ascend to the O/O) filling in the blanks during her days as SOS chronicling her experiences within a series of events leading up to the termination of OBl in the form of several books, if she choses. Relating many of these historical events, she is cementing her legacy in the future to be right up there with the all time greats like Eleanor Roosevelt, Susan B.Anthony, Emmeline Pankhurst, Amelia Earhardt… I hope you agree-

  • turndownobama

    insinuating that [Sarah] makes the accuser look like what she or he is accusing Sarah of being

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

    Was that someone talking about Sarah? I never associated that remark with her.

    I didn’t notice other negative things you say people said about Sarah. If I had, I’d certainly be agreeing with your post!

  • turndownobama

    insinuating that [Sarah] makes the accuser look like what she or he is accusing Sarah of being

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

    Was that someone talking about Sarah? I never associated that remark with her.

    I didn’t notice other negative things you say people said about Sarah. If I had, I’d certainly be agreeing with your post!

  • turndownobama

    drill in Texas. At least it doesn’t contaminate the damn gulf and kill all the ocean life

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

    Sarah made the same point about drilling in ANWR etc: that drilling on land is much safer than undersea.

    Of course we could act more directly, by banning undersea drilling per se, and funding more development of clean sources. (Sarah’s clean energy project in Alaska might be a model for that.)

  • turndownobama

    Trump, Sarah and tons of Repubs should all say they may run for President…that way the obots will have to many people to attack it will dilute the impact by the MSM.

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

    Trouble is, it would divert the MSM fire from the ‘serious’ GOP candidates and we might end up with a President Romney or President Gingrich.

  • turndownobama

    Trump, Sarah and tons of Repubs should all say they may run for President…that way the obots will have to many people to attack it will dilute the impact by the MSM.

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

    Trouble is, it would divert the MSM fire from the ‘serious’ GOP candidates and we might end up with a President Romney or President Gingrich.

  • turndownobama

    was unprepared, panicked and stepped out of the spotlight until he could ascertain if the threat was real or not

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

    For whatever reason, stepping out of the spotlight may have been a very good move. If people want him, they will quietly continue to build support, and if it builds up to enough, maybe he can come back in later like Perot did. In the meantime he’s not a target, and he gets to keep his NBC show.

  • turndownobama

    was unprepared, panicked and stepped out of the spotlight until he could ascertain if the threat was real or not

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

    For whatever reason, stepping out of the spotlight may have been a very good move. If people want him, they will quietly continue to build support, and if it builds up to enough, maybe he can come back in later like Perot did. In the meantime he’s not a target, and he gets to keep his NBC show.

  • turndownobama

    Vcal,

    I disagree! The MSM called Hillary a bitch, they called Palin a bimbo. Those are the two things that an effective woman gets called. Both are untrue: neither H or P is either of those things. Palin has done a remarkable job of her career so far, starting from nothing and fighting her own party.

    Imo we should look very sceptically at what the MSM and the Bots say about Palin, just as we look at what they said Hillary.

  • turndownobama

    if Sara were the R noiminee, Obama is a shoe in

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

    I like Sarah very much, but I fear you may be right, about 2012 at least. Bots who are disappointed with Obama may stay home — unless they turn out to vote AGAINST someone colorful who can be demonized.

    Sarah may do better to wait and run against some later boring white Democrat. (Also she could grow her resume in the meantime.)

  • JanH

    S,

    I am so sorry to hear about your cat.

  • JanH

    For anyone interested, the medical examiner has told us that my sister’s beloved died from a pulmonary embolism blood clot that couldn’t have been forseen.

  • turndownobama

    The media tried to kneecap Sarah, and the have only partially succeeded. I give her credit for not being crawled up in a ball crying while hiding in one of her closets.

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

    That’s a trait SArah shares with HIllary. In all the abuse, Hillary just said she was “impervious” to it. That’s a great strength, and imo Sarah has it too.

  • turndownobama

    Palin is no Hillary

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

    Not yet. She’s also 20 years younger and started in politics later. (And she spent her time wonking up on technicalities of oil leases and energy projects.)

    But then — NOBODY ain’t no HIllary, but Hillary! NOBODY else could have Hillary’s resume and background.

    Palin at least has the spirit, the guts, the intelligence, the independence…. Imo she’s smart enough to know what she needs to learn for whatever her next job is (even POTUS).

  • S

    Thanks Jan…this is a difficult time for you and me…I hope you saw my message to you up thread…my thoughts are also with you and your sister during your sad time…

  • turndownobama

    A good article!

    On Thursday, according to administration officials, President Obama will “reset” American policy in the Middle East with a major address offering a comprehensive look at the Arab Spring, “a unified theory about the popular uprisings from Tunisia to Bahrain,” and possibly a new administration approach to the region.

    In the meantime, all signs indicate that the Pentagon will quietly maintain antithetical policies, just as it has throughout the Obama years. Barring an unprecedented and almost inconceivable policy shift, it will continue to broker lucrative deals to send weapons systems and military equipment to Arab despots.

    [....]

    The administration’s abiding support for the militaries of repressive regimes calls into question the president’s rhetoric about change.
    http://www.alsiasi.com/en/index.php/press/world-press/8908-obamas-reset-arab-spring-or-same-old-thing

    ————–

    But why do you think “Obama is going to turn our world on it’s ear!” when the article you posted is saying just the opposite?

  • S

    Jan, I believe that is what David Bloom, the NBC reporter, died of suddenly when in Iraq reporting…I am so sorry…

  • Southern Born

    S, I just now read about your cat. I’m SO sorry. We have three cats and they are wonderful friends.

