Battle Of The Slogans 2012: ‘Obama Made It Worse’ Versus ‘It Would Have Been Worse’

Campaigns for president always have one of two themes: “it’s time for a change” or “stay the course.” The incumbent power will always be the “stay the course” purveyors, even if “adjustments” or “tweaks/changes” garnish the formula. The out of power challenger will always run a campaign based on the “it’s time for a change” theme.

The themes and slogans for 2012 are already set. If Obama persists in running for election in 2012 he will run on “stay the course.” The Republicans, or a potential third party challenger, will run on an offshoot of “it’s time for a change.” Obama enabler and Big Pink hater Peggy Noonan explains:

“Four words: He made it worse.

Obama inherited financial collapse, deficits and debt. He inherited a broken political culture. These things weren’t his fault. But through his decisions, he made them all worse.

Joe Scarborough recently wrote that Obama’s big enemy now is time running out. With unemployment again above 9 percent, the country’s AAA debt rating in danger, the failure of Obama’s stimulus scams and bailout sprees evident, there is very little time for an economic rebound before November 2012. Blaming George W. Bush is increasingly a lame strategy. It’s not that Republicans are blameless:

“Republicans who blame our current economic crisis on Obama either have short memories or no shame. The GOP owned Washington when it inherited a booming economy and a $155 billion budget surplus. Mr. Obama was not as fortunate. He inherited a broken financial system, a housing market in free fall and a debt that doubled during the Bush years.

But that doesn’t mean Obama should be given a free political pass for our nation’s dismal economic condition. For while the economic crisis was not of his making, Obama’s unfocused policies and spendthrift ways have had the effect of taking a bad situation and making it worse.

Bill Clinton left George W. Bush that great economy and growing surplus. George W. Bush left the economy in a mess. Barack Obama made it worse.

We wrote repeatedly in early 2009 that Barack Obama’s scams and schemes would fail because they were an unfocused, wasteful, mess. We called him and them Eggheads. They are destructive, delusional eggheads led by a tax cheat. We have been proven correct. What we wrote in early 2009 was controversial but is now conventional wisdom, or soon will be. Scarborough now says it was all an unfocused, wasteful mess:

“Conservatives complained that it spent too much. Liberals argued that it spent too little. But very few paid attention to the most important question: Where did the money go?

House members and senators who voted with the president were in no position to answer that question, because none of them actually read the bill before it passed.

Against that backdrop, one wonders why the Obama administration promised voters that if this muddled collection of legislative goop was signed into law, unemployment would never rise above 8 percent.

The president has clearly failed on the jobs front.”

Yup, he made it worse. In 2012 Obama will try to continue to distract from the simple fact that the economy was bad in 2009 and He Made It Worse. Obama pal and once fellow Illinois senator Dick Durbin thinks that the American people will soon hold Obama to account:

“Dick Durbin: I can’t help but think Obama might be held responsible for this economy [snip]

Now then: Democrats aren’t seriously thinking of embracing a this “messaging,” are they?

As you might have seen, my colleagues Jeff Zeleny and Jim Rutenberg did a nice job of previewing President Obama’s re-election campaign in a front page article on Sunday. One line in particular jumped out at me: “With their hopes dashed of substantial improvement in unemployment anytime soon, aides indicated that the theme was likely to be less ‘morning in America’ and more ‘don’t change horses in midstream.’”

I’m certainly no political strategist, let alone one who’s gotten a president elected. But that said, am I the only one who wonders if this might be kind of a boneheaded construct?

That’s from Matt Bai, whose big problem with the “horse” analogy appears to be that Americans are perfectly comfortable switching horses in midstream these days in all sorts of ways. Er, okay, but I’m thinking the bigger problem with it might be that the water’s gotten so high that we’re all about to drown. Normally that’s the perfect time to switch horses in midstream, right? The water’s rising, inexorably, right up to your nose, and — oh look, there’s another horse. Let’s climb on.”

Yup, blame game aside, “This Is Obama’s Economy Now.”:

“The fact is we now have the president in a position of power with his economic policies. He’s going to be held accountable, we know that,” Sen. Dick Durbin (D-IL) told MSNBC this morning.”

New York Times Obama fluffer Matt Bail is not happy with the horse analogy. His fellow Timesman, the Obama statistics apologist Nate Silver, appears to agree that a stunning version of “He made it worse” – from yesteryear – has the potential to really hurt Obama:

“The year 1980 was one in which economic forecasting models were in agreement that the economy had slumped too significantly to allow President Jimmy Carter to win re-election. Unemployment was at 7.5 percent and inflation was at 9.7 percent. Per-capita GDP and disposable income growth, adjusted for inflation, had been negative over the course of Mr. Carter’s term. The economy was officially in recession for much of the election year.

But Mr. Carter — despite approval ratings in the 30s or low 40s — was holding his own against Ronald Reagan. Some polls, even well after Labor Day, showed the horse race to be tied or even had Mr. Carter with a slim lead.

Mr. Reagan would win overwhelmingly, however, claiming 44 states (even Massachusetts and New York) while limiting Mr. Carter to just 41 percent of the vote. He surged in the final week of the campaign after he posed the following question to Americans in the presidential debate of October 28, the first and only such event in which he and Mr. Carter participated together:



Are you better off than you were four years ago?” Mr. Reagan asked, dwelling on Mr. Carter’s economic and foreign policy failures. Voters decided that they weren’t, and Mr. Reagan became the 40th president.”

Silver was a known baseball statistician hack for Obama during 2008 and now he shills for Obama at the Times. Silver is every ready to make excuses for Obama and allay the fears of the shrinking viper population that still adores Obama. But all the excuses Silver produces will not deter Obama’s 2012 opponent[s] from saying “He made it worse”:

“The slow-forming 2012 Republican race for the White House is starting to gain focus, with candidates competing to see who can hammer President Barack Obama the hardest for his economic leadership.

Republicans have launched a volley of attacks on Obama’s economic policies in the last week, hoping to capitalize on what polls show is broad public dissatisfaction with how he is handling the economy and the budget deficit.

Next week’s nationally televised debate in New Hampshire gives Republicans their best forum so far to make their case on what promises to be their central argument in 2012 — that Obama should be fired for his economic stewardship. [snip]

“He has spent three years dividing our nation, fanning the flames of class envy and resentment to deflect attention from his own failures and the economic hardship they have visited on America,” Pawlenty said of the president in a speech at the University of Chicago, where Obama once taught.”

Barack Obama and his henchmen have said if not for Obama “It would have been worse.” The HOPE they have is that Republicans (like Newt Gingrich today) will implode. The HOPE is that opposition campaigns will destroy themselves. The HOPE is that all the opposition campaigns will Newter themselves. The HOPE is that the American people can be distracted.

The American people however are focused on the economy, do not agree with Obama’s “would have been”, and think Obama made it worse. Things are so bad many think another Great Depression in on the way:

“President Barack Obama’s overall approval rating has dropped below 50 percent as a growing number of Americans worry that the U.S. is likely to slip into another Great Depression within the next 12 months, according to a new national poll.”

After two years of an alleged recovery, the fear in the streets is of a Great Depression:

“In 2008, only 38% expected another Great Depression, which rose to 41% in 2009 shortly after Obama took office. In the two years of the Obamanomics recovery, it’s jumped seven points — which shows just how effective people believe Obamanomics to be.”

Great Depression talk is also coming from the left in the form of Dean Baker:

“When the financial system was on the edge of melting down back in the fall of 2008, there was much talk in the punditocracy of a second Great Depression. The story was that we risked repeating the mistake at the onset of the first Great Depression: allowing a cascade of bank failures that both destroyed much of the country’s wealth and left the financial system badly crippled. Instead, however, we acted, and these days the accepted wisdom is that the TARP and other special lending facilities created by the Federal Reserve Board prevented a similar collapse that saved us from a second Great Depression. But this view badly misunderstands the nature of the first Great Depression—and may, in fact, result in the country suffering the second Great Depression that the pundits claim we have averted.”

Baker agrees with the Obama slogan that “It would have been worse” but that is small comfort as long as Baker shouts “Great Depression coming.” Baker is not alone on the left:

“Dem Pollsters to Obama: Americans Still Think We Are in the Ditch

The Democratic polling firm Democracy Corps is out with a new comprehensive polling report looking at the state of the economy and impact on politics. [snip]

The really bad news for the Obama administration though is that Americans don’t think the economy is improving. They in fact feel their own and their family’s economic problems have gotten much worse lately.

Since the spring of 2009, two-thirds of the country have rated the state of the economy’ negatively. That is an unchanging backdrop to life in America right now. What is going on?

Try reality. Our tracking on people‘s own and immediate family experience shows a stable 35 percent who have lost a job in the last year and shows a worsening situation on health care, foreclosure, and particularly reduced wages and benefits. That is particularly true for white non-college and working class voters.

The polling falling mirrors what we are also seeing in the official data with dropping home prices and bad job reports.

As far as regular voters are concerned there is no recovery and according to Democracy Corps, Democrats need to acknowledge this reality to win in 2012. President Obama needs to stop taking credit for “fixing the problem” simply because most people don’t think it has been fixed.

The White House metaphor of getting the car out of the ditch on to level ground and not giving the car back to the guys who drove it into the ditch was unconvincing, too light-hearted, backward looking, and out-of-touch. People thought they were still in the ditch.”

It’s a Great Depression leading to a Great Awakening about the flim flam man from Chicago. Even Obama loving Politico has had to go for talking points to the Obama nest of thieves in order to bring HOPE to the worried Obama apologists. However, Republicans know the “Obama Made It Worse” theme is a winner:

“In 2008, Obama won nine states that George W. Bush had won in 2004: Colorado, Florida, Indiana, Iowa, Nevada, New Mexico, North Carolina, Ohio and Virginia.

The RNC memo notes Republican gains in those states since Obama took office in 2009, including one U.S. Senate seat, four governorships, seven state legislative chambers and 19 U.S. House seats.

“In only two and a half years, his position in those states, and in many others, has deteriorated dramatically, and Republican strength is in plain view,” the memo states.”

In the battle of the slogans Obama’s “It would have been worse” does not have the sting of truth “He Made It Worse” does. It is really bad. At the end of June the Federal Reserve will stop buying American debt (the Fed has purchased 85% of debt offerings) and the Chinese are not going to save the debt market with purchases. Not only did Obama make it worse – The Economy Is Worse Than You Think:

The Economy Is Worse Than You Think

The policies of the Obama administration have led to the weak condition of the American economy. Growth during the coming year will be subpar at best, leaving high or rising levels of unemployment and underemployment.

The drop in GDP growth to just 1.8% in the first quarter of 2011, from 3.1% in the final quarter of last year, understates the extent of the decline. Two-thirds of that 1.8% went into business inventories rather than sales to consumers or other final buyers. This means that final sales growth was at an annual rate of just 0.6% and the actual quarterly increase was just 0.15%—dangerously close to no rise at all. A sustained expansion cannot be built on inventory investment. It takes final sales to induce businesses to hire and to invest.

The picture is even gloomier if we look in more detail. Estimates of monthly GDP indicate that the only growth in the first quarter of 2011 was from February to March. After a temporary rise in March, the economy began sliding again in April, with declines in real wages, in durable-goods orders and manufacturing production, in existing home sales, and in real per-capita disposable incomes. It is not surprising that the index of leading indicators fell in April, only the second decline since it began to rise in the spring of 2009.

The data for May are beginning to arrive and are even worse than April’s. They are marked by a collapse in payroll-employment gains; a higher unemployment rate; manufacturers’ reports of slower orders and production; weak chain-store sales; and a sharp drop in consumer confidence.”

Obama Made It Worse:

“The administration’s most obvious failure was its misguided fiscal policies: the cash-for-clunkers subsidy for car buyers, the tax credit for first-time home buyers, and the $830 billion “stimulus” package. Cash-for-clunkers gave a temporary boost to motor-vehicle production but had no lasting impact on the economy. The home-buyer credit stimulated the demand for homes only temporarily.

As for the “stimulus” package, both its size and structure were inadequate to offset the enormous decline in aggregate demand.”

But not to worry. Barack Obama has his priorities:

“At some point during the first two years of his administration, President Obama stopped receiving the daily economic briefing that he requested when he took office.”

When he is not golfing and fund-raising, he’s with the guys:

“He’ll be back at the office in time to meet Auburn’s champion football team at 3 and with Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan at 4:40.”

How many football, baseball, basketball, golf, hockey teams are there? However many, Obama will rub backs and smile big for all of them. The economy? He’s too busy – he’s already done enough damage.

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419 thoughts on “Battle Of The Slogans 2012: ‘Obama Made It Worse’ Versus ‘It Would Have Been Worse’

  1. The announcement for Hillary taking the World Bank position, True or Not, will take the “heat” off her and Bill for a few months anyway-

    Obama is scared sh*tless, Hillary is going to throw her headband into the ring at the last minute. This news just got Valerie Jarrett off Obama’s back… for a while- 😆

  2. A quick note on the Hillary story about the World Bank:

    Rule of thumb – Anytime a story about Hillary hits while Hillary is out of the country you can almost be sure it is a hit job, a drive by shooting. In today’s instance it’s John Kerry trying to muscle Hillary out and get himself a new job. Barack Obama’s thugs are busy too hoping these types of stories hurt Hillary’s influence.

    September is the month to watch.

    The story has been strongly repudiated:

    http://www.politico.com/politico44/perm/0611/president_hillary_97400756-cff8-45e8-8e60-e12884ce5e78.html

    It’s Grade A” BS, Clinton’s spokesman emailed POLITICO after the account hit the wire.

  3. http://blogs.mcall.com/penn_ave/2011/06/pa-dem-voters-waning-on-obama.html

    By most political assessments, Pennsylvania is a must-get state for President Obama if he wants to spend another four years in the White House. So, the results of a poll released Thursday by the right-leaning, Harrisburg based Susquehanna Polling & Research is quite the downer for Obama.

    First reported by pal Tom Fitzgerald of the Philadelphia Inquirier, the poll shows 48 percent of Pennsylvania voters disapprove of Obama’s performance compared to 41 percent who approve. On whether he deserves a second term, 43 percent said he did while 50 percent said it’s time for someone else.

    Fitzgerald reports that 30 percent of voters from Obama’s own party have a negative view of his job performance, which is bad news for the president who needs his base to come out in Philadelphia and Pittsburgh to assure he wins the Commonwealth.

  4. “Four words: He made it worse.
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    Wrong Peggy. As usual you are far too verboise and you dwell on the obvious. It does not take four words to defeat Obama. Two will more than suffice: when you are in a hole—STOP DIGGING. For your edification, Peg leg peg, it is called The Law of Holes.

  5. admin, spurious stories like this are to show she is moving on, don’t pin your hopes on her, kind of subtle subliminal messages from Obama minions trying to win back disenchanted Obama voters. It is like saying you have no choice, no alternative but to vote for him.

  6. Here is another way to say it: he inherited a recession and by dint of his genius turned it into a full blown depression. But it is an ill wind that does not blow in some good news. He did manage to lower his golf handicap. Well, into each life a little rain must fall. The second clip is fantastic–a young Ella, Duke Ellington and Dick Rogers . . . Probably at the Cotton Club . . .

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PJ9IaplRrm4&feature=related

  7. “A third source said Obama has already expressed support for the change in her role. It is unclear whether Obama has formally agreed to nominate her for the post, which would require approval by the 187 member countries of the World Bank.”
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    Obama’s statement in the article isn’t being repudiated by the WH- Probably hoping Hillary supporters will give up and stick with the Democrats. And above all- hoping donors do not continue holding back their campaign donations for her or some other challenger.

  8. Thumbs down from Forbes:

    http://blogs.forbes.com/louiswoodhill/2011/06/08/president-obama-authors-the-economic-recovery-that-isnt/

    President Obama Authors The Economic Recovery That Isn’t

    At the end of this month, President Obama’s economic recovery will be two years old. Let’s look at what we can expect in terms of results.

    The consensus forecasts have been overly optimistic of late, but let’s assume that the economists get it right for 2Q 2011, and we get real GDP growth of 2.0%. And let’s further assume that the BLS employment report for June comes in at the average of April and May.

    If such turns out to be the case, total employment (BLS household survey) will be 0.3 million lower than it was at the start of Obama’s “recovery”, two years earlier. The unemployment rate will have fallen from 9.5% to 9.1%, but only because 3.6 million people became discouraged and stopped looking for work.

    If the rate of labor force participation in June 2011 were the same as it was in June 2009 (65.7%), the reported unemployment rate would be 11.2% rather than 9.1%. If June 2011 labor force participation were 66.2%, which is where it was when Obama promised that his “stimulus” program would prevent unemployment from exceeding 8.0%, the June 2011 unemployment rate would come in at 11.9%.

    In terms of jobs, the Reagan recovery of 1982-1984 stands in sharp contrast to the Obama recovery of 2009-2011. The recession that started in July 1981 lasted almost as long as the downturn that began in December 2007 (16 months vs. 18 months), and produced higher peak unemployment (10.8% vs. 10.1%). However, during the first two years of the Reagan recovery, total employment increased by 7.2 million. The unemployment rate fell from 10.8% to 7.2%, even though labor force participation increased from 64.2% to 64.5%.

    While in terms of employment the Obama recovery has been catastrophic, in terms of economic growth it has been merely disastrous. Real annual GDP growth during the first two years of the Obama recovery should average 2.69%. This is about half of what is normal for the start of an economic recovery. In contrast, real GDP grew at a 6.65% annual rate during the first two years of the Reagan recovery.

    The Reagan recovery also felt much different than the Obama recovery. In November 1984, people were talking about “Morning in America.” In June 2011, they are worrying about “Great Depression II.

  9. I’m not sure how he wins PA. I have heard from some collegues of mine that the EPA is giving the coal plants such a hard time, they may have to shut some down, same as what was done in WV, they, in WV , are losing at least 600 workers;; who knows? maybe the same will happen in PA.

    why would anyone invest any money in growing this economy in this country when Waffles is in charge?

  10. http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2011/06/09/earlyshow/living/money/main20070292.shtml

    “About a year ago Zero Hedge posted an article titled: “Record Number Of Americans Using Retirement Funds As Source Of Immediate Cash” after a report by Fidelity uncovered that “plan participants with loans outstanding against their 401(k) accounts had reached 22 percent versus 20 percent a year earlier.” It is now time to revisit this very important topic because if recent press reports are true, last year’s record number has just increased by another 50%. “On “The Early Show” Thursday, financial journalist and Newsweek columnist Joanne Lipman said, “Right now we have 30 percent of people who have 401(k)s have loans against their 401(k)s, which is a historic high. And the problem is, it’s growing like crazy: By 2014, we’re expecting to see 30 million people take loans against their 401(k)s.” The raiding of the last ditch piggybank is on, and who can blame them? “

  11. “By 2014, we’re expecting to see 30 million people take loans against their 401(k)s.” The raiding of the last ditch piggybank is on, and who can blame them? “
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    They are borrowing against their 401k’s hoping to ride out the storm and survive the depression without losing their homes and not sending their kids to college. Because they have been subjected to workplace cutbacks or worse still, lost their jobs and have been unemployed for more than a year. Their Retirement Funds are the last bastion of reserves the government hasn’t garnished yet. They still need the stock market to keep their stockholders happy. I’m sure they will find a way to break them eventually-

  12. I am not worried about “Obama made it worse”, or “It would have been worse”.

    What I am worried about is “What Other choice Do We Have”. Yes, people voting for him, because there they are more afraid of the other choice, which the Dems have brainwashed people into thinking would be worse.

  13. Studies
    The Weinergate Effect – Twitter Use Down 28% By Lawmakers Following Scandal

    On May 27, 2011, when Rep. Anthony Weiner accidentally sent a link via Twitter which contained a very public photograph of a specific (and unwelcome) kind of Congress member, he couldn’t have begun to imagine the damage this incident would cause not only to his career, but to the prolificness of all lawmakers, Republican and Democrat, who were active on Twitter.

    A new study from TweetCongress.org has analysed the rate of tweets before and after the Weiner scandal, and uncovered an interesting, if perhaps not entirely unsurprising fact: the total number of tweets across all congressmen is down 28%.

  14. admin

    September is the month to watch.

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    What’s the story for this September?????????????????????

  15. “which the Dems have brainwashed people into thinking would be worse.”
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    I agree with your post-

    Those same people stood by and watched Hillary get robbed at the Primary. They stood by and said nothing- What did they expect to happen; Obama would fall in Love with them because they supported him over her and he would consciously feel obligated to them? In another life maybe- You sleep with dogs, you come home with flees! 😆

  16. So Newt’s been neutered by his own campaign staff.

    Some news stories just give you a warm and fuzzy feeling! 😉

  17. I knew Illinois is a horrible environment for businesses, looks like they are heading out from IL at even a faster pace.

    http://market-ticker.org/akcs-www?post=187808

    “CME’s Executive Chairman, Terry Duffy, said the company was exploring a potential move of its corporate base, after Illinois earlier this year sharply lifted the corporate tax rate paid by the Chicago-based exchange company.
    Sears has also issued a similar threat.”

  18. gonzotx
    June 9th, 2011 at 9:49 pm
    I am not ready to crucify him for what might have been a private communication notwithstanding the fact that the fool used such public vehicles like twitter and facebook.
    ***************

    PM, there is actually something called morals.

  19. Mrs. Smith
    June 9th, 2011 at 9:49 pm
    “which the Dems have brainwashed people into thinking would be worse.”
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    I agree with your post-

    Those same people stood by and watched Hillary get robbed at the Primary. They stood by and said nothing- What did they expect to happen; Obama would fall in Love with them because they supported him over her and he would consciously feel obligated to them? In another life maybe- You sleep with dogs, you come home with flees!
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    I Could Not Agree More.

  20. All about fear of the unknown…it could be worse you know. BS

    Someone once said “You have nothing to fear but fear itself”

  21. Yes, with the team of McCain, and Palin, one cannot imagine that they would have been worse than Obama, Biden.

    McCain understood more than anyone that you sacrifice yourself for the people you command. He did it and endured years of more torture. Palin got rid of corruption in her state, and it was amazing that she politically survived. McCain was known for putting his country first and reaching across the party line, he had done it. His slogan was put American First.

    Obama although he claimed he could lead from day one, actually meant he could play Golf from Day one.

  22. We need to change the “It could be Worse”, into “Re-election will make it worse” based on the previous track record. He has proven beyond a doubt he does not have the slightest idea about economic, and how to get out of this hole. However, digging it deeper he can do. He did not have a specific plan before, and he does not have one now.

    Has anyone see him call a press conference and state, we don’t like the looks of the recent economic reports, so here is our new plan.

    If I missed that, let me know.

  23. What we have heard is excuses about the way it is, and don’t worry it is getting better, even though we know they are stacking the stats we are looking at. SO HOW BAD IS IT REALLY. Scarey!

  24. Hillary Clinton denies rumoured departure for World Bank top job

    US secretary of state will not be quitting White House next year to replace Robert Zoellick, spokesman says

    Hillary Clinton has denied reports that she is planning to quit her job next year to become head of the World Bank.

    The US secretary of state and former first lady has said publicly she did not plan to stay on at the State Department for more than four years. Associates told Reuters that Clinton has told the White House she would be interested in the World Bank job should current president, Robert Zoellick, leave at the end of his term, in the middle of 2012.

    Such a move would come as America’s top diplomat is dealing with the toughest set of foreign policy challenges yet faced by the Obama administration. Clinton is orchestrating US reaction to the Arab Spring uprisings and the continuing unrest in the middle east and war in Afghanistan.

    Clinton spokesman Philippe Reines flatly denied the report to The Washington Post.

    “100% untrue, Reuters is wrong,” Reines wrote in an e-mail to the paper.

    Alex Slater, managing director of Democratic consultancy SKDK, said he was “surprised” by the reports: “She has done an incredible job at the state department and her approval ratings are extremely high,” he said. Slater said he had no knowledge of her intentions but said she had always made clear that she was going to leave after the first term.

    Clinton would need the approval of the 187 member countries of the World Bank in order to secure the job. She is widely seen to have done an excellent job at the state department after her unsuccessful attempt to beat president Barack Obama to lead the Democrat’s into the 2008 election.

    The World Bank has traditionally been headed by an American. The US is currently assessing candidates for the top job at the International Monetary Fund, the World Bank’s sister organisation, and now is a sensitive moement for negotiations over both jobs. The IMF job came free after the resignation of Dominique Strauss-Kahn following allegations of attempted rape.

    The IMF has traditionally been headed by a European. One leading candidate is France’s finance minister Christine Lagarde, who has yet to secure US approval for her bid. Neither the IMF nor the World Bank have ever been led by a woman.

    Should Clinton leave, John Kerry, chairman of the senate foreign relations committee and a close Obama ally, is seen as a possible replacement for her. But it will be difficult to match her star power.

    The World Bank would provide Clinton with a platform for many of her biggest concerns. The organisation provides billions in funds to the world’s poorest countries and Clinton has long been vocal on global development issues.

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2011/jun/09/hillary-clinton-denies-world-bank-rumours

  25. 06/09/2011

    The Hatch-Lieberman resolution: Pushing back on Obama on Israel

    By Jennifer Rubin

    Sens. Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) and Joe Lieberman (I-Conn.) have introduced a resolution that reads:

    Declaring that it is the policy of the United States to support and facilitate Israel in maintaining defensible borders and that it is contrary to United States policy and national security to have the borders of Israel return to the armistice lines that existed on June 4, 1967.

    Whereas, throughout its short history, Israel, a liberal democratic ally of the United States, has been repeatedly attacked by authoritarian regimes and terrorist organizations that denied its right to exist;

    Whereas the United States Government remains steadfastly committed to the security of Israel, especially its ability to maintain secure, recognized, and defensible borders; Whereas the United States Government is resolutely bound to its policy of preserving and strengthening the capability of Israel to deter enemies and defend itself against any threat;

    Whereas United Nations Security Council Resolution 242

    (1967) recognized Israel’s ‘‘right to live in peace within

    secure and recognized boundaries free from threats or

    acts of force’’;

    Whereas the United States has long recognized that a return to the 1967 lines would create a strategic military vulnerability for Israel and greatly impede its sovereign right to defend its borders; and

    Whereas Prime Minister of Israel Benjamin Netanyahu correctly stated on May 20, 2011, that the 1967 lines were not ‘‘boundaries of peace. They are the boundaries of repeated war’’: Now, therefore, be it Resolved by the Senate (the House of Representatives concurring), That, (1) it is the policy of the United States to support and facilitate Israel in creating and maintaining secure, recognized, and defensible borders; and (2) it is contrary to United States policy and our national security to have the borders of Israel return to the armistice lines that existed on June 4, 9 1967.

    President Obama’s spinners will certainly argue this is unnecessary and point that he called for 1967 borders with “land swaps.” But the point of the resolution is clear: The United States has a long bipartisan position on the primacy of defensible borders and that the U.S. role is to “facilitate” Israel’s security, not undermine its bargaining position.

    Moreover, if this is the Obama position, why have no Democratic senators signed on? And if it’s precisely what Obama meant to say, why not signal his approval? Unless, of course, Obama is playing a double game — signaling to the Palestinians one position and voicing platitudes to quiet critics at home.

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/right-turn/post/the-hatch-lieberman-resolution-pushing-back-on-obama-on-israel/2011/03/29/AGARuJNH_blog.html

  26. The George Soros-funded activist group Moveon.org

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    What percent of Moveon’s funding do you claim is from Soros?

  27. I don’t mean to lighten what the scoundrel did to Huma, but really…it happens every day to regular women too….do we HAVE to thru out every good President, Congressman for a little sex fantasy game….lets get real here…

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    Very sensible!

  28. Even though I loved BC, I have no doubt great things were not done because of his actions with ML.

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    Not because of Bill’s actions — but because of the reaction of Gingrich and other enemies, who hired Starr, made a fuss, attempted impeachment, etc.

    Bill and Monica were minding their own business in private. The damage was caused by those who dug it out for political reasons. (Hint: JFK did more great things because no one did pry into his own affair.)

  29. So the theory is that there are kids who would be corrupted by a picture of underwear with a shadow on it … but they’re old enough to read a politican’s page? And they don’t know how to push a Delete button and Ban User? And their parents don’t bother to tip off Drudge or Breitbart or have their lawyer contact Pelosi? The tip comes from some wannabe Ken Starr instead?

    Isn’t what did happen bad enough for you? Must you resort to hypotheticals?

  30. Hmmm, Newt Gingrich…I guess this is what happens when you dwell on and play busybody politics with other people’s sex lives.

  31. “In 2008, Obama won nine states that George W. Bush had won in 2004: Colorado, Florida, Indiana, Iowa, Nevada, New Mexico, North Carolina, Ohio and Virginia.

    In only two and a half years, his position in those states, and in many others, has deteriorated dramatically, and Republican strength is in plain view.”

    “By most political assessments, Pennsylvania is a must-get state for President Obama if he wants to spend another four years in the White House. So, the results of a poll released Thursday by the right-leaning, Harrisburg based Susquehanna Polling & Research is quite the downer for Obama.

    First reported by pal Tom Fitzgerald of the Philadelphia Inquirier, the poll shows 48 percent of Pennsylvania voters disapprove of Obama’s performance compared to 41 percent who approve. On whether he deserves a second term, 43 percent said he did while 50 percent said it’s time for someone else.”

    For those who are obsessed with polls, remember that approval ratings, whether good or bad for the Fraud, are meaningless, as are head-to-head matchups between potential candidates; the electoral college is all that matters. The polls referenced in these quotes from the article show that the Fraud is weak and vulnerable in several swing states that he must win for re-election next year. If you must follow polls, pay attention to these swing-state polls. Most of them will vote against the Fraud regardless of the opposing candidate.

  32. admin: Except for the fact that we know Obamaville will pull out all the stops to cheat the elections, I would take great hope in what you have presented here. Thank you.
    ——————-
    Lately I’ve noticed a ‘Dim Bulb’ feature at Washington Examiner. The previous one was about Santorum grading McCain on torture. Here is today’s:

    Dim Bulb: House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi
    WHAT: Said she and her fellow House Democrats have “… a flag we’ve planted that we will protect and defend. We have a plan. It’s called Medicare.”
    WHY IT’S DIM: Wasn’t there something in the Obamacare Pelosi backed to cut $500 billion from Medicare?
    CURE: Pelosi appears to have passed the point of curability from professional politicianitis.
    http://washingtonexaminer.com/opinion/dim-bulb/2011/05/dim-bulb-house-minority-leader-nancy-pelosi

  33. The takeaway from Ani’s post:

    “Ms. Powers is correct. The only people who wish to sublimate others, who can only feel bigger by making others feel smaller or powerless are those who feel small themselves. Double entendre notwithstanding.

    But Ms. Power’s conclusion is most telling in that I fear her disillusionment with her own party will only grow over time-
    ______________________

    They do it to Sarah Palin regularly. Then, there are the creative ones who use the “joker” of the bunch as the bomb thrower who readily accepts a pat on the head spoken as “goodjob” as they go on their merry way until next time. When the nasty is spoken about a target and the process is repeated again. How sophomoric. LOL

  34. This is funny. A 105 million glass staircase and if you are wearing a dress people below can see through it and they may even take pic of it and tweet it.. Of course, men who don’t wear dresses (we hope) must have designed it.

    http://www.10tv.com/live/content/local/stories/2011/06/08/story-columbus-franklin-county-courthouse-staircase.html?sid=102

    Judge Julie Lynch said that she usually delivers justice in a dress underneath the robe she wears each day to work.

    “I wear dresses because that’s my personal choice,” Lynch said. “When you stand under the stairwell, you can see right up through them.

    Lynch said that she initially thought the new courthouse must have been designed by men.

    “How can you open a brand new building and not take in consideration half the population?” Lynch said.

    The news startled attorney Lori Johnson, who is a regular at the courthouse.

    “Women won’t realize that and will just automatically assume that they can take the stairs safely,” Johnson said.

    Johnson said that she worries not just about stolen glances, but also the prevalence of camera phones.

    “Then, next thing you know, you’re on the Internet,” Johnson said. (It) sounds like a lawsuit in the making.”

  35. Not on top of this story- just hearing about it this morning-
    Any thoughts- Not a stretch wondering if the Obama team has clean hands.
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    Sarah Palin Emails: Text Of Messages To Be Released By State Of Alaska

    JUNEAU, Alaska — The state of Alaska on Friday will release ?thousands of Sarah Palin’s emails from her first two years as governor, a disclosure that has taken on national prominence as she flirts with a run for the presidency.

    The emails were first requested during the 2008 White House race by citizens and news organizations, including The Associated Press, as they vetted a vice presidential nominee whose political experience included less than one term as governor of Alaska and a term as mayor of the small town of Wasilla. The nearly three-year delay has been attributed largely to the sheer volume of the release and the flood of requests.

    Alaska is releasing the more than 24,000 pages of emails in paper form only and asking news organizations to pick up several boxes worth of documents in Alaska’s capital city, accessible by only air or water. Reporters from several news organizations have already begun arriving in Juneau and are making various plans to disseminate the emails to the public.

    Palin told Fox News Sunday that “every rock” that could have been kicked over to uncover things in her family has been. But she also said “a lot of those emails obviously weren’t meant for public consumption” and that she expected people might seek to take some of the messages “out of context.”

    But there may not be any surprises to Palin in the emails. Once the state reviewed the records, it gave Palin’s attorneys an opportunity to see if they had any privacy concerns with what was being released. No emails were withheld or redacted as a result of that, said Linda Perez, the administrative director for Gov. Sean Parnell who has been coordinating the release.

    The voluminous nature of the release, the isolation of Juneau and the limited bandwidth in the city of 30,000 people has forced media outlets to come up with creative ways to transmit the information. The Washington Post is looking for “100 organized and diligent readers” to work with reporters to “analyze, contextualize, and research the e-mails.” The New York Times is employing a similar system.

    Mother Jones, ProPublica and msnbc.com are working with Crivella West Inc., to create a searchable database of the emails. The Associated Press also plans to scan the paper copies to make searchable files available to its members and clients. The state said it was not practical to provide electronic versions of the emails.

    It’s not clear yet whether the 24,199 pages being released will contain any major revelations, but they will provide a fresh look at the inner-workings of her office from the time she took office in December 2006 to her ascension to vice presidential nominee in September 2008. Requests have been made for emails from her final 10 months in office. The state hasn’t begun the process of reviewing those yet. Palin resigned partway through her term, in July 2009.

    Prior records requests have shed light on the Palin administration’s efforts to advance a natural gas pipeline project and the role played by Palin’s husband in state business.

