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

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

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

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

7 Personally thank all of her illegal campaign donors

6 Three words: stylish Indonesian pantsuits

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

4 Get drunk with that Japanese finance minister guy

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

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

1 Pick up carton of duty-free smokes for Obama

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

10 "Sup?"

9 "I see Madonna's still a slut"

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

8 "Smoke break!"

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

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

5 "Another smoke break!"

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

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

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

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

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

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

9 Quit politics and become a fat, lovable mall cop

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

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

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

5 Change his name to Barod Obamavich

4 Safely land an Airbus on the Hudson River

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

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

1 Uhhh...resign?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

2 Sweating like Bill Clinton when Hillary comes home early

1 He demanded a recount

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

10 Encourage tourists to throw spare change in the Grand Canyon

9 End our dependence on foreign owls

8 Sell New Mexico to Mexico

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

6 Rent out the moon for weddings and Bar Mitzvahs

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

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

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

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

1 Stop talkin' and start Obama-natin'!

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

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

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

8 "Laura! More Mountain Dew!"

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

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

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

4 "Kissey kissey"

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

2 "Did you ever see a monkey sneezing?"

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

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You Don’t Need A Weatherman To Know Which Way Obama Blows

Some in Big Media and Republican circles are perplexed. They don’t understand how Obama can seriously state that he will veto a short term debt deal, thereby supposedly throwing the country into default, because he wants a long term debt deal. ‘Isn’t that making the perfect the enemy of the good?’ (if we take Barack Obama at his word – which we do not and no sensible person should either) these befuddled observers ask. It’s typical Obama flim-flam.

He’s played the same bullchips before. Hillary Clinton supporters remember – South Carolina, January 21, 2008:

“CLINTON: There was a particular amendment that I think is very telling. It was an amendment to prohibit credit card companies from charging more than 30 percent interest. Senator Obama voted for it. I voted against it. It was one of the biggest lobbyist victories on that very bad bill that the bankruptcy bill represented. And I think it’s important. You know, if you look at the recent article about Senator Obama’s work on health care reform in the Illinois legislature, it’s a very interesting piece about how he basically did the bidding of the insurance companies during that effort. Now, I’m just saying that if we’re going to…

OBAMA: That’s…

CLINTON: … be hurling these charges against one another, I’m used to taking the incoming fire. I’ve taken it for 16 years. But when you get into this arena…

(APPLAUSE)

… you can’t expect to have a hands-off attitude about your record. And it is perfectly fair to have comparisons and contrasts. I voted against a 30 — I voted for limiting to 30 percent what credit card companies could charge. Senator Obama did not. That’s a fact.

(CROSSTALK)

OBAMA: Absolutely. It is a fact, because I thought 30 percent potentially was too high of a ceiling. So we had had no hearings…

(APPLAUSE)

… on that bill. It had not gone through the Banking Committee. I don’t know about a lot of folks here, most folks here, if they’ve got a credit card, are paying 29 percent. So under this provision, that would’ve been fine. And we had not created the kind of serious…

EDWARDS: You voted against it because the limit was too high, is that what you just said?

OBAMA: That is exactly what I just said, John, because…

EDWARDS: So there’s no limit at all.

It was John Edwards’ only decent moment in 2008. Back then the issue was a ceiling on credit card interest rates. Now it’s a ceiling on the national debt. For Obama it is the same flim-flam. In both instances Obama makes the same convoluted argument. On the bankruptcy bill Obama did the bidding of the financial services industry and its lobbyists. Now Obama will do anything to prevent election year discussions of his own record on the economy, jobs, and the debt.

At that 2008 debate Hillary Clinton warned the nation:

“CLINTON: Well, you know, Senator Obama, it is very difficult having a straight-up debate with you, because you never take responsibility for any vote, and that has been a pattern. You, in the — now, wait a minute. In the Illinois state legislature…

(AUDIENCE BOOING)

CLINTON: Just a minute. In the Illinois state senate, Senator Obama voted 130 times present. That’s not yes, that’s not no. That’s maybe. And on issue after issue that really were hard to explain or understand, you know, voted present on keeping sex shops away from schools, voted present on limiting the rights of victims of sexual abuse, voted present time and time again. And anytime anyone raises that, there’s always some kind of explanation like you just heard about the 30 percent. It’s just very difficult to get a straight answer, and that’s what we are probing for.”

Hillary Clinton (and humble Big Pink) warned America. [Those interested in Hillary's too quick comment about Obama and the "recent article" on Obama and health care should read our very own "The Obama Health Plan Obama Supporters Do Not Want To Discuss."] Republicans or the very few in Big Media who think they can deal with Barack Obama with any sort of decency or trust should disabuse themselves of that notion quickly. Obama simply cannot be trusted and all he cares about is himself.

Hillary Clinton tried to warn America. We tried to warn America. But even we did not realize it would be this bad, and we thought it would be very bad. Recall the 3:00 a.m. ad?



That ad has to be updated:

Scene: A crisis room.

Leader #1: What do we do? This is a real crisis. What do we do?

Leader #2: What do we usually do in a crisis?

Leader #3: In a crisis we call the president so the president can lead.

Leader #1: So should we call Obama at the White House?

Leader #2: Oh God no!

Leader #3: We want the problem resolved. Whatever you do don’t call that boob.

Leader #4, Leader #5, Leader #6, Leader #7, Leader #8, Leader #9, Leader #10…: Don’t call the Boob!

Leader #2: Let sleeping dogs lie… and boy can he lie…

The script written by us, inspired by real events, and realized by Craig Crawford:

“It’s no surprise that Republicans, led by House Speaker John Boehner, went out of their way to insult the president, but remarkably Democrats also went forward over the weekend with Capitol Hill debt talks that did not even include a symbolic emissary from the White House.

After a perfunctory meeting with Barack Obama on Saturday — a session he had hurriedly called to maintain at least the appearance of leverage — Democrats and Republicans returned to their caves on the other end of Pennsylvania Avenue for the real talks, without anyone from the White House included.

This served to reinforce Boehner’s vow to exclude Obama from the discussions. The internal logic of Washington’s byzantine protocol indicates a bipartisan snub of the president.”

Whatever you do, do not call the treacherous, self-interested Boob:

“With the collapse of the Boehner-Obama talks, it looks as if something closer to “regular order” in the legislative branch will probably be needed to produce the final deal to raise the debt limit. The House is moving toward taking up a plan drafted by the speaker and his lieutenants, and Senate majority leader Harry Reid is drafting a competing version for his chamber.

This is a good development. Because it’s been clear for some time now that President Obama has been the real roadblock.”

Whatever you do steer clear of the treacherous, self-interested Boob! He promised celestial choirs of cooperative singing, but A Boob Does What A Boob Does Best: Boobery. The celestial choirs instead are snarling dogs who do not trust the Boob:

“In 2008, Barack Obama, as a presidential candidate, made changing that culture a signature objective; if anything, it has grown more dysfunctional during his presidency.

Obama’s entire history is a misogynistic dance of self-interest and smoke filled rooms which advance his career – so how did anyone seriously expect him to change the culture of corruption in which he thrived?

David Brooks in 2008 thought Obama was the man of his dreams. Now Brooks, who turns his love for Obama on and off with schizophrenic regularity, is out of love and is saying “Don’t call the Boob.”

“Everything was mysterious, shifting and slippery. One day the president was agreeing to an $800 billion revenue increase; the next day he was asking for $400 billion more. Spending cuts that seemed to be part of the package suddenly seemed hollow. Negotiating partners disappeared.

It was phenomenally hard to figure out exactly who was offering what. Democrats in Congress were kept in the dark and were understandably suspicious. It was all a recipe for misunderstandings, hurt feelings and collapse. [snip]

Obama lectured the leaders of the House and Senate in the sort of patronizing tone that a junior high principal might use with immature delinquents. He talked about unreturned phone calls and being left at the altar, personalizing the issue like a spurned prom date.

Obama’s Friday appearance had a gigantic unintended consequence. It brought members of Congress together. They decided to take control. The White House is now on the sidelines. Democratic and Republican Congressional leaders are negotiating directly with one another.

Why didn’t Boner, er Boehner, return Obama’s call last week?

Republican Leader #1: Should we call Obama?

Republican Leader #2: No, keep the Boob as far away as possible.

Republican Leader #3: If you want to get anything done keep away from the Boob. Call Reid or Pelousy or the kitchen cat, but for all that is sensible and holy, keep away from the Boob.

The Republican leadership is not alone is recognizing who the flat tire is. For all the Big Media propaganda in service to the golden calf the American public has not been fooled:

“While pundits have been quick to declare President Obama the winner of the messaging war on the debt ceiling negotiations, his poll numbers show no such advantage. [snip]

Yet, it’s hard to deny the trend: A slew of recent polls are increasingly suggesting that public confidence in Obama and his handling of the economy is eroding. A new Washington Post/ABC News poll holds a fair amount of bad news for Obama.

But looking more closely, Obama’s overall job approval, while remaining at 47 percent for the last two months, shows that fewer voters “strongly approve” of Obama’s handling of the economy now than in previous months.

A CNN/ORC poll released Friday  showed a sharp drop in Obama’s overall job approval rating, which now lies at 45 percent in July, down from a previous 48 percent.

More notable is that the poll shows Obama’s disapproval rating is at 54 percent, the highest since just before the 2010 midterm elections in September.

The Democratic-leaning Public Policy Polling also declared Obama in “perilous shape” after a poll last week found that a rising number of Democrats are unhappy with the job Obama is doing, while independents were evenly split.

One Republican pollster, David Winston, said the trend is more likely explained by deepening pessimism about the state of the economy, punctuated by two straight months of rising unemployment and stagnating economic growth. No longer will Obama’s personal favorability, which has long been sky high, help buoy his job approval going into the 2012 election.

Ultimately, at some point in time, [Obama’s] overall job approval is going to move toward his economic approval. And it’s obviously not good for him,” Winston told POLITICO. “Typically, when you get disappointing numbers like 9.2 percent, that’s affirming to people that the economy isn’t working.”

Solution: Don’t call the treacherous, self-interested Boob.

The American people are hanging up on the Boob and if the election was held today, the Boob would be headed to the Rezko house and future. In the summer heat some are even dreaming that Obama has already quit and gone back to the fecund corruption slaughter houses of Chicago:

“Ironically, the path to a resolution may become more clear without Obama involved in the negotiations, as Congress can now focus on combining the Reid and Boehner plans once they pass in both chambers. Obama’s lack of leadership in this episode won’t be soon forgotten.”



Both John Boner, er Boehner’s, actual plan and Harry Reid’s existing plan (yup, they both have a plan) are now being revised. They have a chance of success as long as they keep away from the Boob. The Boob does not have a plan, never did on anything except his career, and does not intend to produce a plan – too much work and scrutiny.

Smart Republicans/conservatives and NObama Democrats must keep in mind that the problem is Barack Obama. Whatever the disputes are, and there are many and they are legitimate remember: the problem is Barack Obama.

Democrats or Obama Dimocrats who think this is going to be anything better than the Boehner or Reid bill, should put down the Hopium pipe and listen to Carville who knows Obama has boobed up the debt ceiling kerfuffle. Who could be surprised? Weatherman not required. Obama blows.

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  • admin

    Obama does not deserve respect:

    http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424053111903591104576470211147425964.html?mod=WSJ_Opinion_MIDDLETopOpinion

    “So this is what we have come to: the president of the United States, and not just any president but the World’s Greatest Orator, standing in the White House petulantly reproving his partisan opponents and imploring his supporters: “If you want a balanced approach to reducing the deficit, let your member of Congress know.” [snip]

    All a dictator needs to be effective is the ability to instill fear. An effective democratic leader needs to be able to command respect.

    Obama has a problem commanding the respect of his adversaries. Immediately after his address to the nation last night, Speaker John Boehner went on TV with a response. Fox News Channel’s Bret Baier reported that apart from the State of the Union, it was the first such response from the opposing party to a presidential address since 2007, when George W. Bush gave a speech on Iraq.

    And Boehner mocked Obama’s rhetoric: “The president has often said we need a ‘balanced’ approach–which in Washington means we spend more, you pay more.” One might observe that the partisan sniping was mutual. But the president is the higher-status player. He diminishes himself by punching down.

    Obama has turned into President Rodney Dangerfield: He doesn’t get no respect. [snip]

    But it’s true that lately Obama hasn’t been getting much respect from his friends, either. “I think it would do this country a good deal of service if people started thinking about candidates out there to begin contrasting a progressive agenda as opposed to what Obama believes he’s doing,” Sen. Bernie Sanders, the independent self-styled socialist from Vermont said last week. John Nichols of The Nation, a hard-left magazine, cites a CNN poll that finds this feeling increasingly common among Obama’s base:

    The number of Americans who say they disapprove of the president’s performance because he is not liberal enough has doubled since May. “Drill down into that number and you’ll see signs of a stirring discontent on the left,” says CNN Polling Director Keating Holland, who explains that, “Obama’s approval rating among liberals has dropped to the lowest point in his presidency, and roughly one in four Americans who disapprove of him say they feel that way because he has not been liberal enough, a new high for that measure.”

