The Boob Economy Collapse – Obama Is The Problem

You want to get somewhere and it is a matter of some urgency. But the driver is a boob. He does not know where he is going. He is easily distracted. He is constantly primping and gazing at himself in the mirror. He takes wrong turns. He drives into ditches. Satellite technology gizmos don’t help because he reacts too slowly to the GPS instructions. He is not prepared to make the turn when the turn is required. More gasoline, higher quality gasoline, won’t help. More speed won’t help because you succeed only in getting to the wrong places faster. What you need is a driver that knows what he is doing.

From a distance, watching the swerving boobery, the futility of the trip is easy to see. The disaster was predictable from the very beginning. If you get in a car with a boob driver, expect boobery. If you elect a boob, expect boobery and boobery on top of boobery. Nile Gardiner sees the boobery and the disaster to come for the driver and the passengers:

“In the aftermath of the hugely successful Special Forces operation that took out Osama Bin Laden and a modest spike in the polls for the president, the conventional wisdom among political elites in Britain is overwhelmingly that Obama will win another four years in the Oval Office. Add to this a widespread perception of continuing disarray in the Republican race, as well as a State Visit to London that had the chattering classes worshipping at the feet of the US president, and you can easily see why Obama’s prospects look a lot rosier from across the Atlantic. [snip]

Ultimately, the 2012 presidential election will be decided by the state of the economy, and new data released this week makes grim reading for the White House. In fact you cannot watch a US financial news network at the moment, from Bloomberg to CNBC to Fox Business, without a great deal of pessimism about the dire condition of the world’s biggest economy. 66 percent of Americans now worry the federal government will run out of money in the face of towering public debts.

To say this has been an extremely bad week for the Obama administration on the economic front would be a serious understatement. As The Wall Street Journal reported on Wednesday, home prices in the United States have sunk to their lowest levels since 2002, falling 4.2 percent in the first quarter of 2011. At the same time, employment growth is stalling, with only 38,000 Americans added to the workforce in May, the smallest increase since September. This compares with 179,000 jobs added in April. There has also been a steep slowdown in the manufacturing sector, and a downturn in the stock market on the back of weak economic news.”

Gardiner quotes Robert Reich:

“The US economy was supposed to be in bloom by late spring, but it is hardly growing at all. Expectations for second-quarter growth are not much better than the measly 1.8 per cent annualised rate of the first quarter. That is not nearly fast enough to reduce America’s ferociously high level of unemployment… Meanwhile, housing prices continue to fall. They are now 33 per cent below their 2006 peak. That is a bigger drop than recorded in the Great Depression. Homes are the largest single asset of the American middle class, so as housing prices drop many Americans feel poorer. All of this is contributing to a general gloominess. Not surprisingly, consumer confidence is also down.”

Gardiner cites the polls and the ramifications:

“Unsurprisingly, the polls are again looking problematic for the president. The latest Rasmussen Presidential Tracking Poll shows just 25 percent of Americans strongly approving of Obama’s performance, with 36 percent strongly disapproving, for a Presidential Approval Index rating of minus 11 points. In a projected match up between Obama and a Republican opponent, the president now trails by two points according to Rasmussen – 43 to 45.  The RealClear Politics poll of polls shows just over a third of Americans (34.5 percent) agreeing that the country is heading in the right direction, with nearly three fifths (56.8 percent) believing it is heading down the wrong track. That negative figure rises to a staggering 66 percent of likely voters in a new Rasmussen survey, including 41 percent of Democrats.

There is no feel good factor in America at the moment. But there is a great deal of uncertainty, nervousness, even fear over the future of the world’s only superpower. This is hardly a solid foundation for a presidential victory for the incumbent. Even though we don’t know yet who he will be up against, Barack Obama could well go into 2012 as the underdog rather than the favourite he is frequently portrayed as. On balance we’re likely to see a very close race 17 months from now. But there is also the distinct possibility of an electoral rout of the president if the economy goes further south. “Hope and change” might have played well in 2008, but it is a message that will likely ring hollow in November 2012, with an American public that is deeply disillusioned with the direction Obama is taking the country.

Kick the driver out of the car and get someone else.

Things are so bad that even the JournoLister heavy Politico is waving red flags:

“Economy shadows Obama ’12

A series of troubling signs for the U.S. economy threatens to dash hopes that 2011 would be a year of robust recovery — and that could prove troublesome for President Barack Obama’s reelection chances.

The Obama team has long hoped that the president’s 2012 campaign would be underpinned by an economy that was clearly accelerating out of the Great Recession, showing strong growth and job creation. But recent economic data paint a picture of an economy stuck in low gear, held down by continued high personal debt, a moribund housing market, high food and gas prices, persistent weather disasters and widespread unease about what the future holds. [snip]

Some economists had hoped the killing of Osama bin Laden might ease general American anxiety and lead to stronger consumer sentiment. No such luck. Consumer confidence dropped to a weak reading of 60.8 this month, down from 66 in April, according to data out Tuesday from the Conference Board.

Corporate chief executives, meanwhile, appear unwilling to use their run of strong profits to go on significant hiring campaigns until economic signals point in a more positive direction and consumer spending trends suggest more robust demand.

Other recent weak signals include a much-worse-than-expected 4.2 percent drop in home prices in the first quarter as measured by the S&P/Case-Shiller index. The housing market is now clearly in a “double-dip” decline, back to levels not seen since well before the recession. Pending homes sales dropped 11.6 percent in April, and consumer spending grew a tepid 0.4 percent, the smallest increase in three months.

The Commerce Department recently left its estimate for first-quarter gross domestic product growth unchanged at 1.8 percent. Many economists had expected an upward revision to around 2.2 percent, setting the stage for second-quarter growth of roughly 3 percent.

In addition, weekly jobless claims, which tend to drop sharply as the economy improves, have resumed an upward trend and now consistently come in above 400,000, suggesting no positive hiring momentum. [snip]

All of this presents significant political problems for Obama as he heads into next year’s reelection race.”

‘Not to worry’, says Obama. ‘There is light at the end of the tunnel.’ As Politico notes “Skeptics would say they have heard such hopeful claims many times before.”

The Obama boosting New York Times sees the ditch the car and driver are about to hit:

“Employment Data May Be the Key to the President’s Job

No American president since Franklin Delano Roosevelt has won a second term in office when the unemployment rate on Election Day topped 7.2 percent.

Seventeen months before the next election, it is increasingly clear that President Obama must defy that trend to keep his job.

Roughly 9 percent of Americans who want to go to work cannot find an employer. Companies are firing fewer people, but hiring remains anemic. And the vast majority of economic forecasters, including the president’s own advisers, predict only modest progress by November 2012.

What we wrote in February of 2009 is still applicable today. The problem is that there is boob in charge. The boob does not know what he is doing. The boob has many excuses but the bottom line is that what is required is a plan that makes sense. All the “jobs programs”, all the “stimulus programs”, all the uncoordinated schemes in the world won’t work because there is a boob in charge:

“But Christina Romer, who headed the president’s Council of Economic Advisers until fall 2010, said in a recent speech at Washington University in St. Louis that no part of the government was addressing unemployment with sufficient urgency or hope.

“Urgency, because unemployment is a tragedy that should not be tolerated a minute longer,” she said. “And hope, because prudent and possible policies could make a crucial difference.”

Romer is right that the United States needs prudent and possible policies that will make a difference. But the problem is that Obama is only capable of stunts and gimmicks – not a coordinated plan of attack – like Bill Clinton and FDR had. Therefore no matter how much money is poured into new programs, how many publicity stunts to boost confidence, no matter how many Bin Laden style distractions pop up – the problem is the boob behind the wheel.

USAToday is on the hunt for the “recovery” one year after the “recovery summer” publicity stunts of 2010. “Recovery summer” 2011 is as elusive as “recovery summer” 2010:

“Don’t look now, but the economic recovery that barely exists in the eyes of many Americans is 2 years old.

By historical standards, that should be a milestone signifying robust economic expansion and strong job gains, especially in light of the severity of the Great Recession, which officially ended in June 2009.

But instead of mimicking dramatic turnarounds that followed similarly bruising downturns in the 1970s and 1980s, the upswing looks more like the modest rebounds after milder recessions in the early 1990s and 2001. Like the recent slump, those were tainted by credit crises that gummed up critical gears of the economy.

Last week’s economic news — below-forecast economic growth and a weaker-than-expected improvement in consumer spending in the first quarter — raises inevitable questions about whether the economy’s halting comeback has hit another speed bump.

“We’re two years into a recovery, and everybody’s yelling, ‘Are we there yet?'” says Wells Fargo economist Mark Vitner. “You should be putting the recession behind you and talking about where growth is coming from. Instead, we’re still dealing with residual problems from the recession.”

No, we are not there yet – the driver is a boob.

But what about the “glimmers of hope” we heard about in 2009? What about the bright economic spots?:

“All of the economy’s bright spots show some tarnish. Corporate earnings are at record levels, but much of the growth is overseas, and efficiency gains have allowed companies to limit hiring. Small businesses are posting better sales, but many can’t get loans to expand, says Ami Kassar, CEO of MultiFunding, a loan adviser for small businesses. Consumers are opening their wallets wider, but they’re constrained by 9% unemployment, still-heavy debt and high gasoline prices.”

Trapped with a boob driver, do not expect to go forward to a celestial choir dawn:

Welcome back to the sour economy.

It didn’t take long after the Memorial Day break to get the latest signs that the recovery remains in the gutter. The housing market has been looking like it was headed for a double dip for some time. On Tuesday, we got confirmation that it happened. According to the S&P/Case-Shilller housing index, home prices hit a new low since the beginning of the bust in the first quarter of the year. According to Case-Shiller, houses now cost about what they did in 2002, erasing much of the gains of the 2000s housing boom. In the past year alone, residential real estate has fallen 5%, and prices have now dropped nearly a third from their peak five years ago.

In more bad economic news, the mood among consumers fell in May as well. One of the most commonly watched measures of confidence dropped to a six-month low, on inflation worries and fears that the slow jobs recovery would end. [snip]

What’s more, many economists are predicting that interest rates will soon rise.”

The manufacturing sector was supposed to be the engine that would make the trip a success. But the driver is a boob:

“U.S. economy: Manufacturing slowdown the latest sign the recovery is faltering

The economic recovery is faltering, and Washington is running out of ways to get it back on track.

Two bright spots over the past few months — manufacturing and job creation by private companies — both slowed in May, according to new reports Wednesday. The data come amid other reports of falling home prices, declining auto sales, weaker consumer spending and a rising pace of layoffs.

Stocks tumbled Wednesday on the discouraging economic news, with the Standard & Poor’s 500-stock index off 2.3 percent. It was the index’s steepest decline since August.

Just a few months ago, the economy seemed poised to finally strengthen. [snip]

But those hopes are being dashed.”

There is plenty of blame redistribution from Barack Obama. Obama and his hapless henchmen blame oil prices, earthquakes, tornadoes, stubbed toes, ingrown nails, gray hairs, and insufficient time to golf. However, a strong economic recovery would have withstood even extraordinary economic shocks:

“But it is the underlying weakness of the U.S. economy that may have allowed these developments to knock the recovery off course.

“We’re structurally in a place where we’re going to be more vulnerable to downside risks than if the economy was growing strongly, and that’s what we’re seeing right now,” said Robert A. Dye, senior economist at PNC Financial Services Group. “We’re not far above stall speed.”

Get rid of the driver!

“But the outlook, as projected by economic forecasters and implied in government data, is clearly dimming. Economists at J.P. Morgan Chase on Wednesday lowered their projection for 2011 growth in gross domestic product to 2 percent. A week ago, those same economists had reduced the figure to 2.5 percent.

Reflecting rising pessimism, the interest rate that the Treasury Department must pay to borrow money for 10 years fell to 2.95 percent Wednesday, from 3.06 percent on Tuesday and 3.74 percent in February. As investors grow anxious, they are moving money into the safety of government bonds. Investors are also anticipating that the Federal Reserve will seek to support the recovery by keeping interest rates low for longer than previously expected.

Among the economic information that unsettled markets was a report by the Institute for Supply Management, which said that its index of manufacturing activity fell to 53.5 in May from 60.4 in April. Numbers above 50 indicate expansion, and analysts had expected a more modest pullback to 57.1. The new numbers showed the slowest rate of factory expansion since September 2009. [snip]

Also Wednesday, ADP, the payroll processing company, said that the rate of job creation at private businesses slowed sharply last month. Firms added 38,000 jobs, ADP estimated, compared with 179,000 jobs added in April.”

Tomorrow, the Labor Department will publish data on May job growth along with unemployment statistics. The expectations are slowing growth in jobs and a tick down to 8.9 percent in the unemployment rate.

At CNBC, they are worried:

“The last month has been a horror show for the U.S. economy, with economic data falling off a cliff, according to Mike Riddell, a fund manager at M&G Investments in London.

“It seems that almost every bit of data about the health of the US economy has disappointed expectations recently,” said Riddell, in a note sent to CNBC on Wednesday.

“US house prices have fallen by more than 5 percent year on year, pending home sales have collapsed and existing home sales disappointed, the trend of improving jobless claims has arrested, first quarter GDP wasn’t revised upwards by the 0.4 percent forecast, durables goods orders shrank, manufacturing surveys from Philadelphia Fed, Richmond Fed and Chicago Fed were all very disappointing.”

“And that’s just in the last week and a bit,” said Riddell.

Pointing to the dramatic turnaround in the Citigroup “Economic Surprise Index” for the United States, Riddell said the tumble in a matter of months to negative from positive is almost as bad as the situation before the collapse of Lehman Brothers in 2008.”

The car is headed into a ditch and the driver is on a cell phone raising cash for himself:

“President Obama’s top fund-raisers, meeting in Chicago on Wednesday were asked by Obama campaign manager Jim Messina to raise $60 million for the Obama 2012 re-elect and the Democratic Party by the end of June, I’ve been told. [snip]

Obama and First Lady Michelle, I’ve learned, will hit the fund-raising trail again this month in a quest to raise big money early on for the Obama 2012 re-elect and the DNC.”

Obama is golfing and raising money while Main Street and even Wall Street are in a panic:

“”What we’ve got right now is almost near panic going on with money managers and people who are responsible for money,” he said. “They can not find a yield and you just don’t want to be putting your money into commodities or things that are punts that might work out or they might not depending on what happens with the economy.

“We need to find real yield and real returns on these assets. You see bad data, you see Treasurys rally, you see all bonds and all fixed-income rally and then the people who are betting against the U.S. economy start getting bearish on stocks. That’s a huge mistake.”

Stocks extended losses after the manufacturing fell below expectations in May and the private sector added only 38,000 jobs during the month.

“Interest rates are amazingly low and that, thanks to Ben Bernanke, is driving everything,” Yastrow said. “We’re on the verge of a great, great depression. The [Federal Reserve] knows it.

“We have many, many homeowners that are totally underwater here and cannot get out from under. The technology frontier is limited right now. We definitely have an innovation slowdown and the economy’s gonna suffer.”

Obama is raising money for himself and attempting to bamboozle the public by claiming the bailout of junk car companies is a great victory. But that transfer of billions of dollars of wealth to car companies that will eventually go under, because they produce junk the public does not want, was not a success.

Garbage car companies and health insurance companies have gotten oodles of money from Barack Obama, who will soon be asking for some of that cash back for himself. Liberal Democrats like Brent Budowsky make plaintive pleas but fail to understand that Barack Obama is a boob and the very source of the problem:

“On behalf of the 15.9 percent of Americans who compose the real jobless rate and their moms, dads, brothers, sisters, sons and daughters who compose the 30 percent of Americans suffering misery from unemployment, I write this angry dissent against the culture of callousness of official Washington, which is doing virtually nothing to create jobs in America.

The ugly housing numbers released Tuesday suggest a double-dip collapse below earlier crash levels. The ugly jobs numbers released Wednesday by ADP remind us why 55 percent of Americans believe the nation is in a recession or depression, according to a recent Gallup poll. [snip]

My mission here is to give voice to the jobless, who have little voice in this town. I must offend some friends as well as adversaries.”

Budowsky is rightly outraged, but no one is going to listen to him. Certainly Barack Obama is too busy golfing and fundraising to take heed of people who won’t donate money to him. Barack Obama has his own interests and his own concerns:

“I angrily dissent from a Federal Reserve policy that provided some $20 trillion to bankers in the greatest trickle-down exercise in world history, which created vast wealth at the top, rampant speculation throughout markets, the cash-starving of small businesses and a tidal wave of foreclosures by bailed-out bankers who showed neither common sense, basic decency nor economic patriotism.”

Budowsky’s “dissent” would be more credible if he stopped flattering Barack Obama and declared it was long past time to get rid of Barack Obama. Until then, Budowsky, for all his outrage, is driving with Obama – into a ditch.


382 thoughts on “The Boob Economy Collapse – Obama Is The Problem


    Mother Jones’ Andy Kroll here:

    says that Repub rookie guvs offer “good news for Obama’s re-election bid”:

    “From Wisconsin to Florida, voters are nursing a bad case of buyer’s remorse concerning the rookie Republican governors they elected in 2010.”

    Ummm, dude. Voters have buyers remorse about the ineffective rookie currently in the White House.

    These people will smoke anything to keep that hopium high going. And to what benefit. If anything, the Mother Jones crowd should be pointing out that Obama is barely any different than Bush, that they were duped, and that they are sorry they foisted him on unsuspecting readers and followers.

  2. The car is headed into a ditch and the driver is on a cell phone raising cash for himself:


    BeerO can’t be bothered to figure out how to bring money into the economy but he is doing all the fundraisers he can to raise money for himself.

  3. #
    June 2nd, 2011 at 12:09 pm

    Mrs. Smith
    June 2nd, 2011 at 9:25 am
    Palin‘s Bus Defaced With ’Media Whore’ Sign

    I suppose whatever idiot BOT did this would DENY that Ubama is a media whore.

    He doesn’t govern.
    He doesn’t lead.
    He seeks the limelight away from tough questions, looking for softball questions and fluffy personality interviews:

    “Mr. Obama, if you were a tree, what kind of tree would you be?”

    O: “Well, certainly not an oak.”

    Yeah, who’s the media slut?

    Our power went out after my last post @ 11:50.
    When I called the Power Co they said due to the big problems we had last night….

    To tell you the Truth, to me, there is more going on here than meets the eye- Makes me think there is someone triangulating WeinerGate and perhaps, Cong Weiner is in on it…

    I found this video earlier and was hesitant to post it.

    Someone has written a well choreographed song about Weiner. I don’t know if it is possible to have something orchestrated so well in such a short amount of time. (didn’t the reveal come out last Fri nite Sat?)

    Anyway- here is the song on U-tube.

    If admin doesn’t want to embed it, it’s fine with me-

  4. I see Admin puts up a new post and I think, ‘Oh yea, maybe Admin found a morsel in the silver lining to share…..’


    We are forshitten.

    “The car is headed into a ditch and the driver is on a cell phone raising cash for himself….”

    We have been crammed under the bus for so long I can’t imagine what it’s like to be a confident American again.

  5. Obama’s job is to create confusion, chaos and despair. It’s in the book of Revelations-

  6. Obama camp wants $60 million by end of June.


    Meanwhile, the reelection campaign continues to target small donors, sending out an e-mail solicitation earlier Thursday asking for as little as $5. Like in 2008, the campaign has pledged not to take money from lobbyists or PACs, pledging to do “this the right way.”


    There are no words that are clean enough for Big Pinkers…

  7. Yesterday morning, there was a segment on the Today Show about teen age phenomenon, kids killing themselves by choking themselves to death with their own bare hands. Supposed to be produce some type of euphoric feeling before they actually die. So they search for the feeling and go too far, but by then it is too late and they are dead.

    Crazy- George Soros is the epitome of EVIL and so is Obama and his ungodly wife-

  8. Mrs. Smith
    June 2nd, 2011 at 3:43 pm
    Yesterday morning, there was a segment on the Today Show about teen age phenomenon, kids killing themselves by choking themselves to death with their own bare hands.


    Medically implausible to choke yourself to death using your “OWN BARE HANDS”. The person would pass out, hands would relax, he would start breathing again — instead of dying.

    Unless one kid is choking another kid, or they are using some devide like a noose. Some people do get high this way,and it is dangerous.

  9. Makes me think there is someone triangulating WeinerGate and perhaps, Cong Weiner is in on it…



    Cannonfire is still on the case with good info in the comments. He has a suspect, someone named Wolfe who made this accusation against Wiener suspiciously soon, has been stalking Wiener and the girl for a long time, etc. (No other connection between Wiener and the girl other than she was on his boilerplate list; she says she never got anything inappropriate from him.)

  10. What Ever Happened to Obama’s “Bin Laden Bounce”?
    By Douglas E. Schoen

    Published June 02, 2011


    Print Email Share Comments (119) Text Size Recent polling suggests that the successful raid on Usama Bin Laden’s compound last month has had at best, a modest and indeed, short-term impact on the president’s standings.

    To be sure, President Obama garners justifiably high ratings for leadership generally and on the War on Terror. But there is no sense that his overall political standing has changed.

    Indeed, President Obama’s job approval ratings are back at their pre-raid level in the latest Real Clear Politics average 51.8%-44.4%, and has dropped below fifty percent in the latest Gallup and Rasmussen polls.

    It is clear that the Bin Laden raid alone will not be enough to reelect Mr. Obama in 2012.

    The only way the President can turn these numbers around is to demonstrate real leadership on fiscal issues.

    The 2% drop in the stock market yesterday underscores the real and fundamental political problem that President Obama and indeed both parties face — the economy.

    The president has consistently garnered economic approval ratings of 40% or less in poll after poll – even in the latest CNN/ORC poll in which his overall approval rating was too high at fifty-four percent.

    Indeed, the underlying economic issues that America is facing remain clear and are dragging on his popularity.

    The implications of this for the 2012 election are clear. The fact that the President got no real bounce at all and saw no fundamental change in his ratings indicates the profound disquiet American voters feel with current economic circumstances.

    Given these findings, while it remains uncertain as to whom President Obama’s GOP challenger will ultimately be – his poor ratings on the economy leave him deeply vulnerable.

    Indeed, in trial heats for President against GOP primary contender Mitt Romney who has yet to get traction – the president’s lead is only in the single digits.

    To be sure, the Republicans are largely discouraged and discredited – with a budget plan that could potentially cost them control of the House of Representatives in the 2012 election.

    Indeed, Democrat Kathy Hochul’s win in one of New York’s most conservative Congressional districts in the NY-26 special election last week was a clear repudiation of the budget plan put forth by Representative Paul Ryan of Wisconsin — which most Americans understand will eliminate both Medicare and Medicaid without offering any alternative –
    If the president can fill the leadership void and assert his leadership on the budget, the deficit, and the debt he may enjoy a lasting political benefit that could impact his chances in 2012.

    But in the absence of such leadership, it is very clear that President Obama’s best asset in the 2012 election campaign will not be his record, but the Republicans – who lack a message, an agenda, and a clear frontrunner.

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  11. turndownobama
    June 2nd, 2011 at 5:04 pm

    Medically implausible to choke yourself to death using your “OWN BARE HANDS”. The person would pass out, hands would relax, he would start breathing again — instead of dying.

    Unless one kid is choking another kid, or they are using some devide like a noose. Some people do get high this way,and it is dangerous.
    You are addicted to ‘oneupsmanship’- get off it and get help.

    You never actually know what you are talking about. You guess- then do the research…

    The Today show showed a clip of a kid using his bare hands playing the game. Here is some information to inform you- before you shoot someone else down before knowing what you are actually talking about-

    h.. w..


    Knock yourself out!

    h… w…

  12. Emac’s Bottom Line
    Moody’s Threat of US Downgrade Departure from S&P’s Warning
    By Elizabeth MacDonald

    Published June 02, 2011
    | FOXBusiness
    Print Email Share Comments (16) Text Size Compare and contrast the downgrade threats from Moody’s Investor Services today with Standard & Poor’s warning back in April and you’ll see Moody’s cites the debt ceiling fight in Washington, whereas S&P assiduously does not.

    Why do I bring that up? Because it underlines the politically charged nature of a downgrade threat, which is bearish for the U.S. dollar. Citing the debt-ceiling fight puts pressure on DC negotiators to hammer out a deal. S&P was more sanguine that a deal would be reached, but it is more worried there is no credible plan to tackle the $14 trillion in debt, which is more than the entire Eurozone and is more than China and Japan combined.

    Here’s what Moody’s said, emphasis mine:

    1) The likelihood that Moody’s will place the US government’s rating on review for downgrade due to the risk of a short-lived default has increased. Since the risk of continuing stalemate has grown, if progress in negotiations is not evident by the middle of July, such a rating action is likely. The Secretary of the Treasury has indicated that the government will have to drastically reduce expenditure sometime around August 2 if the debt limit is not raised; the initiation of a rating review would precede this date.

    2) If a debt-ceiling-related default were to occur, Moody’s would likely downgrade the rating shortly thereafter. The extent of and length of time before a downgrade would depend on how factors surrounding the default affect the government’s fundamental creditworthiness, including (a) the speed at which the default were cured, (b) an assessment of the effect of the default on long-term Treasury borrowing costs, and (c) measures put in place to prevent a recurrence. However, a rating in the Aa range would be the most likely outcome. Any loss to bondholders would likely be minimal or non-existent, as Moody’s anticipates that a default would be cured quickly.

    3) If default is avoided, the Aaa rating would likely be affirmed after any review. Whether the outlook on the rating would be stable or negative would depend upon whether the outcome of the negotiations included meaningful progress toward substantial and credible long-term deficit reduction. Such reduction would imply stabilization within a few years and ultimately a decline in the government’s debt ratios, including the ratio of debt to GDP.

    Now here’s what S&P said back in April, which back then gave the market a temporary, transient stroke:

    S&P: Debt Ceiling Deal Not Factor In Outlook Change

    S&P: Expects Debt Ceiling To Be Raised

    S&P: Debt Ceiling Deal Not Factor In Outlook Change

    S&P: Doesn’t See Push For Meaningful Agreement In Next 2 Months

    S&P: Underlying Trajectory Of US Debt Burden Still Rising

    S&P: Negative Outlook Means 1 In 3 Chance Of Rating Cut

    S&P: Credibility Of Any US Debt Reduction Deal Still Uncertain

    S&P: US Outlook Changed On “Gulf Of Differences” Over How To Cut Debt

    S&P: S&P Affirms Rtgs On United States; Outlook Revised To Negative

    Here’s what’s important to underscore. Since 1989, S&P has lowered the ratings of 101 out of 174 sovereigns with a negative outlooks. On average, downgrades came six months after an outlook change, while a return to a stable outlook from negative on average happened after 15 months, says Chris Turner, head of FX strategy at ING.

    Overall, a weaker dollar is the outcome of such a ratings agency action. Especially given that a lot of U.S. debt is foreign held, unlike Japan.

    S&P has noted that US external debt as a percentage of current account receipts is now 140% versus a 40% median for the rest of the triple-A rated universe.

    Worth noting, too, is that changes in ratings usually are lagging indicators, usually occurring after an economic downturn. The rating agencies also don’t track each other in terms of when downgrades occur. Moody’s took away Japan’s triple-A in 1998; S&P followed three years later in 2001.

    And although further downgrades have come since, and despite the fact it has the heaviest debt burden, Japan still borrows at rock bottom rates, thanks to deflation — because its domestic savers are, shall we say, faithful that their government securities won’t default.

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  13. So, who cares what ‘the quitter’ Cannonfire says?

    Everyone is entitled to an opinion- post there if he’s another of your idols.

  14. Obama has only himself to blame for economic doldrums


    In case you didn’t get the message the first several dozen times, President Obama wants to remind you that he inherited a problem. He has publicly pointed his finger at the previous administration at least 71 times since his inauguration in order to excuse the economic slowdown, unemployment, housing mess and budget crisis that persist today, 2 1/2 years into his presidency. At various times, Obama has declared that he inherited “a fiscal disaster,” “an economic mess and a fiscal mess,” “a terrible mess,” “a big mess,” and “a real significant problem.” He has called it “the worst recession since the Great Depression,” “an economic crisis as deep and as dire as any since the Great Depression,” and “the most profound economic emergency since the Great Depression.”
    Ignore the fact that, as a senator, Obama voted (when he wasn’t absent, owing to campaign appearances) for much of the debt he now claims to have inherited. We will further refrain from blaming him for an economic crisis that started before he entered the Oval Office. Obama’s accountability concerns his failure to get the job done since then. This week’s anemic economic reports provide the latest in a steadily lengthening parade of news that demonstrates Obama’s policies not only have not produced the promised recovery, but very likely have retarded it. As the maxim goes, insanity consists of doing the same thing over and over again while expecting a different result.

    It has been a depressing week indeed on the economic front. First came the new manufacturing numbers, showing the slowest growth in that sector since September 2009. Then came the ADP Employment Services report, which found that only 38,000 net jobs were added to private payrolls last month — just one-fifth the number expected. Finally, two new real estate reports squeezed extra lemon juice in that salted wound. One showed that mortgage applications are down nationwide despite invitingly low interest rates. The other showed still-falling home prices in 19 out of 20 major cities. (Washington is the sole exception, thanks largely to Obama’s government spending boom.) These gloomy numbers have led major banks to slash forecasts for economic growth. The economy grew just enough last year to emerge, officially, from recession, but has stagnated since. Call it Obama’s stagcovery.

    Aside from his explosion of federal deficits, Obama’s economic policies to date have consisted of bullying businesses to help union allies, undermining economic confidence with ferocious, personal attacks on business lenders, and rolling out hundreds of suffocating new regulations. His $800 billion economic stimulus package was a complete bust. More Americans are on food stamps today — 44.5 million, or 14.4 percent — than at any time in American history. He has wasted billions on green energy subsidies even as gas prices climb. Yet unemployment remains at recession levels, the government approaches bankruptcy and Obama … plays golf on Memorial Day. When will Obama acknowledge ownership of the economic problems he has mismanaged for the past 28 months, and try something different?

  15. Shadowfax
    June 2nd, 2011 at 2:59 pm

    I’m telling you not to despair because you are innately a very strong woman. We are not forsaken.

    Don’t ever think that. Keep the faith-

  16. “Barack Obama is a boob and the very source of the problem:”
    That is a bit of an oxymoron. Obama is a boob…ie a sociopath who has shown himself to also be as dumb as a box of rocks. The “problem” is the corrupt single party system that selected this particular boob to be President. No one has come forward, in either party, who will challenge the oligarchy that is running this country into the ditch. No natural disaster or terrorist action could have come close to causing the financial damage that 11 years of Bush/Cheney and Obama have done to this Country.

  17. JanH
    June 2nd, 2011 at 6:00 pm

    Obama has only himself to blame for economic doldrums


    He isn’t going to be too happy on the campaign trail when people start peppering him with questions and begin rebutting his answers.

    We will begin seeing people getting arrested as hecklers and removed from the premesis.

    Hopefully their numbers will be great calling him out on all his broken promises.

  18. That is a bit of an oxymoron. Obama is a boob…ie a sociopath who has shown himself to also be as dumb as a box of rocks. The “problem” is the corrupt single party system that selected this particular boob to be President. No one has come forward, in either party, who will challenge the oligarchy that is running this country into the ditch. No natural disaster or terrorist action could have come close to causing the financial damage that 11 years of Bush/Cheney and Obama have done to this Country.
    that is the tragedy alright.

  19. Here is an interesting development:

    Coincidence or has Corsi struck White House gold?

    Bauer returns to campaign role

    By MATT NEGRIN | 06/02/11

    Bauer, is General Counsel to Obama. i.e. lead counsel, including defending Obama’s Birth Certificate issue.

    Author: ‘Birth Certificate’ prompts departure of White House counsel (Corsi re: Bauer)

    June 02, 2011 6:53:21 PM by Seizethecarp

    The author of the best-selling “Where’s the Birth Certificate? The Case That Barack Obama Is Not Eligible To Be President” charged today the resignation of White House counsel Bob Bauer is the result of his participation in the release of Barack Obama’s “Certificate of Live Birth,” which he fears would not stand up to the scrutiny of any serious investigation by the FBI, Congress or the media.

    Corsi believes Bauer “felt compelled” to resign because of the growing substance to worries that the eligibility issue will blow up into a full-scale investigation.

    “Bauer sent Perkins and Coie attorneys to Honolulu to pick up from the Hawaii Department of Health what he believed would be two certified copies of Obama’s 1961 long-form, hospital-generated birth certificate,” Corsi said.

    “When the White House released to the public the birth certificate in the form of a PDF computer file obviously created on Adobe software and a Xerox copy, Bauer realized the Hawaii DOH had participated in the fraud,” Corsi charged.

  20. Some Insider information. Take it at face value:

    “Corsi also said he believes top operatives in the Democratic Party “have concluded that if Obama does not kill the birther issue soon, he may have to resign – with the likelihood that Hillary Clinton will be elevated into the DNC presidential candidate in 2012.”

    Corsi suggested Republicans also are staying away from the “birther” issue because they have reached the same conclusion – and the RNC does not want “to have to face Hillary in the 2012 presidential election in the wake of an Obama resignation.” “What forced the release of the birth certificate on April 27 was the coming publication of the [Where’s the Birth Certificate?] book,” said Corsi. “Bauer’s resignation is the first step in the crumbling of inside support for Obama in the White House.” Corsi said pursuit of the “forger” who created the Obama “Certificate of Live Birth” already is well under way.

    “The forgery consists of a composite of these various Hawaii 1961 legitimate documents, onto which was added Obama-specific information, with the result that the final version was composed in Adobe software,” Corsi said.”

  21. Criminal complaint charges Obama birth record ‘forged’
    22-page brief filed with FBI claims ‘irrefutable proof’ document a fraud

    This is the first of three articles on the criminal complaint that scanner-expert Doug Vogt filed last week with the FBI.

    An international expert on scanners and document-imaging software filed a 22-page criminal complaint with the FBI, charging that the long-form birth certificate released by the White House is criminally fraudulent.

    “What the Obama administration released is a PDF image that they are trying to pass off as a Certificate of Live Birth Long Form printed on green security paper by the Hawaiian Health Department,” Doug Vogt writes, “but this form is a created forgery.”

    Vogt’s criminal complaint asserts: “I have irrefutably proven that the Certificate of Live Birth that President Obama presented to the world on April 27, 2011, is a fraudulently created document put together using the Adobe Photoshop or Illustrator programs, and the creation of this forgery of a public document constitutes a class B felony in Hawaii and multiple violations under U.S. Code section Title 18, Part 1, Chapter 47, Sec.1028, and therefore an impeachable offense.”

    When the Obama birth certificate “forgery” comes to the public’s attention, Vogt continues, “It will surpass all previous scandals including the Watergate scandal of the Nixon administration.”

  22. Admin…another one of your ‘best’…your insights and metaphorical visuals are a slam dunk on target…

    …right to the soul of the matter…

  23. Tim:

    Would that be Quantitative Easing?

    This is from Wikipedia:

    Quantitative Easing

    The term quantitative easing (QE) describes a form of monetary policy used by central banks to increase the supply of money in an economy when the bank interest rate, discount rate and/or interbank interest rate are either at, or close to, zero.

    A central bank does this by first crediting its own account with money it has created ex nihilo (“out of nothing”). It then purchases financial assets, including government bonds and corporate bonds, from banks and other financial institutions in a process referred to as open market operations. The purchases, by way of account deposits, give banks the excess reserves required for them to create new money by the process of deposit multiplication from increased lending in the fractional reserve banking system. The increase in the money supply thus stimulates the economy. Risks include the policy being more effective than intended, spurring hyperinflation, or the risk of not being effective enough, if banks opt simply to pocket the additional cash in order to increase their capital reserves in a climate of increasing defaults in their present loan portfolio.

    “Quantitative” refers to the fact that a specific quantity of money is being created; “easing” refers to reducing the pressure on banks. However, another explanation is that the name comes from the Japanese-language expression for “stimulatory monetary policy”, which uses the term “easing”. Quantitative easing is sometimes colloquially described as “printing money” although in reality the money is simply created by electronically adding a number to an account. Examples of economies where this policy has been used include Japan during the early 2000s, and the United States and United Kingdom during the global financial crisis of 2008–2009.”

    As I understand it- If the dollar loses it’s standing (because of Moody’s lowering our Credit Rating) as the World’s currency; then the Fed can no longer print money out of thin air. Do I have it right?

  24. Mrs. Smith
    June 2nd, 2011 at 8:14 pm

    My apolgies, I had to step away to do some housework. Yes, QE, is quantitative easing, essentially the Federal Reserve “prints” money, and the US treasury buys it, we are buying our own debt. We as a nation can do this only because the US dollar is the world’s reserve currency, once it is not, and at this rate if the debt is not dealt it may not be, we will no longer be able to print our own money to buy our own debt.

  25. As I understand it- If the dollar loses it’s standing (because of Moody’s lowering our Credit Rating) as the World’s currency; then the Fed can no longer print money out of thin air. Do I have it right?

    Yes, that’s a gist of it. The pain this country will suffer when entitlements, spending is reigned in will be nothing compared to the pain if the US dollar is no longer the world’s reserve currency. And a currency event is triggered when the world basically decides in the market that that currency cannot be trusted. In the early 20th century, up to until about 1920-30 or so, the US was not the world’s currency, the UK Sterling was, then there was a time, when both were parallel world currency, and that’s about when the great depression was over, WWII was started & then done, and we as a nation were the strongest, therefore we overtook UK in economic power and hence our currency became accepted as the world currency.

    The parallels to now are frightening, China and the US are now almost getting parallel, we have at the most 10 years to get our debt in order, it will be painful, but we have a say in how those cuts, etc can be made, because if they are not, the US dollar will no longer be the world’s reserve currency, and then the real ugly pain will start, and it will not be on our terms how it can be solved.

  26. Tim-

    You are a delight-to communicate with- I know you have your hand on the pulse of the economy and we can depend on you giving us the latest info of what is going on in the financial sector. Not surprising I have mental block on the meaning of QE2- My first thought is always the “ship”… 🙂

  27. Mrs. Smith
    June 2nd, 2011 at 8:59 pm

    LOL, trust me I’m no expert :), such some average american who is figuring this all out.

    to be honest, I never paid much attention to any of this, I listened to the news and believed them, then 2008 happened, I started reading a lot, researching online, youtube has some wonderful tutorials (that’s how I understood what QE is). Just search on youtube, I was amazed how many people have uploaded tutorials on anything and everything.

    LOL! oh yes, the ship, I forgot about that.

  28. Thanks Mrs. S-

    I know I am strong, but so much bad news is overwhelming at times.

    Watching Hannity, and if Big Love becomes our next President, I will shoot myself rather than have to listen to his bs.

  29. Thanks, Tim-

    I have to say, I appreciate your time and patience spent culling these articles for our perview..


    We all have our bad days.. and mainstream news is meant to be depressing for the desired effect.

    I found this to show you we are not alone. We may not see it on tv or in the news but there are millions of our brothers and sisters ready to fight for what is right. The video title is:

    Mr Obama WE are Coming…. (for you)

    the perfect segue to Sarah Palin’s theme bus:

  30. poor Charles K. The man truely is some damn DC elitist.

    “ITS NOT HER TURN” What utter bull$hit

  31. admin- please post this 05/31 video when you can:

    Krauthammer has nothing good to say about Sarah Palin AND Hillary Clinton. He said: Hillary doesn’t have the “Political Smarts and the StarPower” to run and Win the Presidency. Sarah “needs schooling”-

    Can you believe CK get paid to peddle his misogynistic BS?