    The email release adds another dimension to the vetting of Palin that began in 2008 and comes as she has become a prominent national political figure, attracting large crowds during a recent bus tour across the Northeast. Palin’s attorney referred questions about the emails to the treasurer of her political action committee, who did not immediately respond Thursday.

    The emails were sent and received by Palin’s personal and state email accounts, and the ones being released were deemed to be related to state business.

    She and top aides were known to communicate using private email accounts. Perez said Palin gave the state a CD with emails from her Yahoo account, and other employees were asked to review their private accounts for emails related to state business and to send those to their state accounts.

    Another 2,275 pages are being withheld for reasons including attorney-client, work product or executive privilege; an additional 140 pages were deemed to be “non-records,” or unrelated to state business.

    Some emails may have been previously reviewed in other, earlier public records requests, such as in the Troopergate investigation, in which Palin was accused of putting pressure on public safety officials to fire her brother-in-law, an Alaska State Trooper who was going through a bitter divorce from Palin’s sister.

    Clive Thomas, a long-time Palin observer who’s writing a book on Alaska politics, said he’s not sure what the emails will contain – or whether their contents will affect people’s perceptions of Palin.

    “I guess most people, I think, who don’t like Sarah Palin are hoping there’s something in there that will deliver the final sort of blow to her (politically),” he said. As for Palin’s supporters, he said he doesn’t think their opinion of her will be changed regardless of what comes out.
    ___________________

    I hope someone turns around this vetting process to focus on Obama. With the usual reminders- We have a president that is a mystery man.. ?Birth Certificate, ?E-mails when he was a state senator, ?college transcripts, how come?

  36. This summer’s economic news and the polling are critical. So are the isolated pieces popping up in the MSM calling Obama a disengaged fabulist whose sole activities are golfing and chasing bucks for re-election. All of the Congressional Democrats know he is hazardous to their health and with him at the head of the ticket they will have a herculean task to get re-elected. Increasing numbers of Dems (Durbin, Carville, etc.) are trying to warn wonder boy that he is in for a knock down drag out fight and the public is in no mood for his shit.

    Democrats and the media will have to defend the WH or deep six the upcoming Issa hearings which will outrage everyone if they will admit it, coupled with increasingly dire economic conditions, weird weather, inflation, Weiners, a DOJ acting as Chicago protection racket for bankers, the Supreme Court possibly sending Obama a raspberry over the his historic health care for insurance companies act, and the Federal Reserve money printing presses catching on fire from overuse.

    Everything is falling into place for the argument that the One should call it quits and settle for being a disastrous one term-er. The marketing phenomena known as Obama has had its very short self life. If the Democrats run him again they can start calling themselves Whigs II.

  37. But not to worry. Barack Obama has his priorities:

    “At some point during the first two years of his administration, President Obama stopped receiving the daily economic briefing that he requested when he took office.”
    !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    Win. The. Future.
    From the link:

    White House officials said the meetings slowly petered out, but Obama still receives a daily economic briefing on paper. (I’m SURE he reads those!)
    “The president requests regular meetings several times a week and daily updates from his economic policy team, just as he does with his national security team and other senior advisers in the White House,” one administration official said. (yeah right)
    Additionally, the official said, the president gets daily briefing documents from his National Economic Council and regular updates from Vice President Biden. 😯

  38. I must say that my initial impression of Wasserman Schultz was favorable because I was under the mistaken impression that she was a Hillary supporter. Seeing how quickly she flipped to Bambi however gave me some pause. And, what she has done in her debutante ball as DNC Chairman has convinced me that I was dead wrong about her. Dead wrong. Lincoln said if you want to test someone’s character give them power. Well . . . Case here is the perfect case in point. And trust me as we enter high election season, and the other party makes what we can only hope is some effort to hold Obama accountable for destroying the country, her comments will become even more shrill and delusional. As they say, if the facts are on your side–argue the facts. If the law is on your side–argue the law. If neither the law or the facts are on your side–pound the table and spread vitrol in all directions. If that is what the job calls for, the dims have found themselves the perfect shill, and soul mate.
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    Debbie Downers First Bad Month

    Posted by Moe Lane (Profile)
    Friday, June 10th at 9:30AM EDT
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    (Via Hot Air) The Politico is just now starting to realize just how big a boon DNC chair Debbie Downer (aka Debbie Wasserman Schultz) is… for the Republican Party:

    She’s accused Republicans of wanting to reinstate segregation and of waging a “war on women.” She has asserted, somewhat nonsensically, that the GOP wants to make illegal immigration — by definition against the law — “a crime.” She’s also been mocked for driving a foreign car after pounding Republicans for not supporting the American auto industry.

    [snip]

    No one seems ready to declare her the Democratic version of Michael Steele, the gaffe-prone former Republican National Committee chairman whose rhetorical and administrative missteps led numerous party leaders to publicly insist he had to go.

    Now, this would be the point where I’m supposed to go “She’s the Democratic version of Michael Steele,” only I’m not going to take that particular bait. Michael Steele, for all of his financial goof-ups and uncritical willingness to make a splash, was still a guy who had a sense of humor and a compelling life story. Debbie Wasserman Schultz is an interchangeable Democratic drone (Humorless, Shouting Feminist edition) whose most inherently interesting feature is a lingering uncertainty about whether or not her name requires a hyphen.

    Anyway, read the whole thing: of particular interest is Ed Rendell’s somewhat nervous excuses for Debbie Downer’s performance to date. Not to mention this bit about how conservative blogs “…are gleeful over her bumpy rollout. Conservative blogs are seizing on her excesses — a luxury they did not have with Kaine, her more measured predecessor…” That’s sort of true, but very few Republicans are really inclined to criticize Tim Kaine’s tenure as DNC chair, even now. After all, there’s always the chance that some fool in the Democratic party leadership will offer him another position of trust and authority.

    Moe Lane (crosspost)

    PS: Mike Huckabee delivers the coup de grace: “In these days when there are far too many partisan attack dogs stirring up divisiveness and vitriol, it kind of speaks well for her that she’s that bad at it.”

    Ouch.

  39. What percent of Moveon’s funding do you claim is from Soros?
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    You would need a detective to answer that question. And it is not detrminative of the issue of control. It is subtler than that. Officially, he contributed only 2.5 million in 2008. Standing alone that would seem to be a small percentage which would not imply control. But that is an entirely deceptive figure, for two reasons. First, he is part of a group of left wing billionaires who have made matching contributions, whose names I have recounted in the past. Peter Lewis is one of them. Second, and this is the clincher, very often Soros will articulate a position publicly, such as his opposition to Bush policies and Halburton, then Move on will launch a follow-up public attack, then the stock of that company will go down, and finally he will buy it at bargain basement prices and make a killing. Move on is one of the tools he uses to undermine the United States. If you doubt that fact, then consider how the move on attacks against Patreus and on our war in Iraq have abated since his puppet Obama became president. He controls Move-on and more seriously he controls the Democratic Party. If you do the research, you will see that is true. And most important he controls Obama.

  40. admin
    June 9th, 2011 at 7:51 pm
    A quick note on the Hillary story about the World Bank:

    Rule of thumb – Anytime a story about Hillary hits while Hillary is out of the country you can almost be sure it is a hit job, a drive by shooting. In today’s instance it’s John Kerry trying to muscle Hillary out and get himself a new job. Barack Obama’s thugs are busy too hoping these types of stories hurt Hillary’s influence.
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    Mail on line today notes:

    “If Clinton were to leave State, John Kerry, a close ally of Mr Obama’s and is chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, is among those who could be considered as a possible replacement for her.”

    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2001831/Hillary-Clinton-denies-rumours-shes-leaving-Obama-job-World-Bank.html

  41. Default: The legacy of “our first black president”. No that is not racist. That is how he billed himself and how big media made the case that the country should vote for this incompetent boob.

    Hope, change, and Denver are a long time ago. By contrast,I really like what the black Republican candidate for president is saying. So as you see, it is not racist. Not that it matters any more–Obama and big media have worn the gold off that one. By their lights, anyone who disagrees with Obama is ipso facto a racist. See Debby Downer (supra). Or just listen to Obama operatives at NBC or CNN.

    To those who voted for him in lock step, Buchanan’s words on the subject ring true: if we are going to have our first black president, fine. But us at least be certain that he is qualified for the job, because if he is not, then the blessing becomes a curse for all.

    Whether he intended to bring this country down or whether he blundered his way into it by his massive spending increases and his refusal to negotiate spending cuts when we were already teetering on the edge when they might have averted catastrophe is debatable. There is a lot of history here to suggest the former. And certainly that would be consistent with the stated goals of his godfather Soros.

    What is not debatable is that he and his allies in big media have run our economy aground. Nice work Obama. Nice work big media.
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    China Official: It’s Too Late, U.S. Already ‘Defaulting’

    Published June 10, 2011

    Reuters

    In this Feb. 14 photo, The National Debt Clock hangs from a building near Times Square in New York.

    As lawmakers scramble to cut a budget deal and avoid defaulting on U.S. debt, the head of a top Chinese rating agency claims it’s too late.

    Guan Jianzhong, president of Dagong Global Credit Rating Co. Ltd., reportedly told state media that the United States has already defaulted by letting the U.S. dollar weaken.

    “In our opinion, the United States has already been defaulting,” Guan was quoted as saying, according to AFP.

    China, likewise, has long come under criticism for allowing its currency to weaken. But while Dagong Global is known for being tough on the U.S., Guan’s words carry extra sting as they follow warnings from three top rating agencies about U.S. finances.

    Fitch is the latest to warn the U.S. that its sterling credit rating could be at risk if it fails to raise its $14.3 trillion debt ceiling or fails to rein in its long-term deficits.

    Moody’s and Standard & Poor’s have already issued similar warnings.

    Meanwhile, lawmakers and White House officials are stepping up the pace of budget negotiations as they try to reach a deal that will persuade Congress to lift the debt ceiling by Aug. 2 — the deadline Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner has given lawmakers. After that date, Geithner warns, he would run out of ways to avoid a devastating default on U.S. obligations.

    Some Republicans, while wanting to avoid default, claim the administration could extend that deadline further by making severe and immediate spending cuts elsewhere

    Read more: http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2011/06/10/china-official-its-too-late-us-already-defaulting/#ixzz1Oszh7Z3w

  42. If Clinton were to leave State, John Kerry, a close ally of Mr Obama’s and is chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, is among those who could be considered as a possible replacement for her.”

    😯

    Hillary, please stick it out to the end of 2012!

  43. Want to know why unions and allied organizations are losing support? $60 million to be spent by these “leaders” even though the membership is not on board with the decision:

    http://www.politico.com/politico44/perm/0611/early_enrollment_f1682da5-a7df-4f7a-9a57-b88685bb6191.html

    The National Education Association, the largest education union, is preparing for a long, tough fight to re-elect President Obama.

    In an interview with POLITICO, the group’s executive director, John Wilson, said he’s prepared to invest resources and manpower to reelect Obama, despite disagreements with the administration on education policy.

    We’ve got a lot of selling to do. Our members are very unhappy,” Wilson said. “We’ve got to explain to them the stakes. We cannot wait until a few months before the election.”

    Wilson said the NEA’s executive board moved early to recommend that the group endorse Obama in May, after backing him at the last minute in 2008. He said NEA President Dennis Van Roekel recognized that they would need more time to convince skeptical members to stick with Obama. The group’s delegates will vote to officially endorse Obama at an annual meeting at the end of June.

    The support of teachers unions, while never really in question, could play a big role in Obama’s reelection bid. Democrats have long relied on unions to spend money and knock on doors in national elections.

    For his part, Obama has championed education funding in negotiations with Republicans over budget cuts, and he issued a statement of support for Wisconsin teachers’ union employees’ collective bargaining rights in the face of antiunion legislation this year.

    The 3.2 million-member organization has affiliate organizations in every state, and Wilson said it is prepared to spend at least $60 million to reelect Obama.

    “Quite frankly, we don’t have the money the Koch brothers have, but one thing we do have is, we have boots on the ground,” Wilson said. “We are going to invest a lot of our resources and people power to convince our voters, which are reflective of our members.”

    Wilson sees fights between state governors like Wisconsin’s Scott Walker and Ohio’s John Kasich as opportunities for the group to reach its more than 1 million Republican members with the reelection message.

    The budget debate in Washington, which the Obama administration has sought to frame starkly in terms of education investments instead of deep education cuts, has sharpened the contrast between Obama and his potential opponents, Wilson said.

    “A lot of them in Ohio are saying that ‘the Republican Party has left me,’ ” Wilson said. “We think we’ll be able to move a lot of our members no matter what their party affiliation to understand that there is no better person for our issues — particularly for labor and civil rights — than this president.”

    “He’s not perfect,” Wilson added. “But when you have choices, you have to choose the best choice, or there are consequences, and I think for the first time, our members see consequences because of the Republican governors that have overreached.”

  44. The rumor that Hillary wants to go to the world bank is not as implausible as it seems. In that role she could advance the cause of women around the world consistent with her stated objectives. How? By conditioning world bank loans to third world counties on their acceptance of affirmative action policies designed to advance the public role of women in those societies. All I am saying is it is not implausible. The question then becomes if it is true, then who would let the cat out of the bag?. The answer is John Kerry. That much seems obvious. Why now? Because if Obama loses in 2012, Kerry will never become SOS–a position he has wanted to have ever since he was defeated by Bush. Furthermore, Obama’s refusal to comment on the subject is telling.

  45. Yes Votermom, Uppity’s post is funny. Worth posting here:

    The Dalai Obama
    Posted on June 10, 2011 by Uppity Woman

    The photo below is what you see when you go to whitehouse.gov these days. You also get asked for your email address so that you can enjoyemail solicitations for money being “Informed” by President Obama and other campaign extorters, beggers and bundlers important officials.

    You can refuse to give them your email address and still enter whitehouse.gov, which is nice, considering it’s a taxpayer funded website. But plan to have a nice tracking cookie that never expires dumped into your computer.

    …But more Importantly, I was wondering….what is the President doing in this photo????

    Thank you for voting!

    Pondering the wonderfulness of His Own Self. (15.58% )

    Bearing the burden of being The Dalai Obama. (1.3%)

    Wondering if he can get all those emails and collect 500 billion by the end of the year. (2.6% )

    Thinking of how he would rather be golfing than faking all this deep thinking. (20.78%)

    Thinking of what dangerous place he can send that damned Hillary to next. (10.39% )

    Worrying that his plan to replace Jesus has been delayed because of all those annoying unemployed people. (9.09% )

    Worshipping himself as usual. (18.18% )

    Channeling the Beings in the parallel universe he often lives in. (6.49%)

    Thinking of how to pull the plug on medicare & social security and kill off old people while blaming it all on Republicans (10.39%)

    Wondering if it’s time to drop this Presidentin’ stuff and move on to run for Pope. (2.6%)

    He’s thinking What Would Jimmy Carter do? (2.6%)

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    A little humor to brighten up our Friday.

  46. He’s not perfect,” Wilson added. “But when you have choices, you have to choose the best choice, or there are consequences, and I think for the first time, our members see consequences because of the Republican governors that have overreached.”
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    NEW MEXICO FAN “What Other choice Do We Have”. Yes, people voting for him, because there they are more afraid of the other choice, which the Dems have brainwashed people into thinking would be worse.
    _________________

    Obviously what I said in my pevious post is the way
    they are going to sell it.

  47. NEW MEXICO FAN “What Other choice Do We Have”. Yes, people voting for him, because there they are more afraid of the other choice, which the Dems have brainwashed people into thinking would be worse.
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    They are the yellow dogs. Not the indies. And not the rethugs. People who do not think for themselves–but defer to state run media. Good Germans.

  48. Obviously what I said in my pevious post is the way
    they are going to sell it.
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    . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
    . . . . . . . TRY to sell it.

    And it will keep their supporters in line. But is will have little or no impact on the other groups. Those groups will want change.

  49. Ooops, althought the above link that I gave is also an interesting website that discusses the networks and agenda of the political left, the website that I intended to provide in my previous message is:

    http://www.memritv.org/clip/en/2872.htm

    I had obtained this URL from the discoverthenetworks.org website.

  50. It’s kind of lame to know in one’s heart that you support a president who is failing at what he “does”, and that your only hope of him winning re-election is the “hope” that his opponent’s campaign self-implodes for whatever reason because your own candidate has nothing to show for 4 years of being a pretend president.

  51. nomobama
    June 10th, 2011 at 12:53 pm

    The O supports love to say, but he has done so much??????? I always ask for a list. They love to talk in generalities, without substance. They cannot come up with a list. They figure if they say it enough, pretty soon the country will Believe it.

  52. admin
    June 10th, 2011 at 11:44 am

    Want to know why unions and allied organizations are losing support? $60 million to be spent by these “leaders” even though the membership is not on board with the decision:…

    My question is: do you think it is true that their are teachers who identify as “Republican” who will back Øbama because the “Republican party has left them”?

  53. Not living in the northeast US anymore, is it true that Sarah Palin’s bus tour was getting big crowds to see her? I haven’t really seen anything on the net about that, nor do I watch TV very often, especially TV News.

  54. NYtimes-

    Brash Style Alienates Weiner From Peers

    Even as top Democrats intensified pressure on him to resign, Representative Anthony D. Weiner of New York tried to power through the day on Thursday and suggest things were getting back to normal.

    Representative Anthony D. Weiner left his office in Queens on Thursday. “I don’t think he understands how bad this is,” a top Democrat in Washington said.

    “I’m going to go back to my community office and try to get some work done,” he told a reporter before jumping into a waiting car in Manhattan.

    So far, a number of leading Democrats, including Tim Kaine, the former Democratic National Committee chairman, and a half-dozen House colleagues, have called for the congressman to leave office. The House Democratic leader, Nancy Pelosi of California, is exasperated with his handling of a scandal in which he sent salacious photographs of himself and suggestive messages to young women using social-networking Internet sites.

    But Mr. Weiner seems oddly unmoved, according to those who have spoken to him.

    That is in part because of the unusually distant relationship Mr. Weiner has with many of his colleagues. The scandal swirling around him has revealed a truth about his personality and his place in the Capitol: He does not care much about those he serves with, and they do not care too much about him.

    In a body full of ambitious and egotistical people, Mr. Weiner, 46, stands out for his brash and sometimes even impulsive style. His aggressiveness has served him well, as he has emerged as one of the most visible politicians in New York City and one of his party’s most camera-ready combatants. Liberal cable television seems to love his style, as do many of his constituents.

    But he also possesses what friends and associates say is a troubling trait: his tendency to take things just a little too far — whether on the House floor, where he badgered colleagues; on the ice in a hockey game, where he was a relentless trash talker; or in his office, where his demanding managerial style sometimes crossed the line into bullying.

    “He had a style that wore people down,” said Representative Peter T. King, a Republican from Long Island who was once excoriated by Mr. Weiner on the House floor. “So now, when he needs help, there is no one who is there, not even Democrats.”

    House Democratic leaders have suggested that in the next few days they will increase pressure on Mr. Weiner, whom they see as hurting the party’s chances to put forward a coherent message against Republicans.

    But, for now, Mr. Weiner, a seven-term congressman who represents Brooklyn and Queens, appears to believe that he can weather the storm by putting his head down, and waiting for the controversy to run its course, according to two people who have spoken to him.

    One of those people said Mr. Weiner’s wife, Huma Abedin, has strongly encouraged him to try to remain in office. She is actively participating in discussions of his political future, speaking with him several times during the day.

    But with each day that he clings to his seat, Democrats in Washington grow increasingly agitated about the distraction that he has become, and worry about the spectacle of him returning next week after a weeklong recess to face his colleagues.

    “I don’t think he understands how bad this is,” said a top Democratic official in Washington who spoke on condition of anonymity so as not to alienate the party’s House leaders.

    Mr. Weiner, a disciple of the tireless and news-media-hungry Senator Charles E. Schumer, arrived on the City Council in 1992, the youngest member ever at age 27. His in-your-face style emerged quickly: he glided into City Hall on his inline skates, a loud presence, relishing any available argument.

    He set himself apart as one of the few elected officials to openly and brazenly challenge William J. Bratton, then the well-regarded police commissioner, during a Council hearing, recalled Councilman James S. Oddo, a Republican from Staten Island.

    “It showed independence, it showed political courage, and it might have crossed the line into disrespect,” said Mr. Oddo, who was then a Council staff member. “It captured the essence of Weiner — the good, the bad and the ugly.”

  55. Shadowfax
    June 10th, 2011 at 12:10 pm
    Yes Votermom, Uppity’s post is funny. Worth posting here:

    The Dalai Obama
    Posted on June 10, 2011 by Uppity Woman
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    I guess I was wrong. He has been very busy. Thinking about about himself and everything else that does not matter to the country.

    How should he be commemorated.

    Let’s see. We already have a wax likeness of him and his lovely wife.

    I know. Let’s whistle up the French sculptor Auguste Rodin. He could give us Obama as The New Age Thinker:

    It would depict our beloved bambi sitting on a c-mode which is decorated with a picture of the United States on its porcine base. He would have his hand on his chin, contemplating important business. The toilet paper would read “We the People . . . “

  56. How or why the hell did Huma end up with this loser?

    Even if scandal-stained Rep. Anthony Weiner didn’t want to stay in office, he needs to stay in office.

    Unlike many of his peers in the House, Weiner doesn’t have a business or even a law degree to fall back on.

    Weiner, 46, took home $156,117 in 2010, according to his federal tax returns released by his staff.

    His humiliated wife, Huma Abedin, a top aide to Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, earned $154,000 in 2009, federal records show.

    He owes between $10,000 and $15,000 on his American Express card, according to his most recent financial-disclosure forms.

    If he steps down, he could grovel to cable TV execs for talking-head “analyst” gigs that hopefully pay more than the $825 he gets for appearing on HBO’s “Real Time with Bill Maher.”

    But with Weiner’s reputation in ruins, other lucrative jobs may be hard to get.

    “He would most likely have to go to friends in the business sector, but he doesn’t have a financial background,” said political consultant Joseph Mercurio.

    http://www.nypost.com/p/news/local/brooklyn/can_afford_to_quit_the_dc_day_job_bW10b5FRwsvEJxDTyi7MYI

  57. With the economy collapsing and the world convulsing what is Messiah Obama doing about it–BESIDES NOTHING??? Wall Street is worried–IF the thousand point drop in the DOW in the past week is any indication. Welch says SOME on Wall Street have buyers remorse. Really? Just SOME? Its up to Obama to get China in line. For a Messiah like him, that should be easy. So why does he dither. Oh I get it: don’t bother me with the problems of this country, or world. I am campaigning. Big media agrees–anything you want says Tapper. Anything.

  58. well, some women really surprise me. The guy has no higher education and no money and he is old. What was she thinking?

  59. Well the only thing I can say against that argument is that Kerry wants out of Afganistan and Hillary doesn’t….he is trying every way possible to undermine her on that front.

    If she were to take the World Bank Presidency…she could help Afganie woman…so who knows if its true….but we need Hillary here to fix this country…not the nincompoops that are running and especially the one in office.

    It’s a no win situation….why won’t she run…..my guess is she is blackmailed by Obama and the republicans….

  60. Newsmax Joins Obama for White House Economic Summit
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    And what did they learn from the great messiah? What pearls of wisdom did they walk away with, after meeting with the great I am?

    Well . . . First, we now know that his administration has done all kinds of wonderful things to help the economy which they are not getting credit for—like letting the banks write the financial reform bill, and killing glass stegel. And don’t let this glory grabbing prick take credit for what the Benanke–a Bush appointee had done. Look instead at what Obama has done to add 3 trillion in debt and paralyze business investment in this country. If you think that is wonderful, think again.

    Second, and this is where it really gets rich, he deigns to speak to the great unwashed and what pearls of wisdom does he offer to the 20% who cannot find work? Don’t spend all your money. That’s it? Yup, that’s it. And you can take that sage advice to the bank, and they will say what collateral do you have?

  61. The O supports love to say, but he has done so much??????? I always ask for a list.

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

    Some have a list. But it’s just empty names on bills that do nothing or do the opposite of what they claim. Healthcare, Lily Ledbetter, etc….

  62. The O supports love to say, but he has done so much??????? I always ask for a list.

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

    Some have a list. But it’s just empty names on bills that do nothing or do the opposite of what they claim. Healthcare, Lily Ledbetter, etc….

  63. Confloyd, congratulations on your recent marriage, at least that is what I think I understood by some comments on this site even though I thought that you were already married.

  64. The following was on the SarahPac website today:

    Setting the Record Straight: About False Quotes Attributed to Governor Palin
    Posted on June 10, 2011
    An absurd opinion piece in Politico includes a quote attributed to Governor Palin that is a total fabrication and yet is deliberately written to appear as if it is a legitimate direct quote. By any standard this is unacceptable even for an opinion piece. This puts us in mind of a real quote of something Governor Palin actually did once say to the media: “Quit making stuff up.”

    The media lies and fabricates again? Go figure.

  65. our members see consequences because of the Republican governors that have overreached.”

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    GOP Governors and GOP legislators in states and now in the US House.

  66. MRs. Smith,

    I tried calling you, but you weren’t home last evening….I’ll try and call you this weekend…

  67. nobama,
    No I am divorced, haven’t gotten married yet, but its in the works…I’m very, very happy these days….

  68. FLASH: Secretary of State Hillary Clinton says had no discussions on World Bank job, is not pursuing position

    So what is Obama up to leaking that……..

  69. In that role she could advance the cause of women around the world consistent with her stated objectives. How? By conditioning world bank loans to third world counties on their acceptance of affirmative action policies designed to advance the public role of women in those societies.

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

    For more lasting results, she could fund research into projects like safer stoves and better contraceptives.

  70. Something else from “stupid” Sarah. please tell me one more time why Sarah is sooo stooopid? Seems to me that the stupid one resides in the White House. He’s not just stupid, but dangerous to America.

    Another “WTF” Obama Foreign Policy Moment*
    by Sarah Palin on Thursday, June 9, 2011 at 7:16am.

    As many readers have pointed out “WTF” is for “Winning The Future,” President Obama’s re-election campaign slogan.

    As Governor I fought the Obama Administration’s plans to cut funds for missile defense in Alaska. So imagine how appalled and surprised I was to read this article by former Clinton CIA Director James Woolsey, appropriately titled “Giving Away the Farm,” concerning President Obama’s latest bizarre actions relating to missile defense.

    President Obama wants to give Russia our missile defense secrets because he believes that we can buy their friendship and cooperation with this taxpayer-funded gift. But giving military secrets and technologies to a rival or competitor like Russia is just plain dumb. You can’t buy off Russia. And giving them advanced military technology will not create stability. What happens if Russia gives this technology (or sells it!) to other countries like Iran or China? After all, as Woolsey points out, Russia helped Iran with its missile and nuclear programs. Or what happens if an even more hardline leader comes to power in the Kremlin?

    We tried buying off the Kremlin with technologies in the 1970s. That policy was a component of “detente,” and the hope was that if we would share our technologies with them, they would become more peaceful. Things, of course, didn’t work out that way. The Kremlin took western technologies and embarked on a massive military building program. History teaches that peace comes from American military strength. And a central component of that has always been technological superiority. Why would President Obama even dream of giving this away?

    Members of Congress saw how foolish President Obama’s gambit was, so they put a section in the defense appropriation bill that specifically forbids the federal government from spending money to share these technologies with the Kremlin. President Obama actually threatened to veto the defense appropriation bill over this section of the law! Fortunately, the House passed the bill with a veto-proof majority, a whopping 322 to 96. Attention now turns to the Senate.

    Why is it that President Obama seems to work so hard to give things to our enemies, while at the same time asking friends and allies like Israel to make sacrifices?

    During these tough economic times when we are facing massive deficits and a competitive global economy, does President Obama really want to give away technologies that the American taxpayer paid lots of money to develop? Giving away our missile defense secrets won’t make us safer. What it will do is create a situation where we are facing an arms race with ourselves. Russia gets access to our technologies, and we are forced to spend even more money because of the need to stay ahead. Does this make sense to you? Me neither. File this under “WTF.”

    – Sarah Palin

  71. Holder in more doodoo

    http://biggovernment.com/tfitton/2011/06/10/racial-quota-scandal-at-obama-justice-department

    Racial Quota Scandal at Obama Justice Department

    Judicial Watch uncovered hundreds of documents from the City of Dayton, Ohio, showing that Department of Justice (DOJ) officials pressured the Dayton Police and Fire Departments to lower testing standards because not enough African-American candidates passed the written exam. On May 25, Judicial Watch also filed a lawsuit against the DOJ to obtain additional records related to the Dayton program after the DOJ failed to respond to a Judicial Watch Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request (Judicial Watch v. U.S. Department of Justice (No. 11-971)).

    Here’s how messed up the situation has gotten at the Obama DOJ when it comes to racial discrimination. As you may recall, the DOJ abandoned its own lawsuit against members of the radical New Black Panther Party who threatened and intimidated white voters on Election Day 2008. (The leftist NAACP appears to have helped call the shots on the case dismissal.)

    And now these new documents detail a scheme by DOJ officials to bully the City of Dayton, Ohio, into lowering testing standards for firefighter and police recruits because minority candidates did not perform well enough on the written exam. (One of the most shocking claims by the DOJ is that it’s not all that important for firefighters to be able to read and write!)

    This “racial quota” scheme, while clearly shameless in its intent, also seems to violate laws against discrimination and Supreme Court precedent.

    On June 29, 2009, the Supreme Court ruled that city officials in New Haven, Connecticut, violated the rights of white firefighters when they discarded the results of a promotions test because minority firefighters performed poorly on the test. “The city rejected the test results solely because the higher scoring candidates were white,” Justice Anthony M. Kennedy wrote for the majority. (Ricci et al. v. DeStefano et al. (No. 07–1428)).

    But that didn’t stop the Obama DOJ.

    read on………………

  72. confloyd
    June 10th, 2011 at 2:26 pm
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    Boy, I guess I screwed that one up! Glad to read that these are happy times for you!

  73. pm317
    June 10th, 2011 at 1:16 pm

    How or why the hell did Huma end up with this loser?
    ————

    No law degree, no skills?

    He could try to get a gig as an underwear model, if they put a bag over his head. (Ouch 😉
    He could become a porn actor and get paid to flash his parts.
    He could probably get a job easily on MSNBC.

  74. pm317
    June 10th, 2011 at 1:16 pm
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    Less remarkable perhaps is a poll I glanced at saying his constituents want him to stay on. Personally, I do not think Kaine or Poopsie who are guilty of far worse should substitute their judgment for his. Looking at Tim Kaine, I would not be surprised if he asked Weiner how he could do the same thing himself and not get caught. He is a holy man like Reverend Davidson is a holy man, and as a practical measure, how can he possibly measure up to the metrosexual candidate in the eyes of his wife who is still stuck on Obama. When Kaine says go to Weiner, he really means stay, and show me the secret of your success with women. Unfortunately, Weiner does not need the encouragement.

  75. No law degree, no skills?

    He could try to get a gig as an underwear model, if they put a bag over his head. (Ouch
    He could become a porn actor and get paid to flash his parts.
    He could probably get a job easily on MSNBC.
    ——————-
    Or he could get another term and head up a committee on internet privacy. I am sorry. I said or. I meant to say ‘and’. Obviously, hee haw has many career choices available to him.

  76. Shadowfax
    June 10th, 2011 at 2:43 pm
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    This is a pet peeve with me that women are not smarter. Two years ago my niece (perhaps goaded by her parents) married a loser (if they had consulted me I would have shown him up for one but they didn’t) and now there is some regret and remorse. Indian divorces are not as easy as the western divorces and let us hope it does not come to that. I lost so much sleep leading up to that niece’s wedding and I was so angry that they would shoot themselves in the feet like that. Women have to be smarter. When a lot of things are set against their progress, the least they could do is be smart about the choices they make.

  77. Clinton says not pursuing World Bank job

    Fri Jun 10, 2011

    (Reuters) – U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton on Friday said she was not in discussions over the top job at the World Bank and that she was not pursing the post.

    Clinton is in Zambia as part of a five-day Africa trip that is being overshadowed by news that she had expressed interest in moving to head the World Bank.

    “I have had no discussions with anyone, I have evidenced no interest to anyone and I am not pursuing that position,” Clinton told reporters.

    According to sources close to Clinton and the Obama administration, she expressed interest in moving to the World Bank when current World Bank President Robert Zoellick’s term ends in mid-2012.

    Both the White House and State Department on Thursday denied the Reuters report, which cited three sources familiar with the discussions. Told of the official denials, the sources said the story remains accurate.

    Revelations about Clinton as a potential Bank nominee are sensitive because they come during a period of significant foreign policy challenges for the Obama administration.

    It also infuriates emerging market economies, which are clamoring for greater influence in global institutions and see discussions such as these as proof that the jobs are determined in advance.

    One source said the report of Clinton’s interest had come at a difficult time for the administration, which had just started to consider the issue of who should succeed Zoellick.

    Clinton’s name was discussed as part of a strategy still under development, according to a source who had knowledge of the talks.

    Zoellick has not revealed his future plans or whether he has an interest in a second term at the bank, which provides billions of dollars in loans and grants to developing countries.

    Under normal circumstances, the names of potential candidates for the World Bank would surface only months before the post becomes vacant. But the timing of the discussions is not unusual this year given the sudden opening of the top job at the bank’s sister institution, the IMF.

    By tradition, the World Bank has always been headed by an American and the IMF by a European

    http://www.reuters.com/article/2011/06/10/clinton-worldbank-idUSN1025380920110610

  78. Okay, not a lot of news from that Insider link, Barry blew his cork at Daily about Bibi smacking him around.

    Then the last part:

    Oh, and another little FYI in case you missed it. Obama had a recent “meeting” with some of his former top advisers very recently. In my line of work that means only one thing. This administration is absolutely sh-tting itself right now. The cover is being blown off, the fingers of blame are being pointed, and discussions over who is going to take the fall are happening this very moment. Things are going rather well for us. Not too bad for an old news almost out to pasture relic huh? Much work remains to be done though.

    Read more: http://socyberty.com/politics/white-house-insider-obamas-rage-over-netanyahu-meeting-what-the-f-ck-was-that/#ixzz1OtvT7unb

  79. Moon, That’s what I want to know…why leak that??? For sure Obama is up to NO GOOD!

    Gingrich saying it was a difference in ideas….he can lie….he pist them all off that what happened….its doesn’t take a rocket scientist to figure that much out…LOL!

    What I think is there’s no one that is going to go up against him…they are all too scared of him….WHY??? Why is everyone scared to run against him….how many careers have been lost recently over sex allegations? We never had this many tell we got this Potus….kinda makes you go,….hmmm, hmmmmm!

