Minny Ninny: The Nutroots Kook Klown Konvention

We don’t call them the “Nutroots” for nothing. Their annual asylum reunion used to be called “Yearly Kos.” Then their fragile minds completely unhinged, they went all out for their golden calf, trashed the Democratic Party of FDR with their idolatry, and proved themselves to be “Yearly Kooks.” Now they call themselves “Netroot Nation.” Those of us who are reality based recognize them as Nuts.

They are not very bright either.

Consider what has thus far transpired at the Kook Klown Konvention. These racists (by their own definition they are racists because anyone who opposes Barack Obama is a racist) are attacking Barack Obama. Not only is this KKK event trashing Obama, they somehow have come to realize they are fools fooled by a fool. But, and this is a big but which proves how kooky the Kook Klown Konvention is, as much as they know they have been fooled by treacherous Obama they still intend to vote for him! They wish Obama well:

“The frustrations and the fears that progressives feel about President Obama were on full display Thursday as thousands of them flocked to Minneapolis for the sixth annual Netroots Nation conference.

Former Wisconsin senator Russ Feingold said he hoped that Obama will be re-elected, but he urged the president to stand up to corporate interests, demanding that the Supreme Court’s Citizens United ruling become a focal point of the 2012 campaign.

“Sometimes we have to be very direct with the Democratic Party. Just as you have long pushed our Democrats to stand up for their ideals, I’m here this evening to ask you to redouble your efforts because I fear that the Democratic Party is in danger of losing its identity,” Feingold said in his keynote address to a crowd of around 2,400 progressive activists and bloggers here at the Minneapolis Convention Center, the most ever for the event.

Specifically, Feingold ripped Priorities USA, a super political action committee started last spring by former White House deputy press secretary Bill Burton.”

Former Senator Feingold is supposed to be one of the bright ones. How smart is he though? In 2008 Feingold could not make up his mind between Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama. In 2010 the voters of Wisconsin sent him packing. There is nothing left of the Democratic Party of FDR in the current Obamination we call the Obama Dimocratic Party – and only now does this loser get around to saying that “the Democatic Party is in danger of losing its identity.” A clue for Feingold: the party committed suicide in 2008 in Denver.

Feingold is supposed to be one of the bright ones at the Kook Klown Konvention. In a way he is – he at least mentioned jobs:

“It’s not just campaigns and contributions,” Feingold noted. “We have to say to the president, ‘Mr. President, Jeff Immelt is not the right guy – the CEO of GE is not the right guy to be running your Jobs & Competitiveness Council, not when your company doubled its profits, increased his compensation, and asked its workers to take huge pay and benefits cuts.”

How stupid is Feingold and his fellow nutKooks? You start off by telling Obama you will vote for him. Obama stops listening to anything else – he’s gotten what he wants. Why should Obama listen to 10 cent whores? Feingold is very stupid – and kooky.

Not to be outdone, Howard Dean (the guy without cable so he did not know of the sexism and misogyny orgy of 2008 under his watch) proved he is still a coconut swinging on the tree:

“Former DNC chairman Howard Dean also addressed the opening day of the conference, noting that “grousing about the president is a stage we have to go through.” Dean said he will continue to support the president, but rather than focus on Obama, he suggested, people should focus on what they can do in their own communities.

“We are responsible for the change we can believe in,” he said. “Change does not come from Washington, DC. Change comes from the bottom up.”

“Politicians follow. They don’t lead. We lead, collectively, all of us.”

These kooks led other kooks and the willing to be kooks to Obama in 2008. They led to this debacle and now they want to continue to drive in the ditch, over the cliff, through the abyss.

The Kook Klown Konvention has not really learned anything
. They still support Barack Obama despite all his treacheries. Like all nuts, they are tough to crack. The school of hard knocks, reality, will not crack these kooks. They still support Barack. They might be unhappy with Hope and Change, but they still worship the golden calf.

The little bit of news attention generated by the now irrelevant Kook Klown Konvention was a confrontation between a full out bisexual kook and the ever ready for publicity Dan Choi. The Gay Mr. Choi was not amused by the bisexual Obama lovin’ kook:



“It’s a bummer when the president “is just not that into you.”

That’s the gripe of some liberal activists here for the sixth annual Netroots Nation, a gathering of bloggers and activists who helped propel then-Sen. Barack Obama to the White House back in 2008. [snip]

On the agenda Thursday afternoon: a panel titled “What to Do When the President is Just Not that Into You,” which featured Jane Hamsher, founder and publisher of the liberal blog firedoglake.com, Dan Choi, an openly gay former Army lieutenant who handcuffed himself to the White House fence, and others.

“The president has turned out to not be as progressive as we hoped him to be,” said John Aravosis, a Democratic political consultant and gay activist. “I don’t think he’s been fierce. I don’t think he likes to advocate very much.”

Mr. Aravosis and others have long complained that the White House is tacking to the center. The stimulus law was too small, they say, and the health-care law should have had a public option. And folks here said they’re still unhappy despite some victories, including the repeal of the ban on gays serving openly in the military.

Immigration activist Felipe Matos, who wants Congress to pass immigration reform legislation, said Mr. Obama will have to do more than give speeches to win the Latino vote next year. “He went to Puerto Rico to speak to the Puerto Ricans in Florida,” Mr. Matos said of President Obama’s four-hour stop in San Juan on Tuesday. “He’s onto something, and we’re onto him. We are not a type of people that you want to mess around with.”

Things grew somewhat tense when Nick Tschida, who identified himself as an unpaid intern for Organizing for America, the White House’s political arm, approached the stage and gave the panelists a flier touting the White House’s accomplishments on gay rights.

But when Mr. Tschida told Mr. Choi that he personally did not support same-sex marriage, Mr. Choi grabbed the flier and tore it up.

Mr. Tschida then raised his shoulders and offered, “Civil unions?”

John Aravosis trashed Hillary Clinton in 2008. Aravosis trashed anyone who did not felate Barack Obama. Nick Tshida, the bisexual who loves Barack is just this year’s version of 2008 Aravosis. It took Felipe Matos and Dan Choi to teach Aravosis and Tschida how to deal with a treacherous Obama. The lesson to be learned is simple, don’t support someone who stabs you in the back on the issue you care most about.

Whether you agree with them or not on this issue, immigration activists are smart for fighting back against Barack Obama who stabbed them in the back when he had overwhelming majorities in the House and Senate. Immigration activists who say “screw you Obama” are smart tacticians, if they stick to their guns:

“Immigration activists say they are tired of Democrats assuming they have support from immigrants, particularly after the failure of the DREAM Act in December. [snip]

Still, he said immigration advocates are eager to show they are not beholden to the Democratic Party, particularly if politicians support policies such as expanding the enforcement program Secure Communities.

We’re not interested in being under any particular political tent,” he said. [snip]

Tester is up for reelection in 2012 against Republican Rep. Denny Rehberg, putting activists in the odd position of fighting against a Democrat who assumes he will get their support. Although they do not want Rehberg to be elected, they see it as important to send a message to Tester, Haque-Hausrath said. [snip]

“Rehberg’s positions are certainly no better than Tester’s,” Haque-Hausrath said. “But they’re also no worse.”

DREAM Act supporters are also targeting President Barack Obama in his 2012 run, arguing he is partially to blame for the failure of the bill. Immigrant advocates called on Obama in May to stop referencing his support for the DREAM Act in campaign literature, arguing it is disingenuous as he still allows undocumented young people to be deported.

At Netroots Nation, a conference of progressive bloggers and activists, DREAM Act supporters said they plan to mobilize against Obama to show him he cannot take Latino and immigrant votes for granted in 2012 while continuing record-level deportations.

“Everybody is fighting for some method of accountability right now,” Juan Rodriquez of the Florida Immigrant Coalition said from the audience of a panel discussion at Netroots. “I’m not going to allow myself, my family and my community to be used.”

The bisexual boy who defended Obama should shut his mouth and learn from the immigration activists. Let’s peek some more at that bisexual dolt:

“Liberal activists booed an unpaid intern for Barack Obama’s campaign arm Thursday night after he defended the president’s record on gay rights during a Netroots Nation breakout session. [snip]

During a question-and-answer session, a 22-year-old stood up to introduce himself as an Organizing for America field representative based out of a Minnesota state house district. He told them he’s reaching out to the GLBT community, and that he’s making an issue of a Republican-proposed constitutional amendment on Minnesota’s ballot next year to restrict gay marriage.

He approached the panelists from the audience to hand them a flyer highlighting what Obama has done for gays. The tagline: “Just imagine what we’ll accomplish with six more years.”

“I can’t say that I’m for marriage equality, but as a bisexual man I’d take a bullet for both of you,” he told the panelists.

Dan Choi, a former Army lieutenant who became closely associated with the push to end DADT, asked if he supported full marriage equality.

The intern — who just graduated from college — said he cannot because of his job. Choi snapped. He tore up the piece of paper and threw back, telling him to “report back” after telling the president he should support full marriage equality. Many in the crowd of more than one hundred activists booed the young man after he noted that Obama supported civil unions.”

You’re not a man, you’re a boy, a bisexual boob of a boy working for a treacherous boob of a flim-flam man. You’re a ten cent whore at a ten cent whore convention.

For all the drollery of watching Kooks collide, there was an additional oddity (beside the Andrew Breitbart crash fun) at the Kooks Klown Konvention. Everyone seems to have forgotten that today is the Recovery Summer birthday:

“Guess who turns 1 year old today? That’s right, Joe Biden’s Recovery Summer! Let’s recall what Biden said at the birth:

With tens of thousands of projects funded and millions of Americans on the job today thanks to the Recovery Act, it’s easy to assume its impact is behind us – but summer 2010 is actually poised to be the most active Recovery Act season yet, with tens of thousands of projects underway across the country that will help to create jobs for American workers and economic growth for businesses, large and small. With thousands of road, bridge, water and other infrastructure projects breaking ground this summer, the American people will get to see first-hand the Recovery Act dollars being put to work in their communities making long-overdue infrastructure improvements, creating new opportunities for local economic growth and supporting well-paid jobs.

And let’s not forget this prediction from Sheriff Joe:

“All in all, we’re going to be creating somewhere between 100,000 and 200,000 jobs next month, I predict,” Biden was quoted as saying, while acknowledging he “got in trouble” for a job growth prediction in March.

“Even some in the White House said ‘Hey, don’t get ahead of yourself.’ Well I’m here to tell you some time in the next couple of months we’re going to be creating between 250,000 jobs a month and 500,000 jobs a month.

It’s sad that Barack and Biden’s Recovery Summer 2010 can best be summed up by Willard Romney’s campaign video about bumps in the road:



In Minneapolis the ninnies are in control for the weekend. They enabled Barack Obama and now their tail feathers are dragging. They’ve lost hope. They’ve lost their minds.



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311 thoughts on “Minny Ninny: The Nutroots Kook Klown Konvention

  1. Nice post admin, but I am willing to give Feingold some leeway for beginning to reference in public what we Hillary folk identified over 3 years ago.

  2. I saw a Obama/Biden bumper sticker on the way home. They have become very rare. I think people are taking them off.

  3. Admin says:

    You’re not a man, you’re a boy, a bisexual boob of a boy working for a treacherous boob of a flim-flam man. You’re a ten cent whore at a ten cent whore convention.

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

    aaaahh…to read something that can actually bring a smile again…so right on…

    …that boob and the rest of his posse are a large part of what got us in this mess…

    …hopefully the young ones this time around are not so gulliable…

  4. excellent article admin.

    Looks like Me-chelle Anoinette is going on another vacation this summer, to Africa, and its not just her and her kids, it will be her mother, as well as many cousins.

    Taxpayer vacation, isn’t that just lovely?

  5. “Many in the crowd of more than one hundred activists booed the young man after he noted that Obama supported civil unions”

    They are booing him now? They just figured this out? Where the hell were they in 2008? Waffles is stating the same think now as he did in 2008, if only these pathetic fools had the Obot-earwax removed to hear properly!

  6. Great post Admin, and with one word added, a new bumpersticker….

    ‘ Democrats – You’re a ten cent whore at a ten cent whore convention’

  7. The diconnect began with the belief that Obama was better than Bush (or those Republicans). Why oh why can’t they see that isn’t good enough. Especially, Russ Feingold. Go find a third choice, support that third choice. You made a mistake, now move on.

  8. You made a mistake, now move on.

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    It’s like watching someone that has falling in love for the first time, and is starting to realize their lover is really a creep.

    Denial.

    Make a list of pros and cons, the list of negatives grows longer and longer.

    Oh no, what should I do? What can I change to make Mr/Ms right be that great person I once fell in love with?

    Denial.

    Denial, time, disappointment, anger…

    The kooks are in puppy love.

    Makes we want to puke.

  9. We really don’t need 2008 Obama voters to change their minds and vote for an Ind or a Rep. We just need them pissed off enough to not vote. The republicans usually do vote.

    However, if we are going to get the Dems to ask him to not run, we need the economy not to improve, and the polls to show his support getting worse. It would not take much more to get the Dems to suggest he not run. They don’t want to lose. I would not like to suggest that the econommy get worse, as I don’t think the country can take it.

  10. NewMexicoFan
    June 17th, 2011 at 10:00 pm

    I know 5 Bush voters who voted for Waffles in 2008, it stunned me when they told me, it really did. About 6 million Bush voters either stayed home, or some of them voted for the Waffles. The stupidity of people never ceases to amaze me. The 5 that voted for Waffles, they told me they thought Bush was a fiscal conservative which Bush really wasn’t, he was more of a social con. with some sprinkling of fiscal conservatism. And these repubs are socially pretty libeteraian, but very fiscally conservative, limited govt people, and surprisingly they fell for the lies of Waffles. I spoke to them recently, lets just say, they are hanging their heads in shame for their ignorance.

    “Especially, Russ Feingold”
    Feingold was one the few dems other than Hillary I had faith in, that was until 2008, when I saw him on that stage in WI endorsing the fraud. The fool was fooled then, and still can’t own up to now. I remember during Hillary’s SOS confirmation, he asked her the number of miles between Iran and another country (I forget which 2), and Hillary nailed it, and the man looked stunned. What a stupid ignorant man, fooled by a lying fool.

  11. another interesting and a great article

    http://www.zerohedge.com/article/guest-post-what-writing-book-taught-me-about-obama-and-those-who-followed-him

    “Guest Post: What Writing A Book Taught Me About Obama And Those Who Followed Him”

    “What gets me nervous is that they could project on him because this man Obama was and remains a mirage. An illusion. Someone whose greatness exists only in the minds of those who adore him for reasons they cannot even articulate because it is simply not rational.

    Never has so much power been invested in a man about whom so little was known, over whose nefarious past associations was made or even questioned, and who presented so few real-world accomplishments as to not even have a resume worth note. But he possessed two key skills that come in handy during times of economic and social upheaval: 1) His ability to speak forcefully while offering little but platitudes to whip up an audience eager to be led; and 2) a ruthless pragmatism that would compel him to say and do whatever it took to present an image that would best gain him the levers of power. But that’s ok because Obama, knew what was best, even if the average Joe (except a certain plumber) did not, you see. A new golden age of top-down management of our daily ives radiating out of the central state in Washington D.C. for which we would eventually be grateful. All the people had to do was submit and get in line with the program. Many did willingly. Blindly. Fooled by a personality cult whose statist tendencies remained hidden by a fawning state media/propaganda complex. Cont…..”

  12. “Especially, Russ Feingold”
    Feingold was one the few dems other than Hillary I had faith in, that was until 2008, when I saw him on that stage in WI endorsing the fraud. The fool was fooled then, and still can’t own up to now. I remember during Hillary’s SOS confirmation, he asked her the number of miles between Iran and another country (I forget which 2), and Hillary nailed it, and the man looked stunned. What a stupid ignorant man, fooled by a lying fool.
    *********************

    Fuc*er, no better than Russet, maybe worse, because he tries to present himself as one of us, drives an older car, wasn’t particularly rich, had all the progressives in WI, IE Madison fooled…not me. Never believed his shtick.

  13. I agree- now that he resigned there will be peace for Huma, at least publicly..
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    Not likely

  14. When it comes to measuring the combination of unemployment and inflation, it doesn’t get much more miserable than this.

    In fact, misery, as measured in the unofficial Misery Index that simply totals the unemployment and inflation rates, is at a 28-year high, reflective of how weak the economic recovery has been and how far there is to go.

    http://www.cnbc.com/id/43441924

  15. Insiders reportedly tipped off Congressman Darrell Issa and Senator Charles Grassley weeks ago regarding thousands of pages of documents being stored at the Washington DC ATF headquarters. To date, neither Issa nor Grassley have been able to get full compliance from the ATF or the Obama Department of Justice regarding full disclosure of these alleged documents. Insiders have indicated that ATF officials are working closely with the DOJ to determine which documents are acceptable to be viewed by members of Congress – not so much out of concern for ongoing investigations, but as a clear stalling tactic meant to protect high ranking officials now being implicated in the developing scandal.

    http://newsflavor.com/politics/world-politics/the-ulsterman-report-obama-administration-hiding-thousands-of-gunrunner-scandal-docs-from-congress/

  16. Good article Tim. This is good:

    http://www.zerohedge.com/article/guest-post-what-writing-book-taught-me-about-obama-and-those-who-followed-him

    My novel Hummel’s Cross takes place in pre-war (and wartime) Nazi Germany. In the course of writing the book I became fascinated by how a nation of such highly sophisticated and astute people as the Germans—who gave us Bach, Beethoven, Luther, Goethe, Schweitzer, Einstein, Handel, Nietzsche, Kant, Wagner, (and thrown in a few Austrians like Mozart. Strauss, and Haydn) etc. could be so easily led to their own destruction – taking much of the Western World with them – by a charismatic if empty man. I remember in the film Gladiator the observation is made that the Roman mob is fickle and easily led. Well, we have seen that in the case of this country in these times the mob is the intelligentsia in the media, the college campus, entertainment and some corners of high finance to name a few groups. In 2008, they looked to Barack Obama and like past societies feeling the need for guidance from on high projected upon him the their own needs, desires and (let’s be honest here) need to cleanse the sense of self-flagellating white guilt they continue to carry over a perceived racism in the country that is now more prevalent as a topic of media round-tables than it is a fact in day-to-day American life.
    [snip]

    I understand the difference between an American president and a Nazi dictator so please do not belittle my concerns with such a knee-jerk accusation as you would be completely missing my point. We still have a long way to go down the slippery slope to hitting the sandbox at the bottom of the slide as Germany eventually did. It’s the lesson on mob psychology I’m talking about here. What I am saying is that a nation’s collective intelligence and level of sophistication is by no means no stop-gap to demagogues and dangerous men of all political stripes when the times are right for ‘hope and change.

    In the America of 2008, the times were right. I know a lot of bright, successful people whose opinions and expertise on so many matters I deeply respect who were passionately in the Obama tank even wearing his buttons everywhere they went—yet I noticed that they could never quite explain to me why, beyond uttering vague touchy-feely slogans or the deflective “he isn’t Bush.” Wow. As an independent-minded voter who grew up in Chicago and thus am aware of just what kind of pragmatic, even ruthless, ambition it takes to ascend the political ladder so rapidly there as did Obama, I needed more convincing than a cool campaign “O” emblem and Dave Matthews’ endorsement to earn my vote. Yet I found nothing but a paper thin image as the talking points. This vacuum of reasoning left me scratching my head. And the more I did my own research on this smooth-talking Cook County machine politician (as I would eventually conclude he was) the more anxious for my country I became. I realized that, for all too many, Barack Obama’s appeal to them was purely emotional. Nothing more. An exercise in collective self-actualization that may have had its place in a 1920’s München brauhaus, a plaza in 1940’s Buenos Aires or 1960’s Havana, but certainly no place in what I once thought was the most developed and wary of Republics. [snip]

    Obama, however, was a mystery…and in many ways still is. One who I saw protected by a praetorian guard in a media unable or unwilling to ask even the most basic of questions about what made him tick. That frightened me to no end. It still does.

  17. …flipping thru channels…finally saw some coverage on CNN re: the guns going into mexico and Issa’s investigation…they did make it sound serious but at the same time like something they just heard about…this after spending segments and wasting time covering O and his upcoming golfing with boehner…

    besides Fox…has anyone seen any coverage on network or other cable news about this story…this should be front page…opening segment every day…the cover up is mind boggling…this is a major story…major substance…

    the candidates need to start pounding this…where’s Trump…or Bachmann on getting this front and center…

  18. I became fascinated by how a nation of such highly sophisticated and astute people as the Germans—who gave us Bach, Beethoven, Luther, Goethe, Schweitzer, Einstein, Handel, Nietzsche, Kant,……..
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    Although flawed, Danny Goldhagen’s book, “Hitler’s Willing Executions” helps to answer to answer that question. It’s been years since I read this book but from my perspective, the major flaw was that Goldhagen gave the impression that the Shoah was uniquely German.

  19. What is going on here? I thought the BIG-Bad Threatening Republicans were set to IMPEACH Obama for “Violation of the War Powers Act” incurred because the Libyan War is not authorized with Congressional Approval.

    Well, Virginia, it ain’t necessarily so!
    ________________________________

    2 Top Lawyers Lost to Obama in Libya War Policy Debate

    http://www.nytimes.com/2011/06/18/world/africa/18powers.html?_r=1
    ______________________________

  20. An Important Segment of Palin’s Emails Overlooked
    By Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy on June 17, 2011 at 7:00 PM

    How much have you heard about the death threats revealed in Sarah Palin’s emails since their release? Probably not much, I would wager. That was the point Jim Treacher of the Daily Caller made on Thursday, too:

    [snip] AGAINST her, that is. Yep, it turns out there was some news hidden in those thousands of Palin e-mails after all. But the American media couldn’t use it against her, which is why you have to go to the British press to learn about it. The Daily Telegraph reports: “The release of 24,000 pages of Sarah Palin’s emails shows that she received a barrage of abusive emails including death threats in the run up to the 2008 presidential race. One message sent by someone in Juneau, Alaska on Sept 17, 2008 said the governor should be ’shot from one of the planes that shoot the very wolves that you ordered.’ Five days earlier an email landed in her in-box saying she ‘must be killed.’ It said: ‘She doesn’t belong to the NRA to support the right of each citizen to have weapons in an aim of self-defense, but just to support the right of every southern white citizen to shoot all non-white people legally! Sarah Palin MUST BE KILLED!’ Another emailed death threat in the same month, while Mrs Palin was on the campaign trail as John McCain’s vice-presidential running mate, came from Antwerp, Belgium. It said Mrs Palin should be shot and that ‘only on that moment justice will be accomplished.’” If you think Sarah Palin deserved that, you might be a liberal. Or, at the risk of redundancy, an American journalist.[snip] (Click here to read the rest.)

    Holy crap. Now, I am not (that) naive, I know many leaders receive death threats, but the vitriol directed at the VP candidate, was rather shocking.

    Just as it is shocking that there are very few news sources in the United States that covered this, as Jim Treacher highlighted. After doing my own search, I saw two: ABC News, which mentioned the death threats briefly, though it did highlight what a voracious reader of news Palin was (that that, Katie Couric); and Fox News, which used an AP report, also mentioning the death threats in passing (very brief statement).

    Across the pond, as noted above, the Daily Telegraph (UK) has been reviewing Palin’s emails (again, a bit of a witch hunt since no other politician I can remember has had to endure this level of intrusion). The title, and subheading are telling, indeed, “Sarah Palin Emails: Enemies Sent A Series Of Death Threats; The release of 24,000 pages of Sarah Palin’s emails shows that she received a barrage of abusive emails including death threats in the run up to the 2008 presidential race.”

    I continue to be amazed at all this woman has endured, and with such incredible strength, determination, and even good humor. What also amazes me is how she is depicted compared to , oh, I dunno, the Petulant Commander in Chief, who somehow got the title of being “even-keeled,” at least that’s what the NY Times said about him. It is remarkable since he seems to get so testy when someone actually asks him a question. And while Obama claimed families were off-limits, that sure never stopped the media, and liberal bloggers, from going after Palin’s then and now.

    All things considered, though, I think this witch hunt by the media has backfired tremendously. While the MSM might be a little (too) quiet on some of the more dangerous and heinous emails Palin has received, and what she has endured, they have had to acknowledge that she was engaged, smart, not a “prima donna,” and more. I’d say the last laugh is on them.

    Now, if they could please get back to doing some real journalism, perhaps investigate Obama 1/100th as much as they have Palin, or heck, even Anthony Weiner to see if he broke any laws with which he can be charged? The MSM failed mightily with Obama in 2008, allowing him to get away with all kinds of secrets and lies. They have the opportunity for a do-ver in 2012. You know, like doing some real journalism instead of this assault on one woman whose only crime as far as I can tell is being a strong, accomplished woman, and who isn’t even in the running (yet). Just saying…

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    Wbboe
    Superb article. I totally agree with it. Big media is a dishonest broker and their crimes since 2008 are a matter of record.
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    1momofsoldier1
    Thank you for this article. Compared to any, and I mean ANY candidate or politician, Palin has been so seriously vetted that I don’t believe any politician in my lifetime, heck even history, has endured. And she’s still standing.
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    1momofsoldier1,Rev. Amy, and Larry Johnson

    ie: “THE BREAK OUT”

    Has it occourred to you that Sara Palin has”been so seriously vetted”, that she can break away from the “established way of running for president”?????

    By that I mean:

    Can Palin skip the so called “debates” altogether??????
    You know —- Coke Or Pepsi, Thin Crust or Deep dish??? —-
    Real serious shit.

    Can she pick & choose her primaries — enough to be a serious contender at the Convention ????

    YOU ARE SERIOUS THINKERS — AND YOU KNOW
    THAT AMERICA KNOWS — THAT:

    The MSM run “Debates” have run their course and are not followed or taken seriously by anyone.

    CNN and John King kind of put the final nail in that coffin, didn’t they.

    Iowa and N.H.
    We all know it’s Michele and Mitt —- favorite neighbors????

    WHO GIVES A SHIT?????

    THE QUESTION THAT NEEDS ASKING IS:

    Wait for it —-

    Has Sara Palin found a new way to run now that The MSM model has imploded????

    Is it time to make “IT” about The Convention again???

    Come in with just enough to make it a floor fight???

    How does the Tea Party change the equation????

    I would love to see ARTICLES, (That was with an S) about his.

    Push It !!!

    Make it “Conventional Wisdom” —- what ever the hell that is.

    I would love to see FOX blow this by Rove and Luntz and Morris.

    I would love to hear the Krout man, George Will and Bill Crystal —- pontificate

    But we can only get there if the Larry Johnsons, the Rev Amys, the Dennis Millers, the Ingrhams and others of the internet push hard for a

    “BREAK OUT”!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    If Sarah, with a little help from her friends could do this —

    It would scare the living B Jesus out of the establishment and show up the MSM fot the toothless tiger that it has become.

    I love reading you guys & gals on N.Q.

    You keep it lively!

  21. S
    June 18th, 2011 at 12:40 am

    …flipping thru channels…finally saw some coverage on CNN re: the guns going into mexico and Issa’s investigation…`

    besides Fox…has anyone seen any coverage on network or other cable news about this story…

    ————-
    Yup, yesterday my local news covered it, the short version, about 2 minutes.

  22. 1. The ideal Nazi was slim, athletic and blonde. The real Nazi was as slim as Goering, as athletic as Goebbels and as blonde as Hitler.

    2. The ideal Leftist opposes big business, defends civil liberties and protects the environment. The modern Progressive worships Obama, and averts his eyes when Obama conspires with big business, violates civil liberties and lets the Gulf coast be destroyed.

    3. Plus ça change, plus c’est la même chose

  23. “You start off by telling Obama you will vote for him. Obama stops listening to anything else – he’s gotten what he wants.”
    *************************

    Fabulous line, Admin. That is the bottom line. They are all nothing more than a notch on his bedpost. In the words of Phil Griffin after he defended Olbermann on MSNBC even though he admitted Keithie was a misogynist pig, “The women will come back to us…where else are they gonna go?”

    Same principle.

  24. 1momofsoldier1

    Thank you for this article. Compared to any, and I mean ANY candidate or politician, Palin has been so seriously vetted that I don’t believe any politician in my lifetime, heck even history, has endured. And she’s still standing.
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    1momofsoldier1,Rev. Amy, and Larry Johnson

    ie: “THE BREAK OUT”

    Has it occourred to you that Sara Palin has”been so seriously vetted”, that she can break away from the “established way of running for president”?????
    _________________________

    What a crock of sh*te- How old is this person 12? Obviously, this person has never heard of The Impeachment, Hillary Clinton or picked up a book to read or has any knowledge of the last 20 yrs of US political history.

    Thanks for reminding me why I stay at Big Pink at least I don’t have to slog through sophomoric comments that pass for analytical discussion.

  25. From The Power and the Money — “The Correlation of Forces”.

    [Sounds like somebody closer to home, too….]

    Qaddafi is losing ground for a variety of reasons. His military is a bunch of unhappy draftees; morale is low. (Civilian morale is no better.) NATO is preventing him from using his air, armor, or heavy artillery, while also degrading his 4C. He has every reason to be paranoid about a coup, which means he must restrict power and personal interaction to a small trusted circle, which cuts down on his (already degraded) ability to process information and respond effectively.

    Here’s my take on this: things are likely to get worse for him, because the more ground he loses, the more likely he is to lose more ground. He’s probably still able to launch counterattacks at the tactical level, so he may well be able to roll back the rebels in one or more areas. But he won’t easily be able to build on those victories, because they won’t change the underlying diplomatic, economic, or internal-political dynamics. To accomplish that, he’d have to win a major, crushing victory — retake Misurata, say, or wipe the Berbers off the map. That’s unlikely to happen. Meanwhile, rebel victories in the field do change the correlation of forces — they further depress Loyalist morale, make Qaddafi’s remaining foreign allies less enthusiastic about standing up for him, make major desertions more likely, and thus make Qaddafi ever more paranoid and isolated. Simply put, he’s trying to climb a slope that’s steadily getting steeper.

  26. What a surprise, Obama overshot advice from the top lawyers that what he may be doing in Libya was not legal….what a surprise.