  32. yes, tim- When you look at Krauthammer’s face, he is sooo full of Botox the only things that move are his lower lip and upper eyelids..

  33. Mrs. Smith
    June 2nd, 2011 at 7:09 pm
    If any of this proves out, and depending on the scope of their involvement, Perkins Coie may find itself in hot water as well.

  34. Mrs Smith thank you for all those Birth certificate fraud links, I haven’t been following it, nothing about the Waffles man is real, I just figured it would be all shoved under a rug, since we have no real press anymore, the internet is the only place to find any real unfiltered information.

  35. Thirty years ago there was a case in the superior court of alaska where an attorney I had had a run in with offered a forged deed to the judge, Singleton–a very studious and the judge stopped him mid stream and read him his Miranda rights. The ultimate disposition of the case, I do not know, but I rather suspect that he lost his license to practice law. I doubt that Perkins Coie would be that sloppy, and I make no specific allegation, but if this truly is a forged birth certificate, then like dynamite, it could rend in all directions.

  36. another interview that explains how they will just try and inflate our problems (and I might add our middle class away; since it is the middle class & smaller businesses who will suffer the most) away. Instead of taking this pain now on our terms and strenthening the middle class, if they do this QE3, all hell is going to break lose next year, and it truely will a point of very painful return, if it does for our country.

  37. I think Trump and Sarah can do some good. Neither one has to run if the “birther” issue busts wide open. All they have to do ie keep the Republican nominee at bay while Obama gets his a** nailed to the barn door and his walking papers straight to the nearest penitentiary.

  38. “Sarah goes up to Romney protestors and asks them questions.’

    haha! 🙂

  39. tim
    June 2nd, 2011 at 10:34 pm

    The only other person with this kind of steel spine I have ever seen is Hillary; reminds me of Hillary in those townhalls, absolutely fearless.

    Sarah goes up to Romney protestors and asks them questions.


    Where is it mentioned that Sarah goes up to Romney protestors in that article?

    Or for that matter, where is Romney mentioned at all in that article?

  40. Was he the same fool who said Hillary isn’t qualified to be president because all she did as first lady is serve tea, was that him, or someone else?


    Might have been Gibbs?? maybe??

  41. poor Charles K. The man truely is some damn DC elitist.

    “ITS NOT HER TURN” What utter bull$hit


    If he’s reduced to saying THAT–? (About SArah?)

  42. Obama is a boob…ie a sociopath who has shown himself to also be as dumb as a box of rocks. The “problem” is the corrupt single party system that selected this particular boob to be President.


    Yes. I’m not sure how people can have it both ways, saying he’s a stupid boob and also is also doing a very deliberate effective job at destroying the US etc etc. A boob well chosen for a puppet for this effect, might be possible.

  43. Fifth Dimension
    June 2nd, 2011 at 10:57 pm

    Good point & my mistake — I reread it, I posted that link from a comment I saw at, you are correct, it says only protestors, it does not indicate they were Romney protestors, could have been Obots, any bots.

  44. Not a problem Tim, although I seem to recall this is the second time in the last few weeks you’ve posted something that was not related to the quoted article. Would be helpful if posters checked content before posting. Thanks.


    Several technology experts and bloggers have pointed out that one way to get a photo quickly posted to yfrog and Twitter is by sending the photo to a special email address associated with the accounts.

    In theory, someone who simply knew Weiner’s yfrog email address could have emailed the photo, which in turn would have been simultaneously uploaded to both his yfrog and Twitter accounts — all without ever being prompted for a password or permission.

    The blog Cannonfire tried it out and took screen grabs to demonstrate HERE.

    We tried to replicate the process ourselves, but it turns out yfrog has disabled email posting service — a sign that some say suggests the company has identified a security problem.

    “Even though our email upload feature has not been compromised or broken into, we are taking this opportunity to evaluate the feature and secure it even further,” the company explained in a statement.

  46. turndownobama
    June 2nd, 2011 at 11:26 pm

    My guess is that, best case scenario: the picture is his, but he did not send it. Do men tend to take pictures of ‘themselves?’ So I hear. Significant others sending pictures of themselves to their partners as a way to flirt, tease, etc, especially when apart, also happens….so that may be why such pictures exist. If that were the case, while not exactly the most comfortable thing to talk about to the public, it’d be a hell of a lot better than what Weiner is saying out there right now.

    What’s interesting is the guy who informed Breitbart of this story, the twitter user Dan Woolfe, had also predicted this scandal!

    Making things stranger, it’s clear from his Twitter feed that Wolfe is a right-wing activist who has been obsessed with Weiner for months, even tweeting way back on May 12 that a “top5 RightWing blogger has sexscandal pics” of Weiner.

    How could the very guy who let Breitbart know, have known about the pics 3 weeks before the pics were sent??

  47. How could the very guy who let Breitbart know, have known about the pics 3 weeks before the pics were sent??


    Cannonfire makes a pretty good case for Wolfe himself being the prime suspect for uploading/sending the photo. He had been known to be stalking both Wiener and the recipient (GEnette) for quite a while. Iirc, he also started telling about the photo tweet almost as soon as it happened.

    I wish Cannonfire were better organized and more readable (the comments are neater). But scroll down to the headline accusing Wolfe.

  48. Fifth Dimension
    June 2nd, 2011 at 11:37 pm

    Stranger still i: why would Dan Wolfe layout all his vulnerabilities in public for his x-wife and x-girlfriend to exploit?

    The whole boondoggle doesn’t resonate as a true accounting- and neither does Weiner’s demeanor resonate as authentic. As I said before- this whole thing seems to be a scam distracting from something happening elsewhere. With Obama(?)

    If you read upstream- a 20 pg brief has been filed by a computer geek expert in Adobe/Illustrator with the FBI disproving Obama’s BC submitted on April 27th as a forgery and a fraud.

  49. From comments to the Salon article, here’s some clarification on what happened. (Someone braver than I can check out the tinyurl.)

    No photo was tweeted to anyone from Weiner’s Twitter account. A link was tweeted to a yfrog account. Anyone can upload a photo to your yfrog account if they know how, and an tweet is automatically generated. Why does Salon refuse to do even the most basic fact checking on this non-story? This page explains how it’s done: (link at sig too)

  50. The whole story is a bloody HOAX meant to distract and using up people valuable time rather than paying attention to what Obama is doing..

  51. Yes, most of the evidence seems to point to it being a hoax, probably by this Wolfe. However his motive may be more personal: records show him posting a lot about Wiener in the recent past, and also stalking the woman (questioning her relatives etc).

    As to how Wolfe’s story about his ex’s got out, apparently it was written in confidence and leaked. See Apparently it’s not been verified either, nor has Wolfe’s alleged identity with @patriot whosis.

  52. Just to point out the obvious. The ABC story I quoted above says they asked yFrog about this and yFrog responded with a CYA statement. Of course yFrog would be scrambling to fix the hole, may have already fixed it. It will be in their interest to deny that any such hole existed. So the commentors at Cannonfire and elsewhere who found the same hole, won’t find it still there. Probably yFrog got to it before any more credible journalist (ha!) could verify it.


    The women are heckled as they enter. “Tell us your name and where you are from,” says one of the men. As if on a game show the women comply, one by one. When Caroline says she is an intern, the largest of the group, a white-haired man with a big belly and big laugh, roars, “We’re afraid of interns.” He throws his knife at a lean man named Mike, at the other end of the table. Mike is unamused. He threatens to throw it back. Another guy, rotund and jolly-faced, stands up and does an impression of Marlon Brando doing Don Corleone. The others think it’s hysterical.

    Diana whispers that there is no way they can be congressmen. She figures they are businessmen. She wonders how she is going to get out.

    They are congressmen—although at first they pretend not to be. One, the youngest, with a tiny goatee, introduces himself as Anthony, an auto-parts salesman. The others call him “the Jewish kid” and make fun of his beard. Their real names and states are as follows: the auto-parts salesman is Anthony Weiner (D-N.Y.); the lean Mike is Michael Capuano (D-Mass.); the jolly guy who imitated Brando is John Larson (D-Conn.); the man who was worried about interns is Robert Brady (D-Pa.). …

    The next day, New York’s Anthony Weiner finds the time to hunt down Diana’s E-mail address. He writes that he hopes they might meet again. Diana is overwhelmed that he’s managed to think of her on a day that must be heavy with import and emotional intensity. Last night he mentioned that he’d be going to Manhattan to inspect the World Trade Center wreckage with the president. They’d be traveling together on Air Force One.

    Caroline records: “Went for lunch with Diana. Anthony Weiner has emailed her and she didn’t know he was a member of Congress. She died when I showed her his card! It was so funny!! I think she likes him, but she doesn’t want to admit it. In fact, I know she likes him ’cos she’s been on his website this afternoon looking at the photo gallery.”

    A week later, two nights before Caroline will leave for England, the girls return to the Capital Grille. Now they know the drill, and they capture their prey with ease. “Three more congressmen,” Diana gloats. “Republicans—got their cards and everything.”

    She has left Anthony Weiner dangling, after he E-mailed her that she should come and visit his office “in person.” “I thought that was kind of cheesy,” sniffs Diana.

  54. turndownobama
    June 3rd, 2011 at 12:24 am


    Sounds like a plausible explanation, TDO. It could also be a hoax as suggested by Mrs. Smith, or some sort of distraction.

    Not sure what to make, however, of AW’s inability to say with certitude whether the pic is him or not. I also still haven’t forgiven AW for his defense of Obamacare either, when he knew it was a lacking piece of progressive legislation.

    Huma has been loyal to Hillary, don’t want her getting ensnared in all of this, but AW has a lot more to explain, imo. Perhaps it can still be done, a valid explanation that is, but not quite, from what we are hearing from AW right now.

  55. admin
    June 3rd, 2011 at 12:52 am


    Is this your way of saying it’s a weiner roast, Admin?

  56. My experience with men, and I have been around the block a few times…is when they can’t come up with a simple yes or no answer when they are cornered for doing something creepy…there is a higher chance they are guilty than innocent.

    The Weener has done something he shouldn’t have. I will bet Obama’s job on it. 😉

  57. is when they can’t come up with a simple yes or no answer when they are cornered for doing something creepy


    Meaning of “is”?

  58. Fifth Dimension, we’re being very circumspect regarding the Weiner because we have had a certain level of contact with the congressman in the past as well as members of his staff and have some knowledge of inner office workings.

    One thing we are sure of and we knew it the minute we posted the Weiner story at 11:05 last Saturday: The picture is of Weiner.

    Our sympathies lie with Huma Abedin solely in this matter.

    As to who posted the picture, why, when it was taken, and all the many questions surrounding this situation our best guess is that Weiner accidentally posted the picture himself.

    If it was not Weiner who posted the picture, if it was not an former target of his advances, then our best guess as to who posted the picture is: a member of Weiner’s own staff. There’s quite a bit of hostility towards the congressman among those who work, or have worked for him.

    The knives stuck into Weiner are not the knives of strangers or political/ideological foes.

  59. Your cites don’t show any cases of DEATH by using ones “own bare hands.” Because you’d pass out and the hands would relax.

    I tried a search for [ death by own bare hands ] without quotes or brackets and found no claims of barehanded self-strangulation succeeding except this at Facebook:

    Vincent Price was a well known actor, but little know of Vincent’s uncanny ability to choke himself to death with his own bare hands….and succeeding.

    there is also a book made out of his skin in the 3rd floor of the library at UGA

    Here are the results of checking your cites:

    [[ Hands are used but no death by “own bare hands” mentioned.


    [[ Link didn’t come up. ]]

    Paige’s parents made a connection to her recent behavior.
    “I would find robe belts with knots in them. I thought it was a nervousness thing,” said Deb.

    [[ That wasn’t bare-handed. ]]


    [[ Adding +hand to the search string finds no cases of death by ones “own bare hands” on the first screen. Can you find any further on? ]]

  60. It appears that the high faleutin Greek that Bambi has nominated to head the Department of Commerce is an environmental extremist. He founded the Natural Resources Defense Council which is anathema to business and job creation, which should be the priority now. With that philosophy he has no business running Commerce. The mission of that agency is to create jobs, not to destroy them (see below). This is a form of payola to the Environmentalist lobby. It stinks to high heaven.

    “The U.S. Department of Commerce promotes job creation, economic growth, sustainable development and improved standards of living for all Americans by working in partnership with businesses, universities, communities and our nation’s workers.” (wiki)

  61. Come to think of it, I know that guy. I have never met him but I am familiar with his work. He is part of that well heeled enviromentalist fringe who do their best work and cocktail parties, and use enviromental regulations to suppress economic growth and drive mid sized companies under with onerous regulations to further the interests of major corporations who buy exemptions through campaign contributions. I believe this guy is going to have trouble, and may not survive the process. That Natural Resources Defense Council is a scorched earth litigation entity, which is the last thing we need right now. We need jobs and this wacko–just look at that little grin of his in the photo, is the kiss of death to any notion of business recovery. To put him in charge of commerce is madness.

  62. He is the kind of useless fuck who destroyed the logging industry in Washington to save the spotted owl, and the kind who shut down industry to save the darter snail. Pushed to the wall, an asshole like him would save if it came to destroying the last small pox bug, which is housed at Fort Deterich Maryland, and thereby eliminate human suffering, he would come rushing into the courtroom like the rhyme of the ancient mariner and plead the case for saving the small pox virus. He is a cocksucker–the more I think about it. He should recuse himself.

  63. The fact that Obama would appoint someone like this to commerce proves that he has no serious interest in job creation–he is just campaigning.

  64. Obama only nominates real environmentalists when he’s sure the GOP will defeat them.

    Thus his money backers get what they want, but he still gets public credit for trying.
    Well Turndown, maybe you are right. But I make a distinction between environmentalist and conservationists. The kind of environmentalists I have seen are those who have made their money and only now decided they need to suppress economic opportunity by other people. They believe there should be only 2 billion people on earth. And their commitment to principle is honorific, decorative and expedient. In some cases they use it as an entry barrier and in other cases they use it to drive out mid-sized competition who cannot afford the lobbyists and the political contributions which they can. Theirs is a religion–pantheism, whereas conservation is a rational policy.

  65. So, this explanation throws Cannonfire and the supposed stalker, Wolfe’s explanation out the window.

    admin says:

    “If it was not Weiner who posted the picture, if it was not an former target of his advances, then our best guess as to who posted the picture is: a member of Weiner’s own staff. There’s quite a bit of hostility towards the congressman among those who work, or have worked for him.

    The knives stuck into Weiner are not the knives of strangers or political/ideological foes.”

    It appears all Weiner is doing is making the case for plausible deniability.

  66. admin, I’ve been rude again for I submitted what was on my mind ahead of expressing appreciation for your good work in sharing what is on your mind which possesses a depth of understanding I can never achieve on my own. THANK YOU.

  67. Why Lie Turndown? It doesn’t do you any good when you’re caught!

    June 3rd, 2011 at 3:17 am

    Your cites don’t show any cases of DEATH by using ones “own bare hands.” Because you’d pass out and the hands would relax.

    From the first site:

    “Self-asphyxiation-choking each other or themselves, which produces a kind of high. “Press people up against a wall, until they didn’t have any oxygen, until they passed out,” describes Kelly. Jessica Fuller says “[they] probably do it for about four hours at a time, like repeatedly, over and over again.”

    They use bags, belts, ties, or even their own bare hands, causing hypoxia, a shortage of oxygen. “Basically, it’s a very dangerous play where the person deprives his brain of oxygen,” explains Dr. Ashraf Attalla, child psychiatrist, “By reducing the blood pressure the brain basically starts an irreversible process of dying.”
    h… w…

    Why deceive, Turndown?

    My original link:

    your version: (when applied correctly with h..w..) the link is workable

    [[ Link didn’t come up. ]]

    I don’t get it- Why are you trying to attack and undermine my credibility with lies. This is behavior common to psychopaths and sociopaths. You’ve attacked just about everyone on this board one time or another and why your enabler encourages you is beyond my comprehension, unless it is at his request?

  68. Hamas Moving HQ from Syria to Egypt, Warns Netanyahu

    Hamas is moving its headquarters from Damascus to Egypt, and the terror group is strengthening itself in the Sinai, Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu told the Knesset Foreign Affairs and Security Committee Monday.

    He also noted that the Muslim Brotherhood, from which Hamas sprung, also has become a more powerful force in Egypt since the ouster of Hosni Mubarak. The Prime Minister stated his concern about the inability of the provisional military regime in Egypt to exercise sovereignty in the Sinai, which borders Israel and from where Bedouin and Hamas terrorists smuggle weapons from Iran, Sudan, Syria and elsewhere into Gaza.

    Al-Qaeda also has brought 400 terrorists into the area, according to an Egyptian official quoted by an Arab news agency,

    The Prime Minister confirmed previous reports that Hamas supreme leader Khaled Mashaal has pulled out of Damascus, where his presence and welcome by Syrian President Bashar Assad is an additional worry for him in the face of the continuing uprising.

    The vacuum of power in the Sinai has been illustrated by “the two gas explosions that occurred there” this year, Prime Minister Netanyahu told the Knesset committee. “Global terrorist organizations are interfering, there and their presence is increasing because of the geographic connection between Sinai and Gaza.”

    The Sharon government agreed to pull out of Gaza following the 2005 expulsion of nearly 10,000 Jews in the area. Agreements with Egypt on security in the Sinai began falling apart after Hamas ousted Fatah from Gaza four years ago.

    Following the Operation Cast Lead counterterrorist campaign at the end of 2008 and the beginning of 2009, Israel relied on American and European guarantees to monitor the transfer of goods and merchandise from the Sinai to Gaza, but these also have eroded. The opening of the Rafiah crossing this past Saturday has further harmed security.

    The de facto dominance of Bedouin tribes and allied terrorists in the Sinai has set the stage for further stockpiling of advanced arms by Hamas and for plotting terrorist attacks at tourist and holy sites in Egypt.

  69. Netanyahu: Israel Will Protect Its Borders

    Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu said Thursday that the Jewish state had the “right and obligation to protect its borders,” signaling that the penetration of Israel’s border by Syrians on May 15 will not be repeated.

    “On May 15 we marked the the creation of [modern] Israel,” Netanyahu told attendees of the International Hi-Tech Conference at the Jerusalem International Convention Center.

    “We have witnessed the efforts of our enemies and violate our borders. Provocations by Iran, Syria, Hizbullah and Hamas. The same efforts are expected again in the coming days to challenge our sovereignty and undermine our country’s borders,” Netanyahu said.

    “Israel, like every country in the world, has the right and obligation to guard its borders and protect them,” added Netanyahu. “My instructions are clear: to act with restraint but also with the determination required in order to protect our citizens and our borders.”

    Netanyahu’s statement comes as Arabs plan to mark June 5 as “Naksa Day” – the date on which Jerusalem was liberated by Israel in the 1967 Six Day War.

    Arabs in Palestinian Authority administered areas expect to commemorate the day with riots. Foreign Arabs, especially in Syria and Lebanon, are expected to march on Israel’s borders.

    PA chairman Mahmoud Abbas, who has promised a third intifada if negotiations with Israel fail, said this year’s ‘Nakba Day’ riots were only a ‘rehearsal’ for the June 5 ‘Naksa Day.”

    Previously, during May 15’s annual “Naqba Day” unrest, some 100 Syrian agitators illegally entered Israel’s Golan region and clashed with security forces. Israel’s security forces have been equipped with less-than-lethal weapons for Naksa Day.

    Lebanon is reportedly closing its border with Israel on June 5 in hopes of avoiding an incident and the IDF has gone on alert.

  70. Israel Working To Stop Second IHH Flotilla To Gaza

    Turkey’s IHH confirmed last week the infamous Mavi Marmara will serve as the flagship of a second flotilla aiming to violate Israel’s territorial waters and break the Israeli blockade on the Hamas terrorist organization in Gaza.

    “Freedom Flotilla 2,” its organizers say, will attempt to take 4,000 anti-Israel activists from around the world on 20 ships to Gaza. It is scheduled to set sail on May 15th to coincide with the annual Naqba demonstrations staged by Arabs in Israel to protest the founding of the Jewish state.

    Israel’s Deputy Foreign Minister Danny Ayalon plans to meet with foreign ambassadors at the ministry on Tuesday to seek their help in heading this year’s flotilla off at the pass.

    The Foreign Ministry has also been asking foreign governments, including Spain, Britain, Ireland and Sweden, to publish travel advisories warning their citizens against sailing to Gaza. Britain and Ireland have in fact done so.

    According to an unconfirmed report in the Tehran Times, Foreign Minister Avigdor Leiberman, who is currently in Berlin to discuss a panoply of diplomatic issues with his German counterpart, Guido Westerwelle, will ask for German assistance in stopping this year’s flotilla attempt.

    According to the report, Lieberman will also discuss stopping the flotilla with Italian Foreign Minister Franco Frattini, who is also in Berlin today. Lieberman is expected to raise the issue with Czech Foreign Minister Karel Schwarzenberg during his upcoming visit to Prague as well.

    Activists on the first IHH flotilla in May 2010 ambushed Israeli naval commandos who boarded the ship in accordance with international law, attempted to take them captive and seriously injuring several. The commandos were forced to kill nine aggressors in order to rescue their imperiled comrades.

    Contrary to claims by the organizers there was no aid on the flotilla, which they themselves let slip was intended to be a public relations debacle for Israel.

    French, German, Italian, and US security officials all say the Turkish IHH is involved in sponsoring terror. The US has moved to list it as a terror organization. The IHH banned by Germany last year, however, is not the same organization as the one behind the first Gaza flotilla.

  71. Anti-Palin activists, The Leftists, are really scraping the bottom of the barrel to come up with this gem. Shame on Martin Bashir for slinging partisan mud for $$$$!

    Is Palin’s bus tour illegal?

    – Thu Jun 2, 2011

    New York – MSNBC’s Martin Bashir claims the former Alaska governor is violating federal law by waving the flag while raising money

    Rumored presidential candidate Sarah Palin has taken plenty of heat for her ambiguous, unorthodox, and press-unfriendly “One Nation” bus tour. But MSNBC’s Martin Bashir has gone beyond routine criticism, suggesting that Palin’s east-coast jaunt might be “in breach of federal law.” Citing the United States Flag Code, Bashir says you can’t use the nation’s flag in any form of advertising and Palin, he argues, is using her bus, which is plastered with giant images of the flag, not for campaigning, but for “filling her pockets.” Does he have a point, or is this just an anti-Palin cheap shot?

    This guy does not know what he is talking about: Martin Bashir is an ignorant political hack, says Alex Fitzsimmons at News Busters. The nonpartisan Congressional Research Service, which provides legal advice to Congress, says observance of the Flag Code is strictly voluntary. And if the Supreme Court says you can burn the flag, surely you can decorate a bus with it.
    “Martin Bashir: Sarah Palin’s bus tour a ‘breach of federal law'”

    This is hypocritical and blatant Palin-bashing: Bashir is just singling out Palin because she’s conservative, says Patterico’s Pontifications. Why didn’t he complain when Barack Obama, and Hillary Clinton, and John Kerry — Democrats all — used the flag in their political ads? The fact is that “politicians wrap themselves in the flag all the time.” And Bashir’s own network has liberally, and inappropriately, splashed the flag on the screen, too.

    “Martin Bashir is shocked and angry that … a politician is using a flag in an ad”

    It may be legal, but Palin is exploiting the flag: “Palin is not promoting a book, a candidacy, or anything but herself,” says Alex Moore at Death + Taxes. There are indeed no legal penalties for violating the Flag Code, as “it’s more just a base line code for decency and respect.” But this blatant exploitation of the stars and stripes proves that Palin is a charlatan who sells herself as the pinnacle of patriotism, but “can’t even rise to meet this basic benchmark” of decency.

    “Sarah Palin’s bus tour breaking federal law for desecrating U.S. flag?”;_ylt=As1Lak7IPH_8lGOwV9Ld.051EcF_;_ylu=X3oDMTJ0NjJzdGNuBGFzc2V0A3RoZXdlZWsvMjAxMTA2MDIvMjE1ODgzBGNjb2RlA3B6YmYzMHY4BGNwb3MDNgRwb3MDNgRzZWMDeW5fdG9wX3N0b3JpZXMEc2xrA2lzcGFsaW5zYnVzdA–

  72. Tim, I don’t get it. Hillary proposed a mandate as part of her health plan. She said Universal Healthcare was impossible without a mandate. This was Hillary’s defining policy proposal.

    Obamacare and mandate are not synonyms, anymore than Hillary’s plan was the same as Obamacare. Hillary planned to roll her plan out over two terms — and that was before the meltdown — to check unintended consequences and smooth over the politics. Obamacare is like a Soviet 5-year plan that doesn’t even look good on paper. It ignored the meltdown and the deficit, and Obama-Pelosi resorted to race-baiting and thuggery to force it down voters’ throats. One of the reasons I despise Obama is that he attacked Hillary’s mandate, then flip-flopped on the mandate the instant he took office.

    Then the boob and that Neo-Bolshevik harridan so screwed up the politics that now he can’t call the mandate what it is — a health tax that you don’t have to pay if you have insurance. If he just calls it a tax, the constitutional question disappears. Of course, the gov’t has the power to tax. Obama just can’t use the word ‘tax’ because he pissed off the Tea Party.

    Hillary could have communicated to Harry & Louise that they don’t pay the health tax because they already have insurance. This is a civilized country, not Death In Venice. We don’t let the uninsured die in the streets. But if you rely on the safety net to cover an unexpected injury or illness, then you pay a tax upfront. Either get insurance or pay the tax. That’s the mandate.

    But these Neo-Bolshevik thugs pissed everybody off, painted themselves into a corner, and now they’re stuck with this sophistry about the Commerce Clause. (And that’s all that crap was about ‘earning less money’, just a b.s. answer to a b.s question on some abstract metaphysical level that has nothing to do with solving our health policy problems in the real world. And I don’t appreciate judges playing word games. I don’t care about Obama’s political b.s., the mandate is a tax.)

    Just because Obama mangled everything, I don’t want the Supreme Court ruling that a mandate is unconstitutional. 1) According to Hillary, that means we’ll never get to Universal coverage. 2) I don’t want the courts dictating healthcare policy — that’s a vastly bigger constitutional problem than the mandate, and it’s not metaphysical.

    I’m disgusted with Obama too. But I’m not going to latch onto every Republican attack against him. Then we’re just like Obama running Harry & Louise ads against Hillary. We The People elected Obama and we have to pay the price of our own national stupidity by fixing Obamacare bit-by-bit. But having the Supreme Court permanently prohibit Universal Healthcare just because I hate Obama?


    Jon Stewart has been perfectly transparent in counting Rep. Anthony Weiner among his friends and giving him the maximum benefit of the doubt as the mystery of how a lewd photo ended up on his Twitter account. But while Stewart began the week shrugging the story off, and begrudgingly kept his audience “apenis” of it, today he spent almost ten minutes parsing the legislator’s interview with Wolf Blitzer and trying to figure out how he cannot have certainty in whether the photo is his.

    Stewart did his very best to begin the segment with anything but “Weinergate,” thanking Mitt Romney for doing something in the news and laughing at his unremarkable campaign launch speech. But not even Stewart could keep the vulgar photo in check, as it took over Romney’s image and “literally c*ckblocked” the story. But Stewart didn’t give up, attempting to run the introduction to InDecision 2012 to fight off the rogue graphic, only to be greeted with “Circumcision 2012: Between A C*#k and a Hard Place” and, eventually, an incredibly boring picture of Tim Pawlenty’s crotch which put him to sleep.

    After all this madness, Stewart finally got to the root of the matter, looking at Rep. Weiner’s words. He began slowly, mocking Rep. Weiner for using the term “distraction” to describe the full-blown scandal. “Distraction is a cell phone going off in a meeting,” he joked. He then got to Rep. Weiner being uncertain of whether the photo is of him, and gave him some free advice: “I’m no big city detective, but why don’t you just check inside your pants, where I believe you keep the item in question?” He then scoffed at the thought that investigators were needed to identify him (“your penis didn’t rob the Bellagio”) before sighing at the thought of having to cover the story at all.

    Herein Angel Tom Brokaw took advantage of the moment of weakness to remind Stewart of journalistic integrity, only to be fought off successfully by Devil Don Rickles‘ shouts of “Weiner’s wiener!” His conscience satiated, Stewart then proceeded to slow-jam his pal’s troubles for another five or so minutes.

    So for those of you keeping tally on who is and isn’t defending Rep. Weiner in the great summer caper known as “Weinergate,” it’s pretty safe to say the Congressman just lost Jon Stewart. It might be time to rethink that PR strategy.


    WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Employment rose far less than expected in May to record its weakest reading since September, while the jobless rate rose to 9.1 percent as high energy prices and the effects of Japan’s earthquake bogged down the economy.

    Nonfarm payrolls increased 54,000 last month, the Labor Department said on Friday, with private employment rising 83,000, the least amount since June. Government payrolls dropped 29,000.

    Economists polled by Reuters had expected payrolls to rise 150,000 and private hiring to increase 175,000 in May. The government revised employment figures for March and April to show 39,000 fewer jobs created than previously estimated.

    The job creation slowdown confirmed the economic weakness already flagged by other data from consumer spending to manufacturing. It could stoke fears about the depth and duration of a slowdown that started early in the year.

  75. Hillary proposed a mandate as part of her health plan. She said Universal Healthcare was impossible without a mandate. This was Hillary’s defining policy proposal.

    Imo the huge difference with Hillary’s mandates & Obama’s mandates is that Hillary’s very sensible plan was that you will be mandated to have SOME kind of health coverage, and you can choose whether you want that coverage to be private health insurance OR a public plan (aka medicare) which is not insurance.
    Obamacare says that you will buy private health insurance or pay a fine.

  76. Obamacare says that you will buy private health insurance or pay a fine.


    Also she was not going to enforce it by a fine. There would be a variety of public plans available. If someone came into a hospital wanting care and was not enrolled in anything, the staff would enroll them in whichever plan would be best for them.

  77. Votermom, Hillary also structured the mandate regionally and at point of contact so that her plan would not implicate Commerce Clause questions.

    Even more important, Hillary’s plan would actually reduce costs because, for instance, Hillary would allow price negotiations between government entities and drug companies. Obama sold out that cost bender to Billy Tauzin in January 2009.

    Hillary Clinton offered a health care plan which would lower costs and actually improve health. Obama forced through a health scam transfer of wealth to health insurance companies.

  78. Here is todays schedule for our Girl.Oh if only BO would only quit or some real patriot file for his impeachment for fraudulent activities in his crooked road to the WH

    TGIF: Secretary of State Hillary Clinton Public Appointments for June 3rd 2011
    June 3, 2011
    tags: Daily Appointment Schedule, Hillary Clinton, Hillary Rodham Clinton, Secretary of Stateby stacyx


    9:20 a.m. Secretary Clinton meets with participants in the Middle East Partnership Initiative’s Leaders for Democracy Fellowship (LDF) Program, at the Department of State.

    9:30 a.m. Secretary Clinton meets with Ambassador to the UN Susan Rice, at the Department of State.

    10:25 a.m. Secretary Clinton participates in the Business Forum Promoting Commercial Opportunities in Iraq, at the Department of State.

    11:00 a.m. Secretary Clinton attends a meeting at the White House.

    2:15 p.m. Secretary Clinton holds a bilateral meeting with Azerbaijani Foreign Minister Elmar Mammadyarov, at the Department of State.

    3:30 p.m. Secretary Clinton meets with the staff who worked on the 2011 U.S.-China Strategic and Economic Dialogue, at the Department of State.

  79. trying to figure out how he cannot have certainty in whether the photo is his.


    Sorry, but maybe he once had a girlfriend who had a camera.

    How could he be sure what pictures she might have taken or whether the prankster had got hold of one of them?

  80. Obama just can’t use the word ‘tax’ because he pissed off the Tea Party.


    Also he made soem big campaign promise about no new taxes.

  81. Obama operatives take the ‘birth certificate’ fight to the next level. Substituting Corsi’s book with another book with the same title consisting of ALL blank pages as a diary! And it appears, Amazon is playing along!


    Is Amazon diverting buyers from Corsi hit?
    Published, selling same ‘Where’s the Birth Certificate?’ title by ‘Skylar Blue’

    By Bob Unruh

    Is trying to divert readers away from Jerome Corsi’s “Where’s the Birth Certificate? The Case that Barack Obama is not Eligible to be President,” a New York Times best-seller that CNN has credited with returning the dispute over Obama’s eligibility to the national stage?


    After all, it published its own book with a nearly identical title: “Where’s the Birth Certificate?: My Diary that Barack Obama is not Eligible to be President;” Amazon offers the book as an alternative when readers search for Corsi’s best-seller, it’s portrayed as a compilation of blank pages where the reader writes his thoughts, and Amazon apparently doesn’t deliver the book.

    It’s own customers are warning others that the “Diary” isn’t the real deal.

    “This book is NOT the book you are most likely searching for. If you want the book on the best-sellers lists, this is NOT it. BEWARE!” wrote reader A. Upshir on the reviews page. “I don’t know why this person has released a book by the same title as the long anticipated book by Dr. Corsi, but it sure isn’t fair to consumers or Corsi. Corsi is a best-selling author and researched this story for over two years. Who is the guy publishing this?”

  82. Mrs. Smith,

    Ones “own bare hands” might give a high but cannot cause death. The deaths caused by the game have been by means such as hanging. Can’t you understand this distinction?

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  83. Turndow- in your own words:

    “We don’t want to affect the credibility of this blog.”

    You are singlehandedly doing a good job of doing what you accuse others of doing- affecting the credibility of this blog- Get Lost and take your lies with you…

    Did Obama’s father forget when he was born?
    Questions rise from date indicated on president’s birth certificate

    With the release of Barack Obama Sr.’s immigration file, it is now clear that he began misstating his year of birth at some point during his stay in the United States.

    Born June 18, 1934, the senior Obama began listing the year of his birth as June 18, 1936, on U.S. Immigration and Naturalization Service forms two years after arriving in the U.S.

    The long-form birth certificate released by the White House lists his age as 25, corresponding to a 1936 year of birth.

    The nurses or clerks who prepared the Obama long-form birth certificate apparently took enough care to establish that Obama’s father was born in “Kenya, East Africa,” not simply in “Kenya,” and they listed his race as “African,” not “Negro.”

    Why would they get the age wrong? If the document were forged, why would the forgers not list an age corresponding to a birthdate of June 18, 1934?

  85. Obama’s ineligibility: Picking up the pieces after political Armageddon

    June 3, 2011

    Canada Free Press

    It is becoming increasingly likely that Barack Hussein Obama will be forced to resign the Presidency before the 2012 election.

    Vice President Biden will also be obliged to resign, as will Supreme Court Justices Sotomayor and Kagan.

    All Obama’s appointments and all the legislation he has signed will be null and void.

    The crisis we now face is not a failure of the American experiment, but, as citizens, we have, for far too long, been silent and inattentive.

    Most of the guilt lies with a permanent political class and a grossly dysfunctional press corps, who, for reasons of complicity, negligence, avarice or cowardice, have contributed to the greatest fraud in the history of the United States.

    The permanent political class and the main stream media (MSM) have become a corrupt, incompetent, profligate, selfish and undemocratic American aristocracy.

    Even if one considers the Obama Administration as legitimate, which it is certainly not, the results have been a disaster.

    Obama and his cheerleaders in the MSM have brought our country weakness, indecision, mediocrity and ineptitude, drifting from crisis to crisis, bankrupting our country, while eroding our national will and confidence.

    We must again embrace the spirit of the American Revolution and reject the notion that a small permanent political class in a capital insulated from common sense can dictate to us their own tyrannical and flawed vision of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.

    The permanent political class uses its powers and taxpayer money to perpetuate itself. Contrary to their view, ours is a nation with a government, not the reverse. The political aristocracy presumes powers and extends itself privileges not granted it by the people and, at the same time, refuses any form of accountability.

    The American people have not lost confidence in themselves. They have lost confidence in their government.

    As Ronald Reagan once stated:

    “I believe this nation hungers for a spiritual revival; hungers to once again see honor placed above political expediency; to see government once again the protector of our liberties, not the distributor of gifts and privilege.”

    We now have far too many rogue, self-serving politicians dispersed throughout the highest levels of the federal government trying to maintain a corrupt status quo.

    It will now be the duty of ordinary Americans to remove that dishonest aristocracy, salvage our republic, take back our government and re-shape our own destiny.

    We must return to the letter and spirit of the 10th article of the Bill of Rights, which asserts that the federal government should execute only those functions explicitly defined in the Constitution.

    Our bloated federal bureaucracy has assumed power it was never intended to have and has exercised those powers inefficiently, ineffectively and indiscriminately.

    The fall of Barack Obama will expose the endemic corruption within our political system. Many in our political leadership will be charged with felonies. Some will go to prison.

    It will be a national trauma equivalent to the Civil War.

    It will, however, also provide an opportunity for an American Renaissance.

    In the darkest days of the American Revolution, when General George Washington’s men were freezing and starving at Valley Forge, Thomas Paine said: “We have it in our power to begin the world over again.”

    We still have that power. We have the strength to renew the American dream, if we stand together.

  86. Mrs. Smith
    June 3rd, 2011 at 7:48 am

    Hamas Moving HQ from Syria to Egypt, Warns Netanyahu

    My friends and I were discussing this very issue last night. Not so sure Hamas is moving from Syria. More worried that it will keep Syria and add Egypt and other border countries well effectively blocking in Israel from all directions in the long run.

  87. #
    June 3rd, 2011 at 9:36 am

    Mrs. Smith
    June 3rd, 2011 at 7:48 am

    Hamas Moving HQ from Syria to Egypt, Warns Netanyahu

    My friends and I were discussing this very issue last night. Not so sure Hamas is moving from Syria. More worried that it will keep Syria and add Egypt and other border countries well effectively blocking in Israel from all directions in the long run.

    Yes, and having Jarret as the de facto President of the United States is making this all possible.

    Will we see Barack Obama frog marched down the steps of the White House on the 4th of July? If not, than the FBI and the Secret Service isn’t doing their jobs.

    June 3rd, 2011 at 9:33 am

  88. JanH
    June 3rd, 2011 at 9:33 am

    I watched the Hillary video and the Google alert is very disturbing. Google has been ramming and cramming their toolbox with every browser upgrade they can think of- For years I’ve always refused adding google to my browser interface and it has me wondering how corrupt is switching over to the Chrome browser?

    Another thing, I meant to add in the last post- We are getting ‘Truther’ information from the Canadian Press? How long will it take before it’s mainstream news in the US?

    When Hell Freezes Over?

  89. This came up under CHrome just now. On the details, Prairieview quotes Wikipedia. Again, death requires a friend or a ligature, not just one’s own bare hands.
    [….] The use of thumbs on the neck can be self-induced and usually stops automatically on blackout. Where an assistant applies hand pressure, and in all cases where a ligature is used, stopping at the right moment before permanent damage occurs becomes a judgment on the part of the operator or just good luck. Self-strangulation through the use of a ligature is the most common cause of death or brain damage although many schoolchildren have accidentally killed or caused permanent brain damage to their friends by all methods.

    They also link to a scientific source, . A quick look there found no case of death by one’s own bare hands: ligatures were used in the cases detailed.

  90. Update: John Edwards Indicted by Federal Grand Jury for Using Campaign Funds to Cover Up Affair.

  91. ABC has learned that a federal grand jury has indicted former North Carolina senator and presidential candidate John Edwards.

    He is facing SEVERAL charges that include, conspiracy, illegal campaign fund usage and making false statements.

  92. WRAL has it that a “warrant has been issued for his arrest”. Bwahahahaha, thats what you get for screwing over Hillary.

