67 Years

A 67 year old of today was a newborn. An 18 year old boy of then was possibly engaged in a crusade for freedom.

It was a strong American economy, a strong American will, that was called 67 years ago today to fight against the forces of darkness and tyranny. And fight they did:

“According to the National World War II Museum, “The invasion force included 7,000 ships and landing craft manned by over 195,000 naval personnel from eight allied countries. Almost 133,000 troops from England, Canada and the United States landed on D-Day. Casualties from the three countries during the landing numbered 10,300.”

Kenneth Cordry of Missouri remembers:

“We were shipped to Chilton-Foliat, England, which became our home while we trained for the D-Day invasion with night jumps and maneuvers. We were restricted to our camp and not allowed to have any interaction with the townspeople for fear of leaking plans for the invasion.

“The evening of June 5, 1944, we knew it was the real thing when we put on our equipment and Gen. Dwight D. Eisenhower walked through the ranks and talked to the troops. As light began to fade, we walked to our places and put on the more than 100 pounds of equipment. …

“Approaching the coast of France, our plane began bucking and lurching as anti-aircraft fire started, mixed with machine gun tracer fire. The pilots were supposed to stay in formation and drop us in planned drop zones, but many broke formation and dropped troopers all over the peninsula. Our pilot dropped us relatively close to our drop zone, but much too low to the ground and at a speed that tore much of the equipment off our bodies when the parachute’s opening shock hit.

“The landing was very hard, but I was unhurt. The first person I encountered was a man in my squad who said he’d been hit and couldn’t get out of his chute. I cut him out and after checking him over we decided he landed so hard with all the equipment on top of him that he thought he’d been hit. There was machine gunfire over our heads, so we headed in the opposite direction and by sheer luck walked onto a lane where we soon bumped into four or five other members of our company. We then headed for the beach, where we were to secure the causeway.

“Just as it began to get light, we had our first casualty. A sniper in a farmhouse killed one of our men as he approached the house. We were sobered by the sight of many collapsed parachutes with boots protruding.”

On the 40th Anniversary, President Ronald Reagan spoke about The Boys Of Pointe Du Hoc:

“We’re here to mark that day in history when the Allied armies joined in battle to reclaim this continent to liberty. For four long years, much of Europe had been under a terrible shadow. Free nations had fallen, Jews cried out in the camps, millions cried out for liberation. Europe was enslaved and the world prayed for its rescue. Here, in Normandy, the rescue began. Here, the Allies stood and fought against tyranny, in a giant undertaking unparalleled in human history.

We stand on a lonely, windswept point on the northern shore of France. The air is soft, but forty years ago at this moment, the air was dense with smoke and the cries of men, and the air was filled with the crack of rifle fire and the roar of cannon. At dawn, on the morning of the 6th of June, 1944, two hundred and twenty-five Rangers jumped off the British landing craft and ran to the bottom of these cliffs.”

They were young 67 years ago. They fought for values worth fighting for, worth dying for:

“You were young the day you took these cliffs; some of you were hardly more than boys, with the deepest joys of life before you. Yet you risked everything here. Why? Why did you do it? What impelled you to put aside the instinct for self-preservation and risk your lives to take these cliffs? What inspired all the men of the armies that met here? We look at you, and somehow we know the answer. It was faith and belief. It was loyalty and love.

The men of Normandy had faith that what they were doing was right, faith that they fought for all humanity, faith that a just God would grant them mercy on this beachhead, or on the next. It was the deep knowledge — and pray God we have not lost it — that there is a profound moral difference between the use of force for liberation and the use of force for conquest. You were here to liberate, not to conquer, and so you and those others did not doubt your cause. And you were right not to doubt.

You all knew that some things are worth dying for. One’s country is worth dying for, and democracy is worth dying for, because it’s the most deeply honorable form of government ever devised by man. All of you loved liberty. All of you were willing to fight tyranny, and you knew the people of your countries were behind you.”

“… pray God we have not lost it” is a prayer worth repeating these days:

“It is better to be here ready to protect the peace, than to take blind shelter across the sea, rushing to respond only after freedom is lost. We’ve learned that isolationism never was and never will be an acceptable response to tyrannical governments with an expansionist intent. But we try always to be prepared for peace, prepared to deter aggression, prepared to negotiate the reduction of arms, and yes, prepared to reach out again in the spirit of reconciliation.”

There are lessons to be learned about overreach too and military adventures. There are lessons to be learned as well that it is American economic power and the power of American values which give firepower to America’s armed forces.

The future secured 67 years ago is a future still worth fighting for today. The battlefields of yesterday are not the battlefields of today. However, the values of 67 years ago are still the values worth fighting for today.


220 thoughts on “67 Years

  1. rgb44hrc
    June 6th, 2011 at 3:01 pm

    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

  2. (reposting from previous thread):


    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.


    A long line of unfulfilled positions…


    White House: “obstructionism” sank Fed nominee

    By Jeff Mason and Laura MacInnis

    WASHINGTON | Mon Jun 6, 2011 1:14pm EDT

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The White House said on Monday it was disappointed Nobel Prize winner Peter Diamond’s nomination to be a Federal Reserve governor was thwarted by “partisan obstructionism” and promised to name a new candidate soon.

    Diamond said on Sunday he planned to withdraw as a nominee for the role at the U.S. central bank after his candidacy was repeatedly opposed by Republicans.

    “Peter Diamond, a Nobel laureate and one of the nation’s top economists, would have brought extraordinary expertise and knowledge of the economy to the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve,” White House spokesman Jay Carney said.

    “We are deeply disappointed that this candidate, who had initially seen bipartisan support, fell victim to partisan obstructionism at this important time for our economic recovery.”

    Diamond’s withdrawal — a recognition that Republican objections could not be overcome despite three committee votes approving him — leaves the White House with two vacancies to fill on the seven-seat Fed board as the central bank debates what to do about a weak economy after its $600 billion bond buying program ends this month.

    Diamond, an MIT professor who is an expert on pensions and behavioral economics, was first nominated for the board in April 2010.

    “The president will nominate an individual for this position as soon as possible and continues to urge the Senate to act on the numerous nominees awaiting confirmation,” Carney said. “The president wishes Professor Diamond the very best in the future.”


    The top Republican on the Senate Banking Committee, Richard Shelby, has criticized Diamond for lacking specific monetary policy experience.

    Shelby said on Monday that it was time to move on.

    “It is my hope that President (Barack) Obama will now nominate someone capable of garnering bipartisan support in the Senate. It would be my hope that the president does not seek to pack the Fed with those who will use the institution to finance his profligate spending and agenda,” he said.

    The nomination of Diamond, who won the Nobel Prize in Economic Sciences in October 2010, fell victim to Republican score-settling. Under Democratic control, the Senate in 2008 blocked a nominee of Republican President George W. Bush. Another factor was a newly invigorated opposition to government and monetary intervention to stimulate economic growth during recessions.

    Disagreement over spending cuts has stalemated efforts to raise the U.S. debt ceiling, raising the possibility, however remote, of a U.S. debt default.

  4. Thank you admin; there is a distinct lack of coverage – not even my calendars mention the meaning of this day. So you’ve filled a huge void. I used to have trouble watching Raygun, but found his steady voice sans drama to be a welcome change from the current preaching, and I am ready, able to call him Reagan.

  5. Op-Ed: American anger should be directed at Obama

    Jun 6, 2011
    by David Zublick

    A new Newsweek/Daily Beast poll finds that Americans are angry. And their anger is directed at just about everything. But Obama’s policies have triggered the anger.

    Americans are angry at Barack Obama, high gas prices, unemployment, congressional Republicans, and even God.

    And some of that anger is justified.

    New figures released last week show unemployment is at 9.1 percent. Employers added only 54,000 jobs in May, the fewest jobs in eight months, down from 232,000 in April. This is an abysmal figure.
    And what does Obama have to say about it? He called the jobless report a “bump in the road”. This from an administration that projected unemployment would be below 8 percent by the end of his first year in office.

    How’s that Stimulus 2 workin’ out for ya?

    Gas prices are on the rise. Americans are angry at the prospect of $5 a gallon gasoline some time this summer. Cancel that road trip.

    And partly due to high gas prices, grocery prices are also going up. Have you bought coffee, milk , juice or bread lately? It’s enough to make you lose your appetite.

    Trying to buy a home? Trying to sell one? Good luck with that.

    Three quarters of Americans think the country is on the wrong track, and over 80 percent say the job market is nowhere near where it should be. Half of the respondents to the poll do not believe that Obama has a plan to balance the budget, and almost 60 percent think the Republicans have no plan either.
    According to the results of this poll, anger is affecting Americans’ everyday lives. Many say that cannot sleep at night. Their sex lives are affected. Twenty-six percent of married respondents said that the country’s economic woes have taken a toll on their marriage, half of them saying it has made their marriage worse.

    Americans needs to take this anger and focus it like a laser beam on the one responsible for the problems we are facing. And it’s not God or the Republicans.
    It’s Barack Obama.

    It’s Obama’s policies that have triggered the anger. He is responsible for the high unemployment rate. His failed stimulus policy has failed to ignite the job market, and his ideas on raising taxes on high income earners and businesses will definitely not result in job growth.

    Gas prices are also the result of Obama’s failed energy policy. Yes, we should be looking at alternative forms of energy, but Obama’s refusal to consider drilling in places such as ANWR is abominable. Drilling domestically would not necessarily bring down prices at the pump immediately, but it would send a clear message to foreign oil companies that we are becoming energy independent.

    Food prices would also stabilize with falling gasoline prices. Food prices are expected to soar up to 4 percent this year, after rising only 0.8 percent in 2010, according to the U.S. Consumer Price Index. Transportation costs play a major factor in the steep price hikes.

    As for balancing the budget, that will never happen under a president whose economic policies are heavy on taxing and spending. Congressional Republicans do indeed want to balance the budget. Paul Ryan’s plan to cut $4.4 trillion dollars from the federal deficit has been met with strong opposition from the Obama administration and the Democrats, going so far as to paint the plan as throwing seniors over a cliff, even though Medicare as it stands now is unsustainable.
    As for the housing market, again, the blame can be placed firmly at the feet of Obama.

    The slump in the housing industry is directly tied into unemployment. People without jobs cannot afford to buy homes. Before purchasing a home, buyers want to be sure they have good job security and a stable income. And younger people, finding the working world increasingly hostile, are choosing to live with their parents until they can find steady employment.
    Obama’s failed policies keep the housing market thin.
    Americans need to take their anger out on the person responsible for placing them in the predicament they now find themselves in. Barack Hussein Obama.

    And the best way to vent that anger is to carry it to the polls in 2012, and elect a true fiscal conservative to the presidency, as well as replacing the Democrats in the Senate and the House.

    Otherwise, the anger will only get worse, and could result in the types of situations we have witnessed in Egypt, Libya, Yemen and Algeria.

    And that type of civil unrest would be a disaster for this nation.



    Vomit alert.


    I can’t post it, it is just such rubbish. Comparing weak Obama to Reagan (not that I was a fan of Ronnie; he actually inspired me to become a Democrat!).

    But Peter, seriously, there’s a 12-step program for you, Hopium Anonymous. “Hi, my name is Peter Beinart, and I am a shameless Obot, and a heavy hopium user. I last used it…(looks at watch)…five minutes ago.”

  7. admin, thanks for remembering. The Longest Day is one of the favorite movies in our house; sad that it’s no longer cool today to remember WW2.

  8. By Jeff Mason and Laura MacInnis are not journalists. They are hopium addicts. The above Article touts the academic credentials of the nominee without seriously examining how they would fit, and what impact they would have on prevailing policy. It leaves one with the false impression that but for Republican obstructionism Diamond would have the job and the country would be in safe hands.

    These two pretenders have no grasp of the dynamics, and simply print White House talking points. In fact, the problem with Diamond were and are many and varied. His academic discipline is a poor fit, he is a narcissist, and his policies confirm the old adage that businessmen should ignore economists because what works in practice does not work in theory. The bottom line is given his orientation, he would be inclined to promote the same policies which have failed to work in the past. Those two nevishes do not mention that however, because it would violate their cardinal rule to never tell the truth if you can avoid it. And avoid it they do.

    “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.”

  9. votermom
    June 6th, 2011 at 4:37 pm

    Weiner just admitted that he sent the pics

    His goose is cooked!!!

  10. Here’s the scoop on Weiner:

    Rep Anthony Weiner holds a press conference where he admits that he sent the lewd photo by Twitter and that he has come clean with his wife about inapproriate online relationships going back as far as 3 years with some of the women, but he insists that he has never had sex outside of his marriage. He is not stepping down and does not think he’s done anything that breaks House rules. He says his wife says he still loves him and they will get through this. Stay tuned.

  11. Imo if any regular person got caught sexting on the job they would be fired before you could say “human Resources”. But Weiner doesn’t have to resign? It burns me up.

  12. “Hasn’t had sex outside his marriage?” He sends pictures of his stuff but he’s been “faithful?’ What a scumbag. He confessed because Breibart had more dirt. Never liked the guy. Resign…….show SOME INTEGRITY, for once!



    He finally got through to us. He said the Army shuts down all communication i.e. e-mails, are when there is an occurrence until the families are notified.

    Thank you, GOD, for keeping him safe!

    Thanks to everyone for the kind words and prayers.

    They worked!

  14. YES- Congrats Admin… You were RIGHT all along about Weiner!

    I NEVER doubted you for a minute!

  15. Weiner needs to shut up, resign, take whats coming from him.

    how to throw a promising career down the toilet pan in one foul swoop and another thing, do not name children with names you do not want them to grow up like. Weiner was just asking for it.