    “What evidence do we have that Obama knows what he’s doing?” former Enron adviser Paul Krugman asked last week. A stopped clock is right twice a day, but Krugman then asked: “When has Obama given progressives any reason to believe they can trust him?” [snip]

    Obama’s position is as brittle as it is rigid. It’s true that some polls suggest the public is more inclined to blame congressional Republicans than the president if the dispute remains unresolved and the results are disastrous. But Obama would have to be delusional to think that presiding over such a disaster would enhance his re-election prospects. [snip]

    Our guess is that Obama will end up signing whatever last-minute agreement Congress comes up with. As with last December’s deal to avert the Bush tax increases, he will bitterly protest, disclaiming responsibility for the outcome. He will maintain the left’s sympathy, but respect, once lost, is hard to recover.

  • holdthemaccountable

    OMG admin, you hit this one way out of the park. A title to die for, gobs of humor, remembrances of how hard Hillary tried to warn us, and the ultimate solution: keep Bam Bam in the play pen.
    —————–
    Earlier today I saw an indication that Reid was not working toward passage of his bill … Reid preferred instead to have the House bill fail before he exerted himself [Don't ask for the link, not certain I can find it now.] However, Boehner is still leading his greatest political mission to date:

    ABC News’ Jonathan Karl (@jonkarl) & John R. Parkinson (@JRPabcDC) report:
    House Speaker John Boehner is cracking the whip.
    “Get your ass in line,” Boehner demanded at a closed-door meeting of the entire House Republican conference this morning. “I can’t do this job unless you are behind me.” According to Republicans at the meeting, Boehner made an impassioned plea for his debt ceiling plan is the very best that Republicans could hope to achieve even as he acknowledged that it falls short of spending cuts that most of them want.
    Boehner’s “ass in line” speech seemed to have an impact. Republicans emerged from the meeting appearing to be more unified.
    http://blogs.abcnews.com/thenote/2011/07/john-boehner-to-house-gop-get-your-ass-in-line.html

  • Shadowfax

    Awesome post Adming!

    The 30% ‘argument’ is telling. Those that think Obama is so damn smart can’t follow his logic, because he is tripping over his own lies, and because they can’t follow him, they declaire that he is the 7 dimensional chess player wizard of the land. (Idiots)

    The celestial choirs instead are snarling dogs who do not trust the Boob! – No Obama 2012

    Sounds like a new bumpersticker!

    BTR

  • Shadowfax

    Woops, ‘Adming’ – must be the Asian spelling. ;-)

  • admin

    No respect in Massachusetts:

    http://www.bostonherald.com/news/us_politics/view/2011_0727new_polls_obamas_off_base_support_waning_even_among_liberal_backers/srvc=home&position=0

    Even here in bluest Massachusetts, some of President Obama’s stalwarts say their support for the liberal darling is slipping — as a new poll suggests the numbers are plummeting in the president’s base and a call has emerged from the left for a primary challenge.

    Our expectations were high, and the disappointment started happening early and often,” said state Rep. Denise Provost (D-Somerville), a big backer in 2008, now bothered by Obama’s snub to Harvard professor Elizabeth Warren and his extension of tax breaks.

    “He needs to stop spending money on the war and sending our youth overseas, and stop spending our money to kill other people,” said Mel King, a progressive community activist and former Boston mayoral candidate, who said he has become disillusioned by Obama’s decision to continue the war in Afghanistan. “That’s one issue that I think he really needs to step up on.”

    A Washington Post/ABC News poll suggests the promise of hope and change has soured amid high unemployment and a stubborn deadlock over the debt ceiling dragging on with no end in sight. Obama has lost in two key groups — progressive Democrats and blacks — who helped put him over the top in 2008.

    The Hopium is still in the streets, but it is interesting that Big Media is highlighting a lot more negative articles about Obama.

  • BASIL99

    For your amusement – something I came across elsewhere:

    BO: the Republicans don’t agree with my plan.
    PRESS: Sir, what’s your plan?
    BO: I don’t have one, and the republicans don’t agree with it.
    PRESS: Really?
    BO: Yep.
    PRESS: Ok. They don’t agree with your plan.

  • admin

    http://www.breitbart.tv/trump-obama-is-totally-lost/

    “He’s obviously not somebody who’s made a lot of deals in his life. The man is not a man who makes deals. The one deal he made was Obamacare and that’s a disaster for the country.”

  • admin

    HoldThemAccountable, the title did make us all giggle. :) It’s a lot cleaner now than in the original version.

  • turndownobama

    Charts are too big to copy, but there’s great detailed info at this site.

    http://healthcarereform.procon.org/view.resource.php?resourceID=004182
    The two charts below provide a brief timeline of the legislative history of bills containing an individual health insurance mandate as well as the policy origins of the individual health insurance mandate.

  • turndownobama

    SHV
    July 27th, 2011 at 2:11 pm

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

    Of course they were a twofer. I was just being silly. I meant Hillary probably did a lot of the thinking behind the financial and other policies we briefly attribute to “Bill Clinton.” And if she gets elected, he’ll do the same for her.

  • holdthemaccountable

    admin: It’s [the post title] a lot cleaner now than in the original version.
    ————-
    Hopefully down the road there will be a way to share those initial rejects.

  • holdthemaccountable

    hmmm already trump video seems not to work here or at breitbart. Perhaps it’s in high demand…..

  • turndownobama

    Sanders:

    we now know that the Federal Reserve provided a jaw-dropping $16 trillion in total financial assistance to some of the largest financial institutions and corporations in the world.

    Sanders:
    More than two years ago, I asked Ben Bernanke, the chairman of the Federal Reserve, a few simple questions that I thought the American people had a right to know: Who did the Fed bail out? How much did they receive? What were the terms of this assistance?

    Incredibly, the chairman of the Fed refused to answer these fundamental questions about how trillions of taxpayer dollars were being put at risk.

    Thanks to an amendment that I included in the Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act to audit and investigate the Fed, the American people are finally getting answers to these questions.

    A few days ago, the nonpartisan Government Accountability Office completed the first independent investigation into the emergency actions taken by the Federal Reserve. As a result of this investigation, we now know that the Federal Reserve provided a jaw-dropping $16 trillion in total financial assistance to some of the largest financial institutions and corporations in the world.

    Among the investigation’s key findings is that the Fed unilaterally provided trillions of dollars in financial assistance to foreign banks and corporations from South Korea to Scotland. In my view, no agency of the United States government should be allowed to bail out a foreign bank or corporation without the direct approval of Congress and the president.

    The GAO also determined that the Fed lacks a comprehensive system to deal with conflicts of interest, despite the serious potential for abuse. In fact, according to the report, the Fed provided conflict-of-interest waivers to employees and private contractors so they could keep investments in the same financial institutions and corporations that were given emergency loans.

    For example, the CEO of JP Morgan Chase served on the New York Fed’s board of directors at the same time that his bank received more than $390 billion in financial assistance from the Fed. Moreover, JP Morgan Chase served as one of the clearing banks for the Fed’s emergency lending programs.

  • BASIL99

    holdthemaccountable – Clip worked here and Trump makes great sense. No swagger, no BS, just pure business advice.

    He says Obamacare is and will destroy the country. “The one deal he made is obamacare and that’s a disaster.

    He has lost control and has, generally speaking, lost.”

  • Shadowfax

    You Don’t Need A Weatherman To Know HOW MUCH Obama Blows – 2012 (Another bumper sticker)

    or

    You Don’t Need A Weatherman To Know WHO Obama Blows – 2012 ;-)

  • admin

    Basil99, extra-special appreciation goes to Trump because he often makes reference to Rezko and the house deal. He does so again in the clip posted. Issa and the House Committees at some point need to investigate.

  • admin

    Fox News is defeating Obama even among his Big Media acolytes (is it really possible that Obama’s henchmen called someone else “a showboat”?):

    http://www.politico.com/politico44/perm/0711/a_thing_for_fox_f74f5ad3-fc03-4d15-854c-d5ddeda3967c.html

    The Obama administration has never been backward about leaning forward on Fox News. The network has proven a durable, go-to villain to rally the base and stoke indignation against a perceived antagonist on the right.

    But White House press secretary Jay Carney, going after Ed Henry from Fox News on Wednesday, misfired all over the place by also insulting House Speaker John Boehner for being a “showboat” and exposing a level of secrecy and political calculation in the debt limit negotiations that runs counter to promises President Obama ran on.

    The day after the two tangled over Henry’s request for specifics on Obama’s plan, Carney and Henry were back at it again. Henry asked at the briefing when Obama’s plan might be submitted to the Congressional Budget Office.

    “Ed, I understand, we can do this again, OK?” Carney said. “Has the speaker of the House shown you the positions he took in detail in the negotiations that were designed actually to achieve a compromise, as opposed to having a showboat?”

    “We put forward a budget, we put forward a framework,” Carney said.

    Questions about Obama’s plan — where is it, what’s on it — are proving tricky for the White House, because the omission is suddenly getting traction. Talking about an appealing, detailed plan doesn’t work if you don’t produce the plan. The lack of disclosure also doesn’t track with Obama’s pledge on transparency.

    The White House explanation — that any plan must be held close so it won’t be instantly politicized and defeated is very backroom, politics-as-usual – a way of doing things that Obama vowed to reject.

    “Both leaders, the senior-most Republican in the land, third in line, OK? A powerful figure with great authority sat on a room with the president of the United States and worked out a detailed compromise,” Carney said.

    “It is the nature of these kinds of difficult things that you do that in a way so that you agree on the tough choices, you come out together and announce them, and you begin to make the argument,” he said. “A hard argument from each person to his party, that this is what we need to do for the sake of the country.”

    Carney’s explanation was once again that these deals have to be worked out in secret. But Henry pressed on — why not have a senator take up Obama’s detailed plan and introduce it as a bill?

    “We are six days away,” Henry said.

    Carney got angry. “Chuck — I mean Ed, you know, the speaker walked away from this deal,” he said.

    You say it’s a great deal so put it out there,” Henry said. “Let the American people — ”

    “I think I’ve answered the question,” Carney said. “I mean, I know you’re creating a thing here for Fox…

    Henry, who hardly pulled punches when he sat a few seats over for CNN, chided Carney, “That’s not what I’m doing. You know better than that.”

    The White House has previously found it useful to single out Fox, saying they don’t regard the network as a traditional news organization, calling it a “wing of the Republican Party” and equating reporters who cover the White House to Bill O’Reilly and former Fox host Glenn Beck.

    The reporters and producers from Fox at the White House are among the most respected in the news business. Next year, Henry takes over as president of the White House Correspondents Association — meaning ever closer dealings with the administration.

    Back at the briefing, Carney went on to bring into clearer focus a part of the process that has been alluded to but never openly declared: the existence of White House background briefings on the debt limit negotiations, where officials have discussed the plan with a limited number of journalists.

    “Ed, somebody from Fox sat in a room with senior White House officials and got more detail on the president’s proposal and what was agreed upon between the president and the speaker of the House than you could name me now is in any of the proposals put forward by House Republicans,” Carney said. “And you know it.”

  • Mrs. Smith

    So, If Obama and the Democrats have submitted a Budget proposal, has the GAO accepted it as something doable?

    And NO, the public hasn’t seen the Dems proposal. When will we be made aware of the highlights in the Dems proposal?

  • admin

    http://www.realclearpolitics.com/articles/2011/07/27/palin_to_keynote_tea_party_rally_in_iowa_110734.html

    In the latest indication that her sights are still set on a presidential run, former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin has accepted an invitation to keynote a Tea Party rally in Waukee, Iowa, on Sept. 3, RealClearPolitics has learned.

    The Labor Day weekend visit to the nation’s first voting state comes after Palin indicated during an appearance on Fox News earlier this month that she would make her decision about whether to launch a campaign in August or September.

  • henry

    xfinity(comcast) homepage has the John Stewart clip

  • Mormaer

    Obama has done nothing but play both sides (Dems and Repubs) against the middle for his own gratification and some twisted logic that it will help with his re-election. I think that he has some kind of psychological condition in which he is compelled to cause a big stink and then lecture everyone to massage his own ridiculous ego and appear to solve the problem he caused in the first place. It is similar to political Munchhausen syndrome by proxy and the victim is the entire country. It is weird and creepy. When he is told to but out or stop it he looses it. Maybe an arsonist who rushes to save people from a fire is a closer analogy.

  • BASIL99

    “Ed, somebody from Fox sat in a room with senior White House officials and got more detail on the president’s proposal and what was agreed upon between the president and the speaker of the House than you could name me now is in any of the proposals put forward by House Republicans,” Carney said. “And you know it.”

    I am Sooooo uncomfortable with the way the WH singles out a news media for frequent chastisement and yet mentions no other outlet by name.

    Isn’t this approaching slander? Couldn’t FOX sue the WH over this? I mean, I know on the one hand it’s great exposure and any publicity is good publicity but on the other hand isn’t the WH deliberately trying to diminish a private American business? Isn’t that against the law? You know, like the way the WH took over GM? Can’t someone make a legal case that will stick about the unconstitutionality of this? Honestly, I hope someone can answer.