  80. pm317
    June 10th, 2011 at 2:56 pm

    Shadowfax
    June 10th, 2011 at 2:43 pm
    —————

    This is a pet peeve with me that women are not smarter.
    ———
    I can’t say much since I married someone that 6 years down the line (cheated on me) then tried to kill me for not taking him back.

    25 years later he still keeps trying to win me over and gets the door slammed in his face, over and over.

    Only someone that has a better track record than I should respond to this.

  81. Thanks JanH

    U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton on Friday said she was not in discussions over the top job at the World Bank and that she was not pursing the post.

    Clinton is in Zambia as part of a five-day Africa trip that is being overshadowed by news that she had expressed interest in moving to head the World Bank.

    “I have had no discussions with anyone, I have evidenced no interest to anyone and I am not pursuing that position,” Clinton told reporters.

    —–
    No. no, no!

  82. Shadowfax
    June 10th, 2011 at 3:02 pm
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    Sorry to hear that.. I don’t know how my expectations translate to American society but for my niece, it was an easy one and for Huma too it seems like an easy one. She has so much going for her and this is the guy she ends up with? Then again, whom you choose to fall in love with is more often than not a matter of heart and not brains. But still..

  83. Why is everyone scared to run against him….how many careers have been lost recently over sex allegations?

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

    Uhhh-hnhhhh. Maybe because when the target is a GOP or a Hillarista, the media blows up the allegations.

  84. turndown,
    OK, I’ll bite….so why would the media protect him and who is paying them to do that???

  85. He could try to get a gig as an underwear model, if they put a bag over his head. (Ouch
    He could become a porn actor and get paid to flash his parts.

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

    He seems to have a surplus of cohones. Maybe he could sell some to the other Dems.

  86. Less remarkable perhaps is a poll I glanced at saying his constituents want him to stay on. Personally, I do not think Kaine or Poopsie who are guilty of far worse should substitute their judgment for his.

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

    Right. They’ve done a whole lot worse things, like backstabbing Hillary.

    Hope you’re right about the poll. All I’ve seen is a local NY media ‘men in the street’ sort of interview which seemed slanted toward those who want him to stay, who say he’s doing a good job and sex is irrelevant.

  87. Pushing back on Arturo the troll at NQ:

    Arturo:

    With regards to Amy’s discussion of our wrecked economy, I have a sincere question to pose to NQ’s community: What further steps do you think the president should take to repair the economy? Please be as specific as possible. I am really curious as to what kinds of solutions you would be supportive of.

    (I know some of you might like to respond with “Resign”, and that would be a funny reply, but it would be great to see alternatives to that, since it ain’t happenin’ ;).
    Like Reply
    2 hours ago

    Wbboei
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    You are kidding–right? How about not killing Glass Steegle? How about not letting Goldman Sachs write the financial reform bill? How about not conspiring secretly with big Pharma to keep cheaper Canadian drugs out of the country? How about making jobs priority one from day 1? How about taking health care reform one step at a time, and letting the congress read it rather than passing a pig in a poke? How about abandoning his lavish life style? How about going to work rather than playing golf? How about coming clean to the American People about the real state of the economy? How about not saying when asked what the great unwashed shold do saying do not spend all your money? How about not adding 3 trillion in additional debt which has provoked China to abandon our T-Bills? How about representing the American People rather than the elites? I could go on? Is that specific enough for you? Your question ignores these errors of commission and suggests there is really nothing he can do. If that is the case, then he need to look for another job. He is the leader of the party, his party held control of congress, he has no fig leaf to hide behind here.

  88. What I think is there’s no one that is going to go up against him…they are all too scared of him…
    ————————–
    In 2009 yes. Today, nfw. They see him as vulnerable.

  89. wbboei,

    Bravo! And how about going back to Hawaii and putting Bill Clinton in charge permanently?

  90. confloyd
    June 10th, 2011 at 3:25 pm

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    Huh? Who do you think the media is protecting? I’m saying the media attacked Weiner.

  91. Less remarkable perhaps is a poll I glanced at saying his constituents want him to stay on.

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

    I hope it comes out to 67% job approval.

  92. turndown,
    I agree! Hey anyone that goes against him get shut down for some stupid stuff….they even gone back on their voting record to see if they voted regularly…that’s what they are doing….the American people are so stupid to keep getting upset over this stuff…you have to keep your eye on the prize and not let the media manipulate you…

    The is how the power brokers control….thru the media….they keep us peasants down like this….Geez!

  93. The is how the power brokers control….thru the media….they keep us peasants down like this….Geez!
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    But I think they have cut their own throat. You can only push partisan advantage so far before it becomes obvious what you are doing. At one time they were more subtle in their methods, but here they are so crude and so blatant that they are looked upon by millions of people now as not credible. Not credible at all. This madness, plus the availability of other sources of information has eroded their audience and their power. In fighting the tide against the blogs, the tabloids and the like was three things: i) direct access, ii) reliable research and iii) even handedness. Two of those they have squandered and without them the third factor does not matter, because if that is all they have left then they will be viewed as state run media, and whatever they do say will be discounted according. I have no sympathy for them, because this is entirely a self inflicted wound. Simply put, these bastards have betrayed their integrity and the critical role they could have played in a representative democracy.

  94. BigCatLover
    June 10th, 2011 at 4:21 pm
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    Hyperbole in the post or in the whole situation?

  95. This is the story of our real POTUS:

    SECRETARY HILLARY RODHAM CLINTON

    Secretary Clinton is on foreign travel in Lusaka, Zambia accompanied by Counselor Mills, Assistant Secretary Carson, Assistant Secretary Fernandez and Ambassador Verveer. For more information, click here.

    4:00 p.m. Secretary Clinton and Zambian First Lady Thandiwe Band meet with participants in the African Women’s Entrepreneurship Program (AWEP), in Lusaka, Zambia.
    (POOLED CAMERA SPRAY)

    4:30 p.m. Secretary Clinton delivers closing remarks to the 2011 African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA) Forum, in Lusaka, Zambia.
    (OPEN PRESS COVERAGE)

    5:00 p.m. Secretary Clinton holds a bilateral meeting with Chadian Foreign Minister Moussa Faki, in Lusaka, Zambia.
    (POOLED CAMERA SPRAY)

    5:15 p.m. Secretary Clinton delivers remarks at a Zambian National Day Reception, in Lusaka, Zambia.
    (OPEN PRESS COVERAGE)

    5:45 p.m. Secretary Clinton holds a bilateral meeting with Zambian President Rupiah Banda, in Lusaka, Zambia.
    (POOLED CAMERA SPRAY)

    6:25 p.m. Secretary Clinton and Zambian President Banda hold a joint press availability, in Lusaka, Zambia.
    (OPEN PRESS COVERAGE)

    6:50 p.m. Secretary Clinton attends a dinner hosted by Zambian President Banda, in Lusaka, Zambia

  96. Shadowfax
    from the Insider:
    Not too bad for an old news almost out to pasture relic huh?
    ***********************
    OK who in Obama’s administration/staff is an old news person? Is that a clue to who our Insider is (if there is one)?

  97. Good link, thanks. Yes, too much hyperbole in language and content, but he’s right about the stoning.

    http://tominpaine.blogspot.com/2011/06/stoning-of-anthony-weiner.html

    Tom in Paine said:
    All of what Weiner did he did online and according to him, most of it as a single man before he was married

    I’d like to see some verification of that. The recent tweet to Cordova was unintentional, like hitting a wrong button. Was anything intentional done since his marriage/engagement? Except maybe winding down with his existing online girlfriends?

  98. Oh now Weiner was winding down his online relationships? Even Weiner isn’t claiming that.

  99. Correction to Tom in Paine:
    Weiner said some of his online relationships continued from before his marriage, he did not say most of them did.

  100. Moments ago in Juneau, Alaska, state employees started handing out 55-pound boxes full of paper to dozens of awaiting reporters. Each set of six contains nearly 25,000 printed pages, comprising the entirety of Sarah Palin’s e-mail correspondence during her half-term as governor of Alaska. .. The release—which does not include roughly 1,100 pages deemed confidential by the state—is the culmination of a four-year battle under Alaska’s open records laws for access to Palin’s e-mail traffic initiated by Mother Jones’ David Corn. (You can read his saga here.) ..

    The New York Times and Washington Post say they will begin posting scans today, and are asking readers for help sifting through them for stories. The Post has set up this Twitter feed devoted to the e-mails. Mother Jones, MSNBC.com, and ProPublica—which has written up a handy backgrounder on what the cache may contain—are collaborating on a searchable online database here.

    http://guerillawomentn.blogspot.com/2011/06/sarah-palin-e-mails-released.html

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    And what in God’s name is the moral purpose for all these batshit hypocrites going to do but publish and try to toss pies in Sarah’s face again. To what, try and stop her from running for President?

    May they all burn in Hell.

  101. So whatever happened to Schwarzenegger’s scandal — he fathered a child with an employee, a definite power difference.. he went ahead and fucked her and got her pregnant and that would count for more than showing his dick to her. Is the media not ‘stoning’ him because of their deference to Obot Maria? Where is the deference to pregnant Huma or is she fairgame for the media because they are all Clintonistas? (Now I am really sounding like Turndown).

  102. I guess people are focused on what is important in their lives.

    Like jobs and where are they going to live since 3 million families have lost their homes.

  103. I think the Schwazenegger scandal did not last long because he made sure it did not come out until he was out of office. It’s much worse in degree, but since he is not a public officer so to speak anymore, he gets a media pass. Now if someone investigates whether he used Calif funds to pay off his mistresses, then he could be cooked for good.

  104. We touched on this in the article:

    http://www.cnbc.com/id/43356436

    The flood of Federal Reserve money that has supported Wall Street and the rest of the U.S. economy for two and a half years will shrink to a trickle with the conclusion of the Fed’s bond purchases announced Friday.

    The Fed said it will buy $50 billion of Treasurys, the final series of government bond purchases that marks the last phase of the $600 billion program it launched in November 2010 to prevent another recession.

    As a result, once the purchases are concluded June 30, the financial sector will receive only a fraction of the roughly $100 billion a month in easy money it has been getting from the Fed.

    The conclusion of the Fed’s bond-buying program, known as “Quantitative Easing 2,” does not mean the stimulus will come to a complete stop. The Fed will reinvest maturing securities, mainly mortgage-related debt, which analysts predict will run at $12 billion to $16 billion per month.

    While still a lot of money, it is a huge step down from stimulus levels at the height of the buying campaign, dubbed by markets as QE2 because it was the second round of Fed asset-buying in the wake of the 2008 financial crisis.

    A key aim of QE2 was to hold down long-term interest rates to stimulate investment in capital equipment and risky assets.

    It came almost eight months after the Fed’s first round of bond purchases, primarily in mortgage-related securities.

    The initial bout of quantitative easing, worth $1.73 trillion, began in December 2008 and ended in March 2010. It was created to stabilize the housing sector, which was the epicenter of the financial turmoil and has yet to show signs of recovery.

    The Treasury bond component of the first round of purchases totaled $300 billion, from March to October 2009.

    The Fed’s buying assets has been controversial from the start. Critics say it is tantamount to printing money, and it has been credited with fueling a stock market rally but blamed for a surge in oil and food prices.

    The end of QE2 has been well-flagged. The Fed said at the outset it would run until the end of June 2011.

    Still, investors expect stocks, bonds, gold and the euro to fall after it ends, according to a Reuters poll of 64 analysts and fund managers last month.

    How will Treasury make up the 85% of purchases from the FED? Prepare for post June consequences.

  105. I went to the NYT’s to see their post, requesting that readers help read Sarah Palin’s emails and looked at some of the comments:

    Don’t you folks get paid to do this work yourself?

    I’d help out but I need to get a root canal.

    Awesome! The NYT wants non-journalists to do their homework for them!

    Jesus, is this what it’s come to? E-lynch mobs combing through data to use to as “gotcha” material?

    Yeah, right, people will look for “interesting and newsworthy” emails. Yeah, and Dems are following Obamas plea for civility.
    More like the Hatefest begins Fri afternoon, so Dems come early and come often, so our readers can feel better about themselves, after the Weiner debacle.
    We will even give credit to the most snarky, snide, sarcastic person…so don’t be shy. We have a terrible President and even worse economy, so we need to divide and distract immediately.

    I don’t remember the NY Times asking the public to go through then Senator Obama’s emails to find newsworthy materials…

    I don’t recall you soliciting help from people to review the 2,000 page healthcare bill…nor did you do it yourselves.

    Did the Ttimes do this or ask that all of Obama’s emails be released while he was a state Senator? What about Biden? Pilosi? Did they show the emails to the public and ask for help uncovering the “newsworth e-mails”?

    ———

    Those were just some of the first 13 posts out of 154 comments so far, it does restore some of my faith in voters.

  106. A dem congressman was on Wash Journal the other day and he was talking about cutting the deficit, and he advised accepting the Simpson Bowles plan, including cutting the mortgage interest deduction as well as the social programs. This was a dem throwing homeowners under the bus. Why is everyone trying to sink the mortgage market worse than it already is?

  107. http://www.cnbc.com/id/43354054

    JPMorgan Chase is forecasting another 4 to 5 percent drop in home values over the next 12 months.

    Housing Wire has the details:

    In its June 2011 Home Price Monitor Report, the bank lowered its base home price forecast to a level that’s 37 percent under peak price levels.

    The financial-services firm blames its lowered price expectations on a supply-and-demand imbalance, as well as anemic consumer demand and disappointing economic reports.

    Making matters worse, JPMorgan’s [JPM 41.05 0.07 (+0.17%) ] Home Price Monitor report points to a 12 percent drop in pending home sales in the month of April.

    The bank said, “A looming question is when and if lending standards will ease enough to boost demand.”

    Of course, with big banks such as JPMorgan Chase saying they won’t own mortgages under new capital requirements, lending standards probably aren’t easing soon.

  108. Well here’s something to cheer everyone up- I guess the US is bankrupt and can no longer hide it… We can no longer print money at will. And may be subject to a new currency(?)
    _________________________-

    China ratings house says US defaulting: report
    AFP

    A Chinese ratings house has accused the United States of defaulting on its massive debt, state media said Friday, a day after Beijing urged Washington to put its fiscal house in order.

    “In our opinion, the United States has already been defaulting,” Guan Jianzhong, president of Dagong Global Credit Rating Co. Ltd., the only Chinese agency that gives sovereign ratings, was quoted by the Global Times saying.

    Washington had already defaulted on its loans by allowing the dollar to weaken against other currencies — eroding the wealth of creditors including China, Guan said.

    Guan did not immediately respond to AFP requests for comment.

    The US government will run out of room to spend more on August 2 unless Congress bumps up the borrowing limit beyond $14.29 trillion — but Republicans are refusing to support such a move until a deficit cutting deal is reached.

    Ratings agency Fitch on Wednesday joined Moody’s and Standard & Poor’s to warn the United States could lose its first-class credit rating if it fails to raise its debt ceiling to avoid defaulting on loans.

    A downgrade could sharply raise US borrowing costs, worsening the country’s already dire fiscal position, and send shock waves through the financial world, which has long considered US debt a benchmark among safe-haven investments.

    China is by far the top holder of US debt and has in the past raised worries that the massive US stimulus effort launched to revive the economy would lead to mushrooming debt that erodes the value of the dollar and its Treasury holdings.

    Beijing cut its holdings of US Treasury securities for the fifth month in a row to $1.145 trillion in March, down $9.2 billion from February and 2.6 percent less than October’s peak of $1.175 trillion, US data showed last month.

    Foreign ministry spokesman Hong Lei on Thursday urged the United States to adopt “effective measures to improve its fiscal situation”.

    Dagong has made a name for itself by hitting out at its three Western rivals, saying they caused the financial crisis by failing to properly disclose risk.

    The Chinese agency, which is trying to build an international profile, has given the United States and several other nations lower marks than they received from the the big three.

    http://ca.news.yahoo.com/china-ratings-house-says-us-defaulting-report-054309883.html

  109. Shadowfax
    Mea culpa on the misspelling of your name again (actually a type). I don’t have my glasses on so am typing blind, so to speak.

  110. Please, please, Tony! I want you. I need you.I can’t LIVE without you!

    Tony responds:

    “Please understand i am a very important man. I’m always busy, but I promise i will make time for you soon!” Weiner wrote to Nobles in an email dated May 6, 2011. “Don’t the pictures i send keep you satisfied?” Nobles, 34, is a blonde gym teacher from Athens, Georgia, who also teaches cheerleading at the YWCO —

    http://www.radaronline.com/exclusives/2011/06/weiner-dirty-emails-traci-nobles-weinergate-scandal-twitter-facebook

  111. Mea culpa on the misspelling

    —–
    No problem BigCat, you can spell my name anyway you want. 😉

  112. Shadow-

    What is the latest on Sarah- I’ve been gone most of the day. What are they looking for in her e-mails?

  113. I read earlier newspapers were looking for help to find out the contents of Sarah’s e-mails. Are they looking for Hackers to hack into her account for confidential information besides what she has already released?

  114. I agree with pm317 and turndown,

    There’s a huge difference in showing and using it….Arnold should be in deeper do do than Tony Weiner….and the press needs to let up because Huma is pregnant…for pete’s sake!

  115. UPDate on Gun Runner Investigation:
    _______________________

    June 10, 2011
    Issa Investigates Project Gunrunner

    President Obama is hiding behind big government in the hopes that a scandal will fade away.

    Rep. Darrell Issa (R., Calif.) is set to issue a number of subpoenas to federal officials who have ties to “Fast and Furious,” a secret program run by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF) that put thousands of semi-automatic firearms into the hands of Mexican drug cartels.

    Fast and Furious was a new addition to the ATF’s now-defunct “Project Gunrunner” program. It authorized (“pressed” is probably a more accurate word) U.S. gun stores located near the Mexican border to sell thousands of semi-automatic firearms to suspected and known straw-purchasers (those who buy guns for someone who can’t do so legally). The idea, apparently, was that the guns would lead the ATF to the heads of the cartels.

    This program didn’t make headlines until Dec. 14, 2010. That day, during a late-night shootout between the U.S. Border Patrol and armed Mexican illegals in a remote canyon near Nogales, Ariz., 41-year-old federal agent Brian Terry was shot and killed. The U.S. Border Patrol agents had initially used beanbag rounds against the illegals. This loss of a federal agent in a beanbag-versus-rifle shootout should have been controversial enough — but the fact that agent Terry was killed by a firearm the ATF had “walked” across the border should have put this ill-considered program on every cable news network. Ditto for the fact that, as the Wall Street Journal reported yesterday, a cartel arsenal recently captured in Mexico also contains guns from the sting.

    But aside from CBS News, the mainstream media hasn’t been all that interested in investigating, and the Obama administration has been stonewalling. Two ATF agents — John Dodson, who is stationed in Phoenix, and Darren Gil, who was forced to retire as the agency’s attaché in Mexico City — became whistleblowers. Both Dodson and Gil have made the scandal public by speaking to CBS and other news outlets. Both agents say the orders for the program to send guns quietly into Mexico came from way over their heads, but neither knows how high up. Just where the idea began is what Representative Issa is hoping to discover.

    Representative Issa’s investigation has been so stymied by the Obama administration that on June 3, some 31 congressional Democrats wrote to the president to urge him to end the administration’s stonewalling on the Fast and Furious program. In the letter, spearheaded by Rep. Jason Altmire (D., Pa.), the lawmakers called the uncooperative tactics “extremely troubling” and found the Justice Department’s failure to provide information to congressional investigators “equally troubling.” They say Americans deserve “prompt and complete answers.”

    Though the details of just who authorized the program won’t be clear until Representative Issa’s investigation forces some compliance, this wasn’t the Obama administration’s first blunder when it comes to cartels and guns. In 2009, President Obama repeatedly claimed that “more than 90 percent of the guns recovered in Mexico come from the United States.” But then Fox News investigated. It turned out that the 90 percent figure is derived not from all the “guns recovered in Mexico,” but from the firearms that were submitted by Mexican officials to the U.S. for tracing. The Mexicans sent only the guns they thought came from the U.S., so it is hardly surprising that a high percentage of those guns were indeed American in origin. Obama had simply gotten the number wrong, presumably to bolster the case for gun control in the U.S.

    Perhaps, through Representative Issa’s investigation, we’ll find out how high up the ladder the authorization for Fast and Furious goes. When we do, it just be might be worth recalling that President Obama told a Univision interviewer last March, “Well, first of all, I did not authorize it. Eric Holder, the attorney general, did not authorize it.”

    Right now it’s amusing that when the Univision reporter asked if President Obama had been informed about the ‘Fast and Furious’ program, Obama replied, “Absolutely not, this is a pretty big government, the United States government. I got a lot of moving parts.”

    So, President Obama is hiding behind big government in the hopes that this scandal — a scandal that wouldn’t even be under investigation by Congress if the American public had not handed the U.S. House of Representatives back to the Republicans in November of 2010 — will fade away.

    http://www.nationalreview.com/articles/print/269148

  116. confloyd-

    For Swartzenneger, the tabloids have gone on and on for 3 wks.

    It’s one week today since the story broke and it broke late on a Friday evening-

  117. Well all I can say is that its too bad Weiner isn’t a republican because I would be having a field day with Weiner jokes as the radio station down here is doing…as we speak…

    I have more respect for Huma than to make dirty jokes up about it…I’m sure she’s deeply hurt, but such is life! You get up in the morning, shake it off, and go to work….time heals all wounds unless MSNBC is involed they like to keep the sore open and oozing! Poor Bill, his BJ has been news for 20 years…he prolly can’t even remember it….but Chris Mathews does….LOL!

  118. Why, thank you, Confloyd! Nice to see you on the blog..

    (and congratulations on getting back in shape..my efforts continue slowly and I have given up most of the kitchen duties to my husband and that should definitely help, 🙂 ).

  119. confloyd
    June 10th, 2011 at 6:04 pm

    If Huma stays with him, she will be subjected to the jokes for the rest of their marriage. Look at Bill and Hillary. It’s been 12 yrs and they still bring it up, making jokes and their last name isn’t a continual reminder. Huma is not so fortunate.

  120. Mrs. Smith,
    As long as he hasn’t been physically unfaithful, she should stay with him…they are going to have a child…he need therapy….

    I bet Tony is used to being teased about his last name…didn’t Huma keep her name?

  121. Mrs. Smith

    Shadow-

    What is the latest on Sarah- I’ve been gone most of the day. What are they looking for in her e-mails?

    ———
    You know I am not necessarily a Sarah fan, but this is outrageous.
    Read my post at June 10th, 2011 at 5:01 pm…the links on that site tell of the New York Times, and the Post, hooking up with MSNBC and MotherFrickin’ Jones to get the public to read all these 55 boxes of emails, and dig for any dirt they can get against Sarah.

    This should be told to every American how low the left wing media has gone to smear her and how damn sexist it is.

  122. Fuck the Post and the Times
    By Larry Johnson on June 10, 2011 at 4:29 PM in Current Affairs

    New York Times and Washington Post have called on readers to volunteer their time to cull through Sarah Palin’s gubernatorial emails, which were released today in response to a 2008 FOIA. Are you shitting me? What is the goddamn obsession with this woman? As regular readers know I’m not a Palin fan and would not support her for President, but would vote for her over Obama any day.

    I have never seen such vitriol and smear by the Washington DC status quo against anyone, much less this woman. Barack Obama talks about 57 states and everyone in the mainstream media averts their eyes and declines to comment on the faux pas. Yet Palin makes a clunky comment about Paul Revere’s ride that is actually historically accurate then she is a moron?

    I cannot stand this kind of bullying.

    So today, I acted.

    I have subscribed to the Washington Post for most of the last 30 years. No more. I cancelled and told them to shove it up their collective ass. If they have nothing better to do than investigate a non-declared possible candidate for President while studiously refusing to investigate any of the unknowns about Barack Obama then we know without a shred of doubt they are nothing more than shills for the Democrats. They can fuck off and not one more dime from me.

  123. The Democrats seem to be building steam aiming at his resignation.The majority of democrats consider him a liability in the forth coming election. If he loses his job, I think I read he’s paid $150k yr and her income is about the same. I don’t know how he is going to replace his income. Who will hire someone that has disgraced themselves to that degree for any legitimate job in the public or private sector? I don’t think he has a law degree, so he can’t set up shop for himself.

    Con- I’m trying not to think without emotion because that is when you make mistakes- Thinking just as you would if it was your daughter, just sorting out hard facts- Huma is looking at. She has to think further on down the road for herself and her child.

    Yes, I think she has retained her maiden name, if I’m not mistaken.

  124. Please, please, Tony! I want you. I need you.I can’t LIVE without you!

    Tony responds:

    “Please understand i am a very important man.
    ———————
    He may or may not have been “a very important man” when he said it. But there can be little doubt that as he stands today he is a very very very important man. So important that the so called leaders of both parties want him to resign. So important that he looks them in the eye and borrows a line from Robin Williams which goes like this: fuck off.

  125. I think Weiner has finally found his moment in the sun, his 15 minutes of fame– which is starting to look like 15 years.

  126. confloyd- the post at 6:46 is for you-

    Plus I need to make a correction.. It looked wrong when I wrote it added a “not” and didn’t see the other not…

    “I’m trying (not)to think without emotion” is what I meant to say-

  127. wbboei
    June 10th, 2011 at 6:48 pm

    Please, please, Tony! I want you. I need you. I can’t LIVE without you!

    Tony responds:

    “Please understand i am a very important man.
    ______________________

    I hadn’t read all the posts since I left earlier today- That first line are my words. Posted that way because of the arrogance of the man responding to his internet friend… People are going to keep coming forward with new revelations from contact they’ve had with Tony Baloney over the years for a very long time. If she stays- it’s going to affect her life for a long time to come. If he had come clean to her in the beginning, they could have sat down and worked out a plan together… He could have made a clean break and just resigned and it would have ended right then and there, like it has for others caught in the same circumstances.

    He didn’t do it- he chose to ride this out and Hell if following him until he has destroyed himself and Huma-

  128. Mrs. Smith,
    I think your right…about thinking without emotion, I have never been good at that…how about you???? LOL!
    Well he definitely needs help and I see where now they’ve dug up a 17 y.o. that he’s sent his pic to…so he’s might go to jail….

    It’s so sad for Huma…she waits til she 35 to marry an idiot like that…well I feel sorry for her and her child, but my guess is that she’ll pull thru….she is prolly every bit as tough as Hillary is…

  129. JPMorgan Chase is forecasting another 4 to 5 percent drop in home values over the next 12 months.
    ————————-
    Which puts us into high election season with the net worth of average people reaching an all time low. Harder to razzle dazzle them when we have 20% unemployment (real number), sinking home prices, an economic war with china and all the rest of the grim news which Obama has produced and failed to resolve.

  130. Mrs. Smith,
    The Bilderbergers are meeting this weekend in Switzerland…I guess they are going to decide who gets to run for Potus and the next meeting will be to select him…LOL!
    You been keeping up with them?

    It’s terrible what they are doing to Sarah…I mean its just ridiculous….

  131. #
    Shadowfax
    June 10th, 2011 at 6:37 pm

    Mrs. Smith

    Shadow-

    What is the latest on Sarah- I’ve been gone most of the day. What are they looking for in her e-mails?

    ———
    You know I am not necessarily a Sarah fan, but this is outrageous.
    Read my post at June 10th, 2011 at 5:01 pm…the links on that site tell of the New York Times, and the Post, hooking up with MSNBC and MotherFrickin’ Jones to get the public to read all these 55 boxes of emails, and dig for any dirt they can get against Sarah.

    This should be told to every American how low the left wing media has gone to smear her and how damn sexist it is.
    ___________________

    Thanks, Shadow-

    Sarah’s new movie, “The Undefeated”, is already getting flack from one movie critic viewing an early screening. It’s disgusting, the movie hasn’t even been released to the public yet and he is raking it over the coals with a thumbs down before it even hits theaters. Well, I hope this all backfires on Obama. He is trying to neutralize anyone that is talking about running using the meanest, dirtiest tactics to smear anyone considered a threat…

    http://www.nypost.com/p/news/opinion/opedcolumnists/palin_tzxGDgOqUn8eJ4vtmjUv9M

  132. It is not unlikely that Obama who was the beneficiary of the first economic collapse in 2008 would be the victim of the second economic collapse in 2012.

  133. Huma’s only 35? She’s still very young, she needs to divorce the pervert, give the child her last name, and give limited visitation rights to the Weiner until he’s gotten lots of professional help.

    She is young, she can marry someone else and have more kids or adopt. This man is a pervert, a complete pervert, no man does this kind of nonsense unless he has some serious issues.

  134. confloyd
    June 10th, 2011 at 7:23 pm

    Mrs. Smith,
    I think your right…about thinking without emotion, I have never been good at that…how about you???? LOL!
    __________________

    confloyd- the Italians have the perfect solution for guys like him marrying their daughters. It’s painless- he just disappears and the family moves on..

  135. confloyd
    June 10th, 2011 at 7:23 pm

    I think your right…about thinking without emotion, I have never been good at that…how about you???? LOL!
    __________________-

    You have the daughter I never had- I have 4 sons. Bad enough, I have always been overprotective of my sons. I can’t imagine how I would deal with a daughter in this predicament. However, I know my father would know how to deal with him and I would leave it at that-

    I’ve had to learn to stand back and wait and learn to think ahead way ahead- and of course, after getting over the shock of the thing, you’ve got to prepare for the future. Neither of us are public figures. As public figures you are fair game for anyone that has the power and money to smear your name through news reportage…Huma is more vulnerable to that happening until she is out of the spotlight.

  136. Mrs. Smith,
    Yes your right she’ll be fair game….I do feel really sorry for her right now…I bet Hillary does too!

    It such a shame because Weiner had such a promising career…I really liked his stances on a number of things…but that old devil will snare you everytime…

  137. confloyd
    June 10th, 2011 at 7:50 pm

    Just think how he could have handled this differently- First of all, Tony’s father is a lawyer. He could have turned to him, told him the Truth, then gotten Huma in on what they would be facing if he stays as a Representative. I’m sure his father would have said- get out now- and Huma would have agreed. At least they would have been making important decisions with his family together with his wife formulating a plan for damage control with them standing behind him-

    So, no- he waits until the last minute to tell Huma- she’s in shock- and he calls a press conference and blabs for a half hour as if he’s talking about someone else taking himself out of the reality of his situation thinking he’s going to skate as long as he’s admitted the Truth and not have to answer to consequences to others because of his stupidity. He’s done this to himself and dragged poor Huma into this humiliation and she probably doesn’t know the half of it yet-

  138. Every ounce of respect I ever had for Pelosi is now gone.

    The fact she cannot even say this pervert needs to resign is mind numbing to me. She has no problem with a United States Congressman lying about sending pics of his privates to young girls, and then admitting he did it repeatedly for several years. This is beyond disgusting that the “Democratic” Party leadership has no problems with this, this is the supposed party of women? Have they read his tweets and emails and mysogeny there?

    I remember during the Mark Foley incident, Pelosi was on every couple of days on TV lambasting the repubs for Mark Foley, now Fox News is reporting that the Weiner tweeted with several underaged girls, Pelosi of course will have no issues with this. Every day my disgust with the “democratic” party reaches a new low, have no clue who these people are anymore, they sure aren’t the party of Patrick Moniyahn anymore. Absolutely disgusting.

    http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20110610/ap_on_go_co/us_congressman_twitter_photo_pelosi

    “The former speaker said in San Francisco that she believes the decision should be made by “the individual member” and the people in his district.”

  139. #
    confloyd
    June 10th, 2011 at 5:51 pm

    I agree with pm317 and turndown,

    There’s a huge difference in showing and using it….Arnold should be in deeper do do than Tony Weiner….and the press needs to let up because Huma is pregnant…for pete’s sake!
    ——————————————————————————————

    He was unfaithful. Period. I would never feel the same about my mate after finding out about something like that.’ Hit the road Jack’ would be my song. They were MARRIED. Doesn’t that mean anything anymore?

  140. The former speaker said in San Francisco that she believes the decision should be made by “the individual member” and the people in his district.”
    ———————
    Then poosie is retracting her prior call for an ethics investigation? And what she said about Foley would not apply if Foley was a Democrat? Therefore what matters is not the offense but the party? I get it. Why am I not surprised.

    Forgetting about her however, I do believe the people should decide his fate. If they want this guy back, then I say fine. He is the perfect albatross to hang around the neck of the party of Obama. For whatever his constituents may think, the country will find his conduct to be reprehensible. And ultimately that is what matters. He is a mascot for the party of Obama.

  141. wbboei
    June 10th, 2011 at 8:34 pm

    any average American who went outside to some restaurant, mall, etc and exposed himself would be charged with indecent exposure immediately, so now the rule is if you’re a congressman, a democrat one that is, well the rules don’t apply, its all forgiven. Country of laws? or country of men (democrat that is)?

  142. votermom–I believe you will like this one. My friend Moe is late to the game. Big Media in general and the New York Times in particular have been “stalking” Sarah ever since the general election. Why else would they send seventeen (17) reporters to Alaska to dig up dirt on her. Other than that he is spot on. As you say, it now comes down to a simple straightforward proposition:

    big media vs the American People.

    East is east. West is west. And ner’ the twain shall meet.
    —————————————

    Posted by Moe Lane (Profile)
    Friday, June 10th at 5:30PM EDT

    A picture is, as they say, worth a thousand words… or, in this case, several pounds’ worth of emails.

    That picture is of the media, as Justin Hart put it,” jammed and running to the elevator to get the #PalinEmails.” For those wondering, the “#PalinEmails” are… the collected email record of Sarah Palin when she was Governor of Alaska, and the media has gone into full Geraldo-Rivera-Capone-bank-vault mode over perusing them. Not to mention stark, raving mad.

    And that’s why New Media exists: not because Old Media has decided to devote finite resources to this story, but because they’re apparently ready to devote enough resources to make the whole thing into a sweaty, high-density spectacle. Which would be fine, except that people were kind of counting on them to report, well, the news.

    Seriously. Look. At this moment Sarah Palin is a television pundit on a road trip. So could the media please stop obsessing over her like this? They’re starting to set off my stalker-detection alarms.

    Moe Lane (crosspost)

  143. tim
    June 10th, 2011 at 8:40 pm
    —————————
    But don’t lets forget these are elitists. They play by a different set o rules. Or, as the English political philosopher said, the sovereign is about the law. To take your hypothetical a step further, if a drunken vainglorious lout absconded with a young lady who he met at a cocktail party, drove her into a lake at a place called Chappaquiddick, let her drown and swam away to safety, he would not be called the dean of the Senate and lauded as an American icon and allowed to run for the Presidency. On the contrary he would be hauled off to jail, charged with negligent homicide and forced to face a jury of his peers. And sure as god made little green apples, he would serve time. The elites–particularly the dim elites have no shame. But believe me your point is not lost on the American People.

