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February 17, 2009 - David Letterman - Top Ten Things Hillary Clinton Wants To Accomplish On Her Trip Overseas

10 Exchange U.S. dollars for currency that's worth something

9 Win respect defeating Japan's top-ranked sumo wrestler

8 Shift world's perception of America from "hated" to "extremely disliked"

7 Personally thank all of her illegal campaign donors

6 Three words: stylish Indonesian pantsuits

5 Visit burial site of revered Chinese military leader, General Tso

4 Get drunk with that Japanese finance minister guy

3 Convince China to switch from lead-tainted products to mercury-tainted products

2 Catch Chinese screening of Benjamin Button entitled "The Strange Adventures of Freaky Grandpa Baby"

1 Pick up carton of duty-free smokes for Obama

February 16, 2009 - David Letterman - Top Ten Things Abraham lincoln Would Say If He Were Alive Today

10 "Sup?"

9 "I see Madonna's still a slut"

8 "Who's that handsome sumbitch on the five?"

7 "Is that free Grand Slam deal still going on at Denny's?"

6 "I just changed my Facebook status update to, Tthe 'ol rail splitter is chillaxing'"

5 "How do I get on 'Dancing with the Stars'?"

4 "Okay, Obama, you're from Illinois, too. We get it!"

3 "Hey Phelps, don't Bogart the weed!"

2 "What's the deal with Joaquin Phoenix?"

1 "A Broadway play? Uhhh, no thanks. I'm good."

January 28, 2009 - David Letterman - Top Ten Things Overheard at the Meeting Between Barack Obama and the Republicans

10 "I miss the Clinton administration when we'd meet at Hooters"

9 "Can we wrap this up? I've got tickets to the 4:30 'Paul Blart: Mall Cop"

8 "Smoke break!"

7 "You fellas really need to take it easy on the Old Spice"

6 "Mr. President: don't misunderestimate the Republicans"

5 "Another smoke break!"

4 "What was the deal with Aretha Franklin's hat?"

3 "About that tax the rich stuff -- you were joking, right?"

2 "Sir, it's refreshing to have a Chief Executive who speaks in complete sentences"

1 "Senator Craig's offering his stimulus package in the men's room"

January 27, 2009 - David Letterman - Top Ten Ways Rod Blagojevich Can Improve His Image

10 Star in new television series, "America's Funniest Haircuts"

9 Quit politics and become a fat, lovable mall cop

8 Start pronouncing last name with Jerry Lewis-like "BLAGOOOYYYJEVICH"

7 Offer a senate seat with no money down, zero percent interest

6 Team up with John Malkovich and Erin Brockovich for hot Malkovich-Brockovich-Blagojevich sex tape

5 Change his name to Barod Obamavich

4 Safely land an Airbus on the Hudson River

3 I don't know...how about showing up for his impeachment trial?

2 Wear sexy dresses, high heels and say, "You Betcha!"

1 Uhhh...resign?

January 16, 2000 - David Letterman - Top Ten Signs Obama's Getting Nervious

10 New slogan: "Yes we can... or maybe not, it's hard to say"

9 In moment of confusion, requested a $300 billion bailout from the bailout industry

8 He's up to not smoking three packs a day

7 Friends say he's looking frail, shaky and...no, that's McCain

6 He's so stressed, doctors say he's developing a Sanjay in his Gupta

5 Been walking around muttering, "What the hell have I gotten myself into?"

4 Offered Governor of Illinois, Rod Blagojevich, $100,000 to buy his old Senate seat back

3 Standing on White House roof screaming, "Save us, Superman!"

2 Sweating like Bill Clinton when Hillary comes home early

1 He demanded a recount

January 8, 2000 - David Letterman - Top Ten Barack Obama Plans To Fix The Economy

10 Encourage tourists to throw spare change in the Grand Canyon

9 End our dependence on foreign owls

8 Sell New Mexico to Mexico

7 Put a little of that bailout money on the Ravens plus 3 at Tennessee. Come on! It's a mortal lock!

6 Rent out the moon for weddings and Bar Mitzvahs

5 Lotto our way out of this son-of-a-bitch

4 Appear on "Deal or No Deal" and hope to choose the right briefcase

3 Bail out the adult film industry -- not sure how it helps, but it can't hurt

2 Release O.J. from prison, have him steal America's money from China

1 Stop talkin' and start Obama-natin'!

January 7, 2000 - David Letterman - Top Ten Things Overheard At The Presidents' Lunch

10 "Sorry, you're not on the list, Mr. Gore"

9 "If Hillary calls, I've been here since Monday"

8 "Laura! More Mountain Dew!"

7 "You guys wanna see, 'Paul Blart: Mall Cop'?"

6 "Call the nurse -- George swallowed a napkin ring!"

5 "Hey Barack, wanna go with us to Cabo in March? Oh that's right, you have to work!"

4 "Kissey kissey"

3 "Obama? I think he's downstairs smoking a butt"

2 "Did you ever see a monkey sneezing?"

1 "I hope Clinton's unbuckling his belt because he's full"

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Hillary Clinton’s Dilemma

Hillary Clinton has a dilemma to resolve. Like Sandra Bullock in the film Speed Hillary is driving a bus she must not stop but also cannot stay on.

What is Hillary to do? If she stays on as Secretary of State she fights, from the inside, Obama’s incessant boobery and treacheries and helps to do what she can to save the world. However, by staying on she legitimizes and empowers the treacherous boob.

If she leaves, it will be seen as a clear vote of “no confidence” in Barack Obama, and the NObama Coalition will gain another public voice. But what happens to the world then? This is not a messianic “save the world” cult worship Hillary figure we are writing about. When we talk about “save the world” it is in the sense that someone has to be around to talk sense when American ally Mubarak is flung out and a wide open invitation to the Muslim Brotherhood is issued by Obama.

The bus might blow up this September and someone must be there to prevent treachery and boobery from killing us all. But at the same time, the bus must be stopped and there is only one person who can stop it and not blow it up too.

* * * * * *

Every American should be agitated by the prospect of no Hillary to block or inside-organize against Barack Obama, particularly as September approaches. Hillary Clinton will be indispensable this September when at the United Nations plots to destroy Israel will rise once more and there must be someone genuinely committed to the security of Israel.

But Hillary Clinton might not be able to thwart Obama’s treacheries anymore. Every American should be chilled to the bone marrow by the latest news that Barack Obama will remove all sensible advice from his “in” box in favor of planned and organized treachery/boobery:

The Los Angeles Times reports that Barack Obama has decided to shed his consensus approach to leadership and start making decisions on his own:

In the first two years of Obama’s presidency, his top aides had grown accustomed to a process in which Obama drew out and explored the views of his full team and searched for a consensus — decision by ballot, some called it.

Increasingly, however, that process has changed, according to a wide group of Obama’s personal friends, informal advisors and top aides interviewed during the spring. In recent months, they say, the president has been relying more heavily on his own instincts and feeling less impelled to seek accord among advisors. …

“I think he reached a point where he had to trust his instincts, and there was nothing left to inform his decision except to do that,” said one advisor who is intimately familiar with the president’s thinking on foreign policy matters and spoke on the condition of anonymity.

What that chilling passage means:

“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.”

Obama operating on “gut instinct” recalls a Richard Nixon era joke: Nixon is offered drugs by a hippie who advises Nixon to “turn on.” Nixon replies “Turn on who?” With Susan Rice at the United Nations, Israel and friends of Israel will quickly learn the answer as to which nation Obama will “turn on.”

Ben Smith of Politico is every ready with a bucket to drop into the excuses-for-Obama well. Smith has typed his fingers raw with declarations that Obama’s support among Jews is solid as week old West Side bagels. But today Smith writes that all might not be well as some Jews recognize that Obama is not a friend and not to be trusted:

“David Ainsman really began to get worried about President Barack Obama’s standing with his fellow Jewish Democrats when a recent dinner with his wife and two other couples — all Obama voters in 2008 — nearly turned into a screaming match.

Ainsman, a prominent Democratic lawyer and Pittsburgh Jewish community leader, was trying to explain that Obama had just been offering Israel a bit of “tough love” in his May 19 speech on the Arab Spring. His friends disagreed — to say the least.

One said he had the sense that Obama “took the opportunity to throw Israel under the bus.” Another, who swore he wasn’t getting his information from the mutually despised Fox News, admitted he’d lost faith in the president.

If several dozen interviews with POLITICO are any indication, a similar conversation is taking place in Jewish communities across the country. Obama’s speech last month seems to have crystallized the doubts many pro-Israel Democrats had about Obama in 2008 in a way that could, on the margins, cost the president votes and money in 2012 and will not be easy to repair.

JournoLister Smith, like all JourniListers, spends a great deal of text as a WORM (What Obama Really Meant), assuaging any fears that the electoral damage from Obama’s “Auschwitz borders” treacheries is anything more than “marginal.” But Smith cannot cover up the Obama stink with a Politico burka:

“Based on the conversations with POLITICO, it’s hard to resist the conclusion that some kind of tipping point has been reached.

Most of those interviewed were center-left American Jews and Obama supporters — and many of them Democratic donors. On some core issues involving Israel, they’re well to the left of Netanyahu and many Americans: They refer to the “West Bank,” not to “Judea and Samaria,” fervently supported the Oslo peace process and Israel’s unilateral withdrawal from Gaza and believe in the urgency of creating a Palestinian state.

But they are also fearful for Israel at a moment of turmoil in a hostile region when the moderate Palestinian Authority is joining forces with the militantly anti-Israel Hamas.

“It’s a hot time, because Israel is isolated in the world and, in particular, with the Obama administration putting pressure on Israel,” said Rabbi Neil Cooper, leader of Temple Beth Hillel-Beth El in Philadelphia’s Main Line suburbs, who recently lectured his large, politically connected congregation on avoiding turning Israel into a partisan issue.

Some of these traditional Democrats now say, to their own astonishment, that they’ll consider voting for a Republican in 2012. And many of those who continue to support Obama said they find themselves constantly on the defensive in conversations with friends.”

It’s going to be a black September indeed if Obama’s “gut instinct” treacheries are allowed to disgorge at the United Nations and at the highest levels of the American government. That’s what will happen without Hillary there to remain loyal to allies and America. Some Obama Dimocrat Jews are nearing the River Jordan a.k.a. the Rubicon:

“I’m hearing a tremendous amount of skittishness from pro-Israel voters who voted for Obama and now are questioning whether they did the right thing or not,” said Betsy Sheerr, the former head of an abortion-rights-supporting, pro-Israel PAC in Philadelphia, who said she continues to support Obama, with only mild reservations. “I’m hearing a lot of ‘Oh, if we’d only elected Hillary instead.’”

Woe onto ye who supported treacherous Barack Obama and rejected Hillary Clinton. The tree is known by its fruit; the treacherous beget treachery:

“There’s an inclination in the community to not trust this president’s gut feel on Israel and every time he sets out on a path that’s troubling you do get this ‘ouch’ reaction from the Jewish Community because they’re distrustful of him,” said the president of a major national Jewish organization, who declined to be quoted by name to avoid endangering his ties to the White House. [snip]

Matasar remembers his friends’ worries over whether Obama was “going to be OK for Israel.” But then Obama met with the community’s leaders during a swing through Cleveland in the primary, and the rabbi at the denominationally conservative synagogue Matasar attends — “a real ardent Zionist and Israel defender” — came back to synagogue convinced.

“That put a lot of my concerns to rest for my friends who are very much Israel hawks but who, like me, aren’t one-issue voters.”

Now Matasar says he’s appalled by Obama’s “rookie mistakes and bumbling” and the reported marginalization of a veteran peace negotiator, Dennis Ross, in favor of aides who back a tougher line on Netanyahu. He’s the most pro-Obama member of his social circle but is finding the president harder to defend.

“He’d been very ham-handed in the way he presented [the 1967 border announcement] and the way he sprung this on Netanyahu,” Matasar said.

A Philadelphia Democrat and pro-Israel activist, Joe Wolfson, recalled a similar progression.

“What got me past Obama in the recent election was Dennis Ross — I heard him speak in Philadelphia and I had many of my concerns allayed,” Wolfson said. “Now, I think I’m like many pro-Israel Democrats now who are looking to see whether we can vote Republican.”

It’s not just on Israel that Hillary Clinton matters a great deal. Who else but Hillary can use the word “HELL” in so heavenly a manner – so heavenly that even Republican/conservative HotAir hears, albeit temporarily and with tongue-in-cheek – choirs?:

“It seems the “useful idiot” assessment is no longer a partisan thing.

Former President Jimmy Carter and former Finnish President Martti Ahtisaari were hoping to visit the State Department this week to brief officials on their recent trip to North Korea, but nobody at the State Department was available to meet with them…

It’s no secret at all that the Elders’ trip to North Korea was viewed as extremely unhelpful by the governments both in Washington and Seoul. Chris Nelson reported on April 29 that Clinton reacted strongly when asked in a morning meeting if she wanted to meet with Carter. From the Nelson report:

“The performance of President Carter and his delegation in N. Korea this week was either shameful or fatuous…or both…and exemplifies why Carter had no…zero…USG support going in, and even less coming out, per an alleged eye witness account of Sec. St. Clinton at the morning meeting the other day:

“‘Do you want to meet with Carter?’ Clinton is looking at papers, and just says ‘No.’ Then she pauses, looks up and adds, ‘HELL no!!!’”

If you don’t understand why she’d be so mad, reread this post and all shall be revealed. Now that primary season is upon us and we’re fantasizing about longshot candidates who might conceivably give The One a run for his money, it’s worth remembering that there’s someone out there who checks a lot of the boxes we’re looking for. She’s got Senate experience and major foreign-policy chops; she spent more than a year attacking Obama on a daily basis in 2008, and is linked by marriage to a centrist whose economic record is farrrrrr better than Obama’s is. And of course it’s not unheard of for presidential candidates in one party to end up under consideration to join the ticket of the other. Just ask Joe Lieberman.

We’d have to straighten her out on economics, granted, but look at it this way: She can’t be any worse than Newt or Huck. And she knows exactly how to mock Obama. Dude — I think this is happening.”



No, it’s not just Israel, or North Korea, or foreign policy. While Obama evolves from amoeba to paramecium on gay marriage, from overt gay-bashing to an S&M relationship with gay peopleHillary Clinton outrageously, flamboyantly, expressed her views on a matter of mostly domestic concern:

“Secretary of State Hillary Clinton on Monday offered her approval of New York’s just-passed same sex marriage law.

Calling Friday’s vote by the New York state legislature “historic,” the former New York senator was careful in her remarks not to overstep her bounds as an Obama administration appointee.”

What bounds? The bounds are self imposed and can be cast off at will. Hillary Clinton has no bounds as Americans look for leadership and Democrats want the party of FDR to return to life and wash away the stench of Obamination.

Recently, amidst the legislative sausage making and distraction of various other Weiners, the question of Hillary Clinton’s future rose up in Liz Smith’s gossip column:

“However, it is Mrs. Clinton who intrigues. Many still think this woman subliminally seeks the presidency sooner rather than later. With the economy stymied and the job situation desperate, Barack Obama is vulnerable. It’s nice that Osama Bin Laden is dead, but you can’t run for re-election on the body of a dead terrorist. [snip]

Mitt Romney looks presidential. He always has. Bachman is obviously dead serious and working hard at learning.

Still, Mrs. Clinton could eat them both up and spit them out without so much as appearing to chew.

Would she do the “unthinkable” and challenge her own party’s sitting president, the man who elevated her to the position of Secretary of State?

A story was floated the other day that Mrs. Clinton was resigning her Secretary of State post next year because she had “other things she wanted to do.” It was suggested she might want to run the World Bank? Her aides shot down the story as “bogus” and reiterated yet again that she would never seek another run at the White House.

So that’s that. Because politicians never change their minds, do they?

Yes, a Clinton run would be savage and terrifying. Hillary running for president again?! All that drama? I think everybody working on cable TV would have to demand defibrillators right under their desks.”

We’ve addressed many times before the perils and strategies for Hillary Clinton as the 44th person to take the presidential oath of office. The perils are (she would remain a target of Republicans/conservatives) she would be called a “racist” yet again – but jobless African-Americans and degree heavy idiots who joined a cult in 2008 perhaps can now see and feel the calamity wrought by their former fashion foolishness.

As to the strategy: drive Obama from office – make the economic critique clear. Towards that end, the latest taunts from the Clinton Winter quarters, via James Carville:

Memo to the president

Re: Suggestions on How to Talk About the Economy

Sir, I’m sure the last thing that you want is some unsolicited advice from a pundit, particularly a pundit who comes out of the Clinton camp, but CNN has an unspoken policy of publish or perish and with a daughter entering the 11th grade and college costs being what they are, I can’t afford to perish just yet.

First of all, to quote one of your predecessors, “I feel your pain.”

This is one of the nastiest and most honest taunts, filled with bile and contempt, to ever be expressed. Not only is the reminder that there is a Clinton camp versus an Obama camp but the hostility between the two camps is blatantly acknowledged. The taunt is spiced with the goat’s head of “I feel your pain” – a tart way of saying “F*ck You, As*hole – you’re getting what you deserve and you don’t know what the f*ck you are doing, and we know you don’t know what the f*ck you are doing, and we’re going to tell everyone in every f*cking way that you don’t know what the f*ck you are f*cking doing.

But that’s Carville. What about the original and inimitable “Mr. I feel your pain”? Why he’s providing “unsolicited economic advice“:

“The ever-entertaining tension between the Clintons and the Obamas continues. This week, Bill Clinton appeared on the cover of Newsweek, near this caption: “14 Ways to Save America’s Jobs”. The title of the article is even better: “It’s Still the Economy, Stupid.”

Ouch!

As you might expect, Clinton offers up a mixed bag of ideas in the Newsweek piece – some good (“cut corporate taxes”), some silly (“paint rooftops white”), and some vague (“analyze the opportunities”). For a purported economic guru, this is unimpressive stuff. Still, at least Clinton is putting a few ideas out there to do something to fix the economy, and they’re not all completely terrible. However, Clinton is assuming Obama actually wants to save the American economy, as do Greta Van Susteren and Byron York in this clip.

That doesn’t appear to be a safe assumption anymore – if it ever was.”



Van Susteren and Byron York hear, as we do, Bill Clinton say to Barack Obama:”F*ck You, As*hole – you’re getting what you deserve and you don’t know what the f*ck you are doing, and we know you don’t know what the f*ck you are doing, and we’re going to tell everyone in every f*cking way that you don’t know what the f*ck you are f*cking doing.

Hillary Clinton is working her way through and out of her dilemma. Hubby and Jimmy are helping. By the end of September, we’ll know how Hillary untangles her dilemma and speeds along.

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221 comments to Hillary Clinton’s Dilemma

  • Mrs. Smith

    I didn’t even skim… Just a fast scroll. Once I saw Hillary’s yellow jacket… I knew what was coming…

    Good seeing you admin- we were very worried about you…

  • admin

    Mrs, Smith – yellow jackets sting. :)

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yellowjacket

  • Mrs. Smith

    Repost from last thread…
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    JanH-

    Jewish Dems losing faith in Obama

    By: Ben Smith
    June 29, 2011

    David Ainsman really began to get worried about President Barack Obama’s standing with his fellow Jewish Democrats when a recent dinner with his wife and two other couples — all Obama voters in 2008 — nearly turned into a screaming match.

    Ainsman, a prominent Democratic lawyer and Pittsburgh Jewish community leader, was trying to explain that Obama had just been offering Israel a bit of “tough love” in his May 19 speech on the Arab Spring. His friends disagreed — to say the least.

    One said he had the sense that Obama “took the opportunity to throw Israel under the bus.” Another, who swore he wasn’t getting his information from the mutually despised Fox News, admitted he’d lost faith in the president.

    If several dozen interviews with POLITICO are any indication, a similar conversation is taking place in Jewish communities across the country. Obama’s speech last month seems to have crystallized the doubts many pro-Israel Democrats had about Obama in 2008 in a way that could, on the margins, cost the president votes and money in 2012 and will not be easy to repair. (See also: President Obama’s Middle East speech: Details complicate ‘simple’ message)

    “It’s less something specific than that these incidents keep on coming,” said Ainsman.

    The immediate controversy sparked by the speech was Obama’s statement that Israel should embrace the country’s 1967 borders, with “land swaps,” as a basis for peace talks. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu seized on the first half of that phrase and the threat of a return to what Israelis sometimes refer to as “Auschwitz borders.” (Related: Obama defends border policy)

    Obama’s Jewish allies stressed the second half: that land swaps would — as American negotiators have long contemplated — give Israel security in its narrow middle, and the deal would give the country international legitimacy and normalcy.

    But the noisy fray after the speech mirrored any number of smaller controversies. Politically hawkish Jews and groups such as the Republican Jewish Coalition and the Emergency Committee for Israel pounded Obama in news releases. White House surrogates and staffers defended him, as did the plentiful American Jews who have long wanted the White House to lean harder on Israel’s conservative government.

