Mistake In ’08 Part VIII: The White Flag Of Surrender From The Obama Coalition Kooks

Barack Obama has been dethroned. Barack Obama is no longer the King of Chicanery, the Corrupt King of Clowns, the King Liar Extraordinaire. That filthy toilet bowl throne now belongs, perhaps always belonged, to Ruy Teixiera.

For over a decade Teixiera and other idiots who style themselves as “intellectuals” or “strategists” or the “creative class” sold a deadly snake oil. This poison was purchased and drunk by people such as 2×4 Chuck Schumer, tax cheat Tom Daschle, and Chappaquiddick Chauffeur Ted Kennedy. The result is that in 2008 what was the Democratic Party establishment plotted then gifted Barack Obama the Democratic Party nomination.

The Teixiera snake oil is a theory of endless Democratic electoral victories because of demographic “realities” such as a declining white population in the United States. For years we have written (in our Mistake In ’08 series HERE, HERE, HERE, HERE, HERE, HERE, and HERE as well as in our “Barack Obama’s Situation Comedy” demographics series) about the deadly effect the Teixiera draught has had on the Democratic Party.

In short, the Democratic Party committed suicide when it dumped the FDR Coalition led by Hillary Clinton in favor of the Barack Obama Situation Comedy coalition.

Ruy Teixiera has been aided and abetted in his toxic theories by books that deride “Bubba” such as the dangerous and idiotic “What’s The Matter With Kansas?” Books such as the Kansas book provided “theorists” from the left a “we’re smarter” snob attitude and justification for a class based hatred of poor whites.

Obnoxious haiku writing “creative class” “intellectuals” such as slim Chris Bowers elevated their class bigotries and resentments against white men who are manlier than their fey selves with loathsome “analysis” such as this “I Am So Tired Of Chasing Reagan Democrats”:

“While this treads into “votes that don’t matter” territory, the truth is that after watching politics for more than twenty years, at this point trying to win back those “Reagan Democrats” feels like a lost cause. I’ve had enough of it. I’m tired of how trying to appeal to these voters basically never seems to work, but always succeeds in pushing the Democratic Party to the right. I’m tired of how it has created a perception in the Democratic Party that the progressive base don’t matter, except as an ATM machine. And I’m tired of it because it has just gone on for so long at this point that we now have massive, emerging Democratic voting blocks that we should appeal to instead: non-Christian whites, the “creative class,” and Latinos / Asians. While the once-Democratic and now Republican “Reagan” Dems are growing pretty darn old, the future of the country and the electorate can be found elsewhere. Why continue to chase after voting groups that are shrinking in size, that push the party to the right, and who we never seem to win anyway, when instead we can chase after far more fertile voting blocks that will push the party to the left and who represent more than 100% of the population growth in the United States? [snip]

Clinton’s primary coalition thus far has been largely kept afloat by older Reagan Dems who also tend to be white southern Baptists. And yes, they also tend to be older, as exit polls have shown. And yes, it is all about the same racially charged political battles of older generations that Reagan and other conservatives exploited to rise to power during the final quarter of the 20th century. John Judis:

Obama has to worry about the Reagan or Bush Democrats, white working class voters who used to be Democrats, but often back Republican presidential candidates. Bill Clinton won many of these voters back; but Al Gore lost them in 2000 and John Kerry lost them in 2004. Many of these voters are not participating in the Democratic or Republicans primaries–and they’ll make the difference in November in states like Ohio and Missouri. But of the voters that are participating, Clinton did much better among them, winning over 60 percent of them in Ohio. [snip]

Here is the thing: I don’t care if Democrats ever make up any ground among Reagan Democrats, as long as we lock up the support of expanding groups like the creative class, white non-Christians, Latinos and Asians for a generation. I’ll take that trade any day of the week, and twice on Sundays. Importantly, it feels to me as though we can make that trade if Barack Obama becomes the nominee, but that we will be making the opposite trade if Hillary Clinton becomes the nominee. While Clinton’s advantage among Latinos and Asians does not make it a perfect match, Obama’s primary coalition is far closer to the coalition we need for an expanding future of the Democratic Party, while Clinton’s primary is a lot more like the coalition we have been chasing after for the past twenty-five years or so. It is in this demographic sense that I partially accept Obama’s message about “moving beyond the political divides of the past” and into a new America. I’m tried of the old coalitions, and eager for the promising new ones that hold such tremendous potential for a generational progressive majority.

I am so sick of chasing after the “Reagan Democrats” whose backlash against the civil-rights movement has held progressivism in America back for so long. While I freely admit that there are many people opposing Hillary Clinton for equally chauvinistic and offensive reasons as there are people opposing Barack Obama, overall those voters are probably a minority of the same Reagan Democrats after which I am tired of chasing. I’m just sick and tired of this group being the dominant swing voting block in the United States, and I want to move past it. Demographically speaking, Obama does appear to be the candidate who can do that better than Hillary Clinton, and I freely admit that is one reason I would prefer for Obama to be the nominee.”

Class condescension from a college boy haiku writer is not going to win the white working class vote. Ascribing racism as the primary motivation for voters who vote their interests is not going to win the white working class. Candidates such as Bill Clinton and Hillary Clinton have proven that the white working class will vote logically for those viewed as friends, not leering, sneering, snobs.

Donna Brazile helped destroy the Democratic Party as well. She too displayed her hatred of the white working class in favor of as she and David Axelrod put it:

A new Democratic coalition is younger. It is more urban, as well as suburban, and we don’t have to just rely on white blue-collar voters and Hispanics.

Axelrod has declared The white working class has gone to the Republican nominee for many elections, going back even to the Clinton years. This is not new that Democratic candidates don’t rely solely on those votes.

In a dishonest way, Ruy Teixiera yesterday repudiated this “creative class” trash. Instead of killing himself and apologizing for the damage he has done, Teixiera pretends he never wrote the nonsense he wrote and that he has always understood how important the white working class vote is:

“Each election cycle there occurs a tired ritual, in which pundits and reporters rediscover that yes, indeed, there are still a lot of white working class voters in America, and they represent a serious vulnerability for the Democrats. But just this once, let’s skip the period where everyone initially ignores this group and cut straight to the chase: There will be a lot of white working class voters showing up at the polls next November, and the degree to which they support (or abandon) President Obama could very well make or break his reelection.”

That is an indecent and dishonest opening paragraph. Teixeira is dishonest – Teixeira has been prominent in calling for a new coalition to dump the winning FDR/Bill Clinton/Hillary Clinton coalition. Teixeira is indecent – the white working class is not a “serious vulnerability for the Democrats” – the white working class has always been a great opportunity to address the plight of the poor and lead to a truly progressive future not the snob “progressivism” of college frat party boys. But that is the mentality of these snob creeps.

After the lies of the introductory paragraph, Teixeira is forced to come clean and finally tell the truth to the creative class creeps that destroyed the Democratic Party:

“In 2008, during his otherwise-solid election victory, Obama lost the white working class vote by 18 points. In 2010, however, things got much worse: Congressional Democrats’ experienced a catastrophic 30 point deficit among the same group. While the first number is a figure Obama could live with repeating, the second could very well prove fatal.

Indeed, if Republicans can replicate that 30 point deficit in 2012—a margin which seems increasingly possible given the recent bad news about the economy—Obama will have little to no room for error among his other constituencies. For example, even if, as expected, the share of minority voters increases from 26 to around 28 percent in the next election and Obama receives the typical 75 percent of that vote, while the share of white working class voters declines by another 3 percentage points, a 30 point hole in Obama’s white working class support would mean that the overall support he needs to win the election was teetering right on the knife’s edge. In such a scenario, Obama would have to hold essentially all of his white college graduate support from 2008 (47 percent, a historic high for Democrats) to be assured of victory.”

Unfortunately for the snobs and thugs which worship Barack Obama, it’s not cool anymore to think Obama is anything but a clown. Teixeira notes several years too late that Republicans are not as stupid as the “creative class” believes:

“And make no mistake about it, GOP strategy for 2012 will start with the white working class and attempt to drive up support among this group as high as possible. As an example, just take Romney’s recently declared strategy:

Romney advisers see a disconnect between the president’s announcements of real progress on the economy at a time when there is, in the words of one, “a massive disaster out there with people’s lives.” They argue that, on economic issues, Obama still has trouble connecting with voters, particularly those from the white working class.

Teixiera peddled the notion of endless Obama Dimocrat victories for years. Not now though:

“These tactics are likely to pay big dividends both nationally and, even more importantly, in the states where the election is actually decided. Consider the case of Ohio, a state the GOP must take back to take down Obama. White working class voters could end up representing as much as 56 percent of Ohio voters in 2012, judging from Census voter supplement data. Anything close to a 30 point deficit in 2012 will almost definitely sink Obama in this state, no matter what happens with the friendlier portions of the Ohio electorate.

Or take Florida, Nevada, and Colorado, other states that are vulnerable to a white working class collapse. [snip]

Even more alarmingly, the white working class vote provides the perfect way for the GOP to drive a wedge into those 241 electoral votes Democrats have held for five straight presidential elections. Contested states with high proportions of white working class voters like Minnesota (60 percent white working class in 2012), Wisconsin (58 percent), Pennsylvania (55 percent), and Michigan (53 percent) could easily be flipped if this group flees from Obama.”

But, but, but, that is “unpossible” say the Ralphies of the “creative class.” “We thought those truck driving white “Bubba” “Reagan Democrats” didn’t matter anymore!” “Say it ain’t so, Ruy!!!!!”:

“But how likely is such a white working class surge toward the GOP in 2012? From the standpoint of Obama and the Democrats, scarily so. It’s important to remember that this is the group that has been the bulwark of every GOP victory going back to Richard Nixon in 1968. And it is the group recently termed by journalist Ronald Brownstein as, “[T]he most pessimistic group in America.” In a recent Pew Economic Mobility Project poll, only one-third of working class whites thought today’s children would live better than they do, far below the levels of confidence expressed by minorities and college-educated whites. And in a recent National Journal poll, only a third of white working class voters took a positive view of recent Census findings on the country’s fast growing minority population, with 58 percent endorsing instead the pessimistic view that these trends are “happening too quickly,” and undermining fundamental American values at a time of high unemployment.

In those few words, Teixiera demonstrates that the white working class is acting quite rationally in economic terms. The white working class is hurting economically, understands the economic horrors to come, and is therefore voting their economic interests. The “creative class” of frat boys sneers at the plight of those “Reagan Democrats” that somehow Bill and Hillary Clinton have no trouble understanding or winning:

“These views are obviously rooted in the bleak economic situation confronting most members of the white working class. While that’s bad enough, what’s worse is that the economy is showing no signs of the kind of progress that might take the edge off these sentiments. This should worry the Obama team greatly and encourage the so-called “pivot” to the jobs issue that the administration is considering. A deal on debt reduction, however desirable for other reasons, will be no substitute for better economic conditions, especially among this difficult demographic.”

Again Texeira is too stupid to understand something that the rest of his idiot “creative class” frat boy friends are unable to understand. Let’s explain: an Obama pivot on jobs or new “stimulus” won’t help Obama because the white working class does not trust they will get any help from Obama or his Obamanation Dimocrats. The white working class, and anyone who is sensible, does not trust Barack Obama on any issue, at any time, in any place. The white working class (and all sensible people) does not listen to Barack Obama’s words they see his actions and they do not trust him at all. Got it?

Teixeira ends with a sop of “HOPE” to his creative class frat boy friends, but concedes the “real challenge” after having led the Democratic establishment into a ditch:

“To be sure, the good news for Obama is that the level of support he needs from this group of voters is not terribly high. While a 30 point deficit might sink him, he could survive pretty easily on a 23 point deficit, John Kerry’s margin in 2004. That Obama would likely win with this very large deficit, while Kerry lost, indicates just how much the demographics of the country have changed in the 8 years since Kerry’s defeat. But while the bar for Obama may be lower, he still needs to clear it, and at the moment, that’s looking like a real challenge.”

A real challenge indeed.

Ruy Teixeira has done incalculable damage to the Democratic Party (killed it) and the United States of America. Teixeira thought he could be a Kevin Phillips of the left but Kevin Phillips is a very smart man and Teixeira is no Phillips – Teixiera is just a screw-up.

Recently there has been a lot more talk about Hillary Clinton challenging Barack Obama in 2012 (we’ll be discussing this, probably in our next article). Those that do not know how to connect the dots deride this speculation. Somehow they do not see the importance of strong Hillary Clinton supporters as an FDR coalition that proudly includes the white working class.

Hillary Clinton supporters always knew Barack Obama is not up any job that requires hard work, concern for the poor, or respect for women. By “women” we do include Sarah Palin who has been a target of not only sexists and misogynists, but also (like Bill and Hillary) of a class snobbery from the cowardly creative class Obama frat boys.

We Hillary Supporters knew in 2008 America needed a leader with experience and a life time dedication to core American and Democratic values. We saw in 2007 Barack Obama to be the clown he is. We knew the cowardly Obama haiku writers and frat boys were not very smart and still don’t know enough to repudiate someone who has stabbed them repeatedly in the back (no soup progressive future for you Chris Bowers”)

We knew Barack Obama is an idiot, no matter how “brilliant” the frat boys thought he was.



We knew all his promises were full of, um, it. We knew Obama would not know how to create one single job other than his own.

We knew if you elect a boob, expect boobery.

More and more Americans now know there is a boob in the White House. Hillary Supporters and the white working class knew this all along.

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738 thoughts on “Mistake In ’08 Part VIII: The White Flag Of Surrender From The Obama Coalition Kooks

  1. Great post!
    This made me literally LOL

    In short, the Democratic Party committed suicide when it dumped the FDR Coalition led by Hillary Clinton in favor of the Barack Obama Situation Comedy coalition.

  2. I’ve only read a part of the post and I am spitting mad.

    Raygun Democrats – I never liked this trickle down blow hard, B rated cowboy.

    I am a FDR, JFK, CLINTON Democrat, and this A-hole thinks that the working class whites are just going to hand over their votes as they turn us into Soylent Green, he has another thing coming!!!!

  3. I am literally a Clinton Democrat because I registered in 2008 specifically to vote for Hillary in the primary. I am ready to turn into a Palin Republican as soon as she declares.

  4. Bob Somerby at Daily Howler has pointed out repeatedly that the “white working class” is the single largest demographic in the country.

    Kissing them off is a fatal strategy.

  5. Shadowfax, for clarification, “Reagan Democrats” used to be called “lunch bucket Joe”. The more enlightened term added “lunch bucket Jane” to Joe. The terms blue collar workers, poor whites, white trash (by the “creative class”), non-college whites, Bubba, Appalachia whites, are other terms (often euphemisms) for what is understood to be working class whites. There were black/Asian/Latino “Reagan Democrats” and black/Asian/Latinos in the “silent majority” but the terms are understood to mean white working class.

    There are distinctions to all these terms (for example “silent majority” included many white trade union workers who were middle class by dint of income) but they all are understood to be the white working class.

  6. Thanks for that enlightenment Admin. 😉

    So what would a working white, single mom who hated Raygun, isn’t very religious, lives in a west coat city, and is well educated fit in? Clinton Democrat works for me.

  7. MyIq2xU, via Somerby, you point out something that proves how stupid these creative class types are. Assume that the demographics of the country are moving the country to a majority minority demographic. Whites are still going to be the biggest minority of all the minorities and a large part of the white minority will be the working class.

    We have never accepted the theory that Latino voters will be automatic supporters of the left or the Obama Dimocratic Party. But even the growing and fairly large Latino population (assuming they have a vote and are distributed into states wherein they would decide elections) are small compared to the white working class – which can move entire states into the win column.

    Addressing the white working class and their issues as the bedrock of the FDR coalition – then adding in women, blacks, gays, latinos, asians, to that coalition is the winning way for a functioning Democratic Party. But Chris Bowers is tired. Haiku writing is exhausting work.

  8. Obama supporters who were not already part of the elites were those who assumed that they would be and should be in the near future. With current economic trends they will not be allowed (and lack of character should preclude it also) to become elites. Elites are an exclusive club and they want everyone that is not already in to be a wage and debt slave. More and more of the young trend followers who voted for the marketing symbol of the elites elected as President know he could care less about any part of their lives and they were snookered.

    If Democrats do not run a candidate that can appeal to anyone who works for a living (white or otherwise) they will loose BIG. I will vote for a Republican to get rid of him which I have never done before. Then I will work to get rid of the Republican. Some things are a two step process.

  9. I have my $2K ready for HRC, anytime she asks (Primary and General Election), and I stand ready to manage her campaign in my state. I doubt they will let me, as I have really pissed off some of the Democrats; however, if she wants someone to work her axx off, and who she can trust, I am your person.

    Let’s face it, if she got the nomination in 2012, they would be falling all over themselves to roll over. That would be really fun to watch.

  10. A follow-up on something posted earlier today by Shadowfax and Mrs. Smith:

    http://ace.mu.nu/archives/317863.php

    Plunge: Obama Drops Net Nine in One Day
    —Ace

    I don’t know why Drudge is linking this, except it’s fun to beat up on a dope.

    A one-day swing like that is almost certainly noise.

    But, it’s fun to think about.

    I have always thought that when opinion changes on Obama, it will change suddenly. That part of what’s going on with his approval rating is Preference Falsification, a phenomenon of group psychology in which people don’t express their true preference (or belief) because they think it is forbidden to think it or is strongly disfavored by the group. When the group starts talking more freely, however, people realize their true, suppressed (counterfeited) preference is in fact widely shared, and suddenly begin expressing their true preference.

    As Glenn Reynolds’ article on it noted, this is called a Preference Cascade.

    That said, I don’t think this occurs in a single poll in a single day. My idea of “sudden shift” in this context is a month or two.

  11. Michelle Obama snubbed as she vacations on your dime:

    http://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2011/06/bummer-south-african-leader-snubs-michelle-o/

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/michelle-obama/8589715/Jacob-Zuma-snubs-Michelle-Obama-during-First-Ladys-South-Africa-visit.html

    Mr Zuma was out of the country for the first day of Mrs Obama’s second solo trip abroad on Tuesday and although he returned on Monday night, aides said he was “not available” to meet her.

    Instead, he arranged for Corrective Services Minister Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula to greet her on her arrival in Pretoria on Monday night, and one of his three wives, Nompumelelo Ntuli-Zuma, to meet her briefly on Tuesday.

  12. admin
    June 21st, 2011 at 4:45 pm

    I think I was talking about that yesterday, in how people were responding to the polls, but I did not have a fancy name for it. I had assumed they would talk postive about voting for him, but then just not vote.

    I like that theory.

  13. It’s a shame they have no one to face Obama as he easily could be defeated with an average GOP candidate. They are really just as awful as the new dimocrat party.

  14. ‘Preference Cascade’ – for the blind and timid.

    ‘Big Pink’ and ‘PUMAs’ for the rest of us that actually knew what was going on.

  15. jbstonesfan
    June 21st, 2011 at 4:59 pm

    It’s a shame they have no one to face Obama as he easily could be defeated with an average GOP candidate.
    ———

    There is still time…I have a little hope left.

    Maybe Hillary wants to keep her kneecaps until 2016?

  16. “In 2008, during his otherwise-solid election victory, Obama lost the white working class vote by 18 points.

    [Correction, he lost by 18 million votes, even with cheating and thuggery.]

    In 2010, however, things got much worse: Congressional Democrats’ experienced a catastrophic 30 point deficit among the same group. While the first number is a figure Obama could live with repeating, the second could very well prove fatal.

    [That is the plan.]

  17. admin: “The white working class is hurting economically, understands the economic horrors to come, and is therefore voting their economic interests.”

    Unfortunately, the Republicans do not have their economic interests in mind either.

    But they’re throwing the bums out. As Mormaer said, “I will vote for a Republican to get rid of him. . . . Then I will work to get rid of the Republican.”

  18. admin
    June 21st, 2011 at 4:48 pm

    Michelle Obama snubbed as she vacations on your dime:
    ___________________

    Watching the 12:00 noon news today ( nbc affiliate ) w/Frank Colleta, they rolled a clip of MO meeting Mandela. Stating this is the first time she has met Mandela, mentioning Obama met him when he was a U.S. senator in 05′.

    I really have trouble believing Obama EVER met Mandela. Is this T/F?

    These two are a disgrace to their race!

  19. Mrs. S-

    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 xxxx and her Mom. I’m home waiting for a reply to my e-mail.

    She deserves the fires of hell for that dirty trick!
    ——–
    Wow, that really sucks, and it doesn’t surprise me in the least. I am sorry this happened to you Mrs. S. – I hung out with Mxxx part of the time and I would have loved to have met you back then and raised Hell with you.
    That person was a real pain in the neck on the blog, she would just show up and cause havoc. I had friends that left others holding the bag there too, it was a shame.

  20. “Wow, that really sucks, and it doesn’t surprise me in the least. I am sorry this happened to you Mrs. S. – I hung out with Mxxx part of the time and I would have loved to have met you back then and raised Hell with you.”
    __________________

    Yes, I have the feeling we are two peas in a pod because we think alike. JanH too- (especially when the camel driver tried auctioning her off to a soul mate) guffaff!

  21. “we lock up the support of expanding groups like the creative class, white non-Christians, Latinos and Asians for a generation.”

    Lock up? My God, these people are racists and stupid, I work with hispanics and Asians, many of them first generation immigrants, they want what every american wants, work hard, play by the rules, and to succeed, to have a shot at success.

    Are they next going to say because Waffles eats a burrito, he has now locked up the hispanic vote? Or he eats an eggroll or a curry, he has now locked up the asian vote?

    Remember when Donna Brazille said she hated that the clintons compartmentalized groups, well, maybe the clintons did do that, but their conservative fiscal policies rose all the boats with the tide, didn’t matter if that boat had whites, blacks, hispanics, asians, gays, straight, whatever. Equal opportunity, not results necessarily, for all Americans.

  22. “I hung out with Mxxx part of the time and I would have loved to have met you back then and raised Hell with you.”
    _____________________

    I had the feeling she conned Mxxx out of a plane ticket and n/c for her room. IMO- someone like that brings nothing but Bad Luck on themselves. Like 6 mos later, I heard she lost her job.

    Boy, was I verklempt. 😆

  23. Thank you Admin for another outstanding post. I am honored to be reading the comments from those of you who went to Denver to fight for Hillary. I wish I could have gone as well, but physically I was unable to. I did end up going to Henderson, NV and speaking in support of Sarah Palin and John McCain as I’d gotten better.

    There are days that I can still weep about the injustices of 2008 and the snake oil salesman who stole the nomination. We knew what he would do to our country and that he would destroy our party, fracture the women’s rights movement and set civil rights back years. I am still unbelievably sad about all that transpired in 2008, and here we are.

    Thank you admin for all your great work and thanks to all who comment here regularly. I don’t comment often, but I read every day.

  24. JanH
    June 21st, 2011 at 8:30 pm

    Mrs. Smith,

    I am honored to be in great company with you and Shadowfax.
    _________________

    Jan, if we get the chance for a do-over, things may turn out differently…enough is enough!

  25. Mrs S & JanH

    Yes, I have the feeling we are two peas in a pod because we think alike. JanH too- (especially when the camel driver tried auctioning her off to a soul mate) guffaff!

    ———-

    Yup, we share a lot of the same views…. Good to not be alone through this O’debachle. Not under the bus, in the pod. 😉

  26. #
    jbstonesfan
    June 21st, 2011 at 4:59 pm

    “It’s a shame they have no one to face Obama as he easily could be defeated with an average GOP candidate. They are really just as awful as the new dimocrat party.”

    JB:

    Can you provide any evidence to back up your assertion that no GOP candidate can defeat the Fraud? Everything that I’ve been reading lately, including an article on RCP today called “Swing State Woes Confront Obama,” indicates that almost ANY Repub would defeat him next year. He’s vulnerable and weak in the swing states that he needs to win the election; do the electoral college math since it’s all that matters.

    We’re all free to express our opinions at this wonderful site, but it would be instructive to know how you’re coming up with your daily dire predictions of doom, and statements like the OBL killing was a “game changer” that pretty much guarantees a victory for the Fraud. Please enlighten us.

  27. Admin
    You have out done yourself
    Love the line– Instead of killing himself
    I got a tingle down my leg reading that.
    Creative Class what does that mean. Funny that the masturbating “creative class” has zero character. No depth. Bland boring sheep who go lady gaga after any artist the New Yorker instucts them is hip or relevent. I know so many. A six figure salary and excellent benefits package doesn’t buy common sense. I watched a woman cry and regurgitate the times review of a Rothko piece. I was stunned, but she captivated everyone by how moved she was. Really. Purple/grey and pink. Egad. I had the misfortune of attending the Whitney Rothko retro. Creepy scary. Everyone just loved and was so moved by his work. The same people went ape shit for obama. The “creative Class” is just a bunch of almosts tagging on to what ever the flavor of the month is

  28. Barack Obama and Pentagon split on Afghanistan pullout

    US president set to reject military advice by withdrawing more troops from Afghanistan

    Ewen MacAskill in Washington, Nick Hopkins and Patrick Wintour
    guardian.co.uk, Tuesday 21 June 2011 21.10 BST
    Article history

    A US soldier from Viper Company (Bravo) on guard in Khost province in the east of Afghanistan on 21 June as President Barack Obama plans to withdraw troops. Photograph: Ted Aljibe/AFP/Getty Images
    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.

    The move comes despite warnings from his military commanders that recent security gains are fragile. They have been urging him to keep troop numbers high until 2013.
    ****************************************
    http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2011/jun/21/barack-obama-and-pentagon-split-on-afghanistan

  29. Reminiscing about the bad old days of 2008. What a debacle. If the convention had been held anywhere but Denver, I would have gone, but having been there twice before and gotten very sick from the high altitude, I knew I couldn’t handle it. But I was glued to my tv and had to watch the whole thing without being there to understand what was going on. It was horrible. One good moment was when Puma harassed Chris Mathews and Olberman while they were on camera. They were so rattled that they started to fight with each other. I loved that part.

  30. 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.

    But maybe in UK this seems less like editoralizing and more like informing Brits when our next election is.

  31. Almost forgot
    Went to a high school graduation party tonight and politics was all the talk. Crowd was mostly Catholic and Republican. Blown away by the fact that everyone was gung-ho for a Hillary/Newt Newt/Hillary ticket. There was a nun present and she thought the combo was brilliant. Her take was Bill worked with Newt and they got stuff done and she is smarter and they are both wiser and both love the country. Of course everyone knew not gonna happen but I found it fascinating that the two would even be paired even hypothetically

  32. I will vote for a Republican to get rid of him which I have never done before. Then I will work to get rid of the Republican. Some things are a two step process.
    ****************************
    Now that sounds like a plan.

  33. admin
    June 21st, 2011 at 4:16 pm

    Shadowfax, for clarification, “Reagan Democrats” used to be called “lunch bucket Joe”. The more enlightened term added “lunch bucket Jane” to Joe.
    ________________

    Here they call Laborers/Blue collars, “Johnny dinner pails”…

  34. Barack Obama and Pentagon split on Afghanistan pullout

    US president set to reject military advice by withdrawing more troops from Afghanistan
    *************************
    He has to decide how many troops he needs to withdraw to get back the vote of the progressives but not result in a bad outcome that would affect his reelection chances. Presidentin’ is hard work.

  35. BigCat
    I can totally see why you got sick in Denver, what an aieless pit. I was shocked when we landed there, super nice folks, but jeeze, hot and airless like Mars. I will never go back.

  36. Sorry for all the run-away typos folks, trying to get used to a new iPad, and I suck with this touch keyboard….harder to see what I am typing.

  37. I have a niece in Denver who I’ve visited twice. The first time I spent alot of time in the hotel but the second time I stayed in her home and got really sick.

  38. Mrs Smith
    Funny where I come from those of us who were fortunate to go to college and beyond refer to those hard-working drones as Grandma and Grandpa. I am so grateful my grandmother thought Dali made watches.

  39. Former President Bill Clinton offers a 14 point plan in Newsweek to the WH to add more jobs. Byron York was just on Greta Van Sustern’s show to talk about it.

  40. Come on Greta, “Mrs. Clinton seems to be satisfied being SOS, while her husband [Big Dog] is going to come out on the front cover of Newsweekly, telling how the economy should be fixed.”

    http://www.newsweek.com/2011/06/19/it-s-still-the-economy-stupid.html

    14 WAYS TO PUT AMERICA BACK TO WORK
    Next week in Chicago, the Clinton Global Initiative will focus on America for the first time, inviting business and political leaders to make specific commitments in support of the former president’s jobs blueprint, which he details below.
    1. SPEED THE APPROVALS
    Harry Hopkins had nowhere near the rules and regulations we have now. (In 1933, Hopkins’s Civil Works Administration put 4 million to work in a month.) I don’t blame the people in the White House for problems in getting shovel-ready projects off the ground; sometimes it takes three years or more for the approval process. We should try to change this: keep the full review process when there are real environmental concerns, but when there aren’t, the federal government should be able to give a waiver to the states to speed up start times on construction projects. We gave states waivers to do welfare reform, so by the time I signed the bill, 43 of the 50 states had already implemented their own approaches. We need to look at that.
    2. CASH FOR STARTUPS
    If you start a business tomorrow, I can give you all the tax credits in the world, but since you haven’t made a nickel yet, they’re of no use to you. President Obama came in with a really good energy policy, including an idea to provide both a tax credit for new green jobs and for startup companies, to allow the conversion of the tax credit into its cash equivalent for every employee hired. Then last December, in the tax-cut compromise, the Republicans in Congress wouldn’t agree to extend this benefit because they said, “This is a spending program, not a tax cut. We’re only for tax cuts.” It was a mistake. The cash incentive worked. On the day President Obama took office, the U.S. had less than 2 percent of the world market in manufacturing the high-powered batteries for hybrid or all-electric cars. On the day of the congressional elections in 2010, thanks in large part to the cash—incentive policy, we had 20 percent of global capacity, with 30 new battery plants built or under construction, 16 of them in Michigan, which had America’s second—highest unemployment rate. We have to convince the Republican Congress that this is a good thing. If this incentive structure can be maintained, it’s estimated that by 2015 we’ll have 40 percent of the world’s capacity for these batteries. We could get lots of manufacturing jobs in the same way. I could write about this until the cows come home…..

    (and, he will present it in Chicago”….. Take that slap in the face Berry!)

  41. Newsweekly

    I want to kick Steve Jobs in the coconuts, I put in the correct word, push submit button, and this damn iPod changes the word before I see it.

  42. Thanks Henry, I do have a wireless keyboard I can use, but I wanted to give this touch screen a fair chance, but it was at the expense of Big Pinkers. 😉

  43. BigCatLover
    June 21st, 2011 at 10:19 pm

    Reminiscing about the bad old days of 2008. …One good moment was when Puma harassed Chris Mathews and Olberman…

    I was in that crowd and there was this big tall man in a suit, he towered over everyone and he started yelling “sniper fire, sniper fire” so I rolled up my sign and started yelling louder “sniper fire? is that all you got? BILL AIRES, BILL AIRES, he pretended to ignore me and tried to move away from me but I stuck to him like glue and never stopped shouting “is that all you got? Bill Aires, Bill Aires” with my megaphone pointed right at him. I drove him out of there but just before he crossed the street he turned and snarled at me “we got all the delegates”. Scared me and I knew that I might have won a small victory but he and his pukes had won.

  44. I can’t remember where I read it today, but a recent poll said that a “generic” Republican (one that hasn’t come forward yet) has a chance at beating obama. It also said that for the most part, none of the presently declared are supported enough by the voters to beat him.

    I wonder what would have happened if Trump had indeed decided once and for all to run.

  45. Bambi is busy golfing and stealing money for his campaign and Hillary is…

    06-21-2011

    A Security Strategy For Central America

    Secretary of State Hillary Clinton travels to Central America this week to meet with regional leaders and other international partners.

    Secretary of State Hillary Clinton travels to Central America this week to meet with regional leaders and other international partners to seek integrated solutions for greater citizen security in the seven nations of the region. Her trip to Guatemala for the International Conference of Support for the Central American Integration System, or SICA, follows a promise President Obama made in March, to help our neighbors combat and prevent narcotics, arms trafficking, strengthen their border security, improve the effectiveness of local law enforcement and judicial systems, and break up transnational criminal gangs.

    Gangs and waves of drug- and arms-related violence have become major security challenges to Central American democracies. Public concern about crime tops other issues, even unemployment. According to the U.N., the area is the most violent in the world outside war zones. Increasingly, illegal immigration to the United States is not only fueled by poverty, but by safety at home. Regional cooperation is vital to addressing the problem, and the nations of the region must continue working to eliminate the root causes of crime and citizen insecurity.

    The United States’ partnership with our neighbors in Central America will strengthen ties and amplify our responses to concerns that affect all the Americas. Security is the right of every citizen, but each citizen and each government also has responsibilities. Along with partner countries like Spain, Colombia, Chile, Canada, Mexico, the E.U., and others, the U.S. is stressing the role of regional governments in strategically coordinating and sustaining long-lasting efforts to end violence and improve security.

    Our country is doing its part too, supporting real programs to attack the problem, says Deputy Assistant Secretary of State Julissa Reynoso.

    In Guatemala we’ve partnered to dramatically improve local police forces. In Honduras we’ve helped a Special Victims Task Force build capacity in investigation and prosecution. In El Salvador our technology transfer has modernized law enforcement. The U.S. and Nicaraguan navies collaborate to interdict drug shipments by sea.

    This week’s conference will find ways the governments of the region can better carry out programs to suppress regional violence crime and corruption that threaten citizens. We continue to encourage participating countries to support thriving democracies that must respect human rights, promote social justice and keep their citizens safe. They are crucial partners in future development and stronger opportunities for all residents of the hemisphere.

    http://www.voanews.com/policy/editorials/A-Security-Strategy-For-Central-America–124327629.html

  46. JanH
    I spent a few hours talking with a bunch of Catholic Republicans who are now loving HRC and other than pairing Hillary with Newt(strange) they all claimed to having loved Trump. I found it odd as these people tell a joke and spell out the word shit. Asked the nun who was there how she could support anyone who was prochoice and she told me she supports the kids that are here now and no one does that better than Hillary

  47. An excerpt from Robert Gates’ Exit Interview After 45 Years In Government…

    John Barry, The Daily Beast | Jun. 21, 2011

    On Hillary Clinton:

    “We really didn’t know each other. But after the president made [his announcement of Clinton as secretary of state]… I suggested we get together for lunch fairly quickly. We ate in my office, at a little round table that had belonged to Jefferson Davis when he was secretary of war, before he went to the dark side.

    And I just told her, based on my experience, that how well the administration worked would depend a lot on how well she and I got along together. If we got along, the message would go to the entire bureaucracy, not just our own bureaucracies, but the rest of government as well. She totally understood—first words out of her mouth. So she and I really set out from the very beginning to have a constructive working relationship. And at least from my standpoint, it’s gone well beyond that to a meeting of minds on a lot of the big issues.”

    “Frankly, I really enjoy working with her. Hillary is a realist and very tough-minded in the way she looks at the world. She’s got a great sense of humor; she’s very smart, with a feel for people. She’s got great instincts. And she’s the only person in the administration I can’t whine to about my travels.”

    “Hillary and I call ourselves the Old Folks Caucus. And I must say it’s the first time in my life I’ve ever worked for a president who was 20 years younger than I was.”

    —————–

    The full interview can be read at…

    http://www.businessinsider.com/robert-gates-thoughts-on-american-supremacy-hillary-clinton-and-washington-2011-6

  48. #
    JanH
    June 21st, 2011 at 11:08 pm

    “I can’t remember where I read it today, but a recent poll said that a “generic” Republican (one that hasn’t come forward yet) has a chance at beating obama. It also said that for the most part, none of the presently declared are supported enough by the voters to beat him.”

    Jan:

    Do you really believe the generalizations in that poll to be true? One would have to ask what the conclusions in the poll are based on? Polls like that are only meant to demoralize opponents of the Fraud. The fact is that Obama is weak and vulnerable in the swing states that he needs to win in the electoral college. He also has no chance to win in certain states that he carried in 2008 (e.g. NC, IND, and VA is unlikely). The economy is the number one issue with voters (every poll shows that), and many of those swing states have very high unemployment rates. Those voters are not going to vote to re-elect the Fraud; they will vote for his opponent. All of the national polls are meaningless; only the electoral college math matters.

  49. Betty…
    with my megaphone pointed right at him. I drove him out of there but just before he crossed the street he turned and snarled at me “we got all the delegates”. Scared me and I knew that I might have won a small victory but he and his pukes had won.
    ———–
    I remember that, but I can’t place a face with you.
    I was there too, that take down of tingles and oberdog was a real highlight. We had so much anger towards them for how they treated Hillary, it was near a lynching…and they didn’t see it coming.

    I was standing next to Harriet and we were giving them Hell.

    Good times/bad times.

  50. Henry:

    I tend to agree based on the state polls that I’ve seen. Philadelphia and Pittsburgh would have to get an extraordinary turnout in order to overcome the rest of the state.

    By the way, what happened to the posting times? The last two (yours and mine) show the time as an hour later than it was when posted. Strange. I’m posting this at 11:55.

  51. henry

    …they all claimed to having loved Trump.

    Asked the nun who was there how she could support anyone who was prochoice and she told me she supports the kids that are here now and no one does that better than Hillary

    ————-
    Sounds like my kind of Republicans. (I wouldn’t even call them Rethugs.)

  52. ……“Frankly, I really enjoy working with her. Hillary is a realist and very tough-minded in the way she looks at the world. She’s got a great sense of humor; she’s very smart, with a feel for people. She’s got great instincts. And she’s the only person in the administration I can’t whine to about my travels.”

    ———-
    Yup, that’s our girl.
    Go Hillary, we are so damn proud of you!!

  53. Mike Marks
    June 22nd, 2011 at 12:55 am
    Strange. I’m posting this at 11:55.

    ———-
    You’re very observant.
    It’s 9 PM west coast time and the east coast if in hyper time…

    Do do do do…

  54. Mike Marks
    You are correct one hour off
    Don’t you find it fascinating that Republican Catholics see HRC as our best hope for the future. I can’t even approach the Hillary/Newt concept as it hurts my tiny brain. yet I had dinner with a bunch of monied Catholics that were loving Hillary. They were effusive in their respect for Hillary so I pretended to enjoy Talapia– sorry I like rare tuna and blackenned shark. Talapia with a butt load of garnish is Mark Rothko on a plate. Oh the new york times told me I am supposed to like this so it is sublime. GAG

  55. Shadowfax @ 1:01am (sic)

    It’s seems like we’ve suddenly gone into some sort of Daylight Savings Time, except that we did that weeks ago. Maybe it’s something to do with the first day of summer.

  56. Shadowfax
    She was a freaking nun– is a nun I just love the line no one does it better than Hillary.

  57. Shadowfax
    The world is either completely screwed or things are looking up when a 44 year old gay man hides in a garage with a sister of mercy to sneak a marlboro light

  58. henry
    June 21st, 2011 at 11:18 pm

    ——————
    That made my day. 🙂

    ——————

    Mike Marks,

    Never said I believed the poll. Just reporting what I read.

  59. VERY GOOD ADMIN. VERY VERY GOOD. RANK AND FILE DEMOCRATS NEED TO UNDERSTAND WHAT HAS HAPPENED TO THEIR PARTY UNDER OBAMA. AND THEN THEY MUST LEARN TO HATE THE PEOPLE WHO DID THIS TO THEIR PARTY MORE THAN THEY HATE REPUBLICANS.

    THE QUESTIONS THEY MUST ASK THEMSELVES NOW IS WHO CONTROLS THE PARTY, WHAT DOES IT REALLY STAND FOR AND WHOSE INTERESTS DOES IT REALLY SERVE? IF THEY ARE HONEST ABOUT THIS THEY WILL SEE THERE IS NO HOME FOR THEM IN SUCH A PARTY. THEY ARE JUST BEING USED.

    THERE WILL COME A POINT WHERE THE PARTY OF OBAMA COMES BACK TO HILLARY SUPPORTERS AND ORDERS THEM TO FALL IN LINE, TO SAVE THE COUNTRY FROM THE VILE EVIL AND VAINGLORIOUS REPUBLICANS. THAT WILL BE THE TEST–WHETHER THEY REFUSE TO BUCKLE, OR GO ALONG WITH THE TIDE.

    I BELIEVE THEY SHOULD CONSIDER THE QUESTION CALMLY AND DELIBERATIVELY. THEY SHOULD REFLECT ESPECIALLY ON WHAT HAPPENED ON MARCH 31, 2008 AND UPON THE THREATS WHICH WERE MADE AGAINST THE CLINTONS WHICH WILL NEVER COME TO LIGHT. THEY MUST REALIZE THAT THEY WERE BETRAYED AND THE BEST ANSWER TO BETRAYAL IS THE TIME HONORED SICILIAN WORD VENDETTA.

    I PRAY TO GOD THAT THE HILLARY SUPPORTERS–ALL 18 MILLION OF THEM REALIZE HOW BADLY THEY WERE HOSED, HOW THEIR DREAMS WERE CRUSHED, AND WHY THE PASSWORD GOING FORWARD MUST BE THAT SAME WORD—VENDETTA.

    WHEN THE PARTY OF OBAMA ORDERS THEM TO FALL IN LINE, AND WAVE THE BLOODY SHIRT OF REPUBLICANS THEY MUST LOOK THEM IN THE EYE AND SAY YES I AM CONCERNED ABOUT REPUBLICANS, BUT I AM MORE CONCERNED ABOUT THE PEOPLE WHO HAVE HIJACKED OUR PARTY AND WHO OWNS THEM AND WHAT THEY DID TO US IN 2008. UNTIL THEY ARE WILLING TO DO THAT AND UNTIL THEY ARE WILLING TO TREAT THIS AS A VENDETTA, THEY WILL BUCKLE UNDER PRESSURE. VENDETTA IS THE PASSWORD ON THE PATH TO REDEMPTION.

  60. Ruy Teixeira has done incalculable damage to the Democratic Party (killed it) and the United States of America. Teixeira thought he could be a Kevin Phillips of the left but Kevin Phillips is a very smart man and Teixeira is no Phillips – Teixiera is just a screw-up
    ————————-
    Phillips is a brillant man and an honest one. He was willing to call the game on his own Republican Party, and for a man in his position that takes courage and patriotism. Tuxedo is neither. His crystal ball is cracked right down the middle. At the end of the day, man is an economic animal. People will vote their pocketbook before they will vote their race. Put differently, if they are worse off than they were four years ago, race will not be the determining factor. That is the core problem with Tuxedo’s thesis. That Obama inherited a mess is not the issue. The issue is whether he is competent to solve it and the weight of the evidence proves that he is not. Therefore, the question is whether people want four more years of double dip economy, inflation and jobless recovery. And for those who have a job and say I am okay he is okay, they need to understand that if those are the conditions that prevail then they will be paying major taxes. At the end of depression the marginal tax rate on wealthy Americans was 70% so the question is how would they like them apples?

  61. [Big Dog] is going to come out on the front cover of Newsweekly, telling how the economy should be fixed.”

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

    It’s about time! Now if Trump will join forces with him….

  62. Jan@1:47am

    “Mike Marks,

    Never said I believed the poll. Just reporting what I read.”

    It sounded like you were giving it some credence. My mistake.

  63. Is this just Big Pink Floyd TIME, we ARE out of step with the rest of our country…thank God.

  64. a really good energy policy, including an idea to provide both a tax credit for new green jobs and for startup companies, to allow the conversion of the tax credit into its cash equivalent for every employee hired.

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

    Good plan. I bet it wasn’t Obama’s idea, though.

  65. I put in the correct word, push submit button, and this damn iPod changes the word before I see it.

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

    See damnyouautocorrect.com

  66. Unless the Republicans nominate Carole Channing there is no way wiffles will win PA

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

    Carole Channing of “Hello Dolly”? I’d vote for her in a minute! Didn’t she sing “Diamonds Are a Girl’s Best Friend” too?

  67. turndownobama
    I worship Channing so bad example. In 1999 I had the blessing/misfortune of getting the Broadway Legend home. She was a gem. Silly bank thing. Cost me 20 and the next day she was at my job with 5 hundred

  68. trump is a coward.
    within days of being played at the correspondents dinner and the OBL kill he wimps out. we need someone who can take the hits. trump is not that person.

    i will be supporting rick perry should he jump in.

  69. Obama’s lies about the applicability of the War Powers Act to Libya not only don’t pass the “straight-face test,” in the words of Speaker Boehner, but they flagrantly violate the statute. To wit:

    Contrary to Obama’s contention that transfer of the Libya operation to NATO eliminates the requirements of the War Powers Resolution, in fact it makes the U.S. responsible for the entire NATO operation. Section 8(c) of the WPR, codified as 50 USC Sec. 1547(c), provides: “For purposes of this joint resolution, the term ‘introduction of United States Armed Forces’ includes the assignment of members of such armed forces to command, coordinate, participate in the movement of, or accompany the regular or irregular military forces of any foreign country or government when such military forces are engaged, or there exists an imminent threat that such forces will become engaged, in hostilities.”

    Note that the Commander of the NATO operation in Libya is indeed a member of the U.S. Armed Forces, Adm. James Stavridis. Case closed.

  70. A lot of non-PPUMAs are complaining about “Obama getting into Libya.” I don’t see much mention of the fact that the Clintons recommended helping the rebels, and Hillary threw rocks at Obama to wake him up.

    Maybe this is a backhanded compliment to Hillary — maybe they all think that Hillary’s endorsement would be a good defense for Obama.

  71. John Stewart — a racist. Makes fun of Herman Cain, a black presidential candidate, because he’s a conservative, its a-ok.

    http://freedomslighthouse.net/2011/06/21/juan-williams-agrees-that-hannity-would-be-out-at-fox-news-if-he-did-what-jon-stewart-did-to-herman-cain/

    from the link
    “Here is video from the Don Imus show this morning where Fox News’ Juan Williams admitted that if Sean Hannity had impersonated Herman Cain with an “Amos and Andy” voice – as liberal comedian Jon Stewart did recently – “he’d be out there barking with the dogs after they threw him out. Come on.”

    But Jon Stewart gets away with it – because he is a liberal. Williams and Imus talked about the double-standard that exists today on how liberals and conservatives are treated on the issue of race.

    The other aspect of this is that no one on the Left is outraged about what Stewart did because Herman Cain is a conservative! If he was a liberal Democrat running for President – there would be outrage all around.”

  72. NewMexicoFan: “I have my $2K ready for HRC, anytime she asks…”
    ****

    She (through Bill) has been asking for that cash since June 2008, to sop up her debt. I obviously have a lot more cash available than you do, but I have continued maxing out for HRC since June 2008 (makes more than
    $32K so far) on the hypothesis that the best way to convince her to run again is to cancel out her old debt. Every little bit counts to that end.

    You should also think of using some of that cash if a Draft Hillary movement ever gets started. Don’t wait for her to come begging.
    ****
    ****
    admin: “Recently there has been a lot more talk about Hillary Clinton challenging Barack Obama in 2012 (we’ll be discussing this, probably in our next article). Those that do not know how to connect the dots deride this speculation.”
    ****
    My heart lept at reading these two sentences, as it did when you announced a while back that Hillary would have some serious thinking to do come September 2011. I have a Google alert out for any news about HRC but haven’t seen any of this speculation. Can’t wait for your next article.

