Hanukkah In July

Last year we had Festivus In July. Not much has changed since then. Barack Obama was going on vacation, unemployment was still the hallmark of the Obama “recovery summer”, and, well let’s just say there was the traditional airing of grievances.

This year our July Hanukkah comes laden with gifts – many already opened in our comments section. Regular readers of Big Pink will notice that many of those gifts are actually re-gifts from years ago. Re-gifts? Well we mean that much of what passes for news these days we wrote about months ago, if not years ago.

Let’s start with an Israel related Hanukkah gift. This past March during real Hanukkah we discussed a story that we labeled a real life Hanukkah story. Oddly, not many noticed this important story. Yesterday Mrs. Smith opened the re-gift via IsraPundit:

“Canada’s Globe and mail recently reported

”The London-based World Energy Council says Israel’s Shfela Basin, a half-hour drive south of Jerusalem, holds 250 billion barrels of recoverable shale oil, possibly making the energy-vulnerable country (as expressed by The Wall Street Journal) “the world’s newest energy giant.” With reserves of 260 billion barrels, Saudi Arabia would remain the world’s No. 1 oil country – though not, perhaps, for long. Howard Jonas, CEO of U.S.-based IDT Corp., the company that owns the Shfela Basin concession, says there is much more oil under Israel than under Saudi Arabia: Perhaps, he says, twice as much.”

It concluded that Israel should be pumping oil within three to four years. Israel, it reported, “will match Canada in oil exports to the U.S. and thus free its long-time friend from needing to deal with tyrants”.

This week Bloomberg reported,

“The results for Sara and Myra follow other gas finds off Israel since 2009, including the Tamar and Leviathan discoveries that together hold an estimated 25 trillion cubic feet. The finds are sufficient to meet Israel’s domestic needs eventually and enable it to export gas, industry executives and government officials have said.”

In effect, these resources will change the global balance of power.

Yes, Israel is sitting pretty.”

IsraPundit leaves out the very important point that Israel has a new method of extracting the oil and gas from the shale:

“Yet new technologies, being developed for Israeli shale, seek to separate the oil from the shale rock 300 meters underground; these techniques actually produce water, rather than use it up. [snip]

For if Israel develops a unique method for separating oil from shale deep underground, that has none of the negative ecological side-effects of earlier oil shale efforts, that technology can be made available to the whole world, changing the entire global oil market. The effect of the spread of this technology would be to shift the center of gravity of world oil away from Iran, Saudi Arabia and the Persian Gulf to more stable states that have no history of backing terrorism or radical Islamic causes. (In the Arab world, Jordan and Morocco have the most significant oil shale deposits.)”

IsraPundit does note that things are looking up for Israel in the U.N. front because it is fighting fire with fire:

“A few months ago, Britain, France and Germany were threatening Israel to accept the armistice lines as the basis for negotiations, failing which they would vote for recognition. Now they are lined up with the US and Israel in urging the PA not to go to the UN for recognition.

Israel has successfully made the case that such a unilateral move by the PA would be a violation of the Oslo Accords which mandated no unilateral moves and a negotiated settlement. Israel has made it clear that such a move would result in unilateral moves by Israel and the end of the Oslo Accords. This means the end of the PA created pursuant to these accords. The primary unilateral move mooted by Israel is the extension of Israel law to the settlement blocs which would make the blocs sovereign territory of Israel. It would also replace occupation law over these territories. Many in Israel are demanding that Israel not stop there but that she should do the same for all of Area “C” over which she currently has full control pursuant to the Oslo Accords. These lands contain 300,000 Israelis and 10,000 Arabs. Israeli grassroots are now mobilizing a major campaign to increase Israeli support for such a move.

The last thing the Quartet wants to see, is the end of the peace process because it’s control over Israel would also end. It prefers to keep Israel shackled to the Oslo Accords while it violates them by demanding Israel concede more that the Accords required. It also violates them by interfering in negotiations.

Last I heard, Abbas is still determined to go the UN. If he does, he risks alienating the US and the EU and ending the PA and his job.”

Oh, and that “Audacity of Hope” ship meant to provoke Israel? It’s over. The Greeks knew it was not bearing gifts, just strife, so the ship is ashore (though the provocateur passengers are proverbially still at sea).



Oh it’s fun, fun, fun when it is Hanukkah in July! Fun, fun, fun, if you have a job. But with a self-promoting flim flam con artist boob in charge…:

“Reuters also notes that the Labor report revises the April and May figures downward by a total of 44,000 jobs, which erodes the weak job growth in Q2 even further. The private sector did add 57,000, or about half of what is needed for population growth, while government at all levels shed 39,000 jobs. Construction fell 9,000, while factories added 6,000 jobs. The average hours per workweek declined slightly, which means that we’re losing efficiency as well as jobs, and that will mean that businesses have room to add hours before creating new positions.”

Oops, we left out the news in that bit of bad news for the jobless: the unemployment rate rose to 9.2% in June.

Don’t blame Obama you jobless layabouts, he’s been busy with his checklist. Obama is busy raising money for himself and is much too busy to bother with layabouts who don’t bother to read about the GDP or the jobless numbers so screw you (plus, you cheapos refuse to contribute money to him). Anyone who disagrees that most Americans are lazy layabouts will be hired, not fired, by Obama.

The only job that matters to Barack Obama is Barack Obama’s job you lazy layabouts. On that score Professor Jacobson brings us a rib tickling Hanukkah gift:

The only way for Obama to stimulate the enormous private sector job growth needed to ensure Obama’s reelection is for Obama to announce he is not running for reelection, which would unleash a wave of investment and economic activity not seen since the Great Depression.”

No one wants to invest in a company or a country run by a boob. Back in February 2009 we declared that Obama’s budget was “clueless, truthless, hopeless”. We opposed his budget and his stimulus scam because you don’t let a boob invest your money or run your country – and Obama had no plan or any idea about how to get an economic plan.

Some on the left opposed Obama’s plan because they wanted even more money to be spent. We opposed that as well. It would not have helped the economy if Obama spent ten times as much in his stimulus scam because he did not know what he was doing, had no plan for economic recovery (other than spend and hope), and was an all around boob. Keynes does not work with a boob in charge. A tree is known by its fruit, a boob is known by his boobery.

As the Obama jobless continue to lay about we continue to unpack our Hanukkah gifts. Pm317, informs us via HotAir (we understand their front page question “Will “Hillary Democrats” go GOP?”) that Obama continues to be in trouble in the Keystone State:

“Pennsylvania is a keystone (pun intended) for any Democratic presidential candidate, much the way Ohio is for Republicans. Its Electoral College mathematical significance matters slightly less than it did before the last Census, but its loss would make Election Night very difficult indeed for Obama. The disaffection of blue-collar Democrats in Pennsylvania would almost certainly be a harbinger of a national trend, leaving him gasping for air in states like Ohio, Indiana, and Wisconsin — all states Obama won in 2008. It’s very difficult to see a path to a second term in an election where Obama loses Pennsylvania, especially since its status as a swing state would shift resources to a state that Obama won handily just three years ago.”

Obama lovin’ Steve Kornacki Hanukkahs us with this gift:

“How a one-term president is made

The possibility that Obama will end up like Carter and Bush 41 has never been more real

Republicans hope to unseat President Obama next year with a message that goes something like this: He inherited a bad economy and made it worse, squandered hundreds of billions of dollars on a stimulus program that didn’t create jobs, and blew a massive hole in the deficit that sapped the private sector’s confidence.”

Now, that is enough of a Hanukkah gift, but Kornacki gives us more. Kornacki thinks the case against Obama might make him crazy: “You can make yourself crazy pointing out how flimsy these arguments are….” Why is the case flimsy? Because according to Kornack, the facts appear to agree!:

“Which is why the new unemployment data released Friday morning is so devastating for Obama. As Andrew Leonard noted already, the numbers themselves — a 9.2 percent unemployment rate and almost nonexistent job creation for June — are truly awful. But what’s worse for Obama is whatever job-creation momentum seemed to exist a few months ago is now completely gone. Joblessness is again rising, with no indication that a significant downward trend is on the horizon. And the idea of a new, meaningful stimulus program before the 2012 election has been off the table since last November, when Republicans won control of the House. It’s looking more and more likely that unemployment will remain above 8 percent — perhaps well above 8 percent — between now and Election Day 2012.”

According to Kornacki, it’s a flimsy case because the facts are incontrovertible. HOPIUM KILLS – brain cells.

Kornacki is proof of the dead brain cells in the numbskull Obama worshipers. Today Shadowfax galloped in to gift us with several articles from the dummies at DU and DireFog concerning the death of the Democratic Party and Social Security. RGB44HRC likewise gifted us with an ‘Obama cannot be trusted’ article. Thanks for the re-gifting.

It’s re-gifting because we declared the death of the Democratic Party long ago on a summer night.

As to Social Security and Barack Obama we wrote “Barack Obama’s Social Insecurity” back in September of 2007, so we are not surprised a whit by Obama treachery on the issue. Here’s what we wrote in January 8, 2009 in “Obama’s Social Security Treachery”:

Obama has now revealed what his legacy is to be – the destruction of Social Security.

Ignore the flowery words, Obama is planning a great treachery. Expect PINOs to be silent.

Obama today mouthed another “big speech” on the economy. Ignore it. Obama is doing the ol’ Razzle Dazzle to distract from his real plans.

The Obama economic plan, the so-called “stimulus” – all are stalking horses for the destruction of Social Security.”

Pardon us if we yawn at the news which is startling to so many. It’s Hanukkah. It’s July. Can Christmas be far behind?

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241 thoughts on “Hanukkah In July

  1. admin, we should remind Ploof and his ilk that many Hillary Democrats did vote for GOP in 2008 — it was a protest vote. But they won’t come back into the fold this time either.

  2. Superb article admin.

    I would like to add one more item. The payroll tax cut to consumers (2%), a complete waste, it was designed by the boob to “stimulate” the consumer to spend more, consumers are in debt, they would not be spending this money on items they don’t needs, its to pay off debt, and that payroll tax cut, well it debilitates the SS “trust” fund even more.

    What they should have done is given that to employers, I know several businesses that would not have hired more people, there is not enough revenue to do that, but they would not have laid off a few people, plus more revunue to make up for any lost revenue to the SS “trust” fund

    The biggest stimulus package this country can have is the defeat of President Waffles next year, or else business will start leaving this country. People think the stock market is reflective of the US economy, no it is not. Most of the Dow 30 have massive presence in countries all over the world, 2.4 million were hired overseas in the last 2 years, 2.9 Americans lost their jobs. Energy prices are up, labor costs are up, Waffles and the very liberal dems don’t realise businesses, the corporate ones, are massive beaucracies and they will only accelerate their hiring….. overseas that it, if the Waffle man is relected.

  3. So Ploof said this: “So, you know, people won’t vote based on the unemployment rate. They’re gonna vote based on, “How do I feel about my own situation? Do I believe the president makes decisions based on me and my family?””

    and Althouse has a nice analysis of what he is trying to do here. Her thesis is that Ploof wants to change the conversation to ‘am I doing well enough?’ not “are WE better off today?” — feeling versus some facts about the state of the union/country. It is a sleazy thing to do but let us see how many will fall for it.

    http://althouse.blogspot.com/2011/07/what-did-david-plouffe-really-say-about.html

  4. The DU kiddies are figuring out the “Democratic” Party died just now? I guess they were drinking that koolaide like liquor on May 31th 2008.

  5. I would like to pay tribute to Betty Ford. She never wanted the job, and she never acted like she was better than anyone else. Instead she humbled herself by facing her addictions and building a place for other to do the same.

    RIP Betty Ford.

  6. Great post Admin – hope we get the gift of watching Barry get run outta town on a rail. The way he is going and the voters he has already lost, he may just throw in the towel before Nov. 2012.

    RIP Betty Ford.

  7. “Instead she humbled herself by facing her addictions and building a place for other to do the same.

    RIP Betty Ford.

    Agreed. RIP Betty Ford.

  8. Just got a survey from Zogby in my email. They asked directly if you thought Obama should be reelected. Then they asked who you would vote for in 2012 and each question had the choice of Obama and one of the Republican candidates/non-candidates (Palin, Bachmann, Romney, Paul, Cain, Pawlenty, Gingrich, Christie, Huntsman and others–quite a few). They also asked your views on the current proposals for handling the deficit, if you thought the country was going in the right direction and if you agree/disagree with the Republican/Democrat proposals. They also asked personal questions if anyone in your family feared losing a job or had lost a job. It was an interesting survey–I will be watching for the results.

  9. Okay, I flipped over to Fox Business channel, just to see what they had to say about the new job numbers.

    They have The Rent Is Too Damn High guy on their panel. I can’t decide if that is the lamest thing ever, or freaking brilliant in a surreal kinda way. LMAO!!

  10. No one wants to invest in a company or a country run by a boob. Back in February 2009 we declared that Obama’s budget was “clueless, truthless, hopeless”.
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    “LESS” is not more…someone should clue him in…
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    Betty Ford deserved better press. RIP…

  11. Oy admin! I haven’t laughed so hard in a long time. Your title and that video are stellar.

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    May Betty Ford rest in peace.

  12. ace
    ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^

    Gunwalker Synopsis: ATF + FBI = FUBAR
    —Andy
    I missed this earlier in the week, but I’ve been on vacation. According to unnamed sources, for which the usual caveats apply:

    … unbeknown to the ATF, the target of their operation was a FBI confidential informant, a fact that only became known to them in April of this year after an 18-month investigation that cost millions of dollars of tax dollars.
    “They were going after someone they could never have,” a source in Washington told Fox News. “The Mr. Big they wanted was using government money to buy guns that went to the cartels. The FBI knew it and didn’t tell them.”

    The confidential informant is a former high-level drug dealer who had been deported by the DEA. The FBI, however, recruited him as a counter-terrorism informant, providing information on potential dirty bombs or Al Qaeda suspects moving through the border region. (emphasis added)

    Got that? The FBI was paying this CI, who was turning right around and buying guns with the green … and a green light from ATF. I don’t know if they were actually giving him the buy money, but, hey, dollars are fungible.

    I’ve been vacillating on this thing wondering whether it was: (a) a plan to support gun control legislation by goosing the “X% of guns used in Mexico come from the US” stat or (b) a bureaucratic clusterfuck so massive that it could only be pulled off by the federal government.

    The right answer, of course, is “yes.”

  13. that payroll tax cut, well it debilitates the SS “trust” fund even more

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    More or less. It sure makes the numbers look worse if projected years ahead.

    And it doesn’t even help the workers now, because Obama also cancelled the ‘making work pay’ earned income bonus. So the paycheck is slightly smaller, AND less goes to SS.

  14. JanH- I am happy the article from IsraPundit is the real deal. I don’t know if I read the following remark there or somewhere else.. “The new and untainting technological process used by Israel for extracting the shale oil and gas is Top Secret and is not to be shared with any other oil/gas company.” If they patent the process and franchise it… I hope there are relatives who may leave you named in the will!( Who is laughing last now? ) 😆
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    IsraPundit leaves out the very important point that Israel has a new method of extracting the oil and gas from the shale:

    “Yet new technologies, being developed for Israeli shale, seek to separate the oil from the shale rock 300 meters underground; these techniques actually produce water, rather than use it up. [snip]

    For if Israel develops a unique method for separating oil from shale deep underground, that has none of the negative ecological side-effects of earlier oil shale efforts, that technology can be made available to the whole world, changing the entire global oil market. The effect of the spread of this technology would be to shift the center of gravity of world oil away from Iran, Saudi Arabia and the Persian Gulf to more stable states that have no history of backing terrorism or radical Islamic causes. (In the Arab world, Jordan and Morocco have the most significant oil shale deposits.)”

  15. admin- Thank you for bringing a ray of sunshine to the blog during these gloomy days we are forced to endure and live through the chicanery of the One. 🙂

  16. Shadow- Thanks for signing Sen. Whitehouse’s petition. A least he is trying to do something constructive. He’s an alright guy…

  17. Betty Ford- Beautiful woman. A gracious lady who’s legacy made a change for the betterment of society. RIP

  18. Thank you Mrs. S for posting the link, I didn’t, want to sign the petition with Move on dot Corruption.

  19. What didn’t they like – the peace or the prosperity?
    Commentary magazine says Bill Clinton could not win in today’s Democratic Party. More’s the pity:

    Obama’s No Bill Clinton
    Peter Wehner

    The Wall Street Journal editorial page does us the favor of quoting Bill Clinton’s comments last Saturday at the Aspen Ideas Festival, when the former president made the case for cutting corporate tax rates from 35 percent to 25 percent and, as a trade off, “eliminate a lot of the deductions so that we still get a fair amount [in revenues], and there’s not so much variance in what the corporations pay.”

    That’s quite a good idea, and Clinton’s remarks are a reminder that whatever his other failures, he was in many respects a constructive intellectual force in the Democratic Party. He moved it toward the center, much as his friend Tony Blair moved the British Labour Party toward the middle, making it not only politically viable but politically successful.
    Both Clinton and Blair achieved impressive political track records. They made their parties stronger, not weaker; and more, not less, appealing.

    Barack Obama, so far at least, has had the opposite effect. His party was thoroughly repudiated in the first mid-term election of his presidency. The same thing happened to Clinton in 1994, though not on the scale that Democrats were defeated in 2010. But by this point in the Clinton presidency the prospects for Democrats were looking up, and in fact, Clinton was well on his way to winning a comfortable re-election. That doesn’t appear to be the case for Obama, who is turning the Democratic Party into a pre-Clinton party, one characterized by unalloyed liberalism.

    It turns out that in almost every respect, Clinton was a more formidable political figure than Obama, and certainly more competent. And as we get closer to 2012, it wouldn’t be surprising to hear Democrats speak longingly of the Clinton Era, as glory days compared to the dangerous, even ruinous, prospects they now face.

    http://www.commentarymagazine.com/2011/07/06/obamas-no-bill-clinton/

  20. Jay Cost at the Weekly Standard notices what has happened to the Dem party, and what they did to Hillary:

    As an exclamation point, it’s worth noting that the left has been expressing its discontent with Clintonian moderation for over a decade.. In 2000 Bill Bradley challenged Al Gore from the left, and fell just 6,000 votes short in New Hampshire — a Bradley victory there would have made for an interesting primary race. Nine months later, Ralph Nader played the spoiler, winning about 3 percent of the popular vote, most of which came from the left wing of the Democratic party that was attracted to Nader’s “not a dime’s worth of difference” attack on Gore and Bush. In Florida Nader won 97,488 votes – and it’s a sure bet that, had he not run (or if the left had not been looking for an alternative that year), Gore would have won 538 more Nader votes than Bush. And then of course Obama won the nomination in 2008 not just by running against George W. Bush, but against the Bush and Clinton years. Importantly, the number of delegates Obama won from the primaries and caucuses was not enough to secure the nomination – he needed the help of the party establishment (the so-called “Super Delegates”) to defeat Hillary Clinton. That they backed Obama over the wife of the former president says a lot about where today’s Democratic party is.

    http://www.weeklystandard.com/blogs/could-clinton-even-win-todays-democratic-party_576416.html

  21. I love this line from the Commentary piece:

    It turns out that in almost every respect, Clinton was a more formidable political figure than Obama, and certainly more competent.

    I hope someone reads that line I bolded to Obama, and it eats at him, and eats at him, and eats at him……little narcissistic prick.

    Hey, President Dick: You are going to have to live the rest of your life knowing what a fucking failure you are, and how all that your backstabbing of Hillary and Bill got you is decades of the American public comparing you unfavorably to Big Dawg. You didn’t, don’t, and never will measure up, manchild. I hope you choke on it.

  22. Good bye pretty Betty:

    http://abcnews.go.com/Politics/lady-betty-ford-dead-93/story?id=3348308

    President Bill Clinton and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton also cited Ford’s dedication to woman’s rights and substance abuse issues, and recalled honoring her during her lifetime.

    “We were honored to host President and Mrs. Ford at the White House in 1998 when they received the Congressional Gold Medal for their dedication and service to our nation,” the Clintons wrote. “Betty was a remarkable woman whose legacy will live on in people around the country whose lives are longer and better because of her work.”

    President George H.W. Bush called her, “a wonderful wife and mother; a great friend; and a courageous first lady. No one confronted life’s struggles with more fortitude or honesty, and as a result, we all learned from the challenges she faced. The Betty Ford Center, which already has helped change the lives of thousands of people, will be her lasting legacy of care and concern. We were proud to know her. We were proud to call her a friend.”

    Fellow first lady Nancy Reagan also was “deeply saddened” by the news.

    “She has been an inspiration to so many through her efforts to educate women about breast cancer and her wonderful work at the Betty Ford Center,” Reagan said. “She was Jerry Ford’s strength through some very difficult days in our country’s history, and I admired her courage in facing and sharing her personal struggles with all of us.”

    Betty Ford did not cultivate political vegetables, she was a class act.

  23. I didn’t watch the NBC piece on Gunwalker/Fast and Furious scandal, but evidently they are BLATANTLY trying to cover for Holder and Obama. They managed to do the entire segment with NO mention of any govt involvement, or Issa’s investigation at all, no mention that ATF/DEA sold them the guns, no mention of whistleblowers – nada.

    According to a poster at AoS:

    oh my fucking gad fuck FUCK.
    Just watched the local NBC news report on Operation Fast and Furious. It was TOTALLY “about” the illegal trafficking of guns into Mexico by . . . criminals. The ol’ drug/gun exchange. All the evil American guns that go down there and kill innocent Mexicans. All the American criminals that deal with the cartels.

    This god damned lying bitch reporterette did this whole damn report and not once revealed that Op F&F is a U.S. government fail. She actually included a clip of that Mexican official on Fox News who was expressing his outrage about Operation F&F but gave no context, so the impression was that he was simply talking about ordinary criminal gun smugglers!!!!! Did not even show that he was referring to Op F&F!!!!!!
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  24. Not sure why the repubs don’t use this in a commerical for President WTF. Waffles in his own words saying he should not run for President in 2008. If this PO$ is reelected, this country will be lost, the middle class will be completely gutted and businesses of all sizes will be strangled to the point of nonexistant and complete standstill. I know for my collegues and I, we certainly will be closing shop on our businesses, the regulations put in place by this scumbag will completely strangle most small businesses.