    Based on the conversations with POLITICO, it’s hard to resist the conclusion that some kind of tipping point has been reached.

    Most of those interviewed were center-left American Jews and Obama supporters — and many of them Democratic donors. On some core issues involving Israel, they’re well to the left of Netanyahu and many Americans: They refer to the “West Bank,” not to “Judea and Samaria,” fervently supported the Oslo peace process and Israel’s unilateral withdrawal from Gaza and believe in the urgency of creating a Palestinian state. (Arena: Are Jewish voters still pro-Obama?)

    But they are also fearful for Israel at a moment of turmoil in a hostile region when the moderate Palestinian Authority is joining forces with the militantly anti-Israel Hamas.

    “It’s a hot time, because Israel is isolated in the world and, in particular, with the Obama administration putting pressure on Israel,” said Rabbi Neil Cooper, leader of Temple Beth Hillel-Beth El in Philadelphia’s Main Line suburbs, who recently lectured his large, politically connected congregation on avoiding turning Israel into a partisan issue.

    Some of these traditional Democrats now say, to their own astonishment, that they’ll consider voting for a Republican in 2012. And many of those who continue to support Obama said they find themselves constantly on the defensive in conversations with friends.

    “I’m hearing a tremendous amount of skittishness from pro-Israel voters who voted for Obama and now are questioning whether they did the right thing or not,” said Betsy Sheerr, the former head of an abortion-rights-supporting, pro-Israel PAC in Philadelphia, who said she continues to support Obama, with only mild reservations. “I’m hearing a lot of ‘Oh, if we’d only elected Hillary instead.’”

    Even Democratic National Committee Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz, who spoke to POLITICO to combat the story line of Jewish defections, said she’d detected a level of anxiety in a recent visit to a senior center in her South Florida district.

    “They wanted some clarity on the president’s view,” she said. “I answered their questions and restored some confidence that maybe was a little shaky, [rebutted] misinformation and the inaccurate reporting about what was said.”

    Wasserman Schultz and other top Democrats say the storm will pass. (Related: Debbie Wasserman Schultz: Jewish voters will stick with Obama)

    They point out to anyone who will listen that beyond the difficult personal relationship of Obama and Netanyahu, beyond a tense, stalled peace process, there’s a litany of good news for supporters of Israel: Military cooperation is at an all-time high; Obama has supplied Israel with a key missile defense system; the U.S. boycotted an anti-racism conference seen as anti-Israel; and America is set to spend valuable international political capital beating back a Palestinian independence declaration at the United Nations in September.

    The qualms that many Jewish Democrats express about Obama date back to his emergence onto the national scene in 2007. Though he had warm relations with Chicago’s Jewish community, he had also been friends with leading Palestinian activists, unusual in the Democratic establishment. And though he seemed to be trying to take a conventionally pro-Israel stand, he was a novice at the complicated politics of the America-Israel relationship, and his sheer inexperience showed at times.

    At the 2007 AIPAC Policy Conference, Obama professed his love for Israel but then seemed, – to some who were there for his informal talk – to betray a kind of naivete about the conflict between Israel and the Palestinians: “The biggest enemy” he said, using the same rhetoric he applied to American politics, was “not just terrorists, it’s not just Hezbollah, it’s not just Hamas — it’s also cynicism.”

    At the next year’s AIPAC conference, he again botched the conflict’s code, committing himself to an “undivided Jerusalem” and then walking it back the next day.

    Those doubts and gaffes lingered, even for many of the majority who supported him.

    “There’s an inclination in the community to not trust this president’s gut feel on Israel and every time he sets out on a path that’s troubling you do get this ‘ouch’ reaction from the Jewish Community because they’re distrustful of him,” said the president of a major national Jewish organization, who declined to be quoted by name to avoid endangering his ties to the White House.

    Many of Obama’s supporters, then and now, said they were unworried about the political allegiance of Jewish voters. Every four years, they say, Republicans claim to be making inroads with American Jews, and every four years, voters and donors go overwhelmingly for the Democrats, voting on a range of issues that include, but aren’t limited to Israel.

    But while that pattern has held, Obama certainly didn’t take anything for granted. His 2008 campaign dealt with misgivings with a quiet, intense, and effective round of communal outreach.

    “When Obama was running, there was a lot of concern among the guys in my group at shul, who are all late-30s to mid-40s, who I hang out with and daven with and go to dinner with, about Obama,” recalled Scott Matasar, a Cleveland lawyer who’s active in Jewish organizations.

    Matasar remembers his friends’ worries over whether Obama was “going to be OK for Israel.” But then Obama met with the community’s leaders during a swing through Cleveland in the primary, and the rabbi at the denominationally conservative synagogue Matasar attends — “a real ardent Zionist and Israel defender” — came back to synagogue convinced.

    “That put a lot of my concerns to rest for my friends who are very much Israel hawks but who, like me, aren’t one-issue voters.”

    Now Matasar says he’s appalled by Obama’s “rookie mistakes and bumbling” and the reported marginalization of a veteran peace negotiator, Dennis Ross, in favor of aides who back a tougher line on Netanyahu. He’s the most pro-Obama member of his social circle but is finding the president harder to defend.

    “He’d been very ham-handed in the way he presented [the 1967 border announcement] and the way he sprung this on Netanyahu,” Matasar said.

    A Philadelphia Democrat and pro-Israel activist, Joe Wolfson, recalled a similar progression.

    “What got me past Obama in the recent election was Dennis Ross — I heard him speak in Philadelphia and I had many of my concerns allayed,” Wolfson said. “Now, I think I’m like many pro-Israel Democrats now who are looking to see whether we can vote Republican.”

    That, perhaps, is the crux of the political question: The pro-Israel Jewish voters and activists who spoke to POLITICO are largely die-hard Democrats, few of whom have ever cast a vote for a Republican to be president. Does the new wave of Jewish angst matter?

    One place it might is fundraising. Many of the Clinton-era Democratic mega-donors who make Israel their key issue, the most prominent of whom is the Los Angeles Israeli-American billionaire Haim Saban, never really warmed to Obama, though Saban says he will vote for the Democrat and write him a check if asked.

    A top-dollar Washington fundraiser aimed at Jewish donors in Miami last week raised more than $1 million from 80 people, and while one prominent Jewish activist said the DNC had to scramble to fill seats, seven-figure fundraisers are hard to sneer at.

    Even people writing five-figure checks to Obama, though, appeared in need of a bit of bucking up.

    “We were very reassured,” Randi Levine, who attended the event with her husband, Jeffrey, a New York real estate developer, told POLITICO.

    Philadelphia Jewish Democrats are among the hosts of another top-dollar event June 30. David Cohen, a Comcast executive and former top aide to former Gov. Ed Rendell, said questions about Obama’s position on Israel have been a regular, if not dominant, feature of his attempts to recruit donors.

    “I takes me about five minutes of talking through the president’s position and the president’s speech, and the uniform reaction has been, ‘I guess you’re right, that’s not how I saw it covered,’” he said.

    Others involved in the Philadelphia event, however, said they think Jewish doubts are taking a fundraising toll.

    “We’re going to raise a ton of money, but I don’t know if we’re going to hit our goals,” said Daniel Berger, a lawyer who is firmly in the “peace camp” and said he blamed the controversy on Netanyahu’s intransigence.

    http://dyn.politico.com/printstory.cfm?uuid=CCC173C6-27F6-4CEA-B94F-B0DB75F91846
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    These fundraisers should hold on to their money until next year… Escrow the money earmarked for the DNC until they are sure it’s the right choice… Otherwise refund it to the donors before 12/31/11

  • turndownobama

    From ‘mistake’ thread:

    AARP members mutinied- Members revoking their membership in droves is what changed Rother’s mind.

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

    Huh? Has he changed his mind back again — from cutting SS to protecting it?

  • admin

    A feint or a real problem?

    http://www.whitehousedossier.com/2011/06/29/obama-campaign-signals-fundraising-fail/

    The Obama campaign appears to be signaling that its fundraising totals for the second quarter of the year – the first since President Obama announced for reelection – will not be as robust as the campaign would like.

    In an email to campaign supporters today, President Obama unmistakably sought to downplay money.

    We’re closing the books on the first fundraising quarter of the 2012 race at midnight tomorrow.

    A lot of folks will be interpreting our numbers as a measure of this campaign’s support.

    They’re not wrong, but they are wrong about why.

    We measure our success not in dollars but in people — in the number of everyday Americans who’ve chosen to give whatever they can afford because they know we’ve got more work to do.*

    Campaign officials revealed during the last week that they have set a target of raising $60 million for the quarter from at least 450,000 donors.

    But even $60 million would not seem to be a very ambitious goal for Obama. He raised the same amount during the second quarter of 2007, just after he announced his 2008 campaign.

    The campaign is hoping to raise up to $1 billion total for the 2012 election.

    The email reiterates a call for donors to give at least $5 in order to be automatically entered into a raffle for dinner with Obama and Vice President Biden..

  • admin

    HoldThemAccountable and Shadowfax posted this earlier:

    http://www.nationaljournal.com/columns/against-the-grain/nerves-show-on-team-obama-20110628?page=1

    Nerves Show on Team Obama
    Recent scrambling by the president’s political advisers indicates they’re very worried about his reelection chances.

    It’s been a rough June for the White House. Instead of being able to run a campaign taking credit for economic improvement, President Obama will, according to the latest forecasts, be trying to win four more years amid a grim economy next year. The president’s reelection team, once hoping to run on a “Morning in America” theme now doesn’t have that luxury. No wonder, the president’s advisers over the past month have been making moves that suggest they’re awfully concerned about his prospects:

    1. Searching for an economic message. Veteran Democratic pollster Stan Greenberg recently offered perceptive advice to the president’s team by criticizing its “getting the car out of the ditch” metaphor meant to suggest the economy is slowly improving. As Greenberg wrote: “People thought they still were in the ditch.

    This is a time when the president needs to find his inner Bill Clinton, and feel Americans’ pain. If he wants to be one of the few presidents to win reelection in a stagnant economy, he’ll have to devote less time to defending past policies, like the auto bailout, and more to offering specific solutions to help people get back to work. Think a 21st century version of FDR’s fireside chats.

    But there are few signs that the president’s economic messaging has changed. Democratic National Committee Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz recently said Democrats own the economy, but they don’t seem to be adapting their message to the bad economy likely to face them in November 2012. [snip]

    Politically, it’s a puzzling message. While there has been a small uptick in manufacturing jobs, it’s hardly enough to be felt by the blue-collar electorate, who have been bearing the brunt of the recession and never viewed Obama too favorably in the first place. The latest Gallup weekly tracking poll shows Obama’s approval with college graduates at 51 percent, with a 40 percent approval among nongraduates.

    The president’s emphasis on green jobs doesn’t help. It’s tough for many steelworkers to see themselves producing solar panels. Clean-energy jobs may be the future, but they’re not seen by displaced workers as a panacea.

    Instead, Obama’s key to winning reelection is solidifying his support with college-educated whites, a swing demographic that has been more receptive to his message, along with high turnout among minorities. [snip]

    3. Fresh fundraising concerns. With a strong connection to the grassroots and expertise with social networking, President Obama’s reelection team mastered the art of hitting up small donors in the 2008 campaign.

    But there are telltale signs that the grassroots army that propelled him is in a much less giving mood. [snip]

    A sign Team Obama is looking elsewhere: A Los Angeles Times report that Obama’s reelection team is already asking wealthy donors to commit the maximum $75,800 to the president’s campaign funds.

    If Obama’s re-election starts looking more difficult next year, donors may well be inclined to give to the Democratic Senate and House campaign arms, seeing them as the better investment. But if they’re locked in with early maximum donations to the president’s re-election, that won’t be doable.

    4. Raising the stakes in the upper South. Obama’s strategists are raising the stakes in the two battleground upper South states, North Carolina and Virginia.

    They’ve never been critical cogs in a presidential strategy. If Team Obama sees them as such in 2012, it suggests the campaign is struggling in states that were comfortably on its side in 2008, particularly those in the Rust Belt.

    When I interviewed leading Democratic and Republican strategists about the states toughest for Obama to hold, most were pessimistic about his prospects in North Carolina, a state that he won by just 14,000 votes.

    Publicly, his strategists are arguing that the Tar Heel State’s growing numbers of college-educated suburbanites and minorities plays to Obama’s advantage. It’s no coincidence the Democrats are holding next year’s convention in Charlotte.[snip]

    Not everyone on the Democratic side is as optimistic, however. One senior Democratic operative involved with key Virginia races believes Obama would need an African-American turnout close to his historic 2008 levels to win—a tough task in a down economy.

    “When folks start to depend on recreating a specific snapshot in time, it is most always a disappointment,” the strategist said.

  • henry

    Were it that The Secretary of State should opt to run I believe this for which she has been so criticized would be her best campaign spot. Most voters are now looking for someone who possesses what she does. Left of center, center, right of center


  • Shadowfax

    Great post Admin, I love when you still see a bit of hope that Hillary might run again.

    Van Susteren and Byron York hear, as we do, Bill Clinton say to Barack Obama:”F*ck You, As*hole – you’re getting what you deserve and you don’t know what the f*ck you are doing, and we know you don’t know what the f*ck you are doing, and we’re going to tell everyone in every f*cking way that you don’t know what the f*ck you are f*cking doing.” (My most favorite part) :lol:

    Hillary Clinton is working her way through and out of her dilemma. Hubby and Jimmy are helping. By the end of September, we’ll know how Hillary untangles her dilemma and speeds along.

    ———–
    When is the very last point Hillary could toss her crown in the ring and still have time to build up her campaign coffer?

  • Shadowfax

    I’m so glad you are back Admin- I was worried that…………….well, you know why we worry about you.

  • henry

    Admin
    Hot damn I missed reading you.
    Glad you are back and as poignant as ever.

  • henry

    Admin,
    Posting this never grows old for me so I will do it again; if you think I do it too much I will cease but
    one more time


  • democrat1

    Admn:

    You give me hope after all, Hillary may in deed be running. Otherwise, I shall be voting for a rethug in a presidential election for the first time in my life.

  • Shadowfax

    If things continue to unwind for Barry, I bet Hillary could sweep in at a very late date and say,

    “You can either re-elect Baracko Bama because you think he has done a fantastic job.

    You could vote for the Republican candidate because you think he/she will do a fantastic job,

    or you could vote for me, because you know I will not stop working until I DO a fantastic job!”

    Hillary 2012-

  • votermom

    Yay! New post!

    I really wish Hillary would run BUT I am not hopeful … she is too loyal to the undeserving Dem party.
    But if anyone is still a registered Dem — how about writing her in anyway in your state primary?

  • myiq2xu

    I hate to say it but I don’t see Hillary running against Obama.

    If she runs for POTUS again it will be in 2016

  • democrat1

    If I were Barack Obama, I’d think twice about presiding over this irresolvable muddle of engineered swindles, sinking prospects, booby-trapped budgets, and played-out lies for another term. Let Hillary step in and try to keep this leaky Flying Dutchman out of the drink. She’s looking more and more like Winston Churchill physically every day now, anyway. Maybe she is acquiring something like his stolid habits of mind, too. If I were President Obama, I’d just call it quits and sign on with the home team: Goldman Sachs. He can have Mario Draghi’s old job – chief of the international division. They’ll love him in all those peculiar little countries where people wear hats that look like rat-traps and flavor their beer with the cocoons of nectar-sipping moths. They’ll enjoy it when he forecloses on them, and maybe even ask for more. “Here, take our grandchildren’s baby teeth, too!” I wish him and his beautiful family well in their new life as distinguished private citizens-of-the-world. I just hope Michele Bachmann and her probable running mate, Jesus, don’t steal the next election. They’ll rip out the Obamas’ vegetable garden and put a Nascar track there so that all of Ms. Bachmann’s 27 children can have jobs selling miniature bibles in the parking lot. (“Prayed over by qualified preachers twenty-four hours a day!”)

    http://kunstler.com/blog/2011/06/suspended-agitation.html

  • Mrs. Smith

    admin
    June 29th, 2011 at 4:32 pm

    Mrs, Smith – yellow jackets sting. :)
    ___________________

    I know- a yellow jacket flew in underneath my bare foot and a flip flop… Holy Mary! Never forgot the PAAAIIN… :-( Yellow jackets flourish in Rhode Island… :)

  • Shadowfax

    Henry

    Don’t you ever stop posting that song about Hillary running for President, this time it almost brought tear so my eyes.

    Hillary………”Damn, wish you were our President!”

  • HillaryforTexas

    Fantastic piece, admin. They really are getting desperate, and the desperation is showing despite the media and the intelligentsia covering for them at every turn.

    Example: PPP just released a poll claiming that Obama would beat Rick Perry in Texas. Regardless of what you think of Perry, there is no fucking way in hell that Texans prefer Obama. The very idea is laughable. You are telling me that Teh One could not carry Texas at the very height of Obamamania, yet now when he is even LESS popular, he would beat the governor who just 6 months ago kicked the Dems ass in a HUGE landslide? ROTFLMAO!!! Oh, mercy, tell me another one. Pull my finger! That’s the most obvious and hilarious case of skewed push-polling I’ve ever seen. No way in HELL TX goes for Obama, and I don’t care who the R’s nominate. You can take that to the bank.

    Like most Texans, I will gleefully vote for a 3-legged herpetic goat should that be my only choice other than Obama in 2012. But I’d much rather vote for our Hillary, so fingers crossed that she sees her way clear to challenge him.

    Right now I’m just munching popcorn, not having a dog in this fight, and hoping the shivs (figuratively, not literally) are finding their marks behind the scenes in the Dem Party. I have a feeling that there is much more discord and anger than they are letting on.

  • JanH

    Bravo admin!

    “Oh, if we’d only elected Hillary instead.’”

    ———————–
    Do they want some cheese with that whine???

    I have absolutely no sympathy for those who trashed Hillary and went for the empty-headed twit they now have. What the hell did they expect?

  • JanH

    Mrs. Smith,

    Ben Smith is an idiot. Those “Jewish Democrats” who are now feeling regret for voting for obama should truly be ashamed of themselves. And the sad thing is I think if he promises them the moon again they will drink it all up all over again.

  • Mrs. Smith

    From admin’s post:

    “The Los Angeles Times reports that Barack Obama has decided to shed his consensus approach to leadership and start making decisions on his own:

    In the first two years of Obama’s presidency, his top aides had grown accustomed to a process in which Obama drew out and explored the views of his full team and searched for a consensus — decision by ballot, some called it.

    Increasingly, however, that process has changed, according to a wide group of Obama’s personal friends, informal advisors and top aides interviewed during the spring. In recent months, they say, the president has been relying more heavily on his own instincts and feeling less impelled to seek accord among advisors. …

    “I think he reached a point where he had to trust his instincts, and there was nothing left to inform his decision except to do that,” said one advisor who is intimately familiar with the president’s thinking on foreign policy matters and spoke on the condition of anonymity.
    ____________________

    I know what Obama’s doing- He is using limited resources from Soros because Soros is NOT happy with him.. I read the other day while searching for something else, Soros made a statement in late 2010- “If you’re NOT happy with the job Obama is doing; don’t re-elect him.” So, this means Obama has been at odds with Soros and the plans Soros thought he could implement through him… Obama has for all intents and purposes thrown Soros under the Bus..

    Obama’s eyes are on Mecca.. He is going to play his own game now, his original agenda. The one I read about when Obama was full of MalcolmX rhetoric, hidden from view watching from the sidelines during the “Million Man March” in DC formulating his plans for Muslim domination in the US under Sharia Law.

    This is the reason why Obama has allocated $20M dollars for funding recently displaced Palestinian refugees to have easy access to Visas coming to the US with little or no oversight from Immigration… Combine that fact with the recent co-ordinated Mobs attacks of 20-50 looters going into stores and robbing them in broad daylight in the cities where Obama has great influence.. IOWA, Chicago, DC, South Carolina, Philly-

    The writing is on the Wall- Obama is all in with the Muslims (because he is one himself) He is going to use them as his own Army here if he is still in office and is allowed to declare Martial Law.. If nothing is done to remove him from office soon; I’m afraid our fate is sealed and theres nothing Hillary or Bill can do to help us..

  • moononpluto

    Delusion of the day……………………………….

    John Kerry: “I Would Have Been A Good President, Maybe Even A Great One”

    Sen. John Kerry (D-MA) tells Don Imus this morning he thought ht would have been a “good President.” In fact, he added, “a great President.”

    ………………

    Oh the hilarity.