  16. I watched the Weiner’s press conference. The man needs HELP!
    Why he never said he would seek HELP during the half hour he was speaking is beyond me. Or come forward having a plan in place to remediate the damage he’s done to his family, friends and his constituency. His motive for finally coming forward seems to be because of the woman who’s name was revealed causing embarrassment to her, her family and friends and maybe the threat of a lawsuit. Huma must be heartbroken. He lied to her too. Telling her the truth just this morning. JMJ.

  17. Pelosi issues a statement saying she will call for an ethics violation investigation of Weiner.

  18. Hey Obama, now that you have given the world Arab spring, it is time to celebrate everything you have accomplished. So tell me Obama, what’s for supper.

    It depends on where you are.

    On the hopium dens it is all beer and skiddles . . .

    But in the middle east, where Obama’s rebel allies force captured soldiers to eat dog meat and make love to the dead dog, not much hope or change . . .

    Nice work Messiah Obama. You dun good.

  19. #
    June 6th, 2011 at 5:52 pm

    Yay, Mrs Smith! So happy for your family!

    There was no way I could drift into any political issues one way or another until we heard from him. And after we all had a good cry to relieve the pent up emotions contained all day long- (the relief is unbelievable.) This is Kyle’s 3rd or 4th ME Tour. Previously, he was stationed in A-stan…

    It’s so meaningful having a second family here at BP.. {{hugs}}

  20. He’s a shit, it had to be dragged out of him kicking and screaming and only after someone got hold of all the other messages and photo’s otherwise this ass would not have come clean, he is a cold calculated liar through and through.

  21. Iraq is quiet. The fighting is going on in A-stan. These were militants that set of rockets into a safe compound of Peace Keepers/Advisors/Trainers. He said they do it all the time and must have had inside information to even get close enough to hit anything.

    I knew Cannonfire was full of crap! Using info from the comment section of his blog- All BS for the hit count.

  22. BigCatLover
    June 6th, 2011 at 5:57 pm

    Pelosi issues a statement saying she will call for an ethics violation investigation of Weiner.

    Well Nasty sure didn’t waste any time jumping on that one.

    Hey Nasty Pelosi, why not bring your boyKing up on violations of voter fraud, donor fraud, Birth Certificate fraud and for all the lies he has told to HIS voters!

  23. It appears that Weiner did not come clean (as we suggested in our earlier comment) at his press conference.

    Politico has this:


    The shirtless photos — at least one of which was apparently taken in Weiner’s office — are eerily similar to the photograph of former Rep. Christopher Lee (R-N.Y.) flexing his muscles that spread across the web earlier this year and had Lee resigning by the end of the day. Weiner’s press secretary did not immediately respond to POLITICO’s request for comment.

    Early Monday morning, Breitbart wrote that he planned to release “photographs, chats, and emails” throughout the day that would show that Weiner engaged in sexual behavior over the internet. The unidentified woman — who Breitbart says is not Cordova — says that Weiner sent them to her as they flirted online. Another photo that the site has chosen not to publish is titled “ready.JPG” and, Breitbart says, is “extremely graphic” and “leaves nothing to the imagination.”

  24. I don’t know about Huma, but there is no way in Hell I would trust a perv as my husband.

    He never cheated on her……what a crock. I don’t believe him.

  25. Admin….the old political trick of admit to the lesser crime to avoid searching into something bigger, methinks Weiner has been up to something more and is hoping, now he “spilled” they’ll stop digging……..clue Rep Weiner, they won’t someone has a bone and is gonna shake it.

  26. I knew a couple of guys who were junior officers in the D-Day landing. One of them was an Italian from Brooklyn who was my dad’s boss and friend. He was one of the finest executives I ever met. He had a very sharp mind, and he said if there were 10 ways to fuck up that landing we found 12. But they persevered got through the beaches and to the hedges. He was a first lieutenant. The other one was another friend of my dad’s was from Cleveland and he was of German extraction. He was one of the nicest people you could know. He was also a first lieutenant. One of his soldiers panicked in the heat of battle and tried to desert. He tried to talk him out of it, and when that failed ordered him to fall in, and when that failed he withdrew his 1911 Colt defender and pointed it at his head and ordered him again. That time the man complied. The Mitch Miller choir does not sing about those things–nor should they, but they were part of the res gestae, and why men who have seen combat are often reluctant to talk about it with the people who were not there.


  27. What is happening to America.

    A married congressman sending inappropriate pics to young women and is not ashamed.

    I am sorry that I contributed to his election campaigns before. I shall never again.

  28. Moon

    …methinks Weiner has been up to something more and is hoping, now he “spilled” they’ll stop digging

    Yup, I think so too.

  29. #
    June 6th, 2011 at 6:08 pm

    I’m glad your nephew is safe Mrs. S.

    Thanks, Shadow and JanH for the kind words of reinforcement.

    Just got off the phone with his mother. She said what I was thinking. She said: “Ya know, it wasn’t him but it was somebody else.” We’ve been spared, but the 5 families affected are in tears and suffering immeasurable heartache. It’s so True- then we started tearing up again… so thankful, but tears for the other families.

    He said, so far they have been fired upon from these militants with 157 rockets. They can hear the rockets coming in- they hit the ground and say to themselves; “is today my day?”

  30. Shadowfax
    June 6th, 2011 at 6:21 pm

    All Weiner wants is for this to be over. He hoped the scandal would blow over and he could get out of telling Huma the Truth. He is a very sick man and I don’t believe he’s just going to quit his addiction.

  31. Amazing how even the MSM are all covering this story, he sure isn’t protected like the BoyKing.

  32. Has anyone heard about the next scandal coming up in the Republican Camp? Taking Weenie off the front pages soon-

    Sex and drugs rocks the Republican Party as ‘political press tart’ bares all in ‘sexpose’ book.

    * Former Republican aide gives explicit details of affair with George W Bush’s press secretary Ari Fleischer
    * Accuses ex-boss and Christian Concern leader Ralph Reed of ‘hard drinking past’ and ‘taste for good life’

    Republicans were left reeling by the publication of a new book written by a former political press officer who has lifted the lid on the hedonistic conservative circles at the end of the Bush era.

    In the book The Life of the Party, Lisa Baron, who calls herself a political press tart, recounts a lifestyle of casual sex and ‘a seemingly endless supply of narcotics.’

    She boasts of her sexual exploits with the Republican hierarchy including George W Bush’s press secretary Ari Fleischer and Republican National Committee political director David Israelite.

    The release of the book, less than 18 months before the November 2012 presidential elections, comes as Republican contenders are desperately trying to win over Christian conservatives as the movement seeks to recover from a series of scandals.

    The book opens with an intimate encounter between Miss Baron and George W Bush’s White House press secretary Ari Fleischer.

    According to Mrs Baron the two shared a sexual experience in a hotel room during the 2000 South Carolina presidential primary.

    Mr Fleischer didn’t return Miss Baron’s phone calls after the alleged incident, but the pair eventually bumped into each other further down the campaign trail and allegedly had a series of sexual encounters.

    Miss Baron writes: ‘Note to self: If you’re going to sleep around, sleep around with Democrats.’

    Writing about what motivated her to go to Mr Fleischer’s hotel room, she said: ‘To be able to say, ‘I’m with the such-and-such campaign,’ or ‘I work for Senator So-and-So’ is to us political junkies what “I’m with the band” is to Pamela Des Barres.

    ‘My remarkable encounter with Ari in that unremarkable hotel room perfectly summed up my groupie-like relationship to politics at that time – I wanted it, I worshipped it, and I went for it.’

    Of a further encounter she writes: ‘We went back to his town house apartment and got down and dirty like my martini. I think there might have been a porno involved, but I can’t be sure’.

    She boasted that they started an affair while she ‘was screwing around with the very dapper David Israelite, political director for the Republican National Committee’.


  33. What a scum bag. What is it with these guys? I am sure the fraud told Poopsie to get this over quick.

  34. Roger Ailes, the combative conservative behind Fox News

    “I’d like to hire Hillary Clinton. She looks unhappy at the State Department. She’d get ratings.”

  35. #
    June 6th, 2011 at 6:52 pm

    Mrs. Smith
    June 6th, 2011 at 6:44 pm

    Doesn’t really have the same bang

    No it doesn’t- Just a limp effort to forestall what the WH Insider is talking about in his latest update- at AmericanGal @ 6:43

  36. Thank you AmericanGal, I have been checking for the Insider and wondered what was up…

    I hope to God above this is true…

    ….Where we are at in all of this is now a fully integrated operation against Barack Obama’s re-election bid that includes both Democrats and Republicans. We will continue to work to further develop the political scandal, as well as limit as much as possible, the funding and organizational machine that allowed Barack Obama to be elected in 2008. If the scandal is successfully buried prior to the 2012 election, we must ensure that Obama faces political defeat at the ballot box. The powers now aligning against Obama are significant. They are motivated. And they are very-very serious about defeating Barack Obama.

    Watch the news cycle closely over the next 72 hours. You may be in for a treat, and there will be more to come.

    Read more: http://socyberty.com/history/white-house-insider-democrats-join-with-republicans-against-obama/#ixzz1OXWQf4Vp

  37. Anyone want to venture a guess as to why BO makes these kind of unilateral decisions to allow foreigners a free ride to emigrate to the U.S,?
    An email just received from a friend in Texas:

    Begin forwarded message:

    We just spent $20,000,000 to move members/supporters of Hamas, a terrorist organization, to the United States ; housing, food, transportation, the whole enchilada.

    HB 1388 PASSED

    H.R. 1388 was passed, behind our backs.. You may want to read about it..
    It wasn’t mentioned on the news… Just went by on the ticker tape at the bottom of the CNN screen.

    Obama funds $20M in tax payer dollars to immigrate Hamas Refugees to the USA . This is the news that did not, and will not, make the headlines.

    By executive order, President Barack Obama has ordered the expenditure of $20..3 million in “migration assistance” to the Palestinian refugees and “conflict victims” in Gaza ..

    The “presidential determination” (ain’t that nice?) which allows hundreds of thousands of Palestinians with ties to Hamas to resettle in the United States , was signed and appears in the Federal Register.

    Few on Capitol Hill, or in the media, took note that the order provides a free ticket replete with housing, transportation and food allowances to individuals who have displayed their overwhelming support to the Islamic Resistance Movement (Hamas) in the parliamentary election of January 2006.

    Now we learn that he is allowing thousands of Palestinian refuges to move to, and live in, the US at American taxpayer expense.

    Doubtful? To verify this for yourself:

  38. Shadowfax
    June 6th, 2011 at 7:00 pm

    From what I can tell, Obama is knocking off anyone that can be a potential threat to him in his reelection bid- Now they are saying the case against Edwards is weak and they may not prosecute after all… All very tentative.

  39. Mrs. Smith
    June 6th, 2011 at 6:44 pm

    This tramp is boasting about sleeping around with men that are not particulary good looking guys. Poor thing.

    As for Weiner lying, what a surprise… NOT! Turndownobama mentioned that Joe Cannon from the Cannonfire blog was all over this, and he actually wrote that he solved this in that Rep. Weiner did not post that picture. He got all scientific, but he was wrong. I do not like Joe Cannon’s partisanship as he showed he will do almost anything to support a DemoRAT.

  40. “Obama funds $20M in tax payer dollars to immigrate Hamas Refugees to the USA .”


    Honest to God, I don’t think I have used the following statement so much as I have since the jackass stole the presidency…

    “There are no words!”

  41. If the $20 million dollars was for the immigration of Christians from Gaza, or the West Bank, I wouldn’t have too much of a problem with it.

  42. Matthews out does himself…he suggests that maybe Huma is responsible for Weiner’s behavior…

    What the hell is wrong with these men…public figures sending sexual photos of themselves to strangers…WTH? sick…and stupid…

    …way to go to self destruct…

    …more reasons to put women in charge…

  43. …women are popping up all over the place…Weiner is becoming the Tiger Woods of sex texting…(more on radar)

    stupid does not begin to describe…

  44. Joe Cannon’s is a bigger joke–and dickhead than Weiner. He is the laughing stock of the blogosphere–Cannon I mean. Matthews is a misogynist. Time and again he proves it. He has the mind of a 14 year old.

  45. As far as Matthews and Weiner are concerned where is Lorena Bobbit when you need her.

    I guess he wasn’t getting it at home or some other ridiculous male excuse for infantile behavior.

  46. Has anyone heard about the next scandal coming up in the Republican Camp? Taking Weenie off the front pages soon-
    Ancient history. Fleisher resigned in summer 2003. Why did she wait nearly a decade to write this book? The answer is because it targets the 2012 election. Bush has been discredited already so I doubt this piece of ancient history will have much impact. That said I would like to know who financed the book. I suspect that if you follow the money it will lead to Soros. Just a hunch.

  47. No, Joe Cannon was being Joe Cannon- I call him, Mr.Important- If theres a story out there he develops a backside to it, something only he is privy to. He’s pulled this act several times. Then as usual when the time comes for the Truth to come out, he comes up empty.

    What is a mind boggler is why would turndown would keep pushing posters to his blog like he is some kind of swami, when admin- would be the person to Trust coming forward with credible facts without revealing the sources.

    At times I wonder if Turndown’s real name is “Mary”, Mary, quite contrary, how does your garden grow… As I said many times… Cannon is a hoaxster and laugh like a hyena at all the people he dupes. His story never made sense anyway.. at least to anyone that understand the rules of logic, it never made sense.