  25. I find it absolutely stunning that there is an AG and his incompetent boss which authorized guns being allowed to be sold to criminals, resulting in the death of an American border agent… and yet… now they think gun control rules that they will implement will make it all better. I have never in my life seen just an incompetent and completely unAmerican administration in my life. And that includes the Bush years.

    Holder should not only be fired but jailed for his part.

    http://townhall.com/tipsheet/katiepavlich/2011/07/08/obama_adminstration_to_implement_more_gun_control_without_congress

  26. “The jobs survey was exceptionally bleak even beyond those headline numbers. Job growth in April and May was revised downward by a combined 44,000 positions.”
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    Another self serving worthless commentary from the WSJ. Those fuckers are laughing their asses off calling Obama a Librul while Corps are recording record profits, CEO salaries increase and at the same time Obama plans to gut SS and Medicare. The 1% is doing very well with the $20+ trillion that Bush/Cheney and Obama gave to them.

  27. OOPS….response to this:

    “That doesn’t appear to be the case for Obama, who is turning the Democratic Party into a pre-Clinton party, one characterized by unalloyed liberalism.”

  28. on his way down again.

    The Rasmussen Reports daily Presidential Tracking Poll for Saturday shows that 23% of the nation’s voters Strongly Approve of the way that Barack Obama is performing his role as president. Forty-one percent (41%) Strongly Disapprove, giving Obama a Presidential Approval Index rating of -18

    Overall, 46% of voters say they at least somewhat approve of the president’s performance. Fifty-three percent (53%) at least somewhat disapprove.

  29. This article sent via e-mail by the author of “The Manchurian President” may be a topic admin is interested in for a future thread title…
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    2011

    Campaign 2012: Are We Over ‘The Black Thing’ Yet?
    By Lloyd Marcus

    (ht/Brenda Elliot/Merry Legs @ RBO) By the way folks. Those of you who were RBO posters, Brenda is building a new website with a new name.. coming soon-)

    My fellow Americans, in regard to the U.S. presidency, please tell me we are over “the black thing.” Can we move past race and gender and simply elect the best American for the job?

    Due to liberal media manipulation and guilt, America elected an incompetent black guy as leader of the free world to prove that we are not racist. Obama’s black skin has made him untouchable, the left’s dream tool to further their socialist agenda. Once America gets over “the black thing”, will the liberal media demand we elect Hilliary to prove we are not sexist?

    How long will it be before the liberal media demands that we elect our first openly gay/lesbian president to prove that we are not homophobic?

    I believe that the novelty of a black guy in the White House is over — been there, done that, got the historic Obama (false) Hope & Change t-shirt.

    I hereby proclaim the season of Presidential Affirmative Action over!

    Funny how the liberal media and their far-left buddies deal with blacks and women. You need to understand that the left’s progressive/socialist agenda trumps everything. Thus, race and gender are highly effective tools used to further their agenda.

    If you are a black liberal, the left gleefully views you as a poor victim of a racist America. Quoting Obama’s pastor, Rev. Wright, “Barack knows what it feels like to live in a country controlled by rich white people”. The left demands that standards be lowered and government entitlements be gifted.

    If you are a black conservative, the left views you as a stupid self hating n***** suffering with Stockholm Syndrome. And yes, the left freely uses the “n” word when referring to black conservatives.

    If you are a liberal woman, you are a victim of a sexist America controlled by white male SOBs. If you are a conservative woman, you are a stupid slut.

    So, you can understand why my stomach turns when the liberal media and their far-left buddies are lauded for their superior compassion and tolerance for blacks and women.

    The left celebrates liberal blacks and women while engaging in the high-tech lynching of conservative blacks and women. It is quite simple, folks. If you are a minority confident enough to be a self-starter and you love your country, you are on the left’s excrement list. Leftists embrace only victims. Why? Because it fits their desire to believe that America sucks and is the greatest source of evil in the world.

    I realize that what I am about to say will make a lot of folks angry. Well, I am sorry, but it is the truth: black voters behaved like a bunch of racists in the 2008 election. Obama got 96% of the black vote with surveys proving that many blacks were clueless about Obama’s intentions and even his running mate. Some black Obama voters thought his VP was Sarah Palin.

    Call me crazy, but if it “ain’t” right for whites to vote for the white guy because he is white, it “ain’t” right for blacks to vote for the black guy because he is black.

    Yes, we blacks have suffered greatly in the past due to racism. But to exploit America’s original sin of slavery as a license for black racist behavior is a slap in the face to MLK and all who have sacrificed, suffered, and died to move us forward and together as a nation.

    Race-profiteers love to opine about America’s racist roots and the eternal debt owed to blacks. They completely ignore the fact that decent, God-fearing Americans corrected those evils. Apparently, these race-profiteers are unaware of the Civil War. Approximately 40,000 blacks died, 320,000 whites died, and 275,200 were wounded fighting to end slavery.

    So, America, despite what the liberal media and race-profiteers say, your debt to black Americans is paid in full. You elected the first affirmative action president. Rah-rah, congratulations! Now, can we please, this time around, elect the best candidate for our country?

    The presidency of the United States of America is far too important to the world to be decided by silly surface nonsense such as race or gender. Never again can we allow the liberal media to select our president based on whose “turn” they think it is — Asian, Muslim, gay, lesbian, or whatever.

    I am black. I want the best American leading our great country. I want the horrific assault on our freedom called Obamacare repealed! I want a conservative presidential candidate who is well aware of the evil confronting us and is boldly and eagerly up for the battle.

    Folks, the left/liberal media will never retire the race and gender cards. Both cards have proven extremely powerful and effective.

    The liberal media will always “blame America first.” Though powerless over changing the liberal media, we have total power in our response to them: no pandering, appeasing, or fearing them. We must simply ignore their propaganda and defeat them.

    The year 2012 is not just another presidential election. It is the most important presidential election in the history of our country. Obama is destroying America, plain and simple. Four more years under the lawless reign of this divisive, evil man will land a serious deathblow to the heart of America as we know it.

    We need a hero, folks. Regardless of race or gender, we need the best American in the White House — someone who is “chomping at the bit” to clean up Obama’s mess!

    http://www.americanthinker.com/2011/07/campaign_2012_are_we_over_the_black_thing_yet.html

  30. A former HRC supporter, still Democrate posted something on my facebook about signing a petition to get O to live up to his campaign promises. One of his friends said, who are you kidding, you are a hard Core Dem and you will vote for that idiot again.

    I am wondering how he is going to take that. No reply Yet.

  31. Something like this makes me happy my kids are grown and have turned out to be responsible adults passing along their memories with my toddler grandkids. Video zombiehood, I can assure you would never happen in their households. Playing outside with other kids and fresh air are still the sustainable pillars of childhood remembrances. Shame on the SCOTUS for encouraging violent entertainment appropriate for young minds.
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    July 9, 2011

    Videogame Victory: How SCOTUS Saved Us from Part-Time Parenthood

    By Drew Belsky

    On Monday, June 27, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled 7-2 that vendors in California (and everywhere else, it seems) can sell violent videogames to minors. Contrary to most well-reported Supreme Court decisions, this one found the conservative justices in disarray, with Clarence Thomas constituting half of the opposition (along with Stephen Breyer).

    Considering the bipartisan split of the dissenting justices, it should come as no surprise that plenty of Americans on both sides of the aisle have fallen in with Thomas and Breyer, even on American Thinker’s pages. The Washington Post condemns the decision as “misguided,” while the LA Times lauds it as a victory for the First Amendment. Ed Morrissey at Hot Air sides with the majority (after some characteristic deliberation), while commentators at Conservativebyte.com interpret the decision as a way to “take power from the parents” and turn kids into videogame-playing “zombies” with no sense of American history.

    Of course, it’s delightful to watch liberals tear each other to pieces over this issue. But there should be no such caterwauling from the conservative right. Painful as it is to admit, Justice Thomas came down on the wrong side of this issue — and perhaps more painfully, Justices Ginsburg, Sotomayor, and Kagan were right (for once).

    my addition: (Thomas giving Obama an assist for dumbing down the next generation)

    http://www.americanthinker.com/2011/07/videogame_victory_how_scotus_saved_us_from_part-time_parenthood.html

  32. The author does not want to label him the worst president ever YET. I wonder why. And he is praising Bush for at least being loyal to his base. But the problem is where will these fuckers go, right? That is what Ploof is asking them, or more like DARING them.

    http://firedoglake.com/2011/07/08/worst-president-ever-revisited/

    See comments as well. Here is one:

    It’s not what he’s done, or not done, in office, it’s the fact that I bought his lies and actually did have hope. The betrayal is the real kicker.

  33. Rep. Maurice Hinchey, along with five co-sponsors, on Thursday introduced a second Glass-Steagall bill into the House. H.R. 2451, “To Restore Certain Provisions of the Banking Act of 1933, Commonly Referred to as the Glass-Steagall Act, and For Other Purposes,” is similar to H.R. 1489, but is shorter and does not provide the same level of detail on enforcement. The co-sponsors include John Conyers (D-Mich.), Lynn Woolsey (D-Cal.), and Michael Capuano (D-Mass.), who are also co-sponsors of the Kaptur bill. Others include Jay Inslee (D-Wash.) and Peter DeFazio (D-Ore.).

    Sources in Washington emphasized that the momentum is building dramatically for Glass-Steagall, and it is typical of Congress that multiple bills are introduced to feed the momentum and push fence-sitters into supporting the action. the fact that Conyers, Woolsey, and Capuano are co-sponsors on both bills underscores this point.

    We are still expecting a bipartisan Glass-Steagall bill to be introduced into the U.S. Senate at any moment. The consensus among all the Glass-Steagall sponsors, is that the bill must be actually passed through both Houses by a veto-proof majority, and that this will require a bipartisan patriotic effort, breaking the dirty deals between the Democratic and GOP Congressional leaders and Obama.

    LPAC

  34. HA! Funny Tim-
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    Kyl: GOP Agrees to Up to $200B in New Revenues

    Wednesday, 06 Jul 2011

    WASHINGTON – One day before a crucial U.S. budget meeting between the White House and congressional leaders, a high-ranking senator said Republicans have agreed to including significant revenue increases in a deficit-reduction framework.

    “If you add up all of the revenues that we Republicans have agreed to, it’s between $150 billion and $200 billion,” said Senator Jon Kyl, the No. 2 Republican in the Senate.

    Kyl said two possible ways to bring additional revenue to the government would be through sales of government property and additional fees for government services.

    Meanwhile, House of Representatives Majority Leader Eric Cantor floated a possible tax compromise, saying Republicans could agree to closing some tax breaks in a budget deal as long as they were offset with tax cuts elsewhere.

    “Any discussion about loopholes must be accompanied by offsetting tax cuts,” Cantor said at a news conference.

    Republicans had been adamant about tax increases not being included in a deficit-reduction deal that President Barack Obama hopes clears the way for also increasing U.S. borrowing authority.

    In a lengthy speech on the Senate floor, Kyl talked about increased revenues from the sale of government assets or higher user fees.

    He criticized, however, Democratic proposals to get rid of tax breaks on corporate jets or tossing an accounting method known as “last in first out” that eases business tax burdens.

    Democrats say they have offered up a “menu” of revenue increases of as much as $400 billion in the deficit-reduction and debt limit talks.

    If the limit on U.S. borrowing authority, now at $14.3 trillion, is not raised by the Treasury Department’s August 2 deadline, there are fears the United States could either miss some debt repayments or be forced into cutting off major government benefits including Social Security checks.

    Obama said such an outcome could push the United States economy into a second recession or worse.

    On Thursday, Obama is scheduled to meet at 11:15 EDT with a bipartisan group of congressional leaders. Obama will push for a big agreement that could target as much as $4 trillion in savings — double the size of what had been under discussion, according to Democratic officials. They provided no details on how they would reach that target.

  35. Due to liberal media manipulation and guilt, America elected an incompetent black guy as leader of the free world to prove that we are not racist. Obama’s black skin has made him untouchable, the left’s dream tool to further their socialist agenda. Once America gets over “the black thing”, will the liberal media demand we elect Hilliary to prove we are not sexist?
    ——–

    This might apply to those few voters that only supported Hillary because she was a woman, but the majority of Hillary,s army voted for her for reasons that did not have anything to do with gender, even thou if she had actually been allowed to become the Dem candidate, and beat the pants off of Mc Palin, the title of her being the first woman in the US to become President of the US would have been a well deserved title in hiistory.

    As much as I support women, wanting to pass the ERA in at least 3 more states to give women equal rights in the Constitution, and vote more females into Congress than your average males, I would never vote for ‘just a female’ over a more qualified male, just for gender equity. To me, the job of President needs the best leader we can get, and Hillary is that leader.

    This is why I would not vote for Sarah nor Bachman unless they end up being the broken teacup candidate.

    In other words, most of Hillary’s army are not gender blind!

  36. “Obama said such an outcome could push the United States economy into a second recession or worse.”

    As I said a few months ago, the country was always in a depression, not a recession, the stimulus, money printing, just masked the pain and true implosion of jobs. I see it in my business all the time, it started a few months back, I know no small business that is expanding, if they hire, its temporary, and if ObamaCare goes full into effect in 2014, more and more employees hired will be contrators, not permanent; it will be too costly to employee a permanent employee.

    I agree with admin’s link to Legal insurrection’s quote, if Waffles announced on Sunday he is not running for reelection, there will be massive investments in this country. I know I would feel much safer to at least start thinking about expanding my business, then people will feel more secure in spending money, the engine will start up again. And if there are any tax increases, small businesses will be severely, very severely hurt, in this last ADP number, guess how much corporations hired? a measly 10K people, small businesses 80K.
    Senator Kyl is correct, no tax increases, the govt itself has to shrink, the private sector can no longer sustain such a massive Federal govt.

    And unlike Bill Clinton, who recognized good govt versus a massive govt, “the era of big govt is over”, Waffles is too stupid and too far left to ever be the practical centerist Bill Clinton was, and the only people to not recogonize this are the hard core koolaide drunk Obots, and the loyal democrats who still think this is the “Democratic” party of JFK (and even Clinton). That party died on May 31th 2008.

  37. And I might add, the increased revenue base will ensure more $$ coming in to give more longevity to SS, the middle class will then have a chance to be rebuilt and strenthgened. But this is a choice Waffles has made for America, it does not have to be this way. He has decided this is how it is going to be, this is the choice Waffles has made.

  38. A universal apology…

    When I post and make some exceptionally crazy ass typos, it will be a sign that I am using an iPad, where I not only can’t go back and see/check what is in the post box above what I have already typed, but also MAC makes it’s own changes that I may not have see in time….sorry. ;-/

  39. Those fuckers are laughing their asses off calling Obama a Librul while Corps are recording record profits, CEO salaries increase and at the same time Obama plans to gut SS and Medicare.

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

    Exactly!

  40. A follow-up to this comment:
    pm317
    July 9th, 2011 at 11:04 am

    The author does not want to label him the worst president ever YET. I wonder why. And he is praising Bush for at least being loyal to his base. But the problem is where will these fuckers go, right? That is what Ploof is asking them, or more like DARING them.

    firedoglake dot com/2011/07/08/worst-president-ever-revisited/

    Althouse dresses these fuckers down: “I have no interest in these hysterical little men who obsess about whether their “base” is getting served or stiffed.” Earlier she took TPM on for their stupid post on Ryan and $350 wine. She is a flawed messenger for me because she voted for Obama and was not a Hillary supporter but I think she is going after these stupid Obots in the blogosphere and big media with a vengeance now and I like that.

  41. JanH-

    Have a great vacation in San Antonio…

    There are many attractions there that will keep you busy..

    Have fun!

  42. PM317 10:53 a.m.

    That was a great video on Betty Ford. She did suffer a lot duing her husband short service in Office.

  43. Obie said the Medicare word again today in weekly address:
    Washington – President Obama appealed to Democrats and Republicans to “make some political sacrifices” and take advantage of an extraordinary opportunity to tackle the government’s budget crisis. Obama said in his weekly radio and Internet address Saturday that it will take a “balanced approach” that mixes limits on domestic programs and the Pentagon, curbs to Medicare and elimination of some tax breaks for the wealthy.
    http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2011/07/09/partisan-rhetoric-may-shrink-deficit-aspirations/
    He has replaced the word ‘cut’ with the word ‘curb.’ I guess it is Pelosi be damned as far as O is concerned. I say that because Poops was aired on local ABC this morning saying Dems would not mess with Medicare, or maybe it was Social Security she talked about. Lots of obfuscation in any case.
    Really neat about Israel and shale oil. Hope my state finds out about that method before they altogether ruin the water here.

  44. Oh my word. Now I’m seeing these ads on youtube for the Waffleman:

    “Since President Waffles is busy with his day job, YOU should join the president’s 2012 campaign.”

  45. Really neat about Israel and shale oil.

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

    Yes, that is great news! A great action for Israel!

    Dunno about releasing the technology. Maybe they should just take over the oil market.

  46. I hope the following isn’t true, but if there is any truth to it, then it should be looked into. Obama pretended to support organic farming etc.


    trailer and the MSNBC News Story below and then spread the word. Organic farmers are being raided with assault weapons, arrested, their animals killed, and their products destroyed. We heard this was coming a few years ago but it is gaining traction.

    “The Movie – Farmageddon”
    http://farmageddonmovie.com/

    Also watch this MSNBC News Story about the film:
    http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/31510813/ns/msnbc_tv-the_dylan_ratigan_show/#43661111

  47. My wife forwarded me this article, she is pro-choice, I am not, but this article does not really revolve about abortion as much as gender specific abortion. I thought this was a very interesting article on societies where men are the dominate gender (China), it does speak of abortion, but its more about selective gender abortion — against girls, and how that results in societies where girls are outnumbered and how this leads to inbalance and not a fair place for girls to succeed. Very interesting article.

    http://www.weeklystandard.com/blogs/war-against-girls_574945.html

  48. tim
    July 9th, 2011 at 2:30 pm
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    It is a disgusting practice. I read somewhere that Indians here in the US liberally use options like this to beget sons. I personally know many who are apprehensive about raising girls in this society and have recently gone back to India — my gut feeling is that they worry about whether the girls will find men to marry (which men too because there is a lot of racism there also because they would probably accept a white American more than a black American) and settle down in life or remain unmarried and so on. It is a lot easier to find a bride from back home for their son if he is socially not assertive enough to find on his own than find a guy from back home for their socially less assertive daughters. It is all complicated in the way century-old cultural practices play a part in people’s lives.

  49. Tim

    Yes, The Chinese people have aborted females to ‘carry on their family name’ by keeping their ONE child only policy and letting their boys live. Now their son’s are growing up to find that there are no mates for them.

    This type of abortion is beyond disgusting! When a country that knows the ‘importance of family’ decided to allow only one child per family to cut down their population…they had to have known this would happen.

    There isn’t a worse crime against girls/women then eliminating their gender.

  50. Wiretap use up 34% since Obama took office. Hey, where is the progressive left on this? What about Big Brother and our precious civil liberties!!!!!!!? Eleventy!!!!! Is this another case of it’s only bad if Booooooooooooosh does it?

    Note that wiretaps have increased significantly at both levels — but look at the rapid growth of federal wiretaps over the last three years. The total for 2010 far exceeds the most active year of the Bush administration, which had been widely criticized for its use of wiretaps (with and without warrants) in national-security investigations. After 2004, which was only slightly above the 2000-2 level, federal wiretaps declined steadily — until 2009. The Obama administration has vastly expanded the use of intercepts in non-FISA applications.

    http://hotair.com/archives/2011/07/09/wiretap-usage-up-34-in-2010/#comments

  51. Additional information containing quoted comments from Holder and Obama. Pay specific attention to the last paragraph for the contents of Obama’s quote.
    ________________________________

    ATF’s Melson Defies Obama, Testifies on Own

    Acting Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms (ATF) Director Ken Melson defied orders from the Obama Administration and testified before the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee chaired by Representative Darrell Issa (R-Calif) over the July 4th weekend. The testimony concerned details on the growing “Fast and Furious” (also called “Gunwalker”) scandal in which the Administration facilitated the sale of weapons to Mexican gangs—weapons that have been linked with over 150 murders.

    Attorney General Eric Holder denounced Melson’s testimony as “completely unauthorized. It is not his responsibility to decide what information will be disclosed to Congress.” Holder warned that this “breach of confidentiality” may require Mr. Melson’s “termination.” (termination in the ‘killing’ sense?)

    Unofficial sources report that the US Navy’s “Seal Team Six” has declined the assignment to terminate Melson citing the “Posse Comitatus Act.” This Act limits the use of military forces within the United States borders. Only if Melson were to leave the country could he be legally terminated using such means.

    The scandal is also having international repercussions. Mexican Senator Rene Arce Islas has demanded that US Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano and US Attorney General Eric Holder be extradited for trial in Mexico for their roles in arming Mexican gangs. “At best, the sale of automatic weapons to these violent criminals is a demonstration of gross stupidity,” Arce asserted. “It has undermined both the law and safety of the people of my country. Those behind these sales belong behind bars. They are not fit to govern.”

    In related news, the Obama Administration has announced a series of executive orders will be issued in order to ensure a measure of federal control over how guns are bought and sold within the US. “With Congress dragging its feet on gun safety issues, the President is acting on his authority as Commander-in-Chief to restrict access to firearms in this country,” said Press Secretary Jay Carney. “Events have shown that the notion people can be trusted to determine whether they need weapons is incorrect. Too many of the wrong people are obtaining unneeded guns. It’s time for government to take the lead in deciding who should have the right to bear arms.”
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    Obama in breach of Constitutional Amendments?

    http://azconserv1.wordpress.com/2011/07/09/president-admits-mistakes-on-economy/

  52. This article reeks of VanJones: Unbelievable- I am no fan of Banks- but this daylight bank robbery scheme makes Jesse James look like Mother Theresa.
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    July 9, 2011

    Holder’s Justice Department bullying banks

    Thomas Lifson

    A cadre of racialists bent on achieving social justice via reparations from banks to minority communities has been installed by Eric Holder in the Department of Justice. They are using legal bullying tactics to intimidate banks into once again loaning mortgage money to people who have no ability to pay it back. Banks have even been forced to post signs in the facilities informing customers that welfare payments can count as income to apply to mortgage applications.