  • Mrs. Smith

    #
    JanH
    June 29th, 2011 at 5:45 pm

    Mrs. Smith,

    Ben Smith is an idiot. Those “Jewish Democrats” who are now feeling regret for voting for obama should truly be ashamed of themselves. And the sad thing is I think if he promises them the moon again they will drink it all up all over again.
    _________________________

    I know, you’re probably right- The US Jews do things out of fear. They should talk to Gene Simmons.. he would set them straight. Telling them forget him.. Obama is ruining the country. Simmons has come out publicly saying so last spring… BO has got to GO!

  • Mrs. Smith

    moononpluto
    June 29th, 2011 at 5:51 pm

    video link just for a laugh.
    _______________

    yeah, a majority of “one”…

  • admin

    MyIq2XU, Hillary doesn’t have to run against Obama in 2012. We have to run Obama out.

    If his fundraising totals are not reached and he sees failure in the polls in states he must win (for example, North Carolina is now in every Obama likely scenario a “must win” which he will likely lose) then he might get out.

    Several things about Obama: he can’t tolerate rejection; he has an enormous ego which convinces him “to know me is to love me”; and he is an absolute genius, non better, when it comes to self advancement and self promotion (see: Narcissism). Several of these assumptions about Obama will lead him to seek reelection. But his sense of careerism and ego will inform him to get out if the facts (polls) turn clearly against him in must win states.

    If Obama gets out (unfortunately this would have to be at a later date after he amasses mucho money), he gets to keep the money he raised in his federal account and thereby be able to spend money to bolster his allies and thereby himself. He could delude himself that then he will run again in 2016 or later after the economy improves and voters forget the Obama disaster years.

    The mission is to run him out and convince him that he cannot win key states.

    A question for all: if Obama decides not to run, who will mourn the decision?

  • Shadowfax

    Moon.

    Oh the hilarity.

    ——
    I would have had a better chance of being a great President than Kerry, but that’s not sayin’ much. ;-)

  • Shadowfax

    A question for all: if Obama decides not to run, who will mourn the decision?

    1- Valeria Jarret

    2- MO and Pepboys

    3- Joe Biden, maybe

    4- The orange cheeto blockheads

    5- MSM

    6- JournoListers

  • Mrs. Smith

    They refer to the “West Bank,” not to “Judea and Samaria,” fervently supported the Oslo peace process and Israel’s unilateral withdrawal from Gaza and believe in the urgency of creating a Palestinian state.

    But they are also fearful for Israel at a moment of turmoil in a hostile region when the moderate Palestinian Authority is joining forces with the militantly anti-Israel Hamas.

    “It’s a hot time, because Israel is isolated in the world and, in particular, with the Obama administration putting pressure on Israel,” said Rabbi Neil Cooper, leader of Temple Beth Hillel-Beth El in Philadelphia’s Main Line suburbs, who recently lectured his large, politically connected congregation on avoiding turning Israel into a partisan issue.”
    _________________________________

    You have all the pieces in your post, admin.. except you haven’t included any explanation of why Obama is pulling back from his advisers. I have an explanation in my post at 5:48.. and the above quote just dropped another puzzle piece into place (for me). Obama’s plan as CIC is to neutralize and reject any calls for Help to the US if Israel is attacked by Hamas and the radicalized faction of the Muslim Brotherhood. Because we ourselves will be under siege and powerless in mass.

    Yes, Israel has nukes, but it cannot cover itself 360 degrees without replenishing munitions and logistics without help from US military might.

  • Mrs. Smith

    admin
    June 29th, 2011 at 6:09 pm

    MyIq2XU, Hillary doesn’t have to run against Obama in 2012. We have to run Obama out.
    ________________________

    Absolutely RIGHT! admin- It’s not about dwelling on Hillary running in 2012; it’s about Getting Obama OUT asap… and stopping him from getting another nomination from the DNC.

  • admin

    Shadowfax, respectfully disagree with your choices.

    Joe Biden will not cry. Joe will immediately see another chance to get on Mount Rushmore. Joe thinks he would have been a better president than even John Kerry.

    JournoListers cry? Big Media might be relieved not to have to defend the boobery and then they can have Obama the Martyr to light incense for.

    Pepboys? No. Absolutely not. The Pepboys are embarrassed to have Sleeveless abuse their fine products.

    The Cheeto chewing Kooks? They won’t cry. They’ll see it as an opportunity for their favorite candidate to run. Arianna? Zsa Zsa herself is still alive. Head Kook himself? Lord Voldemort?

    Jarrett might mourn. She might also see it as an opportunity to loot Chicago along with Michelle. Casinos are opening in Chicago you know, and patient dumping is more profitable than ever post Obamacare.

    Michelle might not be happy at first, but once she sees all the golden opportunities to fleece and rob she’ll go with Jarrett on a Joker style crime spree in Chicago.

  • admin

    Imagine Valerie and Ol’ Scowly looting Chicago while Blago rots in prison:

    http://articles.chicagotribune.com/2011-06-01/news/ct-met-chicago-casino-0602-20110601_1_chicago-casino-casino-gambling-casino-bet

    Chicago could soon become the first big city in America to own a casino — a gamble that could add hundreds of millions of dollars to City Hall’s bottom line but comes with a host of questions.

    Where will a casino be located, and who will run it? How soon could the city get at least a temporary casino up and running? Will it attract tourists and business travelers or thrive on locals? Will the revenue it generates for the city budget be worth the social costs that go hand in hand with legalized gambling?

    New Mayor Rahm Emanuel has emphasized that legalized gambling is only part of his plan to dig Chicago out of a financial hole. But while he is eager to see the revenue, he is not elaborating on his vision of how casino gambling would look in Chicago until the deal is done. [snip]

    “You now have a government owning an operation whose sole purpose is to make people losers,” said the Rev. Tom Grey, a longtime gambling opponent. “When government accepts the role that it will use an addictive product on its own citizens, it becomes a predator.

    Chicago would be the only municipality in the nation to own a casino, according to supporters and opponents. Kansas authorized state-owned casinos in 2007, but only one has opened, in Dodge City.

  • Shadowfax

    Admin :lol:

    Then all of America will be happy to see Baracko goooooooooooo away, and live off of America’s dime for the rest of his stinkin’ life.

  • Shadowfax

    while Blago rots in prison………. it is a very pitiful day when Blago pays for the sins of the Democrats and the real criminals party like it’s 2008.

  • Mrs. Smith

    Admin-

    There was an ad on Yahoo’s main site this morning. It was advertising applying for a Home Mortgage right at the Veterans Administration. I sued the Government (the Farmer’s Home Administration in 95′) when BC was in office. They settled. From then on, they got out of the banking business and turned to guaranteeing bank made loans. I would venture to say, the same reason they were forced to close would apply to the VA doing business as VA Mortgage Brokers.. Y/N?

  • Mormaer

    admin
    June 29th, 2011 at 6:09 pm
    MyIq2XU, Hillary doesn’t have to run against Obama in 2012. We have to run Obama out.

    Obama thought that re-election would be a waltz. Then he could REALLY goof off and play golf, schmooze, rake in book royalties and be worshiped as the new Sun King (read about Louis XIV as he bankrupted the biggest and wealthiest country in Europe). It is not working out and it will get worse as the summer goes on. When he realizes how much he will have to do just to get re-elected to a position (he wants the title not the job) he he will bail. He never stays long enough to really master anything or actually work. He will say he has accomplished everything he set out to do then negotiate a talk show contract.

  • Mrs. Smith

    “He never stays long enough to really master anything or actually work. He will say he has accomplished everything he set out to do then negotiate a talk show contract.”
    ______________________

    True- But he’s changed direction. He doesn’t care what the US citizens need. The only thing he is lacking is MONEY- That is his weakness. He cannot turn to Soros because Soros has cut his campaign funding to nothing. All Obama’s money have to come from overseas. It certainly isn’t going to come from his former supporters disgruntled with his miserable presidency.

    That is the reason why I said, MO will come home with a suitcase full of $$$$ gathered from the ME and deliver to someone in Africa during her visit.

  • JanH

    admin,

    With Gates going and Hillary to follow, I have really been concerned about what will happen. Those two are the only honest and America-loving people in bimbo’s government.

  • admin

    He’s grabbed the title “King of Boobs” again but Politico has more excuses:

    http://www.politico.com/politico44/perm/0611/whats_her_age_again_b3ddff8f-2f9c-4902-9cd6-386dfea0984d.html?

    At a press conference at the White House, Obama suggested that his daughters, who “generally finish their homework a day ahead of time,” could serve as role models for members of Congress.

    Malia’s 13, Sasha’s 10,” the president said, even though 12-year-old Malia still has a few days to go until her July 4 birthday. “It is impressive. They don’t wait until the night before. They’re not pulling all-nighters. They’re 13 and 10.”

  • NewMexicoFan

    :”F*ck You, As*hole – you’re getting what you deserve and you don’t know what the f*ck you are doing, and we know you don’t know what the f*ck you are doing, and we’re going to tell everyone in every f*cking way that you don’t know what the f*ck you are f*cking doing.”

    God that felt good.

  • Mrs. Smith

    #
    NewMexicoFan
    June 29th, 2011 at 7:38 pm

    :”F*ck You, As*hole – you’re getting what you deserve and you don’t know what the f*ck you are doing, and we know you don’t know what the f*ck you are doing, and we’re going to tell everyone in every f*cking way that you don’t know what the f*ck you are f*cking doing.”

    God that felt good.
    _________________________

    Oh- it did, NMF.. You said exactly how I felt reading Shadow’s post.

    Hi-5′s :-) :-) :-)

  • Mrs. Smith

    admin
    June 29th, 2011 at 7:36 pm

    He’s grabbed the title “King of Boobs” again but Politico has more excuses:
    ____________________

    Coward- hiding behind his daughters for a left handed swipe at Congress. I bet he didn’t even comeup with that stupid comment, MO did-

  • Mrs. Smith

    Ben Bailey on Cash Cab just used a quote from Bill Clinton…

    “It all depends on what IS IS”… LOL

    Ben is fantastic… general knowledge question for his game show aren’t all that general..heh!

  • turndownobama

    “You now have a government owning an operation whose sole purpose is to make people losers,” said the Rev. Tom Grey, a longtime gambling opponent.

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

    Lots of state lotteries around already.

  • Mrs. Smith

    I can’t believe ATT is using the text “Flash Mobs” in a commercial for selling cell phones. Well then, will they think it so funny when a Flash Mob raid their telephone stores? hmmmm…

  • tim

    admin, excellent post, very glad to see you back and in fighting form :-)

    I went an had an ice cream cone as a reward today, for enduring watching this PO$ today, along with some other small biz owners. All our jaws dropped, the man has contempt, pure utter contempt for anyone who wants to make a living, a profit in this country. When he was asked about regulations, he basically gave the middle finger that he loves to do to every hard working honest small business owner in this county. He does not give a $hit about america or americans.
    Fox Business is doing some excellent interviews with many small business owners on how the fed. govt, especially this pack of immature administration, is stepping on, kicking on the business community:
    fishermen, many other small biz being severely hurt by Waffles…and he says he’s for jobs, maybe TOTUS believes him.

    http dot //video dot foxbusiness dot com/v/1027295268001/fisherman-the-governments-killing-business/?playlist_id=937116525001
    http dot //video dot foxbusiness dot com/v/1027327712001/small-business-owner-frustrated-over-regulation/?playlist_id=937116525001
    http dot //video dot foxbusiness dot com/v/1030665592001/doing-business-under-obama-getting-difficult/?playlist_id=87247
    http dot //video dot foxbusiness dot com/v/1030867373001/spa-owner-cant-relax-about-taxes/?playlist_id=87061

    Class warfare? not the kind most people & DC think….As the WSJ commentor today said so perfectly:
    “”Obama clearly wants all Americans brought down to a shared level of misery — except, of course, our federal overlords who will continue to demand their own personal jets, international family travel at taxpayer expense, lifetime health benefits while being excused from the ravages of ObamaCare, and of course their recurring exemptions from all other laws that they impose on us lowly serf taxpayers. Obama wants class warfare? Well he got it: Americans vs their elitist, corrupt, irresponsible, thieving government.”

    http dot //www dot zerohedge dot com/article/obama-redirects-broke-us-government-playing-class-warfare-card-focuses-millionaires-and-bill

  • tim

    he does not know his own daughter’s ages?!? shouldn’t surprise me, he doesn’t know what year it is either. Maybe he will think he is the president of Russia, as he once lamented that he wasn’t, and then move over there and leave us alone and with some adults in charge.

  • tim

    http dot //yidwithlid.blogspot.com/2011/06/unbelievable-obama-administration-puts.html

    can someone explain this? Does this mean Israel is on list of countries the US considers promoting terrorism? I do not understand the article, I hope its not what they think it is.

  • BigCatLover

    Oh and BTW (my kids tell me that’s text for “by the way”), thanks for doing a good job on the oil spill.
    ************************
    This was at the end of the Carville memo to Obama. If this is snark, a major OUCH.

  • BigCatLover

    Obama loving CNN spent the first 15 minutes of The Agenda trashing Obama’s words in his press conference today. Gloria Borger, David Gergen and Spitzer could not believe the way he mishandled the repubs position. Spitzer said his comments were almost snide (almost??) and Borger said his tone made reaching a deal with them that much harder. They said it was obvious that the talks did not go well, Probably an understatement.

  • BigCatLover

    admin
    June 29th, 2011 at 6:09 pm
    Every word of that comment is spot on.

  • HillaryforTexas

    Even the redmeat conservatives, in their honest moments, know exactly what went down. Some comments today at Ace of Spades:

    Funny. Betsy Sheer is hearing that the rank and file would rather be trying to re-elect Hillary.

    If the Democrats had an honest primary/caucus process without all the superdelegates making the real decisions, they would have nominated her in the first place.
    ——–

    Hell… if the MSM had honestly reported on Reverend Wright, Bill Ayers, Tony Rezko -and- spilled the beans on Edwards….. Hillary would have run thru most of the primaries unopposed.

  • Shadowfax

    What a joke listening to Hannity and Coulter trying to sound like a feminist’s and the gentleman defending Bachman.

    Maybe that would fly if you didn’t know how much both of them have mercilessly attacked Hillary.

    ==
    Do as I say, not as I do…bla, bla, bla.

  • tim

    I have ripped Hannity for the idiot he is many times, but I will credit him when it is due, I remember after that whole Randi Rhoades Hillary is a “white F*king whore” incident, Hannity and shockingly Coulter were defending Hillary, and so were Mccain people who came on that show.

    Cnn kept on going after Hillary, MSNBC, well they were too busy making “pimping out Chelsea” jokes.

  • Mrs. Smith

    Fox Business is doing some excellent interviews with many small business owners on how the fed. govt, especially this pack of immature administration, is stepping on, kicking on the business community.
    _________________________

    They are going to Regulate every industry and self-employed person into the dust bin of history through the EPA or unheard of Taxes imposed for no other reason than the privilege of doing business in America.

  • turndownobama

    If the Democrats had an honest primary/caucus process without all the superdelegates making the real decisions, they would have nominated her in the first place.

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

    Not correct. It was the caucuses that gave Obama his claimed lead. The superdelegates could have saved us by doing their job and over-riding the kid-packed caucuses. As it was, many supers fought for Hillary till Denver.

  • Kingsgrove

    September can’t come soon enough! lol

  • JanH

    Idea of the Day: Focus on Women’s Rights Must Continue Past Secretary Clinton’s Term

    June 29, 2011

    Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is spearheading a quiet revolution in progressive foreign policy by making the empowerment of women and advancement of their rights a cornerstone of U.S. foreign policy. While overshadowed by other foreign policy issues—the global financial crisis; wars in Afghanistan, Iraq, and Libya; nuclear programs in Iran and North Korea; terrorism; and the Arab Spring to name a few—the Obama administration has embarked on the most concerted effort to advance women’s rights in the history of U.S. foreign policy.

    Secretary Clinton has been the main mover behind this agenda, and her well-known personal interest in empowering women internationally has propelled it forward. For instance, Saudi women activists called on Secretary Clinton to support their right-to-drive campaign due to her intense personal interest in women’s rights.

    But the fate of the Obama administration’s new focus on international women’s rights and empowerment is uncertain without a high-level champion like Secretary Clinton, who has said she will leave the administration at the end of President Obama’s current term in office. Progressives should ensure that Secretary Clinton’s focus on women’s rights and empowerment survives beyond her tenure at Foggy Bottom and becomes a central, definitional component of what it means to have a progressive foreign policy.

    http://www.americanprogress.org/issues/ideas/2011/06/062911.html

  • Mrs. Smith

    Here’s a good laugh!
    ____________________

    Campaign Downgrades Obama Raffle by Including Biden

    by Keith Koffler on June 28, 2011

    The Obama campaign has mysteriously downgraded its $5 Dinner With Obama raffle by forcing the winner to have dinner with Biden as well!

    Okay, if this sounds mean spirited of me, please ask any Washington journalist who has had to listen to Biden for any length of time. It’s excruciating. At least lower the minimum donation to $2.50.

    Here’s the email I got yesterday from the campaign. I was flabbergasted. And how is it fair to pull this on those who have already entered? I mean, talk about bait and switch!

    http://www.whitehousedossier.com/2011/06/28/campaign-downgrades-obama-raffle-including-biden/

  • Mrs. Smith

    The Chicago Mafia never sleeps-
    ____________________________

    Security tight as Palins sign books at Mall of America

    BLOOMINGTON, Minn. — Security was tight as Sarah Palin helped her daughter kick off a book tour at Mall of America.

    Both Bloomington police and mall security were on hand Wednesday as the former Alaska governor and Republican vice-presidential candidate appeared with Bristol Palin at a joint book-signing.

    Customers have to pass through a checkpoint before getting the two to sign copies of their latest books.

    Hundreds of people turned out. No incidents have been reported.

    Bristol Palin’s memoir, “Not Afraid of Life,” came out last week and Wednesday was her first public event. Sarah Palin’s “America by Heart” was released last fall. HarperCollins imprints published both books.

  • henry

    I find the raffle really sad. I get stuck buying tickets from many different causes because they are causes- not because I think i am going to win a turkey or anything else. Rarely even check to see if I’ve won. Sadly I wonder if the same kids asked me to donate 5 to their baseball team if I would.
    This just seems like such a disgrace to the office. Clinton auctions off dinners all of the time but it for his foundation not buy a ticket from me to support me so you can eat with me. GROSS

  • henry

    I can’t find a link but there was an episode of an MTV show called Boiling Point a few years ago in which the object was to push people to their limit. Whatever unwitting customer lasted the longest won.
    One show took place in a convenience store. The guest gave a fifty to pay for his sundry low cost items and the clerk asked him if he’d like to donate his change to “Mike’s Charity”(Not sure of the name). The guy said yes and the clerk put all of his change in– bills and coin. The customer was WTF? Clerk responded I asked you and you said yes. Guy kept his cool but finally asked what is this “Mike’s Charity”? Clerk said something along the lines of oh that’s me I don’t make a lot here and I have cable bills and I like to drink.
    Very funny and it reminds of my chance to win my dinner with waffles. Give me your 5 dollars because meecheele and my soon to 17 year old daughters have barely seen asia.

  • Betty

    henry
    June 29th, 2011 at 4:58 pm

    Henry, you’re right and you broke my heart. Betty

  • confloyd

    Obama should of selected Hillary as a partner to raffle off a dinner, he might of made more money…. I’d buy a ticket for that!

  • SHV

    “In recent months, they say, the president has been relying more heavily on his own instincts and feeling less impelled to seek accord among advisors.”
    *********
    The translation is: “The internal and external restraints on Obama’s sociopathic personality are getting weaker and no one has a fucking clue what this wacko is going to do.”

  • henry

    What the “flash mobs” are looking for is a reaction. Look at the videos these people are pretty collected and are not shying away from cameras. They want to piss people off. Stealing stupid cheap shit and doing it en masse, using minors to do some of the work. Slap on the wrist is all the offenders will get.
    I think someone who has always craved civil unrest is stirring the pot.

  • S

    :”F*ck You, As*hole – you’re getting what you deserve and you don’t know what the f*ck you are doing, and we know you don’t know what the f*ck you are doing, and we’re going to tell everyone in every f*cking way that you don’t know what the f*ck you are f*cking doing.”
    *****************************************

    Amen…everyone is waking up and on to the fraud…about time…

    …the thrill is gone…

  • turndownobama

    the president has been relying more heavily on his own instincts and feeling less impelled to seek accord among advisors.”
    *********
    The translation is: “The internal and external restraints on Obama’s sociopathic personality are getting weaker

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

    Maybe he’s started believing his own fairy tale? Remember his one claim to competence was that his 2002 ‘judgement’ told him the Iraq war was stupid (long before he got in an office where he could get real information about it).

  • jbstonesfan

    fabulous per usual…sadly, I agree Israel isdoomed come September…only way to stop it is for Jewish money to stop flowing and that is most unlikely.