  27. The women will come back to us…where else are they gonna go?”
    ———————————–
    A dangerous assumption. What happens to the dims if they just stay home. There is always a tipping point. They do not believe it, but it is there. And because they don’t realize it they are likely to exceed it. I do not think that assumption applies to married women. In times of national stress, like now, they tend to vote for stability. In that sense, they are more pragmatic than many men. I like to see the Obama people overconfident. Typically, over confident people are arrogant and they get sloppy. All things considered, Obama is unable to solve the unemployment or the debt problem and he must do both to have any prayer of being re elected. Also, what more people seem to be realizing now, despite the machinations of big media is he hasn’t a clue. What they also must face up to–the people who voted for him, is that their improvident decision will destroy the lives of millions of Americans. That will take honesty and courage, and the left as a whole is incapable of that–as we see from the delusional netroods.

  28. News on ATF scandal:

    On Washington Journal this morning they read a report that the head of the ATF is expected to resign soon. Lets hope that doesn’t end the investigation.

  29. Flatlining again…..

    The Rasmussen Reports daily Presidential Tracking Poll for Saturday shows that 21% of the nation’s voters Strongly Approve of the way that Barack Obama is performing his role as president. Forty-one percent (41%) Strongly Disapprove, giving Obama a Presidential Approval Index rating of -20 (see trends).

    Check out our review of last week’s key polls to see “What They Told Us.”

    The Presidential Approval Index is calculated by subtracting the number who Strongly Disapprove from the number who Strongly Approve. It is updated daily at 9:30 a.m. Eastern (sign up for free daily e-mail update). Updates are also available on Twitter and Facebook.

    Overall, 45% of voters say they at least somewhat approve of the president’s performance. Fifty-five (55%) at least somewhat disapprove.

  30. News on ATF scandal:

    On Washington Journal this morning they read a report that the head of the ATF is expected to resign soon. Lets hope that doesn’t end the investigation.

    ………………………………………………….

    Thats what Obama’s lot will try but i think Issa has got a bulldog grip on being given the runaround, he looks like he is gonna give hell.

  31. This suddenly is getting a whole heap more dangerous for the Govt.

    Two AK-47s Used to Murder Mexican Lawyer Were ‘Fast and Furious’ Guns From U.S., Sources Say

    EXCLUSIVE: Two guns sold to a Mexican cartel and used in the high-profile kidnapping and murder of a Mexican lawyer last year were purchased under the U.S. Justice Department’s failed anti-gun trafficking program Operation Fast and Furious, sources tell Fox News.

    U.S. law enforcement sources and officials in Washington told Fox News that two AK-47s were purchased in Arizona by a straw buyer — someone who legally buys guns, then illegal sells them to a third party – and were allowed to “walk” into Mexico. Police recovered the guns in the course of their investigation of the kidnapping of Mario Gonzalez Rodriguez.

    http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2011/06/17/two-ak47s-used-to-murder-mexican-lawyer-were-fast-and-furious-guns-sources-say/

    ………………………………..

    The US could be looking at multiple lawsuits from families and individuals.

  32. When asked about Operation Fast and Furious and the contention that the administration deliberately sent these guns south, White House Press Secretary Jay Carney said the president did not know who authorized the program.

    “I can tell you that, as the president has already said, he did not know … about or authorize this operation. But the Department of Justice has said repeatedly that fighting criminal activity along the Southwest border, including the illegal trafficking of guns to Mexico, has been and is a priority of the department,” Carney said.

    ………………………………

    So either Obama is lying or incompetent…i vote both.

  33. “I can tell you that, as the president has already said, he did not know … about or authorize this operation. But the Department of Justice has said repeatedly that fighting criminal activity along the Southwest border, including the illegal trafficking of guns to Mexico, has been and is a priority of the department,” Carney said.
    ————————
    Another babeling idiot. Perfect straw man for Obama worshipper and Hillary hater and Palin hater and Trump hater Jake the snake Tapper to beat up on. Here is the point. Intentions, i.e. fighting criminal activity trafficking in guns is A priority for the department are irrelevant. Just words. Money talks and bullshit walks. Show me the results–meaning raw numbers and whatever slight of hand you give us, and I will show you pictures of illegals crossing the border in the hundreds. There is no commitment by this White House. Just cosmetics and happy talk. Nothing of substance.

  34. The Rasmussen Reports daily Presidential Tracking Poll for Saturday shows that 21% of the nation’s voters Strongly Approve of the way that Barack Obama is performing his role as president. Forty-one percent (41%) Strongly Disapprove, giving Obama a Presidential Approval Index rating of -20 (see trends).
    ——————————
    That is deadly for Obama. These people are the influencers–as the Dean Plan noted they influence 8 voters. To really gut this grinning bamboozling son of a bitch however we need testimonials from young people who cannot find a job in this economy juxtaposed with Debbie Downer’s admission against interest that Obama now owns the economy. That comment might be rational if the economy were all beer and skiddles. But that is not the case. A Freudian slip or just more incompetence from one of Obama’s followers?

  35. Systemic rot and corruption . . . the rise of the dimocratic super pacs . . . another Soros invention:

    “Super PACs are, of course, the political groups that were set up after the Supreme Court’s landmark free speech decision in Citizens United: they are able to raise and spend unlimited amounts of money advocating both for and against political candidates, but may not donate to those candidates directly. The Left ostensibly hates them, which did not stop them from using them to raise over 28 million dollars in the 2010 election cycle (44% of total Super PAC fundraising) to the Right’s over 35 million (54%: the other 2% hedged their bets); their general argument is that allowing groups to openly spending money expressing their opinions on candidates is corrosive to American democracy. ‘Openly’ is the key here: Super PACs must generally disclose their donors.

    The generally is… the interesting bit.

    OpenSecrets will take the reader most of the way there, but not quite (can’t imagine why): you see, there’s a loophole in this system. A nonprofit organization does not have to disclose its donors; so a Super PAC that receives a donation from a nonprofit has effectively received an anonymous donation. OpenSecrets found five Super PACs that received most of their revenue this way: New Power PAC (NPP), ProgressOhio (PO), Environment Colorado Action Fund (ECAF), Protecting America’s Retirees (PAR), and the National Association of Realtors Congressional Fund (NRC). All five groups received between 88% and 100% of their total funding from precisely one group per Super PAC: they are fairly obviously being used by their parent groups to hide their donors – in a perfectly legal manner, mind you. Total amount being hid this way? Just over 1.4 million dollars: which is not a bad amount of money to licitly launder.

    But here’s the interesting bit: OpenSecrets is not nearly being as apocalyptic about this as one might expect from a pro-transparency group. And why is that? Well, far be it from me to suggest that the Center for Responsive Politics might have a bias, but if you drill down into actual campaign ads done by these five Super PACs, you notice something…

    For D Against D For R Against R Total % Dem
    NAR $ 757,200 $ – $340,066 $ – $1,097,266 69%
    PAR $ 157,233 $ – $ – $ – $ 157,233 100%
    ECAF $ 143,158 $ – $ – $ – $ 143,158 100%
    PO $ – $ – $ – $18,412 $ 18,412 100%
    NPP $ 8,017 $ – $ – $ 3,827 $ 11,844 100%
    Total $1,065,608 $ – $340,066 $22,239 $1,427,913 76%
    Like the fact that 76% of the money raised in this fashion was used to either try to elect a Democrat, or attack a Republican. The National Association of Realtors was the only one that was bipartisan, and even then it put 69% of its money into Democratic candidates*. In other words, color me shocked that the CRP’s ostensibly nonpartisan website somehow neglected to mention that the Democrats used Citizens United in 2010 to sneak $1.1 million past the watchdogs – or that this was in flagrant disregard of the Democrats’ own pious rhetoric on the matter of transparency…”

    Moe Lane (crosspost)

    PS: For the record, the CRP doesn’t muck about with the data. But its analysis of that data always needs to be checked.

    *Incumbent protection.

  36. If the motive behind the Obama administration’s “gunwalking” is to build public support for more restrictive gun regulation, why would it [pouring weapons out to murderers] be restricted to guns most likely to go to Mexico? Crime guns, here in the U.S. and the lurid headlines they generate can be exploited for citizen disarmament lobby purposes.

    Are there MORE ’Operations Fast and Furious’?

    An operation, geared to justifying more restrictive American gun regulation–it couldn’t accomplish anything else: As is being clearly shown in the hearings, the “gunwalking” had no value as a law enforcement tool, and no conceivable chance of attaining any value as such.

    “So finally, Congressman Issa came out and asked Special Agent Forcelli if the real objective might not be much more sinister…” (also in sidebar video):

    http://www.examiner.com/gun-rights-in-st-louis/issa-asks-the-question-at-gunwalker-hearing-anti-gunners-scramble-for-excuses

    ————–

    You might want to Google-up:
    “America Becoming A Third World Country”
    May 14, 2011 by Eric deCarbonnel
    to put some perspective on the whole chaotic business.

  37. “…White House spokesman Jay Carney, in response to questions Friday, said, “I can tell you that, as the president has already said, he did not know about or authorize this operation.”

    Actually, what the Pres has said was that he did not AUTHORIZE it. To my knowledge he’s never claimed to not KNOW about it — a point that Issa has already made…

    Having his press-monkey make the “didn’t know” claim is pretty slick, really — this way if he ever gets proven to have known he can say that he never claimed not to — that the press-monkey “misspoke”…

    (Comment by Dedicated Dad, elsewhere)

  38. “ATF encouraged gun dealers to sell to straw buyers. Emails prove that at least one dealer worried prophetically about the risk. He [a gun dealer] wrote to ATF about his concern that a border patrol agent might end up facing the wrong end of one of these guns. ATF supervisors told the dealer not to worry. So, the agents said it was a bad idea. And, the gun dealers said it was a bad idea, but ATF supervisors continued anyway”, Senator Grassley said.

    Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry was that agent. He was killed by cartel member 18 miles north of the U.S.-Mexico border near Rio Rico, Ariz. Agent Terry was a former Marine who was willing to put everything he had, including his life, on the line for his country. He was dedicated to his job, his family and the United States.

    “It was just ten days before Christmas last year, when our family received the devastating news; Brian had been shot and killed while engaged in a firefight with a group of individuals seeking to do harm to Americans citizens and others,” said Robert Heyer, the cousin of Terry, testifying on behalf of the entire Terry family. “Brian did ultimately come home that Christmas; we buried him not far from the house that he was raised in just prior to Christmas day. The gifts that Brian had picked out with such thought and care began to arrive in the mail that same week. With each delivery, we felt the indescribable pain of Brian’s death, but at the same time also remembered his amazing love and spirit.”

    ICE Agent Jamie Zapata was killed in Mexico in February 2011 while on assignment. He was killed by a gun traced back to Operation Fast and Furious, however, Zapata’s family will never see justice. Once guns flow back into Mexico, they are no longer within the jurisdiction of the United States, leaving the government without any authority to prosecute anyone for any crime. [It makes no sense as a crimestopping operation–Nobody could ever be prosecuted for any guns crossing the border!]

    ATF Agent Dodson, provided details about the failed operation.

    “I was involved in this operation, we monitored as they purchased hand guns, AK-47 variants, and .50 caliber rifles almost daily. Rather than contradict any enforcement actions, we took notes, we recorded observations, we tracked movements of these individuals for a short time after their purchases, but nothing more. Knowing all the while, just days after these purchases, the guns that we saw these individuals buy would begin turning up at crime scenes in the United States and Mexico, we still did nothing,” Dodson said. “Allowing loads of weapons that we knew to be destined for criminals, this was the plan. It was so mandated.”

    “Allowing firearms to be trafficked to criminals is a dangerous and deadly strategy. The thought that the techniques used in the “Fast and Furious” investigation would result in “taking down a cartel” given the toothless nature of the “straw purchasing law” and the lack of a “firearms trafficking statute” is, in my opinion, delusional,” Special Agent Peter Forcelli said.

  39. Off topic but a step for womankind…
    The G.I. Jane that made it all the way to General.

    ————–

    COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — For the first time in its 96-year history, a female general is taking charge at the famed Marine Corps training depot at South Carolina’s Parris Island.

    Brig. Gen. Loretta Reynolds, who is also known as the first female Marine to ever hold a command position in a battle zone, takes charge Friday at the installation south of Beaufort.

    Parris Island graduates about 20,000 Marines annually and is the only site where female enlisted Marines are trained to enter the service.

    Reynolds is a native of Baltimore and a 1986 graduate of the Naval Academy. She has worn the Marine Corps uniform for 25 years.

    She is taking over from Brig. Gen. Frederick Padilla, who is taking charge of the 3rd Marine Division in Okinawa, Japan.

    In her new position, Reynolds also will be in charge of the Marines’ Eastern Recruiting Region, which covers the 23 states east of the Mississippi River.

    As a one-star general, Reynolds becomes only the third female general officer in the more than 200,000-member Marine Corps. The service has two two-star female generals, one in the active duty ranks and another in the Marine Corps Reserve.

    Overall, there are 12,339 enlisted females in the Marines, 108 warrant officers and 1,224 officers, according to Marine Corps figures. On its Parris Island website, the service said training for men and women is identical, and that roughly 2,400 female recruits go through it every year.

    Reynolds trained as a communications officer and commanded Marines from platoon to battalion levels in her more than 20 years in uniform.

    She has been posted in Okinawa, Japan; Quantico, Va., Iraq and Afghanistan, and was in command of the Marine Recruiting Station in Harrisburg, Pa.

    http://www.google.com/hostednews/ap/article/ALeqM5hHPkpe59hErf_oCJ5IIkjeQZFOaA?docId=9ec5c7361a1f4b448ea4b4ebb942814c

  40. Good for her, about bloody time, i bet though she’s been called everything under the sun on her way up through the ranks, so its great she got there. Congratulations General Reynolds.

  41. Above the law, maybe Barry is more like a dictator than like Bush.

    ——
    President Obama decided he had the legal authority to continue the U.S. military campaign in Libya without congressional approval over the objections of Justice Department and Pentagon lawyers, according to The New York Times.

    Instead, the president sided with other senior administration lawyers who said that continuing U.S. participation in the air operations against the regime of Libyan leader Muammar al-Qaddafi did not constitute “hostilities,” triggering the need for Congressional permission under the War Powers Resolution

  42. This is even further off topic, but the blog is slow right now…so it is at least interesting…

    World’s Oldest Light Bulb Still Burning After 110 Years

    A frame from the Livermore-Pleasanton Dire Department’s bulbcam shows the oldest lightbulb in the world, still glowing after all these years.

    It may not glow brightly, but it sure glows consistently.

    A light bulb hanging in the Livermore-Pleasanton Fire Department has been burning steadily for exactly 110 years, according the Centennial Bulb website. Since the “Centennial Bulb” was first turned on, the stock market crashed and was reborn, the nuclear age began, two World Wars were fought, cars and planes were developed … and through it all the bulb kept burning.

    (the bulb has it’s own web cam 😉

    http://www.foxnews.com/scitech/2011/06/18/worlds-oldest-light-bulb-still-burning-after-110-years/

  43. Oh wow. I just saw a recap of an interview by Dennis Kunich and Rand Paul, both are suing to stop the illegal Libyan war, and oh yes its a war with no congressional approval.
    And I was shocked to hear Dennis K. say he was against the Iraq war, but he praised Bush for at least coming to Congress to get that congressional approval, Dennis went on to say, with Waffles, he gets the UN approval for this illegal war and that according to Waffles no congressional approval is needed.

    Now, what does it say that here is Dennis Kunich praising Bush and denouncing Waffles?

  44. Whether we like it or not, she is likely to become vice president–in my opinion. The role of vice president in the general election is to kick the ass of whoever is atop the opposing ticket. Bachman, as least, knows how to kick the ass of Obama, which is more than I can say for most Republicans. When the time comes, he will limp off the stage, due to the endless kicking and the sorry state of the economy–for which he and his big media supporters will be blamed. He will be reviled by millions of people for what he has done to their future.
    ———————————–
    Posted by Erick Erickson (Profile)
    Saturday, June 18th at 1:28PM EDT
    9 Comments
    Michele Bachmann was scheduled to speak for 17 minutes at Right Online. She took an extra 18 minutes and 30 seconds.

    The whole speech felt like it was only a few minutes. It was funny, fascinating, informative, and powerful. She set the bar very, very high for other candidates.

    Her tax lawyer background showed in her speech, as did her faith. She used a dollar bill, folding it to show how Barack Obama’s policies have devalued it 14% and how the federal government borrows 42% of every dollar spent. She had the audience join her so they too can show others.

    She hit Obama on something few Republicans ever do — unemployment in the Hispanic and black communities, noting how his policies have hurt the very groups he pledged to help. She focused as well on youth unemployment. Black youth in this country face 40% unemployment this summer and Hispanic youth face over 20%. Astonishing.

    Bachmann brought the crowd to its feet multiple times. She pledged that she would not fight until Obamacare is repealed. She tackled medicare reform too. She pointed out that while the Democrats are scaring old people about Republican reforms, the Democrats took $500 billion from Medicare to fund healthcare for the young. She says the GOP needs to start pointing out that Barack Obama intends to bankrupt medicare and force senior citizens into Obamacare.

    The speech really was dazzling and not because of the zingers and one liners. It was an extremely substantive speech about how Obama’s policies are hurting the country. Its substance, facts, and figures sets a very high bar for the other Presidential candidates who will be speaking at Right Online.

    This afternoon both Tim Pawlenty and Herman Cain will speak. We’ll see if they clear the bar.

  45. She says the GOP needs to start pointing out that Barack Obama intends to bankrupt medicare and force senior citizens into Obamacare.

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

    Now she’s scaring seniors. Ryan wants to openly dismantle Medicare and force us into Obamacare immediately. Sure we need to get back the money Obama took away — but taking away ALL the rest of the money would be worse — sending all seniors to private insurance companies, even with figleaf vouchers that don’t even pretend to cover….

    Oh dear, there’s a dirty metaphor, do I have to resign from the blog?

  46. The Rasmussen Reports daily Presidential Tracking Poll for Saturday shows that 21% of the nation’s voters Strongly Approve of the way that Barack Obama is performing his role as president….
    ***********
    Haven’t looked at the trends recently but in the Ras. polls, no matter the variation in the negative approval, the “strong” support has remained fairly steady in the mid-20s. A strong approval of 21% may indicate that he is now loosing Obots. If mid-20s was his baseline support number and now he seems to have broken through support, I suspect that “strong support” number in the teens is in Barry’s near term future.

  47. admin
    June 18th, 2011 at 3:52 pm

    The spunky-little-light-bulb-that-could’s

    ———-
    Yes Admin, it is amazing when you think this little bulb is working and has ‘lived’ longer than any of us ever will. 🙁

  48. http://www.zerohedge.com/article/after-dumping-30-its-treasury-holdings-half-year-russia-warns-it-will-continue-selling-us-de

    Another bout of bad news americans who get their news from the internet have already figured out. QE2 ends on June 30th.

    “Just in time for the end of QE2, when the US needs every possible foreign buyer of US debt to step up to the plate, we get confirmation that yet another major foreign central bank has decided to not only not add to its US debt holdings, but to actively sell US Treasurys. The WSJ reports that “Russia will likely continue lowering its U.S. debt holdings as Washington struggles to contain a budget deficit and bolster a tepid economic recovery, a top aide to President Dmitry Medvedev said Saturday. “The share of our portfolio in U.S. instruments has gone down and probably will go down further,” said Arkady Dvorkovich, chief economic aide to the president, told Dow Jones in an interview on the sidelines of the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum.” Well, with Russia out, at least we have China and Japan continuing to buy US debt…. Oh wait, China is contemplating dumping two thirds of its debt you say? And the biggest buyer of Japanese bonds is now in the process of selling Japanese bonds in the open market for the first time (so not really in the market of US bonds). Well, surely US households will step up to the plate. After all they all have so much “cash on the sidelines” courtesy of the RecoveryTM ©® that they can’t wait to dump it all into paper yielding less than 3% a year, and has negative real rates of return. Wait, what’s that: according to the Fed, in Q1 US “households” sold $1.1 trillion annualized in Treasurys to the Fed? So, let’s get this straight: China, Japan, and now very much openly Russia, the three countries with the largest financial reserves in the world, are threatening, if not already dumping US bonds, just in time for US households to sell their holdings of US paper to Brian Sack. And this is happening 2 weeks before QE2 ends… Um… Are we and Bill Gross (and certainly not Morgan Stanley) the only ones to see a problem with this?

    More on the latest confirmation that the time of US superpower supremacy has ended… ”

    and where is Waffles? Golfing with the weeping speaker.

  49. from above:

    ATF Agent Dodson, provided details about the failed operation.

    “I was involved in this operation, we monitored as they purchased hand guns, AK-47 variants, and .50 caliber rifles almost daily. Rather than contradict any enforcement actions, we took notes, we recorded observations, we tracked movements of these individuals for a short time after their purchases, but nothing more. Knowing all the while, just days after these purchases, the guns that we saw these individuals buy would begin turning up at crime scenes in the United States and Mexico, we still did nothing,” Dodson said. “Allowing loads of weapons that we knew to be destined for criminals, this was the plan. It was so mandated.”

    “Allowing firearms to be trafficked to criminals is a dangerous and deadly strategy. The thought that the techniques used in the “Fast and Furious” investigation would result in “taking down a cartel” given the toothless nature of the “straw purchasing law” and the lack of a “firearms trafficking statute” is, in my opinion, delusional,” Special Agent Peter Forcelli said.

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

    What???? this is beyond belief…whoever MANDATED this strategy should be put in jail…Who are these people working for? WHO are they protecting?

    …this almost seems like an intentional attack on US citizens and our borders…almost like aiding and abetting the enemy…

    …with leadership like this…AND NO ACCOUNTABILITY…no one seems to know who was in charge…who authorized, etc,etc, etc…NO WONDER our country is falling apart…don’t look to the Pres…he was off traveling or golfing…anything but paying attention to the hard work of our nation…

    …this admin should go down as the WORST in our lifetime…

    The USA and we, the citizens, are being played for the biggest suckers in this whole global economy and as world protector

    unreal…China invests in its country becomes a superpower, then goes and makes alliances and benefits from business deals with the countries we are fighting to supposedly protect and while our military gets slaughtered…and while, as Trump says, we pay the bills to protect these people…money we borrow from China and go further in debt to protect these people…and then China waltzs in and benefits from our stupidity…

    right about now we may as well just face the facts, our leadership, both parties, are doing just about everything wrong…almost nothing they are doing is being done to benefit the middle class or to assist the disappearing middle class…

    …and where are our leaders today, both parties, after the week of devasting economic news came out…playing golf…

  50. Mrs. Smith, that is a very painful video to watch. It’s bad enough to watch the boob but a reel of booby booberies was extra painful. Obama is a burnt out bulb. And Biden is not a very bright bulb either (in keeping with our homage to light bulbs day). 🙂

  51. admin
    June 18th, 2011 at 8:50 pm

    I Loved Biden’s history revisited. FDR went on tv with his New Deal. 😆 Watta Guy!

    This video is fresh off the press playing in tandem with Sarah’s new movie, “The Undefeated”..

    I found it and you got it first! It’s a good day.
    A very good day! 🙂

  52. Remember how Maya Angelou used part of her poem, “Still I Rise” to support Hillary? Here’s another one of her poems, new to me. Very moving, IMO.

    Phenomenal Woman by Maya Angelou

    Pretty women wonder where my secret lies.
    I’m not cute or built to suit a fashion model’s size
    But when I start to tell them,
    They think I’m telling lies.
    I say,
    It’s in the reach of my arms
    The span of my hips,
    The stride of my step,
    The curl of my lips.
    I’m a woman
    Phenomenally.
    Phenomenal woman,
    That’s me.

    I walk into a room
    Just as cool as you please,
    And to a man,
    The fellows stand or
    Fall down on their knees.
    Then they swarm around me,
    A hive of honey bees.
    I say,
    It’s the fire in my eyes,
    And the flash of my teeth,
    The swing in my waist,
    And the joy in my feet.
    I’m a woman
    Phenomenally.
    Phenomenal woman,
    That’s me.

    Men themselves have wondered
    What they see in me.
    They try so much
    But they can’t touch
    My inner mystery.
    When I try to show them
    They say they still can’t see.
    I say,
    It’s in the arch of my back,
    The sun of my smile,
    The ride of my breasts,
    The grace of my style.
    I’m a woman

    Phenomenally.
    Phenomenal woman,
    That’s me.

    Now you understand
    Just why my head’s not bowed.
    I don’t shout or jump about
    Or have to talk real loud.
    When you see me passing
    It ought to make you proud.
    I say,
    It’s in the click of my heels,
    The bend of my hair,
    the palm of my hand,
    The need of my care,
    ‘Cause I’m a woman
    Phenomenally.
    Phenomenal woman,
    That’s me.

  53. So he’s saying that his father gave him a basketball the one time they met each other at an airport when O was 10 years old?

    From gonzo’s link

    “You know, he [my father] gave me my first basketball

  54. Yah, here your black, this is for you.

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

    Good point. Anyone else even talks about basketball, they’re racist.

  55. First, happy Father’s Day to all. Yes, to everyone. I think we all should be celebrating it!

    Early TV is still talking about Mitt’s ‘insensitive’ unemployment remark, thus reminding me of Obama’s similarly insensitive expression, “Anybody can get a truck”. That was in Massachusetts while campaigning for Martha whats-her-name. Martha was in a tough fight with Scott Brown for the seat held by Ted Kennedy, and the economy was hurting then too. Brown used his truck as a grass roots symbol, so Balmy attempted to poofoo it. I don’t recall how long MSM dwelt upon that gaffe. It would be a good addition to the video above.

  56. Anthony, if you thought you had problems before; wait until you get audited by the IRS.
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    Anthony Weiner likes to do things big — especially when it comes to his tax deductions.

    The disgraced former congressman’s 2010 tax return shows he took $40,521 in unspecified itemized deductions on an income of $156,117.

    “It’s definitely a very large deduction,” said Manhattan CPA Jonathan Medows.

    He said the deductions appeared to include more than the standard write-offs for state and local taxes and Weiner’s mortgage.

    Weiner’s campaign finance reports list his Forest Hills home as the address of his campaign committee, even though the committee rents office space in midtown Manhattan.

    A spokesman for Weiner, who resigned Thursday in the wake of a sexting scandal, refused to provide any details about the return.

    http://www.nypost.com/p/news/local/queens/odd_bulge_in_weiner_tax_form_rsC6JxQYMRd0odrIDDZVRN

  57. gonzotx
    June 18th, 2011 at 9:52 pm

    thanks- agreed, it’s painful the first time.

    After that, it’s full on GLEE!

  58. and again the chameleon strikes…………..

    Obama’s Views on Gay Marriage ‘Evolving’

    http://www.nytimes.com/2011/06/19/us/politics/19marriage.html

    WASHINGTON — Driving across the flatlands of Illinois with Barack Obama during the Senate race of 2004, Kevin Thompson sometimes found himself tutoring the candidate on gay rights.

    Mr. Thompson, then a traveling aide, recalls long conversations about topics like the 1969 Stonewall Rebellion that sparked the gay rights movement, gay adoption — Mr. Obama once volunteered that Mr. Thompson and his partner would make “great parents,” Mr. Thompson recalled — and same-sex marriage, which Mr. Obama has in the past opposed.

    Mr. Thompson, an Obama supporter, is skeptical about that. “To this day,” he said, “I don’t think Barack Obama has any issue with two people of the same gender getting married.”

    Now President Obama says his views on same-sex marriage are “evolving,” and as he runs for re-election he is seeking support from gay donors who want to know where he stands.

    This week, he will headline a $1,250-a-plate “Gala with the Gay Community” in Manhattan, his first such event as president; on June 29, he will host a Gay Pride reception at the White House. He is doing so at time when the New York Legislature is considering whether to make same-sex marriage legal — a vote that the president will no doubt be asked about while in New York.

    The White House would not comment on whether Mr. Obama was ready to endorse same-sex marriage. But one Democratic strategist close to the White House, speaking only on the condition of anonymity, said some senior advisers “are looking at the tactics of how this might be done if the president chose to do it.”

    And Representative Barney Frank, a Massachusetts Democrat who is gay, said in an interview that a top adviser to Mr. Obama, whom he would not name, asked him this year, “What would be the effect if he came out for same-sex marriage?”

    “My own view is that I look at President Obama’s record, he was probably inclined to think that same-sex marriage was legitimate, but as a candidate for president in 2008 that would have been an unwise thing to say,” Mr. Frank said. “And I don’t mean that he’s being hypocritical. I mean that if you live in a democratic society, it is a mix of what you think the voters want and what you think is doable.”

    Many gay leaders say because the president has a strong record on issues they care about — prodding Congress to repeal the “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy, which barred openly gay men and lesbians from serving in the military, and withdrawing legal support for the Defense of Marriage Act, which defines marriage as between a man and a woman — he is not under intense pressure to announce a change in his position before the 2012 election.

    But with the political climate around gay rights changing drastically — a handful of recent polls show that Americans, by a slim majority, now support same-sex marriage — some strategists see little political cost to a shift in position. And a review of Mr. Obama’s record, dating to when he first ran for public office, suggests that he may have been for same-sex marriage before he was against it.

    In 1996, as a candidate for the State Senate in Illinois, Mr. Obama responded to a questionnaire from a gay newspaper. “I favor legalizing same-sex marriages,” Mr. Obama wrote, “and would fight efforts to prohibit such marriages.”

    White House officials have said Mr. Obama was really referring to civil unions, which he does support. (On Friday, Mr. Obama’s communications director, Dan Pfieffer, caused a brief kerfuffle by telling a conference of bloggers that Mr. Obama had not filled out the forms himself; the White House later said he was mistaken.)

    By the time Mr. Obama ran for the United States Senate in 2004, his position had become more nuanced.

    Jackie Kaplan, a Chicago Democrat who was co-chairwoman of a committee of gays and lesbians supporting Mr. Obama, said he raised practical objections and made the case this way: “Why spend a lot of time on an issue that is not going to happen? The Defense of Marriage law is on the books, we’re not going to overturn that, let’s talk about how we can build more equality.”

    Tracy Baim, a gay journalist in Chicago who interviewed Mr. Obama in 2004, remembers the candidate asking her to turn off her tape recorder so they could have a candid conversation on same-sex marriage. She said his objections were based on what he saw as realistic considerations: “I know what you want, I know what you can get.”

    read on…………

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    seriously anyone who gets taken in by this duplicitous ass needs their head checking.