  48. MON JUN 06, 2011 AT 04:04 PM PDT
    NEW DETAILS: Weiner’s Press Conference was FAKE!!

    The same mainstream media that tried to convince us that everything is bad for your health and curling is the next big thing, is now trying to convince us that Anthony Weiner has given a press conference in which he “acknowledged” Tweeting certain photographs, took some questions, and apologized to everyone including his wife and Andrew Breitbart. This charade was all a right-wing fabrication.

    The first indication that this was a hoax should have been that Brietbart apology. The real Tony Weiner (I can call him that, because we’ve never met) would never have done anything like this. Because the real Rep. Weiner must still know that that the image of that crotch was photoshopped, uploaded to YFrog by a hacker, manipulated on Facebook, uploaded via a phony tweet, retweeted by ne’erdowells, passed along to untrustworthy conservatives, encouraged by CNN (Fox News Lite!), and thoroughly and incontrovertibly debunked here.

    Again, I know Anthony Weiner would never do anything like this is because, you see, we’ve never met. But we share many political views.

    So how do I know today’s press conference was a hoax? There are ten reasons:

    1) Today’s press conference was supposedly held at a Sheraton hotel in New York City. Well, I went to websites various New York area Sheratons this morning. Not one of them indicated that Rep. Weiner was going to give a press conference there this afternoon. Not a ONE.

    2) Anthony Weiner does not look like that. Go to his website – he has more hair and his complexion is not that dark. Also, having heard him speak many times, I know he does not talk like the guy in the press conference. He’s a lot more combative, louder, and funnier.

    3) YFrog.

    4) Last week, Anthony Weiner said he could not say with “certaintude” that the photo was his. Many people here rightly assumed that he knew the photo was not his, but couldn’t say so, because the FBI was involved. Because as you know, if you’ve asked the police to investigate something, that last thing you would want to do is proclaim your innocence. They hate that. Anyhow, the Feds surely would have known that Weiner making a statement would have compromised their whole investigation. And Andrew Breitbart, knowing this, had a press conference with a fake Weiner – so as to keep the FBI off his scent.

    5) Who does this help? Clarence Thomas, Dana Loesch, Dana Bash, and some guy named Wolfe. Think about it. Add it up.

    6) Normally, during press conferences of this nature, the spouse of the so-called apologetic Congressman is in attendance. But not this time. Why not? Obviously they couldn’t find a lookalike for her.

    7) Don’t you think he would have apologized using Tweet Deck?

    8) During the press conference, the shadow behind him didn’t always match the image of the person pretending to be Congressman Weiner.

    9) I’ve created better fake press conferences using only iMovie, a couple of Apps on my EVO, and a cardboard cutout.

    10) Anthony Weiner would never do anything like this.

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  49. #
    June 6th, 2011 at 8:14 pm

    …women are popping up all over the place…Weiner is becoming the Tiger Woods of sex texting…(more on radar)

    stupid does not begin to describe…

    And guess who Tiger Woods called to refurbish his image? Ari Fleischer!

  50. S
    June 6th, 2011 at 8:14 pm

    …women are popping up all over the place…Weiner is becoming the Tiger Woods of sex texting…(more on radar)

    stupid does not begin to describe…

    Weenie also used his phone, for….phone sex?

    PERVERT fits

    The guy really had to live up to his name…and now all of America knows what his xxxx looks like, gack.

    Please, no more photos of his body.

  51. crazy horse

    As far as Matthews and Weiner are concerned where is Lorena Bobbit when you need her.

  52. Hannity is gonna be all over this weenie story, he is probably going to have some priest on the panel. 😆

  53. I suppose Huma went out with him for a long time before she finally tied the knot- But, otherwise, she is not heavily invested in years of marriage, children, homes, assets and investments. She needs to do herself a favor and cut the cord. Find someone new and start over like Ann Hathaway did. She needs a husband not a 40 something child that drops one habit and jumps to another after years and years of therapy. Living with the fear- what is he doing now?

    Start over Huma- you are beautiful and have so much to offer the right guy. Have the marriage annulled and Move-On… Otherwise you run the risk of being another Shriver/Swartzenneger. just my opinion.. woman to woman…

  54. Mrs. Smith
    June 6th, 2011 at 7:09 pm

    Now they are saying the case against Edwards is weak and they may not prosecute after all… All very tentative.

    Who is saying this? Do you have a link?

    Lawyers on Fox yesterday, all three agreed he will get time.

  55. Shadowfax
    June 6th, 2011 at 8:43 pm

    Imagine if Lorena got her name on the ballot in Weiner’s district- 😆

  56. Shadowfax
    June 6th, 2011 at 8:48 pm

    Yes, I was reading everything everywhere today- and I’ll see if I can find the link.. Think it was msnbc.. I’ll look.

  57. Shadow- The Edwards story has been wiped off every front page after Weiner’s press conference. He must be paying heavy bucks to get this story to go away.

    I googled: Weak Case against Edwards… and there are tons of links… this being just the top one:

    “But a lot of experts are already saying that the case against Edwards is weak. They argue that there is no strong evidence to suggest that Edwards knew the controversial contributions from friends would be accounted for as campaign donations.

    According to law, there should be proof that somebody broke the campaign finance law knowingly and wilfully to be charged with criminal violation of campaign finance law.

    The case says Edwards conspired to cover up an extramarital affair with a campaign aide in 2007 by misusing campaign donations.” and more at link:


  58. On Hannity

    Andrew Breitbart said he has a 4th photo of Weiner that he will not release. He said he offered to show it to Hannity, but Hannity didn’t want to see it.

    Evidently it is really lewd. (Ya know TMZ is gonna try to get it) 😉

    Breitbart and Hannity said they almost felt sorry for Weiner after the press conference, a ‘broken man’.

  59. Bob Beckle said the Dem party is going to push Weiner to resign because it hurts the party.

    May get rid of his congressional district.

  60. #
    June 6th, 2011 at 7:48 pm

    “Obama funds $20M in tax payer dollars to immigrate Hamas Refugees to the USA .”


    Honest to God, I don’t think I have used the following statement so much as I have since the jackass stole the presidency…

    “There are no words!”

    No words but hoping for some Congressional member with a brain to do something. Tax Payer money, handing $20M to terrorists to come here and terrorize us?

  61. Shadowfax
    June 6th, 2011 at 9:13 pm

    If you want more try google- 😆

    I bet they emptied out half his bank account to get rid of this indictment. Obama needs money- he’s not going to get anything from his Obots.

  62. If you want more try google

    I don’t need more Mrs S- once you mentioned MSNBC I got the picture…

  63. Actually what Cannonfire did was interesting and it may still be true that there was vulnerability on yfrog and twitter that would make the scenario he demo’ed (assuming that he did things right and was honest about describing it) possible. yfrog will never admit to that security hole and it was impossible to prove without yfrog’s cooperation that a third person got Weiner’s yfrog email to upload pics.

  64. nomobama
    June 6th, 2011 at 7:38 pm

    Mrs. Smith
    June 6th, 2011 at 6:44 pm

    The best thing is sticking to the rule- Just scroll on by… no matter what the post says- it’s trouble, if you engage.

  65. Cannonfire was operating on plausible deniability. Then all Hell broke loose and the story blew wide open when all the bimbos came forward and couldn’t be contained.

    Cannonfire will never change his spots.

  66. Obama is knocking off anyone that can be a potential threat to him in his reelection bid-


    That would fit a pattern. First ignore Dean, now destroy Edwards.

  67. Carville made an interesting statement on Spitzer being Spitzer. He seems to think there were no laws broken. Carville doesn’t think there are any laws against sexting… not yet anyway. So, expect a Weiner Law or Weiner Sexting Act to be legislated soon.. LOL!

  68. Let me spell it out for certain slow people. The technical thing that Cannonfire did IS interesting. He showed a vulnerability in yfrog and twitter (taking his word for it since I did not do the same experiment he did with yfrog and twitter). That technical thing has nothing to do with how Weiner scandal turned out.

  69. Actually what Cannonfire did was interesting and it may still be true that there was vulnerability on yfrog and twitter that would make the scenario he demo’ed (assuming that he did things right and was honest about describing it) possible. yfrog will never admit to that security hole and it was impossible to prove without yfrog’s cooperation


    It wasn’t just Cannon himself. Several people in his comment string tried the yfrog hole and succeeded. If Weiner has confessed, this is moot, but there seem to be a lot of holes in ‘social media’ security, so there’s no reason to think Cannon was dishonest about the security hole.

  70. That technical thing has nothing to do with how Weiner scandal turned out.


    Right. Thanks for spelling out the logic for those who need it.

  71. I haven’t caught up on the blog yet so I hope this isn’t a duplicate post. Cannonfire has posted his latest theory about the Weinergate scandal and the gist is that Wiener may be confessing to something he didn’t do (send the photo) to forestall more investigation into some other possible action. But be that as it may, this is the paragraph that caught my eye:

    As noted earlier, I’ve long known of a potential sexual scandal which, if revealed, could do enormous harm to Barack Obama’s White House, even though the story is not about him. I despise Obama. But I won’t try to damage his administration (or a Republican administration) via a single-source story about sex — a story involving no broken laws.

    (Incidentally, that story concerns something worse than anything Anthony Weiner spoke about today.)


  72. As for what horrible punishment should be given to Weiner for his horrible crime…

    In recent comments, try search and replace ‘Huma’ with ‘Hillary’ and ‘Weiner’ with ‘Bill Clinton’.

  73. Mrs. Smith 9:38

    Wasn’t there a song from the 1960’s-70’s called “Walk on By” or something like that?

  74. I see that it was mentioned upthread how Joe Cannon always needs to insist that he has inside information or instincts that others don’t know. Seems to be what he does.

  75. Found at ACE….

    67 years ago.

    Soldiers, Sailors and Airmen of the Allied Expeditionary Force! You are about to embark upon a great crusade, toward which we have striven these many months. The eyes of the world are upon you. The hopes and prayers of liberty loving people everywhere march with you. In company with our brave Allies and brothers in arms on other fronts, you will bring about the destruction of the German war machine, the elimination of Nazi tyranny over the oppressed peoples of Europe, and security for ourselves in a free world.
    Your task will not be an easy one. Your enemy is well trained, well equipped and battle hardened, he will fight savagely.

    But this is the year 1944! Much has happened since the Nazi triumphs of 1940-41. The United Nations have inflicted upon the Germans great defeats, in open battle, man to man. Our air offensive has seriously reduced their strength in the air and their capacity to wage war on the ground. Our home fronts have given us an overwhelming superiority in weapons and munitions of war, and placed at our disposal great reserves of trained fighting men. The tide has turned! The free men of the world are marching together to victory!

    I have full confidence in your courage, devotion to duty and skill in battle. We will accept nothing less than full victory!

    Good Luck! And let us all beseech the blessings of Almighty God upon this great and noble undertaking.

    ~ Gen. Dwight D. Eisenhower

  76. …guess the Ghouls couldn’t stand his own lies…another one bites the dust…


    Austan Goolsbee to leave White House

    By MIKE ALLEN | 6/6/11 7:26 PM EDT Updated: 6/6/11 8:13 PM EDT

    Austan Goolsbee, chairman of the White House Council of Economic Advisers, plans to return to teaching economics at the University of Chicago this fall, the White House announced Monday night.

    Goolsbee has been on leave for four years from the university’s Booth School of Business and could have lost his tenured position at Chicago, where he was a professor for 14 years before joining the administration, if he did not return, an official said.

    Goolsbee, one of Obama’s longest serving aides, was an economic adviser on the 2004 Senate campaign, and the senior economic adviser on the 2008 presidential campaign.He was appointed to the Council of Economic Advisers when Obama became president, and was made chairman when Christina Romer resigned last September to return to the University of California at Berkeley.

    “Since I first ran for the U.S. Senate, Austan has been a close friend and one of my most trusted advisers,” President Barack Obama said in the White House’s announcement. “Over the past several years, he has helped steer our country out of the worst economic crisis since the Great Depression, and although there is still much work ahead, his insights and counsel have helped lead us toward an economy that is growing and creating millions of jobs. He is one of America’s great economic thinkers.”

    Goolsbee’s departure once again puts the president’s economic team in flux. National Economic Council chairman Larry Summers left the administration at the beginning of the year, replaced by Gene Sperling, who served in that job under President Bill Clinton. Jared Bernstein, Vice President Biden’s chief economic adviser, left last month.

    Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner is the only senior official remaining from the economic team that inherited a financial crisis and recession when Obama took office.

    In the past few months, Goolsbee has been one of the few White House officials who has felt comfortable discussing economic issues on television. Colleagues say he lightens up the West Wing, and he made his mark on social D.C. when he won a “Funniest Celebrity in Washington” contest.

    “While I am looking forward to returning home to Chicago, I will always be proud of the years I have spent working for this President,” Goolsbee said. “I believe that his judgment, his courage in confronting the worst economic crisis of our lifetimes, and his commitment to the American people have made a tremendous difference for the nation.”

    Bloomberg News first reported that Goolsbee was considering returning to Chicago.

  77. Goolsbee was all over the Sunday talk shows talking about how our bad economy is actually not that bad. Guess the WH didn’t like the job he did. Can Samantha Powers be far behind.

  78. …what an ass…


    MSNBC’s Chris Matthews believes Rep. Anthony Weiner’s wife may be “partly responsible” for his sexual misconduct because the Congressman said she was aware of his behavior before they were married. Transcript below:

    (video clip is there)

    CHRIS MATTHEWS, MSNBC: “Yeah, but he says his wife knew. He laid it out on her.”

    JOHN FEEHERY, Republican strategist: “Which is a terrible, terrible mistake.”