  93. Anthony Weiner and the law’s peril

    If you smell something burning, it is Anthony Weiner’s and Turndown’s future going up in smoke.

    Weiner is a brash and bright Democratic congressman who represents parts of Brooklyn and Queens. Until recently, he was considered a leading contender to become New York City’s next mayor, a race for which he has already bankrolled $3.9 million.

    He can save his money.

    A few days ago, a close-up picture of a man in his underpants was sent from Weiner’s Twitter account to a 21-year-old college student in Washington state. She says she does not know Weiner. The congressman says he does not know her and did not send the picture. He says his Twitter account was “hacked” by a “prankster.”

    It is no crime to send a lewd picture to an adult, and Weiner is under no known investigation by any law enforcement agency or the House ethics committee.

    But he is in deep, deep trouble.

    It is not enough for a politician to be innocent; he also must appear to be innocent. In fact, it is often better to appear innocent than to actually be innocent.

    In all of his TV appearances so far, Weiner has looked about as innocent to me as O.J. Simpson did. No, strike that. Some people think O.J. really is innocent. Nobody could possibly watch Weiner and think he is.

    He couldn’t look more guilty if he ran down Pennsylvania Avenue at high noon, wearing nothing but a pair of bulging gray underpants.

    Some quick asides: It is my intention to avoid all double or even single entendres in this column. They are juvenile and tiresome, two things I occasionally steer clear of. Second, the “lewdness” of the photograph in question is subject to debate. If you have ever watched an Olympics swimming event or seen a man on a public beach in Speedo swim trunks, you have seen more lewdness. Third, the degree of lewdness doesn’t really matter. If a congressman takes a picture of himself in his underwear and sends it to a college kid, that congressman has some serious issues.

    Now back to Weiner, who has publicly said the same things over and over: He is innocent of sending the picture; he can’t say with “certitude” that the picture is not of him; he does not wish to speak to federal law enforcement officials about it; and he is hiring a private firm to investigate the matter.

    Alarm bells began clanging in my head.

    O.J. Simpson said in 1995 he was going to hire a private firm to find out who “really” killed Nicole Brown and Ronald Goldman. We are still awaiting the report.

    After being accused by 15 women of having molested them over the years, Arnold Schwarzenegger said in 2003 that he was going to hire a private firm to investigate their claims and clear the air. We are still awaiting the report.

    And now, Anthony Weiner says he is going to hire a private firm to find out how his Twitter account was hacked, although Weiner could easily go to the U.S. Capitol Police or the FBI and ask them to do it.

    Asked repeatedly why he refuses to do so, Weiner replies that the whole matter is a “prank” and not “a federal case.”

    Listen to this article. Powered by Listen

    The sound you continue to hear is the clanging of bells.

    It is no crime to lie to the press. If caught, all you would face is a few disgruntled reporters, and most reporters are always disgruntled.

    It is no crime to lie to the public. If caught, all you would face is a few shrugs and maybe (though maybe not) defeat in the next election.

    It is no crime to lie to your wife. If caught, all you would face is shame and maybe (though maybe not) divorce.

    But if you lie to federal agents, even if you are not under oath, you could face three to five years at Allentown.

    The relevant law is Title 18, U.S. Code, Section 1001, which states, in part, that “whoever, in any matter within the jurisdiction of the executive, legislative, or judicial branch of the Government of the United States, knowingly and willfully — (1) falsifies, conceals, or covers up by any trick, scheme, or device a material fact; (2) makes any materially false, fictitious, or fraudulent statement or representation; or (3) makes or uses any false writing or document knowing the same to contain any materially false, fictitious, or fraudulent statement or entry; shall be fined under this title, imprisoned not more than five years.”

    And that is why it could be perilous for Anthony Weiner to sit down and make any statements whatsoever to any federal agents. Sending a picture of himself in his underwear to an adult is not a crime. Lying about it to federal investigators is.

    Which could be why he prefers to hire a private firm rather than letting the U.S. Capitol Police or FBI agents do their job.

    Will this story go away, replaced by more important stories about Medicare, the federal debt limit and bloodshed in the Mideast?

    A story about sex and a politician? Just go away while there are still questions to be asked and stories to be done? Are you kidding me?

    I said Anthony Weiner is bright, and he is. But bright people can do dumb things. And to have a bright political future, Weiner needs to be more than innocent. He needs to start acting like it.

  94. wbboei,

    Oh, come on. You can’t redefine words that way.
    Good morning Turndown. You must never sleep. I am old enough to have seen appreciate that distinction. To me it is crytal clear. You need a counterpoint of some kind to business pollution and other torts. I get that part. And traditional the conservation movement championed by people like Teddy Roosevelt epitomized that cause. Our national park system is a tribute to his foresight and wisdom. But there was a sense of balance in that particular cause. Environmentalism however is altogether different. It holds business growth and prosperity hostage to its arbitrary decrees, somethimes unproven, and not always technologically feasible edicts. I have seen this movement destroy industries, and engage in acts of violence. And I have seen them dummy up statistics, and people like Soros and his partner Moe try to cash in on a green exchange and burden the middle class. There are too many fanatics in the environmental movement for me to give it the credence some do. Conservation yes. Environmentalism no. And isn’t it high time that these environmentailists showed some courage for a change and took their grievance to Tianamin Square where the worst polluters operate. If they tried assaulting people, or throwing fish guts in the face of people who disagree with them as they did to a friend of mine, or attempting to shut down entire industries as they have done in Alaska. I rather suspect they would receive the reaction which they deserve.

  95. Raleigh, N.C. — A federal grand jury has indicted two-time Democratic presidential candidate John Edwards on four counts of illegal campaign contributions, one count of conspiracy and one count of false statements.

    A warrant has been issued for his arrest, and he is expected to appear in a Winston-Salem courtroom Friday afternoon.

    The indictment follows a high-profile investigation that lasted more than two years into how Edwards’ 2008 campaign covered up his affair with staffer Rielle Hunter, who later gave birth to his daughter.

    Edwards, a former U.S. senator from North Carolina, hasn’t publicly discussed the investigation since releasing a statement through his attorney in 2009 in which he said he was confident no funds from his campaign were used improperly.

    Although he considered a plea deal in the case, his Washington, D.C.-based attorney, Greg Craig, has asserted that Edwards didn’t break any laws and that the government was chasing a misguided prosecution.

    The federal investigation zeroed in on money from Rachel “Bunny” Mellon, a 100-year-old heiress to pharmaceutical and banking fortunes and a major donor to Edwards’ campaign, and from wealthy Texas lawyer Fred Baron, who served as Edwards’ campaign finance chairman.

    Mellon gave $3.4 million in late 2007 to The Alliance for a New America, a nonprofit supporting Edwards’ candidacy. Former Edwards aide Andrew Young wrote last year in his tell-all book, “The Politician,” that Mellon also gave Edwards $700,000 as a gift for personal use.

    Young told WRAL News in a 2010 interview that Mellon was in the dark about how her money – campaign workers commonly referred to the checks she wrote as “Bunny money” – was being used.

    According to Young, Baron financed flights and paid $20,000 a month in rent on a California home for Hunter and Young’s family during the period when Young pretended to be the father of Hunter’s baby to protect Edwards from negative publicity.

    Young also told WRAL News that Baron paid him $325,000 to finish his own home back in Chapel Hill so it could be sold when he moved to California.

    Baron died from cancer in 2008, but his widow appeared before the federal grand jury in Raleigh in January. Investigators also interviewed Mellon twice at her estate in Virginia, and some of her family members testified before the grand jury in December.

    Hunter, Young and other campaign insiders testified before the grand jury in 2009.

    If Edwards goes to trial to fight the charges and loses, sentencing guidelines would factor in the money involved in the cover-up. A case involving $1 million to $2.5 million could signal a prison sentence of 51 to 63 months.

  96. Mrs. Smith
    June 3rd, 2011 at 9:25 am

    “Why would they get the age wrong? ”

    Maybe because the forgers know that the mainstream press will never bother to assess the authenticity of that birth certificate PDF released because they are too busy giving Obama a BJ.

  97. #
    June 3rd, 2011 at 10:21 am

    ABC has learned that a federal grand jury has indicted former North Carolina senator and presidential candidate John Edwards.

    He is facing SEVERAL charges that include, conspiracy, illegal campaign fund usage and making false statements.

    And we are lucky enough having a serial “false statement” maker in our midst. It’s only a matter of time. If lying is your hobby, sooner or later you’re going to LIE to the wrong people. And like John Edwards, you’ll be waving buh-bye from that large stone building looking backatcha in the distance.

  98. But the real point of all my cussing last night while I was tired by sober is that this high faleutin Greek can be a big contributor to Obama, the head of a utililty company, a parttime professor, the founder of a scorched earth litigation body etc if he wants, but he has no business whatsoever being Secretary of Commerce because his background and core beliefs are hostile the mission and objectives of that agency. Their mission is to create jobs, not to wipe out entire industries. That is not to say we should have dirty polluters or that policing actions should not occur. It is merely to suggest that such regulatory activities and sorting and labeling and policy initiatives should not emanate from commerce. If there is a discussion to be had with China over that issue, the the former secretary of commerce and now ambassador can carry the cudgel.

  99. Men take note…..

    Just look at what this man John Edwards, did and what he lost and what he did to his kids and his wife, for a few months of horizontal tango with a new age nut-job tart.”

  100. Mrs. Smith
    June 3rd, 2011 at 9:35 am

    Obama’s ineligibility: Picking up the pieces after political Armageddon

    June 3, 2011

    If we really got things flying what I would like most is to add a lot more US Representatives and make them all serve from their home states. Maybe meeting 4 times a year in some central location maybe Saint Louis. They con us into sending them to Washington and with very few exception forget all about us and the promises they made to us. They even have a ready made justification “that was just campaign rhetoric”. Can you imagine what Franklin, Washington or Jefferson would have thought about this glib justification for lying to and betraying the people who elected you.

    We take time to listen and vote for one of them and they, in turn, count on trusting them to look out for us as they lied and told us they would. After we elect some one we should be able to go about our daily business, I think we have a better chance of being able to do that if the number of people they represent is some set number and they serve from their home states where they can be more closely watched.

  101. Mr. Edwards. We know you’re in there. Put down that hairdryer and makeup mirror and come out slowly with your hands up, do not i repeat do not reach for the eyeliner!

  102. moononpluto
    June 3rd, 2011 at 10:19 am
    BREAKING: John Edwards has been indicted, per AP. Details to come.
    Blinky must be at it again. Rapid eye movement.

    On the other hand:

    I do not know how Jennifer Jones and William Holden could keep a straight face when they acted their way through that one.

    In John’s case he simply learned to blink faster.

  103. Dems screwing around seem to be the order of the week so far.

    Weiner and his weiner, Edwards indicted, these things usually come in 3’s.

  104. John Edwards 2 America’s : the one on this side of the bars and the one on that side of them.

  105. John is a big shot tobacco lawyer, which leads one to wonder whether he will be handling his own defense. The only caveat is anyone who tries to defend himself in a criminal proceeding has a fool for a client. Will his girl friend have a seat in the front row, or better yet at the counsel table. Will she weep on que. It is all just speculation, but think of how happy this makes big media and their legal experts.

  106. #
    Tony Stark
    June 3rd, 2011 at 10:31 am

    Mrs. Smith
    June 3rd, 2011 at 9:25 am

    “Why would they get the age wrong? ”

    Maybe because the forgers know that the mainstream press will never bother to assess the authenticity of that birth certificate PDF released because they are too busy giving Obama a BJ.

    You mean to our Nicorette Gum chewing, Big Spending president? Nah-

    Barack Obama- A Man of Distinction?

  107. “He is the kind of useless fuck who destroyed the logging industry in Washington to save the spotted owl…”
    Long time since I looked at the “Owl” situation but IIRC the Owl got a lot of blame for the usual corporate greed; screwing American workers. Japan was/is getting timber from the US Northwest, however, the Japanese would only buy logs,(they said only Japanese knew how to cut lumber for the Japanese market or some such bullshit) so American saw mill and wood product workers got screwed. This demise of the wood processing industry was accelerated by the Reagan(?)/Bush era
    federal tax incentives that made it more profitable to ship unprocessed logs to Japan. That tax rebate was closed during Clinton admin.

  108. Mrs. SMith,

    I’m not the one who said that lorac had made the “blog hog” remark, or that Carville was working for Palin, or “TSA screeners are almost exclusively Muslim, thanks to Chernoff and Obama.”

    Imo these are not ‘lies’ but perhaps inattention.

  109. SHV
    June 3rd, 2011 at 10:51 am
    You are correct. I’m tired of corporatists insisting on harvesting every resource in this world. Move on to another patch of forest and stop blaming environmentalists for every lawsuit you lose.

  110. ALERT CNN reporting John Edwards will appear before federal court in North Carolina at 14:30 EST

    Hope that one is done live……..

  111. I’m tired of corporatists insisting on harvesting every resource in this world. Move on to another patch of forest and stop blaming environmentalists for every lawsuit you lose.


    Better yet, move your investments to something sustainable.

  112. admin
    June 3rd, 2011 at 8:51 am
    Worse than anticipated a day ago. The projection estimate was not 150 the earlier projection, not 75 as of yesterday, but a mere 39 with a labor force which is growing astronomically. And the umemployment rate which is a phony figure to begin with went up not down. Obama: what me worry? When you have got me you have got everything you need, hope, change and plenty of nuth’n. This boob needs to be run out of town. One can only hope that the elites are smart enough to know that he is not a credible surrogate, and is really a joke. Niles Garden’s suggestion that the British elites are still smitten with him helps explain why Britain no longer has an empire.

  113. John Edwards Pules About Suicide

    Posted by Dave Blount

    If it were up to Democrats, ambulance-chasing con artist John Edwards (a.k.a. Silky Pony, a.k.a. the Breck Girl) would have been Vice President of the United States. Instead, he may soon find his way to where he belongs: prison. After living the high life on $zillions stolen from doctors through the bogus malpractice lawsuits his fellow Democrats facilitate in exchange for campaign kickbacks, Silky isn’t liking his future prospects:

    Disgraced politician John Edwards is said to be deeply depressed — to the point of being suicidal — over the prospect of a criminal trial that could end with him being jailed if found guilty.

    The 57-year-old former Presidential candidate reportedly told a close friend: ‘I won’t go to jail. I’d kill myself first!’

    He has lost 20lb in the last year and is a ‘broken spirit,’ reports the National Enquirer.

    Friends report that the Breck Girl has been crying his eyes out and overindulging in alcohol in an attempt to escape his sordid reality. He could have spared himself from the blues had he been willing to wait until his wife had finished dying of cancer before sneaking off to start another family with the less than prepossessing Rielle Hunter. Attempts to cover up his shameful behavior with campaign money landed him in his current situation.

    Let’s hope the stint in the pen doesn’t ruin his budding film career. Andrew Young, the creepy lackey who was paid to pretend to be the father of the Breck Girl’s love child, has gotten ahold of a sex tape:

    Hunter is suing Mr Young for the return of the tape that reportedly [features] Mr Edwards performing sex acts on her.

    Mr Young’s wife, Cheri, said on Oprah Winfrey’s show last year: ‘I won’t give any fine details, but I’ll tell you yes, he is naked.

    ‘He is performing sexual acts. The woman is holding the camera. He is aware he is being taped.’

    According to the Wall Street Journal Mr Young has described the tape as like ‘watching a traffic pile-up occur in slow motion — repelling but also transfixing.’

    The same could be said for watching Edwards crash and burn.

    But you can’t blame the guy for blubbering. Only little people should go to prison when they break the law, not important personages like John Edwards.

    Maybe this will cheer him up — a momento of happier times, when his weightiest concern was not letting the wind disturb his $1,250 haircuts:

  114. ALERT CNN reporting John Edwards will appear before federal court in North Carolina at 14:30 EST

    Hope that one is done live……..
    Not guilty, and even if I am guilty then love is a many spendored thing, and gosh aw shucks I am sorry. Like I am sorry for the Iraq War vote, now Hillary you need to say the same thing. At some point, he channels with Elizabeth just like he channeled with a dead baby on a wrongful death case he once handled. She says John I forgive you. Jury of male and female bots plus big media. Not guilty. Rationale he is good looking and too young to go to jail and nobody was really hurt, and he helped Obama, and I think this is a case trumped up by Republicans. Double jeopardy now attaches. Just like with OJ. Talk of trying him again under state statues goes nowhere. Big media loses interest, he writes a book and big media interviews him and calls him a phoenix who rose from the ashes, no pun intended. Yes, it is gibberish, but that is how it is likely to go, thanks to big media.

  115. Sure Obama’s ineligible, but it’s only the Constitution that says so

    June 3rd, 2011

    By Doug Book, staff writer

    On April 30th of 2008, the United States Senate proclaimed John McCain eligible to become the President of the United States, passing by unanimous consent Senate Resolution 511 which stated that his birth in the Panama Canal Zone did not violate the “natural born citizen” clause of the Constitution.

    One of the co-sponsors of this non-binding resolution was Barack Hussein Obama.

    Though the Constitution does not define “natural born”, it is clear that the meaning had been based upon principles included in a work quite popular with many of the Founders, the 1758 “Law of Nations” by Frenchman Emerich de Vattel

    According to the “Law of Nations”, “the natives, or natural born citizens, are those born in the country, of parents who are citizens…”

    So because of his birth in a Panama hospital, embarrassing questions were being raised about McCain’s Constitutional eligibility to serve

    Nevertheless, rather than adhere to the text and spirit of the Constitution and engage in honest debate, members of the imperial senate rushed to put the issue to rest by ignoring the language of the document to which they had sworn a solemn oath of allegiance.

    And the true motive for this betrayal of trust is more disgraceful than the betrayal itself. For it was quietly hoped this cynical, bipartisan resolution proclaiming McCain’s eligibility might insure no question would arise about another candidate, one who was clearly and irretrievably ineligible for the highest office in the land.

    In 1800, Charles Pinckney, member of the Continental Congress and signatory to the Constitution wrote, “what better way to insure attachment to the Country than to require the President to have his American citizenship through his father and not through a foreign father.”

    Regardless of Barack Obama’s birthplace, his father was a British citizen, born in Kenya. This fact makes Obama Constitutionally ineligible for the Presidency, as he is NOT a natural born citizen.

    But who would be so politically tone deaf, as petty and perverse as to question Obama’s eligibility after he had so magnanimously sponsored the resolution purporting to resolve the question of McCain’s eligibility?

    And perhaps more importantly, rank cowards in the Republican Party, scared stiff at the thought of challenging the eligibility of America’s first viable black Presidential candidate could now assume the mantle of beneficent, post-racial guarantors of opportunity.

    Of course, the political nobility might experience a stunning episode of remedial patriotism before the next election. But there would be so many pigs overhead, it’s doubtful anyone would notice.

    To contact your Congressional Representative use this link:




    h.. w..


    inside the media warroom:

    Thur of last week…..Hey Palin is going to go to that biker rally …let’s send reporters and get some stupid pics of her on a bike with a helmet….

    Thurs….what a Bus tour….lets send some reporters to catch all the LOL moments…

    Sunday….Damn she looked really good on that bike….Well at least we still have the bus tour she will mess up…let’s follow her and ask stupid questions….

    Monday….well that didn’t go as planned…but we will get that dastardly rabbitt on tues…..

    Tues…she what she snuck out? and slipped past our crack team of investigative reporters….go find her…she can not be allowed a clean newscylce….

    tues ……send the chopters..i don’t care if we look like idiots…if someone gets hurt it’s her fault…We will get the protestor shots in Philly. she can’t be stupid enough to go to Philly…We got her now…. what no protestors just pictures of people mobbing her for a handshake and picture and autogroph…who does this chillbilly think she is… we will get her….

    tues evening she is going to NYC? the NYC? Omg there will be mass protestors there…film it go go go…

    what…Meeting with Trump or this will sink her with her supporters eating with the rich and famous…we got her now…

    what a pizza joint in times square…no ……well at least we got the platic fork video that’s smoething…

    Wed….to the Elis island and statue of liberty you say….well that should ge ther a bronx cheer…..What? A spontatanoue redition of the star spangled banner by a high school band? NO no no….Well ther eis always that piper bodyblock to tha treporters…..wait piper gave the press flowers? No no no this isn’t working out……she is going to boston…is now liberal town safe form this women…..

    thurs….what she was mobbed with well wishers in downtown Boston….she attacked mitt from bunker hill and she is going to have a clambake in Nh…well mitt will put her in her place…what mitt chicken out…damn that woman…




    Also on the list are Peter Malone, a Massachusetts-based corporate adviser who raised more than $250,000 for John McCain’s 2008 presidential campaign, and Lady Lynn Forester de Rothschild, a former Democratic operative and Clinton bundler who accused then-Sen. Barack Obama of being “an elitist” after he beat Ms. Clinton in the primaries. Ms. de Rothschild then switched to support Mr. McCain.


  118. moononpluto
    June 3rd, 2011 at 10:21 am

    Payback is a bitch John.
    No kidding.

    I bet his ‘cuteness’ will be appreciated in prison. BoyToy for the thugs.
    Then again, he will probably get the royal treatment and protected by his bro Barry.

    Karma took awhile to complete it’s purpose on this ahole.

  119. Tony S

    Maybe because the forgers know that the mainstream press will never bother to assess the authenticity of that birth certificate PDF released because they are too busy giving Obama a BJ.

    Maybe Weener’s photo came from his admirer – Barry?

  120. moononpluto
    June 3rd, 2011 at 10:49 am

    Dems screwing around seem to be the order of the week so far.

    Weiner and his weiner, Edwards indicted, these things usually come in 3’s.

    Then we have the Republican Terminator who may have made 3 illegitimate children while married to Maria.

  121. he has no business whatsoever being Secretary of Commerce because his background and core beliefs are hostile the mission and objectives of that agency.


    All the more reason to think Obama is not sincere in nominating him, but is intending him to be rejected.

  122. With all the crap going on today, further driven by the corruptness of obama and his thugs, this song by Ann Murray from the 1980’s should become a national anthem…

    A Little Good News – Anne Murray and The Indigo Girls

  123. Weiner and his weiner, Edwards indicted, these things usually come in 3’s.

    The third is today’s job report showing unemployment up and the housing market at its worst point since 2008 just before the Lehman collapse…and we all know how that ended.

    If Obama does not stop the bleeding the bottom is about to fall out of the markets again. There is a general panic and dismal feeling settling in all over the country regarding the economy.

    And this is just how people felt before the big collapse of 2008.

  124. Clinton swears in new ambassador for religious freedom

    By Jamie Crawford, CNN National Security Producer

    Washington (CNN)– Secretary of State Hillary Clinton hailed a “leader in bridging faith and public service” Thursday as she swore in Dr. Suzan Johnson Cook as ambassador at-large for international religious freedom.

    In her role, Cook will serve as a principal adviser on religious freedom to President Barack Obama and Clinton, as well as head the Office of International Religious Freedom in the Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor at the State Department.

    The office seeks to shine a light on everything from authoritarian regimes that impede freedom of worship for their citizens to violent extremists who work to exploit sectarian tensions.

    “The Obama administration is dedicated to the rights of all people everywhere. Everyone, no matter his or her religion, should be allowed to practice their beliefs freely and safely,” Clinton said before administering the oath to Cook at a ceremony in the Benjamin Franklin Room at the State Department.

    Cook, a Baptist minister from New York, is the founder and president of the Wisdom Women Worldwide Center.

    She has spoken and led delegations throughout the United States, Africa and the Caribbean, in addition to being a founder and board member of a youth enrichment program in New York.

    In addition to serving as chaplain to the New York Police Department, Cook also served as an adviser on the Domestic Policy Council, and the President’s Initiative on Race during the Clinton administration.

  125. Shadowfax
    June 3rd, 2011 at 12:30 pm

    Admin knows this is a real photo of weener…….


    I sincerely hope not. 😉


  126. Obama is a sick and troubled man.Just finished listening to his address to OH auto workers and it is so obvious that he is failing mentaly physicaly and is literaly fumbling through his speeches with a black accent and reading his notes word by word and what comes out is slang black talk and statements that have little substance or truth.This man is cooked and all that may have learned in college about diction pronunciation and factual subjects is long gone. he must be removed from office now and replaced by 67% Hillary.If we do not
    take action soon it may take years to restore America to ita once greatness.

    abm90 avery angry and cheated old Vet.

  127. ABM90
    June 3rd, 2011 at 2:22 pm

    Obama is a sick and troubled man.Just finished listening to his address to OH auto worker


    Hope there’s a video of that.

    You are not the only one that is very angry ABM…everyone in Hillary’s army feels the same way.

  128. ABM90: so obvious that he is failing mentally physically and is literally fumbling through his speeches
    That must be why people in a picture at FoxNews who are eating and listening to his speech have that WTF look on their faces. And I don’t mean a winning the future look. The referenced pic is with the top story at home page and it has a big text message splashed across it saying: “What is wrong with this picture?”

  129. ABM90: so obvious that he is failing mentally physically and is literally fumbling through his speeches
    Ok you made me go watch a youtube of him but as usual I couldn’t last more than 20 seconds … all I heard was the usual arrogant “on my watch” me me me ….

    that’s a funny pic though, LOL.

  130. ‘I can’t say with certitude if it’s my crotch’: Congressman Weiner denies sending lewd photo on Twitter… as he digs himself in deeper with stream of dirty jokes

    ‘Sorry I was a little stiff yesterday,’ he joked to reporters

    Hopefully my marriage survives my first anniversary, he tells CNN
    Sent private messages on Twitter to porn star called ‘Miss Ginger Lee’
    Blames it all on a hacker, saying he’s been hacked twice before

    Read more:

  131. The MSM,s Palin Papprazzi should do better homework. Here’s Paul Revere warning the British (ht/to Crawdad):

    I observed a Wood at a Small distance, & made for that. When I got there, out Started Six officers, on Horse back,and orderd me to dismount;-one of them, who appeared to have the command, examined me, where I came from,& what my Name Was? I told him. it was Revere, he asked if it was Paul? I told him yes He asked me if I was an express? I answered in the afirmative. He demanded what time I left Boston? I told him; and aded, that their troops had catched aground in passing the River, and that There would be five hundred Americans there in a short time, for I had alarmed the Country all the way up.

  132. Canaan
    June 3rd, 2011 at 8:32 am

    I didn’t agree with Hillary’s ’90s plan, the indiv plan. But her plan as she presented it in 2008 was somewhat different that the one she presented in the 90’s, which was not something I agreed with.

    I respect your opinion, but I am am a conservative dem or rather was one, this ObamaCare is unconstitutional in my opinion, there is no authority to force people to buy a private plan, there will not be enough jails for those who will refuse to do to be forced to buy a product from a private company;; even the british didn’t do this to the american colonies, they overtaxed the tea the american colonists bought, but they didn’t force them to buy the tea to then overtax them on that voluntary purchase.
    This bill will be overturned or it will be completely unenforceable. There are better ways to increase access and lower costs without a blanket rule for everyone, it won’t work, structurally this has never worked, UK’s NHS system is on the verge of crumbling and will be partially privatised as the only means of saving it. And giving everyone healthcare insurance is not going to provide afforable healthcare to everyone, all it is doing is making people buy a product, it will not reduce costs of medical care nor will it open more access to those who truely need afforable care.

  133. admin, could you please release my post from moderation? I posted a couple of links, youtubes, I’m guessing that’s why it got caught in the filter. Thank you.

  134. Poll: Hillary Clinton Most Influential Woman

    By Paul Bedard
    June 3, 2011

    The world’s queen of influence doesn’t wear a crown. But she carries a big stick.

    In our latest Washington Whispers poll, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is by far and away viewed as the most influential woman on the world stage. Women and men agreed equally and she’s the pick especially of those over 35 years old.

    For our Synovate eNation poll, we decided to ask about female influentials because Queen Elizabeth II had just wrapped up an historic trip to Ireland where she took pains to cool the long history of bad feelings. But when we asked which female leader is the most important on the world stage, Clinton beat out the queen 37 percent to 28 percent. Also receiving 28 percent was first lady Michelle Obama.

    Americans, meanwhile, didn’t show much love for two key foreign women leaders, German Chancellor Angela Merkel or the French first lady Carla Bruni. Merkel, who’s scheduled as President Obama’s next state visit guest, received just 9 percent while Bruni snuck in with 1 percent.

    Whispers Poll

    Queen Elizabeth II’s historic trip to Ireland again proved the importance of her monarchy. Which female leader on the world stage to you view as the most influential?

    Secretary of State Hillary Clinton 34%

    First Lady Michelle Obama 28%

    Queen Elizabeth 28&

    German Chancellor Angela Merkel 9%

    French first lady Carla Bruni 1%

    Source: The Synovate eNation Internet poll was conducted May 13-17 among 1,000 nationally representative households by global market research firm Synovate.

  135. Krugman:
    What is Medicare? It’s single-payer coverage for the elderly. Other countries have single-payer systems that are much cheaper than ours — and also much cheaper than private insurance in America. So there’s nothing about the form that makes Medicare unsustainable, unless you think that health care itself is unsustainable.

    What is true is that the U.S. Medicare is expensive compared with, say, Canadian Medicare (yes, that’s what they call their system) or the French health care system (which is complicated, but largely single-payer in its essentials); that’s because Medicare American-style is very open-ended, reluctant to say no to paying for medically dubious procedures, and also fails to make use of its pricing power over drugs and other items.

    So Medicare will have to start saying no; it will have to provide incentives to move away from fee for service, and so on and so forth. But such changes would not mean a fundamental change in the way Medicare works.

    Of course, what the people who say things like “Medicare is unsustainable” usually mean is that it must be privatized, converted into a voucher system, whatever. The thing is, none of those changes would make the system more efficient — on the contrary.

    So this business about Medicare in its present form being unsustainable sounds wise but is actually a stupid slogan. The solution to the future of Medicare is Medicare — smarter, less open-ended, but recognizably the same program.

  136. Krugman:
    Greg Sargent reports that [Republicans are] demanding that a TV station stop running ads saying that the GOP wants to end Medicare; the claim is that this is a lie, because the new program the GOP wants to impose in place of Medicare is still Medicare.

    As Greg says, this is important — because if they can get away with this, it will amount to a serious infringement of free speech, preventing people from running truthful ads.

    Because the fact is that Republicans are trying to end Medicare. The program we now call Medicare is one in which the government acts as your insurer, paying your major medical bills; coverage is guaranteed to all seniors. The program Republicans want gives you vouchers and tells you to go buy your own insurance, if you can. That’s not at all the same thing.

    Oh, they’re also trying to stop anyone from calling it a voucher plan — but that’s what it is.

    What about the claim that the Ryan plan actually does guarantee coverage, because it says that insurers can’t turn you down? That’s based on word games. What the plan says is that you can’t be turned down because of medical history — it imposes community rating. But it says nothing about requiring that insurers sell coverage at a price you can afford. And the Congressional Budget Office analysis of the Ryan plan makes it clear that it would put insurance coverage beyond the financial reach of many seniors.

  137. On The Urgent Need for Glass-Steagall and a Hamiltonian Credit System {Edited, o’h}

    The notion of a credit-system is the peculiar legacy of the U.S.A., and involves the principle which makes our Constitution the remedy for dealing with the mental and economic diseases imported into our United States by way of London’s Boston and Wall Street financier centers.

    The notion of a credit-system first appears on our continent in the form of the Pinetree Shilling practice instituted under the authority of the original Royal charter of the Massachusetts Bay Colony, up to the point that the circles of James II and William of Orange moved toward the suppression of the original Massachusetts charter.

    That credit-system of the Pinetree Shilling was later resurrected as an intention by Benjamin Franklin’s “modest proposal” for a paper currency of the colonies. It was launched as a full-blooded constitutional principle through Alexander Hamilton’s design of a credit-system based on national banking, which was to serve as the essential design of the original Federal Constitution of the United States. Today, it represents the most crucial of the differences of design of our American constitutional system, which is also a design explicitly contrary to the monetary systems still dominant in Europe and elsewhere.

    The installation of Hamilton’s design as the kernel of the U.S. Federal Constitution, came about in response to the war-prompted bankruptcy of separate banking systems among the U. S. states. Hamilton’s response to this critical situation was to unify the chartered-banking-system of the new U.S. republic under a national system of public credit, tied essentially to public improvements which would generate produced wealth adequate to meet the terms of the debt obligations of the national banking system, while promoting leaps upward in agriculture and industry. This need for a national credit-system required the design of a system of Federal government which could be adequate for securing the obligations of the newly defined national banking system. The entirety of the original Federal Constitution depended on calling into being the existence of a Federal Constitution consistent with that mission.

    This national-banking feature of the U.S. Federal Constitution was terminated by the termination of the Second National Bank of the U.S.A. by a puppet of Wall Street’s Martin van Buren, Andrew Jackson. The van Buren-designed Jackson reform produced the ruinous Panic of 1837.

    Various forms of institution of the net effect of Hamiltonian national banking were introduced through the significant influence of former President John Quincy Adams, and by the principal authors of what became known as “The American System of political-economy” such as Mathew and Henry C. Carey, as in that “Greenback policy” which established the United States as a world power under the principal Republican presidencies of the late Nineteenth Century.

    This reform was suspended under Presidents Theodore Roosevelt, Woodrow Wilson, Calvin Coolidge, and Herbert Hoover, but revived in an almost full-blooded expression by the 1933 Glass-Steagall reform. Relics of that latter Franklin Roosevelt tradition persisted in diluted form, as under President John F. Kennedy’s intentions, prior to his assassination.

    Kennedy’s death, which cleared the way for eliminating Kennedy’s and General Douglas MacArthur’s opposition to a U.S. land war in Asia, wrecked the U.S. economy to a degree that the actual net physical state of the U.S. economy has been deteriorating ever since. The triumph of Britain over the fixed-exchange-rate system, and the coordinated launching of Lord Jacob Rothschild’s Inter Alpha system in 1971, has sent the physical economy of the United States into a presently persisting, net physical collapse.

    The election of Presidents George W. Bush, Jr. and Barack Obama has defined an increasingly downward collapse of the real, physical, economy of the United States to the present time, and has, indeed, been a crucial factor within the accelerating rate of decline of the U.S. and European economies since the agreements bearing on Germany and the former Soviet Union, instituted by France’s Francois Mitterand, Britain’s Margaret Thatcher, and George H.W. Bush, during the 1989-1990 interval.

    Presently, the entirety of the trans-Atlantic economies are in a state of generally accelerating general bankruptcy, for which there are no remedies available under the presently rotted-out condition of the post-Bretton Woods and post-Westphalian systems. China and India are still vigorous economies, but, given the percentage of very poor in those and related Asian nations, even China and India could not withstand the presently imminently threatened general collapse of the trans-Atlantic national economies.

    Consider the implications of a presently most urgent return to a Glass-Steagall reform.

    In July 2007 Lyndon LaRouche presented an urgently required reform of the U.S. banking system, intended to prevent the outbreak of an imminent, chain-reaction collapse of a massively polluted U.S. real-estate venture. To that end, he proposed what was named a Homeowners and Bank Protection Act of 2007. Had that act not been blocked by interests represented by Representative Barney Frank, the “Bail Out” scheme would not have been allowed. That continued “Bail Out” operation has ruined not only the credit of the United States, but has infected the entire planet, especially the trans-Atlantic side, with a hyper-inflationary, financial-monetary bubble from which no escape were possible under a continuation of presently maintained trends in policy-shaping.

    Presently, without a 1933-style, Glass-Steagall Act, there is no possibility that the United States will escape a general hyper-inflationary breakdown-crisis.

    A renewed 1933 design of Glass-Steagall is absolutely urgent as the only, presently feasible approach to halting the general breakdown of the entire trans-Atlantic economic system. The separation of regulated commercial banking from the presently continuing, hyper-inflationary spiral of current Federal Reserve and related merchant banking, is not, in itself, the solution, for the on-rushing, general breakdown-crisis of the trans-Atlantic sector; but, it is an indispensable precondition for introducing other measures which will actually generate a revival of these economies.

    What that reform accomplishes, at least implicitly, is a return to Hamilton’s constitutional, credit-system solution for the U.S.A. crisis of the 1780s.

    That means closing down the virtually bankrupt system of gambling casinos presently orbiting around the British Inter-Alpha global banking system, and moving the world toward the only available remedy for the immediate existential threat to the planet as a whole. Gambling debts have no legitimate claims against a national economy.

    What is required in this presently desperate circumstance of the trans-Atlantic community, is a return to a combination of a Glass-Steagall reform and a system of fixed-exchange agreements among participating, respectively sovereign nation- states, as had been envisaged by President Franklin D. Roosevelt in such settings as the temporary triumph of President Roosevelt over Winston Churchill and John Maynard Keynes, in the 1944 Bretton Woods conference.

    Presently, for the United States and its immediate partners in such ventures, the function of a return to a Glass-Steagall standard provides means for two most urgent immediate reforms:

    1. The reestablish of U.S. Federal credit according to the intention of a Glass-Steagall reform. This enables the succor of Federal states of our Union from the social crisis which present U.S. Federal policies have imposed upon the various states.

    2. The immediate launching of high-technology projects of the relatively greatest rate of prospective physical economic gain for the United States and its most immediate neighbors, Canada and Mexico–reform which, in its direct and indirect effects on the economies as a whole, means the relatively immediate employment of millions of persons in high-gain projects with capital improvements elsewhere, which are required for support of the project itself. There are available commitments of a comparable nature, in Africa, in Central and South America, and in Eurasia.

    The principle so expressed is precisely the credit policy on which the constitution of the U.S. economy was premised in the adoption of the national banking and credit policies made practicable through the crafting of the U.S. Federal Constitution. Presently, that is the only remedy which could prevent the planet from continuing its currently accelerating plunge into a general new dark age of humanity as a whole.

    The world’s economies, and the existence of the political nations of which the planet is composed, are presently being destroyed by policies radiated from the circles and ideology of the pro-genocidal World Wildlife Fund, with policies including essentially clinically insane policies of windmills and solar panels. Only the resumption of physical-economic policies premised on science-driver and capital-intensive programs of development through productive investments will enable this planet to sustain even its present levels of population-densities. This fact is being recognized in nations forming a pattern of continued acceleration of nuclear-power investments, without which the existing nations of the planet could not be sustained. The Promethean commitment to reliance on increased “energy-flux densities” of power generated and applied is the standard of performance and policy-shaping on which any continued form of what might be termed “civilization” presently depends.

    The relevant principle of national and related credit is, that the continued existence of civilization depends upon the coordinated role of increased intensity of combined public and private investments, and the intellectual prowess of our people, continues to be the only sane method of maintaining a human race in a morally, intellectually, and otherwise productive condition—a condition which continues to depend on a science-driver orientation.

    [Need it be mentioned here that ill-conceived austerity and budget-cutting are in every sense the very antithesis of the principles upon which our Constitution was based—the principles which, when adhered to, have made the United States of America a great force for good in the world.]

    Please take a few minutes to watch Alicia Cerretani present a down-to-earth report on how the brutal cuts being administered by the Obama administration and the new Republicans alike, which have forced our vital state and federal agencies, tasked with emergency response and recovery, to go into this record-breaking severe weather season with their hands essentially tied behind their backs, effectively sabotaging their ability to save lives and deal with the situation the way this nation could, were a President who held our nation’s welfare as a top priority, in charge.

    Weather or Not Part II

  138. The founders of our Constitution were not so much trying to protect themselves and their families as trying to give us (their posterity) a nation and a system to free us from the scum that controlled George III. They did very well, actually, but we have let them down. We could get back on track by re-instating the Glass-Steagall legislation and taking the “financial instruments” bubble off our backs. H.R. 1489 is once again before Congress, and many millions in lobbying effort are being spent to stop it from becoming law. (It would have become law as part of the Financial Reform mess but for one vote!) Please call your Congresspersons and demand they make a public statement on their position towards this bill.