  59. Perry says the HPV vaccine he mandated would have been optional.

    When Gov. Rick Perry issued an executive order in 2007 requiring all Texas girls to receive a vaccine against the human papillomavirus before entering the sixth grade, lawmakers balked and blocked it.

    Critics said the vaccine, Merck & Co.’s Gardasil, was too new to declare safe. Some said too that Perry’s order would infringe on parental rights or give girls a false sense of security, leading them to be sexually active too young.

    Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison, one of Perry’s opponents in the GOP gubernatorial primary, frequently slams Perry’s stilled order.

    Perry has stood by his action, most recently casting it as having created an optional vaccination requirement.

    “That piece of legislation was not mandatory, in the sense of when you can say no, something’s not mandatory,” he said during the second Republican gubernatorial debate Jan. 29.

    A just-say-no gubernatorial order? We decided to check.

    What we found: On Feb. 2, 2007, Perry issued an executive order — not a piece of legislation, as he said — requiring the Texas Health and Human Services Commission to adopt rules mandating all girls entering sixth grade to receive a vaccination against the types of HPV, a sexually-transmitted virus, that causes most cases of cervical cancer and genital warts.

    The order included an opt-out “in order to protect the right of parents to be the final authority on their children’s health care.” Perry ordered the Department of State Health Services to allow parents dissenting for philosophical or religious reasons to request a conscientious objection affidavit form. That form, which has been available since 2003, enables parents to enroll their children in public school even if they lack state-required immunizations. It’s automatically granted as long as parents provide all required information.

    According to the Department of State Health Service’s 2008-09 immunization report, which uses data from kindergarten and seventh-grade students at 1,300 independent school districts and 800 private schools, 0.28 percent of the students filed conscientious objection forms.

    Parents must renew exemption affidavits every two years to maintain their validity, according to Allison Lowery, assistant press officer at the Texas Department of State Health Services.

    We thought the opt-out form for public-school students proved Perry correct until we learned that not all private schools accept the affidavit. That means some private schools may not allow their students to exempt themselves from any state-required vaccinations. Some 15 percent of more than 1 million Texas girls in fifth through 12th grade in 2008 were enrolled in private schools, according to the U.S. Census Bureau.

    According to a 2006 Texas Attorney General’s opinion: “A private school that does not accept state tax funds is not required to accept for enrollment a child who has received an exemption from the immunizations required by the Texas Health and Safety Code.”

    In its policy for Catholic schools, the Catholic Diocese of Austin states: “Immunizations are not in conflict with the Catholic faith. Conscientious objections or waivers, which may be permissible for enrollment in public schools, do not qualify as an exception to this policy.” Catholic schools in the diocese do accept medical exemptions, meaning if the immunization could somehow harm the child, it’s not required to enroll.

    We wondered if the diocese’s policy in favor of requiring state-mandated immunizations would have extended to refusing the opt-out form for girls subject to the HPV vaccination.

    Perry aides may have had the same question. According to internal e-mails published online by Hutchison’s campaign (also obtained by the Austin American-Statesman under Texas open records laws in 2007), Brandon LeBlanc, then the governor’s community affairs public liaison, wrote Feb. 6, 2007: “I don’t have an answer for the questions I’m getting regarding private schools. Apparently Catholic schools in particular will require all state vaccines, but won’t except (sic) the exemptions. My first inclination, assuming this is true, is that this is for the parents and the schools to sort out. Is there a better answer to this ‘problem’?”

    Nora Belcher, then assistant director at the Governor’s Office of Budget, Planning and Policy, replied: “I believe in the short term your answer is the correct one, plus, enrolling in Catholic school is a CHOICE (for parents, anyway).”

    In February 2007, the Roman Catholic Bishops of Texas came close to saying they wouldn’t require the vaccine, issuing a statement recommending that “civil authorities should leave this decision to parents.”

    But would parochial schools absolutely have left that particular vaccination decision to parents? Margaret McGettrick, director of education at the Texas Catholic Conference, the statewide association of the Roman Catholic diocese in Texas, recently said the superintendents, bishops and accreditation commission at the association responsible for setting school policies never formulated policy specific to the HPV vaccine.

    McGettrick said “it’s a non-issue for us” because the HPV vaccine was never added to the state’s list of required immunizations once lawmakers froze the order until the starting date of the 2011 regular legislative session.

    Allison Castle, Perry’s press secretary, said: “We consider (the order) null and void and (Perry) will not pursue it in the future.”

    En breve: Perry did issue an order requiring schoolgirls receive the HPV vaccine. In arguing that his order was not a mandate, Perry points to the Conscientious Objection to Immunization form that lets parents of public school students decline immunizations without consequence. The burden to file and refile the notarized forms on time falls on the parents.

    However, our research determined that it’s not certain the opt-out would have been accepted for the 15 percent of Texas girls attending private schools. Also unknown: Whether every Catholic school would have allowed students subject to Perry’s order to abstain from the three HPV shots in the vaccination series.

    Ultimately, the governor issued an order for the Health and Human Services Executive Commissioner to “adopt rules that mandate the age appropriate vaccination of all female children for HPV prior to admission to the sixth grade.”

    According to the Merriam-Webster dictionary, a mandate is “a clear instruction, authorization or direction.” Perry says the executive order wasn’t mandatory, which, according to Webster, means “demanded or required.”

    But that’s what Perry’s order did: it set up a requirement. Just because there’s a loophole — a way to “say no,” in the governor’s parlance — doesn’t mean the requirement doesn’t exist. Physical education classes are also mandatory to graduate high school, but if you have any number of health conditions, you can skip the timed mile.

    We rate Perry’s claim Barely True.
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    gonzotx- is Perry really going to run for president? What are your instincts about Perry raising his head up?

    confloyd, if your reading- I know you are not a Perry supporter. Dive in-

  60. Anthony Weiner likes to do things big — especially when it comes to his tax deductions.

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    I bet he doesn’t have a plumber’s license either.

  61. http://washingtonexaminer.com/news/world/2011/06/obamas-puerto-rico-visit-spurs-anger-discontent

    “One legislator threatened to derail one objective of the president’s June 14 visit: to woo Hispanic voters on the mainland in his quest for re-election.

    Local Sen. Melinda Romero, a delegate of the island’s chapter of the Democratic Party, said she has demanded an apology from Obama and will travel to the U.S. next week to meet with Puerto Rican leaders in key states including Florida and New York.

    “The President did not bring anything to the table,” she said in a statement issued late Friday. “His visit only served to take away dollars, just like they take away our young people to war.”

    She also demanded that he return the money raised.”

  62. tim
    June 19th, 2011 at 9:06 am

    so is Weiner’s MIL apparently a member of the Muslim sisterhood, based
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    I believe it is true- I read the info in another news article last week, delivered and leaching out after the Weiner news broke. However, there are opposing facts in woman the article. For instance, it would be taboo for a Muslim woman marrying a Jewish man but the reverse does not apply to Muslim men marrying other ethnicities.

    The old double standard-

    Odd, don’t you think this news is coming out now? Just in time to pillory Hillary casting doubt on her allegiance just before her retirement.

  63. Unbelievable>

    Dennis McDonugh is Obama’s Deputy Chief of National Security. He looks like a human cadaver—http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xos2MnVxe-c&feature=related

    Brian Williams, one of the giants of big media, Walter Cronkites alter ego, an unimpeachable etc calls McDonugh “one of the two big Irishmen who serve Obama and this nation proudly with distinction”. As liars go I will say this much for Brian Williams–he is consistent.

    If serving Obama and this nation proudly with distinction means having a photo of Hillary at a men’s urinal on your computer screen, then I guess this big Irishman who looks like a cadaver is serving this Obama, and his NOW supporters proudly and with distinction.

    You think I am kidding. Right? Well, a picture is worth a thousand words–yes, no, maybe.

    http://www.google.com/imgres?imgurl=http://www.djelloulmarbrook.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/12/McDonough.jpg&imgrefurl=http://www.dje

    The question you may wish to ponder is whether someone who allows himself to be photographed with in his office, with his computer scren turned on, with a depraved picture of a key player in his administration is capable of protecting the security of this nation–notwithstanding Brian William mawkish comments.

    You might even go so far as to say this fool owes his job to Hillary since she went out an campaigned for his boss during the general election–which was a huge disappointment to many of us who worked for her. You would think that would be enough for an Obama cultist like him but apparently not.

    The above photo is dated 2009 but his opposition to Hillary continues to this day. I understand that he and the other big Irishman were the architects of the disastrous speech where Obama demanded that Israel retreat to its 1967 borders. More evidence that he is serving this nation proudly with distinction.

  64. Mrs. Smith
    June 19th, 2011 at 10:07 am

    Well, most who don’t like Hillary will find anything to pillorise her. But I think in this case, with this whole Weinerfest, more of a spotlight has been put on Huma, unfairly or fairly, unfortuntely, Weiner with his antics did this, so now people are digging into Huma’s background. This will probably continue, I notice Weiner’s taxes are now being scrutinzed, etc, I just find it stunning that the man was this reckless, he’s a public figure and seem to not care of all the sexting he did to come out or was stupid to think it would not.

  65. This is the kind of thing that started the Lehman collapse in early 2008, Lehman went to Barklay investments in the UK begging them to bail them out, Barklays refused, Lehman then imploded.

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/financialcrisis/8584442/UK-banks-abandon-eurozone-over-Greek-default-fears.html

    And now one of the major banks in the UK is abandoning investments in the EU, and their perpetual “bailouts” of Greece. This will not end well over there or for America. This is looking more and more like another Lehman, but much worse, because now this is a currency war that is happening, all the while China is in the catbird’s seat.

  66. If you click on the picture at the top left corner of the article you will see the picture of Hillary. Nice. Very professional.

    Years ago, we were pressing a US Attorney to do send an agent into a topless bar frequented by members of the Pagan motor cycle gang in connection with an investigation of an assault by a thug who was hired by a prominent Teamster leader. The thug was 33 years of age and had spent 19 of them in jail. He admitted to the offense but they would not act, and the presumption was because the head of that union was a big political supporter of Arlen Spector and many democrats as well.

    We went into the office of the Assistant District Attorney with the perp, and pleaded our case for them to act. Covering the walls were mug shots of John Mitchell, Bob Erlichman and Bob Hadeleman–which seemed partisan to me. But to have slanderous photos of a member of the same cabinet on his computer screen while he is giving an interview raises questions in my mind as to his fitness for office.

  67. tim
    June 19th, 2011 at 10:16 am

    Mrs. Smith
    June 19th, 2011 at 10:07 am
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    I agree, Tim with all you said- This sad epitaph has gone well beyond the limits of understanding when you begin weighing out the all the good Weiner had done spearheading issues and legislation that benefit the people when compared to his humiliating over the top antics in complete disregard of how his actions will affect those closest him.. especially, Huma-

    He is a selfish man deliberately defying the laws of universe. Actions have consequences.

    Your feelings do not even register with adults on the compassion scale. Now be a good boy and let her go to care for herself and her number one priority- “your baby!”

  68. I find it absolutely hilarious the term “jobless recovery”. What the hell does that even mean? Wall street, K street, elitist DC beltway people will be fine, but the rest of America is going down the drain.

  69. It seems unlikely that Perry will get the nomination. But he does have strong support among grass roots Republicans and I presume that he has the Bush machine behind him. I am not sure how he connects with Wall Street. I have not heard him speak, but my friends in Texas swear by him. That may have something to do with the fact that he is a rancher and so are they. The tough part for him would be distancing himself from Bush. The country remembers too well what happened the last time it put a Texas governor in the Oval Office. The man who they should have done that to was John McConnell, but it never happened. He was with JFK in the limosine in Dallas when the JFK was assassinated. Later, Connolly was indicted, defended by Edward Bennet Williams and acquitted. Later still, he got wiped out financially when the Texas economy fell into a depression. But through it all he was a great man. With Perry for me the jury is still out. I have no doubt that partisans will attack him, but until I hear him speak to the issues, I am content to keep an open mind.

  70. I find it absolutely hilarious the term “jobless recovery”
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    Tim, I find it short sighted and tragic. Tragic because the people who refer to what is happening now in those terms haven’t clue of the social and economic implications–for society and ultimately for them. Ultimately, it sets those elites up as the cash cow for everything–a detail which they fail to realize. Also, and we have seen this though history, once the middle class is wiped out, people have no loyalty to the system, and the upper class lose their buffer. The me decade, and what the New York Times called the most moralistic generation in history have shown their true colors.

  71. wbboei
    June 19th, 2011 at 10:41 am

    I think if Perry gets in Palin will not, and Palin I believe has already endorsed him for governor over the Bush-endorsed Kay Bailey Hutinchson, so if Palin endorses Perry, I believe Perry will be the nominee. From what I have read Karl Rove or the Bushes cannot stand Rick Perry, so that is a good thing in my book. Bush was a horrible TX gov, Perry compartively seems better, Bush was not a fiscal conservative, he was more of a social conservative.

    I’d vote for a soda can over Waffles in the primaries, but I can attest from business collegues of mine in TX, that Perry had made sure to keep TX a very business friendly state, probably the most business friendly in America. CA and IL are the least friendly, the CME (commodities exchange) is thinking of moving from IL to TX, and the fact that they are even saying this out loud should send shockwaves as to how bad IL is for businesses and how good TX is for them.

  72. wbboei
    June 19th, 2011 at 10:48 am

    Yep, agreed, I guess meant “hilarious” in a bad way, a sarcastic way, certainly not in a good way.

  73. Karl Rove or the Bushes cannot stand Rick Perry, so that is a good thing in my book.
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    I am glad to hear that. That is a big mark in his favor. I put Rove in the same category as Axelrod–only more articulate. Both of them are Satanic.

  74. Those of us that might have been buying physical gold to protect ourselves from the inflation done by the govt, well guess what? Starting July 15th, 2011, over the counter trading/buying/selling of Gold is now illegal — UNLESS you already have 200K worth of gold — this is courtesy of the Dodd-Frank Bill. So, kick people down, and then when the middle class wants to protect themselves, fine them, make it illegal for them to do so, all the while protecting the very people who write this assinine rules, who don’t need that protecting.
    I swear this one completely caught me off guard. The ruling class really does want to stay a ruling class, while making it hard for everyone else.

    http://www.zerohedge.com/article/trading-over-counter-gold-and-silver-be-illegal-beginning-july-15#comments

  75. Tim,

    If you have HBO (on demand) I highly recommend watching their new docudrama, “Too Big to Fail.” Lehman Bros, did way more than go to Barkleys.

    Lehman’s major stockholder was the pig, Richard Fuld. He owned 90% of the stock himself.

    Lehman Brothers was allowed to fail, not bailed out like BearStearns or FreddieMac or FannieMae. Why?

    Lehman Brothers was not bailed out because of who the major investor was- Richard Fuld. In BearStearns case, the Carlyle Group was involved (through Carlyle Capital). Carlyle is closely tied to the Bush family and the Saudi royals. When it came to a tossup of the Fed bailing out one of them, Leahman Bros or BearStearns, the Bushes and the Saudis had the reigns in their hands with Hank Paulson standing at the ready to protect them from catastrophe.

    Dick Fuld, was ill liked, a shark like independent blood letterer. Furthermore, who’s gonna care if Leahman Bros failed? They weren’t partnered with Fuld. The minor part of his company the 10% was comprised of small shareholders. The only one who would be a big loser in this scenario would be Dick Fuld.

    Fuld’s Backstory: Fuld was in it for himself. He was heavily invested in real estate loans (so they claim) but I know better. I worked in the Finacial Sector for 5 yrs specializing in mortgages. Leahman Bros. was very selective to whom they would finance a home mortgage. They had a long held reputation for being a reliable firm and the clients they preferred for approval had to be of a certain class, the debt to loan ratios had to be around 30% to 35%. It was very difficult to get a loan approved by them unless ( the loan applications were doctors and Execs high up in the HC industry.. i.e. Big Pharma, High end medical diagnostics.. )

    Fuld’s thinking as CEO of Lehman Bros may have worked out had he not been a heavy player in the derivatives market because most or all of his clients he knew would remain solvent no matter the state of the economy… he felt confident his bases were covered and he could weather a small percentage of loses if the economy (as it is now) took a dive. Fuld was never included in the financial inner circles that survived. Fuld became their sacrificial lamb unable to be saved. The Fed (Paulson)looking almost Holy, (making $3Billion on the Bailout) not taking advantage of the Taxpayer Funded bailout/crisis.

    Fuld miscalculated the Nature of the business itself. When push came to shove, the in-crowd circle their wagons in unison fighting for survival. Fuld underestimated his power and survival standing alone in a Blood Sport. Lehman Bros., a firm he carefully nurtured for years and failed but for the fact of his own GREED.

    The worst case scenarios for the mortgages granted by Lehman is their properties are underwater for the time being until a real estate market turnaround in another few years.

  76. this is courtesy of the Dodd-Frank Bill. So, kick people down, and then when the middle class wants to protect themselves, fine them, make it illegal for them to do so, all the while protecting the very people who write this assinine rules, who don’t need that protecting.
    I swear this one completely caught me off guard. The ruling class really does want to stay a ruling class, while making it hard for everyone else.
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    This should be a major issue. Fox should make an issue of it, and point out how big media is keeping the American People in the dark. I would like to know what the putative justification for this was. I doubt there was any proffered. That bill was passed with no one reading it. And it was written to benefit Goldman Sacks. The issue needs to be revisited by the Republicans.

  77. Tim-

    Those of us that might have been buying physical gold to protect ourselves from the inflation done by the govt, well guess what? Starting July 15th, 2011, over the counter trading/buying/selling of Gold is now illegal — UNLESS you already have 200K worth of gold — this is courtesy of the Dodd-Frank Bill. So, kick people down, and then when the middle class wants to protect themselves, fine them, make it illegal for them to do so, all the while protecting the very people who write this assinine rules, who don’t need that protecting.
    I swear this one completely caught me off guard. The ruling class really does want to stay a ruling class, while making it hard for everyone else.
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    What this is is a consolidation of power by the Banks. The reason why their mortgage restructuring of home owners has been at a snail’s pace. They have been banking their guns for accruing the biggest share they can afford of the gold market because I think this is when they are going to change to a new currency. Dollar worthless- New currency, wipes out the debt of the old currency. Lincoln did it during the Civil War. Things are going to get not better, but alot worse after the July 15th deadline.

  78. Mrs. Smith
    June 19th, 2011 at 11:52 am

    I haven’t watched the movie, but I did read a good chunk of the book, what the book did not include is much more revealing. You are correct in saying Fuld was not saved, however Goldman Sachs was, because their former CEO Paulson happened to be Sec. of Treasury. However what the author of the book Andrew Ross Sorkin, a NYT reporter, omitted, deliberately, was the amount of investments that many democrats, and it was mainly dems like Dodd, and Pelosi — through her hubby Paul Pelosi’s company’s subsidaries– had in 2 companies Goldman, and JP Morgan — these investments will not show up on disclosure forms, because of “privacy” issues.

    The book is barely ok, but it lays all the blame on Wall Street and Dick Fuld, when it was 50/50 with Wall Street and DC elitists, this is not covered to the extent, because God Forbid some sunlight be shone on DC elitists who did not want that sunlight on them. The incestousness of DC, Wall Street and the media is one as of 2008.

    The website that went after all of them is by Jim Sinclair, his website had been tracking all of it since 2007, as well as Peter Schiff who has been exposing this.

    Andrew Ross Sorkin is another insider who will not cover certain major angles of this story because if he does, his sources will not talk to him, kind of like what idiot Mark Halperin, get a $5 million book deal for “Game Change”, get access to the WH, but the unwritten stipulations, don’t reveal all about Waffles, etc, don’t show anyone in a bad light.

    Only when EVERYONE is confronted and exposed will there be true transparency.

  79. Reminding myself, to watch MTP today. Heard a small blurb by Lindsey Graham while making Blueberry pies.) He wants to cut SS… wiping out people’s retirements. More forcing of people out of their homes and into the street.

    This Boob Obama has got to go and fast. How do we get rid of a completely corrupt Congress and Executive Branch?

    Forget the ATF investigations-

    Forget Republicans impeaching Obama-

    They are all Dead Ends using HOPE as the fatal holdout for making things right. The People are going to have to bust a move to take their country back from the gluttonous pigs once they wake-up to the fact they are being royally screwed. Just letting you know, we’re all in the same boat… I have no protection from disaster…none of us do.

  80. The last president who made sure America was debt free, the middle class was not burdened by losses spread to them was Andrew Jackson, the DC elitists hated him, absolutely hated him. But he refused to bail out anyone, succeed or fail on your own merits, no matter how much bribing of lobbyists was done. And at the end of his presidency, the United States was debt free.

  81. well, off to work.

    Just wanted to post this… I have noticed the same almost stillness in my business, its like people know what’s coming and are hunkering down.

    http://www.jsmineset.com/2011/06/18/jims-mailbox-722/

    “Con’t…
    The town of New Castle reportedly just adopted the new UN sponsored building codes requiring all buildings to be sprinklered and use approved green builders and green materials. This is in an absolutely dead market where the local golf course just declared bankruptcy.

    Everything local government is doing is purely suicidal. The FAT LADY hasn’t even started to practice. The fear factor among the populace rises daily.”

  82. tim
    June 19th, 2011 at 12:24 pm

    I haven’t watched the movie, but I did read a good chunk of the book, what the book did not include is much more revealing. You are correct in saying Fuld was not saved, however Goldman Sachs was, because their former CEO Paulson happened to be Sec. of Treasury. However what the author of the book Andrew Ross Sorkin, a NYT reporter, omitted, deliberately, was the amount of investments that many democrats, and it was mainly dems like Dodd, and Pelosi — through her hubby Paul Pelosi’s company’s subsidaries– had in 2 companies Goldman, and JP Morgan — these investments will not show up on disclosure forms, because of “privacy” issues.
    __________________

    The banking crisis did not occur by happenstance. As much of the movie revolves around a set of facts, the deep dark Truth of it all is it was all staged and preordained until all the Congress critters had their ducks in a row.. and the Investment banks had a way out except for the disposable Fuld’s Lehman Bros.

    The clarion call for ending Gold purchases in July is the beginning of us becoming the “United State of Third World Countries” courtesy of a new currency and our ever lucrative bank oriented government.

    If there is anyone remaining in the ether still convinced Obama is a NBC- please institutionalize them for their own safety.

  83. http://sturdyblog.wordpress.com/2011/06/18/democracy-vs-mythology-the-battle-in-syntagma-square/

    I urge everyone to read this post by a Greek who still has family in the country, its very interesting and very well laid out in his arguments. As I thought, the bailouts are a laundering methods for the other European banks, the middle class in Greece have accepted the cuts, now they have to deal with the massive inflation as a result of this laundering of money, and with each additional bailout, they will never be able to become debt free, they will forever have to have this debt hanging over their heads.

    “And the biggest myth of them all: Greeks are protesting because they want the bail-out but not the austerity that goes with it. This is a fundamental untruth. Greeks are protesting because they do not want the bail-out at all. They have already accepted cuts which would be unfathomable in the UK – think of what Cameron is doing and multiply it by ten. Benefits have not been paid in over six months. Basic salaries have been cut to 550 Euros (£440) a month.

    My mother, who is nearly 70, who worked all her life for the Archaeology Department of the Ministry of Culture, who paid tax, national insurance and pension contributions for over 45 years, deducted at the source (as they are for the vast majority of decent hard-working people – it is the rich that can evade), has had her pension cut to less than £400 a month. She faces the same rampantly inflationary energy and food prices as the rest of Europe.”

  84. Tim-

    Greece, Bulgaria, the failing countries are the models for success or failure hammering out missteps to ensure the US economy and the population tied to it, will go down smoothly with just enough chaos occurring frightening the American people into submission.

    The general public will at first accept the pretense of American soldiers until these soldiers (supposedly there to protect them) under Marshall Law. Unfortunately, it may be the other way round. The chaos of riots and looting will commence but once the soldiers are put in place, it will be about “containment” of the masses once they realize the setting will be the government’s generally accepted state of the union until further notice.

    Mexico will follow Egypt’s collapse and be the linchpin for the demise of the US.

    http://seekingalpha.com/article/249799-mexico-will-follow-egypt-into-collapse

  85. wbboei
    June 19th, 2011 at 11:01 am

    Tim, yes business is good in Texas, but both Bush and Perry inherited a robust economy from Ann Richards. Perry is a sleazeball and very much in it for the money, power and least of all the working Joe.

  86. “yes business is good in Texas, but both Bush and Perry inherited a robust economy from Ann Richards”

    Perhaps, and while I will not credit Bush, Richards reign as governor was over 20 years ago — cannot keep success going unless it is sustained by the successors who followed Richards, I cannot give her credit for Perry’s good fiscal policies, Perry in my opinion on the fiscal side has kept TX extremely competitive and very fair. I know from some collegues of mine in CA, that Perry indeed is constantly trying to bring businesses to TX, I will give full credit to Perry for this.
    At this point, no candidate is one I agree with 100%, but if its Perry vs Waffles, its Perry all the way, and the fact that Rove and the Bushes dont like Perry is a added bonus.

  87. Ann laid the foundation. This is a right to work state that benefits the employer for sure. Perry is always quick to push through legislation to benefit himself and his “friends”, such as toll roads. I don’t know if you have seen his great toll road plan, which by the way was spearheaded by Perry and a Spanish group I believe. Privatized tolls. Yes, the money doesn’t stay in Texas, it is shipped overseas and the roads stay in the hands of a non American company. Didn’t even have the sense to use an American company!But he also divided up farmland that had been in families for generations. A land grab for toll roads. It was not a pretty thing. More than one of his “close” ad visors on the project, latter got jobs with the same company. He was able to use scare tactics in Austin to push these incredibly exorbitant toll roads through, using tax payer roads in some instances and was only stopped from further abuse by tax payer revolts. Oh, I have no doubt he will try again and in fact is always pushing this agenda. Americans will be secluded territoriality from one another because the cost is so high.Forget the open highway. Another brick in the wall. We pay $4 a gallon for gas and you can not tell me that the roads money is insufficient. The problem is Peter is always stealing from Paul and surprise, just like Social Security money,it is gone. Then it’s a short hop to convince the public it is the only way because we are going bankrupt. Rubbish!
    I am not naive; big projects that involve delivering extremely valuable public assets for nominal costs into private hands rarely die, they just play possum, or move to the back shelf for a while, waiting for public attention to shift elsewhere.

  88. My dad loved this show, so I wanted to share this will all the dad’s on this board and those who are no longer with us.

    Jim Nabors as Gomer Pyle USMC – Oh My Papa

  89. Mrs. Smith, that is a very painful video to watch.

    Mrs. Smith, I agree- super painful. In fact, it makes me wonder again if it’s not just boobery, but if we may be seeing the signs of early-onset dementia in BO.

  90. it would be taboo for a Muslim woman marrying a Jewish man but the reverse does not apply to Muslim men marrying other ethnicities.

    The old double standard-

    Odd, don’t you think this news is coming out now?

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

    Sure the story, true or not, is coming out now. Weiner is resigning, so they are looking for other details to milk the story and to hurt Hillary.

    As for the ‘double standard’, Huma (Muslim) did marry a Jewish man (Weiner).

  91. gonzotx
    June 19th, 2011 at 3:07 pm

    “Perry is always quick to push through legislation to benefit himself and his “friends”, such as toll roads. I don’t know if you have seen his great toll road plan, which by the way was spearheaded by Perry and a Spanish group I believe. Privatized tolls. Yes, the money doesn’t stay in Texas, it is shipped overseas and the roads stay in the hands of a non American company. Didn’t even have the sense to use an American company!But he also divided up farmland that had been in families for generations. A land grab for toll roads. It was not a pretty thing. More than one of his “close” ad visors on the project, latter got jobs with the same company. He was able to use scare tactics in Austin to push these incredibly exorbitant toll roads through, using tax payer roads in some instances and was only stopped from further abuse by tax payer revolts. Oh, I have no doubt he will try again and in fact is always pushing this agenda. Americans will be secluded territoriality from one another because the cost is so high.Forget the open highway. Another brick in the wall.”
    __________________________

    Nothing Big goes on in Texas without the Bushes involvment. Anyone thinking otherwise is both delusional
    and a dolt.

    My thoughts about Jindal- Jindal is Bushes straw man candidate. ( I was going to write this exact quote yesterday… but thought better of it because of the misinformation served up; Bush hates Jindal..)With the election wide open and a weak Republican field, Jindal will be touted as the second coming. Campaigned as the model for America. Sold to a freighted public as a proven producer, Jindal and the Texas economy must be followed to pull us out of this recession.

    The Jindal candidacy creep begins as a groundswell. Jeb Bush adds his name as the VP candidate. The closer the elections get to 2012 Jindal/Bush becomes a house-hold word positioned to win. BushSr backing the pair to the hilt coming full circle back to the Bushes in the WH again.

    The Bushes really hate being uber rich ordinary citizens. Just doesn’t have the same feel as running a country with all the power that comes with it having it lie in strange unAmerican Obamanic hands. (no control)

    Now what about the trans- American road. Whats with that?

  92. weighing out the all the good Weiner had done spearheading issues and legislation that benefit the people when compared to his humiliating over the top antics

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

    When asked about JFK’s affair in the White House, a relative said something like: “Great men have great faults, but they still do great things.”

    So our most recent great Democratic Presidents both had affairs — but still did great things. So did Weiner.

    Maybe the stress relief of the ‘antics’ helps them perform better in their jobs. Or maybe most politicians do sexual ‘antics’, but it is the great Democrats who get caught — because the Republicans try harder to catch them.

  93. #
    votermom
    June 19th, 2011 at 4:35 pm

    Mrs. Smith, that is a very painful video to watch.

    Mrs. Smith, I agree- super painful. In fact, it makes me wonder again if it’s not just boobery, but if we may be seeing the signs of early-onset dementia in BO.
    _____________________

    Yes, I agree, it is painful.Only the first time you view the video. If you view it again, “the title is what is throwing you…{ The video maker could have taken a minute and thought of a title less off putting making his point.