    I have not had a chance to read about what causes renal failure. That scares me for our cats.

    How old is your cat? Please forgive me if I’m asking questions other have already ask. I have not had time to read very far on this thread.

  • turndownobama

    Rand Paul and Glenn Greenwhosis telling us how the Senate really operates now:

    http://letters.salon.com/opinion/greenwald/2011/05/23/bipartisanship/permalink/26d78c6a1d19ee21f16e228c54894d1e.html

    Paul: “[....] We go up week to week and there’s no debate in Congress. No debate in the Senate. We sit idly by. Some weeks we vote on two-three non-controversial judges and we go back home. It, really… [....] We don’t have any because they prevent the debates from ever even beginning.”

    “They” in this case being the Party (= fundraising) organizations and their leadership, which operate almost entirely off the public record and out of public view. Their objective at all times: avoid unpredictable democratic floor action, and the accountability of public debate. To meet that objective the Parties basically gave the Senate the ‘boiling frog’ treatment. Slowly, over years – imperceptibly enough to have escaped journalistic notice of a sudden, shocking dismantling of the Senate – a fake quorum call (which doesn’t call the quorum, but does suspend all floor business until lifted by unanimous consent, or by the Majority Leader) that was once a rare interruption to floor proceedings instead itself became the essence of Senate floor proceedings.
    In other words, what was once informally used as a procedural pause on occasion, when floor debate needed to be suspended so Senators could briefly confer with each other off the record, now instead predominates in the Senate, hour after hour, day after day, week after week, with only an occasional speech or business action interrupting the non-quorum-call “quorum call’s” idling away of Senate time.

  • JanH

    S,

    Thank you.

  • wbboei

    Are any of you listening to Hannity, special about some damn Sage Brush lizard in E. Texas that if put on the endangered specie list could shut oil drilling in that area.
    ————————-
    When it comes to endangered species, Bogie and Bergman will always have Paris. When it comes to sage brush lizards, we will always have harry reid, the pride of Searchlight Nevada population zero people, and eight sage brush lizards, seven since Harry went east to wreck America.

  • wbboei

    Jan, I believe that is what David Bloom, the NBC reporter, died of suddenly when in Iraq reporting…I am so sorry…
    ——————————-
    I could say a thing or two but de mortimus nil nisi bonum prevents me from doing so.

  • wbboei

    This is bad. Anything Chambliss gets his hands around will be bad for the American People. Erickson whom I respect has a low opinion of Chambliss, who is from his home state. As I recall, Chambliss ran a very dirty campaign against the democrat incumbent who was badly injured in Viet Nam. That man is a hero unlike this schmuck who got a college deferment and a medical deferment. Sort of like wearing a belt and suspenders–not taking any chances of going to Viet Nam. The only member of that gang that I respect is Mike Crapo from Idaho.
    ————————————————-

    Sen. Chambliss: Gang Of Six ‘Close’ To Agreement

    By Andrew Ackerman, Of DOW JONES NEWSWIRES

    WASHINGTON -(Dow Jones)- The group of senators meeting to hammer out a long- term deficit-reduction plan have saved the most contentious issues for last but are “close” to an agreement, Sen. Saxby Chambliss (R., Ga.) said Wednesday.

    Chambliss and three other senators in the group, known as the Gang of Six, said they continue to make progress despite the departure last week of Sen. Tom Coburn (R., O.K.), who said he is taking a break from the talks. Still, the senators said they hoped Coburn would eventually rejoin their effort.

    “The major issues are the most difficult and always get put off to the end,” said Sen. Saxby Chambliss (R., Ga.). “That’s where we are.”

    Chambliss was joined at the Peter G. Peterson Foundation’s fiscal summit by Sen. Mark Warner (D., Va.), Sen. Mike Crapo (R., Idaho), and Sen. Dick Durbin ( D., Ill.). Another participant in the gang, Sen. Kent Conrad (D., N.D.), could not attend the event because of Senate business.

    While separate negotiations led by Vice President Joe Biden are aimed more at striking a deal on raising the debt limit, Chambliss said the Gang of Six is focused on broader reforms that will allow the government to get a handle on its more than $14 trillion deficit. The gang plans to tackle spending, revenues and entitlement reforms.

    “All Americans are going to have to share in the sacrifice if we’re truly going to get this debt under control,” Chambliss said.

    Durbin said other senators who are not in the group have quietly encouraged the gang, because they see it as “the only hope” for addressing long-term deficit reduction in a bipartisan fashion.

  • wbboei

    “All Americans are going to have to share in the sacrifice if we’re truly going to get this debt under control,” Chambliss said.
    ————————-
    I read that to mean he is fixing to fuck the middle class. This is where they should hit the wealth hard. But do not look to Chambliss for that. Not him.

  • wbboei

    As for his interaction with Bill Clinton Wednesday, during which the former president said he hoped Democrats would not use the NY-26 election results “as an excuse to do nothing,” Ryan characterized Clinton’s remarks as “elder statesmanship,” adding that he “knows the math, he knows it’s going bankrupt, and I think the president was acknowledging that fact.”
    ———————————

    Ryan Hammers His Plan Against Reid; Feels the 2012 Recruitment Heat
    by Amanda Marshall | May 26, 2011

    House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan is unfazed by opponents who use CBO numbers to attack his budget proposal.

    Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) and other Democrats have argued Ryan’s plan would ask seniors to pay more for their benefits — charging every senior $6,000 more every year — in exchange for fewer benefits.

    “What that [CBO] analysis forgot to include was the extra $7,800 a year that go to lower income seniors to cover all of their out of pocket costs. They’re measuring any Medicare reform plan like ours against a mythical future, a fiscal fantasy, which is a collapsing system,” Rep. Ryan (R-Wisc.) emphatically told Bret Baier Thursday evening.