  • BASIL99

    Mormaer,

    Great analogy but no excuse and isn’t such a psychological condition cause for dismissal????

    “political Munchhausen syndrome by proxy and the victim is the entire country. It is weird and creepy.”

    It just seems at some point a lot of people should and hopefully will be on the hook for all the lies and tyranny perpetuated on the country by Bo and his admin.

    Or is that just wishful thinking?

    BYT, a good book which contains textbook cases of BO’s narcissism is “The People of the Lie.” I remember reading it while undergoing divorce and it was one of the things that helped me hang on to what sanity I had left.

    Lie, confuse other people, scapegoat the innocent, twist people into believing you . . . .

    The building block of evil is the lie . . . it is the cornerstone of all tyrany . . .

  • henry

    Ha ha ha ha ha
    Looks like the Jon Stewart “Did the President Just Quit” video has gone viral. Just rec’d it in an email and it is on every other blog. Did a youtube search and it appears that a new one is posted every few minutes so difficult to tell how many views.

  • Mrs. Smith

    Obama WH gearing up for ‘pushback’ on Issa and Gun Runner Investigation..
    ___________________________

    As Predicted – Liberals Attack Issa to Deflect From Gunrunner Scandal

    Our D.C. Insider warned of a “deflection” scandal that would be attempted against Republicans in order to shift attention away from the Obama administration’s complicity in the ever-growing Gunrunner scandal. Once again, Insider has been proven correct…

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

    Question: Pushback scandal?

    Insider: Basically something Obama operatives have had in the can for some time now. A “pushback” from the hits the president and his administration has been taking on Fast and Furious, the poor polling data, the Libya challenge, etc. It’s very basic politics, but it also once again proves desperation coming from this White House. The scandal will be fed to those media figures that remain devoted to the president. It will attempt to damage the Republicans while at the same time diminish the growing dissatisfaction against Obama.

    -INSIDER, June 23rd, 2011

    ______________________________

    The Ulsterman Report: Issa Shrugs Off “Pushback” Scandal and Moves Forward on Gunrunner Investigation

    Ulsterman on July 25, 2011

    Congressman Darrell Issa appears quite determined to reveal the truth regarding the Obama administration’s complicity and cover-up surrounding the increasingly far-reaching Gunrunner scandal.

    There is a pushback scandal coming. Learned of it weeks ago. Appears ready to break. It will be fed to the media and used to deflect attention away from the president…The scandal will be fed to those media figures that remain devoted to the president. It will attempt to damage the Republicans while at the same time diminish the growing dissatisfaction against Obama.

    -Insider: June 23rd, 2011

    Here it is:

    While Fighting to block SEC investigation of Goldman Sachs, Rep Darrell Issa Bought Goldman Sachs Bonds

    Think Progress Headline: June 27th, 2011

    Darrell Issa’s 15.5 Million Dollar Motive to Defend Goldman Sachs

    Daily Kos Headline: June 29th, 2011

    _____________

    Washington DC– On Tuesday, July 26th, the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee will convene a hearing as part of the ongoing investigation into the Department of Justice’s Operation Fast and Furious, a tragically flawed effort that is connected to deaths on both sides of the U.S./Mexico border.

    The Committee’s previous hearing, Operation Fast and Furious: Reckless Decisions, Tragic Outcomes, featured ATF agents who testified they were ordered to let guns destined for Mexican drug cartels walk and heartbreaking testimony from the family of a U.S. Border Patrol agent whose murder is linked to guns that law enforcement chose not to interdict.

    …”The Acting Director of the ATF has told congressional investigators that the Justice Department is attempting to shift blame in Operation Fast and Furious away from its political appointees,” said Chairman Darrell Issa.

    “Examining the accounts of witnesses who did not participate in Operation Fast and Furious, but were nonetheless disturbed as they watched it unfold is critical to understanding the scope of this flawed program. This testimony is especially important in light of the Justice Department’s willful efforts to withhold key evidence from investigators about what occurred, who knew and who authorized this reckless operation.”

    Official statement from Congressman Darrell Issa: July 20th, 2011

    _________________

    update:

    Initially we were going to sit back and let it run its natural course. More recently we instead are going to assist in countering the scandal. Diminish its initial damage, and then refocus attention back onto Obama. The more uncomfortable we make him, the better, and we intend to make him very-very politically uncomfortable heading into 2012…

    -INSIDER: June 23rd, 2011

    http://socyberty.com/politics/as-predicted-liberals-attack-issa-to-deflect-from-gunrunner-scandal/

  • Mrs. Smith

    Jon Stewart’s rundown of Obama’s negotiation expertise is priceless… asking: “Did the President just Quit?” with Biden showing up at the announcement in his robe… hilarious! :)

  • SHV

    “Obama & the Fake Debt Ceiling Crisis: This President Is Really Just Smarter Than You Are..”

    ***
    “What if the president counts on corporate media and his army of careerists and sycophants to shut down and cover up cracks in the Obama consensus through which reality might leak? What if Obama is not weak, or timid, or vacillating or waiting for us to “make him do it”? What if what we’ve seen is all there is, all there ever was?”
    ****
    “The truth is that Barack Obama’s actions are entirely rational, understandable and even predictable if you suppose him to have been a vicious, vacuous and cynical right wing operative from the very beginning.”
    *****
    “So if you’re an Obama supporter, and you’re disappointed that your president won’t fight for you — if you’re an Obama supporter and you wonder why the president won’t stand up for Medicaid, Medicare and social security — here’s the answer. The president really, really is smarter than you. He knows what side he’s on and you don’t. He knows that the two-party system is a veal pen, where as long as “he can play good cop to the Republicans’ ever worsening bad cop, the game is fixed, and not in your favor. ”

    http://www.blackagendareport.com/obama-fake-debt-ceiling-crisis_smarter-than-you

    IMO, the description is correct but the explanation that Obama’s behavior is the result of political philosophy is not. Trying to put a rational spin on the shit that comes from Obama’s twisted mind is a fools errand.

    ***
    “You Don’t Need A Weatherman To Know Which Way Obama Blows”

    I disagree…A “Weatherman” is laughing his ass off about his role in foisting this toxic fraud onto the country….The damage done is worse than an infinite number of half-assed homemade bombs.

  • henry

    Mrs Smith
    I concur but I still maintain youtube(google) is all about protecting bambi. There are 113 posted videos of Stewart asking if teh one has quit and the most views accredited to any is 831. Email I got had hundreds of other recipients. I actually replayed “Damn I Wish You Were President” by Sophie B. Hawkins one night with a bunch of friends over and over again and each time clearing the browser and opening a new page and not being signed in and the total views the next day were up around a hundred. Not possible.
    Marshall Macluhan(sp) The medium is the message. Ergo control the medium control the message.

  • JanH

    Clinton vows push for Obama veto on pending bill to curb State Dept.
    From Jill Dougherty, CNN Foreign Affairs Correspondent
    July 27, 2011

    Washington (CNN) — Calling it “debilitating to my efforts to carry out a considered foreign policy and diplomacy,” Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton is warning members of the House of Representatives that she “will recommend personally” that President Barack Obama veto a bill pending in the House that would severely restrict State Department operations, international organizations and foreign assistance.

    In a letter to Florida Republican Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, chairman of the House Committee on Foreign Affairs, Clinton listed a number of what she termed “onerous” restrictions that would cut contributions from the United States to international organizations, ban funds for the Obama administration’s Global Climate Change Initiative and prohibit any economic or democracy aid to countries whose votes at the United Nations oppose the U.S. more than 50% of the time. CNN obtained a copy of the letter from a source with knowledge of the House negotiations.

    Secretary Clinton, in her letter, maintains the bill contains “crippling restrictions on security assistance where maximum flexibility is needed, especially with regard to the governments of Egypt, Lebanon and Yemen, and to the Palestinian Authority.”

    When asked about the bill by CNN, State Department Deputy spokesman Mark Toner said the bill was passed on a “party-line vote.” The State Department believes the funding levels and restrictions in that bill do not reflect the national security roles the department and USAID currently play in countries including Afghanistan and Iraq and would have “serious implications on our operations,” Toner said.

    “We’ve got a full plate and we’re committed to carrying out those missions which we believe are in our national interests. We cannot do so at the proposed funding levels,” he said.

    Responding to Clinton’s letter, Ros-Lehtinen’s office said she was “disappointed that the Obama administration would stand in the way of a bill that saves billions of dollars, mandates needed bureaucratic and policy reforms, enhances U.S. security by placing conditions on U.S. assistance to Pakistan, Yemen, Egypt, Lebanon, and the Palestinian Authority, and blocks U.S. tax dollars from being wasted on foreign organizations, programs, and governments that work to undermine U.S. interests abroad.”

    The House bill, which would have to pass the Senate to end up on the president’s desk, also would ban U.S. aid to countries unless the secretary of state can certify that their governments contain no members of terrorist organizations. This includes at least two countries currently undergoing major change as part of the so-called “Arab spring” — Egypt and Yemen.

    The House Appropriations State and Foreign Operations subcommittee is working on a separate appropriations bill that would cut the State Department’s regular discretionary funding by 18% below last year’s level.

    The head of that subcommittee, Rep. Kay Granger, a Texas Republican, says on her website: “In this period of change throughout the Middle East, we have been forced to look closely at who exactly we are working with in the region. The Palestinian Authority, Lebanon and Egypt have gone through enormous change. There is still uncertainty about whether they will continue to work toward peace or allow extremism into their governments.”

    The bill also would reinstate the Mexico City Policy, which banned federal funding for organizations that promote abortion or perform abortions. That policy, adopted in 1984 under President Ronald Reagan, twice was overturned by Democratic presidents including Obama.

    Rep. Nita Lowey of New York, the ranking Democrat on the subcommittee, calls the bill’s ban on funding for the United Nations Population Fund and attempt to reinstate the so-called “global gag rule,” as Lowey and other opponents of the Mexico City Policy dub it, an example of “outrageous, divisive policies.”

    “Whether you call yourself a Republican or a Democrat, pro-choice or pro-life,” she says, the cuts are “counterproductive to our shared goals of reducing unwanted pregnancies, maternal and infant deaths, and abortions.” Lowey charges that the two provisions would lead to “7,700 maternal deaths, 35,000 orphans, and 1.3 million more abortions next year.”

    Samuel A. Worthington, the head of InterAction, the largest alliance of U.S.-based international NGOs, said, “These cuts will not only harm U.S. national interests, they will have a huge impact on the lives of those who are already marginalized in the poorest corners of the earth.”

    “The argument that a nation with an annual GDP of $14.6 trillion cannot afford to invest a fraction of 1% of that to proactively work to build a safer, more prosperous world, and to fully fund desperately needed humanitarian activity, is simply false.”

    Rep. Granger maintains that “in this difficult geopolitical and economic climate, the American people deserve a policy that is based on American principles, looks out for American interests, and wisely invests American dollars.”

    http://www.cnn.com/2011/POLITICS/07/27/clinton.funding/

  • Mrs. Smith

    henry:

    I agree, control the medium does control the message.. and why Soros is heavily invested in the Big 3 News outlets..per Hitler.

  • Mrs. Smith

    After you read this message and watch the video, you will feel so much better. :

    http://governmentgonewild.org/thelist

    h.. w.. youtube.com/watch?v=G96TY5JsV-s&feature=player_embedded

  • turndownobama

    Re a House bill to restrict Hillary’s State Dept, posted above:

    The bill also would reinstate the Mexico City Policy, which banned federal funding for organizations that promote abortion or perform abortions. That policy, adopted in 1984 under President Ronald Reagan, twice was overturned by Democratic presidents including Obama.

    Rep. Nita Lowey of New York, the ranking Democrat on the subcommittee, calls the bill’s ban on funding for the United Nations Population Fund and attempt to reinstate the so-called “global gag rule,” as Lowey and other opponents of the Mexico City Policy dub it, an example of “outrageous, divisive policies.”

    “Whether you call yourself a Republican or a Democrat, pro-choice or pro-life,” she says, the cuts are “counterproductive to our shared goals of reducing unwanted pregnancies, maternal and infant deaths, and abortions.” Lowey charges that the two provisions would lead to “7,700 maternal deaths, 35,000 orphans, and 1.3 million more abortions next year.”

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

    Yes. Cut down on birth control services, and there are MORE abortions. Birth control = fewer unwanted pregnancies = fewer abortions.

  • Mrs. Smith

    “Responding to Clinton’s letter, Ros-Lehtinen’s office said she was “disappointed that the Obama administration would stand in the way of a bill that saves billions of dollars, mandates needed bureaucratic and policy reforms, enhances U.S. security by placing conditions on U.S. assistance to Pakistan, Yemen, Egypt, Lebanon, and the Palestinian Authority, and blocks U.S. tax dollars from being wasted on foreign organizations, programs, and governments that work to undermine U.S. interests abroad.”

    “The House bill, which would have to pass the Senate to end up on the president’s desk, also would ban U.S. aid to countries unless the secretary of state can certify that their governments contain no members of terrorist organizations. This includes at least two countries currently undergoing major change as part of the so-called “Arab spring” — Egypt and Yemen.
    ____________________

    Good bill listing notable guidelines for aid. I will be very surprised if Obama signs the Bill. Language specific guidelines would hamstring his foreign donors.