  • admin

    Re: today’s appellate court decision from the respected Scrotus blog:

    http://www.scotusblog.com/2011/06/health-insurance-mandate-survives-barely/

    Health insurance mandate survives — narrowly

    A federal appeals court, the first at its level to rule, upholds the new health insurance purchase mandate, but does so only by a thin margin that leaves the provision open to later challenges if the law actually goes into effect in 2014.

    The key feature of Congress’s broad new health care law — a mandate that virtually every one obtain health insurance by the year 2014 — on Wednesday survived its first constitutional challenge in a federal appeals court, but it did so with little room to spare. Three judges on the Sixth Circuit Court in Cincinnati took three different positions, but the one that counted the most rejected only the broadest challenge, and suggested that narrower ones might have some success as the law is actually put into effect.
    [snip

    The congressional directive to obtain health insurance, which has only a few narrow exceptions, is considered by the government to be the absolutely crucial part of the sweeping new law designed to alter in basic ways the U.S. market for health insurance. Three federal appeals courts have now held hearings on constitutional challenges to that feature, and the Sixth Circuit got its ruling out before those of the Fourth and Eleventh Circuits.

    Ultimately, the feature is likely to be tested in the Supreme Court. Judge Sutton took note of that prospect, saying that the appeals court is “utterly non-final in this case.

    While Sutton said “the government has the better of the arguments” in the case, the full scope of his 26-oage opinion showed that he had voted to uphold the mandate only against what is called a “facial” challenge. That is a claim that the law, as written, cannot be enforced no matter what the factual specifics in any given case. It is the hardest kind of challenge to win, because, as Judge Sutton commented, such a claim seeks “to leave nothing standng.” He concluded that the conservatuve advicact group, the Thomas More Law Center, had not made its case with sufficient strength.

    In fact, Judge Sutton listed a handful of situations in which he said the insurance requirement could be constitutionally applied, and added: “The valid application of the law to these groups of people suffices to uphold the law against this facial challenge.”

    He went on,however, to say that, “while future challenges to the law have hills to climb, nothing about this view of the case precludes individuals from bringing as-applied challenges to the mandate as the relevant agencies implement it.” Ultimately, he wrote, “the policy strengths and weaknesses of using the individual mandate as part of this national legislation” will come to light, and elected lawmakers, rather than judges, will have “the primary say over its utility.”

    Judge Martin, in his opinion, used a footnote to respond to the suggestion that future as-applied challneges might succeed. If the law is valid on its face, Martin wrote, “it is difficult to imagine a circumstance under which an as-applied Commerce Clause challenge to the provision would succeed,” because it would have been established that Congress had the authority to regulate the broader class of activities of which individual situations were only a small part.

    Even with its limitations, the Sutton opinion and the decision it spelled out was a significant victory for the Obama Administration and for those who crafted the new law in Congress — because if this turns out to be the way the Supreme Court should rule, the mandate would go into effect and those who oppose it would then be left to file individual lawsuits challenging the way it applied to them.

    There also was positive symbolism for the government in that the controlling opinion that sustained the law — for the time being, at least — was written by a highly respected judge whose general conservative credentials have never been in doubt, although he is not known as an ideologue.

    The Sutton opinion, because of its approach, might well be persuasive to conservative judges on other courts. While the insurance mandate has been expected to survive its challenge in the Fourth Circuit, there is reason to believe its chances are slimmer in the Eleventh Circuit.

    Should appeals courts ultimately take conflicting positions on the mandate, that would make it a virtual certainty that the Supreme Court would step in to make the final decision. The issue may be important enough in its own right, though, for the Court to conclude that it ought to be the one to give the last word on its validity.

    It has been one of the themes of the Supreme Court under Chief Justice John G. Roberts, Jr., to put limits on the use of facial challenges to strike down laws — the same sentiment that led Judge Sutton to his conclusion.

    In Judge Martin’s opinion (which, incidentally, appeared first because it contained the judgment of the panel majority upholding the law on its face) went beyond what Judge Sutton had found, and concluded that Congress did have the authority to pass the individual insurance mandate, because health coverage is an economic activity within the nation market for such insurance.

    Martin, who is known as a liberal judge, accepted the Obama Administration’s argument that Congress had+ reason to believe that, if people did not have health insurance and insisted on paying their own way when they needed health care, that would have a “substantial effec” on the interstate market for health insurance generallly. “The practice of self-insuring,” the judge said, “substantially affects interstate commerce by driving up the cost of health care as well as by shifting costs to third parties.”

    Moreover, Judge Martin declared, Congress had valid reason for believing that leaving the self-insured outside of federal control “would undercut its overling ecnomic regulatory scheme.”

    This judge also rejected the core argument that challengers to the mandate have been making in all of the courts reviewing the new law’s validity — the argument that Congress may not regulate “inactivity,” and that failing to buy health insurance is “inactivity.” Martin concluded that Congress could regulate inactivitiy, it it were related to an economic activity. ”Thus,” he said, “the provision is constitutional notwithstanding the fact that it could be labeled as regulating inactivity.”

    The third jurist on the panel, District Judge Graham, disagreed with the approaches of both Judges Sutton and Martin, concluding that the insurance mandate should not survive even a facial challenge. Treating the mandate as an attempt to regulate “inactivity,” Graham concluded that that was simply beyond Congress’s power under the Commerce Clause.

    Graham did agreed with Judge Sutton on one point: that Congress has not used its taxiing power (as opposed to its power over commerce) in adopting the mandate. Judge Martin, by contrast, concluded that it was not necessary to rule on the tax question.

  • Shadowfax

    So the September timeline is all tied to Israel and her enemies and if Hillary can make a very public move that puts Barry in checkmate???

  • admin

    Shadowfax, Obama cannot afford a Hillary resignation (though he wants that under the right circumstances for himself and John Kerry wants it more than anything). A Hillary threat of resignation is what might force Obama to order Susan Rice to protect Israel at the UN. Hillary’s dilemma.

  • Shadowfax

    Admin-

    A Hillary threat of resignation is what might force Obama to order Susan Rice to protect Israel at the UN. Hillary’s dilemma.

    ———
    But didn’t Hillary say she plans to step down before Barry’s second term begins, if he ‘wins’? So if the election is in Nov of 2012, wouldn’t she last in his administration though all of 2012, but before Jan 2013?

    I don’t see how Barry will feel pressured by this Sept?

    Sorry, I don’t understand.

  • henry

    Admin
    too tired to pull out much from your above posting but this one stuck out
    generallly. “The practice of self-insuring,” the judge said, “substantially affects interstate commerce by driving up the cost of health care as well as by shifting costs to third parties.”

  • henry

    Admin
    Sorry meant to cancel last post and not send. Seems like if bambi care goes through they have all of the arguments needed to demand in a privitized social security system. Am I mistaken or do the same rules not apply?

  • gonzotx

    In the first two years of Obama’s presidency, his top aides had grown accustomed to a process in which Obama drew out and explored the views of his full team and searched for a consensus — decision by ballot, some called it.
    ***********************

    Hasn’t it been said that he hasn’t convened a cabinet meeting for 2 years? So what is different? I don’t buy it.

  • gonzotx

    At a press conference at the White House, Obama suggested that his daughters, who “generally finish their homework a day ahead of time,” could serve as role models for members of Congress.

    “Malia’s 13, Sasha’s 10,” the president said, even though 12-year-old Malia still has a few days to go until her July 4 birthday. “It is impressive. They don’t wait until the night before. They’re not pulling all-nighters. They’re 13 and 10.”
    ****************

    But what is their golf handicap?

  • HillaryforTexas


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  • HillaryforTexas

    I want Hillary to run, but if she doesn’t, I want her to resign very publicly, at the WORST possible time for him politically.

  • gonzotx

    HFT…yes

  • Mrs. Smith

    The treacherous Islamist-in-Chief stabs Israel and America in the back.

    Yes, Soros out- Islamist In!
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    Obama to Resume Formal Contacts with Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood…

    June 30, 2011

    The United States has decided to resume formal contacts with the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt, a senior U.S. official said on Wednesday, in a step that reflects the Islamist group’s growing political weight but that is almost certain to upset Israel and its U.S. backers.

    “The political landscape in Egypt has changed, and is changing,” said the senior official, who spoke on condition of anonymity. “It is in our interests to engage with all of the parties that are competing for parliament or the presidency.”

    The official sought to portray the shift as a subtle evolution rather than a dramatic change in Washington’s stance toward the Brotherhood, a group founded in 1928 that seeks to promote its conservative vision of Islam in society.

    Under the previous policy, U.S. diplomats were allowed to deal with Brotherhood members of parliament who had won seats as independents — a diplomatic fiction that allowed them to keep lines of communication open.

    Where U.S. diplomats previously dealt only with group members in their role as parliamentarians, a policy the official said had been in place since 2006, they will now deal directly with low-level Brotherhood party officials.

    There is no U.S. legal prohibition against dealing with the Muslim Brotherhood itself, which long ago renounced violence as a means to achieve political change in Egypt and which is not regarded by Washington as a foreign terrorist organization. (9-11 doesn’t count)

    But other sympathetic groups, such as Hamas, which identifies the Brotherhood as its spiritual guide, have not disavowed violence against the state of Israel.

    The result has been a dilemma for the Obama administration. (Not anymore- he’s making up his own rules as he goes along.)

    Former officials and analysts said it has little choice but to engage the Brotherhood directly, given its political prominence after the February 11 downfall of former President Hosni Mubarak.

    http://weaselzippers.us/2011/06/30/obama-to-resume-formal-contacts-with-egyptian-muslim-brotherhood/

  • tim

    “it a virtual certainty that the Supreme Court would step in to make the final decision. ”

    It will eventually be overturned by the states themselves, something like this happened in the 1870s? 1860s? as well. Govt shoves through some crap, courts uphold it, and the states refuse to enforce it, and the law had to be overturned within 5 years of when it was passed.

  • Mrs. Smith

    Obama has to make his engaging with Islam public. He has to move freely with Islamic contacts first of all for the money needed to run his campaign and secondly, getting as many of them here in our country as he can before Americans realize, they are his military arm, if he decides to impose Martial Law due to the fact the (staged) appearance of Flash Mobs in every state has gone viral. He will claim he is protecting American citizens..like the TSA is safeguarding air travel frisking 6 yr olds.

  • ABM90

    POTUS Hillary Rodham Clinton is in Europe working hard putting blow-out patches on every problem that
    hocus potus creates ouround the globe.I hope that she makes it home for the 4th and celebrates with her family.This is her schedule while bo and mo campaign.

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    Briefing En Route Budapest, Hungary

    Special Briefing
    Senior Department Official
    Senior OfficialBudapest, Hungary

    June 29, 2011

    SENIOR ADMINISTRATION OFFICIAL THREE: So the Secretary is on her way to Budapest for the opening of the Tom Lantos Institute and her bilateral visit in Hungary. She will then go on to Vilnius, Lithuania for the Community of Democracies event and a bilateral visit there, and then onto Spain for a bilateral visit. To give you the flavor of this trip, we have two senior administration officials, and I will now turn it over to official number one.
    SENIOR ADMINISTRATION OFFICIAL ONE: The Secretary is going to be able to visit three countries on this trip that she has not previously visited in her capacity as Secretary of State. And so that makes it a special trip for her and the countries involved. And she will on this trip do what we always do when we travel to Europe, which is advance our broad based and comprehensive partnership with Europe and with Europe abroad.
    She’ll be talking across the board about the things that we are doing with and in support for these countries. She will look at internal developments, especially in the countries of Hungary and Lithuania as they mark 20-plus years of transition. She will also be looking at issues of economic adjustment, particularly in the country of Spain. And with all three of the countries she will be looking at the EU agenda as we collaborate with our EU partners, as all three of these countries are EU members. She will be working with them on our global agenda, as Europe is really the cornerstone of our global engagement, and she will be talking about the details of what we are doing to advance stability and democracy in every place from the Balkans to Afghanistan to Libya.
    As part of our global engagement, one of the special themes of this entire trip and for each of her stops will be democracy and what we are doing together as democracies to advance the issues of human rights, fundamental freedoms, to perfect our own democracies, and to advance this agenda elsewhere. As you know, one of the issues that she has emphasized and that we are seeing on the ground is how difficult democratic transition can be and how important it is for us to seize moments of opportunity to make sure that we translate promise into reality, and as we do so, to make sure that we carry out a very special responsibility that we as established democracies, but also newer democracies, even like second generation democracies that have come through transition, to pay it forward and to help to use the assistance and the support, the lessons, and the experiences that we’ve gained to help others who are in the midst of their own struggle.
    In Hungary, as you have heard already, the Secretary will start with the opening of the Lantos Institute, and there really will be two themes as part of that event. First is the extraordinary individual that Tom Lantos was as the only Holocaust survivor to be a member of Congress, a lifelong fighter for human rights and freedom, but also somebody who in the midst – in the course of his congressional tenure worked across partisan lines. And all of those themes will also carry over in terms of what the Lantos Institute is about, what it is set up to achieve, which is to advance democracy, inclusion, tolerance, bipartisan cooperation.
    She will also meet with civil society leaders in Hungary that will allow her to carry on that message and that dialogue from the Lantos Institute, and she will be able to hear from political voices across the spectrum of Hungarian political life and to continue that dialogue. And then, of course, she will have a session with Prime Minister Orban, and in that session she will talk about all aspects of our wide-ranging partnership, the many areas on which we cooperate, everything from Libya, where Hungary is the protecting power for the United States, to Afghanistan, where they have 500 troops on the ground and lead a PRT or provincial reconstruction team, and to the EU agenda, where they are working on energy cooperation, issues relating to Roma, issues relating to Croatia’s accession into the European Union. And of course, as a friend and partner, we will also talk about advancing democracy, strengthening democracy within Hungary.
    We will talk in greater detail later about the agendas in Lithuania and Spain, but just to touch very briefly for them now, when we arrive later in the day in Lithuania after the Hungary stop, the Secretary will take part in an event on women enhancing democracy. This will include over 20 women leaders from the Middle East, Europe, elsewhere around the world. It is an event that is co-chaired by the Lithuanian and Finnish presidents, but it will also include leaders from Kosovo, Kyrgyzstan, Mongolia, and Slovakia. It is women’s rights and advancement of women is a key part of our human rights agenda. It’s the work that Ambassador Melanne Verveer has been engaged in. The U.S. and Lithuania are co-chair of the Community of Democracies Working Group on Gender Issues, and this will be an opportunity for the Secretary and all these women leaders to address the issues that are associated there.
    The Secretary will then have a Strategic Dialogue with Civil Society that is a continuation of the Strategic Dialogue she launched in Washington. She is committed to hearing directly from the people who are on the ground working to advance democracy. She wants to know about the problems and the challenges they face, but also about where they see progress and potential, and to share ideas about the way forward. There are about 150 civil society leaders who will be present in Lithuania for an event associated with the Community of Democracies, and this will involve individuals from that group.
    On Friday morning, the Secretary will attend the Community of Democracies ministerial, which will include representatives from about 130 countries around the world. And (inaudible) –
    QUESTION: (Inaudible.)
    SENIOR ADMINISTRATION OFFICIAL ONE: About 130.
    QUESTION: Do you know some of the prominent participants from other countries?
    SENIOR ADMINISTRATION OFFICIAL ONE: We can get you the list. We can get you the list and go over that. And here again, it is about the need to help each other. It is about a need to share lessons learned, talk openly, and see what we can do at this crucial time for action, when we’ve watched the events in Egypt and Tunisia, we’ve watched Arab Spring across the Middle East and Africa, and again, as I said before, to recognize the reality of how difficult transitions can be, the need for those in transition to get help, and the responsibility of those who have been through that transition, long ago or recently, to reach out and help.
    The Secretary will also do a number of bilateral meetings in Lithuania. She will meet with the prime minister, the president, and the foreign minister to talk about everything from energy and economy to democracy in the neighborhood and particularly neighboring Belarus. She will touch on issues and the positive developments with the Lithuanian parliament’s recent passage of a Holocaust compensation bill. And she will join the Baltic foreign ministers in an event to commemorate the 20th anniversary of Baltic independence.
    And then, just lastly, on Saturday morning in Spain, the Secretary will meet with both the prime minister and the foreign minister. As you know, Spain is a longstanding and greatly valued ally in Afghanistan. They’re working together with us in Libya across the board, and it’s an opportunity for us to look again at the cooperation that we have underway, also, so many contemporary issues, especially as they relate to the economy and what we can do together across the broad range.

  • holdthemaccountable

    A particularly great and sweet read, admin. Threads of humor throughout, e.g. “Clinton’s Winter Headquarters”. How do you maintain your sense of humor?
    ——-
    Re admin June 29th, 2011 at 6:09 pm “…Several of these assumptions about Obama will lead him to seek reelection. But his sense of careerism and ego will inform him to get out if the facts (polls) turn clearly against him in must win states… he gets to keep the money he raised in his federal account ”
    Credible observations, I say!

  • moononpluto

    Halperin On Obama Presser: ‘I Think He Was Kind Of a D–k’

    When Mark Halperin asked if the seven-second delay was working prior to offering his observation on President Obama’s performance at his press conference of yesterday, Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzezinski seemed to assume he was joking, and invited the normally mild-mannered pundit to proceed.

    But it immediately became obvious that the joke was on the Morning Joe hosts, because when he spoke, Halperin said of Obama “I think he was kind of a d–k yesterday.” As evidenced in the screengrab, Mika and Joe reacted with shocked amusement.

    View video here.

    Watch Halperin beat the director, finger hovering over the delay, to the punch!

    MARK HALPERIN: Do we have the seven-second delay today? I want to characterize how I thought the President behaved.

    MIKA BRZEZINSKI: We have it. We can use it–right [Executive Producer] Alex?

    JOE SCARBOROUGH: Yeah, sure, come on, take a chance. Have faith.

    BRZEZINSKI: Let’s see what happens.

    SCARBOROUGH: I’m behind you. You fall down, I’m gonna catch you.

    BRZEZINSKI: And the precedent has been set on the show, so you’re good [a reference to Joe dropping an f-bomb some years ago, leading to the installation of the seven-second delay].

    HALPERIN: I thought he was kind of a d–k yesterday.

    SCARBOROUGH: Oh my God. Delay that! Delay that! What are you doing? I can’t believe you–I was joking! Don’t do that! Did we delay that?

    Halperin went on to explain that in his tough talk about Republicans, he thought PBO was “posturing” for the benefit of his base, while damaging any lingering trust and mutual confidence with the Republican leaders necessary to reach agreement on a deal preventing a government debt default.

    Read more: http://newsbusters.org/blogs/mark-finkelstein/2011/06/30/halperin-obama-presser-i-think-he-was-kind-d-k#ixzz1Ql9CeL00

    ………………………

    We’ve always thought he was a dick.

  • jeswezey

    “…it’s not unheard of for presidential candidates in one party to end up under consideration to join the ticket of the other. Just ask Joe Lieberman.”
    ************

    Now, That Is A Shocker – because I had never considered that option.

    And it’s not so hairy as it might seem. Joe Lieberman was never a Republican, but Hillary was.

    It would be so much less complicated than the only scheme I had thought of until now, which was to have an icebreaker candidate like Feingold or Bayh challenge Waffles, accompanied by a draft-Hillary move, to drag Hillary into the fight.

    When the Fucking French and other countries recognize the Palestinian State in September as they have promised to do, Hillary could just leave Waffles in the lurch by resigning in protest, and declare she was running for the Republican nomination.

    Since 31 May 2008, the day of infamy, Hillary owes nothing to the D party. They still don’t want her. Fuck’em.

    Hillary can go back to the strong Republican woman she was up to August 1968, and she would take the Republican nomination by storm. There was already a large segment of Republicans who were willing to vote for her in 2008.

    Willard? Bullshit. Bachmann? Palin? Minced meat. The others don’t even come up on the radar.

    It’s brilliant. That’s why I never thought of it. Ain’t that smart.

  • JanH

    and the speculation begins…

    Robert Gates’s Departure Is Hillary Clinton’s Opportunity

    With low-key Panetta taking over the Pentagon, the State Department could reassert its foreign affairs primacy

    By Jessica Rettig
    June 30, 2011

    A parade and an official Armed Forces farewell will be Defense Secretary Robert Gates’s sendoff on Thursday as the widely respected cabinet member retires after his four-and-a-half-year, two-administration tenure. He’ll leave to his successor, CIA Director Leon Panetta, a panoply of problems such as wars in Iraq, Afghanistan, and Libya and an increasingly precarious defense budget. But for more than anyone, Gates’s departure presents Secretary of State Hillary Clinton an opportunity to reassert her department’s primacy in foreign affairs.