    MATTHEWS: “Well, maybe she’s partly responsible if she knew about it?”


    btw…if you happen to read some of those ‘tweets’…Weiner is disgusting…VERY graphic sexual tweets…to women he has never met…

    …call it the ‘Gary Hart syndrome’…when will these men ever learn…especially in our 24/7 news world with no privacy…they will get caught…

    …how he could embarrass his wife and destroy his career so he could have sexual chats with strangers is beyond the pale…

  79. As for what horrible punishment should be given to Weiner for his horrible crime…
    If cannon fire will permit me: the case of Peter Abelard is instructive. The uncle of his wife, believing that Abélard had wronged her, had him castrated, effectively ending his romantic career. The happy result he was able to contemplate the glory of God in a state of semi divine remove without distraction.

    Now surely what is good enough for Peter Abelard– the keenest thinker and boldest theologian of the 12th century is good enough for a kid from Brooklyn with too much chutzpa for his own good. I voted in the FOX poll that he should be allowed to stay on and let the voters be the judge. As you might expect mine was the minority view.

  80. Shadowfax
    June 6th, 2011 at 10:38 pm
    Last time I checked all sites are down. It always takes awhile for them to get back up online but maybe this time they will not try to restore the sites. I’ve been going to email someone but am waiting awhile to see what happens.

  81. Surely Chris Matthews’ wife knows his mental health is unwell. Does that mean that she is partly responsible?

  82. Joe Cannon always needs to insist that he has inside information or instincts that others don’t know


    WEll, Cannon had some info about the hole in yfrog/twitter that was news to many people, but I don’t recall him claiming ‘insider’ or ‘instincts’. Haven’t read his blog much, just the recent Weiner entries.

  83. Now surely what is good enough for Peter Abelard– the keenest thinker and boldest theologian of the 12th century is good enough for a kid from Brooklyn with too much chutzpa for his own good.


    Then what is good enough for someone who gets a blow job from an intern?

  84. SouthernBorn: Surely Chris Matthews’ wife knows his mental health is unwell. Does that mean that she is partly responsible?

    ROFL This is CLASSIC!

  85. The poet Robert Burns is once again proven right:

    In proving foresight may be vain:
    The best laid schemes of mice and men
    Go often askew,

    And leave us nothing but grief and pain,
    For promised joy!


    California’s attempts to switch to green energy have inadvertently put the survival of the state’s golden eagles at risk.

    Scores of the protected birds have been dying each year after colliding with the blades of about 5,000 wind turbines.

    Now the drive for renewable power sources, such as wind and the sun, being promoted by President Obama and state Governor Jerry Brown has raised fears that the number of newborn golden eagles may not be able to keep pace with the number of turbine fatalities.

    The death count along the ridgelines of the Bay Area’s Altamount Pass Wind Resource Area has averaged 67 a year for three decades.

    The 200ft high turbines, which have been operating since the 1980s, lie in the heart of the grassy canyons that are home to one of the highest densities of nesting golden eagles in the US.

    ‘It would take 167 pairs of local nesting golden eagles to produce enough young to compensate for their mortality rate related to wind energy production,’ field biologist Doug Bell, manager of East Bay Regional Park District’s wildlife programme, told the Los Angeles Times. ‘We only have 60 pairs,’ he added.

    Nationwide, about 440,000 birds are said to be accidentally killed at wind farms each year, as well as thousands more bats. With the government pushing for more wind energy farms, that statistic is likely to rise.

    Another recovering species, the California Condor, is also said to be at risk from the giant blades.

    ‘We taxpayers have spent millions of dollars saving the California condor from extinction,’ Gary George, spokesman for Audubon California, told the Times.

    How’s the public going to feel about wind energy if a condor hits the turbines?’ [snip]

    ‘The eagles usually die of blunt-force trauma injuries,’ said Mr Bell.

    ‘Once, I discovered a wounded golden eagle hobbling through tall grass, about a quarter mile from the turbine blades that had clipped its flight feathers.’

    ‘A wind farm owner once told me that if there were no witnesses, it would be impossible to prove a bird had been killed by a wind turbine blade.

    My response was this: If you see a golden eagle sliced in half in a wind farm, what other explanation is there?’ he added.

  86. A 67 year old of today was a newborn. An 18 year old boy of then was possibly engaged in a crusade for freedom.
    That reminds me of talking to a urologist at a VA hospital 25 years ago. At age 19 he was co-pilot of a B-17 and at age 20 was a pilot leading one of the first formations in daylight raid over Berlin. For the “kids”of today June 6 is no more relevant than Salamis or Plataea.

    Also reminds me of traveling in the Soviet Union 20 or so years ago and visiting war memorials in Moscow, Leningrad, etc. Old men, who had survived the Great Patriotic War, were the “tour” guides. They had a under-current of annoyance to the fact that the war on the Eastern Front was given so little “credit” in the West for defeating the Germans. In fact, 85% of the German soldiers killed during WW II were killed on the Eastern Front.

  87. Admin- I am kind of depressed reading about the turbines and the little eagles.

    Then thinking of deep water drilling and all the marine life that has/and will die from that one massive disaster, the Valdez oil spill and the major one in Mexico…

    Then the nuke disaster in Japan and Russia…

    Seems like turbines are far less harmful to life than some of man’s other choices.

    Maybe the turbines need to be encased by some sort of metal netting – that keeps birds out and not sucked into it?

  88. Seems like turbines are far less harmful to life than some of man’s other choices.


    Very much so, I think. And the other choices also endanger those same birds: air pollution, climate disruption, etc.

    Netting wouldn’t work, because the blades are too large. But people complain of noise from some turbines, so while the engineers are adjusting the noise, maybe they could find a noise setting that would repel the birds. Or maybe they could paint the blades some color that the birds could see and avoid?

  89. Goolsbee leaving is a blow to Obama and one that indicates Obama is at odds with the economists, sounds like they dont like Obamanomics and would rather run than put themselves under it.

  90. Six things to know about “The Undefeated”

    A former Bushie got a sneak peak over the weekend and offered to tell us all about it. We took him up on it . (even a reference to the flubbed story on P.Revere.)


    Matt Latimer, a former George W. Bush speechwriter, was invited to an advance screening of “The Undefeated” over the weekend. He provided the following observations to us.

    The long-awaited merger of Sarah Palin and Harvard University at last has taken place. This was the first takeaway from my advance viewing of the new (and uncritical) Palin documentary, “The Undefeated,” the latest in a line of populist-oriented films by its likable director Stephen Bannon. Ironically, the anti-elitist Bannon not only worked on Wall Street in his early life, but graduated with honors from Harvard Business School. For some reason, I doubt most of his professors will be lining up for tickets.

    “The Undefeated” is not the movie Palin critics would have longed for. There is not a single reference to Levi Johnston, not a glimpse (or even defense) of the infamous Katie Couric interview, no appearance by any serious critic of Palin’s gubernatorial record, and not a word about Paul Revere. Nor, by the way, is the point ever made that the “undefeated” Palin was in fact defeated in the 2008 election. But the movie is earnest in offering those who are willing to take a second look at the beleaguered Alaskan. And, to his credit, Mr. Bannon, who spent $1 million on this film, does not hide his intentions. “I believe this is the leader we need,” he said of Palin at the screening, perhaps unhelpfully adding that she recently had mispronounced his name.

    So without further ado, my top takeaways from the film:

    Matt Damon kicks sand in dead people’s faces. I am just getting comfortable in my chair when the screen suddenly fills with a montage of attacks on the former governor by Mr. Damon and about a dozen other celebrities (John Cleese calls her “a nice-looking parrot,” David Letterman says she dresses like a “slutty flight attendant,” I forgot what Rosie O’Donnell said, but whatever it was, she didn’t look good saying it). Then things take a truly vicious turn: Some nut paints a picture of Palin being crucified. Another idiot offers vulgarities about Palin and her newborn son, Trig. But that’s not the fun part. As the movie goes on, the attacks on Palin seamlessly segue into lions stalking and feasting on a defenseless zebra; an arrow protruding from the neck of a slain medieval archer; the most horrific car crash I’ve ever seen on film; a bridge (to nowhere?) collapsing; a man literally choking someone to death; a nuclear explosion; a volcano eruption; and, yes, sand being thrown onto the face of a nearly buried corpse. All that is missing is a depiction of Maureen Dowd taunting our dear Sarah while dancing the can-can with Osama bin Laden and setting the Constitution on fire.

    Man, Alaska was a total mess. During most of the first hour, we are offered an education about pre-Palin Alaska and, folks, it ain’t pretty. Corrupt oil executives twirl their mustaches, legislators’ offices are raided every day by the Feds, cigar-chomping politicos in smoke-filled rooms rip off taxpayers. Specific Palin enemies — like Sen. Lisa Murkowski and her father, the former governor — are given the dreaded slow-motion treatment when they appear on-screen, as if their evil, corrupt ways impede them from normal movement. There is a service performed here, as it quickly became obvious why the state’s voters selected Palin in the first place. Everyone else in Alaska seems to have attended the Boss Hogg School of Good Government.

    Believe it or not, Palin actually was a pretty good governor. Once upon a time, before Tina Fey, Katie Couric, “Saturday Night Live,” the reality show, and her Twitter account, Sarah Palin was a political wonder: a mom who stood up — and defeated – powerful members of her own party. Though a long time ago and in a galaxy far, far away, even the New York Times favorably noted that Palin “first rose to prominence as a whistle-blower uncovering ethical misconduct in state government.”

    “The Undefeated” deftly uses local news footage to document this early, now largely forgotten image of Palin (and, yes, she always talked like that). See Palin, apparently single-handedly, enact historic ethics reform, cut state spending, and work with Democrats and the detestable “lamestream media” to pass long-sought laws tackling the corrupt practices of Big Oil (Exxon’s publicist is not going to like this film). Palin’s legitimately earned reformer reputation helped her garner a sustained approval rating of more than 80 percent in her state.

    As I watch this, I suddenly realize something: Whatever came to pass later, Palin’s short, 18-month stint in Juneau was never adeptly explained or exploited during her introduction to a national audience. The moral: The McCain campaign was an even bigger disaster than I already had suspected.

    Nancy Reagan was not a consultant on this film. A chunk of the movie makes the risky move of equating Palin with the GOP’s golden-haloed Ronald Reagan. Comparisons to the Gipper of course are a cliché in the party these days, but there are a few surface-level similarities between the Californian and the Alaskan. Both were alternately feared and mocked by the GOP establishment, which, in both cases, was heavily populated by Bush cronies. Both had a charismatic effect on the right and a demonic effect on the left. Both were occasionally fact-challenged. Both saw themselves as conservatives fighting the entrenched interests of Washington. And both had cojones, unlike some other people that could be mentioned …

    John Boehner is missing some manparts– and he’s not the only one. The film offers an interesting medical hypothesis for why Washington’s Republican establishment is so dull, gutless and dreary. They are all “eunuchs.” None, for example, has the manhood to defend Palin when she comes under attack or to accomplish much else for that matter. As this is said, the camera flashes not only to Speaker Boehner, but also Senate GOP leader Mitch McConnell and George H. W. Bush. I don’t know Boehner nor was this a topic one sought to explore when I briefly worked for Sen. McConnell. As for Papa Bush’s lower regions, the charge unquestionably is specious. I know this because his boy, George W., reveals as much himself in his massively bestselling memoir “Decision Points.” The author, in fact, devotes six lines in this work of history to a joke about his father’s “black testicles.” (See Page 20. I don’t want to spoil it for you.)

    And the biggest takeaway:

    The Palin saga makes women weep. “The Undefeated” was tested before focus groups of liberals who, according to the filmmaker, almost uniformly came away with a greater appreciation of Palin. This was especially true of women. Two different people told me that a liberal producer at a major television network (it was not Fox News) left the movie in tears after “realizing” how badly Palin had been treated by the media. Like all cold-hearted men, I confess that I was not in tears. But it is clear from the outset that I am not the film’s target audience. The movie really is geared to women. There are repeated references to Palin’s gender, how she’s been discriminated against because of her dress and looks, and there is even an image of a campaign button that reads “You Go, Girl.” But I won’t be able to ascertain the film’s true impact until I see Joy Behar weeping on air about how terribly she’s wronged the governor. And somehow I just don’t see that coming …

    Matt Latimer served as a senior speechwriter to Donald Rumsfeld and George W. Bush. He is the author of the New York Times bestseller ” Speech-less: Tales of a White House Survivor .”

    I agree about Joy Behar- She is too career oriented infused with a heavy dose of blind ambition afraid to change the status quo as it may someday affect her meteoric rise to Follywood’s Walk of Fame.

  91. 1. Humor of the day [and no way intended as an endorsement]. Heard on TV, Romney saying Obama could talk a dog off a meat wagon.
    2. Sadness at the dismantling of NJN News which has provided much for me to share here. The dismantling is due to Christie who believes government has no business in the news (article at FoxNews.) And I agree, but this organization was the exception, and now those good people who provided it have an uncertain future. Here is my tribute/comment to them:

    Hopefully you recognize me as an enthusiastic fan of the current news team; please realize that I share your concern for your personal futures as well as the general loss of the only totally credible news source I know. I was disheartened to hear the names of those who will be taking the helm. The list includes many who did not serve the Republic well during the 2008 Presidential Primary. As for patterning the new endeavor in a manner similar to The News Hour, Brooks & Shields, who were supposed to serve as point and counterpoint, united to praise Obama and criticize Clinton. Watch any of their performances during that time; I believe you will see the bias. Gwen Ifill of the Friday night round table, was shameless in her favoritism of Obama. The rest of the PBS team was no improvement on the bias, as I recall. Nonetheless, Clinton did garner a majority of the popular vote. But that did not deter Steve Adubato from showing up on mainstream TV Shows to demand that Clinton quit stealing Obama’s spotlight.