    In the meantime, there is heartening news from henry:

    “Went to a high school graduation party tonight and politics was all the talk. Crowd was mostly Catholic and Republican. (They all claimed to having loved Trump. I found it odd as these people tell a joke and spell out the word ‘shit’.) Blown away by the fact that everyone was gung-ho for a Hillary/Newt Newt/Hillary ticket. There was a nun present and she thought the combo was brilliant…. Asked her how she could support anyone who was prochoice and she told me she supports the kids that are here now and no one does that better than Hillary.”
    ****

    For once, I can jive with catholics. And Republicans.

    For what it’s worth, I remember Hillary made a stab in 2007 for the Christian Right that underlies the Republican party and seemed poised to bring them into her fold. Mark Penn once boasted that 12% of Republican women were ready to vote for HRC, but didn’t say anything about the men.

  73. Shadowfax:

    Come on Greta, “Mrs. Clinton seems to be satisfied being SOS, while her husband [Big Dog] is going to come out on the front cover of Newsweekly, telling how the economy should be fixed.”
    **********

    The proposals WJC is making are worthwhile, but you can bet your ass the Fraud won’t implement any of them. I think that’s because the Fraud’s style of governing is to float above the arguments of his advisers and then go golfing while Valerie Jarrett makes the decisions.

    So that means that WJC’s proposals will come to light and fruition only when HRC makes her run.

    Looking forward to that day, I much appreciate JanH’s quote from Gates:

    “Frankly, I really enjoy working with her. Hillary is a realist and very tough-minded in the way she looks at the world. She’s got a great sense of humor; she’s very smart, with a feel for people. She’s got great instincts. And she’s the only person in the administration I can’t whine to about my travels.”

    Hillary inspires that joy in everyone who works with or for her. My nephew who worked on her Senate staff can vouch for that 100%. You get the feeling that what you’re doing is worth it: that report you’re writing will be read, understood and acted upon, so you’d better get it right.

    WJC inspired much the same exhiliration in his staff, but HRC had the added attraction, at least in the White House years, of kicking ass real good if anyone fucked up more than once.

  74. Here is a really good piece by Matt Miller, usually a dependable thinker, that reveals the swinishness and chicanery of the crowd in the White House now. They have stolen virtually everything they’ve got and they have employed every trick in the book and then some in their dedication to self aggrandizement. What is not so obvious these days is the use of things like the reserve requirement for banks to amass the mountains of cash that they are exploiting to such disastrous effect on the country. Matt clarifies the issue, to wit:

    President, or pawn?
    The WashPost blog, June 15, 2011

    Is Barack Obama a president or a pawn?

    And is there any difference nowadays?

    Seeing how narrow the boundaries of debate have become on the biggest issues facing the country makes the question unavoidable.

    On the central near-term economic issue—jobs—Paul Krugman has trenchantly described the “learned helplessness” gripping the White House. As a result we hear only timid ideas that can’t make a real dent. Ditto on the long-term debt, where we’re asked to choose between a Republican plan that would add $5.4 trillion in red ink over the next decade and a Democratic plan that would add $7 trillion.

    But the phenomenon goes far beyond jobs and debt. On the issues of bank capital and Afghanistan, both of which will be the targets of momentous decisions in the weeks ahead, the options being debated seem just as inexplicably narrow and out of touch.

    Take bank capital first—specifically, the amount of capital large banks are required to hold as a buffer against loss. Inadequate capital at “systemically important” financial institutions was the main reason the housing meltdown led to epic taxpayer bailouts. Yet higher capital rules are being fought by big bankers, because such rules threaten their ability to pay themselves outrageous bonuses (which get goosed when they can show higher returns on a smaller sliver of equity).

    That’s not what the big bankers say, of course; they claim their real concern is that higher capital rules will hurt their ability to lend and support economic growth. But outside of bank-funded studies that conveniently support this point of view, there’s little evidence that this is the case. Why would we listen (again) to the self-interested pleas of the same folks that helped tank the economy even as they got rich, escaped prosecution, and passed the bill to the rest of us?

    Yet the big banks have already won. The new international Basel accords ask banks to hold capital equal to 7 percent of their assets. “If it’s for banks that lend to businesses and families in their communities, 7 percent is more than enough,” says Robert Wilmers, chairman and chief executive of M&T Bank, a big regional bank based in Buffalo. “But if it’s for banks allowed to engage in risky and speculative trading”—which our megabanks remain free to do—”its impossible to come up with the right level of capital because you don’t know what the dimensions of the trading are.”

    Right now the Federal Reserve Board is talking about an extra 3 percent for the biggest banks, lifting total capital to 10 percent. But prudent Switzerland is requiring 19 percent. Why is 10 percent the outer limit of American debate? Wouldn’t 20 percent make us twice as safe next time casino capitalism runs amok?

    Or take Afghanistan, where 100,000 U.S. troops will run through upward of $150 billion this year chasing what the CIA guesses are 30 to 100 members of al-Qaeda. No one supporting this decade-old war can define what “success” really means.

    Yet the troop withdrawal options the president will review starting this week range from 3,000 on the low side to perhaps 20,000 on the high. How can the “boldest” withdrawal option leave us with more troops in Afghanistan than Obama inherited?

    Why are the boundaries of debate so narrow?

    On Afghanistan the answer is easy but almost never discussed: We don’t have a draft. Does anyone doubt that if this war weren’t being fought by “other people’s children,” more aggressive plans to end it would be on the table? Instead, even post-Osama, the president remains boxed in by the slim range of options his military leaders present. Obama chafes at his choices, but he hasn’t truly challenged them (perhaps for fear of the fallout if top generals publicly balked).

    On banking, another set of powerful insiders still holds sway. At one level this is astonishing. President Bush’s Treasury secretary was the man who as Goldman’s chief executive led the charge for lower capital standards for investment banks. The current Treasury secretary let the housing and financial crisis build while big banks were under his supervision as head of the New York Fed. As Gretchen Morgenson and Joshua Rosner point out in their important new book, “Reckless Endangerment,” men who were on the payroll of profiteering housing giant Fannie Mae are still at the center of power—including former Fannie board member Bill Daley, now White House chief of staff; and former Fannie government affairs chief Thomas Donilon, now the president’s national security adviser.

    When the voices at the table are so deeply invested in the institutions and habits of mind that brought the economy low, or that have made Afghanistan a quagmire, how likely is it that the options they present to a president will really change things? Sadly it’s already a cliché (dating from Jeb Bush’s presiding over the Florida recount) to note that when we see such cozy arrangements in developing countries, we call them “banana republics.”

    A president’s power to shape events are more limited than we generally think. But a president’s power to shape the boundaries of debate are limited only by his imagination and by his appetite for political risk. From the looks of it, Barack Obama has plenty of imagination. So if he chooses not to challenge these boundaries, he’s a prisoner not only of entrenched forces arrayed behind the status quo; he’s a pawn, ultimately, of his own ambition.

     

  75. Hillary is respected in so many nooks and crannies…

    An Open Letter to Hillary Clinton

    Posted by Joseph DiSalvo on Tuesday, June 21, 2011

    Dear Secretary of State Clinton,

    I am sure you remember the slogan during your challenger’s campaign, the “fierce urgency of now.” It has been exactly 30 months since the inauguration of President Obama, and we still have a public school system in chaos and shambles. In addition, we have not completed the reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) and test scores in math and English-Language Arts continue to be the major factor in judging effective schools.

    However, I know you believe that public education must be so much more than a two-subject curricular dance. All schools for America’s children must have a balanced curriculum, including history, science, world languages, the visual and performing arts with a talented faculty.

    America’s children are suffering more today with the precipitous decline in public funding for education than anytime in my public school career, yet we can find ways to fund two wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, and intervene in Libya with our NATO Alliance. I hypothesize that you are the Superwoman that children conscripted to public schools have been waiting for.

    The press has made it clear you do not want to serve a second term as Secretary of State if Pres. Obama wins a second term in 2012. A few days ago Reuters sources indicated you are interested in becoming head of the World Bank, but your spokesperson flatly denies the claim. I have another proposal.

    You are the only person that can make public education the priority it deserves for all children in this country. Your experiences as First Lady, Senator, Presidential contender, and SOS have earned you my utmost respect and admiration. History shows us you did great work in Arkansas as First Lady fighting for effective prenatal, early childhood, and parent education programs. These three issues must become the foundational bedrock of America’s educational system. I think you understand this better than any of the past Secretaries of Education.

    In 1999 speaking to the National Education Association you said, “First and foremost, we have to expect every single child to succeed and we have to hold every one of them to high academic standards. There should be no exceptions, no excuses, to our solemn commitment that every child learn; every child deserves to be challenged, to have their imagination sparked. That is not just the task in our schools; it has to start in our homes with parents and family members who value education.”

    You might at first blush consider this position a step down, however if you step up to the challenges in public education today by proposing to your boss that you take the reigns of leadership at the Department of Education in 2012, you can go down in history as the greatest of all American heroes, the Superwoman we do not have to wait for any longer. Secretary of Education Arnie Duncan has done some good work as leader of America’s system of public education, yet we are not moving with a “fierce urgency of now.”

    Public-funded, corporate-run charter schools are making up a growing proportion of America’s schools. For the record 61 percent of New Orleans Public School students attend charters, along with 38 percent of District of Columbia public schools, 36 percent of Detroit public schools, and 32 percent of Kansas City public schools. If the trend continues it is possible most of America’s children will be educated by private, in some cases, for-profit businesses.

    I urge you to consider the fact that ultimately the Charter School choice movement is not good for America’s democracy. Of course, nor are the 40,000 students in San Jose scoring below grade level in math and language arts that sit in our traditional public schools classrooms.

    What a legacy you will leave for America when you have transformed pubic education for all its children and you have raised the stature of the teacher as a professional forever more. Yes, Secretary of Education Hilary Rodham Clinton, the Superwoman we no longer have to wait for; finally the “fierce urgency of now” has meaning.

    Sincerely,

    Joseph Steven Di Salvo
    President
    Santa Clara County Office of Education

    http://www.sanjoseinside.com/news/entries/06_21_11_an_open_letter_to_hilary_clinton/

  76. “…he’s a pawn, ultimately, of his own ambition.”

    ———————

    Interesting but where obama is concerned it goes so much further. This is a man who could care less about using the skills I’m sure he must be hiding somewhere. He wants to be a *star* and nothing must get in the way of his schmoozing and golf game.

    The only “imagination” I see coming from bambi is how he can corrupt the system day in and day out. His ability to shut out the needs of the common man and refuse to get involved in the debate and roll up his sleeves for the hard negotiating, are his only attributes as far as I can see.

  77. JON STEWART: NOT THAT SMART

    So Jon Steward asserts that Fox viewers are the most consistenly misinformed group…only to be proved that his own audience is less informed than Fox viewers.

    Suck on that, Jon-Boy.

    The link has video too.

    http://news.yahoo.com/s/yblog_thecutline/20110621/ts_yblog_thecutline/politifact-shreds-jon-stewarts-fox-news-misinformation-claim

    Tue Jun 21, 1:00 pm ET
    PolitiFact shreds Jon Stewart’s Fox News misinformation claim
    =================

    “Who are the most consistently misinformed media viewers?” Jon Stewart asked Chris Wallace on “Fox News Sunday” this weekend. “The most consistently misinformed? Fox, Fox viewers, consistently, every poll.”

    Wrong! The truth-vetting project PolitiFact looked into the “Daily Show” host’s sweeping claim since Wallace himself did not challenge it. It “found three surveys since 2007 that shed some light on how informed Fox viewers are compared to consumers of other media”–none of which ranked the Fox News audience at the bottom of the misinformation barrel, even if the network did score low in certain areas pertaining to accuracy.

    “In several of the surveys, Fox isn’t the lowest,” PolitiFact concluded, “and other general-interest media outlets–such as network news shows, network morning shows and even the other cable news networks–often score similarly low. Meanwhile, particular Fox shows–such as The O’Reilly Factor and Sean Hannity’s show–actually score consistently well, occasionally even outpacing Stewart’s own audience.”

    You can read the entire study here and watch the clip with Wallace above.

  78. jeswezey
    June 22nd, 2011 at 7:35 am
    NewMexicoFan: “I have my $2K ready for HRC, anytime she asks…”

    I understand where you are coming from, but as I remember, she owes that to her campaign manager, and I feel that there are some things he should have done differently, therefore, I am not sure If I think she should really pay that debt. I think this is my solo idea, but when you win, and yet you lost, I think some of that has to do with the person running the strategy. Perhaps I am prejudice.

  79. RUH ROH; PANTS DOWN, WIENNIE UP

    Another Dem in trouble.

    Was Hastings an Obama supporter? My guess is he had to be…

    Rep. Alcee Hastings investigated for sexual harassment
    =============

    By Rachel Rose Hartman

    Hours after Rep. Anthony Weiner’s resignation became official, a sexual harassment case involving Rep. Alcee Hastings (D-Fla.) resurfaced.

    Gary Fields and Brody Mullins report for the Wall Street Journal that the independent Office of Congressional Ethics is now investigating a claim that Hastings sexually harassed a woman working on his staff.

    Fields and Mullins write that the Office investigation was opened after conservative group Judicial Watch filed a lawsuit in March as the legal counsel for Republican staffer Winsome Packer. Packer, who served on the U.S. Commission on Security and Cooperation in Europe–a group headed by the congressman–alleges that Hastings retaliated when Packer attempted to report the harassment, according to the paper. Judicial Watch has targeted Hastings in the past.

    Accusations include “unwelcome sexual advances,” and “unwelcome touching,” according to March reports of the lawsuit. Packer had accused Hastings of offering her invitations to his hotel room, asking inappropriate questions in public including “What kind of underwear are you wearing?” as well as pressuring her to give him gifts and donate to his re-election campaign.

    Hastings, a 74-year-old 10-term lawmaker, strongly denies all charges. He stated back in March when reports of the lawsuit became public that he “never sexually harassed anyone.”

    “That is a certainty: In a race with a lie, the truth always wins. And when the truth comes to light and the personal agendas of my accusers are exposed, I will be vindicated.”

    Democrats this week had hoped that Weiner’s resignation, effective Tuesday, would finally end talk of sex scandals concerning their members and shift focus back to legislating, as well as campaign-based efforts to attack Republicans on Medicare and other issues. The Ethics Committee announced prior to Weiner’s resignation that it had opened an investigation into Weiner’s risque online communications.

    The Office of Congressional Ethics is not the House Ethics Committee– which investigates House members and metes out punishments (as it did for New York Democrat Charlie Rangel last winter). The Office was established by then- Speaker Nancy Pelosi in 2008 to better connect the House Ethics Committee with the public and to process public complaints. The Office’s investigation is a precursor to a formal Ethics Committee investigation, which would proceed largely on the recommendation of the Office.

    The Wall Street Journal notes that even if the Office passes on recommending an Committee investigation, “its findings must be made public.”

    The House Ethics process has drawn heavy criticism for what detractors say is a persistent failure to effectively punish and police its members.

  80. On The Road Again:

    Public Schedule
    Washington, DC

    June 22, 2011

    SECRETARY HILLARY RODHAM CLINTON:
    Secretary Clinton is on foreign travel to Guatemala City, Guatemala and Montego Bay, Jamaica. She is accompanied by Under Secretary Otero, Assistant Secretary Brownfield, Assistant Secretary Valenzuela and Director of Policy Planning Sullivan. Click here for more information.

  81. NY TIMES: “WHERE HAVE YOU GONE, MR. ROSENTHAL? THE READERS TURN THEIR LONELY EYES TO YOU (WOO WOO WOO)”

    Michael Goodwin points out the NY Times’ Executive Editor Bill Keller’s admission of bias, and how a once-venerated organization has descended into yellow journalism.

    http://www.nypost.com/p/news/national/bucking_disaster_4Z0IGsUckO2dBVfVDYvYxN

    All the biased news they see fit to print
    Last Updated: 4:01 AM, June 22, 2011

    Palin Derangement Syndrome strikes again. The victim this time is dangerously contagious.

    In a bombshell announcement, New York Times Executive Editor Bill Keller publicly confessed his sickness. OK, he didn’t put it exactly that way, but you don’t have to be a doctor to recognize the symptoms. Here’s how he started a column in the Times Magazine:

    “If the 2012 election were held in the newsrooms of America and pitted Sarah Palin against Barack Obama, I doubt Palin would get 10 percent of the vote. However tempting the newsworthy havoc of a Palin presidency, I’m pretty sure most journalists would recoil in horror from the idea.”

    It’s a paragraph worth parsing. First comes the backhanded admission that the “newsrooms of America” are overwhelmingly liberal. The 90 percent Obama vote Keller cites is consistent with surveys showing the vast majority of journalists tilt left, a fact that explains the warped coverage of government, culture, business and even sports in most major news organizations.

    His second sentence condescendingly reveals Keller’s agreement with the journalistic “horror” of the “havoc of a Palin presidency.”

    That’s a huge mistake. As the supposed objective editor of the Times’ news pages, he is giving license to his staff to go after Palin and, by inference, go easy on Obama. His not-so-subtle marching order is certain to find favor with ambitious reporters and editors hoping to please the boss.

    Yes, yes, everybody knows the Times is hopelessly biased. Besides, Keller has resigned, to be replaced by deputy Jill Abramson in September, so he is a short-timer.

    True, but Keller’s piece on Palin, disguised as a thumb-sucker about her relationship with the media, is important for two reasons. It is a violation of the public image of fairness expected of Times editors, and explains the nasty treatment Palin got during his tenure. He sent reporters to Alaska to dig for dirt on the birth of her last baby in 2008 and recently invited readers to play journalist with her e-mails during her time as governor.

    Having grown up at the Times under the great Abe Rosenthal, I find it appalling that Keller has so little regard for the standards that were the true mark of professionalism.

    Taking over eight years ago after the tumultuous tenure of Howell Raines, Keller is a reluctant leader. He was effectively voted into the job by the staff, and exercised a light touch.

    With reporters and other editors free to default to their own beliefs instead of the facts, the opinions in the news stories often made the editorial and op-ed pages redundant. No wonder the Times is often called the propaganda arm of the Democratic Party.

    But the Keller Times didn’t just promote liberalism. It became overtly partisan and routinely attacked conservatives and Republicans in its national news coverage, often stretching to score a point for its team. Thus, a television critic could describe a gigolo in a pornographic show as having “bleached blond hair and a Boehner-orange tan.”

    Other smears were on the front page, such as the innuendo-laden attack on John McCain’s relationship with a lobbyist during the 2008 campaign. That article connects with a straight partisan line to the recent hit piece on Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas and now Keller’s piece on Palin.

    On the other side, the fawning coverage of Obama is cringe-inducing, given his record and the nation’s problems. An article this week on gay marriage, under a dulcet headline about Obama’s “evolving” stance, soft-pedaled his contradictory statements over the years and the fact that he sought advice from gay Congressman Barney Frank about maximizing the political benefit of switching positions.

    It was probably inevitable that the paper would lose readers during the recession and the technological revolution. But that doesn’t fully explain why the Times also lost its place in the American pantheon. I believe it lost its place because it first lost its way. That was Bill Keller’s choice.

  82. All magazines are disappearing. People are now looking to the Web to find their information. I also think they are fed up with opinions, and want facts.

  83. Here we go again. Senate Dems want more stimulus.

    http://www.reuters.com/article/2011/06/22/us-usa-debt-stimulus-idUSTRE75L4SZ20110622

    Senate Democrats seek new economic stimulus

    Democrats in the Senate on Wednesday called on Vice President Joe Biden to include new economic stimulus spending in deficit-reduction talks as a way of lowering the 9.1 percent jobless rate that is hobbling the economic recovery.

    Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid made the proposal to the White House, Richard Durbin, the No. 2 Democratic senator, told reporters.

    “The Republicans are fixating on the budget deficit and it’s a serious problem,” Durbin said.

    But citing the conclusions of a presidential deficit-cutting commission that he served on last year, Durbin added, “Get the recovery right before you get in this deficit cutting mode … get people back to work. Let’s start moving in that direction.”

    A senior Democratic aide said the job-creation idea Senate Democrats are now pursuing represented a pivot in the deficit-reduction negotiations.

    He said the idea presented to the White House has three components to help create jobs: new infrastructure spending, a payroll tax cut and support for clean energy jobs.

    He did not say how large the infrastructure spending proposal would be. In 2009, President Barack Obama won enactment of an $814 billion economic stimulus that Republicans opposed as wasteful spending.

    The aide said the White House appeared to support extending the current payroll tax cut for employees, although there has been discussion on Capitol Hill of also expanding that tax cut to employers.

    Biden is to return to the Senate on Wednesday for another meeting with the bipartisan group of lawmakers looking for ways to significantly reduce deficits. A deep cut in spending — in the neighborhood of $4 trillion over a decade — is a Republican requirement for allowing a vote to increase U.S. borrowing authority that is hitting up against a $14.3 trillion limit.

    The group is facing an August 2 deadline for resolving the debt limit problem and thinks that it needs to make some decisions within the next few days in order to give the Senate and House of Representatives enough time to write and pass spending cut and debt limit legislation.

    Durbin told reporters he thought that effort could become a “two-step” process containing a “serious down payment on the deficit” followed by more work on long-term savings.

    “We’re just not going to be able to accomplish (all of) it by August 2,” Durbin said.

    The Biden group has aimed to raise borrowing authority by enough to get through 2012 and next year’s presidential and congressional elections.

    “I hope Vice President Biden can get an agreement that takes us through the election. I don’t know if he can,” Durbin said.

  84. It’s Hillary supporters who are hit with these flimsy or old ethics charges. Waters, Rangel(sp?), Weiner, Spitzer. Hastings also supported Hillary in the 2008 primary. Edwards didn’t, but he and all of the above need to be weakened to prevent an effective challenge to Obama in the 2012 primary.


    Sep 24, 2008 – Alcee Hastings of Florida, in the foreground, supported Sen. Hillary Clinton during the primaries but is now urging Democrats to support Sen. [Obama]
    politicalticker.blogs.cnn.com/…/florida-congressman-points-to-palin-to-rally-jews-to-obama/

  85. Hilarious……i hope police are paying attention.

    With WaPo Approval, Illegal Alien Reporter Used Fake ID to Report From White House

    Jose Antonio Vargas, a Pulitizer prize winning reporter who has worked for the Washington Post and Huffington Post, has revealed that he is an illegal alien in a coordinated media push with the New York Times and ABC News seeking amnesty for illegal aliens like him.

    Vargas also revealed that he breached White House security by using a fake ID, including when he covered a state dinner. And that a superior at the Washington Post knew and approved of his actions.

    Vargas made the revelations in an article he authored published in the upcoming New York Times Sunday Magazine.

    Vargas writes that at age 12 he was sent to America from the Philippines by his mother to live with his naturalized American citizen grandparents. His grandfather Lolo, repeatedly broke the law to get Vargas in the U.S. and to keep him here, Vargas writes

    http://www.nytimes.com/2011/06/26/magazine/my-life-as-an-undocumented-immigrant.html

    ………………

    seriously where does this crap end. Sounds like a dozen laws have been broken and bent here.

  86. mop: when does this crap end?
    —————-
    I guess when O leaves. Here is an Oh Em Gee:

    Obama issues Dream Act by executive order…press ignores –
    On Friday, the Obama administration issued a memo announcing that federal immigration officials do not have to deport illegal aliens if they are enrolled in any type of education program, if their family members have volunteered for U.S. military service, or even if they are pregnant or nursing..This new policy of “prosecutorial discretion” was quietly announced on Friday afternoon, and completely ignored by the mainstream press.

    Late last year, the so-called DREAM Act which would give legal residency status to millions of illegal aliens who attend college or join the military was defeated in the Senate. Every major poll has shown that the American people are overwhelmingly opposed to the DREAM Act as well as to any other form of amnesty. However, with Obama’s poll numbers plummeting, this use of his executive powers is seen as an obvious ploy to solidify the Latino vote in the 2012 presidential election.
    http://www.examiner.com/immigration-reform-in-national/obama-issues-dream-act-by-executive-order-press-ignores

  87. I just called my 3 congressmen’s DC offices to protest the DREAM Act executive order. The only additional info gleaned from those calls is that Toomey’s office is aware of the situation although his spokesperson was not certain it is an executive order that was enacted last Friday.

  88. wbboei
    June 22nd, 2011 at 1:23 am

    I BELIEVE THEY SHOULD CONSIDER THE QUESTION CALMLY AND DELIBERATIVELY. THEY SHOULD REFLECT ESPECIALLY ON WHAT HAPPENED ON MARCH 31, 2008 AND UPON THE THREATS WHICH WERE MADE AGAINST THE CLINTONS WHICH WILL NEVER COME TO LIGHT.
    &&&&&&

    wbboei, what happened on March 31, 2008? Or are you referring to the RBC (Rules and By-Laws Committee), where the Democratic Party committed suicide by railroading Hillary? If it’s that, that was May 31st:

    http://demconwatch.blogspot.com/2008/05/rbc-meeting-is-open-to-public.html

  89. WORSE THAN BUSH (THIS TIME, THE TOPIC IS “IGNORING WAR POWERS ACT”)

    From last week:

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    Published: June 16, 2011
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    CloseLinkedinDiggMySpacePermalink It would be hugely costly — for this country’s credibility, for the future of NATO and for the people of Libya — if Congress were to force President Obama to abandon military operations over Libya. However, Mr. Obama cannot evade his responsibility, under the War Powers Act, to seek Congressional approval to continue the operation.

    The White House’s argument for not doing so borders on sophistry — that “U.S. operations do not involve sustained fighting or active exchanges of fire with hostile forces, nor do they involve the presence of U.S. ground troops,” and thus are not the sort of “hostilities” covered by the act.

    This country’s involvement in the air campaign is undeniably limited. Since the United States handed off command to the Europeans in early April, the Pentagon has provided refueling and surveillance for NATO planes, hit air defenses and sent in armed, remotely piloted drones.

    But the 1973 act does not apply solely to boots-on-the-ground, full-out shooting wars. It says that 60 or 90 days after notifying Congress of the introduction of armed forces “into hostilities or into situations where imminent involvement in hostilities is clearly indicated,” the president must receive Congressional authorization or terminate the mission.

    No word games can get him off the hook.

    We support the Libya campaign, although like many Americans we are frustrated that it has dragged on this long. We are eager to hear from the president about what additional nonmilitary pressures he is rallying to finally end Col. Muammar el-Qaddafi’s murderous reign.

    Still, we have no doubt that if NATO had not intervened, thousands more Libyan civilians would have been slaughtered. The operation also had a unique, international mandate — from a United Nations Security Council resolution and an Arab League request to act.

    If Washington were to cut off its support now, the NATO campaign would unravel. The cost to relations with Europe and the unity of the military alliance would be enormous — likely felt all the way to Afghanistan.

    No matter how one sees this mission, the War Powers Act is an essential balance to the White House’s — any White House’s — power to wage war. Carving out an exception for drones or airstrikes would be a dangerous precedent, especially in an era when so much fighting can be done from the air and by remote control.

    We are deeply skeptical of the motivations of at least some of the politicians suddenly championing the War Powers Act, beginning with House Speaker John Boehner.

    As Politico reported, Mr. Boehner voted to repeal the law in 1995, and in a 1999 press release during the debate over Kosovo, he called the act “constitutionally suspect” and warned against tying “the hands of future presidents.” Asked about the shift, a spokesman for Mr. Boehner said that “regardless of his personal views,” the speaker “has an institutional obligation to enforce the laws of the land.”

    Perhaps. But this looks a lot like every other maneuver by Republicans determined to block Mr. Obama at every turn — no matter the cost.

    These are the same folks eager to play chicken with the debt limit — even if it risks bringing the financial markets crashing down. Would they really cut off American support to the NATO mission in Libya, even if it risks bringing the alliance crashing down? We shudder to think.

    Partisan brinkmanship or not, Mr. Obama doesn’t have a choice. He needs to go to Congress and make his case. Congress then needs to authorize continued American support for NATO’s air campaign over Libya.

  90. And more on that topic, from Saturday:

    http://af.reuters.com/article/topNews/idAFJOE75H01120110618

    Obama ignored top legal advice on Libya: NY Times
    =======================

    Sat Jun 18, 2011 9:22am GMT

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama ignored legal advice from top Pentagon and U.S. Justice Department lawyers, siding with other advisers who said he had legal authority to continue air strikes against Libya without congressional approval, the New York Times reported on Friday.

    Citing officials familiar with the administration’s deliberations, the newspaper reported the Pentagon and Justice Department lawyers argued that the U.S. bombing runs over Libya, under NATO command, were “hostilities.”

    As such, Obama would have had to end or pull back the military flights after May 20 since he did not get backing from Congress for them under the War Powers Resolution.

    The Times reported that Obama instead latched onto legal advice from inside the White House and the State Department that the bombing missions fell short of “hostilities” and that they could continue without the green light from Congress.

    House of Representatives Speaker John Boehner, the top Republican in Congress, is pressuring the White House to detail the advice the Justice Department Office of Legal Counsel provided on the legality of continuing U.S. military activity against Libya, which is officially aimed at shielding civilians there from the forces of Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi.

    The Times story noted that it is rare for a president to override the legal opinions provided by that office.

    The White House has acknowledged differences of opinion within the administration on the legal question.

    It has maintained that U.S. military activity against Libya is limited, without any plans to commit ground troops. Democrats in Congress, including Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, have backed Obama’s refusal to invoke the War Powers Act and have suggested the Libya mission is likely to end soon.

    The 1973 War Powers Resolution was passed during the era of the Vietnam War to set out the powers of the president and Congress regarding U.S. military actions. It prohibits U.S. armed forces from being involved in military actions for more than 60 days without congressional authorization.

  91. HOUSE GETTING READY TO REAM OBAMA

    I guess Obama’s golf outing with Boehner did go as well as Obama hoped. House working on making the Class Dunce comply with the rules.

    http://www.upi.com/Top_News/US/2011/06/22/House-GOP-mulls-two-War-Powers-resolutions/UPI-35281308744438/?dailybrief

    House GOP mulls two War Powers resolutions
    =====================================

    Published: June 22, 2011 at 8:07 AM

    http://www.upi.com/Top_News/US/2011/06/22/House-GOP-mulls-two-War-Powers-resolutions/UPI-35281308744438/#ixzz1Q2CuF288

    WASHINGTON, June 22 (UPI) — U.S. House Republican leaders drafted two resolutions on Libya — one ending U.S. involvement and the other authorizing U.S. participation, aides said.

    The two measures, which could be voted on this week, are in response to President Obama’s determination that he doesn’t need congressional consent as provided for in the War Powers Act for the Libyan mission supporting NATO, Politico reported Tuesday.

    A bipartisan group of senators, led by John Kerry, D-Mass., and John McCain, R-Ariz., is drafting a use-of-force authorization, similar to one House option, that would be a congressional sign-off for continued intervention in Libya.

    Rank-and-file congressional Republicans and Democrats are increasingly voicing opposition not only to the mission but also to Obama’s contention that U.S. involvement — including airstrikes against Libyan military targets — doesn’t require congressional consent.

    It isn’t clear whether either resolution could pass the House, Politico said.

    House Speaker John Boehner of Ohio said in a statement Tuesday the House Republican Conference would discuss Libya Wednesday.

    “It is clear that the Obama administration’s claim that targeted bombings, missile strikes and other military actions in Libya do not constitute ‘hostilities’ under the War Powers Resolution is not credible,” the statement said, noting that “even his administration’s attorneys from the Office of Legal Counsel and the Department of Defense recognize that.”

    The Ohio Republican also took Obama to task for failing to make a compelling case for U.S. involvement in Libyan rebels’ efforts to overthrow leader Moammar Gadhafi.

    “If the commander in chief believes that intervention in Libya is important for our national security, he has a responsibility to make a case for it — clearly and publicly — and seek authorization,” Boehner said. “In the three months since military action in Libya began, none of this has occurred. The American people deserve to have their voice heard in this debate, and Congress has a responsibility to hold the White House accountable.”

    Boehner said no one wants to damage the NATO alliance’s conducting the airstrikes, but he maintains that the sustained use of military troops in Libya requires Congress’ approval under the Constitution, Roll Call said.

    The House also will take up the Pentagon appropriations bill this week, giving members another forum to debate the Libya issue. Rep. Dennis Kucinich, D-Ohio, an outspoken critic of U.S. involvement in Libya, has indicated he plans to introduce an amendment that would strip funding for the U.S. role in the mission.

  92. Breaking on FoxNews:Federal Reserve Lowers Economic Outlook for Rest of Year
    Market was perking along pretty well earlier in the day….

  93. Until the whole piece from this morning gets through spam filter, here’s a good excerpt from today’s doings:

    1. A bipartisan group of senators, led by John Kerry, D-Mass., and John McCain, R-Ariz., is drafting a use-of-force authorization, similar to one House option, that would be a congressional sign-off for continued intervention in Libya.

    Rank-and-file congressional Republicans and Democrats are increasingly voicing opposition not only to the mission but also to Obama’s contention that U.S. involvement — including airstrikes against Libyan military targets — doesn’t require congressional consent.

    2. The Ohio Republican also took Obama to task for failing to make a compelling case for U.S. involvement in Libyan rebels’ efforts to overthrow leader Moammar Gadhafi.

    “If the commander in chief believes that intervention in Libya is important for our national security, he has a responsibility to make a case for it — clearly and publicly — and seek authorization,” Boehner said. “In the three months since military action in Libya began, none of this has occurred. The American people deserve to have their voice heard in this debate, and Congress has a responsibility to hold the White House accountable.”

  94. holdthemaccountable
    June 22nd, 2011 at 3:32 pm
    Breaking on FoxNews:Federal Reserve Lowers Economic Outlook for Rest of Year
    &&&&&&&

    Can’t you just hear Axlegrease, Jarrett, and Plouffe fretting that they’re going to have to work on their resumes soon, as by Jan. 2013, they’ll be out in the street. Not sure if Obama will be forced out before 2012 primary (lose primary, blackmailed to quit), or will lose the general election, but I bet those folks ain’t feeling too comfy now.

  95. AND NOW A WORD FROM BILL….

    jeswezey
    June 22nd, 2011 at 7:53 am
    Shadowfax:

    Come on Greta, “Mrs. Clinton seems to be satisfied being SOS, while her husband [Big Dog] is going to come out on the front cover of Newsweekly, telling how the economy should be fixed.”
    **********

    The proposals WJC is making are worthwhile, but you can bet your ass the Fraud won’t implement any of them. I think that’s because the Fraud’s style of governing is to float above the arguments of his advisers and then go golfing while Valerie Jarrett makes the decisions.
    &&&&&&&&&

    Agreed, Obama won’t be making any decisions anytime soon, except which club to select on the links.

    I am sure that Jarrett (aka, “Obama’s Brain”) is not thrilled that Bill Clinton has anything to say about improving anything, especially the economy. Bill’s and Hillary both possess an understanding of a wide array of issues, and demonstrate great depth as well as breadth of knowledge. Valerie doesn’t want to be shown up, that she’s ineffective and isolated.

    So basically, I think Bill is smart to do interviews with MSM like Newsweek, where he gets to come off as “Hey, I’m just trying to help America…”; but in startling contrast to the clueless Obama, Bill is kinda getting his digs in, “…and wouldn’t it be nice if we had a sitting president who understood the issues, and who’d fight for what this country needs”.

  96. WHEN THE GAMES ARE OVER AND THE WORK BEGINS, OBAMA LOSES INTEREST

    It won’t be fun campaigning when Obama is no longer the shiny new toy.

    http://www.realclearpolitics.com/articles/2011/06/21/here_come_the_extremists_110289.html

    June 21, 2011
    “How Do You Get Cool Back Into This?”
    ===============================

    By Mona Charen

    It isn’t quite panic yet, but the sounds emanating from Obamaland are certainly nervous. If you are David Axelrod, chief strategist for President Obama’s re-election campaign, you are well aware of your idol’s fall and doubtless less than thrilled to get this question from CNN’s Candy Crowley:

    “Something that the president said this week struck me … he said it’s not as cool to be an Obama supporter as it was in 2008… I think he’s right. I think it’s not as cool to be an Obama supporter now. How do you get cool back into this?”

    Gee, how do you compare a campaign that was based entirely on vapid promises and vaporous sentiment with a referendum on actual job performance? Axelrod denied (unconvincingly) that the 2008 campaign had been a “cult of personality” and assured Crowley that once the campaign gets “fully engaged and the choices become clear, you are going to see a great deal of activity out there on his behalf.” In a signal of just how feeble the case for Obama’s re-election is, Axelrod fell back on the bogeyman:

    “I think one of the things that’s going to inform that campaign is whether that Republican candidate is going to yield to some of the forces within his own party or her own party that is driving their — their party further to the right.”

    For the record, there has never been a time in the past 50 years that the Democrats have not claimed to detect a frightening rightward tilt in the GOP — even as the party has nominated such wild-eyed radicals as George H.W. Bush, John McCain and George W. (“compassionate conservative”) Bush.

    Crowley pointed out that support for the president among independents has declined from 52 percent in the 2008 election to 42 percent today, and that even among staunch liberals, 89 percent of whom voted for Obama in 2008, support has dipped to 64 percent. How does the Obama team re-create a victory in light of these numbers?

    She might have added so much more to that question. She might have asked how an incumbent achieves a vote of confidence when commodity prices on food and fuel are rising and, relatedly, the value of the dollar is plunging; when the housing market has yet to recover from the crash despite (or, more likely, because of) the president’s Home Affordable Modification Program, which has prevented markets from clearing; when a record one in seven Americans now receives Food Stamps; when one out of six Americans is on Medicaid; and when a whopping 62.5 percent of respondents say the nation is on the wrong track.

    When the economy is strong, elections can turn on a variety of issues. But when the economy is poor, elections are seldom about anything else. The 1980 race was illustrative.

    Though the Carter/Reagan race is remembered now as a landslide for Ronald Reagan, the contours of the victory were not apparent during the campaign. As late as October 29, Gallup had the race as a dead heat, with Reagan at 44 percent and President Carter at 43 (it was a three-man race). Other polling showed larger margins for Reagan but nothing like the 10-point margin of victory he achieved. At the time, the contest was perceived as close.

    It was after the first and only debate, a week before Election Day, that voters definitively moved into Reagan’s column. At the time, inflation was running at 13.5 percent, unemployment was 7 percent and interest rates were 21 percent. American hostages remained in Tehran. Carter’s approval ratings hovered in the 30s during the final year of his tenure.

    Why wasn’t Carter perceived as hopelessly weak? Perhaps because as bad as things were, voters needed to be confident about the challenger’s fitness. Carter had succeeded to some degree in frightening voters about Reagan’s (you guessed it) right-wing extremism. Reagan’s reassuring debate performance allayed those fears. And Reagan’s summation drilled to the heart of voters’ concerns. Ask yourself, Reagan advised, “Are you better off than you were four years ago?”

    The economy today is in some respects worse than it was in 1980. Barring a catastrophe, little else will matter in 2012. Any credible Republican can defeat Obama — which is why Axelrod is already smearing as “extremist” a person whose name he does not know.

  97. 64% APPROVAL FROM “STAUNCH LIBERALS”??!!!

    I noticed this quote from the above, and it’s a fairly shocking number:

    “Crowley pointed out that support for the president among independents has declined from 52 percent in the 2008 election to 42 percent today, and that even among staunch liberals, 89 percent of whom voted for Obama in 2008, support has dipped to 64 percent. How does the Obama team re-create a victory in light of these numbers?”

    64% of “staunch liberals”???

    I understand why they/we (some of us here are more liberal, some more centrist) would have come to see Obama’s performance in office as dismal.

    The difference is, we here never were under the dillusion that Empty Suit with No Paper Trail and No Experience was ever going to be of any use to anyone beside himself.

  98. RCP AVG: +0.9%

    The newer polls, Gallup and Rasmussen, show him down six pct.

    RCP Average 5/31-6/21 47.5 46.6 +0.9
    Gallup 6/19-21 43 49 -6
    Rasmussen 6/19-21 46 52 -6
    Bloomberg 6/17-20 49 44 +5
    NBC/WSJ 6/9-13 49 46 +3
    FOX News 6/5-7 48 43 +5
    CBS News 6/3-7 48 43 +5
    CNN 6/3-7 48 48 Tie
    Reuters 6/3-6 50 46 +4
    Quinnipiac 5/31-6/6 47 46 +1
    ABC/WashPo 6/2-5 47 49 -2

  99. Dream act-or even if they are pregnant or nursing.
    *****

    Just encourages a population group that has numerous children they do not fully support financially to have more children- why? Because you and I will, that’s why. I had two because that is what”I COULD AFFORD”! And if they keep procreating, guess what? They don’t have to leave! The perfect storm. Hell no!

  100. You know how the mantra is that the Tea Party is ‘all white”? Go to Ace and see the pic they posted of the “all White” Netroots!

    Top Ten Things Almost As White As Netroots Nation 2011

    10. The editorial staff of Modern Coxswain

    9. Nina Totenberg’s greasy underboob

    8. The membership of W.A.S.P. cover band S.T.I.N.G.E.R.

    7. The Greenwich, Connecticut Society To Preserve Historically-Precious Badminton Courts and Also Keep The Riff-Raff Moving On Through To New York or New Haven

    6. The palest egg of an albino swan and, btw, the swan has the “Michael Jackson disease” vitiligo, and sidenote, the swan is also a Grand Cyclops in the Ku Klux Klan

    5. Lester Holt

    4. People who read book reviews in the New York Times and then front like they actually read the book but you’re like “Wait, everything you just said was just from the review” and they say “Yes, that review was spot-on, it really captured the essence of the book” and you say “Yes, but can you name one single thing from the book that wasn’t in the review?” and then they say “Oh, I mustn’t tarry, I’m late for a luncheon at the Harvard Club with someone who once engaged in moderate-to-heavy frottage with Martha Stewart”

    3. Despite the misleading voice — this guy

    2. People who watch and/or work for Keith Olbermann

    …and the number one thing almost as white as Netroots Nation 2011…

    1. Five Way Tie: Netroots Nation 2007, Netroots Nation 2008, Netroots Nation 2009, Netroots Nation 2010, and people not carrying serving trays at Arianna Huffington’s super-progressive soirees

    Picture taken (without permission, but I don’t want to kill his server) from progressive blogger Joe My God. There are gay dating ads with dudes kissing (I’m told) there so you may not want to click. But if you do, there you can see a larger version of the picture, but first turn down your contrast, or you might blow your monitor’s brightness levels out.

  101. ACE has a pic of obermonster and his staff also. Jesus, can they not buy a non white?
    **********************

    Top Ten Things Almost As White As Keith Olbermann’s Staff

    10. The Oakridge Boys

    9. The South African Army Officer Corps, circa 1932-1985

    8. John Kerry’s annual Harvard/Princeton Crew Race Pre-Party

    7. Micheal Moore’s voluptuous inner thighs (assuming he has not dripped hot wing sauce on them)

    6. The audience at a Laser Lynyrd Skynyrd show (a.k.a. “Lysyr Skynyrd”)

    5. People who own Friends on DVD and/or people who own at least one NPR-branded bag or umbrella

    4. Hall and Oates, if Oates were actually named Hollis Brower Sturbridge III and was a frequent attendee of John Kerry’s annual Havard/Princeton Crew Race Pre-Party

    3. Deerfield Academy’s 2011 Mathletes Team* (*Note: I’m counting AZN’s and Indians as “white” for these purposes, but — and I do want to stress this — but only for these purposes)

    2. Alas, we are saddened to know for a fact — almost as white as Anthony Weiner’s shaven underscrote

    …and the number one thing almost as white as Keith Olbermann’s pale-hued crew…

    1. The staff at every other liberal media operation

  102. Dream act
    —–

    The real ACT is to build the damn fence and let America pick those that should enter.
    I am sick of paying for illegals!!!

  103. I just called my 3 congressmen’s DC offices to protest the DREAM Act executive order. The only additional info gleaned from those calls is that Toomey’s office is aware of the situation although his spokesperson was not certain it is an executive order that was enacted last Friday.
    ————————
    That is unconstitutional.

  104. FLASH: Obama to withdraw 10,000 U.S. troops from Afghanistan this year, 23,000 more by end of next summer -Congressional aide

    ……………………………..

    Well would you look at that timing……….

  105. Well would you look at that timing……….
    ___________

    The magician waves his magic wand… and voila!

    ALL theatrics to grab the vote. Sick and carrot- bait and switch! Bamboozlement- Whatever you want to call it…

    The old schtick isn’t going to work anymore. Too many people burned at the stake for Obama’s personal gain. No one forgets the smell of burning flesh~

  106. Watched the new Damon movie, The Adjustment Bureau last night. Emily Blunt is a great and extraordinary talent. Good movie. Highly recommend seeing…

    The Big surprise in the movie?

    James and Mary Carville make a cameo appearance on tv show talking about Damon’s character who is running for the NY senate seat. Damon certainly cannot top what we went through with the Oscar Meir bad boy- All he did to lose the election is ‘moon’ his friends in a class reunion setting. The opposition capturing the embarrassing photo turning it into a full front page graphic a week before the election.

    Mary Matalin quips: “We need adults in Congress!” She might have revised her comment if the Tony Baloney scandal had broken before the movie was finished. Then again all Damon was doing was fooling around in an innocuous stunt after having one too many at a local pub that sunk his chances for election.

    I haven’t given away the message of the movie. I will just leave you with a big hint- We all have an angel sitting on our shoulder helping to guide us to our true destiny. I ought to know- I should be dead right now. Only God knows why I am still here because I sure don’t/

  107. wbboei
    June 22nd, 2011 at 5:07 pm

    I just called my 3 congressmen’s DC offices
    ——–
    Holy cow wbb, you live in the den of snakes.

    Do you ever get to see Hillary or Bill there?
    My friend is from NY and she ran into Hillary at one of the museums. She was just looking at paintings with full security.

  108. rgb44hrc
    June 22nd, 2011 at 4:06 pm

    AND NOW A WORD FROM BILL….

    jeswezey
    June 22nd, 2011 at 7:53 am
    _________________

    Great analysis- The Wizard of Oz speaks! 🙂

  109. WashPo proudly announces that one of their own is two things: first, a Pulitzer Prize winning journalist; second, an illegal alien. What does this mean? WashPo wants us to believe that it means we should open our arms to the illegal population, because there may be other incipient Pulitzer Prize winners in the hordes. This assumes of course that a Pulitzer Prize has any redeeming social value. But assuming arguendo that this award is evidence of a contribution to the marketplace of ideas, I believe the better way to interpret this headline is as a variation on the old theme: Man Bites Dog. Put differently, for every Pulitzer Prize we see, there are hundreds if not thousands of drug dealers, criminals and the like. That is the bottom line.

  110. Shadowfax
    June 22nd, 2011 at 5:47 pm

    Sorry, didn’t think wbb was online. You guys are so lucky living on the left coast. You get three extra hours when we are yawning and falling asleep at the wheel on the right coast.. grrr…

  111. Oh-My-Stars!

    Ulsterman has a ton of info on the Gun Walking-

    I’ll post the latest links because the info is phenomenal..