    For years, and especially after the military surge brought on by the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, the State Department has generally played second fiddle to the Pentagon on foreign policy. The budgets of each tell that story best­—in the continuing resolution for fiscal year 2011, for example, the base budget for Defense was about 10 times greater than the State Department’s. However, with Gates out the picture, Clinton will be the last high-profile international figure left standing in the cabinet, and now could be her window to assert more of her department’s influence over the nation’s security. “As Gates phases out this week and Panetta phases in, there’s going to be an opportunity for Secretary Clinton to really start making her voice even more heard in national security, and not just diplomacy and not just foreign assistance,” says Stephanie Sanok, a senior fellow at the Center for Strategic and International Studies.

    How wide Clinton’s window is and how far any added influence will take her, however, depend on some unknowns. Panetta, himself, is one. Another, and perhaps more important, issue is whether the American public and members of Congress would even be willing to spend more—or at very least, not spend less—on the State Department.

    To start, Clinton’s standing in the cabinet hinges partly on her relationship with Panetta, which goes back as far as her husband’s administration, when Panetta was pulled from Congress to work as Bill Clinton’s budget man and later chief of staff. Panetta, a veteran but low-key Washington hand, has remained mostly out of the public scene, even while making a name for himself as the CIA director in charge when America killed al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden. Contrast that with a current cabinet member who made a nationwide, headline run for the presidency just a few years ago.

    Mark Helmke, spokesman for Sen. Richard Lugar, the top Republican on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, says it wouldn’t be surprising to see Panetta defer to Clinton as the cabinet’s international frontman. “Panetta’s really never been a very out-front kind of guy as much as Hillary has been, although he was a congressman,” Helmke says. “My guess, knowing Panetta, is that he would naturally let her take the lead on this stuff, as he manages other things.”

    But, where Gates had been willing to rally along with Clinton for more foreign assistance under State as part of national security, Panetta hasn’t made his intentions clear, says Robert Weitz, director of the Center for Political-Military Analysis at the Hudson Institute, a conservative-leaning think-tank in Washington. As a result, Clinton may have to become more outspoken in order to bring attention to her department’s priorities abroad, particularly amid the budget-cutting atmosphere in Washington. “It’s not clear that Panetta has the same commitment to boosting the nonmilitary tools…especially if he’s going to make an effort, which he might, to cut back a lot on military spending,” says Weitz. “He may not want to further antagonize his military constituency by pushing for more funding going to State.” [Read more about national security, terrorism, and the military.]

    As secretary of state, Clinton has already been rather bold in expressing her views on national security. Most recently, she drew ire from members of Congress after questioning their commitment to the NATO mission in Libya. “Whose side are you on?” she asked at a recent press conference in Jamaica. “Are you on Qadhafi’s side or are you on the side of the aspirations of the Libyan people and the international coalition that has been created to support them?”

    And testifying before a Senate panel last week, the day after Obama’s East Room address on his Afghanistan strategy, Clinton spoke about the progress and remaining challenges for Americans, civilians and diplomats especially, in Afghanistan and Pakistan. While doing so, she underscored the importance of the civilians and diplomats in ensuring America’s national security interests in these countries. “I know it may be tempting to peel off the civilian elements of our strategy that make fewer headlines. But as our commanders on the ground will tell you, that would be a serious mistake,” she said.

    So apart from Clinton’s ability to communicate her foreign policy agenda publicly, it will ultimately be the readiness of Congress to support foreign service and assistance abroad that will dictate the outcome. “As they’re talking about cutting the Defense Department, nobody’s talking about growing the foreign affairs budget,” Sanok says. “She’s putting herself out there trying to have a greater voice on national security, but the money’s really not going to follow it.”

    Clinton, of course, has said this will be her only term as secretary of state, so how well she reasserts her department’s role in the next couple of years could determine her foreign policy legacy.

    http://www.usnews.com/news/articles/2011/06/30/robert-gatess-departure-is-hillary-clintons-opportunity

  • BigCatLover

    More drip, drip from another Obama fluffer:
    http://www.cnn.com/2011/OPINION/06/29/borger.leadership.debt/

  • moononpluto

    Mark Halperin Suspended From MSNBC After Slamming President Barack Obama on Air (Called Ø a dick)

    Time magazine’s Mark Halperin has been suspended as an MSNBC analyst after he called President Barack OBama a “dick” on Morning Joe Thursday morning.

    “Mark Halperin’s comments this morning were completely inappropriate and unacceptable. We apologize to the President, The White House and all of our viewers. We strive for a high level of discourse and comments like these have no place on our air. Therefore, Mark will be suspended indefinitely from his role as an analyst,” said the network in a statement.

    Said Halperin in a statement: “I completely agree with everything in MSNBC’s statement about my remark. I believe that the step they are taking in response is totally appropriate. Again, I want to offer a heartfelt and profound apology to the President, to my MSNBC colleagues, and to the viewers. My remark was unacceptable, and I deeply regret it.”

    …………………………..

    Spoke the truth and got the boot or it. Obama is a total dick, there I said it!

  • moononpluto

    MSNBC will suspend you for calling someone a “dick,” but not for calling someone a “teabagger.” or a bitch or a tramp or whore. Gotta protect Obama.

  • moononpluto

    Someone on NPR commented

    “A Dick is a functioning part of the human anatomy and brings both pleasure and produces something of substance. Obama is incapable of either of those things, therefore, the remark was wrong.”

  • HillaryforTexas

    Too funny that major Obot Halperin called The One a dick on Morning Joe. If he said it, you know that 10 times as many are thinking it.

    I wrote this last night about Obama’s little pissant petulant display:

    Watching him pontificate and shift blame and continually whine about how hard he is working always makes me want to scream. Tonight he kept attempting some sort of weird hipster jokiness in between petulant lashing out. He takes no responsibility for anything – ever. He seemed very irritated that his slick schmooziness doesn’t seem to be dazzling folks the way it has all his life. Because he’s stuck in a job for the first time in his life. For the very first time he is not on just another step on the ladder, where he can bullshit them long enough to move on up to the next rung. He’s had to stay put long enough for people to get a good look at him, and it ain’t pretty. And this has never happened to him before.

  • Mrs. Smith

    jeswezey
    June 30th, 2011 at 9:07 am

    I read your post mentioning Hillary should run as a Republican. The only thing is, Bill would never abandon the Dems for the Rethugs. A better scenario would be her running as an Indy against Obama- I think Bill could live with that.

  • HillaryforTexas

    LOL moon, on that NPR comment! HotAr had this to say:

    Halperin should be apologizing for a lack of imagination. He’s right in that the President acted like a pouting, sullen adolescent during the press conference, whining about having to answer for the constitutionality of sending men and women into combat without asking Congress for authorization. Obama bizarrely blamed the fiscal crisis on a small coterie of corporate-jet owners, a heretofore unknown juggernaut of economic destruction. Instead of acting presidential, Obama gave us a hissy fit for over sixty minutes. And the best Halperin can do is “dick”?

  • Mrs. Smith

    I wish Mark Halprin had used the opportunity for a better choice of words. If he had thought a minute- the word assh*le would have carried more thunder- the word dick just doesn’t seem to elicit the same connotation. Saying AH would have been worth the suspension. (I always think of Dick Cheney when I hear “dick” and of course as if from some divine inspiration, he was named appropriately by Mom Cheney)

  • moononpluto

    If the Obots are even realising Obama is a dick, then god help him in 2012 because there will be millions thinking it.

  • HillaryforTexas

    Comments on HotAir about the indefinite suspension:

    He should have called Obama a slut. The going rate for that is only a week…

    Halperin should have tried “dick-bagger”

  • Mrs. Smith

    Nothing changes for the Kool-Aiders.

    Talk Left hardly seems aware of the implication..

    http://www.talkleft.com/story/2011/6/30/111727/395

    It’s like, Dick who?

    Your wishing too hard, moon-

  • Mormaer

    HillaryforTexas
    June 30th, 2011 at 11:28 am … He’s had to stay put long enough for people to get a good look at him, and it ain’t pretty. And this has never happened to him before.

    Amen! He has never stuck around long enough to learn a blooming thing nor take responsibility. When the going gets tough he moves up. Now he is stuck, the shit is coming at him and he cannot walk. This is why he is goofing on the second floor of the WH avoiding his office and staff (Ulsterman Insider said this) and running to the golf course every time he can demand it. He is almost certainly already planning his next job and has no interest nor energy for the current one. He will become increasingly pissy and defensive until he has a meltdown like a toddler probably with some Congressional Republicans that tell him off then laugh at him. Obama’s entire life has been when the going gets tough – MOVE.

  • [...] Hillary Clinton’s dilemma  [...]

  • Shadowfax

    HillaryforTexas
    June 30th, 2011 at 3:59 am

    I want Hillary to run, but if she doesn’t, I want her to resign very publicly, at the WORST possible time for him politically.
    ——-

    A big YUP to that!
    She owes him that much, and much more.

  • Shadowfax

    jeswezey
    June 30th, 2011 at 9:07 am

    “…it’s not unheard of for presidential candidates in one party to end up under consideration to join the ticket of the other. Just ask Joe Lieberman.”
    ************

    Now, That Is A Shocker – because I had never considered that option.

    ——–

    I was actually hoping that Hillary and Trump would team up. Of course I am a dreamer and I want Hillary top of the ticket, and Trump as VP to be her bull dog and help with getting jobs back and messing with the media.

  • Mormaer

    Ha Ha. Instead of just letting Halperin grovel and apologize for saying what everyone subliminally already thinks, they go and suspend the fool and make an even bigger deal out of it. Now “dick” and Obama will be forever linked. And may I say that no one ever deserved a pejorative moniker more after what he and his minions called Hillary. Urban dictionary definition of dick is “a guy who is a jerk or does mean and stupid things”. This may be a turning point as Obama is already on a polling slide. This is both funny and intensely insulting to Obama. Is this the beginning of the powers that be to get rid of him? I watched the tape and Halperin meant to say it, it was not a gaff.

  • HillaryforTexas

    I am also very happy this morning that Barky The Wonderdick put his boundless douchebaggery on full display last night for all the world to see.

    See what I did there? Fair and balanced, peeps.

  • Mrs. Smith

    If the Lefties want or choose to ignore Halperin’s descriptive adjective. The use of a simple word such as dick does have one worthy benefit, BUMPERSTICKER!

    NOT Hussein- “dick”

  • HillaryforTexas

    Mormaer, I am spreading the jokes for all I am worth, because Obama is a narcissist, and the one thing narcissists cannot abide is mockery. They have a problem with even serious criticism, but mockery makes them batshit.

    Spread the word! Laugh it up! :D

  • Shadowfax

    Barky The Wonderdick put his boundless douchebaggery on full display last night for all the world to see.

    :lol: :lol:

  • holdthemaccountable

    An email from SarahPAC includes these comments about ‘The Undefeated’:

    A “sweeping epic”
    - Scott Conroy of RealClearPolitics

    “I would encourage you to see The Undefeated…allow yourself to be curious”
    - Amy Siskind of the Huffington Post

    “I’ve not been able to get through (the film) once without checking back tears born of a mix of emotion- from sadness and anger, to frustration and deep concern”
    - Dan Riehl of Big Hollywood

    a “…moving must-see”
    - John Nolte of Big Hollywood

  • turndownobama

    Obama drew out and explored the views of his full team and searched for a consensus — decision by ballot, some called it.
    ***********************

    Hasn’t it been said that he hasn’t convened a cabinet meeting for 2 years?

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

    The “full team” they’re talking about is not his official Cabinet (which is full of tokens) but his private group such as Jarrett, Axelrod, etc.

  • Shadowfax

    Good for HUMA…

    Huma Abedin taking time off from Weiner, job

    Anthony Weiner’s wife is taking time off from her senior job with the State Department — as well as time off from the randy former representative, The Post has learned.

    While Weiner, 46, heads to an “intensive” rehab program to recover from the sexting scandal that cost him his congressional career, his 35-year-old spouse, Huma Abedin, will be relaxing at an undisclosed location.

    “She is definitely taking time off away from her husband and chilling,” a source said. “And he’s going some place for at least a couple of weeks.”

    Huma, who is in the early stages of pregnancy with the couple’s first child, has been seen infrequently since she returned from a trip to Africa with Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton.

    She returned just before the Democrat announced his decision to quit his Brooklyn-Queens seat in the House after six terms. It was also reported that she had decided to try to make their marriage work.

    Huma’s family “is going to be watching her like a hawk,” the source said, “like she’s under a microscope.”

    There was no immediate confirmation from the State Department of Abedin’s plans to take time off from work.

    The Post reported yesterday that Weiner, once considered a front-runner to be the next mayor of New York, is going into rehab.

    “It’s going to be something a bit intense,” said a House Democrat who remains in contact with him. During his agonizing final days in office, Weiner spoke regularly with a small group of congressional colleagues.

    The Post also reported that Weiner is trying to remain a local political kingmaker by influencing who will receive the Democratic nomination in the special election, expected to take place on Sept. 13, for his former seat.

    Read more: http://www.nypost.com/p/news/local/brooklyn/premature_evacuation_SvQwcvAcIT2eSF5eg4htIN#ixzz1QmTNBpJ1

  • S

    …starting to look like Bill is paving a path for Hillary…he is speaking alot lately via Clinton Initiative on plans that make O look even smaller…creating jobs in the USA…talking debt reduction, etc..showing what a proven LEADER looks like and does…

    Halpern nailed O…probably created a new bumper sticker…

  • Shadowfax

    The Big Dawg continues to poke a stick at the failed economy…(he is in Chicago) and hopes the Rethugs nominate a centrist:

    Bill Clinton Network Exclusive: Proposes Debt Impasse Deal, but Fears GOP Too Hamstrung by Ideology

    http://abcnews.go.com/Politics/bill-clinton-exclusive-proposes-debt-impasse-deal-fears/story?id=13963218

  • turndownobama

    have an icebreaker candidate like Feingold or Bayh challenge Waffles, accompanied by a draft-Hillary move, to drag Hillary into the fight

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

    LIke it’s 1968. That’s the only way that seems credible to me. And even then, Hillary would probably scotch it in advance, tell the possible icebreakers not to try it.

    Imo she’s too much of a Democrat, she wouldn’t want to risk a party fight against a sitting … DINO.

    She’d be more likely to hope for 2016.

  • turndownobama

    The Post also reported that Weiner is trying to remain a local political kingmaker by influencing who will receive the Democratic nomination in the special election, expected to take place on Sept. 13, for his former seat.

    Read more: http://www.nypost.com/p/news/local/brooklyn/premature_evacuation_SvQwcvAcIT2eSF5eg4htIN#ixzz1QmTNBpJ1

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

    Dunno how credible the NY Post is on this. The bit about Huma MAYBE taking time off from her job with Hillary is weasel worded and unlikely. If Huma were really avoiding Weiner, she’d get Hillary to assign her to some task overseas for a while.

    As for the replacement — I hope WEiner himself runs for his old seat! Let his constituents speak! (Of course if he sends in a placeholder that might work too.)

  • moononpluto

    Obama is determined to make the hard left explode.

    BREAKING: Holder dropping most investigations of CIA agents in torture of detainees.

    http://www.nationaljournal.com/holder-justice-to-drop-investigations-into-cia-officials-involved-in-torture-20110630

    The Justice Department will drop criminal investigations of most CIA officials who participated in the harsh interrogations of terrorism suspects, Attorney General Eric Holder announced Thursday.

    However, Holder said his department will continue to investigate those officials responsible for the deaths of two detainees.

    The announcement ends a wide-ranging probe that has hung over the CIA due to its past use of enhanced interrogation practices that critics say amounted to torture, such as waterboarding. “The Department has determined that an expanded criminal investigation of the remaining matters is not warranted,” Holder said in a statement.

    Instead, Holder decided to only conduct a full criminal investigation regarding the death of two detainees who were held by the CIA.

  • admin

    The funniest line from the MSNBC press release on the Halprin “dick” comment this morning? It’s this:

    “We strive for a high level of discourse and comments like these have no place on our air.”

  • Shadowfax

    Why did Halprin call the dickster a dick in the first place?

  • Shadowfax

    This is the 4th email I got from VanAnotherDick Jones in 24 hours…
    How did I get so darn lucky?

    :mad:

    Dear MoveOn member,
    Talk about inspiration! In less than a day more than 10,000 people have signed up to attend American Dream house meetings on July 16 and 17.

    That’s amazing, but we have a problem: meetings in your area are almost totally full.

    So I’m writing again to ask if you would be willing to step up and host a meeting in xxxxx?

    Yes, I can host a meeting!

    It’s easy to do and it would make a big difference for all the people in your area who are excited and ready to take the next step together.

    Thanks for all you do.

    –Van Jones

  • HillaryforTexas

    Shadowfax, you’d have to have watched the press conference, he was petulant, blaming, lecturing, absolving himself of all responsibility, etc. It wasn’t one thing, it was his whole attitude.

    Example:

    I’ve been surfing sites to see who is dissecting Obama’s press conference, and it’s being torn apart. This one struck me as indicative of his usual “point fingers at everyone else and try to make himself look like he is working hard and being obstructed by others” And it’s all bullshit.

    Another whopper from yesterday’s press conference was Obama acting like Congress has been stubbornly holding up three free trade deals with South Korea, Columbia and Panama that could be helping the economy.

    “Right now, Congress can advance a set of trade agreements that would allow American businesses to sell more of their goods and services to countries in Asia and South America -– agreements that would support tens of thousands of American jobs while helping those adversely affected by trade. That’s pending before Congress right now,” Obama said.

    Come on, Congress – right now! Obama might have mentioned he just broke an impasse with Congress on Tuesday, i.e. less than 24 hours before he acted like they’ve been sitting there for months. Immediately afterwards, Democrats angered Republicans by attaching the trade agreements to a controversial bill.

    And, as Alana Goodman at Commentary notes, the trade agreements were originally negotiated by then-President George W. Bush in 2007. Democrats then in charge of Congress didn’t bring them up for consideration.

    During the first two years of his presidency, Obama was widely faulted for having virtually no trade agenda, and the trade agreements sat dormant. Finally, several months ago, he began negotiating with Congress about the deals and Tuesday they broke a key stalemate.

    Read more: http://dailycaller.com/2011/06/30/president-obamas-war-on-facts/#ixzz1QmussP6z

    So lets see – those trade agreements were proposed in 2007, and a Democratic-controlled Congress had refused to move on them for 3 years. Obama has had no concern for a full two years with moving them forward. He finally got off his ass a few months ago, and started negotiating, and lo and behold, the stalemate is broken and they are now moving forward. As of TWENTY FOUR FUCKING HOURS PRIOR to his speech. And now he stands up there and scolds a Republican Congress for being the kink in the works, lo these many long years?

    “Dick” doesn’t even begin to cover this guy’s assholery. It seems unrelated, but it really reminds me of the primaries, and his constant holier-than-thou lecturing about “those politicians” (like Hillary), when he was engaging in some of the dirtiest damn politics I’ve ever seen.

  • jeswezey

    Shadowfax: “I was actually hoping that Hillary and Trump would team up.”
    **********

    Yes, and it would have to be Clinton/Trump, not the other way around. Hillary would never accept VP on either party ticket or as Indy. She didn’t accept it from Waffles in 08 and I’m sure she nixed it roundly when Jarrett sounded her out about her 2012 intentions.

    Better than Clinton/Trump: Clinton/Rubio. They would take down Waffles 70-30, the biggest landslide in American history.

  • HillaryforTexas

    Thanks, admin – I’ll add the WaPo takedown to my list. I am grinning this morning, because while we still have an uphill battle, I think a tipping point re: mindless praise of Obama has been reached. Yes, the media will still cover and spin for him. But I think even they realize that some criticism is in order, just to salvage what’s left of their reputations.

  • admin

    The thoughts of one of the most popular DailyKooks Journolisters which provides unneeded insight into the minds of these sexists and misogynists of the left and right (thanks to Stray Dogs That Amble for the catch):

    http://syd4.blogspot.com/2011/06/sexist-creep-taibbi-loves-political.html

    “Actually, yeah, I’m actually kind of rooting for her to win the nomination, because I can’t wait to see the porn movies that they make,” Taibbi said. “Bachmann-inspired films are going to be great.”

    Aside from the pornography angle and his liberal bias against Bachmann, Taibbi explained why the Minnesota congresswoman should be taken seriously.

    “I mean, who didn’t see ‘Nailin’ Palin’ – that was classic cinema,” he continued.

  • admin

    What happened behind the scenes:

    http://www.politico.com/politico44/perm/0611/line_to_msnbc_1ae75691-f7c1-4475-ae0d-cef07181e495.html

    White House press secretary Jay Carney announced Thursday that he called Mark Halperin’s bosses at MSNBC after the network contributor called President Obama “a dick” on a morning show.

    “The comment that was made was inappropriate,” Carney told reporters in his daily briefing. “It would be inappropriate to say that about either president of either party.”