  • holdthemaccountable

    For those wondering, myfoxny has the article below. Please note it is authored by Dow Jones (not Fox), but I’ve known the NYC Fox affiliate to be an extraordinary political source, especially in the segments aired with a man named Doug Luzader. The station was dropped over a squabble for exclusivity in my area(FCC gone awry with Powell’s son I think) and to this day I miss it so.

    CBO: Reid Plan Would Cut $2.2 Trillion
    Updated: Wednesday, 27 Jul 2011, 12:33 PM EDT
    Published : Wednesday, 27 Jul 2011, 11:49 AM EDT

    CBO: Reid Plan Would Cut $2.2 Trillion
    (Dow Jones) – Congress’ official budget scorekeeper said Wednesday that Senate Democrats’ budget plan would reduce the deficit by about $2.2 trillion over 10 years, short of the reduction Democrats had thought it would generate. The Congressional Budget Office analysis of Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid’s (D-Nev.) plan said it would provide $500 billion less in deficit reduction than the $2.7 trillion Democratic lawmakers had said it would save over 10 years. CBO compared the plan to its most recent March baseline, adjusted to include spending cuts that Congress has enacted this year….
    http://www.myfoxny.com/dpps/news/cbo-reid-plan-would-cut-2.2-trillion-dpgonc-20110727-ch_14317854

    Now signing off for the day.

  • JanH

    OT: Smile for the day…

    Take a calming breath from all your troubles and watch…

    http://www.youtube.com/watch_popup?v=SkY03n0_sD8&vq=medium

  • tim

    admin, your article brought tears to me and my wife’s eyes, we will never forget what the “democratic” party did in 2008. All those debates, all those lies, all those insults.

    All sane americans saw this fool for what he was, Hillary warned, Mccain warned, Bill warned, hell even Guiliani warned.

    This pathetic loser of a man has to be defeated and evicted next year in november 2012, the country will not survive another 4 years of sheer arrogant incompetence.

  • Mrs. Smith

    JanH
    July 27th, 2011 at 8:03 pm

    I was happy to see that message at the end of the video.

    Sad, isn’t it… when you see animals acting more like humans and everyday you see humans acting more like animals.

  • jbstonesfan

    I think Ros-Lehtinen’s bill is excellent…I have to respectfully disagree with Hillary on this one.

  • tim

    So this is now the “Democratic” party?

    http://www.startribune.com/politics/blogs/126262778.html
    Franken has a sign “Welcome Terrorists”, I thought this was a joke, but no.

  • Mrs. Smith

    jbstonesfan
    July 27th, 2011 at 8:51 pm

    I have to respectfully disagree with Hillary on this one.
    __________________________

    I think she would be glad hearing that- She is following orders from her Boss to disagree with the Ross-Lehtinen’s Bill. What is left unsaid, the decision for aid eligibility goes to the SOS not arbitrarily to the president.

  • democrat1

    Forget Obama, Draft Hillary

    As far as I’m concerned, the most sensible idea to come out of this whole debt-ceiling mess so far is from Vermont’s independent senator, Bernie Sanders, who caucuses with the Democrats. Sanders says President Obama is so weak in his dealings with Republicans that he should be forced to face opposition in next year’s Democratic primaries.

    Sen. Sanders didn’t name another candidate or indicate he’d like a different Democratic nominee. But I’d like to suggest one: the candidate the president unfortunately defeated in the 2008 primaries, Hillary Clinton. She’s the only other Democrat around who can win nomination and election.

    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/sandy-goodman/draft-hillary_b_908643.html

  • NewMexicoFan

    Called the white house today to leave a message about an issue. Well it appears that my Senators and Reps will take messages after hourse. However, the White House will not take a message after hours, go figure.

    Yes, the admin discussion about the limit he was just soft shoeing. He did not know what that vote or discussion was about, so he did the old soft shoe. He just forgot to vote present.

  • turndownobama

    If Hillary wants any of those limitations, she can do them herself. In addition to the following, the bill also reinstates the Mexico City Gag Rule on womens’ reproductive services, and would make HIllary herself personally responsible for something unrealistic: “the secretary of state can certify that their governments contain no members of terrorist organizations.”

    In a letter to Florida Republican Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, chairman of the House Committee on Foreign Affairs, Clinton listed a number of what she termed “onerous” restrictions that would cut contributions from the United States to international organizations, ban funds for the Obama administration’s Global Climate Change Initiative and prohibit any economic or democracy aid to countries whose votes at the United Nations oppose the U.S. more than 50% of the time.

  • turndownobama

    Language specific guidelines would hamstring his foreign donors.

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

    Where does this bill limiting the State Dept mention “language specific guidelines” or donations to the POTUS or a US campaign?

  • tim

    “I think Ros-Lehtinen’s bill is excellent ”

    Agreed.

  • S

    Admin…this post cuts right to the core…this should be essential reading for all sides that are negotiating the debt ceiling crisis and thinking about the next President…between you and Hillary…truer words were never pointed out and spoken…

    right on target…

  • S

    btw…speaking of the only “adult” in the room…how dare he? how freaking dare he?

    the only adults around are Hillary and Bill Clinton…can anyone imagine where we would be without them??? then and now???

    O should graciously bow out with some trumped up excuse and clear the decks for true, tried and tested democrats with democratic steely spines…before all hope is lost and it is way too late for what is barely left of the dims…

    O is a complete sellout …bought and paid for…spineless

  • turndownobama

    O is a complete sellout …bought and paid for…spineless

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

    WEll, that’s what they bought him for, isn’t it?

  • Mike Marks

    Great article, Admin, from beginning to end.

    Holy Cow! Scaling new heights of incompetence day after day, this fraud is so pathetic than even I’M starting to feel sorry for him (no, wait! it’s passed). So much worse than anyone could have imagined. Could anyone look more irrelevant and lost?

    Very sad about Jay Carney, the latest in a series of former liberal bright lights (e.g. Debbie Wasserman-Shultz) who have converted to BOOBISM in a big way, reduced to name-calling and contorting himself into a pretzel trying to find some logic in the fraud’s actions. He may look young but he’s been around for awhile. I remember when he used to be an impressive substitute in the liberal chair on the McLaughlin Group. Now he’s reduced to a laughing stock. Very sad.

  • S

    turndownobama
    July 27th, 2011 at 10:40 pm
    ***********************************

    yes, it was all in the cards from the start…that is what is so on target about this post and quoting Hillary…but nooooo, instead the DNC and crazy far left bought and paid for the sellout…hell, “it’s their party and they can cry if they want to” …they screwed us all out of what could have been a great presidency…the insiders knew he was a pushover…a novice…a front man…

  • Shadowfax

    JanH
    July 27th, 2011 at 8:03 pm

    OT: Smile for the day…

    Take a calming breath from all your troubles and watch…

    http://www.youtube.com/watch_popup?v=SkY03n0_sD8&vq=medium

    ————-
    Normally I don’t watch links that don’t tell me what is going on first, but I am glad I did watch your link.

    So calming and sweet, animals are apolitical…and makes all our drama seem so silly.
    Thanks.

  • NewMexicoFan

    I think all of us had seen the signs and recognized them as real flags and defects in his personality and job experience. However, seeing what is happening to our country because through fraud O was allowed to take over is personnel depressing to me.

    Like admin said we suspected, but this is so much worse. It is not particularly satisfying to be so right, when so many people are suffering and losing their homes. Of course the larger question is even if they do the right thing (which to me is questionable), what will she be able to do in 8 years, and who would come after her. All that Bill did, George II only took 8 years to dig us a bigger hole. Unfortunately a Dem is now at the bottom of that hole not sure what way he is digging.

  • turndownobama

    Obama’s pattern of action is clear: roll over for the corporate interests. Whether he’s deluded, or a weak fool, or cynically bought — doesn’t matter. Same actions.

    His confusing talk may be because he’s confused — or because he’s deliberately trying to confuse us. Trying to figure it out is a waste of time.

  • admin

    New York Times on the shrinking Obama:

    http://www.nytimes.com/2011/07/28/us/politics/28obama.html?_r=1&hp

    For an hour on Wednesday the White House press secretary, Jay Carney, fielded questions about what, if anything, President Obama was doing to help end the impasse in Congress over the imminent need to raise the nation’s borrowing limit.

    He spoke repeatedly but without specifics of private conversations and nonstop meetings involving administration officials “up to the highest levels” — White House shorthand for the president. Finally, exasperated, he asked whether reporters expected “a President Bartlet moment” — say, a march up Capitol Hill to whip Congress in line, à la fictional president in “The West Wing” television series.

    “Yes,” one reporter replied. [snip]

    Having already deployed the heavy weapons from the presidential arsenal, including a national address on Monday night and a veto threat, Mr. Obama is in danger of seeming a spectator at one of the most critical moments of his presidency. Having been unable to get the grand bargain he wanted — a debt limit increase and up to $4 trillion in debt-reduction through spending cuts and taxes — Mr. Obama’s challenge now is to reassert himself in a way that produces the next-best outcome, or at least one that does no harm to his re-election hopes. [snip]

    Worse, with the health of a still-fragile recovery resting on the outcome, a bad ending could leave Mr. Obama more vulnerable politically than he is now, with 9 percent unemployment, on the issue that is likely to define the 2012 elections — his handling of the economy.

    “I don’t think a president is ever completely helpless, but having said that, my interpretation of the nationally televised address that he gave was that he had no arrows left in his quiver,” said Bill Galston, a former Clinton administration official and now a senior fellow at the Brookings Institution, a research organization. “If he’d had another card to play, that was surely the time to play it.

  • moononpluto

    Seriously WTF.

    http://edition.cnn.com/2011/WORLD/africa/07/27/cameroon.breast.ironing/index.html?hpt=hp_c1

    Breast ironing tradition targeted in Cameroon

    Every morning before school, nine-year-old Terisia Techu would undergo a painful procedure. Her mother would take a burning hot pestle straight out of a fire and use it to press her breasts.

    With tears in her eyes as she recalls what it was like, Terisia tells CNN that one day the pestle was so hot, it burned her, leaving a mark. Now 18, she is still traumatized.

    Her mother, Grace, denies the incident. But she proudly demonstrates the method she used on her daughter for several weeks, saying the goal was to make her less desirable to boys — and stave off pregnancy.

    A study found that one in four girls in Cameroon have been affected by the practice.

    The U.S. State Department, in its 2010 human rights report on Cameroon, cited news reports and said breast ironing “victimized numerous girls in the country” and in some cases “resulted in burns, deformities, and psychological problems.”

    There are more than 200 ethnic groups in Cameroon with different norms and customs. Breast ironing is practiced by all of them.

    Some mothers use hot stones or coconut shells to flatten their daughters’ breasts.

    Doctors believe improved diets have resulted in young Cameroonian girls going through puberty early. Many of them are also becoming pregnant early.

    Terisia became pregnant at 15. Her child died at birth.

    She told CNN that breast ironing doesn’t work. She hates the practice and wishes her mother had instead talked to her about sex and preventing pregnancy.

    Grace Techu argues that if it weren’t for the breast ironing, Terisia would have become pregnant at an even younger age.

    Techu has four daughters, and she used the procedure on the first two. The third avoided it because her breasts are growing at an acceptable rate, Techu says, and the fourth girl is still too young.

    Mothers who want their children to finish school before becoming parents have resorted to this drastic measure, and many see nothing wrong with it.

    In 2006, a German nongovernmental organization exposed the practice, which at the time was done mainly in secret.

    Now, charities have embarked on campaigns to educate mothers in Cameroon that sex education — not breast ironing — is the solution to ending teenage pregnancy.

    Dr Sinou Tchana, a gynecologist in Cameroon, has seen breast glands that were destroyed. She also saw one case of cancer, though she says it couldn’t be established whether the ironing caused or only exacerbated the cancer.

    “One mother came with secondary burns because the stone she was using to do this breast ironing burned her,” Tchana says.

    One of Tchana’s patients is a 23-year-old whose scars are still painful 14 years after her breasts were ironed. She has joined the effort to confront mothers about the effects of their actions.

    The challenge for all those trying to stop the practice is reaching parents like Techu in villages before a ritual that they say is motivated by love shatters more lives.

    ………………………………………

    Seriously, where the hell did some idiot come up with that one. Notice, nobody practices, penis ironing, that would stop the pregnancies and men desiring the young girls. Purely stupid, no doubt thought up by some man. I thought i’d seen it all.

  • moononpluto

    Obama: More than Twice the Debt in Half the Time as Bush (Barry the Magic Unicorn strikes out again)

    A recent “infographic” released by the White House tries to assign the blame for our massive debt and deficits to former President Bush and Republican Congresses. However, the graphic conveniently omits President Obama’s record and his plans for the fiscal future of our country. If the President had his way and his Fiscal Year 2012 budget proposal was enacted, here is what a comparison of the increase in public debt would look like:

    As the graph above shows, the debt held by the public increased $2.4 trillion between 2000 and 2008, from $3.4 trillion to $5.8 trillion. Under President Obama’s budget proposal, the debt held by the public is projected to increase $6.1 trillion between 2008 and 2012, from $5.8 trillion to $11.9 trillion.