  139. Sorry, talking should be taking. However, he was probably out talking off of a teleprompter at the time.

  140. Jan, I was in Vancouver yesterday. The business climate seemed bad. We went to China town, and a number of the businesses we would go to there have either closed down, or were giving 80% going out of business sales. Historically, the US dollar was stronger than the Canadian dollar. I can recall a time when the exchange rate was 1.4 Canadian dollars to one American dollar, but not for several years. But now it is the other way around, the Canadian dollar is slightly stronger.

    A lousy restaurant we went to put the exchange rate at .9 Canadian to 1 American, which prompted my friend who is Chinese and remembers how it used to be to yell out “that fucking Obama”. Normally he is mild mannered and Buddahist so for him this was significant. And he was right of course in affixing the blame where it belongs,

    From there, we went to Stanley Park and Prospect Point where you have that wonderful view of Vancouver harbor which reminds me of the pictures I have seen of Hong Kong. I spoke with a couple of young people who ran the ice cream concession. The young lady was affable, whereas the young man was a bit of a head case.

    I asked them about their prime minister, who recently took Israel’s side against Obama. She did not know who he was, but he did. The first words out of his mouth were everybody hates him. To which I responded that is the same way most people feel in the United States feel about Obama–the majority who are harmed by his policies, but are not polled.

    She was shocked and asked why. I said because he is a proven liar, is a shill for the elites, and never delivers what he promises. In sum, he is not a leader. She said then I am glad to live here. I said don’t kid yourself–his failure affects you as well because your economy is dependent on ours, and Obama has sunk our economy.

    To be clear, the decline in exchange rates is the result of several factors, but the most serious are quantitative easing by the fed and irresponsible spending by Obama. The inevitable result is Americans are not visiting Canada like they were a few years back if what I saw yesterday was any indication.

    Here is the comparison for just the past six months–which is hard evidence of the decline created by a weak dollar. But it benefits exporters like Boeing and Microsoft who slip dollars into Obama’s hip pocket when no one is looking. And it especially benefits Wall Street and Soros et al.

    Highest: 1.0582 USD on 30 Apr 2011.
    Average: 0.9811 USD over this period.
    Lowest: 0.9224 USD on 01 Nov 2009.

  141. Economic Free Fall

    By Larry Johnson on June 3, 2011 at 10:21 PM in Current Affairs

    Today’s dismal job numbers is just the tip of a deadly iceberg in terms of our nation’s economy. Manufacturing is down, housing prices down, business inventory up and prices for food and gas climbing. I had a meeting this last week with the senior VP of a major US bank. They are sitting on a large portfolio of foreclosed properties. When I asked, “how long before the housing market turns around,” she replied, “three to five years.”

    They have so many underwater properties that they must bring them back onto the market very slowly. Why? If they dumped them all at once it would further drive down the price of real estate. This is a deep hole and we will have to wait until at least 2014 before we start seeing the light of day.

    Real estate is the key to our recovery. If folks are not moving into new houses they are not buying a lot of furniture, they are not hiring building contractors, new home electronics, carpet or employing painters and plumbers.

    Barack Obama is making the problem worse on several fronts and is not likely to dig out of this mess before the 2012 election.

    He has strangled the oil industry. Drilling in the Gulf is at a standstill. Many of those jobs have disappeared and are not likely to come back. His regulations are discouraging exploration and production. He is not likely to reverse those policies and, as a result, will not create new jobs. He is ideologically opposed to expanding drilling and opening up a robust domestic oil industry.

    Then there is his failed foreign policy. He has undercut whatever support we had in Saudi Arabia and allowed China and Russia to expand their influence in the Persian Gulf. The burgeoning US deficit and the loss of confidence among key allies is fueling a run on the dollar. As the dollar becomes more worthless overseas the price we have to pay for oil goes up. That is a key factor spurring the sharp rise in the price of oil. This hurts more Americans than any other economic change. Folks who have to drive to work have seen the cost of their commute double. That means less money to spend on non-essentials.

    Let’s not forget taxes. Barack Obama apparently has vowed to end the Bush tax cuts. That debate will occur in the fall of 2012. Please show me the last President who won an election running on the plank of raising taxes. Such a creature does not exist. Yet Barack has assured the Democratic faithful that he will draw that line in the sand.

    The bad news of June will not be fully manifest until September or October of this year. We are already in a double dip recession. The recession has started. The Feds are just slow in reporting it.

    But things can get even worse. If there is a serious Middle East crisis in August or September–let’s say hostilities break out with Iran–oil outflow from the Persian Gulf could be halted, even for a short while. This will drive the price of oil even higher and further stall the world economy. Odds of this scenario are at least 60% (witness the unfolding chaos in Yemen and the likely contagion effect).

    And what is Obama’s response? He has convinced himself that his polices are working and a recovery is underway. The man is totally clueless and you, my friends, are screwed.

  142. Good for Trump to continuing to bash Waffles, loved how he reminded people “Obama limped across the finish line against Hillary”.
    Good for Trump to continuing to use his massive bullhorn to keep bashing the pathetic incompetent fraud. He went after the fraud very hard in this recent speech.
    I would not be surprised if he endorses Palin, to rocket her over Willard Romeny.

  143. 🙂 for a change… I bring you good news.. 🙂

    Bank of America Gets Pad Locked After Homeowner Forecloses On It

    Collier County, Florida — Have you heard the one about a Homeowner closing on a bank?

    Well, it has happened to a North Carolina based bank.

    Instead of Bank of America foreclosing on a Florida home. The homeowner had sheriff’s deputies foreclose on the bank.

    Bank of America had filed foreclosure papers on the homeowner, who didn’t owe a dime on their home. They had paid cash for the house.

    The homeowners went to court to prove they didn’t owe anything on the house. A Collier County Judge agreed they didn’t owe anything and never had a mortgage to begin with. Bank of America was ordered by the court to pay the homeowner, Maurenn Nyergers and her husband’s legal fees for wrongfully trying to foreclose on thier house.

    After more than 5 months, the bank still hadn’t paid. So the homeowner’s attorney did exactly what the bank was prepared to do to get their money, he went to seize the bank’s assets.

    “They’ve ignored out calls, ignored out letters, legally this is the next step to get my clients compensated, ” said attorney Todd Allen.

    So with several armed Sheriff’s deputies, movers and a moving truck in tow, the attorney went to the bank to foreclose. The attorney gave instructions to be ready to remove desks, computers, copiers, filing cabinets, even cash in the teller’s drawers.

    After about an hour of being locked out of the bank manager’s office, the attorney was finally handed a check from the bank for the legal fees.

    “As a foreclosure defense attorney this is sweet justice” says Allen.

    Allen says this is something that he sees often in court, banks making errors because they didn’t investigate the foreclosure and it becomes a lengthy battle for the homeowner.

  144. Mrs. Smith
    June 4th, 2011 at 10:40 am

    🙂 for a change… I bring you good news.. 🙂

    I like this news

  145. Hold on- More Good News (for Jan, anyway.) 🙂

    Defending Israel, defying Obama

    Conrad Black, National Post · Jun. 4, 2011 | Last Updated: Jun. 4, 2011 4:13 AM ET

    As befits a modest country unaccustomed to leading the world other than by homogenized measurements of the quality of life, Canada seems not to have noticed that Stephen Harper has kicked off his new term as head of a majority government with the assumption of the moral leadership of the world (in the usual unobtrusive Canadian way); and even more astoundingly, has done so by successfully contradicting the President of the United States.

    Canadian prime ministers have only rarely publicly taken issue with American presidents, and never successfully. John Diefenbaker did a U-turn and refused nuclear warheads in Canada, but bought the American missiles that were supposed to deliver them anyway; John F. Kennedy quietly disdained the whole affair, and Mr. Diefenbaker was voted out as prime minister in 1963. Lester Pearson gave Lyndon Johnson his under-informed and unoriginal views on Vietnam in a convocation speech in Philadelphia, and LBJ conspicuously ignored him. Pierre Trudeau opposed Ronald Reagan’s Strategic Defense Initiative (which produced the Euro-missile Treaty and led to the end of the Cold War), and his inane pursuit of arms control was ignored by Reagan and every other leader in the world except those household words for enlightened statesmanship, the subsequently overthrown and executed Romanian president Nicolae CeauÐescu, and the terminally forgettable head of the unlamented state of East Germany, Erich Honecker. Jean Chrétien dissented from the American invasion of Iraq, and was ignored by George W. Bush, and the operation proceeded; there were many errors, but it was militarily successful, the Saddam Hussein regime was crushed, and Iraq is today one of the region’s more stable and democratic countries.

    But at the G8 meetings in Paris last month, Stephen Harper prevented the group’s approval of Barack Obama’s call for Arab-Israeli peace “on the basis of the 1967 borders.” It was an outright veto by Canada, standing up to the Americans, and in non-confrontational dissent to all the others, who were prepared to let this stale bromide pass yet again. Mr. Harper had done the same thing at a Francophonie Conference in 2006, but that was only France, which has been playing footsie with the Arabs ever since Charles de Gaulle departed Algeria in 1963, leaving the oil behind and importing the Islamic problem into France. By killing it in the G-8 (U.S., Germany, Japan, the U.K., France, Italy, and Russia), Stephen Harper became the moral leader of the world’s statesmen, as the first head of an important country to debunk the 1967 fraud upon which the Arab-Israeli crisis, the longest-running and most definitive moral litmus test in the geo-political world (and least successful extended negotiation in history) is based.

    Foreign Minister John Baird’s reported recent statement that “We support, obviously, that [the] solution has to be based on the ’67 border, with mutually agreed upon swaps, as President Obama said,” is unexceptionable, as it takes up on Mr. Obama’s “clarification” of three days later, after the furore developed from his original remarks, that he was just repeating the agreed view among those who supported a two-state solution, that there should be two states with “agreed and defensible borders,” The problem with the Obama formula was not the concept of 1967 with land swaps, it was the call for peace to be achieved by “negotiation” between Israel and a party that in 44 years has never ceded a square inch of territory or renounced the right of self-proclaimed Palestinian fugitives from inundating with non-Jews what was established and recognized as a “Jewish state.” Mr. Baird’s comment takes nothing from the courage and effectiveness of Harper having prevented the G-8 from again urging Israel onto this ski jump to oblivion.

    The Arabs started and lost the 1967 War; and in wars, the status of aggressors and defenders, and of winners and losers, is not interchangeable. The pre-1967 borders were entirely accidental, and left Israel nine miles wide at its narrowest, and the Western Wall and Jewish Quarter of Jerusalem in Arab hands. They had no legitimacy and even the United Nations resolutions called for agreed and defensible borders, and a two-state solution. Israel has accepted a two-state solution and Palestine, its government comprised of both Hamas and Fatah, has not, and has shown no disposition to agree on borders, especially any that Israel could defend. It has been clear for decades that the pattern of international intervention in the Middle East has been to promote tangible and practically irrevocable concessions of land by Israel in exchange for insubstantial, easily and instantly revocable professions of reduced hostility, supposedly culminating in peaceful co-existence, from the Arabs. This is the problem of Land For Peace: Israel cedes the land but gets no closer to peace.

    President Obama’s urging of the parties two weeks ago to “work it out” is a shabby euphemism for Israel to concede more land in exchange for more empty words in Arabic from the same entities that have yet to implement the Oslo obligation pledge of 1993 to acknowledge the right to exist of Israel as a Jewish state. That is what negotiations mean: preemptive, unilateral, ex gratia concessions by Israel, which is already the most legitimate country in the world, as Israel was created by unanimous vote of the United Nations Security Council permanent members, not merely admitted as a founding member or applicant. It is also the only one of the world’s 195 countries (including Taiwan, Palestine and the Vatican) under serious and constant threat of being eliminated as a country and exterminated as a population.

    Also to be “worked out” under the Obama formula is the right of return, which is a euphemism for America abandoning its long commitment to Israel as a Jewish state while the Palestinians displaced from what is now Israel when that state was set up in 1947, may return in numbers to be negotiated, both to Israel, destabilizing it as a Jewish state, as well as to the Palestinian State to be established to accommodate them.

    Those who oppose the existence of the state of Israel, for whatever motive, know that unless there is an unanswerable nuclear attack on Israel, which will not be possible even if Iran deploys deliverable nuclear weapons, given Israel’s retaliatory capability, Israel can be eliminated only by extracting gradual concessions. Keep bickering about settlements, while Palestine receives international recognition as an independent state; keep arguing about borders as the Palestinian population bulks up from returning alleged fugitives on both sides of the disputed and indefensible border; and never agree until the two states are one big, happy bi-sectarian and multicultural commonwealth. Then, absorb, enslave, expel, or massacre the Jews, yet again, as so often in their history, while the world sits in professedly righteous silence.

    It might be that the world would be a quieter place without Israel. Europe, desperate for non-Muslim immigration, especially of skilled people, would probably admit the Jews, as would the countries of the Americas and the Antipodes, unlike the policy of most of the countries in these areas in the 1930s and 1940s, when half the world’s Jewish population was murdered, in what Mr. Churchill called “the long night of Nazi barbarism . made more sinister and more protracted by the lights of perverted science.” But it would be a collective capital crime on the soul and conscience of Western Civilization.

    If what Obama, heir to the presidents who saved the Old World, sponsored Israel, and contained and defeated totalitarian communism, is advocating comes to pass, our civilization, morally, will die before, and less honourably, than that of the Jews, from which it came. And only Stephen Harper and the incumbent pope, among the world’s prominent current leaders, will have seriously dissented.

    Whatever may come, Mr. Harper has brought great distinction on Canada, largely unrecognized, as proverbially happens among one’s countrymen, and upon himself.

  146. While Rome burns…what’s next? Another beer summit?

    June 3, 2011

    Obama, Boehner to golf together June 18

    President Obama and House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) will play golf together on June 18th in what will be an opportunity for the two men to hammer out their differences on the debt ceiling and other issues.

    Both the White House and Boehner’s office confirmed the planned round of golf to CBS News. The White House said Mr. Obama extended the invitation — and the House speaker accepted.

    The location of the round – as well as who will fill out the expected foursome – has not yet been decided.

    CBS News White House correspondent Mark Knoller reported on May 30 that Mr. Obama had played 70 rounds of golf as president. Boehner also regularly hits the links.

    Boehner gas called on Mr. Obama to get personally involved in working out a deal on raising the debt ceiling, which the government says will be crossed on August 2 without action. Republicans, led by Boehner, want spending cuts larger than the increase in the debt limit in exchange for yes votes; Democrats say not raising the debt ceiling would have catastrophic consequences.

    “The president should engage himself…I’m willing. I’m ready. It’s time to have the conversation. It’s time to play large ball, not small ball,” Boehner said Wednesday. He added Friday that “If [Mr. Obama] wants this agreement done by the end of the month, better get going.”

    As Politico notes, Former White House press secretary Robert Gibbs had suggested Mr. Obama and Boehner discuss their differences over a round of golf.

  147. “President Obama and House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) will play golf together on June 18th in ”

    WTF? Waffles is stupid, what the hell is Boehner thinking? This is not only completely stupid, it will grate american in a very severe way, people are fed up, and instead of Boehner fighting against Waffle’s crap, he is joining him?!? Unless this a way so then Boehner can say, I tried, the man is an radical a$$hole, no way are we going along with what Waffles does to take this country further down the toilet.

  148. Obama, Boehner to golf together June 18
    Honestly, this makes me want to vomit. Having played golf with one half of that two some, let me simply say the first liar does not have a chance. Prediction: they will agree to dummy their scorecards so they can report to big media, and big media can report to the American People that they reached agreement on raising the debt limit to the moon and back, and both of them broke 80. Trust me I have heard that song before. And most anyone can break 80 if they do not complete the round. You just walk off the course after 79 strokes, which in the case of Obama with that sad excuse for a golf swing would be after the third hole. I am telling you for a fact, John is not tough enough.

  149. Ye-ooow! I think I’m a Klaven Fan!

    old ancient saying:

    “Kish Meir Yiddische Tuchus”

    even works well today!

  150. WTF? Waffles is stupid, what the hell is Boehner thinking?
    Big media believes that the American People are like Rodney King who as he was being carted off to jail (again) famously asked:

    “Why can’t we all just get along”–and play golf together.

    Now there is a question for the ages. . . .

    The answer however is simple and straightforward:

    The reason is because some of us believe that we are a government of laws and the Constitution, and the criminal are there to be enforced. Whereas others believe they embody a higher authority and those laws are there to be broken.

    So fuck you Rodney and fuck you Obama. Birds of a feather.

  151. Thanks Mrs. Smith.

    I received the email link from a friend. I thought it was pretty funny and true!

  152. I am not saying they should not meet off the record. That is okay. So long as you trust Boehner to not give the store away. That is the dilemma. Boehner is widely viewed in the Republican ranks as not tough enough. Ditto his understudy Cantor. It is not just me who have real qualms. A Wall Street guy who is anti Soros told me yesterday morning that the Republican leadership is “gutless”, and I could not disagree.

  153. Disaster Victims Ask: Where Are The Feds?
    June 3, 2011

    It’s becoming increasingly clear, that in this season of tornadoes and floods, the Obama Administration is all talk and no action, and the news media and Congressional representatives of the victims, have begun to tell the public about it.

    The New Orleans Times-Picayune reported today, “… in just the two-month period that preceded May 25, President Obama issued 27 disaster and emergency declarations in 18 states. That included an emergency declaration in Louisiana for flooding related to the Mississippi River, including the opening of the Morganza Floodway. But the president has not sought additional money from Congress to pay for the aid that will be needed by those states. Several U.S. senators, including Louisiana Sen. Mary Landrieu, have been urging the president to seek more money for the fund, and [that] The White House should not ignore this matter.”

    Last Sunday evening, ABC World News carried a piece — since widely circulated on the Internet — about the devastation of Tuscaloosa, Alabama. As video was shown of absolutely crushed and devastated neighborhoods, the ABC anchor led the story, “This is Tuscaloosa, Alabama, where 7,000 homes were destroyed in a matter of minutes just a month ago by a deadly twister there. President Obama told the people of Tuscaloosa, ‘We’re going to make sure you’re not forgotten,’ so, a month later, we’ve gone back.”

    The on-site reporter began his story, again with shots of devastated neighborhoods, “There are no children playing in these residential streets. The city looks like it did a month ago.” It’s reported that many people are still homeless, and close to 100 residents are still staying in the last open shelter, which will be closed next week.

    One Tuscaloosa resident who was interviewed, a 69-year-old black woman, Shirley Billingsley, showed her crushed house, and the reporter said that she and her family worry they’ll have to sleep outside their broken home; they want the federal government to bring them trailers or allow them to spend emergency money they received from FEMA on hotels or housing. An outraged Mrs. Billlingsley declared, “Obama came in, and Obama said, ‘We gonna help everybody.’ That’s a lie! Tell him Shirley said it, and she lives in Tuscaloosa, Alabama!” The report is available at was-gonna.html.

    Missouri’s Congressional delegation has been pushing for federal aid to actually happen, notwithstanding the current Washington fascination with the budget deficit. Senator Roy Blunt (R-Mo.) on May 27 wrote a letter to President Obama, asking that the federal government provide complete reimbursement of costs associated with recovery from the federally declared natural disaster. Missourinet reported on May 30, that Blunt told reporters in a telephone news conference, “I am asking for 100% federal reimbursement to local governments. They’ve agreed to 75. I think they have to come to a better number than that, and the right number, I think, would be 100%.”

    Blunt’s letter to the President said, regarding the 100 percent reimbursement rate, “The traditional 75-25 percent cost-sharing would be totally inappropriate in this circumstance.” (A similar request has been made by the Terrebonne Parish (La.) Council, which at its recent meeting, passed a proposal which called for 100 percent reimbursement from FEMA, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, and Coastal Emergency programs.)

    Blunt’s approach is being supported by most of the Missouri delegation, Republican and Democrat. Most eloquent was Rep. William “Lacy” Clay (D-Mo.) who pointedly said in a recent interview with The Root, that he wished to refer his GOP colleagues to the Preamble to the U.S. Constitution, which he proceeded to quote. Clay added, “It is our duty as a government to provide for the general welfare of the people of this country. …. For us to divert from that practice is wrongheaded and shows a lack of compassion for the American people in order to score political points.”

  154. I am no Romney fan. Nevertheless, I am convinced he will become the nominee, barring the unforeseen.

    The counterveiling arguments are that he supported a form of Obama care in Massachusetts, that he practices a weird religion which is not in the main stream and that he flip flops on issues.

    Perhaps. However if those arguments apply to him, then they apply in spades to Obama. And because big media will defend Obama to their dying breath, they will be hard pressed to use them against Romney, because they can be turned around against them and their man Obama.

    The biggest risk I see to a Romney nomination–and presidency is the possibility of a major gaff. If he makes one big media will crucify him over it, just as quickly as they would fall on their own sword to protect Obama.

    You may recall the fact that his father George, who was the head of American Motors, was a presidential candidate and killed himself when he changed from a hawk to a dove on Viet Nam, claiming that he had been “bainwashed” by our military. Had he said mislead, he might have been forgiven, but the term brainwashed invoked the communist tactics which were used against that generation by Chicons in Korea and here.

  155. Hello,

    Does anyone know what is going on over at Murphy’s Pumapac site? We were discussing how to avoid reelection of the BOob in 2012 and I lost connection to the main blog. Now I cannot seem to connect to the back-up either.

  156. claiming that he had been “bainwashed” by our military. Had he said mislead, he might have been forgiven, but the term brainwashed invoked the communist tactics which were used against that generation by Chicons in Korea and here.


    I suspect it’s not the quality of some remark that matters, but the timing. The media decides to turn against the speaker, so they blow up whatever he’s said lately into something terrible,and say he’s killed himself with it, etc.

    When that doesn’t work, as with Palin, rinse and repeat….

  157. tim
    June 4th, 2011 at 10:32 am
    Good for Trump to continuing to bash Waffles, loved how he reminded people “Obama limped across the finish line against Hillary”.

    Thanks for posting this link, Tim…

  158. “Obama limped across the finish line against Hillary”.


    The untimate bumper sticker.

  159. I disagree, HILLARY was way out in front across the finish line, the Dem leadership triped her, and pulled her back. He really did nt finish ahead of Hillary, limping or otherwise. I just can’t let that go. Sorry.

  160. NewMexicoFan
    June 4th, 2011 at 2:47 pm

    I disagree, HILLARY was way out in front across the finish line, the Dem leadership triped her, and pulled her back. He really did nt finish ahead of Hillary, limping or otherwise. I just can’t let that go. Sorry.
    Yup NMfan, I totally agree.

    I guess Trump doesn’t know or chooses not to bring up the fact that Barry did not win, he was carried over the finish line by a party of thugs and cheaters.

    Most of us wouldn’t be here on Big Pink if we could have let that bs go. 😉

    Obama critic coming closer to Social Security records?

    Judge advances FOIA dispute over application for Connecticut number

    Much information has been reported – and much more still is being sought – about Barack Obama’s original birth documentation, and whether it reveals his eligibility to be president under the Constitution’s requirement those in the Oval Office be a “natural born Citizen.”

    But under the radar of most new organizations a case has been moving forward in Washington, D.C., through which California attorney Orly Taitz is seeking the original application for Obama’s Social Security number, a document that could reveal a multitude of factors about the president’s early life.

    U.S. District Court Chief Judge Royce Lamberth this week rejected a defense concern over procedure in the dispute, and Taitz told WND today the case has moved into discovery and she can issue subpoenas to those holding the documentation she is seeking.

    WND previously has reported on the issue that Obama holds a Connecticut-based Social Security number despite allegedly being born in Hawaii, starting his work career in the Aloha State, and never having lived in Connecticut.

    For those who never wondered about how Social Security Numbers are generated, the first three digits represent the state of the recipient’s mailing address. In other words, if you live or work in Connecticut, for example, the first three digits of your SSN will correspond to the Connecticut code.

    The first three digits of Obama’s SSN are 042. That code of 042 falls within the range of numbers for Connecticut, which according to the Social Security Administration has been 040 through 049.

    The national news media has been virtually silent on this potentially criminal fact.

    Indeed, when Fox News finally attempted to explain it, it broadcast false information and then scrubbed it from its website.

    When WND asked the White House about it, then–Press Secretary Robert Gibbs dodged the question.

    Taitz’ case is against Social Security commissioner Michael Astrue and explains that because of the multitude of questions surrounding Obama’s eligibility, his birth certificate and his other records, the Freedom of Information Act request was submitted.

    The Social Security Administration rejected it, and that decision was affirmed by a district court ruling that found the administrative procedures still had a course to run. But that now has been completed and the case is before Lamberth again.

    He ruled this week that FOIA actions “are exempt” from a local court “meet and confer” requirement and he gave Astrue 30 days to file “any dispositive motions.”

    The federal government had argued that Taitz’ process to subpoena individuals with access to the long-sought documentation was out of order, but the court ruling means it is within procedures.

    According to a report in the Post & Email online blog, Taitz reported, “We’re now in discovery, so I can issue subpoenas.”

    That is a level that no other case challenging Obama’s eligibility or birth certificate ever has reached.

  162. Fox

    DERA ISMAIL KHAN, Pakistan – A top Al Qaeda commander and possible replacement for Usama 😉 bin Laden was killed in an American drone-fired missile strike close to the Afghan border, the militant group he heads and a Pakistani intelligence official said Saturday.

  163. NewMexicoFan
    June 4th, 2011 at 2:47 pm

    Agreed. Hillary got more votes than the Waffles, they had to steal 4 delegates from her to give to the Waffles fraud. Hillary got more votes, they had to steal delegates, each delegate representing hundreds of voters, and as if that wasn’t bad enough, then they had to basically beat superdelegates into silence and threaten them to not vote for Hillary. I do think Trump knows all of this, but he’s speaking to a repub audience who may not know the details of what happened, so I accept why he simply said “Obama limped across the finish line”. The truth is actually, the DNC pulled Waffles across the finish line, while basically beating Hillary back away from the finish line.

  164. I suspect it’s not the quality of some remark that matters, but the timing. The media decides to turn against the speaker, so they blow up whatever he’s said lately into something terrible,and say he’s killed himself with it, etc.

    When that doesn’t work, as with Palin, rinse and repeat….
    It was substantive. It fed into a larger narrative that Romney was not that smart, thus the term he used was a self inflicted wound.

    Today, however timing is irrelevant to the media. Their love for Obama is timeless and it neither time nor major mistakes will disabuse them of it.

    Lets face it, they have found their place as mouthpiece for a dictator, and make a handsome living at it while Rome burns they do not care. Journalist? They laugh and say “how quaint”.

  165. Shadow:

    Judge Lambert was the US District Judge for the District of Columbia who presided over the challenges made to Ira Magaziner’s efforts on behalf of Hillary. At that time, the big pharama people were trying to force public disclosure before her health care plan was drafted in order to scuttle it. By contrast, big pharma wrote the Obama plan, and are its principal beneficiaries of this “greatest piece of civil rights legislation since 1965 according to the NYT. Wiki does not mention judge Lambert in the context of Hillary care, but he was at the center of it. I am a little surprised that they neglected to mention that chapter.

  166. I find this absolutely frightening, these muslim americans are commeriserating/celebrating the anniversary of Khomenni’s death in DC. So, they have no problems with the violence this man caused, or the regime in Iran is now causing (one ignorant woman even says the Ayotallah taught her to fight against oppression, yea, right.). Not sure which is more frigtening, that these people live in this country and openly are celebrating one of America’s enemies, or that they are aware of all his atrocities & still openly willing to celebrate this man who is one of America’s enemies. Someday in the future, will we be seeing such a disgusting even for Bin Laden in America? Who knows? I am absolutely stunned that such an event is even occuring in America, in DC, very stunned.

  167. Shadowfax
    June 4th, 2011 at 2:56 pm

    Did you hear Trump sort of infer he has no clue what Waffles actually showed? He was very funny on how he said it in his speech. I think Trump knows, and just can’t be too open about it, or make it a main issue at this point, but I think he knows.

  168. Question: what does it take for the elites to wake up and realize Messiah Obama is a bad joke? A disaster with Israel, a double dip in the stock market, a collapse of the economy? What pray tell does it take for them to understand that for the good of everyone other than big media of course he must go. We love him but we can’t afford him. Nobody can. Their privileged position is not incredible if everything goes to hell.
    Obama Left To Choke In Bibi’s Dust.
    Michael Goodwin
    NY Post

    After Benjamin Netan yahu rejected President Obama’s demand for Is raeli concessions in the Oval Office last week, a television anchor said the Israeli leader treated the president like a “schoolboy.” In that case, class was in session again yesterday, and the second lecture more fully exposed the holes in Obama’s education.

    Netanyahu’s skillful address to Congress touched every Mideast base with conviction and facts. He made a compelling case for his approach to the Palestinians, including Hamas, and was so well-received by both Democrats and Republicans that Obama is left looking foolish and isolated.

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    The president was fortunate to be in Europe, if only because time and distance spared him immediate embarrassment. His ideas for the “peace process” have been shredded beyond salvaging. Even a top fellow Democrat, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, rebuked Obama in a Monday night address.
    While Reid took a more traditional approach in telling the American Israel Public Affairs Committee that “no one should set premature parameters about borders, about building or about anything else” — a clear shot at Obama — Netanyahu went far beyond process points.
    He made it clear where Israel stands with a series of striking declarations, such as:

    “Israel is not what’s wrong in the Middle East. Israel is what’s right.”

    “The conflict has never been about the establishment of a Palestinian state. The conflict has been about the existence of a Jewish state.”
    “The Palestinian refugee problem will be solved outside the borders of Israel.”

    “We will not negotiate with a Palestinian government backed by the Palestinian version of al Qaeda.”

    Throw in his urgent reminder that Iran must be stopped in its march toward nukes, and you have the pillars of a principled and clear policy. It’s a speech that Obama himself could have given, if only he shared the policy.

    Instead, our president is stuck in a view that only charitably can be called even-handed. His embrace of major tenets of the Palestinian narrative on borders and settlements and his silence on the “right of return” have emboldened Arab hard-liners and eroded Israeli confidence in him.

    Worse, his attempts to squeeze and isolate Netanyahu have backfired. In what might be an un precedented mo ment, a foreign leader visited Washington and trumped an American president on his home court.
    Netanyahu wasn’t rude. He was right.

    Obama’s flawed approach, stemming from his belief that America must show more respect for Muslims, is more than a tactical blunder. He has so badly misjudged the issues and the players that there is zero chance of serious negotiations. And without the hope of talks, the chance of war increases and the power of Islamic fundamentalists grows.

    It remains a mystery why Obama fails to see this larger strategic picture. Israel is a democratic friend and ally, while Palestinians have no rule of law, honor terrorists with street names, and use mass media and schools to preach anti-Semitism. One Hamas leader grieved Osama bin Laden as an “Arab holy warrior.”

    While it’s true, as Netanyahu conceded, that parts of the Israeli position, such as an undivided Jerusalem, are very hard for Palestinians to accept, that’s an endgame hurdle.

    The basic threshold facts matter now, and they are crystal-clear: A series of Israeli governments has accepted the idea of an independent Palestinian state, and made serious efforts to negotiate terms.

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    The Palestinians always say no because the sticking point is the same one it has been since 1948: Neither their leaders nor the general public is ready to end the conflict and accept Israel as a Jewish state. Until they are, there can be no peace

  169. wbb

    Wiki does not mention judge Lambert in the context of Hillary care, but he was at the center of it.

    What does this mean?
    Are you saying that the judge leaned more to big pharma’s side and he might be conservative and therefore help push this ss# case forward?

  170. tim
    June 4th, 2011 at 3:30 pm

    June 4th, 2011 at 2:56 pm

    Did you hear Trump sort of infer he has no clue what Waffles actually showed? He was very funny on how he said it in his speech. I think Trump knows, and just can’t be too open about it, or make it a main issue at this point, but I think he knows.

    I did catch that Tim and wonder if he just wants to leave the heavy lifting up to those that are challenging it in court since he has no horse in the race any longer.

    I also saw Corsi trying to use Trump as a front man on the bc issue and I think Corsi pushed him too hard and was too verbally nasty to get Trump’s support back.

    I do think that Corsi may have a good case, but I also think he is looking for Trump to sell his book.

  171. I do think Trump knows all of this, but he’s speaking to a repub audience who may not know the details of what happened, so I accept why he simply said “Obama limped across the finish line”.


    Actually they moved the finish line. ;-( But I agree that Trump better not go into details at this stage.

  172. “It remains a mystery why Obama fails to see this larger strategic picture.”


    GMAB. Really???

  173. Are you saying that the judge leaned more to big pharma’s side and he might be conservative and therefore help push this ss# case forward?
    No. He was concerned about the constitutional implications, whereas big pharma was concerned with killing the bill. I think he will be equally concerned about the constitutional implications as they relate to Obama. And that is why we have gotten to the discovery stage. We shall see where it goes from here.

  174. Previewing The Sunday Shows

    By Chris Peleo-Lazar
    June 3, 2011

    This week former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney officially announced his run for the White House, and the weekend shows will discuss the progression of the 2012 race.

    Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour will give his first Sunday show interview since deciding not to run on CBS’ “Face the Nation.” Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin has been on her bus tour and will stop by FNC’s “Fox News Sunday” to talk 2012 and the current state of the economy. On CNN’s “State of the Union,” Rep. Ron Paul , R-Texas, will sit down with host Candy Crowley and talk about the race for the White House.

    In the forefront of all the shows is the state of the economy. White House Council of Economic Advisers Chair Austan Goolsbee will discuss the possibility of an economic slowdown on both CNN’s State of the Union and ABC’s “This Week.” The politics of the economy and the debt ceiling debate will be the focus of Bob Schieffer’s “Face the Nation” interview with House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, who hasn’t been in the spotlight much since the 2010 election.

    Univision’s “Al Punto” will have former New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson and former El Salvador Pres. Antonio Saca on to analyze their roles as OAS International Observers for the presidential race in Peru. The former Columbia Pres. Cesar Gaviria will join to talk about the War on Drugs and the Global Commission on Drug Policy’s efforts to push nations to consider legalization of certain drugs to fight cartels and organized crime.


    Meet the Press will be pre-empted by the French Open.

    Face the Nation hosts House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi and Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour.

    This Week hosts White House Council of Economic Advisers Chair Austan Goolsbee and ABC’s Diane Sawyer.

    Fox News Sunday hosts former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin.

    State of the Union hosts Rep. Ron Paul, R-Texas, former Republican Party chairperson Ed Gillespie, former White House Communications Director Anita Dunn, White House Council of Economic Advisers Chair Austan Goolsbee.

    Other Weekend Shows

    Political Capital features Rep. Ron Paul, R-Texas (Bloomberg, Friday, 6:30pm).

    Washington Week features Wall Street Journal’s Deborah Soloman, New York Times’ John Harwood, and New York Times’ Jeff Zeleny (PBS, Friday, 8pm).

    Real Time features Housing and Urban Development Secretary Shaun Donovan, producer Adam McKay, Professor Melissa Harris Perry, former CNN host Larry King, and former Rep. Rick Lazio, R-N.Y. (HBO, Friday, 10pm).

    Situation Room features CNN’s Peter Bergen (CNN, Saturday, 6:30pm).

    Communicators features Former Federal Communications Commission director Blair Levin and Aspen Institute fellow Eliza Krigman(C-SPAN, Saturday, 6:30pm).

    Chris Matthews Show features Washington Post’s Bob Woodward, New York Magazine’s John Heilemann, New York Times’ Helene Cooper, and Huffington Post’s Alex Wagner, (NBC, Sunday, check local listings).

    Newsmakers hosts Rep. Sander Levin, D-Mich., and guest reporters National Journal’s Humberto Sanchez, and The Hill’s Ian Swanson (C-SPAN, Sunday, 10am/6pm).

    SOTU’s Reliable Sources segment features CBS’ Nancy Cordes,’s Jeff Jarvis,’s Maureen O’Connor, and New York Times’ Jill Abramson (CNN, Sunday, 10am).

    Fareed Zakaria GPS features Columbia University’s Jeffrey Sachs and Harvard’s Kenneth Rogoff (CNN, Sunday, 10am).

    Q & A features author James Grant (C-SPAN, Sunday, 8pm).

    Al Punto features former New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson, former El Salvador Pres. Antonio Saca, former Columbia Pres. Cesar Gaviria, Latino Commission on AIDS member Guillermo Chacon, and AIDS patient Daniel Leyva (UNIVISION, Sunday, 10am).

  175. The one Republicans really want

    Paul Ryan is the anti-Obama who can bring back America from the brink

    By Jeffrey T. Kuhner
    The Washington Times

    June 2, 2011

    There is a potential presidential candidate whom almost every Republican wants. This person would not only galvanize the GOP base, but attract large numbers of independents and centrists as well. He would smash President Obama in 2012 and probably win by a landslide. He is Rep. Paul Ryan of Wisconsin.

    More than Mitt Romney, Sarah Palin and Newt Gingrich – or any other possible “first-tier” candidate – the House Budget Committee chairman would be the most formidable challenger. He is smart, articulate and principled. He has name recognition. He possesses superb instincts and considerable political experience. Moreover, he has genuine star power: No other Republican can appeal to every faction in the party – economic conservatives, Tea Partyers, national security hawks, nationalists, libertarians, moderates and the establishment.

    He is the only national GOP leader who is truly serious about confronting America’s central problem: the debt crisis. Radical Islam, China, immigration, unemployment, abortion, gay marriage – they do not matter in the end if America is broke. A bankrupt nation cannot win its wars, secure its borders, revive its economy or even enforce its laws. This is the tragedy of the Third World. Once a country goes down that ruinous path, it is almost impossible to reverse course. Mr. Ryan understands that the United States is on the verge of becoming Greece.

    Mr. Obama is doing what no other president has done: He is completing America’s transformation into a cradle-to-grave welfare state. Like most liberals, Mr. Obama is not only anti-American, he is a cultural Europeanist. His agenda is Europeanization: socialized medicine, government day care, heavy regulations on business, a vast public sector, carbon taxes, unlimited immigration and a softer foreign policy. His big-government policies have failed to restore economic growth and deepened the recession. His nearly $1 trillion stimulus package was a bust. His record deficit spending is frightening away investors and stifling the private sector. Obamacare is a multitrillion-dollar entitlement program that will break the country’s financial back. Mr. Obama has doubled the national debt. Obamanomics – borrow, spend and borrow – is pushing the United States toward national bankruptcy.

    Hence, the country is facing a double-dip recession – maybe even a Great Depression. Consumer confidence is lagging. Manufacturing is weak. Growth is anemic. Unemployment remains high. Inflation is on the rise. Gas prices are soaring. The banking and housing sectors are flat, unable to shake off their heavy debt loads. Our economic crisis – fueled by reckless spending and runaway deficits – threatens to cripple us. The Obama administration inherited a mess and turned it into a disaster.

    Mr. Ryan is the anti-Obama. He wants to pull America back from the brink. His budget plan restores fiscal responsibility. He has shown unusual courage in a city dominated by craven politicians and slick con men. His policy blueprint slashes more than $6 trillion from future deficits, reining in out-of-control spending. His tax-reform proposal would stimulate growth, end gimmicky tax breaks and foster entrepreneurship.