    The Ulsterman Report: Congressman Issa Under Attack by Obama Media

    Published by Ulsterman on June 21, 2011

    http://newsflavor.com/politics/us-politics/the-ulsterman-report-congressman-issa-under-attack-by-obama-media/

    The Ulsterman Report: Obama DOJ Scrambles to Survive Gunrunner Scandal

    Published by Ulsterman on June 21, 2011

    h… newsflavor.com/politics/us-politics/the-ulsterman-report-obama-doj-scrambles-to-survive-gunrunner-scandal/

    The Ulsterman Report: Obama Administration Hiding Thousands of Gunrunner Scandal Docs From Congress

    Published by Ulsterman on June 17, 2011

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

  112. Reuters: Japan issue tsunami warning after reports of a 6.8 magnitude earthquake 85 miles south east of Hachinohe

    Poor people, never stops.

  113. Recession hits Obama’s campaign coffers. Boo-Hoo! You cheeky Kenyan..
    _______________________

    The Ulsterman Report: Obama Begging Wall Street for Campaign Cash

    Published by Ulsterman on June 13, 2011

    Despite repeated attacks against Wall Street executives a little over a year ago, President Obama now invites these same executives to the White House in the hopes of soliciting their support for his 2012 re-election campaign.

    Back in 2009, when Barack Obama was still playing up his role as community organizer/agitator from his new digs at the White House, Obama repeatedly mocked and demeaned Wall Street business leaders as the cause of much of the nation’s ills. The president’s politics of division and destruction went so far as to result in busloads of mob-for-hire union thugs being transported to the doorsteps of banking executives.

    In January of 2010 Obama himself stated he was “ready to fight” Wall Street. Stocks plummeted over 500 points that same day. Job creation remained stagnant, and the president’s approval rating subsequently fell as well.

    It appears a new script has been placed within the teleprompter, and now Barack Obama wants to play nice with Wall Street. D.C. Insiders have pointed to the fact a number of significant political donors have expressed growing displeasure and uncertainty with the viability of an Obama second term. These same insiders have pointed to unpublished internal polling data that shows an increasingly volatile path for re-election for Barack Obama – namely in such critical electoral-rich swing states as Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Florida.

    And so, on June 12th, at an event sponsored by the DNC, the Obama administration is courting the very Wall Street executives the president so consistently attacked just months prior. This new stance is likely the product of White House Chief of Staff Bill Daley, an established and respected member within the financial community. Daley continues an ongoing battle between the more liberal extremism of administration figures such as Valerie Jarrett, and the more pragmatic approach favored by Democratic Party moderates as well as Obama’s former and possibly future, Wall Street supporters. Daley’s efforts may ultimately prove less than successful though.

    A recent New York Times report quoted Anthony Scaramucci, a powerful hedge fund manager who was a strong supporter of Barack Obama in 2008. Scaramucci now favors a candidate who will prove to be “more practical, less partisan” than Barack Obama. Within this same New York Times article came an even more stinging rebuke of the president. A longtime Democratic Party financier, who asked to remain anonymous, spoke derisively of a president who so recently called a group of people “fat cats” now approaches this same group with his hand out asking for financial support for his re-election. This financier was invited to the June 12th White House $200 a plate dinner.

    The donor refused to attend, and they weren’t the only one to do so.

    It appears Barack Obama’s community organizing anti-Wall Street chickens are coming home to roost…

  114. CAIR Loses IRS Status

    June 22, 2011

    Donations to the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) no longer are tax deductible after the organization was among 275,000 tax-exempt organizations purged earlier this month by the Internal Revenue Service.

    The groups failed to file required annual reports, known as form 990s, detailing their revenues and expenses, for three consecutive years. CAIR had been a non-profit on its own, but in 2007, the IRS approved a separate tax-exempt CAIR Foundation. The foundation never filed any subsequent reports. Both the foundation and CAIR national are on the purge list.

    CAIR has 30 state chapters throughout the country, many of which have their own non-profit designations which remain active.

    http://www.investigativeproject.org/2990/cair-loses-irs-status

  115. I read about the Fukishima 3 tail Lobster hoax published at Ulsterman. Thought it was a little scary but fine with it because it was just that a hoax.

    Well that was until we bought Lobsters over the weekend for our usual summer treat celebrating the first official day of summer.

    We are far enough away from Japan so radioactive Lobsters were not a concern. That was a feel good exercise that was soon to hit the wall.

    I always remove the tail from the body first to check what this lobster has been eating recently. After opening several in this manner which were fine, the third lobster was truly disgusting. This lobster had been dining on pure unadulterated crude oil glop. The intestinal tract of this poor crustation scavenging for food along the ocean floor was a thick jet black
    substance of toothpaste like consistency that had been in his system long enough to turn the usual sweet pinkish/white meat beneath his shell embuing it in a ghastly yellowish hue. The water in the boiling pan had turned a brackish brown- (which I had never seen before) Red Flag-

    These lobsters were local from Massachusetts/RI waters. How this lobster survived on a diet of gloppy crude oil remains a mystery. If you out for an evening in a dimly lit seafood restaurant, you had better subject this delicacy under a strong light before allowing your gastronomics taking over your good sense. (I haven’t heard of an recent oil spill in NE for a very long time. Where this little guy’s food source came from, I have no idea.)

  116. jbstonesfan,

    How disgusting is this?

    ——————

    22.06.11

    Keeping the faith for Obama: 80 Jewish donors attend $25,000-a-plate fundraiser

    Most U.S. Jews don’t see Obama as an anti-Israel president, said one of the event’s organizers, National Jewish Democratic Council chairman Marc Stanley.

    By Natasha Mozgovaya

    WASHINGTON – Is President Barack Obama’s relationship with the American Jewish community in crisis? It depends on whom you ask.

    For Jewish Democrats, the presence of some 80 Jewish business people at a fund-raising event that Obama held this week in Washington’s Mandarin Oriental Hotel – at a cost of between $25,000 and $35,000 a ticket – indicates that Republican propaganda against the president on this issue has failed.

    Many have cited Israeli-American media mogul Haim Saban’s announcement that he would not contribute to Obama because of his stance on Israel as a sign of shifting winds. But most U.S. Jews don’t see Obama as an anti-Israel president, said one of the event’s organizers, National Jewish Democratic Council chairman Marc Stanley.

    “I couldn’t understand why Haim Saban is news,” he said. “Saban did not give to Obama’s campaign in 2008. But that does not mean Haim Saban has an issue with the president on Israel. In fact, he went on the record to The Washington Post to say that President Obama wasn’t anti-Israel and that using Israel as a wedge issue is wrong.”

    All the same, in Republican eyes, the fact that Obama needed to convince his Jewish voters that he does indeed support Israel is enough to show that he is in trouble, even if this particular event was sold out.

    Obama’s critics noted the statement put out this week by the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations, which came out against the administration’s decision not to allow Jonathan Pollard out of jail to attend his father’s funeral. Pollard was arrested in 1985 and is serving a life sentence in the U.S. for spying on Israel’s behalf.

    “We believe that this humanitarian gesture was warranted,” wrote the organization’s chairman, Richard Stone, and its executive vice chairman, Malcolm Hoenlein. “It underscores the need for prompt action to release Jonathan Pollard after 25 years of imprisonment.”

    At the fund-raising evening, held for a group of Democratic donors called Americans in Support of a Strong U.S.-Israel Relationship, Obama spoke about the economic challenges facing the U.S. and about the situation in Afghanistan. But most of his comments focused on the Middle East and its recent pro-democracy revolutions, which he compared to the fall of the Berlin Wall.

    Obama said his most important message was that the United States and Israel “will always be stalwart allies and friends.” He said the bond between the countries is unbreakable, and that Israel’s security will always be a key consideration in American foreign policy, because that is the right thing to do. Israel, he added, is America’s most loyal ally and friend.

    Yet the president also warned that the Palestinian-Israeli conflict needs a fresh approach, since otherwise, the results will be no different than before. “There may be tactical disagreements” about how to resolve this conflict, he said, but everyone shares the goal of achieving peace and making sure children can go to bed at night without worrying about being hit by missiles.

    “But it’s going to require some hard work,” Obama said. “And it’s going to require that not only this administration employs all of its creative powers to try to bring about peace in the region, but it’s also going to require all of you as engaged citizens of the United States who are friends of Israel making sure that you are giving us suggestions, you are in an honest dialogue with us, that you’re helping to shape how both Americans and Israelis think about the opportunities and challenges.”

    Representatives of the Quartet (comprising the U.S., European Union, UN and Russia ) will meet in Brussels on Friday to discuss the Israeli-Palestinian peace process.

    The only way to move forward is by returning to the negotiating table in a bid to reach a two-state solution, a senior U.S. State Department official told reporters yesterday.

    http://www.worldjewishdaily.com/toolbar.html?4t=extlink&4u=http://www.haaretz.com/print-edition/news/keeping-the-faith-for-obama-80-jewish-donors-attend-25-000-a-plate-fundraiser-1.368969

  117. Absolutely disgusting JanH….it is sad to see one again Jews leading the way financial for Obama’s now all but ertain re-eletion. I am ashamed as Jew for our large part in getting this man eleted and now re-eleted.

  118. I just listened to an interview of Lynn de Rothchilde by mumblypig Neil Cavuto. She raised 1.2 million last night for Jon Huntsman, son of a billionaire, Mormon, Obama’s Ambassador to China—a RINO if ever there was one. Nonetheless Lady Lynn told us that he is just the man to fix the economy. Translation: he will slash the hell out of social security and medicare.

    From his perspective– why not? The billionaires her kabutzes with do not need these entitlement programs, ergo they can afford to practice fiscal conservatism to protect their own fortunes. I see nothing in this man’s resume to warrant any confidence that he will do anything to help the middle class. Forgetttabbbboutttittt. The same goes for his candidacy. Numbers USA did a good article on him which shows that he is as serious about solving the border problem as Obama is which means he is not serious at all. Here is the link: http://www.numbersusa.com/content/node/12291?jid=953745&lid=9&rid=16796&tid=477255

    As far as I am concerned this guy is Obama lite.

  119. wbboei
    June 22nd, 2011 at 8:56 pm

    I saw Lynn R’s interview and was very disappointed in her argument and frankly even in her, and I respect her a lot.
    Huntsman called Waffles “a tremendous leader”, really? so then why are you running against Waffles? shouldn’t you be then working for this “tremendous leader”?

    I don’t understand any of these people anymore, I really don’t.
    The person I like is Rick Perry at this point, yes, he has issues, but at least he doesn’t go around calling Waffles “a tremendous leader”!

  120. Don’t like the numbers? Change the formula.

    “Change To Inflation Measurement On Table As Part Of Budget Talks –Aides
    By Corey Boles and Janet Hook

    WASHINGTON -(Dow Jones)- Lawmakers are considering changing how the Consumer Price Index is calculated, a move that could save perhaps $220 billion and represent significant progress in the ongoing federal debt ceiling and deficit reduction talks.

    According to congressional aides familiar with the discussions, the proposal would shift how the Consumer Price Index is calculated to reflect how people tend to change spending patterns when prices increase. For example, consumers tend to drive less when gas prices increase dramatically.

    Such a move is widely seen by economists as resulting in a slower rise in inflation. That would impact an array of federal programs that are linked to CPI including the Social Security program and income tax brackets set by the federal government.

    The proposal could lower federal spending by around $220 billion over the next decade, based on calculations by last year’s White House deficit commission, which recommended the change as part of its final report.

    According to two congressional aides familiar with the budget negotiations, the shift is being “seriously discussed” as part of the ongoing talks to strike a budget deal, that would be used to ease the passage of a required increase in the country’s debt limit.

    http://www.nasdaq.com/aspx/stock-market-news-story.aspx?storyid=201106211841dowjonesdjonline000414&title=change-to-inflation-measurement-on-table-as-part-of-budget-talksaides

  121. JanH
    June 22nd, 2011 at 8:18 pm

    Damn! I was waiting for this to happen…

    Analysis – Lebanon’s Hezbollah may fight Israel to relieve Syria
    ______________________

    It seems there is a big rush on Israel. All excuses acceptable to the Obama WH. This Big rush may be happening in fear Obama won’t be around for a second term to provide political cover as they had calculated in their original plan.

    Obama’s reelection prospects grow dimmer by the day-

  122. http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/145084

    “) — American Jews comprise more than 25 percent of the pro-Hamas flotilla that aims to challenge the IDF on the high seas and reach Hamas-backed Gaza, throwing cold water on the allegation of a unified pro-Israel “Jewish lobby” in the United States.

    “It’s important that Jews are in this boat. . . The Jewish lobby in this country is so powerful,” New York Jewish labor attorney Richard Levy told media agencies.

    Comments by the Jews reflect mis-information that is omnipresent in mainstream media, particularly when referring to the supposed “blockade” on Gaza in order to prevent the smuggling of advanced weapons, explosives and terrorists whose aim is to attack Israel civilians and soldiers. . . .

    The American Jews on the flotilla, like millions of other people, still refer to the “Israel blockade,” which Levy said is “morally and juridically unsupportable.” He then made an inexplicable connection to “slaughter,” stating that “no more people should be slaughtered in the name of the Jews.””

  123. Admin: Texeira is too stupid to understand something that the rest of his idiot “creative class” frat boy friends are unable to understand. Let’s explain: an Obama pivot on jobs or new “stimulus” won’t help Obama because the white working class does not trust they will get any help from Obama or his Obamanation Dimocrats. The white working class, and anyone who is sensible, does not trust Barack Obama on any issue, at any time, in any place. The white working class (and all sensible people) does not listen to Barack Obama’s words they see his actions and they do not trust him at all. Got it?
    —————————————
    Game, set, match.

  124. What the Obama people euphemistically describe as a pivot, often turns to be nothing more than a retreat. A rose by any other name is still a rose.

    When the time comes, assuming a credible Republican opponent–as opposed to someone like Huntsman who is just another elitist, the closing argument that candidate makes against Obama will be fatal to a second term. There is so much evidence weighing against him now, that he will be toast when the time comes. More bad news for him every day. More evidence of big media duplicity, which will constrain their ability to bamboozle this time, like they did in ’08.

  125. wbboei
    June 22nd, 2011 at 9:52 pm

    I see Hunstmen as an elitist as well, apparently he’s given 25K in donations to Harry Reid, no wonder Reid loves him.

  126. tim,

    It makes absolutely no sense to me having American Jews actually eager to accompany the flotilla to Gaza.

    Almost reminds me of the Jewish police in the WW11 ghettos who often collaborated with the Nazis to save their own skins.

    The world is going crazy.

  127. jbstonesfan,

    I believe you live in Florida? There is much talk that obama is going to concentrate on your state more than others.

    I really hope the voters there are smarter this time around.

  128. jbstonesfan
    June 22nd, 2011 at 8:41 pm

    “…. Obama’s now all but (c)ertain re-ele(c)tion. ”

    JB:

    On what evidence are you basing your daily dire predictions? All logic and swing state polls so far suggest otherwise. The slight OBL bump that you recently touted as evidence is long gone. What do you know that the rest of us don’t? Please enlighten us.

  129. Can I get a big AMEN for the admin’s article?

    Just because one belongs to the creative class doesn’t mean one has true intelligence.

  130. I gave Huntsman a tiny look-see because of Lady Lyn…

    I didn’t like what I saw, but maybe Huntsman is her very expensive tea cup?

  131. Matt Taibbi:

    Even other Republicans, it seems, are making the mistake of laughing at Bachmann. But consider this possibility: She wins Iowa, then swallows the Tea Party and Christian vote whole for the next 30 or 40 primaries while Romney and Pawlenty battle fiercely over who is the more “viable” boring-white-guy candidate. Then Wall Street blows up again — and it’s Barack Obama and a soaring unemployment rate versus a white, God-fearing mother of 28 from the heartland.

    It could happen. Michele Bachmann has found the flaw in the American Death Star. She is a television camera’s dream, a threat to do or say something insane at any time, the ultimate reality-show protagonist. She has brilliantly piloted a media system that is incapable of averting its eyes from a story, riding that attention to an easy conquest of an overeducated cultural elite from both parties that is far too full of itself to understand the price of its contemptuous laughter. All of those people out there aren’t voting for Michele Bachmann. They’re voting against us. And to them, it turns out, we suck enough to make anyone a contender.

  132. Dude, pass the bong…

    A group of US representatives plan to introduce legislation that will legalize marijuana and allow states to legislate its use, pro-marijuana groups said Wednesday.

    The legislation would limit the federal government’s role in marijuana enforcement to cross-border or inter-state smuggling, and allow people to legally grow, use or sell marijuana in states where it is legal.

    The bill, which is expected to be introduced on Thursday by Republican Representative Ron Paul and Democratic Representative Barney Frank, would be the first ever legislation designed to end the federal ban on marijuana.

    http://ca.news.yahoo.com/lawmakers-introduce-bill-legalize-marijuana-225335489.html

  133. I see Hunstmen as an elitist as well, apparently he’s given 25K in donations to Harry Reid, no wonder Reid loves him
    ———————–
    Yes Tim. I forgot to mention that little gem. Do you know who Huntsman reminds me of? Charlie Christ.

    I think Rush has the most accurate assessment of this silver spoon buffoon. He is as close to the grass roots as Pluto is to Mercury.
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    Newsmax:

    Rush Limbaugh took on Jon Huntsman Tuesday, ripping into the newly announced candidate’s soft stance on Obama, and poking fun at the theatrics of the location Huntsman used to make his presidential bid.

    Huntsman made his announcement at historic Liberty State Park, the location Ronald Reagan once used to deliver a rhetorical cannon blast at Jimmy Carter, Politico reports.

    Limbaugh compared, using clips, Huntsman’s speech and Reagan’s. Huntsman spoke about ushering in an era of “civility” in campaigns and acknowledging his respect for the president.

    At the time n 1980, Reagan blasted Carter. Limbaugh also called Huntsman “the former ambassador to the ChiComs for Obama.” Here are Politco’s excerpts of the radio show host’s comments:

    “The Republican Party is still convinced that in order to secure the support of independents, that they have to be boring. They have to be serious and Milquetoast and cannot be confrontational, cannot be partisan, cannot go into attack mode. Somehow this is going to cause the independents to get nervous and send them running right back to Obama. Now, of course, that’s flat-out BS, it’s totally wrong. The elections of last November demonstrate that in a real world, real life example.”

    ***

    “This is reminiscent of McCain getting rid of anybody in his campaign who dared use Obama’s own middle name. Even that was considered to be provocative. So you don’t need to run down anybody’s reputation. “I respect the president of the United States.” This is Consultants 101 — and I’m sure Huntsman believes this himself. As a moderate, this is what they all believe.”

    ***

    “Can you believe how mean-spirited Reagan was? Why, he went right after the reputation of Jimmy Carter. My God, he was making fun of Jimmy Carter. He was making fun of him! He was laughing about Jimmy Carter being no different than a dictionary. Why, I can’t believe how uncivil Reagan was! I didn’t hear Reagan talk about how much he respected Carter’s reputation. I heard him talk about how damaging Carter was — and Reagan was just getting warmed up.”

    Read more on Newsmax.com: Limbaugh Hits Huntsman as ‘Obama’s Ambassador’
    Important: Do You Support Pres. Obama’s Re-Election? Vote Here Now!

  134. On what evidence are you basing your daily dire predictions? All logic and swing state polls so far suggest otherwise. The slight OBL bump that you recently touted as evidence is long gone. What do you know that the rest of us don’t? Please enlighten us.
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    The current GOP candidates are unelectable. Unless someone new emerges, it is beyond cavil that Obama shall prevail. It certainly is not going to be John Huntsman.

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    JanH-my local South Florida Jews are still almost universally behind Obama . You need look no farther than Debbie Wasserman Schultz who is highly regarded down here by the Jewish community .

  135. jbstonesfan
    June 23rd, 2011 at 1:07 am

    On what evidence are you basing your daily dire predictions? All logic and swing state polls so far suggest otherwise. The slight OBL bump that you recently touted as evidence is long gone. What do you know that the rest of us don’t? Please enlighten us.
    ===============================================

    “The current GOP candidates are unelectable. Unless someone new emerges, it is beyond cavil that Obama shall prevail. It certainly is not going to be John Huntsman.”

    All of the current GOP candidates are unelectable? Quite a generalization. Do you have ANYTHING to back it up? Do you understand how the electoral college works? Are you looking at any state polls? The ones Obama needs to win? They indicate the opposite of what you are asserting as fact.

    By the way, I had to look up cavil.

  136. jbstonsfan. I agree with your assessment relative to South Florida.

    But I also think that the path to Republican victory in 2012 will run through the midwest where 241 electoral votes are to be had. 270 are required for victory. And the key to those states is the white working class voters whom Obama has vilified, insulted and abandoned in favor of the elites.

    The white working class in those states are bearing the brunt of the Obama recession, and they are the most alienated segment of the population according to Ron Brownstein. For those reasons, they will vote against Obama if the Republicans field the right candidate.

    Neither Romney nor Huntsman are capable of reaching those people. Romney and Huntsman represent what white working class people dislike. Both of them are elites, and both are charitable to Obama. That alone is the kiss of death. The Republican Party will need to nominate someone like Perry if they want to win the Oval Office.

  137. If anyone has felt frustrated when writing to media and getting a form letter back I suggest you buy a poster board and mail that. Bob Casey/Cnn/Nytimes/washington post all responded to my three foot complaint letters. Sent the exact same messages as emails and got nada

  138. The white working class in the critical states will vote against Obama regardless of the opposing candidate. Conservative republicans stayed home in 2008 due to their unwillingness to support McCain, and gave key states to Obama. It’s unlikely that they will make the same mistake in 2012.

  139. The bill, which is expected to be introduced on Thursday by Republican Representative Ron Paul and Democratic Representative Barney Frank, would be the first ever legislation designed to end the federal ban on marijuana.

    http://ca.news.yahoo.com/lawmakers-introduce-bill-legalize-marijuana-225335489.html

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    Obama has been playing both sides on this. He loudly announced (in 2009 iirc) that the DOJ will not prosecute use of medical mj where state law makes it legal. However, he quietly appointed an antip-med-mj crusader to head the agency that actually enforces this and makes these raids.

    AS to his probable motivtion. I know an elderly disabled veteran who got a med-mj license, and was able to stop 70 PAIN PILLS per day. That’s a lot of loss to Big Pharma.

  140. Palin Derangement Syndrome Strikes The New York Times… Again
    By Michael Goodwin

    Published June 22, 2011

    June 29: Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin speaks in Duluth, Ga.

    Palin Derangement Syndrome strikes again. The victim this time is dangerously contagious.

    In a bombshell announcement, New York Times Executive Editor Bill Keller publicly confessed his sickness. OK, he didn’t put it exactly that way, but you don’t have to be a doctor to recognize the symptoms. Here’s how he started a column in The Times magazine:

    “If the 2012 election were held in the newsrooms of America and pitted Sarah Palin against Barack Obama, I doubt Palin would get 10 percent of the vote. However tempting the newsworthy havoc of a Palin presidency, I’m pretty sure most journalists would recoil in horror from the idea.”

    It’s a paragraph worth parsing. First comes the backhanded admission that the “newsrooms of America” are overwhelmingly liberal. The 90 percent Obama vote Keller cites is consistent with surveys showing the vast majority of journalists tilt left, a fact that explains the warped coverage of government, culture, business and even sports in most major news organizations.

    His second sentence condescendingly reveals Keller’s agreement with the journalistic “horror” of the “havoc of a Palin presidency.”

    That’s a huge mistake. As the supposed objective editor of the Times’ news pages, he is giving license to his staff to go after Palin and, by inference, go easy on Obama. His not-so-subtle marching order is certain to find favor with ambitious reporters and editors hoping to please the boss.

    Yes, yes, everybody knows the Times is hopelessly biased. Besides, Keller has resigned, to be replaced by deputy Jill Abramson in September, so he is a short-timer.

    True, but Keller’s piece on Palin, disguised as a thumb-sucker about her relationship with the media, is important for two reasons. It is a violation of the public image of fairness expected of Times editors, and explains the nasty treatment Palin got during his tenure. He sent reporters to Alaska to dig for dirt on the birth of her last baby in 2008 and recently invited readers to play journalist with her e-mails during her time as governor.

    Having grown up at The Times under the great Abe Rosenthal, I find it appalling that Keller has so little regard for the standards that were the true mark of professionalism.

    Taking over eight years ago after the tumultuous tenure of Howell Raines, Keller is a reluctant leader. He was effectively voted into the job by the staff, and exercised a light touch.

    With reporters and other editors free to default to their own beliefs instead of the facts, the opinions in the news stories often made the editorial and op-ed pages redundant. No wonder the Times is often called the propaganda arm of the Democratic Party.

    But the Keller Times didn’t just promote liberalism. It became overtly partisan and routinely attacked conservatives and Republicans in its national news coverage, often stretching to score a point for its team. Thus, a television critic could describe a gigolo in a pornographic show as having “bleached blond hair and a Boehner-orange tan.”

    Other smears were on the front page, such as the innuendo-laden attack on John McCain’s relationship with a lobbyist during the 2008 campaign. That article connects with a straight partisan line to the recent hit piece on Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas and now Keller’s piece on Palin.

    On the other side, the fawning coverage of Obama is cringe-inducing, given his record and the nation’s problems. An article this week on gay marriage, under a dulcet headline about Obama’s “evolving” stance, soft-pedaled his contradictory statements over the years and the fact that he sought advice from gay Congressman Barney Frank about maximizing the political benefit of switching positions.

    It was probably inevitable that the paper would lose readers during the recession and the technological revolution. But that doesn’t fully explain why The Times also lost its place in the American pantheon. I believe it lost its place because it first lost its way. That was Bill Keller’s choice.

  141. A-yup! Soros is the engine behind legalizing marijuana. Last night, the History Channel ran an entire segment on California’s thriving Pot Growing and Selling business taking in $60Billion a year. Noting, several towns wouldn’t exist if CA hadn’t legalized the weed/vegetable as a viable alternative for medical purposes. Although, the new legislation fronted by Paul and Frank would be the first in Federal Legislation introduced to fit in with states where MJ is already legal.

    I don’t believe MJ should ever have been considered a gateway drug to hard drugs like coke, heroin or ice. MJ is not physically addictive as are the others mentioned and imprisoning someone for possession/sales has, imo, been a travesty to the convicted and waste of state’s money warehousing prisoners at state expense.

  142. Here is the salient portion of the federal ‘Paul-Frank’ Bill meant to resolve the conflict between federal and state laws.

    “The bill, which is expected to be introduced on Thursday by Republican Representative Ron Paul and Democratic Representative Barney Frank, would be the first ever legislation designed to end the federal ban on marijuana.

    Sixteen of the 50 states as well as the District of Columbia have legalized the use of marijuana for medical purposes.

    But planting, selling or commercially distributing marijuana remains illegal under federal law.”
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    Please don’t tell me the passage of this Bill is going to be promoted as part of Obama’s jobs initiative.

  143. coincidence……yeah right.

    Nuclear Experts Killed In Russia Plane Crash Helped Design Iran Facility

    The five nuclear experts killed in a plane crash in northern Russia earlier this week had assisted in the design of an Iranian atomic facility, security sources in Russia said on Thursday.

    The five Russian experts were among the 44 passengers killed when the Tupolev-134 plane broke up and caught fire on landing outside the northern city of Petrozavodsk on Monday.

    The experts – who included lead designers Sergei Rizhov, Gennadi Benyok, Nicolai Tronov and Russia’s top nuclear technological experts, Andrei Tropinov – worked at Bushehr after the contract for the plant’s construction passed from the German Siemens company to Russian hands.

    ……………….

    so who wanted them dead?

  144. moononpluto
    June 23rd, 2011 at 7:54 am

    coincidence……yeah right.
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    good point.

  145. She represents north san francisco bay area,marin county why would that surprise me. She’s obviously a through and through idiot in the obama and pelosi mode.

    listed in wiki as

    Religion

    In 2007 Woolsey voted to “recognize the commencement of Ramadan,” the most important of Islamic religious observances, and of Diwali, a Hindu religious holiday.[4] On December 11, 2007, Woolsey, along with eight other Democrats, voted against a resolution to recognize the United States as a Christian nation.

    Stewart Pearson letter

    On December 2, 2003, Woolsey wrote a letter on behalf of Stewart Pearson, the son of one of her senior aides, who had pleaded guilty to rape. In a letter written on her official congressional stationery, she asked the judge to consider mitigating circumstances and show leniency.[13] The judge in the case was not swayed by the letter, and sentenced Pearson to eight years in prison, the maximum allowed under the plea bargain. Woolsey has apologized for writing the letter, saying she did not know all the facts; the victim did not accept her apology.

    She sounds like a right piece of work

  146. Isn’t the first issue to be addressed is the person making the claim is in this country illegally? How do they have legal standing in front of a US court? More of Obama’s revisionism trending towards allowing illegals to vote.
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    Feds Now Say They Won‘t Deport Illegals Pursuing Legit ’Civil Rights Claims’

    NEW HAVEN, Conn. (The Blaze/AP) — Federal immigration officials say they will not deport immigrants pursuing legitimate civil rights claims, a move hailed by advocates as a way to protect a vulnerable population while critics say it encourages abuses.

    The U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement issued a memo Friday that “absent special circumstances,” it is against the agency’s policy to deport immigrants in the midst of a legitimate effort to protect their civil rights. ICE officials said the memos were designed to provide guidance on exercising appropriate discretion.

    The agency already allowed crime victims and witnesses to crimes to remain in the country.

    “To avoid deterring individuals from reporting crimes and from pursuing actions to protect their civil rights, ICE officers, special agents and attorneys are reminded to exercise all appropriate discretion on a case-by-case basis when making detention and enforcement decisions in the cases of victims of crimes, witnesses to crime and individuals pursuing legitimate civil rights complaints,” the memo states.

    ICE said the policy did not stem from a single case.

    more at link:

    http://www.theblaze.com/stories/feds-now-say-they-wont-deport-illegals-pursuing-legit-civil-rights-claims/

  147. She sounds like a right piece of work
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    Agreed- I read her wiki as well before I submitted my post. She has a dearth of experience with Human Rights. So, what in the world would compel her to support Islam and a Muslim agenda.

    Must have been a pretty hefty perc that could turn her on a dime supporting a dehumanizing faction 100% against human rights.

  148. Jobless claims rise more than expected

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) – New claims for unemployment benefits rose more than expected last week, a government report showed on Thursday, suggesting little improvement in the labor market this month after employment stumbled in May.

    Initial claims for state unemployment benefits climbed 9,000 to a seasonally adjusted 429,000, the Labor Department said. The prior week’s figure was revised up to 420,000.

  149. Amazing how someone as educated as this woman doesn’t understand Israel is our only ally in the ME.

    Apparently she hates her own identity as a Jewish woman since she supports a “Leader” who supports misogyny and anti-Semitism.

  150. New claims for unemployment benefits rose more than expected last week…
    ***
    The sad part is this Gov is always clueless and the sentence always starts out as “unexpected”

  151. The agency already allowed crime victims and witnesses to crimes to remain in the country.
    ***********

    Please tell me how “hard” it would be to fake a crime. Ridiculous. Time to get Jan Brewer in here. The ICE has melted.

  152. #
    votermom
    June 23rd, 2011 at 9:33 am

    Amazing how someone as educated as this woman doesn’t understand Israel is our only ally in the ME.

    Apparently she hates her own identity as a Jewish woman since she supports a “Leader” who supports misogyny and anti-Semitism.
    _____________________________

    If anything she has compromised her principles. The principles she has stood for and taught her entire life. Obama needed someone of the Jewish ethnicity to be the Judas of Israel flaunting herself, using her standing as member of Congress to
    undermine The affiliation of the US subsidizing Israel and the generations old promise to defend Israel if the need should arise.
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    Stacking the deck for unions

    With the 2012 election season already under way and the president’s poll numbers continuing to sink, Team Obama is desperately trying to shore up his labor-union base, courtesy of the now heavily radicalized National Labor Relations Board.

    Since taking office, Obama has packed the NLRB with veteran union activists, like Craig Becker, previously the SEIU’s top lawyer and associate general counsel of the AFL-CIO.

    That’s led to one-sided pro-union decisions like the one trying to block Boeing from opening a new plant in South Carolina, a right-to-work state, saying it constitutes illegal punishment of union workers in Washington state.
    President Barack Obama
    AP
    President Barack Obama

    The NLRB — founded in 1935 as an independent arbiter of labor-management disputes — has effectively become an arm of Big Labor.

    Now the board has issued one of its most blatantly union-friendly decisions yet — rewriting the rules for unionization elections in a way that cripples employers’ right to mount a counter-organizing campaign.

    The new rules shorten the period for elections to as little as 10 days and limits employers’ (but not unions’) right to conduct a campaign. In fact, unions can start a campaign long before an actual certification petition is filed; employers are effectively limited to the period starting with the filing of that petition.

    Little wonder that the unions consider the rule change as important as the right to automatic dues deductions.

    At the same time, the NLRB demanded that employers disclose much more information about the consultants they hire to respond to union-organizing campaigns — a requirement from which unions have been immune since 1959.

    The stated reason for both actions — ensuring more accurate election tabulations — is mystifying on the face of it: The NLRB’s general counsel has described the current record of union elections as “outstanding.”

    The lone Republican left on the NLRB exposed the real reason: to “effectively eviscerate an employer’s legitimate opportunity to express its views about collective bargaining.”

    Fortunately, the tide of history is turning against Big Labor — union membership nationwide stands at less than 7 percent, the lowest in a century.

    But with President Obama’s disastrous handling of the economy costing him more and more votes every day, he needs all the friends he can get.

    Their dollars won’t hurt his re-election chances, either.

    http://www.nypost.com/p/news/opinion/editorials/stacking_the_deck_for_unions_president_BJHvhVwkMbJTHRK1jtSniL

  153. Well, our activist president is very busy shoring up his labor and Latino votes, isn’t he? With DJIA currently sitting at minus 190 something, even his bamboozlement may not be enough.

  154. i just think this is too funny not to share.
    I was in a local shop owned/operated by a Bangladsh guy. He kept yelling big boobs big boobs to his son who was placing cans of Carnation Condensed Milk on the shelf(In and of itself instant milk can be funny)
    I asked him why are you calling your son big boobs.
    Before he could answer his son yelled once upon a time in a land called make believe some one told my dad he was funny and he believed it
    To which the dad responded that his son needed to shut his hole because he kinew what he did last summer.
    The real humor was me just standing between them wanting to pay for a cup of coffee.
    I was confounded. had to do an IMDB search of Jennifer Love Hewitt it seems she is stacked ergo big boobs but wow what a hoot

  155. moononpluto
    June 23rd, 2011 at 8:54 am

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7s9StxsFllY

    Watch this……..

    Obama Birth Certificate Faked In Adobe Illustrator – Official Proof 1 ( Layers )
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    That’s a keeper link. This guy uses Illustrator in his job, so he is excellent at explaining and showing how the BC was faked.

    Thanks for this Moon.

  156. I only Quote Rove when I agree with his statements: 😉

    Why Obama Is Likely to Lose in 2012 (Highlights)

    President Barack Obama is likely to be defeated in 2012. The reason is that he faces four serious threats. The economy is very weak and unlikely to experience a robust recovery by Election Day. Key voter groups have soured on him. He’s defending unpopular policies. And he’s made bad strategic decisions.

    – In Wednesday’s Bloomberg poll, Americans believe they are worse off than when Mr. Obama took office by a 44% to 34% margin.

    – Mr. Obama also has problems with his base. For example, Jewish voters are upset with his policy toward Israel, and left-wing bloggers at last week’s NetRoots conference were angry over Mr. Obama’s failure to deliver a leftist utopia. Weak Jewish support could significantly narrow Mr. Obama’s margin in states like Florida, while a disappointed left could deprive him of the volunteers so critical to his success in 2008.

    Mr. Obama’s standing has declined among other, larger groups. Gallup reported his job approval rating Tuesday at 45%, down from 67% at his inaugural. Among the groups showing a larger-than-average decline since 2009 are whites (down 25 points); older voters (down 24); independents and college graduates (both down 23), those with a high-school education or less, men, and Southerners (all down 22); women (down 21 points); married couples and those making $2,000-$4,000 a month (down 20). This all points to severe trouble in suburbs and midsized cities in states likes Colorado, Indiana, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Nevada.

    There’s more. Approval among younger voters has dropped 22 points, and it’s dropped 20 points among Latinos. Even African-American voters are less excited about Mr. Obama than they were—and than he needs them to be. For example, if their share of the turnout drops just one point in North Carolina, Mr. Obama’s 2008 winning margin there is wiped out two and a half times over.

    – Finally, Mr. Obama has made a strategic blunder. While he needs to raise money and organize, he decided to be a candidate this year rather than president. He has thus unnecessarily abandoned one of incumbency’s great strengths, which is the opportunity to govern and distance himself from partisan politics until next spring.

    http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052702304657804576401653113017130.html?mod=WSJ_Opinion_LEADTop

  157. Cantor has withdrawn from the debt ceiling talks. Here is what I believe is happening. I think Cantor has been highly critical of Boehner’s leadership, not publicly but within the top echelon of the party. He thinks Boehner is a playboy and is too weak. He wants the job himself and is maneuvering. Boehner knows this and he has his allies. I believe Boehner purposely put Cantor out front so he would be in the hot seat. By withdrawing from the talks this way, and citing principles he puts Boehner between a rock and a hard place. On the one hand, the base will go nuts if he agrees to a tax increase without major spending cuts which the dims are unwilling to accede to. Cantor will use that against him as well. Conversely, if he holds the line and refuses to raise the debt ceiling, Wall Street and Bernake will be all over him like stink on shit. John Boehner is a good man. He does care deeply about the country. It know this to be true. If it were Speaker Pelosi, this would not be a difficult decision. She would let the country go to hell in a handbasket without batting a false eyelash, and why not–it will not affect her because she is worth $30 million. If you think I am exaggerating about her, then you have not done your homework.

  158. – Finally, Mr. Obama has made a strategic blunder. While he needs to raise money and organize, he decided to be a candidate this year rather than president. He has thus unnecessarily abandoned one of incumbency’s great strengths, which is the opportunity to govern and distance himself from partisan politics until next spring.
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    He has given up his biggest advantage. The reason he does this is because big media loves the thrill of the campaign, and he relies on them to distract the country from the dire problems which he cannot solve. Tactically, it is smart. Strategically, it is madness. I have seen this happen in a corporate setting when the CEO is over his head, and beset with problems he cannot solve. He reverts to easier tasks, and lets the major problems languish. It is the perfect strategy for a president who sees his central role as managing the decline of the United States, and doing what Soros orders him to do. The overarching goal here is creative destruction.

  159. In the midst of national decline, with failure at every turn domestically and internationally we need and we must have full disclosure from President Obama on the central preoccupation of his presidency–his golf game. We need to see all his scorecards, so we can determine how badly he is lying about his handicap–like he lies about everything else. Falso in uno falso in omnibus.

  160. WTF

    http://www.reuters.com/article/2011/06/23/us-usa-oil-obama-idUSTRE75M44D20110623

    Obama takes flak for using oil reserves as stimulus

    President Barack Obama took withering fire from the oil industry and Republicans for agreeing to release the nation’s emergency oil supplies, a decision that senior officials said was prompted by the need to prop up the ailing economy.

    Critics blasted the release of 30 million barrels of oil — half of a global injection coordinated by the International Energy Agency — as an ill-timed misuse of reserves at a time when U.S. supplies are relatively high, despite the loss of Libya’s exports for the past three months.

    Some OPEC officials went further, calling it a political ploy that ignored Saudi Arabia’s promise to step up production and the fact that oil prices had already fallen sharply.

    A senior administration official said the decision came after careful analysis of global oil markets — including expectations that supplies will tighten this summer — and months of discussions with major oil producers and consumers.

    But the move fueled questions about the timing and catalyst for releasing the stocks, which in the past have been used almost exclusively to address abrupt disruptions like natural disasters.

    “The president has been deeply concerned about the impact the disruption of oil production and exports from Libya and other countries in the Middle East has had on energy supplies globally, the tightness that that’s created in the market, the effect that tightness has on global economic growth at home and abroad,” a senior administration official told reporters.

    read on
    ……………………….

    whats he up to now.

  161. This is an administration totally in mismanagement of administration. We are releasing 30 million barrels, other countries 30 million in total….why.

    We dont get oil from libya so we are supplying some because libya has no output at present and who’s fault is that……….

  162. Obama Flip Flops on tapping Strategic Oil Reserve – FAIL

    Via Jim Geraghty, who caught this even while on vacation. In August 2005, Obama agreed with George Bush’s decision to release oil from the Strategic Petroleum Reserve in order to buffer the economy from the effects of Hurricane Katrina. However, Obama warned that such actions should only take place in times of real emergency (emphases mine):

    I agree with the President’s decision to release oil from the Strategic Petroleum Reserve to help replenish supply shortages resulting from Hurricane Katrina. Nearly all oil and natural gas production in the Gulf of Mexico has been shut down, and releasing this oil will help increase production and stabilize prices. However, I do believe that this tragedy makes it very clear that that the reserve should only be used in the event of an emergency, and that we shouldn’t be tapping the reserve to provide a small, short-term decrease in gas prices.

    And again last month, in St. Louis on July 7th:

    I do not believe that we should use the strategic oil reserves at this point. I have said and, in fact, supported a congressional resolution that said that we should suspend putting more oil into the strategic oil reserve, but the strategic oil reserve, I think, has to be reserved for a genuine emergency. You have a situation, let’s say, where there was a major oil facility in Saudi Arabia that was destroyed as a consequence of terrorist acts, and you suddenly had huge amounts of oil taken out of the world market, we wouldn’t just be seeing $4-a-gallon oil. We could see a situation where entire sectors of the country had no oil to function at all. And that’s what the strategic oil reserve has to be for.

    Today, we discovered what Barack Obama considers a genuine emergency — a drop in the polls:

    Democrat Barack Obama called today for tapping the nation’s strategic oil reserves to help drive down gasoline prices, a shift from his previous position on the issue.

    The reversal is the second refinement in Obama’s energy policy. Last week, he said that he would reluctantly consider accepting some offshore oil drilling. Obama had previously said he opposed such drilling, which is strongly backed by rival John McCain, who has urged that states be allowed to decide whether to drill.

    Obama changed his position to protect Nancy Pelosi, who demanded a release from the SPR rather than allowing a debate and a vote on the House floor on increased domestic drilling. However, a release from the SPR would only provide momentary relief and do nothing to resolve the underlying issue of higher gas prices — a supply shortage on the world markets. Eventually, the US would have to refill the SPR, increasing demand which, without any increase in supply, would drive prices up even farther than they are now.

    Obama used to have the intelligence to understand this. Now he’s too desperate to care.

  163. NYT: General Petraeus Did Not Accept Obama’s Afghan Withdrawal Plans, Hillary Clinton Expressed “Reservations”…

    To make matters worse, Joe Biden’s ideas overruled the commanders on the ground. You know, because when one thinks of brilliant military strategists, Joltin’ Joe Biden is the first name that comes to mind.

    (NY Times) — President Obama declared Wednesday that the United States had largely achieved its goals in Afghanistan, setting in motion a substantial withdrawal of American troops in an acknowledgment of the shifting threat in the region and the fast-changing political and economic landscape in a war-weary America. . . .

    Mr. Obama’s decision is a victory for Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr., who has long argued for curtailing the military operation in Afghanistan. Mr. Obama indicated a willingness to move toward more focused covert operations of the type that the United States is conducting in Pakistan, Yemen and elsewhere. “When threatened, we must respond with force,” he said. “But when that force can be targeted, we need not deploy large armies overseas.”

    The pace of the withdrawal is a setback for the president’s top commander in Afghanistan, Gen. David H. Petraeus, who has been named director of the Central Intelligence Agency. General Petraeus did not endorse the decision, said another official. Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates argued publicly against a too-hasty withdrawal of troops, but he said in a statement on Wednesday that he supported Mr. Obama’s decision.

    During the internal debate, Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton also expressed reservations about the scale of the reductions, officials said.

    General Petraeus had recommended limiting withdrawals to 5,000 troops this year and another 5,000 over the winter.

    He and other military commanders argued that the 18 months since Mr. Obama announced the troop increase did not allow for enough time for the Americans to consolidate the fragile gains that they had made in Helmand and other provinces.

    http://weaselzippers.us/2011/06/23/nyt-general-petraeus-did-not-accept-obamas-afghan-withdrawal-plans-hillary-clinton-expressed-reservations/

  164. Finally…

    Clinton: No New Aid to Pakistan Without Change

    June 23rd, 2011

    Reuters reports:

    The United States is not prepared to continue the same levels of military aid to Pakistan unless it sees some changes in the relationship, U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said on Thursday.

    “When it comes to our military aid, we are not prepared to continue providing that at the pace we were providing it unless and until we see some steps taken,” Clinton told a Senate committee. She didn’t specify the steps, but stressed it was time for the United States and Pakistan to ensure their interests and actions are aligned.

    Clinton also said Washington did not believe the top levels of the Pakistani government knew that al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden had been hiding in a Pakistani city before he was killed by U.S. forces there last month. The United States has been giving Pakistan about $3 billion in aid annually in recent years, much of it for the military.

    http://www.frumforum.com/clinton-no-new-aid-to-pak-without-change

  165. The Alaskan Pipeline’s oil goes directly to Japan. I remember reading the bill before it was passed by Congress. There is a caveat in there stating if the US ever needed the oil for whatever emergency purpose; the deal with Japan would take second place and diverted to the needs of the oil supply for the US.

  166. SEATTLE — The Justice Department says two men have been arrested in a plot to attack a military recruiting station in Seattle with machine guns and grenades. Seattle resident Abu Khalid Abdul-Latif, also known as Joseph Anthony Davis, of Seattle, and Walli Mujahidh, also known as Frederick Domingue Jr. of Los Angeles were arrested Wednesday night. They were scheduled to make initial court appearances Thursday on terrorism and firearms charges. Investigators say the two men planned to attack a station in Seattle where military enlistees are processed. The building, on East Marginal Way, also houses a daycare centre.

    Theres that religion of peace again.

  167. moononpluto
    June 23rd, 2011 at 4:03 pm

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

    There’s that bad-mouthing of a whole religion, again.

  168. http://www.theatlantic.com/national/archive/2011/06/from-the-archives-why-we-hate-the-media/240854/
    Al Gore’s new essay in Rolling Stone, about impending climate disasters, is mainly about the failure of the media to direct adequate attention to the issue, and to call out paid propagandists and discredited phony scientists. That’s where the essay starts, and what it covers in its first 5,000 words. The second part, less than half as long, and much more hedged in its judgment, is about the Obama Administration’s faltering approach on climate change. But of course the immediate press presentation on the essay has been all “OMG Gore attacks Obama!”
    [….]
    As conveyed by the press, it’s one more skirmish on the “liberals don’t like Obama” front, and one more illustration of the eyes-glazing-over trivia and details about melting icebergs and scientific disputes.