    The very best to you at NJN News. In today’s climate, responsible reporting is not rewarded. Yours is a case in point.
    BTW, you and Neil Shapiro may be surprised at the numbers of people who share my opinion. Again, my best thanks to you all.

  92. henry
    June 7th, 2011 at 4:30 am

    Mrs Smith
    Joy Behar did actually come to Palin’s defense today

    haha! Will miracles never cease- I was commenting on the “bringing her to tears for all the bad things she said” about SP. I think it means having pangs of conscience and sorry for all the bad things she said about Sarah.

    Anyway, Bwabwawawa ‘s comparison to an innocuous bus traveling around the countryside was a lame comparison to WeinerGate. 😆

  93. Bin Laden Bump Gone

    By Steven Shepard
    June 7, 2011

    Any political benefit President Obama received from the death of Osama bin Laden is gone, according to a new ABC News/Washington Post poll that shows Obama facing a tough re-election battle against former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney.

    A slight plurality of Americans now disapproves of Obama, a significant drop since a one-day poll conducted the day after the bin Laden killing showed Obama’s approval at a robust 56 percent. Today, just 47 percent of Americans approve of Obama, while 49 percent disapprove. A majority of independents, 53 percent, disapproves of his job performance.

    That drop comes as the percentage of Americans who disapprove of how Obama is handling the economy has a hit a new high, 59 percent. More Americans now trust congressional Republicans (45 percent) to handle the economy than trust Obama (42 percent). The poll was conducted over a four-day period from last Thursday to Sunday; of the four nights of interviews, three took place after the disappointing May jobs report was released by the Department of Labor last Friday.

    Romney’s lead over Obama among registered voters is a narrow, 49 percent to 46 percent advantage. Among all adults, the two are tied at 47 percent.

    But Romney’s slight edge comes from some unlikely places. According to the poll, Romney runs even among women, a group Obama carried by 13 points against Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., in 2008. Romney has an 18-point lead among white women; McCain carried that group by only 7 points.

    In the Republican primary, Romney has a slight lead over former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, 21 percent to 17 percent. The third-place candidate, former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani, earns just eight percent of the vote.

    But Romney has baggage to contend with before he makes it to a showdown with Obama. By a two-to-one margin, Republicans oppose “the health care reform plan that … Romney put into place in Massachusetts.” Still, 20 percent of those who oppose that health care reform plan still support him for the nomination, and 88 percent support him against Obama.

    Though Palin finishes second in the primary, she trails Obama by 15 points in a general-election matchup, and 64 percent of Americans say they definitely would not vote for her for president.

    Obama trails Romney among registered voters, but he defeats other Republican candidates, even crossing the 50-percent threshold against each of them. He leads Rep. Michele Bachmann, R-Minn. (51 percent to 40 percent); former House Speaker Newt Gingrich (50 percent to 44 percent); former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman (50 percent to 40 percent); Palin (55 percent to 40 percent); and former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty (50 percent to 41 percent).

    The poll was conducted June 2-5 by Langer Research Associates, among a sample of 1,002 adults. Results among adults have a margin of error of +/- 3.1 percent; the margin of error is higher for subgroups.


  94. Goolsbee–if it were my call we would give him the send off he deserves–tar and feathers.

  95. If I read the Insider’s article accurately this investigation is setting the foundation building up to eventually implicating Holder. At present, there isn’t enough evidence to charge Holder. I take that to mean they need witness testimony for cementing their case. (as votermom said yesterday- fingers-crossed) Good article to follow Holder’s demise…

    Subpoenas are coming in probe of Dept. of Justice gun-tracking program

    By Jordy Yager – 06/06/11

    The chairman of the House Oversight Committee will use the power of the subpoena to learn if a federal gun-tracking program contributed to the killing of a Border Patrol agent.

    Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) is planning to issue a number of subpoenas to federal officials with ties to the controversial program, which was run by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF).


  96. Sounds like an End Run around the failed legislation for government control of the Internet-

    The 18 Senators Who Approve Breaking The Internet To Protect Hollywood
    from the not-cool dept

    Last fall, we noted that the Senate Judiciary Committee had unanimously voted to approve COICA, a bill for censoring the internet as a favor to the entertainment industry. Thankfully, Senator Ron Wyden stepped up and blocked COICA from progressing.

    This year, COICA has been replaced by the PROTECT IP Act, which fixes some of the problems of COICA, but introduces significant other problems as well. A wide cross section of people who actually understand technology and innovation have come out against PROTECT IP as written — including librarians, human rights groups, public interest groups (pdf) and various technology groups (pdf), including CEA, CCIA and NetCoalition. Most significantly, a group of internet/DNS specialists have made a strong case that this would break the internet in significant ways:

    Excerpt List follows:

    This morning the Senate Judiciary Committee unanimously voted to move forward with PROTECT IP as is. It seems only fair to once again name the Senators who just voted (with a voice vote) to break the internet.

    Here’s your list of technologically ignorant lawmakers of the day:

    * Patrick J. Leahy — Vermont
    * Herb Kohl — Wisconsin
    * Jeff Sessions — Alabama
    * Dianne Feinstein — California
    * Orrin G. Hatch — Utah
    * Richard Blumenthal — Connecticut
    * Chuck Grassley — Iowa
    * Michael Lee — Utah

    * Jon Kyl — Arizona
    * Chuck Schumer — New York
    * Lindsey Graham — South Carolina
    * Dick Durbin — Illinois
    * John Cornyn — Texas
    * Tom Coburn — Oklahoma
    * Sheldon Whitehouse — Rhode Island
    * Amy Klobuchar — Minnesota
    * Al Franken — Minnesota
    * Chris Coons — Delaware


  97. Press Release of Senator Wyden

    Wyden Places Hold on Protect IP Act

    Overreaching Legislation Still Poses a Significant Threat to Internet Commerce, Innovation and Free Speech.

    Thursday, May 26, 2011

    Washington, D.C.– Continuing his opposition to legislation that aims to protect intellectual property at the expense of free speech, technological innovation and the very foundations of the Internet, U.S. Senator Ron Wyden has issued the following statement announcing a hold on the motion to proceed to the Preventing Real Online Threats to Economic Creativity and Theft of Intellectual Property Act (PROTECT IP):

    “Consistent with Senate Standing Orders and my policy of publishing in the Congressional Record a statement whenever I place a hold on legislation, I am announcing my intention to object to any unanimous consent request to proceed to S. 968, the PROTECT IP Act.

    “In December of last year I placed a hold on similar legislation, commonly called COICA, because I felt the costs of the legislation far outweighed the benefits. After careful analysis of the Protect IP Act, or PIPA, I am compelled to draw the same conclusion. I understand and agree with the goal of the legislation, to protect intellectual property and combat commerce in counterfeit goods, but I am not willing to muzzle speech and stifle innovation and economic growth to achieve this objective. At the expense of legitimate commerce, PIPA’s prescription takes an overreaching approach to policing the Internet when a more balanced and targeted approach would be more effective. The collateral damage of this approach is speech, innovation and the very integrity of the Internet.

    “The Internet represents the shipping lane of the 21st century. It is increasingly in America’s economic interest to ensure that the Internet is a viable means for American innovation, commerce, and the advancement of our ideals that empower people all around the world. By ceding control of the Internet to corporations through a private right of action, and to government agencies that do not sufficiently understand and value the Internet, PIPA represents a threat to our economic future and to our international objectives. Until the many issues that I and others have raised with this legislation are addressed, I will object to a unanimous consent request to proceed to the legislation.”

    The PROTECT IP Act was unanimously reported out of the Senate Judiciary Committee this morning. Senator Wyden placed a hold last Congress on the Combating Online Infringements and Counterfeits Act (COICA) that was the basis for PROTECT IP for similar reasons.


  98. Getting back to WeinerGate for a moment- First thing at 7:01am it was a replay of Tony Weiner explaining and apologizing on the Today Show. Obama must be lovin’ it taking his dismal failure as president off the front pages of the newspaper. The “Never Let a Crisis Go to Waste” meme also provides loads of cover for more of Obama’s under the radar nefarious activities.

  99. #
    Southern Born
    June 6th, 2011 at 10:02 pm

    Mrs. Smith

    Wasn’t there a song from the 1960’s-70’s called “Walk on By” or something like that?

    I think it was sung by Dionne Warick(sp).. If I should be overcome, would you do me a favor and pipe up with a swift kick… puleeese! 🙂

  100. This petition is posted at Red State this morning. They forgot to include national defense spending, which also warrants close scrutiny. Nevertheless, these five items are a good place to start:
    America is at a tipping point. Federal spending now exceeds tax revenues by $1.6 trillion a year. That means 40 percent of what Washington spends is borrowed. Washington must make drastic budget cuts now to preserve our freedom and prosperity.

    The liberals claim they can’t cut enough in the federal budget to make a significant difference. We’re betting you can do better!

    Below are 5 projects or programs in the federal budget—among the many that The Heritage Foundation has targeted for elimination. What would you cut? Your answers will be matched with those of Heritage Foundation experts . . . and Heritage will use your responses to help make the case for cuts to lawmakers.

    Start cutting now!

    1. Department of Education:

    Annual budget: $121 billion
    Summary: Since the department’s creation in 1979, trillions of tax dollars have yielded declining test scores as American education has fallen behind many other countries. One expert recently testified: “It now costs three times as much to provide essentially the same education as we provided in 1970.” The more we spend, the less we get.
    Cut $5 billion
    Cut $10 billion
    Cut $15 billion

    2. Obamacare:

    2012 budget: $5 billion
    Summary: In the next decade, Obamacare adds $1 trillion in new health care spending, which will balloon the federal deficit by $500 billion and produce a crushing tax burden. But even after one year, Obamacare is already cited responsible for increases in insurance premiums, dropped coverage, and job loss.
    No cuts (President Obama’s proposal)
    Cut $2 billion now and slowly increase cuts each year
    Cut $5 billion now and repeal the entire program ASAP

    3. 2009 Federal Stimulus Program

    Amount budgeted: $827 billion total
    Summary: The stimulus not only didn’t reduce unemployment, as the President and Congress promised, but much of the money is being wasted. One project spent $500,000 and didn’t even create two jobs! Much of the money remains unspent—which means it can still be cut!
    No cuts (President Obama’s proposal)
    Cut $30 billion
    Cut $60 billion

    4. Welfare/Entitlement Waste And Fraud

    Annual budget for welfare and entitlements: More than $2 trillion
    Summary: Washington bureaucracies are filled with preventable fraud, error, and theft. Example: Each year, 22 million Americans receive checks of up to $4,700 through the Earned Income Tax Credit, and almost one-third of these claims are fraudulent. Ten thousand or more dead people also received “stimulus” checks from Social Security. Medicare inefficiencies and fraud are even worse.
    Cut $10 billion
    Cut $31 billion
    Cut $44 billion

    5. Executive Pay For Civilian Federal Workers

    Amount budgeted: $244 billion
    Summary: Federal workers average 30 to 40 percent more in salaries and wages than equivalently skilled workers in the private sector and they receive roughly three times the basic benefits, more job security, repayment of student loans, and more days off.
    No cuts (President Obama’s proposal)
    Cut $20 billion
    Cut $40 billion to bring federal pay and benefits in line with the private sector.
    Your TOTAL savings from cuts in just these five areas is:
    $ 0 billion

    Submit your proposed savings on these five programs to The Heritage Foundation, and we will use it to guide our work to educate members of Congress! Your input will support our case for cuts in other programs.
    In addition, we will e-mail you a copy of your answers so you can share them with friends—and invite them to submit their cuts to Washington.

    Together, we can speak with a bigger voice!
    First Name *

    Last Name *

    Email Address *

  101. I can only hope Huma is thinking ahead.. If they stay a couple does she really want to be subjected to humiliation coming her way for a very long time? And her children, if she has any, will be the subject of taunts having to explain what happed to Daddy a long time ago reliving this whole nightmare?

    Remember one thing, Anthony Weiner is NO Bill Clinton.

  102. turndownobama
    WEll, Cannon had some info about the hole in yfrog/twitter that was news to many people, but I don’t recall him claiming ‘insider’ or ‘instincts’. Haven’t read his blog much, just the recent Weiner entries.
    Go to the link to Cannonfire’s site I posted in the comment you were responding to where he claims to know that Weiner only admitted to posting the photo in the news to distract from another situation/activity that he is covertly protecting. Then he follows that up with another sex scandal only he knows about in the WH
    that will be even more explosive. The word ‘instincts’ was used in snark.

  103. Sipsey Street Exclusive: Gunwalker Scandal hearings to proceed in 3 phases.”Eric Holder is toast. If he stays out of federal prison I’ll be surprised”


    There’s been a lot of scrambling this weekend behind the scenes at the Gunwalker Corral, especially since Congressman Issa’s FOX interview. I just confirmed with a second source this morning that the hearings promised by Issa are planned to proceed in phases. This, it was explained to me, is necessitated by the continuing stonewall of the Obama administration. “They’re going to go with with they’ve got or they’ll be waiting for documents until Hell freezes over. They’ve figured out what the rest of us knew all along — that the only way to break the cover-up is under oath.”

    As described by the sources close to the investigation, Phase I will be “the presentation of allegations and factual information, evidence, and intended direction of the continuing investigation.” This will include documents already presented to Senaqtor Grassley and Congressman Issa by whistleblower ATF agents. Senator Grassley will be among the first witnesses before Issa’s panel. Family members of Project Gunwalker victims are expected to testify, as well as other witnesses with first-hand knowledge of the conspiracy whose knowledge runs from Arizona to DC.