  144. tim
    June 10th, 2011 at 8:37 pm
    Interesting list of Bilderburg attendees, esp. the American contingent. Some of the usual suspects, but Charlie Rose? Maybe he’s going to do interviews of this super secret org.? No?

  145. tim-

    I think the best thing for Weiner is keeping close company with Obama-

    Campaign for him in every battleground state and sleep with a poster of Che Guevara.

  146. All I can say is wow! It may not be admissible in court (via Althouse). I feel really bad for their first daughter that she has to go through all this muck and then take care of her young siblings too. The image that stands out in my head is the one where after briefly hugging Elizabeth, he pushed her away (more like shoved her to the side) on stage during a campaign rally.

    http://www.nationalenquirer.com/exclusive-john-edwards-condemned-dead-wife-elizabeth-edwards-secret-video-testimony

  147. The thing that is never discussed in situations like the Edwards is that Elizabeth had a partnership with John to promote his career as a team. She thought they were working for the same goal, to move him up the political ladder. Then to find out that he was taking her help, but not honoring their partnership. They feel used and they are.

  148. Release of new Redistring maps creates political ‘tsunami’

    By Lisa Vorderbrueggen and Tracey Kaplan Bay Area News Group

    h… w.. mercurynews.com/breaking-news/ci_18249489?nclick_check=1

    California’s grand experiment with citizen redistricting produced sweeping angst across the state’s political landscape Friday as the first round of draft congressional and legislative maps hit the streets.

    The districts were drawn for the first time without regard to the incumbents’ home addresses or party affiliation — and the end results are districts with fewer odd-looking arms and fingers along with a plethora of incumbents who no longer live in their districts.

    “It’s an earthquake with a tsunami,” said Doug Johnson, a redistricting scholar with the Rose Institute at Claremont McKenna College.

    The commission eschewed political data, but the initial set of congressional maps appears to benefit Democrats. The party balance in the Assembly and Senate is most likely a political wash based on preliminary results, redistricting analysts say.

    In Congress, the GOP could lose four to eight of its 19 California seats, Democrats and Republicans agree.

    “I’m not sure that’s exactly what California needs,” said California GOP Chairman Tom Del Beccaro of Lafayette. “But we’re going to finish crunching the numbers this weekend and then we’ll see how much we have to massage. Or push.”

    A dozen members of Congress of both parties statewide have been drawn out of the districts where they live, although some will likely run in adjacent districts that contain the bulk or at least the core of their previous constituencies.

    The nine-county Bay Area will retain its 12-member congressional delegation, but its power is diluted as the boundaries of its outermost districts push deeper into the faster-growing Central Valley.

    Rep. Jerry McNerney, D-Pleasanton, whose 11th District sprawls over the Altamont Pass into San Joaquin County, was drawn out of his territory and into that of neighboring Rep. Pete Stark, D-Fremont.

    But the 11th retains a slice of the Bay Area, anchoring Antioch, Oakley and Brentwood to a Stockton-centric district.

    The open question is whether McNerney will run for Stark’s 13th District seat or try for the newly constituted district next door. Stark has hinted that he could retire.

    Residents in Stark’s district have another worry.

    The draft plan moves most of Fremont and all of Newark out of an Alameda County congressional district and into a predominantly Santa Clara County district that includes Milpitas and eastern San Jose.

    “It’s like going back to the 80s when we were beholden, if you will, to Santa Clara County interests,” Newark Mayor Dave Smith said. “In that alignment of a district you’re going to be dealing first with the interests of San Jose, and we will not be very important at all.”

    Union City and the northern edge of Fremont, including the Ardenwood and Niles districts would remain in the 13th District. Commisiosners indicated during discussion Friday that they want mappers to take a second look at the proposed split.

    In other Bay Area congressional shifts, Reps. Lynn Woolsey, D-Santa Rosa, and Mike Thompson, D-St. Helena, could see large swaths of their districts swapped.

    High-powered Democratic Party policy advisor and veteran Rep. George Miller, D-Martinez, could lose Richmond, a city he has represented for decades, in exchange for the more conservative San Ramon Valley. His district would remain strongly Democratic, like all Bay Area districts, but not quite as blue.

    The mapping blitz is the product of a 2008 voter-approved ballot measure that stripped state legislators of the power to draw their own boundaries and gave the job to an independent citizens’ commission. They expanded the task to Congress in 2010.

    Fourteen people — five Democrats, five Republicans and four decline-to-state voters — chosen through an arduous system have been working for months doing what has never been done before in California.

    California is one of a half-dozen states, which include Hawaii, Washington and Arizona — with an independent or bipartisan redistricting commission, although it is by far the largest endeavor of its kind.

    The commission will take the draft maps back out to the public in a series of hearings scheduled statewide for the next couple of weeks. It will release a second set of draft maps on July 7. Its deadline for final adoption is Aug. 15.

    Independent redistricting advocates such as Center for Governmental Studies President Bob Stern are pleased with the commission’s work, citing its vast numbers of meetings and voluminous downloadable documents and maps.

    He and other proponents sought to end the Legislature’s practice of drawing maps that protected incumbents and the balance of party power.

    In 2001, the California Legislature unveiled on a Friday draft maps written largely in secret and adopted them the following Monday, Stern said.

    And in the years since then, only one congressional and legislative office changed party hands.

    “The intent of (independent redistricting) is to have fair districts that reflect California whatever the outcome,” Stern said. “The process this time has exceeded my expectations in terms of how serious the commissioners are taking it and how much transparency it has. We’ll have to wait and see how it comes out, of course.”

    what’s next?

    The California Citizens Redistricting Commission unveiled Friday the first of two sets of draft maps for the state’s 53 congressional, 40 Senate, 80 Assembly and four Board of Equalization seats.

    # Here are the next steps: June 13-30 — Public hearings will be held in 11 locations throughout the state, where the commissioners will take testimony on the draft maps.

    Bay Area hearings will be held on June 25 at San Jose City Hall, 200 E. Santa Clara St., from 2-5 p.m., and on

    June 27 at Fort Mason Center’s Cowell Theater in San Francisco from 6-9 p.m. (For a full schedule, visit http://www.wedrawthelines.org.)

    # July 7 — Release second set of draft maps.

    # July — Take more public comment.

    # Aug. 1 — Release final maps.

    # Aug. 15 — Deadline to adopt final maps.

  149. For sure Elizabeth Edwards wasn’t going to stand by and see Edwards live happily ever after with his new family after she was gone.

    That takes chutzpah!

  150. an marry someone else and have more kids or adopt. This man is a pervert, a complete pervert,

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    What do you think that word means? What Bill and Monica did? Phone sex?

  151. So important that the so called leaders of both parties want him to resign.

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    Yep. Targeted by BOTH the Bots AND the REpublicans. That happens to Hillary supporters.

  152. Who will hire someone that has disgraced themselves to that degree for any legitimate job in the public or private sector?

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    Ask Dick Morris (along with Gingrich, Guilliani, Vitter, Jesse Jackson, Swartznegger….)

  153. If Huma stays with him, she will be subjected to the jokes for the rest of their marriage. Look at Bill and Hillary. It’s been 12 yrs and they still bring it up, making jokes

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    You think Hillary should have left Bill?

  154. For Swartzenneger, the tabloids have gone on and on for 3 wks.

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    Some people think a bastard and a divorce are more important. And the bastard had a love child, too.

  155. Issa Investigates Project Gunrunner

    President Obama is hiding behind big government in the hopes that a scandal will fade away.

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    Hiding (with help of MSM) behind a big shadow on underwear too. What else is the Weiner scandal distracting us from?

  156. Is the media not ’stoning’ him because of their deference to Obot Maria? Where is the deference to pregnant Huma or is she fairgame for the media because they are all Clintonistas? (Now I am really sounding like Turndown).

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    Feel free. I don’t have any monopoly on good sense. 😉

  157. Oh now Weiner was winding down his online relationships?

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    He didn’t say it, I speculated it. If I were going to get all moralistic about things other than, yanno, 9/11 responders’ health bills, protecting MEdicare and SS, and all those other Clintonoista causes Weiner has been supporting, I’d sort his pixels into categories like these:

    1. current and accidental (Gennette Cordova)
    2. before his marriage/engagement
    3. current continued / winding down
    4. current new or still winding up 😉

  158. From the e-mail collection:

    Sarah Palin emails: Palin fielded death threats as campaign heated up

    Among the emails Sarah Palin fielded while she was on the campaign trail were a batch of vicious threats against her life.

    On Sept. 12, 2008, she received a message through the state of Alaska’s website that accused her of being racist and suggested that she would have joined the Ku Klux Klan if she were a man.

    “She doesn’t belong to the NRA to support the right of each citizen to have weapons in an aim of self-defence, but just to support the right of every Southern white citizen to shoot all non-white people legally!” wrote the sender, identified as Dominique Villacrouz. “Sarah Palin MUST BE KILLED!”

    On Sept. 17, 2008, Palin received a profanity-laced message from a Juneau resident saying she needed to be “shot from one of the planes that shoot th [sic] the very wolves that you ordered.”

    A similar message on Sept. 12 from a resident in Antwerp, Belgium, also called for Palin to be shot, saying that “only on that moment justice will be accomplished.”

    Palin forwarded the messages to her aides without comment.

    There is no reference in the emails about whether investigations were launched into the threats.

    sorting by topics at link:

    http://www.latimes.com/news/politics/la-pn-palin-emails-death-threats-20110610,0,6204181.story

  159. Real Clear Politics Poll (6/10/11)
    Job Approval Approve Disapprove Spread
    Big Media Messiah Obama 47.5% 46.8% 0.9–wow!! and this includes polls that oversample dims

  160. In re. the big media attacks on Palin:

    yttik
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    What a terrific waste of time! It’s not like she took photos of her crotch and emailed them to young women and lied about it, supported her mistress with campaign funds while her wife was having chemo, got her maid and her wife pregnant at the same time, went toe tapping in the men’s room for male prostitutes, slashed up her girlfriend’s face with a broken beer bottle, manipulated young interns into giving her oral sex, or exploited call girls while promising to clean up organized prostitution.

    Double standard?? What double standard?
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    6 hours ago 25 Likes F

    oowawa
    Yes, yttik, but according to that noted and moral journalist, Andrew Sullivan, she was so conniving and deceitful that when her daughter gave birth to a Down Syndrome baby, Sarah actually claimed it as her own! It must be true, because Andrew said it, and Andrew is an honorable man….

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/A
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    4 hours ago in reply to yttik 6 Likes

    SSDD2
    Sullivan is batshit crazy. He’s like Ahab in Moby Dick. He just can’t let it go.

  161. Someone on the news the other day brought up the fact tha NO WOMAN in congress has EVER been accused or brought up on committing a sexual offense!!

    How do you like them apples?

  162. Foursome complete for Obama-Boehner golf game

    Fri Jun 10, 2011

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama’s planned golf outing June 18 with House of Representatives Speaker John Boehner now has a complete foursome.

    Vice President Joe Biden will join Obama for the round, while Republican Boehner will have Ohio’s Republican governor, John Kasich, at his side.

    With Democrats and Republicans at odds over debt and deficits, the White House and Boehner’s office have faced questions over whether the players will have time for a discussion about the key issues.

    But both sides say the golf outing is purely a social occasion, a good chance to get to know each other and reach across the partisan divide. Kasich, though, was chairman of the House Budget Committee during deficit negotiations with the Clinton White House.

    The location for the event has not been disclosed as of yet, but it will not be at Washington’s Congressional Country Club, where the world’s top golfers will be competing in the U.S. Open that weekend.

    It is unclear whether Obama and the others will be willing to disclose their scores. Obama has played dozens of times since he took power in early 2009 and typically keeps the news media far at bay when he plays.

    Boehner, who may well be the best golfer of the group, tweeted out the news of Kasich’s participation with the challenging hash tag: #nomulligans.

    http://www.reuters.com/article/2011/06/10/us-obama-golf-idUSTRE75960Q20110610

  163. Jeffrey Tubin–Tapeworm for short it the SENIOR LEGAL ANALYST FOR CNN.

    During the campaign Tapeworm was an Obama lover, a Hillary hater and went hoarse screaming for her to get out of the race.

    Of late Tapeworm threw a hissy fit that Breitbart implied that Oscar Meyer had done anything improper.

    But now we learn that the Deleware Police are not nearly as cavalier about this matter as the CNN Senior Legal Analyst–Tapeworm.

    Seems they are investigating the legality of Tony’s contact with the 17 year old. Unlike Tapeworm, they take Breitbart rather seriously.

    To be consistent, Tape worm should throw a hissy fit again. Finally, we learn from Moe Lane that CNN’s Senior Legal Analyst is also a deadbeat dad.

    Seems like this arrogant prick– I mean the CNN Senior Legal Analyst should save a little of his moral outrage for himself.

    http://www.redstate.com/moe_lane/2011/06/10/hey-jeff-toobin-about-that-andrew-breitbart-weinergate-thing/

  164. Boehner, who may well be the best golfer of the group, tweeted out the news of Kasich’s participation with the challenging hash tag: #nomulligans
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    I cannot tell you how relieved I am to hear that Kascich will be there with Boener, to prevent him from getting rolled. I am serious. Boehner is an easy mark, but Kasich is not. Kasich could eat Obaam for lunch. He is a deficit hawk, and he sees the world through the eyes of a white working class–his father was a postman. I have met him and he is very focused. As far as the quote above I dom’t know if they know or are just guessing. All I can say from having played golf with them is they had better have forecaddies to mark the point where their balls go out of bounds, officials to make sure they adhere to the rules and scorekeepers to make sure that all strokes are duly accounted for. I imagine they are playing The Congressional, but it could be Burning Tree. As to the latter, the inside joke at Burning Tree is how do you tell the members from the non members? The non members go behind a tree when they need to piss. Women are allowed on Burning Tree only twice per year–once on Christmas. Sam Nunn was a member of Burning Tree and it led to a big flap. When George Schultz was Secretary of State, he had a female secret service member to guard him. They would not let her inside the gate at Burning Tree. The more I think about it the more I believe it will be Congressional. If it is Burning Tree do take note of what I said above.

  165. According to an anti-Palin site, here’s the question that Palin was answering (after visiting a Paul Revere historical place):
    What have you seen so far today, and what are you going to take away from your visit?

  166. urgh another one.

    Emails Suggest City Coordinated With Hancock On Escort Inquiry

    http://www.thedenverchannel.com/news/28198345/detail.html

    DENVER — Something changed last weekend at City Hall in the controversy over Denver Mayor-elect Michael Hancock and a Denver escort service, documents obtained by CALL7 Investigators show.

    It was a change that helped Hancock avoid a damaging story right before the election.

    Denver media organizations had filed open records requests in the morning of June 3, asking police for any evidence that Hancock was photographed or videotaped at an alleged escort service location during a police and federal investigation of Denver Players club. A former owner of the club released client records that appear to show Hancock — his name misspelled Handcock — booking three visits with escorts using his personal cellphone number.

    read on……

  167. I see where Tapeworm Jeffery Toobin is part of the Harvard Club, has been criticized for his ethical standards and is a Jurnolister. Now I know why I dislike him. And why his legal reasoning is often deficient, because he bends it to suit his political view point which is hard left.
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    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jeffrey_Toobin

  168. Someone on the news the other day brought up the fact tha NO WOMAN in congress has EVER been accused or brought up on committing a sexual offense!!
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    Whoever said that is wrong. In 2008, Claire McCaskill put her beefy arm around the skinny neck and shoulder of candidate Obama. This was either an unwanted sexual advance, or an invitation to grapple. He looked like the man in one of those 1950s sci fi films who has just seen Gogzilla for the first time. But you will be glad to know that the metrosexual man did not succumb. He forcefully removed her arm and pretended it never happened.

  169. In 2008, Claire McCaskill put her beefy arm around the skinny neck and shoulder of candidate Obama. This was either an unwanted sexual advance, or an invitation to grapple. He looked like the man in one of those 1950s sci fi films who has just seen Gogzilla for the first time. But you will be glad to know that the metrosexual man did not succumb. He forcefully removed her arm and pretended it never happened.

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    If it were the other way around — removing HIS arm would be racism.

  170. This is why Hillary is loved around the world:Tough Smart Feisty and has a great sense of humor.I receive all of her speeches and enjoy her deftness in dealing with Heads of State you will be amazed

    Closing Remarks at African Growth and Opportunity Forum

    Remarks
    Hillary Rodham Clinton
    Secretary of StateMulungushi International Conference Center

    Lusaka, Zambia

    June 10, 2011

    SECRETARY CLINTON: If I didn’t know any better, Minister Mutati, I’d say that you have a future in preaching. (Laughter.) My goodness, I thought he was going to take up a collection. (Laughter. Applause.)

  171. Each day that passes with Bums like “DIPSTICK TONY”deciding our future should be the foremost problem that has put our country in a position of scorn by our former allies and admirers.Hillary our genuine POTUS is working her t–l off biding her time as she prepares to run again.She is much too patriotic and caring for us all regardless of party to deny us her talents and the best interests of our country.BO and MO we gave you achance and you both blew it with your calls for Restitution Retribution and Easy street for your blind and heavily armed supporters.They are in the minority and would rather have an AK47 than a job.Take a look at news casts in PGH and they are dominated by an overflow of crimes swat teams shootings of kids of all ages and color while BO plays with the small balls golf and marbles.Remember “Stupid does as Stupid is”

    Hillary you have our love and respect now give us your HELP.

  172. #
    Shadowfax
    June 11th, 2011 at 12:04 am

    Someone on the news the other day brought up the fact tha NO WOMAN in congress has EVER been accused or brought up on committing a sexual offense!!

    How do you like them apples?
    _____________________

    True and I like it! Probably because women are smarter and more responsible than men. However, if we delve further into a broad psychoanalyzes grouping all the scandals together then separating them into 2 categories, (R’s v D’s). The Republicans by far outnumber the Dems in their attraction to sexual perversion and affairs. Most likely there is a common thread between them perhaps their current behavior stemming from a cold desensitized mother coming forward from their early childhood. (Like Vitter’s affection for diapers) Their morality hypocrisies as Republicans notoriously claim the high moral ground and family values. A false meme they’ve promoted all their lives except when the statistics are staring them clear in the face. It’s OK to laugh at them when you hear that old sorely misplaced defense.

    Republicans have more SEX scandals in their repertoire that in their life time, Dems could never hope to attain.

    Republicans = 146 sex related scandals and at least 28 more unattributed

    http://www.dkosopedia.com/wiki/Republican_Sex_Scandals

    Dems (incl) Weiner’s weener = 28 sex related scandals

    h… w.. ranker.com/list/democrat-sex-scandals/web-infoguy

  173. Job Picture To Test Obama In Key States

    “No incumbent president since World War II has been re-elected with national unemployment above 7.2%. The Congressional Budget Office projects an unemployment rate of 8.2% in 2012. The Conference Board, a business research group, estimates it will be 8.5%.”

    http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052702304778304576377654011906360.html?mod=WSJ_hp_LEFTTopStories

    By SARA MURRAY

    The nation’s high joblessness, already a problem for President Barack Obama as he seeks re-election next year, is shaping up to be a particular burden in a handful of key swing states where the unemployment rate is above the national average.

    In four states that may prove key to the Obama re-election strategy—Florida, Nevada, North Carolina and Michigan—the jobless picture is bleak. In three of the four, the rate tops 10%.

    Mr. Obama visits two of these states, Florida and North Carolina, next week, and will confront a gloomy picture made worse by the recent run of poor economic data that has helped drive the Dow Jones Industrial Average below 12,000 for the first time since March.

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    Amid signs that the recovery is stalling, Republicans have sharpened their focus on the jobs picture.

    With the chances low that Congress passes any additional fiscal stimulus, the White House is left hoping the recovery will pick up speed. No president since Franklin Roosevelt has faced re-election amid such high joblessness.

    “We’re in uncharted waters here,” said Charlie Cook, publisher of Cook Political Report, which ranks swing states based on historical competitiveness and special factors expected to come into play this cycle. “I don’t think it takes a rocket scientist to figure out that high unemployment that isn’t getting much better is a huge liability.”

    Nationally and in individual states, the precise link between presidential races and unemployment is muddled. A look at the 13 states that figure to be the most closely contested in next year’s campaign shows that unemployment in some is well below the national average.

    U.S. unemployment ticked up to 9.1% in May. The rate was a far milder 4.9% in New Hampshire and 6.1% in Virginia in April, the most recent month for which data are available. And in some of the swing states in question, the rate has fallen recently, while remaining high.

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    Stephen Greene worked a street corner hoping to land a job as a laborer or carpenter earlier this month in Pompano Beach, Florida.

    Heartland states—such as Iowa and Minnesota—were less affected by the housing boom and bust, and their economies have benefited from booming agriculture and mining industries. Robust exports of manufactured goods have helped states such as Ohio. Considered a bellwether, having voted for the winner in every presidential race since 1960, Ohio’s unemployment rate was 8.6% in April.

    “If you go back and listen to much of what he talked about in that campaign, he’s been very faithful to it,” said Obama adviser David Axelrod. “And at the core of it was, how do we create the kind of life and the kind of future that people want and how do we deal with the ongoing challenges that people were facing in their lives, that the American dream was slipping away, paychecks weren’t growing as fast as costs. And that’s been exacerbated by the economic crisis. But it’s the project that he started to work on, we knew it was going to be a long term project, and that’s what he’s continuing to do.”

    Economists and political strategists say voters’ beliefs about the direction the economy is headed can be more important than the overall level of unemployment. Unemployment was high when Ronald Reagan ran for reelection, but the economy was booming, and the possibility of swifter growth could similarly help Mr. Obama.

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    Real Time Econ: Broader Unemployment Rates, by State
    “If people sense that there is improvement, if they look down the road and they can see improvement, then I think the president is going to be rewarded,” said Mark Mellman, a Democratic pollster. “Alternatively if they look down the road and don’t see improvement, it’s going to be a problem.”

    No incumbent president since World War II has been re-elected with national unemployment above 7.2%. The Congressional Budget Office projects an unemployment rate of 8.2% in 2012. The Conference Board, a business research group, estimates it will be 8.5%.

    In the most important states for any presidential candidate, the unemployment picture is bleak. In Florida, the fallout from the housing bust, which hit the state with particular force, left it with April unemployment of 10.8%, down just half a percentage point in the past year.

    The state is among the largest swing states where recent presidential campaigns have been decided with razor-thin margins. Of the 10 biggest and most competitive states, only Florida and Ohio chose their presidential preferences by less than a 5% margin in the past three elections. And Florida casts 29 electoral votes, compared with Ohio’s 18. Mr. Obama carried Florida by a slim 2.8-point margin in 2008.

    Democrats are likely to try to draw votes from the Sunshine State’s elderly population by targeting Republican proposals to revamp Medicare. Another advantage for Mr. Obama: Republican Gov. Rick Scott, who took office this year and has seen his approval ratings fall, may absorb some voter discontent.

    But that may not be enough to distract Floridians from double-digit unemployment.

    “Florida’s always one of the deciding states,” said Scott Reed, a Republican strategist, and “when so many people are not working, this election’s going to go back to pocketbook issues.”

    Nevada may prove similarly competitive. The state, which also suffered a big housing bust, has the highest unemployment rate in the nation at 12.5%. While Mr. Obama won the state by a 12.5-point margin in 2008, the situation there has worsened for his party. Democratic Sen. Harry Reid barely managed to eke out a win in his campaign for reelection last year.

    “Nevada’s clearly a tossup,” Mr. Reed said. “Let’s face it, Harry Reid got lucky last cycle.”

    Mr. Obama’s odds in North Carolina are also complicated by its 9.7% jobless rate. The state has trended Republican in recent presidential elections; Mr. Obama won it by less than a percentage point in 2008.

    Momentum may prove helpful to Mr. Obama in Michigan, where the unemployment rate was 10.2% in April. The Mitten State has trended blue in recent presidential elections and Mr. Obama carried it handily in 2008, with a 16.5-point margin.

    Michigan entered the recession sooner than most states, largely because of the decline in manufacturing and the auto industry. Obama administration bailouts for auto makers helped the industry regain its footing. Though still painfully high, Michigan’s jobless rate has fallen 2.9 points in the past 12 months—the largest state drop .

    The recovery, meanwhile, hasn’t taken hold evenly across the nation, making it difficult to predict how the economy will influence the electoral vote scoreboard in 2012.

    President Obama has maintained that his administration inherited a troubled economy and has taken the necessary steps to right its direction. Republicans counter the president’s policies and aggressive spending have prolonged the nation’s poor economic performance.

    Mr. Obama may face steeper odds if the already slow recovery loses strength. Since he took office in January 2009, the unemployment rate has risen 1.3 points. While it has fallen a percentage point from its peak in October 2009, concerns are mounting about the outlook. Both economic growth and job gains have slowed sharply in recent months.

    —Jonathan Weisman contributed to this article.
    Write to Sara Murray at sara.murray@wsj.com

  174. Vice President Joe Biden will join Obama for the round, while Republican Boehner will have Ohio’s Republican governor, John Kasich, at his side.
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    I too have met John Kasich. He was the speaker at my college graduation when I was valedictorian. He most definitely has his eyes focused on the agenda at all times for which he is richly rewarded. His poll numbers are down to about 30% in Ohio now and on Columbus on the Record show there was speculation that he may chose to serve only one term as Ohio gov. and then run for national office again (he served in the House of Reps). That’s a prediction that I have no problem believing.

  175. This is funny. The wife has him on a short leash — you know she knows all about husband stealing..and she also knows he won’t win, so why sacrifice.

    But sources say Callista controls the schedule. They say she refused to allow the candidate to attend a Memorial Day Weekend parade in key early primary state South Carolina unless a film screening was set up in the state.

    South Carolina consultant Katon Dawson was pushing hard for the candidate to attend the parade, but the film screening couldn’t be set up.

    So the couple stayed in Washington DC and attended the opera at the Kennedy Center on May 27. Some senior staffers laughed: the opera was Don Pasquale — a comedy about an old wealthy man’s romantic life.

    The senior staffers didn’t understand the need for the two to spend the time together that night, instead of having him campaign, given that the couple was about to go on an extended luxury cruise.

    “His spouse has demands on his time that are not practical for a candidate running for president,” said one former senior staffer.

    http://blogs.abcnews.com/politicalpunch/2011/06/senior-gingrich-campaign-staffers-demanded-gingrich-end-films-and-books-we-didnt-sign-up-to-be-hucks.html

  176. turndownobama
    June 10th, 2011 at 10:43 pm
    Oh now Weiner was winding down his online relationships?

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    He didn’t say it, I speculated it.
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    Gotcha!

  177. I too have met John Kasich. He was the speaker at my college graduation when I was valedictorian. He most definitely has his eyes focused on the agenda at all times for which he is richly rewarded. His poll numbers are down to about 30% in Ohio now and on Columbus on the Record show there was speculation that he may chose to serve only one term as Ohio gov. and then run for national office again (he served in the House of Reps). That’s a prediction that I have no problem believing.
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    I met him briefly in the Congressional dining room. But he has the mark of someone who gets business done. He is as I said a deficit hawk. He has proven it before in budget negotiations. I am 100% sure that the grass roots conservatives in the party were deeply concerned that Boehner would be meeting alone with Obama and needed a chaperone. That is why he tweeted Kasich name–they trust that he will see to it that Boehner does not give the store away as he did the last time they met. Boehner is a very nice guy, but an easy mark. Kasich is neither. But he will get the job done.

  178. I don’t see Kashich and Boehner quite the same as you do. boehner maneuvered Denny Hastert out of the House Speaker’s job and himself into it pretty quickly. Kasich is always putting his foot in his mouth and having to backtrack and apologize. However, I would love to be a fly on the golf club at that round of golf and see how it plays out, wouldn’t you?

  179. BigCatLover

    I too have met John Kasich. He was the speaker at my college graduation when I was valedictorian.
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    Two reactions: first, I am impressed that you were valedictorian of your college class. Hillary was valedictorian of her college class at Wellesley if I recall. She delivered a speech which captured the moom and sentiment of her generation at a very uncertain time. Second, you must be younger than I would have guessed, because Kasich came in with the congressional class of 1994. Or maybe I am just getting old.

  180. No where near as smart as Hillary Clinton and not young either. I went back to school later in life to get my degree.

  181. This is funny — shows the absurdity of facebook and twitter in how some people use these social media tools. Tell that and show this to a Kim Kardashian’s twitter follower if you know one.

  182. oh, BTW, my friend was talking about an interview where facebook founder (Zukerman?) was interviewing Larry Page (Google) and Page told the Facebook boy, he will never use facebook and the facebook guy pressured him to say why asking couple of times until his PR person shushed him. Haha..

  183. Republicans = 146 sex related scandals and at least 28 more unattributed

    http://www.dkosopedia.com/wiki/Republican_Sex_Scandals

    Dems (incl) Weiner’s weener = 28 sex related scandals

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

    Very worthwhile info, thanks! Trouble is, after a Republican gets caught, he gets religion, and the media drop the issue (if they ever really focused on it at all). When a Dem gets caught, the media blow it up for the rest of his life!

  184. admin
    June 9th, 2011 at 7:54 pm

    Fitzgerald reports that 30 percent of voters from Obama’s own party have a negative view of his job performance, which is bad news for the president who needs his base to come out in Philadelphia and Pittsburgh to assure he wins the Commonwealth.
    &&&&&&&&&

    That 30% of Dems sounds like 60% of the Hillary supporters who in 2008 felt the nomination was stolen, not earned. Apparently, we still haven’t forgotten.

    And after two and a half years, he not only failed to win these folks over, he’s succeeded in driving supporters into
    a) disinterest, “I may not vote next time…”
    b) disgust “He supports just about everything Bush did”,
    c) anger “I never voted Republican before…”

  185. LJ has a post up on Weiner and the 17 year old. He followed her on twitter and it is absurd for him to be following a 17 year old. It is troubling. If it was a mentoring kind of communication with a lot of young people, it would be one thing but there is no such pattern and all his exchanges with other women show him up in a disturbing light.

  186. Nasty pulls a 180 on weenie…

    New York (CNN) – Three weighty Democratic voices – including Nancy Pelosi – on Saturday called for the resignation of embattled U.S. Rep. Anthony Weiner, who has been under fire after admitting to inappropriate communications with women online.

  187. Nasty has just used the last of her credibility, if even she is asking him to go, there must be more about to drop.

  188. I went back to school later in life to get my degree.
    ————————
    Even more impressive, and to be valedictorian too. In most walks of life experience, like yours counts, or it used to count, before the age of Obama. Now big media picks whoever they want as long as they went to Harvard, they tell us what to think, and our role is to stand at attention and salute the impeccable judgment of our bettors, even though they do not have to common sense that god gave a jackass.

  189. Nasty has just used the last of her credibility, if even she is asking him to go, there must be more about to drop.
    ——————
    Yes Moon. In fact she has had three positions on this matter.

    1. initially, she called for an ethics investigation

    2. next she said let the voters decide

    3. now she says he must go

    It has been said that a foolish consistency may be the hobgobblin of small minds. But a foolish inconsistency like we see with her with her constant reversals betray something far worse: low moral character and no aptitude for leadership. These are wrinkles which a botox injection cannot cure. They are more than skin deep.

  190. I would suspect, with him doing a rehab stint today and Nasty asking him to go, they would only dump him if something really really crappy was about to hit the fan with an absolute stink. Watch the actions today and the sudden change of stance by top Dems. The police have been sniffing around.

  191. Now see- He could have had this plan in hand when he had that dumb wordy half hour press conference. Admit to ALL and give them something to chew on- ‘a Plan’. Everyone loves an underdog that knows he’s wrong, admits it, and is resolute in doing something to fix it! (sigh)
    ________________________________

    Multiple outlets are reporting that Rep. Anthony Weiner (D-N.Y.) intends to seek treatment amid the fallout from controversy that erupted earlier this week when the congressman admitted to having inappropriate online interactions with six women in recent years.

    Weiner’s office put out a statement confirming those reports and announcing that he had requested a “short leave of absence from the House of Representatives so that he can get evaluated and map out a course of treatment to make himself well.”

    Earlier reports suggested that Weiner had no immediate intention of resigning. “Congressman Weiner takes the views of his colleagues very seriously and has determined that he needs this time to get healthy and make the best decision possible for himself, his family and his constituents,” the statement from his office continued.

    The Democratic Party hierarchy demanded on Saturday that Weiner resign for sending online material ranging from sexually suggestive to explicit to several women.

    “This sordid affair has become an unacceptable distraction for Representative Weiner, his family, his constituents and the House,” Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, the party chairwoman, said in a written statement calling for the New York lawmaker to quit.

    The House Democratic leader, Rep. Nancy Pelosi of California, said Weiner “has the love of his family, the confidence of his constituents and the recognition that he needs help. I urge Congressman Weiner to seek that help without the pressures of being a member of Congress.”

    Weiner had no immediate reaction.

    Before Saturday afternoon’s developments, Weiner told reporters in his neighborhood that “I have to redeem myself and I am going to try to get back to work.”

    Weiner said his conduct involved “personal failings” and that he would try not to let them get in the way of his “professional work.”

    Wasserman Schultz, Pelosi and others party leaders made their demands one day after Weiner acknowledged that he had exchanged online messages with a Delaware teenager. He said the exchanges involved nothing inappropriate.

    His party’s leadership had refrained from demanding a resignation for days after Weiner admitted sending lewd photos and messages and at least one X-rated picture to a handful of women around the country over the past three years and then lying about it.

    Weiner is married to Huma Abedin, a top aide to Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, Abedin is pregnant with the couple’s first child. She is traveling with Clinton in Africa until the middle of next week.

    A recent poll of registered voters in Weiner’s New York City district found that 56 percent said he should stay in office while 33 percent said he should leave.

    Pelosi has asked the House Ethics Committee to investigate whether Weiner used any government resources. He has said he does not believe he did.

    Before Saturday’s developments, at least nine House members and three senators said Weiner should resign.
    He has repeatedly said he would not.

    Weiner said earlier Saturday that his wife “is doing well” and that she “is a remarkable woman who is working very hard.”