    That means that President Obama will more than double the debt accumulated under President Bush in half the time. Twice the debt in half the time: courtesy of the Obama Administration.

    Graph at link

    http://biggovernment.com/waysandmeans/2011/07/27/obama-more-than-twice-the-debt-in-half-the-time-as-bush/

  • moononpluto

    This administration has to be the most dangerous corrupt administration ever and I thought Bush would be hard to beat.

    Lawmaker probing if Treasury meddled in S&P rating

    A congressional panel is examining whether the Obama administration tried to unduly influence Standard & Poor’s before the credit rater revised its outlook on the debt rating to negative.

    Randy Neugebauer, the Republican chairman of a House oversight panel, said on Wednesday his staff is probing whether Treasury tried to make material changes to a draft of S&P’s news release announcing the negative outlook revision in April.

    “Our concern was if the administration was trying to influence this rating decision some — above what would be a normal practice,” Neugebauer told reporters after a hearing examining oversight of the credit rating industry and the role the raters are playing in U.S. debt talks.

    S&P has been the most aggressive of the “big three” credit rating agencies in threatening to downgrade the United States’ triple-A rating unless Congress agrees to a credible and meaningful deficit-reduction plan.

    U.S. lawmakers are trying to reach a deal by August 2 to both raise the $14.3 trillion U.S. debt limit and lay out an aggressive framework to cut federal spending.

    The House Financial Services oversight subcommittee on Wednesday released a trove of emails between top S&P sovereign credit analysts, S&P President Deven Sharma and senior Treasury officials, including the department’s assistant secretary for financial markets, Mary Miller.

    A review of the emails by Reuters shows efforts by S&P and Treasury officials to hold discussions ahead of the outlook review. They also show an interest by Treasury in obtaining a draft copy of S&P’s press release.

    There was no indication in the emails that Treasury was unhappy with the review or tried to influence the press release.

    Although it is customary for rating agencies to talk to their issuers, Republicans said they had concerns the Obama administration may have gone too far.

    The Treasury had no immediate comment.

    http://www.reuters.com/article/2011/07/28/us-usa-debt-neugebauer-idUSTRE76R00X20110728

    ……………………………………………………………………………….

    Oh dear, yet another of those “you didnt hear it from me ” things again is it. Would an Obamist intefere in something to benefit Bambi, never, I’m shocked, i tell you, shocked.

  • turndownobama

    Now, charities have embarked on campaigns to educate mothers in Cameroon that sex education — not breast ironing — is the solution to ending teenage pregnancy.

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

    Education — or give them some actual contraceptives?

    Either way, the Ros-Lehtinen bill would probably prohibit Hillary from giving them any!

  • Mrs. Smith

    Mrs. Smith
    July 27th, 2011 at 7:28 pm

    Language specific guidelines would hamstring his foreign donors.
    ________________________

    Egypt received aid from the US for decades. Mubarek when deposed was a billionaire. The aid money never reached the people it was supposed to help. Because there are the expected kickbacks to the source of the aid.

  • moononpluto

    despicable…..scaring veterans now.

    http://www.wvnstv.com/story.cfm?func=viewstory&storyid=104194

    BECKLEY — Leaders of veterans groups met with administration officials Tuesday to discuss what is at stake if Congress cannot come to a consensus.

    President Obama has said that if a default occurs, the administration will be forced to prioritize who gets paid.

    That means those receiving veterans benefits, social security, unemployment insurance, tuition grants, food stamps, and child care subsidies may be forced to compete for coverage.

    “If that happens, and we default, we would not have enough money to pay all of our bills –bills that include monthly Social Security checks, veterans’ benefits, and the government contracts we’ve signed with thousands of businesses,” said the President.

    Each day without a deal, veterans at the Raleigh County Commission on Aging worry whether their check will come in the mail next month.

    “The fact that the President comes out and threatens to take away our social security checks and not pay the veterans is despicable,” said David Hern, a veteran fought in Korea.

    …………………………..

    What next, press conference with puppies and a handgun……..

  • holdthemaccountable

    GE/NBC’s going out of its way to denigrate Boehner. Brian William’s coverage was direct from Capitol Hill – there’s some kind of exclusive deal where what they film will be shown Sunday evening to compete with CBS 60 Minutes. Brian’s editors broadcast a decent but challenging interview of Boehner. Reid’s piece – not so much. They aired Old Harry said Boehner is a nice man who has painted himself into a corner. Brain (misspelling intended, that’s always how his name comes out first when I type it) did not follow up. And of course, the obligatory ‘even if Boehner gets it through the house it will not pass the senate. And if by some freak the senate should pass it, Obama will veto it.’ And it is absolutely always referred to as Boehner’s Bill. Fast Forward to this morning, 4 am NBC: and we hear from the new female anchor: Boehner wastes time trying to rally Republicans … and shows inappropriate movie also to rally Republicans.

    GE made news at gateway yesterday with an announcement that something big will be headquartered in China. I did not check that out. Seems kind of like AARP working both sides of the fence, and peaking of AARP, I called them yesterday regarding recent mail. Their annual membership is up to $16 which includes subscriptions to the magazine ($4.03) and the bulletin ($3.09). I believe until now, they were “free.” As soon as those publications hit my home, the labels are ripped off then tossed in the burn barrel bag. The publications themselves are flung in the garbage. This rate hike added to the fact that my membership does not expire until December, fueled my decision to call the number provided for other services. When I got to the human, Edgar, I told him I was intent on griping and could he suggest the most effective way to have my voice heard. Imagine my surprise when he said, just keep talking. You are being recorded and ‘they’ are currently interested in what people have to say. So I ‘had at it.’ He also suggested I follow up with a letter. The number I called was 1-888-OUR-AARP should anyone here wish to test those waters.

  • Mrs. Smith

    In a letter to Florida Republican Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, chairman of the House Committee on Foreign Affairs, Clinton listed a number of what she termed “onerous” restrictions that would cut contributions from the United States to international organizations, ban funds for the Obama administration’s Global Climate Change Initiative and prohibit any economic or democracy aid to countries whose votes at the United Nations oppose the U.S. more than 50% of the time.
    ________________________

    They sound like great restrictions to me. We should subsidize countries who oppose us more than half the time at the UN? The Global Climate Initiative is a hoax. Why should we support a hoax requiring a penalty tax on Cap emissions and Carbon Tax? Theres no doubt there is a natural evolution to climate change but it certainly isn’t caused by humans. The woolly Mammoths and dinosaurs didn’t drive. Their existence had nothing to do with the onset of the Ice Age.

  • Mrs. Smith

    Soros is bound and determined to shut down Fox News. The WH feels Fox News reporter asking loaded questions. (videos)
    ________________________

    Ed Henry Accused Of ‘Creating A Thing For Fox’ By Jay Carney, White House Press Secretary (VIDEO)

    Ed Henry might be finding his new job as White House correspondent for Fox News a little difficult, since he’s been called out by Press Secretary Jay Carney for two days in a row.d

    The first sparring match between the two came on Tuesday, when Henry asked why a so-called “Obama plan” about the debt ceiling had not been officially released to the public?

    “I understand that idea that there is not an Obama plan is like point number one on the talking points issued by the Republican Party,” Carney said.

    “It’s not a talking point,” Henry said. “That’s unfair. Where is the plan?” The two went back and forth for minutes more, with Henry also asking if there would be a “depression” if the debt ceiling was not lifted by August 2nd.

    “You should go on the air and tell your viewers there’s nothing to worry about,” Carney replied



    But the more heated exchange came on Wednesday, when Henry raised the idea of an “Obama plan” again. He asked why such a plan had not been introduced by a Senator and scored by the Congressional Budget Office. (The same question I asked yesterday! )

    “I know you’re creating a thing here for Fox,” Carney said testily.

    “That’s not what I’m doing,” Henry said as the rest of the room started murmuring. “And you know better than that.”

    “Somebody from Fox sat in a room with senior White House officials and got more detail on the President’s proposal…than you could name me now that is in any of the proposals by House Republicans, and you know it,” Carney fired back.

    (So Henry is portrayed as an attacker? Wow.. sounds familiar.)

    h… w… youtube.com/watch?v=Rr1jnycc_i8&feature=player_embedded

    h… w.. huffingtonpost.com/2011/07/27/ed-henry-jay-carney-fox-news-creating-thing_n_911314.html?icid=maing-grid7%7Cnetscape%7Cdl2%7Csec3_lnk1%7C81656

  • Mrs. Smith

    moononpluto
    July 28th, 2011 at 6:26 am

    despicable…..scaring veterans now.
    ___________________

    Exactly- Obama showboating scare tactics when he can raise the debt limit without Congressional approval… with good reason- to avoid default affecting our Bond rating, having the funds to pay out to SS, VA benefits, and food stamps, etc.

  • moononpluto

    Mrs Smith, i have heard that no matter what happens the US can expect a bond rating downgrade.

  • moononpluto

    Well isnt this special.

    All 53 Senate Democrats signed a letter tonight to House Speaker John Boehner saying essentially that they would rather the US default on its debt than pass the House GOP plan that would cut spending and force another vote next year.

    http://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2011/07/all-53-senate-democrats-sign-letter-to-boehner-threatening-to-default-on-us-debt/

    Democrats would rather default on the debt they racked up than pass the Boehner plan.

    The Caucus reported, via HotAir:

    Fifty-three Democratic senators have signed a letter to House Speaker John A. Boehner saying they intend to vote against his plan for an increase in the debt ceiling, virtually assuring its defeat in the Senate even as the speaker lines up Republican votes to pass it in the House on Thursday.

    Votes are not final until they are cast. But if the Democrats hold to their promise in the letter, Mr. Boehner’s plan for a six-month increase in borrowing authority will not make it to President Obama’s desk.

    “We heard that in your caucus you said the Senate will support your bill,” the senators say in the letter. “We are writing to tell you that we will not support it, and give you the reasons why.”

    In the letter, the senators argue that a short-term extension of the debt ceiling would “put America at risk” and “could be nearly as disastrous as a default.”

    The speaker has been arguing publicly that he is confident that the Senate will pass his plan if the House approves it. Senate Democrats and President Obama have argued that the legislation cannot pass muster in the Democratic-controlled Senate.

    …………………………

    Ok so who now is taking their ball and running off home. Who is the party of NO now and has not had a budget in over 800 days. I think the Dem Senators up for re-election just committed suicide.

    If they do this the main thing that will be clear is that House Republicans will have passed two separate debt ceiling hikes with cuts and the Senate just went home.

  • moononpluto

    North Carolina Enacts Map Favoring GOP

    The Republican-controlled North Carolina Legislature passed a Congressional redistricting map into law late Wednesday, solidifying a substantial GOP political edge in the Tar Heel State for the next decade.

    Democrats currently have a 7-6 advantage in the state’s Congressional delegation, but it is almost certain to be substantially reduced during the 2012 elections. The new map significantly endangers Democratic Reps. Mike McIntyre, Larry Kissell, Heath Shuler and Brad Miller.

    Democratic Gov. Beverly Perdue cannot veto the map under North Carolina law. However, under the 1965 Voting Rights Act, either the Justice Department or the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia must approve the map before it can be enforced.

    http://www.rollcall.com/news/north_carolina_enacts_map_favoring_gop-207778-1.html

    North Carolina just got really tough for Dems.

  • Mrs. Smith

    #
    moononpluto
    July 28th, 2011 at 7:40 am

    Mrs Smith, i have heard that no matter what happens the US can expect a bond rating downgrade.
    ______________________

    I did too- also heard it will be the UK who will have the biggest influence determining if the downgrade will be necessary. The Aug 2 deadline is a political deadline not a deadline that will plunge the country into default. Although default is a looming possibility if they don’t come to an agreement soon.

  • Mrs. Smith

    Ok so who now is taking their ball and running off home. Who is the party of NO now and has not had a budget in over 800 days. I think the Dem Senators up for re-election just committed suicide.

    If they do this the main thing that will be clear is that House Republicans will have passed two separate debt ceiling hikes with cuts and the Senate just went home.
    _____________________

    The Dems want the ceiling raised to a time taking them beyond the 2012 election. They really haven’t argued the specifics of Boehner’s proposal. They are only concerned with the 6 month extension which will bring the budget battle back just before the election.

  • moononpluto

    WH Communications Dir says House deficit vote is “pointless” since 51 Senate Dems & 2 independents have pledged to oppose it.

    ………………………..

    The WH Comms Dir needs to be educated on thats not how the system works. Votes are held o they can be voted up or down, not at the whim of the WH.

  • Norma Desmond

    Moon:

    “…thats not how the system works. Votes are held o they can be voted up or down, not at the whim of the WH”

    _________

    Well Moon, that used to be the case until O arrived. Now the Dems are a wholly-owned subsidiary of OFA. There is no representation of the people in the Dimocratic Party. It’s Obama’s Politburo.