    Remember Jon Stewart’s argument, that the real bias of the mainstream media is not “liberal” but in favor of conflict and sensationalism.

  169. I’m going out, no time to read this interesting article on the term ‘conspiracy theory.’

    Imo that’s a useful term (tho a bit of a misnomer) for a theory that would require an impossibly large conspiracy: such as ‘the moon landing was a hoax’ or ‘the fall of the WTC was a controlled demolition’.

    However I don’t think theories like ‘the media is out to get Palin’ or
    ‘Pelosi and other Bots are targeting Hillary supporters’ should be dismissed as ‘conspiracy theory.’ The groups required are not impossibly large, and are composed of people already tightly associated and in favor of the result.

    The above is my opinion, not a quote from the article.

    http://bensix.wordpress.com/2011/06/09/debunking-conspiracy-theory/

  170. turndownobama
    June 23rd, 2011 at 4:14 pm

    There’s that bad-mouthing of a whole religion, again.

    ………………………………………..

    oh please dont start your insane ramblings of defence again, spare us, we aint got the energy.

  171. ahem….

    Law enforcement and military sources say forensic evidence links Marine reservist Yonathan Melaku to last fall’s mysterious shootings at military targets around Northern Virginia, including the National Museum of the Marine Corps in Triangle.

    Melaku, 22, sparked a security scare Friday after U.S. Park Police saw him in Arlington National Cemetery after dark. Authorities then found his red 2011 Nissan truck parked in a wooded area near the Pentagon, according to an FBI press release.

    Police say Melaku’s behavior after he was confronted by police prompted massive road closures during the Friday morning rush hour as officials investigated the contents of his backpack for what they initially feared might be bomb-making materials. They found no explosives. His Alexandria home also was searched.

    Forensic evidence found during the investigation links Melaku to five shootings at military targets last year, sources who spoke on the condition of anonymity told http://www.insidenova.com.

    The military shootings began Oct. 17 at the National Museum of the Marine Corps in Triangle, when someone fired at least 10 bullets into the building’s glass ceiling, narrowly missing a jet on display.

    Two days later, bullets from the same gun shattered windows at the Pentagon. The FBI said six or seven shots were fired that morning just before 5 a.m.

    The next related shooting came overnight Oct. 26 at a Marine Corps recruiting center in Chantilly.

    The shooter struck a second time at the Marine Corps museum in Triangle Oct. 30, then hit a Coast Guard recruiting station near Potomac Mills mall on Nov. 2. After that, the shootings stopped as mysteriously as they began.

    Melaku, a 22-year-old Ethiopian native, is now jailed in Loudoun County on theft charges related to auto break-ins in Leesburg earlier this year.

    Melaku has not yet been charged in connection with the military shootings.

    The FBI and the U.S. District Attorney’s Office in Alexandria refused to comment Wednesday on evidence in the case, but spokesmen said the investigation is ongoing.

    According to the FBI, Melaku joined the Marine Corps reserves on Sept. 4, 2007 is listed as a lance corporal and a motor vehicle operator with Combat Engineer Support Company, 4th Combat Engineer Battalion, 4th Marine Division, Marine Forces Reserve. He has never been deployed overseas, but had been awarded the National Defense Service Medal and the Selected Marine Corps Reserve Medal.

    Stay with insidenova.com and the News & Messenger for more on this developing story.

    The Associated Press contributed to this story.

    http://www2.insidenova.com/news/2011/jun/20/7/sources-evidence-links-pentagon-scare-suspect-ar-1122056/

    ……………………….

    another one, thats 2 today but i’m sure turndown will rally to the defence.

  172. ahem….

    Law enforcement and military sources say forensic evidence links Marine reservist Yonathan Melaku to last fall’s mysterious shootings at military targets around Northern Virginia, including the National Museum of the Marine Corps in Triangle.

    Melaku, 22, sparked a security scare Friday after U.S. Park Police saw him in Arlington National Cemetery after dark. Authorities then found his red 2011 Nissan truck parked in a wooded area near the Pentagon, according to an FBI press release.

    Police say Melaku’s behavior after he was confronted by police prompted massive road closures during the Friday morning rush hour as officials investigated the contents of his backpack for what they initially feared might be bomb-making materials. They found no explosives. His Alexandria home also was searched.

    Forensic evidence found during the investigation links Melaku to five shootings at military targets last year, sources who spoke on the condition of anonymity told

    The military shootings began Oct. 17 at the National Museum of the Marine Corps in Triangle, when someone fired at least 10 bullets into the building’s glass ceiling, narrowly missing a jet on display.

    Two days later, bullets from the same gun shattered windows at the Pentagon. The FBI said six or seven shots were fired that morning just before 5 a.m.

    The next related shooting came overnight Oct. 26 at a Marine Corps recruiting center in Chantilly.

    The shooter struck a second time at the Marine Corps museum in Triangle Oct. 30, then hit a Coast Guard recruiting station near Potomac Mills mall on Nov. 2. After that, the shootings stopped as mysteriously as they began.

    Melaku, a 22-year-old Ethiopian native, is now jailed in Loudoun County on theft charges related to auto break-ins in Leesburg earlier this year.

    Melaku has not yet been charged in connection with the military shootings.

    The FBI and the U.S. District Attorney’s Office in Alexandria refused to comment Wednesday on evidence in the case, but spokesmen said the investigation is ongoing.

    According to the FBI, Melaku joined the Marine Corps reserves on Sept. 4, 2007 is listed as a lance corporal and a motor vehicle operator with Combat Engineer Support Company, 4th Combat Engineer Battalion, 4th Marine Division, Marine Forces Reserve. He has never been deployed overseas, but had been awarded the National Defense Service Medal and the Selected Marine Corps Reserve Medal.

    Stay with insidenova.com and the News & Messenger for more on this developing story.

    The Associated Press contributed to this story.

    http://www2.insidenova.com/news/2011/jun/20/7/sources-evidence-links-pentagon-scare-suspect-ar-1122056/

    ……………………….

    another one, thats the 2 load of arrests reported today.

  173. The Wall Street Journal says Rick Perry has decided to run for President.

    That ought to put the cat among the pigeons.

  174. Dumbass, what a fuckwit.

    Obama Misspeaks About Soldier Killed in Afghanistan

    First time I saw 10th Mountain Division, you guys were in southern Iraq. When I went back to visit Afghanistan, you guys were the first ones there. I had the great honor of seeing some of you because a comrade of yours, Jared Monti, was the first person who I was able to award the Medal of Honor to who actually came back and wasn’t receiving it posthumously.”

    The problem is, Jared Monti was killed in action in Afghanistan, on June 21, 2006. He was awarded the Medal of Honor posthumously, September 17, 2009. President Obama handed the framed medal to his parents, Paul and Janet Monti. He and the First Lady comforted them in the Oval Office following the ceremony.

    I contacted the White House to see what happened. I’m told the President didn’t have prepared remarks.
    White House Press Secretary Jay Carney said, ““At Fort Drum, the President misspoke when discussing the first Medal of Honor he presented posthumously to Jared Monti, who was a member of the 10th Mountain Division. The President paid tribute to Monti in his remarks to troops in Afghanistan in March 2010. Last year, the President presented the Medal of Honor to Salvatore Giunta, who was the first living recipient of the Medal who served in Afghanistan.”

    The gaffe comes one day after the President announced his plan to bring troops home from Afghanistan at a faster pace. He deliberately spoke at Fort Drum because of the 10th Mountain Division’s multiple deployments to Afghanistan.

    http://blogs.cbn.com/WhiteHouseWrap/archive/2011/06/23/commander-in-chief-misspeaks-about-soldier-killed-in-afghanistan.aspx

  175. Breaking: ATF heeds Issa’s ‘no retaliation’ warning by…retaliating

    http://www.examiner.com/gun-rights-in-national/breaking-atf-heeds-issa-s-no-retaliation-warning-by-retaliating

    “ATF served Special Agent Vince Cefalu with termination paperwork today.”

    That’s the word from Jay Dobyns, himself a subject of Bureau retaliation, in a post on CleanUpATF.

    Gun Rights Examiner reported on Cefalu in May of last year–He was the agent assigned to do nothing because he came forward to complain about ATF mismanagement.

    From Dobyns post:

    What they have done is disguised reprisal and retaliation as something else to fire him…ATF has done everything within their power to break this agent. They have been proactive in the destruction of his reputation, killed his career, ruined his personal finances and have had emmense negative influence on his personal relationships and family members. Why? Because he didn’t go along to get along. He didn’t shut his mouth when ordered to. He didn’t sit back like a coward when he saw things being done wrong, unethically and illegally. Now they are proposing to take the last thing they still have control over but, have yet to act on, his job.

    I will say this from personal experience; Vince will stand in the path of a bullet for any good person and do so knowing the personal consequence could be grave but, at the same time being true to his character which is to stand up for people who can’t or won’t stand up for themselves. I have seen him do it on more than one occasion. And, when I say “bullet” I mean a projectile, AND, all the other various means and methods of attack that could be characterized as a bullet.

    “Ultimately,” Dobyns concludes. “[it’s] because he exposed corruption, blew the whistle and helped launch CleanUpATF. This is ATF’s payback.”

    This appears to be in direct contradiction of assurances Darrell Issa received from ATF which he reminded Deputy Director William Hoover of in his June 21 letter. This, along with the stonewalling Issa’s Committee has received demonstrates that the Administration’s Justice Department is determined to continue to defy, resist and obstruct the Congress in performing its lawful oversight responsibilities.

    Continue reading on Examiner.com Breaking: ATF heeds Issa’s ‘no retaliation’ warning by…retaliating – National gun rights | Examiner.com http://www.examiner.com/gun-rights-in-national/breaking-atf-heeds-issa-s-no-retaliation-warning-by-retaliating#ixzz1Q8v2kpEk

  176. Breaking: ATF heeds Issa’s ‘no retaliation’ warning by…retaliating

    http://www.examiner.com/gun-rights-in-national/breaking-atf-heeds-issa-s-no-retaliation-warning-by-retaliating

    “ATF served Special Agent Vince Cefalu with termination paperwork today.”

    That’s the word from Jay Dobyns, himself a subject of Bureau retaliation, in a post on CleanUpATF.

    Gun Rights Examiner reported on Cefalu in May of last year–He was the agent assigned to do nothing because he came forward to complain about ATF mismanagement.

    From Dobyns post:

    What they have done is disguised reprisal and retaliation as something else to fire him…ATF has done everything within their power to break this agent. They have been proactive in the destruction of his reputation, killed his career, ruined his personal finances and have had emmense negative influence on his personal relationships and family members. Why? Because he didn’t go along to get along. He didn’t shut his mouth when ordered to. He didn’t sit back like a coward when he saw things being done wrong, unethically and illegally. Now they are proposing to take the last thing they still have control over but, have yet to act on, his job.

    I will say this from personal experience; Vince will stand in the path of a bullet for any good person and do so knowing the personal consequence could be grave but, at the same time being true to his character which is to stand up for people who can’t or won’t stand up for themselves. I have seen him do it on more than one occasion. And, when I say “bullet” I mean a projectile, AND, all the other various means and methods of attack that could be characterized as a bullet.

    “Ultimately,” Dobyns concludes. “[it’s] because he exposed corruption, blew the whistle and helped launch CleanUpATF. This is ATF’s payback.”

    This appears to be in direct contradiction of assurances Darrell Issa received from ATF which he reminded Deputy Director William Hoover of in his June 21 letter. This, along with the stonewalling Issa’s Committee has received demonstrates that the Administration’s Justice Department is determined to continue to defy, resist and obstruct the Congress in performing its lawful oversight responsibilities.

  177. For those of you who fly, BOYCOTT DELTA. American Jews will no longer be allowed to fly on Delta airlines from America to Saudia Arabia. And no I am not making this up. Does the US govt with Delta want American Jews to wear a yellow star as well?? I cannot believe this crap is happening in America!

    http://www.usatoday.com/news/religion/2011-06-23-us-jews-delta-airlines-saudis_n.htm

    “Jews and Israelis, or passengers carrying any non-Islamic article of faith, will not be able to fly Delta Air Lines flights from the U.S. to Saudi Arabia under Delta’s new partnership with Saudi Arabian Airlines.”

  178. Tim, why would you be surprised?

    Simple response, dont let Saudi airlines travel to the US and Delta neds its licence pulled if it wants to pull that shit.

  179. Military chiefs turn their fire on Barack Obama over Afghanistan withdrawal plan

    America’s military leaders have distanced themselves from President’s Barack Obama’s plan to withdraw 33,000 troops from Afghanistan by next September, branding the drawdown timetable as more hasty and riskier than the one they proposed.

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/barackobama/8595566/Military-chiefs-turn-their-fire-on-Barack-Obama-over-Afghanistan-withdrawal-plan.html

    General David Petraeus, the Nato commander in Afghanistan, told Senators: “The ultimate decision was a more aggressive formulation, if you will, in terms of the timeline than what we had recommended.”

    Admiral Mike Mullen, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and the most senior United States military commander, used a hearing before the House Armed Services Committee to reveal a significant breach between Mr Obama and the senior officers he charged with defeating the Taliban in Afghanistan.

    “The president’s decisions are more aggressive and incur more risk than I was originally prepared to accept,” he told a House of Representatives committee hearing.

    Gen Petraeus said his recommendation had been based on his desire for a full complement of troops for two more summer fighting seasons. Under Mr Obama’s new orders, a third of the current force will have returned before the end of the 2011 fighting season.

    He added that there were “broader considerations beyond just those of a military commander” and that “with the decision made, obviously I support that”.

    read on……………

  180. Military chiefs turn their fire on Barack Obama over Afghanistan withdrawal plan

    and when they turn, it will not be pretty…. the thing its with the surge, General Peterus had agreed to remove them starting in december 2012. But Waffles wants to tick off some stupid list of his, so he is removing troops right before the fighting season starts, so what happens? those troops already there and will continue to stay there, they are now exposed to the Talibhan. Many of these plans by Peterus were done thinking the surge troops would be there to up the regular troops until the end of december 2012.

    Waffles really is a fool, people, US soldiers will be in much greater danger, and now the commanders on the ground know what a pathetic ignorant fool they have as their weakling CiC.

  181. I feel for this General, the man is trying his best with a clueless and chicago thug as his CiC.

    “Here is video of General David Petraeus at his Senate Intelligence Committee confirmation hearing to be the next CIA Director, being asked by Democrat Sen. Diane Feinstein his view on President Obama’s decision to pull 33,000 troops out of Afghanistan over the coming months.

    Petraeus described a process of three meetings he had with Obama where he set forth an array of options he could choose from. Petraeus tried to say it as nicely as he could:

    “The ultimate decision was a more aggressive formulation, if you will, in terms of the timeline than what we had recommended.”

    In other words – Obama ignored the commanders on the ground and chose “broader considerations” (political expediency) over what is best for the military operation. That’s exactly what we have come to expect from this President.”

  182. “Waffles has no time for debt negotiations” — so say the dems

    why not? he’s too busy fundraising, golfing, whatever else the hell he does.
    ———————-
    So he calls on dirt bag Clyburn to deliver that message. Poor choice. Everybody knows Clyburn has zero credibility. It isn’t time that Obama is lacking, it is political courage, problemsolving ability and commitment to the American People. He has other shortcomings as well but we digress. The question is whether the electorate has any brain whatsoever. Seeing what he is doing to their country and their future, will they buy the same hype served up by big media and say he’s only just begun. Let’s give him four more years and see if we have a country left. After what these idiots did in 2008, that is an open question–like hole is the head open.

  183. He added that there were “broader considerations beyond just those of a military commander” and that “with the decision made, obviously I support that”.
    ————————-
    What are those “broader considerations” which Mullen refers to that caused the idiot in the White House to reject their advice and push for a rapid retreat and potential collapse? If it is the cost to the war, then I agree. Get out sooner rather than later. If it is Obama’s re-lection schedule then fuck that no good son of a bitch and the horse he road in on. That is the most evil reason for him to put American lives at stake due to a too rapid draw down.

  184. “Obama Misspeaks About Soldier Killed in Afghanistan”

    Waffles is just going through the motions, presidenting is all about golfing, parties, etc… he couldn’t give a shit about the military, or those who have been killed, the fact that he could even pay respect to an American hero who gave his life to save his fellow soldiers is something Waffles will not lose one bit of sleep over.

    And the press will never cover either, we have an Obot press now, on call 24.7 to protect their Messaih.

  185. The Justice Department is shopping a false story with media outlets in Washington, which alleges that Darrell Issa (R-Ca) who is spearheading the rogue gun operation which has cost many lives, knew about the operation before the fact. Interestingly, the justice department agents who peddled this false story, offered it to other big media outlets and they would not print it. But the Post did, which is further evidence of their incestuous relationship with the Obama Administration and Justice Department–and why it is madness to accord them any credibility on any subject.

    ——————————
    “Spokesman Hill told The Daily Caller that the Justice Department has been shopping the Issa story around town. “We have had people who have contacted us before the Washington Post,” he said. “They told us people in the Justice Department were trying to push this story and I think a number of publications didn’t think it was credible or, for whatever reason, decided not to run it.”

    Issa has been sharply critical of the Fast and Furious operation and has called for the resignation of ATF acting Director Kenneth Melson.
    Referring to the Justice Department’s alleged efforts to plant the Issa story, Hill told Newsmax: “There are serious questions of integrity at the Justice Department right now.

    “There are people within the Justice Department who have to be afraid for their careers now.”

    Spokesman Hill also told The Hill: “The Justice Department right now is packed full of people who had knowledge of this operation and they had their careers ended over it, and there’s people out there that have every incentive to lie or do whatever it takes right now to try to discredit this investigation so that they can save their careers by this investigation not being able to expose everybody who was involved in it.”

    http://www.newsmax.com/InsideCover/Issa-DOJ-fast-furious/2011/06/23/id/401183?s=al&promo_code=C7F8-1

  186. and here’s multimilllionar Tommy Friedman saying “anyone critizing Waffles is full of crap”
    —————————
    That is one possibility. A second possibility is that Friedman is full of crap. A third possibility is that Obama is full of crap. The latter is a certainty.

  187. I went to a wrap party tonight for a proposed cable show. Somehow it turned into a Sarah Palin bashing event. The venom she inspires from the “creative class” is surreal. I questioned one guy why he hated her and he told me I was stupid. He had no argument just called me a name

  188. Very funny. I have been home from a sad wanna be Hollywood party for less than a half hour, but I just got an email from the guy who called me stupid. I assume he didn’t mean to send it to me as it read “What about that misserable self hating faggot who was feebly trying to defend Palin” I giggled with pleasure when I read it. Must exhibit self restraint because I so want to take his email and sign him up for everything and the wierder the better. I wont doit but may pretend I had

  189. tim
    I debated lots of stuff to send him but he’s not worth it. Beyond bizarre is that he claims I feebly defended Palin. Not true I asked him one question and that was why do you hate her. Calling me a self hating faggot was just strange. Entire conversation was me asking him one question which was why do you hate Palin. That was it. No more no less, how I am self hating from that is a mystery

  190. Americangal: very interesting article. When you read the following paragraph and reflect on how big media continues to defend this destroyer of worlds, and how the party itself marches to his command, I feel comfortable in calling these people traitors. Unless that word has lost all meaning it is clearly what they are:
    ——————————————–
    Bill Daley could give a sh-t about control over the West Wing. I believe he initially was sent to the White House to protect the party. I think at the time I called it “damage control”. That was his original mission. That meant he was going to run head-on against Valerie Jarrett. That’s her White House. Obama is her boy. Her creation. Her monster.

    Since that time though, Daley has probably come to the realization, as so many others like myself who had dealings with the Obama administration, that the harm being done by this White House goes far beyond a political party.

    IT IS INFECTING THE FABRIC OF THE COUNTRY, and the stakes are now very-very high for all of us.

    When Daley, as the current Obama White House Chief of Staff came out publicly and declared there were policies initiated by the administration that were indefensible, that was just stunning.

    That story is being so under-reported. The White House Chief of Staff is calling President Obama indefensible. That is exactly what that was. And has there been any retraction? No. Did the president demand clarification? No.

    Daley said it and Daley was left untouched. It was an incredible power play on his part, the implications of which I don’t know at this point, but I do intend to find out.

    Read more: http://socyberty.com/history/white-house-insider-obama-panicked-over-re-election-prospects/#ixzz1Q9tPKVya

  191. henry
    June 23rd, 2011 at 11:02 pm

    Yes, sounds like a lost case, but what he called you is completely lost on him, isn’t it? These so called enlightened people, as they describe themselves, insulting people, and then calling others bigots when people don’t agree with them, when they themselves exhibit that closed minded bigotted behaviour.

  192. henry,

    I’m not normally a violent person, but when I read you post about what that jerk wrote in his email about you, I just want to slap him down and tar and feather him.

    I can’t understand his type of mentality. I myself have been verbally attacked for being Jewish a few times in my life and I know it hurts.

    I am so sorry that this monster attacked you like this.

    (((hugs)))

  193. tim
    yeah him calling me a self hating faggot was extreme. he most likely doesn’t think a lot. Best thing I ever learned from my parents was I could never say “shut up” They didn’t care about fuck you bout found Shut up unacceptable. Rude and dismissive was what my mom called it and she preached that you never dismiss another human being.

  194. JanH
    I don’t have enough energy to be mad. I actually see it as kind of funny. I never met him before tonight and did not give him my email address. He sent his missive out to like a hundred people. If ten of those read self hating faggot and are offended my job is done.

  195. There is a pushback scandal coming. Learned of it weeks ago. Appears ready to break. It will be fed to the media and used to deflect attention away from the president.

    Question: Pushback scandal?

    Insider: Basically something Obama operatives have had in the can for some time now.A “pushback” from the hits the president and his administration has been taking on Fast and Furious, the poor polling data, the Libya challenge, etc.

    It’s very basic politics, but it also once again proves desperation coming from this White House. The scandal will be fed to those media figures that remain devoted to the president. It will attempt to damage the Republicans while at the same time diminish the growing dissatisfaction against Obama.

    http://pumasunleashed.wordpress.com/2011/06/23/recap-on-gunrunner-scandal-and-obamas-waning-chances-of-re-election/

  196. JanH and tim thanks but I don’t think it as an attitude. It is a choice. Personally I prefer not being sad, miserable or angry. None of that shite is worth the precious little energy I have.
    Didn’t know I could create my own reality til I laid on a floor with my hand reaching into a child in her crib as I was terrified she was going to die from SIDS. Learned more in those couple of hours holding her little hand than I learned in my many many years of college. Bottom line is you have choice. All I want for my little brat is for her to love herself. She can do nothing if she can’t do that. They say charity begins at home well I think compassion begins with validation and tykes need it. Reread It Takes A Village. HRC said it too.

  197. Oh Gawd, I hope it ain’t Perry…hell at this rate….Mittens looks good and I can’t stand him….

    Mrs. Smith…you did not answer my email….LOL!

  198. Gore going after Obama now….the chickens are coming home to roost for Potus….LOL! The idiot had a majority….voter approval…..Americans wanted changed and he pist it away…..I hope the door don’t hit him in the ass on his way out of the White House…even if its Mittens….pls. Lord…not Perry Gov. Good Hair….

  199. okay the guy who called me a stupid self hating faggot was spot on
    I am house sitting for my older brother and he has one of those robots that cleans his pool I went to get it out and got caught in the extension cord. Ended up rolling down a big hill. Confident I broke collar bone and will most likely need stitches on my knee.

  200. It will attempt to damage the Republicans while at the same time diminish the growing dissatisfaction against Obama.
    ————————-
    I suspect it is a sex scandal, and the culprit will be forced to step down.

    If that is it then most people will say bfd.

    The more interesting thing is the timing. If they have known about this for some time, then the fact that they would play it now, more than one year before the election, is a sure sign of desperation.

    It is like shooting at a target when it is out of range. It makes a lot of noise but does no real damage. Simply put, the walls are closing in on Obama, and there ain’t a hell of a lot he can do about it. His policies will do him in.

  201. I believe the underlying assumption of this White House and the reason they were so cocky is because they believed the business cycle would restore prosperity and mitigate unemployment. What they never reckoned on was that the problem is not cyclical but structural, and this will be a very long trough. Against that backdrop the stimulus which failed to resolve unemployment, and the double dip have put this joker in a no win position, where he can be blamed for not only failing to solve the problem, but making it orders of magnitude worse. Obama has done untold damage to the country. He has divided the American People and pitted them against one another on the basis of race, age, gender, income for partisan advantage. His enduring legacy is that we will not see another black president in our lifetime because he has hurt so many people. That is a loss to the nation because when I look at candidates like Alan West, I say he would make an excellent president. I am also skeptical that we will see white another Texas governor in the White House because of Bush.

  202. These poor nutroot types remind me of Daffy Duck from the old ‘Looney Toons.’

    I once attended a lecture by a top WB animator, and he spoke about the subtext of those classic cartoons. Daffy Duck, if you look closely, is a clinical schizophrenic, completely hapless and struggling, making a mess of everything in his life. He shows up at Porky Pig’s house with a suitcase–he’s homeless. Porky takes him in, but Daffy is such a disaster that by the end of the toon Porky throws him out with his suitcase and he wanders off to try something else that will end the same way.

    Chris Bowers is Daffy Duck. He tried to sell communism to Reagan Dems (labor), only to be rejected (it took him a while to catch on.) So he tries the ‘Black President’ fast track to communism. Like Porky Pig, Obama kicks him out in the snow. So he boots his fantasy decades down the line to the day when ‘people of color’ will be the majority. On that day, he thinks ‘people of color’ will accept him, unaware that the New Black Panthers and Radical Islam will flip a coin for the pleasure of decapitating him. Poor Daffy. Nothing works, but he keeps trying.

  203. Gosh, Henry. First the party, then the email, and now this.

    Please take care of yourself. I love reading your comments.

  204. henry
    June 23rd, 2011 at 11:02 pm
    tim
    I debated lots of stuff to send him but he’s not worth it. Beyond bizarre is that he claims I feebly defended Palin. Not true I asked him one question and that was why do you hate her. Calling me a self hating faggot was just strange. Entire conversation was me asking him one question which was why do you hate Palin. That was it. No more no less, how I am self hating from that is a mystery
    ***************************************************************

    Henry…

    …they…the left…and some on the right…’hate’ Palin…because it is the cool thing to do…she is an easy target for the acceptable ‘group think’…it is the similiar psychology that was used to target Bill and Hillary…

    …once Palin is no longer a threat…this group think will move on to the next ‘cool’ target…so they can all yuk it up together and feel in on the joke and above that stupid woman…

    …I heard something like this yesterday…I was in a business setting and a woman who stated she was a republican said she could not understand how Palin has gotten as far as she has and cannot understand why anyone pays any attention to her…

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

    that is how our perverted system works these days…in more idealistic times a ‘liberal’ would speak up for someone to have the right to speak…even if they did not agree with them…the saying used to be ” i may not agree with you but I defend your right to speak, etc”

    …that time is gone…now the cool thing to do is to demonize and destroy…and shut down any counterpoint…

    …so in this atmosphere, to these people, Palin does not deserve even the right to exist…let alone have a voice…forget she is an american and free speech and a self made woman…in many ways she is a manifestation of the American dream in that she got where she is all on her own…she is an example that it can be done…and though she is no Bill Clinton…she has that in common with Bill…no trust fund babies here…self made people…

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

    btw…you are heads and shoulders above these people in earnest…that poor fool was projecting his insecurites on you…and you have the strength of mind to reject his nonsense…even if you are a sensitive person…

  205. nomobama
    June 24th, 2011 at 7:30 am

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

    Oh, there we go again! Another blood libel.

  206. turndownobama
    June 24th, 2011 at 7:49 am
    ======================================

    Of course we know it is only SOME Muslims, yet cruelty, ranging from forcing converts to Islam, preventing non-Muslims from practicing their religious beliefs, creating an environment of fear for those who don’t follow Islam, etc, etc, etc, are what non-Muslims face in predominately Muslim countries throughout the world. That’s not fiction. Do I believe all Muslims behave this way? No. I believe it’s important that people know of these things, though, since knowledge is power.

  207. Confident I broke collar bone and will most likely need stitches on my knee.
    Ouch! Hope you feel better soon, henry.

  208. MPublic Schedule
    Washington, DC

    June 24, 2011

    SECRETARY HILLARY RODHAM CLINTON:
    9:15 a.m. Secretary Clinton meets with a delegation of Iraqi women leaders working with the Secretary’s Office of Global Women’s Issues on creating a community and legal framework to combat gender-based violence in Iraq, at the Department of State.
    (CLOSED PRESS COVERAGE)

    11:00 a.m. Secretary Clinton attends a meeting at the White House.
    (MEDIA DETERMINED BY WHITE HOUSE)

    1:15 p.m. Secretary Clinton meets with Osama al-Nujaifi, Speaker of the Iraqi Parliament, at the Department of State.
    (CAMERA SPRAY PRECEDING MEETING)
    Access time for all media: 12:50 p.m. from the 23rd Street entrance lobby.

    1:45 p.m. Secretary Clinton holds a bilateral meeting with Korean Foreign Minister Kim Sung-Hwan, at the Department of State.
    (JOINT PRESS AVAILABILITY AND SIGNING CEREMONY FOLLOWING BILATERAL MEETING AT APPROXIMATELY 2:35 P.M.)
    Pre-set time for video cameras: 1:45 p.m. from the 23rd Street entrance lobby.
    Final access time for journalists and still photographers: 2:15 p.m. from the 23rd Street entrance lobbyadam President hard at work while Hocus Potus playing with robots at Carnegie Mellon here in Pgh.He is being taught how to play pick with them with his marmles.

  209. looks like people are beginning to notice…………desperation is not attractive, i’m starting to see this starting bounded round a bit everywhere.

    President Obama and the re-election panic of 2012

    http://iowacaucus.com/2011/06/23/president-obama-and-the-re-election-panic-of-2012-2/

    When you step back and look at the news over the past several weeks, you’d have to come to the conclusion that President Barack Obama is in pretty serious electoral trouble. He and his Administration know it, right down to his last czar.

    – The American economy is anemic at best. We are a full year past our “Summer of Recovery” that President Obama promised. He’s admitted that “shovel ready projects” were harder to find than he anticipated, and in fact they really never existed anyway.

    – The President has embroiled us in yet another foreign conflict, Libya, which has all the outward signs of serious mission creep and a clear lack of focus. He’s even overruled his White House legal advisors on Congress’ role in the “conflict”, and is attempting to push the War Powers Act further than President Lyndon Johnson did during Vietnam. He’s starting to make President Richard Nixon look relatively isolationist.

    – The much vaunted Wall Street reforms haven’t reformed anything, except pushing crushing new regulations and government mandated fees on America’s small financial institutions…the very institutions that should be infusing capital into America’s small businesses.

    – The days of massive federal stimulus spending are gone, and the states are now left to clean up the mess from the Administration’s binge.

    Electoral speed bumps and sinkholes await him in virtually every important state in the country. Ruy Teixeira wrote yesterday about President Obama’s very real problem with the white working class:

    There will be a lot of white working class voters showing up at the polls next November, and the degree to which they support (or abandon) President Obama could very well make or break his reelection.

    In 2008, during his otherwise-solid election victory, Obama lost the white working class vote by 18 points. In 2010, however, things got much worse: Congressional Democrats’ experienced a catastrophic 30 point deficit among the same group. While the first number is a figure Obama could live with repeating, the second could very well prove fatal.

    With 14.9 million Americans out of work, this potential electoral fatality becomes very real. The picture is even worse for the President when you consider the “real unemployment rate,” the number of unemployed and underemployed who want full time work, stands at 18.6% of the American workforce.

    By a ten point margin, Americans think they are worse off now than when President Obama was elected. Two-thirds of the American public thinks the country is headed in the wrong direction.

    The Obama Panic has kicked into high gear. The President has announced that he’s pulling the “surge” troops out of Afghanistan, accelerating the withdrawal of our troops. He’s also planning to release 30 million barrels of oil from the Strategic Petroleum Reserve…which will fuel the United States for less than two days. And these actions were taken over the objection of his military advisors, and despite the fact that the price of gasoline has dropped for over 20 consecutive days.

    The President is flummoxed. More “beer summits” and golf outings are unlikely to stop this slide. Nothing in his career has seemingly prepared him for the Presidency.

    Americans are quickly making up their minds on the President, if they haven’t already done so. Soaring oratory and lofty catchphrases don’t matter much when you don’t have a job.

  210. henry
    This guy is bound to his groupthink that gays must support Obama and hate Palin. He cannot fathom any other point of view because he’s not capable. You make him so nervous that he can’t forget your conversation. Your accident sounds like something I would do (except I don’t have a brother with a pool, lol).

  211. http://www.reuters.com/article/2011/06/24/us-google-ftc-idUSTRE75M4QE20110624

    Going after Google………………

    Google at the center of antitrust probes: source

    Google Inc found itself at the center of multiple government investigations on Thursday into whether it is using its dominance in search advertising to scotch competition.

    At least three state attorneys general have started antitrust investigations into Google, a source familiar with the matter said.

    The source declined to elaborate on the details of the investigations by the attorneys general of California, Ohio and New York as they were still in the early stages.

    The attorneys general investigation into Google was first reported by the Financial Times, citing people familiar with the investigations.

    The news of the attorneys general investigation emerged on the same day the Wall Street Journal reported that the internet search giant is about to receive the civil equivalent of a subpoena from the U.S. Federal Trade Commission as part of a probe into the company’s Internet search business.

    The company, which dominates U.S. and global markets for search advertising, has been accused by competitors of favoring its own services over rivals in its search results.

    Google, the world’s No. 1 search engine, and the FTC declined to comment on the Journal report.

    Google was not immediately available to comment on the attorneys general investigation. The attorneys general of California and New York declined comment while the attorney general of Ohio was not immediately available for comment.

    The FTC plans to send the civil investigative demand with a request for more information, the civil equivalent of a subpoena, within five days, according to the Journal report.

    U.S. antitrust regulators have been concerned about Google’s dominance of the Web search industry, and it has been under investigation by the European Commission since last November.

    Complaints has been filed with regulators on both sides of the Atlantic, many from Google rivals who specialize in vertical searches like price comparison websites, which are widely seen as a threat to Google’s position as a key gateway to online information.

    “The distraction that comes from a federal investigation should not be underestimated,” Colin Gillis of BGC Partners said, noting that one of Google’s best options to grow — by moving into adjacent markets — was being hampered by antitrust probes.

    Gillis noted that the real cost of the FTC investigation was not financial. “The issue comes down to management distraction, that’s a real cost,” he said.

    Google has been in a stock slump. The company’s shares began the year a touch above $600, but are now below $500. Google shares closed at $480.2 on Thursday on the Nasdaq.

    Google has weathered other antitrust setbacks. The company walked away from a search deal with Yahoo! Inc in 2008 when the Justice Department signaled it was prepared to challenge it.

    A New York judge has said that a deal Google had made with publishers and authors to create a massive digital library was illegal, partially because it effectively gave Google the rights to books that are in copyright but whose authors cannot be found.

  212. turndownobama
    June 23rd, 2011 at 4:14 pm

    There’s that bad-mouthing of a whole religion, again.

    Most Muslims are good as most are unaware of the true foundation of their religion. However, Islam is entirely evil. Find the time to read the Quran and the Hadiths and really understand it and you will come to the same conclusion. In the case of other religions, the religion is good but some of its adherents have twisted it to make it bad. In the case of Islam, there is no need to twist it to make it bad. The true believers of Islam are the Taliban and Al-Qaeda.

  213. Somehow it wasn’t my collar bone. I did break off a tiny bit of bone on my elbow. Guess we humans have shock absorbers built in. Doc said when I hit my elbow I probably ripped cartiledge and thats why it hurt. Don’t know. All greek to me, but I did end up taking a cab to the best hospital ever. Instead of stitches they had magic stuff that glued me back together. Amazing stuff. Got scripps for a topical antibiotic and 12 oxy- written on same pad and I told the woman at the pharmacy I only wanted the ointment she said thats fine you can pick up the oxys anytime over the next year. WTF. Most addictive drug out there I say don’t want it and she says come back later.

  214. I did break off a tiny bit of bone on my elbow.
    😯

    I wonder if the supplement Pycnogenol can help with the pain & healing — it’s good for osteoarthritis (for both the pain & inflammation) and some people say it promotes the growth of collagen & elastin, which you will probably need in your elbow.

  215. votermom
    Discomfort is minimal. have I told you that I love reading you on the Crawdad Hole. You are funny.

  216. Strangest thing about my incident with the mountain is that I really want a cigarette. Quit cold turkey a little while back after smoking for 32 years and had almost no temptation. Now I really really want one.

  217. AmericanGal
    June 23rd, 2011 at 9:20 pm
    New White House Insider
    “Obama Panicked Over Re-Election Prospects”
    &&&&&&&&&

    The above contains a link, and below is the final paragraph containing some interesting internal (White House) polling info (no longer being shared, for some odd reason…), and that Obummer’s actual approval is in the 38-40% range, not the artificially sweetened numbers we see averaged into the RCP numbers:

    “I have been sharing with you the internal polling data for some time. These internals have started to leak out to others. Pat spoke to this publicly a couple weeks back. They show the president as increasingly vulnerable across the board. By that I mean to say, the president is losing support from the very groups that made his election in 2008 possible. These internal polls are done regularly. If the results reflect positively for an administration, the results are given to certain media outlets and used to promote a president’s standing. For over a year the results of these internals have been shut down for the simple fact that time after time they have shown Barack Obama to be far less popular with American voters than the media has been attempting to spin. Obama’s actual approval numbers are now hovering between 38 and 40 percent, and even lower in some of the most critical swing states. He has lost ground most significantly in recent months with seniors and union members. Without those two groups, Obama cannot win re-election, and the White House is downright panicked about it.”

  218. Posted by Erick Erickson (Profile)
    Thursday, June 23rd at 12:01PM EDT
    96 Comments

    Eric Cantor (R-VA) decided to pull out of talks with Joe Biden on what to do about the debt. He placed the problem in President Obama’s and Speaker’s Boehner’s laps saying there were issues relating to taxes that only they could resolve.

    Senator Jon Kyl (R-AZ), a man well known on Capitol Hill to negotiate defeat from the jaws of victory, decided he would pull out as well.

    Getting Kyl out of these talks is actually a good thing because Kyl’s negotiating skills leave much to be desired.

    In any event, the media is breathlessly reporting this and making a big to do about taxes and tax increases being the big sticking point.

    Maybe it’s just me, but it seems to me that the big news should be that Democrats and Republicans think $2 trillion in cuts over the next ten years is a serious deal. Meanwhile the debt will keep going up.

    This is the same problem we see with the Gang of 5 or 6 in the Senate. Recently, Saxby Chambliss (R-GA) and Mark Warner (D-VA) proudly proclaimed they were on the cusp of a deal that would raise tax revenue by $1.00 for every $3.00 in spending cuts. But the nugget everyone seems to ignore is this one:

    The Gang of Six, now down to five, is trying to craft a deficit-slashing plan along the lines of the 10-year, $4 trillion package that Obama’s deficit commission put together last year. Basically, that plan called for $1 in higher taxes in exchange for every $3 in cuts to government spending and benefit programs. The nation’s $14.3 trillion debt would continue to grow, but at a much slower pace.

    So, regardless of which plan, which negotiation, and which cuts and increases you want to talk about, it seems no one in Washington is serious about actually shrinking the national debt.

  219. advanced foot in mouth disease…

    —————
    June 23, 2011

    Obama Dishonors Medal of Honor Winners with Horrible Gaffe

    Barack Obama made another horrible mistake today.

    The president visited the 10th Mountain Division today and congratulated them on their service. Then he told the soldiers that he had given the Medal of Honor to Jared Monti who came back from Iraq alive.
    Jared Monti was actually killed in Iraq in 2006.

    How sad.

    “First time I saw 10th Mountain Division, you guys were in southern Iraq. When I went back to visit Afghanistan, you guys were the first ones there. I had the great honor of seeing some of you because a comrade of yours, Jared Monti, was the first person who I was able to award the Medal of Honor to who actually came back and wasn’t receiving it posthumously.”

    http://nation.foxnews.com/president-obama/2011/06/23/obama-dishonors-medal-honor-winners-horrible-gaffe

  220. I’m waiting for the people who yelled about the dem legislator in wisc. that left the state rather than vote in Gov Scott’s cuts, to yell about Cantor pulling out of the debt talks. If the dems were not doing their jobs as was claimed, why is Cantor not doing his job. Do it my way or I won’t play? This is a rhetorical question so don’t tell me it’s different for Cantor.

  221. The above contains a link, and below is the final paragraph containing some interesting internal (White House) polling info (no longer being shared, for some odd reason…), and that Obummer’s actual approval is in the 38-40% range, not the artificially sweetened numbers we see averaged into the RCP numbers:
    ————————————————
    What better proof that big media lies and deceives the American People. This is why is it a mistake to focus on the RCP average–it is so far off the mark that we would be better off hiring a trained chimpanzee to flip a coin, that rely on the CNN paid pollster whom I have mentioned before is not a legitimate actuary, statistician or pollster but a shill paid to manufacture a number that coincides with their narrative which goes way back to the primary= promote Obama and destroy every opponent in his path, and hire trained media specialists like CNN did at the beginning of the campaign to come up with words like divisive and polarizing in re. Hillary and feed them to your talking heads who repeat them with the same drumbeat as weapons of mass destruction to push us into the Iraq War. No, I have not forgotten, or forgiven. I know a group of traitors when I see them. Insider implies that some in big media have turned away from Obama. These people are incapable of it. Utterly incapable.

  222. It is a monumental day in NJ because lst night, Christie’s pension & health reform for public workers succeeded in the assembly and will become law.

    NJ governor suggests Washington follow NJ’s lead
    Friday, June 24, 2011
    TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — Gov. Chris Christie thinks politicians in Washington could learn a thing or two from New Jersey. The Republican governor this week reached a compromise with Democratic leaders in the legislature to require public employees to pay more for health and pension benefits. “I am going to guarantee you when it’s finished (it) will become a national model and will be hailed across the country as an example of bipartisanship that the president and the Congress can only aspire to,” Christie said of the legislation. The measure requires 500,000 teachers, police, firefighters and other public workers to pay a larger portion of their health insurance premiums based on income, making their contributions more in line with the private sector. It also increases their pension contributions. In an interview with The Associated Press, the governor called the deal his greatest accomplishment since taking office in 2010. “It’s a monumental accomplishment, it really is. Very few states have done anything this sweeping in one piece of legislation,” Christie told the AP, calling underfunded pension and health care obligations “the core problems of government spending in the country….”
    http://www.cnsnews.com/news/article/nj-governor-suggests-washington-follow-n

  223. This headline would certainly catch the eye of anyone here, but I’m not certain that I’ve extracted the key section of the piece. However, here goes:

    Geithner: Taxes on ‘Small Business’ Must Rise So Government Doesn’t ‘Shrink’ |

    … Geithner’s explanation of the administration’s small-business tax plan came in an exchange with first-term Rep. Renee Ellmers (R.-N.C.). Ellmers, a nurse, decided to run for the U.S. House of Representatives in 2010 after she became active in the grass-roots opposition to President Barack Obama’s proposed health-care reform plan in 2009. “Overwhelmingly, the businesses back home and across the country continue to tell us that regulation, lack of access to capital, taxation, fear of taxation, and just the overwhelming uncertainties that our businesses face is keeping them from hiring,” Ellmers told Geithner. “They just simply cannot.” She then challenged Geithner on the administration’s tax plan. “Looking into the future, you are supporting the idea of taxation, increasing taxes on those who make $250,000 or more. Those are our business owners,” said Ellmers. Geithner initially responded by saying that the administration’s planned tax increase would hit “three percent of your small businesses.” Ellmers then said: “Sixty-four percent of jobs that are created in this country are for small business….”
    http://www.cnsnews.com/news/article/geithner-taxes-small-business-must-rise

    At any rate, Congresswoman Ellmers is a Representative to watch!

  224. Section 527 works to seat liberals as election overseers

    No cap on gifts from rich activists

    Thursday, June 23, 2011
    Chuck Neubauer

    A small tax-exempt political group with ties to wealthy liberals like billionaire financier George Soros has quietly helped elect 11 reform-minded progressive Democrats as secretaries of state to oversee the election process in battleground states and keep Republican “political operatives from deciding who can vote and how those votes are counted.”

    Known as the Secretary of State Project (SOSP), the organization was formed by liberal activists in 2006 to put Democrats in charge of state election offices, where key decisions often are made in close races on which ballots are counted and which are not.

    The group’s website said it wants to stop Republicans from “manipulating” election results.

    “Any serious commitment to wresting control of the country from the Republican Party must include removing their political operatives from deciding who can vote and whose votes will count,” the group said on its website, accusing some Republican secretaries of state of making “partisan decisions.”

    SOSP has sought donations by describing the contributions as a “modest political investment” to elect “clean candidates” to the secretary of state posts…

    Continued at…

    http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2011/jun/23/section-527-works-to-seat-liberals-as-election-ove/

  225. SWIMMIN’ WIT DA FISHES

    RCP link for Obama Approval now says “Job Approval Falls Under Water”. And that with Associated Press miraculously finding him over 50% approval, the only one to do so:

    RCP Avg 6/15-23 47.3 47.5 -0.2
    Rasmuss 6/21-23 46 53 -7
    Gallup 6/20-22 43 50 -7
    Time 6/20-21 48 46 +2
    Bloombrg6/17-20 49 44 +5
    AP/GfK 6/16-20 52 47 +5
    Pew Res 6/15-19 46 45 +1

  226. BTW the link I posted at holdthemaccountable June 22nd, 2011 at 2:17 pm now gives a 403 error. It was the one that mistakenly stated that Obama had signed an executive order to put the DREAM Act in place.