    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/06/11/anthony-weiner-treatment_n_875422.html?icid=maing-grid7%7Cnetscape%7Cdl1%7Csec1_lnk2%7C70084

  192. Weiner requested a short leave of absence for going into rehab. I see no reason why he would be denied. How many times has P.Kennedy been in rehab for drug and alcohol abuse? Too many- I lost count.

  193. #
    BigCatLover
    June 11th, 2011 at 11:56 am

    I too have met John Kasich. He was the speaker at my college graduation when I was valedictorian. He most definitely has his eyes focused on the agenda at all times for which he is richly rewarded. His poll numbers are down to about 30% in Ohio now and on Columbus on the Record show there was speculation that he may chose to serve only one term as Ohio gov. and then run for national office again (he served in the House of Reps). That’s a prediction that I have no problem believing.
    __________________

    Good on you BCL! I’m impressed you went back later in life to get your degree- That is a big commitment when you’ve been out of the studying groove for awhile. Kudos-

  194. I agree with wbb and moon that there is anther shoe that is going to drop in the weenie story. Nasty doesn’t do a complete turnaround in 24 hr. For no reason.

  195. As Obama continues punishing Whistle-Blowers- a little sunshine on a cloudy day-
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    Thomas Drake Plea Deal In NSA Leak Case A Blow To Obama Administration

    BALTIMORE — A former top official with the National Security Agency who was accused of passing classified documents to a reporter has agreed to a plea bargain with prosecutors in a deal that pleased civil-liberties advocates but is a setback for the Obama administration’s effort to crack down on leakers.

    Former NSA executive Thomas Drake, 54, of Maryland is expected to plead guilty Friday in federal court in Baltimore to the unauthorized use of a government computer, a misdemeanor, while the government will drop 10 felony counts, including the unauthorized possession of classified documents, that could have sent him to prison for 35 years.

    The lesser charge still carries a maximum penalty of up to one year behind bars and a $100,000 fine, but the Government Accountability Project, a whistleblower advocacy group, said that under the arrangement Drake wouldn’t spend any time behind bars or pay a fine.

    The deal was struck after nearly a week of negotiations between federal prosecutors and Drake’s defense team, and averted what was expected to be a three-week trial.

    The government’s case against Drake, who blew the whistle on what he considered a billion-dollar boondoggle at his former agency, appeared to unravel after prosecutors said early this week that they planned to withdraw some evidence rather than risk exposing an unidentified telecommunications technology targeted by the NSA’s vast electronic eavesdropping network.

    Had Drake been convicted in a trial, he could have faced up to 35 years in prison on charges of obstruction of justice, lying to the FBI and illegal possession of classified NSA documents under the seldom-used Espionage Act of 1917, even though he was not accused of spying. The Act is regarded by some legal experts as vague and overly broad.

    Drake’s supporters say that if prosecutors had pursued the case, it would have made it harder to hold the U.S. intelligence community responsible for waste, abuse and mismanagement.

    “The case clearly collapsed,” said Jessalyn Radack of the Government Accountability Project. “It was a case built on sand, and when the government was put to the test, I think it shows that whistle-blowers are not spies and that the Espionage Act is a particularly heinous tool that should never be used to cover up government wrongdoing and punish whistle-blowers who oppose it.”

    As a presidential candidate, Barack Obama called for a more open government and lauded federal workers who reported wrongdoing. But with the disclosure of hundreds of thousands of sensitive military and diplomatic documents by the anti-secrecy website WikiLeaks last year, President Obama appeared determined to halt the exposure of national security secrets.

    He has pursued cases against five government leakers under espionage statutes, more than any of his recent predecessors.

    William M. Welch II, the senior prosecutor, warned in court documents in the Drake case that U.S. “national security would crumble if every individual could anoint himself a whistle-blower … and immunize themselves from prosecution for the most damaging of classified information disclosures.”

    Under the agreement, the government and Drake agreed that if the case had gone to trial, prosecutors would have proved that from February 2006 through about March 2007, Drake intentionally logged into a system called NSANet, obtained official NSA information and provided it orally and in writing to another person who was not permitted or authorized to receive it.

    Drake “knew that NSA restricted the use of and access to its computers and NSANet to official use only” when he accessed them, the plea documents said.

    Court papers did not name the unauthorized person who received the information. But the indictment said Drake leaked to a newspaper reporter, identified in other court documents as Siobhan Gorman, who wrote an award-winning series of articles on the NSA for the Baltimore Sun.

    Newspaper spokeswoman Renee Mutchnik said late Thursday the paper had no comment. Gorman, who now works at The Wall Street Journal, did not respond to a request for comment.

    The NSA is one of the government’s largest spy agencies, employing an army of linguists, cryptologists and computer experts to snoop on electronic communications across the globe from its headquarters at Fort Meade, Md., south of Baltimore.

    The need for secrecy is drilled into NSA employees, who sometimes joke the initials stand for “Never Say Anything,” and “No Such Agency.”

    But as it prepared to prosecute Drake, the government appeared to struggle to craft a case that avoided the disclosure of some of the spy agencies targets and capabilities.

    The last straw may have been U.S. District Judge Richard Bennett’s recent decision, detailed in a June 5 letter from prosecutors, rejecting efforts to mask references to “NSA’s targeting of a specific telecommunications technology” in six documents entered into evidence.

    As a result, the prosecution said, it was withdrawing four of the documents and would eliminate any reference to the technology in two others.

    The government never publicly described the classified documents it said it found in Drake’s Maryland home, beyond their titles and the fact they were secret.

    But the documents are thought to relate to the NSA’s internal debate over TrailBlazer, an ill-fated project launched in 2002 to use contractors to overhaul the agency’s vast computer systems to capture and screen information flooding into the agency’s computers from the Internet and cell phones.

    The project eventually cost $1.2 billion, but never worked as intended and was ended in 2006.

    Drake supported an in-house system that was much cheaper and which he said could have gathered critical information about al-Qaida before the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks. He was also critical of the NSA’s domestic spying after 9/11.

    Steven Aftergood, head of the Federation of American Scientists’ Project on Government Secrecy, said while the government needs to keep some things secret, it had overreached in the Drake case.

    “The whole experience has been shattering,” Aftergood said. “But I think the primary message is to the government that not every security infraction is or ought to be a federal case. You can break the rules without committing a felony. And the government should not overreact to every little deviation from the rules.”

    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/06/10/thomas-drake-plea-deal-nsa-leaks-obama-administration_n_874780.html

  196. This quote was filed 2 hrs ago- No shoes to drop. I think Pelosi is just going to wait and let this thing blow over- All she has to say in Weiner’s defense is “Weiner will resign when Vitter does.”

    Tony has already checked into rehab-
    ________________________________

    “Weiner has been the center of intense political speculation – and the butt of countless jokes – since he admitted to sending lewd online messages to at least six women.

    One of the recipients – a teenager in Delaware – is a minor and was interviewed by police Friday. She told cops that nothing inappropriate happened and no charges have been filed.

    “She has spoken,” Weiner said. “I think the record is pretty clear – nothing explicit, nothing indecent, nothing inappropriate.”
    _________________

    It’s done- Tony did the right thing going into treatment. When his rehab is completed and a plan for treatment is ongoing on an outpatient level, he will keep his seat. Unless, redistricting changes everything leaving him without a district.

    http://www.nydailynews.com/blogs/dailypolitics/2011/06/weiner-checks-into-rehab-as-nancy-pelosi-dnc-chair-say-he-should-check-out-of-

  197. Well, it will come out sooner rather than later and before 2012.

    Ya can’t stop breathing and worrying about it now. The main thing is he’s going for treatment. Admission is a Big step to take and an important one if he is sincere about saving his marriage to Huma.

    He passed the first test with the 17yr old… only he knows where his weaknesses lie.

  198. http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/washington/2011/06/anthony-weiner-17-year-old-minor-girl-messages.html
    the married politician confessed that he had participated in explicit online sex with half a dozen women around the country over the last three years.
    Those identified then were over age 21.

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    Half a dozen women over three years? Time for mass hysteria!

    He’s been married less than one year. This sort of writeup tries to suggest lump the 17 year old in with the over 21’s who did real sexy pictures with him.

  199. Nancy Pelosi – on Saturday called for the resignation of embattled U.S. Rep. Anthony Weiner

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    Maybe she got a call from Obama saying that pesky Clintonista might survive, better hit him again.

  200. There may be plenty of shoes in wiener’s closet….years of shoe buying.

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

    Maybe he could sell them to Dick Morris’s prostitute, if they’re open-toed.

  201. All I know is, I’m more inclined to think Weiner should stay in office if Pelosi wants him to leave.

  202. These celebrities in the hot seat go into rehab to take some of the heat off and get the press to move on to other stories. If he actually gets some treatment too, that can’t be a bad thing.

  203. http://www.delawareonline.com/article/20110611/NEWS02/106110352/Weiner-admits-interacting-online-NCCo-girl-17?odyssey=tab|topnews|text|Home
    New Castle County police visited the high school junior’s home to question her regarding her communications with the New York congressman, spokeswoman Officer Tracey Duffy confirmed. The girl’s name is being withheld by The News Journal.

    “The teen has been interviewed and disclosed no information regarding any criminal activity or inappropriate behavior,” Duffy said.

  204. http://www.nytimes.com/2011/06/11/nyregion/weiner-says-he-sent-private-messages-to-girl-17.html?_r=1
    On Friday, the local police arrived at their home and asked the girl and her mother to bring the girl’s phone and computer to the police station so they could be checked to make sure no crime had occurred. In a statement on Saturday, the police said that detectives had interviewed the teenager and that she had made no disclosure of inappropriate activity or inappropriate contact by the congressman.

  205. I can’t believe all of you coming to the aid of that disgusting probable pedophile, primarily because he was a Hillary supporter. If he wasn’t, off with his head.

    I sure as hell don’t want that loser to be making decisions in my government. How low can you go?

    Blind loyalty has to end at some point.

  206. The weenie needs real therapy not just group gab. I wonder if rehab alone really cures this type of personality disorder at all.

    I don’t care about him in the least. I do care about his innocent wife and unborn child.

  207. The State of Washington has a statute, entitled: “Communicating With a Minor For Immoral Purposes,” which has been used to selectively prosecute individuals who communicate with persons under 18 for purposes deemed “immoral.” The penalty for a 1st offense is up to a year in jail, and for a 2nd or subsequent offense (or for any person who has previously been convicted of any sex offense in the United States) the penalty is up to 5 years in prison. Just ASKINBG can, under certain circumstances, land the offender in jail or prison.

  208. I somehow do not think Weiner’s problems are the same as Woods. Tiger’s motivations seem to be more about pure Lust. I only say that because of the many women (was it 20?) he made contact with-

    Tiger Woods didn’t need to tell anyone he is important. His name has been a household word since he was a child. Weiner is a bit unique in this respect. From his own statements, what I saw is a man suffering from low self-esteem. Huma is employed in a very high profile, important position. She is not only Hillary’s employee, but also the keeper of secrets only she and Hillary are privy to knowing what world leaders are thinking- Their complaints as well as their wishes. This man is lonely- this habit of his seems to have developed about 3 yrs. ago. How long has Huma been traveling with Hillary? Three years? whatever-

    I still don’t think Tiger Woods is an appropriate comparison. Maybe some one else for the comparison-

    I’m not happy condemning someone before I know why he is the way he is…

  209. I cannot speak for other jurisdictions but in Washington any kind of cavorting with a minor is suspect and they throw the book at anyone who does. A case in point involved a friend of mine who I knew from my days in Alaska. He was a brilliant guy, but I never knew for sure whether everything he claimed to have invented–like the triggering device on the hydrogen bomb was true. He was happily married, and had a daughter who was an accomplished violinist. One day he took some baby pictures of his baby girl niece which were in the buff, as baby pictures sometimes are. The act itself seemed innocent enough but when the photos were developed the police came to his door and arrested him. He got a hold of me, and I got ahold of the long time country prosecutor who had opened up a criminal defense practice. He told me that the new law was very vague, and something as innocent as this could spell real trouble. I did not bird dog the case but there came a point where my friend told me they had dropped the charges. If someone else had handled the case it might well have gone to trial. My friend is long dead, from natural causes.

  210. Kids in bath tubs- nude pictures when they are toddlers. Some people were hauled off to the police stations because picture developers were put on alert. They automatically started reporting perfectly innocent people who sent in their pictures of their own children nude on a roll of film for development.

    This was the beginning of the crack down on child porn… Most people were family people and no charges filed because the police learned something about the profile of child pornographers- They do not send their pictures in for development at public labs or your local CVS store… Since digital photography has replaced film, it’s much harder catching child porn criminals unless he steps out and does something outside his usual profile..

    But what has this got to do with Weiner? Way off track-

  211. Mrs. Smith
    June 11th, 2011 at 10:54 pm
    ——————-
    This is why I have been suggesting for some time that John is not the right guy to be Majority Leader. The m.o. was an open secret. I remember a time when some of the congresswomen who were not dead from the neck down believed he was very handsome–they raved about those blue eyes and tan. What I did not like about his becoming speaker is the Obama people would blackmail him and leak it to the press. Since Obama and NYT are joined at the hip, that is obviously what happened. But what is funny about it is that as with the Edwards affair, big media got scooped by the National Enquirer.

  212. I sure as hell don’t want that loser to be making decisions in my government. How low can you go?

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    Gingrich.

  213. I sure as hell don’t want that loser to be making decisions in my government. How low can you go?

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    Gingrich.

  214. “This is why I have been suggesting for some time that John is not the right guy to be Majority Leader.”
    ______________________

    But he is the right man suitable for the Republican’s purposeful agenda. He can be led- Republicans are in a Win-Win position right now and why Romney is their weak pick for their nominee… Electing either of the two candidates Obama or if he loses to Romney… Republicans Win-

    Republicans are not looking for a fire brand. They are content to watch the Democrats burn their own house down from the inside out.

    Boehner is the perfect House Speaker for them at this juncture- For us… NO-

  215. Yesterday was the first time I had ever seen a picture of Gingrich’s wife. She looked very scary to me… like a pale skinned Albino with a snow white (bleached) bouffant hairdo like my mother used to wear.. Not sure if the eyes were pink… and really don’t care to know- ick-

  216. But what has this got to do with Weiner? Way off track-
    ———————-
    I am surprised you don’t see it. The common element is that in each case the child was a minor, there were was a presumption of predatory behavior and the legal reaction was strong. In the one case, there is an actual law which makes it a crime for an adult to communicate with a minor for immoral purposes. That law is selectively enforced and calls for jail time. In the other case, a new statute which was inartfully drafted swept in a whole range of innocent behavior. What you see in both cases is the criminal justice system is hot wired to to protect the minor, and civil liberties take a back seat. That is why the Delaware police are investigating the matter, and it is also why Pelosi has changed her position from investigate to let the voters decide to step down. That is why I do not think Tony will survive.

    The problem is the girl in this instance was under 18 and that is what the Delaware police are concerned about. This is a very touchy area, and I have given you two examples which help to illustrate the point.

  217. Mrs Smith: they will have to re write the words of this classic. The Irish tenor may go to jail. But it really is no laughing matter.

  218. you are presuming too much counselor:

    “there is an actual law which makes it a crime for an adult to communicate with a minor for immoral purposes.”
    ___________________

    The statement I posted at 6:23pm provided a report from the police investigation:

    “One of the recipients – a teenager in Delaware – is a minor and was interviewed by police Friday. She told cops that nothing inappropriate happened and no charges have been filed.”

    “The problem is the girl in this instance was under 18 and that is what the Delaware police are concerned about. This is a very touchy area, and I have given you two examples which help to illustrate the point.”
    _______________________

    Your details the laws concerning immoral behavior with minors was duly noted. However, the issue has arrived at a moot point. As the police have determined through the 17 yr old testimony in her own words: “nothing inappropriate happened”… and if you had read the story, the girl in question had seen and listened to a speech given by Mr. Weiner while on a school field trip to Washington, DC. And I believe, She made contact with him via the internet following him after her Washington visit since was impressed with his speech-

  219. I agree with Mrs. Smith. Anthony Weiner’s conduct has been disgusting, to be sure. But the police investigated his Internet exchanges with the 17-year-old and they haven’t found anything inappropriate there.

  220. “I am concerned about the fact that the recovery that we’re on is not producing jobs as quickly as I want it to happen,” Obama says, according to the Associated Press.
    ————————-
    I would give him a solid F- for that response. The man is in denial. He refuses to admit what everyone else on the planet knows which is that his policies are directly responsible for the absence of job growth. The big companies Obama cozies up to like General Electric send their jobs overseas, and pay no taxes. The small businesses which are the job producing engine of our economy are too concerned about his tax policies and costly regulations to put capital at risk and expand their operations. That is the problem. If he really is concerned that jobs are not being produced then he needs to do alot of soul searching because he is the responsible party. Useless bastard.

  221. the girl in question had seen and listened to a speech given by Mr. Weiner while on a school field trip to Washington, DC. And I believe, She made contact with him via the internet following him after her Washington visit since was impressed with his speech-

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

    Okay, now when she began the tweet acquaintance by complimenting his speech — did she SAY she was in high school, on a field trip,etc? Or did her tweet/facebook page give such hints about her age?

  222. #
    Jen the Michigander
    June 12th, 2011 at 12:42 am

    I agree with Mrs. Smith. Anthony Weiner’s conduct has been disgusting, to be sure. But the police investigated his Internet exchanges with the 17-year-old and they haven’t found anything inappropriate there.
    _______________________

    And you know what- I think all the women here care for Huma so much and the child she is carrying, we want it to work out for her somehow- I don’t mean to trivialize Tony’s behavior in any way and I agree with you-

    Whether it was someone (Huma’s angel) watching over him when he communicated with the teenager- he got Lucky- and kept the conversation friendly and not overt in any way. Otherwise, I think it would have been the end of him right then and there, if the police had found anything immoral in his e-mail conversations with the teen. He would be sitting behind bars right now.

  223. I don’t want to speculate on what their conversation was about simply because I don’t have any other information except what I posted. If the police are satisfied, than I am too-

  224. If the police are satisfied, than I am too-

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

    Yes. I hope there’s been time, and no news is good news. The police took her computer and phone on Friday. Dunno if that’s been enough time for them to check it out (and get info from Twitter).

  225. Mrs. Smith,
    I know what you mean about feeling protective of Huma. She has always been there alongside Hillary, working just as hard and keeping everything running smoothly. Of course, we want the best for her, especially now that she is expecting a child.

    As for the exchanges with the 17-year-old, I hope it was innocent for her sake. And for the sake of other teens who are interested in politics and would like to discuss issues with their elected officials. I mean, maybe this kid was just looking for advice about college or perhaps she wanted to know what Rep. Weiner was doing about global warming or something like that.

  226. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/06/11/obama-2012-voter-anxiety_n_875384.html?icid=maing-grid7%7Cmain5%7Cdl2%7Csec3_lnk3%7C70122

    This article really upset me. Some in NC are saying “He might be the best we have”. Yes, no comments about what a great job he is doing, and what he has achieved. They are justifying this mess by stating, HE MIGHT BE THE BEST WE HAVE.

    So, in this great democracy that we have, why would O be the Best that we have???? Why can’t better people get through the system???? because of the politcal party systems that we have???? They don’t respect the voters, they respect only those who give them money, and then ask for influence.

  227. I can’t sleep- I’ve got this poison sumac or poison oak around my neck and I can get comfortable in bed- So, I am here writing what I’ve discovered. I was going to wait and save it to the morning- but guess what- It’s being scrubbed from the news as fast as it’s coming online.

    The news media are scrubbing any favorable information coming out about about the two e-mails between the teen and Weiner. ( I took the following info from the news off of my cell/droid-)

    On ABC breaking news (20 min old) I read, the teen’s Philadelphia family lawyer has read the two e-mails sent by Weiner to the girl and he quoted “there was nothing inappropriate about those e-mails” and that was it-

    I just went back to find the quote on my cell and that info has disappeared and replaced with quotes from Israel and Schumer. The ‘catched’ feature has been taken off google for these headlines and replaced with “similar’… so you know, Obama’s henchmen are busy at work going to sandbag Weiner and paint him as predator.

    Somebody in the family had better get on this fast! Weiner’s family had better send their own lawyers to the (teen’s) family’s attorney to get signed statements from these people before it’s too late.

    New news headlines are vicious- labeling him a pedafile. I wouldn’t really care, but so far there is no proof of that. Everything seems to be OK-

    What I am seeing is a concerted effort by the Obama owned media to tar and feather Weiner without cause… the guy deserves a fair shake letting the chips fall where they may.. it’s not going to happen if the real facts never see the light of day-

  228. From the Fox story:

    NEW CASTLE, Del. — Delaware police are looking to confirm that Rep. Anthony Weiner didn’t send any inappropriate direct messages to a 17-year-old high school girl on a social networking site.
    The girl’s mother says her daughter, whose name is being withheld because she is a minor, told her that none of the messages she received from Weiner were inappropriate. The girl’s family brought her laptop and cellphone to the police station Friday evening, police sources told FoxNews.com.
    “The Tweets in question between the student in question and the congressman were not salacious or in any manner inappropriate, said Daniel McElhatton, the attorney representing the girl’s family. “No photographs were ever sent to her or from her.”
    Weiner spokeswoman Risa Heller also said that Weiner’s interactions with the girl “were neither explicit nor indecent.”
    The police are trying to verify that, McElhatton said.

    “I think that police just want some independent corroboration that there is nothing on her computer or cellphone that was inappropriate,” he said. “They’re looking to confirm it because it’s their responsibility.”
    Sources say that much of the conversations between Weiner and the high schooler had been deleted from the girl’s computer.
    The girl posted on her now defunct Tumblr blog a quote that appears to be from her direct messages with Weiner.
    “I came back strong. Large. In charge. Tights and cape s—… My favorite congressman,” she wrote, adding a heart emoticon after “congressman.”
    Seven days earlier, she posted a YouTube video of Weiner giving a speech and wrote, “My true love.”

    Read more: http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2011/06/11/exclusive-delaware-police-looking-for-direct-messages-between-weiner-teen-girl/#ixzz1P2xzR4VQ

  229. Fox sent a reporter to cover the story when they heard police were getting involved. So far, the AP has scrubbed that information from every mainstream news venue.

    I caught this comment from a blogger earlier tonight:

    Drudge has this Fox report up on his web site now in RED.

    When Drudge got you in Red Yo’ career be dead.

    drudgereport.com

    The NYP is dragging Hillary and Bill into this now.

    “Earlier this morning, Weiner denied he had any inappropriate online contact with the 17-year-old, but did not deny that he’s seeking counsel from Bill and Hillary Clinton about the scandal.”

    “When asked about seeking advice from the Clintons, he’d only say, “I’m having conversations with people — friends, neighbors, members of the family.

    “Look I’ve made some serious mistakes here. I have to redeem myself and I’m going to try to get back to work. These were personal failings and I’m trying not to let it get into my professional work,” he said.

    The Congressman maintained he’s not going to resign over the sex scandal.

    “I have no news today,” he said. “Nothing has changed.”

    He shook hands as he walked along Austin Street, the main shopping drag in Forest Hills.

    “You’re a great man,” one woman told him. “I support you. We all support you — Forest Hills. All New York is going to make sure you are the next mayor.”

    photo and caption:

    http://www.nypost.com/r/nypost/2011/06/11/news/web_photos/hoto_001164431–520×350.jpg

    “Getting some love: A woman tells Rep. Anthony Weiner she supports him as he enters a bank near his home.”

  230. NewMexicoFan
    June 12th, 2011 at 3:07 am

    All propaganda- NMF.. nothing but!

    A better phrase would be:

    “Is That All There IS?”

  231. HE MIGHT BE THE BEST WE HAVE.
    ———————–
    I have no interest in reading the article. This kind of tripe is delusional. Thus I can only react to the headline, and assume that it is representative of what is in the article.

    If this is true–if god forbid–Obama is the best the Dimocrats can do, then is this not an admission of failure by them. There is no other way to read it.

    The best we can do is support a man who has no solutions, betrays our values and is destroying the country econmically? Is that the progressive answer to his serial failures? If so, it makes a great campaign slogan–and political epitaph. Here lies Barack Obama–he was bad but he was the best we could do.

    That is fine for them. But I seriously doubt that is a satisfactory answer for the rest of the country–especially indies. People are more desperate now than they were in 2008, and they no longer see him as a shaman. We will see what, if anything, happens in September.

  232. I have consistently maintained that I want Weiner to stay. My reasons for this are not moral but political. I just do not think it is possible–given what I said above.

    This is a media induced witch hunt, and they are hell bent on killing their victim. There is no presumption of innocence when they embark on one of these search and destroy missions. The epitomize the worst aspects of mob behavior, McCarthyism and the Dreyfus Affair.

    At this point, as biased and inept as they are, they still control public opinion. You can see it in the polls. And they have become state run media and which is part and parcel of state capitalism such as we see in China. That is the evolving model.

    The only answer is to reduce big media to a state of irrelevancy. That is up to the American People. They now have the tools to do so. The question is do they also have the will.

  233. The first photos of Rep Gifford. I think she look beautiful, after all she has been through.

    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/06/12/gabrielle-giffords-photos_n_875498.html?icid=maing-grid7%7Cmain5%7Cdl1%7Csec1_lnk3%7C70151

    I hope that her recovery continues, and she is restored to her former self, just to spite the sick person that decided to take his sick demented thoughts and act on them. We need to stop this sort of thing, but I understand it is hard to determine who will act out, and who will not.

  234. wbboei
    June 12th, 2011 at 10:05 am

    I keep wondering, fine, he goes to rehab, what happens when he comes out? He can’t stay in hiding forever… and in the meantime more and more pictures are coming out. This is disgusting behavior, I just don’t see how he can insulate himself even if hides out for a month; and he’s going to drag the entire party with him, because more information, pics, keep coming out. If it was an affair, thats one thing, but with Weinerman, more information just keeps coming out.

    The latest: more pics from the congressional gym men’s room, some with just a towel, some with nothing on(I don’t think TMZ has released these yet, but plans to)
    http://www.tmz.com/2011/06/12/anthony-weiner-representative-congress-house-of-representatives-gym-locker-room-photos-pictures/

  235. How smart are they? They have their own website. The information released is from their own lips to God’s ears… and ours! 🙂
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    Brad Pitt & Angelina Jolie donate $500,000 to tornado relief in Missouri

    June 10th, 2011 Sherry comments Comments (26)

    This is absolutely not a surprise to me: Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie have donated $500,000 to tornado relief in Missouri after many areas – particularly Joplin – were devastated by tornadoes recently.

    As soon as I heard of the incredible amount of damage that had happened across the state of Missouri I knew that it wouldn’t belong before Brad and Angelina pledged some money to help. After all, Brad is still a Missouri boy no matter where his life may take him and there was no way he was going to stand by without lending a hand.

    While talking to a local radio station, Brad had this to say, “With the devastating loss of thirty percent of the city, the Joplin community faces great challenges ahead. Having spent much of my childhood there, I know these people to be hardworking, humble and especially resilient.”

    In addition, Angelina was quoted saying, “Our hearts go out to the families in Joplin who have lost so much.”

    I know that Brad and Angelina sometimes get a lot of negative feedback for all the money they give to causes in third world countries instead of the United States, but the truth is they never forget where they come from and they do step up to help in times of disaster. I hope Missouri is able to rebuild quickly and that those who suffered human losses will eventually find peace.

    http://joliepittwatch.com/index/brad-pitt-angelina-jolie-donate-5000000-to-tornado-relief-in-missouri/#comments

  236. In Tanzania, Hillary Clinton pays tribute to victims of US embassy bombings in Africa

    45 minutes ago

    DAR ES SALAAM, Tanzania — U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton has honoured the victims of the 1998 U.S. embassy bombings in Africa during a visit to the American compound in Tanzania.

    She put flowers on a large rock just inside the main gate of the embassy, said a silent prayer and spoke with three Tanzanian employees who were at the embassy when it was bombed.

    The attacks in Tanzania and Kenya killed 224 people. Most of the dead were Kenyans. Twelve Americans died.

    Somali officials said Saturday that the mastermind of the attacks, Fazul Abdullah Mohammed, was killed Tuesday.

    Clinton told embassy workers that the U.S. has not forgotten its pledge “to seek justice against those who would commit such atrocities.” Clinton also cited the recent killing of al-Qaida leader Osama bin Laden.

    http://www.google.com/hostednews/canadianpress/article/ALeqM5gwLMFajjNdvtsusjJc6JZwweLbzw?docId=7127521

  237. Saudi Israelia: Israel Poised to Become Oil Superpower

    Sunday, June 12, 2011

    Tiny Israel, long dependent on outsiders for its energy needs, is poised to become a major exporter of oil.

    That’s according to Lawrence Solomon, writing in the Financial Post.

    The new energy order is founded on rock – the shale that traps vast stores of energy in deposits around the world. One of the largest deposits – 250 billion barrels of oil in Israel’s Shfela basin, comparable to Saudi Arabia’s entire reserves of 260 billion barrels of oil – has until now been unexploited, partly because the technology required has been expensive, mostly because the multinational oil companies that have the technology fear offending Muslims.

    “None of the major oil companies are willing to do business in Israel because they don’t want to be cut off from the Mideast supply of oil,” explains Howard Jonas, CEO of IDT, the U.S. company that owns the Shfela concession through its subsidiary, Israel Energy Initiatives. Jonas, an ardent Zionist, considers the Shfela deposit merely a beginning: “We believe that under Israel is more oil than under Saudi Arabia. There may be as much as half a trillion barrels.”

    To draw oil from the rock, Jonas and his team have recruited an all-star team of oil executives.

    Politically, Israel as an oil exporter would have dramatic consequences. Just imagine for a moment if Europe and the rest of the world were dependent on tiny Israel for oil. Surely, the double standards and isolation would cease in an instant.

    http://www.worldjewishdaily.com/israel-oil-superpower.php

  238. “Surely, the double standards and isolation would cease in an instant.”
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    Not necessarily- This new discovery could be why the PA’s have been so aggressive about moving on Israel. I’ve found very few people are happy when you are successful, especially if the odds were against you and you succeeded in spite of the obstacles placed in front of you.

    They call it “coveting”- Coveting what you have, doing anything and everything necessary to take it from you.

    The PA’s probably knew the oil was there before Israel did- The Muslims convinced the UN to give them the Right to the land by setting the perimeters to the 1967 guidelines. Canada spoiled the takeover. I haven’t cked- but if that is so- would the basin be within the PA’s territory gained by the new parameters?

  239. I was watching This Week on ABC. Whole segment on how women make better leaders. So where was this dicussion during the Primary. I did not even hear the mention the fact that a top Women Leader won the Democratic Primary, was denied the nomination because of a Testosteron Male screwed her out of it. In additon, durring that campaign, we had to listen to the sex crazed women reporters on his campaign plane talk about how sexy he was etc, really lusting after him. None of them lost their jobs, because of their unprofessional behavior. I guess the difference is they were lusting outloud amoung other women, where as Weiner was tweeting words and photos.

  240. The prick who put people out of work and told them in Hooveresque terms that prosperity is just around the corner now pleads for them to be patient beause recovery is not as close as expected. I am sure there are some people out there who are naive enough to fall for this, but I do not think the majority is this stupid. If the Republicans ever get around to connecting the dots, there will be no question the economic debacle is at this point his fault. Ignore anything you read in AP–they are lying for Obama.
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    President Obama on Saturday continued to make his case for patience about the economic recovery following a spate of disappointing news last week that suggested a turnaround wasn’t as close as expected

  241. NewMexicoFan
    June 12th, 2011 at 11:54 am
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    Their words are meaningless. There is no action to back them up. Just another distraction.

  242. NewMexicoFan
    June 12th, 2011 at 11:54 am
    I was watching This Week on ABC. Whole segment on how women make better leaders. So where was this dicussion during the Primary.

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    NewMexicoFan

    Do you have a link for this? Thanks…

  243. If it was an affair, thats one thing, but with Weinerman, more information just keeps coming out.

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    Like more information kept coming out in the Starr Report?

  244. The only answer is to reduce big media to a state of irrelevancy.

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    Reduce the GOP and the Bots and the media they rode in on. The public did a pretty good job making Starr irrelevant.

  245. http://abcnews.go.com/ThisWeek/video/this-week-greenroom-gender-politics-political-sex-scandals-men-behaving-badly-politics-13823048

    This was the interview I think in the green room, and notice how they did mention Hillar.

    1. At the beginning when they state that they hoped she was not really done with politics.

    2. A little while later when they say that it was surprising that she did not win the nomination (Oh Please you should be outraged, as she did and you were a part of that, by with your visitible not getting really angry and bring the truth to American people).

    3. Then at the end, one of the women is asked if she is worried about women, and she says no, she is worried about men. (O give me a break, you have got to be kidding, they had their time for over what 200 years! these women should be fired).

    I will go looking for the other stuff.

  246. Sorry this was a second interview, and I should proof read before I hit send. Will go looking for the other stuff.

  247. NewMexicoFan
    June 12th, 2011 at 10:09 am

    The first photos of Rep Gifford. I think she look beautiful, after all she has been through.

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    Oh wow, she still has a beautiful smile and yes, considering all this has/is going though, she looks wonderful. That one photo at the bottom shows more of the damage and it is very sad but a miracle.

  248. http://abcnews.go.com/ThisWeek/video/this-week-roundtable-sex-politics-gender-men-women-scandals-politics-13822573

    This was the discussion on women and testoteron (which I cannot spell). Anyway, how can you have this conversation, and not discussed what happen in the 2008 Primary, which HRC won. At the end they do touch on women and their lusting after political men, all of which is matter of fact.

    How can you have this discussion, and not be outraged and discussed what happen in the 2008 Primary to Hillary.

  249. They always explain obama’s win in 2008 as being fall-out from a lousy campaign by Hillary. They never talk about the cheating, bullying, false accusations/lies…and on and on by his side.

    Drives me nuts.

  250. NewMexicoFan
    June 12th, 2011 at 12:59 pm
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    I agree with you. It is mawkish meaningless tripe designed to cover up their complicity and persuade people who never examined the facts, or have short memories, that big media care when in fact the reverse is true. Truth to tell, these are the very people who committed the misogny, and it is unseemly for them to intellectualize the issue, when they themselves are in pare delicto.

  251. They always explain obama’s win in 2008 as being fall-out from a lousy campaign by Hillary. They never talk about the cheating, bullying, false accusations/lies…and on and on by his side.

    Drives me nuts.
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    Anyone who knows knows there were problems in the campaign, and I have no interest in recounting them. But there were problems in the Obama campaign as well so that is not the critical factor. The critical factor was the blatant partisanship of the media which lied and distorted the news for him, conspired with his campaign and launched witch hunts against all candidates who opposed him starting with Hillary. The same media who like CNN covers up for him and calls every tea party member a racist. Big media is the cancerous tumor which is killing the body politic, and they need to be roundly repudiated by all thinking people.