    In a stunning article from Investor’s Business Daily, Paul Sperry lays out how the DoJ activists work, and how they think.

    Most damning of all, the DoJ bullies hide their flimsy legal reasoning behind confidentiality agreements they include in out of court settlements

    As part of settlement deals, prosecutors have required banks to sign “nondisclosure agreements” barring them from talking about the methods used to allege discrimination. Bank lawyers contend the prosecutors are trying to hide the shaky legal grounds on which the cases are built. “It’s horrible what they’re doing at the civil rights division,” said Reginald Brown, a partner at Wilmer Hale in Washington, who has represented banks in connection to recent race-bias investigations. “They don’t have any proof, just theories.”

    He added, “They want you to sign something saying you agree, under the condition of any settlement with them, that you won’t disclose what their theories were. That’s because their theories are loopy and wouldn’t stand the light of day.”

    The activists are inventing new theories as to the guilt of those racist, establishment capitalist bankers.

    For the first time, prosecutors are judging banks for the secondary impact their policies have on entire minority communities, not just households. And they’re ordering reparations accordingly.

    In announcing a recent $2 million settlement with Dallas-based PrimeLending, Civil Rights Division chief Tom Perez said, “We will require lenders to invest in the community that they’ve harmed.”

    There is a new cohort of racialists at Justice

    …Perez has compared bankers to Klansmen. Only difference is, he said, bankers discriminate “with a smile” and “fine print.” He said this kind of racism, though more subtle, is “every bit as destructive as the cross burned in a neighborhood.”

    He’s appointed a special lending cop to run it – Special Counsel for Fair Lending Eric Halperin, who also worked for Reno. Before returning to Justice, Halperin was chief Washington lobbyist for the Center for Responsible Lending, an anti-redlining group that urged banks to relax lending standards for low-income urban borrowers before the crisis.

    Perez has put in place an infrastructure to enforce “fair lending” – including a first-of-its-kind Fair Lending Unit staffed with more than 20 lawyers, economists and statisticians.

    My favorite name, of the activists quoted, is Justice spokeswoman Xochitl Hinojosa, though.

    Bankers are a cowardly lot when confronted by the power of the State. Nobody in a highly regulated busines wants the government publicly charging racism. A comparatively small group within the Civil Rights Division at the Justice Department has thus assumed the role of national bank regulators with the intent of favoring groups they support. It’s a corruption of the legitimate role of government.

    http://www.americanthinker.com/blog/2011/07/holders_justice_department_bullying_banks.html

  53. #
    HillaryforTexas
    July 9th, 2011 at 5:16 pm

    Mrs Smith, I think the gun article you posted was originally a satire.
    _________________________

    I just noticed there were no comments within the link- Thanks for picking up on it. At the same time- I wish it was real. “Thems fightin’ words”…
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    CLEAN UP @ 4:22pm Discard contents into the circular file- thanks…

    Mrs. Smith
    July 9th, 2011 at 4:22 pm

  54. JanH
    July 9th, 2011 at 4:39 pm

    When are you leaving for San Antonio, Jan?

    Checking- almost 100 degrees there..

  55. http://fullcomment.nationalpost.com/2011/07/09/david-frum-how-israeli-lawyers-stopped-the-second-flotilla/

    Israel has deployed a powerful new strategy against the latest would-be Gaza flotilla activists: Bore them to death.

    For three weeks, the activists aboard the lead flotilla boat, an old freighter renamed the “Tahrir,” have languished in port on the Greek island of Crete.

    Greek law is very precise: Before a boat can leave port, its paperwork must be in order.

    Curiously enough, militant terrorist groups such as Hamas — whose front organizations in London organized the flotilla — tend not to be very good at paperwork. By contrast, the Israeli lawyers filing applications in the Greek courts are very good at spotting mistakes. Following Greek law, the Cretan harbor authorities have again and again refused the Tahrir permission to depart.

    On July 3, the flotilla activists lost patience. They disregarded local rules, and steamed out of port without the necessary permissions. A Greek coast guard vessel intercepted the Tahrir and forced it back to port.

    The next day, the activists were brought to court on charges of leaving port without a permit and obstructing the coast guard in the course of its duties. (Two of the activists had descended from the Tahrir in kayaks to interpose themselves between the coast guard vessel and the freighter.)

    A Greek court fined the activists 80 euros each and sentenced them to a month in jail — suspended. No drama. No martyrdom. Just another round of visits to another set of clerks’ offices. And of course — more forms to fill out.

    There is something almost exquisite about the justice here. The flotilla has been organized by London-based pro-Hamas front groups. As a terrorist organization, Hamas of course rejects the very idea of a society based on law. What more appropriate fate, then, for supporters of this Hamas project than to be tangled forever in legalities?

    Only one boat of all the flotilla vessels has managed to depart Greece: a Gilligan’s Island-style motor yacht with nine activists aboard. Israeli vessels should be able to manage it without difficulty.

    On Thursday, an attempted “flytilla” was defeated when 200 would-be protesters arrived at Paris airport to board flights to Israel. Lufthansa, Malev, Alitalia and other airlines regretfully informed the protesters that their names appeared on a list of persons who would be denied entry to Israel — and who would therefore have to be returned home at the airlines’ own expense. The protesters had to do their picketing in Paris instead, denouncing Charles de Gaulle-Roissy as “Israeli occupied territory” — quite a funny idea when you think about it.

    The political context has shifted abruptly against the flotilla organizers: The Hamas role in organizing the flotillas has become harder to ignore — indeed, Hamas has ceased even to deny it.

    Few European governments wish to act as Hamas’ powder monkey. Even Turkey — which last year looked the other way as violent men assembled aboard the Mavi Marmara en route to Israel — has redirected its policy. Turkey has accepted the UN report that confirms that Israel acted lawfully in stopping the 2010 flotilla attempt. The two countries are now jointly working to craft a statement that, according to one witty observer, “will sound like an apology in Turkish, but not in Hebrew.”

    Public opinion is turning, too. Flotilla organizers allege that Israel is impoverishing Gaza with a blockade that denies the population the necessities of life. Last year, some international media organizations accepted that false claim. But in the year since, there has been increasing reportage of the facts of life in Gaza: the bustling marketplaces, the new hotels and shopping malls. (As a YouTube video comments about one new mall: “Gazans were forced to search desperately for sales and specials.”) The escalators in those malls and hotels were imported. From Israel. Some blockade!

    European governments are fighting a war in Libya. They see the Muslim Brotherhood advancing toward power in Egypt. They are confronted by horrifying repression by the Hamas-allied Assad regime in Syria. This cannot seem to anyone like a moment to empower Hamas.

    On the other hand, few European governments wish to take direct action against Hamas. Too dangerous. So Hamas continues to raise money in Europe, to make propaganda, to recruit supporters — and to organize flotillas.

    But it’s one thing to organize a flotilla. Another to set sail.

    A classic joke describes the perfect Jewish telegram: “Start worrying now, letter to follow.” It’s never safe to quit worrying about Israel. But this summer, at least, it looks as if at least some of the usual worries have been offset by some good news — and smart lawyering.

  56. Not sure if there are any George Washington fans on this site.. If there are you may be interested in the archeology finds at his Mount Vernon site. The dig at The South Grove Midden, as it is called, was first excavated from 1990 – 1994 by archaeologists under the employ of the Mount Vernon Ladies Association.

    Archaeologists found more than 50,000 artifacts from more than 400 ceramic and glass vessels used in the Mansion and kitchen. The feature also contained more than 28,000 animal bones and seeds, evidence of the meals enjoyed by the Washington family.

    For pics of some of the priceless refuse articles found at the
    site, you can go here for more information:

    http://popular-archaeology.com/issue/june-2011/article/one-man-s-trash-george-washington-s-priceless-refuse

  57. “A classic joke describes the perfect Jewish telegram: “Start worrying now, letter to follow.” It’s never safe to quit worrying about Israel. But this summer, at least, it looks as if at least some of the usual worries have been offset by some good news — and smart lawyering.”
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    You have to admire a little country like Israel surrounded on all sides by lethal enemies. They give new meaning to the words”

    “Never Let Them See You Sweat”…. Then pull a rabbit out of a hat becoming important players on the World Stage. Mazel tov! 🙂

  58. A kool-aid, WTF moment.

    CNN – (A station I almost never watch any longer) just said that folks don’t vote a certain way just because the unemployment is high and folks are out of work.

    They claim voters just care about how THEY are doing in life.

    Are CNN watchers this stupid to buy this bullshit???

  59. Reading carefully how the WH is going to spin the brewing Gun Runner scandal. So far pretty weak article but for the most part accurate.. *informative comments*
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    The government’s gunrunners

    NYP

    July 9, 2011

    The scandal surrounding the bizarre federal gun sting gone awry — Operation Fast & Furious — continues to mushroom.

    A Phoenix TV station says its investigation of a local drug bust three months ago involving four illegal aliens turned up 43 weapons that had been sold legally to “straw purchasers” in Arizona but wound up in the hands of Mexican drug cartels — all under the watchful eyes of the US Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.

    And that’s not all.

    A search of court and ATF documents turned up at least four other local cases in which major drug busts also involved numerous assault rifles on the agency’s Suspect Gun Database.

    Yet ATF agents essentially stood by and watched — as one critic put it, US law-enforcement agents essentially provided security for gun smugglers working for Mexican drug cartels.

    That such weapons are turning up in drug cases north of the border is hardly surprising.

    What’s outrageous is that two of them have been linked to an Arizona shootout in which Customs and Border Protection Agent Brian Terry was killed.

    Yet when several agents — appalled by a program that knowingly sent as many as 2,500 deadly weapons south (only a few hundred of which have been recovered) — tried to blow the whistle after Terry’s death, their allegations were ignored by the Justice Department.

    So guess who’s in charge of investigating this monumental disaster?

    Justice’s inspector general.

    As Sen. Charles Grassley (R-Kan.) notes, ATF officials cited a critical report by that same IG’s office about the larger Project Gunrunner “as one of the factors that prompted the shift to a riskier strategy of letting guns be trafficked rather than arresting straw buyers.”

    Which, he adds, “could create an incentive [for the IG] to minimize the significance of the allegations.”

    President Obama was basically close-mouthed when asked about the scandal at his recent press conference, other than expressing his confidence that Attorney General Eric Holder “would not have ordered gunrunning to be able to pass through into Mexico.”

    “We’ve got to find out how that happened,” the president said.

    He’s right about that — but Holder’s flunky isn’t the one to do it.

    This requires an independent criminal investigation.

    http://www.nypost.com/p/news/opinion/editorials/the_government_gunrunners_SpVf9FwWuFsrXNKwv4t1ZO
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    What is almost laughable about Holder and Obama- They are shocked at the news of gun running to Mexico (under their direction) But almost everyone posting in the comment section of this article are not only aware of the US/Mexico gun running but are bringing new facts to light like “Operation Castaway” gun running to Honduras- Americans killed!

  60. Google brought this article up posted on a relatively obscure site-
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    Operation “Castaway: Second ATF Gun-Running Scandal Exposed in…… Honduras

    Posted July 8, 2011

    Two reporters now claim there is a second version of “Fast and Furious” – only the new one is called “Operation Castaway”. Just like the first one, it’s also being run by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (“ATF”) – but instead of being located in Phoenix,Arizona, it’s now headquartered in Tampa,Florida. And instead of walking guns into Mexico, this new version is walking illegal firearms into the Honduras!

    h… sipseystreetirregulars.blogspot.com/2011/07/breaking-news-source-claims-atfs-tampa.html

    Though the guns procured in “Operation Castaway” were initially “walked” to Honduras, those weapons didn’t stay there. Instead, they were “smuggled through Honduras and other Central and South American countries before being used in violent crimes in Mexico and other countries in the region. A number of the firearms trafficked by the defendants in Operation Castaway have been linked to violent crimes around the world.”

    This new version was reported on last September 2010 by Brian Albritton, the US Attorney for the Middle District of Florida. At that time, he proudly announced the assistance of Virginia O’Brien, Special Agent in Charge of the central and northern Florida Bureau of ATF operations.

    Though Albritton may claim ignorance of what those guns were doing, poor old O’Brien hasn’t that luxury. You see, before she transferred to Florida, she first worked as an ATF agent in Phoenix, Arizona(you know, the city running “Fast and Furious”). And by strange coincidence, her new city of Tampa, Florida is “walking” guns to Honduras by using the “same failed strategy as the Phoenix Field Division’s”.

    It gets worse. Apparently O’Brien has left a trail of emails in which she evidently tried to cover up her deeds by advising others they didn’t have to report their “walked guns” on the technicality that Tampa Field Division isn’t part of the Southwest Border or Project Gunrunner. Those emails could be a teensy problem; and, by golly, the “first person source” informing the reporters seems to agree. As that individual crudely phrases it, O’Brien “is sh*tting herself trying to cover it up.”

    The reason for her incontinence may be the minor fact that all of this has now been disclosed to Chairman Darrell Issa of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform and Ranking Senate Judiciary Committee Member Charles Grassley for follow-up and investigation.

    http://www.uncoverage.net/2011/07/operation-castaway-second-atf-gun-running-scandal-exposed-in-honduras/

  61. But almost everyone posting in the comment section of this article are not only aware of the US/Mexico gun running but are bringing new facts to light like “Operation Castaway” gun running to Honduras- Americans killed!

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    When I clicked on the link, Mrs. S- the ‘Comments’ section was BLANK, I wonder if they were scrubbed???

  62. Hey, ‘Telly’ (Golden Retriever) is scratching the word ‘ball’ out on my rug.. gotta go play ball with a him otherwise… ( his sad eyes stare will start getting to me..) Later… 🙂

  63. Link on Drudge…

    Kate’s ‘Marilyn moment’ in Calgary

    …are slips outdated? 😉
    At least we didn’t get that view of MO, thank God.

  64. 29 comments:

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    Ken Acre · Top Commenter · University of Maryland, USAF
    I though the Buck stop with the President! And does any sane person believe that holder just found out only 3 week’s ago. Get REAL!
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    James Weisinger · Top Commenter · Grand Prairie, Texas
    i know holder was lying when he said that. since the operation has been going since before he became atty. general.
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    Cindy Beveridge Wright · Owner at Wright Designs

    You need to dig deeper Operation Castaway sister program walking guns to Honduras. This is Obama’s Iran Contra only Americans have died. It is time for a special prosecutor to step in. This was funded by Stimulus money in 2009 it is on the dang DOJ web page for crying out loud and Holder knew nothing about it? Give me a break! http://www.justice.gov/rec​overy/rec-prog.html

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    James Weisinger · Top Commenter · Grand Prairie, Texas
    it also got money in the 2009 Recovery Act
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    Cindy Beveridge Wright · Owner at Wright Designs

    Yep that is right there on the DOJ web page as well! along with speech Holder gave in 2009 bragging about Gunrunner … that he knew nothing about!
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    Max Rugemer · Top Commenter · American University
    Democrats KILL people! The idiocy of gun control is illustrated by this Democrat crime designed to sponsor the crime against liberty which is gun control. PROSECUTE or IMPEACH every Democrat involved.
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    Yuri Andropov · Top Com
    menter (signed in using Hotmail)

    Don’t prosecute. Just sentence all Dems to death and save the repuke taxpayers’ money Max? You’re a knee-jerk conservative FOOL!
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    Joe Regulski

    Thanks for the laugh. Your amusing Max, very, very amusing. I bet you think Reagan was a God and that Ollie North was a victim. Douche bag!
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    Mary Creekmore · Toccoa Falls College
    “you’re”, Max. Public schools?
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    Lou Abbate · Top Commenter (signed in using Hotmail)

    This is part and parcel of how incompetent the Kenyan-born Marxist is, as well as his America-hating thugs in his administration.

    How’s all that Hopenchange working for you morons who voted for this SCUMBAG?
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    Yuri Andropov · Top Commenter (signed in using Hotmail)

    Actually, its working out very well now that Obama has pulled the country back from Bush’s bring of financial collapse and saved GM and Chrysler plus the big money center banks. NEXT!
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    James Weisinger · Top Commenter · Grand Prairie, Texas

    against the will of the american people. yeah thats really the right thing to do. gave us 5 Trillion dollars in new defecit in the 3 years in office. thats really good for the country
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    me (signed in using Yahoo)

    Yeah, dude, hit that Hopium bong. Amazing the hallucinations.
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    stopdevolution (signed in using Yahoo)

    Logical next step when our government declares war on a state that dares to try to enforce our immigration laws: arm the illegals.
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    James Stewart · Broker at Stewart, Alexander & Co.

    has to hand it to this administration. They are making the Mr. Nixon’s folks look honest and prudent.
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    James Weisinger · Top Commenter · Grand Prairie, Texas

    at least watergate DIDNT KILL ANYONE
    5 · Like
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    Where is Ken Starr when you need him?

  65. For the nervous Nellies, who might get worried when the media ramps up and starts telling us that “Obama is unbeatable, all the polls say so and every one agrees!!!

    From Time Magazine, in March of 1980, 8 months before Reagan’s landslide win:

    “And since G.O.P. Front Runner Ronald Reagan relies upon a base of support that is on the far right wing of the Republican Party, some experts have long declared that if he wins the nomination, the G.O.P. would simply be repeating the suicidal Goldwater campaign. Ex-President Gerald Ford left no doubt about his views when he warned last month: “A very conservative Republican cannot win in a national election.”

    ” National opinion polls continue to show Carter leading Reagan by an apparently comfortable margin of about 25%. They also show that more moderate Republicans like Ford would run better against the President”

    “Reagan cannot hope to win, however, unless he moves beyond the hard-line conservative base that has sustained him since he first appeared on the national political scene as a spokesman for Goldwater himself. He has no experience in Washington politics or foreign affairs. ”

    “Worse perhaps than the verbal gaffe is Reagan’s relentlessly simple-minded discussion of complex problems”

  66. The rest of the article is mostly crap, but Mark Steyn is funny as heck in describing the Gunwalker scandal (that the MSM is trying hard not to cover):

    Or consider “Operation Fast and Furious,” about which nothing is happening terribly fast and over which Americans should be furious. The official explanation is that the federal government used stimulus funding to buy guns from Arizona gun shops for known criminals to funnel to Mexican drug cartels. As I said, that’s the official explanation: As soon as your head stops spinning, we’ll resume the narrative.

    Supposedly, United States taxpayers were picking up the tab for Mexican drug lords’ weaponry in order that the ATF could identify high-up gun-traffickers. But, as it turns out, these high-up gun-traffickers were already known to other agencies — FBI, DEA, and other big-spending acronyms in the great fetid ooze of federal alphabet soup in which this republic is drowning. And, indeed, some of those high-ups are said to have been paid informants for those various federal agencies.

    So, in case you’re wondering why Obama’s second annual Recovery Summer is a wee bit sluggish at your end, relax: Stimulus dollars went to fund one federal agency to buy guns for the paid informants of another federal agency to funnel to foreign criminals in order that the first federal agency might identify the paid informants of the second federal agency.

    http://www.nationalreview.com/articles/271419/selective-shaming-mark-steyn

  67. Shadowfax
    July 9th, 2011 at 6:37 pm
    Link on Drudge…

    Kate’s ‘Marilyn moment’ in Calgary

    …are slips outdated?
    At least we didn’t get that view of MO, thank God.
    *****************************
    Remember Princess Diana’s no slip faux pas photo when she was still a nanny? Apparently, slips have never been big in the UK among the young.

  68. Looking at that photo on Drudge, I think lack of underwear is the problem, not lack of a slip.

  69. Palin has a new facebook post out, and it is brutal to Obumbles:
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    The Sugar Daddy Has Run Out of Sugar; Now We Need New Leaders
    by Sarah Palin on Saturday, July 9, 2011 at 3:22pm

    Barack Obama’s big government policies continue to fail. He should put a link to the national debt clock on his BlackBerry. The gears on that clock have nearly exploded during his administration. Yesterday’s terrible job numbers should not be a surprise because it all goes back to our debt. Our dangerously unsustainable debt is wiping out our jobs, crippling our economic growth, and jeopardizing our position in the global economy as the leader of the free world.

    As a governor, I had to deal with facts, even unpleasant ones. I dealt with the world as it is, not as I wished it to be. The “elite” political class in this country with their heads in the sand had better face some unpleasant facts about the world as it is. They’ve run out of money and no amount of accounting gimmicks or happy talk will change this reality. Those of us who live in the real world could see this day coming.

    Back in January 2009, as governor of Alaska, I announced: “We also have to be mindful about the effect of the stimulus package on the national debt and the future economic health of the country. We won’t achieve long-term stability if we continue borrowing massive sums from foreign countries and remain dependent on foreign sources of oil and gas.” Then I urged President Obama to veto the stimulus bill because it was loaded with absolutely useless pork and unfunded mandates. Everyone knows my early and vocal opposition to that mother of all unfunded mandates known as Obamacare starting back in August 2009, and many recall my objections to the Federal Reserves’ inflationary games with our currency known as QE2 from November 2010. It’s a matter of public record that I did not go to Harvard Law School, but I can add.

    The same “experts” who got us into this mess are now telling us that the only way out of our debt crisis is to “increase revenue,” but not by creating more jobs and therefore a larger tax base; no, they want to “increase revenue” by raising taxes on job creators who are taxed enough already! As Margaret Thatcher said, “The trouble with socialism is that eventually you run out of other people’s money.” That’s where we are now. Hard working taxpayers have been big government’s Sugar Daddy for far too long, and now we’re out of sugar. We don’t want big government, we can’t afford it, and we are unwilling to pay for it.

    This debt ceiling debate is the perfect time to do what must be done. We must cut. Yes, I’m for a balanced budget amendment and for enforceable spending caps. But first and foremost we must cut spending, not “strike a deal” that allows politicians to raise more debt! See, Washington is addicted to OPM – Other People’s Money. And like any junkie, they will lie, steal, and cheat to fund their addiction. We must cut them off and cut government down to size.