    Carney said he didn’t have a comment on what action the network took against Halperin (he was suspended after he apologized). He told reporters that “on behalf of the White House, I expressed that sentiment to executives at the network.”

  • Mrs. Smith

    Texas turns Obama’s lights off permanently…Hopefully, the rest of the country follows. I wonder how much money Obama has invested in the twirly Mercury lightbulbs?
    ________________________

    That flickering light of freedom down in Texas emanates from an incandescent light bulb.

    Edison’s brilliant invention will soon go dark in the U.S., essentially prohibited by federal law. Beginning next year, the feds will force Americans to begin abandoning the old standard light bulbs in favor of compact florescent bulbs filled with mercury, or other more expensive lighting.

    But not in Texas.

    Last week, Gov. Rick Perry signed a bill that will allow for the intrastate manufacture and sale of incandescent light bulbs in the Lone Star State.

    HB 2501 rests on the Ninth and Tenth Amendments, affirming that the authority to regulate intrastate commerce remains with the states.

    http://blog.tenthamendmentcenter.com/2011/06/lighting-up-the-feds/

  • Shadowfax

    HillaryforTexas

    ——-
    Thanks for the info.

  • HillaryforTexas

    I’m still hearing a lot of very simplistic “Tax the rich and the corporations more, and the budget woes will be solved!”

    Can it be done effectively and carefully? Yes. Texas did it, by pairing a modest corporate tax increase with measures that drastically reduced the amount of paperwork and compliance costs that companies had to bear, thus making it a win-win for both parties.

    But just “doing the math” to prove that more revenue could be (easy! no problem!) raised this way ignores the elephant in the room. CEO’s and rich people are not static. They are not a mere factor that one can plug in to the equation, assuming that their actions (and thus level of income to be taxed) will remain in a steady state no matter what the govt does. That never happens in the real world. They move. They find ways to hide the money legally. They cut back on plants. They downsize. They move plants overseas.

    Taxing the rich is only an easy solution if you look ONLY at the math, and completely ignore the realities of human behavior and human motivation, as demonstrated repeatedly. People will only produce (and thus contribute to GDP and to revenue stream) in amounts that THEY feel is to THEIR benefit. They will produce, and hire, and pay taxes, if they can make enough profit to make it worth it to THEM (and it is decided by them, not by my or your idea of how much money is enough.) And all the moralizing in the world about why it shouldn’t be that way has never and will never change that basic fact.

    I’m not saying that some tax increases and closing loopholes would not be a good thing. It’s criminal that some businesses pay zero taxes, and others pay through the nose. It could be great if done in conjunction with making doing business in the USA less burdensome in other ways. But you have to look at all the consequences and strike a balance. It’s not so simple as “They have more money than God, so just go take some more of it.” I wish it were, but it’s just not.

  • HillaryforTexas

    The wags are still having fun with Obama’s insistent weird obsession with private jets as a distractionary punching bag:

    That little faggot got his own jet airplane, the little faggot is a millionaire …

    Posted by: Dire Obama Straits at June 30, 2011 05:37 PM

  • Mrs. Smith

    Feds buying up farmland they flooded; Soros in on it

    Remember when the Army Engineers blew the Birds Point levee in early May? Now we know the real reason. ~Ed.

    By Ann Barnhardt
    Cattle commodities broker
    June 24, 2011

    Two HUGE intel leads in my email box this morning from way-back contacts that I’ve had for years, that are actually somewhat connected concepts.

    1. File this one under “Now It All Makes Sense.” A Missouri farming and ranching contact just got off a conference call wherein he was informed that the federal government is sending out letters to all of the flooded out farmers in the Missouri River flood plain and bottoms notifying them that the Army Corps of Engineers will offer to BUY THEIR LAND.

    Intentionally flood massive acreage of highly productive farmground. Destroy people’s communities and homes. Catch them while they are desperate and afraid and then swoop in and buy the ground cheap.

    2. Speaking of evil sons of bitches, George Soros appears to be “investing” in farmground through the same puppet company that he used to get into the grain elevator and fertilizer business. The company is called Ospraie Capital Management and is buying up farmground in a joint venture with Teays River Investments as a partner. Here is that announcement:

    (see original link below for click)

    Okay. Here’s the connection. This Ospraie outfit was a hedge fund specializing in commodities that was started and run by some cocky child who didn’t know how to trade bear markets and got his butt kicked into next week in the grain market of 2008. He also lost a fortune trying to trade RARE EARTH METALS. In fact, it was so bad that he had to shut his fund down because he had promised his investors that he would give them all of their investment money back if the fund lost more than 30% in one year. Whoopsie.

    But it appears that Soros swooped in and saved the day because this Ospraie is the “co-investor” with Soros that bought the remnants of ConAgra’s trading operation and renamed it . . . Gavilon. In the industry, it is widely acknowledged that Ospraie IS Soros. That [CNN] article is here.

    As you probably remember, Gavilon just recently bought both DeBruce Grain out of Kansas City and the biggest grain elevator company in the Pacific Northwest, thus making Soros (who is the money behind Gavilon through both his own Soros Fund Management AND his de facto control of Ospraie) the third-largest grain company in the U.S. with 280 million bushels of storage capacity, behind only Archer Daniels Midland (542 million bushels storage capacity) and Cargill (344 million bushels storage capacity).

    Bottom line: Soros, through Ospraie, is buying up farmground. Please also note that the hotlink citation above is dated June 26, 2009. My contact says this has been going on for two years – and also remember what I told you about farmground prices inflating wildly, especially in Illinois. I have personally confirmed farmground in Illinois selling for $13,000 per acre within the last month, whereas that same kind of ground in Illinois was going for $5,500 per acre the day Obama was inaugurated.

    http://foodfreedom.wordpress.com/2011/06/27/feds-buying-up-farmland-they-flooded-soros-in-on-it/

  • Mrs. Smith

    First Los Alamos, now New Jersey having problems with nukes. Haven’t heard a word about this on mainstream.
    _______________

    Salem, NJ Unit 2 nuclear reactor shuts down after cooling pump failure

    LOWER ALLOWAYS CREEK TWP. — The Salem Unit 2 nuclear plant remained shut down this afternoon following a problem with a reactor coolant pump, according to a spokesman for the plant’s operator.

    Salem 2 automatically went offline Sunday at 6:01 p.m. when the coolant pump tripped, said Joe Delmar, spokesman for PSEG Nuclear.

    When the pump shut down, the auxiliary pump system automatically started to provide water to cool the reactor.

    The cause of the pump failure is still being investigated, according to Delmar. The plant functioned as designed, he said.

    The plant remained in “hot shutdown” mode this afternoon.

    Federal Nuclear Regulatory Commission resident inspectors assigned to the Salem site responded to Salem 2 and verified that the plant was stable and operator actions were consistent with procedures and that appropriate troubleshooting was being performed by PSEG Nuclear, according to NRC Spokesman Neil Sheehan.

    The shutdown will count as a hit on the plant’s performance indicator for unplanned shutdowns per 7,000 hours of online operations, according to Sheehan. If a plant experiences more than three unplanned shutdowns during the previous 7,000 hours of operation, it will receive additional NRC oversight.

    “This event shows why we need to have independent reviews of nuclear power plants and these plants need additional backup systems,” said New Jersey Sierra Club Director Jeff Tittel.

    Salem 2 is one of three reactors operated by PSEG Nuclear at its generating site on Artificial Island here.

    Meanwhile, Salem Unit 1 and Hope Creek plants continue to operate at full power.

    At full power the three plants provide enough electricity to supply three million homes.

    http://www.nj.com/salem/index.ssf/2011/06/sakem_unit_2_nuclear_reactor_s.html
    _______________________

    Please spare us the declarations of Nuclear oversight. The Cheney Energy Cartel has been ignoring plant violations and upgrades for years. Inspectors have been told to look the other way since day one.

  • HillaryforTexas

    Mrs. Smith, I’m a little confused, here. What, exactly happened in NJ that’s so horrible? A pump tripped, and the backup pump functioned exactly as designed. And?

  • admin

    Exactly right:

    http://legalinsurrection.com/2011/06/in-a-second-term-all-bets-are-off/

    In a second term, all bets are off for U.S. Mideast Policy

    Is there any doubt that if Obama could do it on his own, Jerusalem would be divided and Israel forced back to the 1949 armistice borders? 

    A point I have made before is that the real danger comes in a second term, when he is freed of electoral pressures.  And don’t think that Congress or public opinion is a complete answer; as Commander in Chief, he has unilateral decision-making authority over decisions which serve as extreme pressure points, and withholding a veto at the U.N., as almost happened in February, could be devastating.

  • Mrs. Smith

    The article is very clear. The second pump went into effect as is it is programed to do- So, what happens if the 2nd put fails? What then? (needs more redundancy for these old reactors..)

    The power plant is already in HOT shutdown- If the second pump fails… where is a back up for that failure.

    In essence, Tittel is saying, the first shut down should never have happened and would lead me to believe there was a problem never addressed by the company themselves OR never followed up by the FNRC checking if the problem had been remediated. AND-Why independent inspectors should be in used in place of Federal Nuclear Regulatory Commission resident inspectors. FOX in the Hen House problem…

  • Mrs. Smith

    admin
    June 30th, 2011 at 8:45 pm

    Bachman elucidates on the importance of our connection with Israel.



  • Mrs. Smith

    Groundswells of talk of Impeachment listing Obama’s actions in defiance of the Constitution make my day!
    ___________________________________

    Obama ‘defiance’ of Constitution earns impeachment call

    ‘What use are elections if the executive branch rules by decree?’

    An organization that represents the 75 percent of American citizens who want more control over illegal immigration is calling for the impeachment of Barack Obama over his involvement in the transfer of weapons to Mexican drug lords and his efforts to provide amnesty to illegal aliens.

    “President Obama is no longer the legitimate president of the United States,” said William Gheen, president of Americans for Legal Immigration PAC, in calling for the action today.

    “By arming drug and human smugglers with assault weapons that have been used to kill American and Mexican citizens and police forces, and by ordering amnesty for illegal aliens which has been rejected by both the Congress and the American public more than eight times, Obama has committed a form of treason against the United States and must be removed from office by Congress,” he said.

    His call joins a chorus of other voices who already have expressed the idea. Those comments have come from a number of columnists and commentators, one member of Congress, a former member of Congress and retired military leaders. Even Vice President Joe Biden, then a senator, at one point said he would support impeachment of a president who misuses the executive power to take the nation into a war.

    Gheen cited the developing “Operation Gunrunner” scandal in which federal agents had gun shops sell weapons to customers suspected of links to Mexican drug gangs. He also pointed to Obama’s “recent edict instructing federal employees to establish a form of amnesty for illegal aliens in defiance of the Congress, existing federal laws, and the U.S. Constitution.”

    Gheen noted Obama’s ICE director, John Morton, issued a memo June 17 to all ICE field office directors, special agents-in-charge and chief counsel, authorizing them to decline to remove illegal aliens who meet the qualifications for amnesty under the DREAM Act amnesty – which has failed repeatedly in Conggress.

    He also said congressional investigations have “determined that Obama’s ATF and Justice Department have been supplying assault weapons to the drug cartels that import most of America’s cocaine, methamphetamine, and illegal immigrants.”

    Americans for Legal Immigration PAC is a national organization with more than 40,000 supporters who represent the majority of Americans who want America’s existing immigration laws enforced, Gheen said.

    He said the issue is that the president “made it clear to the American public that he does not care what they think, what the current federal laws are, what the U.S. Constitution says, or what Congress has ratified.”

    “Congress must take immediate action to stop Obama or the American Republic will fall. What use are elections, candidates, or the Congress, if the executive branch rules by decree?” he said.

    It was in a video interview that Biden, then a presidential candidate in 2007, stated, “A president has no constitutional authority to take this nation to war … unless we’re attacked or there is proof we are about to be attacked. If he does, I would move to impeach him.”

    The issue is Obama’s decision to intervene militarily in Libya. Although critics have raised the same issue about President Bush’s interventions in Afghanistan and Iraq, the regimes in those countries at the time were thought to have contributed to the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks on the United States.

    Never before in the history of the United States has an occupant of the White House displayed less concern for the Constitution and the rule of law than Barack Obama. It’s about time somebody said it: It’s time to impeach Obama,” Farah wrote.

    Attorney Larry Klayman, a former Justice Department prosecutor, founder of Judicial Watch and now of Freedom Watch, agreed.

    “From what has already occurred, the offenses of the ‘mullah in chief’ are ‘already’ so compelling as to warrant immediate impeachment and conviction for his high crimes and misdemeanors, before the United States is totally destroyed by him,” he wrote.

    Klayman cited Obama’s decision to refuse to defend the federal Defense of Marriage Act, his pursuit of Arizona in court over its decision to defend its citizens from illegal aliens invading the state, his “visceral hatred and subversion of the state of Israel” and others.

    The first statement from a member of Congress on the issue came from U.S. Rep. Trent Franks, R-Ariz., who responded to this question from Think Progress: “I know Newt Gingrich has came out (sic) and said if they don’t reverse course [regarding trials for terror suspects] here, we ought to be talking about possibly impeaching either Attorney General [Eric] Holder or even President Obama to try to get them to reverse course. Do you think that is something you would support?”

    Franks replied: “If it could gain the collective support, absolutely. I called for Eric Holder to repudiate the policy to try terrorists within our civil courts, or resign. So it just seems like that they have an uncanny ability to get it wrong on almost all fronts.”

    Read more: Obama ‘defiance’ of Constitution earns impeachment call http://www.wnd.com/?pageId=316881#ixzz1QoP9Oxic

  • JanH

    Mrs. Smith
    June 30th, 2011 at 9:09 pm

    ———————-

    Thank you for posting that clip.

  • moononpluto

    Case against Strauss-Kahn near collapse: report

    The case against former International Monetary Fund chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn, who was charged with sexually assaulting a hotel housekeeper, is near collapse, the New York Times reported on Thursday.

    The paper quoted what it said were two well-placed law enforcement officials as saying that although forensic evidence showed there had been a sexual encounter between the French politician and the maid, the accuser had repeatedly lied and prosecutors did not believe much about what she had told them about the circumstances and about herself.

    It said prosecutors had met with Strauss-Kahn’s lawyers on Thursday and the parties were discussing whether to dismiss the felony charges.

    Strauss-Kahn’s defense attorney, Benjamin Brafman, said earlier on Thursday that their client would go back to court in New York on Friday at 11:30 a.m. (1530 GMT) before Judge Michael Obus to seek changes to his bail conditions.

    Strauss-Kahn, 62, had been a leading candidate for the French presidency when he was arrested on May 14. He resigned from the IMF on May 19 and pleaded not guilty on June 6, vehemently denying the allegations.

    He was released on $1 million cash bail and a $5 million bond, and is under house arrest in a townhouse in the Tribeca neighborhood of Manhattan, where he is equipped with an electronic monitoring device and under the 24-hour watch of armed guards.

    He faces up to 25 years in prison if convicted.

    http://www.reuters.com/article/2011/07/01/us-strausskahn-idUSTRE7600AC20110701

    ……………………………..

    Have heard it was a complete stitch up job by Sarkozy and his friends.

    The guy was whalloping Sarkozy in the polls by 2 to 1 for the French Presidency and suddenly this came up…….thats politics for you, a real dirty business.

  • Mrs. Smith

    #
    JanH
    June 30th, 2011 at 9:46 pm

    Mrs. Smith
    June 30th, 2011 at 9:09 pm

    ———————-

    Thank you for posting that clip.
    ___________________

    You’re welcome, Jan-

    admin’s post makes a very important point. I hope everyone has had a chance to read it @ 8:45 pm. There is alot at stake if Obama is reelected.

  • HillaryforTexas

    Inteeeresting. Rep. Thaddeus McCotter (R-MI) just announced his run for president.

    He is a regular on the late night RedEye show, and has a dry deadpan humor that is just killer. He hasn’t a chance, of course. But he is going to KICK ass in debates, and will just be entertaining to watch. Here he is discussing everything from AIG bonuses, to sucking sphincters, to literary onanism. Dude is really funny for a politician. Grab some popcorn – this is going to be fun!



    Here he is being serious, quietly filleting the AIG exec:



    Oh, and since he is from MI, he is a swing state, rust belt homeboy. I am betting my ass that the real reason he is running is to set him up for the VP slot.

  • HillaryforTexas

    Hmmm….his wife is a first-generation Mexican American as well. Yeah, I’m betting the party is looking at him as possible VP material.

  • HillaryforTexas

    The President’s Peculiar Press Conference
    June 30, 2011 11:45 A.M.
    By Yuval Levin
    “Call me naïve,” President Obama told reporters during his press conference yesterday, “but my expectation is that leaders are going to lead.”

    I’m not sure “naïve” is right, but terms like “frivolous” and “vain” did come to mind again and again throughout the press conference. The President came before reporters without any news to make. He seemed to want to vent a kind of unfocused rage at Congress for something — criticizing congressional leaders at various points for taking too many breaks, for failing to take up patent reforms and free trade legislation, and generally ignoring the fiscal crisis (all of which, we can only assume, were criticisms of Democratic leaders). And when he turned to Republicans, he argued that they were not making serious proposals in the debt-limit talks. They were failing to lead, he said repeatedly.

    It all had the feel of a childish tantrum by a person who desperately wishes he were living in a different reality — one in which he is the heroic man of action and his opponents are irresponsible and weak. But the fact is, the president and congressional Democrats have so far utterly failed to offer any path out of our fiscal problems — problems that they have greatly exacerbated. The president proposed a budget in February that would have increased the deficit, and then he retracted it in April and proposed nothing in particular in its place. Senate Democrats have not proposed a budget in two years; they now suggest they finally have one, though apparently it won’t really be brought to a vote. Republicans, meanwhile, have proposed a specific path out of our fiscal mess — averting a debt crisis and setting the budget on a course toward balance through discretionary cuts, budget-process reforms, and gradual but significant entitlement reforms. Rather than negotiate over that budget, the president has chosen to play the demagogue, simultaneously insisting that the budget offers nothing and that it goes too far in cutting government services (medical research, food inspectors, and the weather service are apparently in particular danger, he said yesterday, providing a kind of Salvador Dali map of postmodern lifestyle liberalism).

    Now, having added about $5 trillion to the national debt since taking office (nearly doubling the debt), the president wants permission to add another $2 trillion, and he’s upset that rather than being given that permission together with a set of class-warfare tax hikes he is being asked to agree to some spending, budget, and entitlement reforms in return for that permission. Entitlements — the chief drivers of the even greater explosion of debt now coming at us — appear to be off the table altogether as far as he’s concerned. And while the president insists that failing to meet the August 2 debt-limit deadline would unleash a train of calamities not seen since the Book of Job, he seems to be willing to risk them all in order to enact a set of tax increases that would yield largely trivial sums of revenue and whose only plausible justification could be the political appeal of envy.

    There were other characteristically disconcerting moments too. There was the familiar insistence that everything about his administration is unprecedented. The president said, for instance:
    What I have done — and this is unprecedented, by the way; no administration has done this before — is I’ve said to each agency, “Don’t just look at current regulations or don’t just look at future regulations, regulations that we’re proposing. Let’s go backwards and look at regulations that are already on the books and if they don’t make sense, let’s get rid of them.”
    But of course, lots of presidents have thought of this particularly easy way to appear to be fighting bureaucracy. As the GAO has noted, “Every president since President Carter has directed agencies to evaluate or reconsider existing regulations.”

    There was the unwillingness to speak of victory in an ongoing war. There was the shamelessly cynical treatment of the gay-marriage question (“I’ll keep on giving you the same answer until I give you a different one, all right? And that won’t be today,” the president said.)

    But overarching all of this there seemed to be a deep rage against the realities of the moment he has found himself in, and the part he has found himself playing in that moment. Like a lot of his erstwhile supporters, the president seems to have had higher hopes for Barack Obama, and seems unsure of how to vent his disappointment. Maybe he was naïve.

  • turndownobama

    Case against Strauss-Kahn near collapse: report

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

    Dunno about the accuser, but there was a big hole in the prosecution case: the line-up photo. The accused was the odd one out visually. He was casually dressed, rumpled, upset: the other two men not cops were well dressed and poised. More important, he was the only one who matched the basics of coloration etc.

  • turndownobama

    CEO’s and rich people are not static. [....] People will only produce (and thus contribute to GDP and to revenue stream) in amounts that THEY feel is to THEIR benefit.

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

    But is it those same CEOs and rich people who are actually producing anything?

  • HillaryforTexas

    turndown, a CEO by definition runs a company. Which employs people. Which produces something. Which is economic output that contributes to GDP.

    If you are talking about raising income tax rates, then those people would by definition have to be producing something or some service in order to have a wage or salary to be taxed. If they do not have a wage or salary to be taxed, then raising taxes on them is kind of a moot point, huh?