  227. *David Kaiser is a respected historian whose published works have covered a
    broad range of topics, from European Warfare to American League Baseball.
    Born in 1947, the son of a diplomat, Kaiser spent his childhood in three
    capital cities: Washington D.C., Albany, New York, and Dakar, Senegal. He
    attended Harvard University , graduating there in 1969 with a B.A. in
    history. He then spent several years more at Harvard, gaining a PhD in
    history, which he obtained in 1976. He served in the Army Reserve from 1970
    to 1976.*
    *
    *
    *He is a professor in the Strategy and Policy Department of the United
    States Naval War College. He has previously taught at Carnegie Mellon,
    Williams College and Harvard University. Kaiser’s latest book, The Road to
    Dallas, about the Kennedy assassination, was just published by Harvard
    University Press.*
    *
    ** *
    * ** [image: []] *
    *Dr. David Kaiser*
    *
    *
    *History Unfolding*
    *I am a student of history. Professionally, I have written 15 books on
    history that have been published in six languages, and I have studied
    history all my life. I have come to think there is something monumentally
    large afoot, and I do not believe it is simply a banking crisis, or a
    mortgage crisis, or a credit crisis. Yes these exist, but they are merely
    single facets on a very large gemstone that is only now coming into a
    sharper focus..*
    *
    *
    *Something of historic proportions is happening. I can sense it because I
    know how it feels, smells, what it looks like, and how people react to it.
    Yes, a perfect storm may be brewing, but there is something happening within
    our country that has been evolving for about ten to fifteen years. The pace
    has dramatically quickened in the past two.*
    *
    *
    *We demand and then codify into law the requirement that our banks make
    massive loans to people we know they can never pay back? Why?*
    *
    *
    *We learned just days ago that the Federal Reserve, which has little or no
    real oversight by anyone, has “loaned” two trillion dollars (that is
    $2,000,000,000,000) over the past few months, but will not tell us to whom
    or why or disclose the terms. That is our money. Yours and mine. And that is
    three times the $700 billion we all argued about so strenuously just this
    past September. Who has this money? Why do they have it? Why are the terms
    unavailable to us? Who asked for it? Who authorized it? I thought this was a
    government of “we the people,” who loaned our powers to our elected leaders.
    Apparently not.*
    *
    *
    *We have spent two or more decades intentionally de-industrializing our
    economy… Why?*
    *
    *
    *We have intentionally dumbed down our schools, ignored our history, and no
    longer teach our founding documents, why we are exceptional, and why we are
    worth preserving. Students by and large cannot write, think critically,
    read, or articulate. Parents are not revolting, teachers are not picketing,
    school boards continue to back mediocrity. Why?*
    *
    *
    *We have now established the precedent of protesting every close election
    (violently in California over a proposition that is so controversial that it
    simply wants marriage to remain defined as between one man and one woman.
    Did you ever think such a thing possible just a decade ago?) We have
    corrupted our sacred political process by allowing unelected judges to write
    laws that radically change our way of life, and then mainstream Marxist
    groups like ACORN and others to turn our voting system into a banana
    republic. To what purpose?*
    *
    *
    *Now our mortgage industry is collapsing, housing prices are in free fall,
    major industries are failing, our banking system is on the verge of
    collapse, social security is nearly bankrupt, as is Medicare and our entire
    government. Our education system is worse than a joke (I teach college and I
    know precisely what I am talking about) – the list is staggering in its
    length, breadth, and depth.. It is potentially 1929 x ten…And we are at
    war with an enemy we cannot even name for fear of offending people of the
    same religion, who, in turn, cannot wait to slit the throats of your
    children if they have the opportunity to do so.*
    *
    *
    *And finally, we have elected a man that no one really knows anything
    about, who has never run so much as a Dairy Queen, let alone a town as big
    as Wasilla , Alaska .. All of his associations and alliances are with real
    radicals in their chosen fields of employment, and everything we learn about
    him, drip by drip, is unsettling if not downright scary (Surely you have
    heard him speak about his idea to create and fund a mandatory civilian
    defense force stronger than our military for use inside our borders? No? Oh,
    of course. The media would never play that for you over and over and then
    demand he answer it. Sarah Palin’s pregnant daughter and $150,000 wardrobe
    are more important.)*
    *
    *
    *Mr. Obama’s winning platform can be boiled down to one word: Change. Why?*
    *
    *
    *I have never been so afraid for my country and for my children as I am
    now.*
    *
    *
    *This man campaigned on bringing people together, something he has never,
    ever done in his professional life. In my assessment, Obama will divide us
    along philosophical lines, push us apart, and then try to realign the pieces
    into a new and different power structure. Change is indeed coming. And when
    it comes, you will never see the same nation again.*
    *
    *
    *And that is only the beginning..*
    *
    *
    *As a serious student of history, I thought I would never come to
    experience what the ordinary, moral German must have felt in the mid-1930s
    In those times, the “savior” was a former smooth-talking rabble-rouser from
    the streets, about whom the average German knew next to nothing. What they
    should have known was that he was associated with groups that shouted,
    shoved, and pushed around people with whom they disagreed; he edged his way
    onto the political stage through great oratory. Conservative “losers” read
    it right now.*
    *
    *
    *And there were the promises. Economic times were tough, people were losing
    jobs, and he was a great speaker. And he smiled and frowned and waved a lot.
    And people, even newspapers, were afraid to speak out for fear that his
    “brown shirts” would bully and beat them into submission. Which they did –
    regularly. And then, he was duly elected to office, while a full-throttled
    economic crisis bloomed at hand – the Great Depression. Slowly, but surely
    he seized the controls of government power, person by person, department by
    department, bureaucracy by bureaucracy. The children of German citizens were
    at first, encouraged to join a Youth Movement in his name where they were
    taught exactly what to think. Later, they were required to do so. No Jews of
    course,*
    *
    *
    *How did he get people on his side? He did it by promising jobs to the
    jobless, money to the money-less, and rewards for the military-industrial
    complex. He did it by indoctrinating the children, advocating gun control,
    health care for all, better wages, better jobs, and promising to re-instill
    pride once again in the country, across Europe , and across the world. He
    did it with a compliant media – did you know that? And he did this all in
    the name of justice and change. And the people surely got what they voted
    for.*
    *
    *
    *If you think I am exaggerating, look it up. It’s all there in the history
    books.*
    *
    *
    *So read your history books. Many people of conscience objected in 1933 and
    were shouted down, called names, laughed at, and ridiculed. When Winston
    Churchill pointed out the obvious in the late 1930s while seated in the
    House of Lordsin England (he was not yet Prime Minister), he was booed into
    his seat and called a crazy troublemaker. He was right, though. And the
    world came to regret that he was not listened to.*
    *
    *
    *Do not forget that Germany was the most educated, the most cultured
    country in Europe. It was full of music, art, museums, hospitals,
    laboratories, and universities. And yet, in less than six years (a shorter
    time span than just two terms of the U. S. presidency) it was rounding up
    its own citizens, killing others, abrogating its laws, turning children
    against parents, and neighbors against neighbors.. All with the best of
    intentions, of course.. The road to Hell is paved with them.*
    *
    *
    *As a practical thinker, one not overly prone to emotional decisions, I
    have a choice: I can either believe what the objective pieces of evidence
    tell me (even if they make me cringe with disgust); I can believe what
    history is shouting to me from across the chasm of seven decades; or I can
    hope I am wrong by closing my eyes, having another latte, and ignoring what
    is transpiring around me..*
    *
    *
    *I choose to believe the evidence. No doubt some people will scoff at me,
    others laugh, or think I am foolish, naive, or both. To some degree, perhaps
    I am. But I have never been afraid to look people in the eye and tell them
    exactly what I believe-and why I believe it.*
    *
    *
    *I pray I am wrong. I do not think I am. Perhaps the only hope is our vote
    in the next elections.*
    *
    *
    *David Kaiser *
    *Jamestown**, **Rhode Island*
    *United States** ** *

    *By passing this along, perhaps it will help to begin the awakening of
    America as to where we are headed.*

  228. SWIMMIN’ WIT DA FISHES
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    Let’s hope it is a school of ravenous sharks who have just made it through Lent, and are keen to make up for lost time. Problem is he is so damned skinny he would be simply an hour derb. Oprah, the fat one, would be the main course.

  229. Boehner is a 7 handicap? Obama is a 15?? Kasich is an 8??? No fucking way. They count golf handicaps the same way the measure the deficit. And then you have the gutless CBO who could never put a pencil to Obama care, and took a pass. Worthless bastards.

  230. Obama Approval Rating:

    1. Obama campaign internals: 38% (?)

    2. Time poll 48%

    3. AP poll: 52%

    Question: what if anything does this tell you about the methodology and objectivity of Time (AOL Time Warner multi national) and Associated Press (who has interlocking officers and ceo with New York Times)?

  231. But, but, but, those big media butt boys told me he was a post racial president who would heel (sp) the wounds of our nation, that he walked on water and could fly, and that because–just becuz he was so goddamned brilliant he would surround himself with the best minds in the country (Janet Neopolitano???) and would be Lincolesque. Then how could this be that he said these things? It could not have been him, it must have been his ghost writer Ayers. We cannot blame the Messiah for these representations. He is the Savior of Our Nation. Don’t take my word for it ask Chris Bowers or Chris Buckley if he still has a woodie. Brian Williams, Chuckie Cheeze Todd and the Little G(r)eek will back me up too. Hope, change and the one we have been waiting for etc. He hates us and our country. I do not object to that nearly as much as I object to the people who put him in there. Not the ignoranti who voted for him, I mean the movers and shakers. Those are the people who need to face the guillotine.
    ————————————–

    I would like to request a favor from each of you, please forward this on to everyone in your e-mail address book. Thank you!
    Subject: A Coil of Rage

    A Coil of Rage

    The character of any man is defined by how he treats his mother as
    the years pass …. need I say more about this person below other than
    there is no character, no integrity but there is a ton of attitude and arrogance that defines his shallow past and hollow future …. I rest my case.

    I bought and read Audacity of Hope. It was difficult to read considering his attitude toward us and everything American. Let me add a phrase he uses to describe his attitude toward whites. He harbors a “COIL OF RAGE”. His words not mine.

    THIS IS OUR PRESIDENT
    Is anyone out there awake?

    Everyone of voting age should read these two books: Don’t buy them,
    just get them from the library.

    >From Dreams From My Father:

    “I ceased to advertise my mother’s race at the age of 12 or 13, when I began to suspect that by doing so I was ingratiating myself to whites.”

    From Dreams From My Father :
    “I found a solace in nursing a pervasive sense of grievance and animosity against my mother’s race.”

    >From Dreams From My Father:

    “There was something about her that made me wary, a little too sure of herself, maybe and white.”

    >From Dreams From My Father:

    “It remained necessary to prove which side you were on, to show your loyalty to the black masses, to strike out and name names.”

    From Dreams From My Father:

    “I never emulate white men and brown men whose fates didn’t speak to my own. It was into my father’s image, the black man, son of Africa , that I’d packed all the attributes I sought in myself:
    the attributes of Martin and Malcolm, DuBois and Mandela.”

    And FINALLY ……….. and most scary:

    >From Audacity of Hope:

    “I will stand with the Muslims should the political winds shift in
    an ugly direction.”

  232. http://www.reuters.com/article/2011/06/24/us-usa-libya-idUSTRE75N4C820110624

    House rejects measure authorizing Libya mission

    War-fatigued lawmakers in the House of Representatives took a symbolic swipe at President Barack Obama’s Libya policy on Friday, rejecting a resolution that would have authorized his limited military intervention against Libyan leader Moammar Gaddafi for a year.

    The Republican-led House, upset over Obama’s failure to seek congressional approval of U.S. military action in Libya, voted 123-295, largely along party lines, to reject the resolution endorsing U.S. involvement in the NATO-led mission.

  233. BigCatLover
    June 24th, 2011 at 10:58 am

    I’m waiting for the people who yelled about the dem legislator in wisc. that left the state rather than vote in Gov Scott’s cuts, to yell about Cantor pulling out of the debt talks. If the dems were not doing their jobs as was claimed, why is Cantor not doing his job. Do it my way or I won’t play? This is a rhetorical question so don’t tell me it’s different for Cantor.
    —–
    I am behind on reading the posts but jumped in here…

    I agree with wbb Big Cat, I also think Cantor pulled out of the debate because he was drawing the line in the sand of raising taxes, and when he thought that Boner might settle with his golf buddy, like he did before, he decided to try and make Boner hold the responsibility if the debt ceiling is raised.
    Many think Boner is weak…..the tears don’t help, so instead of following the leader, he is polishing his own tiny crown.

  234. Tim–if you want to see a great American, then take a look at this guy. He gives his colleagues in Congress the hard truth with the bark off. How does a guy like Harry Reid, or Pelosi or Obama have any clue how to support an economy when they have not spent one nanosecond in the public arena, other than walk-through tours. This piece ought to come with a viewer warning to now watch it if you believe big media:
    ———————

  235. JanH
    June 24th, 2011 at 10:54 am
    advanced foot in mouth disease…

    —————
    June 23, 2011

    Obama Dishonors Medal of Honor Winners with Horrible Gaffe

    Barack Obama made another horrible mistake today.

    Carney says BO spoke off the cuff and misspoke, I say it’s another documented memory lapse. Early Onset Dementia?

  236. A House Democrat warned Friday that the U.S. president is becoming an “absolute monarch” on matters related to the authority to start a war.

    Rep. Jerrold Nadler (D-N.Y.) said Congress must act to limit funding for military operations in Libya in order to correct that trend.

    “We have been sliding for 70 years to a situation where Congress has nothing to do with the decision about whether to go to war or not, and the president is becoming an absolute monarch,” Nadler said on the floor. “And we must put a stop to that right now, if we don’t want to become an empire instead of a republic.”

    http://thehill.com/blogs/floor-action/house/168315-house-dem-says-president-becoming-an-absolute-monarch-on-war-powers

    Issa, are you watching??????

  237. Why I wouldn’t trust Kaiser: here’s what he said above re Prop 8:

    a proposition that is so controversial that it simply wants marriage to remain defined as between one man and one woman.

  238. When Rove says Obama’s policies are one of the four things what will kill his chances for a second term, this is what he means–the excessive regulations on business which cost 1.75 trillion, create uncertainty and preclude job creation. Israel hating Monster Power’s husband and Financial Czar Cass Sunstein was on Capitol Hill a couple weeks ago trying to sell a bucket of cold piss to Congress, claiming that this Administration is so responsible that it does cost benefit studies on regulations. Problem is for every one the eliminate they introduce five more. Kelly’s point is don’t presume to regulate business if you have never walked the walk and don’t send in a bunch of Ivy Leaguers with computer software to tell us how to run our business, who have never gotten their hands dirty or their nuckles bruises–fuck nuckles would be a good name for them. Finally, he notes that big businesses do not object to such over regulation because they have the money and influence with Obama to buy their way out from under them as we saw with Obamacare waivers. Its the small businesses who suffer and they are the job creators. Lastly, Kelly is a former Notre Dame football player, and he describes Obama as someone who makes noise but never enters the playing field. The word cheerleader comes to mind.
    ——————————

  239. Does anyone remember Katherine Harris?

    Known as the Secretary of State Project (SOSP), the organization was formed by liberal activists in 2006 to put Democrats in charge of state election offices, where key decisions often are made in close races on which ballots are counted and which are not.

  240. June 23, 2011
    Obama Dishonors Medal of Honor Winners with Horrible Gaffe
    Barack Obama made another horrible mistake today.

    Carney says BO spoke off the cuff and misspoke, I say it’s another documented memory lapse. Early Onset Dementia?

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

    CAn anyone imagine Bill Clinton making such a mistake? Or Hillary, or anyone sane and competent. If they weren’t sure, they wouldn’t even bring up the subject.

    Obama’s brain is partying like it’s 2008.

  241. #
    nomobama
    June 24th, 2011 at 8:32 am

    Of course we know it is only SOME Muslims, yet cruelty, ranging from forcing converts to Islam, preventing non-Muslims from practicing their religious beliefs, creating an environment of fear for those who don’t follow Islam, etc, etc, etc, are what non-Muslims face in predominately Muslim countries throughout the world. That’s not fiction. Do I believe all Muslims behave this way? No. I believe it’s important that people know of these things, though, since knowledge is power.
    __________________________

    Yes, I agree with you- And a warning to women marrying Men of the Islamic faith; they may turn and take your children to an Islamic country. This is a manifestation of Muslims I do not like. They go to college here, fall in love with an American girl, they get married. (good old dual citizenship in the offing) She thinks it’s all ok because he detests Islam but insists on weekly worship at his local mosque… 10yrs later, she finds he has seen the light and decides he should return home..to the ME. (with their children.) Or, takeoff and another direction, openly attending prayers at home and the mosque and what she thought was an agreement no longer applies because the husband’s will is law in an Islamic household…

    So basically, she is stuck married to a Radical who had a plan from the beginning and followed his plan to her detriment.

  242. Even the Wash Times only says the Sec of State Project has “TIES TO wealthy liberals like billionaire financier George Soros”.

    But in any case, the Bush crony Katherine Harris types have had it their own way for too many years. It may be good to have an opposing force.

    Balance GOP corruption with Acorn/Soros corruption, and the result may balance out to a level playing field.

  243. wbboei
    June 24th, 2011 at 1:22 pm

    Shadow: Jerry is right, but what does Issa have to do with it? You lost me on that one.

    ——–
    Doesn’t Issa head the over site committee? If Ubama overreached his authority in starting a military conflict, wouldn’t this also be covered as ‘over site’? Or are Issa’s investigations limited?

  244. EVEN POLITICO SEES A WEAKENED PREZ

    Running out of ways to repackage horse manure as a “different kind of fragrance”.

    Being Politico, they did their best to prop up Mr. Useless:

    “He also has to navigate the stubborn gulf between the data and voter perceptions. The facts show the economy has added jobs for 15 straight months — not a bad streak.”

    http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0611/57676.html

    President Obama struggles with economic message
    ===============================

    By CARRIE BUDOFF BROWN
    6/24/11

    President Barack Obama isn’t just grasping for ways to jolt the flailing economy.
    &&&

    He’s struggling simply to find the right words to talk about it.

    A growing number of Democratic strategists — including Obama senior campaign adviser David Axelrod — said the party needs to let go of George W. Bush and the past once and for all. Democrats now “own” the economy, says party chief Debbie Wasserman Schultz.

    With the past out of bounds, the present gloomy and the White House’s “winning the future” mantra judged by some as a bit too distant, Obama risks running out of time — and tenses — to craft a strategy that will woo back disaffected voters. It all adds up to a messaging minefield for Obama as it becomes increasingly likely that he could be the first president in more than six decades to seek reelection with an unemployment rate above 8 percent.

    “My sense is they might be recalibrating” on the president’s economic pitch, said Democratic strategist James Carville, who has criticized the White House’s messaging operation. “A lot of people are just trying to win tomorrow.”

    The biggest challenge for Obama might be this: There’s a very good chance he’ll never be able to state with certainty that the economy has truly recovered before voters go to the polls in 2012. If he can’t declare victory — only patchwork progress — that’s a lot less inspiring rallying cry in an election almost sure to turn on pocketbook issues.

    He also has to navigate the stubborn gulf between the data and voter perceptions. The facts show the economy has added jobs for 15 straight months — not a bad streak. But compared with high gas prices, record-low housing values and the occasional uptick in the unemployment rate, it’s no wonder voters tell pollsters they’re sour on the economy — with four in five saying in a recent AP-GfK Poll that the economy is in poor shape.

    Democratic officials argue that as long as the economy is troubled, the president’s message will be viewed through the same prism — and no amount of poll-tested phrases will change that reality. So Obama is sticking by his layered approach: Remind voters that he inherited a crisis and took some unpopular steps to stop the free-fall, argue that the recovery is under way but acknowledge the job isn’t done and detail a vision for the future.

    The White House would not comment on the record for this story.

    Obama heads to Pittsburgh on Friday to introduce a new public-private partnership aimed at boosting manufacturing jobs. Unable to push any government-driven stimulus measures through Congress, Obama instead has traveled the country in recent months touting modest economic initiatives.

    But it seems no matter what he does or says, the drumbeat of bad economic data has made Obama an increasingly ripe target for his Republican challengers and Democrats nervous about their own political future.

    When Obama tried to take the long view of the economy and downplay a bad May jobs report as one of the “bumps on the road to recovery,” Republicans slammed him as out of touch, complete with a Web ad from presidential hopeful Mitt Romney portraying out-of-work Americans as Obama’s roadkill.

    When Obama agrees with Republicans that cutting federal spending will boost consumer confidence, progressives seethe over his shift away from a pure focus on government-driven job stimulus measures.

    Obama’s “win the future” message is a dose of Ronald Reagan optimism, but some Democrats worry it doesn’t speak enough to the immediate concerns of struggling Americans.

    “He is in a box,” said Douglas Schoen, a pollster to President Bill Clinton when he was running for a second term. “There is no consistent course of action they are pursuing, so there is no strategy. Ronald Reagan said, ‘Stay the course,’ but there is nothing to stay the course for.”

    The jitters follow a widely panned message during the 2010 midterm campaign, when Obama compared the economy to a car that Democrats pulled from a Republican-made ditch.

    “Voters are like, ‘I don’t care who caused it. I care what you’re going to do about it. It’s your economy now,’” said Celinda Lake, a pollster who has tested economic messages this year for Democratic congressional candidates. The Bush era “seems like a long time ago for people.”

    Carville and Stanley Greenberg, his partner at the research firm Democracy Corps, argued in a strategy memo this month that voters lost confidence in Democrats on the economy after the 2008 election. Since then, they said, the party has only “offered a jumble of messages, without a consistent framework that explains why and what Democrats are doing.” In the memo, which has been reviewed by Obama officials, the pollsters took particular issue with the party’s focus on the past.

    Axelrod, for one, doesn’t disagree.

    “I don’t think anybody cares about pointing fingers of blame,” he said Sunday on CNN’s “State of the Union.” “I don’t think this is about the past. It’s about the future. It is only relevant to talk about the past in evaluating the approach that people would take moving forward.”

    Obama hasn’t dwelled much on the past in his official speeches this year. He has pressed his “win the future” message, which involves investing in education, infrastructure and green energy jobs as a way to boost American competitiveness, stimulate the economy and build up the middle class.

    His tone is slightly different at fundraisers, where he aims to rile up supporters. At an event last week in Miami, he said: “My job over these first two years has frankly been to clean up a big mess.”

    Strategists say the president needs to tell a more compelling narrative — give more voice to working-class pain, show more urgency, adopt a more populist edge, rail against entrenched interests, accuse congressional Republicans of obstructionism, strike a nationalist tone.

    Obama went in that direction during his speech Wednesday on withdrawing troops from Afghanistan, saying it is “time to focus on nation building at home.”

    Carville said the administration is generally putting forth economic policies he agrees with, “but they never say they have a plan, a strategy to deal with this, and keep repeating it over and over again.”

    In the current environment, even the facts can be a tough sell.

    Buoyed by a December bipartisan tax deal that spurred predictions of higher job growth, Obama waxed optimistic in his 2011 State of the Union address about an economy on the mend, declaring that “we are poised for progress.”

    “Two years after the worst recession most of us have ever known, the stock market has come roaring back,” Obama said. “Corporate profits are up. The economy is growing again.”

    These were all accurate statements. But they didn’t ring true to a group of voters whose real-time reactions were tested by the Democratic polling firm Greenberg Quinlan Rosner Research.

    The claims of progress, according to a firm memo, “caused the dials to drop.”

  245. The above Politico piece contains this Carville quote:

    Carville and Stanley Greenberg, his partner at the research firm Democracy Corps, argued in a strategy memo this month that voters lost confidence in Democrats on the economy after the 2008 election. Since then, they said, the party has only “offered a jumble of messages, without a consistent framework that explains why and what Democrats are doing.”
    &&&&&&

    In saying “Since 2008…”, Carville is laying the blame for lack real policy, and a reliance on a “jumble of messages”, at Obama’s feet.

    Another Democrat with a “candid” view of Obama. These “candid moments” are all swipes at Obama. He’s ruining the party, ruining the country, and a lot of Dems want it to be known: The President is (supposedly) in charge, so he can’t disown it.

  246. “A shocking report prepared by Russia’s Federal Atomic Energy Agency (FAAE) on information provided to them by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) states that the Obama regime has ordered a “total and complete” news blackout relating to any information regarding the near catastrophic meltdown of the Fort Calhoun Nuclear Power Plant located in Nebraska.”
    (snip)

    http://nation.com.pk/pakistan-news-newspaper-daily-english-online/International/18-Jun-2011/US-orders-news-blackout-over-crippled-Nebraska-Nuclear-Plant-report

  247. PILING ON: PEW SAYS “STINKY”

    Another take on Obama’s sagging ratings.

    http://pewresearch.org/pubs/2037/poll-obama-approval-state-of-economy-national-conditions-personal-financial-situation

    Pessimism about National Economy Rises, Personal Financial Views Hold Steady
    Obama Job Rating Declines
    ========================

    June 23, 2011

    With a growing number of Americans saying they have been hearing “mostly bad” economic news, opinions about the current state of the national economy remain grim. Positive expectations regarding future economic conditions, which remained high even during the depths of the recession, have declined and now stand at their lowest point since mid-2008.

    Yet Americans express very different views about their own financial situations. And these impressions, while hardly favorable, have not become more negative over the past several months.

    The latest national survey by the Pew Research Center for the People & the Press, conducted June 15-19 among 1,502 adults, finds that 29% expect that economic conditions will be better a year from now while 23% say things will be worse. Last October, more than twice as many said that in a year the economy would be better, rather than worse (35% vs. 16%).

    A separate survey, released June 8, found that the percentage saying they are hearing “mostly bad” economic news has nearly doubled since the start of the year, from 24% in January to 46% in June. (For more, see “Number Hearing ‘Mostly Bad’ Economic News Highest Since March 2009.”)

    The rise in economic pessimism comes as Barack Obama’s job approval rating has declined. Currently, about as many approve (46%) as disapprove (45%) of Obama’s performance as president. In three previous surveys conducted after the killing of Osama bin Laden, far more had approved than disapproved. (For more on changes in Obama’s job approval, see the detailed tables at people-press.org.)

    Satisfaction with national conditions, which rose after bin Laden’s death, also has declined. Just 23% say they are satisfied with the way things are going in the country, down from 30% in early May.

    The public’s economic optimism is now at its lowest point since July 2008, shortly before the financial crisis. In the fall of 2008, as perceptions of current national economic conditions turned more negative, views of future economic conditions improved — and remained relatively optimistic well into Obama’s presidency.

    But the percentage saying they expect the economy to be better a year from now has fallen 13 points since April 2010 (from 42% to 29%) and is at its lowest point since Obama took office.

    Fewer than three-in-ten Americans (27%) say that Obama’s policies have made economic conditions better, a figure that has changed little over the past two years. Somewhat more (34%) say that Obama’s policies have made conditions worse, while 33% say they have had no effect so far.

    In terms of the public’s priorities for economic policy, more Americans (52%) say they would place a higher priority on reducing the budget deficit rather than on spending to help the economy recover. In February, opinion was more closely divided (49% reduce deficit vs. 46% spend to help the economy recover).

    While there are wide ideological and partisan gaps on this issue, independents view deficit reduction as the higher priority. More than half of independents (54%) say this should be a higher priority for the federal government, compared with 39% who prioritize spending to help the economy recover.

    Financial Views Stable, Financial Pain Persists
    Over the past three years, there has been little change in people’s assessments of their personal financial situations. Currently, 38% rate their personal finances as excellent or good, and 56% say they expect their personal financial situation to improve over the course of the next year.

    Notably, Republicans and Republican-leaning independents who agree with the Tea Party have a much gloomier future financial outlook than do those who do not agree with the movement. Just 39% of Republican and Republican leaners who agree with the Tea Party expect their personal financial situation to improve over the course of the next year; that compares with 57% of Republicans and Republican leaners who disagree with the Tea Party or have no opinion of the movement.

    The survey finds that the number of Americans facing severe financial problems has remained steady over the past year, but is higher than in early 2009.

    In the new survey, 29% say that in the past year they have had trouble getting or paying for medical care and 26% say they have had problems paying their rent or mortgage. Another 16% say they have been laid off or lost their job.

    Overall, 44% say they have encountered one or more of these financial problems over the past year, which is unchanged from last year but higher than in February 2009 (37%). These problems are increasingly affecting the poor — fully 70% of those with family incomes below $30,000 have experienced one or more financial difficulty, up from 59% last year.

    Moreover, substantial numbers of working people continue to express job-related anxiety: 27% say it is very or somewhat likely they may have their health care benefits reduced or eliminated, while 26% say it as at least somewhat likely they may be asked to take a pay cut. More than half of those who work full- or part-time (55%) say it is likely they may face one or more job-related problems in the next year — a pay cut, benefits cut or losing their job — up from 49% last year.

    Continue reading the full report for more from the survey including views of the national economy and personal finances, as well as the topline questionnaire and survey methodology, at people-press.org.

  248. GERSON: “SHAMELESS”

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/obama-is-a-master-of-ambivalence/2011/06/23/AGrcb4hH_story.html

    Obama is a master of ambivalence
    ==========================

    Since the beginning of his swift political rise, Barack Obama has fashioned himself a unique historical figure. With his latest speech on Afghanistan, he has finally become one.

    What other American president has employed a public argument so transparently political — the need to “rebuild our infrastructure” and “find new and clean sources of energy” — to explain his choices as commander in chief? What other president has deployed the words “fidelity” and “unwavering belief” — citing examples of military tenacity and courage — to announce a policy of premature retreat? What other president has more dramatically claimed “a position of strength” while more effectively conveying an impression of weakness?

    There is a boldness to this rhetorical approach, which might better be called shamelessness.

    President Obama has honored his own ambivalence — in a manner consistent with his general election strategy — by asserting the preeminence of one portion of the Afghan mission: counterterrorism activities against al-Qaeda. The killing of Osama bin Laden thus achieves, or nearly achieves, the Afghan conflict’s most important objective.

    But by reluctantly agreeing to the Afghan surge in 2009, Obama accepted two strategic goals: counterterrorism and counterinsurgency. American commanders regarded these objectives as inseparable. Continued Taliban control over large portions of Afghanistan, in their view, would empower terrorist organizations and complicate American interests in Pakistan and the region.

    Whatever the divisions within the administration — which spilled out in leaks more like dam breaks — the mission accepted by the military was relatively clear. Lieutenant colonels I talked to on the ground wanted two or three fighting seasons to dominate Taliban strongholds in Kandahar and Helmand provinces and expand operations to problem areas in the east, giving the Afghan army and police time and space to develop their capabilities. This would require as many American troops as possible through 2014, when a decisive transition to Afghan leadership would take place. Afghan authorities could then, hopefully, prevent a takeover of their government, protect key cities and establish decent political structures.

    This was not, in Obama’s straw-man description, a desire “to make Afghanistan a perfect place.” It was a realistic attempt to rescue a positive but flawed outcome from a difficult war.

    Obama’s meandering leadership in the Afghan war is difficult even to summarize. In 2009, against considerable pressure, he made an effective counterinsurgency campaign possible by announcing a surge of 30,000 troops. He immediately complicated that strategy by setting a July 2011 deadline for the beginning of withdrawal — signaling that American resolve was temporary and that it might be possible for enemies to outwait the onslaught. But Obama minimized the confusion by making his drawdown schedule conditional on circumstances in Afghanistan.

    The surge he ordered came to full strength only last August. American forces quickly gained control of key areas in the Taliban heartland — causing the enemy to fight for territory it once securely held. Now, with less than a year in full effect, Obama is “fully recovering the surge” by next summer, apparently without conditions. “Recovering” is an inspired euphemism, avoiding the need for “withdrawing.” He is using the success of a military strategy to justify letting up on a reeling enemy.

    This may or may not be fatal to the military’s counterinsurgency strategy, but it certainly undermines it. Can there be any doubt that by 8:16 p.m. Eastern time on Wednesday our enemies in Afghanistan were relieved, our allies disheartened and the undecided encouraged to play both sides of the conflict?

    Obama is riffing on an uncertain trumpet. The surge is a success — and to be ended with its work half-done. America’s mission in Afghanistan is vital to our national interests — and too costly for a tired, preoccupied nation. “It is time to focus on nation-building here at home,” Obama says, in a line that would be trite and cynical at a campaign rally. In a wartime presidential address, it is beyond precedent and belief. A president provides for the common defense and promotes the general welfare, instead of positing a dangerous choice between the two.

    Given the difficulty of the undertaking, the weariness of Americans and the erosion of support in both parties, it would take exceptional leadership to achieve a good outcome in Afghanistan. Even limping across the 2014 deadline will require some positive effort of persuasion. For years, our conflicted president has been largely silent in this task. His words were worse.

  249. The dirty business…

    A small tax-exempt political group with ties to wealthy liberals like billionaire financier George Soros has quietly helped elect 11 reform-minded progressive Democrats as secretaries of state to oversee the election process in battleground states and keep Republican “political operatives from deciding who can vote and how those votes are counted.”

    Known as the Secretary of State Project (SOSP), the organization was formed by liberal activists in 2006 to put Democrats in charge of state election offices, where key decisions often are made in close races on which ballots are counted and which are not.

    The group’s website said it wants to stop Republicans from “manipulating” election results.

    “Any serious commitment to wresting control of the country from the Republican Party must include removing their political operatives from deciding who can vote and whose votes will count,” the group said on its website, accusing some Republican secretaries of state of making “partisan decisions.”

    http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2011/jun/23/section-527-works-to-seat-liberals-as-election-ove/

  250. turndownobama
    June 24th, 2011 at 1:25 pm
    June 23, 2011
    Obama Dishonors Medal of Honor Winners with Horrible Gaffe
    Barack Obama made another horrible mistake today.

    Carney says BO spoke off the cuff and misspoke, I say it’s another documented memory lapse. Early Onset Dementia?

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

    …it is call ‘no teleprompter itis’…if he can’t read it, he has no knowledge about it or anything else…

  251. Why is a cash strapped U.S. giving away billions in foreign aid to some of the world’s richest countries?

    (ht/)Hillaryandme.com

    June 24th, 2011

    Here’s another story that makes one wonder, “What the hell are they thinking in Washington?” This is from an excellent piece in the Palestine Herald-Press (that it’d be Texas, Mam) written by Gary Connor.

    A report titled “Foreign Aid: An Introduction to U.S. Programs and Policy” prepared by the Congress Research Service for congressional members lists only the top 15 ranking countries receiving foreign aid from the U.S. in 2010; however, a web site, http://www.foreignassistance.gov illustrates every country and the amount of U.S. foreign aid recommended for distribution in 2012.

    Foreign countries completing the 2010 Top 15 List include:

    Egypt $1.269 billion,
    Haiti $1,271 billion,
    Iraq $1,117 billion,
    Jordan $693 million,
    Kenya $688 million,
    Nigeria $614 million,
    South Africa $578 million,
    Ethiopia $533 million,
    Colombia $507 and
    West Bank/Gaza $96 million.

    More of the foreign aid recommendations for 2012 are most disturbing. The repressive regimes of Robert Mugabe in Zimbabwe and Omar al-Bashir in the Sudan are recommended for $109.9 million and $518.2 million respectively.

    Further,
    Russia $64.6 million,
    Mexico $333.9 million,
    Cuba $20 million,
    Somalia $82.3 million, and
    China $12.8 million
    are once again on the list for foreign aid next year.

    The following is only a partial list of proposed foreign aid for 2012.

    Iraq $2.36 billion,
    Egypt $1.5 billion,
    Nepal $93.8 million,
    India $142.6 million,
    Bangladesh $266.1 million,
    Vietnam $125.2 million,
    Philippines $163.5 million,
    Indonesia $253.1 million,
    Israel $3.0 billion,
    Jordan $675.7 million,
    Senegal $119.8 million,
    Liberia $211.4 million,
    Ivory Coast $142.8 million.

    Also,

    Ghana $204.5 million,
    Nigeria $660.4 million,
    Democratic Republic of the Congo $261.8 million,
    South Africa $561.9 million,
    Mozambique $424.5 million,
    Zambia $400.7 million,
    Tanzania $571.8 million,
    Kenya $751.4 million,
    Uganda $527.7 million,
    Columbia $400.2 million,
    Bolivia $32.7 million,
    Peru $111 million and
    Haiti $405.3 million.

    Foreign aid in smaller million dollar amounts are tagged for:

    Tajikistan, Burma, Laos, Thailand, Cambodia, New Guinea, Morocco, Guinea, Sierra Leone, Cameroon, Chad, Angola, Namibia, Lesotho, Botswana, Madagascar, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, Venezuela, Brazil, Guyana, Suriname, Paraguay, Ecuador, Chile, Argentina and the Dominican Republic.

    These are only 61 of the 149 countries recommended to receive U.S. foreign aid next year. Certainly, the long list and the astronomical dollar amounts should send an alarming message to taxpayers and voters.

    All of this hasn’t gone unnoticed in the rest of world. The U.K.’s Mail on Line recently noted the U.S. is giving billions of foreign aid dollars to countries that they owe money to including China and Russia! Pray tell, what could be the possible rationale behind these policies? Why are we giving away our precious taxpayer dollars to some of the world’s richest counties when we are essentially broke?

    Billions in foreign aid wasted!

    The U.S. is providing hundreds of millions of dollars of foreign aid to some of the world’s richest countries – while at the same time borrowing billions back, according to report seen by Congress.

    The Congressional Research Service released the report last month which shows that in 2010 the U.S. handed out a total of $1.4bn to 16 foreign countries that held at least $10bn in Treasury securities.

    Four countries in the world’s top 10 richest received foreign aid last year with China receiving $27.2m, India $126.6m, Brazil $25m, and Russia $71.5m.

    Even if this country were flush with cash and we weren’t facing massive unemployment and massive deficits, a foreign aid program that gives money away to countries that don’t need it is asinine at best, criminally lacking common sense and good stewardship.
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    So, we need to cut your Social Security pmts and Medicare payouts to (these ENTITLEMENTS, as Lindsey Graham calls them) fund these foreign country giveaways.

    Tighten your belts Americans. We are taking care of the world with your Tax Dollars… Do Not ask for HELP if you’ve been flooded-out… or been Burned out by wild forest fires, or had your home leveled by a Tornado- WE CAN’T AFFORD IT!

    What we can do for you is create another agency to study your problem and get back to you asap with the results!

  252. Somehow, I don’t think of the citizens of these countries as being particularly rich:

    “Four countries in the world’s top 10 richest received foreign aid last year with China receiving $27.2m, India $126.6m, Brazil $25m, and Russia $71.5m.”

  253. SHV
    June 24th, 2011 at 2:23 pm

    “A shocking report prepared by Russia’s Federal Atomic Energy Agency (FAAE) on information provided to them by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) states that the Obama regime has ordered a “total and complete” news blackout relating to any information regarding the near catastrophic meltdown of the Fort Calhoun Nuclear Power Plant located in Nebraska.”
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    I read your link- good find. thanks for posting the info.

    The Blackout was most likely a request from building nuclear plants tycoon, DICK CHENEY. They have plans and millions invested in seeing to it there is a nuclear plant in every state. The day Bush was elected, Cheney said, “he intends seeing one nuclear plant built each month.”

    Cheney is an insane man, insanity fostered by GREED. He is the biggest threat to National Security bar none.

    Cheney should be LOCKED up and the Key thrown away!

  254. Elsewhere someone is puzzled by the feminist statements HIllary keeps making to other countries! Anybody got a quick list of some of them handy?

  255. Mrs. Smith
    June 24th, 2011 at 4:25 pm
    Why is a cash strapped U.S. giving away billions in foreign aid to some of the world’s richest countries?

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

    Mrs Smith…as I mentioned in the last thread…

    the USA and the American citizens are being used and played for the biggest suckers in the global economy…we do the heavy lifting and pay all the bills…and then Brazil, China, Iran, (bank bailouts, car bailouts, etc) etc…waltz in and reap the benefits of our blood and treasure…

    …and both parties are complicit in the stealing and misappropriation of what is left of our hard earned tax dollars…of course, the rest is borrowed to make bigger fools out of us…and turn us into a third world debtor nation in the 21st century…

    we are reduced to borrowing because there is little left to steal…

  256. June 24th, 2011 at 2:23 pm

    “A shocking report prepared by Russia’s Federal Atomic Energy Agency (FAAE) on information provided to them by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) states that the Obama regime has ordered a “total and complete” news blackout relating to any information regarding the near catastrophic meltdown of the Fort Calhoun Nuclear Power Plant located in Nebraska.”
    ————————
    The more things change the more they stay the same. Obama was the go to guy for the nuclear power industry in Illinois. He failed to act on complaints that Excelon was putting nuclear waste into the water supply–he huffed, he puffed, and then . . . he took a campaign contribution. And his key financial and media supporter Jeff Immelt, has staked the future of General Electric on green energy–nuclear power. Since when is a meltdown green? If the public knew the truth, they would react. First, they would protect themselves. Second, they might not go along with the business plan of GE. Isn’t it interesting that big media censors this information? Ever get the idea that big media is not on our side? Obama is and has always been a politician who stays bought. The notion that he would do anything to help Cheney however–even if they are related–is beyond the pale.

  257. The Blackout was most likely a request from building nuclear plants tycoon, DICK CHENEY.
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    Don’t even have to drag POS Cheney into it. Ayers family, ComED, Excelon, Southern Company, GE, Imelt, etc. etc….I was gong to say that Obama is up to his eyeballs in it but he is too stupid to have worked the deals. Probably Valerie worked the deals and Barry is the sock puppet.

  258. “Why is a cash strapped U.S. giving away billions in foreign aid to some of the world’s richest countries?”

    ——————-
    Mrs. Smith,

    Take a look at the countries obama and his thugs are gifting. Take a look at how the heavy positioning in the Middle East et al has changed for the worse since that piece of garbage slimed his way into the oval office.

    Enough said.

  259. S
    June 24th, 2011 at 4:49 pm

    Mrs. Smith
    June 24th, 2011 at 4:25 pm

    JanH
    June 24th, 2011 at 6:52 pm

    “Why is a cash strapped U.S. giving away billions in foreign aid to some of the world’s richest countries?”
    __________________________

    Yes, I did notice who the world’s richest countries are- the rest are in the ME and the continent of Africa.

    There has to be between the cost the Wars and the giveaways- Trillions of dollars leaving the country. Some one has to put a stop to this insanity. There is no Santa Claus, not since Obama took office!

  260. Carney says BO spoke off the cuff and misspoke
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    What Carnie meant was Obama spoke without a script written by the little groper and a teleprompter supplied by Immelt. It will be fun to watch the debates, and see Big Media call every ball Obama throws a strike, and can every strike his opponent throws a ball. Just like 2008. If you believe big media will change, then you must also believe in the tooth fairy.

  261. Everything big media has got, their access, their influence, the supposed credibility, indeed their entire future hinges on Obama winning re-election. Therefore, they will corrupt the election process whichever way they can, and if enough people realize the degree of corruption they will tune them our entirely,

  262. wbboei
    June 24th, 2011 at 12:44 pm

    Thank you for linking to that. Indeed, a great american, said it straight.

    Henry, I hope you recover quickly and get well soon from your injuries.

  263. Voter Mom,
    I think The Fraud is a closet case as well. I believe Larry Sinclair. I’m a lesbian by the way, and he does not “feel” straight to me.

    I’m also suspicious about the demise of the gay choir director at the fraud’s church…

  264. Shadowfax
    I agree with wbb Big Cat, I also think Cantor pulled out of the debate because he was drawing the line in the sand of raising taxes, and when he thought that Boner might settle with his golf buddy, like he did before, he decided to try and make Boner hold the responsibility if the debt ceiling is raised.
    ***********************
    I said do not try to make this about Cantor, it is about taking your ball and going home. Plus that reasoning doesn’t even make logical sense – the strong Cantor pulls out so the supposedly weak Boehner can do the negotiating. Think about it.

  265. Has anyone checked the local Nebraska newspapers to see what they have reported about the flooding near the nuclear plant and if they are still covering it.

  266. wbboei
    June 24th, 2011 at 7:23 pm

    ————–

    Is this before or after they softball his questions one after another?

  267. Mrs. Smith,
    You mean like he ordered a news blackout of the Gulf Oil Spill??? What is this country turning into anyway?

    Nuc energy is NOT safe…I work with it and I can tell you I’m worried I’ll prolly die of Cancer…a horrid death.

    Its the elites from across the political spectrum in every country on earth that is ruining this country.

    As a matter of fact I’ve heard that there are huge dead zones in the Gulf and no one I know has seen a Dolphin in at least a year….

  268. Senneth
    June 24th, 2011 at 8:11 pm
    Voter Mom,
    I think The Fraud is a closet case as well. I believe Larry Sinclair. I’m a lesbian by the way, and he does not “feel” straight to me.
    I’m also suspicious about the demise of the gay choir director at the fraud’s church…

    I knew it wasn’t just me!
    I didn’t know about the choir director though .. when was this?

  269. SHV
    June 24th, 2011 at 2:23 pm
    “A shocking report prepared by Russia’s Federal Atomic Energy Agency (FAAE) on information provided to them by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) states that the Obama regime has ordered a “total and complete” news blackout relating to any information regarding the near catastrophic meltdown of the Fort Calhoun Nuclear Power Plant located in Nebraska.”
    (snip)

    http://nation.com.pk/pakistan-news-newspaper-daily-english-online/International/18-Jun-2011/US-orders-news-blackout-over-crippled-Nebraska-Nuclear-Plant-report
    —————————-
    This is not the first time that big media has covered up material facts so the American People do not know what is happening, and we happen to learn those facts from the Russian media–or during the campaign from the Chinese Daily Worker. If they were covering up these facts to prevent panic, or to trap an enemy of the United States, then such censorship might be defensible. But in this case, big media is covering up material facts to protect their political friends, and to undermine representative democracy which relies on an honest press and an informed public as opposed to an indoctrinated one. I feel sometimes like a broken record, but each new day brings further proof that these people–the editors of NYT, Washpo, CNN, NBC, ABC, CBS are in the business of bread and circuses, and do not think the American People are smart enough to understand and deal with the facts. The corruption and the arrogance of these people is staggering. Perhaps you recall the piece done by Michael Goodwin whom I hold in low regard because of what he did to Hillary in South Dakota, but even a scumbag like Mike can see how corrupt his profession has become, citing Bill Keller who is stepping down as editor in chief as the man who destroyed the journalism of that newspaper. Goodwin worked at the Times himself at one point, and he felt that his predecessor Rosenthal was the model. I do not, but he was better than Keller by a damsite. Personally, I liked the guy before him Apple. These retired journalists are either dead or keep their distance, but they must be saddened–or sickened by what has happened to their newspapers or broadcast networks. I just cannot say it loud enough or often enough–these people have no legitimacy, and you cannot trust anything they say, and as here you must worry more about what they are not telling you because that is what will kill you.

  270. …it’s about time someone said it out loud and clear…

    thehill.com/homenews/house/168453-mccarthy-to-obama-get-off-the-golf-course

    GOP Rep. McCarthy to Obama: ‘Get off the golf course’ and ‘get engaged’
    By Alicia M. Cohn – 06/24/11 06:12 PM ET

    The No. 3 Republican leader in the House took President Obama to task Friday, claiming he should put the golf clubs down and get directly involved in the budget talks with Congress.

    “He’s got to get off the golf course and he’s got to get engaged,” Rep. Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) said.

    “He has a responsibility as a leader,” McCarthy said.

    Although he referred to the president’s golf game, McCarthy did not address the highly publicized golf game Obama recently played with House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio), the GOP leader with whom Obama is expected to soon meet to deal with the budget deficit and debt-limit crises.

    The GOP’s third most powerful congressman accused Obama of staying on the sidelines during the budget deficit talks lead by Vice President Joe Biden.

    “Look, I think we can get to the point where we solve this problem,” McCarthy said on Bloomberg TV’s Political Capital with Al Hunt. “It is never going to happen if the talks are still all going to be Biden.”

    McCarthy shied away from the idea of a short-term solution or a temporary debt ceiling increase in order to buy time on reaching an agreement on entitlement reforms. Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) suggested earlier this week that a short-term increase might be necessary.

    The deficit reduction talks broke down earlier this week when House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.) and Senate Minority Whip Jon Kyl (R-Ariz.) pulled out of negotiations, citing Democratic demands for tax increases as part of the deficit solution.