    Most important, his plan addresses the heart of the debt crisis: entitlements. Social Security, Medicaid and Medicare are depleting the federal treasury. Without massive entitlement reform, America’s economic position is unsustainable. The most urgent is Medicare. Aging baby boomers are putting a tremendous strain on the health care sector; the program’s costs are exploding. Mr. Ryan rightly argues that the government system can no longer afford simply to cover every elderly person’s fees. Hence, he champions “premium supports” – providing each senior with at least $15,000 (maybe more for the poor or the very sick) to purchase his own private health insurance from a range of government-approved options. His plan promotes market reforms, competition and consumer choice – the very things needed to contain skyrocketing costs and impose fiscal discipline while preserving access to quality care.

    Democrats are demonizing the Ryan plan. They argue that it “will end Medicare as we know it” and throw seniors into the snow. Mr. Obama’s team is convinced it has a killer issue for 2012: Stop the GOP’s alleged assault on Medicare. In the recent special congressional election in New York, Democrats used the “Mediscare” campaign to devastating effect. One reason is that the Republican nominee was unable – and unwilling – to forcefully defend the Ryan plan. Democrats think they can replicate that strategy on a national level.

    Mr. Obama is a shameless demagogue. “Medicare as we know it” cannot be saved; to suggest otherwise is mendacious and irresponsible. Either it is revamped or it will go broke. This is the choice. Mr. Ryan’s great gift is not only that his ideas can fix a broken system, but that he can articulate them in a simple manner that resonates with voters.

    Mr. Ryan’s appeal is that he is a patriot. He is willing to put country above power. More important, he is willing to tell Americans the painful truth: We are in decline. Following statist Europe is the path of economic suicide and moral decay. The entire Obama presidency has sought to refute the very traits that have made America unique and great – limited government, federalism, reverence for the Constitution, unadulterated capitalism and the belief in U.S. exceptionalism. A Ryan candidacy would offer a potent reformist alternative to Mr. Obama’s reactionary vision.

    It’s time for a draft Ryan movement. History is calling him.

    Jeffrey T. Kuhner is a columnist at The Washington Times and president of the Edmund Burke Institute.

  176. “The entire Obama presidency has sought to refute the very traits that have made America unique and great – limited government, federalism, reverence for the Constitution, unadulterated capitalism and the belief in U.S. exceptionalism.”

    Don’t know why people are surprised, if they had just looked at the people he was and is friends with, its pretty obvious how he views America.

    He believes in his own exceptionalism, not America, his belief is in himself, not the American people. He is the anti-thesis of everything the founders fought for, and thousands died and suffered for. He cannot see America’s exceptionalism because he does not believe in it, he cannot fulfill his oath to “protect and defend the United States Consitution” because he has stated in an interview and so believes that the US Constitution is “fundamentally flawed”. He cannot restore America, because his entire existance has been to promote himself, not the United States of America or her citizens or their interests.

    Now the question is, can he fool enough people this last time around for 2012 to get relected? Because he really only needs to dupe enough people one more time for this election next year.

  177. Tim, even with their college degrees, the majority of the American People remain politically ignorant, and too lazy to understand the issues. They react to the sound bite and to celebrity bullshit. And, they are scared.

    That said, the best thing Obama has going for him is he is now the establishment, and he can use all its tools to sway the electorate including the uneqivocal love devotion and support of big media.

    At the same time, the worst thing Obama has going for him is he is the establishment and in perilous economic times, when millions will be homeless within 2 years, he is now the responsible party.

    Change now means change from a man who promised hope and has delivered despair. A man who promised change but has doubled down on the very policies that got us in this mess in the first place.

    I do not think the most important thing right now is different policies. I think the most important thing the Republicans must do is find a leader who projects integrity honesty and trust. Policies com later. That frankly was the appeal Trump had before he flamed out.

    The Washington Times is keen on Ryan, but Ryan is a policy wonk. Gingrich is worse. Romney is a technocrat. In a strange sort of way Huckabee was the best candidate they could have put forward, not for the policies, but because he comes across as genuine and caring out people.

    This is rather important in periolous times. Obama does not care about the people, he cares only about himself. If the Republicans can come up with a candidate who projects empathy and concern for what the American People are going through, and secondarily has solutions then he or she will run away with the election.

  178. the very traits that have made America unique and great – […] unadulterated capitalism


    Unregulated banking, insurance companies….

  179. The best example of this was New York apres le deluge. During the roaring twenties Jimmy Walker was their hero. He was a flamoyant corrupt machine politician who embodied the aspirations of an Irish immigrant population who had discovered political power. After the crash he was gone, and hardly spoken of. The new hero was Fiorella La Guardia–the little flower, a Republican who was everything Walker was not– folksy, avuncular, concerned with the people of New York as opposed to the elites. He was the right man at the right moment with the right message, and that is what the country needs now. In terms of the zeitgeist, Obama is yesterdays news. Like a mackeral in the moonlight, he shines but he stinks.

  180. wbboei–

    I wanted to post this, I’m not an economist, but I can study and learn things, I found this interview on a top financial blog, ZeroHedge, and the man being interviewed is a very well known investor with a pretty good track record, and he is explaining what the Fed is thinking of doing. I went and tried to read the paper by the professor, much too over my head, but this interviewee read it and is explaining it.

    It is absolutely frightening, they want to essentially over 10 years inflate away the debt, but the problem is the US dollar’s value is cut in half, standard of living plummets, unless there is some growth, but because of Waffles, who the hell wants to take a chance and invest? I know for a fact several business owners who will sell their businesses and give that up if Waffles is relected, 2 words to succinctly explain their reasons….. why bother?

    Here is the interview I was speaking off

    (I agree with your post @7:54pm, Sarah comes off as very geniune as well. The only thing I would add is many americans do not have a college education, they are just hard working honest americans who have common sense, but the big media and elistists have told them they are stupid and they have to be herded around by people like ABC, NBC, Cbs, Charles K, etc etc because these people know whats good for the average everyday american, I just wonder how many Americans are finally breaking free of these shackles of nonindependent thinking put on them by the elitists in this country?)

  181. Democrat1,

    How did you get a link straight to that entry? I’d like to link straight to the one for Friday, June 03, 2011, which has a good summary of the whole thing (letter to the Baltimore Sun).

  182. Good info in the comments, much from Canadians.

    Canada has a system called Medicare; it’s actually quite a lot like US Medicare, but less open-ended and more serious about cost control.
    Canadian Medicare looks pretty sustainable, especially as compared with the US system, which has much more private insurance.

    Now, Canadian health care isn’t perfect — but it’s not bad, and Canadians are happier with their system than we are with ours.

    So anyone who tells you that Medicare as we know it — a single-payer system that covers everyone over a certain age — is unsustainable is ignoring the clear evidence that other countries somehow manage to make similar systems quite sustainable.

  183. So anyone who tells you that Medicare as we know it — a single-payer system that covers everyone over a certain age — is unsustainable is ignoring the clear evidence that other countries somehow manage to make similar systems quite sustainable.

    Unsustainable because they have stolen 2.3 trillion dollars from Medicare and Social Security and replaced them with useless unmarketable Treasury notes.

  184. democrat1
    June 4th, 2011 at 8:58 pm
    Weiner story is a conspiracy against him by some right wing zealots

    according to Cannonfire

    Yes, yes, white “stiff” racist right wing zealots Of course!

  185. I just wonder how many Americans are finally breaking free of these shackles of nonindependent thinking put on them by the elitists in this country?)

    Not nearly enough

  186. Democrat1:

    admin posted the other day, discounted Cannonfire’s speculation. admin said, either AW posted the graphic himself or someone in his office did- (said his/her info came from someone in AW’s office) Surprised no one mentioned it here earlier. They all read it here but prefer having some wandering around in the blind.

    Cannonfire often posts teaser info for the hit count.

  187. Because this info is mainsteamed by msnbc- take it with a grain of salt. I would be more comfortable with this info if it were done by an independent org not the Soros controlled media.

    Anonymous says it hacked Iranian government email server

    By Bob Sullivan

    Members of the hacking group Anonymous say they’ve managed to infiltrate an Iranian government mail server and copy more than 10,000 internal emails and a series of images.

    “The documents are from Iranian Ministry of Foreign Affairs’ mail server which we took control over,” said a member of the group who called himself Arash. He said he was the founder of Anonymous’ effort to hack Iranian government computers, which began in 2009 after Iran’s disputed presidential election and corresponding government efforts to suppress Internet freedom.

    The documents, now freely available on Web sites, involve applications by foreigners for visas to enter the country. They are mostly mundane — applicants complaining about red tape, for example — though Arash said some of the disclosed items are potentially newsworthy.

    “I saw some that were interesting, like a peace (organization) begging for a visa for its members to join a conference,” he said.

    The main goal of the ongoing attack, however, is to embarrass the current government, said Arash, who identified himself as an Iranian now living outside the country and requested anonymity.

    “We organized this to damage (the) Islamic regime’s cyber image near the election’s anniversary,” he said to in an email. “(The) documents prove that while (the) Islamic regime keeps investing in its cyber army and expensive hardware for filtering and analyzing the Iranian people’s traffic, they can’t secure their most important mail servers.”

    Anonymous is a loosely connected group of hackers who have taken on celebrated causes, notably taking sides in the WikiLeaks controversy earlier this year when it launched denial-of-service attacks against companies like Visa and MasterCard for disrupting donations to Bradley Manning, the accused document leaker at the center of the controversy.

    But Anonymous takes on many causes; it announced stepped-up efforts to attack Iran in February when the government there announced it had created a new cyber police unit. The announcement video was detailed on

  188. Here it is: the reason for no FBI investigation is as was posted yesterday- Tell a Lie to the FBI and it is later discovered as a Lie- zYou go straight to the poky. As Martha Stewart can attest to- I guess, it’s up to Huma to either straighten this juvenile delinquent out or dump him.

    No FBI Investigation of Rep. Weiner’s Twitter Claim

    The FBI has received no official complaint from Rep. Anthony Weiner that his Twitter account was hacked, and the bureau is not investigating, FBI officials tell Newsmax.

    If the New York Democrat did report it and it turned out he was lying about the alleged attack on his account, he could be subject to a felony charge, FBI sources point out.

    “We have not received any complaint,” one official says. “Unless we get an official complaint and there is a reason to believe a crime has been committed, we won’t initiate an investigation. The onus is on him to report. The fact that he is a U.S. congressman means we would take it very seriously. We don’t want a person in that position to be a victim of a cyber attack.”

    But, the official adds, “It goes without saying that an individual may have reason not to make a report to the FBI if he made up a story about being hacked. The first thing we would do is interview him on the record. If he makes a false statement, he would be subject to a felony charge for lying to an FBI agent. We do take that seriously.”

    In fact, you don’t have to be Sherlock Holmes to see that Weiner is covering up his tawdry activities on Twitter.

    The facts are fairly simple: A pretty 21-year-old college student in Seattle received a Twitter message from the Democrat’s account with a photo of an erect male organ barely concealed by his undershorts.

    Weiner, 46, is married to Huma Abedin, an aide to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.

    At first, Weiner’s office claimed his account had been hacked. But Weiner’s office immediately withdrew the photo from his Twitter feed, indicating he still had control of it.

    Weiner has since said he has not reported the alleged crime to either the U.S. Capitol Police or the FBI. He has said he doesn’t want to make a “federal case” out of it.

    That tells you everything you need to know about whether Weiner is telling the truth when he says he did not send the photo. If Weiner’s account had been hacked, he would have reported it, and the appropriate agencies would have confirmed they are investigating. If Weiner had reported it and the claim was bogus, Weiner could have faced criminal charges not only for lying to the FBI but for filing a false police report with the Capitol Police.

    Instead of reporting the alleged offense, Weiner has variously said he is hiring a lawyer or engaging a private investigative company to look into the matter. That is not what you do when you are the victim of a crime.
    Moreover, in an interview with NBC’s Luke Russert, Weiner would not comment on whether the image in question was of him.

    “I can’t say with certitude,” he said. “My system was hacked. Pictures can be manipulated. Pictures can be dropped in and inserted.”

    Asked flatly by a journalist, “Is that picture you?” Weiner replied, “You know I’m not going to talk about this anymore.” He went on to refer to a reporter who asked a question as a “jackass.” Now the combative congressman is claiming he will not discuss the incident further.

    Of course, anyone who had a photo taken of himself in underwear would remember it and also would know where the photo went.

    Instead of forthrightly addressing the issue and substantiating his version of events, Weiner has chosen to build a smokescreen, claiming that the issue is a “distraction” meant to keep him from pursuing the Democratic agenda.

    New FBI agents are taught at the FBI Academy at Quantico, Va., to look for such signs of deception: If a suspect is telling the truth, he sticks to the issue at hand and doesn’t try to change the subject.

    While Weiner has nearly 50,000 followers on Twitter, Gennette Cordova, the Seattle woman who received the photo, is just one of 198 people he follows on Twitter. Porn star Ginger Lee tweeted last month that she received a direct message from Weiner, and several other attractive women say they’ve been surprised to get a “follow” or a message from him.

    Weiner has long set his sights set on becoming mayor of New York. He ran for the office back in 2005, finishing second in the primary to then Bronx Borough President Fernando Ferrer. Weiner is now said to be intent on making another bid for the job.

    Tweet to Rep. Weiner: Forget about replacing Michael Bloomberg when he departs as mayor in 2013.

    Really! You need to be someone else’s headache.

  189. gonzotx
    June 4th, 2011 at 10:21 pm

    June 4th, 2011 at 10:25 pm

    We agree on both counts…

    Strange how none of the Congressional members ever mention the heavy dipping into both SS and Medicare and never mention a plan for repaying the borrowed funds from Tax Payer’s ‘hard’ money.

  190. …Tim…thanks for posting clip of T above…his voice is necessary…he tells it like it is…

    btw…have you noticed that T and even Romney speak basically without teleprompter and with only glances at notes…whether you agree with them or not…they know what they want to say and say it…as does Hillary and Bill…

    …not O…his ‘telli’prompter will travel with him everywhere…speaking to first graders…EVERYWHERE…such an imposter…the man would be lost in his own fog without that prop…an embarrassment…

  191. You really must go to ACE and see the comic book….
    Jew Hatred, The San Francisco Treat [Ben]
    —Open Blogger

    This November, a ballot initiative in the city of San Francisco will allow citizens a chance to vote on banning circumcision. Circumcision, the process of cutting off the foreskin eight days after birth, is a Jewish tradition. In the Torah, G-d told Abraham that circumcision was part of the Covenant, or man’s promise to G-d.

    It should also be noted that countless medical studies show that circumcision has many health benefits, not the least of which is a decreased likelihood of contracting HIV. I’m sure HIV isn’t really an issue in San Francisco though.

    However, the leftists in San Francisco(read: All of San Francisco) have decided that circumcision is inhumane and therefore should be illegal. They have argued that it, like abortion, is an issue of choice. The babies do not have a say in the matter, therefore the parent’s should not be allowed to decide for them.

    Many in the Jewish community have seen this anti-circumcision movement as a stealth anti-Jewish measure. Parents don’t have to get their child circumcised, therefore why outlaw it? Why outlaw a procedure that is mandatory for all Jewish men, even older converts. If it’s really about choice, why not let the parents choose? Choice implies having options.

    The Jewish community never had any clear proof that this movement harbors anti-Judaic movitves, only the suspicion of it. That is until now.

    Thanks to Zombie we have access to an anti-circumcision comic book put out by the backers of this Novembers ballot initiative.

    Look at the photographs yourself and tell me this isn’t anti-semitism.

  192. tim
    June 4th, 2011 at 11:21 pm

    Oh my goodness. More spending?!?! These people are nuts, absolutely nuts. We are broke! Have these people never balanced a budget, have they never had to balance a checkbook?!?

    Sounds like a political strategy.The Dems will say they tried getting more support for Job creation and the defeatist Repubs are against it.

    It will never pass the (R) controlled House. It’s DOA. All lip service for the masses not paying attention to what is going on-

  193. the boobery of this boob never seems to reach a low. Its almost like he doesn’t have clue what comes on that teleprompter until those words come on, and who is in the audience, and its impact.

    “And, he’s speaking to an automobile factory. Has anyone explained to him that if these fancy trains end up being really popular, then people may buy less cars? What then, happens to the jobs of the people in his audience”

  194. Richard Gere heaping praise on Obama’s job performance. Are Hollywood actors afraid to tell it like it is because they fear being blackballed in their profession as were the actors targeted during the MC Carthy era?

  195. I wish Sarah Palin had made up an excuse before giving her impression of Paul Revere’s ride. Something to the effect she had notes written about PR she is going to release as a statement to the press later on… giving her a little time to google the historical significance of Paul Revere’s Ride- sheeze!

  196. Thousands of Firefighters Protest Bloomberg’s Budget Cuts

    An estimated 1,000 New York City firefighters marched across the Brooklyn Bridge, Friday morning, from Engine Company 205 in Brooklyn Heights to City Hall, where they were joined by 5,000 more (union estimates placed the size of the crowd at 10,000), protesting billionaire fascist Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s proposal to close 20 fire companies, in order to cut $55 million from the fire department’s budget. The Uniformed Firefighters Association advertised the rally with full-page ads depicting Bloomberg as the Grim Reaper, which declared “Closing FDNY companies threatens your life. Mike Bloomberg believes your family is not entitled to fire or emergency medical protections in a timely manner.”

    Officials of both the firefighters’ union and the fire officers’ union, backed by elected officials, including New York City Public Advocate Bill de Blasio, all warn that the cutbacks will lengthen response times, thus threatening lives and property. “Under a plan like this, more lives would be lost,” de Blasio told WABC-TV. “It’s also fundamentally unfair to say to people in some neighborhoods, you get less. You know, just grin and bear it.”

    UFA president Steve Cassidy described today’s rally as “democracy in action,” with firefighters and community activists gathering at City hall to tell Bloomberg “that closing firehouses is compromising their safety and they’re not going to stand for it.” Assemblyman Peter Abbate of Brooklyn was more blunt, telling the Brooklyn Daily Eagle, yesterday, that “When someone dies, the blood will be on Mayor Bloomberg’s hands.”

    Bloomberg claims that the cuts are necessary to help balance the city’s budget, and he’s been arguing that they are designed so that public safety won’t be compromised. He went so far as to argue, during his weekly radio show on WOR radio, that closing fire houses is nothing new. Manhattan, alone has lost 40 firehouses since the 1940s “with no negative effects.” He must’ve forgotten about the cutbacks of the late ’60’s and early ’70s, that resulted in entire city blocks being burned down by arsonists as part of Wall Street’s “planned shrinkage” of the city.

    Today’s proposed cutbacks are nothing less than the same planned shrinkage policy, which has been extended to the rest of the country, where hundreds of other cities are carrying out similar reductions of their fire, police, and other public safety services, in the same name of the “balanced budget.” The only way to avoid the further continuing of such death and destruction is with the immediate restoration of Glass-Steagall, and the removal from office of Bloomberg’s co-thinker in the White House, Barack Obama. There’s no ending the insane budget austerity otherwise.


  197. wbboei
    June 4th, 2011 at 5:16 pm
    No. He was concerned about the constitutional implications, whereas big pharma was concerned with killing the bill. I think he will be equally concerned about the constitutional implications as they relate to Obama. And that is why we have gotten to the discovery stage. We shall see where it goes from here.

    Thanks for explaining.

    Since this judge seems to be seriously concerned about the constitutionality of these two cases, and has let this one go to the discovery phase…does that at least mean that he sees there could be a real issue with this, and that there is standing?

    If so, isn’t that a good sign that it has gone this far?

  198. As Far as Richard Gere goes, he and all the Hollywood types, were somewhat listened to, for 2008, but that was before there was a track record. Now there is one. You can state someone can do the job, and they are outstanding, he will be able to function from Day 1, but now we have had Day 1, and we are way past it (still not really functioning). People really know now, and the words of Richard Gere will fall on deaf ears.

  199. NewMexicoFan
    June 5th, 2011 at 12:57 am

    I agree- When you read the text of Gere’s statement he appears to be solid on his statement until you listen to his words on youtube. You detect the hesitancy in his voice and his words fall flat leaving the listener unconvinced. Why I mentioned the McCarthy dynamic-

    I spent some time checking out Democratic Underground today- They were Obama’s stronghold of supporters (staunch Leftists) who are defecting in droves from the Big Creep. No longer accepting his Lies or making excuses for him as needing more time, all Bush’s fault, it’s the Republicans- except for one or two operatives, Frenchie Cat, who’s lame excuses accompany the F… word in front of every other word in her worthless diatribes. The other operative, Prosense has to my surprise somewhat relented his usual Obama defenses i.e. (pie charts- graphs- wiki-GAO info and what-knot) calmed even to the articulation of Manny Goldstein’s preaching. This I believe is all due to Howard Dean’s throwing in the towel publicly as insulting as it gets, claiming Sarah Palin can beat Obama in 2012. hee-

    Dr Dean not only struck a lethal blow into the side of Obama today but he stuck his surgical knife into Obama and gleefully twisted-it in payback for Obama ignoring his request for the Surgeon General’s post in 08′. (after all he did for Obama. He Lied, Cheated and Stole for Obama to get him elected.)

    For those who don’t remember. It was Dean as DNC Chair calling for Hillary to quit the race early on after her loss in Iowa. And later on when her electoral votes were stolen from her in DC. And still again when FL and MI were up for grabs.

    Here is Dean’s statement from the Hill:

  200. Sorry, but this Newsmax article has too many inaccuracies to let pass. My source for most of these corrections is the latest articles at Cannonfire, but I’ve seen these points reported elsewhere too.

    No FBI Investigation of Rep. Weiner’s Twitter Claim
    The facts are fairly simple: A pretty 21-year-old college student in Seattle received a Twitter message from the Democrat’s account with a photo of an erect male organ barely concealed by his undershorts.

    [[ She says she did not receive the message or photo. It was only in the system for a very short time, and Weiner deleted it before it had time to reach her. Only a few people ever saw it. One of them (Wolfe/Patriot) saw it immediately and did a screencapture and sent it to Breitbart immediately. Breitbart has since begun questioning Wolfe/patriot.

    [[ This Wolfe/Patriot has a history of posting against Weiner and also of stalking the student. He is the obvious suspect because of being ready to do the screen capture of something that was deleted so quickly. ]]

    At first, Weiner’s office claimed his account had been hacked. But Weiner’s office immediately withdrew the photo from his Twitter feed, indicating he still had control of it.

    [[ This was done in a way that did not affect Weiner’s normal use of his account. The prankster did not need Weiner’s password or login. Weiner’s office did not need to withdraw the photo; Weiner happened to be online at the time, saw it go up, and deleted it immediately himself. ]]


    Of course, anyone who had a photo taken of himself in underwear would remember it and also would know where the photo went.

    [[ Oh, really now! Weiner had several girlfriends in the past. In the modern world, photos happen casually, at home, in various stages of dress or undress, and people don’t keep track of them. ]]


    While Weiner has nearly 50,000 followers on Twitter, Gennette Cordova, the Seattle woman who received the photo, is just one of 198 people he follows on Twitter. Porn star Ginger Lee tweeted last month that she received a direct message from Weiner, and several other attractive women say they’ve been surprised to get a “follow” or a message from him.

    [[ Boilerplate politician greeting. Same sort of thing as goes to anyone who ‘follows’ him, regardless of age or gender. ]]

  201. democrat1,

    Here is the link to June 3rd article


    Thanks. I’ve been having to scroll down to it each time. Maybe if I registered at the site I could get the full links instead of just ‘’, like in a frame or something?

  202. Strange how none of the Congressional members ever mention the heavy dipping into both SS and Medicare and never mention a plan for repaying the borrowed funds


    Yes, the only mention I’ve seen of that was from Hillary in 2007 iirc. She said there is nothing wrong with SS, and if the economy improves, Congress will have enough cash flow to pay the bonds when they come due.

  203. Cannonfire is leading down the wrong path. Admin- disproved his track almost 2 days ago.

  204. Re Palin and Paul Revere, I hope some historian who is a supporter of hers will post the real story of PR. Longfellow’s famous poem was written when hardly a man alive could remember the actual time. 😉

    She may be thinking of the real story, rather than the poem. I posted Revere’s account above, where he verbally warns the British that the Americans know they are coming (or were coming and got stuck) and are ready for them. I also saw this account presumably referring to the same night: “A townsman remembered that ‘repeated gunshots, the beating of drums and the ringing of bells filled the air.’…. Along the North Shore of Massachusetts, church bells began to toll and the heavy beat of drums could be heard for many miles in the night air.” (Cited as from “Paul Revere’s Ride” by David Hackett Fischer (Oxford University Press 1994) )

    Makes sense to me: if Revere chose to warn the Brits who caught him, the townspeople might also have chosen to warn them with that noise.

  205. Here’s a site with Revere’s full account, and more related public domain primary sources.
    {After Revere had finished his famous warning ride and been arrested by the British]
    When we had got about one
    Mile, the Major Rode up to the officer that was leading
    me, & told him to give me to the Sergeant. As soon as
    he took me, the Major orderd him, if I attempted to
    run, or any body insulted them, to blow my brains out.
    We rode till we got near Lexington Meeting-house,
    when the Militia fired a Voley of Guns, which ap-
    peared to alarm them very much.

  206. turndownobama
    June 4th, 2011 at 10:00 pm
    Good info in the comments, much from Canadians.

    Canada has a system called Medicare; it’s actually quite a lot like US Medicare, but less open-ended and more serious about cost control.
    Canadian Medicare looks pretty sustainable, especially as compared with the US system, which has much more private insurance.

    Now, Canadian health care isn’t perfect — but it’s not bad, and Canadians are happier with their system than we are with ours.

    So anyone who tells you that Medicare as we know it — a single-payer system that covers everyone over a certain age — is unsustainable is ignoring the clear evidence that other countries somehow manage to make similar systems quite sustainable.

    I’ll defend our health care sytem to the hilt. Of course, people sometimes have to wait for surgery if it is elective. Emergencies go to the head of the line, like someone with a heart condition who needs open heart surgery – and it should be that way. They may put off something elective, like bunion surgery, or even hip surgery for this.
    I have had two instances over the past two years that speak to our health care system. My niece’s husband in Alberta needed a new liver – he worked in the oil industry and contracted some disease which left him at risk. He got this liver and the medical care that went with it – without paying a cent.
    My nephew in Prince Edward Island contracted multiple myeloma cancer. He had to have two of his ribs reinforced and a metal rod implanted to keep them that way because the bone had been eaten through. He had 12 hours of surgery in order to do this. He paid not a cent. He has just finished with whatever is entailed in a bone marrow transplant (his own marrow), which turned out much better than anyone anticipated. This cost him not a cent. These are just some of the things that go on in Canada. No one ever wants to write about the good things that happen to millions of people a day here. As Bill Clinton said in a talk that I attended, “There is something like $73 billion a year to be mde from private health care in the US. Of course, the powerful people don’t want it. They also want to bring this private health care to Canada – hence all the criticism of our system. I say let those of us who partake of our system judge.
    Before Stephen Harper became our Prime Minster he was head of the National Citizens Coalition whose main purpose for being was to get rid of our public health care system. He needs to be watched like a hawk and we will watch him. Of course,, the National Citizens Coalition has sanitized their website, but enough of us know and will watch the bastard.

  207. Thanks, Andy.

    For several years I was on a diabetes forum that had members from all over the world, who often compared their own experiences with medical care. Au and NZ were the most satisfied with theirs, then Canada, then Germany, then UK. US far last.

  208. turndownobama
    June 5th, 2011 at 1:53 am
    I’ve been having to scroll down to it each time. Maybe if I registered at the site I could get the full links instead of just ‘’, like in a frame or something?


    Actually, the link you want is at the bottom of each article, labeled “Permalink.” That’s true if you are looking at the main page (home page) which has a number of articles. If you are looking at a page containing a single article, that “Permalink” does not appear at the bottom of the article, but of course, it’s the address in the window up top of your browser.

    I think you already know that you can right-click on “Permalink” and choose “Copy link location” from the menu.

    So, here’s a story on the home page, and at bottom we see…
    posted: 5:25 PM

    And this is the story appearing on it’s own page, which has at bottom…
    posted: 5:25 PM

    Click on Permalink and go to the article on it’s own page.

    That’s for http:// whateverthename.blogspot .com anyway…

  209. Well, ABC has a false statement out about Trump. It’s circulating the local stations and begins with a piece about the faith/freedom gathering, touches on the various attendees, then closes with words that state Trump’s campaign was short-lived. Obviously a hit piece. Was Trump even there?

    Another concern of mine this day; pumapac has been down since Friday. Late Saturday afternoon the old place also became unreachable. I do not wish to clutter Big Pink with comments about this situation, but would ask that if someone knows the status of restoring either site, would that someone mention it here? Thanks in advance.

  210. Tony Stark
    June 5th, 2011 at 2:16 am

    Mrs. Smith
    June 4th, 2011 at 11:57 pm
    I wish Sarah Palin had made up an excuse before giving her impression of Paul Revere’s ride.
    Why? As it turned out, she was right and the left wing blogs and news outlets were allwrong.

    The trademark call of Paul Revere was: “The British are coming. The British are Coming.” I doubt many know Revere owned a foundry for making bells or that he was a first class silversmith. When you take these words out of context they sound confusing. So confusing, the media made statement sound even worse.

  211. This boobery passed my notice until just now.

    Selling Out National Security

    The real substance of President Obama’s sessions in London was revealed by the London Guardian as the President was arriving in the British Isles. And it amounted to a fulfillment of a campaign promise that Obama made six months before his election—as well as a betrayal of vital U.S. national security interests.

    Back in May 2008, then-candidate Obama made a campaign promise to “recalibrate” the Anglo-American special relationship, to give more clout to Britain. During a trans-Atlantic fundraiser hosted by the daughter of Rupert Murdoch in London, Obama declared,

    “We have a chance to recalibrate the relationship and for the United Kingdom to work with America as a full partner…. It’s no longer going to be that we are in the lead and everyone follows us. Full partners not only listen to each other, they also occasionally follow each other.”

    At the time, the Guardian crowed over Obama’s words, which, not surprisingly, garnered $400,000 in campaign contributions from the American ex-pat community in London: Obama “has long been seen by British officials as the most anglophile of the three remaining presidential candidates, but these latest comments are his first public suggestion that the relationship is unequal and ripe for change.”

    On May 23, the day of his early arrival at Buckingham Palace for his three-day state visit, Obama announced the de facto merger of the U.S. and U.K. national security councils into a National Security Strategy Board (NSSB), to coordinate between the White House and 10 Downing Street on all security issues.

    The new Strategy Board will be co-chaired by Obama’s National Security Advisor Tom Donilon and his British counterpart, Sir Peter Ricketts, who, sometime this Summer, will be replaced by Kim Darroch. While Donilon is a political hack, who is reportedly loathed by Defense Secretary Robert Gates for his total lack of depth on national security affairs, Ricketts and Darroch are seasoned senior intelligence officer-diplomats, who will run circles around Donilon. Both Ricketts and Darroch have held senior diplomatic and security posts, with Ricketts having served as director of Britain’s Joint Intelligence Board during the period that the Tony Blair government was “sexing up” the dossier on Iraq’s alleged weapons of mass destruction program, to make the case for the March 2003 Anglo-American invasion and overthrow of Saddam Hussein.

    According to a report in the May 23, 2011 Guardian, one of the priorities of the new NSSB will be to coordinate U.S. and British negotiations with the Taliban, as the U.S. and NATO prepare for a major drawdown of forces from Afghanistan.

    The British plan for Afghanistan and Pakistan is to hive off a large chunk of the border region, including the North West Frontier Province of Pakistan and adjacent areas of Afghanistan, as a Salafi-dominated no-man’s land, populated by drug traffickers and Islamic radicals who can be expected to wage a permanent irregular war against Central Asia, China, and Russia.

    A senior U.S. intelligence source confirmed this report, noting that Obama is committed to the Afghan drawdown for purely electoral purposes, while London is working with Saudi Arabia to create permanent “managed chaos” throughout this vital Eurasian crossroad. “It is one more instance, where the British have Obama’s profile and are playing him to the detriment of vital U.S. global security interests,” the source said.

  212. Sarah Palin has given me a conflict I am determined to vote against Obama and preferably for someone the media and political parties are against. But she just said she supports the Paul Ryan’s senior citizen voucher system as a replacement for medicare.

    I can’t help but wish she would have said: OK, pass Ryan’s plan but you better get something for the American people. Like bargaining power, the right to shop nation wide for the best deal, the right to go to a foreign country for cheaper pharmaceuticals – just the right to fight back somehow. Right now we are no more than fenced-in sheep.

  213. Oops, I was interrupted posting the above re Obama selling out national security.

    The full report is at this link:

    President Barack Obama’s groveling and bumbling performance during his state visit to Great Britain May 23-26 was only outdone by his incredibly callous response to the immense disasters hitting the American heartland as he was embarking on his trans-Atlantic jaunt. In response to questions from reporters traveling with him to Europe, Obama rejected any idea of shortening his schedule and returning home to deal with the tornadoes and flooding in the Mississippi River basin, before spending three nights at Buckingham Palace, and receiving ovations from the adoring British Parliament at Westminster Hall.

    Never mind that the city of Joplin, Mo., was practically leveled by a devastating tornado, and the Midwest corn and wheat crops were decimated by flooding, brought on by severe Winter and Spring storms, all predicted by the National Weather Service and ignored by the Obama White House, despite repeated briefings and demands for emergency funds to prepare for the coming disasters.

    For Court Jester Obama, it was all show, and the show would go on, regardless of the crisis back home.

    While Obama’s public performances in London were widely ridiculed by the British media—for good reason—behind the scenes, the President forged an unprecedented Anglo-American security partnership that, in essence, places U.S. national security under the umbrella of the British Empire, and its doctrine of permanent war/permanent chaos.

  214. “Like bargaining power, the right to shop nation wide for the best deal, the right to go to a foreign country for cheaper pharmaceuticals ”

    Ryan’s plan does exactly that, as of now with Medicare, a person can only go to the a doctor that accepts Medicare (and those number of hospitals and doctors are fast decreasing), then that hospital/doctpr files a claim with the govt, and they are reimbursed, it is not very efficient, which for larger practices they are afford to not get paid & wait longer for those payments, but smaller practices don’t have the kind of margins to keep their practices going if they have to keep waiting for payments, hence they (in many cases reluctantly) refuse to take medicare patients or are phasing out taking Medicare patients. So what happens? fews docs who accept medicare patients, and less choices, and less services paid for. This is backdoor rationing.

    Ryan’s plan is set up more like how the Federal workers in this country get their Healthcare, this will expand the number of docs/hospitals that will accept Medicare, allowing more choices for medicare patients, the costs will go down with more competition, the choices will go up. The main suggestion I would make to his plan, is in addition to giving seniors the option of vouchers to shop for the option that is best for them, keep the govt option as well, for those who would rather do that. And this way the private insurance companies who provide Medicare insurance have some checks & balances when competing on prices, options, etc.
    This way people have the choice of staying with the govt option, many seniors I know who get their Medicare through AARP already go through a private insurance company, and if you notice in their commericial they say “You can keep the doctor you have who accepts Medicare”, well this the main root of the problem, less and less doctors will be accepting Medicare, and the number of people on Medicare will increase. This is rationing. I do like Ryan’s plan, it needs some work, but overall, I think it is probably the only way to prolong Medicare especially with all the babyboomers retiring. That commerical with the man throwing grandma off a cliff, that is more what the dems did when they passed ObamaCare.

    The pharmatecuials, well, Hillary’s plan was the best in this aspect, it would have allowed cheaper drugs, and more competition. Waffles couldn’t care less, he just wanted his rose ceremony.
    –just my humble opinion

  215. Prior to the rise of Obama, we were moving rather quickly toward a color blind society. Qualified blacks had moved into positions of power and influence in business and public life. The concern was for the inner city population was hard to reach and to assimilate into society in a meaningful way, and the opinions on that subject ranged from the enlightened thoughts on that subject ranged from honest men of Daniel Patrick Moinahan to Thomas Sowell to Magic Johnson.

    My concern, among many others, is the rise of Barack Obama and the crude race baiting tactics which he and his thugs have deployed will extinguish the sense of obligation which society felt to this group. They wanted a symbol of their equality, hence they voted for him but he has done little or nothing beyond that to help them. In the final analysis, it is all about him.

    The larger question is what exactly does he symbolize? On a superficial level he symbolizes a half black half white face on television. Is that enough to satisfy them? If so, then they need to think this thing through. If he fails as a president, where does that leave them? The man is an elitist and he is more white than black. He is materialistic and has offered them little more than bread and circuses. Is that enough?

    My question is not whether the black electorate will vote for him in 2012. We know they will. With rare exceptions, whatever grumbling we hear now from them, or the looney left, or the radical youth should not be taken seriously. Whatever disaffection they feel toward him for betraying his promises is as nothing compared to the utter contempt these people feel for Republicans and in many cases the rest of society at large. Hence, they will be taken for granted.

    The question to really ponder is this: what will the enduring legacy be? I do not mean the footnote in history that we had a black president. I mean what are the implications. History will answer that question, but my sense is that it will conclude two things:

    First, other than the symbolism he did little or nothing to benefit the black demographic, because he was never really one of them, and was merely the beneficiary of the civil rights struggle.

    Second, and far more important, changing demographics will eclipse the old paradigm of the grievance of black America, and new groups will deem that whatever debt may have been owed in the past has been satisfied in full by the election of Obama. Moreover they will see that his failure has been visited on America as a whole–with the obvious exception of his friend the elites.

    Nietsche warned us not to make common currency out of values because if we do we will wear the gold off them. And so it is here with this symbolism. The tragedy for them is they did not see past the smoke and mirrors, to the real truth which is that Hillary was their best friend and her policies would have advanced their position in society in tangible as opposed to intangible ways which put bread on the table. That was the point they never seemed to understand.

  216. I might add, although Sarah has not mentioned about the lack of competition of pharmaceuticals, more bargaining for americans, based on how she took on the oil companies in AK & her own party in AK, I have a lot of faith in her in addressing this issue honestly.

  217. Well, I certainly learned something about the Paul Revere ride that I didn’t know before, Palin was correct in what she said, I didn’t know that bit about Paul Revere.

  218. How does Paul Ryan appeal to centrists and Independents? I don’t see that at all.

    I think Romney is the one in the current field with the most appeal to Insependents.

  219. On the day Matthews prozac supply ran out he said something rational and the world, or at least I took notice. It bears on the question of why blacks voted for Obama.

    He said voters ask two questions about any candidate. First, is he like me? Second can I trust him? If we overlook the elitism and materialism that Obama represents, for the black population, he satisfies the first test. The second question however should give them pause, after what they have seen. Since he has broken so many promises, they should look for an alternative, so as not to be taken for granted.

    But as with everything else Matthews says, he leaves out the most important question of all. If I vote for him will his policies be beneficial to me personally. That question is not answered by all the photo ops of Michelle with black children, or Obama sucking up to black basketball players, or the lunatic ravings of Big Al Sharpton who is cousin to a cuckoo. It is answered by whether his policies put bread on the table. Granted these are complex questions, but his indifference is a matter of record.

  220. Love her response, called Waffles a “liar”, none of that “misrepresenting the truth” etc. She calls them liars outright. LOL, and now she’s using his “taking the car out of the ditch” phrase, and calling him the captain of the titanic instead, LOL.
    from politico, surprised they didn’t alter her words.