    Phase II, according to my sources, “will focus on Mexico issues with witnesses called who have first hand Mexico information.”

    Phase III will be when it really gets interesting, when all the big names in ATF and DOJ complicit in this scandal who have been uncovered in the previous two phases are called to explain themselves. One source characterized this as “the testimony of compromised participants to include the numerous ATF and DOJ employees with dirt, blood or both on their hands.”

    “After Phase III is done, the next step will be a Special Prosecutor with broad powers to get at the rest of the truth and proffer charges against some of the highest officials in the land,” said another source. “Eric Holder is toast,” he added. “If he stays out of federal prison, I’ll be surprised.”

    (Comments at the link tend to express some cynicism regarding Holder spending time in a federal prison.)

  104. moon, that reminds me last week SP was on tv (the tour) and someone said that their coworker came back from Europe and said that people in Europe think SP makes the USA a laughingstock; and I said, well those people are the same ones who think BO is a wonderful president.

  105. “The $61.6 trillion in unfunded obligations amounts to $534,000 per household. That’s more than five times what Americans have borrowed for everything else — mortgages, car loans and other debt. It reflects the challenge as the number of retirees soars over the next 20 years and seniors try to collect on those spending promises.”

    When you put the clowns in charge, don’t be surprised when a circus breaks out. …

  106. ACE..”Erections Have Consequences.”

    James Pethokoukis Posts Update Geoff’s Unemployment-Projection Chart

    Tim Pawlenty: Hey, How About Some Real Economic Growth

    Crash And Burn: Obama Approval Rating Underwater, Trails Mitt Romney In Washington Post/ABC News Poll

    Another One Bites the Dust

    Top Headline Comments 6-7-11

    Overnight Open Thread

    Weiner’s Worst Interview Performance Yet– Full Interview From ABCNews From A Few Days Ago
    Very Funny: Prankster Hacks The Daily Kos; Read It Before They Delete It

    Stanley Cup Final Game 3

    Last Licks: Vid of Breitbart’s Press Conference, With Special Guest Anthony Weiner; Meet the Leaker; ABCNews Report Thread
    BREAKING: Chris Matthews Says Something Stupid

    So, is the Twittering Weiner vulnerable in 2012?

    June 07, 2011
    James Pethokoukis Posts Update Geoff’s Unemployment-Projection Chart

    Geoff’s chart continues to make news, even though Geoff has moved on from the blog for real life.

    Actually the folks at e21 are updating it, but Pethokoukis notes how continuingly awesome it is.

    Unemployment continues to be above where Obama predicted it would be without the stimulus; that is, according to Obama’s promises and projections, we would have been far better off simply not having a stimulus at all. Unemployment would be lower and we’d have an extra trillion in mad money to play with, if we felt like it.

    In related news, because I said so, TMZ reports that Weiner offered PR help to Ginger Lee in crafting a lie to cover their, um, “frivolous exchanges between friends.”

    I need frivolous friends like this, I tell you what.

    No seriously, we now return to our regular not-so-much-dick format. But how can I pass up on this?

    See, this is a post about economics. It just has this bonus material.

    Via Gabe for the employment stuff and Slublog for the deployment stuff. Those are their Twitter handles, btw, if you want to follow.

    New York Post Headline Writer Hits the “WIN” Button With A Sledgehammer: “Erections Have Consequences.”

  107. American Thinker

    June 7, 2011
    Misunderstanding Obama’s Momma
    Jack Cashill

    In his assessment of the life of Stanley Ann Dunham, New York Times columnist Roger Cohen unwittingly tells us more about himself and the genteel progressive world he inhabits than he does Barack Obama’s mother.
    His jumping off place is A Singular Woman, the new biography of Dunham by fellow Times writer, Janny Scott. In my reading of the book, Dunham abandons her son at age 10 to go mucking about the third world at Ford Foundation expense on a variety of stunningly trivial projects.
    As if to make my case, Cohen praises Dunham as “an unrivaled authority on Javanese blacksmithing.” She was unrivaled because no one else thought it worth doing, not even the scholars in Java, and they would not have had to forsake their children to pursue their studies.
    In the encyclopedia of unintended consequences, Dunham’s picture could grace the definition of what David Mamet calls “the social tinkerer,” the classic do-gooder who paves the road to someone else’s hell with her good intentions.
    Cohen instead elevates the “type A” Dunham from ugly American to “a firm voice for female empowerment in an Indonesia ‘of smiling or gentle oppression’ toward women.” Yes, Dunham, who blew through two marriages — one sham, one real — and who survived only through the largesse of her own parents, was prepared to educate the women of Indonesia on female power. Only in liberal America or wherever liberal Americans go!
    To be sure, Cohen fails to comment on the information vacuum surrounding Obama’s birth: Scott tells the reader nothing about the alleged marriage of Obama’s parents, the six months preceding Obama’s birth, the details of his birth, or his mysterious appearance weeks afterwards with Dunham in Seattle.
    Nor does Cohen, or Scott for that matter, mention, let alone celebrate, Dunham for the one truly heroic thing she did in her life — giving birth to Obama. In 1960, Dunham was impregnated by a black man. Fifty years ago, this was as great a social taboo as existed.
    Scott mentions that a high school friend of Dunham’s came to Hawaii for an abortion. Dunham knew the option was available while she was pregnant. What is more, Barack Obama Sr.’s INS records show him to be no champion of life. When at Harvard a few years later, he impregnated a Kenyan high school exchange student and apparently sent her to London for an abortion.
    For whatever reason, Dunham resisted the clarion call of “choice.” Giving birth to Obama was her defining act. It changed history, but her champions won’t even talk about it. They feel more comfortable with blacksmithing.
    Jack Cashill’s new book, Deconstructing Obama, tells the story that the media will not tell.

  108. Weiner isn’t POTUS yet, but he’s a supporter of the Clintons. Why judge him more harshly than we judged Bill? Attacking Weiner hurts Hillary, since Weiner’s wife is Hillary’s aide.

  109. turndownobama
    June 7th, 2011 at 12:15 pm

    Because he also acts like an arrogant prick who has done nothing for anyone but himself. His alignment with the Clinton’s is not a pass on responsibility and integrity! Is that clear enough?

  110. This whole Gunwalker scandal had my head spinning…wha…huh….duh?

    One of those stories that might have legs but isn’t put together in a way that made sense to me…until I found this site…

    Will the ATF Gunwalker Scandal Take Down President Obama?
    Posted on February 2, 2011 by Brad Kozak

    Wow. Its déjà vù all over again. The Gunwalker scandal – in which the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) stands accused of smuggling guns into Mexico, arming the drug runners that murdered Border Patrol Agent Terry – is one of those seemingly innocent little land mines that blows up big. Contemplating the chain of command that must have authorized this profoundly illegal program, considering the administration’s response to the growing scandal, the hairs on the back of my neck stand at attention, and I’m taken back to the decade we called the 70s. Let’s take a closer look at this latter day potentially presidential scandal…

    The ATF has long been an “also-ran” federal agency. As RF has pointed out on many occasions, their work overlaps that of the FBI, DEA, DHS, U.S. Customs and Border Protection, state and local police and others. Since the ATF’s elevation to federal agency status (July 1, 1972), the ATF has been struggling to justify their existence.

    When Mexican President Felipe Calderon took America to task [falsely] for arming the Mexican drug cartels, it was Christmas at the ATF. Finally, they had a reason to live. They secured a “mandate” (read: a fully-funded $160m budget) from the Obama administration to curb the so-called “Iron River” of guns flowing from the U.S. into Mexico. It was the first expansion of the ATF in decades.

    Here’s the crux of the problem and the setup for the coverup: there IS no river of guns flowing into Mexico. While a few hundred firearms might cross America’s southern border on a annual basis, the Iron River is but a trickle. Not surprisingly, given the lack of a problem to solve and at least five federal agencies attempting to solve it, the ATF managed to apprehend only a few small time gun smugglers. And…that was it.

    In November, The Inspector General issued a report condemning the ATF’s Project Gunrunner program in no uncertain terms. Specifically, the IG excoriated the ATF for bureaucratic inefficiency and failing to nab the gun-smuggling “kingpins.” Well duh. There ARE no kingpins.

    The pressure for results increased dramatically. Like a gunfighter under pressure, the ATF turned to its core competency: entrapment. As TTAG has reported numerous times, the ATF has a long and ignoble history of using “sting” operations to catch illegal firearms purchasers. There were a few not-so-notable gun running busts, including an Arizona plumber.

    As part of this Project Gunrunner effort, the ATF “allowed” straw purchases headed for Mexico to go through. This information first broke cover when a Houston gun dealer told the world that the ATF had green-lighted illegal rifle sales to [alleged] Mexican gun runners. In and of itself, the practice was both ineffective and reprehensible. If it could be proved that the ATF had actually put the buyers up for the deal, well, nothing. Again, quasi-legal ATF “stings” are background noise.

    Only these authorized straw man purchases didn’t really work. Not on the scale that the IG and the ATF’s collective ego demanded. It’s a lot harder to sneak IN to Mexico than it is OUT of Mexico. (A one-way, revolving door. How nice.) And so the main accusation: ATF agents escorted said straw purchasers – and their “assault rifles” – across the Rio Grande and into Mexico.

    When Agent Terry was killed by drug smugglers, the net was immediately abuzz with the possibility that he was shot with one of the weapons “eased” into Mexico by the ATF. At first, the notion seemed incredible. But it was soon clear that the feds went into full disaster containment mode over Agent Terry’s murder, giving credence to the rumors.

    The intrepid Janet Napolitano, head honcho of Homeland Security and former Arizona Governor, raced to the scene of the crime. Since then it’s been radio silence. The FBI has refused to provide the names of the men arrested for Terry’s murder. They also put a lid on any and all other investigative findings. The Agency “declined” to honor a Freedom of Information Act request to provide information on the weapons found at the crime scene.

    Meanwhile, the ATF has already decided on its defense, as illustrated by a story at usatoday.com

    Bill Newell, ATF special agent in charge for Arizona, said the five separate cases, all part of Project Gunrunner, demonstrate the corruptive reach of Mexican cartels using straw buyers to acquire guns in Arizona for illegal shipment south.

    Asked whether agents purposely allowed firearms to enter Mexico as part of an investigation, Newell answered, “Hell, no.” But, he said, suspects under surveillance sometimes elude agents, which could result in guns winding up in Mexico.

    So it was an “accident.” Unless the ATF agents did, in fact, walk the guns into Mexico. In that case, there will be hell to pay.

    Let’s pause for a moment and consider the implications. The ATF allowed perhaps even transported weapons into Mexico. Two of those weapons may have been used to murder a federal officer. If true, the head of the ATF knows this. The head of the FBI knows this. The head of the Department of Homeland Security knows this. Did anyone bother to tell the President of the United States? One can only assume so.

    So what did President Obama know about Project Gunrunner’s criminal conspiracy to murder and when did he know it?

    Enter Sen. Charles Grassley, who, By God, is Going To Get To The Bottom Of This. He’s written a letter to acting ATF head Kenneth Melson. Melson is stonewalling. Meanwhile…

    more: http://thetruthaboutguns.com/2011/02/brad-kozak/president-obama-and-the-atf-gunwalker-scandal-what-did-he-know-and-when-did-he-know-it/

  111. Important paragraph from above link on the Gunrunner project:

    The cover-up is a genuine concern that could well be laid at the feet of the president. Ask yourself a couple of questions…Why did a cabinet-level chieftain fly down to personally oversee the…the…what, exactly? Investigation? Stonewalling? Cover-up? I dunno.

    And nobody else outside of the Administration knows either. If the instructions came from 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue (and that’s a big IF, at this point), then Houston, we have a problem. If the White House ordered Napolitano to put a lid on this thing, that constitutes obstruction of justice. And that’s a big-time crime.

  112. wbboei
    June 7th, 2011 at 8:27 am

    Of course I cannot let the argument that Civil Servants are paid excessive amounts of money go unchallenged.


    Above is a fact sheet explaining the real pay of Civil Servants. wbboei, I know you were just quoting, but I would like to know the source of the claim for the excessive amount of payment of federal employees. I am confident of the souces listed in the fact sheet given above.

  113. Weiner isn’t POTUS yet, but he’s a supporter of the Clintons. Why judge him more harshly than we judged Bill? Attacking Weiner hurts Hillary, since Weiner’s wife is Hillary’s aide.

    This is a fair question, and here’s what I think:
    Item 1: This implies Weiner & Bill Clinton did equivalently bad things. I disagree. BC had an affair with an intern, much younger than himself, after she, per her own testimony, came on to him. Per her own testimony, she was egged on by GOP operatives. It was indeed a set-up that BC fell for. BC violated workplace ethics by having an affair with a subordinate and by conducting the affair in the workplace. He was investigated and impeached. He survived impeachment mainly on the strength of his record of accomplishment as president.
    Weiner otoh, on his own, goes through his facebook & twitter fans – people who follow him because they like his politics, and looks for attractive young women and starts online flirting and then sends them naked pics of his body. This is predatory behavior, in my opinion.
    So personally I am not judging BC less harshly — I personally was quite angry with BC but then BC went through hell for that and and what I did was forgive him as a citizen after. And that Hillary chose to forgive him was her decision and I would have understood if she hadn’t. But when BC went through the impeachment nightmare, it was not an attack on Hillary. Hillary is a separate person from Bill.