    “They literally forgot to put that in the analysis,” he added.

    Posed with Reid’s critique that Ryan’s plan “would turn over seniors’ health to profit-hungry insurance companies,” Ryan struck back.

    “Private companies already offer Medicare, have Medicare advantage, offer prescription drug benefits, Medigap insurance is offered, Part A and B is already delivered through private health insurance companies. So if he’s concerned about private businesses involved in the Medicare delivery system then he should be concerned about Medicare as we know it because that’s exactly how the benefit is delivered today.”

    “What we’re saying is have a system of choice and competition where Medicare sets up a list of competitive plans, guaranteed coverage options that seniors choose from for 54 year-olds and below and the Medicare subsidizes those plans. It’s the same system that I’ve had as a congressman; it’s the same plan that President Bill Clinton’s bipartisan commission to save Medicare recommended. It saves Medicare from going bankrupt. Senator Reid seems to be content with the fact that Medicare is going bankrupt because they’re offering no plan or solution to solve the problem.”

    Ryan also said his plan works the same as the prescription drug benefit by offering the freedom to leave a plan. “It came in 41% below cost projections. Why? Because the seniors are in charge, because they get choice and competition. So, Medicare already has experience doing this.”

    As for his interaction with Bill Clinton Wednesday, during which the former president said he hoped Democrats would not use the NY-26 election results “as an excuse to do nothing,” Ryan characterized Clinton’s remarks as “elder statesmanship,” adding that he “knows the math, he knows it’s going bankrupt, and I think the president was acknowledging that fact.”

    Calls for the fiscal hawk from Wisconsin to run for president have grown louder, and Ryan admitted “I get this quite a bit.”

    But, he said, “I really believe I can do more for this cause where I am right now as Chairman of the House Budget Committee. I have no plans to do this — it takes an enormous undertaking to do this — and right now where I am at this moment, I need to focus on this budget fight we’re in. This summer we’re going to be spending a lot of time in budget fights and to me, that’s where I can make the biggest contribution to the debate right now.”

    Former Minnesota Governor Tim Pawlenty has not offered a ringing endorsement for Ryan’s budget plan, though he has not proposed how he would change it either. Instead Pawlenty has said he will introduce his own plan, though if he had to choose between signing Ryan’s plan or not, he “would sign it.”

    Asked about Pawlenty’s lukewarm comments, Ryan said, “What matters to me not that we get an endorsement on every little detail, what matters to me is that leaders step up and offer solutions to our country’s problems.”

    A strong endorsement has not come from any Republican presidential candidates, but it has come from former Vice President Dick Cheney who said, “I worship the ground Paul Ryan walks on. I hope he doesn’t run for president because that would ruin a good man who has a lot of work to do.”

    Ryan said it sounded like a fatherly comment, reiterating that remaining in his current position as House Budget Committee Chairman allows him to do what’s important: being a family man.

    But Ryan indicated he feels the heat of recruitment upon him as Republicans question who will lead the face-off against President Obama in 2012.

    “I think people are hungry for people to step up and offer solutions. That’s what leaders do and those of us who are leading — I think people want that.”

    Ryan gave strong advice to GOP presidential candidates: “If you want to be the president of the United States, you should put up ideas on how to solve this country’s massive fiscal and economic problems. The current president isn’t doing that. Our nominees should do that.”

    Read more: http://politics.blogs.foxnews.com/2011/05/26/ryan-hammers-his-plan-against-reid-feels-2012-recruitment-heat#ixzz1NWmlIWzk

  • turndownobama

    Krugman:

    the Ryan plan is turning into a political disaster for Republicans, not because the plan’s critics are lying about it, but because they’re describing it accurately.

    Take, for example, the statement that the Ryan plan would end Medicare as we know it. This may have Republicans screaming “Mediscare!” but it’s the absolute truth: The plan would replace our current system, in which the government pays major health costs, with a voucher system, in which seniors would, in effect, be handed a coupon and told to go find private coverage.
    [....] if the cost estimates of the Congressional Budget Office are at all right, the inadequate size of the vouchers — which by 2030 would cover only about a third of seniors’ health costs — would leave many if not most older Americans unable to afford essential care.

    If anyone is lying here, it’s Mr. Ryan himself, who has claimed that his plan would give seniors the same kind of coverage that members of Congress receive — an assertion that is completely false.

    And, by the way, the claim that the plan would keep Medicare as we know it intact for Americans currently 55 or older is highly dubious. True, that’s what the plan promises, but if you think about the political dynamics that would emerge once Americans born a year or two too late realize how much better a deal slightly older Americans are getting, you realize that this is a promise unlikely to be fulfilled.
    [....]
    Anyway, the underlying premise behind statements like that is the assumption that the Ryan plan represents a serious effort to come to grip with America’s long-run fiscal problems. But what became clear soon after that plan was unveiled was that it was no such thing. In fact, it wasn’t really a deficit-reduction plan. Once you remove the absurd assumptions — discretionary spending, including defense, falling to Calvin Coolidge levels, and huge tax cuts for corporations and the rich, with no loss in revenue? — it’s highly questionable whether it would reduce the deficit at all.

    What the Ryan plan is, instead, is an attempt to snooker Americans into accepting a standard right-wing wish list under the guise of deficit reduction. And Americans, it seems, have seen through the deception.

    So what happens now? The fight will shift from Medicare to Medicaid — a program that has become an essential lifeline for many Americans, especially children, but which in the Ryan plan is slated for a 44 percent cut in federal aid over the next decade. At this point, however, I’m optimistic that this initiative will also run aground on popular disapproval.