  • Norma Desmond

    and Harry Reid has become a bigger dick than I ever thought he would be. (Like his boss – although we all knew HE was one)

  • moononpluto

    I think this is the worst i’ve ever seen it.

    http://www.rasmussenreports.com/public_content/politics/mood_of_america/right_direction_or_wrong_track

    Just 17% of Likely U.S. Voters now say the country is heading in the right direction, according to a new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey taken the week ending Sunday, July 24. That finding is the lowest measured since January 11, 2009.

    From August 2007 to early January 2009, confidence in the nation’s current course ranged from a low of 10% to a high of 24%. When President Obama assumed office, optimism rose to 27% and climbed to the low to mid 30s until May 2009. That figure has steadily declined since.

    Seventy-five percent (75%) of voters say the country is heading down the wrong track, the highest finding since early January 2009. Since that time, voter pessimism had ranged from 57% to 72%.

  • votermom

    admin, awesome post! I had forgotten about that credit card limit in teh debate.

  • Norma Desmond

    Moon – now he has even pissed off the Banksters! Is there ANYONE this man does not rub the wrong way?! (besides Reggie Love?)

    http://www.cnbc.com/id/43924372

  • Norma Desmond

    votermom
    July 28th, 2011 at 9:30 am

    admin, awesome post!

    _____________

    A given!

  • Mormaer

    moononpluto
    July 28th, 2011 at 9:03 am
    WH Communications Dir says House deficit vote is “pointless” since 51 Senate Dems & 2 independents have pledged to oppose it.

    This is a stunt used over and over so they do not have to vote and be held accountable for how they vote. They claim they do not have the votes and so and so said they would vote no, but they never enumerate which asshole said what. In their caucuses it is groupthink all the way but when they get to the floor and see horrible negative ads swimming around in their heads they frequently think better of it. Individually they can then say it never came up for a vote. It is voting present as a group so nothing gets done.

  • moononpluto

    Obama is definitely racking up the “what a total fuckwit” amongst everyone. He must have almost crossed out the “who can i piss off” list by now.

  • holdthemaccountable

    Norma Desmond: There is no representation of the people in the Dimocratic Party.
    ———————————————-
    I’ve heard absolutely no effing mention in that despicable letter or elsewhere about how the Capitol Hill phone calls were trending. Excluding the unfortunate non-thinkers who buy that ‘gridlock’ pretense, I doubt much of what has been said was in support of Obama/Dems. This does however absolutely cement that Dems are still locked on the antithesis of OFA, which means they are … America For Obama.

  • holdthemaccountable

    deficit vote is “pointless”
    ———————–
    Wiser folk know it ain’t over until the fat lady sings.

  • Norma Desmond

    Posted by Anthony at Uppity’s Place.

  • Norma Desmond

    So true, Holdthemaccountable. Well said

  • Mrs. Smith

    Norma Desmond
    July 28th, 2011 at 9:49 am

    Good Utube.. thanks for posting..

    When I see the reality of people waking up just now..
    It makes me wonder who they voted for in 08′?

  • holdthemaccountable

    This, in postcard format, will be going out to my mailing list this afternoon. I do try to keep the USPS afloat! In the Word document, “we need to work together” is highlighted as is “we are writing to tell you we won’t support your bill.”

    Senate Democrats Send Letter to Boehner
    July 27, 2011, 6:37 pm
    Dear Speaker Boehner,
    With five days until our nation faces an unprecedented financial crisis, we need to work together to ensure that our nation does not default on our obligations for the first time in our history. We are writing to tell you that we will not support [your bill]….
    Signed, 51 Democrats http://thecaucus.blogs.nytimes.com/2011/07/27/senate-democrats-promise-to-reject-boehner-plan/?smid=tw-nytimespolitics&seid=auto
    So, Harry Reid, you Senate Democrats expect the House Republicans to roll over and do it your way?
    That is your idea of working together?

  • moononpluto

    Our Suddenly Strangely Quiet President
    July 28, 2011 9:56 A.M.
    By Jim Geraghty

    This is not a complaint, but an observation: President Obama has made no public speeches, appearances, or remarks since Monday night.

    According to CBS News’ Mark Knoller, he has no public or press appearances scheduled for today.

    Is this because the White House is so confident that Monday night’s speech worked, that no further comment is needed? Or is it that after multiple appearances, a press conference, a “town hall”/rally at the University of Maryland, etc., they’ve determined that the president’s arguments aren’t working?

    Evidence against the latter is that David Plouffe, Jay Carney, etc. are continuing the same arguments. Evidence against the former is that this is a president who loves to give speeches.

    …………………

    Nah he’s probably just goofing off again and playing golf.

  • Mrs. Smith

    Another probe… shenanigans in the Treasury Dept. No surprise there.. Geithner looks about as honest as a crooked cop on furlough.
    ___________________

    Lawmaker probing if Treasury meddled in S&P rating
    By Sarah N. Lynch and Rachelle Younglai

    WASHINGTON | Wed Jul 27, 2011

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A congressional panel is examining whether the Obama administration tried to unduly influence Standard & Poor’s before the credit rater revised its outlook on the debt rating to negative.

    Randy Neugebauer, the Republican chairman of a House oversight panel, said on Wednesday his staff is probing whether Treasury tried to make material changes to a draft of S&P’s news release announcing the negative outlook revision in April.

    “Our concern was if the administration was trying to influence this rating decision some — above what would be a normal practice,” Neugebauer told reporters after a hearing examining oversight of the credit rating industry and the role the raters are playing in U.S. debt talks.

    S&P has been the most aggressive of the “big three” credit rating agencies in threatening to downgrade the United States’ triple-A rating unless Congress agrees to a credible and meaningful deficit-reduction plan.

    U.S. lawmakers are trying to reach a deal by August 2 to both raise the $14.3 trillion U.S. debt limit and lay out an aggressive framework to cut federal spending.

    The House Financial Services oversight subcommittee on Wednesday released a trove of emails between top S&P sovereign credit analysts, S&P President Deven Sharma and senior Treasury officials, including the department’s assistant secretary for financial markets, Mary Miller.

    A review of the emails by Reuters shows efforts by S&P and Treasury officials to hold discussions ahead of the outlook review. They also show an interest by Treasury in obtaining a draft copy of S&P’s press release.

    There was no indication in the emails that Treasury was unhappy with the review or tried to influence the press release.

    Although it is customary for rating agencies to talk to their issuers, Republicans said they had concerns the Obama administration may have gone too far.

    The Treasury had no immediate comment.

    S&P is a unit of McGraw-Hill Cos Inc.

    ADVANCE PEEK

    Emails dated March 22 show extensive efforts by S&P and Treasury officials to coordinate on times to talk about the Obama administration’s budget strategy before the credit rater’s committee met to discuss the U.S. rating.

    An early April 15 email shows Sharma telling Treasury’s Under Secretary Jeffrey Goldstein that he received his message and that he would give him a call.

    A mid-afternoon April 15 email shows S&P’s global head of sovereign ratings, David Beers, asking Miller, Goldstein and Deputy Assistant Secretary for Federal Finance Matthew Rutherford, when it would be convenient to call about the rating agency’s decision.

    Later that day, Miller asks Beers if S&P was planning on sending Treasury a draft press release and said, “It would be helpful to take a look at that in advance.”

    S&P issued its press release on April 18.

    During Wednesday’s hearing, Sharma told lawmakers that it was common practice for rating agencies and issuers to eye each other’s press releases to ensure accuracy.

    “We believe that is an appropriate process,” Sharma said.

    Moody’s Global Managing Director Michael Rowan also said his company has a similar procedure.

    But Neugebauer said his staff was still sifting through the documents and looking into “whether Treasury influenced what that press release said.”

    “The gentleman (Sharma) said today that basically that is a common practice. What we don’t know is the details” and whether “there were material changes made to the press release,” Neugebauer said.

    http://www.reuters.com/article/2011/07/28/us-usa-debt-neugebauer-idUSTRE76R00X20110728
    _________________

    Soros’ primary aim is to BK America and break the backs of Americans. Geithner in collusion with the WH scaring the public by contributing information foretelling a down grade to our rating for the sake of their own personal agenda would be classified, imo, as treasonous activity on both fronts.

    I’m as sick to my stomach as Jim Garvin said in his video of the political manipulation of our system by the WH and Congress.

  • holdthemaccountable

    I reworked that postcard message; it has some bite now:
    Senate Democrats Send Letter to Boehner:
    Dear Speaker Boehner,
    With five days until our nation faces an unprecedented financial crisis, we need to work together to ensure that our nation does not default on our obligations for the first time in our history. We are writing to tell you that we will not support [your bill]….
    Signed, 51 Democrats http://thecaucus.blogs.nytimes.com/2011/07/27/senate-democrats-promise-to-reject-boehner-plan/?smid=tw-nytimespolitics&seid=auto July 27, 2011, 6:37 pm

    So, the Senate Democrats expect House Republicans to work together to do it Obama’s way? For once, the Republicans are working for Main Street, and Obama has proven himself to be deficient in the art of negotiation. Main Street owes Obama nothing.

  • Norma Desmond

    Moon: Nah he’s probably just goofing off again and playing golf.”

    Give the man a break Moon! He ‘worked’ a WHOLE WEEK!

  • turndownobama

    now he has even pissed off the Banksters! Is there ANYONE this man does not rub the wrong way?!

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

    Maybe he IS just a one-dimensional boob. If bought, they got a bad bargain.

  • turndownobama

    There is no representation of the people in the Dimocratic Party.

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

    There’s certainly one less, since we lost Weiner.

  • turndownobama

    Theres no doubt there is a natural evolution to climate change but it certainly isn’t caused by humans. The woolly Mammoths and dinosaurs didn’t drive. Their existence had nothing to do with the onset of the Ice Age.

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

    NO doubt? CERTAINLY?

    Global warming is not an Ice Age.

  • SHV

    “More than 5 million households had their wealth wiped out since 2005″
    ****
    “The typical US household lost 28 percent of its wealth during the economic crisis, with one third of these being totally wiped out, according to a recent analysis of Census Bureau data carried out by the Pew Research Center, “Wealth Gaps Rise to Record Highs Between Whites, Blacks and Hispanics”
    **
    The percent of US households who have a net worth of zero dollars or below—meaning they have more debts than assets—grew from 15 percent in 2005, to 20 percent in 2009. This means that 5.6 million households, or about 15 million people, had their wealth totally wiped out during the first part of the economic downturn. These figures come from an analysis of Census Bureau survey data for 2005 and 2009.
    **
    The fall in home values has been compounded by falling wages. Between 2005 and 2009, workers’ average hourly earnings fell, on an inflation-adjusted basis, by 5 percent, according to the Labor Department
    **
    Meanwhile, the share of household wealth held by the wealthiest ten percent of households grew from 49 percent in 2005 to 56 percent in 2009.
    ***
    The number of unemployed, meanwhile, grew from 7.9 million to 15.2 million between 2005 and 2009. Rising unemployment, too, has disproportionately affected minorities. Unemployment has affected blacks and hispanics disproportionately, with the unemployment rate for blacks currently at 16.5 percent and 11.6 percent for hispanics.

    The staggering fall in wealth has had an transformative effect on American society, contributing to the millions of foreclosures and personal bankruptcies. According to figures from Realtytrac.com, there were 10 million foreclosures between 2005 and 2009, the years covered by the survey.

    http://www.wsws.org/articles/2011/jul2011/econ-j28.shtml

    The most telling stat is:

    “Meanwhile, the share of household wealth held by the wealthiest ten percent of households grew from 49 percent in 2005 to 56 percent in 2009.”

    We now live in a country with a single political party whose goal is to benefit the upper 10% and especially the upper 1%. All of the angst about liberal/conservative, Dim/Rethug, etc. is just theater. The massive transfer of wealth to the upper 1% since Reagan has been unbelievable. The only deviation in the “transfer curve” was during the Clinton era.

  • turndownobama

    Language specific guidelines would hamstring his foreign donors.
    ________________________

    Egypt received aid from the US for decades. Mubarek when deposed was a billionaire. The aid money never reached the people it was supposed to help. Because there are the expected kickbacks to the source of the aid.

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

    Where are the “language specific guidelines” in this bill?

  • turndownobama

    1-888-OUR-AARP

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

    Thanks. I just phoned that and got a human too.

  • turndownobama

    From Riverdaughter:
    ” And anyway, only Democrats are forced out. Never Republicans. Republicans know they need to keep every one of their votes while Democrats are committed to purging any inconvenient ones on their side. (And we wonder why they are always so weak.)”

  • Mrs. Smith

    Katie Pavlich

    Obama Talked About “Gun Tracing” in 2009

    Yesterday during testimony on Capitol Hill, we heard Former ATF Special Agent in Charge William Newell admit he was in contact with White House National Security staffer Kevin O’Reilly about Operation Fast and Furious as early as September 2010. Newell also admitted that the DHS, IRS, DEA, ATF, ICE and the Obama Justice Department were all heavily involved and were full partners in coming up with the concept and execution of Operation Fast and Furious.