  94. Neither JFK or Clinton were exhibitionists or perverts and are as poor a comparison as Obama is to Lincoln.

  95. Mrs. Smith
    June 19th, 2011 at 4:59 pm

    What an idiot Waffles and his sidekick it, I sent that video to the DNC and Waffles’s website through their campaign website. 🙂

  96. I don’t think it will be a Perry/Jindal, I think it will be a Perry/Palin…just a hunch though…I can’t stand Perry! I never vote for this RWN…

    He and Bush are friends…Bush picked him as his sucessor when he ran for Potus….so they are tight and Perry continued Bush’s push for the TransTexasCorridor….Perry is a “yes” man for the elites….just as Obama is….

  97. Perry is a “yes” man for the elites-
    ________________

    If it’s Perry it will be w/Jeb Bush.

    Poppy wants Jeb in next. Can you see them sitting on the front porch in Kenneybunkport sippin on an ice cold lemonade starin’ out at the ocean?

    Jeb: Daddy, is it my turn next. Marvin and Barbara have been pesterin me for an answer..

    Poppy: Well, Jeb you gotta gimme some time, a least a day or two to arrange it.

    Jeb: Daddy, you are the Best Dad in the World. You can make wishes come True in a heartbeat. I wuv you Daddy/

  98. Impersonator mocks Obama, Gingrich at GOP forum

    see pic here:

    http://cdn.tss.uproxx.com/TSS/wp-content/uploads/2011/06/reggie-brown-obama.jpg

    NEW ORLEANS – A Barack Obama impersonator was ushered off the stage after he mocked the Republican presidential hopefuls and joked about the real president’s biracial roots to a room full of conservative activists Saturday.

    The Republican Leadership Conference turned the podium over to impersonator Reggie Brown, who drew raucous applause from the GOP’s supporters when he projected lewd photos of Rep. Anthony Weiner, the New York Democrat who just resigned after the furor over his sexually charged online dalliances with a former porn actress and other women.

    Brown later played up the mass exodus of advisers to candidate Newt Gingrich’s campaign and said Gingrich’s supporters “are dropping faster than Anthony Weiner’s pants.”

    The audience grew more uncomfortable when Brown turned to the candidates who are looking to make Obama a one-term president.

    The impersonator took a shot at former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty, saying Pawlenty missed the conference because “he’s having his foot surgically removed from his mouth.”

    “Don’t worry: it’s covered under Obamneycare … along with spinal transplants,” Brown said.

    Pawlenty has struggled this week after previewing his criticism of former Gov. Mitt Romney’s health care overhaul in Massachusetts that was a model for Democrats’ national plan. Pawlenty first called it “Obamneycare,” a hybrid of “Romneycare” and “Obamacare.” But when given the opportunity to use the term while sharing the stage with Romney during a debate Monday night in New Hampshire, he balked.

    Pawlenty later said it was a mistake not to offer a stronger criticism.

    The impersonator joked about Romney’s Mormon faith and about polygamy, and Rep. Michele Bachmann’s tea party support.

    Organizers then cut off Brown’s microphone and turned on music. He was shown off the stage.

    The jokes came a day after Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour urged Republicans not to be distracted from a message honed solely on jobs and the economy.

    “If we let people in the Obama campaign take America’s eye off the ball, then that’s their only chance to win,” Barbour said.

    Brown opened his routine with jokes about Obama’s biography as the son of a mother from Kansas and a father from Kenya.

    “My mother loved a black man and, no, she was not a Kardashian,” the actor said, referring to the reality television family. Khloe Kardashian is married to basketball player Lamar Odom of the Los Angeles Lakers. Other family members have had black romantic interests on the E! television series.

    Brown also joked about rumors of the president’s birthplace. Obama was born in Hawaii, “or as the tea partyers call it, Kenya,” he said.

    Brown highlighted photographs of past presidents such as George W. Bush at the beginning and end of their terms.

    He showed a picture of George Washington at the start of his term and then projected an image of former first lady Barbara Bush as though it was the nation’s first president as he left office.

    Brown then projected a picture of Obama at the start of his term, followed by a picture of Fred Sanford of “Sanford and Son” as a representation of what Obama would look like when he leaves office.

    http://smokingsection.uproxx.com/TSS/2011/06/president-obama-impersonator-exposes-racism-in-gop

  99. Impersonator mocks Obama, Gingrich at GOP forum

    see pic here:

    http://cdn.tss.uproxx.com/TSS/wp-content/uploads/2011/06/reggie-brown-obama.jpg

    NEW ORLEANS – A Barack Obama impersonator was ushered off the stage after he mocked the Republican presidential hopefuls and joked about the real president’s biracial roots to a room full of conservative activists Saturday.

    The Republican Leadership Conference turned the podium over to impersonator Reggie Brown, who drew raucous applause from the GOP’s supporters when he projected lewd photos of Rep. Anthony Weiner, the New York Democrat who just resigned after the furor over his sexually charged online dalliances with a former porn actress and other women.

    Brown later played up the mass exodus of advisers to candidate Newt Gingrich’s campaign and said Gingrich’s supporters “are dropping faster than Anthony Weiner’s pants.”

    The audience grew more uncomfortable when Brown turned to the candidates who are looking to make Obama a one-term president.

    The impersonator took a shot at former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty, saying Pawlenty missed the conference because “he’s having his foot surgically removed from his mouth.”

    “Don’t worry: it’s covered under Obamneycare … along with spinal transplants,” Brown said.

    Pawlenty has struggled this week after previewing his criticism of former Gov. Mitt Romney’s health care overhaul in Massachusetts that was a model for Democrats’ national plan. Pawlenty first called it “Obamneycare,” a hybrid of “Romneycare” and “Obamacare.” But when given the opportunity to use the term while sharing the stage with Romney during a debate Monday night in New Hampshire, he balked.

    Pawlenty later said it was a mistake not to offer a stronger criticism.

    The impersonator joked about Romney’s Mormon faith and about polygamy, and Rep. Michele Bachmann’s tea party support.

    Organizers then cut off Brown’s microphone and turned on music. He was shown off the stage.

    The jokes came a day after Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour urged Republicans not to be distracted from a message honed solely on jobs and the economy.

    “If we let people in the Obama campaign take America’s eye off the ball, then that’s their only chance to win,” Barbour said.

    Brown opened his routine with jokes about Obama’s biography as the son of a mother from Kansas and a father from Kenya.

    “My mother loved a black man and, no, she was not a Kardashian,” the actor said, referring to the reality television family. Khloe Kardashian is married to basketball player Lamar Odom of the Los Angeles Lakers. Other family members have had black romantic interests on the E! television series.

    Brown also joked about rumors of the president’s birthplace. Obama was born in Hawaii, “or as the tea partyers call it, Kenya,” he said.

    Brown highlighted photographs of past presidents such as George W. Bush at the beginning and end of their terms.

    He showed a picture of George Washington at the start of his term and then projected an image of former first lady Barbara Bush as though it was the nation’s first president as he left office.

    Brown then projected a picture of Obama at the start of his term, followed by a picture of Fred Sanford of “Sanford and Son” as a representation of what Obama would look like when he leaves office.

  100. Graham: “There is no way on God’s green earth you’re going to balance the budget until you put entitlements on the table.”

    SEN. GRAHAM: There is no way on God’s green earth you’re going to balance the budget until you put entitlements on the table, like Ronald Reagan and Tip O’Neill. David, what did they do? They adjusted the age slowly but surely from 65 to 67. We need to means test benefits. Everybody on this program could in the future give up some of their benefits for Social Security to keep it solvent. And you’ve got to do the same thing on Medicare: Slowly but surely adjust the age, and upper income Americans should pay more when it comes to Medicare.

    DAVID GREGORY: But interesting, your party’s not with you on that. Paul Ryan didn’t even include Social Security in his budget plan… You say, “We have to act like grownups,” but nobody’s really willing to go in and touch these things.

    SEN. GRAHAM: Ronald Reagan and Tip O’Neill were grownups. They came up with a formula to save Social Security that slowly but surely adjusted the age. People over 55 are unaffected, but I think young Americans believe Social Security and Medicare are going to fail if we don’t do something.
    ________________________

    Watch Graham mix words to get Gregory to agree with his premise on Social Security and Medicare.

    What I want to know is when is a Congress critter going to ask for repayment of the PEOPLE’S monies borrowed by Congress for funding other ventures from SS and MC? Then the question of solvency wouldn’t even be a topic for discussion.

  101. There are som great pictures of Bill and Hillary on the Sunday nite photo bomb.They project a picture of love and respect for each other.I am certain that Hill is going to step into the race when they that the time has arrived.Hillary shines as she projects more positive pictures of confidence wisdom knowledge and devotion to her country.Happiness has given her more beauty as a mature and determined woman that can and will save the world from destruction and unrest.Obama is taking us down the path of Muslim domination and is totally unfit to continue on as POTUS.Impeachment is our next step in removing this fraud in the WH

  102. What I want to know is when is a Congress critter going to ask for repayment of the PEOPLE’S monies borrowed by Congress for funding other ventures from SS and MC? Then the question of solvency wouldn’t even be a topic for discussion.

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    Right. HIllary made that point, in 2007 iirc.

  103. Axelbutt is either a psycho or just a damn liar.

    “I find it as cool to be an Obama supporter. Having sat with him for two years is the White House and watched him — watching him work through some very difficult things with a lot of intelligence and grace, equilibrium. I, I have great admiration for him,” Obama’s chief campaign strategist told CNN.

    “The people who were participating in the campaign in 2008 weren’t involved n some sort of cult of personality. It wasn’t just about Barack Obama, it was the country and they cared deeply about this country,” Axelrod said in his answer a question about how to make Obama “cool” again.

    http://www.realclearpolitics.com/video/2011/06/19/axelrod_assures_admirers_its_cool_to_be_an_obama_supporter.html

  104. I don’t know which men on Big Pink are dads, but Happy Father’s Day to those of you that are.

  105. Shadowfax
    June 19th, 2011 at 10:55 pm

    Axelbutt is either a psycho or just a damn liar.

    “I find it as cool to be an Obama supporter. Having sat with him for two years is the White House and watched him — watching him work through some very difficult things with a lot of intelligence and grace, equilibrium. I, I have great admiration for him,” Obama’s chief campaign strategist told CNN.
    ________________________

    Amazing to me Obama supporters alway need to include the phrase- “he’s very intelligent” . Yet, there is no supporting evidence leading to that conclusion coming from the American people validating the casual superlatives coming from Obama’s inner circle.

    ““The people who were participating in the campaign in 2008 weren’t involved n some sort of cult of personality. It wasn’t just about Barack Obama, it was the country and they cared deeply about this country,” Axelrod said in his answer a question about how to make Obama “cool” again.”
    _____________________________

    Looking for suggestions?

  106. Neither JFK or Clinton were exhibitionists or perverts and are as poor a comparison as Obama is to Lincoln.

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    Hm, actually the two factors seem to reduce in the same proportions.

    JFK — moon landing — a real, long affair
    Clinton — balanced the budget — a real blowjob
    Weiner — brave Hillarista — internet silliness

  107. Weiner made himself “low hanging fruit.” The only person you name who I would call “powerful” is Clinton. The Kennedy dynasty is dead even in the DNC. Clinton remains, IMO, due to his charisma and his status as a member of a very small club — former POTUS.

    Posting illogical conclusions via ‘word salad’ can’t help.

  108. Reid: War Powers Resolution Doesn’t Apply to Libya

    Reid told the anchor of the PBS News Hour June 17 that the War Powers resolution does not apply to the military attacks on Libya.

    The exchange went as follows:

    Jim Lehrer: Well, first on the Libya military operation, do you believe the War Powers Act requires authorization of further action?

    Sen. Harry Reid: The War Powers Act has no application to what’s going on in Libya.

    Lehrer: None?

    Reid: I don’t believe so. You know, we did an authorization for Afghanistan. We did one for Iraq. But we have no troops on the ground there, and this thing’s going to be over before you know it anyway, so I think it’s not necessary.

    The Nero regime argues that since the U.S. and NATO are just bombing, and there are no U.S. boots on the ground in Libya, the military action there doesn’t constitute “hostilities,” as in the War Powers resolution. As Rep. Dennis Kucinich posed on C-Span last week: Yeah? What about Pearl Harbor?

  109. What do you expect, he’ll only show up near an election when he wants your minority votes. Face it, you got played!

    President Obama no-show miffs Hispanics

    http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0611/57313.html

    Leaders of a national Hispanic organization are criticizing President Barack Obama for skipping their annual conference for the third consecutive year after he promised as a candidate in 2008 that he would return as president.

    Some members of the National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials also are questioning Obama’s commitment to immigration reform, noting that deportations have increased under his watch — even as the administration intensifies its outreach for Hispanic votes. NALEO, which includes more than 6,000 Latino leaders who represent major blocs of voters in key electoral states, opens its annual conference Thursday in San Antonio.

  110. Bill Clinton opera opens in New York
    BBC

    A folk opera based on a day in the life of the teenage Bill Clinton makes its debut in New York this weekend.
    The opera entitled Billy Blythe is the creation of Bonnie Montgomery, who worked on the show with her friend Britt Barber.
    It is being performed by the Metropolis Opera Project at the Medicine Show Theatre on Sunday and Monday.
    “It was very clear that it was an astonishingly beautiful piece,” said Zach James, director of Metropolis.
    The name of the show comes from the name of Mr Clinton’s father, Bill Blythe, who died three months before the future US president was born.
    Mr Clinton later took the surname of his stepfather Roger.
    ‘Southern characters’
    The show follows a day in Mr Clinton’s life during the summer of 1959 in Hot Springs, Arkansas, with the teenager living with his mother, the late Virginia Clinton Kelley, and the abusive Roger.
    “Growing up in Arkansas, I heard a lot of stories about Clinton,” said Bonnie Montgomery. “But the real inspiration came when I was reading his autobiography.”
    Mr Clinton’s colourful mother – who loved make-up, gambling and generally having a good time – features strongly in the opera.
    “[Bill Clinton’s] life story is full of action and exaggerated Southern characters,” said Montgomery.
    “It’s an amazing story that a man can come from where he came from and become the president.
    “His personality is mythical and where he came from provides the perfect mythical backdrop.”
    Montgomery and Zach James say they hope a work such as Billy Blythe will help attract young people to opera.
    Montgomery told the former president about her plans for the show in 2009.
    He has been invited to attend this weekend, although there has been no indication as to whether he will take up the offer.

  111. ““The people who were participating in the campaign in 2008 weren’t involved n some sort of cult of personality. It wasn’t just about Barack Obama, it was the country and they cared deeply about this country,” Axelrod said in his answer a question about how to make Obama “cool” again.”
    ——————-
    The people who were RUBES. They were naive. They were misled. And the past two years have proven this out. The question now is whether they realize that they have stayed too long at the fair. If they are intelligent they will see the handwriting on the wall, and refuse to be bamboozled twice. Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice shame on me, etc. Also, they will have to face up to the inescapable fact that they made a serious mistake in the primary. These people can call themselves intelligent if they like but it does not ring true. The are unsophisticated brand buyers and the brand that does not perform in the marketplace is kaput–regardless of the representations.

  112. wbboei

    Yes, fool me once shame on you, fool me twice shame on me. I wonder how many of those who are responding that they support and will vote for O a second time, are just responding to the question, with the full intent of not voting at all. Why, so they don’t have to take that blame. I think a lot of the support showing for him in the polls is weak, and not real.

  113. Issa: Holder ‘Absolutely’ Knew About ‘Fast & Furious’ Earlier Than He Testified.

    House Oversight and Government Reform Chairman Darrell Issa (R.-Calif.) told CNSNews.com in an interview that he believes the Justice Department is covering up information relevant to a congressional investigation of an operation in which the department knowingly allowed intermediaries of Mexican drug cartels to purchase guns at licensed firearms dealers in the United States and then get away without being arrested or the guns being retrieved.

    Last December, two of those guns ended up at the scene of the murder of a U.S. Border Patrol agent who was killed by alleged agents of the Mexican drug cartels.

    Issa pointed to two things he says indicates a Justice Department cover up. First, he cites a letter that Assistant Attorney General Ronald Weich, head of the Justice Department’s office of legislative affairs, sent to Sen. Charles Grassley (R-Iowa), the ranking member of the Senate Judiciary Committee on Feb. 4, 2011. Issa characterizes that letter as a “lie.”

    Secondly, Issa says the Justice Department made excessive and unjustifiable redactions in documents it provided to his committee.

    Additionally, Issa says he does not believe Attorney General Eric Holder testified accurately in the Judiciary Committee on May 3, when he told Issa (who also serves on that committee) that he had only learned of the gun-running operation—called “Operation Fast and Furious”–a few weeks before that.

    ………………………………………

    Holder will be in a whole new heap of shit if Issa can prove he deliberately lied to congress.

  114. As for Axelrod, no attorney who wished to avoid malpractice would consider putting him on the witness stand to testify in favor of his case. The man is tainted with bias, motive and interest. He has a past history of lying. He is in bed with the worst of people in Chicago and elsewhere. A competent cross examiner would have a field day turning this man inside out, until everyone realized that he is not worth listening to. Of course that is a task beyond the compass of the Obama adoring big media and so he is allowed to speak as if he were credible. Thus, the voters have to make that determination. Let us hope that that is not also a feat beyond the compass of ordinary minds, as it surely was in 2008 when the electorate proved itself to be Rube Nation.

  115. The show follows a day in Mr Clinton’s life during the summer of 1959 in Hot Springs, Arkansas, with the teenager living with his mother, the late Virginia Clinton Kelley, and the abusive Roger.

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

    Assuming this is accurate, it would be interesting to compare his family with Obama’s grandparents as described in DREAMS.

  116. Yes, fool me once shame on you, fool me twice shame on me. I wonder how many of those who are responding that they support and will vote for O a second time, are just responding to the question, with the full intent of not voting at all. Why, so they don’t have to take that blame. I think a lot of the support showing for him in the polls is weak, and not real.
    ——————-
    Yes. But it is an imponderable at this point. We will not know until we see the actual voter turn out. We can extrapolate from there. Some of them may actually vote Republican if the candidate is not toxic. “Intelligent” ones will see that there is no appreciable difference between establishment Dimocrats (DINOS) like Obama and establishment Republicans (RINOS)like that revolting Lindsay Graham. Both wish to loot the middle class, and reward illegal immigration.

  117. Holder will be in a whole new heap of shit if Issa can prove he deliberately lied to congress.
    —————————–
    He would look damned good in a mug shot. He would look even better in a pin strip suit. They could name a wing of the penal institution after him.

    The foulest deeds
    Like prison weeds
    Grow well in prison air
    Its only what is good in man
    That does not flower there—–Oscar Wilde

  118. wbboei. What they don’t understand is that they are hurting the Dems more by lying, or mis representing their opinions, than if they answered honestly. Therefore, they might just find themselves under Rep control again.

  119. The conservatives in the Republican Party are stepping up to the plate to hold their own party accountable for its violation of first principles. We shall see if it works. Will the liberals in the Democratic Party do the same thing? Evidently not. Erickson is attempting to hold the feet of Republicans who would sell out the American People to the fire, and the beltway boys do not fancy any grass roots intrusion on their imperial prerogatives–or the divine right of kings–to save the Republic. Just like the dims.

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    If any Republican votes to raise the debt ceiling without forcing (1) substantial cuts; (2) enforceable caps; and (3) sending the Lee-Cornyn-Hatch Balanced Budget Amendment to the states, the conservative movement must unite to beat the hell out of them in a primary. Period. End of Story. No more wimping out.

    It really is that simple — or at least it is that simple unless your brain has atrophied from being inside the Beltway. Just don’t raise the debt ceiling. Oh, I know, some of you are getting sweaty palms thinking about it and insisting that we must raise the debt ceiling.

    That’s what we always do.

    Putting it bluntly — it is time to be a hostage taker and take the debt ceiling hostage to cutting, capping, and balancing the budget.

    http://www.redstate.com/erick/2011/06/20/are-conservatives-conservative-organizations-in-dc-actually-feckless-wimps/

  120. wbboei. What they don’t understand is that they are hurting the Dems more by lying, or mis representing their opinions, than if they answered honestly. Therefore, they might just find themselves under Rep control again.
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    Sure they are. Cowardice has its price. But when Rohatyn and others delivered the Democratic Party to the banks, it ceased to be the Democratic Party we grew up with. The rhetoric remained the same but a different set of interests came to be served. Some people would regard what I have just said as reduction ad absurdum, and point out that the priorities of the two parties are fundamentally different. To which I say consider Exhibit 1–Barack Obama, and Exhibit 2 follow the money. The point is neither party serves the interests of the American People any more, but at least with conservatives they are willing to hold their leaders feet to the fire. But their party is not in the grip of a cult, and choking on hopium while Rome burns.

  121. Follower in Chief

    Lead? President Obama would prefer not to.

    Fred Barnes
    June 27, 2011, Vol. 16, No. 39

    We’ve had strong presidents and weak presidents, skillful presidents and incompetent presidents, mediocre presidents and just plain poor presidents. Barack Obama stands alone as the first president who simply declines to lead.

    On almost every major issue since he took office in January 2009, Obama has dumped responsibility on someone else, merely paid lip service, or let the issue quietly fade away. Just this year, the issues that have gotten the no-leadership treatment from Obama include: the deficit, the debt, Medicare, Social Security, Medi-caid, energy, corporate taxes, medical liability, immigration, and Libya.

    The president set his pattern of negligible leadership early on in his administration. Rather than draft his own proposals on economic stimulus, health care, cap and trade, and Wall Street reform—his top priorities—he delegated the job to Democrats in Congress.

    Even Jimmy Carter, one of our weakest presidents, didn’t do this. And strong presidents, like Lyndon Johnson and Ronald Reagan, never considered deferring to Congress in that way. They followed the traditional practice of drafting specific legislation—two major tax bills and a military buildup in Reagan’s case, civil rights and Medicare in LBJ’s—and pressing Congress to ratify their recommendations.

    Why is Obama so leadership averse? For one thing, it gives him flexibility since he’s not tied irrevocably to what congressional Democrats come up with. And it limits his accountability. He’s free to attack Republican proposals without attaching himself to an alternative that Republicans could attack.

    Obama is comfortable talking about a range of issues. But more often than not he adopts a vague or equivocal position (or no position at all) and fails to lean on Congress to take action. Obama has frequently advocated a cut in the corporate tax rate this year, for example, then done nothing to achieve it.

    The one specific proposal by Obama this year was a federal budget for 2012, submitted to Congress in February. But after it was widely criticized for failing to tackle the critical spending and debt problem, Obama jettisoned it. He replaced it, in effect, with a nebulous plan lacking in specifics such as a spending baseline or 10-year time frame. At the same time, he denounced the scrupulously specific Republican budget passed by the House for “changing the basic social compact in America.”

    The normal procedure in the Senate, once the House has approved a budget, is to pass one of its own, followed by a Senate-House conference to iron out the differences. However, Majority Leader Harry Reid has refused (for the second straight year) to pass a budget, prompting Minority Leader Mitch McConnell to note that “we had [two] competing versions” of a budget in the Senate, both offered by Republicans. Democrats voted down both.

    On Medicare, the program’s trustees have projected that the program will run out of money in 2024. The Congressional Budget Office puts the date at 2020. Responding to this, the House budget would replace traditional Medicare with “premium support” for seniors to purchase health insurance.

    Neither Obama nor Senate Democrats have proposed an alternative for saving Medicare, though Democratic senator Chuck Schumer of New York said it must stay in its “current form with no cuts to seniors’ benefits.” This is the path to bankruptcy.

    In the current bipartisan negotiations on raising the debt limit by $2 trillion, it’s unlikely the White House and Democrats will agree to any serious Medicare reforms. On the contrary, they’re eager to exploit the Republican plan as a campaign issue in the 2012 election. The closed-door negotiations, by the way, are appropriate for a nonleader, allowing Obama’s minions to argue for specific policies without ever advocating them publicly.

    At fundraising events, Obama insists he’s ready to take on Medicare and Social Security. “Yes, we’ve got to make changes so that Medicare and Social Security are there for future generations,” he said at a Democratic National Committee event in Miami last week. Yet the White House has privately told Republicans not to bring up Social Security in the current talks.

    A bolder and quite public tack was taken by President George W. Bush in 2005. He spent the year talking up the broad outlines of a plan to insure the long-term solvency of Social Security, without success.

    In late 1997, President Bill Clinton agreed, in private, to a compromise with House speaker Newt Gingrich on modifying Social Security. At the last minute, Clinton backed away when the Monica Lewinsky scandal broke.

    But the terms of the compromise—slowing the growth of benefits for the well-off and slightly raising the ceiling on income subject to the payroll tax—are still relevant. They were basically embraced by Obama’s debt commission in December, but not by Obama. He’s proposed no solution to Social Security’s looming breakdown, once again declining to lead.

    A talking point in Obama’s fundraising speeches is the need for “a smart immigration policy in this country.” That’s true, but he hasn’t proposed one. In Miami, the president criticized the practice of attracting foreign students and forcing them to leave the United States after they “get Ph.D.s in engineering and math and science.” Has he sought to change the rules to allow them to stay here? Take a guess.

    An Obama aide told Ryan Lizza of the New Yorker that in foreign affairs the president favors “leading from behind.” That means he scarcely leads at all. On domestic policy, it’s the same, only worse.

    Fred Barnes is executive editor of The Weekly Standard.

    http://www.weeklystandard.com/articles/follower-chief_574848.html

  122. Clinton voters still skeptical of Obama for 2012

    06/20/2011

    Though many Hillary Clinton supporters clenched their teeth and supported Barack Obama in 2008, many remain frustrated with the president’s failure to champion women’s issues and believe he should expect a lower turnout among women for his 2012 reelection.

    “After 2008 [Clinton voters] were basically told get over it, and they haven’t gotten over it,” Amy Siskind, president of the feminist advocacy group The New Agenda, told The Daily Caller.

    Women, however, did vote for Obama in droves with the hope that he would tackle the issues important to them once in office. This has not been the case according to many Hillary Clinton supporters.

    “Barack Obama wasn’t the women’s candidate in 2008 and he is not the women’s president midway through 2011,” Diane Mantouvalos, a 2008 Clinton supporter and co-founder of HireHeels.com (“a forum of power chics for Hillary”) noted.

    According to Manatouvalos — who pointed to a March 2011 Bureau of Labor Statistics report that showed 90 percent of recovery jobs had gone to men in the prior 12 months as proof — Obama has hardly been the women-friendly executive so many thought he could be.

    Indeed, while women did vote for Obama by a margin of 13 percentage points over the GOP in 2008, Democrats lost the women’s vote to Republicans by 1 percentage point during the 2010 elections, based on exit polling.

    “I’d say few if any Hillary supporters have warmed up to the president…I certainly hope that changes by 2012, but it’s too late for women to feel like they’re doing better than they were 3 or 4 years ago,” Mantouvalos added.

    It is not just the job situation either. Feminists have also taken issue with the fact that Obama’s cabinet only has a comparable number of females to the administrations of Presidents George W. Bush and Bill Clinton.

    “In Obama’s coalition, women do not play as strong a role,” Lara Brown, assistant professor of political science at Villanova University and former President Clinton appointee, said. “From my perspective, even though Obama and his administration have talked about giving women appointments, I think that, in fact, they have been much more interested in reaching out to other constituencies that they feel are more important.”

    The perceived neglect of women likely will not escape the administration’s attention as they embark on their 2012 campaign. Obama will need to decidedly win the women’s vote if he hopes to be re-elected.

    “I think it’s partly why he installed Debbie Wasserman-Schulz as the head of the Democratic National Committee, to mollify women, to be serious about making women very visible in his administration and in his reelection campaign,” said Kellyanne Conway, CEO of the polling company, inc./WomanTrend, in reference to the relatively few number of women surrounding the president.

    However, Sam Bennett, president and CEO of the Women’s Campaign Forum and a former Republican, explained that no matter how frustrated Clinton supporters might be with Obama, Republican policies and attacks on choice will make the 2012 election a no-brainer for most women. They will just vote against the Republicans, not necessarily for Obama, she said.

    “This election cycle, more than any other, women have a very clear choice,” she told TheDC. “Even if they do not fully embrace Obama yet, which I completely understand, because Hillary represented so many women — a whole nation of life’s work. But the choice is clear.”

    Pamela Hayes, an attorney who served on Clinton’s national finance committee for both Clinton’s senate and presidential runs, said that while she would like to have seen Obama do more, the only choice for her and other Clinton supporters should be the Democrat, Obama.

    “Most Hillary voters are really loyal Democrats. There’s no reason why they wouldn’t support the president. He’s done really good things, I would like to see him do more, however,” she said, noting that primarily she would have liked him to have codified equal pay legislation.

    Conway said that some of the Obama’s decisions, as of late, are a ploy to woo female voters, but that it is likely too little too late.

    “His administration tried to win women, has tried to court and attract women by talking about reproductive rights and environmental consciousness and making history and hope and change,” said Conway. “Women are pretty savvy customers, and they’re looking for specific solutions, tangibles, options. To many women, Obama is a great example of what everybody’s grandmother warns them about. You know, all talk and no actions. ”

    As Karen Mulhauser, fomer National Abortion Rights Action League (NARAL) executive director and a 2008 Obama advisor, told TheDC, Democrats are focused on upping the intensity in the wake of the unenthusiastic results from 2010.

    “The Democratic Party is hoping that — after seeing the results of 2010 — people are just not going to be as complacent and stay home, when they have the chance to vote,” she said.

    Anecdotally, however, Obama is having a difficult time garnering support from female donors.

    “The administration is now, out of nowhere, from nowhere, trying to do a reach out to the Clinton women effort,” said Caren Z. Turner, a Democratic fundraiser, Clinton supporter and CEO of the lobbying firm Turner Government & Public Affairs.

    “It’s been dead silence for over two years, almost three years,” Turner said. “And suddenly we’re seeing significant people from the administration reach out and I would say that the administration officials that have met with us have been, I would say polite, but chilly.”

    Former Clinton fundraiser Lady Lynn Forester de Rothschild added that many significant Democratic donors will not be giving to Obama this cycle.

    “I believe Obama is going to have a lot of difficulty with a lot of Clinton supporters,” Rothschild said. “[They] are going say to themselves ‘fool me once, shame on you, fool me twice, shame on me’ and will not join on as long as the Republicans or a third option is a good option.”