  • Fifth Dimension

    Paul Ryan does seem to be someone the GOP is relying on a lot. I wonder what is the source/reasoning for this.

  • Fifth Dimension

    Hillary arrives in Pakistan

    Clinton in Pakistan to Meet Top Leaders

    Secretary of State Hillary Clinton arrived in Islamabad today to reinforce a message that the U.S. wants to see greater cooperation in tackling militants following the death of Osama bin Laden near the capital.

    Clinton, the most senior American official to visit Pakistan since U.S. commandos killed the al-Qaeda leader, and Joint Chiefs of Staff chairman Admiral Michael Mullen will hold talks with Pakistan President Asif Ali Zardari, army chief General Ashfaq Pervez Kayani and Lieutenant General Ahmed Shuja Pasha, head of the main intelligence agency.

    “We are going to continue our consultations,” Clinton said in Paris in advance of her arrival, where she attended a meeting of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development. “We do have a set of expectations that we are looking for the Pakistani government to meet,” she said while stressing the continued cooperation between the countries. She didn’t offer details on U.S. expectations, saying only that they were “across the board.”

    Tensions between the U.S. and Pakistan have risen following the discovery of bin Laden close to Islamabad, with American lawmakers questioning Pakistan’s commitment to fighting militants and the wisdom of giving $7.5 billion in aid over five years. Pakistan has responded by limiting military contacts with the U.S., while lawmakers suggested the closure of a supply route for troops in Afghanistan that runs through the country’s territory.

    http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2011-05-27/clinton-in-pakistan-to-meet-top-leaders.html

  • turndownobama

    Paul Ryan does seem to be someone the GOP is relying on a lot. I wonder what is the source/reasoning for this.

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

    No ex-wives with cancer? No Romneycare strapped on his car?

  • turndownobama

    Ryan Hammers His Plan Against Reid; Feels the 2012 Recruitment Heat

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

    Ryan’s description of Medicare is misleading. Currently Medicare sub-contracts some ‘delivery’ to some private companies — but Medicare is still making all the decisions about what is offered and what the seniors are charged.

    These current companies are not setting a price the seniors must pay and then taking their profit out of what the seniors do pay less what the company chooses to cover — as they would under Ryan’s plan.

    Does Ryan support Obamacare? If not, then why impose the same system on seniors (even with ‘vouchers’)?

  • Mrs. Smith

    admin: please post the video when you have a chance-

    How far they have fallen- The demented koolaid women at the VIEW-
    __________________________

    “View” Gals Okay With Schultz Using Slut; Walters Jokes Behar “Has Called Me A Slut”

    http://www.realclearpolitics.com/video/2011/05/26/view_gals_okay_with_schultz_using_slut_walters_jokes_behar_has_called_me_a_slut.html

    Ba-bwa-wa-wa has gone soft in the head. Thinks she is hip!

  • Mrs. Smith

    S

    How is kitty this morning?

    Any improvement? Sorry for the heartbreaking news. One of my sons has always had cats and kidney ailments and diabetes were always major health factors. We do get so attached to our animals.. sigh.

    I’ve never had cats in the house because of an asthmatic child. We did have 3 barn cats though- Two calico females and a male tiger. They were semi- feral, a trio of great hunters who guarded their big red barn as their palace. Nary a mouse or any other vermin allowed past the white paddock fence. Being territorial, they attempted the takedown of a female groundhog burrowed beneath our indoor riding ring with her babies… Afraid, that was a bridge too far for the felines. After a time there seemed to be agreement on border lines. All the groundhog wanted was to raise her family in peace. The smart kitties decided to agree.

  • Betty

    Mrs. Smith
    May 27th, 2011 at 7:40 am

    admin: please post the video when you have a chance-

    How far they have fallen- The demented koolaid women at the VIEW-

    What seemed to me to be the jist of a comment last week: ~~”when faced with a betrayal of your principles, get rid of the betrayer, not your principles” seems to apply here.

  • Betty

    Who are Vcal and Carol?

  • SHV

    “As I recall, Chambliss ran a very dirty campaign against the democrat incumbent who was badly injured in Viet Nam. That man is a hero unlike this schmuck who got a college deferment and a medical deferment. ”
    ********
    Saxby Chambliss is scum. He used the same campaign technique against Max Cleland that Bush/Rove used against McCain in SC. Chambliss said that Cleland was “soft on terrorism” for questioning the police state tactics of the “Patriot Act” and was unpatriotic. They got around the fact that Chambliss was a war dodger and Cleland was a triple amputee Vietnam Vet by saying that Cleland was injured by his own grenade so his Injuries really “didn’t count” as combat related.

  • lorac

    S – I was in your position once, and I had to give my cat fluids. It was difficult at first, but the cat gets used to it. She lived many years afterwards, and IIRC she was around 17 when she passed.

    Logistically, I found the best thing that worked was to hook the fluid bag up to a sturdy lamp right next to my bed. Then I would keep her between my legs, and once I got the needle in, I would spend that time petting her, which was nice for her, but also helped distract her! It did take a few times, though, before she got used to the new procedure.

  • lorac

    S – you might also post your concerns over at Uppity Woman – there are a lot of “cat experts” over there.