    Item 2: Supporting the same politics I do does not give anyone a pass on misbehavior. For example, I don’t expect anyone on Big Pink to support me if I suddenly start scamming people, or blowing stuff up, or whatever. Supporting someone just because they are on your team is tribalism. The most I would expect from a teammate is the benefit of the doubt, not unthinking loyalty.

    Item 3: When you say “Attacking Weiner hurts Hillary, since Weiner’s wife is Hillary’s aide.” this goes back again to wives being separate persons from their husbands. “Attacking Weiner” (i.e. expecting Weiner to face consequences for his actions) is not an attack on Huma. She is a separate person from Weiner.

  114. To be sure, Cohen fails to comment on the information vacuum surrounding Obama’s birth: Scott tells the reader nothing about the alleged marriage of Obama’s parents, the six months preceding Obama’s birth, the details of his birth, or his mysterious appearance weeks afterwards with Dunham in Seattle.


    The Salvation Army Home for Unwed Mothers on Oak Street in Vancouver.

  115. wbb

    Per her own testimony, she was egged on by GOP operatives. It was indeed a set-up that BC fell for.

    Is this true? I didn’t know it was a setup.

    What republican’s? Newt?

  116. NewMexicoFan
    June 7th, 2011 at 1:12 pm
    June 7th, 2011 at 8:27 am
    First of all, the piece was from the Heritage Foundation–which is hostile to government to begin with. Second, the reference was to executive pay, which I know for a fact is very high. I have seen the mansions owned by top bureaucrats outside Washington D.C. and seeing is believing. Third, in m experience the pay for regular government workers is lower not higher than their counterparts in the private sector–particularly in the mid range positions. That is why Justice Department officials and others are always looking for corporate jobs. Fourth, the main problem that I see is not the employees but the civil service system. It is much harder to get rid of someone who is not performing and racial set asides are pernicious in some cases.

    As a funny footnote, I was once honored to be a person of interest in the Mafia activities on JFK airport. This was a law enforcement theory based on the job I held as a labor negotiator for a major company. There was no proof to support it. Over time, we proved that I and my counterparts were on the side of the angels. We got to be friends. The man who led that investigation–an Assistant US Attorney later went into private practice and asked us for a job. Like so many of them, they could make more money outside government.

  117. gonzo said:
    “has done nothing for anyone but himself”

    How could you possibly know something like that?

    Iirc, Weiner is in his seventh term as Congressman from New York. So he must have done a few things right (or the Clinton Machine-TM must have been backing him). /sarcasm

    Here is his voting record:

    Here are some of the good things Weiner has done – links to videos of his standing up for things the Dims wimp on:

    The Republican Party is a wholly owned subsidiary of the insurance industry.

    GOP attacks women. Rep. Weiner responds.

    Rep. Weiner stands up for 9/11 victims’ health fund.

  118. We’re not debating his record, we’re debating his being a slezebag internet kerbcrawler.

  119. Shadowfax,

    Monica L began the Oval Office blowjob affair sincerely, on her own. When Bill tried to break it off, some GOP connected people egged her on and began taping her.

    Paula Jones was certainly egged on by GOP lawyers etc who did her legal work free; Juanita Broderick was pressured by GOP operatives. There’s no evidence that Bill was ever involved with either of them, or with the many other women who made similar accusations.

    Apparently Weiner was being watched by some GOP operatives also, which is how they were able to capture the tweet that was only up for a very short time. It’s not unreasonable that they may have been egging on some of the women who corresponded with Weiner, or may have been corresponding with him themselves.

  120. This one’s for you, JBStonesFan.

    Obama loses 20 points in approval/disapproval gap in new WaPo/ABC poll.

    Via hotair.

    What a difference a month makes! Or, rather, what a difference one extraordinary event can make for a very brief time in polling, as well as some ridiculously skewed survey samples. Five weeks after scoring a +18 in approval in the Washington Post poll from the killing of Osama bin Laden, Barack Obama’s approval rating returned to its pre-OBL mission underwater status — although you’d need to get to the sample data to learn the extent of the fall:

  121. votermom,

    Condemning someone so close to the Clintons gives ammunition to the enemies of the Clintons.

    We should be talking about the double standard: GOPs who do much worse things (like Gingrich and some of the Impeachers) “get religion” and get a pass. A Democrat who has stood up against the GOP for good causes (or for Hillary) — gets condemned for much less. (Spitzer etc).

  122. wbboei
    June 7th, 2011 at 1:30 pm

    Thanks for the clarifications.

    If by the Executives you are talking about the Political appointees, I can agree on over paid, and still they get out and want to write a book and be consultants as soon as possible.

    If you are talking about the SESs, they might have somewhat equal pay, but their bonuses will never equal what goes on in private industry for like responsiblities. In addition, the numbers of those are at the top of the pyramid, like the Generals.

    However, many who read this blog will take the words in that article and apply them to all civil servants.

  123. I still doubt he is the daddy, she may well have got knocked up by another guy and had to find the closest resembling man who needed a visa to cover the bases.

  124. votermom
    June 7th, 2011 at 1:14 pm

    I agree with your thoughts on this.

  125. It’s not just Weiner’s voting record on legislation we should consider, but also the fact that he’s an automatic Superdelegate for Hillary (or for some other good FDR type Democrat who might challenge Obama or run in 2016).

  126. Women everywhere need Hillary’s help. We need her to be our REAL PRESIDENT!!!


    Hillary Clinton held an event Monday launching the “Women’s World Cup Initiative” to empower women through sports. But a coalition of rights activists is asking the U.S. secretary of state to get involved in a case dealing with an issue just as basic: driving while female.

    Chiding the U.S. government for its “public silence” on the issue, the rights group has called on Clinton to take a stand in the case of a mother arrested for driving in Saudi Arabia.

    Manal al-Sharif has been at the center of a protest movement since she was arrested last month for violating the kingdom’s ban on women driving. Saudi Arabia is the only country in the world that prohibits women from getting behind the wheel — something Saudi Women for Driving wants Clinton to publicly condemn.

    Read more: http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2011/06/06/group-chides-clinton-for-public-silence-on-saudi-woman-jailed-for-driving/#ixzz1OcSPX4u9

  127. wbboei
    June 7th, 2011 at 1:15 pm
    To be sure, Cohen fails to comment on the information vacuum surrounding Obama’s birth: Scott tells the reader nothing about the alleged marriage of Obama’s parents, the six months preceding Obama’s birth, the details of his birth, or his mysterious appearance weeks afterwards with Dunham in Seattle.


    The Salvation Army Home for Unwed Mothers on Oak Street in Vancouver.
    Why did you post a link to the Canadian national anthem?

  128. To claim that federal employees in executive positions make more than in the private industry is ludicrous. Private industry executives make so much money it is obscene. And if the salaries posted on the blogs for private sector workers came from the Cato Institute, then they are laughable.

  129. Our real POTUS has an inviting schedule tonight.

    Watch live on http://www.state.gov.

    2:25 p.m. Secretary Clinton holds a bilateral meeting with German Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle, at the Department of State.

    3:15 p.m. Secretary Clinton meets with Administrator Shah, Counselor Mills and the senior development team, at the Department of State.

    3:45 p.m. Secretary Clinton holds a bilateral meeting with Bahraini Crown Prince Salman bin Hamad Al-Khalifa, at the Department of State.

    6:00 p.m. Secretary Clinton attends the State Dinner hosted by President Obama and the First Lady in honor of German Chancellor Angela Merkel, at the White House.

    PM Secretary Clinton departs for foreign travel accompanied by Counselor Mills.

  130. c-span will be showing the arrivals for the state dinner tonight at 5:45 pm eastern. We might get a glimpse of HRC arriving.

  131. I’m not sure why arrivals will begin at 5:45 when the dinner starts at 8 pm, but maybe there are cocktails before?

  132. Quiz question for turndown…..who was one of the co-sponsors of the 2007 Keep the Internet free from sexual predators act?

    Tony Weiner! Thank God for his service and dedication.

  133. Why did you post a link to the Canadian national anthem?
    Multiple choice:

    1. I am a Vancouver Canuck hockie fan

    2. Vancouver is in British Columbia which is a province of Canada where Obama was born.

    3. Canadian prime minister Harper stood tall for Israel and put Obama in short pants in the process

    4. I am thinking of emigrating to canada if obama gets a second term, if they would only have me. (A reversal to Evangeline).

    5. All of the above.

  134. turndownobama
    June 7th, 2011 at 3:08 pm

    That really didn’t do much good in 2008, did it?

  135. Ulster Man is saying that Issa’s hearings start Monday- Obstruction charges possibly coming at Obama and Holder.

    BREAKING:Congressional Hearings Begin Mon.-Charges Of OBSTRUCTION OF JUSTICE against Obama/Holder DOJ.

    “First up is Eric Holder. He is gonna fall. Watch for Holder news – it’s coming…He’s done a hell of a job keeping the lid on so much sh-t. But that’s about to change. I ain’t saying I trust Issa, but it’s been explained to me that he knows that he’s doing and it’s getting done. -INSIDER – May 9th, 2011

  136. wbb

    Per her own testimony, she was egged on by GOP operatives. It was indeed a set-up that BC fell for.

    Is this true? I didn’t know it was a setup.

    What republican’s? Newt?
    That was not my quote. I am without information sufficient to form a belief as to whether that is true. I have only my suspicions that it is true. But I cannot identify who those republican sources actually were. There are many possibilities. Tripp was a holdover from the Bush 41 Whitehouse and was connected there. There were possible connections with Jessee Helms and Launch Faircloth and a federal judge which was bandied about at the time as well. And then there were people like Scaiffe and Ruddy who have since become big Hillary admirers, but at the time were bitter partisans. But my strong suspicion is that is was Washington DC staffers on the Republican side, and Teddy Kennedy operatives.

  137. 2007 Keep the Internet free from sexual predators act?


    Maybe that was about real sex?

  138. BREAKING:Congressional Hearings Begin Mon.-Charges Of OBSTRUCTION OF JUSTICE against Obama/Holder DOJ.
    That is what has got the Obama bilge rats scrambling. It calls to mind the old story that criminal lawyers like to tell about the judicial system in action. It goes like this.

    A man went to his lawyer to have a will written. When he entered the lawyer’s conference room the lawyer notices that he had a broken arm which was in a cast. He asked him what happened and the man said he slipped in the bath tub. Whereupon the lawyer corrected him and said no that is not what happened. What happened was you were down in the village, you entered a subway tunnel, paid your ticket, waited and when the train arrived you stepped into the car and just as you did the door shut and you fell to the ground breaking your arm. The client said a jury will never believe that story. Whereupon the lawyer informed him that he had eight men sitting in his waiting room that who would swear that they were there and witnessed the entire thing. The case went to trial because the subway company produced nine witnesses who clamed that they too were there and watched the man enter the car, that he did so safely and without falling.

  139. We need to be encouraging more HIllary Superdelegates for the future, not destroying the ones we have.

  140. Turndown- Weiner did this to himself. He fucked up. He now has to deal with it.

    The cover-up is always worse than the crime. Ask Eric Holder about that over the next several months. 😆

  141. BTW- Fuck Politico. They’re running bullshit filler stories on Merkel and Hillary on their like of pantsuits. Fuckers.
    Agreed. Politico is a den of maggots.

  142. Hearings will be televised. Check out the title. Bwahahaha….

    “The Full Committee hearing entitled, “Obstruction of Justice: Does the Justice Department Have to Respond to a Lawfully Issued and Valid Congressional Subpoena?” will take place at 1:00pm on Monday, June 13th in room 2154 of Rayburn House Office Building.

    The hearing will be streamed live at h t t p : // oversight. house. gov.”


  143. I like the cover…but not so much the description of her assistance to the jackass potus.

    Bluewater’s “Political Power: Hillary Clinton” Comic In Stores June 8

    by CBR News Team
    Tue, June 7th, 2011

    Bluewater is pleased to present a unique venture in the history of comic books, a follow-up biography featuring Secretary of State Hilary Clinton. The comic will be released on June 8, 2011.

    “Political Power: Hillary Clinton, ” which will feature a cover from noted DC Comics artist Joe Phillips, written by Jerome Maida, and drawn by Daniel Fitz, will retail for $3.99. It will be available through comic book shops and several online venues such as Amazon.com and Barnes and Noble.

    Undoubtedly historic, Hillary Clinton’s life has had a major impact on politics over the last 20 years. Rather than focusing on her beginnings as the first comic did, this issue will focus on the events that led to her being picked for her current position of power, Secretary of State in the Obama Administration.

    “We’re excited to bring this book to the table,” says Bluewater’s Vice President Jason Schultz. “The first comic did extremely well and she remains a very popular and compelling figure.”

    Publisher Darren G. Davis said, “Our goal is to show the behind-the scenes machinations–many of them ignored by the mainstream media–that resulted in Hillary Clinton becoming the current Secretary of State. A visual medium provides perspective that is not only accessible but more relatable to the average person without losing any of the information involved.”

    This 32-page comic book will be chronicling this saga, “Political Power: Hillary Clinton” will explore all sides of the issue, from her positive contribution to Barack Obama’s ascendancy to the detractors who argue against her attempt to secure the nomination to the bitter end. Though her hopes for the presidency now seem a long shot, interest is still strong and steadfast for what might have been the first female presidential nominee in history. Join Bluewater Productions as we examine the enigma of Hillary Clinton and how she took under her wing the man who would eventually wrest the nomination she felt was destined to be hers.

    “I am writing Hillary Clinton from a perceptive of someone who did not admire her at first and throughout the process of research has come to admire and be utterly fascinated by what is a tale that most have not reported on,” says “Clinton” writer Jerome Maida. “We delve into how her decision not to run in 2004 helped make Barack Obama a star, how she took him under her wing and how their battle was more personal than many realize–and how close she came to saying no to the position of Secretary of State and what changed her mind. It’s a fascinating story.”