  271. One thing I will say for Abe Rosenthal–he put Israel first at all times and in all places. If he were still in charge of NYT he would be holding Obama’s feet to the fire–you can make book on that.

  272. Absolutely stunning, the EU is now looking at China to help them solve their problems with this Greece restructuring of debt, which is what needs to happen anyways, instead of prolonging this nonsense, pull of the bandaid, have a 1 yr plan for a structured default, and then Europe won’t be burdened with the debt, neither will the EU taxpayers, and the shock to the system will be predictable, so it won’t be as drastic — and the problem will just be contained to Greece at that point.

    Looks like the Chinease are making leaps and bounds of inroads around the world.

    http://www.zerohedge.com/article/china-formally-working-imf-avoid-eurozone-restructuring

    “Step aside IMF, China is now in the driver’s seat. Officially. “

  273. What a bunch of assholes, and all this is being paid by the taxpayers. 7 fundraisers in ONE DAY

    http://www.whitehousedossier.com/2011/06/24/michelle-hold-fundraisers-day/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+WhiteHouseDossier+%28White+House+Dossier%29

    “First Lady Michelle Obama will appear at three fundraisers next Thursday, June 30, bringing to seven the number of fundraisers she has held this month.

    The heavy schedule of money raising this far out from Election Day suggests that the Obama reelection campaign is going to make frequent use of the first lady, both to raise money and campaign.

    By comparison, former First Lady Laura Bush held 13 fundraisers in all of 2003, the year before George W. Bush’s reelection.

    Mrs. Obama’s first fundraiser will be at a luncheon in Boston, followed by two early evening fundraisers in Burlington, Vt.

    Much of the cost of Mrs. Obama’s travel will be borne by taxpayers since she has an “official” first lady appearance squeezed in between the Boston and Burlington fundraisers — an event “to show appreciation to the Vermont National Guard and their families,” according to the White House.”

  274. I have these discussions now and then with a friend who is part of big media and is conversant with how it works. She is an admirer of CNN, for the worldwide coverage they have, for the real time feed, for the ability to bring everything together on a tight schedule and work in late braking news. Now and then you see FOX fall short as when someone I admire like Laura Ingraham has to get their production people to wake up. The reason I dislike CNN intensely is because the substance they feed to American audiences is dumbed down crap which is not designed to educate but to indoctrinate. Those who travel abroad tell me that CNN production in Europe is more factual and shows a decent respect for its audience. I guess when all is said and done, I dispise CNN because on the eve of the primary they hired trained marketing hit men to come up with a long list of pejorative terms to attach to Hillary like polarizing, divisive, etc. and they fed those words to their talking heads, and stacked their panels with Obama supporters, and acted as a dishonest broker of the debates. The AOL, Time Warner fix was in from the beginning. How can anyone have any respect for a media organization that operates that way–even if they are technically competent> Garbage in-garbage out should be their mantra.

  275. “President Obama also usually has an “official” event to attend when he travels to raise money. Having such an appearance that defrays costs on the itinerary is common practice for presidents when they travel to fundraisers outside of Washington.

    Obama himself will appear at two fundraisers next Thursday in Philadelphia, meaning that between them the Obamas will hold forth at five fundraising events in a single day.

    Earlier this month, in a swing through California, Mrs. Obama raised a total of at least $2.5 million at four stops over two days in the Los Angeles and San Francisco areas. She attended two official events on the trip.”

  276. Looks like the Chinease are making leaps and bounds of inroads around the world.
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    Tim, Obama is a basketball whore. He would understand this. Perhaps we could trade them Obama. If we asked them for anything in return we would be overreaching. If they told us hell no, then perhaps we could pay them to take him. What a coup that would be. In one fell swoop we could rid ourselves of our greatest national liability, and our worst enemy. We could send big media with him–to the gulag they go. Unfortunately, I do not think the Chinese are that stupid–as stupid as the American electorate in 2008.

  277. “President Obama also usually has an “official” event to attend when he travels to raise money. Having such an appearance that defrays costs on the itinerary is common practice for presidents when they travel to fundraisers outside of Washington.
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    Goddamn these weasel words like “defray costs”. The man in the street says what the fuck does that mean. In plain English it means have the taxpayers subsidize his travel cost for political fundraising. Furthermore, it is materially misleading for the author to say this is common practice among past presidents. Name me one past president who held five fundraising events fourteen months before an election while the country was in serious trouble. No, no, this is unprecedented. No past practice can justify this shit.

  278. wbboei
    June 24th, 2011 at 9:12 pm
    …This is not the first time that big media has covered up material facts so the American People do not know what is happening,…

    I read somewhere that Obama’s buddy Jeff Imelt has positioned GE to corner the market on nuclear power plants. Japan put a serious dent in those plans but, if he did stake GE’s future on nuclear power he he is in a lot of hurt and will probably try to shove it down our throats anyway – so makes sense that Obama would hide the near catastrophic meltdown of the Fort Calhoun Nuclear Power Plant located in Nebraska.

  279. excuse me: five fundraising events IN ONE DAY fourteen months prior to the election, when he should be spending his time on governing.

    Here too Rove says this is a strategic blunder. I say it is a strategic blunder IF you have a politically sophisticated electorate. But if you assume, as Obama does, that the electorate can be indoctrinated then he should devote all his time to that endeavor and forget about governing the country altogether. Just remember what he told someone you know at the convention: “I can make them believe anything I want them to believe.” Meaning he can bamboozle the American People and they are powerless to resist him. If he were talking solely about big media I would have to agree with him.

  280. “Unfortunately, I do not think the Chinese are that stupid–as stupid as the American electorate in 2008.”

    I know some business owners who sell their products over there, and trust me when I say the Chinese are laughing their heads off at American stupidity. Donald Trump is absolutely correct when he says, the world knows America has a weakling and a fool in the WH, and the Chinese are taking full advantage of it.

  281. Most Muslims are good as most are unaware of the true foundation of their religion.
    *****************

    The women, really? I think they know, they know

  282. I read somewhere that Obama’s buddy Jeff Imelt has positioned GE to corner the market on nuclear power plants. Japan put a serious dent in those plans but, if he did stake GE’s future on nuclear power he he is in a lot of hurt and will probably try to shove it down our throats anyway – so makes sense that Obama would hide the near catastrophic meltdown of the Fort Calhoun Nuclear Power Plant located in Nebraska.
    ————————
    That is exactly the way I read it. Obama is putting Immelt’s interests ahead of those of the American People, just as he put Excelon’s interests ahead of the interests of the citizens of Illinois, just as he put Rezko’s interests ahead of the interests of the citizens of Chicago. When push comes to shove BARACK HUSSEIN OBAMA ALWAYS, ALWAYS, ALWAYS sells his constituents down the river–for a fee. Why in god’s green earth would those people vote for him. The inside deal they had was to build 28 nuclear plants in the United States over the next two decades at a cost of four trillion dollars. Those moneys would come from the taxpayers because commercial banks would not make such loans due to multiple risk factors. And the further goal of Immelt was to use Obama as a go between to sell those nuclear power plants in China as well. Westinghouse was also involved in providing some of the equipment. Those two companies own NBC and CBS respectively who slanted their coverage to put him in the White House. A Boeing engineer alerted me to this during the campaign and she gave me a link to an article. It has since been scrubbed by the Obama people but that was the deal. The Japan catastrophe caused people to take a second look at this so called clean energy. It is so clean it kills all living matter. One trip to Hanford Washington or Twin Falls Idaho will also disabuse you of the notion that this stuff is safe. I have written about this before, and so has the Seattle Times newspaper which is a scurrilous rag right down to their stinking editor Frank Blethan–but inspite of him, they did a great job. Its like the movie Mulholland Falls.

  283. This story is about the daughter of a Seattle billionaire, who became an Obama bundler, and was given the ambassadorship of Luxemborg in exchange. By her own admission, she was unqualified: she had no diplomatic experience, had never been to the country, and did not speak the language. None of this troubled Obama however. This is the reason why the state department took issue with the White House and demanded that in the future a fair number of ambassadorships be given to foreign service officers who had a proven track record of success in this kind of work–something which infuriated Obama.

    Not surprisingly, she failed in the job and the internal auditors were hot on her trail. They issued a report that concluded: “her tenure of about one year was fraught with personality conflicts, verbal abuse and questionable expenditures on travel, wine and liquor. Seeing a pink slip coming, she resigned in February. How do you screw up Luxemborg? Here’s how she did it:

    ———————————————-
    Cantwell vouched for “disaster” Stroum as ambassador
    Posted by Jim Brunner
    Update: 1 p.m. – Added details about Sen. Maria Cantwell pushing Stroum’s nomination and Stroum’s campaign contributions

    Seattle businesswoman Cynthia Stroum landed a plum job in 2009 when she was named ambassador to Luxembourg, chiefly because of her political contributions to Barack Obama and other Democrats.

    How’d that work out?

    Not so well, the Associated Press reports:

    As a supporter of presidential candidate Barack Obama, Cynthia Stroum was a superstar whose financial backing of the campaign landed her a plum diplomatic posting in Europe.
    As America’s ambassador to Luxembourg, the wealthy Seattle-based businesswoman was a disaster.

    According to an internal State Department report released Thursday, less than a week after she quit, Stroum’s management of the U.S. Embassy in the tiny country was abysmal. The report says her tenure of about one year was fraught with personality conflicts, verbal abuse and questionable expenditures on travel, wine and liquor.

    And there’s more:

    The situation was so bad that the inspector general recommended that the State Department dispatch medical personnel to Luxembourg to test the stress levels of embassy employees. It said at least four staffers quit or sought transfers to Iraq and Afghanistan during her tenure, unusual steps for diplomats assigned to a modern, Western European capital.
    Read the whole AP story for even more embarrassing details.

    UPDATE:

    Sen. Maria Cantwell praised Stroum as “a dear friend” at Stroum’s confirmation hearing before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee in 2009.

    “I have known Cynthia for many years and I know that I can say this with experience, she will be an outstanding representative for our country,” Cantwell said at the time.

    Stroum had no diplomatic experience. She admitted at her confirmation hearing she hadn’t been to Luxembourg.

    In addition to being a “bundler” for the Obama campaign (meaning she raised at least $500,000 for his election), Stroum has been a big donor to local Democrats.

    She contributed at least $6,800 to the campaigns of Washington Sens. Patty Murray and Maria Cantwell since 2000.

    Stroum is the daughter of the late Sam Stroum, a prominent Seattle businessman and Jewish-community leader who supported some of the city’s biggest arts and educational institutions.

  284. I forgot to mention that I knew her parents. I lived in the same building with them. Sam died of pancreatic cancer a couple years ago and her mother Althea died earlier this year. I never met Cynthia. For her sake, I am sorry she accepted the billet because it does not take a rocket scientist to know that diplomatic experience and knowledge of the country are sine qua non to success in an ambassador job. By contrast, Hillary and Bill appointed qualified ambassadors, which is one of a thousand reasons she was infinitely superior to Obama. The man is a failure on every front–notwithstanding the lies of big media.

  285. Hillary on Libya:
    [Since March] we have seen an international coalition come together unprecedented between not only NATO, but Arab nations, the Arab League, and the United Nations. This is something that I don’t think anyone could have predicted, but it is a very strong signal as to what the world expects to have happen [….]

    She’s got more information about current situations than anyone else, and she knows what worked in Kosovo, and what should have been done in Rwanda.

  286. BTW, those stupid “Are you in?” ads for Waffles are now everywhere on the Internet.
    ______________________

    Perfect lead in for Anti-Obama bumperstickers.
    Could have a field day with those three words!

    “Are You In”…Debt?

    “Are You In”…Foreclosure?

    “Are You In”…Regret?

    “Are You In”…Voter Remorse?

    “Are You In”…Obama Fatigue?

    “Are You In”…Pain? Thank Obama.

  287. Over 5 days which included Easter weekend, I stayed in a mainstream hotel in western PA, and it was weirdly empty. For at least one of the nights, my car was the only one in the guest parking lot. However, I did encounter two shoddy looking young males in the hall toward the end of my stay. I was surprised to hear them say ‘Hi.’ In speaking with the manager of the place at checkout time, I came to realize they were probably employees of some company associated with the oil boom currently going on in this state.

    Fast forward to yesterday when a local TV station broke this story:

    Illegal immigrants working for GPX Surveys in Williamsport – WNEP 6:55 PM EDT 24 June 2011
    Williamsport police were called to a location overnight for a report of a possible crime. What they ended up finding were two apartment buildings with suspected illegal immigrants, all working for a surveyor with the natural gas industry!

    That company GPX surveys of Texas has an office in downtown Williamsport. Police say they were called to investigate a report of someone luring a child into a truck at apartments near that office and soon realized a group of 16 suspected illegal immigrants lived there, and worked for GPX. It all started when cops in Williamsport responded to this block of Elmira Street late Thursday. A man was accused of luring a young girl into his truck which had Texas plates. During the investigation police were led around the corner to West Third Street and to these apartments leased by GPX surveying of Texas so few of the people spoke english and police say they could not provide proper IDs. Captain Raymond Kontz of Williamsport Police said, “We determined we had a whole group of illegal immigrants here in the city of Williamsport.” So police contacted federal immigration officials who ended up taking 16 people into custody. One of the men, Adrian Castro, is behind bars facing charges in relation to the child luring investigation. Investigators say two more men were wanted for immediate deportation and city officials tell us they’re more and more concerned with the people they’re dealing with.

    Williamsport Mayor Gabe Campana said, “No mas, we’re not going to tolerate it, follow the law, period.”
    We tried to talk with a GPX representative who police say admitted he knew some of the men were illegal but employed them anyway.
    http://www.wnep.com/wnep-lyc-illegal-immigrants-working-for-gpx-surveys-in-williamsport-20110624,0,4790630.story

    Considering this incident along with my experience at Easter time, I fear the illegals are in much greater numbers than even I could imagine. Some are staying in places that may not be so nice. Others are housed very comfortably. No doubt there are many Pennsylvanians who would appreciate having these jobs.

    BTW New Jersey, also containing large deposits of Marcellus Shale, is also under pressure to implement Fracking. There are real questions as to whether the toxins used in the process can be kept from water supplies. I’m watching to see if the numerous ski areas here, who make tons of their own snow annually, AND the increasing number of water parks both outdoor and indoor, are going to protest. Assault on water from many angles.

    With the current country leadership, we can assume that the assault is intentional. There are TV ads running now that caution we the little people to be very careful because safe water will soon be in short supply.

  288. Gosh…that pullout announcement really worked wonders……………….

    AFP: At least 60 people killed in suicide car bombing in Afghanistan

  289. Mrs. Smith
    June 25th, 2011 at 8:53 am

    The level of assinine incompetence by Holder and Waffles is mind numbing. There will be more deaths because of this, AK 47s cannot be just bought, the fact that the American DOJ approved of this and encouraged this, Holder approved of this is mind numbing and will lead to more deaths of innocents and law enforcement in America and Mexico, the numbers will become more in the coming months and years. Holder doesn’t just need to be fired, he need to be put in jail for this.

  290. Main Content W.H. releases DNC meet names

    politico.com

    JOSH GERSTEIN & MATT NEGRIN

    Saturday, June 25, 2011

    Former New Jersey Gov. Jon Corzine, former technology executive Bernard Schwartz and banking executive James Staley were among 30 well-connected figures in the business and finance world who met with President Barack Obama at the White House in March for an unusual economic discussion organized by the Democratic National Committee.

    The White House released the names on Friday under a policy Obama instituted in 2009 to disclose nearly all White House guests approximately three months after they visit.

    The March 7 meeting in the Blue Room of the residence has drawn attention and criticism because most of the attendees were donors or fundraisers and the session was arranged by the DNC. Good-government advocates said hosting the event at the White House was ill-advised.

    “There’s a pretty clear line — or there should be a clear line,” Meredith McGehee of the Campaign Legal Center, which presses for tighter controls on campaign finance, recently told POLITICO. “I don’t have a problem with the president inviting Wall Street people to the White House to discuss policy, but why does it need to be DNC-sponsored? I think that’s what raises the eyebrows. Even if it’s not a fundraiser, it’s a cultivation.”

    In addition to the Wall Street financiers and business executives, the session was attended by Andy Tobias, the DNC treasurer; Patrick Gaspard, the former White House political director and current DNC executive director; and Brad Thompson, a DNC fundraiser who works with high-dollar donors and bundlers in New York.

    White House Press Secretary Jay Carney said last week the White House is “very transparent” about its DNC-sponsored events. White House officials have described the meeting as a chance for Obama to solicit supporters’ views on the economy. However, Obama aides have not responded to queries from POLITICO about which Obama aides accompanied him to the meeting.

    At a House hearing this week, two Bush White House ethics lawyers said the session raised questions under the Hatch Act, the federal law limiting political activity on federal property and by government officials.

    “It is unclear why the Democratic National Committee would have been used to organize a meeting to solicit advice on the economy. Indeed, this meeting seems to walk a fine line between official and political with all of the attendant Hatch Act concerns,” Scott Coffina, who served as an ethics adviser to the Bush White House, told the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform.

    “I would never have agreed to having such a meeting going on in the White House itself, in any room of the White House,” said Richard Painter, who also served as an ethics counsel under Bush. “I know there’s controversy about that. But I would not want to see those meetings, quite frankly, going on on federal property. What the legal restrictions are is somewhat more ambiguous.”

    Carney has said that the Blue Room meeting “was not a fundraiser” and that the DNC picked up the $68 tab for the event.

    pgs 2-3

    http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0611/57745.html
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    Republicans tread softly on this issue with Obama after they were preparing to unseat and investigate Al Gore (as VP) when he used a WH phone when talking to a donor or coordinating a fundraiser?

    If it walks like a duck, talks like a duck and quacks like a duck… Guess what- Obama is coordinating his fundraisers in broad daylight, at his convenience, with his DNC fundraisers at the WH. What is the hold-up with Republicans now?

  291. Admin- when you have a minute, can you give this new Sarah Palin video, “Welcome from the Great State of Arizona” life?

  292. GOVERNOR SARAH PALIN TO ATTEND PREMIERE OF THE UNDEFEATED AT PELLA OPERA HOUSE IN PELLA, IOWA

    On June 25, 2011

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    SANTA MONICA, Calif. (June 25, 2011)– Victory Film Group VictoryFilmGroup.com and ARC Entertainment announced today that Governor Sarah Palin and her husband Todd will attend the premiere of The Undefeated at the historic Pella Opera House on Tuesday June 28 at 5pm Central Time in Pella, Iowa. Immediately after the showing, Victory Film Group and ARC Entertainment will host a traditional Iowa cookout to thank the Pella Opera House and the people of Pella.

    In accepting the invitation to attend the premiere, Sarah Palin stated, “We are very excited to visit historic Pella and its opera house and look forward to seeing the finished film for the first time with fellow Americans from the heartland.”

    Responding to the Palin’s announcement that they will attend the Iowa premiere, Larry Peterson, Chairman of the Board of the Pella Opera House said, “We look forward to hosting Governor Palin and her husband, Todd, at our beloved opera house as we welcome them to our community.”

    “We are incredibly excited about Governor Palin and her husband Todd’s attendance at a location that speaks to the basic core values of The Undefeated,” said Stephen K. Bannon, the writer and director of the film.

    “We are delighted that Governor Palin and her husband Todd have accepted our invitation to join us at the Iowa premiere of what we believe is a truly moving and extraordinary film,” said Trevor Drinkwater, CEO of ARC Entertainment, the film’s worldwide distributor.

    The film begins its national rollout exclusively in AMC Theatres in 10 cities the week of July 15th. The film will debut in Dallas, Denver, Oklahoma City, Orlando, Atlanta, Orange County, Phoenix, Houston, Indianapolis, and Kansas City, with plans to take it nationwide in additional markets thereafter.

    The Undefeated features leading prominent political commentators Mark Levin, Tammy Bruce and Andrew Breitbart as well as conservative activists Kate Obenshein, Sonnie Johnson and Jamie Radtke. Additionally, the film features interviews with Alaskan civil servants, elected officials and advisors who were involved in Alaskan politics during Governor Palin’s tenure.

    The Undefeated, which was written and directed by Stephen K. Bannon and produced by Bannon and Victory Film Group co-founder Glenn Bracken Evans and Dan Fleuette, chronicles Sarah Palin’s rise from obscurity to national prominence.

    About Victory Film Group

    Victory Film Group develops, produces and distributes documentaries and films that address today’s leading political, socioeconomic and cultural issues while incorporating the conservative perspective.

    http://victoryfilmgroup.com/governor-sarah-palin-to-attend-premiere-of-the-undefeated-at-pella-opera-house-in-pella-iowa/

  293. “Are You In”…Debt?

    “Are You In”…Foreclosure?

    “Are You In”…Regret?

    “Are You In”…Voter Remorse?

    “Are You In”…Obama Fatigue?

    “Are You In”…Pain? Thank Obama.
    ———————————–
    Not bad Mrs. Smith.

    One possible addition–subject to your consent.

    A picture of Obama in a flowing robe with a rod and a staff, caption to read “HE IS THE WAY”.

    And if there is still enough room, “–JUST ASK BIG MEDIA”.

  294. wbb-

    A pre-requisite for the bumpersticker is using Obama’s own signature campaign slogan. Then providing a realist question/answer to the problems faced by Americans because of his abysmal stewardship as president.

  295. Bill Gates Funds Gulen Islamist Movement

    Paul Williams, PhD

    The Fethullah Gulen movement, which seeks to restore the Ottoman Empire, has found a friend and benefactor in Bill Gates of Microsoft fame. Mr. Gates is ranked the third wealthiest person on planet earth.

    In 2007, through the Texas High School Project, the Gates Foundation shelled out $10,550,000 to the Cosmos Foundation, a Gulen enterprise that operates 25 publicly funded charter schools in Texas.

    The Internal Revenue Service Form 990 for Cosmos shows that the Cosmos Foundation received $41,570,721 from taxpayers.

    At present, there are 85 Gulan madrassahs (Islamic schools) in the United States, and all operate with public funding.

    At the Gulen schools, students are indoctrinated in Turkish culture, language, and religion so that they may be of service in making Fethullah Gulan’s dream of a universal caliphate a reality. The madrassahs sponsor Turkish clubs, Turkish language societies, Turkish dance groups, and annual trips to Istanbul.

    According to Stephen Schwartz of the Center for Islamic Pluralism, the 85 Gulen schools advance and promote Islamic beliefs; present the Ottoman Empire, which lasted from 1299 to 1923, as a golden age; and serve to rewrite history by denying the Armenian holocaust under the Turks during World War I.

    Many of the teachers at these schools are Turkish émigrés with questionable credentials. Some possess H-1B non immigrant visas which should only be granted to individuals who possess “highly specialized knowledge in a field of human endeavor.” The female faculty members appear in their classrooms wearing hijabs and traditional Islamic attire.

    Critics can’t understand why the schools are staffed with imported elementary and secondary school teachers when thousands of trained and certified American educators are begging for teaching positions. But are the schools really subversive?

    Rachel Sharon-Krespin writes: “His (Gulen’s) followers target youth in the eighth through twelfth grades, mentor and indoctrinate them in the ışıkevi, educate them in the Fethullah schools, and prepare them for future careers in legal, political, and educational professions in order to create the ruling classes of the future Islamist, Turkish state.”

    Even more telling is a comment from Nurettin Veren, Gulen’s right hand man for 35 years, who said: “These schools are like shop windows. Recruitment and Islamization are carried out through high classes.

    The use of the Islamic practice of taqiyya or deception to mask the true nature of the schools has been upheld by Gulen himself. In a 1999 sermon, the Turkish pasha offered the following advice to his followers:

    You must move in the arteries of the system without anyone noticing your existence until you reach all the power centers … until the conditions are ripe, they [the followers] must continue like this. If they do something prematurely, the world will crush our heads, and Muslims will suffer everywhere, like in the tragedies in Algeria, like in 1982 [in] Syria … like in the yearly disasters and tragedies in Egypt. The time is not yet right. You must wait for the time when you are complete and conditions are ripe, until we can shoulder the entire world and carry it … You must wait until such time as you have gotten all the state power, until you have brought to your side all the power of the constitutional institutions in Turkey … Until that time, any step taken would be too early—like breaking an egg without waiting the full forty days for it to hatch. It would be like killing the chick inside. The work to be done is [in] confronting the world. Now, I have expressed my feelings and thoughts to you all -in confidence … trusting your loyalty and secrecy. I know that when you leave here – [just] as you discard your empty juice boxes, you must discard the thoughts and the feelings that I expressed here.

    Fethullah Gulen has been called the “most dangerous Islamist” in the world. He has amassed a fortune – thanks, in part, to the CIA – of $25 billion. This money has been used to transform the secular government of Turkey into an Islamic Republic under the Justice and Democratic Party (Adalet ve Kalkinma, AKP) – a party under the Gulen’s control.

    Abdullah Gul, Turkey’s first Islamist President, is a Gulen disciple along with Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan, and Yusuf Ziya Ozcan, the head of Turkey’s Council of Higher Education. Under the AKP, Turkey has transformed from a secular state into an Islamic country with 85,000 active mosques – one for every 350 citizens – the highest number per capita in the world, 90,000 imams, more imams than teachers and physicians – – and thousands of state-run Islamic schools.

    Despite the rhetoric of European Union accession, Turkey has transferred its alliance from Europe and the United States to Russia and Iran. It has moved toward friendship with Hamas, Hezbollah, and Syria and created a pervasive anti-Christian, anti-Jewish, and anti-America animus throughout the populace.

    Gulen has also established thousands of schools throughout central Asia and Europe. Because of their subversive nature, these schools have been outlawed in Russia and Uzbekistan. Even the Netherlands, a nation that embraces pluralism and tolerance, has opted to cut funding to the Gulen schools because of their imminent threat to the social order.

    http://www.familysecuritymatters.org/publications/id.6307/pub_detail.asp

    FamilySecurityMatters.org Contributing Editor Paul L. Williams, Ph.D., is the author of The Day of Islam: The Annihilation of America and the Western World, The Al Qaeda Connection, and other best-selling books. He is a frequent guest on such national news networks as ABC News, CBS News, Fox News, MSNBC, and NPR. Visit his website at h… //thelastcrusade.org/.
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    So, there is a distinct possibility ALL these charter schools initiated by Obama throughout the country could in all likelihood become schools for Gulen Teaching.

    We have one in our community. Politicians regularly glean hefty corporate donations to this school for upkeep and maintenance. Our public schools suffer under strict economic budget crunching by the Town cutting school sports, music, art/theater and other after school activities. Parents willing to spend their own money providing the funds needed paying for coaching expenses and extra curricular activities are the only way the kids will have access to programs available to us when we were in school.

  296. JOSH GERSTEIN & MATT NEGRIN
    ——————————
    I must be getting old. We have run into this pair before. I believe they are jurnolisters. Both work for Politico. If you read their bios you gain important insights:

    For example, Negrin ran for President of his eigth grade class, one and vowed never to run again. That was thirty years ago, but he looks like a ninth grader, shades of Dorian Gray.

    Then there is Gerstein. Before we knew about Playboy, Mad Magazine was required reading for males of my generation. In it there was the stereotypical nerd–horn rimmed glasses, masking tape holding them together, a slide rule his back pocket, a mathematical genius and a social misfit. Yes, they were the forerunners of today’s left wing bloggers, but they kept their megalomania to themselves.

    I recollect a picture of him at a campaign stop where the lovely Mrs Obama is standing before an audience with a microphone spewing whatever–maybe whitey stuff, Hillary hate or praising her partner in crime Braaaak.

    In the background is Gerstein looking up at her in a state of rapture. That of course is the predicate for objective reporting. He went to Harvard college you know. Nothing else matters.

    Everytime I am in traffic these days it seems like some car speeds past me at about 90 miles an hour with an Obama bumper sticker, so I look to see who is driving it expecting to see silent film star Harold Lloyd, but inevitably it is some young male case of arrested development like Matt or Josh.

    This is where Mrs. Smith’s bumper sticker could make the critical difference.

    But I must tell you I am partial to the one that has the Obama flag, and as it is rolled back we see the flag of National Socialist Germany. That bumper sticker conveys the truth and does not require other drivers to read text which could be a hazard to navigation.

  297. A pre-requisite for the bumpersticker is using Obama’s own signature campaign slogan. Then providing a realist question/answer to the problems faced by Americans because of his abysmal stewardship as president
    ——————
    I agree wholeheartedly. One of the most valuable audio tapes I have ever listened to is by a Hollywood agent and director–Studio 70 etc named Milo Frank, who was a close friend and confidante of San Diego governor Pete Wilson of California. The name of the book is How To Get Your Point Across In 30 Seconds.

    Obviously a long winded B.S. artist like Obama never listened to the tape, or if he did paid it any heed. Why should he? He has the little groper to give him the words, and when he screw up he has big media to cover for him.

    Far better he should spend that time on his golf handicap which unlike the country is actually improving. (Note: I have it on good authority that his handicap was 25 when he took office and now he is down to a 15. Then again it may be that he is just not counting all his strokes and if he played golf with Boehner he could learn all about that.)

    One of the things Milo stressed is to get someone’s attention you need a hook, and the most effective hook is a question–like the ones you pose.

  298. This is where Mrs. Smith’s bumper sticker could make the critical difference.

    But I must tell you I am partial to the one that has the Obama flag, and as it is rolled back we see the flag of National Socialist Germany. That bumper sticker conveys the truth and does not require other drivers to read text which could be a hazard to navigation.
    _____________________

    Good idea! short phrases and pictures of the Obama logo with a diagonal Red Stripe through it, or the sign for Toxic Waste, all work for me…

  299. Next, ground troops in Libya? Good possibility says a US Admiral. My God, can anyone imagine if Bush had done this? No congressional approval, another war! why are we even there? we get no oil from them, China does.

    http://thecable.foreignpolicy.com/posts/2011/06/24/exclusive_top_us_admiral_admits_we_are_trying_to_kill_qaddafi

    “The top U.S. admiral involved in the Libya war admitted to a U.S. congressman that NATO forces are trying to kill Libyan leader Muammar al-Qaddafi. The same admiral also said he anticipated the need for ground troops in Libya after Qaddafi falls, according to the lawmaker”

  300. why are we even there? we get no oil from them, China does.

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

    We’re there because Hillary threw rocks at Obama. If we get rid of Quaddiffi, maybe we would get their oil instead of China getting it.

  301. FamilySecurityMatters.org Contributing Editor Paul L. Williams, Ph.D., is the author of The Day of Islam: The Annihilation of America and the Western World, The Al Qaeda Connection, and other best-selling books. He is a frequent guest on such national news networks as ABC News, CBS News, Fox News, MSNBC, and NPR. Visit his website at h… //thelastcrusade.org/.

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

    And he gets paid a lot for this nonsense, I’m sure.

  302. DeMint: Conceding Debt Ceiling Battle Will Destroy GOP
    Boehner is now between a rock and a hard place. He will have a big problem with the base, with freshmen like Congressman West, and Cantor if he caves. This is what I meant earlier about Cantor’s maneuvering, and by the way an unnamed Democratic strategist reads that internal power struggle the same way that I do. He cannot do any deal that does not involve spending cuts. The question is will those cuts be large enough to satisfy his own people. I think he can deliver the votes he needs for any deal in the House, if he uses the power of his position, but those people will be facing re-election in a little over a year, so they too are vulnerable, and there is already talk that if they cave they will be primaried. This will be a big test of Boehner’s leadership because the bankers and federal reserve will be pulling him in the opposite direction. I think Cantor is enjoying Boehner’s little dilemma here immensely–with his own eyes on the throne that Boehner now occupies. Bottom line: spin it anyway you want the truth is John got rolled the last time he, Bambi and Reid met. If past is prologue he is history. If I were him, I would insist on having Cantor in the tent with me pissing out rather than outside the tent pissing in. And if that meant Stenny was hauled into the closed door session from the other side, that would not be all bad. It is a mistake for John to let them double team him–with Reid and Bambi only.

    Friday, 24 Jun 2011 12:20 PM

    By Martin Gould, Hiram Reisner and Abigail Walls

    More ways to share… Mixx Stumbled LinkedIn Vine Buzzflash Reddit Delicious Newstrust Technocrati Share: More . . . A A | Email Us | Print | Forward Article Tea party favorite Sen. Jim DeMint issued a rallying call to all Republicans telling them if they cave in to Democratic demands on debt ceiling talks they can kiss their future in the GOP goodbye.

    The two-term junior senator from South Carolina made it clear that Republicans must stand up and say there can be no increase to the limit without a huge cut in spending.

    His call came as bipartisan talks on raising the debt ceiling led by Vice-President Joe Biden broke down when Republican Rep. Eric Cantor and Sen. Jon Kyl walked out. Now it seems inevitable that the only way they will end in success is if President Barack Obama and House Speaker John Boehner get involved and somehow come to an agreement.

    But in a series of television appearances, DeMint, a powerbroker who has proved how crucial his support can be to GOP candidates, said he won’t support anyone who caves.

    “Based on what I can see around the country, not only are those individuals gone, but I would suspect the Republican Party would be set back many years,” he said in an interview for the ABC Subway Series.

    “It would be the most toxic vote. I can tell you if you look at the polls, Democrats, Republicans, Independents, they do not think we should increase the debt limit.”

    And he told Fox News’ Sean Hannity, “The Democrats are not able to cut spending. Their whole political base is created by giving money away – redistributing wealth; new government programs. The idea of a balanced budget to them essentially puts them out of business.

    “So, the Republicans have to be prepared to fight to stop this reckless spending.”

    He told Hannity that the battle over the debt limit is “the fight of our generation,” saying he found it amazing that the federal government is bringing in record amounts of revenue but “the spending line goes straight up and continues out over 10 years.”

    “We don’t have a revenue problem – we’ve got a spending problem,” DeMint said. “But if we cut the spending, you would see the revenue begin to grow.”

    “Republicans owe it to Americans to tell them where we stand and what we are willing to fight for,” he added.

    DeMint’s threat to his fellow Republicans can be backed up. He has proven that his support can make or break members of the party. He played a key role in supporting successful conservative candidates Marco Rubio of Florida and Rand Paul of Kentucky during the 2010 midterm Senate elections. He helped two others, Christine O’Donnell of Delaware and Ken Buck of Colorado win the GOP primaries though they failed to win the election.

    Now he is asking all Republican candidates for the 2012 presidential nomination to sign his “Cut, Cap and Balance” pledge on the budget. He said he will not support anyone who refuses. Three current candidates, Ron Paul, Tim Pawlenty and Herman Cain have already signed and a fourth, Rick Santorum says he will. Jon Huntsman is the only one who has flat-out said he will not sign.

    “I don’t have many litmus tests, but this is one: Any candidate who doesn’t understand that we need to balance the budget should not be president of the United States,” he said.

    He is also calling for a Constitutional Amendment for a balanced budget. “The only way that we are ever going to stop this spending addiction in Washington is if we are forced to by the constitution,” he told Hannity.

    The bipartisan talks on the debt ceiling reached crisis on Thursday when Leader of the House, Cantor walked out, saying Republicans and Democrats were at an impasse. Cantor called on Obama to take the lead, saying he made his move to “change the dynamic.”

    “It is time for the president to speak clearly and resolve the tax issue,” he said. “Once resolved, we have a blueprint to move forward to trillions of spending cuts and binding mechanisms to change the way things are done around here.”

    Kyl soon followed suit but expressed a willingness to continue bipartisan talks and has since talked to Biden.

    Boehner said he understood Cantor’s frustration but said the talks could continue if the Democrats took tax increases off the table.

    The Obama administration says the debt limit must be raised from its current $14.3 trillion by early August to meet the government’s obligations.

    The alternative would be a market-shaking, first-ever default which, investors fear, would almost certainly cost the U.S. to lose its coveted AAA credit rating and further raise interest rates for businesses and households.

    Read more on Newsmax.com: DeMint: Conceding Debt Ceiling Battle Will Destroy GOP
    Important: Do You Support Pres. Obama’s Re-Election? Vote Here Now!

  303. Boehner is now between a rock and a hard place. He will have a big problem with the base, with freshmen like Congressman West, and Cantor if he caves. This is what I meant earlier about Cantor’s maneuvering, and by the way an unnamed Democratic strategist reads that internal power struggle the same way that I do. He cannot do any deal that does not involve spending cuts. The question is will those cuts be large enough to satisfy his own people. I think he can deliver the votes he needs for any deal in the House, if he uses the power of his position, but those people will be facing re-election in a little over a year, so they too are vulnerable, and there is already talk that if they cave they will be primaried. This will be a big test of Boehner’s leadership because the bankers and federal reserve will be pulling him in the opposite direction. I think Cantor is enjoying Boehner’s little dilemma here immensely–with his own eyes on the throne that Boehner now occupies. Bottom line: spin it anyway you want the truth is John got rolled the last time he, Bambi and Reid met. If past is prologue he is history. If I were him, I would insist on having Cantor in the tent with me pissing out rather than outside the tent pissing in. And if that meant Stenny was hauled into the closed door session from the other side, that would not be all bad. It is a mistake for John to let them double team him–with Reid and Bambi only.

    DeMint: Conceding Debt Ceiling Battle Will Destroy GOP
    Friday, 24 Jun 2011 12:20 PM

    By Martin Gould, Hiram Reisner and Abigail Walls

    More ways to share… Mixx Stumbled LinkedIn Vine Buzzflash Reddit Delicious Newstrust Technocrati Share: More . . . A A | Email Us | Print | Forward Article Tea party favorite Sen. Jim DeMint issued a rallying call to all Republicans telling them if they cave in to Democratic demands on debt ceiling talks they can kiss their future in the GOP goodbye.

    The two-term junior senator from South Carolina made it clear that Republicans must stand up and say there can be no increase to the limit without a huge cut in spending.

    His call came as bipartisan talks on raising the debt ceiling led by Vice-President Joe Biden broke down when Republican Rep. Eric Cantor and Sen. Jon Kyl walked out. Now it seems inevitable that the only way they will end in success is if President Barack Obama and House Speaker John Boehner get involved and somehow come to an agreement.

    But in a series of television appearances, DeMint, a powerbroker who has proved how crucial his support can be to GOP candidates, said he won’t support anyone who caves.

    “Based on what I can see around the country, not only are those individuals gone, but I would suspect the Republican Party would be set back many years,” he said in an interview for the ABC Subway Series.

    “It would be the most toxic vote. I can tell you if you look at the polls, Democrats, Republicans, Independents, they do not think we should increase the debt limit.”

    And he told Fox News’ Sean Hannity, “The Democrats are not able to cut spending. Their whole political base is created by giving money away – redistributing wealth; new government programs. The idea of a balanced budget to them essentially puts them out of business.

    “So, the Republicans have to be prepared to fight to stop this reckless spending.”

    He told Hannity that the battle over the debt limit is “the fight of our generation,” saying he found it amazing that the federal government is bringing in record amounts of revenue but “the spending line goes straight up and continues out over 10 years.”

    “We don’t have a revenue problem – we’ve got a spending problem,” DeMint said. “But if we cut the spending, you would see the revenue begin to grow.”

    “Republicans owe it to Americans to tell them where we stand and what we are willing to fight for,” he added.

    DeMint’s threat to his fellow Republicans can be backed up. He has proven that his support can make or break members of the party. He played a key role in supporting successful conservative candidates Marco Rubio of Florida and Rand Paul of Kentucky during the 2010 midterm Senate elections. He helped two others, Christine O’Donnell of Delaware and Ken Buck of Colorado win the GOP primaries though they failed to win the election.

    Now he is asking all Republican candidates for the 2012 presidential nomination to sign his “Cut, Cap and Balance” pledge on the budget. He said he will not support anyone who refuses. Three current candidates, Ron Paul, Tim Pawlenty and Herman Cain have already signed and a fourth, Rick Santorum says he will. Jon Huntsman is the only one who has flat-out said he will not sign.

    “I don’t have many litmus tests, but this is one: Any candidate who doesn’t understand that we need to balance the budget should not be president of the United States,” he said.

    He is also calling for a Constitutional Amendment for a balanced budget. “The only way that we are ever going to stop this spending addiction in Washington is if we are forced to by the constitution,” he told Hannity.

    The bipartisan talks on the debt ceiling reached crisis on Thursday when Leader of the House, Cantor walked out, saying Republicans and Democrats were at an impasse. Cantor called on Obama to take the lead, saying he made his move to “change the dynamic.”

    “It is time for the president to speak clearly and resolve the tax issue,” he said. “Once resolved, we have a blueprint to move forward to trillions of spending cuts and binding mechanisms to change the way things are done around here.”

    Kyl soon followed suit but expressed a willingness to continue bipartisan talks and has since talked to Biden.

    Boehner said he understood Cantor’s frustration but said the talks could continue if the Democrats took tax increases off the table.

    The Obama administration says the debt limit must be raised from its current $14.3 trillion by early August to meet the government’s obligations.

    The alternative would be a market-shaking, first-ever default which, investors fear, would almost certainly cost the U.S. to lose its coveted AAA credit rating and further raise interest rates for businesses and households.

    Read more on Newsmax.com: DeMint: Conceding Debt Ceiling Battle Will Destroy GOP
    Important: Do You Support Pres. Obama’s Re-Election? Vote Here Now!

  304. The Obama administration says the debt limit must be raised from its current $14.3 trillion by early August to meet the government’s obligations.

    The alternative would be a market-shaking, first-ever default which, investors fear, would almost certainly cost the U.S. to lose its coveted AAA credit rating and further raise interest rates for businesses and households.
    ——————-
    Is that the only alternative? Would not the government give first priority to bond holders in that case–so they would be paid. I am no expert but it would not be beyond the pale for a tax cheat like Gethner to create a false crisis to put other taxpayers on the hook for a bigger debt load, so he could sip champagne from a slipper and glide down the River Seine in a yacht piloted by Soros and his ilk.

  305. wbboei
    June 25th, 2011 at 2:16 pm
    The alternative would be a market-shaking, first-ever default which, investors fear, would almost certainly cost the U.S. to lose its coveted AAA credit rating and further raise interest rates for businesses and households.
    ________________________

    What’s the truth here, I read we have defaulted before, have we? What happened when we did? We in the middle class are already hurting and expect to be hurting more soon. So if a default would hurt the people who caused this continuous mess, starting with Neil Bush’s savings and loan heist/bailout, then my vote is: Default.

  306. “The alternative would be a market-shaking, first-ever default which, investors fear, would almost certainly cost the U.S. to lose its coveted AAA credit rating and further raise interest rates for businesses and households.”

    Absolute bullcrap. The US will never default, 200 billion in revenues come in every single month to the US Treasury, the US govt has to make a choice who gets paid first, there is more than enough to pay the bond holders. The size of the US govt has to shrink. And so there is only one choice, want a raise in the debt ceiling? fine, then for that to pass, there has to be spending cuts to more than exceed the amount being raised.
    (I might add, the fact that the debt ceiling will be raised is itself an admission that the US is defaulting)

    Is this is not addressed, then that debt ceiling will be near 20 trillion by 2013, which is basically the point of no return, we can never ever pay that pay, and so the Fed will start printing money, the US dollar will no longer be the reserve currency, and then the cuts will be even more swift and drastic. At that point, those who depend on the govt for help will the ones to be cut the most and hurt the most.

    And for those economists that say the US has a long ways from not being the reserve currency, I again say bullchit, the Chinease by essentially running the IMF deal with Greece have let the world know they are now the parallel reserve currency, just like the US was with UK in the early 20th century.

    Everything works until it doesn’t. Currency crisis are a prime exmaple of this, these idiots like Geither have no sense of history, the US dollar was only the reserve currency from the end of WWII, there is no gurantee it will that in the 21th century, if this problem is no resolved right now, if we don’t do it on our terms, as painful as that will be, it will done to us, not on our terms, and certainly not in our interests.

  307. “I read we have defaulted before, have we? What happened when we did?”

    Not a default, we were wiped out as a country, the 1920’s, there was a very deep depression (GDP wise, much more severe than 2008), most people were wiped out. Since the US dollar was backed by gold at that point, there was a limited money, you couldn’t just “print up” money to make people whole again. So the Federal govt bailout out no one, no banks, no companies, no states, nothing.

    The only thing they did was stand back, President Harding reduced the size of govt, reduced union powers, encouraged the private sector with friendlier rules (the model T ford came into existance), troops coming back from WWI were helped to open up businesses and within 3 years, we had the “roaring 20s”, the US economy was expanding massively. No printing money, no debt incurred.

  308. *union powers were reduced, but there were many infrasture projects to help the ease of goods, products, etc.

  309. NYS passed legislation allowing qualified gay marriages. Read lots of comments from news articles with people going balistic. Almost no mention of gay women in the posts but lots screaming AIDS is proof of gods wrath or quoting Liviticus. Seems to me the response to the law was less than positive. NY was going blue anyhow and as each of the declared republican candidates said they would support a Constitutional amendment. Did NYS just give a gift to republicans? OH and PA? Take out major cities and college towns and I don’t see a lot of support. Will this just be forgotten Monday morning or do you think it will be an issue during the election? Suffered through a couple of hundred posts and 98% were hate filled. Why does the RNC not have its act together– they could have issued a statemnt which was inclusive but stated that the familial structure is the backbone of any society and therefore don’t support the newly passed law. Simple and sweet. Instead I hear crickets.
    Do you think this issue will be major next year?

  310. What’s the truth here, I read we have defaulted before, have we? What happened when we did? We in the middle class are already hurting and expect to be hurting more soon. So if a default would hurt the people who caused this continuous mess, starting with Neil Bush’s savings and loan heist/bailout, then my vote is: Default.
    ———————————————
    I do not think that default is the real issue. The real issue is the resulting loss of the dollar as the world reserve currency. When and if that happens, we are likely to see hyper inflation in this country, because then we could no longer export our inflation to the world. That is what they are really worried about and rightly so. Obama has a hard time dealing with that or being optimistic when some degree of optimism is warranted. He rejects the doctrine of American exceptionalism root and branch.

    Bring me the heads of the traitors who decided he would be the candidate and who corrupted the system to ensure it. Bring them to me alive, because I want them to suffer for what they have done to this great country.

  311. henry
    June 25th, 2011 at 4:22 pm

    I hope you are recovering fast from your injuries.

    I doubt this issue will impact anything. I know some very socially conservative repubs, they honestly don’t care as much as the LSM would like people to think about gay marriages, they are social conservatives, but they are also very much consitutional conservatives.
    So, to them if MA and NY wants gays marriage in their states, as those state’s populations want, they are fine with it, just as they are fine with UT and VA banning gay marriages, they are strong believers in the 10th amendent.

    If at some point there is enough momemtum in the country to allow a consitutional amendent to be ratified by 2/3 of the states, that means the country is in consensus about the issue, there will be no need to push one views of marriage one way or another onto the opposing side, the consensus will be there so people won’t be upset on either side.

    To me, that’s why Bachmann’s answer made sense, if NH wants gay marriage, then that state has a right to do that, no president can ban it, just as the fed govt can’t mandate it in UT, who don’t want gay marriage. If at some point in the future, UT people want gay marriage, then the fed. govt can put in a consitutional amendent, and 2/3 of the states will ratify it, and civil disagreement won’t be there, as most of the population will already agree with it.