    Attorney General Eric Holder and President Obama still deny authorizing the lethal program, despite President Obama specifically asking Holder to conduct a complete review of current gun enforcement policies during a joint press conference in Mexico City with Mexico President Felipe Calderon in April 2009. The quote below starts at 1:16 in the video.

    “Our focus is to work with Secretary Napolitano, Attorney General Holder, our entire Homeland Security team, ATF, border security, everybody who is involved with this to coordinate with our counterparts in Mexico to significantly ramp up our enforcement of existing laws. In fact, I’ve asked Eric Holder to do a complete review of how our current enforcement operations our working and make sure we are cutting down on the loop holes that are causing some of these drug trafficking problems. Last point I would make, is that there are going to be some opportunities where I think we can build some strong consensus I’ll give you one example and that is the issue of gun tracing, the tracing of bullets and ballistics and gun information that had been used in major crimes.”

    So let me get this straight, President Obama specifically asked Eric Holder to do a “complete review” of “current gun enforcement operations,” in April 2009, yet Eric Holder and President Obama deny they authorized or knew anything specific about Operation Fast and Furious until 2011? It seems too “coincidental” that the President of the United States was talking about “ballistics and gun tracing” in April 2009, when Operation Fast and Furious started in Fall 2009, especially when the agencies he listed in the 2009 press conference, DHS, DOJ, ATF, “everybody involved,” match up with Newell’s admission about which agencies came up with the idea for Fast and Furious in the first place, which included, as stated above, DEA, IRS, ATF, DHS, and the Obama DOJ.

    http://townhall.com/tipsheet/katiepavlich/2011/07/27/obama_talked_about_gun_tracing_in_2009

  • Norma Desmond

    Mrs. Smith,

    I am afraid we are left to conclude what we are always left to conclude.

    Obama Lies.

  • moononpluto

    What funeral parlor is Harry Reid depriving of an embalmer?

  • moononpluto

    Reid: Senate Dems Will Defeat Boehner Plan Tonight

    If the House of Representatives passes Speaker John Boehner’s debt limit bill on Thursday night, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid says he’ll take up the legislation right away and, using procedural tools at his disposal, defeat it immediately.

    “Today the House of Representatives will vote on Speaker Boehner’s short-term plan to raise the debt ceiling,” Reid said on the Senate floor. “As soon as the House completes its vote tonight, the Senate will move to take up that bill. It will be defeated. No Democrat will vote for a short-term Band-Aid that would put our economy at risk and put the nation back in this untenable situation a few short months from now.”

    Often scheduling a vote in the Senate requires more than a two day wait. But to expedite the process, and to prove as swiftly as possible that Boehner’s plan is DOA in the Senate, Reid will move to table the bill. All Democrats will vote to table the legislation, Reid has said, and then it’s on to the next step.

    In Senate-ese, from a leadership source: “As soon as the Senate receives the House Message (Boehner bill), a motion to concur with the House Message is made. The Leader moves to table the motion to concur (majority vote threshold). The Boehner plan is defeated in the Senate.”

    In this scenario, a “yes” vote is actually a vote to defeat the Boehner bill.

    Putting it more starkly, Reid’s spokesman, Adam Jentleson, tweeted, “Boehner’s bill dies tonight. Forever.”

    Perhaps this will concentrate the minds in the House GOP on just what, if anything, they’re prepared to accept as compromise on the Boehner bill.

    http://tpmdc.talkingpointsmemo.com/2011/07/reid-senate-dems-will-defeat-boehner-plan-tonight.php

    ………………………………………..

    Well come on then Harry, Dems, put a budget, something, you are starting to look like idiots, this will be the 2nd you voted down and sticking heads in the sand.

  • holdthemaccountable

    This from C-SPAN.org:
    The House has begun floor debate on the rule for House Speaker John Boehner’s (R-OH) plan to lift the debt ceiling. This vote, if it happens, will take place after the U.S. markets close at 4pm today. Speaker Boehner released a revised version of his proposal Wednesday evening, which cuts $917 billion dollars of spending over ten years. During a short floor speech around noon (ET) today, Senate Majority Harry Reid (D-NV) said that should the House pass Boehner’s bill then the Senate will vote it down this evening.
    Earlier today, a group of House Freshman spoke to reporters and stated their support for Boehner’s plan. When relpying to a question on a reversal of their earlier position, Rep. Ann Marie Buerkle (R-NY) stated, “the leadership did not put pressure on us, they gave us the facts.”

  • Mrs. Smith

    This morning I read everything it fine. The stock market is stable, everything is chugging along with no repercussions. And this report is from yesterday!
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    Dow Plunges Nearly 200 Points as Lawmakers Remain at Odds Over Debt Deal

    Wednesday, 27 Jul 2011 04:13 PM

    Anxiety about a deadline to raise the nation’s debt ceiling swept across Wall Street on Wednesday and drove the Dow Jones Industrial Average down almost 200 points. With Washington showing no sign it will find a solution, financial planners around the country said their clients were increasingly worried.

    The Dow took a sharp drop during the last two hours of trading and closed down for the fourth session in a row. The declines have grown each day. The market turmoil was a sign that consequences of the debt fight were beginning to materialize in earnest.

    With six days to go until the Treasury Department’s Tuesday deadline — raise the national borrowing limit or face an unprecedented federal default and unpredictable fallout in the economy — analysts suggested the market would only grow more volatile.

    “The longer we go without any type of hope or concrete plans for resolution, the more concerned investors are going to become,” said Channing Smith, a managing director at the financial firm Capital Advisors Inc.

    While no one was panicking, financial professionals who handle the investment accounts of everyday Americans — college funds, retirement accounts and other nest-eggs — said their customers were growing more worried by the day. One said he had not seen this level of anxiety since the 2008 financial crisis.

    “We’re getting a ton of calls,” said Bob Glovsky, president of Mintz Levin Financial Advisors in Boston. “It’s all `What happens if the U.S. defaults? What’s going to happen to me?’”

    The Dow finished the day down 198.75 points, at 12,302.55. About half of the decline came between 2 and 4 p.m., when the market closes for the day. It was the worst fall for the Dow since June 1, with 28 of the 30 component stocks losing value.

    While the decline was not close to the stomach-churning days of the fall of 2008, when the Dow lurched lower and higher by 700 points some days, there were signs that fear on Wall Street was growing. The Dow fell 43 points Friday, 88 points Monday and 91 points Tuesday, then more than twice that on Wednesday.

    “Right now the clouds are gathering,” said Chris Long, a financial planner in Chicago.

    Without a deal by Tuesday, the Obama administration has said the government will be unable to pay all its bills, and could miss checks to Social Security recipients, veterans and others who depend on public help. In addition, credit rating agencies could downgrade their assessment of the government’s finances, further unnerving financial markets and perhaps causing interest rates to rise for everyone.

    Already, some investors are taking precautions. Richard Shortt, 66, of Somerville, Mass., worries that a default, or even just a downgrade of U.S. debt, could cause bond and stock markets to tumble. Last week he sold about 10 percent of his stock holdings and put the proceeds into a money-market mutual fund.

    “It might just be a short-term decline in the markets, but it could last a week or two while this gets resolved,” said Shortt, a semi-retired small business consultant. “If we do get any sort of debt downgrade, even if we avoid a default, that will change the game a bit.”

    Financial advisers typically tell their clients not to tinker with their portfolios or try to play a short-term move in the market to their advantage. Of course, leaving investments alone could be a test of patience for the rest of this week.

    On Friday afternoon, for example, it’s plausible that Congress could reach a deal in mid-afternoon and send the Dow soaring 300 points in the final hour of trading. It’s also plausible that there’s still no deal and traders decide staying in the market over the weekend is too risky, and send the Dow plunging.

    Investors who rode out the financial turbulence in 2008 without rejiggering their portfolios have made up most of their losses. The stock market has almost doubled since its post-meltdown low in March 2009. Many people who withdrew their money from the stock market during the worst haven’t come close to breaking even.

    “Trying to adjust to something on a day-to-day basis is how you get hurt,” Glovsky said. “You’ve got to take a long-term approach.”

    The memory of the fall of 2008 remains vivid. The Dow plunged 778 points in a single day when Congress surprised investors by rejecting an early version of $700 billion legislation to bail out the nation’s biggest banks.

    “We’ve been through this, or something like it,” said Leisa Aiken, a financial planner in Chicago. “I think what we went through in 2008 has toughened clients up a little. They realize that they will get through it if they don’t give in to a knee-jerk reaction.”

    This time around, analysts say, the chances of similar turmoil are small but growing. Standard & Poor’s, one of the rating services, has said that “the reverberations of the showdown may be deep and wide — particularly if Washington does not come to a timely agreement on the debt ceiling.”

    Bond traders were still betting on a last-minute deal on the debt. The yield on the 10-year Treasury note, which should rise when investors believe there is a greater risk they won’t get their money back, has stayed near 3 percent all month.

    Even if Washington sails past the deadline without raising the debt limit, bond traders believe the Obama administration will keep up its interest payments and cut spending on everything else. The resulting shock to the economy and other financial markets would make Treasury bonds a safe place for investors to hide, which could result in lower yields.

    For individual investors, experts are cautioning against overreaction.

    Financial planner Jim Pearman, a principal in Partners in Financial Planning in Roanoke, Va., said he was telling clients his firm isn’t changing its investments based on a “game of chicken” in Congress.

    “You have to make two decisions right when you try to time this thing. One is when you get out, and the other is when you get back in,” he said. “It’s hard to make that. We don’t try.”

    One measure of investor concern, the Vix, or volatility index, shot up 14 percent on Wednesday. The tone of the market changed this week, as nervous investors began moving money out of stocks, said Howard Ward, a chief investment officer at asset manager GAMCO.

    He said the stock market will likely become more volatile as the weekend nears, and while he said he was not repositioning his portfolio, he admitted: “Right now I’m pretty worried.”
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    Alls I can say is this… If Obama doesn’t raise the debt ceiling as we know he can; the dollar will no longer be the World currency. Then we will be in a world of hurt. The Treasury can no longer print (worthless) money at will to cover our bills and because of losing world currency standing, the result will be a total economic collapse of our system.

  • Mrs. Smith

    #
    Norma Desmond
    July 28th, 2011 at 1:03 pm

    Mrs. Smith,

    I am afraid we are left to conclude what we are always left to conclude.

    Obama Lies.
    ____________________

    For sure he Lies.. What is different about today’s headlines are evidence he is tinkering with the news. Albeit not from easily recognizable sources we can identify as his propagandists doing so on a much grander scale. This is a new twist making it harder to disseminate the Truth.. at least for me it is..

  • moononpluto

    Surprise…not.

    http://www.laborunionreport.com/portal/2011/07/obama-labor-department-official-resigns-after-ethics-investigation/

    Obama Labor Department Official Resigns After Ethics Investigation

    First, it does not appear that there will be anything done other than allowing this Obama operative to resign for pressuring subordinates to give government awards to his friends.

    An assistant secretary at the Department of Labor has resigned after an internal investigation found that he improperly steered federal contracts to friends and former colleagues.

    Raymond Jefferson, who headed the department’s Veterans Employment and Training Service since 2009, used his position to coerce or intimidate other employees to make the awards without open competition, according to a July 21 report by the agency’s acting inspector general, Daniel Petrole.

    The report said that Jefferson and other lower ranking officials engaged in conduct “which reflects a consistent disregard of federal procurement rules and regulations, federal ethics principles and the proper stewardship of appropriated dollars.”

    The second surprise is that the investigation was prompted by Senator Claire McCaskill [D-MO].

    McCaskill said she doesn’t fault the Obama administration for appointing Jefferson, given his impressive resume. But she plans to take a hard look at what she sees as wasteful management consultant contracts that appear to offer little benefit to government agencies.

    “We can’t afford that right now,” McCaskill said. “It’s just wildly inappropriate.”

    ………………

    Secondly, why hasnt he been arrested for RICO offenses.

  • jbstonesfan

    -4.6% on RCP…we must pray/hope that Perry enters the race as he can beat Obama…Christie is apparently had some breathing issues today and was taken to the hospital where he is apprently doing fine, but imo will not run. Palin, like Trump, seems all talk and will not run either imo(even if she did, she is un-electable).

  • moononpluto

    House Republicans challenge Senate Democrats (More like chuck the gauntlet down)

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) – House of Representatives Republican leader Eric Cantor Thursday challenged the Democratic-led Senate to accept a House-passed bill raising the debt limit or suffer the consequences of default.

    Cantor issued the challenge at a news conference just hours before the Republican-controlled House was tentatively set to vote on a revised proposal to reduce deficits and raise the debt ceiling short-term. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid said Senate Democrats would reject the revised plan crafted by Republican House Speaker John Boehner.

    “Harry Reid has three different options,” Cantor said. “One is to suffer the economic consequences of default, which all of us hope he doesn’t choose. Two is to bring up the bill we sent prior … or to accept the compromise bill that we are sending over today…,” Cantor added. A previous House-passed bill that called for cutting deficits by a steep $5.8 trillion over a decade, capping spending and passing a balanced-budget amendment was rejected by the Senate.

    The latest House Republican bill would cut spending by $917 billion over ten years and raise the debt limit by $900 billion, which would force another decision on the debt next year ahead of the 2012 presidential and congressional elections.