    To paraphrase Hemingway, people go broke slowly and then all at once. We’ve been slowly going broke for years, but now it’s happening all at once as the world’s capital markets are demanding action from us, yet Obama assumes we’ll just go borrow another cup of sugar from some increasingly impatient neighbor. We cannot knock on anyone’s door anymore. And we don’t have any time to wait for Washington to start behaving responsibly. We’ll be Greece before these D.C. politicians’ false promises are over. We must force government to live within its means, just as every business and household does.

    We can’t close our $1.5 trillion deficit overnight, but we must get as close as we can as soon as we can. Little nibbles here and there over 10 years (spun to sound like they’re huge budget cuts) aren’t anywhere near enough. I know from experience that cutting government spending isn’t easy. As governor, I made the largest veto cuts in my state’s history, and I didn’t make many friends doing it. But we will never recover, we will never get free of devastating debt, unless we make tough choices now. We don’t hear talk like this from leaders in D.C. or from those running for office because they say what they think we want to hear rather than what must be said.

    We are in desperate need of real leadership, but President Obama’s solution to everything is to grow government by borrowing more money, spending more money, printing more money, and taxing our job creators. He once said that he “believes in American Exceptionalism…just as the Greeks believe in Greek Exceptionalism.” Well, the path he has us on will make us just as “exceptional” as Greece – debt crisis, stagnation, permanent high unemployment, and all.

    As we approach 2012, there are important lessons we can learn from all of this. First, we should never entrust the White House to a far-left ideologue who has no appreciation or even understanding of the free market and limited government principles that made this country economically strong. Second, the office of the presidency is too important for on-the-job training. It requires a strong chief executive who has been entrusted with real authority in the past and has achieved a proven track record of positive measurable accomplishments. Leaders are expected to give good speeches, but leadership is so much more than oratory. Real leadership requires deeds even more than words. It means taking on the problems no one else wants to tackle. It means providing vision and guidance, inspiring people to action, bringing everyone to the table, and with a servant’s heart dedicating oneself to striking agreements that keep faith with our Constitution and with the ordinary citizens who entrusted you with power. It means bucking the status quo, fighting the corrupt powers that be, serving the common good, and leaving the country better than you found it. Most of us don’t see a lot of that real leadership in D.C., and it’s profoundly disappointing.

    But let me tell you where real hope lies. It’s not the hopey-changey stuff we heard about in 2008. Real hope comes from realizing how God has blessed our exceptional nation, and then doing something about it. We have been blessed with natural resources, hardworking entrepreneurs, and a Constitution that preserves the greatest form of government ever devised by man. If we develop those natural resources, allow our entrepreneurs to keep and invest more of what they earn, and adhere to the time-tested truths of our Constitution, we will prosper and endure.

    But first and foremost we must tackle our debt. We don’t have the luxury of playing politics as usual. We need real leaders who will put aside their own political self-interest to do what is right for the nation. And if they don’t emerge… well, America has a do-over in November 2012.

    – Sarah Palin

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  70. And the beat goes on to replace the US Dollar as the world’s reserve. One day soon, these DC idiots will wake up, interest rates will start shooting up, and there won’t be damn thing the Fed, the Treasury or the Congress will be able to do about it. Expect they and the lame liberal media will call it “unexcepted”, just like they did with Friday’s June unemployment numbers. Idiots, all of them, middle class being gutted, the dollar as the reserve currency being eroded, jobs going overseas as other countries take full advantage.

    http://www.zerohedge.com/article/presenting-plunge-foreign-interest-us-treasurys

  71. Interesting. Evidently some of the lawyers who plan to challenge Obamacare in court are going to do so on the basis of Roe v.Wade.

    Medical privacy rights. Insurers are privy to all your medical information. To force one to be insured or pay a fine is to force one to give up the right to medical privacy.

    I don’t know if it will fly, but it’s a unique twist of an argument.

  72. I saw that article re Greece and the flotilla. What’s interesting is the new found cooperation between Israel and Greece because of Turkey’s hotile government.

  73. As for the National Debt, there’s one person who really understands it and how to pay it off:

    BILL CLINTON

  74. The comments are there- Yes?

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    I did try that link, Mrs. S and glad you posted them for me, thanks.

    Good to know there are some American’s paying attention besides PUMAs and Big Pinkers. 😉

  75. JanH

    I only lived in Texas for a short time, long ago…but those folks like to eat Bar B-Q, drink, dance.

    Everything is done big in Texas, have fun and wear a ten gallon hat in the sun. 😉

    Line dancing…

  76. BigCatLover
    July 9th, 2011 at 8:46 pm

    Looking at that photo on Drudge, I think lack of underwear is the problem, not lack of a slip.
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    Well, she’s slender and a young bride, maybe she has on dental floss undies? 😉

  77. #
    JanH
    July 9th, 2011 at 8:39 pm

    Mrs. Smith,

    Last week of August and I know it will still be hot hot hot.
    ________________________

    I think the weather will be more people friendly by then. The best thing about Texas is you will be in a stable economic climate. Where Texans are still shopping and most of all not experiencing the joblessness like the rest of the country.

    Does Buddy have a baby-sitter? Just checking… 🙂

  78. LOL! The Econ guys who did the original Keynes vs. Hayek video have come out with Round Two. Regardless of one’s economic bent, this is brilliant. Top-down planning, or bottom-up organic?

  79. Mrs. Smith July 9th, 2011 at 5:43 pm Not sure if there are any George Washington fans
    ——————–
    I became smitten with George just last month when I visited the 1750’s era fort at Loyalhanna – just 40 miles east of Fort Duquesne; before departing that day, I stopped in the gift shop and picked up a dvd entitled “George Washington’s First War” which already I have viewed 3 times. And it did not hurt that George’s present day impersonator at Mount Vernon was at Loyalhanna on that afternoon. So, thanks for this link.

    And to all commenting on the gunrunner/f&f scenario, it is especially appreciated because the frequent accompanying spin sometimes causes dizziness…. Take one pill and check HillaryIs44 in the morning. 🙂

  80. Guess what folks-

    Jan Schakowsky says, Social Security has a 2Trillion dollar surplus. The constant talk about Social Security going broke is all a pack of Lies!

    Jan Schakowsky

    Social Security has nothing to do with our deficit, it has a 2T surplus. Raising the deficit is not more spending but paying the debts we already owe. Enough irresponsible games. Let’s have a rational discussion about Social Security without a gun to our heads with the full faith & credit of the U.S. on the line.

    The Greed factor of the Republicans and the president is overwhelmingly disgusting !

    http://www.facebook.com/janschakowsky?sk=wall

  81. A good read: Has Nancy Pelosi Been Marginalized in the Debt Debate?

    It concludes with …Boehner will likely need Democratic votes to get a debt ceiling increase passed, which is why Pelosi last week demanded a seat at the negotiating table. She has drawn a line – and made it clear to the President – that she would vehemently oppose cuts to entitlement benefits. Of all the participants in negotiations, Pelosi has the most to lose if Boehner and Obama pass a sweeping grand bargain. Such a move would burnish Boehner’s credentials as someone who can get things done, while shoring up his Tea Party support by cutting trillions of dollars from the budget. His success would undercut her argument that America would be better served with Democrats running the House. While both Hoyer and Pelosi can be pragmatic negotiators, Hoyer’s personal politics are closer to the middle than Pelosi’s. Hoyer, for example, was one of 81 Democrats who voted for the 2011 budget compromise between Obama and Boehner. He has a long record of reaching across the aisle and good personal working relationships with both Boehner and House Minority Leader Eric Cantor. Still, he has thus far presented a united front with Pelosi in publicly insisting that cutting Medicare and Social Security benefits should be off the table. When he seemed to suggest otherwise in Thursday’s caucus meeting, he got an earful from Rep. Donna Edwards, according to Politico. “Mr. Hoyer and Leader Pelosi are working together to convey the views of House Democrats to the President and reach a balanced agreement that ensures America pays its bills and reduces the deficit,” Hoyer spokeswoman Katie Grant said when asked to comment for this story. Much has been made about the rivalries in the GOP leadership and how the debt ceiling issue divides Republicans. It’s easy to forget that there are divisions on the Democratic side as well.
    http://swampland.time.com/2011/07/08/has-nancy-pelosi-been-marginalized-in-the-debt-debate/
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    And to augment the spirit of Schakowsky statement on SS just above (6:44am), this from a recent National Retiree Legislative Network email:

    … Kadereit [NRLN president] stressed the NRLN’s position that Social Security is not a welfare program paid for by the U.S. Government. He said Social Security beneficiaries and their employers have paid into the Social Security Trust since 1937. Every year since 1983, the payroll tax for Social Security has generated tens of billions of dollars in surplus annually. Approximately $1.7 trillion dollars were borrowed from the trust by Congress to cover other federal spending. “Our predecessors and today’s generation have built up an enormous nest egg sufficient to cover 100 percent of promised benefits for at least another 25 years,” Kadereit said. “This is why most Americans understand that Social Security is an earned and paid-for benefit, not a government welfare program!”

    [NRLN has studied the latest Social Security Trustees report prior to issuing this statement.]

  82. Cantor pretending he is George Soros- Sold his soul… Told ya- Load them up in a cargo plane and drop them off in Borneo. Make them walk home!
    ____________________

    Eric Cantor Hit By Democrats For Potentially Profiting From U.S. Default

    Source: Huffington Post

    House Democrats are circulating a resolution accusing House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.) of having a conflict of interest in the debt ceiling debate, a move that could provide an awkward C-SPAN moment for one of the lead Republicans in the budget negotiations.

    The resolution goes after Cantor’s investment in ProShares Trust Ultrashort 20+ Year Treasury ETF, a fund that “takes a short position in long-dated government bonds.”

    The fund is essentially a bet against U.S. government bonds. If the debt ceiling is not raised and the United States defaults on its debts, the value of Cantor’s fund would likely increase.

    The Democratic resolution, obtained by The Huffington Post from a Democratic source on the Hill, argues that Cantor “stands to profit from U.S. treasury default, which thereby raises the appearance of a conflict of interest,” and that he “may be sabotaging negotiations for his own personal gain.” It’s not clear how widely the measure was being circulated, with a House Democratic aide saying they hadn’t seen the resolution or heard it being discussed.

    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/07/08/eric-cantor-conflict-interest-debt-limit_n_893354.html

  83. Savor the last paragraph in this report:

    House Speaker John Boehner has released the following statement, which gives an indication of where budget talks are now:
    Despite good-faith efforts to find common ground, the White House will not pursue a bigger debt reduction agreement without tax hikes. I believe the best approach may be to focus on producing a smaller measure, based on the cuts identified in the Biden-led negotiations, that still meets our call for spending reforms and cuts greater than the amount of any debt limit increase.The Obama administration apparently views the killing of the golden goose via tax hikes as its Holy Grail, or Sacred Cow, or whatever ridiculous metaphor you’d like to mix in. This despite the fact that hikes in the tax rate will do very little to improve the fiscal situation and quite a bit to harm a struggling economy.

    So as a result, a short-term deal is all we will get. If yesterday’s unemployment numbers are to be taken seriously, a small deal may be all that’s needed anyway, as President Obama might not be in office long enough for anything else.
    http://washingtonexaminer.com/blogs/beltway-confidential/2011/07/boehner-its-time-small-ball

  84. If the PO$ rag like the Huffington Post wants to be this stupid, they deserve to go bankcrupt. Most investors get advise to hedge their investments to long and short certain bonds, treasuries. Pimco is the prime example, they are the biggest US holders of US Treasuries, other than the Fed, they have explicitly said they are shorting Treasuries. These ignorant buffoons really have no f**king clue that most investments are done this way. If any American citizen wants to invest in Pimco, they can do so, there is no crime.

    Is Cantor in charge of the Fed? No. is he a Fed board member? No. Many many americans who own mutual funds or want to own mutual funds have many options to short tresuries, bonds, stocks, etc for/against a nation, a corporation, munis.

    If this PO$ newspaper was that considered about ethics, where the hell were they when Pelosi (who was the Speaker at that point) helped her family’s finances, her hubby –a real estate investment banker, got special lines put in 2007’s legislation, during the Bush TARP 1 legislation, to specifically benefit HIS company. Judicial Watch pointed this point. Pelosi’s use of her power is much much worse, not one media source said anything, idiots like Tom Delay did this in the past, and Pelosi did as well, using her power to benefit her family’s massive wealth. Boehner has never done anything like this.

    “The resolution goes after Cantor’s investment in ProShares Trust Ultrashort 20+ Year Treasury ETF, a fund that “takes a short position in long-dated government bonds.”
    The fund is essentially a bet against U.S. government bonds. If the debt ceiling is not raised and the United States defaults on its debts, the value of Cantor’s fund would likely increase.”

    ProShares is one of the most accessible funds that many americans invest in, are these bozos going to look at the 401Ks of every congressman who owns any shares in any fund that shorts or longs US treasuries….. the list of companies that offer such ETFs is pretty long, of course these are juvenial children over at the Huffington Post who are beyond any reach of sanity.

    http://etf.stock-encyclopedia.com/category/bond-etfs.html

  85. Tim-

    You do know Cantor is looking to unseat Bohner, right-

    Chump change for Cantor. The real question is whether he’s going to sabotage Boehner’s efforts to reach a debt ceiling deal. Chris Matthews had a story on this subject last night on MSNBC, talking about Cantor’s ambitions. I think it’s more likely he profits if John Boehner fails and Cantor gets to be Speaker of the House. Of course then he’s really on the hot seat.

  86. Good Morning Mrs.Smith.

    I don’t follow any of the repubs inner rivalries, one of these days I will start reading on it, but as for “Chris Matthews had a story on this subject last night on MSNBC, talking about Cantor’s ambitions.”

    Sorry, I do not take anything that comes out of that ignorant jacka$$ Chris Tingly Matthews with an ounce of truth.

    I do believe Cantor and Boehner are trying there best, and there are still a few dems who are blue dogs, of the Clinton mold, who I have some faith in, but their numbers are just a handfold. In my book Nancy Pelosi is as corrupt as Tom Delay, the crap she put into legislation for her own family’s massive wealth puts her in the same league as Tom Delay, the media just won’t report on it. Her family’s wealth is in the 100s of millions, she can afford her own Grey Goose and yet when she was speaker, had a massive jet, all the ameneties, booze, godiva chocolates. Middle class? what the hell does she know about the middle class, she was born into a millionaire household and then married into a millionaire household. I am completely through with these jerks — either side — who pretend to know a damn thing about the middle class.

  87. Boehner Flinches and Abandons Risky Budget Deal

    July 10, 2011

    For a fleeting moment, it looked as if House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, might try a daredevil political act of historic proportions by joining forces with President Obama to draft a major deficit reduction plan. But the plan was certain to infuriate Democrats by cutting Social Security, Medicare and other entitlements and enrage Republicans over raising taxes. Maybe it was his golf match with President Obama last month, or perhaps it was their secret meeting at the White House a week ago, but something had transformed Boehner from Obama critic-in-chief to principal ally in forging a $4 trillion, ten-year plan which would have eclipsed all previous debt reduction efforts.

    But on Friday, the chain-smoking Republican began back-peddling, cautioning reporters that “It’s not like there’s some imminent deal.” He said, “This is a Rubik’s cube that we have not worked out yet.” Then Saturday night, on the eve of a major bargaining session at the White House, Boehner pulled the plug on any “grand bargain” with the Democratic president. He issued a statement telling Obama that a midsize package was the only politically possible alternative to avoid a first-ever default on the nation’s mounting national debt.

    That Boehner would pull back at this critical juncture is hardly a surprise, in the wake of the negative reaction to the plan from both sides of the aisle after details began to leak out on Thursday. The Speaker has demonstrated a willingness throughout his career to buck his party or seek common ground with the Democrats to further important legislation — as he did years ago in passing the “No Child Left Behind” legislation during the Bush administration. But this time he was playing with fire within the Republican ranks by flirting with a plan that could raise as much as $1 trillion of new revenue in the coming decade.

    Thanks to the tireless efforts of anti-tax lobbyist Grover Norquist, practically every Republican member of Congress has signed a pledge to oppose any tax increase — or even the elimination of wasteful tax deductions and loopholes that would have the effect of raising revenues. Had he gone along with Obama, Boehner could easily have touched off a rebellion among his members – particularly freshmen Tea Party conservatives who rocketed him to the speakership with their election victories in the 2010 mid-term elections.. Moreover, House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, R-Va., a more youthful conservative who has differed with Boehner on policy and strategy, is waiting in the wings in case the speaker stumbles Ron Bonjean, a Washington political strategist and former House GOP leadership spokesman, told The Fiscal Times, “The majority of Republicans were sent to Washington to cut spending and lower taxes. To do otherwise would guarantee that many of them would be sent home either during primaries or the election in November.”

    “It’s disappointing that the Republican fixation with protecting tax breaks for corporate special interests and the very wealthy prevented them from agreeing to a balanced and broad deficit reduction plan to help our economy and our country,” Rep. Chris Van Hollen of Maryland, the ranking Democrat on the House Budget Committee, said Saturday night.

    White House Communications Director Dan Pfeiffer said late Saturday that Obama believes that solving the country’s fiscal problems is an economic imperative, but that “we cannot ask the middle-class and seniors to bear all the burden of higher costs and budget cuts [and] we need a balanced approach that asks the very wealthiest and special interests to pay their fair share as well. Both parties have made real progress thus far, and to back off now will not only fail to solve our fiscal challenge, it will confirm the cynicism people have about politics in Washington,” Pfeiffer added.

    The budget talks are fraught with political risk for the president as well. Obama may further alienating the Democratic liberal wing by pushing for cuts in Medicare and possibly Social Security. Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse, D-R.I., said that the Obama administration was “making a grievous mistake” if it thinks it can “present anything to us and assume that because we’re Democrats, we’ll go along with what the president has capitulated to.”

    http://www.thefiscaltimes.com/Articles/2011/07/10/Boehner-Flinches-and-Abandons-Risky-Budget-Deal.aspx

  88. Mrs Smith — you may want to see this interview, Dylan Ratigan is the only person on MSNBC I would ever trust, he used to be on CNBC, he was excellent on CNBC, very fair, very blunt.

  89. Good Morning Tim,

    “I don’t follow any of the repubs inner rivalries, one of these days I will start reading on it, but as for “Chris Matthews had a story on this subject last night on MSNBC, talking about Cantor’s ambitions.”
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    Cantor was grandstanding the other day walking out of the Budget talks.. His intention is making Boehner look weak because he maintains more than a slight interest in being Speaker of the House. You make a good point though. All the Congress critters have investments that could be construed as a conflict of interest. There should be a rule members of Congress should be barred from holding stock in corporations, banks, etc.

    We have a better chance of seeing Hell freeze over before there is any chance of that happening… just like Congress is aware of the austerity facing Americans- does it stop them from voting themselves COL raises in their paychecks? Cantor is out for Cantor- and seeing Boehner had that little pow-wow with Obama last week, I think Obama threw Bohner a bone having that story break in Huff-po about Cantor in hopes of knocking the wind out of his sails.

  90. http://www.nakedcapitalism.com/2011/07/did-sheila-bair-save-the-us-from-complete-financial-meltdown.html

    My opinion is that there are now corrupt politicians who want to preserve the status quo or crony capitilaism, crony govt at all levels, they exist in the repub party, but they are just as widespread in the dem party, these are the real culprits, party association matters not as much as loyalty to the overall health and future of our country. Barney Franks’s nonsense with the housing mess — not a peep from the LSM.

    from the article:
    “When a moderate (meaning anachronistic) Republican proves to be a more tough minded regulator than Democrats, it serves as yet another proof of how far the county has moved to the right. Bair, in a long “exit interview” with Joe Nocera, says a number of things that would have been regarded as commonsensical and obvious in the 1980s, yet have a whiff of radicalism about them in our era of finance uber alles. For instance: Bear should have been allowed to fail, TBTF banks are a menace (well, she doesn’t say that, but makes it clear she regards them as repugnant), bank bondholders should take their lumps.

    Bair was alert to the dangers of subprime, having recognized how dangerous it could be in the early 2000s (when a smaller version of the market blew up, taking homeowners along with it), and was not a believer of the Paulson/Bernanke party line that subprime would be “contained”. She long championed mortgage mods as better for lenders, borrowers, and the economy, and has fought an uphill battle with the Administration on that front. With the IndyMac failure, which put the subprime lender/servicer in the FDIC’s lap, she pushed hard to develop a template for how to do them, which then was ignored by the Administration (they did HAMP instead, an embarrassment which she refused from the outset to endorse).

    The piece serves as an indictment of the banking industry toadies in the officialdom, namely the Treasury, Fed, and OCC. One priceless quote:

    {from Sheila Bair}: They would bring me in after they’d made their decision on what needed to be done, and without giving me any information they would say, ‘You have to do this or the system will go down.’ If I heard that once, I heard it a thousand times. ‘Citi is systemic, you have to do this.’ No analysis, no meaningful discussion. “

  91. “All the Congress critters have investments that could be construed as a conflict of interest. There should be a rule members of Congress should be barred from holding stock in corporations, banks, etc. ”

    100% agreed, but sadly I don’t see this happening, and to be fair, I do not have an issue with them holding stocks, etc, as long as they aren’t on the budget committee making rules for those same companies they are regulating. Or another way to prevent the conflict of interest is to have a 30 day ban on transactions, like with the Fed. Reserve Board members, Bernanke etc, they cannot buy/sell things without a 30-60 day window, so any decision they make will not be in the interests of their own holding.
    I accept that these congresspeople have 401Ks etc, the finance committee and the budget committee members should have much higher scrutiny and for the rest there needs to be an outright 30 day window for any transactions.

  92. You too- Tim..
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    Anyone interested in reading Cantor’s wiki.

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

    I would have been very disappointed if Cantor supported Obama’s recent stance on Israel. He doesn’t- He’s Pro-Israel. However, he does have a tendency to spin stories to his benefit rationalizing away his previous statements holding different conclusions when applied to him personally. Several instances as examples are elaborated on in his wiki.

  93. OMG- Tim Geither on MTP- What a disaster … The Bank’s protector.

    After Obama and Holder are dislodged from office, next stop Tim Geithner.

    He’s blaming the economic crisis on “PEOPLE” over-extending themselves.. What planet is Tim Geithner living on?