    Take this fucking AP for example. They published an article yesterday noting the obvious that the moribund economy is a sell sign on Obama, but the key story in that article is about a young bot to be who voted for Ron Paul last time, is barely holding down a job with a real estate company, and most of his friends have no jobs, yet he plans to vote for Obama the next time. How many people did they have to sift through to find a delirious moron like that who cannot connect the dots? As many as the number of tea party people that CNN had to sift through to find anyone who advocated violence and racism. This is just another form of a smear, and big media does it on a daily basis. Their goal is to disenfranchise the American People by substituting propaganda for truth.

  252. wbboei,

    I had supper with a work friend of mine on Friday night. We got on the topic of bambi and she was adamant that everything wrong with the U.S. economy and the rest of the problems fall into Bush’s lap. That bambi is doing the best that he can against bias because he is African American. Her husband, born in the U.S. told her so.

    Here is a good friend, almost at mensa level in I.Q. spouting this nonsense and refusing to listen to any of my arguments.

    Quite the eye opener.

  253. The test of anyone’s bona fides is not what they say in a dicussion setting but what they do when the heat is on. On the question of misoygny, the credibility of big media is impeached by their actions. Actions speak louder than words. Their hypocrisy is revolting.

  254. I agree, no campaign is error free, but how can you overlook that she won he popular vote, and up until the end at the convention they were threatening, bribing people. It is like it never happened. You can not win agains a bunch of hoods that appear to have control to he media, who act as their arm of inventing the truth.

    You are right, they were a part of it. To me it was almost like they wanted to elude to what happened to Hillary, but to do this, they would have to admit their part in it. They, of course, were not going to do that.

    That green room interveiw in which the women says, well I really hope she is not done with Politics. Oh ya, why should she continue when people like you continue to invent history. You acted like you had no idea what happened to her, the media sit there and applauds the release of Palin emails, and yet, the media calls people crazy when they ask for ANY sort of release of documents on O.

    I really would like to see a group of media just plain mad about happened to HRC, and who are willing to rub the noses of the media that HRC was chosen by the voters. It is the power seekers, which included a number of women, in the media who put this guy in power, and you now conveniently forget how it happened. Then they think that the intenet blog spots have too much power, and spread lies.

    They forget that the media taught the world how to lie, and put a person in power who is considered one of the worst leader of modern times.

  255. JanH
    June 12th, 2011 at 2:05 pm
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    I have heard of such people. They are called idiot savants. On politics she displays the idiot part. If I were defending Charles Manson, I would want her on my jury. I am sure I could appeal to her sympathies and make her believe that the whole thing was society’s fault. As a practical matter they lack any sense of judgment, and it is futile to confront them with facts because they are in denial. Yet, in areas unrelated to politics they demonstrate real aptitude and sometimes genius. Too bad none of it carries over. It is why Buckley once said that he would rather be ruled by the first 200 names in the Brooklyn phone directory than by the entire faculty of Harvard Law school. Better to be a simple practical sort than an over educated idiot, made worse when they went to an Ivy League school. It causes a form of myopia which precludes sound judgment and an unwillingness to deal with feedback from reality.

  256. they (big media) need to be roundly repudiated by all thinking people.
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    a better word would be condemned–and dismissed . . .

  257. It is the power seekers, which included a number of women, in the media who put this guy in power
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    I call them “camp followers”–because that is what they are.

  258. Oxymoron: a combination of contradictory or incongruous words (as cruel kindness)– Webster.

    Other examples: dimocratic leadership, sages of the left, hope and change, Messiah Obama etc.

  259. OBAMA SCREAMS AT STAFF: “What the F**k Was That?” After Netanyahu Meeting

    Jim Hoft June 12, 2011

    Body language expert Tanya Reiman told Bill O’Reilly recently that Obama lied – He was no friend of Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu. Reiman said that Obama had “contempt in his eyes” and displayed it with his body language when he was with Benjamin Netanyahu.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hIs-Sn7V1zg&feature=player_embedded

    It was obvious.Narcissists don’t like being challenged.

    Now we know the rest of the story…

    Obama went into a rage after Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu lectured him on his suicide plan for Israel.
    NewsFavor reported, via Doug Ross:

    Shortly after the photo-op meeting and “working lunch” with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, the one that saw President Obama openly chastised by the Prime Minister for Obama’s earlier public comments regarding wanting to see Israel return to its 1967 borders, the president verbally “went off” on Richard Daley in the private study area that adjoins the Oval Office. President Obama’s verbal attack was clearly heard by numerous staff up and down the West Wing hallways.

    The essence of the president’s rage and embarrassment can best be summed up with him yelling out very loudly, “What the f-ck was that!?” That phrase was apparently repeated a number of times in the span of about five minutes, a time period in which Obama’s voice became “louder and louder” and culminating in Obama exclaiming, “Never again! Do you understand me? Never again!” Any response by Bill Daley back to the president, if given, was not overheard.

    Daley was soon after seen walking slowly down the hallway back toward his own office. He appeared “unconcerned” and was walking alone. His mood was apparently good enough that he took the time to speak briefly with some junior staffers before continuing down the hall. There was no sign of the president, though Valerie Jarrett did make an appearance on her way into the Oval Office. This was viewed as somewhat of a rare thing as Jarrett has apparently not been seen much on the lower levels of the West Wing for the last month or so. Neither she nor the president was seen for some time after that.

  260. Report: US gives Netanyahu ultimatum on resuming talks

    By JPOST.COM 06/12/2011

    The United States gave Netanyahu an ultimatum on renewing negotiations with the Palestinians, according to reports cited by Israel Radio Sunday morning.

    According to the ultimatum, Netanyahu has to decide within a month whether he agrees to accept US President Barack Obama’s platform and resume talks based on 1967 lines.

    Meanwhile, Netanyahu was expected to travel to Italy on Sunday where he will meet his Italian counterpart Silvio Berlusconi.

    http://www.jpost.com/Headlines/Article.aspx?id=224618

  261. I also saw the pics of Gabrelle and thought she looked pretty darn good….she can grow her hair out long again and sweep it to the side and you can cover alot of the damage…she looked alot better than I expected that she’d look.

    The Weiner story….how tragic….two wonderful democrats both damaged beyond compare….SAD!

  262. I hadn’t seen the pics, confloyd.. then this story hopped into my web box.. 🙂

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    First photos of Giffords released since shooting

    pics at link…

    http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20110612/ap_on_re_us/us_congresswoman_shot_photo

    HOUSTON – Images of a smiling Rep. Gabrielle Giffords were posted Sunday on her Facebook page, two photos that show her with shorter, darker hair but few signs that she suffered a gunshot wound to the head.

    The photos were taken May 17 outside the Houston rehabilitation facility where Giffords has been undergoing treatment since she was wounded five months ago at a meet-and-greet event with constituents. Six people died and a dozen others were hurt in the Jan. 8 attack in Tucson, Ariz.

    Since then, access to the Arizona congresswoman has been tightly controlled. Until Sunday, no clear images had been released.

    The only recent sign of Giffords came in late April, when grainy television footage showed her slowly ascending a flight of steps to a NASA plane that took her to Florida to watch her astronaut husband rocket into space. The image was so blurry that it was impossible to confirm it was Giffords until doctors did so at a news conference in mid-May.

    Giffords spokesman C.J. Karamargin said staff members released the photos Sunday to help satisfy “intense interest in the congresswoman’s appearance.”

    The timing coincides with plans to release Giffords from the hospital later this month or in early July. Her staff hopes the images will help curb unwanted photography when she begins visiting an outpatient clinic in a more public setting.

    “What we wanted to avoid was a paparazzi-like frenzy,” Karamargin said.

    The professionally shot pictures were taken before Giffords underwent surgery to replace a piece of her skull that had been removed shortly after the shooting to allow her brain to swell. The images suggest the congresswoman is returning to her former appearance — though she still looks slightly different than before.

    But the photos give little indication of Giffords’ cognitive abilities — what, for example, her speech is like after being shot in the left side of the head, which controls communication. The images also provide no hints as to when, or if, she will be able to resume her job.

    “There’s nothing that unique about the outer presentation,” said Jordan Grafman, director of the Traumatic Brain Injury Research Laboratory at the Kessler Foundation Research Center in West Orange, N.J., explaining that many brain injury patients look good within months of being hurt.

    “But the image doesn’t tell us the inner mental state or the brain itself, how it’s functioning,” said Grafman, who has not treated Giffords. “What’s their social skills? Do they have a nuanced sense of humor? Can they participate in activities? All that is what’s important.”

    Pia Carusone, Giffords’ chief of staff, has indicated that while the congresswoman is able to speak and walk, she remains a shadow of her former self.

    Karamargin said Giffords’ left eye appears smaller in one of the photos because part of her skull was missing when it was taken. That has since been repaired. He also said her hair is shorter now because it was shaved for the surgery that repaired her skull.

    The photos capture Giffords’ ecstatic mood following her husband’s space shuttle launch.

    “She got to see her husband successfully ride a rocket into space,” Karamargin said. “So who wouldn’t be pleased?”

    He added: “I think this photo speaks volumes about the congresswoman’s resilience and recovery. It shows someone in very good spirits, someone who is happy, someone who has a very positive attitude.”

    Of the two pictures, one is more clearly posed, that of a smiling Giffords looking directly at the camera. The left side of her head appears slightly distorted and swollen. A second photo shows Giffords in a more casual light — smiling while sitting alongside her mother, Gloria Giffords, with the hospital’s greenery evident behind them.

    The pictures were taken by Tucson photographer P.K. Weis.

    Carusone told the Associated Press late Saturday that doctors and family were considering “many factors” while weighing when to release Giffords from the hospital. She did not elaborate.

    “We’re looking at before the end of the month. We’re looking at early July,” Carusone said. “We don’t have a date.”

    In an interview published Thursday in the Arizona Republic, Carusone said Giffords can express her basic wants and needs, but has difficulty stringing together sentences to verbalize more complex thoughts and feelings. Giffords, she said, relies on hand gestures and facial expressions.

    “She is borrowing upon other ways of communicating. Her words are back more and more now, but she’s still using facial expressions as a way to express. Pointing. Gesturing,” Carusone said.

    The description matches what experts expect from someone who has suffered a traumatic brain injury. Often, they can be easily disoriented, have trouble prioritizing, suffer from some memory loss and could have difficulty recognizing people. Some have difficulty doing several tasks at the same time.

    Most cognitive recovery occurs in the first six months to a year after an injury, though it becomes less noticeable as time progresses. In the second year, progress sharply drops.

    Carusone said if Giffords’ recovery were to plateau now, “it would not be nearly the quality of life she had before.”

    “All that we can hope for is that she won’t plateau today and that she’ll keep going and that when she does plateau, it will be at a place far away from here,” she said.

    While Giffords’ release from the hospital will mark a crucial step in her recovery, she still must undergo months of outpatient rehabilitation that will include speech, occupational and physical therapy.

    The release of the photos seemed to please the public and her admirers.

    On Facebook, the photos immediately generated conversations and comments, with dozens blessing Giffords and her family, complimenting her for her perseverance and courage and her ability to overcome the odds.

    Some mentioned Jared Lee Loughner, 22, the shooting suspect who has pleaded not guilty to charges stemming from the shooting and is being held at a Missouri facility. A judge declared him incompetent to stand trial, but prosecutors hope his competency can be restored so he can be put on trial.

    Still, others wondered about how far Giffords has progressed.

    “It would be nice to get a truly honest assessment of her internal cognitive experience,” Alex Hakkinen, who told the AP he works with brain injury patients at a rehab center in Lawrenceville, N.J.

    Hakkinen said Giffords’ staff has an obligation to bring her out in public at some point so constituents can assess her abilities, maybe in a “fireside chat” of sorts. Or they should acknowledge that she’s incapable of doing so right now, he said.

    State Sen. Linda Lopez said Giffords looks beautiful.

    “Wow! I saw her at the very end of March, and even then, Gabby was all there, her smile, her personality,” Lopez commented on Facebook. “And she looks even better now.”

  263. The Weiner story….how tragic….two wonderful democrats both damaged beyond compare….SAD!

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    Other politiicans have repaired from much worse scandals.

  264. bambi really shouldn’t bother himself about pesky little world problems like peace in the Middle East. It really interferes with his golfing schedule.

    Israel with NOT negotiate if HAMAS is part of the equation.

  265. Watching the video at the Gifford’s yahoo link. A short blurb about Weiner. Bear in mind the Chicago axiom:

    “Never Let a Crisis Go to Waste”-

    Democrats complain the Weiner scandal is blurring the message Democrats have for jobs and the economy- They want him to resign. The scandal is two weeks old. What have they been doing the other 180 weeks since Obama took office?

    Playing tag in the cloakroom? Golfing?

  266. “Israel with NOT negotiate if HAMAS is part of the equation.”
    ________________

    Absolutely- Obama is trying to pin Bibi to the wall.. Pretty obvious why they are pushing so hard trying to force Israel into negotiations – It’s the OIL, bubala!

  267. Israel PM, ministers heading to Italy

    Sun Jun 12, 3:30 am ET

    JERUSALEM (AFP) – Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and nine Israeli ministers are headed to Italy on Sunday for two days of meetings with their Italian counterparts, an Israeli official said.

    “Netanyahu will leave for Italy this afternoon with nine ministers to take part in joint meetings of the two governments aimed at strengthening bilateral ties,” the official said on condition of anonymity.

    “Netanyahu will hold talks with his counterpart Silvio Berlusconi, which will address recent changes in the Middle East and the peace process,” he added.

    “The framework of joint governmental meetings strengthens bilateral ties and Israel has adopted this formula with Germany and Poland,” he said.

    Speaking to Israeli public radio, Israel’s ambassador in Rome Gideon Meir said at least nine bilateral agreements would be signed during the visit.

    “Important Israeli economic events are also planned in the near future in Italy, particularly in Milan,” he said, describing Italy as “one of the few countries that maintain close relations with Israel and the Arab world.”

    Netanyahu is likely to use the trip to raise the issue of a Palestinian plan to seek United Nations recognition and membership in September, but Meir said Rome was “opposed to the principle of UN recognition in September of a Palestinian state on the lines that existed before June 1967.”

    http://news.yahoo.com/s/afp/20110612/wl_mideast_afp/israelitalydiplomacy;_ylt=AnUW3FL0iPi0IBYFOzXlx6pH2ocA;_ylu=X3oDMTNjdmZtN3ZuBGFzc2V0A2FmcC8yMDExMDYxMi9pc3JhZWxpdGFseWRpcGxvbWFjeQRjY29kZQNzcGR0b3A1MDBwb29sBGNwb3MDOQRwb3MDOQRzZWMDeW5fdG9wX3N0b3JpZXMEc2xrA2lzcmFlbHBtbWluaQ–
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    It might be a good idea for Bibi to have some of the Europeans as partners with a small percentage of interest in the new oil venture. That way they have a vested interest in ensuring the safety of Israel.

  268. Hillary Clinton takes Weiner’s wife, Huma Abedin, under her wing

    It was not quite what Hillary Clinton had intended when she set off on. her latest tour as US Secretary of State; yet it is hard to think of anyone in Washington better equipped to offer advice on the painful fallout from a sexual scandal.

    For once, the shenanigans had not involved Clinton’s husband, Bill. Yet the saga of congressman Anthony Weiner’s penis and how its picture turned up in cyberspace has crushed one of the Clintons’ most cherished acolytes and added a poignant human twist to an otherwise farcical tabloid tale.

    She is officially Hillary’s deputy chief of staff but Huma Abedin, Weiner’s clever and glamorous 35-year-old wife, means far more to the Clintons than her title suggests. Hillary once described her as “a second daughter” and when Abedin married Weiner last year, Bill presided over their vows in his capacity as former president.

    Start of sidebar. Skip to end of sidebar.
    Related Coverage

    * Weiner seeks treatment and leave of absence

    * Disgraced politician tweeted schoolgirl The Australian, 8 hours ago
    * Weiner seeks help amid pressure to quit The Australian, 1 day ago
    * Weiner says contact with teen not indecent The Australian, 1 day ago
    * Exposed Weiner hung out to dry Adelaide Now, 2 days ago
    * Weiner holding firm despite pic scandal Herald Sun, 2 days ago

    End of sidebar. Return to start of sidebar.

    Abedin was a political intern when she joined Hillary’s staff 15 years ago. She grew so close to the then first lady that rabid Clinton-haters began to spread false rumours of a lesbian affair.

    When Hillary ran for a Senate seat in New York, Abedin went with her. When she joined President Barack Obama’s cabinet, Abedin became one of the few Clinton advisers who had worked at both the White House and the State Department.

    Last week, she experienced a less enviable aspect of life with the Clintons, as her husband bumbled his way through pitiful lies and tearful apologies for his so-called sexting habits.

    Weiner said he was confident he would be able to “right these wrongs” once his wife returned from Africa. Friends said he had not slept with any of the six women he admitted to texting, and that no more revelations would emerge. “He is not Tiger Woods,” an aide said.

    If Abedin returns smiling from Africa, throws her arms around her husband and declares herself determined to make their marriage work, Weiner’s career may be safe. Yet, in one sense, he will remain a loser, whatever his wife and colleagues decide.

    He used to enjoy the Clintons’ favour but Hillary, for one, is unlikely to forgive him for embarrassing a loyal aide.

    http://www.theaustralian.com.au/news/world/hillary-clinton-takes-weiners-wife-huma-abedin-under-her-wing/story-e6frg6so-1226073923266

  269. Mrs. Smith,
    Looky what I found….looks like Perry is next on the hit list…LOL! Couldn’t happen to a nicer guy as far as I’m concerned….I agree with Gonzotx about Perry straight down the line.
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    Report: Perry’s religious giving below average
    Posted: Sunday, June 12, 2011 3:16 pm | Updated: 6:16 pm, Sun Jun 12, 2011.

    Report: Perry’s religious giving below average Associated Press |
    Gov. Rick Perry, who often displays his faith at prayer breakfast speeches and has called the nation’s governors to a prayer meeting, has fallen far short of the scriptural mandate for financial support for the church.

    The San Antonio Express-News reports the Perry family’s income tax return shows Perry gave $90 to his church in 2007, a year in which he reported an income of more than $1 million. Tax records from 2000, when Perry became governor, through 2009 show he earned $2.68 million and gave $14,243 to churches and religious organizations, about a half percent

  270. “For once, the shenanigans had not involved Clinton’s husband, Bill.”

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    Stupid idiot writers always have to throw in a dig.

    I guess not everyone can be as super clean as bambi and meme.

  271. yeah, they are clean alright…LOL! Straight from the mafia…LOL! All covered up nice and neat!

  272. confloyd
    June 12th, 2011 at 7:24 pm

    Perry is a cheapskate? Saving all his money for the campaign- 😆
    _________________________

    JanH
    June 12th, 2011 at 7:32 pm

    I know, as if 15 yrs later they’ve given us a minute to forget- They are targeting Hillary just in case she decides to run. It’s all they know. smear, smear and more smears-

    Can’t wait for a tell all on the BO’s when this is over. I have a feeling it won’t be pretty.

  273. A very long piece- rarely do we read something positive.
    It’s worth the read. Lowering your BP always is..
    ______________________________________

    American Way: Sarah Palin email frenzy backfires on her media antagonists

    The trove of more than 13,000 emails detailing almost every aspect of Sarah Palin’s governorship of Alaska, released late on Friday, paints a picture of her as an idealistic, conscientious, humorous and humane woman slightly bemused by the world of politics.

    One can only assume that the Left-leaning editors who dispatched teams of reporters to remote Juneau, the Alaskan capital, to pore over the emails in the hope of digging up a scandal are now viewing the result as a rather poor return on their considerable investment.

    If anything, Mrs Palin seems likely to emerge from the scrutiny of the 24,000 pages, contained in six boxes and weighing 275 pounds, with her reputation considerably enhanced. As a blogger at Powerline noted, the whole saga might come to be viewed as “an embarrassment for legacy media”.

    Mrs Palin, who suddenly resigned as Alaska governor in July 2009, is no longer a public official. She holds no position in the Republican party. Despite the media hubbub that surrounds her every move, she is unlikely to be a candidate for the White House in 2012.

    She is, however, viewed with a kind of horrified fascination by many in the media, who faithfully records everything she says and does while at the same time decrying her as ignorant and even evil.

    Whether or not she runs for the White House – and the solid consensus among Republican leaders is that she won’t – the scramble over the Palin emails confirms her status as a pivotal figure in the race to challenge President Barack Obama next year.

    It comes at a moment when the battle for the Republican nomination appears set to be transformed by the late entry of Governor Rick Perry of Texas, a social conservative and Palin ally who could almost immediately leap to the front of a currently lacklustre field.

    Sources close to Mr Perry have confirmed that he is “highly likely” to announce a presidential run in the coming days. Intriguingly, they have also hinted at a something they believe would increase immeasurably Mr Perry’s chances of winning the White House – an endorsement from Mrs Palin.

    On policy, Mrs Palin and Mr Perry, who succeeded George W Bush in 2000 and has since become the longest-serving governor in Texas history, are in almost perfect alignment. In addition, they are both beloved of the Tea Party, highly suspicious of Washington and physically attractive (Mr Perry is often likened to the Marlboro Man), charismatic figures.

    Mrs Palin has repeatedly said that she believes Mr Obama can be defeated and that she will do everything to achieve that. With her popularity among independent voters very low, despite the intensity of her core support, throwing her weight behind a stronger candidate would be a better way of preserving her political capital and earning power than being one of the losing candidates in the Republican primaries.

    The notion of Mrs Palin as White House kingmaker would have seemed wildly improbable if anyone had raised it before August 2008.

    It was then that she was catapulted to international fame by Senator John McCain’s surprise decision to make her his vice-presidential running mate. Her reaction? “Can you flippinbelieveit?!”

    This was a world, as the emails reveal, in which the then Alaska governor fretted about things like there being alcohol in her official residence, that might be a temptation to the teenage friends of her children.

    In May 2007, she sought help from her staff in keeping the alcohol in the governor’s mansion away from young people, stating that it should be boxed up and “removed from the People’s House” – both for practical reasons and as a statement about her administration.

    “Here’s my thinking: with so many kids and teens coming and going in that house, esp during this season of celebrations for young people – proms, graduations, etc, I want to send the msg that we can be – and ‘the People’s House’ needs to be – alcohol-free. There’s a lot of booze there – its too accessible and may be too tempting to any number of all those teens coming and going.”

    In a February 2007 exchange, one adviser recommended that when she was in Washington she meet Pete Rouse, a Senate official who had lived in Alaska. “He’s now chief-of-staff for a guy named Barack Obama,” the aide wrote, adding that Mr Rouse “wants to help Alaska however he can”. Far from shrinking at the idea of conferring with a Democrat, Mrs Palin replied: “I’m game to meet him.”

    The emails will finally confirm – in all but the darkest recesses of the world of Left-wing conspiracy theories – that Mrs Palin is, in fact, the mother of her youngest son Trig, who has Down’s Syndrome.

    After relentless promotion by Andrew Sullivan, the British blogger who now works for Daily Beast/Newsweek, of the proposition that the mother was in fact Mrs Palin’s daughter Bristol, a teenager at the time, the subject had become part of mainstream debate.

    The emails show Mrs Palin’s determination to protect Bristol but also her desire for a degree of privacy. “I wish I could shame people into ceasing such gossip about a teen, but I can’t figure out how to do that,” she wrote.
    Communications from her children and husband make her family appear close and loving.

    An email from Bristol, referring to her younger sister, said: “Hello Mother, Um, I’m sitting in library and I really thing you need to get Piper a cell phone!! Wouldn’t that be so adorable! She could text me while she was in class!! It’s a done deal right?! Perfect! Ok, I will talk to you later and I need some cash flow! Love ya!”

    To an extent, the emails remind Americans of the person they saw take the state at the Republican National Convention in Minnesota nearly three years ago – refreshing, plain-speaking, open and uncomplicated.

    Since then, her image has hardened into one of a brittle, even paranoid, politician who seethes with resentment, feels aggrieved and entitled and is intent on pursuing celebrity even at the expense of her family.

    Mrs Palin as a person has become so remote that it is hard for to assess how much, if any, of that widely-held caricature has a basis in truth. The email release could mark the end of a chapter of what conservatives have termed “Palin Derangement Syndrome”. Her enemies in the media appear to have overplayed their hand.

    Expressing a sentiment that will resonate with many, Greta Van Susteren, a Fox News anchor who is close to Mrs Palin, argued that she had been subjected to “a media colonoscopy” by news organisations on “a mission to destroy”.
    With a film entitled The Undefeated, chronicling Mrs Palin’s rise to prominence, about to air, the former Alaska governor is doubtless hoping that harsher perceptions of her can be blunted.

    Probably the person who has damaged her most, apart from perhaps the CBS anchor Katie Couric who elicited blank stares when she asked what Mrs Palin read, was Tina Fey, the Saturday Night Live comedienne and impersonator.

    It was Fey who seared into the popular imagination the Palin phrase: “I can see Russia from my house!” Mrs Palin had never said any such thing but it encapsulated the feeling that she was frivolous and lacked any foreign policy credentials.

    Three days later, a staffer called Patrick Galvin emailed Mrs Palin saying: “My suggestion is you offer to go on SNL and play Tina Fey, and you interview her as she plays you.”

    Fey’s impersonation was so powerful that the two women are inseparable in some minds. Fox News, for which Mrs Palin works on a lucrative contract as a commentator, recently aired a picture of fey instead of Mrs Palin by mistake.
    Perhaps now might the time for Mrs Palin to take up Mr Galvin’s suggestion.

  274. Mrs. Smith,
    That is a great pic of Huma…I remember seeing her in Waco, when I went to see Hillary speak….she was all over the place setting things up and I think a sister or two was with her…LOL! What a great job she has??Huh? For the exception of the nasty Big Media….

  275. confloyd:

    I know. Hillary depends a great deal on Huma. Huma knows Hillary so well after working for her for 15 yrs. She helps everything run smoothly for Hillary. That in itself is a big help having someone who thinks as you do and has the ability to anticipate your needs. I think Huma is 36 now. She looks great.

  276. NewMexicoFan and Tim,

    Thank you so much for the links. I’d love to use this for an article!!
    Cheers,
    Ani

  277. The BO Administration is working 24/7 to get rid of Anthony Weiner.-
    ______________________________

    Weiner staff headed for the EXITS?

    BigGovernment has learned from a confidential source on Capitol Hill that, starting tomorrow, Rep. Weiner’s DC staff will depart for other Congressional offices. According to our source, staff from Democrat leadership assembled Rep. Weiner’s staff and offered to assist them finding positions in other offices. Finding positions for everyone in Weiner’s DC office could take a week or two.

    “Leadership said they understood that the staff had been lied to,” our source told BigGovernment. “But, they appreciated that the staff had been troopers and wouldn’t be left without jobs. They also made it clear that they didn’t think Rep. Weiner would be back in Congress.”

    Rep. Weiner may not resign his congressional seat, but it may resign from him.

    http://biggovernment.com/publius/2011/06/12/weiner-staff-heading-for-the-exits/

  278. Bo’s operatives must be salivating waiting to get into the office files maybe even plant something illegal that will take him down permanently.

  279. Wow, the dems are playing rough with Weiner. Do they want his district eliminated or do they have someone they want to appoint to fill his seat?

  280. BCL, I think NY lost some seats after the last census.

    This is a complete list of congressional districts for representation in the United States House of Representatives. The quantity (apportionment) and boundaries (redistricting) of districts are determined after each census, although in some cases states have changed the boundaries more than once per census. This list includes the 435 current and over 200 obsolete districts. It also includes 11 future districts created for the 113th Congress for those states gaining Congressional seats.

    For example, since the 2000 census, Nebraska has had three districts, but it used to have as many as six. Texas currently has 32 districts, but will be adding 4 due to redistricting as a result of the 2010 census. Other states will lose districts since the number of congressional seats overall cannot exceed 435. Also included here are non-voting delegations: six current and four obsolete.

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

  281. But BCL, I’m pretty sure that earlier they were saying that they were “considering” eliminating Weiner’s districts – and I don’t know if those districts are his or not…? Maybe they have some latitude, and even though they have to lose two districts, can move the boundaries around some? In other words, even if those districts aren’t his, maybe the “considering” meant that they could “make” them be his districts by shifting things…?

  282. Long but interesting. The term “sore loser” is an iritating joke of course…

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    Longtime keeper of Hillary Clinton’s image has forged a loyal badge of his own

    By Jason Horowitz,
    Sunday, June 12, 2011

    Philippe Reines looked right at home.

    At one end of a wood-paneled hallway in the executive suites of the State Department, Katie Couric frantically prepared for her final “CBS Evening News” interview with Reines’s boss, Hillary Rodham Clinton. At the other end, the secretary of state arrived with confidant Huma Abedin. Reines strolled over and joined the pair, shielding Clinton as she stretched her arms to decompress.

    The contraction of Clinton’s inner circle over the past decade has magnified the role of Reines, the longest-serving protector of her image. The self-promoting 41-year-old bachelor and the press-scarred senior stateswoman share a bond forged by political civil wars, distrust of the media and an absolute reliance on allegiance. Reines (pronounced RYE-ness), a master practitioner of self-preservation and the beneficiary of Clinton’s almost maternal protection, is Hillaryland’s ultimate survivor.

    As the impromptu prep session moved into Clinton’s private chamber, Reines reminded Clinton, who has said she will leave her post in 2012, to expect a question about her plans for the future.

    Under the boom mikes, the question materialized as Reines predicted. “What are you going to do?” Couric asked. “Well, I don’t know,” said Clinton, smiling. “I was thinking maybe take your job.”

    After the interview, Clinton let loose with her trademark burst of stalling laughter when asked to describe her sometimes rocky relationship with Reines.

    “Oh, you know,” she said. “I only do what Philippe tells me, so if I’m not supposed to talk, I won’t talk. How’s that?”

    Reines, as is often the case, spoke for her.

    Part of the ‘family’

    By his own account, Reines has been “hired, fired, forgiven, benched, promoted and promoted again.” He is currently Clinton’s deputy assistant secretary for strategic communications and has been the caretaker of her public image through her iterations as rookie senator, front-runner presidential candidate, sore loser and resurgent secretary of state.

    He is, he says, part of the “family” of Clinton lifers. But the famously boyish native New Yorker also belongs to a more extended and, if possible, more dysfunctional family of politicos, operatives, staffers, reporters, TV bookers, media types, government officials and frosted society scenesters. And he bears some of their less appealing traits: an addiction to background dish, media recognition and proximity to power.

    The counterweight to Reines’s reputation for disinformation and dining out on the Clinton name is his profound loyalty to his adoptive clans. For that, he is Clinton’s favorite son and the life of his perpetual D.C. party.

    Now, as Reines issues public — and often disregarded — denials that Clinton will either leave office to lead the World Bank or take another shot at the White House in 2016, the operatives who make Washington work have a more pressing question: Will the Peter Pan of Hillaryland move on?

    “I need to start thinking about it,” Reines said, sitting in a courtyard at the State Department. His self-deprecating wit and youthful charm remain intact, but he no longer looks younger than his years. Reines filled out his pinstriped suit. The darkness under his eyes suggested years of internecine turf battles and hundreds of thousands of Clinton air miles.

    Reines set his BlackBerry aside and grew contemplative. The self-proclaimed scoundrel rued a failed relationship and said that a wife and kids is “something that I want.” The currency of inside information has also lost its luster. “I’d like to finally make some money,” he said. “Which I have not done working for the federal government for nine years.”

    But in at least one respect, Reines remains a one-woman man. “I would very much like to see what she does next,” Reines said of Clinton. “And if the pattern holds, if she wants me to be a part of it and it’s something I can contribute to, I’d be honored to.”

    The feeling is mutual.

    “I have relied on Philippe’s judgment, intelligence and wit for nearly a decade,” Clinton said in an e-mail. “As an author, Senator, candidate and now as Secretary of State, I have come to trust his instincts and value his skill as a communicator and counselor. Wherever we go — from Buffalo to Beijing — one thing remains constant: Philippe always has my back.”

    Deputy chief of staff Abedin — who has drawn upon Reines’s skill as a spinmeister in recent weeks as her husband, Rep. Anthony Weiner, became embroiled in a sexting scandal — said the secretary of state is often more succinct. When Reines comes up with an unconventional media ploy, Abedin said, Clinton likes to kid him: “ ‘See, Philippe? This is why I keep you around.’ ”

    Guardian of image

    Reines’s critics in the Clinton diaspora are legion. They have multiple theories to explain why Reines has been kept in Clinton’s orbit but never risen to the job of communications director: He’s a master of courting power but is not respected by Senate policy experts and State Department career folks; he’s good with a zinger but a loose cannon. Reines insists that he encouraged the recent hiring of Victoria Nuland as the department’s new top spokeswoman. His passion, he said, is guarding Clinton’s political image.

    “I was promoted in other ways,” he said, adding of his critics among Clinton’s former colleagues: “It’s interesting to me that they don’t exist anymore. They don’t have any job.”

    Soon after joining Clinton at the State Department, Reines joined her on her travels abroad. He dreamed up what he called “townterviews” — a hybrid of town hall and talk show — that cast Clinton as the star in front of tough foreign audiences.

    At the home office, Reines slowly earned the trust of his subordinates. But he also earned a bad rap among colleagues for condescending to career staff and undercutting his superior and rival, P.J. Crowley, in the State Department’s Bureau of Public Affairs.

    “We were both dedicated to supporting the secretary and the department,” said Crowley, who resigned in March after publicly criticizing the Pentagon. “We never really achieved a common understanding about how to best accomplish that.”

    “Things get pretty fluid,” said Reines about cutting out his boss. “I’m sorry that it was taken as intentional.”

    All of this fell under the header of office squabbles until a March 2009 trip to Geneva. Reines had an idea: Clinton could present Sergei Lavrov, the Russian foreign minister, with a button labeled “Reset” in Russian, to symbolize a new beginning between the two estranged nations. With great fanfare, she presented the diplomatic prop, but Lavrov informed her that the word on the button actually translated to “overcharged.”

    At the time, a few anonymous quotes appeared in insider political reports taking swipes at Michael McFaul, then the senior director for Russia at the National Security Council, who approved the flawed translation. (Last month, President Obama named McFaul ambassador to Russia.) Reines’s reputation for stealth warfare worked against him when administration officials and reporters gleefully related the gossip that Reines, in an attempt to fortify his anonymous trashing of McFaul, asked a reporter to source him as “a person at the White House” because he happened to be on White House grounds at the time of their conversation.