  • turndownobama

    UK Guardian:
    Climate sceptic Willie Soon received $1m from oil companies, papers show — “Documents obtained by Greenpeace show prominent opponent of climate change was funded by ExxonMobil, among others.”

  • HillaryforTexas

    Stolen from a commenter on JohnSmart’s blog:

    A day in the life of an average economist:

    8AM: Unexpected breakfast w. startling coffee.
    9:15AM: A bowel movement out of nowhere.
    NOON: Food again! Why is this happening?????
    4PM: Drowsiness that nobody saw coming.
    7PM: More plates with food on them that nobody could have predicted.
    11:30PM: An inconvenient sleep state that no prior events suggested was going to happen.

  • SHV

    Climate sceptic Willie Soon received $1m from oil companies, papers show — “Documents obtained by Greenpeace show prominent opponent of climate change was funded by ExxonMobil, among others.”
    **********
    Same story different century. Reminds me of a guy named Wolfson, who in the 1950s would buy up street car companies, tear up the tracks and replace them with GM buses. Many years later, after the statute of limitations ran out, it was revealed that he was the front man for GM, Goodyear tire and ESSO (Exxon). Or more recently the guy who published the fake vaccine “research” and was on the payroll of the lawyers suing the vaccine makers.

  • turndownobama

    h4t,

    And who, by definition, is Marie of Romania?

  • confloyd

    This is what got my goat today! Drudge headline…Halprin on indefinite leave for calling Potus a name….next headline…Bubba has new plans for jobs…..how is it that is not OK to call a Dick and Dick, but calling Bill Clinton Bubba just irritates the crap out of me…for pete’s sake he’s an educated smart man….he is not and never was or will be a hillbilly….

    Double standards when its the Clinton’s….they feel like they can say anything or do anything about them, but dooflas gets someone on indefinite suspension for telling the truth….Obama is in the pocket of the big shots….What a day!….the beginning of the worst holiday for accidental deaths of the year…I hate the fourth of July! I was slammed tonight and the poor nurses…I felt so sorry for them when I left….over worked isn’t even what I’d call what they are dealing with now….I’d call it a sweatshop…China style!

  • Mrs. Smith

    Billy to the rescue. Our last real president, shows up Obama every time! The so-called ready on day one president needs a map and new glasses.
    ________________________

    Bill Clinton Network Exclusive: Proposes Debt Impasse Deal, but Fears GOP Too Hamstrung by Ideology.

    Former President Bill Clinton sees a possible way past the bipartisan impasse over raising the debt limit: agree to cut spending AND raise taxes, but do neither until later, after the economy improves.

    “If they [the Republicans] said, look, that now is not the time for big tax increases to harm the recovery, they would be right,” Clinton told ABC News in an exclusive interview at the Clinton Global Initiative America conference in Chicago. “But it’s also right to say that now’s not the time for big spending cuts.

    “What I’d like to see them do is agree on the outlines of a 10-year plan and agree not to start either the revenue hikes or the spending cuts until we’ve got this recovery underway,” Clinton added. “The confidence that the Republicans say would be given to investors with a budget plan, they’d get whether we started this year or next year or the year after that, for that matter.”

    For the first time, the former president is focusing his Clinton Global Initiative on creating jobs here in the United States. He suggested waiting for the recovery to take hold before pushing spending cuts and tax increases will make the issues clearer.

    “We’ve got to get the jobs back in this economy again,” Clinton said. “The more people we get going back to work, the more businesses we start, that’ll bring up the revenue flow, and it will cut down on the expenses. Then, we’ll see what the real dimensions of our problem are.”

    Unfortunately, however, Clinton fears Republicans’ “ideological conviction” about never raising taxes recalls the lead-up to government shutdowns in the ’90s, adding that the pressure on GOP candidates to toe the ideological line could hamstring their bids to unseat President Obama.
    PHOTO Bill Clinton
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    Former US President Bill Clinton delivers remarks during the dedication of the Ronald H. Brown United States Mission to the United Nations Building in New York, March 29, 2011.
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    Joplin Tornado Weighs Heavy on Clinton’s Mind Watch Video

    “They were in a similar anti-government fever, anti-tax fever in 1995 until, you know, the struggle went on for a year and they shut the government down twice,” Clinton said. “The public made a judgment that that was not right. And then we finally broke through. It wound up with the balanced budget act and forced surpluses and real prosperity.”

    Could the dispute this time push past the Aug. 2 deadline when, officials say, failing to raise the nation’s debt ceiling could lead to America defaulting on its loans? Clinton didn’t discount the possibility.

    “When I passed my budget in 1993, they routinely said it would bring on a terrible recession, [that] it was the end of capitalism as we knew it,” he said. “And we had the best eight years in our history. But they just kept saying it. You’ve got to give them credit. The evidence doesn’t deter them. … It’s an ideological conviction. So, I don’t know that it can be resolved until there’s some break in the action.”

    Bill Clinton Expects Obama Re-Election: Here’s Why

    Public opinion, Clinton said, swung against the Republicans when they pushed their anti-tax arguments over the line in the mid-1990s. But the possibility of the same thing happening again isn’t the whole reason he believes that President Obama will be elected to a second term in 2012.

    “I’ll be surprised if he’s not reelected,” he said. “I’ve always thought he would be.”

    For one thing, Clinton believes the economy will be better by Election Day than it is now, though unemployment still will be relatively high and the improvement in the economy won’t be as dramatic as the emergence from a shallower recession during his first four years as president.

    “The circumstances are different,” Clinton said. “When President Obama took office, we were in the midst of avoiding having a financial collapse turn into a depression. So, the unemployment rate was higher and people were scared to death about what was going to happen. The so-called stimulus bill actually outperformed expectations, not underperformed, but it wasn’t big enough to lift this whole economy out of the hole it was in. The auto restructuring is working. And I think he’ll be able to point to that.”

    He also believes whichever Republican gets nominated to face Obama will get boxed in by ideology.

    “Since they, apparently, ideologically, will not permit their candidates to do some of the things that would be most effective in creating jobs and in balancing budget, I just don’t think they’ll be able to get away with what they got away with in the election in 2010,” Clinton said. “You won’t just be able to say, ‘Vote for me, I’m the non-Obama.’ I think he’s going to be able to point to a lot of very specific things that are better. I think that he’s going to be able to convince people that it takes a little longer after that kind of collapse to recover. It took Japan a decade to recover. … We’re coming back quicker than that.”

    pg2

    http://abcnews.go.com/Politics/bill-clinton-exclusive-proposes-debt-impasse-deal-fears/story?id=13963218

  • Mrs. Smith

    Oh brother…
    ________________________

    First female IMF chief receives praise from former hometown of Chicago

    CHICAGO, June 28 (Xinhua) — French Finance Minister Christine Lagarde made history Tuesday by becoming the first female managing director of the International Monetary Fund (IMF), and her appointment received wide praise in Chicago, where she once served as chairman of one of the world’s largest law firms.

    At the same time, international finance experts agree Lagarde’s leadership and financial skills will be immediately tested with the current crisis in Greece that is threatening to undermine Europe and the entire global economy.

    “Christine was an effective leader who used her intellect, discipline and diplomacy to take our firm to new heights,” the law firm Baker & McKenzie said in a statement to Xinhua. “As the first female chair of a global law firm, she inspired so many of us with her grace, humanity and consensus-building approach, leaving a lasting impact on our firm and on the legal profession.”

    Those skills would prove helpful as Lagarde navigates the turbulent current economic and political landscape, said Prof. Martin Eichenbaum, co-director of the Center for International Economics and Development at Chicago’s Northwestern University.

    “Christine Lagarde is a very distinguished figure with a lot of experience,” Eichenbaum told Xinhua. “I think what she brings to the table is perhaps common sense and political expertise.”

    Eichenbaum, who also serves as a consultant at the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago, said Lagarde’s most immediate task is to address the Greek fiscal problem, which is now degenerating into violence, while keeping a close eye on the continuing global imbalances.

    “The number one priority, the number one crisis that we’re all facing right now is Europe,” he said. “We all have to have the European situation resolved.”

    “I hope she does well, and I actually think she has the financial skills to do well,” Eichenbaum said.

    Lagarde, 55, will officially take over the IMF post on July 5. But as the current finance minister of France and member of the influential G-20 ministers that coordinated the multi-billion dollars in bailouts around the world, she is familiar with the crises in Greece, Ireland and Portugal.

    With her victory, France maintains its 65-year stronghold of the IMF post. But it also followed controversy over the arrest of Dominique Strauss-Kahn on allegations that he sexually assaulted a hotel maid in New York.

    “The IMF desperately needs a stable leadership,” Eichenbaum said. “She really does face the extraordinary challenge of making the IMF less Euro-American-centric and more inclusive.”

    While her main background is in international law, holding the French finance portfolio gives her a “good deal of on-the-job economic training” to deal with bigger job responsibilities at the IMF, University of Michigan’s Ross School of Business Prof. Marina Whitman told Xinhua.

    “Under present circumstances, I think she is a good choice,” Whitman said, pointing out that Lagarde has no time for a honeymoon as she needs “to put out fires,” especially in Europe.

    http://news.xinhuanet.com/english2010/world/2011-06/29/c_13956760.htm

  • jeswezey

    “Documents obtained by Greenpeace show prominent opponent of climate change was funded by ExxonMobil, among others.”

    …and Greenpeace should know – they are themselves funded mostly by petro-dollars, which is why they are so adamantly against nuclear power historically.

  • holdthemaccountable

    Mrs. Smith just above:
    So the new IMF chief has ties to Chicago; and now DSK’s victim is looking suspicious. How very Chicago in ‘substance’ & timing…. The new chief is in place, so DSK is out. Has the odor of Obama all over it.

    Other bad news is that we’ve lost the most reliable & thorough broadcast news service I know of, and that would be NJN news. I think people were willing to accept NJ Gov. Christie’s assessment that the government should not be in the news business. But as always, the devil was in the details. I think there are many things to be discovered, but what is known now is that Christie chose gift PBS Thirteen out of NY which has already stated that it will change the format to a Jim Lehrer type. Neil Shapiro, president of Thirteen also stated they will have a staff of 15 to 20 and do a better job than NJN has been doing about covering legislative news. Worst of all, the staff of the now defunct NJN – 120 people – have to look for another job. In this aspect, Christie has been heartless. If he goes national, I will think twice.

    Montclair State University was interested in taking over the mantle, but Christie chose the station that heralds Steve Adubato, one of the worms who crawled out of the PBS woodwork in June 2008 to tell Hillary to move out of Obama’s spotlight. I often quoted NJN here, so we all lose.

  • jeswezey

    As Sarkozy was/is faltering in the polls, Lagarde was being considered as a presidential candidate for next year. Now I guess she won’t be a candidate.

    Strauss-Kahn was favored before, he might make up his facies yet – a year is a long time in politics. If the NYC case is dropped against him, he could still make a go at it.

    Another valid presidential contender was Michèle Alliot-Marie (MAM), but she was gunned down (politically) for being tied in with Tunisia’s former dictator while she was Minister of Foreign Affairs.

    So Sarkozy’s chances are on the rise again. Funny, so many people want to get rid of him but all his foes are being picked off one by one.

    With Strauss-Kahn out of the running now, the Socialists are trying to decide between Martine Aubry (a bulldozer but not much liked), Ségolène Royale (people have had enough of her) and François Hollande (Ségolène’s estranged ‘husband’ and a joke as former head of the party).

    Marine Le Pen (extreme right) has quite a bit of support and would be a danger to Sarko.

    So, there are quite a few women to choose from, anyway. Refreshing change.

  • AmericanGal

    State government shut down here in my state of Minnesota

    http://www.startribune.com/politics/statelocal/124824189.html

  • Mrs. Smith

    Mrs. Smith just above:
    So the new IMF chief has ties to Chicago; and now DSK’s victim is looking suspicious. How very Chicago in ’substance’ & timing…. The new chief is in place, so DSK is out. Has the odor of Obama all over it.
    _________________________

    Has the odor of Obama and Soros all over it. This may be one of the many last things Soros will do for Obama. Soros is such a coward. If he smells blood in the water, he begins hedging his bet, finding as he says an ‘equilibrium’ in his choices. Soros views people with an innate evaluation system. First and foremost in his mind are their attributes. Then comes how can he maximize use of those attributes in his geopolitical sphere of financial investments.

    We shall see how he reacts to hearing the word ‘NO’ from a woman. (giving her the benefit of the doubt she is serious about her job and not a toy or a plaything for taking orders.)

  • Mrs. Smith

    AmericanGal
    July 1st, 2011 at 7:45 am

    “Republicans rejected the proposal, Dayton said, because they “prefer to protect the richest handful of Minnesotans at the expense of everyone else.”

    Republican leaders made their own statement, saying Dayton’s proposal for dealing with the projected $5 billion deficit would cause irreparable harm to the state’s economy for generations.

    “We will not saddle our children and grandchildren with mounds of debts, with promises for funding levels that will not be there in the future,” said House Speaker Kurt Zellers, R-Maple Grove. “This is debt that they can’t afford. It’s debt that we can’t afford right now.”
    _______________

    Minnesota Republicans parroting the same message echoing their counterparts in Congress certainly are out of touch with reality. Obama has a raft of choices to choose from for spending cuts. Minnesota’s governor, not so lucky. The governor, imo, has little choice but to bring pressure to bear on Republican protectionism of the Rich. Raising taxes on the 7,700 wealthy Minnesota millionaires is a fair deal considering the threshold for the raise is anyone with an income of $1M a yr will pay a higher share of Taxes than they did in the good times.-

    The little guy has already given all he can- In case Republicans haven’t noticed, taxpayers who have carried their burden and the burden of the Rich are in survival mode brought on indirectly by the Rich and their investment bankers. Enough is enough!

  • Mrs. Smith

    Go ahead, tell me Marshall Law isn’t sitting on the horizon as Obama’s last ditch Trump Card if he thinks he will not win the next election! If the Bushes are gearing up for the worst case scenario- than there is something to worry about. Texas will, I believe get into the Border fight and perhaps the Gun Walker Scandal using footage they have already amassed using it against Obama.
    ______________

    Arlington PD Testing Unmanned Aircraft

    Department hopes to use drones in emergency situations by January

    By Susy Solis
    Jun 30, 2011

    The Arlington Police Department is in the first part of its experiment in using unmanned aircraft to assist in law enforcement.

    The department has been testing and evaluating two battery-operated, remote-controlled aircraft over a small, restricted airspace near Lake Arlington Dam, away from populated areas.

    The aircraft are flown only for daylight operations and within a small, restricted airspace. The aircraft have to remain within the pilot’s line of sight and fly 400 feet above the ground level.

    Pilots obtain the same license as a commercial aircraft pilot.

    Arlington hopes to demonstrate the aircraft’s potential law enforcement uses. All flight data is recorded and sent to the Federal Aviation Administration for evaluation. (after it crosses Bush’s desk first)

    “All of the U.S. and the FAA is depending on our testing and experiment, our experimentation to create a model for law enforcement usage of these vehicles,” Police Chief Theron Bowman said.

    Arlington was the first agency in a densely populated urban area approved by the FAA to fly unmanned aircraft.

    The drones look like nothing more than model helicopters. But at 11 pounds and 20 inches long, the unmanned aircraft would be a powerful asset to the city, Bowman said.

    In a City Council briefing Tuesday, Bowman said the aircraft are capable of carrying cameras that shoot high-quality still pictures and video and have night-vision capability. The aircraft also have heat-sensing technology the fire department can use.

    “Obviously, Texas is prone to a lot of dry weather and large fires,” said Deputy Chief Lauretta Hill, who oversees homeland security and special events for the department. “Being able to send a vehicle up and sense the origin of the fire will give them the the tools in order to determine where they’ll deploy their resources.”

    Bowman said police hope to move into Phase 1A by September, which, with FAA approval, would expand the airspace in which the unmanned aircraft can fly.

    Bowman said he hopes the department can get into Phase 2, the mission-ready phase, by January. With FAA approval, police could use the unmanned aircraft in emergency situations.

    He said the unmanned aircraft could be useful for accident reconstruction, to identify hot spots in a fire and could have been used to evaluate the Cowboys Stadium’s ice-covered roof during Super Bowl week.

    But not everyone is happy to see the new eyes in the sky.

    “Personally, I’m opposed, here in Arlington, to the drones,” Kimberly Frankland said. “There is definitely an invasion of privacy factor with drones flying over and filming or recording whatever is going on down below.”

    Police say they would operate the aircraft using standard operating procedure for any law-enforcement mission. The unmanned aircraft would not do anything more than a regular helicopter would, they say.

    “We are just looking at a vehicle that is a fraction of the cost, that is smaller, that will allow us — in an urban area, where we can’t use the bigger helicopter — to assist with better, more efficient police operations,” Hill said.

    The aircraft come in various sizes and can be worth $2,500 to $300,000.

    http://www.nbcdfw.com/news/local/Arlington-PD-Testing-Unmanned-Aircraft-124680969.html

  • NewMexicoFan

    Happy Candada Day, at least on m facebook, they ae saying this is today. Enjoy.

  • NewMexicoFan

    HAPPY CANADA DAY of course.

  • crazy horse

    Princess Di would have been 50 today. She is missed . What a lovely woman.

  • turndownobama

    Mrs. Smith
    July 1st, 2011 at 8:12 am

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

    Good for you.

  • turndownobama

    …and Greenpeace should know – they are themselves funded mostly by petro-dollars, which is why they are so adamantly against nuclear power historically.

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

    You have evidence for that? Last I heard, Greenpeace refused any donations over $10, and that was before PayPal.

    I guess the petro industries felt threatened by whale oil, too.

  • turndownobama

    If you are talking about raising income tax rates, then those people would by definition have to be producing something or some service in order to have a wage or salary to be taxed.

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

    Would you say Michelle Obama was producing something to earn her pay as a hospital executive, in the job that was created for her after Barak Obama got the hospital some government money, a job that was then abolished as soon as she quit?

    And the others that job hop back and forth between a private industry and the government offices that supposedly regulate that same industry?

    Even in more honest situations, a CEO’s job is to produce profits for the shareholders, not to produce some actual good or service for the customers: example insurance companies who make their profit by denying care to the policyholders.

    And heirs: what does Paris Hilton produce — or Caroline Kennedy?

  • turndownobama

    The drones look like nothing more than model helicopters.

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

    How does anyone know what they look like? Aren’t they painted black?

  • NewMexicoFan

    News says it is 144th Canada Day. Congrats.

    Seems Brown passed a balance budget in CA, on time. I guess there were incentives to do that (No expenses reimbursed, no pay), however it did not have the taxes he wanted. He is taking that issue to the voters. In Huffington Post, but cannot find the link right now.

  • Mrs. Smith

    Obama traveling with his own audience (200 Xtras) in Philly and anywhere he is campaigning.. for the purpose of filling empty seats and shouting down hecklers.- and Michelle’s new addiction to the teleprompter for her appearances. Apparently, Chicago Ebonics isn’t getting the message across.

    Drudge has the headline but as negative press is always scrubbed… nothing about the entourage..or Obama’s traveling Side Show..

  • Mrs. Smith

    NMF-

    I will join you in wishing Canadians a Happy Canada Day.

    JanH must be off today- having a long weekend as we are about to do.. on the 4th.

    Our flags are flying out front. (Almost hung one upside down for the universal distress call..) Don’t need to get into an argument with some little pissant with a problem. :lol:

  • HillaryforTexas

    turndown, there are always exceptions to the rule. But MOST people who make over 200.000 a year (which is who the Dems are proposing taxing in reality, despite their bloviating about billionaires), and MOST companies do contribute greatly to the economy.

    See the recent example of Amazon. They’ve pulled out of California due to the new sales tax law. I don’t care whether one thinks that law is “fair and right” or not, it was still stupid. California will now lose the revenue they were getting from taxing the income of 25,000 Amazon affiliates in the state.

    See the example years ago of the tax imposed on luxury boats (I mean, gee, what could be more fatcat than a luxury boat! Tax the hell out of that!), which promptly crippled the boatbuilders in this country, shut many of them down, and cost thousands of jobs. More money was lost than was gained.

    As I said in my original post, I am not opposed to the idea of some paying more. And I specifically pointed out that it CAN be done in a responsible way, as in my Texas example. My entire point, which you seem intent on deliberately missing, is that it is not ONLY a simple matter of “do the math – we can tax them all we want and get plenty of revenue, and they will have plenty left over.

    The real world does not work that way. Businesses and producers of jobs and money and GDP are free agents, who can and will REACT in ways that can give you the opposite result.

  • votermom

    This is plain embarrassing for the WH.

    WH dinner raffle now on CLEARANCE!

    Wow, something really, truly desperate was going on at Team Obama. I’ve pointed out the cheesy $5 dinner raffle and closing days begging for $5 donations …

    but last night as the June 30 reporting period came to a close, Obama dropped his price from $5 to $3.