    Turner pointed out, that while women have made many demands on Obama, the few victories for women the administration can point to, such as the Lily Ledbetter Paycheck Fairness Act and the White House Council on Women and Girls, are hardly a fraction of what many would have liked to see.

    “[The report “Women in America”] it’s the only thing [the White House Council on Women and Girls] have done and it’s an embarrassment to the administration and yet they clearly point to this as an accomplishment,” Turner said. “I think the former Clinton women are very sophisticated, this is not their first rodeo, they see through this nonsense and the lights and mirrors. And this is lights and mirrors. For these very high-ranking officials to point to this study as an accomplishment is a huge embarrassment.”

    While the report was not especially groundbreaking, many women were pleased to see it, as there had been no report like it for decades.

    “So that does represent a commitment, a focus, out of the White House that has not been there in 30 years,” Bennett noted.

    Like Conway, Turner believes that words and symbolism are one thing, but to get women to take notice, Obama actually needs to present tangible results.

    “I think he could have done a lot more,” Turner said. “I just think this whole White House Council on Women and Girls is just symbolic of the higher problem that he’s going to have with women. We’re asking, ‘show us what you’ve done’ and we get a very nice dissertation about Joplin, Missouri. Okay, that’s interesting, but what have [you] to done to help women and girls in this country?”

    Rothschild told TheDC that Obama will likely not win the Clinton vote as easily as he did in 2008, now that they have seen how he governs.

    “He’ll do what he did last time, he’ll take the Hillary vote for granted,” she said. “I understand why people went with him in 2008. It was ‘hope’ over experience. Well now we actually have seen the experience.”

    While Clinton supporters remain frustrated that their candidate got the shaft in 2008, Conway noted that now Clinton is even more popular than Obama, a Pyrrhic victory, to be sure, but a victory nonetheless.

    “It’s amazing – I would say that many of these women feel exonerated, vindicated, and, even if under-appreciated, because Hillary Clinton is 20 points more popular than she was on Election Day 2008, and more popular than her boss, Barack Obama,” Conway said. “I think women will look at that as sweet justice.”

    http://dailycaller.com/2011/06/20/clinton-voters-still-skeptical-of-obama-for-2012/

  123. June 20th, 2011

    US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton due in Budapest on Wednesday

    US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and US senators and congressional representatives will arrive in Budapest on June 29 in order to attend the inaugural ceremony of the Lantos Institute in Parliament the following day.

    Clinton is also planning to meet one or two non-governmental politicians, including former prime minister Gordon Bajnai. Népszabadság notes that two former US ambassadors will stay away from the inauguration.

    Hungarian-born Democrat Tom Lantos, who died in 2008, was the US House of Representatives foreign affairs committee chairman.

    Then prime minister Ferenc Gyurcsány initially raised the idea of founding the Lantos Institute, Bajnai’s cabinet held talks about it, and Fidesz decided to follow up on the plan after its 2010 election victory.

    US board of trustees co-chair and former US secretary of state Condoleezza Rice will also attend the ceremony, but will arrive earlier to attend the unveiling of a Ronald Reagan statue and a conference.

    http://www.politics.hu/20110620/us-secretary-of-state-hillary-clinton-due-in-budapest-on-wednesday/

  124. NewMexicoFan
    June 17th, 2011 at 7:49 pm
    I saw a Obama/Biden bumper sticker on the way home. They have become very rare. I think people are taking them off.
    &&&&&&&&

    I wonder what different drivers with Obama stickers still on would say?

    a) “Gosh, I mean, it really is great to have Obama in there fighting for all those good things. He’s gotten such a bad rep from the Right Wing media that is organized against him. I’m proud of my sticker”.

    b) “Oh yeah, that’s still on there? I dunno if I’ll vote in 2012. He’s so lame.”

    c) “I am pissed off that Obama is barely any different than Bush, and he’s such a push over. I just reflexively support any Democrat, if if his first name is Adolph.”

    d) “Do you know how hard it is to get that damn sticker off????”

  125. The enemy of my enemy… The Huma Abedin/Muslim Brotherhood is a right wing extrapolation of the nasty Hillary/Huma rumors from the primaries that were most likely spread by the Obama campaign….

    The target is HILLARY not Weiner.

  126. The enemy of my enemy… The Huma Abedin/Muslim Brotherhood is a right wing extrapolation of the nasty Hillary/Huma rumors from the primaries that were most likely spread by the Obama campaign….

    The target is HILLARY not Weiner.
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    The behavior of Weiner would attract this kind of condemnation even if there was no connection to Hillary–or Bill. If he had resigned immediately, it would not have come to a big media spectacle. We saw the same thing from big media in the case of Larry Craig. The reason I am not convinced that this came from the Obama camp–as many prior attacks undoubtedly did, is because she is not a declared candidate and she can do Obama far more damage now. In fact, she could destroy him on many levels–if she was prepared to take the big media flack for crucifying their holey one.

    I know these are stupid people we are dealing with here–like McDonough who sits through a press interview oblivious to the fact that he has a porographic picture of Hillary on his computer screen, which is forgiveable perhaps since he was only the DEPUTY Director of National Security at that time, I am as certain that they are suicidal. In the meantime, you just know our nation is in good hands.

  127. I found this in a comment at Murphy’s: The Supreme Court put the brakes on a massive job discrimination lawsuit against Wal-Mart, saying class-action status that could potentially involve hundreds of thousands of female workers was too large. However am certain it will be all over the news, so am saving my link for the following lesser story:

    This state-by-state legislation may also be ‘too large’, but dollars to donuts, neither the SC nor anyone else who could make a difference, will think it is too large for taxpayers to handle:
    A bill to be introduced in the state House today by Rep. Tony Payton, D-Phila., would allow illegal immigrants who were brought here as children by their parents and who have attended high school in the state to pay instate college tuition rates rather than higher, out-of-state rates. Payton is calling his bill the DREAM Act for Pennsylvania. In a memo to other state House members, he noted that “Maryland recently became the 11th state to pass legislation allowing long-term undocumented immigrant students the ability to qualify for in-state tuition at institutions of higher education.” Under Payton’s DREAM Act, illegal immigrants would be able to pay in-state tuition costs at a community college or state-related school, provided they meet certain requirements, including:

    * Attending a high school in the state for at least three years, starting in 2005-06.

    * Entering a college no earlier than the 2011 fall semester, though Payton said he would like to see the in-state tuition rate applied to current students as well.

    * Providing documentation to the college showing that the student, a parent or guardian has filed a state income-tax return for the three years when the student attended high school here.

    Bob Dane, spokesman for the Federation for American Immigration Reform, a Washington-based group that seeks to stop illegal immigration, contended that state lawmakers’ attempts to pass a DREAM Act-type bill “is an amnesty bill disguised as an educational initiative.”
    http://articles.philly.com/2011-06-17/news/29670216_1_dream-act-illegal-immigrants-tuition-rate

  128. moononpluto
    June 20th, 2011 at 5:25 am

    Hahaha, i had to laugh.

    Brilliant Animation.
    ——
    It is great!

  129. Mrs. Smith
    June 20th, 2011 at 6:58 am

    Weiner made himself “low hanging fruit.” The only person you name who I would call “powerful” is Clinton. The Kennedy dynasty is dead even in the DNC. Clinton remains, IMO, due to his charisma and his status as a member of a very small club — former POTUS.

    Posting illogical conclusions via ‘word salad’ can’t help.
    —–

    Sometimes I forget to ignore. Like someone tossing a fly in my soup, I just toss the entire bowl out instead of picking out the fly. 😉

  130. His qualifications for public office are . . . how shall I put it . . . impeccable. A housing counselor putting his way through Temple, and a vigorous advocate for the dream act which will screw his constituents. One look at this guy and you will understand Plato’s misgivings about democracy.

    Tony J. Payton, Jr. is a Democratic member of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives, representing the 179th legislative district. He was elected in 2006.[2]

    Payton is currently attending classes at Temple University and is president of the Pennsylvania Young Democrats.[3] Prior to elective office, Payton worked as a housing counselor for the United Communities in South Philadelphia.[4] In 2007, the Philadelphia Tribune named him one of the most influential African Americans.[

  131. Time has marched on. The most powerful man in the Democratic Party and in government today is Barack Hussein Obama. That is reality. We live in a media controlled totalitarian state, and he is their golden calf. There is a way to break that juggernaut–but it consists of telling big media to go to hell. I am skeptical that the Republicans have the balls to do it. There is a terrible disconnect between likability and governance in this country. Most people lack critical thinking skills. Big media tells them something and they accept it as true. For those who wonder how the German People could have supported Hitler, there is your answer. I will tell you how bad it is. If the United States went bankrupt tomorrow millions of idiots would still vote for Obama. Even with advanced degrees, these people are uneducatable.

  132. I figured that out when the elder statemen of the legislature in 2008 stated they were voting for O because their kids told them to. This is the generation of worship thy children, or they may not like you crap. They did not understand that they were the adults, the leaders, the experience ones, and they should have told their children this man just did not yet have the background.

    He lacked any really leadership experience, and obviously, does not plan on pickup any of those skills.

    Can you imagine, leaderless for 8 years.

  133. Hillary has a full plate again today.she truly is “Wonder Woman” Our real POTUS.

    SECRETARY HILLARY RODHAM CLINTON:
    9:15 a.m. Secretary Clinton meets with the Assistant Secretaries, at the Department of State.
    (CLOSED PRESS COVERAGE)

    10:00 a.m. Secretary Clinton meets with the participants in the June Ambassadorial Seminar, at the Department of State.
    (CLOSED PRESS COVERAGE)

    3:45 p.m. Secretary Clinton meets with President Obama at the White House.
    (MEDIA DETERMINED BY WHITE HOUSE)

    5:00 p.m. Secretary Clinton hosts a reception in honor of departing Deputy Secretary Steinberg, at the Department of State.
    (CLOSED PRESS COVERAGE)

    7:00 p.m. Secretary Clinton attends a dinner hosted by Secretary Gates in honor of Japanese Foreign Minister Matsumoto and Japanese Defense Minister Kitazawa.
    (CLOSED PRESS COVERAGE)

  134. Can you imagine, leaderless for 8 years.

    ——–
    Just like turning your bank account over to your teens.
    By the time you pay attention, there is nothing left but your house if filled up to the ceiling with crap.
    Time to take a bulldozer to the entire congress and administration.

    The only question left if who do you want to drive the ‘dozer…

  135. 3:45 p.m. Secretary Clinton meets with President Obama at the White House.
    (MEDIA DETERMINED BY WHITE HOUSE)

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    Hillary should just take this off her calendar, put her feet up because it’s a waste of time. Doesn’t Barry have a gulf game at 3:30? 😉

  136. McDonough who sits through a press interview oblivious to the fact that he has a porographic picture of Hillary on his computer screen, which is forgiveable perhaps since he was only the DEPUTY Director of National Security at that time

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

    Pornographic? If so, then shouldn’t HE be the one called a pervert, and told to resign? But that only happens to Hillary supporters.

  137. Obama’s cabinet only has a comparable number of females to the administrations of Presidents George W. Bush and Bill Clinton.

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

    I thought Bill’s had higher numbers.

  138. NewMexicoFan
    June 20th, 2011 at 1:33 pm

    Breaking news, the ATF Director is going to resign in the next day or two over the Guns
    —–
    Is he to be the fall guy in this debacle?
    I hope Issa keeps digging all the way to the Oval.

  139. A YouTube video of Minister Louis Farrakhan taking President Obama to task over the war in Afghanistan and the bombing of Libya is making its way around the Web. In the video, Farrakhan admonishes the president for turning into someone else. Farrakhan says, “We voted for our brother Barack, a beautiful human being with a sweet heart, and now he’s an assassin. They turned him into them.”

    http://www.theroot.com/buzz/video-minister-farrakhanthats-murderer-white-house

    (Who’s ‘they’? The obots?)

  140. June 20, 2011

    TSA Now Storming Public Places 8,000 Times a Year
    By Tara Servatius

    http://www.americanthinker.com/2011/06/tsa_now_storming_public_places_8000_times_a_tear.html

    Americans must to decide if, in the name of homeland security, they are willing to allow TSA operatives to storm public places in their communities with no warning, pat them down, and search their bags. And they better decide quickly.

    Bus travelers were shocked when jackbooted TSA officers in black SWAT-style uniforms descended unannounced upon the Tampa Greyhound bus station in April with local, state and federal law enforcement agencies and federal bureaucrats in tow.

    A news report by ABC Action News in Tampa showed passengers being given the signature pat downs Americans are used to watching the TransportationSecurity Administration screeners perform at our airports. Canine teams sniffed their bags and the buses they rode. Immigration officials hunted for large sums of cash as part of an anti-smuggling initiative.

    The TSA clearly intends for these out-of-nowhere swarms by its officers at community transit centers, bus stops and public events to become a routine and accepted part of American life.

    The TSA has conducted 8,000 of these security sweeps across the country in the past year alone, TSA chief John Pistole told a Senate committee June 14. They are part of its VIPR (Visible Intermodal Prevention and Response) program, which targets public transit related places.

    All of which is enough to make you wonder if we are watching the formation of the “civilian national security force” President Obama called for on the campaign trail “that is just as powerful, just as strong and just as well funded” as the military.

    The VIPR swarm on Wednesday, the TSA’s largest so far, was such a shocking display of the agency’s power that it set the blogosphere abuzz.

    In a massive flex of muscle most people didn’t know the TSA had, the agency led dozens of federal and state law enforcement agencies in a VIPR exercise that covered three states and 5,000 square miles. According to the Marietta Times, the sweep used reconnaissance aircraft and “multiple airborne assets, including Blackhawk helicopters and fixed wing aircraft as well as waterborne and surface teams.”

    When did the TSA get this powerful? Last year, Pistole told USA Today he wanted to “take the TSA to the next level,” building it into a “national-security, counterterrorism organization, fully integrated into U.S. government efforts.”

    What few people realize is how far Pistole has already come in his quest. This is apparently what that next level looks like. More than 300 law enforcement and military personnel swept through a 100-mile stretch of the Ohio Valley alone, examining the area’s industrial infrastructure, the Charleston Gazette reported.

    Federal air marshals, the Army Corps of Engineers, the U.S. Coast Guard, the FBI, the Office of Homeland Security and two dozen other federal, state and local agencies teamed up to scour the state’s roads, bridges, water supply and transit centers under the TSA’s leadership.

    What is remarkable about these security swarms is that they don’t just involve federal, state and local law enforcement officials. The TSA brings in squads of bureaucrats from state and federal agencies as well, everything from transportation departments to departments of natural resources.

    The TSA had received no specific threats about the Tampa bus station before the April sweep, reporters were told.

    They were there “to sort of invent the wheel in advance in case we have to if there ever is specific intelligence requiring us to be here,” said Gary Milano with the Department of HomelandSecurity in an ABC News Action television report. “This way us and our partners are ready to move in at a moment’s notice.”

    Federal immigration officials from Customs and Border Patrol swept the station with the TSA, looking for “immigration violations, threats to nationalsecurity” and “bulk cash smuggling.” (How the bulk cash smuggling investigation related to national security was never explained.)

    “We’ll be back,” Milano told reporters. “We won’t say when we’ll be back. This way the bad guys are on notice we’ll be back.”

    The TSA gave the same vague answers when asked about the three-state sweep this week. That sweep wasn’t in response to any specificsecurity threat, either.

    The purpose was to “have a visible presence and let people know we’re out here,” Michael Cleveland, federal security director for TSA operations in West Virginia told the Gazette. “It can be a deterrent.”

    It might be — if Americans are willing to live this way.

    Tara Servatius is a radio talk show host.
    Follow her @TaraServatius and on Facebook.

  141. Shadowfax
    June 20th, 2011 at 12:35 pm

    yeah, well in this case the Turtle was still in my soup. Looking to buy one of those clear plastic dishes with the island and a plastic green Palm tree in the middle. 🙂

  142. Pornographic? If so, then shouldn’t HE be the one called a pervert
    ———————
    That would be my position. But the supreme court has been crystal clear on the subject, as evidenced by Justice Stewarts helpful comment–I cannot define pornography but I know it when I see it. Also, before the Burger court who deferred to community standards the standard was lewd, lacivious and lacking in social value. Under that standard Tony gets by, but McDonough is snared. He has no social value. He was co-author of the move back to the 1967 borders–he and the other big Irishman. The one who does not look like Lurch The Butler on The Addams Family. (Note: there is no other way to tell those two nevishes much beloved by Brian–my only regret is that I did not graduate from college Williams, apart.)

  143. CNN just said that President O is going to start tweeting, that is not his staff really him.

    That man will do anything to avoid the job. It is more important to craft significant legislation, than to TWEET!

  144. moononpluto
    June 20th, 2011 at 8:14 am
    What do you expect, he’ll only show up near an election when he wants your minority votes. Face it, you got played!

    President Obama no-show miffs Hispanics
    ******

    What a dumb move

  145. Mrs. Smith
    June 20th, 2011 at 2:47 pm
    June 20, 2011

    TSA Now Storming Public Places 8,000 Times a Year
    By Tara Servatius
    **************
    Jesus

  146. Well wbb, if they can go higher up the ladder I will be thrilled, but I won’t bet on it. I am hoping this thing does not get sweeped, but CBS, NBC, you know, all the fraud fellatitors, will do their collective best.

  147. Well wbb, if they can go higher up the ladder I will be thrilled, but I won’t bet on it. I am hoping this thing does not get sweeped, but CBS, NBC, you know, all the fraud fellatitors, will do their collective best.
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    I think it will go higher. He is just the first sacrificial lamb. The next one will be in the justice department. I seem to recall that Insider said this will bring down Holder. It will. But if I were Issa, I would call this cowboy–the head of ATF–and each of his inner circle before Congress and watch how quickly they plead the Fifth.

    If I were Issa, I would treat this head of the ATF like he was public enemy number 1. I would force him to acknowledge that he knowingly put 2500 guns into the hands of drug dealers, that these guns were used to kill the border agent, that they will probably be used to kill other Americans, that he did it on his own, that he never discussed any of this with anyone from the DOJ, and they are innocent as the driven snow. If he can swallow that big of a turd with a straight face, then I would move in with whatever impeachment material I had. I would leave no doubt in his mind that somebody here was going to be destroyed and either it would be him and his family or the people in the Justice Department. Then, see if he flinches.

  148. I have a very very very low opinion of ATF. When Annenberg had that agency, they were excellent. Better than the FBI in those days. No more. Just cowboys. They played a pivotal role in the massacres at Waco and Ruby Ridge. They submitted false affadavits to judges. And now they are up to their own tricks. They need to be hauled before the mast.

  149. tim
    June 18th, 2011 at 2:56 pm
    Oh wow. I just saw a recap of an interview by Dennis Kunich and Rand Paul, both are suing to stop the illegal Libyan war, and oh yes its a war with no congressional approval.
    And I was shocked to hear Dennis K. say he was against the Iraq war, but he praised Bush for at least coming to Congress to get that congressional approval, Dennis went on to say, with Waffles, he gets the UN approval for this illegal war and that according to Waffles no congressional approval is needed.

    Now, what does it say that here is Dennis Kunich praising Bush and denouncing Waffles?
    &&&&&&&&

    It says exactly what you are hinting at; every Dem who Obama threw under the bus is planning their revenge. These are smart people with long memories.

  150. DESPERATELY SEEKING “LIKES” AND “FRIENDS”

    NewMexicoFan
    June 20th, 2011 at 3:03 pm
    CNN just said that President O is going to start tweeting, that is not his staff really him. That man will do anything to avoid the job. It is more important to craft significant legislation, than to TWEET!
    &&&&&&&&&

    OMG, WTF, DUH.

    Obama: “When not on the gold course trying to decompress from my pressure filled 24×7 job, which includes meet and greets with figure heads and sports champions, I like to educate the public on shows like Oprah, The View, Myth Busters.”

    “I’m also real busy listening to what my Wife from Hell tells me to do. Big press conference on the economy in conflict with a Christmas party that Michelle tells me is more important? No problem, turn over the presser to Bill. He likes that kind of thing.”

    “And yet with all the basketball pickup games, galas, and fundraisers, I still find myself with time on my hands. Ergo, I have yet another avenue to fritter away my time, with Tweeting. Despite my constant presence in front of your face with photo ops, I feel that you need to hear MORE from me.”

    “This will help keep me out of discussions about stuff I don’t particularly care about: “the economy”, “your joblessness problem”, wars all over the heck, etc. I’ll let Bill Daley and Valerie claw each others eyes out, and the winner gets to put up the content on my teleprompter.”

    “I look forward to our increased communication”.

  151. Shadowfax
    June 20th, 2011 at 2:22 pm
    A YouTube video of Minister Louis Farrakhan taking President Obama to task over the war in Afghanistan and the bombing of Libya is making its way around the Web. In the video, Farrakhan admonishes the president for turning into someone else. Farrakhan says, “We voted for our brother Barack, a beautiful human being with a sweet heart, and now he’s an assassin. They turned him into them.”
    &&&&&&&

    Even Farrakan feels a little “under the bus”. Dr. Obama has the cure: “Take two cyanide and call me in the morning”.

  152. The NYTs seems to be worried about Huntsman running for Pres….

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    [snip]

    The president’s envoy to Beijing, former Gov. Jon M. Huntsman Jr. of Utah, a Republican who was in town for Mr. Hu’s visit, was rumored to be considering a run for the boss’s job in 2012. Happening upon Mr. Huntsman in the State Room, Mr. Axelrod confronted him.

    “He said, ‘I don’t know where this is all coming from,’ ” Mr. Axelrod recalled, “ ‘It’s way overblown.’ ”

    When Mr. Axelrod shared that story during an interview last week, Mr. Huntsman was completing plans for an announcement on Tuesday that he indeed intends to run for president.

    Mr. Huntsman’s decision prompted a mix of suspicion and resignation among the president’s advisers: suspicion that Mr. Huntsman had not always been straight about his national aspirations, and resignation that, as one presidential strategist put it, “There’s no loyalty in politics,” especially when it comes to across-the-aisle alliances.

    Mr. Huntsman, 51, who resigned as ambassador in late April and declined to comment for this article, is joining the presidential campaign scene as a relative unknown outside Utah. Yet he is among those who are being taken most seriously by Mr. Obama’s aides, who after working with him for more than two years say he could be formidable if — and they consider this a big “if” — he can navigate a nominating contest likely to be decided by voters who may view him as too moderate.

    http://www.nytimes.com/2011/06/20/us/politics/20huntsman.html?_r=1&ref=politics

  153. Bringing bags of money home with her for BO’s campaign?
    _______________________

    Michelle Obama heads to Africa, stirs criticism

    By Rachel Rose Hartman

    First Lady Michelle Obama embarks today on a weeklong trip to Africa to spread goodwill. But the trip is already stirring criticism, making it just the latest travel choice by the First Lady to draw some negative press for the White House.

    The aim of Obama’s tour, which will take her to South Africa and Botswana, is to engage with young people–especially girls and women–who play prominent roles in academic life and civic leadership, while also furthering awareness on health and wellness issues.

    But, as Washington Post writer Krissah Thompson notes, the trip is already provoking disappointment from Africa advocates who argue that President Obama, whose father was Kenyan, hasn’t devoted enough time to the continent since winning the presidency. Mwiza Munthali, public outreach director of TransAfrica Forum, argues that U.S. officials “are not seeing Africa as a big priority. There has been some ambivalence.” The president has made just one trip to sub-Saharan Africa since his Jan. 2009 inauguration and has chosen not to accompany his wife on her journey.

    This isn’t the first time the First Lady has come under fire for travel plans. Below we review some of Michelle Obama’s past controversies around trips:

    • The glitzy Spanish getaway: The First Lady raised eyebrows last August when she decided to jaunt off to Spain, commanding top-dollar luxury accommodations in the middle of a recession. The New York Daily News called her “a modern-day Marie Antoinette.”

    • The greeting leaders with creative diplomacy in England, Indonesia: The ever-delicate question of international etiquette has made trouble for the First Lady on a couple of foreign trips. In April 2009, she broke royal protocol and hugged Queen Elizabeth, causing a major stir in England and elsewhere. Then in Indonesia last November, Michelle Obama shook the hand of a conservative Muslim minister, a form of social contact between the sexes that violated his religious vows. He blamed the First Lady for the violation.

    • The visit to immigration-complicated Mexico: Critics accused the First Lady of organizing a frivolous trip to Mexico in April 2010 with Jill Biden, wife of Vice President Joe Biden. While that trip, too, was aimed primarily on establishing contact with younger civic leaders, some detractors called out the First Lady for taking time to travel to a country that’s long been a flashpoint in U.S. immigration policy. Conservative blogger Michelle Malkin, for instance, argued that the trip was little more than an effort to promote “illegal alien shamnesty.”

  154. gonzotx
    June 20th, 2011 at 3:35 pm

    Mrs. Smith
    June 20th, 2011 at 2:47 pm

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    Makes you wish you bought something to runaway to overseas.

  155. Mr. Huntsman’s decision prompted a mix of suspicion and resignation among the president’s advisers: suspicion that Mr. Huntsman had not always been straight about his national aspirations, and resignation that, as one presidential strategist put it, “There’s no loyalty in politics,” especially when it comes to across-the-aisle alliances.
    ————————
    The word loyalty and Obama do not belong in the same sentence. If gives none and he should expect none.

  156. Mr. Huntsman’s decision prompted a mix of suspicion and resignation among the president’s advisers: suspicion that Mr. Huntsman had not always been straight about his national aspirations, and resignation that, as one presidential strategist put it, “There’s no loyalty in politics,”

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    Huntsman/Richardson 2012 ?

  157. “Most Hillary voters are really loyal Democrats.”

    Most Hillary voters WERE really loyal Democrats until a radical cheating scumbag like Waffles showed us what he and the DNC was willing to do to step over an experienced woman like Hillary to SELECT and unqualified scumbag like Waffles. And it culminated on May 31th, 2008.

    And the entire party went along with this charade, that JFK democratic party no longer exists.

  158. the economy is in a shitter, the Justice department should be renamed The Unjustice department- the bad, the ugly, and the criminally insane.But what are the AOL headlines?…Drum roll please….
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    Sammie Spade, Former Clinton Intern, Now A Porn Star

    Hillary Clinton Intern , Sammie Spades , Former Clinton Intern Sammie Spades , Porn Star , Porn Star Sammie Spades , Politics News

    In just six years, Sammie Spades went from having budding political dreams while working as an intern at Hillary Clinton’s Buffalo office to making full out porn, reports TMZ.

    The gossip site has photos of the adult film actress posing with then Senator Clinton from the summer of 2006 when Spades was attending community college.

    Spades told TMZ that she was planning on becoming an attorney and later going into public office. Money problems, she said, forced her to abandon her legal dreams when she found that porn paid pretty well.

    What would the Secretary of State think of her former intern now?

    “I don’t think Hillary would be too happy,” said Spades, ‘but I have nothing but respect for Mrs Clinton,” reports The Daily Mail.

    Spades seems to be enjoying the attention. Earlier today she tweeted: “Well, its definitely been an interesting morning! Check out the story on TMZ if you don’t know y :o)” and “Look! Someone thinks I’m interesting today :oP”

  159. June 20th, 2011 at 1:33 pm
    Breaking news, the ATF Director is going to resign in the next day or two over the Guns
    Is he to be the fall guy in this debacle?

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    http://pajamasmedia.com/blog/mega-scandal-was-gunwalker-a-pr-op-for-gun-control/

    Just 2 snippets from the report:

    On television, in various news outlets, and even in a joint appearance with Mexican President Felipe Calderon, Obama pushed the 90 percent lie, implying that 90% of the guns recovered in Mexican cartel violence came from U.S. gun shops.

    At the same time they were damning gun dealers in public, the administration was secretly forcing them to provide weapons to the cartels,…

    From 1994-2002, Obama was a director of the Joyce Foundation. Joyce is a progressive organization dedicated to “social justice,” and one of their primary areas of advocacy has always been the funding of gun control organizations. Joyce has long attempted to erode Second Amendment rights, and during Obama’s tenure as a director went so far as to try to subvert Second Amendment scholarship. Joyce gave millions to effectively buy law reviews with grants, and then used those reviews to publish only papers that attacked the individual rights interpretation. The goal was to so pervert legal scholarship that the scholarship would affect Supreme Court decisions.

    Joyce director Obama, and those surrounding him, internalized fellow Chicagoan Saul Alinsky’s Rules for Radicals. While the Joyce plot narrowly failed, it affirmed Alinsky’s strategy of agitating, fanning hostility, and disorganizing the public in order to force radical change.

    We know that Obama’s friends in Joyce Foundation-supported gun control groups suspiciously have not attacked the administration’s gun-running, but instead have attacked the Oversight Committee’s investigation.

  160. LOL. C-BS has hired Norah O’Donnell as their chief DC correspondent. HA HA, they think a MSNBC liberal like her is going to attract viewers?!?! She’s just going to lose them more viewers.

  161. “If we don’t do it, who will?” Mr. Perry asked.
    “If not now, when?”

    Oh, Boy!
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    Gov. Perry Calls for More State Power

    By PATRICK O’CONNOR

    NEW ORLEANS – Texas Gov. Rick Perry, sounding like a candidate for the White House, called for turning more power over to state governments in a Saturday speech that is likely to fuel further speculation about his presidential ambitions.

    Addressing GOP activists and officials at the Republican Leadership Conference, Mr. Perry touched on the theme of individual liberty important to tea party activists and challenged GOP candidates not to shrink from social issues, such as opposition to abortion.

    “It’s time to reconnect with the greatest attributes of our nation, to regain that resilient spirit and recapture that love of freedom,” Mr. Perry told the crowd.

    Even as polls show former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney building a lead over other presidential contenders, many of the activists and party officials gathered at a hotel on the banks of the Mississippi said they would like to see Mr. Perry enter the race.

    “I hope Rick Perry gets in,” said Troy Terrell, the 69-year-old mayor of Converse, La.

    “He’s awesome,” said Cherie Billings, chairman of the Nassau County Republican Party in Florida. “He would be a good addition to the race.”