  94. Shadowfox @12:42 a.m.

    My favorite BBQ is Rudy’s They started in a gas station in Texas, they serve on picnic tables with butcher paper as your plate. We call it our cooked meat market. It may not be the best in Texas Standards, but they have expanded to NM, and we love them. I will be having a group picnic soon, and Rudy’s will provide the food. Brisket and BB ribs are to die for.

  95. Clinton to visit India in July for strategic talks

    NEW DELHI — US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is to visit India this month for strategic talks with Indian leaders, a spokesman for the Indian foreign ministry said on Friday.

    Clinton will be the most senior US official to visit India since a state visit by US President Barack Obama last November.

    She will travel to New Delhi to attend the second India-US Strategic Dialogue on July 19 after presiding over the first such meeting between the world’s two largest democracies last year in Washington.

    “We are working on a programme” for Clinton’s visit, foreign ministry spokesman Vishnu Prakash told AFP.

    Prakash did not elaborate on the topics up for discussion during Clinton’s talks with Indian foreign minister S.M. Krishna but regional security was expected to be high on the agenda.

    Security cooperation, commercial and other ties between India and the United States have improved rapidly in the past decade — a departure from the Cold War era when relations were often mistrustful and occasionally hostile.

    India has long accused neighbouring Pakistan of harbouring militant groups and analysts say it is becoming increasingly concerned that growing unrest in Pakistan could compromise the safety of the country’s nuclear arsenal.

    India, which is also armed with nuclear weapons, and Pakistan have fought three wars since their independence from British rule in 1947.

    The Press Trust of India quoted unnamed Indian sources as saying New Delhi’s suspicions of links between militant Islamist groups and Pakistan’s powerful military secret service, the Inter-Services Intelligence agency, would be part of the discussions.

    US plans to start cutting troop numbers in Afghanistan from July, with all foreign soldiers due out by the end of 2014, were also expected to be discussed.

    India fears that Afghanistan could fall under the control of a Taliban-influenced government friendly to Pakistan in the wake of the departure of western troops.

    A spokesman for the US Embassy in New Delhi said it had no immediate comment on Clinton’s visit.

    Clinton last visited the South Asian region in late May when she flew into Pakistan and urged Islamabad to take decisive steps to defeat Al-Qaeda after relations between the wary allies went into freefall following the US commando raid that killed Osama bin Laden on May 2.

    US Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano visited India at the same time as Clinton made her trip to Pakistan in a move to strengthen anti-terror information-sharing between India and the United States.

    Clinton’s Indian visit will be preceded by a meeting next week in New Delhi of the India-US High Technology Cooperation Group which seeks to promote the use of advanced technologies, an Indian foreign ministry statement said.

    http://www.google.com/hostednews/afp/article/ALeqM5g4wC-vd7KHWCMONg8SZA7Ngd-gtA?docId=CNG.b25e50471bf7cd80f49ff0b9169e31d7.311

  96. 09.07.11

    Dan Shapiro sworn in as U.S. Ambassador to Israel

    Former director of Middle East and North Africa at the National Security Council says Israel’s security is his top priority

    By Natasha Mozgovaya

    U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton swore in Dan Shapiro as the new U.S. Ambassador to Israel on Friday, in a ceremony at the State Department.

    Shapiro was until recently the director of the Middle East and North Africa at the National Security Council. Before that he acted as U.S. President Barack Obama’s adviser on the Middle East and Jewish community relations during Obama’s presidential campaign.

    At the ceremony, Clinton said she has every confidence in Shapiro’s ability to represent the country and the Obama Administration, and to help them “write a new chapter in the enduring partnership between United States and Israel.”

    Among the guests at the ceremony were Ambassadors of Israel, Turkey and Morocco, the head of the Palestine Liberation Organization diplomatic mission, former Israel Defense Forces Chief of Staff Gabi Ashkenazi, American Taskforce for Palestine founder Dr. Ziad Assali, other diplomats and Administration officials. Shapiro’s wife and three young daughters, Liat, Merav and Shira, were also in attendance.

    Clinton spoke of Shapiro’s many merits, saying his talent, insight, hard work and good humor made him a favorite in Washington. ”He is known rightly as a trusted partner and an honest interlocutor,” she added.

    On the peace process, Clinton reiterated what Obama described in May as the basis for negotiations, being a secure Israel and a viable Palestine. “By sending one of his closest advisors to be our new ambassador, President Obama is once again demonstrating not only our national commitment, but his personal commitment to the strength of this relationship to Israel’s future, its security, and its success,” she said.

    In his first speech on the job, Shapiro said that, for him, being the U.S. ambassador to Israel was more than a job or a cause; “It is a calling and a passion.”

    Shapiro said Obama instructed him to make Israel’s security his top priority. “This we are doing by raising the remarkable cooperation and coordination between our militaries and our intelligence services to their highest levels ever,” he said. In addition, he said his job entails safeguarding Israel’s future as a Jewish, democratic state and working to expand the depth and breadth of the bonds between the Israeli and American people, including their “burgeoning economic relationship.”

    Shapiro – who is from Champaign, Illinois – first visited Israel as a four-year-old, was here with his parents during the Yom Kippur War and studied at the Hebrew University during the first intifada as part of his Middle Eastern and Jewish studies major. He holds his B.A. from Brandeis University and an M.A. from Harvard.

    http://www.haaretz.com/news/diplomacy-defense/dan-shapiro-sworn-in-as-u-s-ambassador-to-israel-1.372239

  97. Hillary Clinton to visit Turkey, Greece, India

    U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton will travel to Turkey next week for a meeting on Libya, and then move on to debt-ridden Greece and India, the State Department said on Friday.

    While in Turkey, the top U.S. envoy will attend a Libya Contact Group meeting slated for July 15 and meet with top Turkish officials on regional and bilateral issues, department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland said in a statement.

    The Contact Group meeting brings together foreign ministers from Western powers and Arab nations as well as Libyan opposition leaders over the next steps to be taken in Libya. Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu said on Tuesday that his country was hopeful for “significant progress” toward a political solution to the Libyan conflict by next month.

    Clinton will meet with Turkish President Abdullah Gul, Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Foreign Minister Davutoglu and other political leaders to discuss Libya, Syria and “a full range of” shared bilateral and multilateral issues, Nuland said.

    In Greece, whose debt crisis has sparked fears for default and ensuing global financial disaster, Clinton will meet with President Karolos Papoulias, Prime Minister George Papandreou, Foreign Minister Stavros Lambrinidis and other political leaders to discuss “issues of mutual interest” when she is in the country on July 17-18.

    Nuland said the secretary goes to India for the second round of U.S.-India Strategic Dialogue scheduled for July 19 in New Delhi, noting that “The depth of the U.S.-India Strategic Dialogue demonstrates the United States’ strong support for India as an important actor on the world stage and is representative of the broad and multifaceted U.S.-India relationship.”

    “The partnership between the world’s two largest democracies covers issues ranging from counterterrorism and defense cooperation to climate change, high-tech trade and scientific innovation,” Nuland said, noting the two countries are working together “to face the most important and pressing challenges of our time.”

    In her stay in India, Clinton will visit Chennai, the first ever by a serving U.S. secretary of state to the city, which has emerged as a hub for trade, investment and people-to-people engagement that is driving the U.S.-India relationship, Nuland said.

    http://english.peopledaily.com.cn/90001/90777/90852/7434565.html

  98. Hello, where do you put a stop to all this.

    LOS ANGELES—A California State Bar panel is considering whether an illegal immigrant who passed the exam to practice law should be admitted despite his status.

    The case of Mexican-born Sergio Garcia could be the first reviewed by the panel since California began asking applicants about their immigration status in 2008, the Daily Journal reported Wednesday.

    Garcia attended college in Chico and passed the Bar exam in July 2009. Since then, he has been waiting to see if he can be admitted even though he is an illegal immigrant. He now works as a paralegal.

    http://www.mercurynews.com/ci_18434988?IADID

    …………………….

    Question, how can you work in law when you have broken the law and still continue to break the law whilst illegal, i mean WTF.

  99. “Our predecessors and today’s generation have built up an enormous nest egg sufficient to cover 100 percent of promised benefits for at least another 25 years,” Kadereit said.

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    Fine, but I wish they’d go on to say what happens at the end of that 25 years.

  100. turndown, the line on the graph shoots straight up after that 25 years. And if the growth in GDP that they “project” is not as rosy as they say (and it almost never is) we hit that wall sooner rather than later.

  101. Without a doubt, Sarah Palin is by far more qualified to run for president than as Obama has proven himself; the very worst for the job.. I believe she is to date, the candidate of choice out of everyone in the field of Republicans.
    ______________________________

    The Sugar Daddy Has Run Out of Sugar; Now We Need New Leaders

    by Sarah Palin on Saturday, July 9, 2011 at 3:22pm

    Barack Obama’s big government policies continue to fail. He should put a link to the national debt clock on his BlackBerry. The gears on that clock have nearly exploded during his administration. Yesterday’s terrible job numbers should not be a surprise because it all goes back to our debt. Our dangerously unsustainable debt is wiping out our jobs, crippling our economic growth, and jeopardizing our position in the global economy as the leader of the free world.

    As a governor, I had to deal with facts, even unpleasant ones. I dealt with the world as it is, not as I wished it to be. The “elite” political class in this country with their heads in the sand had better face some unpleasant facts about the world as it is. They’ve run out of money and no amount of accounting gimmicks or happy talk will change this reality. Those of us who live in the real world could see this day coming.

    Back in January 2009, as governor of Alaska, I announced: “We also have to be mindful about the effect of the stimulus package on the national debt and the future economic health of the country. We won’t achieve long-term stability if we continue borrowing massive sums from foreign countries and remain dependent on foreign sources of oil and gas.” Then I urged President Obama to veto the stimulus bill because it was loaded with absolutely useless pork and unfunded mandates. Everyone knows my early and vocal opposition to that mother of all unfunded mandates known as Obamacare starting back in August 2009, and many recall my objections to the Federal Reserves’ inflationary games with our currency known as QE2 from November 2010. It’s a matter of public record that I did not go to Harvard Law School, but I can add.

    The same “experts” who got us into this mess are now telling us that the only way out of our debt crisis is to “increase revenue,” but not by creating more jobs and therefore a larger tax base; no, they want to “increase revenue” by raising taxes on job creators who are taxed enough already! As Margaret Thatcher said, “The trouble with socialism is that eventually you run out of other people’s money.” That’s where we are now. Hard working taxpayers have been big government’s Sugar Daddy for far too long, and now we’re out of sugar. We don’t want big government, we can’t afford it, and we are unwilling to pay for it.

    This debt ceiling debate is the perfect time to do what must be done. We must cut. Yes, I’m for a balanced budget amendment and for enforceable spending caps. But first and foremost we must cut spending, not “strike a deal” that allows politicians to raise more debt! See, Washington is addicted to OPM – Other People’s Money. And like any junkie, they will lie, steal, and cheat to fund their addiction. We must cut them off and cut government down to size.

    To paraphrase Hemingway, people go broke slowly and then all at once. We’ve been slowly going broke for years, but now it’s happening all at once as the world’s capital markets are demanding action from us, yet Obama assumes we’ll just go borrow another cup of sugar from some increasingly impatient neighbor. We cannot knock on anyone’s door anymore. And we don’t have any time to wait for Washington to start behaving responsibly. We’ll be Greece before these D.C. politicians’ false promises are over. We must force government to live within its means, just as every business and household does.

    We can’t close our $1.5 trillion deficit overnight, but we must get as close as we can as soon as we can. Little nibbles here and there over 10 years (spun to sound like they’re huge budget cuts) aren’t anywhere near enough. I know from experience that cutting government spending isn’t easy. As governor, I made the largest veto cuts in my state’s history, and I didn’t make many friends doing it. But we will never recover, we will never get free of devastating debt, unless we make tough choices now. We don’t hear talk like this from leaders in D.C. or from those running for office because they say what they think we want to hear rather than what must be said.

    We are in desperate need of real leadership, but President Obama’s solution to everything is to grow government by borrowing more money, spending more money, printing more money, and taxing our job creators. He once said that he “believes in American Exceptionalism…just as the Greeks believe in Greek Exceptionalism.” Well, the path he has us on will make us just as “exceptional” as Greece – debt crisis, stagnation, permanent high unemployment, and all.

    As we approach 2012, there are important lessons we can learn from all of this. First, we should never entrust the White House to a far-left ideologue who has no appreciation or even understanding of the free market and limited government principles that made this country economically strong. Second, the office of the presidency is too important for on-the-job training. It requires a strong chief executive who has been entrusted with real authority in the past and has achieved a proven track record of positive measurable accomplishments. Leaders are expected to give good speeches, but leadership is so much more than oratory. Real leadership requires deeds even more than words. It means taking on the problems no one else wants to tackle. It means providing vision and guidance, inspiring people to action, bringing everyone to the table, and with a servant’s heart dedicating oneself to striking agreements that keep faith with our Constitution and with the ordinary citizens who entrusted you with power. It means bucking the status quo, fighting the corrupt powers that be, serving the common good, and leaving the country better than you found it. Most of us don’t see a lot of that real leadership in D.C., and it’s profoundly disappointing.

    But let me tell you where real hope lies. It’s not the hopey-changey stuff we heard about in 2008. Real hope comes from realizing how God has blessed our exceptional nation, and then doing something about it. We have been blessed with natural resources, hardworking entrepreneurs, and a Constitution that preserves the greatest form of government ever devised by man. If we develop those natural resources, allow our entrepreneurs to keep and invest more of what they earn, and adhere to the time-tested truths of our Constitution, we will prosper and endure.

    But first and foremost we must tackle our debt. We don’t have the luxury of playing politics as usual. We need real leaders who will put aside their own political self-interest to do what is right for the nation. And if they don’t emerge… well, America has a do-over in November 2012.

    – Sarah Palin

  102. A few years ago, I had wondered to myself if Israel had oil underneath its ground, only because they were in a part of the world where oil was plentiful. I thought that if they did, it could be such a benefit to them, and just as importantly, to us. Since we had a strong relationship with Israel, I could see the Israeli’s being very helpful with supplying us. There was one caveat that I thought of, though, and that would be that any implementation of oil refining could make for a very unstable area as I thought that Israel’s enemies in that area would do their very best to see that Israel fail at this endeavor, even going so far as to attack to try to destroy Israel or Israel’s chance at ever producing oil or natural gas for themselves, or for others.

    Now, whenever I read these stories about Israel and its energy resources, I can only smile because the US will be sitting pretty if we don’t screw up our relationship with Israel. Just add that to one more reason that Barack Øbama and anyone in government who supports the thinking of the BØØB with regards to Israel need to be sacked ASAP. I sure hope that all of this good energy news coming from Israel is true. I have no reason to believe otherwise.

  103. the line on the graph shoots straight up after that 25 years

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    So what do you think has actually gone wrong? In 25 years, most Boomers will be dead. So 25 years covers the boomer bulge, then why doesn’t SS go back to normal?

  104. WEll this is interesting, Kagan lied to congress?

    Judiciary Committee Launches Probe of Kagan’s Involvement in Obamacare

    http://www.cnsnews.com/news/article/judiciary-committee-launches-probe-kagan

    The House Judiciary Committee is launching an inquiry to probe the involvement that Supreme Court Justice Elena Kagan had in “health care legislation or litigation” when she was serving as President Barack Obama’s solicitor general and was responsible for defending the administration’s position in federal court cases.

    The inquiry will look at whether Kagan is required by law to recuse herself from judging cases challenging President Obama’s health-care law and whether her answers to questions posed by the Senate Judiciary Committee during her confirmation process were accurate.

    The Judiciary Committee inquiry follows up on a letter that 49 House members—led by Rep. John Fleming (R.-La.)—sent to House Judiciary Chairman Lamar Smith (R.-Texas) and Ranking Member John Conyers (D.-Mich.) on June 24. That letter pointed to Justice Department documents it called “contradictory” to Kagan’s Senate confirmation testimony and called for the Judiciary Committee “to promptly investigate the extent to which U.S. Supreme Court Justice Elena Kagan was involved in preparing a legal defense of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) during her tenure as Solicitor General.”

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    This could get interesting…………….read on.

  105. Mrs. Smith
    July 10th, 2011 at 2:24 pm
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    Sarah Palin is an actual “doer” of what needs to be done, not a “poser” like Øbama. It’s one of the main reasons why I liker her. I fail to understand why others think that she is so darn stupid. It’s seems to me that if these accusers know of what she has done as the governor of Alaska, they might have a different opinion of her, unless they are people of a mindset like the bØØb’s who believe that spending without constraint is something worthwhile.

  106. nobama-

    The more the country suffers under Obama, the better Sarah Palin’s prospects of running and winning the presidency get-

    Read the comments on her Facebook page:

    http://www.facebook.com/note.php?note_id=10150235296718435
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    Geithner’s appearance on MTP was shocking. Geithner said there is no end in sight of this economic morass Obama has gotten us into. He had the nerve to preface his response to David Gregory with (paraphrased) “I’m sorry, the recovery won’t be happening for a while yet-” Geithner has lost his mind if he thinks Americans are going to put up with his sick platitudes blaming us for the current economic predicament. We know the banks were the gamblers who squandered our money out of Greed. Now they are proposing using money that belongs to us… our Social Security and Medi-Care Trust Fund money for repayment of the Bank’s ( black hole derivatives ) gambling debts.

    Not going to happen!

  107. MORE NEWS ABOUT ISRAEL…

    Israel, Lebanon differ on maritime boundary

    AP – 6 hrs ago
    JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel’s Cabinet has proposed a maritime boundary with Lebanon significantly different from the line that Beirut is seeking.

    The two countries are racing to stake their own claims for a demarcation line in the Mediterranean Sea, where energy reserves have been found.

    They have asked the United Nations to mediate in the matter since Israel and Lebanon have no relations.

    The sea boundary dispute could trigger a new conflict over lucrative gas and oil reserves.

    Israel recently discovered two gas fields off its coast, and energy companies believe other reserves could be in the area.

    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu says Lebanon’s proposed line falls “significantly south” of the line Israeli ministers agreed on Sunday.

  108. Once again Europe’s debt crisis has metastasized, and once again the financial authorities face systemic contagion unless they take immediate and dramatic action.

    If the ECB’s Jean-Claude Trichet is right in claiming that Europe was on the brink of a 1930s financial cataclysm a year ago – and I think he is – it is hard see how the threat is any less serious right now.

    Fall-out from Greece flattened Portugal and Ireland last week. It is engulfing Spain and Italy, countries with €6.3 trillion of public and private debt between them.

    Yields on Italian 10-year bonds hit a post-EMU high of 5.3pc on Friday. This is not just a theoretical price: the Italian treasury has to roll over €69bn (£61bn) in August and September; it must tap the markets for €500bn before the end of 2013. The interest burden on Italy’s €1.84 trillion stock of public debt is about to rise very fast.

    Spanish yields punched even higher, through the danger line of 5.7pc. The bond markets of both countries are replicating the pattern seen in Greece, Portugal, and Ireland before each spiraled into insolvency. And the virus is moving up the European map. French banks alone have $472bn (£394bn) of exposure to Italy and $175bn to Spain, according to the Bank for International Settlements.

    “We believe the European sovereign crisis might be entering a new phase with contagion reaching the larger economies,” said Jacques Cailloux, chief Europe economist at RBS.

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/comment/ambroseevans_pritchard/8628939/Italy-and-Spain-must-pray-for-a-miracle.html

  109. Connecticut becomes first state to mandate paid sick time

    http://www.reuters.com/article/2011/07/10/us-connecticut-sickleave-idUSTRE7692QE20110710

    Connecticut became the first state in the nation this month to mandate paid sick days for workers, a move advocates say could be a catalyst for similar campaigns in 20 other cities and states considering such a benefit.

    Bartenders, librarians, dental hygienists and other service workers in Connecticut are poised to earn paid sick time at the start of 2012.

    While San Francisco and Washington, D.C. currently guarantee paid sick days for workers, with some minor variations in the laws, Connecticut is the first state to follow their lead.

    The move is being watched closely by Massachusetts and California and the cities of Philadelphia, Seattle and Denver, all of which are considering similar legislation or have active campaigns underway, according to the National Partnership for Women and Families.

    Advocates say paid sick days reduce public health risks and provide job security for workers who need time off to care for themselves or a sick family member at relatively minimal cost to employers. Opponents say the costs are unaffordable.

    “The basic reality is that there are 40 million people in the United States that don’t have paid sick days,” said Vicki Shabo, director of work and family programs at the National Partnership.

    “They risk being fired or disciplined if they are sick, a child is sick, or a family member needs medical care,” Shabo said.

    In Connecticut, service workers will accrue one hour of paid sick time for every 40 hours worked that can be used after having been employed a certain amount of time. They must work, on average, at least 10 hours a week and can accrue up to five days.

    Some estimates show the cost to employers that currently provide no sick days would be a small fraction of sales. Proponents note that studies show typical workers will use far fewer than their allotted sick days.

    COVERS HOURLY WORKERS

    The bill, passed by legislators earlier this summer, covers only service workers paid by the hour at firms with more than 50 employees, excluding manufacturers and some others.

    Despite the limitations, advocates say the law is an important catalyst for burgeoning campaigns to mandate sick pay elsewhere. There are roughly 20 cities and states moving toward such a requirement.

    Connecticut Governor Dannel Malloy signed the bill on July 1 and has long supported the paid sick leave mandate.

    “Why would you want to eat food from a sick restaurant cook? Or have your children taken care of by a sick day care worker? The simple answer is you wouldn’t. And now, you won’t have to,” Malloy has said.

    Those opposed argue the costs, which could vary substantially across business sectors, are too high. Some business groups say it will drive up labor costs.

    Employers, particularly small businesses such as restaurants or hair salons, will be hard-pressed to find the money for those added benefits, they say. A still-sputtering economy amplifies the challenge.

    “When you increase the cost of hiring people in a down market, you also decrease the likelihood of growing and creating jobs,” said Kia Murrell, assistant counsel for the Connecticut Business and Industry Association.

    For employers to comply, it could mean passing higher prices on to consumers or reducing employee wages and benefits in other ways.