  • wbboei

    Marshall Ganz???? I do not know this prick from adam, but apparently he was the ORGANIZING GURU for Bambi in 2008, and feels betrayed. Frankly the entire left was betrayed–used might be a better term, but most of them are so cowardly and/or brain dead that the word is mum. Good Germans they are, and do not ask what is behind those walls that say Auschwitz if you know what is good for you. I will say this much for Ganz who is now a critic, he realizes he was used and discarded by gasbag Obama like a used condum.
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    The Platonic Ideal of Burying the Lede.
    Posted by Moe Lane (Profile)
    Friday, May 27th at 12:31AM EDT
    4 Comments

    It was the funniest thing: I was flipping through this Michael Scherer article on the resumption of the Obama 2012 campaign (short version: “Getting re-elected is hard!” Particularly when the Democrats have to run on an actual record, instead of the record that they breezily assured people was waiting just over the electoral horizon*), when I came across this passage:

    Some on the left have argued that the President dropped the ball by failing to keep his network of supporters engaged and by following his transformational campaign with a transactional governing style. “Fighting to make something happen is different than sitting back and trying to mediate something,” says Marshall Ganz, a supporter turned critic of Obama, who teaches at Harvard. “People can’t organize around that.”

    I don’t know why that triggered something in my head; it just seemed a bit… off, somehow. Maybe it was because whoever this Ganz guy was, it was enough to make David Axelrod bristle in the next paragraph. Which means that Scherer must have gotten that Ganz quote first. Which meant that Marshall Ganz may have been important.

    So I decided to look Marshall Ganz up.

    So, who is Marshall Ganz? Why, he’s a supporter turned critic (all bolding mine).

    “Supporter” apparently means something rather comprehensive in Times-speak:

    Ganz, 65, has no official role in the Obama campaign. But when key Obama organizers run into a problem, they look to Ganz, who teaches organizing and leadership at Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government. When the Obama campaign held a series of “Camp Obama” training sessions around the country last summer, Ganz was brought in to hold two-day discussions of personal narrative and leadership. – “Famed organizer sees history in the making,” LA Times, June 2008.

    “I think what was recovered in this campaign is the sense of what leadership is, and what the role of the technology is, so that you get the best out of both,” says Marshall Ganz, a public policy lecturer at Harvard who designed the field-organizer and volunteer training system used by the Obama campaign. “The Dean campaign understood how to use the internet for the fund-raising, but not for the organizing.” – “Obama’s Secret Weapons: Internet, Databases and Psychology,” Wired, October 2008.

    More important for the present moment, Ganz was the architect of Barack Obama’s grassroots organizing juggernaut. He played a central role in the “Camp Obama” training sessions–three-day intensive workshops attended by something like 23,000 local organizers–and his teachings on the theory and practice of community organizing were widely influential on the campaign’s local efforts. – “Marshall Ganz on the Future of the Obama Movement,” techPresident, November 2008.

    As would “Critic:”

    …the Obama team put the whole thing to sleep, except for a late-breaking attempt to rally support for healthcare reform. Volunteers were exiled to the confines of the Democratic National Committee. “Fighting for the president’s agenda” meant doing as you were told, sending redundant e-mails to legislators and responding to ubiquitous pleas for money. Even the touted call for citizen “input” into governance consisted mainly of e-mails, mass conference calls and the occasional summoning of “real people” to legitimize White House events. – “How Obama lost his voice, and how he can get it back,” Marshall Ganz, LA Times, November 2010.

    Returning to his kitchen table after a brief quest amid the clutter for his eyedrops, Ganz surveys what’s left of candidate Obama’s promise to deliver a cleaner, more uplifting style of politics. After winning in November 2008, Obama and his inner circle wanted to control the terms of the debate rather than be pushed from below by a chaotic, empowered, activist community. – “A Conversation with Marshall Ganz,” The Nation, February 2011.

    Can it be done? Marshall Ganz is doubtful. He is the organising guru who trained Obama’s 2008 staff in building its formidable grass-roots network. He laments that the network has been left to languish. “That mobilisation was ready to be put to work on a policy agenda but it never happened,” he says. “To come around now and say, ‘We’re going to rebuild it’ . . . That’s very challenging.” – “Obama’s Road to 2012,” New Statesman, May 2011.

    So, let me sum this up. Time, while doing an article on the Obama administration/campaign’s plan to start up again its grassroots organization from 2008, completely forgets to mention that the man who designed and troubleshooted their grassroots training program is not only not involved in the 2012 efforts: he is on the record as openly saying that the Obama campaign has abandoned the core principles that supposedly informed and energized those 2008 efforts, and that he is pessimistic that the Obama campaign can restart the mechanism again. Nowhere is it examined why Obama’s people no longer work with Marshall Ganz, either. And last, but not least: here’s David Axelrod’s fairly snotty response to Ganz’s observation that Time quoted.

    “Those are the types of things that people with lifetime tenure like to say,” remarks Axelrod. “What we have tried to do is effect change in the real world, in a difficult environment.”

    You’d never, ever know from that quote that in 2008 Ganz was one of those guys in the real world. Or that Axelrod and Ganz worked together for two years.

    Moe Lane (crosspost)

    PS: Marshall Ganz is, by the way, still a True Believer. That’s probably the saddest thing about this: he’s pretty plaintive about the way that the Revolution turned out. Then again, nobody ever likes to think that he or she might have been rather cynically used…

    *Mind you, Scherer would probably rather gnaw off his own leg than put it that way.

  • wbboei

    No ex-wives with cancer? No Romneycare strapped on his car?
    ————————-
    A blank slate perhaps. Like Obama the product of immaculate conception–if you believe Franklin Marshall Davis was immaculate. Poor Barack Obama Sr. got the rap.

  • nomobama

    http://news.yahoo.com/video/local-15749667/25355728

    Not good news in the above video if you want to see Øbama defeated in 2012, but there are still some months to go, and the BØØB will surely do something majorly stupid in the coming months to negate any benefits that he received from the Osama killing.