    “Sarah Palin suggests President Barack Obama is downplaying disappointing economic numbers for May, saying he wants to “go down with this sinking ship.”Responding to new figures showing that the nation’s unemployment rate ticked up slightly to 9.1 percent, Obama said economy is heading in the right direction but that “there will be bumps on the road to recovery.”Pushing back in an interview on “Fox News Sunday,” Palin asserted: “This is not a bump in the road. We’ve hit a brick wall.”The former Alaska governor, who is still considering a bid for the Republican presidential nomination, said April’s employment numbers were “skewed” because of McDonald’s “big push” that month to hire about 50,000 people.
    And Palin turned to an extended ship metaphor to make her point that the country needs to “shift gears and change course” from Obama’s economic policies of bigger government, over-regulation and federal mandates.
    “It’s very noble of President Obama to want to stay at the helm and maybe go down with this sinking ship,” she said. “I prefer and many Americans prefer that we start plugging the hole, that we start powering up the bilge pump, and start getting rid of this unsustainable debt that is sinking our ship.“We don’t have to go the way of the Titanic,” Palin added. “There are things that have to be put in place before the ship sinks. We don’t have to keep going down the road that we are going on today.””

  221. I was willing to consider the merits Krugman’s message a couple years ago, when he urged a Keynsian solution to the immediate crisis. Specifically, I was willing to consider a massive infusion of money into the banking system for one simple reason. You cannot have an economy without a banking system. That said, huge mistakes were made in the process, the greatest one being the failure of both parties to attach strings to those monies and in the absence of those stings the predictable result was the banks would horde the money just as they have done. But rather than focusing on that issue, and acknowledging that the approach he adovcated so vociferously has not worked, he advocates more of it and has become partisan to the point of delusion toward anyone who questions his failed arguments. In the following article, he claims that Medicare can be saved if we reform medicare to where it is not medicare any longer, which sounds alot like what Ryan is saying, even as he excoriates Ryan. To win a Nobel Prize and then witness the failure of the policies you advocated therein must be unpleasant to say the least, and I can only assume that his academic colleagues are taking him to the woodshed over it as this one does:
    Paul Krugman, Don’t You Recall Who Serves Whom?
    Red State Blog

    In my diary entries I very rarely speak of my profession. I am an economist. No, I am not famous, or even well-known in my field. While I do post here on Redstate on occasion, I do not mention my profession because most of my postings have little to do with economics or are areas where economists’ views differ. However, in his recent article Yes, Medicare is Sustainable in Its Current Form Paul Krugman makes some statements to which I must respond. In his article, he states:

    What is true is that the U.S. Medicare is expensive compared with, say, Canadian Medicare (yes, that’s what they call their system) or the French health care system (which is complicated, but largely single-payer in its essentials); that’s because Medicare American-style is very open-ended, reluctant to say no to paying for medically dubious procedures, and also fails to make use of its pricing power over drugs and other items.

    So Medicare will have to start saying no; it will have to provide incentives to move away from fee for service, and so on and so forth. But such changes would not mean a fundamental change in the way Medicare works. (emphasis mine)

    You chose the title for your article “Yes, Medicare is Sustainable in Its Current Form” and the proceed to describe how Medicare will have to “start saying NO” and you advise that Medicare should “use its pricing power over drugs and other items”.

    Well, if Medicare will have to start saying “no to certain spending” then seniors can expect to get less from Medicare and you are changing Medicare. If Medicare starts using its pricing power then seniors can expect fewer doctors from which to choose and longer wait times and you are changing Medicare You suggest that Medicare move away from a fee for service program. Do that and you are changing Medicare

    Gee, Paul Ryan’s plan suggests moving away from a fee for service concept as well, but with one big difference. Under Ryan’s plan which is designed to give seniors the same health care that congressmen have, seniors have the choice of dozens of plans so seniors could choose the plan that most closely meets their needs and preferences. How many different plans will you allow, Paul? Hmmmm. Single Payer. Single means one. One means…no senior under your plan will have any choices So if there is only one provider who will decide which health treatments are “Medically dubious”? Oh that’s right. The unelected 15 member health board to be appointed by President Obama next year. Will this health board be made up of the people who believe that treating the elderly for cancer is “dubious” because they have so little time left to enjoy the cost of their treatment? Is this what you mean, Paul? Who decides for whom what their coverage should be? Shouldn’t seniors have a choice? Not be dictated to like little children?

    I will remind you Paul, as is well-established in our economic discipline, that it is not up to us to decide for people what their preferences should be, but rather to enable them to better achieve their preferences, or in the words of a great economists F.A. Hayek “A society that does not recognize that each individual has values of his own which he is entitled to follow can have no respect for the dignity of the individual and cannot really know freedom.”

  222. Paul Revere was sent to Lexington by the Rev Joseph Warren to warn John Hancock and Samuel Adams the British were coming to arrest them. Revere stopped at houses along the way warning townsfolk the British would be coming through soon and to arm themselves.

    From Revere’s official site:

  223. How can using a site as an arm of the Obama Campaign be legal? Wasn’t Gore the subject of an investigation for soliciting campaign donations from a WH telephone?

    White is an arm of the Obama Campaign collecting emails

    The Learn More button and No Thanks button take you to the exact same place one of the four front pages of: but meanwhile they captured your email if you write it in and put a cookie on your computer.

  224. Real Estate and home ownership is the backbone of the US economy. Government Regulators are stepping in to stall our economic recovery. In spite of the Dodd-Frank Banking overhaul outlining new lending rules legislated last year.

    U.S. Mortgage Proposal May Result in ‘Rental Entrapment’

    June 02, 2011

    By Lorraine Woellert

    June 2 (Bloomberg) — Minorities and the working class may find it harder to buy homes under a U.S. plan that would require larger down payments to qualify for lower-cost mortgages, according to lenders, consumer groups and lawmakers.

    Bankers and consumer advocates, often at odds on policy issues, united today to make the case for revising the government proposal and released data that they said shows the rule would deny loans to millions of borrowers while doing little to reduce defaults.

    ((“This is a civil rights issue,” John Taylor, chief executive officer of the National Community Reinvestment Coalition in Washington, said in an interview. “It falls around people of color. It’s a class issue.”)) It’s a class issue alright- but discriminatory towards the Middle Class NOT color as Taylor suggests..

    The rule could lead to “long-term rental entrapment” for “large numbers” of Americans who would need at least a decade to save for a 20 percent down payment, said David Stevens, president of the Mortgage Bankers Association. It would take at least a decade for a family to save that much in Los Angeles, Philadelphia, Seattle, and Birmingham, Alabama, he said, citing U.S. and industry data on household incomes and home prices.

    Deadline Extension

    Regulators plan to extend the deadline for public comment on the proposal from June 10 to Aug. 1, according to a person familiar with the matter, who declined to be identified because the decision hasn’t been made public. That may delay the law from taking effect.

    Spokesmen for the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp., Department of Housing and Urban Development, Office of the Comptroller of the Currency and Securities and Exchange Commission declined to comment. Spokesmen for the Federal Reserve and the Federal Housing Finance Agency didn’t respond to requests for comment.

    Taylor and Stevens, former commissioner of the Federal Housing Administration, were among mortgage-finance professionals who held a press conference in Washington where they accused regulators of overreaching and asked that the proposal be rewritten. More than 200 Republicans and Democrats in Congress have expressed similar concerns in letters to regulators.

    Reduced housing demand ”due to an overly burdensome dictate, could threaten a full-fledged economic recovery,” more than 160 House lawmakers wrote in a May 31 letter to regulators.

    Risky Lending

    The Dodd-Frank regulatory overhaul enacted last year required lenders and bond issuers to keep a 5 percent stake in the loans they bundle for sale to investors. Forcing the industry to share potential losses was meant to encourage less risky lending and avoid mistakes that led to a flood of subprime mortgages, which helped trigger the 2008 financial collapse.


    This is a Soros driven enactment where he has based lending practices on the Denmark Mortgage Banking model. Banks having a 5% stake of the house being purchased.


    The law requires regulators to exempt home loans that are deemed safe, including those with fixed interest rates and long repayment terms. Those exempt loans, known as qualified residential mortgages, or QRMs, in theory would have lower interest rates because they would be considered less risky.

    Regulators responded to the law with a proposal to exempt mortgages only if borrowers make a 20 percent down payment and spend less than 36 percent of their income on debt payments.

    Neither rule would lead to fewer defaults, Stevens said. A quarter of 2009 mortgage borrowers would have been disqualified under the new rule, said Stevens, citing FHFA. At the height of the housing bubble in 2006 and 2007, the rule would have cut delinquencies by less than 3 percent while reducing mortgages by more than 15 percent, according to the data.

    No Down Payments

    Today, some lenders are offering loans with little or no down-payment requirements. Last year, the Navy Federal Credit Union began offering loans requiring no down payments to borrowers with good credit and income.

    Those opposing the rule are doing so for different reasons.

    Industry executives, including mortgage bankers, real estate agents and builders, have said they’re concerned that a decline in lending may hurt housing and the economic recovery.

    That would disproportionately affect middle-class and minority borrowers, consumer advocates say. Groups that advocate for limited government, including the Washington-based Heritage Foundation, say the plan may drive home lending to federally insured programs such as the FHA, Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, which Dodd-Frank exempted from the risk-retention rule.

    The Heritage Foundation, in a May 31 letter to regulators, called the 20 percent down payment requirement “utterly at odds with the realities of today’s housing market,” where only 16 percent of first-time buyers in 2010 would have met the standards for a lower-cost qualified mortgage.

    The National Urban League said the plan would create a category of “‘high-risk’ borrowers formerly known as the responsible middle class.”

    “Adding high minimum down-payment requirements will only exclude hundreds of thousands of consumers — including legions of minority renters — from homeownership, despite their creditworthiness and proven ability to afford the monthly payment,” the group wrote in a June 1 letter to regulators.

  225. Lady Lynn Forester de Rothschild is a supporter…

    June 3, 2011,

    Huntsman Bags Some Big Bundlers

    As he mulls jumping into the presidential race, former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman Jr. is corralling some big GOP fund-raisers—and even a few who helped Hillary Clinton in 2008.

    A list of prominent Huntsman bundlers obtained by Washington Wire includes Georgette Mosbacher, a former Republican National Committee finance co-chairman, and John Mack, the Morgan Stanley chairman who was a big backer of President George W. Bush in 2004 but then switched parties to support Ms. Clinton in 2008.

    Also on the list are Peter Malone, a Massachusetts-based corporate adviser who raised more than $250,000 for John McCain’s 2008 presidential campaign, and Lady Lynn Forester de Rothschild, a former Democratic operative and Clinton bundler who accused then-Sen. Barack Obama of being “an elitist” after he beat Ms. Clinton in the primaries. Ms. de Rothschild then switched to support Mr. McCain.

    Aside from brief forays in South Carolina and New Hampshire, Mr. Huntsman has spent most of his time talking to fund-raisers since he returned a month ago from serving nearly two years as President Obama’s ambassador to China. His travels have taken him to Nevada, Utah, Massachusetts, New York, Florida, Texas, and California.

    Rounding up an array of bundlers is key to any early presidential campaign, but all the more so for a candidate like Mr. Huntsman, who has never run for office outside of Utah and isn’t well known nationwide.

    Mr. Huntsman told reporters last months that he would not use the family fortune bankroll a presidential campaign. “If we were to get in the race – no self-financing,” he said. “Unless you can raise it legitimately, you’re not going to win.”

    Mr. Huntsman is seeking proof of sustained financial support in deciding whether to run, a decision that sources close to the campaign say he will make over the next month.

    The list of Huntsman bundlers includes several big donors who have been heavily pursued by other GOP contenders, particularly former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney and former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty. Among them is New York real-estate investor Michael Ashner. Utah banker Scott Anderson, chairman and CEO of Salt Lake City’s Zions Bank, signed on with the Huntsman camp early on, as did Tom Loeffler, a former Texas congressman who played a major fund-raising role for Mr. Bush in 2000 and for Mr. McCain in 2008.

    Mr. Malone, the corporate adviser from Massachusetts, said he was attracted to Mr. Huntsman because of his foreign-policy credentials and because “he doesn’t bring along a lot of baggage along with him.” Mr. Malone said he also remains skeptical that either Mr. Romney or Mr. Pawlenty can prevail in the primaries and defeat Mr. Obama.

  226. I’m definitely thinking that Trump can do more damage sitting on the sidelines…

    Sat, Jun. 04 2011

    Donald Trump Spotlights Media Bias Favoring Obama

    By Stephanie Samuel

    WASHINGTON – Donald Trump continued to dig into Barack Obama during his appearance at the Faith and Freedom Coalition’s conference Friday, pointing to a major media bias when it comes to coverage of the president’s mistakes.

    Trump walked on stage to the theme music of his television show, “The Apprentice,” and derailed Obama as an amateur and awkward.

    The business mogul mocked Obama’s rise to the presidency, saying that he endured many primary losses to then-Democratic presidential contender Hillary Clinton and “limped over the finish line barely.”

    He also called attention to Obama’s gaffs during his visit with Britain’s royal family.

    During his May visit at Buckingham Palace, the president toasted the Queen during a dinner prepared in his honor. However, Obama said the phrase “To Her Majesty the Queen” early in his speech, cuing the band to play “God Save the Queen.”

    Despite the mistake, Obama continued to speak over the music. British Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg later defended him saying, “I thought you did exactly the right thing.”

    Still, Trump said, “He made a horrendous toast, a very inappropriate toast.”

    He also brought attention to the president’s gaff in signing and dating the guest book 2008, rather than 2011, to show how Obama has become a media darling who can do no wrong.

    “I watched the news the next day and they’re saying, ‘Isn’t that cute?’ ‘Isn’t that wonderful?’ ‘Oh that was so funny when he said that;’ ‘oh, oh, he’s so smart;’ ‘It was so funny,'” Trump observed. “I said to myself, ‘I wonder what would have happened if George Bush signed it May of ’08? I wonder if almost anybody was three years off.'”

    Google News’ article tracker substantiates Trump’s claim showing less than 500 news sources published stories headlining Obama’s toast mistake compared to the 1,000 sources that published stories with headlines about Obama strengthening U.S.- U.K. ties.

    He summed, “That’s part of … the problem that the Republicans are going to have. Nobody is protected [in the press] like Barack Hussein Obama.”

    However, he reassured that there were plenty of things sabotaging Obama’s 2012 run.

    “[In 2008] we had a problem with the economy and he (Obama) got in and the problem that we have now is unbelievable because the economy has gotten a lot worst [and] probably will get a lot worse,” Trump said.

    Trump also mentioned the increase in the unemployment rates, the high gas prices and national debt.

    He warned, “If we don’t make a change from the top, we’re going over the ledge.”

    Trump, who held firm to his suggestions that America take possession of the oil in Iraq and charge foreign countries to provide military defense, did not announce a renewed interest in the 2012 race. He had announced last month that he would not be entering the race.

    In fact, he attributed his lead in national polls to the basic truths he speaks, not his image as a candidate.

    Trump called for new leadership in the White House and said, “If we have the right leadership this country can be great again.”

    The Faith and Freedom Conference and Strategy Briefing kicked off Friday with conservative Christian voters and a host of GOP presidential hopefuls and candidates. The two-day event is put on by the Faith and Freedom Coalition, led by Ralph Reed, which emphasizes faith, the dignity of life and marriage, personal responsibility, and helping the poor.

  227. JanH
    June 5th, 2011 at 12:15 pm

    I’m definitely thinking that Trump can do more damage sitting on the sidelines…

    Definitely so! This strategy would be the most cost effective way for him to be a recognized voice and having no worries about party support. Trump and Sarah Palin are already recognized as the People’s Voice without any commitment to a declared candidacy.

    They can hopefully damage Obama to the point he is unelectable for a second nomination without soiling their hands. Undermining Obama’s message with the Truth in whatever state he campaigns.

  228. “Trump, who held firm to his suggestions that America take possession of the oil in Iraq and charge foreign countries to provide military defense, did not announce a renewed interest in the 2012 race. He had announced last month that he would not be entering the race.

    In fact, he attributed his lead in national polls to the basic truths he speaks, not his image as a candidate.”

    Trump’s idea of taking possession of the oil fields in Iraq and charging countries for military defense is a brilliant idea that would hasten America’s economic recovery. While taking the responsibility, which was never the fault of the middle Class anyway, and putting the onus where it belongs- on the Banks themselves, gambling with people’s investment portfolios creating the derivatives that undermined banking stability to the point of a crash.

    Highly recommend watching the HBO movie “Too Big To Fail.” Although, the mention of banks derivatives is sorely lacking in the movie. Pointing to foreclosures as the source of banking instability. If you think hard enough- foreclosures were just beginning when Obama took office. He could have taken Hillary’s advise of a 4% mortgage Interest rate across the board for all the homeowners who were looking at trouble.

    Then of course, if you don’t have a job, and determine before long (after 6mos of trying for reemployment) how can you afford to pay rent or a mortgage?

    The short and sweet Truth of all this is Obama created this doomsday scenario for Americans as was his original plan outlined by George Soros’ mantra of distributing wealth… obliterating the middle class reducing America’s class system to the Haves and the Have Nots.

  229. I’m definitely thinking that Trump can do more damage sitting on the sidelines…

    Trump gains attention whether he runs or not.

    I have more faith in his plan to FIX our economy than Sarah or any other of the Rethugs. His plans are not to destroy social security nor medicare, but to get money from our services overseas and stop paying other countries to pretend to be our friends.

    It’s great to have a voice to derail Ubama and represent the working and retirement class, it’s quite another to have a real plan to fix it that doesn’t rob Peter to pay Paul.

    I hope he runs in the future and doesn’t just take a backseat.

  230. holdthemaccountable

    Another concern of mine this day; pumapac has been down since Friday. Late Saturday afternoon the old place also became unreachable. I do not wish to clutter Big Pink with comments about this situation, but would ask that if someone knows the status of restoring either site, would that someone mention it here? Thanks in advance.
    The site can only be restored by Murphy or possibly Dances.
    You should email them to find out if the blog was shut down or just needs attendance. I’m sure you have Murphy’s email by all the old prowls in your email box from awhile ago.

  231. There is more to this Huntsman character than meets the eye. For one thing, I recollect a conversation with a McCain campaign manager in the aftermath of the general election in which his parting shot to me was that Huntsman was the stealth candidate, and the Obama traitors gave him the China job to eliminate him as a candidate in 2012–but he still might well be a candidate in 2012. I don’t get it, but then there is a lot going on here that I don’t get, because they do not want us to know about the chess game that is probably going on not. It would be a mistake to assume that that the elites are all with Obama at this point, because he has produced non leadership and a track record of failure, which is detrimental to some of them.

    I did not mention my response to my friend with the McCain campaign. It was who the hell is Huntsman. Well, he was offered the job of Ambassador to China and he accepted it. But it did not preclude him running in 2012 since we learn from Erickson at Red State, that while he was in China, he was working on his 2012 campaign. On that point, Erickson is old fashioned and I guess I am too. Even if the president is an anti Christ at this one surely is, it is fundamentally wrong to accept a job as important as Ambassador to China, and wile away your time preparing to run against the man who appointed you. I am aware of the ironies here, but it tells you something about this guy that is mighty important–it goes to his integrity and bona fides.

    Now for the part I do not understand. The part that gives me pause. Lady Lynn knows one hell of a lot about what is going on with the elites, and I trust her judgment based on what I have seen. No doubt she views Obama the same way we do, but it is passing strange that she would latch onto this Huntsman clown, unless there is something there which I frankly am not seeing. Maybe there is. But until it becomes obvious to me, I will withhold any endorsement I might make to my friends about him. For now at least, the verdict is “bad”.

  232. I have no problem whatsoever with the Republicans having a stealth candidate. The corruption of big media necessitates this. To put your chosen candidate out there early is political suicide. The only thing big media wants is to destroy the opposition to Obama, and if that means America must be destroyed as well, that is a small price to pay so long as their lavish lifestyles continue. The proposition is just that simple and it is why their judgments and their reports should carry no weight whatsoever with the American Public. Their interests are at cross purposes with ours, and we should not listen to them. And while the Republican Party today may be a gutless wonder with people like Mitch and John at the helm, they are at least smart enough not to give big media a big slow moving target to train their torpedoes on.

  233. Why of all the possible repub prez candidates would Obama decide to name Huntsman an ambassador to head him off from running against him. I had never heard of him until recently.

  234. Richard Gere has been a huge supporter of the Dahli Lama over the years and Obama made him leave the WH through the back door so as not to offend China. Why would Gere be supporting Obama at all?

  235. Looks like the Chinese are moving even faster, they see America has no “leader”, they are intent on filling that vaccum of leadership. Trump is 100% correct with it comes to China

    “Chinese policy makers are moving toward the internationalization of the yuan, amid growing worries about the country’s exposure to the fiscal woes of the United States and the U.S. dollar’s role as the global reserve currency.

    Li Daokui, an adviser to the People’s Bank of China, told The Globe and Mail that he believes the yuan – which is currently in circulation only in China and a handful of neighbouring countries under special agreements – will be a fully international currency within five to 10 years.
    Just as important to many Chinese is the sense that making the yuan into a major international currency is the next step in confirming the country’s new status as an economic and diplomatic power.

    But a world in which the yuan is a major trading currency would necessarily look quite different from the one dominated by the U.S. dollar, forcing both the United States and China to confront the imbalances in their domestic economies.”

  236. wbb

    Looks like the ‘strong’ candidates are not in the race at this point, but put out the sheep to slaughter?

    Maybe that is also why Trump backed off and Sarah is still pondering…

    This entire election is such bs at this point and it is all because of the O’Corruption and the MSM hit-men.

    I was thinking that by the left claiming that Ubama is going to win…bla, bla….that their main objective is to not only prop him up but to discourage those disappointed voters that voted for him, and would never vote for a Rethug, to stay home and not vote in 2-12 because he will ‘win anyway’.

  237. I respect Lady Lynn a lot, I’m not sure I agree with her supporting Huntsman, I had not even heard of this man until this year. He’s not even campaigning in Iowa. He’s father is a billonaire and does tremendous work donating to cancer research.
    Of course I do think she will back whoever is the repub nominee, I don’t see her or Greta’s husband, another PUMA, supporting Waffles next year. They didn’t support him in 2008, and those reasons for not supporting him haven’t changed, only gotten worse, those reasons have only been confirmed.

  238. Controller John Chiang California lawmakers will start losing their pay in two weeks if they don’t make further progress in balancing the budget, says state Controller John Chiang.

    Chiang, the state’s chief accountant, is citing a ballot measure voters approved in November in justifying his plan to dock legislators of their pay absent a balanced budget. His interpretation of the measure differs from that of legislative lawyers, who had previously opined that a budget bill lawmakers passed in March — which still left the state with a multibillion-dollar shortfall — met the conditions set by voters needed to keep salaries flowing once the Legislature’s June 15 deadline for passing the budget arrives.

    Chiang ultimately writes the checks, so lawmakers would have to sue him to keep getting paid if they blow the deadline without closing the shortfall.

    “In passing Proposition 25 last November, voters clearly stated they expect their representatives to make the difficult decisions needed to resolve any budget shortfalls by the mandatory deadline, or be penalized,” Chiang said in a statement. “I will enforce the voters’ demand.”

    [Updated: 11:40 a.m.] Gov. Jerry Brown supported the controller’s decision Thursday. “Gov. Jerry Brown reacted to the news after a promotion ceremony for National Guard leader David Baldwin at Mather Field.

    “I definitely think the budget should be on time,” Brown said, “and if they don’t, of course, they shouldn’t get paid.”

    He added: “Maybe we’ll get our budget. That’s the purpose.”

  239. she just said she supports the Paul Ryan’s senior citizen voucher system as a replacement for medicare.


    Oh, ouch. She also said (according to Team Sarah) that she favored defunding Planned Parenthood.

    In theory, a voucher system might be a good idea. But in practice, it’s basically the same as the GOP 90s plan which is the same as Obamacare (only with vouchers, that don’t even pretend to be adequate). Might she be thinking of some sort of ideal world where she could strip away ALL the crony capitalism?

  240. Just as important to many Chinese is the sense that making the yuan into a major international currency is the next step in confirming the country’s new status as an economic and diplomatic power
    Now there is an understatement for the ages. The next step in confirming new status, or world domination.

    Kissinger has just released a new book which envisions the possibility of a new duopoly, provided China can overcome its feelings of cultural superiority, i.e. the Middle Kingdom mentality, and provided the US can overcome its pre occupation with American exceptionalism.


    “Give me control of the nation’s currency and I care not who makes the laws”–Soros mentor Baron von Rothschilde.

    Within 5 to 10 years? Is that not exactly what Soros was aiming for? And, our man Obama–the destroyer of worlds>


    Rep. Darrell Issa says he’s had to go directly to the field to get information about Project Gunrunner because the Obama administration has stonewalled on all of the information subpoenas they’ve been sent. But now it’s their turn. Issa says that he’s ready to subpoena people in the Obama administration for hearings this summer. He points out that this isn’t the discovery phase of the process because they know exactly what happened. They now want to know what the administration was thinking by approving a process that sent high-powered weapons to the ‘worst of the worst’ on both sides of the border resulting in the deaths of both Federal agents and Mexican agents.

    If you are short on time, the actual interview with Issa starts at 1:10.

  242. The push to rig the 2012 presidential election is under way.

    There’s nothing illegal about it: Across the country, state legislatures are embroiled in partisan battles over election-law changes that, by design or effect, could play a significant role in determining the outcome of the presidency.

    So far this year, there’s been legislation aimed at overhauling the awarding of electoral votes, requiring that candidates present a birth certificate, not to mention a wide assortment of other voting rights and administration-related measures that could easily affect enough ballots to deliver a state to one candidate or another.

  243. Perhpas Palin should have begun by acknowledging (and debunking) the signature line falsely attributed to Revere by Longfellow, writing at the time of the Civil War. Apparently the closest phrase to that in REvere’s own account is something like “told him the Regulars were coming.” See

    (Perhaps she DID begin that way, but the soundbyte was truncated?)

    Anyhow, better references can be found at


    “Paul Revere’s Ride” by David Hackett Fischer (Oxford University Press 1994). The following and other related info from Fischer’s book are at Google Books.
    “A townsman remembered that ‘repeated gunshots, the beating of drums and the ringing of bells filled the air.’…. Along the North Shore of Massachusetts, church bells began to toll and the heavy beat of drums could be heard for many miles in the night air.”

    Here’s a modern account that shows the overall strategy of ‘warning the British.’ Revere warned the towns, causing the towns to warn away the British by bells and shots; and also Revere warned the British who captured him.

    The British officers began to interrogate Revere, whereupon Revere astonished his captors by telling them more than they even knew about their own mission. (HA!) He also told them that he had been warning the countryside of the British plan and that their lives were at risk if they remained in the vicinity of Lexington because there would soon be 500 men there ready to fight. Revere, of course, was bluffing.

    The Regulars had Revere remount his horse and they headed toward Lexington Green, when suddenly, they heard a gunshot! Revere told the British officer that the shot was a signal “to alarm the country!”. Now the British troops were getting very nervous (hehe).

    A few minutes later, they were all startled to hear the heavy crash of an entire volley of musketry from the direction of Lexington’s meeting house and then the Lexington town bell began clanging rapidly! Jonathan Loring, a Lexington resident captured earlier, turned to his captors and shouted “The bell’s a’ ringing! The town’s alarmed, and you’re all dead men!”


    Rep. Darrell Issa says he’s had to go directly to the field to get information about Project Gunrunner because the Obama administration has stonewalled on all of the information subpoenas they’ve been sent.
    When they get around to cross examining these bastards, one of the questions should be who in their Adminstration directed them not to comply with the request for information by the representatives of the American People. Furthermore, information these bastards try to put forward after they see what information Congress has and does not have should be given very little weight since it was not provided in the beginning.

  245. …what a disingenious creep this Goolsbee is…more like Ghoulsbee…

    he of the “stiff headwinds” (bump in the road) nonsense to describe our economy…I’ve got one word for Goosie…McDonalds…if it were not for McDonalds, the O admin would be minus thousands and thousands of the lackluster ones they are crowing about now…

    …btw…not only did those McDonalds minimum wage jobs comprise most of the jobs that O is falling back on to prop up his disaster…BUT…McDonalds also got a waiver from Obamacare…

    O and your future working at McDonalds…go to college and then straight to McDonalds…

    …where are the journalists that can shout out and make the middle class public understand how really, really bad things are…CALLING MR. T…

    Mr. T…put this little bit of info into your upcoming speeches…and expose and pound O and his Ghoul for the frauds and disaster they are…

    …explain how O and his Ghouls are dumbing down America and pushing the middle class into poverty…(while they confiscate their homes for good measure)

  246. tim
    June 5th, 2011 at 12:27 pm

    JanH here is Trump’s speech from yesterday, about 18 mins.

    I’ve been outside gardening all day, so I just saw this.

    Thanks for the link. I hope he keeps up the good work. 🙂

  247. White is an arm of the Obama Campaign collecting emails

    The Learn More button and No Thanks button take you to the exact same place one of the four front pages of: but meanwhile they captured your email if you write it in and put a cookie on your computer.


    Ah, so that’s why Obama made such a mystery of his lfbc! So that when he finally posted a copy, he’d get lots of hits. 😉

  248. I’m definitely thinking that Trump can do more damage sitting on the sidelines…

    Definitely so! This strategy would be the most cost effective way for him to be a recognized voice and having no worries about party support.


    Right. As non-candidates, they can keep their tv jobs, and probably save a lot of other expenses too. And avoid lot of campaign donation paperwork. And keep the reporters following them in case of a surprise announcement.

  249. Longfellow wrote his poem about Revere’s ride 100 yrs after the fact and got it wrong-

    “The Real Story of Revere’s Ride”

    (from the official Revere site)

    In 1774 and the Spring of 1775 Paul Revere was employed by the Boston Committee of Correspondence and the Massachusetts Committee of Safety as an express rider to carry news, messages, and copies of resolutions as far away as New York and Philadelphia.

    On the evening of April 18, 1775, Paul Revere was sent for by Dr. Joseph Warren and instructed to ride to Lexington, Massachusetts, to warn Samuel Adams and John Hancock that British troops were marching to arrest them. After being rowed across the Charles River to Charlestown by two associates, Paul Revere borrowed a horse from his friend Deacon John Larkin.

    While in Charlestown, he verified that the local “Sons of Liberty” committee had seen his pre-arranged signals. (Two lanterns had been hung briefly in the bell-tower of Christ Church in Boston, indicating that troops would row “by sea” across the Charles River to Cambridge, rather than marching “by land” out Boston Neck. Revere had arranged for these signals the previous weekend, as he was afraid that he might be prevented from leaving Boston).

    On the way to Lexington, Revere “alarmed” the country-side, stopping at each house, and arrived in Lexington about midnight. As he approached the house where Adams and Hancock were staying, a sentry asked that he not make so much noise. “Noise!” cried Revere, “You’ll have noise enough before long.

    The regulars are coming out!” After delivering his message, Revere was joined by a second rider, William Dawes, who had been sent on the same errand by a different route. Deciding on their own to continue on to Concord, Massachusetts, where weapons and supplies were hidden, Revere and Dawes were joined by a third rider, Dr. Samuel Prescott. Soon after, all three were arrested by a British patrol. Prescott escaped almost immediately, and Dawes soon after. Revere was held for some time and then released. Left without a horse, Revere returned to Lexington in time to witness part of the battle on the Lexington Green.

    (The Battle of Lexington-)

    As I said earlier, Sarah should have waited and given a statement later on if she wasn’t sure how the story went.

    The key element associated with Revere’s Midnight Ride is his shouting along the way:

    “The British are coming- The British are coming.”

  250. I’m not sure Sarah got it wrong (other than her wording suggesting that Revere himself pulled the bell ropes instead of waking other people out of bed to pull them).

    And of course she should have begun by debunking Longfellow’s version, and acknowledging that Revere’s first mission iirc was to warn certain allies, then warn other townspeople (who then made noise to warn off the British Regulars).

    ANyway, the mass hist site shows Revere after being captured ‘warning’ the Brits who had captured him. Do you need that quote? See
    This reproduces Revere’s whole account, and other related material.

    (Sorry, Ctl-Find can’t find “are coming” in Revere’s account. Even “were coming” just finds “Mr. Lowell & myself went towards the Tavern, when we met a Man on a full gallop, who told us the Troops were coming up the Rocks.” Which doesn’t help Longfellow at all. 😉 It found 9 occurrances of ‘British’, though, some as modifier and some as noun.)

    See my post at 4:55 for how the strategy worked together. Fischer’s book has more sober historical detail on it.

  251. She didn’t have a half hour to start putting together a fascinating story of Revere’s Ride noting particulars along the way- like Wadsworth’s mistaken poem. The official Revere Link has all you need to know about Revere’s Midnight Ride replete with a map for readers to follow with timestamps of happenings along his route.

    When you want good formation you go to the source rather than renditions of someone else’s interpretation.

  252. JanH
    June 5th, 2011 at 7:10 pm

    I’ve been outside gardening all day, so I just saw this.

    Thanks for the link. I hope he keeps up the good work.

    My cousin and I took the Golden Girls, my Mom and her sister, out to Lunch this afternoon. They were hilarious- the had the entire restaurant in stitches. Mom couldn’t get over a cocktail now cost $7.75 and couldn’t understand why her Lobster roll wasn’t heated…. We never know when it will be the last time they see each other. We go from day to day as it were with both of them 1 yr apart. I don’t know about Ontario, but it was a gorgeous blue sky day here. Nary a whisper of wind as we all basked in the golden sunshine raining down on us all day long.

    It was a perfect day for gardening for sure. I hope tomorrow is a repeat-

  253. This email needs to go viral. The corruption, hypocrisy and treason of big media and the dim party is now off the charts. Off the charts.

    In the world of Bashir and MSNBC… RESPECTFULLY displaying the American Flag as a symbol of LOVE OF COUNTRY is to be looked upon as a criminal act…but if you’re Bill Ayers or Code Pink…go ahead and desecrate it…THAT’S protected speech!
    Written on June 4, 2011 by Ann-Marie Murrell

    I recently went out on a limb and wrote several articles about Israel and how I disagreed with Obama’s pro-Palestine stance. I declared that I was standing by my friend, Israel.

    Well right now, I’m saying the same thing about a woman who has never been anything but a friend and ally to the United States—Sarah Palin.
    Seriously, when you see or hear about someone getting beat up on a daily basis and you don’t do anything about it, what does that make you? That’s the question I recently asked myself after seeing countless MSM commentators bashing Sarah Palin’s bus tour.
    For one thing, how in the world can anything as innocuous as touring the U.S. by bus make so many liberals this furious? Or more importantly, what are they afraid of?

    My personal belief is that every time Sarah Palin speaks to large groups of people they fall in love with her. She knows how to reach people’s heart and souls regarding America; she never denigrates our country, but instead talks about how much she loves it and how we can get back on the Right track. I believe the Left fears this type of honest, realistic talk so they feel the need to do anything they can to combat it—by attacking Sarah Palin every chance they get.
    But this time, they really are reaching.

    Recently MSNBC’s Martin Bashir made the claim that the American flag painted on the side of Palin’s bus was potentially criminal.
    “In fact, the whole thing could be in breach of a federal law because the United States Flag Code establishes important rules for the use and display of the stars and stripes, the flag of the United States,” Bashir said, patriotically.

    I think Bashir’s problems may be due to that terrible Liberal disease called “Selective Memory”…

    ‘Rules for use and display’? Really, Mr. Bashir? Have you forgotten the 8 years during Bush’s presidency when the real (as in ‘not painted’) American flag was being desecrated every way imaginable by former anti-war protesters? (I write ‘used to be anti-war protesters’ because those people no longer seem to mind the fact that we’re involved in three wars now…but I digress…)

    Fortunately for flag burners, the Supreme Court ruled in 1989 that doing so is protected by the First Amendment.

    But to give Mr. Bashir the benefit of the doubt, maybe he really does love the American flag and simply wants to protect her.

    If that’s the case, Martin (in case you’re reading this)–if you really are concerned about people desecrating the American flag, I have much more interesting news items you could spend your hours talking about on MSNBC instead of Sarah Palin.

    How about you focus on whether or not it’s a federal offense to be photographed standing on top of a real American flag?

    Obama’s good buddy (and known-terrorist) Bill Ayers did just that— featured proudly in Now THAT should be a story for you, right Martin? But I certainly didn’t hear you jumping up and down about Professor Ayers…

    Unlike Sarah Palin, who loves and cherishes America and displays the American flag on her bus as a tribute to her greatness, Bill Ayers is standing on top of the flag to show how much he detests not only the flag but America itself.

    Or Martin, how about you do one of your hard-hitting American flag investigative pieces on ultra-liberal Janeane Garofalo? Read what she has to say about her intense hatred for the American flag:

    “Our country is founded on a sham: our forefathers were slave-owning rich white guys who wanted it their way. So when I see the American flag, I go, ‘Oh my God, you’re insulting me.’ That you can have a gay parade on Christopher Street in New York, with naked men and women on a float cheering, ‘We’re here, we’re queer!’ — that’s what makes my heart swell. Not the flag, but a gay naked man or woman burning the flag. I get choked up with pride.”

    Also, in addition to checking on the use of American flags by Professor Ayers and Garofalo, how about also looking into the desecrators of the following two American flags? The first is from a huge protest in Oregon, the other from a Code Pink rally.

    I’m pretty positive a flag that’s covered in mud, displayed upside down and spray-painted to say “Abolish Imperialism” is a direct violation of the United States Flag Code (which Bashir is suddenly so concerned about). Same with the hippie-dippie version of our flag by the smiling Code Pinko woman, with her stupid peace sign sewn over the top of the stars…

    I personally believe that any of these causes are much more newsworthy for you, Mr. Bashir. Go after the people who truly have evil motives toward our American flag and we, the American people, will happily support you in your journalistic endeavors.

    People on the left and the right have bashed Sarah Palin long enough. They’ve tried to paint her as unintelligent (she is not), hokey (okay, she’s a little hokey but in a good way) and mostly they’ve tried to make her GO AWAY. I think the fact that she won’t comply with their rules is precisely the reason they’re at their boiling point right now.

    No matter what anyone thinks of her, the last thing anyone should ever be allowed to say about Sarah Palin is that she is anti-American–and that the flag painted on her bus is in any way disrespectful. I have never stood up for Sarah before but from now on, whenever I hear anything negative mentioned about her, I won’t be silent about it ever again. She’s been beaten up long enough for no good reasons other than being a threat to other politicians and the Main Stream Media.
    So I say, ‘Go, Sarah, Go!’ I support you in whatever the heck you’re doing right now; have fun on your tour, keep inspiring Americans and God bless you and keep you safe in all you do! <–and then there is this…Protected "Speech"?

  254. I’m not sure why you consider more of a ‘source’ than the site they link to as THEIR source, namely the mass hist site I posted above. ;-), with Revere’s complete own long account (c. 1798).

    The point of the Palin controversy is that she said that Revere had [also] warned the British that the colonists were ready for them.

    Your paulreverehouse site seems to give only a condensed version of Revere’s 1798 account, leaving out his part about “alarming” (ie ‘warning’) the British. See

  255. Bernard Kalb was on a news program touting his new bullshit book which advances the remarkable thesis that the Viet Nam War casts a long shadow over the projection of military force. Remarkable only in the sense that it is so obvious that no one but an establishment fixture would write something like this, and nobody would bother to buy it except perhaps a historian. If this senile man wants to write a book on what the greatest constraint is on US policy, it is not the Viet Nam war, it is the national debt. Maybe someone should whisper that idea in his ear so he can spend the next decade writing his next book on that subject.

    While he was casting those pearls of wisdom before the swine he got a plug in for Kennedy School of Government at Harvard which is also quite nice–nice to know he is an elitist. Asked about why big media did not break the Edwards story when it mattered, he lied with impunity. He said they did not have the story, and they have standards. Unlike National Enquirer, big media will not pay for a story because to repeat they have standards.