    Reines fervently rejects the accusation. “It’s creative [expletive],” said Reines. “But it’s [expletive].”

    In a classic damage-control move, he now fully owns his gaffe, displaying a framed Time magazine cover story about the incident, signed by Clinton, above his desk.

    ‘Pieces of color’

    Reines knows full well that, in the image-building business, a wealth of humanizing details can make a character more sympathetic. Even as he shipped out with Clinton to an Arctic summit in Greenland, he e-mailed his profiler: “Would it be helpful if I sent you random factoids, pieces of color? For instance, I don’t ever drink D.C. tap water.”

    He then offered a series of bullet-point notes, including such information as “I take Pilates,” “I walk to work” and “When I wear cuff-linked shirts, I wear a set that look like sink faucets, one’s marked hot one’s marked cold. It’s a self-aware reflection that I can be both.” He also noted that he is embarking on a master’s program at night at the National Defense University and that he is currently reading three books.

    Reines also sent along more than a dozen photos of himself. They included shots of him riding a tricycle as a baby, chipping away at the Berlin Wall, riding in an elevator with Sen. John McCain and stepping out for an evening with actress Natalie Portman.

    Clearly, Reines flouts the press secretary commandment: Thou shalt not distract from the boss. For his 35th birthday bash in November 2004, Reines decorated the walls of the Dupont Circle house of David Lane, currently a top aide to Obama’s chief of staff, William M. Daley, with photocopied clips of his own quotes. In July 2007, an e-mail in which Reines campaigned to win Fishbowl’s “Hottest Media Types” contest was leaked online.

    This audacity has long served him well in Washington. During a high school trip to the District, he quizzed Alan Greenspan about Ayn Rand and engaged Orrin Hatch in a discussion about the senator’s career ambitions.

    Years later, Reines plotted his return to the federal city. He waltzed into Al Gore’s 2000 campaign in Nashville as a volunteer and ultimately ingratiated himself with its team of opposition researchers. When Gore lost and took a teaching gig at Columbia University, Reines followed, acting as his teaching assistant and de facto spokesman. A stint working on a contentious New York City mayoral primary led to a communications director gig with then-congresswoman Jane Harman of California.

    Washington fulfilled his personal and professional longings. In its small social pond, Reines became a big fish. In a wonk world, Reines’s quick wit marked him as a creative force. In a transient town governed by electoral seasons, Reines became the friend you could count on. Above all, in the arena of ambitious operatives on the make, Reines learned that loyalty was a rare and valued virtue.

    He hit the scene, one populated by young professional television producers and bookers, political operatives and government officials. Reines frequented Lauriol Plaza, a restaurant where, in 2010 alone, he said he spent $1,895. He haunted hotel bars. At James Carville’s restaurant West 24, he “just hit it off” with journalist Mike Allen, the future maven of Politico’s Playbook.

    Begrudgingly admiring colleagues studied how he wore women down with unabashed persistence. He became a frequent tipster — often about his own exploits — to online gossips. His bravado sometimes backfired, earning him a 2007 mention on the Web site
    DontDateHimGirl.com.

    An ever-tightening circle of friends from the Gore campaign followed Reines around town. The “Men of Zeal,” as this Gore crew was known, included Raj Shah, now the administrator of USAID; Jeremy Bash, now chief of staff to CIA Director Leon Panetta; and Andrew Shapiro, now assistant secretary of state for political-military affairs.

    “I wouldn’t describe us as being particularly reclusive at that stage in our lives,” said Mike Feldman, a top Gore aide in 2000 and prominent consultant.

    In September 2004, Reines and Bash loaded backpacks with 50 pounds of weight and spent hours climbing the “ ‘Exorcist’ steps” in Georgetown in preparation for a climb of Mount Rainier. Shah, who climbed the mountain with them, remembered that the guides who “spike,” or sideline, exhausted climbers for their own protection got an earful from Reines, who refused to stop climbing. In the last 500 yards, they broke protocol and allowed him to ascend without his bag.

    “If he didn’t make it to the top,” Shah said, “he would just fall apart.”

    Hall of Fame moments

    In February 2002, Reines attended the wedding of his pal Shapiro, who had taken a foreign policy job with Sen. Clinton. The reception was packed with Hillaryland denizens with whom he stayed in touch and, in the case of one legislative aide, dated. His break came when Clinton’s outgoing communications director called around to search for a new press secretary and a USA Today reporter suggested Reines.

    Before long, reporters in the New York press corps got to know him all too well. He patronized tabloid reporters, telling them their assignments were beneath them. While home-state rival Sen. Chuck Schumer and his team courted every outlet, Reines told reporters they weren’t ready to speak with Clinton.

    Reines soon began to grate on his Clinton colleagues, too. In July 2005, when the Clinton team was in the thick of deciding whether she should run, Clinton’s senior adviser, Patti Solis Doyle, warned the senator’s brain trust that it was no time for distractions. Days later, Reines talked about the pleasure of traveling with Clinton in his own New York Times profile, complete with beaming photo. Clinton’s actual traveling press secretary, Jennifer Hanley, nine months pregnant at the time, was livid, as was Solis Doyle, who raged that Reines had disobeyed direct orders.

    “Patti fired me,” Reines recalled, adding with a smirk, “I just sort of ignored it, like George Costanza. I was in the office the next day at 7 a.m.” He said that Clinton had known about the profile before it ran and that she decided to keep him on. “Ultimately, the organization was and is run by one person,” he said. “One person wanted me there.”

    Solis Doyle declined to comment on the incident.

    In October 2006, New York Times columnist Maureen Dowd quoted a Clinton adviser attacking McCain as “looking similar to the way he did on those captive tapes from Hanoi, where he recited the names of his crew mates.” Clinton had to apologize to McCain for the comment, which came from Reines. Her brass again decided Reines had to go, but Clinton kept him in purgatory instead: her Senate office.

    The prize destination for Clinton’s Senate staffers was campaign headquarters in Arlington, but Reines wasn’t welcome there. Adding insult to injury, Clinton hired Reines’s rivals in Schumer’s press office. They disparaged him as the “purse holder,” after the New York Times described Reines toting Clinton’s handbag.

    Reines was patient. “I knew that the first ones in are not always the last ones out,” he said.

    He also kept fighting for Clinton from the Senate office. In May 2007, when a spate of unauthorized biographies came out about Clinton, Reines nearly nullified them in one much-publicized quip: “Is it possible to be quoted yawning?”

    “Killing books has always been a fun pastime,” bragged Reines, who considers the quote his “Hall of Fame moment.”

    For Reines’s enemies, his real Hall of Fame moment was still to come.

    On Sept. 26, 2007, Clinton met her campaign team for a debate preparation session at the Phoenix Park Hotel. In the middle of the session, she excused herself for an appointment on the Hill and then, to the horror of her campaign, voted for a measure to designate Iran’s Revolutionary Guard a terrorist organization — a disastrous move for a candidate looking to shed a hawkish reputation in a Democratic primary. Her campaign’s senior strategist, Mark Penn, fired off an e-mail to Reines, one of the 859,200 Senate and campaign e-mails Reines has saved, expressing frustration that the Senate staff didn’t tell the campaign that the vote was coming. “We didn’t know she was leaving prep to vote,” Reines wrote at the time. “And were surprised when she did.”

    Former campaign officials still blame Reines for failing to flag the vote. Reines places the blame elsewhere. “In fairness to her,” Reines said of Clinton, “she did what she always does; she looked to other people to see how they were voting. So she looked at Chuck. Chuck voted for it. She looked at Harry Reid. Harry Reid voted for it. She looked at Carl Levin. Carl Levin voted for it. It was the first time that a vote had become so charged” in the run-up to the 2008 election.

    After the fatal Iowa caucuses, Clinton pushed Solis Doyle aside and tasked Reines with watching over Chelsea Clinton on the campaign trail. Reines “could be mistaken for a Secret Service agent for Chelsea Clinton,” according to a Politico profile at the time. In February 2008, a TV anchor said Clinton had “pimped out” her daughter by allowing Chelsea to campaign on her behalf. According to several people on the conference call, Clinton choked up with anger and emotion when her communications director, Howard Wolfson, broke the news. Reines, usually silent on such calls, handed his phone to the candidate’s daughter.

    “Mom, Mom. It’s Chelsea. I’m okay,” she broke in, according to several participants.

    “I remember thinking,” said Reines, “she would feel a lot better talking to her daughter.”

    Loyalty & friendship

    Reines grew up in Manhattan with his mother, Judith, and grandmother in a rent-controlled Upper West Side apartment. The quarters were tight, but the family wasn’t.

    Judith, an insurance broker, never married Reines’s father, Ionnis Papadakis, and her son met him only once, in a childhood encounter he doesn’t remember. Steven Kleiner, a classmate and frequent sleepover guest at the Reines home who’s now a psychiatrist in Massachusetts, described the partnership between mother and son as a “business relationship.” Reines acknowledges that he and his mother are not especially close. In Kleiner’s view, his friend resented his mother for neglecting the issue of his father’s absence and compounding the burden by enrolling her son in a Jewish private school with “family values of the 1950s.”

    As teenagers, the two attended Ramaz, a tony Jewish academy on the Upper East Side where future spinmeister Steven Rubenstein and other children of powerful and wealthy New Yorkers populated the student body. Kleiner said they both were out of place among the elite overachievers. Reines, Kleiner said, was especially “lost.”

    Reines, a lackluster student prone to day-dreaming, had a real passion for building friendships.

    He lent Kleiner money from his savings account to buy an expensive tennis racket and then urged him on at tennis team practices. After graduation, the two attended the University at Albany. He left after one semester and soon followed other friends to Clark University in Massachusetts but never enrolled.

    “Some people are addicted to being in a giving relationship,” Kleiner said. “He needs to always be giving or he gets lost. He needs an object to whom he can be helpful.”

    For Reines’s friends, the ultimate example of his emphasis on loyalty came in 1994 when he tried to rescue a roommate who fell victim to what Reines thought was a con. The friend had invested in “EZ Score,” a startup company built around a basketball hoop that always sent the ball bouncing back to the shooter, and had given his new Lincoln to the company’s president. Reines objected. He located his friend’s car and a tow truck driver, who, for a price, was willing to repossess it. Reines recalled with pride that after reclaiming the car he sent his friend to Puerto Rico to lay low. Ultimately, he acknowledged, “the friendship fell apart.”

    In 1998, at 29, with most of his friends having moved on in life, Reines enrolled in a program at Columbia University designed for students who belatedly discover their academic ambitions. On the day of his graduation in 2000, he flew to Nashville to volunteer for Gore. In 2009, he returned to his school as commencement speaker. Hours earlier Clinton had addressed the university’s Barnard College graduates from the same podium.

    “As she was leaving campus,” Reines said facetiously of Clinton in his address, “she noticed that I wasn’t leaving with her, and she looked at me and asked, ‘Aren’t you coming?’ And I told her, ‘Nah, I’m going to stay and see my mother.’ ”

    He then briefly saluted his mother in the audience before continuing to talk at length about Clinton and how she “might have suggested I practice in front of her” if he’d told her he was sticking around to give a speech.

    “So,” Reines concluded, “if anyone happens to bump into the secretary of state between now and whenever, please remember, I was not here.”

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/lifestyle/style/longtime-keeper-of-hillary-clintons-image-has-forged-a-loyal-badge-of-his-own/2011/05/31/AGLAu9RH_story.html

  283. From Jan’s link:

    …her iterations as rookie senator, front-runner presidential candidate, sore loser, and resurgent secretary of state.

    Sore loser? Why, because she wouldn’t quit when they told her to quit, from the beginning of the race, including every time she won huge primaries, including when she ended up winning the popular vote…? Sheesh.

  284. It was obvious. Narcissists don’t like being challenged.
    —————————
    Don’t like (being challenged). Lets not mince words. When a narcissist (sociopath is the more accurate word)is challenged they go through a psychological meltdown.

    What is the difference. Simple. I don’t like cauliflower, therefore I don’t eat it but if it appears on the plate, I do not go though a psychological meltdown–or at least I try not to make a habit of it, like Obama does.

    When Messiah Obama is challenged he is about as mentally stable as a test tube of nitroglycerin. It is all there in those dull dagger eyes. (What a useless fuck he is.)

  285. Report: Perry’s religious giving below average Associated Press
    ———————
    I am speechless. My world is toppling. What is the use of vetting Obama’s citizenship, his radical contacts, his Chicago ties, etc. when you can make headlines by showing that a non candidate in the Republican Party’s religious giving was below average. Their perverse priorities are set by their left wing ideology as opposed to common sense. Over the past 3 years it has become obvious to anyone who pays attention that Associated Press and its demented editor who is a remittance man from the New York Times belong in the same pantheon of useless fucks as Messiah Obama. Serial liars.

    |

  286. her iterations as rookie senator, front-runner presidential candidate, sore loser, and resurgent secretary of state.
    ———————-
    Absolute bullshit from an unreliable source. Iterations? Bullshit. How about someone who passed more legislation than any freshman senator in history. Front runner in 2008. Bullshit. Not in the eyes of this sordid newspaper–who endorsed Obama. Sore loser? Bullshit. She was not a loser and she was gracious–too gracious toward the man who is destroying our country. Resurgent secretary of state. Bullshit. Resurgent from what? And if you look at the metrics, Obama’s foreign policy has been an unmitigated disaster. What she has done to prevent a complete meltdown we will never know. This article is mawkish and it is a big lie, designed to cover for Obama and WashPo–and to discourage her from running against him to save the country–unless yo believe the Republican Party will do that.

  287. If you want to know what the word mawkish means think of Howard Fineman and his lust for Obama. The latest chapter is his imputing biblical stature to the fraud from Chicago. The word means sickening sweep, insipid, sentimental–like Tapper. Tapper. His network claims to deplore sexism but was completely tolerant when this candidate for the pantheon described above called Hillary the villain from the movie Fatal Attraction because she was refused to quit the race, and made good on her promise to let every state vote. Tapper is also the one who tweeted that they were going to do a Carrie on Trump at the Press Dinner–he was part of it. The other thing I detest about him is the way he gives Obama oral sex when he speaks to him, rather than acting like a journalist. I will say one thing for Jake the Snake–he has got a lot of people fooled–by the snark you see in the above comments tell you who he really is–and is not.

  288. The republicans like to talk about Obama as Carteresque. That is accurate when it comes to his domestic failure and his economic failure. But when it comes to his character, Obama is Nixonian. In sum, he is our worst president.

  289. They are good people, Brad and Angelina. Now lets see those pansy ass elites follow suite.

    Mrs. Smith
    June 12th, 2011 at 10:26 am

  290. Obama’s evil twin, Deval Patrick believes in transparency as much as the empty opaque words promised by Obama in 08′.
    ______________________

    Deval Patrick’s records under lock & key

    By Joe Battenfeld
    June 13, 2011

    You think all those cyber sleuths searching Sarah Palin’s e-mails would get a similar thrill looking at, say, Gov. Deval Patrick’s BlackBerry?

    The answer is no, and not just because MSNBC would never mobilize an army of reporters to go after a Democrat. The real reason people will never see Patrick’s e-mails is because they can’t.

    The Massachusetts governor is citing a court ruling used by Mitt Romney and Paul Cellucci to exempt himself from the state public records law.

    That’s right, the candidate who promised “change” decided he didn’t want to change that one. The Patrick administration does respond to some public records requests but has never released the governor’s e-mails.

    So you think Secretary of State William Galvin is siding with the public’s right to know? Yeah, right. According to Commonwealth magazine, Galvin recently agreed the governor is exempt from the public records law.

    Guess who else is exempt? The Legislature, of course, and the courts. Patrick’s in some pretty good company there.

    The governor’s office declined to comment about its policy of handling records requests, but we can assume that if Patrick ever runs for national office, he won’t be voluntarily turning over any e-mails.

    Not that newspapers such as the New York Times [NYT] would even ask for them. It seems that when it comes to Sarah Palin, much of the media is holding her to a higher standard. Do you think a reporter would ever give Mitt Romney or Barack Obama a pop quiz about Paul Revere? Highly unlikely.

    I have no problem with asking tough questions and requesting documents and e-mails from public figures, but deputizing readers to scour Palin’s inbox and report back any newsworthy tidbits? I have the feeling most of those readers were once nerdy high school hall monitors.

    And all of this massive investigative effort has produced no damaging disclosures. The most interesting item so far was Palin’s apparently low opinion of former Bay State Gov. Jane Swift. The much-maligned Swift was one of Palin’s staunchest defenders back in 2008, but I doubt we’ll see her sticking her neck out for Sarah again.

    The other e-mail I found to be revealing and kind of humorous was the one from Palin in February 2008, after she spoke on the phone with then-presidential candidate Mitt Romney.

    “Talked to Romney today!” Palin gushed. “Thank you for hooking that up! Can’t believe he took the time. Talked to him about women in leadership. He said all the right things.”

    Somehow I think Palin wishes that one could have been “exempt” from the public.

  291. gonzotx
    June 13th, 2011 at 4:11 am

    They are good people, Brad and Angelina.
    ____________________

    So right, gonzo. They are amazing. They have given away Millions and continue to set the example for generosity.

  292. Hopefully, Weiner has contacted a locksmith and had the locks to his office changed and full time security surveillance of his office until his return. Sending anyone who has chosen to remain with him on an extended vacation. Trust no one and protect yourself from egregious adversarys.
    ____________________

    As Rep. Weiner Digs In, Potential Challengers Eye Seat

    As Rep. Anthony Weiner clings to power amid internal pressure to step down, a handful of potential candidates are taking a serious look at challenging him for his seat next year.

    So far, the names in the hat are mostly on the other side of the aisle. And in Weiner’s Democrat-heavy Brooklyn-Queens district, any Republican who runs is automatically a long shot.

    But a Democratic challenger is not out of the question, and Republicans may see an opportunity to defy history.

    Bob Turner, a Republican who pulled in 41 percent of the vote against Weiner in the 2010 election, told Fox News after Weiner confessed to lying about a lewd photo he sent online that he’s thinking about running in 2012.

    He amped up the rhetoric in a subsequent column for the National Review, noting the climate in the district is “very favorable for a repeat run.” Turner said that’s not why he’d consider it, but made clear he’s interested.

    “It’s time to oust the remaining dead-weight from the House — and bring the change America so desperately needs,” Turner wrote.

    Other Republicans are also keeping their names in the mix. Andrew Sullivan, a New York construction worker and activist who protested the so-called “Ground Zero mosque,” told FoxNews.com he’s considering a run, claiming he’d garner Tea Party support.

    And City Councilman Eric Ulrich, a 26-year-old pol first elected to his seat in 2009, is also said to be looking at Weiner’s district.

    Should Weiner step down, the decision would likely open the floodgates for candidates on both sides — that is, unless the seat is eliminated through redistricting.

    But one source told Fox News that Weiner means what he says when he says he’s going back to work. Though several elected Democrats have called on Weiner to leave, a source close to the congressman said Weiner has been bolstered by expressions of support from constituents and new polling from Marist. The latest NY1-Marist Poll showed 56 percent of 9th Congressional District registered voters think he should not resign. Thirty-three percent said he should.

    On the Democratic side, former Councilman Eric Gioia reportedly has been approached about running. Gioia could not be reached for comment by FoxNews.com.

    Other promising Democratic candidates might hold back unless there’s a special election.
    City Councilman Mark Weprin, whose name had been floated in the press, told FoxNews.com that as long as Weiner’s in, he’s out.

    “I am not at the moment considering running. There’s no opening. He says he’s staying and I honestly believe he will stay in office until the end of his term, at least,” Weprin told FoxNews.com. “I’m friends with Anthony Weiner, and I won’t run against him in a primary.”

    Asked whether he’d run in the event of a special election, Weprin said: “If there’s ever an open seat in Congress, you have to consider it.”

  293. Anthony has a youtube website… “ask anthony” I perused last night- Overwhelmingly, his constituency love him and want him to return. You can read the responses here. Some trolls, but for the most part, people appreciate his efforts supporting their issues.
    ___________________________

    http://www.youtube.com/user/AskAnthonyWeiner

  294. Perry’s religious giving below average

    I remember a report about Senator Obama’ charitable giving also being below average, actually.

    So, not a good thing to hear about Perry, from my pov.

  295. Obama’s Sinking Popularity

    The good news perhaps is that growing numbers are awakening, the latest June 7 – 9

    Zogby International poll showing recent lows in Obama’s popularity:

    — 56% disapprove of his job as president;
    — 43% approve;

    — 39% say he deserves reelection;
    — 52% want change;

    — congressional approval also dropped to 17%, a testimony to mass public disdain; and

    — given America’s direction, waging multiple imperial wars at the expense of vital homeland needs, expect an angrier public reaction ahead as pain levels rise.

    Human need always trumps other concerns, especially when vast national resources aren’t used to relieve it, many millions left on their own sink or swim when they most need help. War profiteering and other corporate priorities come first.

    However, Main Street America is mired in depression.

    High unemployment and underemployment remain unaddressed. For millions, deprivation is extreme. Double digit inflation is rising.

    One in six Americans face hunger, yet Obama and lawmakers demand austerity when stimulus is needed.

    Progressive Radio News Hour commentator economist Jack Rasmus sees bad current conditions worsening, saying:

    — early 2011 consumption growth fell sharply compared to 2010 levels – from 4 – 2.2%; rising gas prices accounted for 60% of it;

    — inflation adjusted real spending remained flat;

    — retail sales are weak;

    — rising food, energy, healthcare, education, and local taxes have been punishing;

    — except for the wealthiest 10% of households, most others are struggling to get by, many without employment or enough of it;

    — housing is mired in depression, as bad or worse than the 1930s with no end of it in sight; and

    — the so-called post-mid-2009 recovery has been “the weakest and most lopsided….in the post-1945 period.” But you’d never know it from TV touts, extolling what a small minority enjoy, all others not their concern.

    America, in fact, is declining, not rising. Rasmus predicts “a major economic relapse” ahead as Washington plans painful domestic budget cuts (including raping essential entitlements and other vital social services) to sustain out-of-control war making and reward the nation’s super rich already with too much.

    As a result, the American dream is a bad joke. In his June 11 commentary, analyst Bob Chapman says its “lifeblood is being sucked out by free (not fair) trade, (predatory) globalization, offshoring and outsourcing” manufacturing and other jobs, leaving fewer employment opportunities at home for growing numbers (including new graduates) wondering how they’ll ever get by.

  296. No, I’m not in TX — I know nothing about Rick Perry except that SP has spoken well of him. I didn’t like the last TX gov who went on to the WH, so I am deeply suspicious (probably unfairly) of Perry for that reason. Actually the only thing he has going for him right now, for me, is that SP seems to like him a lot.

  297. Radical Islam afraid the Truth will be revealed to Americans if this book is allowed FOR SALE..
    _________________________

    “Muslim Mafia: Inside the Secret Underworld That’s Conspiring to Islamize America”
    ____________________

    The powerful Washington, D.C., Islamic lobby group established as a front for the Palestinian terrorist group Hamas is asking a federal judge to expunge all copies of a WND book that exposes its ties to radical jihad through original documents secured in a daring undercover operation.

    In its latest court pleadings in a lawsuit against WND co-author David Gaubatz and his son Chris, the Council on American-Islamic Relations, or CAIR, effectively demands that the blockbuster book

    “Muslim Mafia: Inside the Secret Underworld That’s Conspiring to Islamize America”

    be removed from bookstores, online retailers and any supplier and “returned” to the Muslim group.

    “This book at any time can be taken off the shelves forever and kept in the hands of Hamas,” warned Gaubatz attorney Daniel Horowitz.

    After filing two unsuccessful versions of its complaint, CAIR has filed yet another amended complaint that asks federal Judge Colleen Kollar-Kotelly in Washington, D.C., to bar the Gaubatzes and anyone related to their effort from publishing the documents and recordings obtained in the undercover operation.

    CAIR interpreted the judge’s order to return all copies of the documents as a demand to also return “copies published in the book,” according to a Joint Status Report filed April 22 in federal court in Washington, D.C.

    Horowitz, a frequent television legal analyst based in the San Francisco Bay area, has teamed with two other high-profile lawyers in the case. Bernard Grimm, in Washington, D.C., is a regular commentator on the Fox News Channel, CNN and Court TV. Martin Garbus, in New York City, is perhaps the country’s best known First Amendment lawyer.

    more at link:

    http://www.wnd.com/index.php?fa=PAGE.view&pageId=309745

  298. Carville is right, he does not act like he is worried or doing anything about the economic crisis.

    Weekly economic briefings suspended early on, no one came out last week and said they have a plan, all they say is he inherited this mess. However, he obviously does not know how to fix it, and does not look interested in fixing in. Perceptions are everything.

  299. votermom
    June 13th, 2011 at 8:57 am

    I agree with your response, except I’m not sure who SP is…

    imo- The Texas economy has been less affected than the national consensus. One of the few states not operating in a deficit or teetering on bankruptcy.

    I don’t know if their current economy is the result of Perry’s stewardship or more in line with Perry’s foreknowledge via Bush of the coming dark days…

    I do know confloyd is not a Perry enthusiast. From what I read the other day, Perry is against Stem Cell research tying it to abortion issues. imo- Stem Cell research is something that could be life changing for many Americans and should be encouraged and pursued.

  300. SP = Sarah Palin
    I have a habit of abbreviating her name so that it doesn’t show up when Palin-haters google.

  301. #
    NewMexicoFan
    June 13th, 2011 at 9:28 am

    Mrs. Smith
    June 13th, 2011 at 8:49 am

    When I voted it was 72%no, 24 yes, 4% undecided.
    _________________

    I hope the poll numbers are an indication of Indy spirit!

  302. Mrs. Smith
    June 13th, 2011 at 9:53 am

    As I remember, Indy is a somewhat Reublican place. However, I am not sure if Indian went for O or not in 2008.

  303. #
    votermom
    June 13th, 2011 at 9:42 am

    SP = Sarah Palin
    I have a habit of abbreviating her name so that it doesn’t show up when Palin-haters google.
    ____________

    Palin haters here? If they dare- 🙂

  304. #
    NewMexicoFan
    June 13th, 2011 at 10:07 am

    Sorry Indiana
    _____________________

    Yup, Obama won Indiana in 08′-

    You are right, Indiana has always been a red state. And hadn’t gone blue since 1964.. By the looks of the poll numbers, they feel angry like they’ve been stung.

  305. I really think of the slogans given He Made It Worse, flows A lot better, than It could have been worse.

    Why, because you actually know what he did, but it is hard to visualize how much worse it could be.

  306. Mrs. Smith
    June 11th, 2011 at 5:35 pm

    Thomas Drake Plea Deal In NSA Leak Case A Blow To Obama Administration

    “The case clearly collapsed,” said Jessalyn Radack of the Government Accountability Project. “It was a case built on sand, and when the government was put to the test, I think it shows that whistle-blowers are not spies and that the Espionage Act is a particularly heinous tool that should never be used to cover up government wrongdoing and punish whistle-blowers who oppose it.”

    As a presidential candidate, Barack Obama called for a more open government and lauded federal workers who reported wrongdoing. But with the disclosure of hundreds of thousands of sensitive military and diplomatic documents by the anti-secrecy website WikiLeaks last year, President Obama appeared determined to halt the exposure of national security secrets.

    He has pursued cases against five government leakers under espionage statutes, more than any of his recent predecessors.
    &&&&&&&&&&&

    Yet another example of Ubama being worse than Bush.

    Can you imagine the outcry from BOT-liberals had this been W. trying to clamp down on whistleblowers??

    I saw this in the NYTimes, and it’s good to see that Huff’n’Puff would print something not particularly flattering to The Annointed One.

  307. rgb44hrc
    June 13th, 2011 at 10:26 am

    “Can you imagine the outcry from BOT-liberals had this been W. trying to clamp down on whistleblowers??”
    _______________________

    ‘The Left’, the same people when you pass them in the street walk with their eyes down looking at the pavement or when sitting are slunk down in their chairs depressed and disappointed.

    Fair to say, Obama has formed a pattern. Whatever he said during the 08′ campaign has tuned out to be nothing but lies. He said what Americans wanted to hear to get himself elected. After his election, he gave America a bouquet of middle fingers. He may or may not be an American but we are…. nobody gets away with insulting Americans for too long. Those chickens are flying in his direction…

  308. NewMexicoFan
    June 13th, 2011 at 10:24 am

    I really think of the slogans given He Made It Worse, flows A lot better, than It could have been worse.

    Why, because you actually know what he did, but it is hard to visualize how much worse it could be.
    ________________

    agreed. He copied Hillary and said he could hit the ground running on day one- He guaranteed it!

    I blink when anyone says, “I guarantee it.” The people who use that euphemism usually have nothing to lose when adding that guarantee… That is why they say it- as most good flim-flam salesman do.

  309. BO has certainly taken our country on a path of utter confusion destruction and danger.We are in endless debt and in the hands of enemies that put him in office by stealing delegate votes and depriving Hillary of her rightful leader of America.
    It is now time to start Impeachment plans to rid the WH of this plague.

    Now look at our girl hard at work trying to hold the world together.

    SECRETARY HILLARY RODHAM CLINTONSecretary Clinton is on foreign travel in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania and Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. She is accompanied by Counselor Mills and Assistant Secretary Carson and is joined by Special Representative Balderston in Ethiopia. For more information, click here (ET+7 hours).

    9:00 a.m. LOCAL Secretary Clinton holds a bilateral meeting with Tanzanian President Jakaya Kikwete, in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania.
    (POOLED CAMERA SPRAY)
    10:45 a.m. LOCAL Secretary Clinton holds a joint press availability with Tanzanian President Jakaya Kikwete, in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania.
    (OPEN PRESS COVERAGE)
    3:45 p.m. LOCAL Secretary Clinton holds a bilateral meeting with African Union Chairperson Jean Ping, in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.
    (POOLED CAMERA SPRAY)
    5:00 p.m. LOCAL Secretary Clinton delivers remarks to the African Union assembly, in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.
    (OPEN PRESS COVERAGE)
    6:00 p.m. LOCAL Secretary Clinton holds a bilateral meeting with Ethiopian Prime Minister Meles Zenawi, in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.
    (POOLED CAMERA SPRAY)
    7:10 p.m. LOCAL Secretary Clinton holds a joint press availability with Ethiopian Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Haile-Mariam Desalegne, in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.
    (OPEN PRESS COVERAGE)

  310. He made it worse/

    1. the unemployment rate is cratering

    2. his senior economic advisors quit (Romer, Goosbee)

    When the plane is about to crash, the pilot has two choices”

    1. bail out–or

    2. get killed in the crash

    So which will it be?

    That is the question which the voters must decide in 2012

  311. A sight commonly seen in New Orleans….’Brad Pitt for Mayor’ T-shirts. Brad and Angelina’s generosity is legendary. And not a lot of politics, unlike a certain Mr. Penn.

  312. I really think of the slogans given He Made It Worse, flows A lot better, than It could have been worse.
    ———————-
    I agree. The former is a proven quantifiable certainty. The latter hyper partisan speculation. If you compare the real unemployment rate, the debt that he “inherited”, the value of the dollar now to what it was when he took office then you have your answer. In 2008 he promised hope and change. He has delivered neither. On the contrary he has made it worse. So if we care about our country lets get real and give this lying bastard the bums rush. And prove to big media that they do not control our political system–the American People do.

  313. #
    crazy horse
    June 13th, 2011 at 11:12 am

    “unlike a certain Mr. Penn.”
    _____________________

    Are you referring to Sean Penn?
    If so, he is a real dink!

  314. QUESTION: Sure. Last question for sure now. But this one I think is the most important one. After being Madam Secretary of State, what next for you?
    SECRETARY CLINTON: I honestly don’t know. I’ll come back in a couple of years and tell you, as I make it up as I go. I really have so many interests and so many great hopes for our world. And my husband, after he left the presidency, has been working with the Clinton Foundation here in Tanzania and elsewhere throughout Africa and making a difference, saving lives, helping people. We both care deeply about that, so I will continue my service in some way, but I don’t know how yet.
    QUESTION: I wish you all the best of luck.

    Get ready to remove Hokus Pokus from our WH.These words from the Hillary interview casts a new light on her future plans. SHE WILL RUN.True Patriots do not not abandon their country when it is in danger
    but stay and fight for it like the good soldier that she is.

  315. lorac
    June 13th, 2011 at 10:23 am

    Good article, IMO
    ————–

    Yes. There is so much ingrained in the cultures and languages around the world that encourage/foster sexism to various degrees it is mindboggling. How much do you complain? Which battles do you fight? A recent example — a couple from India visited us this past weekend. These are PhDs, worked at IBM and other places, went back to India and started their own startups and so on — one would think they are aware and enlightened. We take them on a road trip and my husband drove around some of the way and I drove them all back home as we wound down the trip. Both of them complemented me on my driving, very smooth, and such and the fact they said something like that to ME (not to my husband, it was a given he would) irritated me. Why wouldn’t I drive well, right? Why is there a surprise that I did well, enough to compel them to comment on it? Why should they even want to acknowledge that? Innocuous things but telling of the mindset.

  316. This is firing for effect—finally:

    Obama’s Economic Experiment Has Failed — Time to Get Back to What Works
    By Rep. Paul Ryan

    Published June 13, 2011

    | FoxNews.com

    Reuters

    A flurry of recent economic news – especially the May jobs report – confirms what many have feared for some time: This president’s leadership deficit has caused a disastrous jobs deficit, and where he has led, his policies have made things worse.

    The president clearly inherited a difficult fiscal and economic situation when he took office. But his response to the crisis has been woefully inadequate. The president and his party’s leaders have made it their mission to test the hypothesis that more government spending and greater government control over the economy can jump-start a recovery better than the private sector can.

    That experiment has failed. The stimulus spending spree failed to create jobs. Massive overhauls of the financial sector and health-care sector are fueling uncertainty and hindering our recovery.

    House Republicans are charting a new course with a better plan – starting with a budget that frees the private sector from regulatory uncertainty, punishing tax increases, and the crushing burden of debt that is weighing on this recovery. But making progress on this plan will require leaders in Washington to relinquish the idea that government knows best, and many just don’t seem ready to face that reality.

    The May jobs report was yet another reminder that the government-knows-best crowd got it wrong. When he came into office, the president’s economic team predicted that a stimulus bill of unprecedented size and scope would hold unemployment below 8 percent and steadily lower it to 7 percent by the first quarter of this fiscal year.