  • wbboei

    James Clyburn wants a correction to the McClatchy report that quoted him as suggesting that a large component of opposition to Barack Obama’s re-election related to racism. That’s not what the longtime member of House Democratic caucus leadership said at all, he asserted after Wednesday’s report. In fact, he never uses the word “racism” because he abhors it. Really. No, really:
    In a letter to the editor of The State newspaper in Clyburn’s hometown of Columbia, S.C., the No. 3 House Democrat said an article published Thursday had sensationalized his perspectives on the ties between Obama’s race and his work as president.
    “I have always abhorred the word ‘racism,’ ” Clyburn said in the letter. “I never use it. I believe it is a lethal term, and I am offended that my honest responses to a reporter’s clearly designed agenda would be distorted in such a manner.”
    Duly noted. So what did Clyburn say to this agenda-driven reporter that got twisted into allegations of racism? Well, McClatchy helpfully provides a transcript of the conversation in its follow-up report:
    QUESTION: What do you think of Obama’s election prospects?
    CLYBURN: I think they’re improving every day. I think the president has been a good president, a great commander in chief. I think when people allow themselves to — you know, I’m 70 years old. And I can tell you; people don’t like to deal with it, but the fact of the matter is, the president’s problems are in large measure because of his skin color. All you got to do is look at all the signs they’re carrying out there and look at the mail that I get. As I said, I’m 70 years old, I been going through this kind of stuff all my life. I know what kind of mail I get, I know what kind of phone calls I get, I know what people are saying who call the office.
    QUESTION: How does that relate to the president?
    CLYBURN: We have the same skin color; that’s how it relates to him.
    How silly of this reporter! Of course Clyburn meant from this musing on palettes and tone that economic malaise was Barack Obama’s biggest electoral problem. Or perhaps these answers were meant as an allegory on the effects of shoving an unpopular health-care power grab down the throats of voters who clearly didn’t want it. It could also be a subtle hint of the anger created from Obama’s regulatory adventurism, his foreign-affairs gaffes and stumbles, or any number of other weaknesses Obama will carry into the election.
    Or Clyburn could be lying through his teeth now, too, but let’s not jump to conclusions. Let’s take a really close look at how this agenda-driven reporter framed the first question asked about Obama in the discussion, which started off with a conversation about deficit reform. “What do you think of Obama’s election prospects?” Obviously, this was some sort of leading question that forced Clyburn to jump immediately into a lengthy discourse on pigmentation!
    What’s even more amusing is the rest of Clyburn’s complaint:
    In his letter, Clyburn correctly noted that his interview hadn’t been arranged to discuss the influence of Obama’s race as the first black president.
    True … and they didn’t ask Clyburn about that, either. He couldn’t wait to volunteer racism — excuse me, skin color — as an excuse for Obama’s unpopularity. Now Clyburn wants to pretend that the reporter played the race card, and that he was just a victim of manipulation, which is about as clear a case of projection as one can see.

  • wbboei

    Not good news in the above video if you want to see Øbama defeated in 2012, but there are still some months to go, and the BØØB will surely do something majorly stupid in the coming months to negate any benefits that he received from the Osama killing.
    —————————————–
    Irrelevant. Until we have a republican candidate, and his policy positions are known, Bambi is running against Paul Ryan who is tinkering with Social Security, and made the mistake of incorporating the $500 billion. Florida has millions of retired people. This bin laden thing is a blip. Lets wait and see what happens with his betrayal of Israel. It is too soon for that to register in these polls.

  • BigCatLover

    As for his interaction with Bill Clinton Wednesday, during which the former president said he hoped Democrats would not use the NY-26 election results “as an excuse to do nothing,” Ryan characterized Clinton’s remarks as “elder statesmanship,” adding that he “knows the math, he knows it’s going bankrupt, and I think the president was acknowledging that fact.”
    ***********************
    This is simply Bill Clinton being Bill Clinton. I feel your pain. I understand your problem. And so forth. It certainly does not mean he endorses Ryan’s plan. If Ryan actually believes Clinton does, he’s not as sharp as he is reputed to be.

  • wbboei

    Not only is Clyburn a dyed in the wool sort of racist, as the above article in Hot Air points out (his personal denials–lies to the contrary notwithstanding), he also traffics in a form of graft, by awarding government projects to relatives without bidding according to an article in the Myrtle Beach Newspaper. It is amazing what escapes the vigilant (joke) attention of the House Ethics Committee).

  • wbboei

    This is simply Bill Clinton being Bill Clinton. I feel your pain. I understand your problem. And so forth. It certainly does not mean he endorses Ryan’s plan. If Ryan actually believes Clinton does, he’s not as sharp as he is reputed to be.
    ——————————
    You are right. It is not at all an endorsement of the plan. But it is more than an I feel your pain statement. I think Clinton is expressing a legitimate concern that the party of Obama will play politics rather than solve the problem to the great detriment of the American People. That is exactly what they are doing and will do, even after this bullshit gang of six tenders their prescription of how to solve the deficit problem. That quote from Orwell sums up well who these people are–perpetual power is all they care about.

  • nomobama

    wbboei
    May 27th, 2011 at 12:05 pm
    =============================

    Question: Did Bill Clinton propose a similar plan to Paul Ryan’s current plan or not?

  • nomobama

    wbboei
    May 27th, 2011 at 11:48 am
    =========================

    I agree with you. It just bothers me to see this type of poll because it shows him in a favorable light. Something like that will always irk me! I don’t think he will be re-elected.