    Oh we have seen those big media standard in action have we not. They consist of such high minded activities as slander, half truths, stalking of opponents, misquoting witnesses, hiding negative stories on Obama, and all the rest. But thanks to Marvin, we can sleep soundly knowing that they do not admit to paying for stories. That to me is pretty cold comfort.

    Having seen what we have, common sense tells us that in most if not all cases big media has the facts, and they manipulate them to achieve a predetermined result, which is to control the political system, to make sure their client gets elected and to act as his press office. Marvin knows this but he will not admit it. He adds nothing to our understanding of the media or the issues confronting the country. And he should stop killing trees to publish books which are not worth reading.

  256. WP gets part of it (which I showed above) but not the part about the Brits also being warned off by the gunshots and bells that started in each town as fast as Revere told the news.


    Palin appears to be referring to a part of the story which is not in Henry Wadsworth Longfellow’s poem but is described elsewhere in historical accounts, in which Revere is detained by the British and warns them, while at gunpoint, that 500 American militiamen awaited in Concord.

    WP links to which summarizes Revere’s conversation with the British who captured him (which I showed above) but omits the bells and gunshots which frightened Revere’s captors.

  257. Here’s Palin’s own clarification (to Fox quoted by WP):

    “Part of his ride was to warn the British that we’re already there – that, ‘Hey, you’re not going to succeed. You’re not going to take American arms. You are not going to beat our own well-armed persons, individual, private militia that we have,’” Palin said, according to a transcript. “He did warn the British.”

  258. Mrs. Smith,

    You are so blessed to still have your mom and her sister with you. I’m sure they are a joy to be with.

    Actually I live in Alberta where you never know what each day will be like…lol…very warm for a few weeks…then rain for a few days…then very cold (almost frost) for the last few nights…and finally sunshine this afternoon.

    Gardening is one of my favorite things to do and since we only get about 4 months of the year to do it, we all put as much into it as we can.

  259. Before anyone has a stoke trying to cover Sarah on the Paul Revere issue, she said on Fox she was wrong on what she said before, and looked it up and now knows the correct version.


  260. Shadowfax June 5th, 2011 at 11:14 pm
    On a quick Google, I don’t find anything to support your statement. All the hits that came up were about her defending her version, on Fox and elsewhere. Do you have a cite or even a useful key phrase?

    Obviously her wording was off as it suggested that Revere rang all the bells and fired all the shots himself. But otherwise those facts were true.

  261. Sarah said it on Fox tv tonight. She was interviewed, then other people were on a round table discussion about 2012.

  262. This is the kind of pedantic bread and circuses shit you get from big media. Who gives a damn whether whether a politician who they have been stalking for three years misspoke on the subject of Paul Revere. I would be more worried about a man who holds the office of president and believes there are 57 states and honors navy corpse men. But these corrupt, hypocritical, treasonous low lifes never say a word about that.

  263. This flap over Paul Revere is just another Big Media-created distraction from the boobery of the BOTUS.

  264. Shadowfax,

    If you ever see a written quote supporting your statement, pls give me the url. I think if she had actually said what you claim, someone would mention it in writing soon.

  265. wbboei,

    Here’s something where the facts are available, and are worth looking into for our history. Regardless of the current flap.

    WE think of the Founders themselves as just as dull as history class. Then here’s Revere bluffing like Indiana Jones. 😉

  266. Big media hates Sarah Palin with a vengeance and I have no doubt their intentions would turn murderous. But Sarah survives, perseveres and does not give up. The issues she is concerned with involve the future of this country, and many of us are convinced that the election of 2012 will decide whether our constitutional system survives or we end up with an Orwellian system epitomized by Obama. She could not do what she is doing now to wake up a lethargic nation if she had remained in Alaska. This writer captures the essence of what she is doing, and why it is important. Romney is a business as usual sort of politician, a wealthy RINO, and my instincts tell me that Backman is a fraud–even though she has tea party support. Palin on the other hand is the real thing.

  267. Obama tunes out, and business goes on hiring strike
    By: Michael Barone 06/04/11 8:05 PM
    Exogenous factors explain some part of the current economic stagnation. The earthquake and tsunami in Japan caused a slowdown in manufacturing. Horrendous tornadoes did not help. Nor did bad weather, though only a few still bitterly cling to the theory that it’s caused by man-made global warming. But poor public policy is surely one reason why the American economy has not rebounded from recession as it has in the past. And political posturing has also played a major role. Barack Obama and the Democratic congressional supermajorities of 2009-10 raised federal spending from 21 to 25 percent of gross domestic product. Their stimulus package stopped layoffs of public employees for a while, even as private sector payrolls plummeted. And the Obama Democrats piled further burdens on would-be employers in the private sector. Obamacare and the Dodd-Frank financial regulation bill are scheduled to be followed by thousands of regulations that will impose impossible-to-estimate costs on the economy.
    That seems to have led to a hiring freeze. The Obama Democrats can reasonably claim not to be responsible for the huge number of layoffs that occurred in the months following the financial crisis of fall 2008. And Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner and Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke did manage to help stabilize financial markets. But while the number of layoffs is now vastly less than in the first half of 2009, the number of new hires has not increased appreciably. Many more people have been unemployed for longer periods than in previous recessions, and many more have stopped looking for work altogether. It’s hard to avoid the conclusion that the threat of tax increases and increased regulatory burdens have produced something in the nature of a hiring strike. And then there is the political posturing. On April 13 Obama delivered a ballyhooed speech at George Washington University. The man who conservatives as well as liberal pundits told us was a combination of Edmund Burke and Reinhold Niebuhr was widely expected to present a serious plan to address the budget deficits and entitlement spending. Instead the man who can call on talented career professionals at the Office of Management and Budget to produce detailed blueprints gave us something in the nature of a few numbers scrawled on a paper napkin. The man depicted as pragmatic and free of ideological cant indulged in cheap political rhetoric, accusing Republicans, including House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan who was in the audience, of pushing old ladies in wheelchairs down the hill and starving autistic children.

    The signal was clear. Obama had already ignored his own deficit reduction commission in preparing his annual budget, which was later rejected 97-0 in the Senate. Now he was signaling that the time for governing was over and that he was entering campaign mode 19 months before the November 2012 election. People took notice, especially those people who decide whether to hire or not. Goldman Sachs’s Current Activity Indicator stood at 4.2 percent in March. In April — in the middle of which came Obama’s GW speech — it was 1.6 percent. For May it is 1 percent. “That is a major drop in no time at all,” wrote Business Insider’s Joe Weisenthal.
    After April 13 Obama Democrats went into campaign mode. They staged a poll-driven Senate vote to increase taxes on oil companies. They began a Mediscare campaign against Ryan’s budget resolution that all but four House Republicans had voted for. That seemed to pay off with a special election victory in New York’s 26th Congressional District. The message to job creators was clear. Hire at your own risk. Higher taxes, more burdensome regulation and crony capitalism may be here for some time to come.
    One possible upside is that economic bad news may no longer be “unexpected.” Another is that voters may figure out what is going on.

    Clearly The Man is a boob!

  268. wbboei
    June 6th, 2011 at 2:42 am

    I agree with you about Backmann, I think she is a spoiler for Palin. When she folded on the birth certificate issue she gave herself away. Minnesota is too close to Chicago, how else can you explain Amy Klobuchar indorsing Obama over Hillary Clinton?

    And even though Sarah threw me a curve yesterday saying she supported vouchers for Seniors instead of medicare, she is still the best candidate (after Trump), and I intend to not only vote for her, but work for her and give her what money I can, if she runs under any banner (GOP or independent).

    “Backman is a fraud–even though she has tea party support” – I am not so sure of the “she is the darling of the tea party” theme. I think that may be all in the minds of the media and the politicization as in, if the foolish sheep people want a champion lets give them one we can control.

  269. turndownobama
    June 6th, 2011 at 1:44 am


    Here’s something where the facts are available, and are worth looking into for our history. Regardless of the current flap.

    WE think of the Founders themselves as just as dull as history class. Then here’s Revere bluffing like Indiana Jones.

    And somewhere I read something like in towns all over the area bells were ringing all night – I can’t remember exactly and can’t find the spot where I read it, but, on reading it I thought wow, what a night that must have been. What a service Sarah Palin has done, not only do we get a true glimpse of Paul Revere but we also get an idea of the community that supported the revolutionaries. And perhaps a vision of ourselves as inheritors of the ones who rang the bells in town after town.

  270. Betty,

    WAs this it?

    “A townsman remembered that ‘repeated gunshots, the beating of drums and the ringing of bells filled the air.’…. Along the North Shore of Massachusetts, church bells began to toll and the heavy beat of drums could be heard for many miles in the night air.”
    “Paul Revere’s Ride” by David Hackett Fischer (Oxford University Press 1994)

    Yeah, Sarah started a great discussion. Lots of the ‘express’ messengers were doctors, because they made housecalls so they had the fastest horses and knew all the backroads.

  271. Everyone Please:

    say a prayer for my little cousin, Kyle Smith until we hear.

    We just got word last night, 5 soldiers were killed in Iraq.

    Kyle is a Sgt- stationed at the Army Base in Baghdad.

    We’ve been trying to reach him this morning via e-mail.. and no response.

  272. This just in from Huffpo: Update from 7:27 am

    5 U.S. Soldiers Killed In Iraq, Officials Say

    BAGHDAD — Iraqi security officials say that a rocket attack has killed five American troops in Iraq.

    Two Iraqi security officials say a barrage of at least three rockets hit an Iraqi base in eastern Baghdad on Monday morning and killed the five American troops.

    Earlier, the U.S. military said in a brief statement that five troops were killed but gave no additional details about where the incident occurred or how they died.

    The Iraqi officials say the Americans were staying on the Iraqi base as advisers and the rockets hit near their living quarters.

    The Iraqi officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to speak to the media.

    THIS IS A BREAKING NEWS UPDATE. Check back soon for further information. AP’s earlier story is below.

    BAGHDAD (AP) – Five American troops were killed Monday in central Iraq, U.S. officials said – the single largest loss of life for the American military in Iraq in the past two years.

    The military said in a brief statement that the five were killed Monday, giving no additional details about where the incident occurred or how they died.

    The incident was under investigation and the names of the deceased were being withheld pending notification of the next of kin, the military said.

  273. CNN- has a bit more but nothing positive. I know Kyle, because he was a Sgt.. did have his own trailer…

    Baghdad (CNN) — Five U.S. servicemembers were killed Monday in central Iraq, the U.S. military said in a written statement.

    The deaths are the single largest loss of life among U.S. troops in Iraq since 2009, and they come as Iraq debates whether to request U.S. troops stay beyond a January 1, 2012, deadline that requires 46,000 American forces out of the country.

    The U.S. military did not say how or where the five died.

    But two Iraqi security officials told CNN Monday that the servicemembers were killed during an early morning mortar attack at a U.S. military base in southeastern Baghdad.

    Five servicemembers also were wounded in the attack, said the officials, who spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to release the information.

    The two officials said some of those killed and wounded were sleeping in trailers when the base was attacked.

    U.S. Army Sgt. First Class Anishka J. Calder, a spokeswoman in Baghdad, declined to comment on details surrounding the deaths.

    The names of the servicemembers were being withheld pending notification of next of kin, the military said in the statement.

    The deaths follow warnings by the U.S. military that attacks against American troops in Iraq by armed militias are on the rise, an attempt to demonstrate their power ahead of an anticipated U.S. withdrawal at the end of the year.

    U.S. troops have increasingly been targeted by roadside bombings and mortar attacks, largely in Baghdad and southern Iraq, Army Maj. Gen. Jeffrey S. Buchanan, spokesman for U.S. Forces-Iraq, recently told CNN.

    While al Qaeda in Iraq — predominantly Iraqi Sunni insurgents — continue to launch strikes, Buchanan has said the militia attacks against the U.S. are “designed for power and they want to claim credit for our redeploying, for us leaving.”

  274. My mother’s sister that we had lunch with yesterday afternoon is Kyle’s grandmother.

  275. Mrs Smith, I’m keeping my fingers crossed for your cousin. Hope you hear good news soon.

  276. Re Paul Revere, the Boston Herald is admitting that local historians say that Palin’s account is accurate:

    In fact, Revere’s own account of the ride in a 1798 letter seems to back up Palin’s claim. Revere describes how after his capture by British officers, he warned them “there would be five hundred Americans there in a short time for I had alarmed the Country all the way up.”

    Boston University history professor Brendan McConville said, “Basically when Paul Revere was stopped by the British, he did say to them, ‘Look, there is a mobilization going on that you’ll be confronting,’ and the British are aware as they’re marching down the countryside, they hear church bells ringing — she was right about that — and warning shots being fired. That’s accurate.”

    Patrick Leehey of the Paul Revere House said Revere was probably bluffing his British captors, but reluctantly conceded that it could be construed as Revere warning the British.

    “I suppose you could say that,” Leehey said. “But I don’t know if that’s really what Mrs. Palin was referring to.”

    McConville said he also is not convinced that Palin’s remarks reflect scholarship.

    “I would call her lucky in her comments,” McConville said.

    “lucky?” How hard is it for someone to admit that she had just finished the tour and was retelling what the guide had said. jeeze.

  277. But poor public policy is surely one reason why the American economy has not rebounded from recession as it has in the past. And political posturing has also played a major role. Barack Obama and the Democratic congressional supermajorities of 2009-10 raised federal spending from 21 to 25 percent of gross domestic product. Their stimulus package stopped layoffs of public employees for a while, even as private sector payrolls plummeted. And the Obama Democrats piled further burdens on would-be employers in the private sector. Obamacare and the Dodd-Frank financial regulation bill are scheduled to be followed by thousands of regulations that will impose impossible-to-estimate costs on the economy.

    That seems to have led to a hiring freeze. The Obama Democrats can reasonably claim not to be responsible for the huge number of layoffs that occurred in the months following the financial crisis of fall 2008. And Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner and Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke did manage to help stabilize financial markets. But while the number of layoffs is now vastly less than in the first half of 2009, the number of new hires has not increased appreciably. Many more people have been unemployed for longer periods than in previous recessions, and many more have stopped looking for work altogether. It’s hard to avoid the conclusion that the threat of tax increases and increased regulatory burdens have produced something in the nature of a hiring strike. And then there is the political posturing. On April 13 Obama delivered a ballyhooed speech at George Washington University. The man who conservatives as well as liberal pundits told us was a combination of Edmund Burke and Reinhold Niebuhr was widely expected to present a serious plan to address the budget deficits and entitlement spending. Instead the man who can call on talented career professionals at the Office of Management and Budget to produce detailed blueprints gave us something in the nature of a few numbers scrawled on a paper napkin. The man depicted as pragmatic and free of ideological cant indulged in cheap political rhetoric, accusing Republicans, including House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan who was in the audience, of pushing old ladies in wheelchairs down the hill and starving autistic children.
    Thank you holdthemaccountable. Michael Barone sums up thte current situation nicely. Unless Hillary runs I will never vote for another democrat. I would hold my nose and vote for the other party, or if I believe the alternative is a RINO, I will not vote. And I will never trust one word big media utters, and when I see people consciously or subconsciously adopting their view point, I will ask them whether they believe big media represents the elites or the American People, and when they agree with me that big media does not represent the American People I will ask them whether they realize that they have subconsciously adopted their corrupting viewpoint. And if they say big media tells them the truth, I will urge them to wake up and read the economist.

    When it comes to big media I paint with a very broad brush, and whenever you do that you include certain people who have not succumbed to the sickness that infects their legions. A sickness which impels them to lie, slander and hunt down whomsoever attacks Obama and to proceed on the assumption that the American People will be told only what they want them to hear to maintain their own control of the political system and advance their own selfish interests.

    Some of the people I used to respect in the media have fallen on their swords. Krauthammer is one of them I am sorry to say. One of them who has remained true to the jurnalistic calling and gives his readers truth in large doses as opposed to the tripe you get for roundtable types like Fineman and camp followeres like Todd, is Michael Barone. He is more than a journalist however. All the while he was working for his long time employer US News and World Report, he was publishing a book called The Almanac of American Politics, and when I was chasing the holy grail in politics that was the Bible. Unlike most journalists, what Michael Barone says you can always believe. And so it is here, but the statement from the article you posted.

  278. Thank you- votermom- I can’t tell you how much we appreciate the kind words. NBC is carrying the story now. (theres video)

    We were never too worried about Kyle. He’s always been very good at getting in touch with us as soon as there was an event. He was sent there as a trainer/adviser for the Iraqi military getting Iraqi troops ready for the takeover when American troops are sent home by the end of the year.

  279. What that article says to me in big neon lights is that Obama and the party he controls are not fit to govern. Not fit to govern–if you believe in the concept of limited government, the constitution and economic prosperity. If you believe in something else as many of the elites do, then he is just fine.

  280. Brendan McConville (born 1965) is an American professor of history at Boston University. His many books on American History include “The King’s Three Faces” (University of Carolina Press, 2006) and “The American Revolution, 1763-1789” (Longman, 2008). He was educated at Brown University and Reed College, Portland. His research focuses on the intersection of politics and social developments in Early America, and his interests include colonial history and the English Reformation.
    I have read his bio. He is prolific for a 46 year old, but his credentials are not overwhelming. In the academic world where credentials as opposed to judgment are coin of the realm, I would say that Brendan McConville is lucky himself that anyone listens to him. Oh yes, he writes for the Weekly Standard, hence it may be the case that his gratuitous commment that Palins remark was simply lucky and did not reflect scholarship came from neo con Billy Kristol. Establishment republicans are as keen to bury her as they were to bury Hillary. They too represent the elites, and not the American People. No word yet on the results of the golf summit. The only thing we know for sure is when it comes to golf scores and politics between those two the first liar does not have a chance.

  281. POTUS Hillary is back to work warking hard as ever.Take a look.

    9:30 a.m. Secretary Clinton launches the Women’s World Cup Initiative and marks the kick-off of the 40th Anniversary Year of Title IX, at the Department of State.
    Click here for more information.
    Pre-set time for video cameras: 8:00 a.m. from the 23rd Street Entrance Lobby.
    Final access time for journalists and still photographers: 9:00 a.m. from the 23rd Street Entrance Lobby.

    10:00 a.m. Secretary Clinton attends a meeting with President Obama at the White House.

    12:00 p.m. Secretary Clinton holds a bilateral meeting with French Foreign Minister Alain Juppe, at the Department of State.
    Pre-set time for video cameras: 12:45 p.m. from the 23rd Street Entrance Lobby.
    Final access time for journalists and still photographers: 1:10 p.m. from the 23rd Street Entrance Lobby.

    3:00 p.m. Secretary Clinton holds a bilateral meeting with Jamaican Prime Minister Bruce Golding, at the Department of State.
    Pre-set time for video cameras: 2:30 p.m. from the 23rd Street Entrance Lobby.
    Final access time for journalists and still photographers: 2:45 p.m. from the 23rd Street Entrance Lobby.

    5:00 p.m. Secretary Clinton attends a meeting at the White House.

  282. Mrs. Smith,

    My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family at this time. I am also praying for those other families who are waiting to hear news of their loved ones.

  283. Yep. Jump out of the fire and into the frying pan…

    Roger Ailes: ‘I’d Like to Hire Hillary Clinton. She Looks Unhappy’


    After refusing to participate in two recent profiles —one here at New York and one at Rolling Stone — Fox News overlord Roger Ailes went to Newsweek media columnist Howard Kurtz to remark on the parts of those stories he didn’t like. For one thing, he says he never called Sarah Palin an idiot, which is a reference to a moment in our story when a Ailes ally told us he thinks she’s stupid. (We did not quote him calling her an idiot.) And he flat-out denies that he travels around with a veritable phalanx of security, calling the Rolling Stone account a “fantasy.” (Adweek editor Michael Wolff claims both profiles missed the mark a bit because they made Ailes seem calculated and Machiavellian, when actually he is just really charming and good at winning people over!)

    Kurtz, who is often Ailes’s go-to at times when he feels the need to speak out, knows the FNC boss well and observes:

    When the climate is calm, he loves to stir up trouble, as when he told me last fall that NPR executives were “Nazis.” But part of his genius is that when he faces hostile fire, Ailes can turn unexpectedly mellow, the better to make his critics look like the loony ones.

    For example, he has nice things to say about at least three Democrats, who often receive the hardest criticism from his opinion hosts. “I’d like to hire Hillary Clinton,” he says. “She looks unhappy at the State Department. She’d get ratings.” Another New Yorker, Governor Andrew Cuomo, gets even higher praise. He’d “be a great presidential candidate … if he can clean up Albany.” And even Anthony Weiner, the current love-to-hate darling of the right, gets some slack from Ailes, who ordered his teams to lay off on Weinergate. “The media’s had enough giggles over Mr. Weiner and his name,” Ailes told Kurtz. “Sometimes the families take a bigger hit than the person that people are trying to destroy.”

  284. This looks like a breach of contract to me. The Bush deal was predicated on money for markets. China provided cheap money which was being spun off their economic juggernaut and we gave them our markets for manufactured goods. Now, they are removing the cheap money. The elites know this, they caused it, and now they are repositioning themselves so that they do not bear the brunt of the ensuing dislocation. But if they are reneging on their part of the deal, then isn’t this grounds for us to look at some level of tariff protection. The grand illusion of free trade has not worked for the American People and this is why Trump’s comments about getting tough with China resonated like they did. We are getting hosed, and neither party has the guts–or the patriotic spirit to play hardball. And the two people who do are not running. And big media covers this up. And if it comes out, they will rush to interview someone like Norman Orstein who can be counted upon to say it is really not a problem, and then big media can say he is with a conservative think tank, AEI. That is who he is with alright, but he is a republican like Lindsey Graham is a Republican–a wolf in sheep’s clothing.
    China Has Divested 97 Percent of Its Holdings in U.S. Treasury Bills
    Friday, June 03, 2011
    By Terence P. Jeffrey

    ( – China has dropped 97 percent of its holdings in U.S. Treasury bills, decreasing its ownership of the short-term U.S. government securities from a peak of $210.4 billion in May 2009 to $5.69 billion in March 2011, the most recent month reported by the U.S. Treasury.

    Treasury bills are securities that mature in one year or less that are sold by the U.S. Treasury Department to fund the nation’s debt.
    Mainland Chinese holdings of U.S. Treasury bills are reported in column 9 of the Treasury report linked here.

    Until October, the Chinese were generally making up for their decreasing holdings in Treasury bills by increasing their holdings of longer-term U.S. Treasury securities. Thus, until October, China’s overall holdings of U.S. debt continued to increase.

    Since October, however, China has also started to divest from longer-term U.S. Treasury securities. Thus, as reported by the Treasury Department, China’s ownership of the U.S. national debt has decreased in each of the last five months on record, including November, December, January, February and March.

    Prior to the fall of 2008, acccording to Treasury Department data, Chinese ownership of short-term Treasury bills was modest, standing at only $19.8 billion in August of that year. But when President George W. Bush signed legislation to authorize a $700-billion bailout of the U.S. financial industry in October 2008 and President Barack Obama signed a $787-billion economic stimulus law in February 2009, Chinese ownership of short-term U.S. Treasury bills skyrocketed.
    By December 2008, China owned $165.2 billion in U.S. Treasury bills, according to the Treasury Department. By March 2009, Chinese Treasury bill holdings were at $191.1 billion. By May 2009, Chinese holdings of Treasury bills were peaking at $210.4 billion.

    However, China’s overall appetite for U.S. debt increased over a longer span than did its appetite for short-term U.S. Treasury bills.
    In August 2008, before the bank bailout and the stimulus law, overall Chinese holdings of U.S. debt stood at $573.7 billion. That number continued to escalate past May 2009– when China started to reduce its holdings in short-term Treasury bills–and ultimately peaked at $1.1753 trillion last October.

    As of March 2011, overall Chinese holdings of U.S. debt had decreased to 1.1449 trillion.

    Most of the U.S. national debt is made up of publicly marketable securities sold by the Treasury Department and I.O.U.s called “intragovernmental” bonds that the Treasury has given to so-called government trust funds—such as the Social Security trust funds—when it has spent the trust funds’ money on other government expenses.

    The publicly marketable segment of the national debt includes Treasury bills, which (as defined by the Treasury) mature in terms of one-year or less; Treasury notes, which mature in terms of 2 to 10 years; Treasury Inflation-Protected Securities (TIPS), which mature in terms of 5, 10 and 30 years; and Treasury bonds, which mature in terms of 30 years.

    At the end of August 2008, before the financial bailout and the stimulus, the publicly marketable segment of the U.S. national debt was 4.88 trillion. Of that, $2.56 trillion was in the intermediate-term Treasury notes, $1.22 trillion was in short-term Treasury bills, $582.8 billion was in long-term Treasury bonds, and $521.3 billion was in TIPS.

    At the end of March 2011, by which time the Chinese had dropped their Treasury bill holdings 97 percent from their peak, the publicly marketable segment of the U.S. national debt had almost doubled from August 2008, hitting $9.11 trillion. Of that $9.11 trillion, $5.8 trillion was in intermediate-term Treasury notes, $1.7 trillion was in short-term Treasury bills; $931.5 billion was in long-term Treasury bonds, and $640.7 billion was in TIPS.

    Before the end of March 2012, the Treasury must redeem all of the $1.7 trillion in Treasury bills that were extant as of March 2011 and find new or old buyers who will continue to invest in U.S. debt. But, for now, the Chinese at least do not appear to be bullish customers of short-term U.S. debt.

    Treasury bills carry lower interest rates than longer-term Treasury notes and bonds, but the longer term notes and bonds are exposed to a greater risk of losing their value to inflation. To the degree that the $1.7 trillion in short-term U.S. Treasury bills extant as of March must be converted into longer-term U.S. Treasury securities, the U.S. government will be forced to pay a higher annual interest rate on the national debt.

    As of the close of business on Thursday, the total U.S. debt was $14.34 trillion, according to the Daily Treasury Statement. Of that, approximately $9.74 trillion was debt held by the public and approximately $4.61 trillion was “intragovernmental” debt. is not funded by the government like NPR. is not funded by the government like PBS. relies on individuals like you to help us report the news the liberal media distort and ignore. Please make a tax-deductible gift to today and your gift will be doubled, dollar-for-dollar, by a generous contributor. Your continued support will ensure that is here reporting THE TRUTH, for a long time to come.

  285. The Undefeated: The Movie I Wish Hillary Had Made

    06/ 6/11 09:00
    Amy Siskind

    When the credits rolled at the end of the pre-screening of The Undefeated my first thought was this: Why didn’t Hillary’s advisors think of this? It was impossible for our country to know the real Hillary Rodham Clinton through the media’s sexism-colored-glasses during the 2008 presidential race. The real Hillary was never introduced. By the time our country finally got to know her post-2008 and she became our most popular politician, it was already too late.

    Which is why The Undefeated is providing such an important service by, finally, introducing Sarah Palin. True, the producer Stephen Bannon does share the same political ideology as Governor Palin, and so has a point of view (as Bannon aptly points out, so does Michael Moore in producing his documentaries). Yet, it’s hard to watch the film without tripping over the facts: the character of Sarah Palin and what has she accomplished. Seems pretty basic, yes. Yet, our country has yet to know Governor Palin beyond the initial smear job done on this woman as she entered the national political arena. At the end of the film, I suspect the 20% of voters who consider themselves far left still won’t consider her (just as those 20% on the far right would never vote for a Democrat); but, I am quite certain that a whole lot of reasonable voters in between will be surprised by what they see.

    Admittedly, Secretary Hillary Clinton and Governor Sarah Palin share next to nothing in political ideology or background. Here’s what they do have in common: both woman candidates were victims of a media smear campaign which played a major factor in their temporary political demise. And the parallels are uncanny.

    Prior to embarking on her 2008 presidential run, Hillary Clinton was the State of New York’s first woman senator. Then Senator Clinton won re-election to the Senate in 2006 with a whopping 36 point victory and was extremely popular in her home state.

    Similarly, Governor Palin was the state of Alaska’s first woman governor. On the day then presidential candidate John McCain called Governor Palin to ask her to be his running mate, polls revealed her popularity was above 80% — simply, unheard of.

    Both women took a risk in their run for the White House. Both paid a price: a smear campaign saturated with overt sexism.

    I knew little about Governor Sarah Palin when she was selected as a vice presidential candidate; but, I knew Senator Hillary Clinton very well when she ran for president. Which is why it was so painful for me to watch the media’s sexist savagery (I found myself talking to my television: “that’s a lie!”, “that ‘s not Hillary!”). From “she devil” to “white bitch” to “unstable” to just simply “isn’t likeable” the attacks were relentless. In March 2008, observing the onslaught of sexism, Kathleen Deveny penned over at Newsweek: America is not ready for a female president. To which I would add: our country surely did not know Hillary Clinton in 2008.

    When Governor Palin entered the national spotlight, we had just formed The New Agenda and we braced ourselves for Sexism, Part Deux. We thought it would be bad. We were wrong. It was worse. When it was over, of one thing I was sure: just as our country did not know Hillary Clinton, we surely did not know Sarah Palin either!

    Which is why I would encourage you to see The Undefeated when it is released. Be an educated consumer/voter. Allow yourself to be curious. I had my ‘aha moment’ at Act 3, watching Palin’s speech at the Republican National Convention. The context of the speech and the person clicked. Here was a woman who had outed ethics violations and corporate cronyism in the GOP (outraging not only her own party, but also the big oil companies), then turned around and passed the AGIA (Alaska Gasline Inducement Act), landmark legislation, working hand-in-hand with Democrats (58 votes for, 1 against). At which point I thought about the all male federal budget negotiations going on in DC — a bunch of grown men acting like 5 year-old boys in the playground without supervision.

    Here’s what we know: after the media was done savaging Secretary Clinton, we got to know her and she became our country’s most popular politician. Could this possibly be the same Secretary Clinton who was told by President Obama: “you’re likeable enough?”

    We owe it to Governor Palin to get to know her and see through the haze of the media’s sexism-colored-glasses. We might learn about her and disagree on policy and issues, and that is okay. But we also might find a different kind of leader at a time when the country we love needs fixing.

  286. Army, foundation honor Secretary of State Clinton for selfless service

    June 6, 2011
    By Rob McIlvaine

    WASHINGTON (Army News Service, June 3, 2011) — Hillary Rodham Clinton was honored June 2, 2011, at the National Building Museum with the 2011 George C. Marshall Foundation Award for a career of distinguished public service.

    Not unlike her predecessor, George C. Marshall, who served as Secretary of State during President Harry S. Truman’s administration, Clinton was been chosen by the foundation “for her dignity and integrity of character, for her devotion to creating and perpetuating free and democratic institutions, and for promoting appropriate economic development that will allow them to flourish,” said a foundation press release.

    The future chief of staff of the Army and current commander of U.S. Joint Forces Command, Gen. Raymond T. Odierno, shares the foundation’s opinion of Clinton.

    “I have I have a deep admiration for Secretary Hillary Clinton,” said Odierno. “During confirmation as secretary of state, she remarked, ‘with every challenge comes an opportunity to find promise and possibility in the face of adversity and complexity.'”

    “She is a proven leader of the highest distinction,” Odierno said. “She is not afraid to confront our nation’s most difficult challenges head on. And like George C. Marshall, it has been the content of her character that allowed her to do so,” he said.

    Odierno was recently nominated by President Barack Obama to succeed Gen. Martin Dempsey as the next Army chief of staff, pending senate confirmation later this year.

    “Over the years, our military has benefited greatly from her dedication to national service,” Odierno continued. “Secretary Clinton has long been a strong advocate for our armed forces: as a senator from New York, and a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee. Her advocacy for quality military and support to our families is well known.”

    Michelle Bachelet, the first female president of Chile, after being the first female defense minister, and now the first executive director of UN Women, spoke by video to the gathered dignitaries and guests — including retired Sen. John W. Warner of Virginia.

    “Secretary Clinton is known worldwide for her intelligence, her compassion and her steadfast commitment to her beliefs, whether on democracy and human rights, racial and gender equality, or the need for strong leadership on issues such as nuclear nonproliferation and a sustainable planet,” said Bachelet, who was at a meeting of UN women and Egyptian women’s groups in Cairo.

    “Last year, when following the earthquake in Chile, in the last weeks of my presidency, she personally flew to Santiago to offer assistance, saying, and I quote her, ‘we’ll be here to help when others leave.'”

    Madeleine K. Albright, the first female secretary of state, appointed by President Bill Clinton and unanimously confirmed by a Senate vote of 99 to 0 in 1997, began by reminding everyone of the pivotal role that economic development plays in the life and progress of nations.

    “We are so fortunate to have Hillary Clinton as America’s secretary of state,” she said. “In little more than two years, she has helped President Obama to restore our country’s reputation and leadership, lent fresh energy to partnerships across the globe, and created a new foundation for progress on issues that range from terrorism and nuclear nonproliferation to human development and democracy.”

    The one-time secretary of state then introduced the current secretary.

    “I’m especially honored when I think of the prior recipients of this very distinguished award, including my colleague Secretary (of Defense Robert) Gates, whom I had the honor of introducing in the State Department in 2009,” Clinton said.

    Other recipients of the award include former chancellor of the Federal Republic of Germany, Helmut Kohl; the first recipient of the award in 1997, former President George H. W. Bush; retired Gen. Colin Powell; David Rockefeller; retired Senator John W. Warner; and in 2010, Frederick W. Smith, chairman, president and CEO of FedEx.

    “I think a lot about George Marshall,” Clinton said. “Leading our nation in war as a general, in peace as Secretary of State, and later as Defense Secretary, he was, they say, the only man, according to President Truman, who could get along with Franklin Roosevelt, the congress, Winston Churchill, the Navy and the Joint Chiefs of Staff. And he did so while never avoiding the hard issues, while always sharing his best advice, speaking his mind.”

    Clinton made reference to not only how relevant the issues Marshall raised following World War II are today, but also how the cost of the four-year Marshall Plan, which was $13 billion then and would be worth $120 billion today, might deter some from following in his footsteps.

    Marshall knew, she said, the importance of economic growth to build stability, democracy and security — not only in Europe, but everywhere. And he knew that the people of Europe needed economic opportunity to rebuild their livelihood, recover their dignity, and reset their destiny.

    “I often think about whether we would today be able to summon that kind of vision of a future that would be in America’s interest, but would require continuing sacrifice,” Clinton said.

    Truman and Marshall, Clinton said, told the American people that despite the cessation of sacrifice the war had brought, more sacrifice would be needed — in providing for the “very enemies that you have spent years trying to defeat.”

    “It’s almost unimaginable that the case was made, that the political environment accepted that case and understood what it meant for us,” Clinton said. “We can look back now and see how the investment reaped dividends in so many different ways.”

    Those dividends included prompting European governments to de-nationalize their industries and strengthen their labor laws, pre-empted the westward creep of communism, and helped the United States lay the foundation for winning the Cold War, Clinton said. It also helped create strong allies for the United States, and laid the groundwork for the European Union.

    Because the United States has been mindful of the lessons of the Marshall Plan and all of the years since, Clinton said, the State Department began an investment conference June 3, 2011, with many who were in the audience that night, to help Iraq achieve sustainable economic growth after being devastated by tyranny and war.

    Additionally, in Afghanistan and Pakistan, she said, the United States is attempting to apply Marshall principles, to target assistance for private enterprise and ramp up existing energy infrastructures such as the electricity grid to attract investment and promote growth.

    “Today, as the ‘Arab spring’ unfolds across the Middle East and North Africa, some principles of the plan apply again, especially in Egypt and Tunisia,” Clinton said. “As Marshall did in 1947, we must understand that the roots of the revolution and the problems it sought to address are not just political, but profoundly economic as well.”

    Marshall advocated, she said, that the United States should never lose sight of the real bottom line. Prosperity and freedom abroad mean security and opportunity here at home. And Marshall said the purpose of our policy should be, ‘the revival of a working economy in the world so as to permit the emergence of political and social conditions in which free institutions can exist.’

    “General Marshall, let me reassure you that the United States is committed to the future of those willing to do the hard work of political and economic reform, to build democratic institutions and open markets, to respect and protect human rights, and create conditions for men and women to fulfill their own God-given potential,” Clinton said.

  287. Here is a brilliant takedown of two arrogant elitises Obama and his Nobel Prize whining nominee to be chairman of the FED . . . .
    Posted by Francis Cianfrocca (Profile)
    Monday, June 6th at 8:09AM EDT

    Peter A. Diamond, a professor of economics at MIT, has just published a hissy fit in the NY Times titled “When a Nobel Prize isn’t enough.” I won’t link the piece because of the Times’s paywall, so I’ll just tell you what he says.
    Diamond wants to be a governor of the Federal Reserve. Barack Obama wants the same thing, having nominated Diamond three times now. He had only a small amount of support from Senate Republicans, mostly from Michael Bennett and Judd Gregg. After being dissed by Richard Shelby, Diamond is now withdrawing is candidacy. (There are currently two open Fed governorships.)
    Peter Diamond thinks he should be on the Fed’s board of governors because he won the Nobel Memorial Prize in economics last year, for his work in fundamental market dynamics, particularly in labor markets. He’s not going to get the job, and he thinks the reason why is that Republicans are too stoo-pid to be impressed by his Nobel Prize. In the New York Times, he says quite straightforwardly that you’d think a Nobel Prize would be qualification enough for him to have the job, but that Senate Republicans insist on questioning his candidacy.

    Never mind that blind faith in technical expertise over the politically-expressed will of the people is the source of a great many of our nation’s problems. Also never mind that technical accolades aren’t necessarily qualifiers for powerful positions. Should Republicans back Nobelists Paul Krugman or Joe Stiglitz for Fed governorships? Should we back Nobelist Barack Obama for President?