    Connecticut employers are already a generous bunch, and this mandate puts the state at a competitive disadvantage in attracting new businesses, Murrell said.

  110. Obama’s failed debt ceiling gamble

    Amid disturbing signs that the US recovery has stalled, President Barack Obama took a huge gamble in his approach to the debt-ceiling talks last week. Believing he had an understanding with John Boehner, leader of the Republicans in the House of Representatives, he declared he wanted a $4,000bn “grand bargain” on the budget. Barely a day later, Mr Boehner said the deal was off. By Sunday evening, with talks about to resume at the White House, the president’s gambit appeared to have failed.

    The weak economy makes a budget breakthrough all the more urgent. Jobs figures released on Friday were shockingly bad. They show that the US unemployment rate has risen again, to 9.2 per cent. In June, net job creation all but stopped. Even if uncertainty over the fiscal outlook is not the main reason for the setback, it certainly is not helping.

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    Quite what Mr Obama was thinking – and where things go from here – is unclear. Was his intervention a tactical feint, to weaken his Republican opponents? Was it a sudden conversion to the case for fiscal consolidation? What did the president expect to achieve?

    Whatever else the policy was, it was new. Until recently Treasury officials had believed that the big fiscal issues could not be resolved with the debt-ceiling clock running down. After standing aside for months, Mr Obama took the opposite approach: nothing short of a grand bargain would work. He even promised to veto a stopgap measure. Liberal Democrats were stunned, because savings of more than $4,000bn cannot be found without changing Social Security and Medicare, which the party wants to keep off-limits. Mr Obama was offering these programmes up for cuts.

    read on ……….

    http://www.ft.com/cms/s/0/6ce92636-ab1a-11e0-b4d8-00144feabdc0.html#axzz1Rk50x3jd

  111. Obama’s failed debt ceiling gamble

    Amid disturbing signs that the US recovery has stalled, President Barack Obama took a huge gamble in his approach to the debt-ceiling talks last week. Believing he had an understanding with John Boehner, leader of the Republicans in the House of Representatives, he declared he wanted a $4,000bn “grand bargain” on the budget. Barely a day later, Mr Boehner said the deal was off. By Sunday evening, with talks about to resume at the White House, the president’s gambit appeared to have failed.

    The weak economy makes a budget breakthrough all the more urgent. Jobs figures released on Friday were shockingly bad. They show that the US unemployment rate has risen again, to 9.2 per cent. In June, net job creation all but stopped. Even if uncertainty over the fiscal outlook is not the main reason for the setback, it certainly is not helping.

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    Quite what Mr Obama was thinking – and where things go from here – is unclear. Was his intervention a tactical feint, to weaken his Republican opponents? Was it a sudden conversion to the case for fiscal consolidation? What did the president expect to achieve?

    Whatever else the policy was, it was new. Until recently Treasury officials had believed that the big fiscal issues could not be resolved with the debt-ceiling clock running down. After standing aside for months, Mr Obama took the opposite approach: nothing short of a grand bargain would work. He even promised to veto a stopgap measure. Liberal Democrats were stunned, because savings of more than $4,000bn cannot be found without changing Social Security and Medicare, which the party wants to keep off-limits. Mr Obama was offering these programmes up for cuts.

    read on ……….

    http://www.ft.com/cms/s/0/6ce92636-ab1a-11e0-b4d8-00144feabdc0.html#axzz1Rk50×3jd

  112. Obama’s failed debt ceiling gamble

    Amid disturbing signs that the US recovery has stalled, President Barack Obama took a huge gamble in his approach to the debt-ceiling talks last week. Believing he had an understanding with John Boehner, leader of the Republicans in the House of Representatives, he declared he wanted a $4,000bn “grand bargain” on the budget. Barely a day later, Mr Boehner said the deal was off. By Sunday evening, with talks about to resume at the White House, the president’s gambit appeared to have failed.

    The weak economy makes a budget breakthrough all the more urgent. Jobs figures released on Friday were shockingly bad. They show that the US unemployment rate has risen again, to 9.2 per cent. In June, net job creation all but stopped. Even if uncertainty over the fiscal outlook is not the main reason for the setback, it certainly is not helping.

    Quite what Mr Obama was thinking – and where things go from here – is unclear. Was his intervention a tactical feint, to weaken his Republican opponents? Was it a sudden conversion to the case for fiscal consolidation? What did the president expect to achieve?

    Whatever else the policy was, it was new. Until recently Treasury officials had believed that the big fiscal issues could not be resolved with the debt-ceiling clock running down. After standing aside for months, Mr Obama took the opposite approach: nothing short of a grand bargain would work. He even promised to veto a stopgap measure. Liberal Democrats were stunned, because savings of more than $4,000bn cannot be found without changing Social Security and Medicare, which the party wants to keep off-limits. Mr Obama was offering these programmes up for cuts.

    read on ……….

    http://www.ft.com/cms/s/0/6ce92636-ab1a-11e0-b4d8-00144feabdc0.html#axzz1Rk50x3jd

  113. “Those opposed argue the costs, which could vary substantially across business sectors, are too high. Some business groups say it will drive up labor costs.

    Employers, particularly small businesses such as restaurants or hair salons, will be hard-pressed to find the money for those added benefits, they say. A still-sputtering economy amplifies the challenge.”

    Well, then you ignorant fool Gov Malloy, small businesses in your state will not hire that many people, they will just hired contractors. And the wages and hours will go down for these employees, the prices of every service, product will go up, business cycles themselves will stall even more.
    What a pathetic ignorant fool these people are. And there will many medium sized businesses that will move out of your state. What a completely ignorant man, strangling what is left of small businesses in CT.

  114. Did Obama get played by Boehner or was it the other way round?
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    Obama’s debt ceiling gamble

    Amid disturbing signs that the US recovery has stalled, President Barack Obama took a huge gamble in his approach to the debt-ceiling talks last week. Believing he had an understanding with John Boehner, leader of the Republicans in the House of Representatives, he declared he wanted a $4,000bn “grand bargain” on the budget. Barely a day later, Mr Boehner said the deal was off. By Sunday evening, with talks about to resume at the White House, the president’s gambit appeared to have failed.

    The weak economy makes a budget breakthrough all the more urgent. Jobs figures released on Friday were shockingly bad. They show that the US unemployment rate has risen again, to 9.2 per cent.

    In June, net job creation all but stopped. Even if uncertainty over the fiscal outlook is not the main reason for the setback, it certainly is not helping.

    Quite what Mr Obama was thinking – and where things go from here – is unclear. Was his intervention a tactical feint, to weaken his Republican opponents? Was it a sudden conversion to the case for fiscal consolidation? What did the president expect to achieve?

    Whatever else the policy was, it was new. Until recently Treasury officials had believed that the big fiscal issues could not be resolved with the debt-ceiling clock running down. After standing aside for months, Mr Obama took the opposite approach: nothing short of a grand bargain would work. He even promised to veto a stopgap measure. Liberal Democrats were stunned, because savings of more than $4,000bn cannot be found without changing Social Security and Medicare, which the party wants to keep off-limits. Mr Obama was offering these programs up for cuts.

    In return, he demanded movement from Republicans on revenues.

    This appeased few Democrats, much as they want to see taxes rise as part of a long-term budget solution, because the president was ready to settle for a ratio of three dollars of spending cuts for every dollar of extra revenue. These are proportions that a moderate Republican might prefer, if there were any such thing as a moderate Republican.

    Many Democrats concluded that Mr Obama was preparing to reward the enemy, yet again, for its obduracy. With no shred of intellectual justification, and controlling just one house of Congress, the Republicans say, “No tax increases, ever” – and Mr Obama, instead of resisting, moves three-quarters of the way toward their position. Merely for the sake of appearing to take charge, he all but surrenders.

    Then what happened? Mr Boehner’s House Republicans tell their leader they will settle for nothing less than unconditional surrender. The modest revenue increases envisaged by Mr Obama are still too much. The president tried for a bold solution that would have reflected well on both him and Mr Boehner. Liberal Democrats and, most crucially, rank-and-file Republicans in the House, were having none of it. For the moment, the president and the speaker of the House look equally impaired.

    Could Mr Obama’s calculations have been more devious than this? Could this breakdown have been the White House plan all along? A theory to this effect is circulating. Maybe the president decided that the debt talks were going to fail anyway, and his main concern was to make sure that Republicans got the blame when they did.

    Perhaps Mr Obama was pulling what Paul Krugman of the New York Times called an anti-Corleone: make them an offer they can’t accept. This tactic always had a fair chance of succeeding, because of the GOP’s mulishness on taxes. There was a fair prospect that the Republicans would reject even modest extra revenues, regardless of the spending-cut prize – even defying their own leaders to do it. And so they have.

    But there is a catch, of course, even if the plan is working out: the cost of blaming a debt-ceiling breakdown on Republicans is a debt-ceiling breakdown. I doubt you could call plotting such an outcome, if that is what the president is doing, responsible leadership.

    I think it more plausible that the president was sincere – far too late, but sincere nonetheless. By intervening in the budget talks and staking his own reputation on a dramatic new proposal, he hoped to break the stalemate. He knew he risked his party’s anger by putting entitlement reform, which is necessary, on the table. By doing so, he hoped to force Republicans to soften their resistance to tax increases, which are also necessary. A more balanced approach to long-term fiscal restraint would be possible – and if all went well, Mr Obama would get the credit.

    It was too little leadership, too late. To make this strategy succeed, Mr Obama needed the pressure of public opinion to force Republicans to compromise. That pressure is still too weak, and the time to fix this is running out fast. Mr Obama has infuriated much of his party – again. And he has failed to budge a pathologically intransigent Republican party – again. He has come to a moment that could settle the fate of his presidency.

    Does he press on for the big deal, fighting for public support at this absurdly late hour, risking even more? Or does he climb down from his threat to veto a smaller measure, settle on terms dictated by the GOP, and look still further diminished? Neither choice looks promising. Meanwhile, the debt-ceiling clock runs down.

  115. Mrs Smith, you know the answer Obama got played again no doubt, he’s dumber than a box of rocks.

  116. moononpluto
    July 10th, 2011 at 6:35 pm

    Of course- just added the little caveat in the event we have diehard Republicans lurking in the ether-

  117. Middle classes are Britain’s new homeless: State safety nets are gone ( The US is next if Obama remains in the WH )

    July 10, 2011

    As the downturn bites, the numbers turning to local authorities for housing are rising. But there is little help to be found.

    Britain faces an “unprecedented and escalating” housing crisis, charities warned yesterday, with middle-class families at greater risk of homelessness than at any point in the past century.

    Geoff Hawkins, chief executive of the housing charity Chapter 1, said the problem was no longer confined to the stereotype of rough sleepers rehabilitating from lifelong addictions, but now includes victims of recession who do not qualify for appropriate help.

    The housing charity Shelter, meanwhile, accused the Government of dismantling the housing safety net that helps so many people to stay in their homes.

    The number of people requesting council housing in the first quarter of 2011 jumped to 26,400, an increase of 23 per cent on the previous year, according to official figures. Home repossessions are also up, rising 17 per cent in the first three months of 2011, to 9,613.

    The Government has pledged 150,000 affordable homes over the next four years. But it has also reduced state subsidy for building new homes by 60 per cent and is looking to housing associations to fund these by charging higher rents – up to 80 per cent of market values.

    This weekend’s warning about the burgeoning problem of middle-class homelessness came after a letter to the Prime Minister was leaked warning that 40,000 people risked being made homeless as a result of a cap on housing benefits.

    A report by the Local Government Ombudsman last week criticised councils across Britain for “consistent failings” in dealing with those at risk of homelessness. “We see too many cases where individuals have suffered injustice at a particularly precarious moment in their lives,” Jane Martin, the ombudsman, said. “When councils fail to give them a helping hand at that key moment, it can affect that individual for years.”

    Campaigners point to cases such as that of Leigh Ryder, 42, from Llanfair, North Wales, who, until recently, was an IT manager renting a two-bedroomed house, but who was evicted by his landlord last month.

    “Homelessness used to be around drug issues, not someone who worked. You couldn’t fall through the gaps. The worst that could happen is that you’d go to the council, you’d go to a waiting list, and they’d put you in. Now landlords have all the autonomy – there’s no security in the private rented sector,” said Mr Ryder. “You can be out easily on fixed-term tenancies. We are on a 12-month contract, but there is no protection. We could be out in six months. I have a claim for housing benefit, but don’t hold out hope. I have already bought a campervan and am doing it up. When our time is up in this house, I can easily see us moving in there instead.”

    Labour’s housing spokesperson, Alison Seabeck, argues that measures introduced to combat the problem are likely to make matters worse: “The Government’s flagship Localism Bill will see councils able to place homeless families straight back into the private rented sector, where they’ve already been unable to keep their home. Labour pushed amendments to introduce landlord accreditation, improved standards of accommodation and better national standards of advice and support to people at risk of homelessness; all of our amendments were opposed by the Tories and the Liberal Democrats. We want to see better advice and support, which can keep people off the streets and get them back into a home.”

    Leslie Morphy, chief executive of the homeless charity Crisis, said: “The Government must change course before this flow of homeless people becomes a flood. It must legislate to ensure that when someone finds themselves homeless, all councils give the support and emergency accommodation needed, so no one faces the horrors of sleeping in sheds, squats or on the streets.”

    She added: “With unemployment rising, the cost of living increasing and an inevitable rise in interest rates ahead, millions of people are facing a real struggle to keep a roof over their heads.”

    Geoff Hawkins of Chapter 1 said: “Today, homelessness is no longer confined to the stereotyped image of rough sleepers rehabilitating from lifelong addictions. Instead, we are seeing new groups: the inadvertent victims of the recession that remain too close to either side of the poverty line to qualify for instant and appropriate help. This is one of the most vulnerable sectors, with many forced to seek alternatives, including downsizing into caravans, tents, mobile homes, sofas or even on to the streets.”

    Case studies…

    Jean Preux, 33

    A qualified chef who was laid off in January and moved from Wales to London. He now sleeps in London’s Victoria Station

    “When I was made redundant and lost my home I used some of my savings to travel to America, to see if life was any better there. That only made things worse. I returned three months later and was told that, because I had been out of the country for 12 weeks, I was no longer eligible for housing benefit.

    “In London, I found a bedsit with a small kitchen in Tottenham for £750 a month. It was advertised as a studio but it was actually a single room. The landlord was merciless. Now I am homeless. I cannot get a place in a hostel because they are overcrowded, and the sick or mentally ill are given priority.

    “I never thought I would find myself sleeping in Victoria Station. But I come across all sort of other professionals who are also homeless, including former doctors and lawyers. Nothing is shocking in England any more.”

    Lucy Cusack, 39

    A qualified nurse, who lost her family home to repossession. She has since moved to a St Mungo’s housing project in Camden and retrained as an acupuncturist

    “Five years ago, I was working in an A&E department as a well-qualified nurse. My ex-husband was a building contractor who did plenty of work with Irish firms.

    “Then the property market in Ireland crashed, which put a massive strain on the business and our marriage. I ended up having a mental breakdown and living in a 24-hour care hostel in Camden. Our house in Hertfordshire was repossessed and we went from a six-figure income to none at all.

    “I was perhaps the last person who ever imagined I could become homeless. I had never come from a bad family, was well educated and articulate.

    “Much of this is down to financial deception: New Labour created an imaginary cushion of apparently endless credit for people. One thing I have learned is that you have to hit rock bottom economically before you can recover. The Government was simply not allowing this to happen.”

    James Cummings, 51

    From Redbridge, Essex. Worked at a hotel in Watford for eight years before losing his job in December 2008

    “During the New Labour boom years it was easy to believe the good times would last for ever. Tips would often be bigger than the salary you’d take home for that night. Living in a hotel meant that I had my meals made and even my room cleaned. I was looking at life through rose-tinted beer goggles.

    “Then the recession hit. I found myself on the street, sleeping under a bridge. It was through the Salvation Army that I found a shelter for the night. I leant on numerous charities to get back on my feet. But I’m worried about the future. Even this far out of London, it’s impossible to find anything decent for under £650 a month – that is only going to escalate homelessness.”

    Tony Clayton, 43

    Manager, from Manchester, of a bookmaker’s before he lost his job in June last year. He lost his home soon after when a relationship failed. Eventually, he found shelter through the charity Chapter 1

    “The one night I stayed on the street was the worst feeling: completely depressing. I felt my life had ended and I had reached rock bottom. I could not believe this was my life from now on, but I thought I’d be forever destined to live on the street. I applied for council housing, but it was totally oversubscribed, so the local authorities were unable to help.

    “Due to funds being cut, I have found no support from council and government at an extremely vulnerable time. In times of crisis you really rely on housing charities, many of which are getting their funding cut. I was very lucky to get into my hostel. Had I not been taken in, I would probably be taking drugs, under the influence of alcohol or still on the street. I now want to be able to help people in this position.”

    Angela Powell, 37

    From Newquay. Married with two sons. The family eventually moved into a charity-owned property after their private landlord wanted their flat back; they couldn’t afford other private rents

    “We had been on the list for council housing for about eight years, but the council didn’t have anything. The day before we were due to move out of our flat, the council got in touch and said they had found some temporary accommodation. First, we had to move into a one-room bed and breakfast for about three weeks. Then we moved into temporary housing, but the rents were phenomenal.

    “I think we’re completely priced out. The wages are very low here in Newquay and the housing is very expensive, so I don’t think we’ll ever get on to the property market.

    “There are thousands of people in temporary housing of a really low standard. But, as far as the Government is concerned, if you’re not sleeping in a cardboard box, you’re not homeless. The problem has not gone away and I can only see it getting worse.”

    http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/middle-classes-are-britains-new-homeless-state-safety-nets-are-gone-2309902.html

  118. …anyone catch Geithner this morning on tv…

    …so much for O & ‘hope and change”…

    according to Geithner…it will be O and “doom and gloom” ahead…and lots of it…for a long, long time…

  119. ‘Follow the Islamic way to save the world,’ Prince Charles urges environmentalists

    This article is over a year old yet quite relevant.

    Posted June 10, 2010

    Prince Charles yesterday urged the world to follow Islamic ‘spiritual principles’ in order to protect the environment.

    In an hour-long speech, the heir to the throne argued that man’s destruction of the world was contrary to the scriptures of all religions – but particularly those of Islam.

    He said the current ‘division’ between man and nature had been caused not just by industrialisation, but also by our attitude to the environment – which goes against the grain of ‘sacred traditions’.

    Charles, who is a practising Christian and will become the head of the Church of England when he succeeds to the throne, spoke in depth about his own study of the Koran which, he said, tells its followers that there is ‘no separation between man and nature’ and says we must always live within our environment’s limits.

    The prince was speaking to an audience of scholars at the Oxford Centre for Islamic Studies – which attempts to encourage a better understanding of the culture and civilisation of the religion.

    His speech, merging religion with his other favourite subject, the environment, marked the 25th anniversary of the organisation, of which he is patron.

    He added: ‘The inconvenient truth is that we share this planet with the rest of creation for a very good reason – and that is, we cannot exist on our own without the intricately balanced web of life around us.

    ‘Islam has always taught this and to ignore that lesson is to default on our contract with creation.’

    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1285332/Follow-Islamic-way-save-world-Charles-urges-environmentalists.html#ixzz0ztPwQ7do
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    Prince Charles has crossed the lines of Royal figurehead into politics. He shut down a huge housing project; the equivalent of our Section 8 housing..

  120. 60 MILLION ON LOBBYING, so again, be in the WH promote one set of policies, then leave the WH and get paid in the millions to lobby to fight those same policies. Bunch of f**king leeches, all these fools, never have done a honest day’s work their whole damn life and now getting paid in the millions shoffling papers around.

  121. Mrs. Smith
    July 10th, 2011 at 7:51 pm

    WOW, I had not read that, thanks for posting, the useless man is a complete and utter moron. Looks like William is more like his mother than father, the father looks and acts like a complete ignoramus.

  122. No one was paying attention to Charles in 05′ but he has for sure changed the face of the UK using his Royal influence and UK citizens are feeling his bite- Is it any wonder why the Royals are rushing to install Prince William as the official heir to the throne through public appeal. If Charles is their next King, the Church of England will be replaced with the Islamic faith and teachings… i.e. Sharia Law.
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    Sheik Charles of England ? More evidence of his Muslim conversion as Prince comes to US to teach Americans about Islam

    November 1, 2005

    h.. w.. ck15.btinternet.co.uk/99i.html

    “…John Casey of Cambridge University, warns that the British public lacks a clear understanding of Charles’s standing in the Muslim world:

    The extent to which the Prince is admired by Muslims-even to the point of hero-worship-has not yet sunk into the consciousness of the British public…

    Casey concludes that the prince of Wales’s “hero status” in the Arab world is permanent. “No other Western figure commands this sort of admiration.” (see complete MEQ article below h… w.. meforum.org/article/356).

    MIM: After the 9/11 attacks in which Americans learned everything they needed to know about Islam, Prince Charles told Muslims that Americans sounded “too confrontational”, and that ‘don’t have sufficient appreciation of Islam and it’s culture’. Now that his country has become the target of homegrown Islamist terrorism, and the statement “There there always be an England” is now a rhetorical question , Charles has come to the US on a mission to teach Americans and President Bush to appreciate Islamic practices even more.

    Prince Charles started his visit at Ground Zero – which hr used as a visual aid to sustain his contention that the attacks were the work of 19 hijackers and “should not do anything to tarnish the reputation of Muslims”.

    The Arab press totally ignored this part of the visit and gushed about his Islamic propagation efforts with such headlines as:

    Prince Charles to Explain Islam to American Public Journal of Turkish Weekly
    Prince Charles to Try to Convince US President of Merits of Islam Iranian Quran News Agency

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    h… w… foxnews.com/story/0,2933,174079,00.html

    Prince Charles Pitches Islam

    England’s Prince Charles (search) thinks America has been too intolerant of Islam since 9-11 and the London Telegraph reports that he’ll sell that argument to the president during his upcoming visit.

    Two months after the 2001 terrorist attacks, Prince Charles told Muslim leaders, “I find the language and rhetoric coming from America too confrontational” and said Americans don’t have a sufficient appreciation of Islam and its culture.