    The potential for the telegenic Texan to emerge as an alternative to Mr. Romney sends a troubling signal to those candidates already trying to claim that mantle. “Perry probably swallows up the rest of the air in the race,” said John Ryder, a member of the Republican National Committee from Tennessee. “He would give Romney a run for it.”

    Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour, who abandoned his own presidential aspirations earlier this year, said the Texas governor would “be a serious candidate, if he chooses to run,” because he’s “relatively well known for somebody just now thinking about running.”

    The latest Wall Street Journal/NBC News poll showed Mr. Romney garnering support from 30% of Republican primary voters, a far larger share than for any other candidate or potential candidate. Eight percent of the respondents said they would support Mr. Perry, who only recently expressed interested in the race.

    But the survey also showed significant dissatisfaction among Republicans with the current field of candidates.

    Mr. Perry, 61 yeara old, had been dismissive of a White House bid until the last few weeks. He eventually opened the door by telling reporters in Texas that he was “thinking about it.”

    Mr. Perry since then has inched closer to a bid in public remarks, and supporters are starting to think he’ll launch a campaign after the Texas legislature wraps up its special session. State law prohibits Mr. Perry from raising money during the legislative session or veto session, which could wrap up in the coming week.

    In his speech Saturday, Mr. Perry highlighted the job growth in Texas on his watch, particularly since Mr. Obama took office, and cited his ability to lower taxes and balance the budget. He also highlighted achievements bound to resonate with conservative voters, including legislation that requires voters to have valid identification and anyone seeking an abortion to review a sonogram of the fetus.

    “It saddens me when sometimes my fellow Republicans duck and cover in the face of pressure from the left,” Mr. Perry said, touching a debate within the presidential field over how much to highlight social issues, such as abortion or gay marriage. “Our party cannot be all things to all people.”

    Polls show Mr. Perry’s popularity in Texas has flagged since he won a third term as governor last fall. As a presidential candidate, he would face questions about whether the country is ready for another Texas Republican after eight years of George W. Bush.

    He would also need to make up ground on the other Republicans who have been campaigning for months now, raising money and building a network of supporters in Iowa and New Hampshire. Republican operatives wonder whether he would be another Bill Clinton, who entered the 1992 race late and wound up in the White House, or a Fred Thompson, the former Tennessee senator whose late presidential bid in the 2008 election flopped.

    Bob Haus, a Republican political strategist in Iowa who helped Mr. Thompson in 2008, thinks Mr. Perry has a good shot at winning that state’s first-in-the-nation caucuses, because of his background as a rancher and his plainspoken delivery.

    “He’s very comfortable in his own skin,” Mr. Haus said. “He never tries to be someone he’s not.”

    Before his speech, Mr. Perry spent an hour signing copies of his book, “Fed Up!: Our Fight to Save America from Washington,” and posing for photos with well-wishers who waited in line to meet him. At one point, the crowd started chanting, “Run, Rick, Run!” to which he threw his arms in the air and gave them a big smile.

    During his remarks, he asked people in the audience to send text messages to a site run by his campaign — a technique for building a list of contacts.

    The Texas governor was joined in New Orleans by his longtime political adviser, Dave Carney, who resigned from Newt Gingrich’s campaign earlier this month as part of a mass exodus.

    In his remarks, he suggested this was the election for Republicans to change the direction the country has taken under Mr. Obama.

    http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052702304451504576394231951280582.html?mod=rss_Politics_And_Policy

  162. NewMexicoFan
    June 20th, 2011 at 1:33 pm
    Breaking news, the ATF Director is going to resign in the next day or two over the Guns
    *************************
    This is not breaking news, Washington Journal reported this on Saturday and I posted it here. Today on Fox they are complaining that the ATF head is a Bush appointee and that is why he is going, so they are trying to make this partisan, but this will not be the end of the ramifications from the investigation.

  163. The Chauvinist Pig speaks tripping over his minuscule deepak:
    _______________________

    The Chopra Humiliation

    Are you tired of being insulted by your self-appointed “elite” yet?

    by John Hayward
    06/20/2011

    Look out, America! You stand on the brink of a “national cleansing” that could become as violent as Mao’s Cultural Revolution, and only Deepak Chopra can save you.

    When you’re the Huffington Post, it’s hard to “sink to a new low,” but they managed it last week by publishing a fevered screed from Deepak Chopra, an absurd figure who keeps turning up as a serious analyst in the mainstream press. These days, his Really Deep Thoughts are concerned with the looming menace of Sarah Palin. According to Chopra, if she decides to run for President, her election would plunge America into a Ragnarok of fire and blood.

    Chopra wastes no time establishing his idiocy, making what he probably thinks is a funny Paul Revere slam in his first paragraph:

    “It will be a devastating loss if Sarah Palin peddles enough books and visits enough gun shows that she has no incentive to run for president. There would be many chances for unique moments in the White House if she won. How about Sarah on horseback, riding through the Potomac basin like Paul Revere, ringing bells like he did and shouting, “The Democrats are coming!” That would give folks ample warning to quickly cling to their guns and religion before the left wing snatches them away.

    “I know that she suffered ridicule for her version of Paul Revere’s ride, but from a Hollywood standpoint, she actually improved the story. Movies have soundtracks, in case anyone didn’t notice, and bells are a lot more cinematic than one lantern hanging in a church steeple. Or even two. (You can hear her defense of her version on Fox News, or as my friends call it, the F Channel.)”

    Hey, Deepak? Buddy? Lean close so I can make this very clear to you. She was right about Paul Revere. You and your ignorant friends are wrong. That’s what you get from learning history from Hollywood. Thus does the “reality-based community” cling to its illusions, weeks after a group of Boston historians tried to save them from embarrassment.

    Also, that crack about “clinging to guns and religion?” That was said by your boy Obama, Deepak, not Sarah Palin. I guess recent history is as mysterious to you as American history.

    Chopra’s article is a fascinating tour through an utterly clueless mind. He thinks “Wall Street recklessness” was the sole cause of the financial meltdown. He thinks Palin is “amazingly cheerful about the recession,” which suggests he has never listened to a single word she has said or written. Nobody is cheerful about the Obama recession, Deepak, least of all the people who have ideas for repairing the damage after he’s gone. Don’t mistake faith in the American spirit for nonchalance about its incompetent government.

    He wants to “atone” for his earlier assessment of Palin as “our collective shadow” of “pent-up bigotry, hatred and anger,” which made her “Joe the Plumber’s calendar girl.” He also manages to work Alcoholics Anonymous into a tortured metaphor about President Palin helping us hit rock bottom, adding insensitivity to sexism.

    By contrast, Chopra now fears that “Sarah would smile her way into the presidency” and… well, it’s not exactly clear what he thinks her agenda would be. He just throws around sneering insults about her preference for crayon scribbling to Picasso, without ever making anything approaching a coherent point. Since the tone of the piece is a mocking plea for happy Sarah to lead a nation of mindless rubes to glory, the piece feels less like an attack on Palin than a broad insult directed at America itself, which bumbles around in the playground of its happy fantasies while Dr. Chopra sadly shakes his head and wishes it could ascend to his level.

    The upshot of the Palin Presidency, according to Chopra, would be “a national cleansing, like Chairman Mao’s Cultural Revolution. Nothing as violent, however, not at first.” Hey, remember when airheads like Chopra and his friends were accusing Sarah Palin of being an accessory to murder because she used bulls-eye symbols on political maps, which the Tucson Shooter never actually saw? Now Chopra thinks nothing of comparing her to a savage Communist dictator who killed millions of people. Has “No Labels” seen this essay yet?

    Chopra’s repeated slams of Palin, and America, for unreasonable cheerfulness are confusing. Isn’t this guy a New Age guru who made his bones by selling Oprah’s America feel-good books about inner peace and enlightenment? And now he’s mad at us for being too happy? He’s not taking the end of Oprah’s show very well, is he?

    This remarkable bit of intellectual flatulence is really directed more at the American public than Sarah Palin. Every paragraph drips with contempt for the people he thinks will lurch toward Washington like a zombie horde, if the Maid of Wasilla gets into the White House and summons them with her beer bong.

    What else can a self-appointed elitist like Deepak Chopra do? He knows even less about economics than he does about history, so it’s not as if he can write a persuasive article about the wondrous achievements of Obamanomics. That’s why he took the time to vent his spleen on flyover-country America, and express his dripping contempt for their possible willingness to consider voting for someone who isn’t even running yet.

    He and his ilk are faced with the absolute, complete, and comprehensive failure of everything they believe in. Its ruin is clearly visible all around us. You’ll see more of this cornered-rat behavior from them, as they are left with no recourse but to hiss their hate and fury at the American people who are preparing to pass judgment on them in 2012, and hope for rescue from the dwindling core of supporters who share their hatreds enough to be blinded by them.

    http://www.humanevents.com/article.php?id=44319

  164. tim
    June 20th, 2011 at 8:50 pm
    WTF!?!?

    http://www.cnbc.com/id/43471561

    “When you buy and sell stocks based on secrets you learned at the office, it could be insider trading. But when a United States Senator does it, it’s probably perfectly legal, according to the SEC.”
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    Reid and Hassert–two traitors from two different parties did this. Their dirty deals were in land.

  165. When you’re the Huffington Post, it’s hard to “sink to a new low,” but they managed it last week by publishing a fevered screed from Deepak Chopra, an absurd figure who keeps turning up as a serious analyst in the mainstream press. These days, his Really Deep Thoughts are concerned with the looming menace of Sarah Palin. According to Chopra, if she decides to run for President, her election would plunge America into a Ragnarok of fire and blood.
    —————————————-

    Chopra is as rich as he is today because his basic message — that love, health and happiness are possible, that mystery is real and that the universe is ultimately a friendly and benevolent place where orthodoxies old and new can meet and make peace with one another — is one that he wants to believe in just as sincerely as his readers do.”
    —————————————-

    Chopra may be the darling of the elites, but to the rest of us he just one one more sanctimonious hypocrite selling a lot of hype which he does not bother to practice in his own life and probably laughs his ass off when people with more money than brains treat is as gospel.

  166. Deepak Chopra, I used to own a few of his books, then my Indian neighbors gave me The Gita book, and I realised how much Chopra took from that book, so I gave all my chopra books away. Another elitist who seems to have plagerized.

    I am curious as to what pm317 thinks of Deepak Chopra?

    wbboei, I agree with your assessment of this elitist.

  167. This is not breaking news, Washington Journal reported this on Saturday and I posted it here. Today on Fox they are complaining that the ATF head is a Bush appointee and that is why he is going, so they are trying to make this partisan, but this will not be the end of the ramifications from the investigation.
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    We do not care about him. Its Holder’s head we are after. I hope he is a Bush appointee, because in that case we may not need the hammer and tongs approach alluded to above. He will have partisan reasons to cooperate with the committee, and to be forthcoming about what Holder’s people knew and when they knew it. That ought to be enough to make Obama’s ass pucker. It might even cause him to 3 put from 2 feet away. Of course when Boehner is with him that would be a gimme. Just like raising the debt ceiling with no strings. Round heels.

  168. I am not as well read on John Kennedy as I am on Bill Clinton.

    I am watching a documentary on a Canadian news channel on JFK’s affairs and how they endangered the country and foreign affairs. I did not realize that the media was in bed with him over the many clandestine affairs he had while a senator as well as potus and how he bragged to his lovers about classified information. I did know about his and his father’s mafia connections though.

    Bottom line is that the media refused to report on any of it while it was happening.

    I don’t see Bill Clinton’s mistake as being in any way, shape, or form as bad as JFK’s. Yes BC lied and that in itself was very bad, but I can’t help wondering why the media continues to attack the Clintons on this and not the Kennedys.

  169. Jan, I think the difference is due to the time/culture differences. From what I’ve read, the media kept hidden all info that could hurt the president back then. And even Hollywood – they used to have that studio system, and they very tightly controlled what information and images could be passed on to the media. They probably didn’t even have any “scandal sheets” back then. I think it just wasn’t part of the culture at that time to be factually sensational or to be looking for those “gotcha” articles….

    As far as the Kennedys, their father played a large part in making sure things stayed private, I believe. I think he made his money off of liquor during the prohibition, so he was probably a tough one! JFK was 50 years ago… there may not be a big market for a contemporary expose of what happened so long ago….most of the (younger) reading public may not even be aware of JFK, and Teddy’s little car-meet-river problem….

  170. PS – and don’t forget, back then they even hid the gayness of many of the Hollywood stars. People inside the industry often knew, but it was quiet. So partly the culture, partly perhaps wanting to protect the earning potential of their stars, and part not having an outlet for sensationalist, scandal-sheet type info in the first place!

  171. Thanks for the information lorac. It just amazes me how corrupt this family really was, how Robert had to threaten so many to keep quiet, and the extreme chances JFK took just to satisfy his overactive libido.

  172. After reading something like this, I am convinced this pathetic loser in his mind lives in an alternative reality, I have never seen anything like it, and that he is in the WH is even more frighenting.
    Especially in the Internet age, when everything can refuted so easily.

    http://www.reuters.com/article/2011/06/21/us-usa-campaign-obama-israel-idUSTRE75K05A20110621?feedType=RSS&feedName=politicsNews&rpc=22&sp=true

    “At Monday’s dinner, hosted by Americans in Support of a Strong U.S.-Israel Relationship, he said his administration had done more than any for 25 years to support Israel’s security.

  173. I don’t see Bill Clinton’s mistake as being in any way, shape, or form as bad as JFK’s. Yes BC lied and that in itself was very bad, but I can’t help wondering why the media continues to attack the Clintons on this and not the Kennedys.

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

    Perhaps because Clinton is still in action, so (like Gore, Palin, and Weiner) he has to be neutralized by any means possible. JFK is long out of action, and respected. Talking about JFK’s scandals might blunt the attacks on Clinton and Weiner (and Spritzer) by putting them in perspective.

  174. “Talking about JFK’s scandals might blunt the attacks on Clinton and Weiner (and Spritzer) by putting them in perspective.”

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    makes sense.

  175. JanH
    June 20th, 2011 at 10:24 pm

    I think there is a built up myth about the Kennedys when in reality they were a very corrupt family, the father built up the whole Camelot idea and image.
    Bill Clinton was a boy from a poor and broken family, Hillary from a middle class blue collar family, there was no legacy, they built themselves up, and succeeded, they had no family name or myth like the Kennedys.

    And because of this, the Clintons are gone after much more so than the Kennedys; its the same reason the establishment repubs hate Palin, but love the Bushes.
    There is something about an average american that the establishment does not like– especially if that average american does not pay homage to the establishment, oh they say they are for the little guy, as long as the little guy stays the little guy, its fine, as soon as they succeed and challenge the establishment on their rules, they have be torn down, according to the establishment hierarchy.
    My 2 cents, or 1 cent I suppose.

  176. Tim,

    It really makes a mockery of the “land of opportunity” slogan when the average person keeps being pushed back and the wealthy and corrupt flourish.

    I wasn’t a fan of Palin before, mostly because her policies are not ones I agree with. But I certainly hate the way she is being treated by the media and obama’s bullies.

  177. I wasn’t a fan of Palin before, mostly because her policies are not ones I agree with. But I certainly hate the way she is being treated by the media and obama’s bullies.

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

    Yes. I want to support her to stand up against that. And, she must be pretty smart to have got as far as she has against much opposition.

    I’m feeling that policies matter less than common sense and honesty, in the current situation.

  178. This radical hatchling is not only employed by George Soros’ ‘Center for American Progress’ but is also like a brother to Valerie Jarrett and just another racist Chicago thug. The alter ego of Obama used as his pet attack dog.
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    Jones lawyers send ‘cease and desist’ to Fox News

    Almost two years since he was forced to resign his White House job, Van Jones is threatening legal action against Fox News and Glenn Beck, whose focus on exposing Jones’s past ties to radical movements played a leading role in firing up the conservative maelstrom that ultimately drove Jones from the administration.

    Attorneys acting on behalf of the president’s former “green jobs” czar sent a letter to Fox News demanding that the network immediately cease using six characterizations about Jones and asked for a retraction from Glenn Beck by June 24.

    The six characterizations described in the letter, obtained by POLITICO, are:

    – Jones is a “communist”/”revolutionary”/”Marxist”

    – “Jones is violent”/”spent time in jail”

    – “Jones is a 9/11 truther”

    – “Jones is a cop killer”/”supported a cop killer”/”hates cops”

    – “Jones is a racist”/”hates white people”

    – “Jones organized/attended an anti-American rally on 9/12/2001”

    The letter includes examples of when each characterization of Jones was used and a refutation of those statements. Jones’s lawyer, Joseph E. Sandler, also writes that some of these characterizations are “inherently defamatory.”

    The letter says if the network does not comply, Jones and his lawyers will “explore all legal remedies to address the injury caused to Mr. Jones by these false and defamatory statements.”

    Most of the comments brought up by Jones’s lawyers are attributed to Glenn Beck, whose last show on Fox News is June 30. Fox News did not respond to messages for comment or to confirm whether the network has received the letter from Jones’s lawyers.

    Jones resigned after it was revealed that he had signed a letter accusing the Bush administration of complicity in the Sept. 11 attacks. He denied that he believed in the “9/11 truther” conspiracy.

    The suit comes amid a renewed war of words between Jones and Beck. According to Mediate, Jones challenged Beck to a debate during a speech at the blogger summit Netroots Nation on Saturday. Beck fired back at Jones on his radio show Monday and argued that he never smeared Jones, who is currently a Center for American Progress fellow with a focus on “green-collar” jobs.

    http://www.politico.com/blogs/onmedia/0611/Jones_lawyers_send_cease_and_desist_to_Fox_News.html?showall

  179. I’ve never heard of a kid gaining weight from eating sugar coated cereal. Sugar in kids has it’s own set of problems. Usually a parent deals with that problem by substituting plain cereals like shredded wheat, cheerios, corn flakes where you add just enough sweetner to enhance the bland cereal’s taste. Pizza, on the other hand is by far the biggest offender for weight gain. I forgot- Pizza is a household staple at the WH- flown in from Chi-town at Taxpayer expense.
    ___________________________

    Obama’s Food Police in Staggering Crackdown on Market to Kids

    by Audrey Hudson
    06/21/2011

    Tony the Tiger, some NASCAR drivers and cookie-selling Girl Scouts will be out of a job unless grocery manufacturers agree to reinvent a vast array of their products to satisfy the Obama administration’s food police.

    Either retool the recipes to contain certain levels of sugar, sodium and fats, or no more advertising and marketing to tots and teenagers, say several federal regulatory agencies.

    The same goes for restaurants.

    It’s not just the usual suspected foods that are being targeted, such a thin mint cookies sold by scouts or M&Ms and Snickers, which sponsor cars in the Sprint Cup, but pretty much everything on a restaurant menu.

    http://www.humanevents.com/article.php?id=44343

  180. In my Inbox this morning from US Senator Scott Brown, R – MA:
    Sal DiMasi, the former Speaker of the Massachusetts House, was found guilty last week in federal court on corruption charges. Former speaker DiMasi is the third consecutive speaker to be indicted and this is sadly how people have come to view our politicians in Massachusetts. The Massachusetts political machine is as strong as ever and it’s clear that they want more power and influence. Liberal special interest groups have already spent over $1.5 million attacking my fiscally conservative record of lower taxes and less regulation on businesses. I’m a strong believer that cutting wasteful spending, reducing taxes, and empowering businesses to create jobs is the right course to follow. I need your continued support.

  181. #
    JanH
    June 20th, 2011 at 10:24 pm

    I am not as well read on John Kennedy as I am on Bill Clinton.

    I am watching a documentary on a Canadian news channel on JFK’s affairs and how they endangered the country and foreign affairs. I did not realize that the media was in bed with him over the many clandestine affairs he had while a senator as well as potus and how he bragged to his lovers about classified information. I did know about his and his father’s mafia connections though.

    Bottom line is that the media refused to report on any of it while it was happening.

    I don’t see Bill Clinton’s mistake as being in any way, shape, or form as bad as JFK’s. Yes BC lied and that in itself was very bad, but I can’t help wondering why the media continues to attack the Clintons on this and not the Kennedys.
    _______________________

    Now that Uncle Ted is dead, Obama’s obligation to the Kennedys for their help in getting him elected is over. The Kennedys were protected by their own home grown loyalist followers within their Boston clan. The Kennedys were royalty, Jack and Bobby’s father heavily involved in politics having Joe Kennedy Sr ambassador to Britian when they were children. Kennedy Sr having political aspirations of a run at the presidency himself. The reason why he was pulled up short by Roosevelt who saw the ambitious Kennedy as a potential threat to his own tenure as president. (no computers, cell phones or presidential term limits then)

    I’ll leave you the wiki on Joe Kennedy, Jan. It is a phenomenal read. A self-made man, he was the architect of the Kennedy Dynasty. Joe funded several Hollywood studios as investments gaining a hefty return on his money. He controlled the image of himself and his family’s gaggle of kids because he had the right connections in high places.

    This was in a time when poverty was the norm for uneducated manual labor Americans with dreams of climbing the social ladder in aristocratic circles like Joe did. Having a home and a car in the driveway, the premiere American Dream. The precursor to the Republican ‘Leave it to Beaver’ model, the image of an upscale ideal Mom in a dress, heels and a frilly apron and the Dad a brief-cased budding corporate executive rising above his uneducated peers due to first generation ambitious family connections.

    The biggest hurdle the Kennedys had to overcome is they were Catholic and taboo because of the fear the Pope would dictate religious doctrine though a presidency held by a Catholic.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joseph_P._Kennedy,_Sr.

    ps- Can’t wait to see the Kennedy movie. From what you’ve described so far, the Shriver/Swartzenneger situation had alot to do with keeping a tight wrap on their family history… we had no idea another Kennedy related scandal was about to pop.

  182. Hillary has another busy productive day while BO and MO continue to spend us deeper in debt.

    Tuesday June 21st 2011 Public Appointments: SOS Hillary Rodham Clinton
    June 21, 2011
    tags: Daily Appointment Schedule, Hillary Clinton, Hillary Rodham Clinton, Secretary of Stateby stacyx
    .Happy 1st day of Summer.

    SECRETARY HILLARY RODHAM CLINTON

    8:30 a.m. Secretary Clinton and Secretary of Defense Bob Gates co-host the U.S.-Japan Security Consultative Committee (SCC) meeting with Japanese Foreign Minister Takeaki Matsumoto and Japanese Defense Minister Toshimi Kitazawa, at the Department of State.

    10:10 a.m. Secretary Clinton, Secretary Gates, Japanese Foreign Minister Matsumoto and Japanese Defense Minister Kitazawa hold a joint press availability, in the Dean Acheson Auditorium at the Department of State.

    12:00 p.m. Secretary Clinton hosts the 2011 World Food Prize Announcement Ceremony, at the Department of State.

    1:00 p.m. Secretary Clinton delivers remarks at the memorial service for former Secretary of State Lawrence Eagleburger, at the Fort Myers Chapel.

  183. A LITTLE HELP PLEASE
    I am trying to find info on new FDA rules that destroy small road side vendors. Since I was a child we have bought corn and tomatoes on summer days from a man running his own stand. On Friday he told me he is shutting down because he has 5 empoyees and no facilities and no running water. Told me he was told to shut down or comply. No way to comply as it is a roadside stand. Saddest part is that he owns and grows all of the food but it was his grandfather who started the stand close to 100 years ago. Said he doesn’t make a cent on the sales he allows his employees from the farm to work it and he lets them keep all of the revenue. I have tried doing searched of EPA/FDA fruit stands and was inundated by the results.

  184. henry:

    Maybe he needs to call it a co-op where volunteers run the stand and ask the local municipality how it viewed. There have to be rules on roadside vendors posted at his Town Hall. More than likely there are exceptions to the rule you just stated.

  185. Mrs Smith
    I only spoke to the guy for a few minutes but he told me it is a federal issue. No running water no permit. Confuses the hell out of me. Does that mean flea markets are shut down? His place is about an hour outside of Pittsburgh and he told me the gas station down the street is planning to expand and sell “local” foods. Scary that before he is even shut down that a major company is diving in. Off to the craft store where I am going to buy poster boards and then mail each one to local news. Hard to ignore a three foot postcard. It’s my new favorite thing. 50 cents for the poster a dollar for brown wrapping paper and 75 cents for postage. Beyond tired of my elected officials sending me a form letter. They cannot ignore a three foot postcard.

  186. Another broken promise- Obama going green? Oh-he must have been confused the term meant something to do with raising money for his campaign treasury, instead of the job creation and working example of the energy efficiency he promised to provide using his Recovery Act!

    Oh, I get it now- Obama had it backwards. “Acting (like) a Recovery”, is what he really meant.
    ____________________

    Obama Administration Fails On Promise To Put Solar Panels On White House Roof By June 21.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=5uPurcFrYbs

    WASHINGTON — Despite a promise from a top Obama administration official that solar panels and a solar water heater would be installed on the White House before the start of the summer, neither have yet been installed on the White House roof as of Tuesday, the date of the summer solstice.

    “The White House will lead by example,” United States Secretary of Energy Steven Chu said during remarks at the GreenGov Symposium on Oct. 5, 2010. “I’m pleased to announce that by the end of this spring, there will be solar panels that convert sunlight to energy and a solar hot water heater on the roof of the White House.”

    huffingtonpost.com/2011/06/21/solar-panels-white-house-roof_n_880940.html

    Poor Steven Chu taken in by the slovenly promises made to him by Obama sticking his neck out promising Jobs to unemployed Americans as the example of the much touted Obama created resource, The Recovery Act.

    Fizzle….

  187. Tie this to Holder’s Justice Department and Holder is gone, finito, kaput. We cannot have an attorney general who directs–or condones policies which are in direct violation of domestic and international law–and cause innocent people to be murdered. He needs to go the way of John Mitchell–to jail. Just give us the connecting evidence. Then we will see how that human wombat fares in captivity. In the meantime the take-away from this sordid episode is this: the Obama Administration believes that the end justifies any means. This is evident in everything they do. It is the alibi of dictators.
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    150+ Mexicans killed by Operation Fast & Furious?

    Posted by Moe Lane (Profile)
    Tuesday, June 21st at 9:30AM EDT
    No Comments
    Bob Owens over at Pajamas Media has done a good job walking through the utter disaster that was Operation Fast & Furious (short version: the US government deliberately let Mexican narco-terrorist groups get their hands on illegally-purchased firearms). But note this paragraph:

    The eventual — perhaps inevitable — death of a U.S. Border Patrol Agent killed by criminals armed with at least two “walked” AK-pattern semi-automatic rifles finally shut the program down in December of 2010. The shooting death of an American cop was the final straw for the ATF whistleblower who exposed the program, which may also have contributed to an estimated 150 or more Mexican police and soldier shootings, and many of civilians. Had a whistleblower come forward earlier, all might have been alive today.

    Bolding mine. The 150 number also shows up here.

    We’ve all been focused on the American killed by this, but it must be noted: if Brian Terry had not been shot we would still be in a position where we helped destabilize the domestic situation of a country that we’re supposed to be friendly towards. You see, the US government apparently neglected to mention to the Mexican government that we were letting guns that we knew were going to be illegally resold continue to go over the border; if we had, the Mexican government might have asked some pointed questions about how this could be reconciled with existing agreements to… keep firearms from being illegally resold in Mexico. And even more pointed questions about why conducting what has been categorized as being a stealth political attack on Second Amendment rights is apparently important enough to justify letting Mexican nationals get murdered*.

    Actually, I know the answer to that last one! It involves the phrase “Ugly American.”

    Moe Lane (crosspost)

    PS: Glenn Reynolds wonders about something.

    *At some point you’re going to hear somebody mutter “If it weren’t these guns, they would have just used others” as a defense to this one. Feel free to first respond by saying “So… guns don’t kill people: people kill people, right?” in as nasty-cheerful a voice as you can manage. Then, when they’re still wincing, follow up with “And decent people don’t let that fact become an excuse.”

  188. Obama pimp Mark Knoller of CBS New is hyping the proposed withdrawal from Afghanistan as a plus for the fraud. Put that many soldiers back into the domestic economy will do absolute wonders for the one thing the American electorate does seem to care about–the unemployment rate. Earth to Knoller: you cannot make chicken salad out of chicken soup.

  189. Mrs. Smith,

    Joe Kennedy was a real peace of work. Did insider trading and prospered during the depression, loved McCarthy, loved Hitler, hated Great Britain, hated the Jews, gave daughter a lobotomy…and on and on…

    How much of this came out after the fact and how much was hidden by the media of the time?

    Just disgusting.

  190. 21 June 2011

    Hillary Clinton praises ‘brave’ Saudi women drivers

    US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has praised “brave” Saudi women who are campaigning for the right to drive.

    Mrs Clinton said they were “right” to press their demands in the ultra-conservative kingdom, in her first public comments on the issue.

    Many Saudi women openly took to the roads last Friday in defiance of an official ban on female drivers.

    Last month a woman, Manal al-Sherif, was arrested after uploading a video of herself driving.

    “What these women are doing is brave, and what they are seeking is right,” Mrs Clinton told reporters when asked to comment on the campaign.

    “I’m moved by it and I support them,” she added.

    Her comments came a day after a US State Department spokeswoman said Mrs Clinton was engaged in “quiet diplomacy” over the issue.

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-13865033

  191. obama’s election campaign is so damn boring that they have to recycle old news…

    Clinton voters still skeptical of Obama for 2012

    06/20/2011

    Though many Hillary Clinton supporters clenched their teeth and supported Barack Obama in 2008, many remain frustrated with the president’s failure to champion women’s issues and believe he should expect a lower turnout among women for his 2012 reelection.

    “After 2008 [Clinton voters] were basically told get over it, and they haven’t gotten over it,” Amy Siskind, president of the feminist advocacy group The New Agenda, told The Daily Caller.

    Women, however, did vote for Obama in droves with the hope that he would tackle the issues important to them once in office. This has not been the case according to many Hillary Clinton supporters.

    “Barack Obama wasn’t the women’s candidate in 2008 and he is not the women’s president midway through 2011,” Diane Mantouvalos, a 2008 Clinton supporter and co-founder of HireHeels.com (“a forum of power chics for Hillary”) noted.

    According to Manatouvalos — who pointed to a March 2011 Bureau of Labor Statistics report that showed 90 percent of recovery jobs had gone to men in the prior 12 months as proof — Obama has hardly been the women-friendly executive so many thought he could be.