  • wbboei

    Krugman:

    the Ryan plan is turning into a political disaster for Republicans, not because the plan’s critics are lying about it, but because they’re describing it accurately.
    ———————–
    Everything this man says is so colored by partisanship and hate, that nobody takes him seriously any more. His economic theories do not work yet he persists in advocating them and emptying his bile.

  • wbboei

    Question: Did Bill Clinton propose a similar plan to Paul Ryan’s current plan or not?
    ————————
    I do not know. Perhaps SHV does.

  • nomobama

    wbboei
    May 27th, 2011 at 11:43 am
    ===============================

    Clyburn got burnt. This all shows how much of a liar he is, too. Is he a bright man? I don’t think so. Maybe bright enough to fool his constituents. It couldn’t happen to a nicer man!

  • turndownobama

    Question: Did Bill Clinton propose a similar plan to Paul Ryan’s current plan or not?

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

    No. In fact Bill said he disagreed with Ryan’s plan, calling it “not the right one” and “not the best one.”

    http://blogs.abcnews.com/thenote/2011/05/bill-clinton-to-paul-ryan-on-medicare-election-give-me-a-call-.html
    the people made a judgment that this proposal in the Republican is not the right one. I agree with that, but I’m afraid that the Democrats will draw the conclusion that because Congressman Ryan’s proposal, I think, is not the best one, that we shouldn’t do anything and I completely disagree with that.”

  • JanH

    ‘The Arrogance of a Blundering Amateur?’

    Friday, May 27, 2011

    Those strong words come from Charles Krauthammer, who dismisses any suggestion that President Obama’s recent speech on the Mideast at the U.S. State Department wasn’t a radical remaking of U.S. policy.

    The entire basis of negotiations between Israel and the Arab world since 1967 has been a trade of land for peace. Furthermore, a 2004 letter from George W. Bush promises Israel that it will not be forced to pull back to the 1967 lines.

    So what did Obama do? He took away Israel’s only negotiating card — land — and handed it to the Palestinians, thus killing any opportunity for meaningful peace negotiations.

    Note how Obama has undermined Israel’s negotiating position. He is demanding that Israel go into peace talks having already forfeited its claim to the territory won in the ’67 war — its only bargaining chip. Remember: That ’67 line runs right through Jerusalem. Thus the starting point of negotiations would be that the Western Wall and even Jerusalem’s Jewish Quarter are Palestinian — alien territory for which Israel must now bargain.

    Obama also did not restate the U.S. position on the so-called “Right of Return,” which calls for the Palestinian refugee problem to be resolved outside of Israel’s borders.

    Yet in his State Department speech, Obama refused to simply restate this position — and refused again in a supposedly corrective speech three days later. Instead, he told Israel it must negotiate the right of return with the Palestinians after having given every inch of territory. Bargaining with what, pray tell?

    Once again, Krauthammer concludes, Obama has rewarded Arab intransigence.

    Obama’s response to this relentless Palestinian intransigence? To reward it — by abandoning the Bush assurances, legitimizing the ’67 borders and refusing to reaffirm America’s rejection of the right of return. The only remaining question is whether this perverse and ultimately self-defeating policy is born of genuine antipathy toward Israel or of the arrogance of a blundering amateur who refuses to see that he is undermining not just peace but the very possibility of negotiations.

    http://www.worldjewishdaily.com/krauthammer-obama-israel.php

  • JanH

    Harper was lambasted by the opposition for failing to win a rotating two-year seat on the United Nations Security Council because of his pro-Israel stance. I’m proud that Canada alone has stood by Bibi and his people.

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    Canada takes firm pro-Israel line at G8 summit

    05/27/2011

    Following leaders’ call for resumption of Mideast talks, Canada insists language be softened, “1967 borders” be removed from final statement.
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    DEAUVILLE, France – Group of Eight leaders had to soften a statement urging Israel and the Palestinians to return to negotiations because Canada objected to a specific mention of 1967 borders, diplomats said on Friday.

    Canada’s right-leaning Conservative government has adopted a staunchly pro-Israel position in international negotiations since coming to power in 2006, with Prime Minister Stephen Harper saying Canada will back Israel whatever the cost.

    Diplomats involved in Middle East discussions at the G8 summit said Ottawa had insisted that no mention of Israel’s pre-1967 borders be made in the leaders’ final communique, even though most of the other leaders wanted a mention.

    “The Canadians were really very adamant, even though Obama expressly referred to 1967 borders in his speech last week,” one European diplomat said.

    A spokesman for Harper would not comment on the line Canada had taken, saying only that the final communique would make positions clear.

    In the final communique, a copy of which was obtained by Reuters, the leaders call for the immediate resumption of peace talks but do not mention 1967, the year Israel seized the West Bank and Gaza from Jordan and Egypt during the Six-Day War.

    “Negotiations are the only way toward a comprehensive and lasting resolution to the conflict,” the communique said.

    “The framework for these negotiations is well known. We urge both parties to return to substantive talks with a view to concluding a framework agreement on all final status issues.

    “To that effect, we express our strong support for the vision
    of Israeli-Palestinian peace outlined by President Obama on May 19, 2011.”

    In his speech last week, Obama said pre-1967 borders should be a basis of talks to achieve a negotiated settlement, although he also acknowledged any agreement would ultimately involve land swaps on either side of the border.

    That position was rejected by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who said Israel would be indefensible if it returned entirely to the borders that existed before 1967.

    Canada’s strong backing for Israel was cited by diplomats last year as one reason why Ottawa failed to win a rotating two-year seat on the United Nations Security Council.