    But honestly, the economy is so bad, people don’t care about social issues, even the social cons I know. And this may surprise you, some of my former collegues who are a gay couple are also very much pro-life and consider themselves social conservatives as well as fiscal conservatives.
    When I figured their views out about social issues, it completely surprised me and made me realise you cannot ever box anyone into any boxed in views, very interesting, so I no longer think well if you are X, then you must believe XYZ, each indiv. believes as they do, cannot be boxed into categories, as much as Waffles and the dems think this way about groups of people.

  312. “The real issue is the resulting loss of the dollar as the world reserve currency. ”

    Yep, and it will not be the elites who suffer, they have a nice big cushion. It will be the middle, working class, (small businesses) whose standard of living will plummet, and most will never even understand why; because the Waffles has no comprehension of it, and those fiscal constitutional conservatives, well, they are evil according to the LSM, so why even listen to them? /sarc

  313. Looks like China is just expanding even further into Europe… just in.

    http://www.reuters.com/article/2011/06/25/hungary-china-debt-idUSLDE75O03Q20110625

    China is now approaching to buy Hungary bonds…and guess who Hungry, Greece, next perhaps Ireland, Spain, next will listen to more, who will have more influence in that part of the world?
    This is what happens when there is an ignorant fool in the WH who does not believe in American exceptionalism as a guiding post for policies, domestic and international.

    “Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban said China’s buying of Hungarian government bonds would increase the security of debt financing for Hungary in the medium term.

    “The purchase of government bonds is also important for Hungary as Hungary is able to finance itself from markets but the fact that China will buy further will bring huge security,” Orban said.”

  314. from the article:
    “The Chinese premier is visiting Europe as the euro zone grapples to contain Greece’s worsening debt crisis and possible default which analysts fear could roil global markets and trigger another financial crisis.

    China has large holdings of euro-denominated assets in its vast $3.05 trillion foreign reserves and is desperate to do what it can to preserve the value of its holdings, though analysts say the extent to which China may commit fresh funds toward purchasing distressed European debt as a market-calming gesture, will likely be limited.

    Wen Jiabao, the first Chinese head of government to visit Hungary for 24 years, is also seeking to explore greater trade ties with the country given its strategic location and increasing role as a logistics and trade processing hub in Eastern Europe for Chinese goods.

  315. Tim, it is a Harvard fraternity running this country now. They treat it like a Harvard classroom. They impress us with their vast knowledge and inability to solve the simplest of problems. My god these are impressive people. Everything they touch turns to shit. Big media is succumbing to the same creeping Harvardism too. Fortunately, we still have stalwarts like Brian Williams and Chuck Todd who did not graduate from college, but note this is their single greatest regret. Yes, they are stupid and arrogant alright, but think how much stupider they would be with a Harvard sheepskin to back up their ignorance. My single greatest regret is that BO occupies the White House. My second single greatest regret is that anyone outside the beltway listens to Williams or Todd.

  316. tim
    I agree with you to an extent but i think isms roar their ugly head when people feel bad about themselves for reasons like loosing a job. It becomes so easy to hate gays/muslims/denture wearers whatever if it makes you feel good or at least better about yourself. My call on the NYS legislation was that they just won a battle but I think they may have placed the battle in jeopardy. I knew several hundred lawyers from NYC who did a bus trip to Ohio about gay rights to defeat Bush. When you are selling anything know your audiance is the golden rule. They had a huge push. Fell flat. I still believe if “we” gays had stood down GWB would be collecting less.
    I am for civil unions. Marriage is between you and your God. I get the argument that the family structure is the basis of a society so I say stop rewarding people for not getting married and claiming father unknown on birth certificates and then getting a 5000 earned income return, Section 8 housing, chip and all for a lie cause you do not marry the baby’s father so you can collect. And collect and collect. I think a child belongs with its mother and father unless they do not.

  317. “My call on the NYS legislation was that they just won a battle but I think they may have placed the battle in jeopardy.”

    On that I would agree with you, nationwide, it will not make any difference, those states who want it will pass it, those who don’t, won’t. Honestly, this country is so close to utter financial ruin, like I said, every republican, independent-thinking democrat and independent I know do not care about social issues, we comprise the entire range from left to center to right, but we are all very fiscally conservative, social issues aren’t even coming into the picture.
    There will be the far rights who will scream against this, and the far lefties who will scream for this. Frankly, most don’t care, they have opinions one way or another, but the fiscal issues are so horrible right now, it will not matter.
    I just found out yesterday, a business collegue of mine could not get a loan, if he can’t find another loan servicer, he will have to lay off a few people, which means his business will contract — or he may just close up the entire thing — even more layoffs.

    Contrary to Waffles’s “not concerned about a double dip”, there is one coming by the fall and will be in full force by the beginning of next year. I see it everything, inventories are going down, but no one wants to take a chance on anything that requires expending capital. The local businesses always see it first, we have no cushion like the big businesses.

    So, social issues, honestly, I don’t know why people just don’t call a truce for a little while and fix the fiscal mess, and then they can go back to their corners and start up again.

  318. every republican, independent-thinking democrat and independent I know do not care about social issues, we comprise the entire range from left to center to right, but we are all very fiscally conservative, social issues aren’t even coming into the picture.

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

    An oddly consistent set of people you must know. Even on this blog, many care about social issues (and so does Hillary). And some of us here aren’t even fiscally conservative!

  319. “Honestly, as this country is so close to utter financial ruin, like I said, every republican, independent-thinking democrat and independent I know do not care about social issues as this country is near utter fiscal ruin, we comprise the entire range from left to center to right, but we are all very fiscally conservative, social issues aren’t even coming into the picture as this country is so close to utter financial ruin.

  320. wbboei
    June 25th, 2011 at 4:29 pm

    Bring me the heads of the traitors who decided he would be the candidate and who corrupted the system to ensure it. Bring them to me alive, because I want them to suffer for what they have done to this great country.
    _____________

    Your keyboard to Gods ears!

    tim
    June 25th, 2011 at 4:42 pm

    Yep, and it will not be the elites who suffer, they have a nice big cushion. It will be the middle, working class, (small businesses) whose standard of living will plummet, and most will never even understand why;
    _____________

    Shoulda known.

  321. tim
    So who can the Repugs nominate sans Palin –who’d uderstand priorities. i disagree with her alot but think she loves the country and her family. I have a brother who most would say makes decent money not rich not poor and he despised Palin. Opportunist -empty skirt- ditz. But now he thinks she is worth another look. He hated her books but loves her responses on Facebook. Younger brother is a boilermaker. No idea what that means. What do they do make fleshy sores? He too has come around to Sarah. He’s a union guy and found her statements about unions worth looking into and then he told me he liked what he read. Have not read them myself but he was impressed. I could go on and on but I think what most voters want in this country is a love for it and a respect for families. I agree with the new New York Law I just don’t think you get anywhere by beating people over the head. So many of my friends compare the timing of the latest court battles about equality to MLK writing a letter from a prison cell. I think human rights should always be the same but I feel there is a differnce between asking you to wait and asking your children. Don’t get me wrong I think Dr King was brilliant and no way around it without making noise. If not now when– just does not(resonate for me) in the same way.
    Maybe I am an idiot with my whole argument because I just didn’t have a son jump off the GWB because he was made a joke for being gay– if not now when might sound a lot differnt to his friends and family.

  322. I recall reading about some legendary investor–maybe Bernard Baruch who said that in the summer of 1929 he knew it was time to get out of the stock market when his shoe shine boy started giving him unsolicited stock tips.

    The same is true today when people in all strata of society quote Warren Buffett as if he were god. And there is no need to encourage him. Buffett loves playing God–now that George Burns has done the right thing and slipped the mortal coil.

    Yes, Warren is a touchable God. He is High Lord of the stock market, guardian of Wall Street, rescuer of WashPo, supporter of General Electic, elder statesman of the Democratic Party, Obama lover with an private jet he calls The Indefensible the list is long and tedious.

    By the time you get done reviewing all those marvelous things you just want to hug the old curmugeon for being so . . . . whatever he is. (If you ask me his partner Charlie Munger is the brains of the company–something Warren would admit and Charley would deny–he does not want the spotlight you see–he is a Republican.

    Forgive me but when the purple prose of the business press gets too purple like if does with him, and of course Messiah Obama I hold my breath and pray for one complaining victim, one skeptic, one little boy who says the emperor has no clothes, just to restore the cosmic balance.

    Well Lafayette he is here. This guy thinks the great white father is past his prime and should be in jail for insider trading. If I were drawing up the indictment I would add a third count: supporting Obama.

    But the idea that someone–anyone would deign to question the competence of the high lord of business, well that is enough to get the great horizontal with whom he regularly communes–Sally Quinn to sit up and take notice.

    Thank god there is someone out there to give us the rest of the story. But don’t tell the shoe shine boys that their god has feet of clay. There is no sport in spoiling harmless costly illusions.
    ———————————————————–
    Buffet Past His Prime
    David McKay
    International Business Times

    By David Magee | June 24, 2011 3:03 PM EDT
    You can’t judge a company’s real value by its stock price, but sometimes you can pass fair judgement on a book by its cover.

    In the case of Berkshire Hathaway, that means the company is worth more than it’s beaten-down stock price suggests and it’s leader, chairman and CEO Warren Buffet, is well past his prime and ready to retire and go home.

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    Just look at the man. He’s lived a few years too long to still be leading a company as big and valuable as Berkshire Hathaway (NYSE: BRK.A; BRK.B). He’s got Andy Rooney eyebrows, and too much in common with George Burns. That’s nothing against aging. We all do it. It’s just that maybe it’s time everybody quits thinking he’s more important and perfect than he really is.

    He’s human, after all, and a dated one at that.

    Yes, history will show he was one of the most influential investors of the 20th century, but unless I missed something, we’re now a full decade into the 21st century. He was a buy-and-hold bull back in the day when that meant something, when computer systems didn’t control the stock market with micro-second trades based upon algorithms and when recessions did not officially end yet really continue for protracted periods of time.

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    If anything, Buffett should be in jail for insider trading. Consider events of the Great Recession as prime example. When GE got into financial trouble as commercial paper ran dry for a short spell and the company wanted to secure some just-in-case capital while Uncle Sam got its backstop in order, Buffett stepped in to the rescue with $10 billion to invest for preferred shares which got Berkshire Hathaway a valuable 10% coupon and stock price options that will be valuable, one day.

    Buffett got similar treatment with Goldman Sachs in the great recession, when financial the company went scrambling for cash, making a $5 billion investment in that company in 2008 at the height of the crisis on behalf of his company, Berkshire Hathaway. Earlier this year, Goldman Sachs repurchased Berkshire Hathaway’s investment for $5.65 billion, yielding a nice return for Buffett’s Omaha, Nebraska company.

    Martha Stewart went to prison for selling stock on a tip from her broker and denying it. Warren learned from the source companies needed cash, gave it to them for stock, and got a big bonus for his company for the trouble.

    Oh, how so many individual investors holding GE stock in their retirement accounts would have liked to know when the company’s stock price was still in the 30s what was going on behind the scene.

    Over the past several decades, perhaps no figure has been as closely watched and emulated by investors big and large as Buffett. They look closely to see what stocks Berkshire Hathaway has added or traded from company reports to see what sectors or companies they should add or drop from portfolios, and they devour books about his investment strategies and style, proclaiming him the money master.

    The biggest secret to Buffett’s success, though, is probably that he’s had a bunch of money at his disposal for investment and power mongering. When you have it, you’ve got it, but when you don’t you don’t. Having it and playing what amounts over the years in a century marked as decidedly bullish for traditional investment strategies and equities to baseline conservative buy and hold worked well for Buffett.

    But as the world changes so fast, so too does the importance we all should give to every whim and whimper from Buffett. Sure, he’s important because he’s still heading Berkshire Hathaway, a big company financially speaking. The biggest story there, though, may be whether or not the company’s shares are priced at a value level after being driven down in recent months.

    Hard to imagine one could call a share price worth $112,000 a bargain, but even a weary naysayer must admit that intrinsically it probably is, since that price is barely above book value. But one reason among several that Berkshire Hathaway’s stock price has been driven down is concern about who Buffett will choose as his successor whenever he does finally retire.

    I’m not so sure, however, if that talk and other that continues to swirl around Buffett is too much weight given to his place in the investment world in a 21st century reality. Simply, his status for today’s terms is overblown. Compared to the likes of Apple and Google and even Goldman Sachs or GE, what that company does is not that complicated. Or else the aged Buffett wouldn’t be able to pull it off.

  323. California Pinkers:

    Janice Hahn, she is running for the 36th Congressional District? Got any thoughts?

  324. Janice Hahn is a former Los Angeles City Council person and the sister of the former Mayor of Los Angeles, James Hahn, who was booted from office after one term. Both are children of a legendary County Supervisor, champion of working class and black Angelenos. A real solid politician / elected official. His children, Janice and James rode their father’s name into office. Janice and James Hahn are mediocre politicians, with little to recommend them. The word “milquetoast” comes to mind. Janice Hahn is running for the seat vacated by that horrible, dishonest Jane Harman. The district runs along the coast, from liberal Venice Beach to the north, down into the Long Beach Harbor area (the latter encompassing the city council district both baby Hahns formerly represented). She’ll probably be elected, adding to the number of what this blog refers to as the Dimocrats in Washington.

  325. by the way, dont talk to me about earthquakes, we’ve had 8 in the last 2 days, the whole house shook this morning, i fell out of bed.

    and by the way…..i’m hearing a lot from different places and sources that Germany has started printing Deutchmarks again, if thats true, the euro is f££ked.

  326. I’m not gay,but I think the current push for gay/les rights is good at this time. Great to see the Empire State Building and other landmarks lit up with rainbow lights!

  327. Pelosi is “demanding” inclusion in the debt discussions between Bambi Reid and Boehner. She has no standing to make such a demand since she is no longer the nominal leader of the lower chamber. If she is included then McConnell will be included too. This jackass from the Hill newsaper–Kondacke’s silly rag, claims in error that McConnell and Bambi cut the last raising the debt ceiling deal–but the fact is the parties to that deal were Bambi, Reid and Bohener. I have mixed emotions on whether we should want Poosie in the room. On the one hand. I think she alone will hold the line on social security. But the countervailing concern is that she is such a big spender–$5 trillion added to federal debt since she became Speaker in 2007 that no deal will be possible unless Bambi muzzles her–and that would give him one more internal enemy, but in fairness, I do not think there is much she could do–sick that bloated walrus George Miller on him? Michelle would kick George in the balls and that would be the end of poor pathetic him.

  328. turndownobama
    I think the Empire State Building with Rainbow lights is a great thing especially for the many many gay youths grappling with identity and acceptance. Not easy for more than a few. Desparation, isolation shame not easy when you are a teen. I was questioning the possible backlash after reading the major news stories and comments filled with the venom. Later I visited almost every conserative blog I could think of and found very few that even broached the issue and of those that did the comments were civil.
    Best thing I came across all day(not on a conservative blog) was a post at the Crawdad Hole about a 16 year old girl marrying a 51 year old actor. Being a fan of the place I am inclined to believe that they gave the issue the perfect response.

  329. On the other hand I can see how the fight for marriage equality fits very well into the alinsky/soros paradigm– break down the basic unit break down the country. I really don’t go that far but one of my favorite reads EVER is Eliade’s The Sacred and the Profane. People need to believe in something to exist. Take away things you were taught to believe in and where are you. Dealt with many hardcore addicts in my pseudo-professional life and can tell you the only one’s who made it through are those that found something beyond themselves to believe in. Some times 12 steps sometimes god, a baby or even the simple thought of being sick and tired of being sick and tired of the way they felt. Eliade espouses the need to believe in something beyond ourselves and while I don’t think gay marriage should have the power to diminish what your own vows are I can see how its just chipping away at once we once believed in.

  330. Henry,

    One good comment was: “I heard a cheer from the little old lady in Dubuque and her wife.”

  331. Poosie in the room. On the one hand. I think she alone will hold the line on social security.

    ——————–

    That’s important. If they don’t spend it that way, they’ll spend it some worse way.

  332. turndownobama
    no idea if this true but I heard from a fiend in LA who heard from a friend that Brad Pitt and Angelina are going to do something big to recognize the bill. They have both said they will never get married again until every one can. I am no fan of celebrities who preach to me but I’ve heard they put their money where their mouthes are– especially in New Orleans. Word I’m getting is Lady Gaga, Cyndi Lauper, and some guy from the 70’s known as the White Duke are talking concert ala Live Aid to raise awareness and monies for something called equality worldwide. Would be nice if it turns out to be true.

  333. A catchy statement at gateway:
    Palin and Failin’ will both be in Iowa on Tuesday…

    And, after watching a QVC host refer several times to her new Sarah Palin glasses, I wonder if Palin is gaining traction.

  334. McConnell, the King of Poppycock, again doing his damnedest preaching to the choir. We know the deals have been made. Now huff and puff you’ll blow our houses down… like the actor you are and tell us what your take away is from the WH-
    __________________________

    McConnell: Agree to Cut Medicare or I Will Destroy the Economy

    The cynicism of American politicians is a strong and persistent theme, but this most recent move by Republican Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell takes it to a whole new level. A mere six months after Republicans won big by attacking Democrats for “cutting Medicare,” McConnell is now demanding cuts to Medicare or else he will do serious damage to the American economy. From the Washington Post:

    Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell told President Obama on Thursday that he must agree to cut spending on federal agencies over the next two years and make significant changes to Medicare and Medicaid as part of a deal for raising the legal limit on government borrowing.

    During a White House meeting with the entire Senate Republican caucus, McConnell (Ky.) told the president that the battle over the debt limit is a critical opportunity to overhaul the popular health-care entitlement programs, which are projected to be the biggest drivers of future borrowing.

    This is chutzpah in its purest form. McConnell went from great defender of Medicare to threatening to take down the whole economy unless Democrats allow them to cut the program in the political blink of an eye.

    I’ve long ago stopped wondering if the Republican leaders has any sense of shame, but I would at least expect them to show some political concern about so blatantly making such an incredibly hypocritical move on a very important issue so quickly.

    http://fdlaction.firedoglake.com/2011/05/12/mcconnell-agree-to-cut-medicare-or-i-will-destroy-the-economy/

  335. And China’s march continues on….

    http://www.nytimes.com/2011/06/26/business/global/26bridge.html?_r=1&partner=rss&emc=rss

    “San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge Now Made in China

    Next month, the last four of more than two dozen giant steel modules — each with a roadbed segment about half the size of a football field — will be loaded onto a huge ship and transported 6,500 miles to Oakland. There, they will be assembled to fit into the eastern span of the new Bay Bridge.

    The project is part of China’s continual move up the global economic value chain — from cheap toys to Apple iPads to commercial jetliners — as it aims to become the world’s civil engineer.”

  336. Tim-

    Mrs O is there as the donations collector. Obama is struggling with his fundraisers. Guaranteed she comes home with a briefcase full of money for his campaign. Who else can board a plane with millions in their luggage and walk off undetected.

  337. “if the Republican leaders has any sense of shame, but I would at least expect them to show some political concern about so blatantly making such an incredibly hypocritical move on a very important issue so quickly.”

    Apparently Firedog has no level of comprehension as to how much damage ObamaCare will do to Medicare as well as Medicaid. These fools went along with Waffles for that damn rationing board and all the other crap in the “afforable” “Healthcare” bill, and now the evil repubs want to cut it. Where the hell were they last year? Did they even read the damage that’s written in that 2700 page bill? No

  338. Mrs. Smith
    June 26th, 2011 at 8:07 am

    Good Morning. Yes, of course you are correct, I have collegues, friends, who haven’t had a vacation in 3 years, work 7 days a week most weeks, and then to see this woman taking her entire family on a summer vacation, ugh! as my niece would say. These people have not one ounce of shame, not one. The american people are there to serve them, wait on them, pay for their vacations, according to them, and most of the media I suspect as well.

  339. Reports: Wisconsin Supreme Court Justice Prosser Choked Colleague Before Anti-Union Decision

    By: David Dayen June 25, 2011

    David Prosser, just re-elected to another 10-year term on the Wisconsin Supreme Court in a tight election, allegedly “grabbed fellow Justice Ann Bradley Walsh by the neck” prior to the release of the hasty ruling on the anti-union bill, which the court eventually upheld.

    Details of the incident, investigated jointly by Wisconsin Public Radio and the Wisconsin Center for Investigative Journalism, remain sketchy. The sources spoke on the condition that they not be named, citing a need to preserve professional relationships.

    They say an argument that occurred before the court’s release of a decision upholding a bill to curtail the collective bargaining rights of public employees culminated in a physical altercation in the presence of other justices. Bradley purportedly asked Prosser to leave her office, whereupon Prosser grabbed Bradley by the neck with both hands.

    Justice Prosser, contacted Friday afternoon by the Center, declined comment: “I have nothing to say about it.” He repeated this statement after the particulars of the story — including the allegation that there was physical contact between him and Bradley — were described. He did not confirm or deny any part of the reconstructed account.

    The Capitol Police were apparently called out for this incident, and the Wisconsin Judicial Commission, the investigative overseer of the judicial branch, was brought in on the matter as well, though they did not confirm or deny this.

    During Prosser’s re-election campaign, there was an report that he called Chief Justice Shirley Abrahamson a “total bitch” who he would “destroy,” comments Prosser eventually acknowledged. So this is at least the second incident of violent verbal or, in this case, physical violence coming from Prosser.

    Prosser, A Republican, won re-election by around 7,000 votes out of nearly 1.5 million case over JoAnne Kloppenburg, a Democratic assistant US Attorney. Kloppenburg had a razor-thin lead before thousands of votes from the city of Brookfield in Waukesha County were mysteriously “found” two days after the election. After a recount, the decision was confirmed, and Prosser awarded the victory.

    But after this incident, that decision may have to be rethought. Assault of this type, if it’s proven true, is a class H felony under Wisconsin law. As Ian Milhiser notes, there are mechanisms in Wisconsin to remove Prosser, although it’s doubtful any of them would be employed immediately. Prosser could be impeached, but that would require a majority vote in the Assembly to impeach and a 2/3 vote in the Senate to convict. There’s something called a “removal by address,” but again that’s through a 2/3 vote of each house of the legislature. Prosser could actually be recalled from office, much like the Senate recalls. But he gets a one-year grace period from the beginning of his term (which doesn’t start until August), so that couldn’t occur for a year.

    So the only real option is resignation, which I would suspect some organizations in Wisconsin will call for soon. We’ve all seen Republicans in Wisconsin ignore standard norms practically every step of the way since the election of Scott Walker, and I wouldn’t expect any different from Prosser. But he deserves a lot of pressure over this. The guy obviously has nothing close to a judicial temperament, and may actually be a felon under Wisconsin law.

    Another interesting aspect of this is the timing, coming right before the release of the decision on the anti-union law. You may remember this highly ideological decision, written in part by Prosser, where the state Supreme Court along party lines both took the case and gave the ruling on the same day. The ruling amounted to “if the legislature does it, then it’s not illegal,” dismissing the violation of open meetings requirements during the passage of the anti-union bill by saying basically that the legislature wasn’t bound by it. There have been allegations of close contact between Republican Justices and legislative leaders, and the evidence surrounding the case comes close to confirming that. Assembly Speaker Jeff Fitzgerald announced on June 13 that, if there were no Supreme Court decision, his chamber would pass the anti-union bill again as part of the budget. The next day, the Supreme Court delivered their ruling.

    I would imagine we haven’t heard the last of this.

    http://news.firedoglake.com/2011/06/25/wisconsin-supreme-court-justice-prosser-choked-colleague-before-anti-union-decision/

  340. tim
    June 26th, 2011 at 8:11 am

    Mrs. Smith
    June 26th, 2011 at 8:07 am
    ________________

    Good Morning, Tim. Exactly, we already know they will do anything to Win. At this point, that is a given. And how they burn through money like Grant took Richmond.

  341. Mrs. Smith
    June 26th, 2011 at 8:07 am

    Tim-

    Mrs O is there as the donations collector. Obama is struggling with his fundraisers. Guaranteed she comes home with a briefcase full of money for his campaign. Who else can board a plane with millions in their luggage and walk off undetected.
    _________

    Hi, I thought of that too, remember that picture of her at the airport with the two girls wrapped in blankets where she is looking over her shoulder at the camera? If I ever saw a human being look like a deer caught in the headlights that was it.

  342. A-yup, McConnell will do just like he did last time, coming to agreement, McConnell appearing to acquiesce to Obama.
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    White House Could Ignore the Debt Limit, Order Debt Repayment, According to Constitutional Scholars

    By: David Dayen June 24, 2011

    The President announced a day of shuttle diplomacy on Monday, with consecutive meetings with Harry Reid and Mitch McConnell aimed at “negotiations to find common ground on a balanced approach to deficit reduction.” Notably, House Speaker John Boehner is not part of this round of meetings; there was this assumption that Boehner and Obama would have to work out the differences between the two of them and arrive at a solution, but the White House has dismissed that for now.

    At the beginning of the month, July 4 was seen as a soft deadline for arriving at a solution on the debt limit and deficit reduction. That doesn’t appear likely now, although the meetings next week look like the last-ditch effort to find a deal. What happens if that breaks down? Treasury has given the hard deadline as August 2, after which the debt limit will have been reached, and extraordinary measures by Treasury no longer effective. But money will still be coming into the Treasury on a rolling basis, just not enough to meet current commitments.

    At this point the White House has a few options. They can pay off a portion of the creditors, while giving warrants or IOUs to everyone else; they could simply default on some payments, triggering a fairly catastrophic series of events; or, they could ignore the whole concept of a debt limit and continue paying out debt on Constitutional grounds. This third option is getting more and more play, including in the New Republic:

    Jonathan Zasloff, a professor at the UCLA School of Law who has discussed this idea on a blog that he writes with several other academics, told me that while an order from the president for the Treasury Department to continue issuing new debt sounded extreme, it was unclear who could prove sufficient injury from the decision that would qualify the person to sue the administration in court. “Who has some kind of particularized injury, in fact?” Zasloff asked, and he could not come up with a satisfying answer.

    Leaving Congress aside, it appears the only possible party to a suit challenging the administration’s ability to exceed the debt ceiling would be a character that almost seems designed to elicit zero public sympathy: those who purchased credit default swaps which would pay off in the event of government default. Charles Tiefer, a law professor at the University of Baltimore, told me that Congress could pass a statute that strengthened the ability of this group of investors to sue as an injured party. But this statute, of course, could be filibustered in the Senate or vetoed by the president. Moreover, it would force Republicans to defend the right of those who had hoped to profit from a national default or dip in creditworthiness to sue the government because their payouts had been prevented.

    But even if standing could be established and the Obama administration gets taken to court, some legal experts note that an additional argument of surprising strength could be made: The government cannot legally default on its debts. Former Reagan official and maverick conservative budget wonk Bruce Bartlett has suggested as much by invoking Section Four of the Fourteenth Amendment, which says that “The validity of the public debt of the United States, authorized by law … shall not be questioned.” Although there has been little litigation or discussion of this section, it could be read to imply an absolute firewall against statutory limits on paying or devaluing the debt.

    Is it really such an open and shut case? Obviously it has not yet been challenged in court. Yet the intent of the Fourteenth Amendment is pretty clear.

    Still, given the current chief executive, I’d have to say this falls more along the lines of the theoretical. It would be very partisan to ignore the debt limit, and it really wouldn’t fit with the stated goal of the President to responsibly manage the nation’s deficit. The President has been talking about a grand bargain to reduce the deficit since before his Presidency. Most, if not all, of his economic team wants to see that happen. I’m not sure they see the debt limit as a constraint so much as a forcing event.

    http://news.firedoglake.com/2011/06/24/white-house-could-ignore-the-debt-limit-order-debt-repayment-according-to-constitutional-scholars/
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    I say choose the option that allows the Treasury to continue issuing debt, leave the bondholders holding their johnsons citing the 14th Amendment provision as authority, and let’s watch a few Republican heads explode while they trash the 14th Amendment yet again.

    They can’t have it both ways, citing the 14th when they wanna get their boy in the White House, or when they want to confer citizenship on lifeless corporations and then denying its legitimacy when it’s applied in a way that benefits us little people and the country as a whole.

  343. Betty
    June 26th, 2011 at 8:31 am

    Mrs. Smith
    June 26th, 2011 at 8:07 am

    The woman is definitely on a mission. No fancy hotels, fancy clothes, photo-ops around every corner… NO OPRAH! 🙂

  344. “White House Could Ignore the Debt Limit, Order Debt Repayment, According to Constitutional Scholars”

    Why the hell even Congress at that point then? why elect people to represent us in Congress, Wars in countries like Libya, no congressional approval needed, executive orders granting temporary amnesty to illegals, no congressional approval needed, and now worse of all, agree to put this country more into debt, no congressional approval needed.

    I would not be a bit surprised if states state making gold a legitimate currency in their states and start openly questioning the US dollar as the only option for currency in their states. Utah I believe has already started this, SC already accepts gold as a currency.

  345. Finally, one Senator, Rand Paul Calls TSA on the Carpet:

    The insanity continues.

    Young children, pregnant women, cancer survivors are still being irradiated daily by x-ray machines that have no independent testing or monitoring.

    Six year olds, elderly in wheelchairs, even infants are being subjected to searches you’d otherwise have to be a convicted criminal in lockdown to receive.

    Wear a Burqa or your passport denotes you as Muslim, you can walk right through.

  346. “would not be a bit surprised if states state making gold a legitimate currency in their states and start openly questioning the US dollar as the only option for currency in their states. Utah I believe has already started this, SC already accepts gold as a currency.”
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    Seeing buying GOLD will be verboten after July 15th. I expect a ‘new’ currency will be circulating soon. OR Citizens may take it upon themselves either state by state or in tandem, creating their own currency reliving their Civil War history relieving the country and it’s citizens of the lugubrious debt created by Bankers.

  347. Re: the Judge Prosser in Wisconsin story – there are conflicting reports. At least one witness says that Bradley is the one who who charged Prosser with fists raised, and he was defending himself. Several justices were present in the room, and if it’s as cut and dried as firedoglake is implying, there would have been a police report or charges. There aren’t.

    “But another source told the Journal Sentinel that Bradley attacked Prosser. “She charged him with fists raised,” the source said. Prosser “put his hands in a defensive posture,” the source said. “He blocked her.” In doing so, the source said, he made contact with Bradley’s neck.

    Another source said the justices were arguing… [and] Prosser said he”d lost all confidence in [Abrahamson’s] leadership. Bradley then came across the room “with fists up,” the source said. Prosser put up his hands to push her back. Bradley then said she had been choked, according to the source. Another justice – the source wouldn’t say who – responded, “You were not choked.”
    According to the Journal Sentinel, Prosser issued a statement today, saying the accusation against him “will be proven false.”

    http://althouse.blogspot.com/2011/06/alternate-account-of-prosser-bradley.html

  348. http://fdlaction.firedoglake.com/2011/05/12/mcconnell-agree-to-cut-medicare-or-i-will-destroy-the-economy/
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    Jesus Christ look at the source. Firedog Lake? One of the most left wing blogs out there. I would like to know specifics. Here are my questions: Is McConnell demanding that entitlements be addressed? Yes. Do I agree with him? Yes. But not until we have cut foreign aid to zero, withdrawn from these wars which are going sideways, and hit the upper class with a substantial tax increase. Then and only then would I consider it. The problem is the American People have no lobbyists. ARP? Give me a fucking break. You saw what those whores did on Obama care. Congress? If your test is Allen West, or Marco Rubio then yes. But as long as you have establishment Republicans like McConnell and Bohener who defy their own base running the show, they deserve the 17% approval rating they have. The most frustrating part of it is the grass roots left and the grass roots right have a common interest in preventing a complete business takeover of the country. But they hate each other to the point that they cannot possibly close ranks against the common enemy. If this headline is true then McConnell is suicidal. I suspect good old Jane is misrepresenting his comments just a scosh. “If you don’t cut entitlements then I will ruin the economy??? Does that sound like a politician running for public office? What incentive would that give for people to vote for him. Someone needs to tell the hamster that if the last republican vanished from the face of the earth, the kingdom of god would not be at hand, because obviously she believes otherwise.

    As for this crap about Prosser strangling a fellow justice, this is loony tunes. Is this the best big media can do. As I said in the beginning, I did not want it to come to this, and if the unions had played their hand differently, rather than turning it into a scene out of The Gangs of New York for the dimocratic masters, they would have had the moral high ground and they would have boxed this governor in.

  349. The problem with cutting entitlements is it will bankrupt millions of people–and force them to end their own lives. A friend of mine is on dyanlisis and he told me it costs $200,000 per year. He is tired of it and is thinking about quitting and moving into a hospice. This is not bad news for the Harvard trained elites however, rather it is a buying opportunity for cheap real estate. There will be a political pushback but they can manage it through their corrupt big media and by achieving what John Dingle (D-Mi) described as putting in place the structures which control the American People. You can see how the elites are managing this thing to their own advantage and the disadvantage of the American People, thus the question becomes how do you throw a monkey wrench into their schemes within the limits of the law. To do this unlawfully would cede the advantage to them, plus as Hedges points out, violence is like an addictive drug. In one word, it is counterproductive.

  350. I want McConnell to keep his filthy hands off our Social Security and Medicare. We paid for it up front. McConnell and his ilk can take a hike and take an across the board pay cut in place of raiding our so called entitlements.

    Foreign Aid is not even on the table or up for discussion. So what is the point of mentioning something that will never happen. You might as well say, when Hell freezes over for the same effect using that statement as a cudgel.

    Left Wing Blogs? How about articles from the RW blogs we post here every day… There are elements of Truth in what I posted about McConnell- He is a down and dirty hypocrite.
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    Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) admitted in a National Journal interview that the Republican Party has no intention of finding solutions to America’s many problems.

    And the Party of No has no intention of legislating to make the lives of ordinary Americans easier. What is on the top of McConnell’s to do list for the next two-years? Besides rolling over for special interests and giving their rich friends tax breaks, McConnell plans to lead his party on a campaign to destroy the presidency of Barack Obama, to ensure a return to power in 2012.

    And he has no problem saying it out loud. The Democratic National Committee released a video today shining a light on McConnell’s plan for America, asking the question “What does that mean for you?” (video here)

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_38qVk_g5B4&feature=player_embedded

    When asked by the National Journal to name the top Republican legislative strategies for the next two-years, McConnell responded that he has his sights set firmly on toppling the Obama administration.

    “The single most important thing we want to achieve is for President Obama to be a one-term president,” McConnell said, adding, “Our single biggest political goal is to give [the Republican] nominee for president the maximum opportunity to be successful.”

    Not that McConnell’s concession of naked ambition and lust for power is a surprise, but it’s unusual for a Party leader to admit it so openly. It’s been obvious since Obama was elected that Republicans would do whatever it takes to destroy the his presidency.

    So, now that McConnell is being honest about the GOP agenda, the Democrats want to make sure the American people understand the Republican priorities. And their priorities don’t include solving the problems facing Americans of unemployment and a bad economy.

    The text of the ad provides a few examples of some of the problems in our country that the GOP could address, but they won’t because they would rather play political games while Americans suffer.

    “What is the single most important thing for Republicans to address in Washington?”

    “Jobs and the economy? Nope. Tax relief for families and small businesses? Nope. Education? Nope. Healthcare? No. Clean energy? Not that either. So, what do Republicans want to do? They want to focus on playing politics rather than solving problems. In fact, the Republican leader in the senate Mitch McConnell said:

    the‘Single most important thing we want to achieve is for President Obama to be a one term president.’

    So if that is the single most important thing to Republicans, what does that mean for you?”

    After McConnell made his remarks, even former Republican Congressman, MSNBC’s Joe Scarborough condemned them as “embarrassing” and “pathetic.”

    White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs, also took McConnell and the Republican Party to task for focusing on politics instead of doing the job they were elected to do. Gibbs told reporters at the press briefing yesterday, “it’s a deeply disappointing message that regardless of the outcome of this election, political gridlock and political gamesmanship is what the American people have to look forward to over the next two years.”

  351. Seeing buying GOLD will be verboten after July 15th. I expect a ‘new’ currency will be circulating soon. OR Citizens may take it upon themselves either state by state or in tandem, creating their own currency reliving their Civil War history relieving the country and it’s citizens of the lugubrious debt created by Bankers.
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    As I recall, FDR prohibited trading in gold as well. If this rumor is true, then the price of gold must go down, because if there is no market in it, it will lose its value. As for the new currency, do you have any current proof? You may recall that Lou Dobbs had evidence that the Harvard trained elites were working on a new currency called the Amero which would replace the dollar. This was all very hush hush of course but it was part of the grand idea of a North American Union. Anything you have on this would be valuable right now, because this fits in the category of something we know is happening but cannot prove. If we have the proof, I think we should feed it to the Hamster, and tell her not to be bamboozled by party labels, because it is one elite class which is doing this and they have their hands in both parties.

  352. Well, I’m no McConnell fan, but I agree with him on this one. Getting rid of Obama IS the most important thing to do for this country. You have to stop the ongoing damage before you can fix anything.

  353. I want McConnell to keep his filthy hands off our Social Security and Medicare
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    I agree. But I would set it up differently. I would say–sure, but you must first end all foreign aid, bring home all the troops, and tax the hell out of the Harvard trained elites. After you have done all that we would be happy to discuss what if anything can be done without massive dislocation and the destruction of millions of lives. In negotiation lingo, that is called a Japanese no. If that is what McConnell is saying–and we know it is what that hair lipped Lindsey Graham is spouting, then they need to get their priorities straight.

  354. Well, I’m no McConnell fan, but I agree with him on this one. Getting rid of Obama IS the most important thing to do for this country. You have to stop the ongoing damage before you can fix anything.
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    It is sine qua non.

  355. Think of what these dims have done. Pelosi and company have added 5 trillion to the national debt since she became speaker. And they have added an addition trillion or more in useless business regulations which preclude job growth to alleviate the growing problem of unemployment. As a result, 42% of every dollar government spends is borrowed. I am not exhonerating Bush, but the dims had congress and congress held the purse strings. And yet, faced with clear, cogent and convincing proof that Obama is sinking the country, millions of people behave like Mr. Magoo and believe big media. Pathetic.

  356. McConnell is triangulating. If he truly intends on Obama being a “one term” president, he has the power to move for Impeachment. He has several opportunities placed in front of him, so what is he doing? Talking about BK the economy.
    Picking on the American people is pure unadulterated Bull Shit!

    Yeah, the Dems were stupid to back Obama but there is and never will be a Party as divisive and CORRUPT as the Republican Party. Where we are today is the result of their fine handi-work and finding the right stooge, Obama, to carry water for them.

    McConnell wants Obama to be a “one” term president. Put your money where that ugly mouth of your’s is and IMPEACH him, you LYING bastard.

  357. “As I recall, FDR prohibited trading in gold as well. ”

    That’s because at that point the US dollar was backed by gold — as the US dollar and gold were linked, FDR could do this legally, Nixon eliminated this link. Gold is no longer considered a currency at the federal level, it is just another commodity. There was a supreme court ruling that because it is now considered a commodity not a backer of the US dollar, the US govt has no say or restrictions on trading.
    The July 15th prohibition of OTC (over the counter) trading of gold will be overruled in courts. Especially when the dollar gets devalued even more in the fall and even more next year.

    Amero is more of a replacement for the dollar within the north american continent, I’m speaking of states, US states saying they will accept gold as a payment, and soon there will be states that will challenge the US dollar as a currency in their own states — the main effect this will have in on the local banks, most banks are FDIC insured as they are backed by the gurantees of the federal reserve, a local bank can exist without that FDIC gurantee, they haven’t existed yet because the population will never be customers of such a bank — yet, because people still belive that the federal reserve has some pot of money somewhere, they don’t understand that the gurantee means they will just print up money for those 250K FDIC gurantees, and by printing this money, devaluing the US dollar, and standard of livings of people plummets.
    Not to get all Ron Paul, but he is very much correct when he sayd the Fed Reserve is in fact a cartel of sorts, they control the supply of money, but not to preserve the actual value of the US dollar but to make sure banks and those in control of those banks are well protected, they say its for “stability of the economy”, but in fact its more for the stability of the banks, not the local ones, the multinational, major banks like JP Morgan, Goldman, etc, I think there are 7, 8? of them.

    Here is the link of SC accepting gold as a backer of its own state currency (it already accepts gold as payment):
    http dot //news dot yahoo dot com/s/yblog_thelookout/20110214/us_yblog_thelookout/south-carolina-lawmaker-wants-separate-currency-for-state

    and UT starting to look at it:
    www dot washingtontimes dot com/news/2011/mar/10/utah-legislature-goes-gold-silver-legal-tender/

  358. We are indeed going to have to do something about entitlement spending at some point. But lets stop the wars and all the other crap first. Even the small things, though they do not account for a lot of the money, are important so that one develops fiscal discipline as a habit. It’s like saying it doesn’t matter if I buy starbucks and sodas and movies all day long, because the REAL killer in my budget is that balloon mortgage. Well, maybe it is. And maybe I need to refinance. But you get rid of those little expenses in the meantime, because a) every little bit helps, and b) it puts you in the frame of mind to be serious about the bigger stuff. You don’t throw up your hands and say, “Oh well, may as well buy video games and a new iPod, because they are nothing compared to that mortgage!” That’s lunacy.

    I saw someone suggest the other day that we need to do random street polls about all these hundreds of obscure govt agencies. If 9 out of 10 people don’t even know what the hell it is or wat it DOES, then it gets cut. 😀

  359. “Well, I’m no McConnell fan, but I agree with him on this one. Getting rid of Obama IS the most important thing to do for this country. You have to stop the ongoing damage before you can fix anything.”

    Agreed.

  360. Waffles was handed a recession, instead of just stablizing the system, he add layers of new bureaucratic crap, not to stablize the system, but to gain more control to the govt, more nooks and crannies for a corrupt govt, agencies, cronism, bureaucrats to fester in.

  361. another great move by Waffles.

    http://www.zerohedge.com/article/iea-opec-nash-equilibrium-collapses-1973-style-opec-embargo-next

    “Last week’s dramatic decision by the US administration to strongarm the IEA into releasing strategic petroleum reserves (of which the US would account for 30 million barrels, or half of the total), is nothing but yet another example of the hobbled and incredibly short-sighted thinking that permeates every corner of the Obama administration. Because as the WSJ reports, “the move by the U.S. and its allies to release strategic reserves of oil could provide a much-needed shot in the arm for the U.S. economy, but risks inflicting lasting damage on the already tense relationship between oil producers and consumers.
    cont…

    What happens next is complete Nash equilibrium collapse, with a high possibility of a 1973-type OPEC oil embargo announcement in the immediate future.”

  362. During Prosser’s re-election campaign, there was an report that he called Chief Justice Shirley Abrahamson a “total bitch” who he would “destroy,” comments Prosser eventually acknowledged. So this is at least the second incident of violent verbal or, in this case, physical violence coming from Prosser.

    Prosser, A Republican, won re-election by around 7,000 votes out of nearly 1.5 million case over JoAnne Kloppenburg, a Democratic assistant US Attorney. Kloppenburg had a razor-thin lead before thousands of votes from the city of Brookfield in Waukesha County were mysteriously “found” two days after the election. After a recount, the decision was confirmed, and Prosser awarded the victory.
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    Something rotten in Wisconsin? Time will tell.

  363. from the article:

    “”Going ahead with an increase would cut into revenue, said Christof Ruehl, chief economist of BP PLC. But cutting production to offset the release, he said, “would be seen as hostile by IEA members” and “could lead to a war of attrition, at least as expensive,” in which OPEC cuts production and the IEA keeps releasing stocks to make up for the shortage.” The winner of all this, is of course, China, which will gladly benefit from ongoing blue light specials courtesy of the US Strtategic Petroleum Reserve to build up its own reserve holdings, as the rest of the world squabbles over a US-dominated status quo whose time has now officially passed. And just as the rare earth metal price spike in recent weeks demonstrates what happens when China is the marginal anything in any supply chain, one can be certain that the price of Crude will be far, far higher several years from now. “

    Waffles really has no concept of preserving the long term strategic interests of this country. Good for his political standing? that’s all that matters, then its all good, doesn’t matter if it hurts America and americans long term. Never has there been such an ignorant man to occupy the WH.

  364. #
    tim
    June 26th, 2011 at 12:04 pm

    “Well, I’m no McConnell fan, but I agree with him on this one. Getting rid of Obama IS the most important thing to do for this country. You have to stop the ongoing damage before you can fix anything.”

    Agreed.
    ______________

    McConnell is blowing smoke- he no more wants to get rid of Obama than tearing up winning a lottery ticket. He has the power to generate support in the House where Impeachment proceedings must emanate. On that score, he has selective amnesia and choses to antagonize the American people with threats of destroying the economy, when the economy is almost there anyway… With nothing left to do, he posits mea culpas for making rash embarrassing statements about the president.

    Issa has handed McConnell Obama head on a silver platter as well as Holders’.. All I hear from McConnell on the ‘Gun Walker’ scandal and the “NO Congressional AUTHORITY” on the Libyan War from McConnell, from where I’m sitting is CRICKETS..

    If that were Bill Clinton as president, he would be smeared on every Front page newspaper from here to kingdom come as rolling over our Democracy turning it into a Dictatorship.

    The newspaper headlines would go something like this:

    “CLINTON DECLARES HIMSELF DICTATOR OF THE US. Republicans OUTRAGED”

    Did I mention every Republican would be outraged, ( I did, thanks)standing proudly as a Patriot wrapped in a US Flag…and guess what everyone would agree with him.

  365. Oh, I think McConnell is full of crap. But the DNC ad claim that it was somehow shocking and inappropriate for him to say getting rid of Obama is job one, is bullcrap as well. It’s just more of the “They are nasty calculating politicians and we are selfless public servants” bullshit that the Dems have been pulling forever.

  366. Mrs. Smith
    June 26th, 2011 at 12:24 pm

    Oh I agree with you, but the only defense I would give to mcConnell is that the repub know the LSM, all of them, are protectors of Waffles, people (repubs I know) say Clinton was protected by the press, and I say to them (and they completely agree, as Trump said as well): Waffles is protected by the American press like no one in American history.
    All Mcconell can do, Issa can do, is keep exposing this, over and over again, the LSM, other than Fox, won’t cover it, but the Internet will, and thankfully more and more people are relying on the Internet, as more americans see the American “Mainstream” Press Corps as the defenders and protectors of the Waffles administration, they are in fact as Pat Cadell said in the last weeks “the enemy of the American people” (the LSM that is).

  367. Lady Lynn on Fox on Thursday/Friday said: “After 2008, the democrat party has no standing in lecturing anyone about fairness and ethics.”
    I respect this lady so much, though still don’t understand why she’s backing Huntsman.

  368. tim
    Just guessing here, but maybe Lady Lynn sees Huntsman as the most moderate republican and she will support him over Obama.