    Prince Charles is expected to expound upon the virtues of the religion when he meets with President Bush later this week.

    ——————————

    MIM: Evidence has been mounting for years that Prince Charles is a convert to Islam. In a 1993 interview Prince Charlessaid that if he became King of England he did not want to take the title of ‘Defender of the Faith’, and wanted to be called “The Defender of Faith”.

    The Archbishop of Canterbury responded to Charle’s attempt at historical revisionism of a 5 centuries old tradition by stating that : “…like it or not, (he is) Defender of the Faith and has a relationship with the Christian church which he does not have with other faith communions….

    h…w… opinionjournal.com/taste/?id=110003134

    A 1997 article in the Middle East Quarterly documented the evidence which lead to the conclusion that Prince Charles was a convert to Islam.

    Which begs the question as to if he does ascend the throne – the United Kingdom will be renamed The United Khalifate .

    Prince Charles devotion to Islam and championing of Muslim causes in the UK (aka Da’wa), is now manifesting itself in his self proclaimed role as ambassador for Islam in the US.

    MIM :Dr. Daniel Pipes has more on Prince Charles’ role as Britain’s royal ‘Defender of the Islamic Faith’

    h… w…. danielpipes.org/blog/1

    Is Prince Charles a Convert to Islam?

    November 9, 2003

    Is Prince Charles a Convert to Islam? In a 1997 Middle East Quarterly article titled “Prince Charles of Arabia,” Ronni L. Gordon and David M. Stillman looked at evidence that Britain’s Prince Charles might be a secret convert to Islam. They shifted through his public statements (defending Islamic law, praising the status of Muslim women, seeing in Islam a solution for Britain’s ailments) and actions (setting up a panel of twelve “wise men” to advise him on Islamic religion and culture), then concluded that, “should Charles persist in his admiration of Islam and defamation of his own culture,” his accession to the throne will indeed usher in a “different kind of monarchy.”

    All this comes to mind on reading an article titled “Charles Breaks Fast with the Faithful in Muscat” in today’s Dubai-based Gulf News, which reports on some of Charles’ activities during his current five-day visit to Oman:

    He toured the Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque for almost two hours and “took keen interest in studying various sections at the mosque, including the main prayer hall.” As his spokesman put it, “The Prince was particularly keen to come to the mosque today to see the fantastic building and remarkable architecture which Prince was fascinated with. The Prince has a great love for Islamic architecture and I can’t think of finer example than this mosque.”

    * He “spent a considerable time at an exhibition of Islamic calligraphy and held meetings with Sheikha Aisha Al Siaby, Head of Public Authority for Craft Industries and Taha Al Kisri, the Head of Omani Society for Fine Arts to discuss various aspects of Islamic art.”

    * He “broke fast with a large congregation of people from different nationalities as he sat with folded legs on the floor in the open. He ate date and drank juice at the call of Iftar.”

    None of this, of course, is evidence that the Heir to the British Throne has changed religions, but his actions most certainly would be consistent with such a move, and especially the implication that he had kept the Ramadan fast. (November 9, 2003)

    Dec. 18, 2004

    update: Prince Charles put himself in the middle of an Islamic theological issue that again could suggest his conversion to Islam – for if that is not the case, then on what basis does he opine on the Islamic law requiring that apostates from Islam be executed? Jonathan Petre of London’s Daily Telegraph reports on a private summit of Christian and Muslim leaders at Clarence House on this topic sponsored earlier in December by the prince. Apparently, however, he did not get the results he hoped for, with one Christian participant indicating that Charles was “very, very unhappy” about its outcome. That may have been because the Muslims at the meeting resented his public involvement in this topic.

    July 14, 2005 update:

    And what does the good prince have to say about the murder by Islamists of 55 in London a week ago? He put fingers to keyboard and produced “True Muslims Must Root Out The Extremists” for the Mirror.

    some deeply evil influence has been brought to bear on these impressionable young minds. … Some may think this cause is Islam. It is anything but. It is a perversion of traditional Islam. As I understand it, Islam preaches humanity, tolerance and a sense of community. … these acts have nothing to do with any true faith. … it is vital that everyone resists the temptation to condemn the Muslim community for the actions of such a tiny and evil minority. If we succumb to that temptation, the bombers will have achieved their aim. Likewise, in my view, it is the duty of every true Muslim to condemn these atrocities and root out those among them who preach and practise such hatred and bitterness.

    Aug. 2, 2005 update: At the funeral of King Fahd in Riyadh, the Associated Press reports, “Non-Muslims were not allowed at the ceremonies.” So far as I can tell, Charles did not attend the ceremonies. (There surely would have been a press uproar if he had.) We can conclude that whatever his inner faith, he is not presenting himself as a Muslim in public.

    Sep. 4, 2005 update: Prince Charles revealed in a letter leaked to the Daily Telegraph that he had strained relations with George Carey, then archbishop of Canterbury, over his attitude toward Islam. Particularly contentious was his expressed intent, on becoming king and supreme governor of the Church of England, to ditch the centuries’ old defender of the faith title and replace it with defender of faith and defender of the Divine. The letter reveals the archbishop’s reaction.

    I wish you’d been there for the archbishop! Didn’t really appreciate what I was getting at by talking about “the Divine” and felt that I had said far more about Islam than I did about Christianity – and was therefore worried about my development as a Christian.

    According to royal aides, Charles did not much respect Lord Carey’s views and the feelings were reciprocated.

    Oct. 29, 2005 update: “Prince Charles to plead Islam’s cause to Bush” reads the Sunday Telegraph headline. The text by Andrew Alderson tells how the prince of Wales

    will try to persuade George W Bush and Americans of the merits of Islam this week because he thinks the United States has been too intolerant of the religion since September 11. The Prince, who leaves on Tuesday for an eight-day tour of the US, has voiced private concerns over America’s “confrontational” approach to Muslim countries and its failure to appreciate Islam’s strengths.

    Apparently, he “wants Americans – including Mr Bush – to share his fondness for Islam.

    http://www.militantislammonitor.org/article/id/1199
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    For more info.. click the link

  123. Yes, Tim- Charles’s affection for Islam has been kept under the radar quite well. You know when the anklebiter calls it nonsense… it’s real, alive and well.

    BBL.. dinner…

  124. Mrs. Smith,

    I can’t speak for all Canadians, but a lot of my friends (myself included) have no use for Charles and haven’t had any use for him since the mess he made with Diana and his now infamous wife.

    I also have a British acquaintance who recently told me that there is no way Charles will ever be king. His wife is despised by most Brits and the majority would prefer to skip over and have his son and new wife take over the royal duties in the future.

  125. #
    JanH
    July 10th, 2011 at 8:57 pm

    Mrs. Smith,

    I can’t speak for all Canadians, but a lot of my friends (myself included) have no use for Charles and haven’t had any use for him since the mess he made with Diana and his now infamous wife.

    I also have a British acquaintance who recently told me that there is no way Charles will ever be king. His wife is despised by most Brits and the majority would prefer to skip over and have his son and new wife take over the royal duties in the future.
    ____________________

    By the time Diana realized as a 19 yr old what she had gotten herself into- it was too late. Where it was her lineage the crown was interested, which btw- was better than the Windsors, going further back in England’s history to the 1300s than the mixed German lineage of Charles and his siblings begotten by the Windsors- She was chosen, instead of her sister Sara for her youth and naivety. Where Charles could continue his affair with Camilla while Diana was producing the next generation of heirs to the throne.

    It was evident in the news reports of William and Kate’s recent visit to Canada and the PI Islands, they were well received by all. Which I’m sure, their presence alone brought a sigh of relief to the UK Royals and the Archbishop of Canterbury’s worry over how the public will react to Prince William and Princess Kate as their future King and Queen.

    Prince Charles is a pathetic example as a result of sending children off to military academies and boarding schools simply because their mothers are not motherly enough to spend time raising their own children. They all turn out cold and aloof with strange peculiarities seen as dysfunctional by the real world. They are unable to assimilate easily into society usually developing their own niches for some semblance of order justifying their dysfunctional psyches. Charles found Islam- and has scared the crap out of QE and Philip.

  126. “Where it was her lineage the crown was interested, which btw- was better than the Windsors, going further back in England’s history to the 1300s ”

    If I remember correctly the Windors were something else, German surname, it was changed because they were sympathetic to the Nazis in the beginning stages, and to get away from this, they changed their names to the Windsors, and most the British media covered for them.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mountbatten-Windsor

  127. tim
    July 10th, 2011 at 9:19 pm

    I just find it amazing, all this just to save bankers, the corporate ones, and now with the Dodo-Frank bill they have roped in local smaller banks that had absolutley nothing to do with Lehman crisis of 2008.
    ___________________________

    Tim, the “Banks” the IMF/World Bank’s ultimate goal is to remove a country’s sovereignty and join all countries under one world umbrella, the New World Order. They will control The Stock Market, Currency, Commodities, Trade, exploit each country’s natural wealth to the max and control people’s wages from one central location under the dictates of the elites. (Bilderbergers)

  128. Sheik Charles of England ? More evidence of his Muslim conversion as Prince comes to US to teach Americans about Islam

    November 1, 2005

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

    LOL! This is beyond nonsense!

  129. Prince Charles:
    ‘The inconvenient truth is that we share this planet with the rest of creation for a very good reason – and that is, we cannot exist on our own without the intricately balanced web of life around us.’

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

    Thank God for some good sense.

  130. Sign the pledge:

    I do not and will not support his re-election.
    ———
    I don’t need to sign any pledge to keep from voting for this fool.
    I voted for a Rethug in 2008 for the first time in my long life, and Hell would freeze over before I would ever support him for anything other than impeachment.

  131. Is this also outlawed in Oklahoma?

    to bring about the rule of righteousness in the land, to destroy the wicked and the evil-doers; so that the strong should not harm the weak.

    Code of Hammurabi

  132. The hand servants of Her Britannic Majesty will be running the Greek privatization policy.

    Greece is being forced to privatize between EU50 and EU300 billion of state assets as a precondition for receiving the so-called “bailout.” According to the latest memorandum, Greece has to set up a privatization committee [and] the head of the new agency will be one Costas Mitropoulos, a top executive of Eurobank EFG, owned by the mega-shipping family led by Spiros Latsis.

    Latsis is the British Empire’s top shipowner involved in shipping oil to the Anglo-Dutch spot market. They are close to the British Royal family via Prince Philip who is a former member of the royal house of Greece. Philip’s uncle, the former King Constantine, has been bankrolled by Latsis since he was thrown out of Greece, when it became the Hellenic Republic. Constantine is the best friend of Prince Charles and godfather of the “Duke of Cambridge.” Charles is a frequent guest on Latsis’ mega-yacht. Among Spiros Latsis’ other guests is his chum from his school days at the London School of Economics, European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso. EFG Bank European Financial Group is headquartered in Geneva, where its investment bank is headed by the former management team from Coutts Bank, bankers to the British Royal Family. Latsis’ Eurobank EFG, based in Athens, is said to hold a considerable amount of Greek national bonds and has obviously profited from the bailout.

    LPAC, July 10, 2011

  133. ohanson
    July 11th, 2011 at 6:13 am

    The hand servants of Her Britannic Majesty will be running the Greek privatization policy.

    Greece is being forced to privatize between EU50 and EU300 billion of state assets as a precondition for receiving the so-called “bailout.” According to the latest memorandum, Greece has to set up a privatization committee [and] the head of the new agency will be one Costas Mitropoulos, a top executive of Eurobank EFG, owned by the mega-shipping family led by Spiros Latsis.
    ______________________

    What does this mean, ohanson? The British Royal Family/or Prince Charles, will be the receivers of the property owned by Greece as collateral for the loan?

  134. The British Royal Family/or Prince Charles, will be the receivers of the property owned by Greece as collateral for the loan?

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

    LOL!

  135. Obama To Address Nation At 11:00 AM today Announcing Lack Of Agreement On Debt Ceiling…

    Zero Hedge ^ | 07/10/2011 | Tyler Durden

    After meeting for exactly 90 minutes, the president and members of congress achieved absolutely nothing except for what ZH readers already knew: that a debt deal has to be reached by July 22 or else.

    “President Barack Obama said Sunday that “we need to” work out a debt deal within the next 10 days as he convened a meeting with congressional leaders, aiming to fashion a deficit reduction package for the next 10 years. As the meeting opened, Obama and the leaders sat around the table in Sunday casual dress. Asked whether the White House and Congress could “work it out in 10 days,” Obama replied, “We need to.” Despite Boehner’s preference for a smaller, $2 trillion plan for deficit reduction, White House aides said Sunday that Obama would press the lawmakers to accept the larger deal. Republicans object to its substantial tax increases and Democrats dislike its cuts to programs for seniors and the poor. The aides, however, left room for negotiations on a more modest approach.” And just like on Friday when the president’s appearance was heralded as a harbinger of a massive NFP beat only to be the biggest let down since Geithner’s TV appearances in February which sent the market down by 10 S&P points each time, so the president will address the nation tomorrow.

    From Reuters: “U.S. President Barack Obama will hold a news conference at 11 a.m. EDT (1500 GMT) on Monday about the status of negotiations to cut the deficit and raise the debt ceiling, the White House said on Sunday. Obama met with congressional leaders for about 75 minutes Sunday evening and will meet again with them on Monday “to discuss the ongoing efforts to find a balanced approach to deficit reduction,” the White House said, without giving a time for that session.”

    More from the AP:

    “He’s not someone to walk away from a tough fight,” White House chief of staff William Daley said. “Everyone agrees that a number around $4 trillion is the number that will … make a serious dent in our deficit.” But embedded among the tough words was rhetoric that acknowledged the “big deal’s” prospects had become uncertain at best.

    “We’re going to try to get the biggest deal possible,” said Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner.

    It was an abrupt change from 24 hours earlier. Republicans late Saturday rejected the $4 trillion proposal, the largest of three under consideration, because its tax increases would doom it in the GOP-led House, Speaker John Boehner said.

    The Ohio Republican informed Obama that a package of about $2 trillion, which bipartisan negotiators had identified but not agreed to, was more realistic.

    Senate GOP leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky left little doubt that the $4 trillion deal was dead.

    “I think it is,” McConnell said. Raising taxes amid 9.2 percent unemployment, he added, “is a terrible idea. It’s a job killer.”

    The statements threw into question the extent to which the Sunday meeting, called for 6 p.m. EDT, would move the talks toward a resolution as an Aug. 2 deadline loomed. That’s when the nation would begin to default on its debts, administration officials say, if no deal is reached to raise the borrowing limit from $14.3 trillion.

    One thing is certain: with each passing day until July 22 or T-Day, the day by which Congress has to pass the debt ceiling legislation, of which there are precisely 10 working days, the market, which has so far completely ignored any concern about a failure in the debt talks, will start getting increasingly more nervous. As a reminder there is a 4 week Bill auction this Tuesday: the last one priced at 0.000%. If the logjam in DC continues after Monday, something tells us the government will not get ultra short-term funding for free.

    As for the spin free interpretation of what the “deficit deal” means for America, read our previous observations on the matter here.

    http://www.zerohedge.com/article/obama-address-nation-1100-am-announcing-lack-agreement-debt-ceiling-or-t-minus-10-working-da
    _________________________

    After Geithner’s abysmal interview on MTP yesterday speculating nothing but gloom and doom for Americas financial future for an undetermined length of time; I wouldn’t be surprised if the stock market takes a huge dive this morning- we’ll have to wait and see how much confidence stockholders have in the Obama/Geithner government continued wringing of hands and dead end proposals that have not moved the economy an inch closer to a turnaround.

  136. Taxes Upon Taxes Upon . . .

    WSJ July 11,2011

    Obama wants $1 trillion in taxes on top of what he’s already signed.

    So the fondest Washington hopes for a grand debt-limit deal have broken down over taxes. House Speaker John Boehner said late Saturday that he couldn’t move ahead with a $4 trillion deal because President Obama was insisting on a $1 trillion tax increase, and the White House quickly denounced House Republicans for scuttling debt reduction and preventing “the very wealthiest and special interests from paying their fair share.”

    How dare Republicans not agree to break their campaign promises and raise taxes when the jobless rate is 9.2% and President Obama’s economic recovery is in jeopardy?

    We think Mr. Boehner is making the sensible choice. No one wants to reform the tax code more than we do, but passing a $1 trillion tax increase first on the promise of tax reform later is a political trap. If the President were really sincere about reform and a willingness to keep the top tax rate at or below 35%, he’d negotiate that at the same time he does a debt deal. Mr. Boehner will have a hard enough time getting any debt-limit increase through the House, much less one that raises tax rates.

    Keep in mind that Mr. Obama has already signed the largest tax increase since 1993. While everyone focuses on the Bush tax rates that expire after 2012, other tax increases are already set to hit the economy thanks to the 2010 Affordable Care Act. As a refresher, here’s a non-exhaustive list of ObamaCare’s tax increases:

    • Starting in 2013, the bill adds an additional 0.9% to the 2.9% Medicare tax for singles who earn more than $200,000 and couples making more than $250,000.

    • For first time, the bill also applies Medicare’s 2.9% payroll tax rate to investment income, including dividends, interest income and capital gains. Added to the 0.9% payroll surcharge, that means a 3.8-percentage point tax hike on “the rich.” Oh, and these new taxes aren’t indexed for inflation, so many middle-class families will soon be considered rich and pay the surcharge as their incomes rise past $250,000 due to tax-bracket creep. Remember how the Alternative Minimum Tax was supposed to apply only to a handful of millionaires?

    Taxpayer cost over 10 years: $210 billion.

    • Also starting in 2013 is a 2.3% excise tax on medical device manufacturers and importers. That’s estimated to raise $20 billion.

    • Already underway this year is the new annual fee on “branded” drug makers and importers, which will raise $27 billion.

    • Another $15.2 billion will come from raising the floor on allowable medical deductions to 10% of adjusted gross income from 7.5%.

    • Starting in 2018, the bill imposes a whopping 40% “excise tax” on high-cost health insurance plans. Though it only applies to two years in the 2010-2019 window of ObamaCare’s original budget score, this tax would still raise $32 billion—and much more in future years.

    • And don’t forget a new annual fee on health insurance providers starting in 2014 and estimated to raise $60 billion. This tax, like many others on this list, will be passed along to consumers in higher health-care costs.

    There are numerous other new taxes in the bill, all adding up to some $438 billion in new revenue over 10 years. But even that is understated because by 2019 the annual revenue increase is nearly $90 billion, or $900 billion in the 10 years after that. Yet Mr. Obama wants to add another $1 trillion in new taxes on top of this.

    The economic ironies are also, well, rich. Mr. Obama is now pushing to reduce the payroll tax by two-percentage points for another year to boost the economy, but he’s already built in a big increase in that same payroll tax for 2013. So if a payroll tax cut creates jobs this year, why doesn’t a payroll tax increase destroy jobs after 2013?

    Mr. Obama is also touting spending cuts he’s willing to make in entitlements in return for bigger tax increases, yet the spending increases built into ObamaCare aren’t even up for discussion in the debt-limit talks. The Affordable Care Act adds more than 30 million more Americans onto Medicaid’s rolls, when that program is already growing by 6.5% this year. So Mr. Obama is willing to cut current entitlements on grounds that they are unaffordable, but he’s taken what may be the most expensive entitlement off the table.

    We think this was the President’s spend-and-tax plan from the very first. Run up spending and debt in the name of stimulus and health-care reform, then count on Wall Street bond holders and the political establishment to browbeat Republicans into paying for it all. He apparently didn’t figure on the rise of the tea party, or 1.9% GDP growth and 9.2% unemployment two years after the recession ended.

    Last November Republicans won the House and landslide gains in many states in large part because of the deep unpopularity of the stimulus and ObamaCare. Mr. Boehner has a mandate for spending cuts and repealing the Affordable Care Act. If Republicans instead agree to raise taxes in return for future spending cuts that may or may not happen, they will simply be the tax collectors for Mr. Obama’s much expanded entitlement society.

    http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052702303812104576438130028027412.html?mod=WSJ_Opinion_LEADTop

  137. More from the whiner in chief at 11am then. Let me guess……..bla blah blah, nasty republicans, me me me, blah blah, me me me, I’m the commander in chief, blah blah blah, George Bush, Blah blah, me me me, nasty republicans, me me me, bla blah, Bush, Blah, bush, blah, bush tax cuts, blah, I’m the president, blah blah blah blah, raise debt, blah blah, its Hillarys fault, blah, Bush, where’s my slurpee, me me me, golf, blah blah…….you get the picture.

  138. US Embassy under attack.

    FLASH: President Bashar al-Assad loyalists break into U.S. embassy compound in Damascus-Diplomats in Syrian capital.

    ………………………

    Right lets see Obama go spineless again.

  139. Why is wbboei not commenting here? I see him over at NQ. Come on back, wbboei. I don’t know what happened but don’t get irritated by a certain character here. You can always scroll over.

  140. pm 317, its a neat trick, Princess Margaret was famous for it, the Royals would always buy economy tickets but no airline would ever put them in economy, they would always be upgraded.

  141. 16-pound newborn hits it big with birth record

    The latest addition to Michael Brown and Janet Johnson’s family is too big for his britches — literally.

    When the Longview woman went into Good Shepherd Medical Center for a scheduled Cesarean section on Friday morning, she knew she was going to give birth to a big baby.

    She just had no idea how big.

    When her son, JaMichael Brown, was born at 9:05 a.m., he weighed 16 pounds, 1 ounce — about 4 pounds more than doctors predicted.

    The baby is the largest born at Good Shepherd Medical Center. Hospital officials believe he may be the largest baby ever born in Texas, but it will take several days of combing state records to make that announcement official.

    “We’re just amazed,” Johnson said. “I can’t believe he’s that big. A lot of the baby clothes we bought for him will have to be returned. They’re already too small for him to wear.”

    The baby also emerged with a full head of hair, and the newborn nursery didn’t have diapers big enough to fit him, she said.

    http://www.chron.com/disp/story.mpl/metropolitan/7646724.html
    ………………..

    Thats not a child, thats a set of twins delivered at once. Imagine trying to push that out.