    Harper has made his position on Israel very clear, saying last year: “When Israel, the only country in the world whose very existence is under attack, is consistently and conspicuously singled out for condemnation, I believe we are morally obligated to take a stand.”

    http://www.worldjewishdaily.com/toolbar.html?4t=extlink&4u=http://www.jpost.com/International/Article.aspx?id=222506

  • S

    Southern Born, Mrs. Smith and lorac…thank you for your kind words and suggestions…I have been researching as much as possible and am learning about the fluid treatments,etc…

    Southern Born, that site I posted above is helpful for a lot of info…this is the number one disease in cats and from what i read symptoms do not appear until failure is occurring…there is no cure but in some cats manageable to extend their lives…

    Mrs. Smith…one good sign is that he is still eating so far but it is day to day right now…

    thanks to all here for indulging me during this time…

  • JanH

    Ambassador Hillary?

    Clinton talks about her future

    05/26/11

    Will Secretary of State Hillary Clinton take on a role as a global advocate for women’s rights? Clinton didn’t exactly dodge and weave when asked about that possibility in an interview with Laurence Ferrari of France’s TF1 TV network.

    In an exchange about Clinton’s post-Obama administration plans, Ferrari asked, “You will be maybe a world ambassador for women’s right?”

    Clinton responded: “Well, I am committed to human rights and women’s rights. And I spoke about both of those at two of the meetings yesterday and today, for the OECD and UNESCO, because I want our world to keep moving toward those ideals of both the American and the French Revolutions. And I want everyone to share in a more prosperous, peaceful world where security and opportunity go hand in hand. And so for me, I will continue to advocate as I always have, even before I was in any official position. So I’m sure whatever the future holds, it will hold work like that, and I look forward to it.”

    One thing is certain: Clinton is looking forward to some time off. Earlier in the interview with Ferrari, she said: “I mean, here I am in Paris it’s a beautiful day, yesterday was even more beautiful, and I have no time to do anything other than my official work. And I would like to get a few more years where I can just wander aimlessly through the beauties of a city like Paris and meet with my friends and just have a life filled with the joys of everyday living. So I’m looking forward to it, but I have no plans.”

    http://www.politico.com/politico44/perm/0511/ambassador_hillary_06dbf237-6084-4369-b8d0-2b8585c53e4a.html

  • JanH

    Hillary Clinton, Admiral Mullen Q & A on Osama bin Laden



  • JanH

    Secretary Clinton Delivers Remarks for UNESCO’s Partnership for Girls’, Women’s Education



  • wbboei

    nomobama
    May 27th, 2011 at 12:16 pm
    wbboei
    May 27th, 2011 at 11:43 am
    ===============================

    Clyburn got burnt. This all shows how much of a liar he is, too. Is he a bright man? I don’t think so. Maybe bright enough to fool his constituents. It couldn’t happen to a nicer man!
    ——————————-
    Amen

  • jbstonesfan

    I agree Wbboei, but the way things are liing up, it does not look good. All of the polls seems to suggest he wins comfortably at this point and with Florida moving his way, it looks very bleak. Depressing times for us imo.

  • Shadowfax

    The NYTs is tossing another double sided scud while trying to protect their golden calf.

    Is Sarah Palin pulling a Donald Trump on the political universe?

    [snip]

    The political flurry foreshadowed the kind of adrenaline shot to the heart that Ms. Palin’s candidacy could be for a Republican presidential campaign that had recently looked like it was coalescing around a pretty traditional set of contenders. Traditional she is not.

    But like Mr. Trump, whose flirtation with a presidential run may or may not have been a stunt to ramp up ratings for his show on NBC, Ms. Palin is a celebrity and an entertainer whose motivations for keeping political speculation alive remain unclear to everyone but herself (and, maybe, her husband, Todd.)

    “Together let’s prepare ourselves for the days ahead by reminding ourselves who we are and what Americans stand for,” she announced on her Web site.

    The days ahead? Was she hinting at a campaign that is coming? Or perhaps setting the stage for a new reality show on The Learning Channel — “Sarah Palin and her family on the road across America?” Or maybe it is designed to be a reminder to her Fox News employers of the crowds that she still commands.

    In one sense, Ms. Palin’s flirtation with the idea of a presidential campaign has not been unlike Mr. Trump’s. Like the real estate mogul, Ms. Palin has used confrontation with President Obama as a way to seize the media spotlight. And as Mr. Trump did, the former Alaska governor dangles the promise of a celebrity-infused campaign that would be a kind of political reality show of its own.

    http://thecaucus.blogs.nytimes.com/2011/05/27/is-sarah-palin-pulling-a-donald-trump/

  • AmericanGal

    Admin, how about an article giving your perspective of where things stand at the moment in regards to 2012–are things really utterly bleak?
    I personally think we still have a long way to go before election day…

  • Fifth Dimension

    I agree with you and wbboei, AG. It is way, way too early for any sort of meaningful predictive comment about November 2012.

    Now, I actually think there is another matter to consider entirely which many people don’t talk about — and that is that it won’t fit the carefully contrived Obama facade of having the first black President be only a one-termer….remember, image means more to these folks than substance…but that is a whole other story.

    What I think is important to remember here is that we are still OVER A YEAR and several months away from next years election.

    Remember, Bill Clinton was behind in the June 1992 polls and then came to win the election in just the last few months. We’re still only in May 2011.

    Think about also how Hillary was considered the frontrunner as late as December 2007, and then what happened a few months later (though we did not know what sort of treachery was afoot behind the scenes).

    The simple fact of the matter is, a year out in politics may as well be a decade out. Given how much more quickly, with the help of technology, 24 hour news channels etc, things moves these days, imo, it is even more so too soon to really consider what will happen in the 2012 election. Just my opinion.

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