    The “Female Force” issue featuring the first Hillary Clinton biography is still available in graphic novel form with other subjects featuring Michelle Obama, Sarah Palin and Caroline Kennedy.

    The “Political Power” series which has been featured on CNN, The Today Show, Fox News and thousands of other places, was launched earlier in 2009 as a companion piece to the successful “Female Force” biography title. The comic allowed Bluewater to delve into the lives and power and legacy of some of the most important and powerful political personalities of the past generation regardless of gender. Other subjects have been Bill Clinton, Nelson Mandela, Ronald Reagan, Nancy Pelosi, Joe Biden and Arnold Schwarzenegger.


  144. Hillary Clinton And MAC Partner To Help Rape Victims In South Africa

    Written by Charles Dixon on June 6, 2011

    Secretary of State Hillary Clinton announced a private partnership with the MAC cosmetics company that will expand medical and emergency support services for rape survivors in South Africa, where over 3 million people live with HIV/AIDS.

    Clinton and the cosmetics company pledged the commitment of $2 million to diminish the AIDS epidemic in South Africa over the next two years through the launch of new TCC centers and the extension of operating hours at existing clinics.

    The TCC Network was launched by the South African governments with aide from the United States government to bring services, including HIV/AIDS testing, prevention, and treatment programs to women and children who are victims of sexual violence. The MAC Foundation will leverage $18.9 million that the U.S. government has committed to the program already.

    The MAC AIDS FUND was founded in 1994 with the goal of supporting people living with HIV and AIDS around the world, and commits 100 percent of the sale price of Viva Glam Lipstick and Lipgloss to HIV/AIDS prevention, treatment and education.


  145. Clinton meets with Palestinian, Israeli negotiators

    By Madeleine Morgenstern · June 7, 2011

    WASHINGTON (JTA) — U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton met separately with senior Palestinian negotiator Saeb Erekat and his Israeli counterpart, Yitzhak Molho.

    Erekat, in a brief statement to reporters after the meetings Monday, denied any communication with Molho, saying he only found out Molcho was also meeting in Washington once Erekat arrived, Haaretz reported.

    “There was no meeting with the Israeli delegate Yitzhak Molcho, no direct or indirect exchange of messages,” Erekat told Haaretz.

    The Palestinians have refused direct talks with Israel since September, when Israel refused to extend a partial moratorium on settlement building.

    Clinton’s talks with Palestinian and Israeli negotiators are part of an effort to restart Middle East peace talks, State Department deputy spokesman Mark Toner said during a briefing Monday, and come in the wake of a French proposal to have the two parties sit down early this summer to negotiate holding new talks.


  146. JOBS, JOBS, JOBS????


    June 6, 2011
    Obama Tunes Out, and Business Goes on Hiring Strike

    By Michael Barone

    Last week, I noted that various forms of the word “unexpected” almost inevitably appeared in news stories about unfavorable economic developments.

    You can find them again in stories about Friday’s shocking news, that only 54,000 net new jobs were created in the month of May and that unemployment rose to 9.1 percent.

    But with news that bad, maybe bad economic numbers will no longer be “unexpected.” You can only expect a robust economic recovery for so long before you figure out, as Herbert Hoover eventually did, that it is not around the corner.

    Exogenous factors explain some part of the current economic stagnation. The earthquake and tsunami in Japan caused a slowdown in manufacturing. Horrendous tornados did not help. Nor did bad weather, though only a few still bitterly cling to the theory that it’s caused by manmade 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 percent 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, Barack 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’ 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 1.0 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 launched 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 the New York 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.


    With enough dough to last through three recessions and two depressions, Obama doesn’t need to worry about how recessions have this remarkable correlation to the number of available jobs.

    Since it’s too late to get any knowledge into Idiot’s head, he needs to be extracted from the Oval Office.


    Obama: “I’m Not Concerned About A Double-Dip Recession”

    (video available)

    “I’m not concerned about a double-dip recession, I’m concerned that the fact that the recovery we’re on is not producing jobs as quickly as I wanted to happen. Prior to this month, we have seen three months of very robust job growth in the private sector. And, so we are very encouraged by that. This month, we still saw job growth in the private sector, but it slowed down,” President Obama said at a press conference with German Chancellor Angela Merkel.

  148. OkieAtty
    June 7th, 2011 at 4:14 pm

    The hearing will be streamed live at h t t p : // oversight. house. gov.”


    Oooo thank you for the link. Now if I can find this link next Monday. 😉

  149. Obama: “I’m Not Concerned About A Double-Dip Recession”


    This bloodsucker isn’t concerned about anything but his golf game and basketball.

  150. Could it be because the fraudmedia wouldn’t let the story be told? Only “THAT ONE” had a story, only “THAT ONE” was making HIS-STORY, there was to be NO HER-STORY?
    Only “THAT ONE” could be bought, like a cheap suit….


    “I am writing Hillary Clinton from a perceptive of someone who did not admire her at first and throughout the process of research has come to admire and be utterly fascinated by what is a tale that most have not reported on,” says “Clinton” writer Jerome Maida

  151. I am writing Hillary Clinton from a perceptive of someone who did not admire her at first and throughout the process of research has come to admire and be utterly fascinated by what is a tale that most have not reported on,” says “Clinton” writer Jerome Maida
    Fuck you Jerome you fucking bot.

  152. Personally, I don’t trust either of them. Give back out 2.3 trillion you stole from SS and Medicare and THEN, MAYBE, we will have a dialog.

    Grim Milestone: Public Finally Starting To Think Obama’s Been President Long Enough To Call It His Economy

    Obama’s had a hell of a run. President Obama has been in office going on three years but thusfar he’s only had difficulties with Bush’s Guantanamo policy, Bush’s War in Iraq, Bush’s War in Afghanistan, and Bush’s Economy.

    Of course, along the way, he did get a polling boost from President Obama’s Takedown of Usama Bin Ladin.

    Like that old joke between husband and wife: “Your kids need to be disciplined.” But our kids managed final round in the spelling bee.

    Obama’s might have to start taking responsibility for his misbehaving, surly, underachieving brat of a Depression.

    Asked who they trust to do a better job on the economy, 45 percent named congressional Republicans while 42 percent chose Obama. That’s a marked turnaround from a mid-March Post/ABC survey when 46 percent said they trusted Obama to do a better job handling the economy and just 34 percent named Republicans in Congress.
    Among electorally critical independents, 44 percent said they trusted Republicans more to handle economic issues while 39 percent preferred Obama. In March, independents favored Obama on the question 40 percent to 29 percent.

  153. Turndown: here is a partial answer to the question you raise, which is whether we should support Hillary because he is a presumptive Hillary super delegate in a presumptive Hillary run for the presidency in the presumptive future. The thesis is that Washington has sucked up too much power from the people and from the states, and as a result Washington is too important in our lives, we play on opposing teams, and the question has become not whether Tony is a bad guy-a sick guy-or just a politician doing what both parties do, the point being that politics has trumped morality. I hate Obama and his supporters for what they have done to this country, and so much that I cannot see the fine logic that this article puts forth, although abstactly it has merit. I think the other side is right out of Orwell’s 1984 and if they are not fought tooth and nail they will destroy this country. Too many facts and too much research supports that conclusion.


  154. Years ago they used to say that living in Manhattan was different than living anywhere else because the place reverberates politics from the moment you walk out the door in the morning to the time you return home in the evening. Thanks to big media the entire country has become that way. I sometimes wonder if the smart ones were not the ones who focused on the rest of life, and ignored politics. Hard to do these days. The problem with focusing your life on politics is that it is an inside game, and we are being played every waking moment. It is ironic that for something this important we have so little control over it.

  155. President Obama’s Takedown of Usama Bin Ladin
    ??? Say what? How about the Seal’s takedown of OSB while OB hid in the root cellar. I said it two years ago, based on a foreign policy expert whose name I cannot remember. Foreign policy achievement credited to a sitting president do not move the needle when it comes to domestic elections, ESPECIALLY when the country is failing domestically. The people who are moved by such things–are typically republicans and right leaning idependents and they will be selling popsicles in hell when those people vote for Obama–this time around.

  156. votermom
    June 7th, 2011 at 5:46 pm
    June 7th, 2011 at 5:44 pm


    I am sorry, but my mind turns to the anglo saxon genre when I read this kind of thing. Because I have met these kind of people, who were contemptuous of Hillary in the primary, and would do anything to tear her down, but have now changed their tune since they believe she is serving Obama’s interests. I will not bore you with examples but I do not want to hear from them. I want her as president, and this nonsense we see now which glorifies her as Obama’s secretary of state leaves me cold. I think our foreign policy is a total mess, just like it was under Bush, and arguably worse because the nominal titular executive is a eunuch and everyone who is honest knows it. I associate her with a much higher calling than being secretary, as Michelle put it, to a Chicago maggot like Obama.

  157. I’m watching the arrivals at the WH state dinner for Angela Merkel. When Austin Goolsbee came in they announced his wife as Mrs. Robin Goolsbee. I thought he was married to Samantha Power. Who do I have him mixed up with?

  158. Bo and Mo met Angela Merkel outside the WH with Mo wearing a slim fitting white sleeveless (of course) floor length beaded dress (where is pm317, she always does the comments on Mo’s attire). The dress seemed to be a bit too long as Mo was very careful to pick up the dress from behind everytime she took a step. Nancy Pelosi was wearing a very pretty white dress with a pearl choker necklace (honest it was a choker). Angela Merkel is wearing a very modest chocolate brown floor length dress that she is not having any trouble walking in. Still waiting for Hillary.

  159. “I’m not concerned about a double-dip recession, I’m concerned that the fact that the recovery we’re on is not producing jobs as quickly as I wanted to happen.
    Obama for once in your life come clean. Spare us the rhetoric and the lies. You know–and we know–that you do not give a good goddamned about the people in this country. Any more than you cared about your constituents in Chicago who froze that winter in apartments owned by your sugar daddy Rezko, or your Illinois constituents who preferred not the have nuclear material in their drinking water supplied by your sugardaddy Excelon. We know who you are–and what you are not.

  160. This is really horrible. God, how fuc8ING sick can people be…you don’t ever want to know. One can only hope there is a God,
    and that these children are with her now. The families of missing children must be going nuts. I know no more than what I am posting, but it is near Houston, you have to wonder about child porn…

    Dozens Of Bodies Found
    POSTED: Tuesday, June 7, 201

    LIBERTY COUNTY, Texas — Dozens of bodies have been found on a property in Liberty County, officials said Tuesday.

    The Liberty County Sheriff’s Office said 25 to 30 bodies were discovered outside a home at the intersection of County Roads 2049 and 2048 between Hardin and Daisetta.
    Investigators said someone told them about the location, but they did not elaborate.
    The FBI was called in to assist the investigation.

    Officials said a search warrant was obtained to gather evidence.
    Stay tuned to KPRC Local 2 and Click2Houston.com for the latest on this breaking news story.

  161. Why worry about Weiner? Or any Weiner for that matter. Weiner may not have a district or a constituency after the Republicans get through with their re-districting.

    Weiner may survive the scandal but his District may Not!

    New York Democrats are furious with Rep. Anthony Weiner over his fall from grace and his decision to remain in Congress, which will be a lingering embarrassment to them. But even if Mr. Weiner manages to survive a pending House Ethics Committee investigation, his district may not survive the redrawing of congressional district lines that is about to be conducted by state legislators in Albany.

    New York must lose two House seats in 2012 due to slow population growth, and one of those districts is almost certain to be in New York City. Mr. Weiner represents a sprawling district in Queens and Brooklyn that borders six other congressional districts and thus could be an easy target for elimination. Due to the Voting Rights Act, none of the existing districts with a majority of black or Hispanic voters can be realistically rubbed out. But Mr. Weiner lacks that protection and already sits in a district where he is on shaky political ground, having won with only 59% of the vote.

    more at the link:

    h… online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052702304432304576371574025153898.html

    If by some miracle Weiner does survive the redistricting. Take a hard look at this popularity poll:

    Should Rep. Anthony Weiner Resign?


  162. wbb

    Fuck you Jerome you fucking bot.

    😆 You tell ‘um wbb!


    Weenie is pervert. Even if his wife adores Hillary. He is still a perv.

  163. Big Cat,

    Samantha Power is married to Cass Sunstein who was appointed Administrator of the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs to Obama’s Office of Management and Budget.

    votermom- your Impeachment summary was right on with Lewinsky and the Linda Tripp saga. The only thing I would add is the reason the Impeachment didn’t stick to Bill Clinton is because the Charges, (the LIE about having Sexual Relations with Lewinsky, a personal matter) had nothing to do with breaking any US Laws or harming the country. The Impeachment clause clearly states, the Charges’ for conviction must meet the threshold of High Crimes and Misdemeanors.

    The HOUSE brought the Charges but the SENATE (the deciders) agreed, the “Lie” had nothing to do with the Security of the US and could not meet the threshold of High Crimes and Misdemeanors.

    However, they wouldn’t let him go scott free- they suspended his license to practice law for (I think) for 5 yrs. He subsequently reinstated his license
    after the five year period expired.

  164. Shadowfax
    June 7th, 2011 at 7:13 pm

    We should check and see if that gunshot blast to his foot has any toes left.

    The sad fact is Bill and Hillary would have fought for him to keep his District if it turns out his District is going to be absorbed by another one. Weiner gave the Republicans exactly the excuse they needed to cut him out of contention.

    Besides being a pervert, what worse than a pervert? An “irrelevant” pervert!

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