    The bill links further debt increases to Congress acting on additional budget savings developed by a special congressional panel.

    http://news.yahoo.com/house-republicans-challenge-senate-democrats-175735364.html

    ………………………

    Lays it right at their door, really.

  • BASIL99

    jbstonesfan,

    We are in agreement!

    I know little about Perry other than Texas has created more jobs than any other state and is doing well economically but my instinct says he could win, FWIW.

    I know some on this blog seem to despise him. At this point, anyone but BO is my feeling.

  • Shadowfax

    I don’t care who’s gay and who isn’t, but damn it to Hell that this asshole would make a gender rip on Hillary because of her pantsuits.

    May he burn in Hell for this!!!

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    Tim Gunn: Hillary Clinton Fashion Shows Gender Confusion
    By Julie Bolcer
    TIM GUNN SCREEN GRAB X390 | ADVOCATE.COM

    Celebrity style expert Tim Gunn appeared on Lopez Tonight and issued a judgment against the “unflattering” pantsuits that Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton wears, saying, “I think she’s confused about her gender.”

    “Why must she dress that way? I think she’s confused about her gender,” said the Project Runway star, in a comment that caused audible discomfort among some Lopez Tonight audience members. “All these big, baggy menswear-tailored pantsuits. No, I’m really serious. She wears pantsuits that are really unflattering.”

    Host George Lopez introduced the topic and encouraged the criticism of Clinton by asking at one point how any tailoring could hide “cankles.” He compared a recent “floral outfit” worn by Clinton to his memories of No Bugs M’Lady, a type of insecticidal shelf liner used by his grandmother.

    Gunn commended the former first lady and U.S. senator from New York briefly for “her intellect and her tenacity” and service to country before adding, “I just wish she could send a stronger message about American fashion.”

    http://www.advocate.com/News/Daily_News/2011/07/28/Tim_Gunn_Hillary_Clinton_Fashion_Shows_Gender_Confusion/

  • Shadowfax

    Behind on posts, sorry if this is already mentioned.

    Photo on Drudge is priceless. A women holding up a handmade protest sign that says:

    Eat Your Own Damn Peas!” The ‘O” in ‘own’ is the Obama (fairy dusted unicorn) logo.

  • votermom

    George Lopez is a woman-hating @sshat and so are most of his guests.

    But good news! Lopez says he’ll move to Canada if Palin is elected! That is one more reason to vote for Sarah!

  • admin

    MoonOnPluto, Boehner could hold up notification to the senate and block Reid. Conceivably Boehner could send notification to the Senate on Sunday or Monday and force the Senate to reject the House bill on the cusp of August 2. This assumes Boehner has the votes.

  • rgb44hrc

    moononpluto
    July 27th, 2011 at 2:40 am
    Carney really is a total numbnuts, useless. Where’s the plan Barky.
    &&&&&

    What we see in that video is a White House press corps that overtly says, “We don’t trust you guys any more”. Some reporter asked, “Where is the paper with the numbers on it”, and Carney gave a poor weasle line, that they had hard number on real paper when Prez spoke Monday night, that they didn’t want to give the press corps the numbers. He said this was to give negotiations the best chance at succeeding.

    Total fucking bullshit.

  • rgb44hrc

    RCP Average down to -4.6: 45.0% fer, 496.% agin.

    http://www.realclearpolitics.com/epolls/other/president_obama_job_approval-1044.html

    Rasmussen has him -11.
    CNN -9

    Not one poll has him in plus territory or even tied.

  • Mrs. Smith

    #
    rgb44hrc
    July 28th, 2011 at 5:09 pm

    “What we see in that video is a White House press corps that overtly says, “We don’t trust you guys any more”. Some reporter asked, “Where is the paper with the numbers on it”, and Carney gave a poor weasle line, that they had hard number on real paper when Prez spoke Monday night, that they didn’t want to give the press corps the numbers. He said this was to give negotiations the best chance at succeeding.”

    Total fucking bullshit.
    ____________

    So why doesn’t the GAO have them for an audit?

  • Shadowfax

    jbstonesfan
    July 28th, 2011 at 2:47 pm

    -4.6% on RCP…we must pray/hope that Perry enters the race as he can beat Obama…Christie is apparently had some breathing issues today and was taken to the hospital where he is apprently doing fine, but imo will not run. Palin, like Trump, seems all talk and will not run either imo(even if she did, she is un-electable).

    ——-
    Breathing issues with his weight, he is toast at running for Prez

    Trump said he will not be able to run until May as an Independent, he has plenty of time and money to run. The Rethugs tossed his bad hair day under the bus, so he had little choice.

    Sarah- I don’t think she will run because she will split the vote with other Tea candidates.

    If not Trump, then a tea cup for me.

  • Mrs. Smith

    Oh the humanity!!!

    I don’t have to give up my incandescent light bulbs..
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    New NASA Data Blow Gaping Hole In Global Warming Alarmism

    By James Taylor | Forbes – Wed, Jul 27, 2011

    NASA satellite data from the years 2000 through 2011 show the Earth’s atmosphere is allowing far more heat to be released into space than alarmist computer models have predicted, reports a new study in the peer-reviewed science journal Remote Sensing. The study indicates far less future global warming will occur than United Nations computer models have predicted, and supports prior studies indicating increases in atmospheric carbon dioxide trap far less heat than alarmists have claimed.

    Study co-author Dr. Roy Spencer, a principal research scientist at the University of Alabama in Huntsville and U.S. Science Team Leader for the Advanced Microwave Scanning Radiometer flying on NASA’s Aqua satellite, reports that real-world data from NASA’s Terra satellite contradict multiple assumptions fed into alarmist computer models.

    “The satellite observations suggest there is much more energy lost to space during and after warming than the climate models show,” Spencer said in a July 26 University of Alabama press release. “There is a huge discrepancy between the data and the forecasts that is especially big over the oceans.”

    In addition to finding that far less heat is being trapped than alarmist computer models have predicted, the NASA satellite data show the atmosphere begins shedding heat into space long before United Nations computer models predicted.

    The new findings are extremely important and should dramatically alter the global warming debate.

    more info at link:

    http://news.yahoo.com/nasa-data-blow-gaping-hold-global-warming-alarmism-192334971.html

  • confloyd

    Ok, well I am suffiently nauseated now…that you all want Rick Perry for the Prez….haven’t we had enough idiots for Texas in the Presidency. LBJ/Vietnam, Bush/Iraq…now PERRY….geez, the man is the worst piece of garbage on the planet along with our current Potus…

    He held a pray in….he doesn’t give his 10% to his church….he donates very little money to charity…and this is who you all want????
    Governor good hair…didn’t they have that in Illinois…no more Texans Please! I’m from Texas, but please NO MORE TEXANS!

  • confloyd

    Perry also was the one who initiated the mandatory Ultrasound before abortion law that now is law in Texas….but this is who we want to take care of the sick, aged, and the unemployed….he’s Bush IV….

    WE NEED HILLARY! NO ONE ELSE!

  • Mrs. Smith

    More Tax money going to support an Al-Qaeda Embassy? Is this Obama new army who will prevent his removal from the WH? DC has lost their minds!
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    Obama to Approve ‘Al-Qaeda Embassy’ in Washington

    State Department sympathetic to recognizing rebel terrorists who killed U.S. troops

    Paul Joseph Watson

    Thursday, July 28, 2011

    The Obama administration is preparing to follow Britain in recognizing the rebel National Transitional Council as the official government of Libya by approving an embassy in Washington DC, which given the fact that the rebel army is spearheaded by Al-Qaeda militants who have killed U.S. troops would equate to Obama handing terrorists a diplomatic outpost on U.S. soil.

    “The United States said Wednesday it was reviewing a request by Libya’s rebels to open an embassy in Washington, following Britain which expelled diplomats from Moamer Kadhafi’s regime,” reports AFP.

    State Department spokesman Mark Toner told reporters that the U.S. would be “sympathetic” to the request, after which rebel supporters unfurled their flag outside the embassy where Gaddafi’s regime is still in control.

    The United States formally recognized the rebel council as the country’s legitimate government earlier this month, despite the fact that the rebel army is spearheaded by Al-Qaeda terrorists who are supposedly the target of a multi-decade “war on terror” that is now in its tenth year and has cost the U.S. a staggering $5.4 trillion since 9/11.

    Shortly after the start of the conflict in March, Abdel-Hakim al-Hasidi, the leader of the anti-Gaddafi rebel army, admitted that the rebel ranks include Al-Qaeda terrorists who have killed U.S. troops in Iraq and Afghanistan.

    Al-Hasidi described the fighters as “patriots and good Muslims, not terrorists,” adding that “members of al-Qaeda are also good Muslims and are fighting against the invader”.

    The Telegraph confirmed that Al-Qaeda fighters had joined with anti-Gaddafi rebels in a story entitled, Libya: the West and al-Qaeda on the same side, in which Richard Spencer writes how, “WikiLeaks cables, independent analysts and reporters have all identified supporters of Islamist causes among the opposition to Col Gaddafi’s regime, particularly in the towns of Benghazi and Dernah.”

    Although NATO and the U.S. admit that “flickers” of Al-Qaeda members have infiltrated rebel ranks, in reality, they are leading the anti-Gaddafi forces in several areas of the country. As the Wall Street Journal reported in a piece entitled, Ex-Mujahedeen Help Lead Libyan Rebels, Al-Qaeda terrorists who worked directly for Bin Laden are recruiting, training and acting as front line field commanders for the rebel army.

    Abdel Hakim al-Hasady, an influential Islamic preacher and high-school teacher who spent five years at a training camp in eastern Afghanistan, oversees the recruitment, training and deployment of about 300 rebel fighters from Darna.

    Mr. Hasady’s field commander on the front lines is Salah al-Barrani, a former fighter from the Libyan Islamic Fighting Group, or LIFG, which was formed in the 1990s by Libyan mujahedeen returning home after helping to drive the Soviets from Afghanistan and dedicated to ousting Mr. Gadhafi from power.

    Sufyan Ben Qumu, a Libyan army veteran who worked for Osama bin Laden’s holding company in Sudan and later for an al Qaeda-linked charity in Afghanistan, is training many of the city’s rebel recruits.

    Former jihadist Noman Benotman, who renounced his al Qaeda affiliation in 2000, said in an interview with the Washington Times that he estimates 1,000 jihadists are in Libya.

    Referring to the fighters as “freelance jihadists”, Benotman said that the men were part of a North African terror cell known as Al Qaeda in the Islamic Mahgreb (AQIM), and have completely infiltrated the rebel army.

    A 2007 West Point report indicated that the Benghazi-Darnah-Tobruk area of Libya is a world capital for Al-Qaeda or mujahideen suicide bomber recruitment. Author Webster Tarpley details this intelligence in his excellent analysis piece, The CIA’s Libya Rebels: The Same Terrorists who Killed US, NATO Troops in Iraq.

    Western intelligence agencies have also utilized their links with Libyan Al-Qaeda cells to target Gaddafi in recent history.

    In 2002, French intelligence experts revealed how western intelligence agencies bankrolled a Libyan Al-Qaeda cell controlled directly by Osama Bin Laden to hatch a plot to kill Gaddafi that was foiled in March 1996. The cell was led by Anas al-Liby, who was with Bin Laden in Sudan before Bin Laden returned to Afghanistan.

    Indeed, it was Gaddafi’s Libya who put out the first Interpol warrant for Bin Laden’s arrest in 1998. Western intelligence agencies blocked the warrant from being pursued, allowing Bin Laden and Al-Qaeda to go on and kill more than 200 people in the truck bombings of US embassies in Kenya and Tanzania.

    Some of the very rebels now being funded, trained, and offered embassies by Britain and the U.S. were part of the Al-Qaeda cell that tried to kill Gaddafi on behalf of the United States and Britain 15 years ago.

    On Wednesday, Britain expelled Gaddafi’s diplomats and announced that it would be unfreezing $150 million dollars in Libyan oil revenue that would be used to directly fund the rebel army, abandoning any pretense that the intervention of NATO powers had anything to do with “humanitarianism,” which was the reason provided for the war back in March.

    In recognizing Al-Qaeda led Libyan rebels who don’t even control the majority of Libya, and have virtually no control over key areas, as the official government, both Britain and the US are completely rewriting hundreds of years of diplomatic protocol.

    While producing fearmongering videos which characterize white middle class Americans as the primary terror threat, the federal government is simultaneously about to hand an organization infiltrated and in some cases led by Al-Qaeda terrorists its own embassy inside the United States.

    Having violated the constitution by ignoring his own lawyers in launching the war without congressional approval, Barack Obama is now directly aiding and abetting Islamic terrorists, breaking his oath to protect America against foreign belligerents by literally inviting the enemy within the gates.

    If this isn’t a solid case for the impeachment of Barack Obama, then nothing is.

  • jbstonesfan

    Truly disgusting how this Muslim loving President hates our country and Israel.

  • Norma Desmond

    Mrs. Smith, what is your source on that story? It sounds a little hysterical.

  • admin

    NEW ARTICLE IS UP.