    Just $3, and for that you get to enter the $5 raffle? That’s how desperate Team Obama is to run up the numbers of “small” donors. I wonder how the people who paid $5 feel.
    http://legalinsurrection.com/2011/07/at-last-minute-obama-dropped-price-from-5-to-3/

  • votermom

    I’m thrilled that the new IMF head is a woman, but the Chicago connection makes me go ugh.

  • HillaryforTexas

    And, turndown, add to this the fact that the top 10% of earners in this country pay 71% of all the income taxes, then you have a problem. Because if even a relatively small portion of those people decide the tax burden is not worth it to them, and choose to downsize or produce less, that shoots a huge hole in the revenue stream. Huge.

    It makes no difference whatsoever if that is fair. It makes no difference whatsoever if that is right. It is what it is. And if, as you seem to be, you are arguing that one can simply “tax the rich and corporations more” and money will magically appear with no risk of unpleasant consequences, then you are simply wrong. Those potential consequences have to be taken into account. To do otherwise is to be living in ideological lala land, and a complete fairytale.

  • HillaryforTexas

    votermom – LOL! He,y Obama’s now a Blue Light Special!

    “Red Dot Sale at the whiiitehoooouse! Come one come all! We are slashing prices to the bone – don’t miss these great deals!!”

  • moononpluto

    Fox Sources: Dominique Strauss-Kahn to be released without bail over sexual assault allegations

    ………………….

    Which practically means, this case is going nowhere.

  • moononpluto

    and that discount sale of Obama’s……fundraising must be in the toilet. I have heard actually its in a desperate state, people no longer want to fund him at all, the tingle is gone.

  • rgb44hrc

    admin
    June 29th, 2011 at 6:09 pm
    MyIq2XU, Hillary doesn’t have to run against Obama in 2012. We have to run Obama out.
    &&&&&&&&&

    Precisely. Mr. Thinskin can’t handle rejection and does not handle adversity well. Hillary and Bill have weathered many shit storms, and it only made them stronger. They work hard, study hard, and fight hard.

    Obama is flaccid, not a fighter, not a lover, and I’m sure he slices (on the links).

    Back in 2008, he could hide behind the “you don’t know me yet…” line. As president, the public has finally seen him, and they are apparently not grokking it.

    Hast la vista, baby.

  • NewMexicoFan

    This is my opinion. If you have a buiness in the United States you should pay a tax based on the following.

    1. 100% of your workforce in the US, then you pay a minimum tax rate.

    2. 50% of your workforce int he US, then you ay 50% of the maximum tax rate.

    3. over 50%, then what ever you percentage is like 90%, then you pay 90% of the maximum tax rate.

    Overseas business pay 100% of the tax rate, unless they can show job % within the US. Then they would get the same benefits as shown above.

    Employ auditors to help the business figure this percentage of the workforce (paid by the Gov so we know where their loyalties are), and people found giving a fraud figure will be thrown out of the United States buiness like the traitors they are.

  • rgb44hrc

    moononpluto
    July 1st, 2011 at 11:11 am
    Fox Sources: Dominique Strauss-Kahn to be released without bail over sexual assault allegations

    ………………….

    Which practically means, this case is going nowhere.
    &&&&&&&

    Starting to sound like the maid has a checkered past, and that the “encounter” is seeemingly consensual.

    Which means that DSK can now start reconsidering his options for becoming President of France.

    Still, he does have some history of hitting on women. Which should help his electoral chances…

  • moononpluto

    in France, sexual History is disregarded, all the Presidents have been philanderers.

    Reeks of a Sarkozy and Obama hitjob. Sarkozy wanted him out of the running for the Presidency, Obama needed him out of the IMF job and its so blindingly obvious.

  • votermom

    NewMexicoFan, sound good to me.

    Also, many companies don’t directly employ overseas — instead they sub-contract services that are located overseas. I think that should be considered an import (of services) and there should be import tariffs placed on those.
    Consider the trend for “cloud computing” now — a company uses software or data storage located in the “internet cloud.” There needs to be laws that say the internet company needs to disclose where those servers are and if it is outside the USA they are taxed more than if they mantain in in the USA.

  • JanH

    Must be a full moon…

    ——————
    Gazans Agree: Flotilla Is a Farce

    Friday, July 1, 2011

    Just when it seemed that the whole world was against Israel, leave it to the Palestinians to set the record straight.

    With a provocative convoy of ships headed for the Gaza Strip, businessmen in the Hamas-controlled territory are more concerned with selling their stock to the West Bank and than receiving the charity of European antisemites.

    “The flotilla isn’t bringing things that reach the man on the street,” exclaimed one local textile manufacturer. “I think they might be bringing medication, but I’m not sure what they are bringing if anything. The only important thing from our perspective is not importing equipment but exporting goods.”

    Even the Israel-based Palestinian rights group Gisha agrees: the real problem is being able to do business.

    While Palestinian mobility is hindered due to security concerns, a recent lull in terrorism has prompted Israel to pass an additional export package for the Gaza Strip.

    Slowly, they are learning that violence doesn’t pay.

    So when the world turns against Israel next week, perhaps a few disgruntled Palestinian factory owners won’t bite their tongues.

    http://www.worldjewishdaily.com/flotilla-farce.php

  • JanH

    Thank you NMF and Mrs. Smith.

    It is indeed our Dominion Day aka Canada Day. :)

  • Mrs. Smith

    How pathetic is begging for money from the very people he threw under the bus? He doesn’t realize the seething anger beneath the stoic exterior of those sitting in the audience in front of him waiting to ask loaded questions. Obama brings 200 paid props for back-up filling empty seats and for shouting down the naysayers.

    Really, the word d*ck is for someone that screws up a time or two. This self-absorbed nutjob IS and assh*le if he cannot feel the pulse of the people he is trying to flim-flam.
    ________________________

    Obama tells donors, “Remember 2008!?”

    July 01, 2011 10:37:16 AM by erod

    Obama seemed to acknowledge the dampened expectations Thursday during a fundraiser in Philadelphia, telling campaign donors that he knew there would be setbacks in governing, just like he faced setbacks during his campaign in 2008. But he appealed to supporters to show the same vigor they did more than two years ago to send him to victory.

    “I understand that sometimes generating the same energy is difficult,” he said at an event later. “We’ve gone through two years of very difficult work.” He then added, with a chuckle: “My hair is grayer. I’m not as young and vibrant as I was.”

    http://apnews.myway.com/article/20110701/D9O6LCG00.html

  • Mrs. Smith

    #
    JanH
    July 1st, 2011 at 11:34 am

    Thank you NMF and Mrs. Smith.

    It is indeed our Dominion Day aka Canada Day. :)
    _____________________

    Good, all of us will be enjoying holiday time one way or another. :)

    I’m off for the afternoon… see you all later..

  • votermom

    Obama tells donors, “Remember 2008!?”

    Don’t worry, Mister, I am NEVER forgetting 2008.

  • confloyd

    JanH,
    So even those Palestinians want to be capitalist….well good! LOL!

    I have to report more layoffs in the healthcare industry….soon it won’t be the best career! I never thought I’d have a problem finding work…..but now just cause your in healthcare doesn’t mean you have a job…

    I’ve been having to handle the admitting clerks job at night because of layoff, and I realize no one has insurance….yet they still come in for the simplist things…the average person doesn’t realize they are bankrupting America because they have a toothache and don’t have money to go to the dentist…so they come in for antibiotics and pain meds once a month. Some come in for mosquito bites and not any insurance at all…..and of coarse the chronic pain sufferers that are hooked on Hydrocodone…..I don’t know the answer….but I know I just need 5 years and 3 months and I can retire….that’s all I care about…not letting them screw with my social security.

    How can the govt. change that mindset in healthcare….answer is they can’t…just like you can’t legislate morality….that’s why we need universal healthcare….but the capitalist will lose money so there’s just no telling how this is going to end up…..

  • moononpluto

    FLASH: Strauss-Kahn accuser admitted she lied to grand jury about what happened following purported attack -D.A

    There’s the case chucked out the window.

  • confloyd

    Moon,
    Do you really believe that?? She sold her soul to the devil for a fat check to retract her statements….

  • moononpluto

    She got caught on tape discussing how to make money from the charges with criminals in a jail and apparently its not the first time she’s called rape on someone and then was lying.

  • votermom

    link?

  • rgb44hrc

    BigCatLover
    June 29th, 2011 at 8:50 pm
    Oh and BTW (my kids tell me that’s text for “by the way”), thanks for doing a good job on the oil spill.
    ************************
    This was at the end of the Carville memo to Obama. If this is snark, a major OUCH.
    &&&&&&&

    Agreed, that was the cherry on top of the cake.

    Carville is great with the left-handed compliments.

  • rgb44hrc

    BigCatLover
    June 29th, 2011 at 8:56 pm
    Obama loving CNN spent the first 15 minutes of The Agenda trashing Obama’s words in his press conference today.
    &&&&&&&&&

    When it was cool to prop up Obama, CNN and other MSM were right there, slanting every story, cutting down his opponents, and when moderating debates, worked diligently to hide his flaws.

    Now that it’s cool to pile on, and hold his feet to the fire, they have changed their approach. Suddenly, “This president is showing weaknesses that we didn’t observer earlier…”.

    But despite the change in tactics, the strategy remains, “Do the popular thing” (not “do the right thing”). They are ratings whores. And BTW, they’re not doing so hot now, are they??

  • NewMexicoFan

    votermom
    July 1st, 2011 at 11:28 am

    I totally agree with that. I think we need to look at where the phone centers are also. If they are people manning them in the US, you get a low tax rate, if they are overseas, you get a high.

    If America is going to continue to take care of the whole world they need to be business and finanacially solid. We cannot simply say don’t tax the companies. We need to look at them and see if they are actually maintaining and creating jobs here. If they don’t have enought sense to do that, we will tax them accordingly.

    As far as people are concern, anyone making over $200K a year needs to pay their fair share, no ifs ands or buts.

  • NewMexicoFan

    One more thing, every CONGRESSIONAL PERSON will have their taxes up to date. Even if they are contesting a tax rule, they will pay the taxes, and fight the issue with the money being refunded later.

    IF DO NOT HAVE YOUR FEDERAL TAXES PAID YOU DO NOT VOTE ON ANY ISSUE.

  • confloyd

    Moon,
    Well if she is doing that she needs to go to jail….that’s horrible, but that woman got his job…hmmm,hmmmm! Could a been a set up….of coarse I always believe there’s a conspiracy in some way or another..

    I had no idea Huntsman was a Morman! So what the rethugs are putting up against BO are Bachman, and a couple of Morman’s….oh for sure they’ll dethrown the thug in chief!

  • NewMexicoFan

    I said just one more thing, but I have to add one more. I would be willing to pay 10% or even 20% more in taxes, with that amount DEDICATED TO DEBT REDUCTION ONLY. Congressional types, that mean you cannot touch it, and it will not be part of the budget cycle. I am tired of the borrowing dedicated money for thing not intended, to fund crap in their states that no one needs.

    SS and Medicare will stay the same, but you will find a way to make a public option, and competitive DRUGS, which is what the people asked for.

  • moononpluto

    http://www.usnews.com/news/blogs/washington-whispers/2011/07/01/obama-faces-killer-dissatisfied-ratings?s_cid=rss:washington-whispers:obama-faces-killer-dissatisfied-ratings

    Obama Faces Killer ‘Dissatisfied’ Ratings

    A key to President Obama’s re-election, whether voters are satisfied or dissatisfied with the way things are going in the nation, suggests that he is in for catastrophic trouble on Election Day.

    Data from Gallup polls during the past four presidential reelection campaigns show that no president has been reelected when 55 percent or more of the country feels dissatisfied with the way things are going in the United States. [See photos of the Obamas behind the scenes.]

    Currently, 72 percent of the nation feels that way and has for several years, though it’s peaked under Obama. That’s about the same way the country felt when they tossed Jimmy Carter and George H.W. Bush from office.

    The findings are deep in a compilation of polling about patriotism and military service issued by the American Enterprise Institute for Public Policy Research. [Check out editorial cartoons about the 2012 GOP field.]

    The data provided goes back to Jimmy Carter’s last year in office, when those feeling dissatisfied was on par with today. At the time of his reelection defeat, 77 percent were dissatisfied, compared to 19 percent who said they were satisfied.

    At the time of Ronald Reagan’s reelection in 1984, the satisfied-dissatisfied ratio was 48 percent to 45 percent. When former President George H.W. Bush was defeated in 1992, it was 26 percent satisfied, 68 percent dissatisfied. In November 1996, when former President Clinton beat Bob Dole, it was even at 47 percent. At the time of former President George W. Bush’s reelection in 2004, 44 percent said they felt satisfied compared to 54 percent who said they were dissatisfied.

    Under Obama, the dissatisfied percentage has never gone below 62 percent.

    …………..

    sunk…………

  • moononpluto

    57% View Hillary Clinton Favorably

    Globe-trotting Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, who was in Hungary this week urging greater democratic freedoms, remains the most well-known and well-liked member of President Obama’s Cabinet among voters back at home.

    The latest Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey shows that 57% of Likely U.S. Voters regard her at least somewhat favorably. This finding includes 23% who share a Very Favorable opinion of Clinton. Thirty-nine percent (39%) see the former New York senator unfavorably, including 20% who view her Very Unfavorably. (To see survey question wording, click here.)

    Favorable reviews for Clinton are up slightly from March but have been in the mid- to high 50s since she became secretary of State in January 2009.

    While an overwhelming number of Democrats views Clinton favorably, most Republicans feel the opposite way. More than half of voters not affiliated with either major political party, however, have a favorable opinion of the former first lady.

    Women view Clinton more favorably than men do. Eighty-five percent (85%) of blacks have a favorable regard for her, compared to 54% of whites and 55% of voters of other races. Clinton is regarded favorably by 87% of liberals and unfavorably by 65% of conservatives.

    http://www.rasmussenreports.com/public_content/politics/obama_administration/june_2011/57_view_hillary_clinton_favorably

    ………………

    must be eating Obama up to see Hillary better liked. I guess she’s “likeable enough”

  • henry

    New Mexico Fan,
    I think that a couple making 250k is already paying its fair share. Nice sum,yeah. However, it probably took 20+ years to get to that point and a whole lot of hard work. If they have 3 children it’ll run them upwards of 400k to put them through school and they will get zip. Two people earning that amount per year is not what I would call wealthy. 125k is only 8.5 times the earnings of a minimum wager worker/year. After twenty years of doing the right thing and 4 to 10 years of higher education I don’t think they should be shouldering more.

  • holdthemaccountable

    confloyd @ 12:36pm 1 July: How can the govt. change that mindset in healthcare….answer is they can’t…
    ———–
    Especially when ads run for the free cell phone service (know in some states as AssuranceLink) refers to SSI and SNAP (FoodStamps) as government SERVICES.

  • holdthemaccountable

    Maryland’s ‘Dream Act’ Suspended Amid Petition Drive for Referendum
    A new law offering in-state tuition breaks to some illegal immigrants in Maryland has been suspended after opponents collected tens of thousands of signatures seeking to force the issue onto the 2012 ballot for a referendum. Maryland’s version of the “Dream Act” was to take effect Friday. But Republican Delegate Neil Parrot and other critics flooded the Maryland secretary of state’s office in Annapolis with 74,000 signatures – more than the 55,000 needed – on Thursday evening before the midnight deadline, according to secretary of state spokesman Steve Ackerman.
    http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2011/07/01/marylands-dream-act-suspended-amid-petition-drive-for-referendum/

  • turndownobama

    in France, sexual History is disregarded, all the Presidents have been philanderers

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

    All our best ones have too.

  • turndownobama

    Reeks of a Sarkozy and Obama hitjob. Sarkozy wanted him out of the running for the Presidency, Obama needed him out of the IMF job

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

    I’ve been suspicious of how quick and diligent the NY police were on this….

  • henry

    holdthemaaccountable
    I am intrigued by the free cell phones offered to those on public assistance but I can find no info on the project. You can’t get a job if you cannot be reached and even though by law any home wired with a land line and any cell phone can call 911 at no charge even if there is not an active account, I don’t think the public is aware. Many groups, like Travelers Aid offer free voice mail but you have to retrieve messages from another phone and if you don’t have access to a free land line- pay phone charges apply. I am curious as to see whether the money spent on program with all of its administration costs would have just been better spent by striking a deal with Cricket. They offer unlimited local for less than 20/month. A huge deal by a state could get that amount reduced significantly. Alas I can find no info on the cost of the program.

  • turndownobama

    living in ideological lala land

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

    I must go.

    Love your posts, but sometimes ideological lala land seems like where your posts are coming from. Or rather, from Galt’s Gulch.

  • holdthemaccountable

    Henry, I really know very little about this phone service; I just see TV ads all the time (several times daily). I agree that phone service is key to the indigent lifting themselves up by the boot strap, but this one is a bit too rich for my blood. Everything about it is free, including 250 free minutes per month, texting capability, voice mail…. I really don’t know how it is financed, but assume we the taxpayers have a lot to do with it. I don’t know if you got to their link: http://assurancewireless.com/awlanding/AWLandingWelcome.aspx?utm_source=MSN&utm_medium=CPC&utm_term=about+assurance+wireless&utm_campaign=New+Jersey+Branded+%28GT%29
    It’s called something else in PA, etc.
    There’s another one I mean to look up – FreedomDisability. Also enticing viewers to file for disability or VA claims.
    My point in all of this is how much the ads encourage viewers to take advantage.

  • Shadowfax

    I don’t even want to get into the Greenpeace and Nuke Power argument.

    ‘Japan’, ‘Chernobyl’…I rest my case.

  • Shadowfax

    ” He then added, with a chuckle: “My hair is grayer. I’m not as young and vibrant as I was.”

    ———

    Just because you look like shit doesn’t mean you have been working.

  • turndownobama

    I agree that phone service is key to the indigent lifting themselves up by the boot strap, but this one is a bit too rich for my blood. Everything about it is free, including 250 free minutes per month, texting capability, voice mail….

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

    Yesterday my partner and I were complaining about someone who agreed to come for a short job, didn’t show up, “This customer has not yet programmed his voice mail….” That’s on the rare occasions when he’s even paid his cell phone bill and we don’t get “This number is temporarily out of service….”

    Such a program to help the indigent is very necessary. It needs to not only pay all their fees without interruption, but also program their damn voice mail for them! And text matters too!

  • tim

    Obot Mark Halperin called Waffles a dick? and MSNBC suspends him? wow. I’m sure if it was Bush or Cheney, they would laughing their airhead heads off, wasn’t it just a few weeks ago, airhead Mika and her airheaded sidekick Joe were laughing at Dick Cheney having heart attacks.

  • tim

    there goes his next 5 millon dollar book deal.

  • confloyd

    Glenn Beck moving to Texas…well that is just what the Lone Star State needs…another RWR.

  • henry

    turndownobama
    I now have zero problem with the program– what I want to know is how and through what company it is being administered. Like I said Cricket in PA 19.99/mo unlimited. This program seems to offer 250 minutes and then pay or get cut off. What kind of a deal was struck? For .67 dollars a day a needy family can get a phone through cricket and I am sure that if PA welfare organizations struck a deal they could halve that. Twenty bucks a month seems reasonable anyhow let alone a kid not having to deal with the shame of not having a number to be reached.

    Again I just want to see the data and maybe I am unskilled when it comes to this type of research but I can find nothing.

  • rgb44hrc

    RCP: OBAMA APPROVAL EDGES FURTHER DOWN

    http://www.realclearpolitics.com/epolls/other/president_obama_job_approval-1044.html

    Only +0.4%, and that’s with some older polls skewing the results, showing him +5, but latest Gallup Rasmussens show that vultures are circling.

    RCP Avg 6/15-30 47.0 46.6 +0.4
    Gallup 6/28-30 44 47 -3
    Rasmussen 6/28-30 47 52 -5
    FOX News 6/26-28 46 46 Tie
    CBS/NYTi 6/24-28 47 44 +3
    McClatchy 6/15-23 45 47 -2
    Time 6/20-21 48 46 +2
    Dem Corps 6/18-21 46 48 -2
    Bloomberg 6/17-20 49 44 +5
    AP/GfK 6/16-20 52 47 +5
    Pew Res 6/15-19 46 45 +1

  • Shadowfax

    votermom
    July 1st, 2011 at 11:46 am

    Obama tells donors, “Remember 2008!?”

    Don’t worry, Mister, I am NEVER forgetting 2008.
    ——–

    I’m with you votermom, that drama is locked up next to the day JFK was shot and the Twin Towers were attacked.

  • Shadowfax

    confloyd
    July 1st, 2011 at 4:08 pm

    Glenn Beck moving to Texas…

    —–

    Now you can go to his shindigs….yeehaw!

    :lol:

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