    These estimates weren’t just off by a little bit – they completely missed the mark. The jobless rate went all the way up to 10.1 percent, never fell below 8.8 percent, and has now ticked back up to 9.1 percent. Private-sector hiring continues to stagnate. The cost of gas and groceries continues to rise. And the national debt continues to climb, casting a long shadow over economic activity and job creation.

    This recovery pales in comparison to past, private-sector-led recoveries. Unemployment today has fallen by just 1 percentage point from its recessionary peak. By contrast, unemployment at the same point in the past ten recoveries dropped by an average of 5 percentage points in past recoveries. The dismal jobs record underscores the fact that the Great Recession is far from over for millions of American families.

    There are three main reasons why the president’s policies have made this recovery weaker than usual:

    1. Regulatory uncertainty: After the stimulus passed, the president turned his attention immediately to costly overhauls of the nation’s financial and health-care sectors. These overhauls needlessly transferred more control over America’s economy to government bureaucrats in Washington, without fixing the problems they were intended to address. The transfer of so much power to the arbitrary dictates of federal regulators has made it hard for businesses to plan for the future with confidence, and things will remain this way until these laws are replaced with real reforms.

    2. Tax uncertainty: The president’s ad hoc tax policies, with a mix of tax hikes on job creators and temporary rebates for others being the hallmarks of his approach, have left businesses in the lurch. Moreover, the president’s new health care law imposes a crushing $800 billion tax hike, and he continues to threaten businesses and families with higher rates in the future, even as he dithers on his vague promise to address America’s uncompetitive corporate tax rate, which is the highest in the developed world.

    3. Debt uncertainty: The president has not put forward a plan that saves Medicare from bankruptcy, even though nonpartisan experts tell us that this could happen in 9-13 short years unless we act. Each year that we fail to put our critical government health and retirement programs on a path to long-term solvency, we are making trillions of dollars of unfunded promises to future retirees. We are already borrowing 40 cents of every dollar we spend, and Washington’s inability to solve its spending problems is leading rating agencies such as Standard & Poors to downgrade our credit outlook. Government under this administration is failing at its number-one economic job, which is to create a stable, predictable environment for job creators.

    By contrast, the Republicans have put forward a plan to tackle each of these problems head-on. Our budget, which we call The Path to Prosperity, reduces regulatory uncertainty for businesses by repealing the new health care law. It reduces tax uncertainty by promoting low, stable rates and clearing out loopholes and deductions that go primarily to the well-off. And it reduces debt uncertainty by dealing with our long-term unfunded liabilities, saving Medicare from bankruptcy, and putting us on a path to pay off the debt.

    This debate comes down to one big philosophical difference: Who should we put in the drivers’ seat when it comes to jobs and the economy: government bureaucrats in Washington, or a vibrant private sector freed from uncertainty?

    The president’s economic experiment has failed. It is time to get back to what we know works: empowering free citizens with the tools they need to prosper. To close the alarming budget deficit and the painful jobs deficit, we must first erase Washington’s leadership deficit by providing real solutions for a real recovery.

    Read more: http://www.foxnews.com/opinion/2011/06/13/obamas-economic-experiment-has-failed-time-to-get-back-to-what-works/#ixzz1PAmfZrG5

  317. If you strip away all the partisanship–on both sides of the aisle, then you are left with one undeniable fact: Obama is a buffoon. Yes, they come in all flavors, but a buffoon is a buffoon, and there is really nothing more that needs to be said on that subject.

  318. ABM90

    SECRETARY CLINTON: I honestly don’t know. I’ll come back in a couple of years and tell you, as I make it up as I go. I really have so many interests and so many great hopes…

    ———

    There is hope, our girl isn’t ready to retire.

  319. I blink when anyone says, “I guarantee it.” The people who use that euphemism usually have nothing to lose when adding that guarantee… That is why they say it- as most good flim-flam salesman do.

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

    Or they don’t know what the word means. Or they do know, and mis-use it deliberately to confuse people. (Which would be Obama’s style.)

  320. against Stem Cell research tying it to abortion issues. imo- Stem Cell research is something that could be life changing for many Americans and should be encouraged and pursued.

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

    Even Reagan was for it, said it might help find a way to prevent Altzheimer’s. Iirc Palin is for it too, distinguishing the ‘branches’.

  321. A word about Indiana in 2008. It was not going for Obama until the end when Gary Indiana, a suburb of Chicago, withheld their results until long after the rest of the state had reported, so they would know how many votes they needed to report for Obama to put him over the top in Indiana. Indiana is usually very conservative, but in 2008, Gary swung the vote to Obama.

  322. Anthony has a youtube website… “ask anthony” I perused last night- Overwhelmingly, his constituency love him and want him to return. You can read the responses here. Some trolls, but for the most part, people appreciate his efforts supporting their issues.
    ___________________________

    http://www.youtube.com/user/AskAnthonyWeiner

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

    Thanks! The comments were great, and it was easy to register to comment.

    Some good videos of Weiner doing his job, speaking out. Here’s one:

    youtube.com/watch?v=_O_GRkMZJn4&feature=related

    No wonder the GOP and the Bots want to get rid of him.

  323. From a comment at Socks’ blog quoting Sherry Wolf:
    What else can we call a man incapable of sustaining a serious political interaction with a woman without steering the relationship toward the sexual?

    What, incapable? NEVER has talked or emailed to ANY woman about issues cleanly? Seems like someone would have noticed and complained long ago.

    Apparently he TRADED sexy pictures with 6 women over 3 years. He did NOT do that with the 17 year old who began by saying she was in love with him, and posting a video of him labeled “My true love.” Of the 6 women he did trade ‘internet sex’ with, iirc one had begun it with a comment “Hottt!” and one was some sort of porn star already.

  324. Here is a statement by his Buddy… yup, hanging him out to dry! I don’t believe the nude photo of Weiner came from him. Too much Andrew Breitbart interference for my taste. Breitbart loves using photoshop. Heads on other bodies, interchanging body parts. Just ask Shirley Sherrod..

    Photo-shopped her as a racist forcing her resignation.

    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2010/07/21/shirley-sherrod-scandal-h_n_654006.html

    ________________________________

    WH breaks silence about Weiner scandal

    ABOARD AIR FORCE ONE (Reuters) – The behavior of U.S. Representative Anthony Weiner, snared in an Internet sex scandal, was “inappropriate” and President Barack Obama regards it as an unwanted distraction, the White House said on Monday.

    Weiner, a married New York congressman, has defied calls from Democratic party leaders to resign and said on Saturday he would instead seek treatment and a leave of absence after new lewd photos of him emerged in addition to his online exchanges with women.

    “The president feels, we feel at the White House, this is a distraction,” White House spokesman Jay Carney said aboard Air Force One headed for North Carolina when asked about Obama’s position on Weiner.

    “Obviously, as Congressman Weiner has said himself, his behavior was inappropriate, his dishonesty was inappropriate, but the president is focused on his job, getting this economy continuing to grow, creating jobs and obviously ensuring the safety and security of the American people.”

    Weiner, 46, announced his plans on Saturday shortly after House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi publicly urged him to go for help but also to step down.

    His determination to remain, bolstered by support from his New York City constituents, has angered Democrats. They say Weiner’s conduct has hurt the party as it seeks to regain control of the House of Representatives from Republicans in next year’s elections.
    h… ://in.news.yahoo.com/white-house-weiners-conduct-inappropriate-154504534.html

  325. “his dishonesty was inappropriate”
    _________________

    I can’t imagine Obama saying this with a straight face-

  326. Mrs. Smith
    June 13th, 2011 at 2:54 pm

    “his dishonesty was inappropriate”
    _________________

    I can’t imagine Obama saying this with a straight face-
    ———-

    He’s a master at lying.

  327. Yoo-hoo, Anthony- Come back, you forgot to take your lunch box! No wonder this guy gets himself into trouble.
    ____________________

    Update: John Boehner wonders when Weiner plans to apply for his leave of absence:

    House Speaker John Boehner’s spokesman blasted out a list of #Weinergate questions on Monday, ripping Rep. Anthony Weiner for not yet having filed his official request for a “leave of absence” from Congress.

    “The Leaders of each representative conference/caucus sign formal requests for a leave of absence,” Boehner spokesman Michael Steel said. “Will Leader Pelosi sign Rep. Weiner’s formal request for a leave of absence?

    If Rep. Weiner fails to ask for a formal leave of absence (rather than simply saying he intends to take one via press release), then he will officially be AWOL while still being paid by taxpayers.

    What will Leader Pelosi do if he fails to ask for a formal leave of absence?”

    It’s unclear what medical reason Weiner plans to use for a formal leave of absence and his spokesman, Dave Arnold, has not returned The Daily Caller’s requests on that matter.

    “Sex addiction” is not considered a mental disease or sickness, though, according to current American Psychiatric Association (APA) standards. In 2013, the APA plans to release updated standards, at which point sex addiction may be included as a disease or sickness. But, there’s no guarantee.

    http://hotair.com/archives/2011/06/13/obama-weiners-a-distraction/

    ______________________

    Seeing the number of offenders are usually Republicans- their family values and religion most likely have prevented them from adding sex addiction as an earmark to their Cadillac Blue Cross policies.

  328. Shadow-

    One you’ll like too-

    Here’s another quote on Obama’s calling the kettle black.

    “Obama feels that Weiner is a distraction from his important job of giving dishonest speeches and playing golf.”

  329. Have Obama, the Media and Congress Forgotten It’s Still the Economy, Stupid?

    By Dan Gainor
    June 13, 2011

    Welcome to “recovery summer.” Oops, that was last year when journalists told us that prosperity was just around the corner.

    We turned that corner and took a huge left, but the economy didn’t. It went south. Now, the greatest nation on earth is filled with dread over the next step, with nearly half the country anticipating economic calamity in the next year.

    According to CNN, “48 percent say that another Great Depression is likely to occur in the next year – the highest that figure has ever reached.”

    Two and a half years into the Obama presidency and we’re not just at the malaise level of Jimmy Carter. Obama has taken us to the precipice of full-on economic cataclysm. Housing, commercial real estate, gas prices and unemployment.

    The list of bad news is seemingly endless, but journalists have done little to cover this story.

    Media types who complained about a Bush recession more than a year before it happened have taken refuge in inflated stock market prices to dupe viewers into believing the economy is better than it is. Now, that glass-half-full approach is broken in shards all over the floor.

    We have 13.9 million unemployed and 2.2 million more marginally attached to the workforce. That’s more than 16 million without real work. Unemployment has spiked to 9.1 percent and though we added a mere 54,000 jobs this last month, we downgraded previous months by 39,000 jobs. So we really only gained 15,000 new jobs for an economy that needs 100,000 to 150,000 jobs a month just to break even.

    There’s more. The median time to find a job is nearly 40 weeks or more than three-fourths of a year – “a historic high.” And before we forget, the U.S. owes more than four times the Gross Domestic Product in unfunded liabilities. “The $61.6 trillion in unfunded obligations amounts to $527,000 per household.” Brother can you spare $500 grand?

    That’s just not the story the media tell. There are more than 44 million Americans on food stamps, a new high, and ABC, CBS and NBC aren’t covering it. In nearly six months of morning and evening news coverage, there were just six stories that even mentioned food stamps. If the president had an “R” after his name, you could probably add a zero to that number.

    Back during the 2010 “recovery summer,” CBS’s Katie Couric touted the “milestone” of the 10,000th project paid for with stimulus money. A year later that is laughable. Even in January of this year, NBC anchor Brian Williams highlighted Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid’s claim the Tea Party “will disappear as soon as the economy gets better,” a forecast Williams characterized as a “bold prediction.” At this rate, that could be a long, long time.

    Even when the latest jobless numbers came out, many in the media were caught flat-footed. Economists Diane Swonk and Mark Zandi and CNBC’s own Steve Liesman all made predictions of job gains between 100,000 and 150,000.

    Only Tea Party favorite Rick Santelli grasped how bad things would be and came close by predicting 55,000 added jobs.

    Face it, our economic situation stinks no matter what the mainstream media say. If Obama wanted to crash the economy, he would have chosen a similar path. He’d increase regulation, hike government spending, add to the debt and deficit, seize business sectors like the insurance and auto industries and generally sow chaos so that businessmen don’t have enough certainty that they can hire new employees or launch new products.

    Obama isn’t competent enough to crash the world’s No. 1 economy. But he’s taking a toll. And the GOP isn’t doing much to fix it. Sure, there are some who are doing their best like Rep. Paul Ryan. But there is no unified Republican message on jobs, the economy, etc. It’s a loud chorus of anti-tax messages, few of which agree with one another. The GOP presidential candidates have much the same problem. Lots of long-term plans, but no short-term, powerful agenda.

    And looming on the horizon is the debt ceiling battle where we as a nation are much divided. It’s as if some on both sides of the aisle has forgotten the lessons of 1992 and “it’s the economy, stupid.”

    Even liberal sites like Talking Points Memo are afraid the down economy is going to hurt their man Barack Obama. TPM’s front page June 9 was headlined: “Economic Pessimism Poses Threat To Obama’s Reelection Bid.” The article claimed Obama’s reelection was “inextricably tied to the health of the economy.”

    Most of the left understand. The unemployed understand. People paying nearly $4 a gallon for a gallon of gas understand. The only people slow on the uptake are Team Obama, the GOP leadership and the old school media. If any of those groups get a clue, maybe we can fix things.

    Dan Gainor is the Boone Pickens Fellow and the Media Research Center’s Vice President for Business and Culture.

    http://www.foxnews.com/opinion/2011/06/13/have-obama-media-and-congress-forgotten-that-its-still-economy-stupid/

  330. Yes Mrs. S-

    Weiner is a distraction to Barry, he wants full attention on himself so he can bamboozle this obots into emptying their pockets to him….again.

    Grab that money Barry, spend it on yourself and your drunken sailor of a wife.

    Clean them out before your ass is kicked out of DC!!!

  331. Thanks for the reminder that Issa will start today on CSPAN.

    I hope to God something shakes out.

  332. Why Sarah Palin (and Donald Trump) Will Never Beat Obama

    (This is a major obot hit piece on HuffnPuff)

    Sarah Palin, like Paris Hilton before her, has been road-tripping around America, seeing the sights, mingling with the masses and saying amusingly ignorant things to the cameras.

    Just because those lenses were attached to “news” cameras didn’t make Palin’s bus tour any less of a reality-TV show — she simply transcended the television trappings of her self-mythologizing Sarah Palin’s Alaska series and turned all of America into her set. (Her recently wrapped tour of historical sites will continue later this summer across the West Coast, Iowa and South Carolina.)

    But it’s a losing gambit if she ever really wants to be president. As much as Palin purports to represent the “real America,” real Americans want a cinematic leader, not a reality-TV celeb.

    Palin knows it, too, which is why her micro-managed not-quite-campaign helped put together a pro-Palin documentary — epically (and erroneously) titled The Undefeated — to make her life seem more movie-like and perhaps avoid The Donald’s recent downfall.

    Trump, of course, rose to the poll tops with a series of increasingly unhinged Tea Party-pandering attacks on the president, only to plummet after Obama delivered a one-two punch, ruthlessly mocking Trump’s Celebrity Apprentice bona fides at the White House Correspondents Dinner before staging the most movie-like moment of his presidency the next night. How could Trump’s birth certificate demands, at best a TV cliffhanger, possibly compete with Obama’s blockbuster takedown of supervillain Osama bin Laden?

    The media briefly turned its lenses back to Trump when he joined Palin for a “pizza summit.” It was just like that time Survivor’s Boston Rob was on The Amazing Race. He lost — and these two will fare no better.

    Sure, Americans enjoy the combativeness of their reality TV-inspired tactics — using outrageous statements, petty feuds and personal celebrity rather than actual accomplishments. But despite their ability to dominate news cycles — not to mention use the infamously inaccurate editing of their reality shows to shape their public images — the four-times bankrupt businessman and Alaskan half-term governor just don’t have the movie-star moxie of our recent bigger-than-life American presidents.

    Perhaps the birther movement’s incredulity is partly because of how much Obama’s life story reads like a screenplay: hippie mother and Kenyan father; exotic upbringing in Hawaii and Indonesia; president of the Harvard Law Review before hitting the mean streets of Chicago to become a community organizer; upstart campaign attracting stadium-sized crowds and defeating the Clinton machine and a Republican war hero; even his grandmother, who raised him, dying two days before he becomes America’s first black president. It’s almost too widescreen.

    The Bushes are a political dynasty filled with intrigue and scandal, from Grandpa Prescott’s alleged dealings with Nazi Germany to war hero George the Elder running the CIA and G-Dub rising from an alcoholic washout to declare war against terror while standing astride the rubble of the Twin Towers. Whether you agree with their politics or not, the family’s history is epic.

    John McCain may have lost, but at least he was the P.O.W. son of a four-star navy admiral — the stuff of Hollywood dreams. Bill Clinton was a chubby abused kid from a broken home who became the most powerful man in the world — and the capper, of course, is that he was born in a freaking town called Hope. Then there’s Reagan, who was not only a real movie star, but brought that skill-set to the political sphere, making speeches that read like screenplays: “Mister Gorbachev, Tear! Down! This! Wall!”

    When Palin finally does enter the race, she stands a good chance at getting the nomination thanks to a weak Republican field and her expert use of, ahem, trumped-up reality-style melodrama. But when voters head to the polls, there’s simply no way that they’ll select Snooki when they can re-elect Denzel.

  333. But when voters head to the polls, there’s simply no way that they’ll select Snooki when they can re-elect Denzel.
    Denzel? More like Urkel.

  334. FREE PASS BY MSM FOR GOLFER-IN-CHIEF

    Matt Welch mocks media for its incredibly tough standards for Palin, and its role as State Mouthpiece when covering Obama.

    http://www.cnn.com/2011/OPINION/06/11/welch.palin.email/index.html?hpt=op_t1

    Scrutinize the president, not Palin
    ===============================

    By Matt Welch, Special to CNN
    June 13, 2011 6:43 a.m. EDT

    (CNN) — On Friday afternoon the websites of the five most important newspapers in the United States — the New York Times, Washington Post, Wall Street Journal, Los Angeles Times, and USA Today — each had above their digital folds the same breaking story: It seemed the former governor of the 47th-most populous state in the union, a woman who holds no elected office now and almost assuredly will not again anytime soon, had thousands of e-mails from her 21-month tenure data-dumped onto the public.

    The New York Times responded with a rare burst of interactivity, inviting readers “to point out items of interest.” The Washington Post had video, a photo gallery, live updates, and headlines such as “Former Alaska governor Sarah Palin’s e-mails show a constant concern with how she is portrayed in the media, on matters big and small.”

    Transparency advocates doubtlessly breathed a sigh of satisfaction that sunlight-disinfectant was being applied to a government figure. And people with any sense of political proportion were left with an additional thought: When is this journalistic scrutiny going to be applied to politicians who wield actual power?

    For instance, one might nominate the president of the United States for such attention. On Saturday, June 4, in his weekly radio address, Barack Obama did what he has consistently done since taking the oath of office: fudged reality to make his policies sound better.

    In a premature victory lap over his controversial bailout of Detroit automakers, the president made the highly dubious assertion that not taking over Chrysler and General Motors would have “put a million people out of work,” a claim resting on the notion that “bankruptcy” equals “liquidation,” which it does not.

    He said, both presumptively and inaccurately, that “we’re making sure America can out-build, out-innovate, and out-compete the rest of the world.” And he gave the distinct — and distinctly false — impression that Chrysler has repaid every dime of what it owes American taxpayers, mostly by saying “Chrysler has repaid every dime and more of what it owes American taxpayers for their support during my presidency — and it repaid that money six years ahead of schedule.”

    Glenn Kessler, who writes “The Fact Checker” blog for the Washington Post website, described Obama’s address as “one of the most misleading collections of assertions we have seen in a short presidential speech. Virtually every claim by the president regarding the auto industry needs an asterisk.”

    A president misleading the public on one of his most crucial policies at a time when Americans are increasingly anxious about the economy sounds kind of newsworthy, no? Well, don’t tell the editors of the New York Times — they were too busy nailing down this important story:”Palin Says She Didn’t Err on Paul Revere.”

    What’s particularly odd about the media’s disproportionate fascination with Sarah Palin is that it comes coupled with a palpable journalistic fear that we’re not challenging Sarah Palin enough.

    Three weeks ago, the journalism navel-gazing community was abuzz over an academic study of more than 700 news articles and 20 network news segments from 2009 that addressed a single controversial claim of the health care reform debate.

    Was it President Obama’s oft-repeated whopper that he was nobly pushing the reform rock up the hill despite the concentrated efforts of health care”special interests?” Was it his oft-repeated promise that “If you like your health care plan, you will be able to keep your health care plan,” something that is getting even less true by the minute? Was it the way Obama and the Democrats brazenly gamed and misrepresented the Congressional Budget Office’s price-tag scoring of the bill?

    No. The cause for Obamacare-coverage reconsideration was not the truth-stretching claims made by a president seeking to radically reshape an important aspect of American life, but rather the Facebook commentary of … Sarah Palin. “In more than 60 percent of the cases,” the authors found, “it’s obvious that newspapers abstained from calling [Palin’s] death panels claim false.” Horrors.

    There is no shortage of politicians deserving to have their e-mails combed through, no dearth of urgent stories that could benefit from the kind of journalistic enthusiasm we saw Friday afternoon.

    Did you know that a reported dozen armed agents kicked down a guy’s door at 6 a.m. this week in Stockton, California, and handcuffed him in his boxer shorts in front of his three bawling pre-teen kids — to execute a search warrant for the Department of Education involving suspected loan fraud by his allegedly estranged wife? You wouldn’t if you get your news from the Sacramento Bee, San Jose Mercury News, San Francisco Chronicle, or L.A. Times, California’s biggest newspapers.

    But fear not! Now we know that “The ‘First Dude’ played a particularly influential role in the administration” of a short-term, small-state governor. The lessons for Michelle Obama, then, are clear: If you want the non-Amtrak media to give you attention, they’re going to need to hate your husband a little more.

  335. Weiner is a distraction to Barry, he wants full attention on himself so he can bamboozle this obots into emptying their pockets to him….again.

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

    What, are they sending money to Weiner instead? 😉 Other than that, in fact Obama welcomes distractions so he doen’t get asked hard questions about the economy etc.

    But never let a scandal go to waste, if it can eliminate a Clintonista.

  336. BASHING WALL ST. EXECS PUBLICLY, SHAKING THEM DOWN PRIVATELY

    Knowing he’ll need ONE BILLION DOLLARS to mindwash the American public into re-electing him, Obama is out with his hat in hand to the rich guys.

    Loosely, “Listen, guys, you know I had to b*tch slap you in public to come off as Bad Cop, but my administration has a history of laxity and non-enforcement and legistlative paralysis, and we hope you see how that’s helped your bottom line, with your record bonuses and profits. So please contribute to keep me in office…”

    http://www.nytimes.com/2011/06/13/us/politics/13donor.html?_r=1

    Obama Seeks to Win Back Wall St. Cash
    ===========================

    By NICHOLAS CONFESSORE
    Published: June 12, 2011

    WASHINGTON — A few weeks before announcing his re-election campaign, President Obama convened two dozen Wall Street executives, many of them longtime donors, in the White House’s Blue Room.

    The guests were asked for their thoughts on how to speed the economic recovery, then the president opened the floor for over an hour on hot issues like hedge fund regulation and the deficit.

    Mr. Obama, who enraged many financial industry executives a year and a half ago by labeling them “fat cats” and criticizing their bonuses, followed up the meeting with phone calls to those who could not attend.

    The event, organized by the Democratic National Committee, kicked off an aggressive push by Mr. Obama to win back the allegiance of one of his most vital sources of campaign cash — in part by trying to convince Wall Street that his policies, far from undercutting the investor class, have helped bring banks and financial markets back to health.

    Last month, Mr. Obama’s campaign manager, Jim Messina, traveled to New York for back-to-back meetings with Wall Street donors, ending at the home of Marc Lasry, a prominent hedge fund manager, to court donors close to Mr. Obama’s onetime rival, Hillary Rodham Clinton. And Mr. Obama will return to New York this month to dine with bankers, hedge fund executives and private equity investors at the Upper East Side restaurant Daniel.

    “The first goal was to get recognition that the administration has led the economy from an unimaginably difficult place to where we are today,” said Blair W. Effron, an investment banker closely involved in Mr. Obama’s fund-raising efforts. “Now the second goal is to turn that into support.”

    The president’s top financial industry supporters say they are confident that the support Mr. Obama needs will ultimately be there, despite the financial industry’s unhappiness over his efforts to tighten regulation of their businesses. But it is clear that those supporters will have to work much harder to win over the financial services industry than they did in 2008, before Wall Street’s bust, the subsequent clashes over policy and the sometimes bitter personal differences that lingered afterward.

    Executives at large investment banks, a group that gave generously to Mr. Obama in his last campaign, are remaining on the sidelines for now. Only a small handful of such donors have appeared in Mr. Obama’s joint campaign filings with the Democratic National Committee, though officials there said more would appear in the coming weeks.

    Some traditional heavy hitters in Democratic Wall Street fund-raising have stepped out of the game. They include Maureen White and her husband, Steven L. Rattner, a founder of the Quadrangle Group, whose Fifth Avenue living room was a critical conduit between Wall Street and Democratic candidates in the years before Mr. Rattner joined the Obama administration to help restructure the auto industry. The couple did not resume their old role after Mr. Rattner left government, and he was caught up last year in an investigation into kickbacks to New York’s state pension fund.

    And even as some criticize the president for listening too closely, they say, to Wall Street on issues like the 2008 bailout and financial regulation, he has suffered some unusually public defections and criticism by some former Wall Street supporters, who view his policies and rhetoric as unfair to their industry. Many are Republicans whose support last time around burnished his image as a post-partisan problem solver.

    And as Mr. Obama seeks to rebuild, Mitt Romney, a former Massachusetts governor who is seeking the Republican presidential nomination, is using his background as a venture capital executive and his policy proposals to woo financial-industry donors.

    Last week, Mr. Romney held three fund-raisers in Greenwich, Conn., and New York, including a reception hosted by Anthony Scaramucci, a hedge fund manager who donated to Mr. Obama in 2008. Mr. Scaramucci said he wanted a president who embodied pragmatism and middle-of-the-road solutions. In 2008, that candidate was Mr. Obama, he said; today, it is Mr. Romney.

    “He seemed like he was going to be a transformative candidate,” Mr. Scaramucci said of Mr. Obama in an interview. “I’m really not an ideological guy, and I think the country right now needs more practical, less partisan people.”

    To offset those defections, Mr. Obama’s campaign has deployed a corps of loyal Wall Street supporters who have fanned out to defend the president’s record and stoke fatigued donors. They include Robert Wolf, the chief executive of UBS Group Americas; the hedge fund managers Orin S. Kramer and Eric Mindich; and Mark T. Gallogly, a co-founder of Centerbridge Partners.

    Mr. Mindich and Mr. Wolf were among those at the White House meeting, along with some prominent names from the hedge fund world: James G. Dinan of York Capital Management, Glenn Dubin of Highbridge Capital Management and Paul Tudor Jones.

    Members of the president’s economic team and his chief of staff, William M. Daley, a former banking executive, have been more active in reaching out to Wall Street executives about policy issues, donors said, along with Mr. Messina and Patrick Gaspard, the D.N.C.’s executive director.

    The campaign and its allies are also seeking to recruit a new group of high-level bundlers, supporters who recruit other donors. They include Antonio Weiss, the global head of investment banking at Lazard; Charles Myers, a senior managing director at Evercore Partners; and James E. Staley, the head of JPMorgan Chase’s investment bank.

    The campaign is also courting prominent Wall Street figures who could serve as Mr. Obama’s ambassadors at firms known for leaning Republican: Lenard B. Tessler, a managing director at Cerberus Capital who donated to Mr. Romney and Mrs. Clinton in 2008, and Hamilton E. James, the president of the private equity behemoth Blackstone.

    “Fund-raising is certainly different than last time around in ’07,” Mr. Wolf said. “Not everybody on Wall Street agrees with the financial regulatory legislation. But as someone who witnessed firsthand the Lehman weekend at the New York Fed, there are certainly many of us in the financial services community, myself included, that fully support smart reforms.”

    Still, there is skepticism. One Democratic financier invited to this month’s dinner, who asked for anonymity because he did not want to anger the White House, said it was ironic that the same president who once criticized bankers as “fat cats” would now invite them to dine at Daniel, where the six-course tasting menu runs to $195 a person.

    The donor declined the invitation.

  337. I’m listening to the investigational committee laying the foundation for the ‘Fast and Furious’ investigation. Very interesting use of historic papers piercing the stonewalling of the DOJ and the Obama administration.

  338. “One Democratic financier invited to this month’s dinner, who asked for anonymity because he did not want to anger the White House, said it was ironic that the same president who once criticized bankers as “fat cats” would now invite them to dine at Daniel, where the six-course tasting menu runs to $195 a person.”
    __________________

    Today Obama announced the creation of a new agency for “Government Waste”. And as ironic as things are in the BO WH, MO boarded AF1 for her weekend at Camp David in a dress she purchased for $29.99 on sale at the GAP..

    What a bunch of Hustlers! 😆

  339. What a bunch of Hustlers!

    ——————

    Mrs Smith, Not at all attacking you here, but just using the convenient example above…

    I’m growing increasingly uncomfortable with the characterization of Obama as a liar. It’s in press accounts quoted above, if I remember correctly.

    He’s not a liar, he is insane. The liar crap merely serves to excuse his actions, as, after all, most politicians are liars.

    We have a Nero in office. He is insane. Period.

  340. The following letter was written by Mike Sperry, a retired chief credit officer at several banks over his career, addressed to American bankers everywhere, to correct the damage they have allowed to be imposed on the American banking system, to restore Glass Steagall and the American System of banking. It is being mailed to contacts in the banking community together with a fact sheet on the current status of sponsors and supporters of Glass-Steagall restoration.

    Community Bankers
    Main Street
    Every City, And State
    United States of America

    Dear fellow bankers,

    I retired in 2008, after a 35 year career in commercial banking. I’ve watched in horror at whats happened to the industry since then, and I appeal to you now to join in the fight to save it.

    Our banking system is in trouble. Easy money has unleashed a hyperinflationary spiral that is debasing our currency, and the global monetary system is teetering on the edge of collapse. For those of us who have not forgotten the nature of our role as bankers, the solution to this dilemma is, or should be, self-evident. But to marshal the level of necessary support for the obvious remedy, we must speak out. Bankers are supposed to understand how our banking system works, and the current exigency now compels us to bring our influence to bear.

    Have we forgotten that money is only a tool for facilitating the realization of our nations goals? Has it escaped our collective memory that we are the ones who create money? Have we lost sight of the fact that our duty is to ensure that the money we create facilitates healthy commerce and advances the public weal?

    By reason of our silence, our failure to speak out against those who pose as bankers but are, in reality, mere money-changers, the answer to these questions would appear to be yes. We seem to have lost our moorings, our grounding in those principles that once made banking a noble profession. It is time to reacquaint ourselves with the ideals bequeathed to us by the designers of our banking system. Those patriots created a new kind of banking system, a system consciously designed to be fitting and proper for this nation.

    A nation whose purpose was to promote the general welfare of all of its citizens, and secure the blessings of liberty for future generations thereof, required a banking system unlike those of nations not likewise motivated. Our banking system differs from all others for the same reason, and to the same extent, that our economic system differs from those of other nations. Our banking and economic systems are intertwined. Indeed, the function of the former, the very justification for its design, is to advance the latter. So it is no coincidence that the corruption of our banking system was followed by the worst decline in our economy since the so-called great depression.

    It follows that the first step on the road to economic recovery is to fix our banking system. It must be reoriented, back to the pursuit of the ends for which it was created. And to bring about this transformation we must re-enact the Glass-Steagall Act.

    This 1933 legislation was an integral component of FDRs program to rebuild the economy. Separating commercial banks from other types of financial institutions re-established government control over the nations currency, the value of which it is constitutionally mandated to regulate. It is the loss of that control which has now brought our economy to its knees, once again. Bailing out the large investment banks, which are banks in name only, is an attempt to save the speculators at the expense of the general public. But, as is now obvious, that strategy is doomed to fail.

    The oceans of money, manufactured by our government, have only served to temporarily sustain the illusion that the real value of paper assets spawned by those copious utterances even vaguely resembles their stated value. The value of derivatives, asset backed securities, options, and kindred instruments crafted by the pseudo-banks on Wall Street are, like the fabled emperors new clothes, real only in the eyes of those whofor lack of knowledge or fear of the alternative, have opted to delude themselves. We do not have to rescue these institutions from the consequences of their folly, in order to save the banking system. We only have to separate real banking from the casino-gambling, Ponzi-scheming, money-changing fiasco that is now fast approaching its inevitable and just end.

    As commercial bankers who understand the difference between Wall Street banking and Main Street banking, it is our moral and patriotic duty to support the proposed legislation now in Congress that would re-enact the Glass-Steagall law. The bill, HR 1489, has bi-partisan sponsorship by fifteen Members of Congress thus far. I urge you to join me in supporting it.

    Sincerely yours,
    Michael W. Sperry

  341. SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) – Illinois is so hard up for money that it’s studying the possibility of selling ads on state license plates.

    The idea is to offer special corporate-sponsored plates. Drivers would get a discount on the price, and businesses would put their logos on the plates.

    Lawmakers voted last month to have the secretary of state study the pros and cons of corporate plates. The study is supposed to be finished by Jan. 1

    Texas already allows corporate plates, which are produced by a firm called My Plates.

  342. #
    ohanson
    June 13th, 2011 at 5:31 pm

    Mrs Smith, Not at all attacking you here, but just using the convenient example above…

    I’m growing increasingly uncomfortable with the characterization of Obama as a liar. It’s in press accounts quoted above, if I remember correctly.

    He’s not a liar, he is insane. The liar crap merely serves to excuse his actions, as, after all, most politicians are liars.

    We have a Nero in office. He is insane. Period.
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    Ohanson:

    I would LOVE to accommodate your sensibilities. To my knowledge, we haven’t an official psychiatrist’s report concluding Obama is insane (or if you know of one would you be kind enough to post it here.) We do have enough public evidence to conclude he is a sociopathic LIAR though.

    Maybe you could make a suggestion to the Larouche people and have a psychiatrist publish his findings regarding his opinion of Obama’s mental state. I’m not trying to be impish- I’m serious. Conclusions of a recognized psychiatrist addressing Obama’s (saying one thing and doing another) ‘Lying’ made public would go a long way from preventing his reelection.

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