  142. moononpluto, I hate it when they make us walk through the first class for really long flights like for Europe and India and elsewhere..I don’t think I will ever make enough money to buy that first class ticket out of my own pocket. I did travel in First class once and that was on my husband’s company’s dime and my first trip out of India and back some 25 years ago. Incidentally my brother was on the same flight traveling from Canada back via Amsterdam where I hooked up with him. They would not upgrade his ticket and he was jealous and I would not give up my luxury, 🙂

  143. Amazing, or not?
    Tiger Woods to make special annoucement at 11 am.
    President Obama to speak at 11 am.
    Whom will TV cover?
    Split screen?

  144. turndownobama
    July 10th, 2011 at 11:34 pm
    ————

    turndown,

    What has one to do with the other?

    No don’t answer me. The mind boggles.

  145. turndown,

    By the way, I saw that ridiculous headline weeks ago. No way would I be a part of something so disgusting to go viral.

    I guess you felt differently.

  146. …O presser…he just goes on and on and on…and sounds like he is talking to third graders…such a condescending bore…he comes across like he ran to the press to tattle tale on the repubs and stick it to his party at the same time…

    …a man with no principles regarding anything…but getting re-elected…

  147. No specifics either, S- just more threats of gridlock..

    He’s taking credit for staving off the the banking crisis in 08′-

    Without borrowing against the people’s money, he would have failed. Where is the credit given to the People saving their own economy when the Bankers, Lobbyists and politicians like him created the catastrophe in the first place.

  148. A reporter ought to ask Obama, what is he going to do when he his out of a job if he doesn’t get re-elected?

  149. From the comments at Newsweek’s Palin cover article:

    “Quantative easing” = newspeak for “deliberate inflation.”

    That’s what Sarah Palin is saying. And she’s right. She clearly understands precisely what quantatative easing is. And it’s an easy concept for every American who buys bread and Slim Jims to understand.

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

    Imo Sarah doesn’t spell things out for the elites. She leaves out the obvious connections.

    Overall the article is better than I’d expect from LSM. The photos are about Palin being confident. Anyway, it has some good info.

  150. What has one to do with the other?

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

    Anti-Muslim tabloid-style writers make up nonsense about Hillary too. Don’t believe either article.

  151. turndownobama
    July 11th, 2011 at 12:05 pm
    From the comments at Newsweek’s Palin cover article

    Woops,sorry, I meant the comments at Althouse’s article about the Newsweek article.

  152. that’s right, Mrs. Smith…no specifics…just more of the same from him…he, who is so above it all…the man with the answers if those immature politicians on both sides of the aisle will just listen to him and follow his lead…

    …one question…who is left for O to throw under the bus?

    yes, triangulation all right…kiss the butts of wall st and bailouts for the last two years; create secretive, lucrative deals with big pharma and insurance companies and force the american people to pay the cost increases…and now desecrate what is left of the shattered dimocratic party he leads…

    …anyone is better than this guy…at least the dems would have something to fight against rather than their own leader who screws them…

    …and three years into this mess and still no jobs created, except the few that cost over $200,000 to create per job with stimulus money…

    …think about it 18,000 jobs last month, the two previous months of course had to be adjusted…and most of those jobs that were created paid $9.00 an hour…

    …and O gets up there and lectures everyone…

  153. I just got this email from Barry’s bros…and it reeks of total desperation!

    —-

    Friend —

    The President’s 50th birthday is coming up on August 4th.

    But he doesn’t need a post on his Facebook wall. [Hell no, he doesn’t care about you being his ‘friend’, he wants money and votes and for you to work for him for free.]

    The President has been clear that while he focuses on the job he was elected to do [Yup, golf, campaign and vacation], he’s relying on us to get this campaign off the ground.

    The best gift any of us can give him is real organizing to bring more people into this campaign.

    So here’s a challenge: Do you think you can bring 50 new people into this campaign for President Obama’s 50th birthday on August 4th? [Spitting up, laughing so hard…]

    You decide what sort of organizing is right for you:

    — you can collect 50 “I’m in” commitments; [Nope!]

    — you can inspire 50 donors to give; [Surely, you jest.]

    — or you can get 50 people to attend a campaign event or events. [Are you giving out free food and a rock concert/]

    You can even do some of each. It’s your choice. [Oh, I am so damn lucky.]

    If you accept the challenge, click below to get started. Once you start reaching out to people, we’ll help track your progress for you, invite you to a conference call to share tips and encouragement, and let you know as you reach milestones on the way to 50.

    Sign up and start making calls to supporters in your area, or choose another action to help grow this campaign. You can start right now:

    http://my.barackobama.com/50-for-50

    ———-
    Bite me!

  154. Uh. Oh. Some more of those damn tea-party conservatives are off the crony GOP reservation, and telling their own party to put up or shut up.

    Corporate welfare? Private profit and socialized risk? Showing favoritism to select big business? Regulations practically written by those we purport to regulate?

    Jeebus crispies. These are conservatives???

    President Obama, ignoring his own calls to leave rhetoric at the door, has relied on populist demagoguery throughout the debt-ceiling negotiations. But given the President’s record of bailouts, his dedication to corporate-welfare handouts, and his calendar filled with $35,800-a-plate fundraisers, Republicans ought to take the populist cudgel from Obama and use it against Democrats.

    Start with the handouts such as billions in direct grants, in the name of “green energy,” to big, well-connected companies like Florida Power & Light. Then there are the green energy loan guarantees, also enriching revolving-door lobbyists and Big Business.

    Along the same lines, Republicans could block this year’s reauthorization of the Export-Import Bank, a corporate-welfare agency that Obama has been steadily expanding. A majority of all of Ex-Im’s loans and long-term guarantees subsidize Boeing sales. Banks love this agency, too, because it provides private profit and socialized risk.

    Imagine Republicans running to protect taxpayers and reduce the debt by abolishing Ex-Im, while Obama stands with Boeing, GE and Halliburton in preserving this Fannie Mae for manufacturers.

    Speaking of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, Republicans should try to end those sinkholes. Let Obama, the Realtor lobby and the banks stick up for corporate welfare. Ending ethanol supports would be another no-brainer.

    But it’s not just handouts Republicans should target. Many regulations serve as gifts to Big Business and theft from small businesses and consumers. The individual mandate in health insurance is the most obvious example, but the Mattel-backed Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act — a death sentence to small toymakers — is one of many other regulatory robberies that a populism-fueled GOP would target.

    Read more at the Washington Examiner: http://washingtonexaminer.com/politics/2011/07/time-free-market-populism-gop#ixzz1RoR8Jqfg

    LMAO! Hurrah! If the grassroots right hits the crony power-hungry bastards from one side, and the grassroots left hits ’em from the other, maybe we can have a government of the honestly-disagreeing people again.

  155. That dog is really well trained, and seems to have a very tough nose.

    —-

    My dogs seem to learn the wrong tricks, opening up the fridge, secretly stealing the meat out of your sandwich when you aren’t watching, eating Valentine’s candies and putting the heart shaped lid back on so other family members are accused. 😉

  156. Someone has spent a lot of hours training that adorable dog. Now if someone would just train Kate that when she is on a royal state visit she should wear some GD underwear. I don’t want to see her butt cheeks, I don’t care how cute she is.

  157. BigCatLover
    July 11th, 2011 at 1:21 pm
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    I was playing the devil’s advocate. She was wearing a slip the previous day in PEI when she had a similar incident but the slip showed. Day after the butt cheek day, she wore a long red suit that would resist the wind and also tied her hair back. So I guess she is a quick learner or got a call from the Queen, 😉

  158. Yes, my lab was smart and he knew he would only be scolded if ‘his tricks’ were intelligent.
    He died at 17, and I really miss him.

  159. This is the best damn article on what is wrong with the economy that I’ve read in ages.

    Four years ago this fall, President George W. Bush’s Treasury department tried to create a “Super Structured Investment Vehicle” to buy up some troublesome financial instruments that few people at the time had heard of. The “Super SIV” marked the start of a financial-crisis strategy that Washington continues to pursue: pretending that bad debt is worth more than it is. This now bipartisan strategy has taken a massive toll, the latest evidence of which is the news that the country created only 18,000 jobs in June—less than 1 percent of the 14 million jobs that Americans need.

    ——–
    Indeed. The Super SIV didn’t work. The notion that $75 billion could have solved a multitrillion-dollar problem sounds ridiculous today; even at the time, it was a desperate move. Nearly half a year later, though, Washington took the same approach to Bear Stearns’s failure. In March 2008, rather than let Bear’s “toxic securities” fall to real market prices, the Federal Reserve stepped in, scooped them up, and parked them near its own books, so that nobody had to admit that those mortgage-related assets weren’t worth much.
    ——
    An institution that is supposed to confine its holdings to plain old U.S. Treasury bonds now owns $918 billion worth of mortgage-backed securities. The Fed also holds $64 billion in investments in “support for specific institutions,” including what’s left of the Bear Stearns toxic assets and AIG’s mortgage-related mess. The Fed says that it values these things at “fair value,” but that’s a canard. It’s like dropping an elephant into a half-filled swimming pool and announcing that the pool is now full of water. The financial system knows that the Fed has to get out of the pool eventually, and when it does, the water level—the prices of these toxic assets—will drop.

    —–

    The politicians we elect have three choices—the same choices they had four years ago. They can admit that this debt isn’t worth much and allow the financial sector to bear the consequences. They can hope that the Fed tries to use inflation to raise the price of everything else, making the debt seem a lighter burden in comparison. Or they can maintain their silence, letting the financial sector take another half-decade or more to make enough money on new ventures so that it can finally admit what it should have admitted back in the fall of 2007: bad debt is never good.

    Note to my fellow-liberal friends: more stimulus isn’t going to help this, because lack of liquidity IS NOT THE PROBLEM. You could dump all the money you wanted and it would not stimulate. This is not a normal recession. Those rules don’t apply.

    Not to my conservative friends: scaling back govt spending isn’t going to solve this because govt spending, while too high, IS NOT THE PROBLEM. You could slash taxes to the bone today, and it would not stimulate.

    The problem is that it is an economic FACT that bad debt has to be cleared off the books in some fashion – whether through a default reset, or a structured bankruptcy, or whatever. A contraction to the real, live, market-based, in-the-real-world value of those inflated assets HAS to occur. There is no way around it. None. And it is not pleasant when it happens. It spells pain for the economy. But it has to.

    And we’ve spent 4 years now trying to play shell games, and hide those toxic assets, and paper them over, and shift them over to the Fed, and generally shove the dead fish everywhere we can shove them except out into the open so they can be cleared from the system. The reason we’ve done that is to protect the big banks and by extension the international banking system from the fruits of their hubris, and to avoid anger and panic. Because it’s not just a few mortgages and their accompanying credit default swaps here and there – it is HUGE. HUGE. If we got it out into the open, the pubic would be furious at how huge it is, and the extent to which they gambled away the future of the whole world.

    There will BE no recovery until that bad debt is gone. None. Not possible. The only choice we have is pulling off the bandaid quickly, so we can reset quickly, or peeling it off slowly via 20 or more years of stagnation (because I think the author’s “half decade” scenario is way too rosy). But THERE WILL BE NO RECOVERY until it happens.

    http://www.city-journal.org/2011/eon0710ng.html

  160. S…one question…who is left for O to throw under the bus?
    _________________________

    He is trying hard to blame the Republicans if they do not capitulate to him. From what I gather, he is placing cuts in Social Security and Medi-Care on the table against their (moderate?) Tax Increase. Without mentioning what those SS and MC cuts will include or what the Tax Increase is all about.

    I swear to God, this is all theater- The deals have already been worked out behind closed doors. The dye has been cast and we are left sitting watching and waiting like idiots for the outcome of this parcel of sh*t! Shame on both sides and the president for having the nerve to insult the people’s intelligence and present more loss of income as a solution to the deficit the American people never created.
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    Shadowfax
    July 11th, 2011 at 1:17 pm

    Ask my dog to do something and he begins with eyes glued scoping out both of your hands seeing if there is a reward coming at the end of his efforts. Did I mention, he doesn’t like sitting up and begging? Not with his fluffy Kangaroo tail and balancing his 100 lb body for a full minute. 🙁

  161. Yes Mrs. S, your golden reminds me of my old pet. I could see the wheels turning when he considered, what’s the payoff? He got smarter and more devious as he got older, weighing the pro and cons of the ‘punishment and the crime’. He knew we treated him more gently as he became a very senior citizen and then is when the stealing meat in the sandwiches started.

    I love intelligent animals, but they also know they can ‘gain pack ranking’ with it. 😉

  162. Mrs. S-

    My dog did like to shake hands, without asking, when ever he wanted something, he would hold up his paw to shake your hand. If that didn’t work, he would change paws and shake with the other.
    We used to tease him, by saying, “Right paw”, now “Left paw”…it would go on about 8 times and then he would win.

    This self imposed trick actually led us to discover his location when he was stolen from us.
    Long story, but we got him back because someone noticed him doing this with a stranger.

  163. “This self imposed trick actually led us to discover his location when he was stolen from us.”
    “Long story, but we got him back because someone noticed him doing this with a stranger.”
    __________________

    Condense and tell us- pretty please? 🙂

    Also, don’t leave out what you did to the thief.

  164. That doggie clip is too cute. Almost makes me want to break down and get another one, preferably a mouser. I read Jack Russells are good for that.

    Shadowfax, stealing meat and leaving the sandwich? And closing the candybox lid?

    How cute.

    The one trick my amazon does is the opposite of closing the kitchen cabinet drawers. She opens the top, with her beak, climbs into the drawer, and then shimmies down each drawer to the bottom where she proceeds to destroy the contents while building her “nest.”

    She’s a PITA. No matter how many drawers and cabinets I give her she always wants the the ones where my stiff is stored, more.

    I know how you feel about losing your friend. I lost Bonnie in 2007 and I swore she held on until I was safely moved into the cottage during the health crisis. She was almost 17, too, and he ashes are buried under the apple tree. When she died it broke my heart to the point I just couldn’t imagine getting another dog.

  165. It’s a shame they still can’t come up with one (1) GOP’er who is electable. This election would not even be close with a competent opponent, but the current field has no one that can defeat Obama imho.

  166. Mrs. S
    Okay, short version. My ex gave the pet 15 minutes of chasing a skunk one evening. He didn’t come home. After searching high and low, I put up posters, then ran an ad in a local new paper. Checked all the pounds in a 25 mile radius for weeks. One day I got a call, from the older Aunt of the guy that stole our dog. Guy had seen our dog before and waiting with a running car, grabbed our dog and tossed him in his car.
    The aunt was frightened to call us from the add in the paper, the guy was a nut job, but felt sorry for us when we posted how important of a family member he was. I tried to find out if this was our dog, describing him in detail, but it was the hand shaking trick that made her realize it was our dog. The guy had showed this trick off to others, he said he found the dog in the pound.

    I was married to a very wild German and the aunt made us promise not to get violent with the dog robber, so when my ex heard of the call from the aunt we made a mid night plan to brake our dog out without a well deserved ass whooping.

    I was the driver and had our 1.5 year old baby to protect in the car, so it was quite a scene. In the dark, with the car lights off, we whet to the reported home, up a dark dirt road, high fence, called our dogs name softly while he was in the back yard with the guy. Over the fence flew our dog, (jumping fences for our lab was no big deal) while my husband escorted him swiftly into the car and I drove like a bat outta Hell back to our place.

    That guy tried it again, when I walked our dog on a leash, and had my baby in a stroller in my neighborhood.
    I rained down Holy Hell on him, screaming at the top of my lungs, in front of neighbors that came and joined me.
    Guy finally realized stealing our dog was on everyone’s radar.
    End.

  167. BASIL99
    Loved the story of your pet, and the ashes under the apple tree.
    Yes, animals bring so much joy and heartache to our families.
    I have been pet-less for awhile now, living in a “NO Pet” apartment for years, and have had every quiet pet possible, risking being evicted. The last was a miniature rabbit, Thumper. Cutie, but oh the work to keep the place clean. When he died, I couldn’t handle the sorrow and wondered if I could go though it again, move somewhere I can have a dog again…some day I will have another black lab…I love them.

  168. BASIL99
    July 11th, 2011 at 2:50 pm

    Correction. I don’t have a “stiff.”
    ——-
    Really? 😆 😆

  169. Shadowfax,

    I’m so glad you didn’t give up on your dog. That snatcher should have been arrested.

  170. Shadowfax
    July 11th, 2011 at 3:28 pm

    Mrs. S
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    Black ops for ‘Operation Blab’.

    Yipee! You did good, Shadow.

    The nerve of the guy trying to steal him again… He didn’t know how lucky he was your ex- didn’t go after him packin’ heat or at the very least carrying a BB-bat after the second time!!

    Glad there was a happy ending and thanks for telling us the story! 🙂

  171. From Althouse comments about his speech…

    These days, when the President says that we have to “eat our peas”, I no longer know whether he’s offering a metaphor or invoking the Commerce Clause.

    ROTFLMAO!

  172. JanH

    I did call and report him to the police, but let them know that his Aunt was worried he would find out she reported him, so they were careful. I don’t know if he was ever arrested or not. I did check the paper and when I read that someone else had their brown lab stolen, I called them up, gave them this guys address…so who know if he got the ass whoopin’ he deserved or not?

    Mrs S-

    Yes, the guy was lucky that my ex didn’t handle things the way he wanted to handle them. I pulled the guilt trip on him that this creep might hurt his aunt if he did anything violent. He would have beaten him to a pulp.

  173. “When he died, I couldn’t handle the sorrow and wondered if I could go though it again.”

    That’s how I feel. Luckily, (or unluckily0 for me and thew flock, Venus is roughly 30 and can easily live another 30 years. (Not so sure I will male it that long.)

    Two of the other parrots are around ten and can live to age 30. The budgie is 10 and could make it to 20.

    I know what you mean about the mess. You would not believe how much work is required caring for 4 parrots.

    Stiff – stuff. hehehehehehee.

  174. HillaryforTexas

    These days, when the President says that we have to “eat our peas”, I no longer know whether he’s offering a metaphor or invoking the Commerce Clause.

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    MO’s peas out of their sludge garden??

  175. EAT YOUR PEAS!!!!!

    He is such a fool. I sometimes can’t believe the sh!t that comes out of his mouth. And to think millions of our fellow citizens considered him so bright.

    I can’t stand him and the way everything is related to his friggin’ experience and the way he constantly refers to himself and throws around the word I I I I I.

  176. BASIL99

    Holy Smokes Basil, I had no idea birds could 60 years. Wow!!!
    Yes, I bet four large birds keep you hopping.

  177. EAT YOUR PEAS!!!!!

    He is such a fool. I sometimes can’t believe the sh!t that comes out of his mouth. And to think millions of our fellow citizens considered him so bright.

    ——-
    No kidding.

  178. Well, there are millions of fools who would vote for him. Driving on the DC beltway I just saw a bumper sticker that said ‘Obama Cares’. The driver was a 60+ woman in a Prius. I don’t think she is on his payroll. That must be their new slogan. But stupid supporters don’t ask ‘cares about what, whom,..’

  179. #
    jbstonesfan
    July 11th, 2011 at 3:25 pm

    “It’s a shame they still can’t come up with one (1) GOP’er who is electable. This election would not even be close with a competent opponent, but the current field has no one that can defeat Obama imho.”

    JBSF:

    Once again, do you have any evidence to back up your daily doomsday scenario for 2012? Everything that I’ve seen indicates that ANY Republican will beat the Fraud. Look at Pennsylvania, Ohio, Indiana, Wisconsin, even Michigan, and other states that he needs to win. As things stand now, he’s not doing well in those states. What do you have to support your humble opinion? Anything?

  180. Mike Marks

    I actualy agree with jbstonesfan about this.

    Is there one GOP’er that you like out there? If so, I would love to take a look at him/her.

    But so far I haven’t seen anyone who impresses me that much.

    Further, jbstonesfan does not post a “daily doomsday” scenario but it seems as if you are always waiting just to pounce. Rarely see you posting otherwise.

  181. JanH:

    It doesn’t matter with whom I’m impressed. That isn’t the question. Few of us here are going to be impressed with Republicans as we’re mostly exiled Democrats. I’m looking to defeat Obama and there’s ample evidence to show that he’s not doing well in many states that he needs to win. Other than meaningless personal approval polls and head-to-head matchups, I’ve seen little to indicate that no one can beat him, other than the media narrative.

    JBSF has been constantly pushing this narrative ever since the OBL incident and I’m questioning whether there’s any evidence to support it. I see others questioning opinions; is there something wrong with me doing it?

  182. Mike Marks,

    We love jbstonesfan but he has been all doom-and-gloom for years, way before the OBL incident.

    Many of us agree with your analysis that BO can be beat. Personally, I hope to he11 he doesn’t even make it to the 2012 election.

    And there is still plenty of time for a real contender to appear. In the meantime, personally I could live with Guiliani, Christie, (neither has announced). Alternatively, among those who have announced I could support Pawlenty, McCotter and even Romney or Huntsman and maybe Bachman. I’d vote for anyone other than BO. I switched parties from Dem to Indie in 2008 and I would not support any dim unless they have denounced BO, the DNC, Pooplosie, Reid and the entire Dim crew.

    Even then I would have problems ever trusting a dim again. They sabotaged HRC, sabotaged the real party loyalists and have shown their true colors. Honestly, I despise them. At least I never DID trust the repubs so in a perverse way I now trust them more. Weird.

  183. BASIL99
    July 11th, 2011 at 5:23 pm

    Agreed, except for Giuliani. At this time in 2007, he was way ahead in the national polls. By the time he dropped out at the end of January 2008, he had amassed a total delegate count of ONE – from Nevada, no less.

  184. Off topic but I thought people would be interested in this…who knew?
    FAKE BLUEBERRIES

    We all know that real blueberries are full of antioxidants but look at what several BIG food companies are doing to make huge profits. QUITE THE VIDEO.

    Isn’t this something? Nothing but disregard and greed! Who would have thought Kellogg’s, General Mills or Betty Crocker products deceiving? Not blueberries, but sugar, corn syrup, high fructose and chemicals.

    Watch for yourself, they are killing us little by little. Here is the link http://naturalnews.tv/v.asp?v=7EC06D27B1A945BE85E7DA8483025962

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