    Diamond says, again in so many words, that choosing the leadership of the Fed should not be a politicized process. But what he is doing here is making a post-hoc case for his own candidacy based on a tendentious reading of the Fed’s history and mandates, as well as begging the question relative to his own qualifications.
    Ok, let’s get into it.
    Peter Diamond is an expert in how labor markets match supply to demand. This turns out to be a sticky and sometimes inefficient process.
    Well, big surprise. I can see how this would be a revelation to an academic economist, but it’s not news to anyone who is in the trenches, running a business and trying to create jobs. Quite a good deal of the work that macroeconomists do, including Nobel-quality work, amounts to quantifying common sense.
    The old crack “that’s all very well in practice but it’ll never work in theory” contains more than a grain of truth.
    But I’m entirely happy to grant the value of this work. What matters more is that Diamond faults Republicans for failing to recognize what is obvious to him, which is that understanding labor markets is core to making monetary policy.
    Well, let me pile on and fail to recognize it as well.
    The nugget of rigor in Diamond’s piece comes at this point. He has studied the nature of current unemployment and has determined that it’s cyclical rather than structural. Forget about the fact that this is far from proved. What it means in his view is that fixing unemployment is something the Fed can and should do.
    And that means in turn that aggressively accommodative policy is currently what is needed to fix unemployment. With this, Peter Diamond has openly violated the Souter Principle, the cardinal sin of aspirants to high government power: he let the cat out of the bag and told everyone what he really wants to do. In this case, he wants to join the Fed’s dovish wing, with continued low interest rates, quantitative easing, etc.
    Diamond makes the case that being a labor specialist is just what qualifies him most for a Fed position. I think it’s extremely dangerous to elevate someone who will take this perspective above all else.
    Why? Because I think it was a very bad mistake for Congress to add employment stabilization as an explicit part of the Fed’s mandate in 1977. There is room for a labor-market specialist like Diamond in a policy-making position at Treasury, or perhaps in a research position in the St. Louis or New York Fed banks, but not as a policymaker on the Fed board.
    The reason that Congress made this critical error in 1977 is because that was an era of stagflation (which may also be true today). Congress and the Administration were struggling with the fact that they had no clue how to effect countercyclical policy under such circumstances, so Congress decided to “do something” about the problem: they passed a law making it the Fed’s problem.
    Subsequent Fed leaders have taken the “dual mandate” very seriously (it’s the law, after all), with sustained deleterious effects on the conduct of monetary policy.
    The Fed has two essential jobs: first, and foremost, to be a lender of last resort in times of crisis. Second, to ensure a stable currency for the United States. It has enough to do just with these two tasks.
    During the New Deal and subsequently, a third mandate was added to the Fed: to regulate the banking system. With the advent of deposit insurance, the practice of banking suddenly needed strong, central regulation. (You can’t have deposit insurance and laissez-faire banking. They mix about as well as oil and water.) The need for banking regulation is not controversial, but it’s not necessarily the case that the Fed is the best entity for the job. (I won’t take up that argument here.)
    And as I mentioned, the fourth Fed mandate (to maintain monetary aggregates at a level consistent with full employment) was added in the late Seventies.
    Unfortunately, Diamond glances tangentially off these points of history as well. In swiping at Republicans, he says that the process of choosing the Fed’s leaders should not be politicized, because the Fed’s independence must be protected. And why must it be? As Diamond tells it, because political independence is needed to maintain sound money, and also to effectively regulate banking and foster high employment.
    I agree 1000% with the first of these, but I disagree with the second and the third. The very LAST thing we need in the United States is to realize the technocrat’s dream of politically unaccountable regulators making economic policy, on top of the monetary policy which they SHOULD be making. Senator Shelby is right on target here.
    And let’s talk about Mr. Diamond’s qualifications in regard to actual monetary management, including what Sen. Shelby referred to as a lack of experience in crisis management. To this point, Diamond is arrogantly dismissive. Perhaps he thinks of Sen. Shelby as an ignorant partisan rather than as a duly-elected representative of the people of Alabama.
    But Shelby is right. The two top Fed positions are currently held by policy doves (Bernanke and Yellen), and their management of countercyclical policy has been indifferent at best. We still have over 9% unemployment. Macro policy in times of non-crisis should simply not be the Fed’s job. We don’t need another dove at the Fed, and particularly not another dove who is willing to throw around the weight of his Nobel Prize.
    But Ben Bernanke is absolutely the right man to be leading the Fed at this moment. An academic economist himself (though not a Nobelist), he was plucked out from Princeton by President Bush, and put into the hottest seat in the world just before it got hot. Bernanke’s specialization is not labor markets, but rather the credit and financial dynamics of the Great Depression. When the 2007-08 crisis hit, he was perhaps the only person in the world with the knowledge and the insight to do the right things.
    And Bernanke did so many of the right things, against so much current prevailing wisdom, that he deserves to go down in history as the man who kept the financial crisis from being a lot worse than it was. Now of course, Barack Obama will tell you that he, not Bernanke, deserves this credit. But that ignores a critical point that goes right to the Peter Diamond case.
    The 2007-08 crisis was a financial crisis that eventually devolved into an economic disaster. The specific channels through which this happened is still unclear, and may not be resolved for years to come. (Bernanke himself was among those who elucidated how it happened in the early Thirties, but not until fifty years later.) Bernanke’s bold crisis management alleviated the financial mess, although the economic aftermath is still with us.
    It became blindingly clear in the fall of 2008 that the Administration and the Congress were institutionally incapable of handling a fast-moving global crisis. Only the Fed, with its relative freedom of action and the happy accident of effective leadership, could manage the situation.
    THE SAME WILL BE TRUE IN THE NEXT CRISIS. Being ready for it is, and should be, the true core objective of the Fed. A guy like Peter Diamond may be eminently qualified for his post at MIT, and even perhaps for the op-ed page of the New York Times. But he doesn’t belong at the Fed.

  288. After all the problems created for himself that were published in the Pgh.newspapers and eventualy caught up to him in anaxpose about cheating his local school district over his childrens financial deal,I cannot believe he announce his run for the presidency this morning.maybe he misspoke and he meant to say dog catcher.He said he is walking not running.
    Henry we need your input again.

  289. Mr. Reconciliation? Or Mr. Cut and Run? A draw down based on military strategy–or cheap partisan politics? How many US troops has this bastard (Omar) killed?
    U.S. reaching out to Mullah Omar for talks

    Mr Grossman, the replacement for special envoy Richard Holbrooke, has been nicknamed “Mr Reconciliation” and has been told to focus on tying up an agreement that will speed up the return of American troops.
    American officials had already contacted Tayyab Aga, Mullah Omar’s personal secretary, who was the last public voice of the Taliban in 2001. Analysts believe that Obama, with Osama bin Laden dead and an economic crisis at home, could announce a larger than expected initial withdrawal this year – at least 10,000 troops – although no announcement has yet been made…

    Mr Gul said that time was running out to strike a political deal between Afghanistan’s warring factions.

    “They [sic Obama] are DESPERATE. The timeline has already been announced so they are operating by the idiom ‘the sooner the better’,” he said.

  290. ABM90
    June 6th, 2011 at 10:44 am
    POTUS Hillary is back to work warking hard as ever.Take a look.

    And that’s one of her lighter days, eh?

    Thanks for the update.

    Man, that is one Hard Working Woman.

  291. THE HILL POLL: Many voters expect to become poorer

    More than one in three likely voters expect to be worse off when they go to the polls a year from this November, a somber fact for President Obama’s reelection campaign, while just 25 percent believe they will be better off, according to this week’s The Hill poll.

    Thirty-nine percent said they expect to be in the same economic position they are now, but 65 percent also said they believe the country is on the wrong track.

    The most optimistic group is liberals, with 41 percent of them expecting to be in a better position financially. Just 25 percent of centrists feel that way, and only 15 percent of conservatives.

    Those numbers held politically, with 40 percent of Democrats saying they see brighter personal economic days ahead. Only 16 percent of Republicans said the same.

  292. Howard Dean warns Democrats Sarah Palin could beat Obama in 2012

    Howard Dean, the former Democratic National Committee chairman who helped Democrats capture the White House in 2008, warns that Sarah Palin could defeat President Obama in 2012.

    Dean says his fellow Democrats should beware of inside-the-Beltway conventional wisdom that Obama would crush Palin in a general-election contest next year.

    “I think she could win,” Dean told The Hill in an interview Friday. “She wouldn’t be my first choice if I were a Republican but I think she could win.”

    Dean warns the sluggish economy could have more of a political impact than many Washington strategists and pundits assume.

    “Any time you have a contest — particularly when unemployment is as high as it is — nobody gets a walkover,” Dean said. “Whoever the Republicans nominate, including people like Sarah Palin, whom the inside-the-Beltway crowd dismisses — my view is if you get the nomination of a major party, you can win the presidency, I don’t care what people write about you inside the Beltway,” Dean said.

    Dean spoke to The Hill the same day the Labor Department revealed the national economy added only 54,000 jobs in May and the national unemployment rate had risen to 9.1 percent.

    Last month the private sector created 83,000 jobs, about a third the average for the previous three months.

    Dean said he doesn’t think Palin will win the GOP nomination or would have the advantage over Obama in 2012. But he warned it is dangerous for Democrats to dismiss her.

    Palin said Friday that she was “still weeks away” from making a decision about a presidential campaign.

    “Anybody who gets the nomination could win the presidency,” he said. “Do I think she’s going to get the nomination? No. But that process is so difficult and really tests candidates in ways that no other process can.”

    This must make Ubama nervous to see Carville and Dean think he is not a shoe in.

  293. You know how Sarah Palin said Paul Revere warned the British? Well, he did. Now, who looks stupid?

    Andrew Malcolm

    Los Angeles Times
    You may have heard recently something about that Sarah Palin telling a reporter that Paul Revere warned the British on his famous rousing revolutionary ride.

    Now, that so many Americans ( sic BIG MEDIA) have wallowed in their smug confirmation that Palin is an idiot unqualified for anything but repeating sixth-grade history, how far, wide and fast do you think the contradictory news will spread that the former governor of Alaska was indeed correct?

    That the Republican non-candidate, in fact, knew more about the actual facts of Revere’s midnight ride than all those idiots unknowingly revealing their own ignorance by laughing at her faux faux pas? How secretly embarrassing this must be, to be forced to face that you’re dumber than the reputed dummy.

    As it happens, though, such phenomena are regular occurrences in American politics, reminding consumers of news to be wary when some fresh story seems to fit contemporary assumptions so absolutely perfectly.

    The well-known fable is Revere’s late-night ride to warn fellow revolutionaries that….

    …the British were coming. Less known, obviously, is the rest of the evening’s events in which Revere was captured by said redcoats and did indeed defiantly warn them of the awakened militia awaiting their arrival ahead and of the American Revolution’s inevitable victory.
    Palin knew this. The on-scene reporters did not and ran off like Revere to alert the world to Palin’s latest mis-speak, which wasn’t.

    Like a number of famous faux gaffes in American politics, the facts of the situation no longer really matter.

    The initial impression was eagerly grabbed by so many, starting with the reporter and millions of others gleefully sharing the story that reinforced their beliefs and/or desires.

    This phenomenon is actually not a new one in American politics, although its immediate spread is obviously hastened by the Internet. Speaking of which, Al Gore did not invent it. Nor did he claim to, as often as you’ve heard otherwise.

    In 1999, the hapless former journalist, who should have known to make a better word choice, told CNN that in Congress he “took the initiative in creating the Internet.”

    Democrat Gore never used the word “invented.” That was part of another willful misinterpretation that fit expectations of Gore’s boasts and was gleefully spread by opponents as further proof of his unseemly hubris. It lives on to this day.

    Perhaps you remember how one day during a photo op President George H.W. Bush was overheard asking a store checkout clerk how this price scanner thing worked?

    That quote was immediately transmitted as proof of how disconnected that Republican chief executive was, that he had no knowledge of something as ordinary as a checkout scanner.

    The fact is, asking such inane and often obvious questions as “what are you doing here?” is a bipartisan ploy used by politicians to fill the awkward time void they are hanging around someone working while photographers snap their photos several hundred times.

    President Obama likely said much the same thing last Friday in that Toledo Chrysler plant when for the benefit of nearby photographers he feigned interest watching assembly-line worker Anthony Davis install a dashboard instrument panel. (See photo below)

    A classic example of this faux faux pas was in 1992 when Vice President Dan Quayle agreed to participate in a New Jersey classroom spelling bee.

    Working from a placard, Quayle corrected one sixth-grader by telling him to add an “e” to “potato.” Journalists gleefully noted the spelling misteak. And Quayle’s dunce hat was glued in place.

    Trouble is, that mis-spelled placard was actually written out by the classroom teacher herself, either through her own ignorance or, a few suspect, some sly political set-up. Quayle knew he hadn’t written it and thought the error was the point of the lesson.

    And because the classroom spelling bit was a last-minute addition, aides who would have foreseen the everlasting damage of their boss inexplicably adding a mistake to a student’s work did not know what the placard said. Quayle subsequently forbade them from explaining the error to the media, for fear of embarrassing the teacher.

    One of the immutable laws of public communications in politics and other fields is, if you have to explain something, you lose. Seeking to explain you were for something before being against it simply digs a deeper hole.

    This time the mistake for Palin, who used to be accused of dodging reporters’ questions, was bothering to answer such an amateur media gotcha question in a noisy, moving crowd. Better would have been a simple dismissive and cheery, “You’re kidding, right?” Such are the ongoing lessons for primary candidates. Which she isn’t now, of course.

    Early in a previous race for the Republican presidential nomination almost 12 years ago, then Texas Gov. George W. Bush was in a jammed New Hampshire airport meeting room, answering questions from local media. Apropos of nothing, one reporter (perhaps prompted by an opponent’s camp) asked Bush his pre-written gotcha: Name the new president of Pakistan.

    Obviously, Pervez Musharraf had nothing to do with New Hampshire issues and is similar to some Democratic candidates flubbing the name of Russia’s then prime minister during 2008 debates (Dmitry Medvedev).

    Bush didn’t know the Pakistani leader’s name that day and looked clumsy attempting to answer. He could have brushed it away by instantly asking the reporter some arcane political who’s-who, laughing off their mutual ignorance and quickly taking the next question. But he didn’t and took media lumps for several days.

    As everyone now knows, such a splashy gaffe can effectively doom any chance a candidate has of winning two terms in the White House.

  294. with no Hillary Clinton pantsuits to mock, the country was doomed by its own self-proclaimed progressive news media to focus on the credentials of the female GOP candidate — the important stuff, you know, her frameless glasses, alleged wardrobe desires, whether her hair was up or down on any given day, and, of course, red shoes or not. What deleterious impacts her political ambitions had on her poor, oddly-named children. And the possible divorce there rumored by no one trustworthy.

    Instead of superficial campaign stuff like the Real Good Talker’s blank resume, absence of reform credentials, bald ambition and Chicago machine heritage.—Andrew Malcolm

    Breaking Urgent Flash Really Rush: Mitt Romney is running for president, again, still
    Comments (5) (34) (22)
    June 2, 2011 | 2:22 pm

    Mitt Romney announced today what most sentient Americans have known since August of 2008, the former Massachusetts governor is running for the Republican presidential nomination in 2012.

    This became quickly obvious long ago when John McCain’s Hail Sarah pass was ruined by McCain’s own backbiting staff and then completely blown up by the Wall Street meltdown, not to mention eight years of accumulating anger over George W. Bush policies and his lazy decision to keep Dick Cheney as political partner, instead of grooming a young heir apparent for four years.

    So, with no Hillary Clinton pantsuits to mock, the country was doomed by its own self-proclaimed progressive news media to focus on the credentials of the female GOP candidate — the important stuff, you know, her frameless glasses, alleged wardrobe desires, whether her hair was up or down on any given day, and, of course, red shoes or not. What deleterious impacts her political ambitions had on her poor, oddly-named children. And the possible divorce there rumored by no one trustworthy.

    Instead of superficial campaign stuff like the Real Good Talker’s blank resume, absence of reform credentials, bald ambition and Chicago machine heritage.

    According to Republican tradition, next year’s nomination should go to….

    …Romney, the last-man standing last time who bowed out gracefully when McCain’s pick becamed inevitable, instead of hanging in there stubbornly like the Baptist preacher-musician-TV commentator.
    And the wealthy, handsome, well-spoken, father Romney has dutifully taken the traditional route, spending most every day since traveling the country doling out words and dollars to the grassroots, paying his dues for the 2012 nomination, as McCain himself did before 2008.

    But these aren’t traditional times in America, which is disappointed and frightened and worried and puzzled.

    That’s a volatile mix in politics.

    The guy they elected with so much hope for change, the guy who ran so stoutly against the military conflict in Iraq, has instead ordered two troop surges into another war and casually started a third while visiting Rio and claiming it only involves airplanes and $1.5 million missiles and he can start such things without congressional approval.

    The handing out of hundreds of billions of dollars by the Democratic adminstration to create jobs and keep unemployment below 8% failed miserably. D.C. partisanship is, if anything, worse than when the community-bringer-togetherer took office. Gas costs are now double what they were when the ex-state senator gave up driving his Ford for an armoured presidential limo.

    Pretty much everyone knows someone who’s lost their job, their home, hope and perhaps a spouse in this economic chaos. So they’re hesitating on purchasing new refrigerators, cars and the like, so those companies hesitate on hiring too.

    POTUS’ foreign junkets and diffidence and celeb parties and anti-bullying summits and talk of windmill power someday do nothing zero zip nada rien to assuage those fears.

    So, here come the Republicans wrestling for their party’s leadership. It’ll be a fractious show because the system dictates conflict to weed out the weaklings and temper the winner for the real fight after Labor Day 2012.

    And the over-eager Democrats, who called the candidate “Mitt Roney” in one pre-emptive blast today, will do all they can to throw even expensive gas on the fire.

    The hidden benefit of that is that it keeps public discourse and media attention off troublesome things closer to this White House, like a $14.2 trillion national debt, the crumbling fiscal foundations of sacred entitlements, rising food stamp usage and tomorrow’s jobs report.

    Romney is the media-proclaimed frontrunner because he’s the most familiar. Ms. Charisma from Alaska will draw tons of attention for her own reasons.

    And serious polls of grasping Americans show people like perennial ex-OB-GYN Ron Paul and pizza king Herman Cain doing really well. Other players like Texas Gov. Rick Perry watch for a possible opening.

    It will be a tumultuous 523 days until Election Night. But two historical facts to keep in mind:

    The last three presidents have been elected on their very first try for the Oval Office. Two of them then won two terms.

    For the nation’s most powerful Nicorette-chewer to capture reelection next year, he will have to overcome history again by pulling off a Jefferson-Madison-Monroe tri-fecta. Not for 191 years, since 1820, have Americans awarded two terms to three consecutive presidents.


    Sarah Palin plays the media like a violin: Her turn now

  295. “lucky?” How hard is it for someone to admit that she had just finished the tour and was retelling what the guide had said. jeeze.


    That seemed a reasonable guess, like she was answering a question like “What new thing did you learn in the tour?”

    Howver I haven’t found anything saying that she HAD been on such a tour, or where. If so, getting a copy of the tour brochures or guide script should settle it.

  296. Sarah Palin plays the media like a violin: Her turn now
    Comments (354) (2837) (124)
    June 1, 2011 | 1:32 am
    Andrew Malcom, Los Angeles Times

    Sarah Palin, with her counterintuitive secret publicity bus tour, is demonstrating one of the most important rules of American politics:

    There is nothing the U.S. media wants more than something it thinks it can’t have. Hence the power of news leaks that manipulate the thrust of their initial presentation. Hard-to-get is a rigid rule of human behavior. Ask any teenage boy or girl.

    And there are few things more sweet to Palin and her fervent supporters cheering their TV sets this week than the image of a hungry know-it-all “lamestream media” caravan of 15 or more vehicles traipsing along behind her red-white-and-blue bus enroute to they-know-not-where to do they-know-not-what.

    To make it worse, each one of the frustrated, confused chasers knows that Fox News’ Greta Van Susteren is….

    …riding along with the not-yet-and-possibly-never Republican presidential candidate, filing exclusive conversations for her audience to gobble up that only enhance Palin’s already million-dollar value to FNC. Can you hear the teeth grinding? While Palin smiles and waves away?
    The day’s best line came from a CBS News producer who tried to claim that the lack of information from Palin’s lumbering bus was endangering the dozen competing media vehicles trailing behind, uninvited.

    As Michelle Malkin puts it so succinctly here, “The boys behind the bus.”

    Speaking of CBS, Katie Couric’s unemployed now. And forget that front porch in Alaska. Sarah Palin can see revenge from her rear window.

    Not that such a thing would ever cross the mind of the 2008 vice presidential candidate whose instant popularity and inexperienced gaffes invited so much media mocking and political hostility back when she needed those people to get out John McCain’s campaign message.

    Polls schmolls. The tables are turned now. And it’s the best political entertainment of the campaign so far.

    The media on campaigns is accustomed to being courted, even catered to with assigned airplane seats, meals, transportation to events, seats waiting, transcripts, the upcoming advance schedule, self-serving secrets confided.

    But now they want/need Palin more than vice versa. They know the ratings when she’s on. And they know bosses love ratings. So, they follow along in the exhaust.

    “I don’t think I owe anything to the mainstream media,” Palin said on Fox. “I think that it would be a mistake for me to become some kind of conventional politician and doing things the way it’s always been done with the media, in terms of relationships with them.”

    And if this bus junket sucks some or all of the oxygen out of Mitt Romney’s big announcement Thursday, so be it.

    It’s Joe Biden’s turn to be in Europe this week (Italy through Saturday to celebrate 150 years of unification). So President Obama will have to meet with the Republicans on this debt ceiling silliness that they want tied to significant budget cuts.

    Forget petty Palin vengeance. This strategy fits the independent woman-of-the-people optics Palin wants now, much as she’s relied for months on Facebook and Twitter to spoonfeed the public and media exactly and only what she wants out there. Talk of “true change.” Restoring America, not transforming it.

    Whether Palin runs for office again or not, she is a brand. If she can help shape the summer’s GOP discussion agenda in a so-far bland field of folks simply by being and occasionally speaking out, why bother with the crap that comes with official campaigning?

    Who knows what lightning might strike come August? And if not, who will she endorse among Republicans? She could be an influential king — or queen — maker. At worst, she’s more famous and controversial for TV and the next book.

    Tuesday, as our astute buddy Tony Pierce wrote here, Palin announced that she was in favor of ending all energy subsidies, including ethanol. So the afternoon’s discussion topic was her, even though Tim Pawlenty said the same thing about ethanol last week to little notice. And Tuesday many who dislike Palin were saying, well, you know, I kinda agree with her there.

    This unorthodox, to say the least, strategy also fits Palin’s go-with-her-gut political M.O. Who’d have thought going in that a Wasilla city councilwoman would become mayor? Or make such a stir on the oil and gas commission? Or challenge an entrenched aged state Republican establishment and its incumbent governor? And actually win that primary?

    And then in the general, defeat a better-known Democrat trying to return to the governor’s office? And remember too when Palin’s surprise gubernatorial resignation halfway through the first term terminated, according to the media, any chance that she’d have any role in American politics ever again?

    Judging by the attempted coverage of her not-so-secret “One Nation” bus tour this week by the same media, apparently not.

  297. tdo, she had just exited Paul Revere’s house when that video was shot, and she was signing autographs in between answering questions. Why the heck do you think they asked her about Revere in the first place?

  298. Shadowfax
    June 6th, 2011 at 1:12 pm
    Howard Dean warns Democrats Sarah Palin could beat Obama in 2012
    This must make Ubama nervous to see Carville and Dean think he is not a shoe in.

    It sounds more than just candor by HDean, sounds like he’s slapping Ubama publicly.

    Hmmm, Carville’s “candor” is probably the same.

    Expect lots of “candor” about Obama’s chances for re-election and regarding his performance in office from all the people thrown under the ObamaBus.

  299. Surely Uncle Donald’s presence, also on the sidelines of the 2012 campaigns, is forcing the media to ease up on Sarah (lest Uncle Donald come after them as he did Obie). Huey, Dewey, Louie and I are so happy about this!

  300. Howard would give his eye teeth to be able to challenge the One. Dr. Dean knows that the Republican primary is going to blow the turnout records to the moon. Then it will be too late to run a challenger to Obama. This election has the potential to turn the Dems into a minor (not just minority) regional party. Very few are willing to be crucified by the media to criticize Obama which is why a the secret ballot election of 2012 will be such a shock to them.


    With the 2008 Obama image no longer usable in 2012, Obama is forced to repackage the empty box. He’ll spend one billion dollars “reshaping his image”.

    The Man With No Substance again will foist his “style over substance” on the gullible American public. The question is whether they’ll buy it a second time.

    And as seen below, he going to likely be losing some voters who just won’t vote (the “historic” thrill is gone), and lose some who will turn out — and vote against him.

    Some of the good quotes below include:

    “I actually think in some ways he’s not what I would call a liberal.”

    “He definitely had the charisma, but he doesn’t really have the drive.”

    Lazy Obama, no good for anyone but himself.

    Obama seeks reshaped image for 2012 run

    By Susan Page, USA TODAY

    WASHINGTON —The Obama Brand in 2008 was pretty simple: Hope and change.

    Then things got complicated.

    The jobless rate on Friday ticked above 9% again. The housing market nationwide continues to fall. Gas prices are straining family’s summertime budgets. President Obama’s signature health care law to expand insurance coverage doesn’t command majority support more than a year after it was signed into law. Washington negotiations on reducing the budget deficit are as polarized as ever.

    Now, preparing for next year’s re-election campaign, Obama is moving to refurbish a political brand that has been defined for the worst by his Republican opponents, dented by the realities of governing and battered by a faltering economy. He is going on the road to Americans’ workplaces to argue he’s made tough decisions that will pay off over time.

    Even so, good news that has boosted the president’s standing in USA TODAY/Gallup Polls — the military operation that killed Osama bin Laden and the controversial GOP plan to overhaul Medicare — haven’t been enough to offset the impact of bad news about the economy.

    Surveys taken before and after the demise of the al-Qaeda leader show a spike in approval of Obama’s handling of terrorism and some increase in views of him as a strong leader. More than 6 in 10 say he has “the personality and leadership qualities a president should have.”

    But his approval rating on handling the issue Americans care about most, the economy, has dipped to a dismal 37%. Asked whether the president deserves re-election, those surveyed by 51%-47% say he does not.

    “It was an extraordinary event, a courageous decision and an important step forward for the country,” David Axelrod, a senior Obama adviser, says of the bin Laden operation. “Was it a transformative political event? I can’t say that. Ultimately people view these elections through the lens of their own experiences, and right now that’s the economy.”

    For the president, the economy is “the whale in the bathtub,” says political scientist Steven Schier, editor of Transforming America: Barack Obama in the White House.

    In the May poll, after bin Laden was killed, 36% said Obama has been a weaker leader in the White House than they expected; 21% a stronger one. That reflects some improvement from the April survey, taken before the Navy SEALS operation. Then, 44% said Obama had been a weaker leader than they expected; 17% a stronger one.

    The soaring expectations that surrounded Obama’s election haven’t satisfied everyone: 24% say he’s done worse as president than they expected; 14% better. On one critical measure, a majority now say they disagree with him on the issues that matter most to them — a turnaround from just before the 2008 election.

    On ideology, too, some voters who had believed Obama agreed with them have concluded he doesn’t. Liberals by nearly 2-1 see him as more conservative than they expected; conservatives by more than 3-1 see him as more liberal.

    The surveys of more than 1,000 adults each, taken April 20-23 and May 12-15, have margins of error of +/-4 percentage points.

    Linda Brown, 59, a retired history teacher from Baltimore, is an Obama fan who plans to vote for him again. She boasts the bin Laden operation has made the president’s critics “revise their weakling comments” about him.

    But she adds, “The political realities have sort of forced him to temper his plans, his original plans.” She calls him a weaker leader than she expected. “He has a tendency to lay out a very, very broad framework and then wait for Congress to fill in the blanks, but I really don’t think that’s very effective,” she says.

    Michael Codini, 25, a medical student from Laguna Beach, Calif., who leans to the GOP, says the bin Laden operation “really showed him as a strong leader and one devoted to the military and the U.S. military mission.” However, Codini says economic issues will do more to affect his vote.

    Obama’s initial presidential job-approval rating in January 2009 was 64%, the highest of any new president in more than a quarter-century. In the daily Gallup survey, his approval rating was a middling 46% just before the bin Laden raid, then rose to 52% within a few days.

    In the three-day rolling average posted Sunday, just over a month after bin Laden was killed, Obama’s approval rating had ebbed to 47%.

    The perception that has developed among some — that Obama has been a disappointing leader and a Big Government liberal who hasn’t effectively addressed the economic issues that matter most — provides a road map for the Republican campaigns against him next year.

    “We gave someone new a chance to lead,” former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney said Thursday when he formally announced his presidential campaign at a supporter’s farm in New Hampshire. “It was a moment of crisis for our economy, and when Barack Obama came to office, we wished him well and hoped for the best. Now, in the third year of his four-year term, we have more than promises and slogans to go by. Barack Obama has failed America.”

    Republican National Chairman Reince Priebus says the election will be a referendum on Obama. Axelrod says it will be a choice between Obama and his Republican opponent.

    Promise and results

    “Brand” is marketing shorthand that reflects the promise of a product or service and the results it delivers. Former president Bill Clinton’s brand was empathy. Ronald Reagan’s was strength. By the end of his shortened presidency, Richard Nixon was branded by scandal.

    “Brand Obama in 2008 was brilliant,” says consultant Jonathan Salem Baskin, author of Branding Only Works on Cattle. His approach was fashioned to appeal to an electorate disenchanted with Bush’s tenure.

    “Change is a powerful branding message in every election, and his in ’08 was elegantly clear,” Baskin says. “All you had to say was, ‘I want a change.’ That led you directly to ‘I’m going to vote for Obama,’ irrespective of the other half of the ratio,” his record of delivering.

    Baskin says Obama lost control of his brand once he took office.

    “As a marketer, it blows me away how poorly he has defined and marketed his brand over the last two years. He didn’t tell people what he stood for and what he was going to do,” he says, adding that the president didn’t respond effectively to Republican efforts to fill in those blanks, including their attacks on the health care law as a threat to American liberty and the well-being of seniors.

    “You can’t argue ‘death panel’ with a 20-minute explanation of the merits of elder care,” Baskin says, referring to accusations about provisions affecting Medicare.

    Pollster Stan Greenberg in an analysis for the left-leaning Democracy Corps criticizes Democrats for offering “a jumble of messages” over the past two years.

    Strategists in both parties agree Obama needs to recapture the energy that marked his last election, especially to build a grass-roots organization and engage the younger voters who played an important role for him in 2008.

    In a cheer-leading video sent to the president’s supporters, Obama campaign manager Jim Messina declared: “We ought not to act like an incumbent. We ought to act like an insurgent campaign.”

    However, the president’s team acknowledges that Obama can’t simply reprise his 2008 brand. As the incumbent, “change” this time might mean replacing him in the White House. He can’t ignore the record, both the accomplishments and the setbacks, of his first term.

    His strength is his base: In combined Gallup polls taken in May, he held the approval of 88% of African Americans and 57% of Hispanics, 88% of liberal Democrats and 58% of those under 30. His vulnerabilities: His approval rating sinks to 42% among whites, 44% among seniors, 38% among independents who don’t lean to either party.

    Axelrod rejects the notion of a political brand — “We’re not an iPod or a box of soap,” he says — but agrees that in elections candidates have to articulate and convey their values and priorities. He calls the 2012 campaign an opportunity for the president to address American voters.

    “I do think that a campaign gives you a chance to talk to people without these very cloudy filters that one speaks through in a normal course of business in government,” Axelrod says.

    “You can speak directly to them through advertising. You do it through the debates. … You get a chance to communicate your story in a much more pure and authentic way than you would before.”

    Preparing for re-election, the president is spending more time on the road and outside the Beltway, including a trip Friday to to tour a Chrysler plant in Toledo, Ohio, where he acknowledged “bumps on the road to recovery.”

    At political fundraisers, he presents himself as an older, wiser version of the candidate he was in 2008, showing a few more gray hairs and scars but with the same impulses and principles.

    Fighting a national funk

    “They’ve started a little bit to sell the notion he’s done what he said he would do, and he’s done it slowly and methodically,” says Democratic consultant Jenny Backus, who had worked in the administration on health care.

    She says the president “always has a long view on things, and he’s always taken his time to make his case.”

    Even so, she worries: ” It takes a long time to fix problems. Sometimes you don’t get the credit in your political cycle.”

    The nation remains in the sort of funk that has rebounded against incumbents in the past.

    A 55% majority of Americans said in the April survey that the nation is in recession or depression.

    Half thought the two parties are doing such a bad job that a third party is needed.

    For the first time, most thought the next generation wouldn’t have a better life than their parents. Just 22% were satisfied with the way things are going in the United States.

    That is significantly more negative than the nation’s mood at this point in the first terms of the past four presidents who managed to win re-election (Nixon, Reagan, Clinton and George W. Bush).

    Among those satisfied with the country’s direction, 88% approved of the job Obama is doing. Among the 75% who are dissatisfied, his rating was a dire 35%.

    For his part, Obama needs to fire up his supporters and convince voters in the middle that he offers a “brand” they want to back.

    In 2008, Jens Andersen, 43, a systems administrator for a defense contractor in Scottsdale, Ariz., says he saw “a real change in the face of history” that reflected “a neat, page-turning moment, possibly,” for the nation.

    But Andersen, who calls himself a liberal, has been distressed by Obama’s decision to expand the U.S. troop deployment in Afghanistan.

    “I actually think in some ways he’s not what I would call a liberal,” he says.

    He says he’d consider supporting a third-party candidate.

    Janice Boynton, 50, of Jacksonville, N.C., looking for work as a computer programming analyst, doesn’t see much to like in the GOP but is disappointed in Obama.

    “He’s tried,” she says. I think he has some very, very great ideas. He’s showed a lot of promise. But there was just no way he could bring this to fruition. … He definitely had the charisma, but he doesn’t really have the drive.”

    She isn’t sure whether she’ll bother to vote next year.

  302. Supreme Court Passes on Case on Tuition Break for Illegals
    A California law that gives illegal aliens a break on college tuition and resembles a controversial proposal before Congress will not get closer scrutiny by the Supreme Court. The justices announced Monday they will not hear arguments in a case brought by thousands of California college students who pay out-of-state tuition rates. The students object to a state law allowing their classmates, who are illegal aliens, the conditional ability to pay in-state or “resident” rates. The dispute comes as some lawmakers on Capitol Hill continue to press for passage of the DREAM Act. The legislation allows illegal aliens to earn citizenship by attending college or enlisting in the military. While the case centers on a California law designed to benefit illegal immigrants, the state’s legal case is very similar to the arguments used by other states, namely Arizona, which have pursued legislation to crack down on illegal aliens. In each instance, the states claim that its law is not preempted by Congress.

  303. Mrs. Smith
    June 4th, 2011 at 11:06 am
    Hold on- More Good News (for Jan, anyway.)

    Defending Israel, defying Obama

    Conrad Black, National Post · Jun. 4, 2011 | Last Updated: Jun. 4, 2011 4:13 AM ET

    As befits a modest country unaccustomed to leading the world other than by homogenized measurements of the quality of life, Canada seems not to have noticed that Stephen Harper has kicked off his new term as head of a majority government with the assumption of the moral leadership of the world (in the usual unobtrusive Canadian way); and even more astoundingly, has done so by successfully contradicting the President of the United States.


    Could you please tell me what this man should be writing on the standard of moral leadership?

    This article appeared in today’s Globe & Mail – interesting!!

    Conrad Black wasn’t the model inmate his defence team paints him to be, but rather shirked tutoring responsibilities and used other inmates as servants during his time at a Florida prison, according to filings to be heard at his resentencing later this month.

    In an affidavit filed in a U.S. court, a unit manager at the Coleman prison complex in Florida says the former media baron demanded special treatment and gathered an entourage of inmates who acted like servants for him.

    “Those inmates cooked for Black, cleaned for him, mopped his floor, ironed his clothes, and other similar tasks. That is not at all frequent at Coleman,” Tammy Padgett said in the document.

    She added that Black’s assigned case manager reported that he demanded to be called Lord Black the day he was released on bond last summer, awaiting the outcome of an appeal.

    “Black told (her) words to the effect of ‘I believe I should be addressed as Lord Black from this point forward,’ ” she said.

    In another document, Carrie De La Garza, an education specialist who supervised Black as a tutor, claims he was a haughty and uninterested mentor.

    “He projected the attitude that he was better than others in the class, both faculty and students. A lot of the inmates looked up to him, and there were some who saluted him each day in class,” she said in the sworn testimony.

    De La Garza claims Black was frequently late and often read or worked on writing what appeared to be a book while he was supposed to be teaching.

    “In addition, Black elected to take a piano class, which caused him to miss parts of the GED classes. Of the three tutors assigned to my class during the time Black was an inmate at Coleman, Black put in the fewest hours,” she said.

    The affidavits will be taken into consideration when Judge Amy St. Eve, who presided over Black’s original trial in 2007, hears arguments later this month on whether Black should return to jail on two remaining convictions.

    De La Garza’s depiction of Black’s time as a tutor is at odds with his defence team’s claims, which argue in its court filings that his contributions to the community “were nothing short of extraordinary.”

    “Few indeed could take credit for guiding more than 100 GED candidates to graduation, and Mr. Black’s work with his colleagues to more than double the number of graduates (including several who had been written off as hopeless causes) is truly commendable when one considers the very difficult circumstances he faced,” the defence filing said.

    However, De La Garza refuted the claim with figures showing there had been no increase in the graduation rate of the prison’s students, instead saying there has been a decline to 81 in 2010 from 87 in 2007.

    Black’s lawyer, Miguel Estrada, earlier filed documents in advance of Black’s resentencing that tout his contributions to the community during his 2 1 / 2years at Coleman, and his continuing support of those students since his release last summer.

    “Mr. Black stared into the darkest and most devastating period of his life and found the power to improve the lives and opportunities of those whom he encountered,” the filing said.

    “He did so quietly, humbly, and with no effort to draw attention or praise to his accomplishments.”

    Black, who had been serving a 6 1/2-year sentence in the U.S. federal prison, has been freed since last summer after the U.S. Supreme Court curtailed the “honest services” laws used to convict Black of defrauding Hollinger International investors.

    An appeals court subsequently reversed two convictions, but upheld two others — on fraud and obstruction of justice. He is scheduled to be resentenced on those charges June 24.

    The Supreme Court rejected an appeal of those convictions last week, meaning Black won’t be cleared of the charges, but could remain free if the judge decides to allow him time served on the counts.

    The U.S. Attorney believes Black’s original sentence of 6 1 / 2years should be reimposed.

    Black’s empire once included the Chicago Sun-Times, The Daily Telegraph of London and smaller papers across the United States and Canada.

    The Canadian-born businessman was freed on bail from a Florida prison last year while he appealed his conviction for defrauding investors. He had served 29 months of a 78-month sentence for the original four convictions.

  304. Another couple of quotes from the above USA piece reveal the ways he is an ineffective communicator and a poor leader:

    1. But she adds, “The political realities have sort of forced him to temper his plans, his original plans.” She calls him a weaker leader than she expected. “He has a tendency to lay out a very, very broad framework and then wait for Congress to fill in the blanks, but I really don’t think that’s very effective,” she says.

    2. Baskin says Obama lost control of his brand once he took office. “As a marketer, it blows me away how poorly he has defined and marketed his brand over the last two years. He didn’t tell people what he stood for and what he was going to do,” he says, adding that the president didn’t respond effectively to Republican efforts to fill in those blanks, including their attacks on the health care law as a threat to American liberty and the well-being of seniors.”


    Post assassination poll numbers continue to trend downward for El Wimpo.

    Also notice, the better numbers are from older samples.

    And let’s not forget, more of these are slanted toward Dems…

    RCP Average 5/18 – 6/5 50.5 44.0 +6.5
    Gallup 6/3-5 49 43 +6
    Rasmussen 6/3-5 48 51 -3
    Pew Res 5/25-30 52 39 +13
    CNN/Opin. 5/24-26 54 45 +9
    Dem. Corps 5/21-25 49 45 +4
    Natl Journ 5/18-22 51 41 +10

  306. The Weiner press conference is not going well. When he says he did not take any pictures or used government resources it is a potential and easily provable lie. Some of the pictures appear to have been taken at his office. When John Edwards went on ABC to “come clean” but then denied he was the father of the child, it only made matters worse for him. Weiner might be making the same mistake.

  307. New Weiner Twitter picture hits the internet … as shamed congressman faces fresh claims from ANOTHER woman


    Paula Jones, I presume?

  308. tdo, she had just exited Paul Revere’s house when that video was shot, and she was signing autographs in between answering questions. Why the heck do you think they asked her about Revere in the first place?


    Makes sense. So, the obvious. Has anyone got brochures from there with their version? Had she taken a tour with a guide with a spiel? Waht did it say?

  309. Shadow, these politicians are just so manipulative, I wouldn’t be surprised if they’re just saying that to get the disappointed non-activist bots to the polls instead of sitting the whole election out….

  310. Both PumaPac blogs are still down. Does anyone know how to reach Murphy or DWP? The email I have for them fails.

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