    Indeed, while women did vote for Obama by a margin of 13 percentage points over the GOP in 2008, Democrats lost the women’s vote to Republicans by 1 percentage point during the 2010 elections, based on exit polling.

    “I’d say few if any Hillary supporters have warmed up to the president…I certainly hope that changes by 2012, but it’s too late for women to feel like they’re doing better than they were 3 or 4 years ago,” Mantouvalos added.

    It is not just the job situation either. Feminists have also taken issue with the fact that Obama’s cabinet only has a comparable number of females to the administrations of Presidents George W. Bush and Bill Clinton.

    “In Obama’s coalition, women do not play as strong a role,” Lara Brown, assistant professor of political science at Villanova University and former President Clinton appointee, said. “From my perspective, even though Obama and his administration have talked about giving women appointments, I think that, in fact, they have been much more interested in reaching out to other constituencies that they feel are more important.”

    The perceived neglect of women likely will not escape the administration’s attention as they embark on their 2012 campaign. Obama will need to decidedly win the women’s vote if he hopes to be re-elected.

    “I think it’s partly why he installed Debbie Wasserman-Schulz as the head of the Democratic National Committee, to mollify women, to be serious about making women very visible in his administration and in his reelection campaign,” said Kellyanne Conway, CEO of the polling company, inc./WomanTrend, in reference to the relatively few number of women surrounding the president.

    However, Sam Bennett, president and CEO of the Women’s Campaign Forum and a former Republican, explained that no matter how frustrated Clinton supporters might be with Obama, Republican policies and attacks on choice will make the 2012 election a no-brainer for most women. They will just vote against the Republicans, not necessarily for Obama, she said.

    “This election cycle, more than any other, women have a very clear choice,” she told TheDC. “Even if they do not fully embrace Obama yet, which I completely understand, because Hillary represented so many women — a whole nation of life’s work. But the choice is clear.”

    Pamela Hayes, an attorney who served on Clinton’s national finance committee for both Clinton’s senate and presidential runs, said that while she would like to have seen Obama do more, the only choice for her and other Clinton supporters should be the Democrat, Obama.

    “Most Hillary voters are really loyal Democrats. There’s no reason why they wouldn’t support the president. He’s done really good things, I would like to see him do more, however,” she said, noting that primarily she would have liked him to have codified equal pay legislation.

    Conway said that some of the Obama’s decisions, as of late, are a ploy to woo female voters, but that it is likely too little too late.

    “His administration tried to win women, has tried to court and attract women by talking about reproductive rights and environmental consciousness and making history and hope and change,” said Conway. “Women are pretty savvy customers, and they’re looking for specific solutions, tangibles, options. To many women, Obama is a great example of what everybody’s grandmother warns them about. You know, all talk and no actions. ”

    As Karen Mulhauser, fomer National Abortion Rights Action League (NARAL) executive director and a 2008 Obama advisor, told TheDC, Democrats are focused on upping the intensity in the wake of the unenthusiastic results from 2010.

    “The Democratic Party is hoping that — after seeing the results of 2010 — people are just not going to be as complacent and stay home, when they have the chance to vote,” she said.

    Anecdotally, however, Obama is having a difficult time garnering support from female donors.

    “The administration is now, out of nowhere, from nowhere, trying to do a reach out to the Clinton women effort,” said Caren Z. Turner, a Democratic fundraiser, Clinton supporter and CEO of the lobbying firm Turner Government & Public Affairs.

    “It’s been dead silence for over two years, almost three years,” Turner said. “And suddenly we’re seeing significant people from the administration reach out and I would say that the administration officials that have met with us have been, I would say polite, but chilly.”

    Former Clinton fundraiser Lady Lynn Forester de Rothschild added that many significant Democratic donors will not be giving to Obama this cycle.

    “I believe Obama is going to have a lot of difficulty with a lot of Clinton supporters,” Rothschild said. “[They] are going say to themselves ‘fool me once, shame on you, fool me twice, shame on me’ and will not join on as long as the Republicans or a third option is a good option.”

    Turner pointed out, that while women have made many demands on Obama, the few victories for women the administration can point to, such as the Lily Ledbetter Paycheck Fairness Act and the White House Council on Women and Girls, are hardly a fraction of what many would have liked to see.

    “[The report “Women in America”] it’s the only thing [the White House Council on Women and Girls] have done and it’s an embarrassment to the administration and yet they clearly point to this as an accomplishment,” Turner said. “I think the former Clinton women are very sophisticated, this is not their first rodeo, they see through this nonsense and the lights and mirrors. And this is lights and mirrors. For these very high-ranking officials to point to this study as an accomplishment is a huge embarrassment.”

    While the report was not especially groundbreaking, many women were pleased to see it, as there had been no report like it for decades.

    “So that does represent a commitment, a focus, out of the White House that has not been there in 30 years,” Bennett noted.

    Like Conway, Turner believes that words and symbolism are one thing, but to get women to take notice, Obama actually needs to present tangible results.

    “I think he could have done a lot more,” Turner said. “I just think this whole White House Council on Women and Girls is just symbolic of the higher problem that he’s going to have with women. We’re asking, ‘show us what you’ve done’ and we get a very nice dissertation about Joplin, Missouri. Okay, that’s interesting, but what have [you] to done to help women and girls in this country?”

    Rothschild told TheDC that Obama will likely not win the Clinton vote as easily as he did in 2008, now that they have seen how he governs.

    “He’ll do what he did last time, he’ll take the Hillary vote for granted,” she said. “I understand why people went with him in 2008. It was ‘hope’ over experience. Well now we actually have seen the experience.”

    While Clinton supporters remain frustrated that their candidate got the shaft in 2008, Conway noted that now Clinton is even more popular than Obama, a Pyrrhic victory, to be sure, but a victory nonetheless.

    “It’s amazing – I would say that many of these women feel exonerated, vindicated, and, even if under-appreciated, because Hillary Clinton is 20 points more popular than she was on Election Day 2008, and more popular than her boss, Barack Obama,” Conway said. “I think women will look at that as sweet justice.”

    http://dailycaller.com/2011/06/20/clinton-voters-still-skeptical-of-obama-for-2012/

  192. JanH
    June 21st, 2011 at 11:20 am

    Joe Kennedy was a real peace of work. Did insider trading and prospered during the depression, loved McCarthy, loved Hitler, hated Great Britain, hated the Jews, gave daughter a lobotomy…and on and on
    ———————–
    FDR called Joe Kennedy “the most evil man I ever met.” He was an Irish mafiosi, and although the Irish mobs lost out to the Italian mobs on the streets, in the corridors of power they were pikers compared to him. No other mobster in history could on a single morning sitting poolside call the head of a major Hollywood studio, the head of our largest bank and the President of the United States who happened to be his son, and tell them what they were to do.

  193. “It’s amazing – I would say that many of these women feel exonerated, vindicated, and, even if under-appreciated, because Hillary Clinton is 20 points more popular than she was on Election Day 2008, and more popular than her boss, Barack Obama,” Conway said. “I think women will look at that as sweet justice.”
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    Bullshit. After what happened at the RBC hearing, there in no justice, much less sweet justice, in winning a popularity contest two years later–unless it is the predicate for her to run in 2012. Absent that, the Democratic Party has no legitimacy.

  194. wbboei 11:46

    I totally agree. They should have been mad as HELL at the convention, and stopped the procedings. Women have to understand playing the boys games they lose, because they will always be viewed as women and second best, when recent studies say they lead better.

    There should have been riot in the streets in Denver, until the count was conducted fairly. Michigan and Florida should have put their feet down on awarding votes to someone who did not run in their state.

    Women’s worst enemy is themselves. They keep thinking men will take care of them. Good thing the Sufferetts did not feel that way, or we still would not have the right to vote. MEN WILL NOT DO IT FOR THE WOMEN, WOMEN MUST DO IT FOR THEMSELVES.

    Could it get messey, of course it can. Could women be thrown in Jail and force fed, of course, it has happened before.

    Obama never had the women’s backs. The only back he has is his own.

  195. Obama Administration Fails On Promise To Put Solar Panels On White House Roof By June 21.

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    Another claim to fame for Ubama, kills Binny and put’s solar panels up.

    Those nice black reflective surfaces should make the WH an easier target from the sky and satellites.

  196. There should have been riot in the streets in Denver, until the count was conducted fairly. Michigan and Florida should have put their feet down on awarding votes to someone who did not run in their state.

    Women’s worst enemy is themselves. They keep thinking men will take care of them. Good thing the Sufferetts did not feel that way, or we still would not have the right to vote. MEN WILL NOT DO IT FOR THE WOMEN, WOMEN MUST DO IT FOR THEMSELVES.

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    I was there fighting in the streets of Denver, how many others here took the time, the expense and dealt with the heat and lack of oxygen to go and fight???????????????

    If thousands more of Hillary supporters had gone to Denver, things might have been different.

  197. How can we allow this?
    ***************************

    China stakes claim to S. Texas oil, gas

    CNOOC’s deal with Chesapeake Energy is the largest purchase of an interest in U.S. energy assets by a Chinese company. Chinese investment will boost South Texas drilling China’s hunger for energy

    By Monica Hatcher

    Published 01:15 a.m., Tuesday, October 12, 2010

    Mike Whitwell, owns a 3,100-acre ranch and leases 11,000 acres near Cotulla where he runs cattle, is waiting for drilling to start on his property. He said CNOOC’s entrance into the Eagle Ford oil and gas formation could give younger generations a reason not to move away. ( or speak Mandarin )( mine )

    Giant CNOOC is buying a multibillion-dollar stake in 600,000 acres of South Texas oil and gas fields, potentially testing the political waters for further expansion into U.S. energy reserves.

    With the announcement Monday that it would pay up to $2.2 billion for a one-third stake in Chesapeake Energy assets, CNOOC lays claim to a share of properties that eventually could produce up to half a million barrels a day of oil equivalent.

    It also might pick up some American know-how about tapping the hard-to-get deposits trapped in dense shale rock formations, analysts said.

    As part of the deal, the largest purchase of an interest in U.S. energy assets by a Chinese company, CNOOC has agreed to pay about $1.1 billion for a chunk of Chesapeake’s assets in the Eagle Ford, a broad oil and gas formation that runs largely from southwest of San Antonio to the Mexican border.

    CNOOC also will provide up to $1.1 billion more to cover drilling costs.

    The deal represents China’s second try at making a big move into the U.S. oil and gas market, following a failed bid five years ago to buy California-based Unocal Corp.

    Intense political opposition over energy security concerns derailed that $18.4 billion deal. But analysts expect few political or regulatory hurdles to the CNOOC-Chesapeake deal.

    “The climate is much more hospitable now,” said Juli MacDonald-Wimbush, a partner with Marstel-Day, an energy and environmental security consulting company in Fredericksburg, Va.

    Amid low natural gas prices and a largely difficult drilling climate, she said highly liquid Chinese companies will find willing partners among onshore oil and gas companies hurting for capital to drill.

    “They have the cash, and energy companies in the U.S. are looking for the cash to develop these reserves,” MacDonald-Wimbush said.

    Aubrey McClendon, CEO of Oklahoma City-based Chesapeake, said he has not heard objections to the sale.

    Unlike China’s Unocal bid, the latest deal doesn’t involve technology transfers or a direct investment in Chesapeake, he said, and CNOOC employees won’t work for Chesapeake, which will continue to operate the project.

    “This is a pretty simple business transaction,” McClendon said. “The initial feedback we’re getting is that this is something the government should be very happy to see, which is the return of American capital into our country so that we can use it to create high-paying American jobs and also reduce oil imports a few years down the road.”

    He projected that the sale would create as many as 20,000 jobs, directly and indirectly, and, on CNOOC’s dime, allow the company to increase its rig count in South Texas from 10 rigs to about 40 by the end of 2012.

    Analysts have suggested that much of CNOOC’s interest is in gaining technical insight. Gas and oil locked in the nation’s plentiful shale formations is abundant but difficult to extract.

    The deposits, known as unconventional plays, have attracted growing interest in recent years because of improved technology in hydraulic fracturing, which frees hydrocarbons by pumping fluid and sand into reservoirs to crack the rock.

    Chesapeake, one of the nation’s largest independent oil and gas companies, was an early mover in the shales, leasing up land aggressively this decade.

    “From the Chinese perspective, this is a golden opportunity for them. They have identified shale resources in China, but they don’t have the knowledge or technical expertise to go after those resources,” said Ken Medlock, a fellow at Houston’s Baker Institute and adjunct professor in Rice University’s economics department.

    McClendon disputed that notion, saying hydraulic fracturing is now “off-the-shelf technology” available to anyone.

    Also underlying the move is China’s need to find new energy sources and the technology to develop them to feed its expansive economic growth.

    Energy consumption in the world’s most populous nation has doubled in less than a decade, and the International Energy Agency reported in July that China surpassed the U.S. in total energy used in 2009.

    China has increasingly been looking to the Americas for raw materials it needs to sustain the boom. As private investment dwindled with the global financial crisis, the cash-flush Chinese went on a regional shopping spree.

    “It’s really kind of exploded. All of a sudden, you’ve started to see a lot of large-scale purchases,” said Evan Ellis, an expert on China’s involvement in the region who teaches at the Center for Hemispheric Defense Studies in Washington. “Basically Latin America is becoming a Pacific-oriented region.”

    China has poured some $20 billion in loans and direct investments into Brazil’s offshore oil exploration and production, for example. And last spring, the Chinese government loaned $20 billion to Venezuela to develop oil fields in its Orinoco River basin, with much of the work awarded to Chinese companies.

    Tom Fowler contributed to this report from

    Read more: http://www.mysanantonio.com/business/local/article/China-stakes-claim-to-S-Texas-oil-gas-858329.php#ixzz1Pvcx3HQd

  198. Shadowfax
    June 21st, 2011 at 12:27 pm

    At that point Hillary had already pretty much given up the fight. If she had not, many more would have come.

  199. Shadowafax 12.27

    You are exactly right, I should have been there, and millions more. I am sorry I let you down. Next time I will not.

  200. Shadowfax
    June 21st, 2011 at 12:27 pm

    I was there fighting in the streets of Denver, how many others here took the time, the expense and dealt with the heat and lack of oxygen to go and fight???????????????

    I was there! I stayed with purplevet. I was determined to go, even if I was the only one that showed up. I knew that the travestry could not be allowed to pass without a witnesses.

  201. my husband has a friend that retired after 30 years with the Fire Dept in San Diego, 120,000 a year.

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    City pension pays more than average worker earns
    Heather Knight
    Sunday, June 19, 2011

    Trail of blood leads to body near Marina Green 06.21.11
    PG&E was warned long ago of record-keeping woes 06.21.11
    BART plan to run wee-hour Saturday trains in doubt 06.21.11
    Here’s some fun facts. OK, maybe not so fun, depending on your perspective.

    The average retiree from San Francisco city government earns an annual pension of $46,272, according to the San Francisco Employees’ Retirement System. The average retiree who worked at least 30 years in city government earns an annual pension of $76,981.

    The average pension for a retiree from the Fire Department is $108,552. From the Police Department? $95,016. And everybody else? $41,136.

    The figures show most retirees aren’t getting anywhere near the fat packages that outrage many city residents – like the $264,000 pension paid to former Police Chief Heather Fong last year.

    But city retirees are doing pretty well compared with working San Franciscans. Census data show the median family income in the city is $86,546. Per capita income is $44,373.

    Public Defender Jeff Adachi is gathering signatures to place a measure on the November ballot that would require city workers to pay far more of their salaries toward pensions. Currently, most pay 7.5 percent of their paychecks, but some highly paid employees would pay double that in bad economic years under Adachi’s plan.

    “I think it’s interesting that the average pension paid to a city employee is higher than the average earnings of most San Franciscans,” he said. “When you start looking at the total cost of these pensions, it’s through the roof.”

    Larry Bradshaw, vice president of Service Employees International Union Local 1021, said the averages are skewed by highly paid workers, and “your meat and potatoes city worker,” like janitors and clerks, earn pensions not much higher than $20,000.

    SEIU remains the lone city labor union declining to endorse a proposed November ballot measure backed by Mayor Ed Lee, other city officials and most unions.

    Nathan Ballard, spokesman for the labor groups supporting Lee’s plan, said, “We acknowledge the seriousness of the issue, and that’s why we’re focused on passing our consensus plan, which caps pension benefits, prevents pension spiking and raises the retirement age. All of this will save the city $1 billion over 10 years.”

    By the way, Adachi needs about 47,000 signatures to get his measure on the ballot, and said he has 40,000 so far. And as to the rumor that won’t die that he’s going to run for mayor?

    “No,” he said. “I’m going to get these petitions signed – that’s what I’m going to do.”

    Read more: http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2011/06/18/BA791JUFU5.DTL#ixzz1Pvl8NPaO

  202. NewMexicoFan- thank you for that, it was disappointing to see such a small showing in Denver, Hillary did need the support from her 18 million and one or two thousand was sad.

    I think if it had been more massive, she would not have been dragged to that mike and would have gained strength.

    I didn’t mean to make anyone feel badly, I just wanted to make the point that if we ever get the chance to fight for Hillary at a convention, that we need to make that sacrifice or we will end up with some corrupt putz like we have now.

  203. San Fran- GET READY, FRAUD CARE WILL BE WORSE!

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    OK, this one definitely isn’t a fun fact.

    According to a controller’s office report, new patients in the city’s universal health care program are waiting an average of 40 days to get their first primary care appointment.

    This time last year, the wait was 23 days.

    Tangerine Brigham, director of Healthy San Francisco, said the longer wait times are due largely to staff cuts at some clinics.

    The clinics are trying to hire more medical assistants and mental health staff and are training current staff members to be more efficient, she said.

    Also, the Department of Public Health is beefing up its nurse advice telephone line in the hopes more patients can get medical advice that way and avoid the need for in-person assistance. The majority of primary care clinics should be participating by the fall.

    Read more: http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2011/06/18/BA791JUFU5.DTL#ixzz1PvlbgNlD

  204. Betty-

    I was there! I stayed with purplevet. I was determined to go, even if I was the only one that showed up. I knew that the travestry could not be allowed to pass without a witnesses.

    ———
    We might have been standing side by side…
    I was with Greenfun, Antifish, GoAndersen and many more.

    Thank you for going…

  205. Shawdow, I appreciate all you and people like you did, but Hillary pretty much had given up at that point, the message was clear. She was fighting just to be recognized. It was so defeating. Working full-time I had spent 2 yrs of every spare moment trying to get her elected. I ran out of gas because I saw where it was going with her speeches and actions.If she had wanted to fight, it would have been a different matter I believe for a lot of people, I know it would have been for me. There was no call to arms.

  206. Excuse me, I have to go apply for a job in the Fire Dept in San Fran, I need a retirement like dear old dad. See ya in 30 years!

  207. “If thousands more of Hillary supporters had gone to Denver, things might have been different.”

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    Indeed. What could have been…

  208. Shadowfax
    June 21st, 2011 at 12:59 pm

    I could not agree with you more. I really felt like we needed another prominent women, beside HRC to stand up with her. Most of them were just rolling over. If one of the prominent ones had said, no, we will not accept it. I feel like HRC felt like she was carrying it all by herself, in addition, she really is a loyalists and did not want to fracture the party. However, there were other prominent women who could have banded together, put out the word on email and with the media, stating this is not good enough. We want a fair vote in Denver, and we want to be treated as equals. WE WILL NOT TAKE THIS CRAP ABOUT IRONING SHIRTS. There were just too many incidences where HRC got clobbered, and the Dem Women did not stand up. The Republican women stood up better for Palin than the Dems did for HRC.

    We really just needed one prominent women to stand up and there would have been thousands more.

  209. #
    JanH
    June 21st, 2011 at 11:20 am

    Mrs. Smith,

    Joe Kennedy was a real peace of work. Did insider trading and prospered during the depression, loved McCarthy, loved Hitler, hated Great Britain, hated the Jews, gave daughter a lobotomy…and on and on…

    How much of this came out after the fact and how much was hidden by the media of the time?

    Just disgusting.
    ________________________

    I wasn’t defending him, Jan. Just saying, this is how Trust families rose to prominence during the depression. Joe Kennedy is a mirror self of George Herbert Walker Bush, (he did the same thing in different ways) The Rockefellers, VanBurens, Whitneys, Forbes, Ford- all the names after the turn of the 20th century had their eyes set on buying summer residences in Palm Beach. They still exist there today.

    Insider trading wasn’t illegal at the time but because of so many of the coming elites were enriching themselves feeding at the trough, laws were created shutting the doors to anyone else intending on climbing the social ladder doing the same thing.

    Kennedy and Roosevelt were partners in business. Just that Roosevelt drew the line when he saw Kennedy’s ruthless character operate first hand. And because he felt vulnerable to Kennedy’s presidential ambitions.

    From Ronald Kestler, a book called The Sins of the Father – “In 1937, Kennedy began hinting to Roosevelt that he still deserved a reward for his role in the election. Roosevelt, who had become mistrustful of Kennedy, chose not to give him a cabinet post, because he feared subversion of his administration and betrayal of his closest allies. Instead Roosevelt appointed him ambassador to the court of St. James, England. Kennedy’s ambassadorship coincided with the beginning of World War II in Europe and throughout his three-year tenure, Kennedy argued against American and British involvement in the war. Even as the Nazis rolled into France, Joe Kennedy expressed his support for Hitler and maintained his position of appeasement toward Germany.

    In May of 1940, Winston Churchill was the elected British prime minister. The rise of Churchill brought an end to appeasement and hastened Joe Kennedy’s decline and when Kennedy publicly proclaimed that “democracy is finished in England,” and he did, Roosevelt called him home, and called for his resignation.”

    __________________________

  210. NewMexicoFan

    We really just needed one prominent women to stand up and there would have been thousands more.
    ———

    When there is no one ‘prominent’women, then we make up for it with real supporters, like BigPinksters.

    Some of the delegates from Calif. were fighting and other states too, and fighting against Nasty and the DNC. There was a war going on behind the scenes, but the public did not know it because the MSN was in Ubama’s pocket.

    Of course it seemed like Hillary just gave up…because O’MSM and Fox wanted it to look that way. She was there, and I wonder how it looked to her when she knew her beloved party had stabbed her in the back and her supporters were lied to? When she was told by the DNC to get her delegates to support Ubama, she ended up telling them to vote with their hearts.

    No use going over the details again, but not all of her people laid down for the DNC. Now the ones that flipped are paying the price along with the rest of us.

    Next time (hopefully) Hillary picks her delegates, she should start with Admin and the Big Pink cast.

  211. Shadow-

    I forget, how many buses were in the PUMA caravan heading to Denver? The people I know that went, flew to Denver..

  212. I love Drudge’s headlines!!!

    GALLUP PLUNGE (Photo of angry Ubama)

    Approval -4, disapproval +5 — in one day!

  213. #
    Shadowfax
    June 21st, 2011 at 2:45 pm

    I love Drudge’s headlines!!!

    GALLUP PLUNGE (Photo of angry Ubama)

    Approval -4, disapproval +5 — in one day!
    ___________________

    Could be Michelle is looking for property in Botswana. They ain’t gonna be welcome here if the lame duck loses the nomination.

  214. Mrs. Smith
    June 21st, 2011 at 2:44 pm

    Shadow-

    I forget, how many buses were in the PUMA caravan heading to Denver? The people I know that went, flew to Denver..
    ——
    I have no idea about the road trip, everyone I knew was too far away and had to fly there.

    Being on a bus on the way home, during Ubama’s speech in front of the plastic Greek columns, would have been totally unbearable.

    At least we all moved up our flights as soon as Hillary was finished speaking. Some of us walked around Denver waiting for the flight, ready to punch any obot in the mug that talked to us, with tears streaming down our faces. Believe it or not, they stepped out of our way when they saw how we looked.

    It was Hell.

  215. Mrs. S.

    Nope, she burned her bridges with a lot of folks, attacking those that did not support the Dem. party that stabbed Hillary in the back. She has had a couple blogs, now she is off on another one, I don’t follow her, so I forget the name of it. She ticked off most folks on the pac, not too nice to Murphy so she was not welcome over there by most bloggers.

  216. Mrs. Smith,

    I didn’t mean to imply that you were defending Kennedy. I was just astonished by what I read in the link you kindly posted for me.

  217. What I remember is the then TV personnality Schultz stating that if O won the popular vote and not the Delegates there would be riots in the Streets. Yes Hillary did that, it was AOK with him.

    How can you be so one sided.

  218. I cannot believe they are writing this garbage!

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    Abedin/Weiner: A Marriage Made by Hillary Clinton and the Muslim Brotherhood?

    Jamie Glazov
    June 21, 2011

    Frontpage Interview’s guest today is Robert Spencer, the director of Jihad Watch and the author of the New York Times bestsellers The Politically Incorrect Guide to Islam (and the Crusades) and The Truth About Muhammad.

    Frontpage: Robert Spencer, welcome to Frontpage Interview.

    I would like to talk to you today about Anthony Weiner’s marriage to his Muslim Brotherhood wife, Huma Abedin.

    How is it exactly that a Muslim woman connected to the Muslim Brotherhood is married to a Jewish man? Something is not fitting here, right?

    Spencer: Jamie, Islamic law prohibits a Muslim woman from marrying a non-Muslim man. A Muslim man may marry a non-Muslim woman, but not the other way around. This is yet another manifestation of Islamic supremacism: the idea is that a wife will become a member of her husband’s household, and the children will follow the religion of the father. Thus, Muslim men marrying non-Muslim women ultimately enriches the Islamic community, while the non-Muslim community must forever be made to diminish.

    Consequently, when a non-Muslim man begins a relationship with an observant Muslim woman, he is usually pressured to convert to Islam, and such conversion is made a condition of the marriage. Of course, laws are often honored in the breach, and this is not always true. So while we know that Huma Abedin’s parents were devout and observant Muslims — indeed, her father was an imam — we don’t know what exactly is going on with her marriage to Anthony Weiner.

    Certainly the most likely scenario is that Weiner did convert to Islam, as Abedin’s mother, a professor in Saudi Arabia, would almost certainly have insisted that he do so. Weiner has made no public statement of this conversion, but since it would almost certainly have cost him politically if he had announced it, this silence is not any indication that he didn’t actually convert.

    However, it is also possible, given the recent scandal involving Weiner’s apparently frequent and sexually charged contact with other women, that the rumors that the Abedin/Weiner union is a political marriage of convenience are true. After all, in 2008, Hillary Clinton was running for president. There were widespread insinuations that she was involved in a romantic and/or sexual relationship with Abedin, her ever-present personal assistant. Those whisperings persisted into Clinton’s tenure as Secretary of State. Abedin’s 2010 marriage to Weiner, at which Bill Clinton presided, put those rumors to rest.

    In Islamic law, a Muslim must officiate a marriage ceremony; hence if Bill Clinton was the only one officiating, the marriage was not valid according to Islamic law. Huma Abedin would undoubtedly have known that. Thus, if no Muslim was officiating along with Clinton, Weiner would not have had to convert to Islam, as the whole thing was a charade from the outset, apparently entered into with the full awareness of all parties concerned.

    FP: This all seems very strange. What do you personally think is going on?

    Spencer: Either Weiner converted to Islam to marry Abedin, and a Muslim was officiating at the ceremony along with Clinton, or the marriage is a sham and Abedin, at very least, is fully aware of that — and probably the others are also. I don’t see any other possibilities.

    FP: Sorry, I am a bit confused about the Bill Clinton angle. Isn’t this a bit of a bizarre person to ask to officiate your wedding? One would think that in getting married, you have things like faithfulness and loyalty on your mind, no?

    Spencer: Yes, Bill Clinton is a strange choice, indeed — unless the whole point of the union had to do more with the Clinton connection than with faithfulness and loyalty.

    FP: According to Islamic Law, Huma Abedin could be killed, right? If the whole thing is not a charade and a trick, it is a bit curious that her family, who are Muslim Brotherhood and Muslim Sisterhood operatives, have allowed this and not punished her, no?

    Spencer: Yes, Jamie. If the marriage is not a sham, it is exceedingly strange that Huma Abedin’s mother and other Muslim Brotherhood connections would have no problem with it. She is, of course, a high profile individual in the United States, and thus is in a very different situation from that of a woman in Saudi Arabia who might enter into a relationship with a non-Muslim man. In Saudi Arabia, such a woman would almost certainly be murdered; would Brotherhood operatives murder the aide to the Secretary of State for committing the same sin? That is not so clear.

    FP: Last year, Walid Shoebat translated the Arabic declarations relative to the validity of the Weiner-Abedin marriage. One publication Shoebat translated was the Al-Marsid newspaper, which reported on the marriage specifically:

    “Dr. Anwar Shoeb of the faculty of Islamic law in Kuwait declared that the marriage between Anthony Weiner and Huma Abedin is null and void, considering it adultery as confirmed in the Sharia position, prohibiting the marriage of a Muslim woman to a non-Muslim, regardless of whether he is a Jew or a Christian. In this case, he assured the invalidity of the marriage certificate between them.”

    Your thoughts on this?

    Spencer: Dr. Shoeb is completely correct, of course, from the standpoint of Islamic law. In light of that, it is striking that there is no record anywhere of any Islamic anger about Abedin’s marriage or Hillary Clinton’s connection with her. This lends credence to the possibility that the marriage is a sham, and is known to be a sham among those in the Islamic world who have been responsible for stirring up and manipulating popular anger about other matters, such as the cartoons of Muhammad.

    http://frontpagemag.com/2011/06/21/abedinweiner-a-marriage-made-by-hillary-clinton-and-the-muslim-brotherhood/

  219. JanH
    June 21st, 2011 at 3:19 pm

    Mrs. Smith,

    I didn’t mean to imply that you were defending Kennedy. I was just astonished by what I read in the link you kindly posted for me.
    _________________

    OK- 🙂

  220. #
    Shadowfax
    June 21st, 2011 at 3:04 pm

    Mrs. S.

    Nope, she burned her bridges with a lot of folks, attacking those that did not support the Dem. party that stabbed Hillary in the back. She has had a couple blogs, now she is off on another one, I don’t follow her, so I forget the name of it. She ticked off most folks on the pac, not too nice to Murphy so she was not welcome over there by most bloggers.
    ________________

    Early on, I pegged her as a basket case. She called me to partner-up with her to go to Denver- She kept whining, don’t go without me…look for a room to share but not with anyone else. Next thing I know, she bunked in with Murphy and her Mom. I’m home waiting for a reply to my e-mail.