  369. Republicans are masters of deception. Telling you LOOK OVER HERE.. while they are safeguarding their Machiavellian stooge over THERE..
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    BCL-

    I happened to stumble on the Prosser/Bradley scandal and McConnell’s BS diatribe accidentally this morning at FDL. Finding a few articles interesting with information that had not been mainstream news. At least to me anyway. I thought seeing how quiet it was here, I’d get wbboei going this morning shifting his adrenaline into overdrive and “end up asking him hows the weather in Seattle today?” 🙂

    BTW, wbboei- Is it raining there like it has been here on and off for the last two months?

  370. Tim,

    The zero hedge site is a good one.
    _______________

    Reading in the comment section, (using their search feature) I typed in no gold sales after July 15- From what I read there, the expiration date is mentioned in the Dodd-Frank Bill along with a reinstatement of FDR Bill same number and all.

    I don’t think anyone has read the Dodd-Frank Bill in it’s entirety just yet. However, the comments were interesting as to the government’s motive for making such a declaration exclusive only to US Citizens.

  371. Tim,

    You might be interested in reading in reading the BRIC Theory.

    I have not formed and opinion on it just yet because it is relevant to the NWO and the professed Global Economy. How this movement plays out in the future, I think is still undecided but has serious ramifications for us to do with the future outcome of our own economy.

    Here is their Thesis:

    “Goldman Sachs argues that the economic potential of Brazil, Russia, India and China is such that they could become among the four most dominant economies by the year 2050. The thesis was proposed by Jim O’Neill, global economist at Goldman Sachs.[13] These countries encompass over 25% of the world’s land coverage and 40% of the world’s population and hold a combined GDP (PPP) of 18.486 trillion dollars. On almost every scale, they would be the largest entity on the global stage. These four countries are among the biggest and fastest growing emerging markets.[citation needed]

    However, it is not the intent of Goldman Sachs to argue that these four countries are a political alliance (such as the European Union) or any formal trading association, like ASEAN. Nevertheless, they have taken steps to increase their political cooperation, mainly as a way of influencing the United States position on major trade accords, or, through the implicit threat of political cooperation, as a way of extracting political concessions from the United States, such as the proposed nuclear cooperation with India.”[citation needed]

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/BRIC

  372. Republicans are masters of deception. Telling you LOOK OVER HERE.. while they are safeguarding their Machiavellian stooge over THERE..

    ===========

    True.

  373. If that were Bill Clinton as president, he would be smeared on every Front page newspaper from here to kingdom come as rolling over our Democracy turning it into a Dictatorship.

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

    That’s about what they did say about Kosovo.

  374. I respect this lady so much, though still don’t understand why she’s backing Huntsman.

    I think Huntsman is the DC/Beltway party-goer elite schmoozer candidate, kind of like Kerry. Lady Lynn probably know him personally as a friend.

  375. We are indeed going to have to do something about entitlement spending at some point. But lets stop the wars and all the other crap first. Even the small things, though they do not account for a lot of the money, are important so that one develops fiscal discipline as a habit. It’s like saying it doesn’t matter if I buy starbucks and sodas and movies all day long, because the REAL killer in my budget is that balloon mortgage. Well, maybe it is. And maybe I need to refinance. But you get rid of those little expenses in the meantime, because a) every little bit helps, and b) it puts you in the frame of mind to be serious about the bigger stuff.

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

    HforT,

    Nice to see you posting again! Now I’m going to disagree. 😉

    I agree with you that any cut in so-called entitlements should be considered last, after getting rid of the other stuff. Instead, they’re talking about SS/Med now, to distract from the other stuff.

    But I’d apply your ‘balloon mortgage’ to the wars and bailouts — which we should be focusing on. Instead they’ve got us focusing on relatively small expenses like, as someone said elsewhere, “subsidized pap smears” (ie Planned Parenthood).

    And that’s where I disagree with you: the psychological point. Sure, paying twice as much for a luxury candy bar can lead to paying twice as much for a luxury car. But spending too much time comparing prices on candy bars — or driving somewhere crowded and noisy for coffee instead of walking next door to Starbucks — can frazzle and exhaust you so you never get to thinking about the mortgage at all, or do and make a bad decision.

  376. Yeah, the Dems were stupid to back Obama but there is and never will be a Party as divisive and CORRUPT as the Republican Party. Where we are today is the result of their fine handi-work and finding the right stooge, Obama, to carry water for them.

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

    Right. Though I’d distinguish the sincere, ordinary Republican voters from the Rove types who make the big decisions, who continue the same dirty tricks forever.

  377. Lady Lynn on Fox on Thursday/Friday said: “After 2008, the democrat party has no standing in lecturing anyone about fairness and ethics.”
    ———————–
    Correct. They have the moral low ground all to themselves. Congratulations. I never thought they could do it–dislodge the establishment Republicans who seemed to have a lock on that after two glorious bush presidencies. But Barack meant it when he talked about hope and change. He hoped he could prove even more destructive and more anti middle class than Bush, but by god he did it. Soros owns you financially, and he is proud of all of you dimocrats. Debbie Downer you are like diamonds–priceless. Say something stupid, so you can distact people from the failures of your daddy Barack. Come on Debbie. The world is waiting. And so is the beluga horn musician.

  378. wbboei
    June 26th, 2011 at 11:26 am
    The problem with cutting entitlements is it will bankrupt millions of people–and force them to end their own lives.

    This is what non billionaires want until they realize it is all of their own family members. I have explained to the young and selfish that without a social contract in the form of Social Security and Medicare that their parents would live with them at the end of their productive lives (communities would buy bus tickets to send them to their relatives). This would happen at the same time their own children are wanting to go to college and when they would need to be kicking it up a notch to save for retirement and maybe have a little empty nester fun. And if they happened to get sick before they reached retirement or if they died their dependents could just go ahead and kill themselves too. Or perhaps retirees, unemployed, dying, and orphans could be beggars, or outlaws.

  379. Before we cut enitlements that American citizens have paid into such as SS and medicare, we need to cut all entitlements to illegal immigrants. That is one major place our $ are going and why we don’t have enought to go around. The other reason is that our $ contributions were blown up in Iraq and Afganistan. We need to stop spending $ on Palesinians terrorists and illegal immigrants and take care of our own citizens with the $ they put toward their own entitlements.

  380. I have explained to the young and selfish that without a social contract in the form of Social Security and Medicare that their parents would live with them at the end of their productive lives

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

    What’s closer to now, try explaining to them that they’d still have to pay FICA/SS tax. Maybe they think that would go away, if the benefits go away? Fat chance.

  381. On Monday, President Barack Obama will become directly involved in the stalled negotiations over the U.S. national debt amid debate over raising the federal borrowing limit. The president is expected to meet separately with the Democratic and Republican leaders of the Senate, days after a key Republican lawmaker walked out of talks that had been led by Vice President Joe Biden. Legislators of both parties show little interest in compromising.

    …………………………………………………………………..

    How could it possibly go wrong…….

  382. Correct. They have the moral low ground all to themselves. Congratulations. I never thought they could do it–dislodge the establishment Republicans who seemed to have a lock on that after two glorious bush presidencies.

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

    Not correct. Both parties have plenty of insiders at the lowest of the low ground. The big difference is, that the GOP had it to themselves till 2008. The Dims down there are newcomers, and there are some Dems from the Clinton era still in the party, who may pull it out.

    Palin and a few others may be trying to reform the GOP, but its top ranks have been too dirty for too long, imo.

  383. Not correct. Both parties have plenty of insiders at the lowest of the low ground. The big difference is, that the GOP had it to themselves till 2008. The Dims down there are newcomers, and there are some Dems from the Clinton era still in the party, who may pull it out.
    ————————-
    I think it is correct. I see tea party people on the Republican side of the aisle fighting their own party. Who in the dimocratic party is fighting Obama? Who besides Machin? They just go along with him–like good Germans. As far as I can tell, the Dimocratic party is the Obama Party, and they march together in locked step. The Dimocratic Party must be destroyed before there can be any hope of returning to Roosevelt values. The process must be similar to the de-Nazification strategy which the allies did after World War II to root out the vestiges of the horrendous prior regime.

  384. Mrs. Smith
    June 26th, 2011 at 5:23 pm
    The Robberies have started SWARMING convenience and clothing stores. Anywhere from 20 to 100 people barging into a store taking all the merchandise they can carry at will.

    one example:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5TTwvc8Keq0

    this happening in DC.:

    h.. w.. youtube.com/watch?v=A7V66pwWYnw
    —————————-
    Locusts.

    Question: as Barack’s buddy Rodney King once implored: why can’t we all just get along?

    Translation: you have something I want. Give it to me. Otherwise I will punch you in the nose and take it. If you object then I will mau mau you and call you a racist. (See Mau mauing The Flack Catchers–an essay by Tom Wolfe–who also wrote Bonfire of the Vanities.)

    So nice to have a post racial president in there stirring the pot. Think how much worse it would be if he and his party were not there egging them on.

  385. That swarming thing, they need guards to start shooting, that shit is ridiculous.

    It will put businesses out of business and areas will die, insurance costs will go up, extra security measures will have to be installed.

    They all looked stoned or high.

    Examples of Obama’s campaign to them of giving them everything they want.

    People need to get real times are changing and if that continues, expect people to start shootin’

  386. For these criminals swarming stores in packs; someone in his keep gave the order to begin the chaos. If this is starting now, how bad do you think it will be 19 mos from now…

    Obama is setting the stage for Marshall Law.

  387. Mrs Smith…its organised looting and that frankly under any other circumstances would get you a bullet in certain situations.

  388. Question: When is having the title of president not enough to command the respect support and allegiance of the American People?

    This is an important question and a common theme in history and in literature. The Herman Woulk masterpiece entitled The Caine Mutiny provides a partial answer. It is found in the closing scene where JAG officer Jose Ferrer who has just saved the executive officer’s career from charges of mutiny. He does this by destroying the credibility of the captain of the ship on cross examination. The crew is celebrating as Ferrer walks into the Fairmont Hotel in San Francisco, and reads them the riot act. He tells them that whatever Queeg’s shortcomings might be he is or at least was the captain of the ship and they owed him their loyalty because without him they are nothing.

    That is not the case with Barack however.

    1. First of all, Queeg was an experienced naval officer who stood watch in the cold Atlantic when the junior officers at sea were going on dates and playing football at Princeton. In other words, Queeg earned his stripes whereas Barack did not.

    2. Second, Queeg advanced to the leadership role through an otherwise legitimate process. He served as a line officer on a cruiser and was promoted because of job performance. Barack’s job performance by contrast consisted of voting present over thirty times as a state legislator, being a no show editor of Harvard Law Review, and he was gifted the command by an uber corrupt big media and party insiders who wanted a puppet to loot the middle class.

    3. Third, whatever his faults may have been, Queeg loved his country, whereas there is clear cogent and convincing evidence that Barack hates this country, his mother and white people unless they can do something for him. In fact, Barack tells you as much in his own words:

    From Dreams From My Father: “I ceased to advertise my mother’s race at the age of 12 or 13, when I began to suspect that by doing so I was ingratiating myself to whites.” . . . “I found a solace in nursing a pervasive sense of grievance and animosity against my mother’s race.”
    “There was something about her that made me wary, a little too sure of herself, maybe and white.” . . . “It remained necessary to prove which side you were on, to show your loyalty to the black masses, to strike out and name names.” . . . “I never emulate white men and brown men whose fates didn’t speak to my own. It was into my father’s image, the black man, son of Africa , that I’d packed all the attributes I sought in myself: the attributes of Martin and Malcolm, DuBois and Mandela.”

    From Audacity of Hope: “I will stand with the Muslims should the political winds shift in
    an ugly direction.”

    For these reasons, it Barack is not entitled to the support of the American People just because he happens to have the title of president. To give him that support would be to elevate form over substance. In substance he is anti American, regardless of where he was borne. This country has no hope until he is driven from office.

  389. #
    moononpluto
    June 26th, 2011 at 6:45 pm

    Mrs Smith…its organised looting and that frankly under any other circumstances would get you a bullet in certain situations.
    ________________________

    Exactly, and if you go to the main youtube page where these videos can be accessed; it has begun throughout the county simultaneously.

    The clerk in the convenience store said: “sooner or later someone is going to get killed. A young store clerk perhaps, thinking it is his responsibility to protect the store.”

    Law enforcement needs to crack down right away and nip it in the bud. If this is Obama’s plan- eventual rioting in the streets. Then the Republican House had better get off their asses and Impeach him and begin protecting the people who elected them. Otherwise, they are no better than the swarms looting the stores. The only difference is, they are wearing suits.

  390. “From Audacity of Hope: “I will stand with the Muslims should the political winds shift in an ugly direction.”
    __________________

    We are past wondering if Obama stands with the Muslims. We know where his allegiances lie. The question today is: When did he know he was going to stand with Muslims against Americans? And why did he take an oath to protect the Constitution and the Citizens of THIS country? Was it all a LIE? Or did he deliberately dupe the American people into voting for him as a sleeper Muslim to gain the power of the Presidency?

  391. Mrs. Smith,

    I know so many people who have read the Audacity of Hope cover to cover and see obama as their messiah.

    Some were good friends until they drank the poison from his cup and I could no longer say anything negative about him without them yelling me down.

    Did they read the part about obama standing with Muslims? Did they gloss over it? Or did they lie to me for years about their tolerance of all religions.

    How can anyone stand with any group that advocates violence and the destruction of an entire religion? I am not saying that all Muslims are evil and violent, but those who are…well…how was a duped into making friends of these people?

    So it is not just obama that I blame for this mess. It is the pied piper’s followers who lapped it up.

  392. How can anyone stand with any group that advocates violence and the destruction of an entire religion?

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

    Lots of people are friends of Christians and others who advocate the destruction of Islam.

  393. These false allegations by the hysterical left wing blogs and big media about the vicious attack on the demure Bradley by right wing maniac Prosser are reminiscent of their hysterical response to the Giffords shooting when they tried to make him a right wing nut who was put up to it by Sarah Palin. In the end they will be proven equally wrong and they will refuse to admit it. WTF. Hysterical. Libelous. Wrong. Why do we bother to listen to jamokes? It boggles the mind.
    ———————————————
    Reviewing Ann Bradley’s Unprovoked Physical Attack On David Prosser
    Moe Lane
    Red State

    what? I am perfectly entitled to use the rules of thumb popularized by left-wing hack groups like ThinkProgress or Talking Points Memo: since they felt justified in using uncorroborated anonymous reports to vicariously convict Prosser of assault, they have absolutely no justification for other people using the precise same criteria to vicariously convict Bradley. Besides, my version makes much more coherent sense.

    OK, let me explain this one for folks coming in late. About two weeks ago there was supposedly a violen… oh, let’s not use euphemisms: supposedly, two Wisconsin Supreme Court Justices (Prosser and Bradley) got into a fight. It was first reported that Prosser put Bradley in a choke-hold – whereupon most of the Online Left dropped their pants and started typing blissfully angry screeds about how the crime of one Supreme Court Justice attacking another Supreme Court Justice could only be made right with an immediate resignation – only to have it later come out that other reports had it that Bradley had actually charged Prosser with fists raised, and that Prosser was merely defending himself against a larger and younger opponent. Complicating all of this is the minor detail that no charges were apparently filed*, and Bradley has only now come out with a rather belated claim accusing Prosser of the choking, while not explaining why she is not pursuing a criminal case. Which is very possibly due to the fact that there’s at least one witness apparently who told Bradley at the time that no, she had not been choked.

    Note, by the way, that all of the people involved – participants and witnesses – are Wisconsin Supreme Court Justices. You’re going to see some fascinating dissents from these people for the next few years.

    But back to the matter at hand. I’m buying the charged-Prosser-with-hands-raised version for two** reasons: one, it’s messier and more incoherent, which makes it more likely; and two, there’s the awkward-for-the-Left question about why there was neither an immediate hue-and-cry, nor charges filed. In this scenario, both sides have valid reasons for keeping their mouths shut: the Left doesn’t want to lose one of its judges (which, by the way, groups ThinkProgress and Talking Points Memo will absolutely have to call for, if it turns out that Bradley attacked first), and the Right doesn’t want to have to explain why one of their judges didn’t just sit there and let himself get hit by a woman (yes, in fact, that would be an issue).

    Ann Althouse is feeling sort of bad for all the Lefties that may be getting burned by this; I am not. I remember falling for a story like this during the 2008 election; that’s when I adopted a 24-48-72 hour rule on stories that sounded too good/bad to be true. The way things are looking here, a lot of people on the Left may end up wishing that they did the same.

    Moe Lane (crosspost)

  394. I love all the ridiculous hyperbole over an incident all those commenting on did not witness. We could wait for the investigation, but that wouldn’t be any fun, now would it? Propaganda seems to move the small of mind.

  395. JanH-

    I decided to look up the actual quote myself from
    “The Audacity of Hope”… Here it is:

    http://wiki.answers.com/Q/Did_obama_say_in_his_book_Audacity_of_hope_I_will_stand_with_the_muslims

    “The actual quote from the book is from page 261 and is as follows: “Of course, not all my conversations in immigrant communities follow this easy pattern. In the wake of 9/11, my meetings with Arab and Pakistani Americans, for example, have a more urgent quality, for the stories of detentions and FBI questioning and hard stares from neighbors have shaken their sense of security and belonging. They have been reminded that the history of immigration in this country has a dark underbelly; they need specific reassurances that their citizenship really means something, that America has learned the right lessons from the Japanese internments during World War II, and that I will stand with them should the political winds shift in an ugly direction.”

    Read the last sentence in the context of the paragraph. He is just saying that he will be with the people who have come to this country, at a crucial time when they need support.”
    ___________________-

    Now, either this information is wrong or Wobboei is quoting from the book itself and has it right.

    Which is the correct answer?

  396. I’ve never purchased any of Obama’s books. If there is anyone here that can add first hand to the discussion…

    (if you have Obama’s book nearby.. fast forward to pg 261 and ck for us, please…)

  397. Read the last sentence in the context of the paragraph. He is just saying that he will be with the people who have come to this country, at a crucial time when they need support.

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

    Something like that was my impression when I first saw the quote in a long context: he was talking about Muslim shopkeepers here, not Muslim nations.

    However, for details, better check which edition of the book/s. He might have tweaked it for later editions.

    (And see if there was something similar in DREAMS.)

  398. JanH
    June 26th, 2011 at 7:10 pm

    Mrs. Smith,

    I know so many people who have read the Audacity of Hope cover to cover and see obama as their messiah.
    ____________________

    I have relatives I see all the time who are in stasis about Obama. They are Union employees and I believe they are afraid to speak the truth for fear of losing their jobs. Although, they do not adamantly defend him as they once did during the Primary when I warned them who and what they were voting for rather than Hillary. Their excuses are lamer than ever. They cling more to the embarrassment of being ‘oh, so wrong’ (saving face) in their assessment of Obama’s character and motivations for his actions. They cannot reconcile to themselves they have been had…

    Next time I see them. I’m going to tell them I am collecting donations for Obama- How much do they want to pledge? And watch for their reaction.. LOL.

  399. Do you want to purge the Clintons too? Hillary campaigned for Obama.

    Both parties have good and bad individuals at all levels. We should be selective which individuals we support and which we attack. Individuals like Maxine Waters, Coakley, and Weiner may not come back to fight again. New Hillary supporters may be too discouraged to replace them.

  400. I didn’t make the statement about Obama. I did a little research and found an inconsistency in the original claim.

    If I had made the original claim, I would have been more than happy to supply the link post haste.

  401. #
    BigCatLover
    June 26th, 2011 at 7:52 pm

    I love all the ridiculous hyperbole over an incident all those commenting on did not witness. We could wait for the investigation, but that wouldn’t be any fun, now would it? Propaganda seems to move the small of mind.
    __________________

    Is Bradley some kind of Giantess that Prosser was forced to choke her by the neck to prevent a frontal assault… Why didn’t he turn and run if she was bigger than him ?..

  402. I can’t STOP laughing… I can envision a little man in a black dress smart mouthing a woman in a black dress. The two black dresses collide like something you’d read in a vampiric novel and all Hell breaks loose.

  403. Just what the hell is going on.

    http://www.nypost.com/p/news/local/manhattan/the_school_from_hell_nVS0ubg9F7uzULCHOrNh2H

    The school from hell (VIDEO)
    Teachers fear for lives as students run amok

    Kids hoot and yammer so loudly that their ruckus drowns out the teacher. A trash can is overturned in class and dumped. Grimy floors are littered with sunflower-seed shells, spit out by the hundreds.

    Books and supplies fly out the windows. Mouse droppings are everywhere, even on the computers.

    MS 344, the Academy of Collaborative Education in Harlem, is a hellhole where teachers should get combat pay — they are cursed, assaulted and sometimes groped.

    “It was literally war,” said a teacher who once found a sticky used condom in her purse. “I was pushed, shoved, scratched, thrown against the wall, spit on and pickpocketed. I just wanted peace.”

    The Department of Education has tried twice since last year to shut MS 344, the city’s worst-performing middle school. MS 344 has made the state’s list of “persistently dangerous” schools, and just two of 88 eighth-graders last year passed the state math or reading exams.

    But the United Federation of Teachers and the NAACP went to court to block the closure and 21 others, arguing the DOE did nothing to fix the ailing schools. A Manhattan judge heard arguments last week and is expected to rule soon.

    Meanwhile, MS 344 has festered.

    Letters from its staff to ex-Chancellor Joel Klein begged for Principal Rashaunda Shaw’s removal. They complain she’s a tyrant who does nothing to impose discipline and respect. They charge she’s always late, barely leaves her office “except for the bathroom,” and hired a sister-in-law and her boyfriend’s ex-wife, among other cronies.

    Shaw, 35, also hired former Staten Island Assistant Principal Odufuyi Jackson, a friend who was busted in 2009 on felony charges that he conspired to steal more than $100,000 in Social Security benefits.

    He pleaded guilty last year to attempted fabrication of business records. The DOE demoted Jackson to teacher, but Shaw has him doubling as a dean.

    Shaw referred questions to the DOE press office. A spokeswoman said only, “A number of allegations are being investigated.”

    “It needs to be closed, closed, closed, because it’s an unsafe place for children,” a teacher said of the school. “It’s heartbreaking that the small percentage who want to learn don’t get the education they deserve.”

    Insiders gave The Post a sampling of the crime and lack of punishment.

    * A teacher was transferred after a student threatened to rape his wife.

    * A math teacher who tried to stop a student from hitting him was accused by Shaw of using “corporal punishment.”

    * A scrawny boy pulled out his wallet while surrounded by tough kids in the hall. A teacher learned the kid was robbed by the same gang every day for a month. Shaw reprimanded the teacher for phoning the victim’s mom.

    A UFT spokesman said the union has met with MS 344 staff in the past year on their safety, health and classroom woes, including “the lack of administrative support” and alleged harassment by Shaw. But the union could cite no results from its effort.

  404. “I will stand with them should the political winds shift in an ugly direction….”
    ********
    I think that the author of “Audacity”, Bill Ayers, was stating his opinion. As we have learned, Obama stand for no one other than himself.

  405. Admin- new video out from gop briefing room:

    It is a beauty. If the video code is unworkable, please try the master link and scroll down to the bottom to view the video.. (contains Oprah’s endorsement at BO’s rally)

    h… //gopbriefingroom.com/index.php?PHPSESSID=3d59b7fbe2dccd2241cbb89422f523ec&topic=46704.msg192741#msg192741

  406. Now, either this information is wrong or Wobboei is quoting from the book itself and has it right.

    Which is the correct answer?
    ————————–
    Unfortunately, you have failed to see the forest for the trees. What I was attempting to do above was to answer the argument which some will make which is that it is unpatriotic to not support Obama because he is the president, and if he fails we all fail. It is important that we have a good rebuttal argument, and that is what I tried to present.

    Instead of acknowledging the validity of that argument, or presenting an alternative argument, you focus on one piece of evidence–the quotations from the book. You researched that information and came up with a conflicting account. And then you play your little game of who is right, you have the burden of proof, etc.

    Well, I do not know who is right. You have your quote and I have mine. Mine came from the email below which was sent to me by an executive in west Texas. It is hearsay, and so is your quote.

    However, since you are consumed with this question, I invite you buy the book, borrow it or steal it I don’t care. And then you will have your answer to this pressing question.

    As a starting point for your project, here is the text of the email which I received. You can take it from there. I am glad you are doing this, and I would venture to guess that Obama is grateful as well/
    —————————————
    If this one doesn’t scare the hell out of you, I can’t imagine what would.

    Begin forwarded message:

    .

    From Dreams From My Father:

    “I ceased to advertise my mother’s race at the age of 12 or 13, when I began to suspect that by doing so I was ingratiating myself to whites.”

    From Dreams From My Father :
    “I found a solace in nursing a pervasive sense of grievance and animosity against my mother’s race.”

    >From Dreams From My Father:

    “There was something about her that made me wary, a little too sure of herself, maybe and white.”

    >From Dreams From My Father:

    “It remained necessary to prove which side you were on, to show your loyalty to the black masses, to strike out and name names.”

    From Dreams From My Father:

    “I never emulate white men and brown men whose fates didn’t speak to my own. It was into my father’s image, the black man, son of Africa , that I’d packed all the attributes I sought in myself:
    the attributes of Martin and Malcolm, DuBois and Mandela.”

    And FINALLY ……….. and most scary:

    >From Audacity of Hope:

    “I will stand with the Muslims should the political winds shift in
    an ugly direction.”

  407. Wanted to pass this on. A documentary called “Overdose”, attempting to explain what happened and what will happen next based on past fiscal policies.

  408. The Ulsterman Report: Confirmed – Possible Obama Fundraising in White House

    In a story dropped on the media late Friday evening, just released Obama administration records reveal potential illegal fundraising activities within the White House.

    Media outlets are just now circulating the details of potential illegal fundraising activities by the Obama administration. A March meeting between top Obama campaign officials and wealthy power brokers such as former Governor Jon Corzine and banking executive James Staley as well as nearly 30 other such figures, was hosted by the DNC and took place within the confines of the Obama White House – a clear violation of federalfundraising laws.

    At present, the official stance by the Obama administration is that while the meeting was paid for by the DNC, no actual fundraising took place, but rather what the administration is calling “an economic discussion” between the administration and the deep pockets who attended the meeting. Legal experts and certain media outlets though are countering the administration’s description, indicating a line may have been intentionally crossed. In a Politico report Meredith McGehee of the Campaign Legal Center indicated, “I don’t have a problem with the president inviting Wall Street people to the White House to discuss policy, but why does it need to be DNC-sponsored? I think that’s what raises the eyebrows. Even if it’s not a fundraiser, it’s a cultivation.”

    If the meeting was not a fundraiser, why then was it also attended by the current financial head of the DNC, Andy Tobias, DNC fundraiser Brad Thompson, as well as Obama’s former White House political director Patrick Gaspard? Certainly the inclusion of those individuals at such a meeting is indicative not of a discussion on economic policy but rather a clear indicator of fundraising efforts by the Obama administration. Recent related reports have indicated the Obama campaign team is already indicating concern over present fundraising levels as enthusiasm for Obama’s re-election appears to have waned considerably in recent months.

    Furthering the secretive nature of the March 7th meeting is the fact it was not on President Obama’s schedule for that day. Unscheduled meetings on the economy – or illegal fundraising activities – which sounds more plausible? Indeed…

    http://socyberty.com/history/the-ulsterman-report-confirmed-possible-obama-fundraising-in-white-house/

  409. One other thing: a long time ago, I knew a guy who clerked for Roger Traynor who was the California version of Earl Warren. This guy believed as many did that judges read the law and make a decision on that basis. If that were true, then laymen could do the same thing. Unfortunately, that is not how it works. Traynor told this guy–this is what I have decided as a matter of policy. Now find me the cases that support this decision. I am not nearly as interested in the fine legal points unless I have an appellate argument to make. I am far more interested in how a court will behave on a particular point, and for that you must look beyond the briefs and the law. You must look into what motivates that particular judge. That is why I was dismissive of that Claremont Professor who blogs at HuffPo and assures us what the court will do from simply reading the case law.

  410. Media outlets are just now circulating the details of potential illegal fundraising activities by the Obama administration
    ————————————————-
    Immaterial.

  411. “Well, I do not know who is right. You have your quote and I have mine. Mine came from the email below which was sent to me by an executive in west Texas. It is hearsay, and so is your quote.”
    ____________________

    Then why post hearsay as fact in the first place if you’re NOT sure and never think to deliver a caveat as to the validity of the quote. You alone and no one else is responsible for ‘your’ words. The burden of proof remains with the writer as has always been the case when someone makes a statement. The Rules haven’t changed not for you or anyone else. While you’re at it, take a look at the Rules of net-etiquette. Snotty responses are ill advised in polite society unless you expect a response to be returned in kind.

  412. moononpluto
    June 26th, 2011 at 8:46 pm

    Moon, I’m a teacher and I’m just speechless on that shocking report of a school…that shouldn’t be happening in our country…

  413. The Obama foreign policy toward the Muslim world has been ineffectual at best, and a disaster at worst. Egypt, Palestine, Libya, Syria, Iraq, etc. And this is true nothwithstanding the heroic efforts by Hillary to project a sense of coherence, deterrence and credibility which Obama lacks. There is a passage in the book Reflections at Century’s Ending by Ambassador George Kennan which speaks to the same problem a generation ago with a decidedly different adversary, and in particular the public reaction. The passsage is worth quoting . . .

    “It is essential that we achieve a middle ground. No policy that moves to far to either end of the two extremes of opinion can assure the general support it requires. We have to recognize–at least people like myself have to recognize that there is an important segment of American opinion that is simply not prepared or inclined to accept any policy that leans too far in the direction of an effort to achieve an early intimacy or general understanding with the Soviet Union (or in this case the Taliban, Chavez, North Korea, etc.); and if the government gets too far ahead of these people in an effort to develop intimacy and collaboration, it will provoke reactions that negate everything it was trying to accomplish. If on the other hand, the government goes to far in the other direction (as Bush did)with unlimited confrontation with the Soviet Union, then it will stir up the acute anxieties of millions of people who fear and intensification of an arms race, and acceleration of a drift toward nuclear war. In either case, popular support for American Policy becomes unbalanced.”

  414. Well bottom line is that whoever wrote the “audacity of hope”

    It is a best seller. Millions have read it. Millions have thrown roses and accolades to obama because of it…almost as if it is a bible.

    A modern day “Mein Kampf.” Very sad.

  415. “Well bottom line is that whoever wrote the “audacity of hope”
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    I was incorrect….Bill Ayers says that he wrote “Dreams From My Father”, he doesn’t know who wrote “Audacity” but that the writing was so bad, that he thought it was written by a committee.

  416. Using social networking sites to coordinate attacks. Some as young as 11-12 yrs old looting in Philly.
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    Suspected flash mob rips off Upper Darby Sears (With Video)

    http://www.delcotimes.com/articles/2011/06/26/news/doc4e0696aaf127f552097776.txt?nstrack=sid:3501255|met:300|cat:0|order:1

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    As many as 50 young people in Chicago converge on this Walgreens stealing everything they could get their hands on-

    Alinsky motivated Cloward-Piven tactics with a twist

    Teen Mob Hits Walgreens On The Mag Mile

    h… //chicago.cbslocal.com/2011/06/23/teen-mob-hits-walgreens-off-the-mag-mile-steals/

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    Black on white crime. Nothing of the sort appearing in mainstream new media. If it had been the reverse- front pg news.
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    Teenage gang charged under lynching law in South Carolina after ‘savage attack on 18-year-old student’Student so badly injured his mother almost didn’t recognise him

    Read more: h.. w.. dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2008252/Teenage-gang-charged-lynching-law-savage-attack-18-year-old-student.html#ixzz1QTGClVgE
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    Suddenly, why these orchestrated attacks? I remember in late 08′ Obama encouraging a youth movement- there were video’s out at the time of uniformed teens demonstrating military marching drills advocating joining Obama’s army- They must be well trained after almost 4 yrs.

    Drop one of these trained JR militia teens into the heartland of Obama’s strongholds, Chicago, Iowa, South Carolina, Philly and it wouldn’t be too difficult to co-ordinate chaotic attacks on local businesses. Remembering, Obama will do almost anything to get elected.

  417. Brigt and early our real POTUS begins her day and continues to do her work holding our world together while HOCUS POTUS plays with his marbles.

    SECRETARY HILLARY RODHAM CLINTON

    9:15 a.m. Secretary Clinton meets with the Assistant Secretaries, at the Department of State.

    10:25 a.m. Secretary Clinton delivers remarks at an event co-hosted by the Department of State and Gays and Lesbians in Foreign Affairs Agencies (GLIFAA) in celebration of LGBT Pride Month, in the Dean Acheson Auditorium at the Department of State.

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

    2:00 p.m. Secretary Clinton releases the 2011 Trafficking in Persons Report, in the Benjamin Franklin Room at the Department of State.

    5:00 p.m. Secretary Clinton hosts a reception in honor of departing Under Secretary McHale, at the Department of State.

  418. Carol
    June 27th, 2011 at 8:25 am
    Startling video from French TV

    This is a shocking 4 minute clip from CBN News in Paris. They’ll never show this on mainstream media in the US – not until the PC Police stops blocking such information.

    http://downloads.cbn.com/cbnnewsplayer/cbnplayer.swf?aid=17933
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    What I see in this video is a group staging a street protest and a lot of doom and gloom audio describing what is happening. It says people cannot leave their homes, but you see people walking by in most of these shots. I don’t support Muslims changing cultures of other countries, but I don’t see these particular demonstrations as shocking or scary. Near the end of the video they show opposing groups staging their street protests in opposition to the Muslims. And to mention that muslims are reproducing faster than the french citizenry is downright extreme. It does not help world problems to support having more children so that another group does not outnumber your group. Something Nazi creepy about that.

  419. Los Angeles Dodgers file for bankruptcy, blame MLB Commissioner Bud Selig for rejecting TV deal with Fox

  420. Supreme court proving its uselessness.

    Supreme Court strikes down California law banning sale or rental of violent video games to minors

    http://www.reuters.com/article/2011/06/27/us-usa-court-videogames-idUSTRE75Q35820110627

    The Supreme Court struck down on Monday a California law banning sales or rentals of violent video games to minors for violating free-speech rights, its first ruling in a video game case.

    By a 7-2 vote, the justices upheld a ruling by an appeals court that declared unconstitutional the law, which also imposes strict video-game labeling requirements.

    (what about protection of minors….hello?)

  421. A modern day “Mein Kampf.” Very sad.
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    Literally, and figuratively. My story–with all my delusions and all my radical theories for creating a perfect society. Good Germans bought this book too and thought it was wonderful until they started losing the war and fire bombs fell on Dresden soil rather than London. Dresden was once the Florence of the Elbe and a center of learning. This has ramifications for bots and Libyans: firebombing did not break the German will, on the contrary it galvanized it. Pain does not bother a bot because they are too busy living a lie to confront reality that the savior they believed in so fervently is a fraud.

  422. 73% Say Woman President Likely in Next 10 Years…
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    After what we saw in 2008, I would have to say that that is counterintuitive. At most, it represents buyers remorse. But that is a useless reaction, unless Hillary runs again. Among the list of possible female candidates, she has no equal. There is nobody in the dimocratic party and the republican possibilities like Bachman or eventually Niki Haley are along way off. I do think, however, that Bachman is a likely candidate for Vice President, and that could provide a path if their ticket wins in 2012 as I believe it will, and if they do not wear out their welcome by trashing medicare and social security–which his alot of iffs. Bottom line: the poll may be a good guage of sentiments, but unless Hillary runs in 2012 it is not predictive of anything.

  423. The American People do not get it about Soros. They just don’t. We tried to wake some people up with our little expose, so did Beck, so did others but it does not seem to register. Many people thought we were just a bunch of conspiracy theory nuts. Any senior democrat will tell you that this man has significant control over the party because he is their largest contributor and the perks he gives to journalists. But nobody seems to get it–or that Obama is his puppet, and how he orchestrated this–which we have also described before. Its funny. If you walk through a herd of cattle on the day before slaughter there is an uneasiness, because they know at some intuitive level that they are about to be slaughtered. Not so the American People where Soros is concerned. The Dimocratic Party no longer stands for Roosevelt values. It stands for Soros. It is just that simple. Why? Because money talks and bullshit walks.
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    Billionaire George Soros Trying To Stack The Courts Critics Say
    Maxim Lott
    Fox News

    Billionaire George Soros spends tens of millions each year supporting a range of liberal social and political causes, from drug legalization to immigration reform to gay marriage to abolishing the death penalty.

    But a less well-known Soros priority — replacing elections for judges with selection-by-committee — now has critics accusing him of trying to stack the courts.

    Most non-federal judges around the country are selected by voters in elections. But some states use a process called “merit selection” in which a committee – often made up of lawyers – appoints judges to the bench instead.

    Soros has spent several million dollars in the past decade in an attempt to get more states to scrap elections and adopt the merit method. Supporters say it would allow judges to focus on interpreting the law rather than on raising campaign funds and winning elections.

    “Merit selection would end the money race and get judges out of the fundraising business,” Lynn Marks, executive director of Pennsylvanians for Modern Courts — a group that has received money from Soros’ Open Society Institute — told FoxNews.com.

    But critics say that if judges are picked by committee — often, a committee of lawyers — that will give left-wing judges the upper hand.

    “The left can’t get their agenda through the legislatures anymore … so they think they can get their agenda through by taking over the courts,” attorney Colleen Pero, author of a new report titled “Hijacking Justice,” told FoxNews.com.

    Pero’s report found that Soros, through his Open Society Institute fund, has given $45 million over the last decade to “a campaign to reshape the judiciary.” But that number is hotly contested by Justice at Stake, the group that got the most Soros money.

    “It’s a horrendously bogus distortion of numbers,” Charlie Hall, a spokesman for Justice at Stake, told FoxNews.com. Hall said the $45 million figure included groups that dealt with legal issues but had no position on merit selection. He added that he could only identify $2 million from Soros that went to groups that actively support replacing elections with “merit selection.”

    In an analysis of the Open Society Institute’s tax returns from the last ten years, FoxNews.com found more than $5 million was explicitly earmarked for projects about either “merit selection” or “judicial selection.”

    For example, OSI reported giving $90,000 to Pennsylvanians for Modern Courts in 2007 to “expand and grow a coalition in support of merit selection.” It also reported giving $50,000 to Justice at Stake in 2006 to support “public education regarding merit selection.”

    OSI gave another $7 million-plus to Justice at Stake, or to partner organizations with specific directions to support JAS’s activities.

    Some recipients of Soros’ money were eager to defend “merit selection,” and said they only wished Soros would give more money to the cause. “We are very grateful for their support of our efforts,” Marks said. Her group received more than $500,000 over the last decade, but has not received money from OSI since 2008.

    Elections, she added, discourage competent lawyers from becoming judges just because they aren’t good politicians. “They don’t put their name in for nominations because they think they don’t have the political connections or access to dollars.”

    And judges, she said, should be kept apart from political forces. “Judges should resolve disputes based on evidence — they’re not supposed to be responsive to public pressure.”

    But Pero pointed to a study by prominent law professors that found elected judges were, if anything, more independent and took on larger workloads than judges appointed by committee.

    “We began this project with the assumption that the data would demonstrate that appointed judges are better than elected judges,” the authors note, adding that after looking at their result: “It may be that elected judges are, indeed, superior to appointed judges.”

    And, Pero says, “merit selection” is inherently undemocratic.

    “It would be a handful lawyers who would select judges… with elections, the people actually have a say.”

    Marks said it is wrong to call the merit selection un-democratic.

    “Merit selection requires a change in the Constitution, so a bill must… go before the public. So when people say, ‘oh, you’re changing the way we vote’ — yes, but only if the people want to change the way we vote.”

    Read more: http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2011/06/27/critics-say-soros-trying-to-stack-courts/#ixzz1QUOa19Rr

  424. Alot of people have difficulty figuring out where Obama is coming from. They say he lacks a moral center and his policies taken as a whole are incoherent. That is true if you apply the traditional labels of conservative vs liberal, republican vs. democrat, which is why those labels are now arcane. But if you look at the Soros agenda as a whole you will find that Obama’s policies are perfectly consistent–with the Soros agenda and that is because he is Obama’s string puller.

  425. http://dirtyspendingsecrets.com/
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    Question: should taxpayers be funding programs to encourage Chinese prostitutes to drink more responsibly on the job? Obama thinks so, and if you told that to CNN then they could come up with a phony poll which said 80% of the American Public agrees with him.

  426. http://www.reuters.com/article/2011/06/27/us-blagojevich-trial-idUSTRE75Q41Q20110627

    The jury in the second corruption trial of former Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich said on Monday it had reached a verdict on 18 of 20 counts, the court clerk and spokesman for the U.S. attorney’s office said.

    The verdict will be announced between 1 and 2 p.m. local time on the 10th day of jury deliberations following a 7-week trial. The jury said it was deadlocked on two counts, the U.S. attorney’s office said.

    Blagojevich, a Democrat elected to two terms, was tried on charges he used his office to seek campaign donations, including an effort to barter the U.S. Senate seat formerly occupied by President Barack Obama. His first trial ended last year with a guilty verdict on one count of lying to investigators, with the jury deadlocked on the other charges.

    …………………………..

    popcorn at the ready.

  427. Good news! According to the LA Times, Obama is going to stop relying on his much-touted “consensus” approach, and start governing from his gut.

    This spin from a helpful newspaper is such a transparent piece of pre-election positioning as to be laughable. IOW, Obama is going to throw his entire administration under the bus, and claim that his abysmal record is all because he listened to other people instead of doing the things that he really, honestly, in his virgin pure heart of hearts wanted to do. Who came up with this gameplan – Plouffe or Axelrod? Of course, the Netroots will cling to it like a liferaft: “SEE!! I told you he really really loves us, he’s just too fair to those nasty advisors of his..”

    Ed Morrissey at HotAir nails it:

    Put that aside for the moment. The subtext to this meme is that Obama’s team is apparently not creating much consensus any longer, or that the President is outside of whatever consensus develops. This might explain the slow march of Obama’s economic advisers out of the administration, as Obama insists on continuing the economic policies that have led to stagflation. The story might be that Obama is getting increasingly isolated from his team on policy decisions, which is a little easier to believe than turning up one’s nose to coordination and support.

    If this spin is intended to get Obama off the hook for bad policy decisions in the first two years, it might work — once. He can claim to have worried too much about consensus and having taken ill-advised half measures or even entirely bad decisions to gain it, and some might give Obama the benefit of the doubt for a short period of time, even though Obama assembled the team that provided that advice.

    http://hotair.com/archives/2011/06/27/great-news-president-to-start-operating-on-gut-instinct/#comments

  428. More youth violence. It’s going to be a long hot summer.

    http://blog.cleveland.com/metro/2011/06/hordes_of_unruly_teens_shut_do.html
    http://www.philly.com/philly

    /news/20110627_Woman_s_leg_broken__others_hurt_in_Spring_Garden_mob_attack.html

    * note – the idiot media person tries to put a positive spin on the incident.
    In both cases the kids were AA but that is conveniently not mentioned and has to be discovered through poring over comments and photos of the scenes.

    One of those reports came from Emily Guendelsberger, 27, city editor for local arts and entertainment content for the Onion, the satirical newspaper and website. She was walking with seven friends on Green Street near Broad when they were accosted, she said. Guendelsberger, who remained hospitalized with a broken leg yesterday, declined to comment further.

    A friend who was with her at the time, Daily News staff writer Molly Eichel, said that they were walking down Green Street when a group of teens was walking down Broad. “We heard kids yell, ‘Run, run,’ ” Eichel said. “Some kid just came out of nowhere and punched my friend Charlie in the face.”

    Eichel said that when her group tried to run, about 20 teens chased them down the street. “They were kicking kids down and punching them when they were down,” she said.

    Two other friends sought treatment at area hospitals for facial injuries, Eichel said.
    The only redeeming factor about the experience was that a few people realized the extent of Guendelsberger’s injuries and tried to protect her, Eichel said.

    From the hospital yesterday, Guendelsberger gave her protectors shout-outs on Twitter.

    “On the positive, a bunch of girls from the mob protected me from the boys trying to hit me and take my purse while I was on the ground,” she wrote. “Also a car of women from out of town saw it going down, pulled over, and (I gather) circled around to protect me; wish I had gotten names.

    According to the police report of the incident, Guendelsberger was “jumped” by 30 to 40 men who punched and kicked her numerous times. Police said they checked the area for surveillance but had no luck.

  429. I’m not surprised, BASIL. Our govt has pretty much helped to destroy the social fabric of the black community, with the help of so-called “black leaders” who act as their overseers to make sure they remain dependent and faithful D voters. And when anyone tries to point that out – even individuals from within the black community, they get called racist Uncle Toms.

    Michelle Bachmann, of all people, pointed this out to an audience last week. She went head-on after Obama on race, asking why black communities and hispanic communities are faring so abysmally under his tenure. Their unemployment and new business stats are horrible – even worse than the really bad stats for white folks.

    Gotta hand it to her, she has more guts than most of the weenie GOP out there.

    I don’t agree with many of the GOP’s solutions. Just because they can identify a problem doesn’t mean they can solve it. But one thing I DO find myself agreeing on is that the Democrats have failed and hurt minority communities with their endless “programs” aimed at those communities. IT’S NOT WORKING.

    In fact, it’s making things worse. Look, it’s one thing to try something with very good intentions. But when it becomes patently evident over time that it’s not only not working, but may actually be doing harm, you need to step back and try something else. That’s what an honest person intent on solutions would do. Of course, if your aim has morphed from “help minority communities in tangible ways” to “Keep those votes placated and scared to go elsewhere at all costs”, then that’s another kettle of fish.

  430. The Left has actually encouraged violence, drug use, violent attitudes to women, sneering at education, and other aspects of the “rap culture” to be sacrosanct and lionized as “authentic black culture”, and therefore immune from criticism (unless of course you are a dirty racist.)

    The harm done to the black community by insulating them like children from any and all sane criticism (even from people like Bill Cosby) is evident. The country should have been able to stand up long ago and say loudly “You are acting like fucking thugs, and it’s WRONG.” What the “well-meaning” Left has done to the black community is criminal.

  431. And to mention that muslims are reproducing faster than the french citizenry is downright extreme.

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    Iirc, this sort of claim has been made about Muslims in other countries, and it turns out to be distorting actual statistics. For one thing, iirc, the fertility rate among Muslims is dropping, just as it is among most groups.

  432. Carol
    June 27th, 2011 at 8:25 am
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    Ah, the special priviliges of being Muslim.

  433. turndownobama
    June 27th, 2011 at 1:05 pm
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    Please cite where you have read this.

  434. Among the list of possible female candidates, she has no equal. There is nobody in the dimocratic party and the republican possibilities like Bachman or eventually Niki Haley are along way off.

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    It’s odd that the Bots aren’t grooming some future women tokens. And Palin isn’t even groomed, she did it herself; dunno about Bachman.

  435. Billionaire George Soros spends tens of millions each year supporting a range of liberal social and political causes, from drug legalization to immigration reform to gay marriage to abolishing the death penalty.

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    Well, there’s your problem. At least two of those four are GOOD causes: legalizing mj and gay marriage.