    She deserves the fires of hell for that dirty trick!

  221. Barack Obama is set to reject the advice of the Pentagon by announcing on Wednesday night the withdrawal of up to 30,000 troops from Afghanistan by November next year, in time for the US presidential election.

    ==========

    Wow, the Guardian sure is being open about that.

  222. Reposting BASIL99’s good find at Ulsterman:
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    #
    BASIL99
    June 29th, 2011 at 8:57 am

    Don’t know if this was posted:

    Former Obama Czar Creates Anti-Tea Party Organization
    by Ulsterman in History, June 28, 2011
    President Barack Obama’s former “Green Czar” and devoted communist Van Jones now heads the Soros-funded “The American Dream Movement”, whose primary goal is to counteract the popularity of the Tea Party and defeat conservatives in 2012…

    Following his resignation from the Obama administration, Van Jones indicated President Barack Obama was aware of his radicalized political past, including his embracing of communist and socialist ideals. Van Jones himself was handpicked to be a part of the Obama regime by Valerie Jarrett, the president’s closest and most powerful senior adviser. Since leaving the Obama White House, Jones has remained both busy, and a figure granted much sympathy and respect by powerful far left institutions of America – namely the George Soros political Frankenstein known as MoveOn.

    This week Van Jones headlined a coming out party for “The American Dream Movement” at New York City, in which he specifically outlined the goals of the newly formed organization – goals that can be then summarized into two primary categories:
    -Raise taxes in order to grow government
    -Protect and expand unions
    Two of the largest and most politically influential labor unions are partners with Van Jones – SEIU and the AFL-CIO, headed by Richard Trumky who just last year accepted an award from the Communist Party USA. Trumka contributed a video message to the “Dream Movement” party.

    As for Van Jones, it appears likely he will use his newest political platform and continued ties with Barack Obama friendly groups such as MoveOn, labor unions, and various socialist-communist organizations to continue the very goals he had embraced before being appointed a member of the Obama administration in 2009:

    -Eliminate personal wealth and “change the whole system”.

    -Push for continued solidarity with American Muslims and defeat American “imperialism” abroad. (Note: Van Jones declared this goal the day after 9/11.)

    -Further promote Van Jones own “Maoist Manifesto” that calls for revolution against the current government.

    So Van Jones has gone from old news to new news, and the American public is reminded yet again that this anti-American Communist radical was handpicked by Barack Obama and Valerie Jarrett to be a member of the Obama administration.

    Wake up America, before Van Jones’ and Obama’s ”Dream Movement” becomes your permanent nightmare…

    Read more: http://socyberty.com/history/the-ulsterman-report-former-obama-czar-creates-anti-tea-party-organization/#ixzz1QfYEYgVR

  223. President Barack Obama’s former “Green Czar” and devoted communist Van Jones now heads the Soros-funded “The American Dream Movement”, whose primary goal is to counteract the popularity of the Tea Party and defeat conservatives in 2012…
    _____________________

    This is it folks- this is the beginning of a BOLD- IN BROAD DAYLIGHT- FULL- ON- BLOODLESS COUP if Obama is re-elected in 2012!
    _____________________________

    “Further promote Van Jones own “Maoist Manifesto” that calls for revolution against the current government.

    So Van Jones has gone from old news to new news, and the American public is reminded yet again that this anti-American Communist radical was handpicked by Barack Obama and Valerie Jarrett to be a member of the Obama administration.

    Wake up America, before Van Jones’ and Obama’s ”Dream Movement” becomes your permanent nightmare…”
    ________________

    Impeach this Son-of-a-Bitch calling himself the President of the United States of America. Those lazy ass House Repulicans need to be BARN STORMED inundated with FAXES.. This is TREASON in it’s naked purest form. Van Jones announcement coming just before the 4th of July-

  224. Mrs Smith, I followed you over here, though others did not, because I need to ask if you or anyone knows what has happened to admin. Nothing bad, I pray. Rather worried. Are you?

  225. Mrs. Smith what the heck was the idiot in chief on the tube for so long today about???

    I can’t believe that wasn’t classified as a paid political announcement…..its “state TV” now???

    I haven’t heard from you…how are things???

  226. Okay, we burned though all the memory on the most recent post by Admin….

    So here we are, back in the time machine.

  227. I sent this email to ADMIN from 44folks:

    We used all the memory on your last post …some of us went to comments in the previous post, but basically things are at a standstill and as far back as I can remember this has never happened to us here on 44

    Could you drop us a line saying you are OK and will return to us soon?
    Thnaks

  228. Well…I wasn’t able to post on the other article at all today. I finally got one on a few minutes ago, thanking Mrs. Smith for the info on Gene Simmons.

    Hope all is well with admin and the everyone else here.

  229. Clinton to visit Spain on Europe tour
    (AFP) – 21 hours ago

    WASHINGTON — US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton will travel to Spain to discuss Afghanistan, the Middle East and economic issues following stops in eastern Europe, her spokeswoman said Tuesday.

    During her visit to Madrid on Friday and Saturday, the chief US diplomat will meet Spanish Prime Minister Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero and Foreign Minister Trinidad Jimenez, spokeswoman Victoria Nuland said.

    They will “discuss a range of issues including Afghanistan, North Africa, and the Middle East, and trade, investment and the economy,” she added in a statement.

    Leaving Washington on Wednesday, Clinton will be in Budapest for Thursday’s opening of the Lantos Institute, named after the late US congressman Tom Lantos, a Hungarian-born Holocaust survivor and outspoken global human rights advocate who died in 2008.

    The top US diplomat will also meet with Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban and Foreign Minister Janos Martonyi, US officials said.

    Later Thursday, Clinton will travel to Vilnius for the Community of Democracies ministerial meeting that will bring together senior government officials, parliamentarians, non-government organizations, women and youth leaders, as well as the private sector.

    She will also meet President Dalia Grybauskaite, Prime Minister Andrius Kubilius and other Lithuanian officials, according to US officials.

    http://www.google.com/hostednews/afp/article/ALeqM5gddGr-TtQINL6AEzD5Y6hdcs_mow?docId=CNG.901f10405411aeeb8554b48d4d3a7341.5d1

  230. I don’t want this site to crash so I’m going to be posting articles here until admin is available. Must be something pretty important. I can’t remember, as someone else said, when this has happened before-

  231. Federal Appeals Court Upholds Obama’s Health Care Law (crap)

    CINCINNATI (The Blaze/AP) — In the first ruling by a federal appeals court on President Barack Obama’s health care overhaul, a judicial panel in Cincinnati on Wednesday affirmed an earlier ruling that Congress can require Americans to have minimum insurance coverage (commonly referred to as the “individual mandate”).

    A conservative law center had challenged the provision, saying that it was unconstitutional and that Congress was overstepping its powers.

    The three-judge 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals panel delivered a long opinion with disagreement on some issues.

    The 2-1 majority opinion was written by a Jimmy Carter appointee and agreed with by a George W. Bush appointee. The dissenting judge was appointed by Ronald Reagan. MSNBC has more:

    Today’s ruling by a federal appeals court in Ohio, upholding the Obama health care law, marks the first time a Republican-appointed judge has found the most controversial part of the law constitutional.

    Earlier this month, The Blaze reported on a separate case being heard in the 11th Circuit Court. While this case is not expected to be ruled upon until the end of the summer, the judges had a negative tone when discussing the insurance coverage requirement. The Los Angeles Times has more:

    “I can’t find any case like this,” said Chief Judge Joel Dubina of the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals. “If we uphold this, are there any limits” on the power of the federal government? he asked.

    Judge Stanley Marcus appeared to agree. “I can’t find any case“ in the past where the courts upheld ”telling a private person they are compelled to purchase a product in the open market…. Is there anything that suggests Congress can do this?”

    More than 30 legal challenges have been filed over the health care overhaul. So far, this latest case bring the total number of decisions upholding the law to four, with two other courts finding it unconstitutional. The case is expected to eventually reach the U.S. Supreme Court.

    http://www.theblaze.com/stories/federal-appeals-court-upholds-obamas-health-care-law/

  232. I hope everyone takes note of BASIL99’s article from Ulsterman. That articles is a serious as a heart attack.

    The game is on at the Obama WH.. we are in transition for the Final Takeover of the country…

  233. Nothing to worry about huh? The fire scene is truly scary-
    ____________________________

    Los Alamos Fire: EPA Testing for Radiation

    The wildfire that surrounds the nuclear lab in Los Alamos, N.M., has grown to at least 61,000 acres amid mounting concerns about what might be in the smoke that’s visible from space.

    Such fear has prompted the Environmental Protection Agency to bring in air monitors, along with a special airplane that checks for radiation levels. So far, officials have not been able to find anything.

    “Our facilities and nuclear material are protected and safe,” Laboratory Director Dr. Charles McMillan told ABC News.

    Fire crews have also began a series of targeted, preventative burns along the western edge of the property to remove any fuel from the fire’s path.

    The Los Alamos facility — the birthplace of the atomic bomb — was shrouded in secrecy long before it was surrounded by smoke after the Las Conchas fire began Sunday.

    “It contains approximately 20,000 barrels of nuclear waste,” former top security official Glen Walp said. “It’s not contained within a concrete,
    brick-and-mortar-type building, but rather in a sort of fabric-type building that a fire could easily

    “Potential is high for a major calamity if the fire would reach these areas,” he added.

    The flames from the 108-square-mile fire reportedly have reached as close as 50 feet from the grounds. With a wildfire so close, lab officials, along with government officials such as New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez, are trying to reassure the public of the plant’s safety.

    “I’m confident in saying that they are committed to making it safe,” Martinez told ABC News.

    Thousands Evacuated, Some Remain

    After a mass evacuation, the city of Los Alamos remains a ghost town. Most of its 12,000 residents were evacuated Monday, with some leaving their sprinklers on to protect their homes.

    Still, according to Police Chief Wayne Torpy, about 150 die-hard residents have stayed behind, unfazed by the danger presented by their nuclear neighbor.

    “I know the laboratory is secure and they’re ready for this kind of emergency situation,” Stephanie Chavez, a resident of Los Alamos, told ABC News.

    Firefighters have made progress in the past few days, and have said that the risk of the flames reaching radioactive material is slim. Still, they cautioned that winds Wednesday could change, as could their level of confidence.

    “It’s a lot better that it’s down,” said Doug Tucker, chief of the Los Alamos Fire Department. “But we can’t relax. It’s better, but we can’t relax quite yet.”

    The fire began around 1 p.m. Sunday, according to a report by InciWeb, which provides the “incident information system” and compiles information from government agencies. The report indicated that Sunday’s weather conditions included high temperatures, low humidity and high winds, all of which contributed to the inferno.

    videos featuring the fire at the link:

    http://abcnews.go.com/US/los-alamos-fire-epa-testing-radiation/story?id=13953953

  234. Shadowfax
    June 29th, 2011 at 3:39 pm
    Nerves Show on Team Obama
    Recent scrambling by the president’s political advisers indicates they’re very worried about his reelection chances.

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    awwww…so sad…NOT.

  235. The Dems are on the Kool-Aid and they’ve lost their minds… They have our houses, our jobs and our bank accounts. Now they want our BLOOD!
    __________________________________

    White House: ‘Significant’ debt deal possible (Dems propose $400-600 billion in new taxes)

    WASHINGTON – President Barack Obama plunged into deadlocked negotiations to cut government deficits and raise the nation’s debt limit Monday, and the White House expressed confidence a “significant” deal with Republicans could be reached. But both sides only seemed to harden their positions as the day wore on, the administration insisting on higher taxes as part of the package but Republican leaders flatly rejecting the idea.

    Obama and Vice President Joe Biden met with Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., for about 30 minutes at the White House, setting the stage for an evening meeting with Republican Senate leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky.

    White House spokesman Jay Carney said Obama reported after the morning session that “everyone in the room believes that a significant deal remains possible.” But Carney also affirmed that Obama would only go for a deficit-reduction plan that included both spending cuts and increased tax revenue, an approach that Republicans say would never get through Congress.

    Said Carney: “It’s the only way to get it done if you want to do it right.”

    McConnell was seen speaking with White House Chief of Staff Bill Daley moments before his scheduled meeting with Obama and Biden

    Hours before the meeting, McConnell went to the Senate floor to reaffirm Republican opposition to more tax hikes.

    “It’s time Washington take the hit,” he said, “not the taxpayers.”

    McConnell said any tax increase or new spending would be counterproductive to economic recovery, and he pointed out that Democrats had been unable to pass tax increases on the wealthy when they controlled both chambers of Congress last year.

    “Let’s move past tax hikes, talk about what’s actually possible, and let’s talk about what has and hasn’t worked over the past two years,” said the Kentucky Republican.

    Reid said, “I hope my Republican colleagues will put the economy ahead of politics.” Speaking on the Senate floor, he said, “I hope they’ll join us to create jobs and set aside their desire to please the tea party and defeat President Obama.”

    At issue is not just the staggering national debt but a showdown on the federal borrowing limit that carries enormous risks.

    Absent an agreement that cuts long-term deficits, Republicans say they will not vote to increase the nation’s borrowing, which will exceed its $14.3 trillion limit on Aug. 2. The administration has warned that if Congress does not raise the debt ceiling, it could mean the first U.S. financial default in history and send economic shockwaves around the world.

    To meet government obligations, a two-year increase in the debt ceiling would have to be about $2.4 trillion. Republcians are insisting on deficit reduction of a similar amount over 10 years.

    So far the financial markets remain unrattled by the impasse, and some say it might take a massive market upheaval to move Congress to pass an increase in the debt ceiling. That’s what it took in 2008 for Congress to approve the financial bailout known as the Troubled Asset Relief Program. Politically, raising the debt ceiling is considered a more difficult vote than the bank bailout plan.

    Failure to raise the ceiling “would do serious damage,” Said Mark Zandi, chief economist at Moody’s Analytics whose views are frequently cited by the Obama administration. “It will unhinge the already very fragile collective psyche.”

    Zandi said a deficit reduction plan that includes some tax increases would be “more credible and more appropriate from an economic perspective.”

    But he said that if Republicans are being asked to give up their deepseated opposition to tax increases, then Obama needs to abandon a major campaign promise, such as his demand that the wealthy give up their Bush-era tax cuts.

    “The president needs to take a chance himself, and do something that shows he’s willing to give up something that’s very large to move this forward,” Zandi said in an interview.

    The president stepped up his personal involvement in negotiations after bipartisan talks led by Biden stalled last week. Republican lawmakers abandoned the negotiations, saying the issues still on the table had to be addressed by the president.

    Obama already has met privately with House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, and with House Democrats.

    Until Friday, Biden had held a series of meeting over several weeks with bipartisan teams from the House and Senate, focusing on areas where the two sides were amenable to cuts until the dispute over taxes caused Republicans to walk out.

    Carney rejected suggestions that Obama should have become more involved earlier. “If you honestly believe that the public is out there wondering why the president wasn’t in every one of these meetings, you know, I think that’s nuts.”

    The White House is pushing for some tax increases on the wealthy or the elimination of tax breaks for big companies and wealthy individuals as part of a deficit-cutting plan. During the Biden-led negotiations, Democrats proposed about $400 billion in additional tax revenue, including ending subsidies to oil and gas companies, an idea that has failed previously in the Senate.

    The administration also would tax private equity or hedge fund managers at higher income tax rates instead of lower capital gains rates, change the depreciation formula on corporate jets and limit itemized deductions for wealthy taxpayers. It also has called for repealing a tax benefit for an inventory accounting practice used by many manufacturers.

    Republicans are demanding huge cuts in government spending. While they are insisting there be no tax increases, they have been willing to consider other forms of revenue, particularly higher user fees.

    “Revenues have never been off the table,” said Sen. Jon Kyl of Arizona, the Senate’s Republican participant in the Biden talks. “There are some user fees that are probably way low compared to when they were originally set.”

    Obama’s budget wants $85 billion in new user fees over 10 years, including raising the airline passenger security fee from a maximum of $5 per one-way trip to $11. Other proposals range from Food and Drug Administration food inspection fees to duck hunting fees.The $85 billion also includes federal auction of parts of the broadcast spectrum and the sale of surplus federal property.

    Complicating matters is the congressional schedule. While the Senate is in session, the House is off this week ahead of the July 4 holiday. The House is scheduled to return next week when the Senate will be away. That makes it difficult for leaders in both chambers to find consensus among their respective memberships.

    “It will take time, and that is a bit troublesome,” Kyl said. “It will take time to both reach the agreement, to put it all together and to debate it on the floor. Nobody wants this to be just parachuted in three days before they vote on it. They want time to take it back to their constituents, talk about it, debate it on the floor.”

    Carney wouldn’t set a deadline for a deal, saying he didn’t want to name a “token timetable.” He said Obama and Biden would hold additional meetings with congressional lawmakers, though none is scheduled at this point.

    http://old.news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20110627/ap_on_re_us/us_debt_showdown

  236. On the link above by Ulsterman…..

    Holy $hit…

    What is more known at this point is that regarding Attorney General Eric Holder, and yes, even President Barack Obama, we are now hearing a term being whispered not just by Republicans in Congress, but some of their Democrat counterparts as well: Impeachment.

  237. Shadowfax
    June 29th, 2011 at 3:43 pm

    It appears full scale Senate Hearings into Project Gunrunner are to be scheduled in the coming weeks with ATF chief Kenneth Melson having agreed to provide key testimony into who knew what and when. Is Melson prepared to lay blame at the feet of Attorney General Eric Holder and the Obama White House?
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    Slo-goin, but people “like us” understand the wheels of Justice grind slowly.

  238. Uppity was talking about the blinders last night too…

    News flash! Hillary never demonized by bots, republicans!
    Posted on June 29, 2011 by lorac

    If you caught either the O’Reilly show with Laura Ingraham or Hannity with Andrea Tantaros last night, you heard frequent references to how “conservative women are treated unfairly”, “There’s a double standard!”, “Hillary would never be treated this way!” (They also mentioned that NOW would come out if Hillary were attacked. ROFL ROFL ROFL ROFL)

    http://uppitywoman08.wordpress.com/

  239. Shadowfax
    June 29th, 2011 at 3:50 pm

    On the link above by Ulsterman…
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    Between the Floods, Tornadoes and Fires people are concerned about getting through the day nevermind watching what the Hell Obama and his trained Chimps are doing to takeover the country. It’s up to us to keep the homefires burning getting the message out of what is going (w/ the government takeover) on while they are struggling to survive.

    God please take care of these people who have lost everything… and keep us together here to keep them informed…

  240. Slo-goin, but people “like us” understand the wheels of Justice grind slowly.

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    It’s only slow because everyone, on both sides worries about covering their asses First, and finding the ‘truth’, last.

  241. TEA PARTY EXPRESS LAUNCHING FIFTH NATIONAL TOUR THIS SUMMER!

    Coast-to-Coast Route Will Focus on Early Presidential Primary States

    The Tea Party Express (w… TeaPartyExpress.org) announced today the launch of a national bus tour that will feature 29 tea party rallies across the country. This marks the fifth such tour by the group, whose rallies have been described as “a rolling 4th of July show” and feature conservative singers, speakers, candidates, and celebrities.

    The Tea Party Express tour will launch on August 27th in Napa, CA, and head East to culminate in Tampa, FL in time for the Tea Party Presidential debate. The Tea Party debate, hosted by CNN and the Tea Party Express, will take place at the Florida State Fairgrounds located in Tampa, FL. Full details of the tour schedule will be released in the coming days.

    “We’re thrilled to be going back on the road doing what we love – meeting with the incredible Americans who give the tea party movement its unstoppable strength and energy, celebrating the great things about our country, and encouraging everyone to keep fighting for a better tomorrow.” said Tea Party Express Chairman Amy Kremer.

    It was previously announced that Tea Party Express had teamed up with CNN to host the only national Tea Party debate. The Tea Party Express has built a network of more than 100 local tea party, 912 and conservative groups representing every state in the nation who have signed on to cosponsor the groundbreaking Tea Party Presidential Debate on September 12, 2011.

    The latest Tea Party Express bus tour is expected to feature Presidential candidates, highlight core issues such as fiscal responsibility and constitutionally limited government, and generate interest and awareness for the upcoming Tea Party debate.

    For more information or to schedule an interview, please contact Levi Russell at Levi@FrontlineStrat.com or (509)979-6615.

  242. #
    Shadowfax
    June 29th, 2011 at 4:05 pm

    Slo-goin, but people “like us” understand the wheels of Justice grind slowly.

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    It’s only slow because everyone, on both sides worries about covering their asses First, and finding the ‘truth’, last.
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    And they don’t like us because we have their asses swingin’ in the wind- yes? 🙂

  243. admin
    June 29th, 2011 at 4:16 pm

    PROBLEMS STRAIGHTENED OUT, NEW ARTICLE IS UP.
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    Yippie!!!

  244. Jewish Dems losing faith in Obama

    By: Ben Smith
    June 29, 2011

    David Ainsman really began to get worried about President Barack Obama’s standing with his fellow Jewish Democrats when a recent dinner with his wife and two other couples — all Obama voters in 2008 — nearly turned into a screaming match.

    Ainsman, a prominent Democratic lawyer and Pittsburgh Jewish community leader, was trying to explain that Obama had just been offering Israel a bit of “tough love” in his May 19 speech on the Arab Spring. His friends disagreed — to say the least.

    One said he had the sense that Obama “took the opportunity to throw Israel under the bus.” Another, who swore he wasn’t getting his information from the mutually despised Fox News, admitted he’d lost faith in the president.

    If several dozen interviews with POLITICO are any indication, a similar conversation is taking place in Jewish communities across the country. Obama’s speech last month seems to have crystallized the doubts many pro-Israel Democrats had about Obama in 2008 in a way that could, on the margins, cost the president votes and money in 2012 and will not be easy to repair. (See also: President Obama’s Middle East speech: Details complicate ‘simple’ message)

    “It’s less something specific than that these incidents keep on coming,” said Ainsman.

    The immediate controversy sparked by the speech was Obama’s statement that Israel should embrace the country’s 1967 borders, with “land swaps,” as a basis for peace talks. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu seized on the first half of that phrase and the threat of a return to what Israelis sometimes refer to as “Auschwitz borders.” (Related: Obama defends border policy)

    Obama’s Jewish allies stressed the second half: that land swaps would — as American negotiators have long contemplated — give Israel security in its narrow middle, and the deal would give the country international legitimacy and normalcy.

    But the noisy fray after the speech mirrored any number of smaller controversies. Politically hawkish Jews and groups such as the Republican Jewish Coalition and the Emergency Committee for Israel pounded Obama in news releases. White House surrogates and staffers defended him, as did the plentiful American Jews who have long wanted the White House to lean harder on Israel’s conservative government.

    Based on the conversations with POLITICO, it’s hard to resist the conclusion that some kind of tipping point has been reached.

    Most of those interviewed were center-left American Jews and Obama supporters — and many of them Democratic donors. On some core issues involving Israel, they’re well to the left of Netanyahu and many Americans: They refer to the “West Bank,” not to “Judea and Samaria,” fervently supported the Oslo peace process and Israel’s unilateral withdrawal from Gaza and believe in the urgency of creating a Palestinian state. (Arena: Are Jewish voters still pro-Obama?)

    But they are also fearful for Israel at a moment of turmoil in a hostile region when the moderate Palestinian Authority is joining forces with the militantly anti-Israel Hamas.

    “It’s a hot time, because Israel is isolated in the world and, in particular, with the Obama administration putting pressure on Israel,” said Rabbi Neil Cooper, leader of Temple Beth Hillel-Beth El in Philadelphia’s Main Line suburbs, who recently lectured his large, politically connected congregation on avoiding turning Israel into a partisan issue.

    Some of these traditional Democrats now say, to their own astonishment, that they’ll consider voting for a Republican in 2012. And many of those who continue to support Obama said they find themselves constantly on the defensive in conversations with friends.

    “I’m hearing a tremendous amount of skittishness from pro-Israel voters who voted for Obama and now are questioning whether they did the right thing or not,” said Betsy Sheerr, the former head of an abortion-rights-supporting, pro-Israel PAC in Philadelphia, who said she continues to support Obama, with only mild reservations. “I’m hearing a lot of ‘Oh, if we’d only elected Hillary instead.’”

    Even Democratic National Committee Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz, who spoke to POLITICO to combat the story line of Jewish defections, said she’d detected a level of anxiety in a recent visit to a senior center in her South Florida district.

    “They wanted some clarity on the president’s view,” she said. “I answered their questions and restored some confidence that maybe was a little shaky, [rebutted] misinformation and the inaccurate reporting about what was said.”

    Wasserman Schultz and other top Democrats say the storm will pass. (Related: Debbie Wasserman Schultz: Jewish voters will stick with Obama)

    They point out to anyone who will listen that beyond the difficult personal relationship of Obama and Netanyahu, beyond a tense, stalled peace process, there’s a litany of good news for supporters of Israel: Military cooperation is at an all-time high; Obama has supplied Israel with a key missile defense system; the U.S. boycotted an anti-racism conference seen as anti-Israel; and America is set to spend valuable international political capital beating back a Palestinian independence declaration at the United Nations in September.

    The qualms that many Jewish Democrats express about Obama date back to his emergence onto the national scene in 2007. Though he had warm relations with Chicago’s Jewish community, he had also been friends with leading Palestinian activists, unusual in the Democratic establishment. And though he seemed to be trying to take a conventionally pro-Israel stand, he was a novice at the complicated politics of the America-Israel relationship, and his sheer inexperience showed at times.

    At the 2007 AIPAC Policy Conference, Obama professed his love for Israel but then seemed, – to some who were there for his informal talk – to betray a kind of naivete about the conflict between Israel and the Palestinians: “The biggest enemy” he said, using the same rhetoric he applied to American politics, was “not just terrorists, it’s not just Hezbollah, it’s not just Hamas — it’s also cynicism.”

    At the next year’s AIPAC conference, he again botched the conflict’s code, committing himself to an “undivided Jerusalem” and then walking it back the next day.

    Those doubts and gaffes lingered, even for many of the majority who supported him.

    “There’s an inclination in the community to not trust this president’s gut feel on Israel and every time he sets out on a path that’s troubling you do get this ‘ouch’ reaction from the Jewish Community because they’re distrustful of him,” said the president of a major national Jewish organization, who declined to be quoted by name to avoid endangering his ties to the White House.

    Many of Obama’s supporters, then and now, said they were unworried about the political allegiance of Jewish voters. Every four years, they say, Republicans claim to be making inroads with American Jews, and every four years, voters and donors go overwhelmingly for the Democrats, voting on a range of issues that include, but aren’t limited to Israel.

    But while that pattern has held, Obama certainly didn’t take anything for granted. His 2008 campaign dealt with misgivings with a quiet, intense, and effective round of communal outreach.

    “When Obama was running, there was a lot of concern among the guys in my group at shul, who are all late-30s to mid-40s, who I hang out with and daven with and go to dinner with, about Obama,” recalled Scott Matasar, a Cleveland lawyer who’s active in Jewish organizations.

    Matasar remembers his friends’ worries over whether Obama was “going to be OK for Israel.” But then Obama met with the community’s leaders during a swing through Cleveland in the primary, and the rabbi at the denominationally conservative synagogue Matasar attends — “a real ardent Zionist and Israel defender” — came back to synagogue convinced.

    “That put a lot of my concerns to rest for my friends who are very much Israel hawks but who, like me, aren’t one-issue voters.”

    Now Matasar says he’s appalled by Obama’s “rookie mistakes and bumbling” and the reported marginalization of a veteran peace negotiator, Dennis Ross, in favor of aides who back a tougher line on Netanyahu. He’s the most pro-Obama member of his social circle but is finding the president harder to defend.

    “He’d been very ham-handed in the way he presented [the 1967 border announcement] and the way he sprung this on Netanyahu,” Matasar said.

    A Philadelphia Democrat and pro-Israel activist, Joe Wolfson, recalled a similar progression.

    “What got me past Obama in the recent election was Dennis Ross — I heard him speak in Philadelphia and I had many of my concerns allayed,” Wolfson said. “Now, I think I’m like many pro-Israel Democrats now who are looking to see whether we can vote Republican.”

    That, perhaps, is the crux of the political question: The pro-Israel Jewish voters and activists who spoke to POLITICO are largely die-hard Democrats, few of whom have ever cast a vote for a Republican to be president. Does the new wave of Jewish angst matter?

    One place it might is fundraising. Many of the Clinton-era Democratic mega-donors who make Israel their key issue, the most prominent of whom is the Los Angeles Israeli-American billionaire Haim Saban, never really warmed to Obama, though Saban says he will vote for the Democrat and write him a check if asked.

    A top-dollar Washington fundraiser aimed at Jewish donors in Miami last week raised more than $1 million from 80 people, and while one prominent Jewish activist said the DNC had to scramble to fill seats, seven-figure fundraisers are hard to sneer at.

    Even people writing five-figure checks to Obama, though, appeared in need of a bit of bucking up.

    “We were very reassured,” Randi Levine, who attended the event with her husband, Jeffrey, a New York real estate developer, told POLITICO.

    Philadelphia Jewish Democrats are among the hosts of another top-dollar event June 30. David Cohen, a Comcast executive and former top aide to former Gov. Ed Rendell, said questions about Obama’s position on Israel have been a regular, if not dominant, feature of his attempts to recruit donors.

    “I takes me about five minutes of talking through the president’s position and the president’s speech, and the uniform reaction has been, ‘I guess you’re right, that’s not how I saw it covered,’” he said.

    Others involved in the Philadelphia event, however, said they think Jewish doubts are taking a fundraising toll.

    “We’re going to raise a ton of money, but I don’t know if we’re going to hit our goals,” said Daniel Berger, a lawyer who is firmly in the “peace camp” and said he blamed the controversy on Netanyahu’s intransigence.

    http://dyn.politico.com/printstory.cfm?uuid=CCC173C6-27F6-4CEA-B94F-B0DB75F91846
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    These fundraisers should hold on to their money until next year… Escrow the money earmarked for the DNC until they are sure it’s the right choice… Otherwise refund it to the donors before 12/31/11

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