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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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Christmas In July

Update: Sometimes you just stupid your way into taking the smart course. That’s what happened tonight with the Republican caucus. Read the first two paragraphs with our suggestions to Boehner (below this update) and see how the Republicans might wind up doing what we think would be smart for them.

Jennifer Rubin at the Washington Post understands what we wrote:

“A more optimistic take came from a senior House leadership advisor, who told me that some key members had asked to sleep on it. There is sometimes a point in a negotiation (which is what this is) when it is counterproductive to push on. As the advisor explained: “The speaker was not going to force a midnight vote. We’re not going to do that on something this big.” [snip]

There are a couple of benefits to drawing this out (although I have no indication whatsover from conversations with half a dozen House Republican offices this evening that the delay is attributable to anything other than difficulty in rounding up the votes). First, Boehner will certainly have a strong argument that nothing OTHER than this bill can get through the House before August 2. And second, as time slips away, there is less and less time for the Senate to come up with an alternative that can pass both houses by August 2.

The smart money is still on the eventual passage of the Boehner bill. But it’s not going to happen without extracting every last drop of patience from the American people, not to mention the media covering one of the most agonizing votes in recent memory. [snip]

As for the Senate, the aide reminded me that the bill now under consideration is essentially the same bill that Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) had, along with the speaker, taken to the White House last weekend. In other words, if the House can manage to get the bill out, Reid may in fact drop his own bill, bring up the Boehner bill, and be done with this.”

Isn’t that what we suggested and isn’t that the smart thing to do? Just wait it out. Pass the bill next week. When Boehner passes the bill everyone will forget about tonight’s delay. The really dumb thing for Boehner would have been to vote without having the votes.

Boehner actually had a bit of good news tonight:

“The House first approved what’s known as the “rule” for the bill in a 238-186 vote, in a boost of confidence for the speaker.”

Bret Baier on what’s next as the Republicans stumble onto smart from their original stupid:



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Frankly, we don’t understand why John Boehner is holding a debt ceiling vote tonight. Harry Reid has threatened to hold a Senate vote designed to kill the House passed bill almost immediately after the House passes the bill. Wouldn’t it be smarter for the House Republicans to vote early tomorrow and force Reid and the Senate to vote in the light of day?

Indeed, wouldn’t it be smarter for House Republicans to vote early next week as August dawns and there is even less time for Reid to roast debt chestnuts over an open fire?



Color us perplexed on that one. But on this, we knew it would happen. Last year we celebrated Festivus In July. This year we already celebrated Hanukkah In July. Now in this August-time heat, Obama Dimocrats are dressed in the red and white furs of Santa Claus – bags filled with hate and fear.

But these Obama Dimocrats are not crazed Santas. They are actually clever. Probably too clever, but clever. Republicans take note: you are being set up with a shoddy Obama trap.



With Republicans/conservatives in legitimate argument(s) amongst themselves about whether or not to vote for the Boner, er Boehner, debt ceiling bill the sounds of sleigh-bells hit the air. Carol singing Hobbits are being heard. The Michelle Malkin elves track the Santa clause debt defense via the Washington Post:

“So the White House is circulating a new set of talking points to outside allies and surrogates, instructing them on a new way to make this case: If Boehner has his way, the debt ceiling debate will steal Christmas.”

It’s a silly argument but the Malkin elves uncovered the Christmas plot:

“House Speaker and national grinch John Boehner is planning to spoil Christmas, White House officials are claiming, as they try to head off passage of Boehner’s two-stage debt ceiling bill.

“Happy Holidays America: Boehner plan would have the debt ceiling all over again during the holiday season, which is critical for the economy,” White House deputy spokesman Dan Pfeiffer declared today at 9.50 a.m.

White House political adviser David Plouffe made the same claim about Christmas almost one hour earlier when MSNBC’s Chuck Todd quizzed him about the White House’s opposition to Boehner’s two-stage debt ceiling proposal.”

What about the reindeer and children??? Fear not the Carney clown is on the job:

“Spokesman Jay Carney and other aides said Boehner’s short-term extension of the $14.3 trillion debt ceiling sets up a replay of the ongoing political fight in December, the middle of the holiday shopping season.

The Boehner plan would require “all of us to go through this again before the end of the year, in the most important economic season in the country,” Carney said. “At a time when people don’t want to worry about whether or not their interest rates are going to go up, their mortgage payments and their car payments and their student loan bills, and their credit card payments, especially as they’re buying gifts for the holidays.”

The White House time line is subject to dispute.”

How and why did Christmas become such an urgent talking point? Consider – if the 2nd quarter gdp numbers are revised and just the slightest dip into negative territory occurs. Consider if the 2nd quarter gdp numbers dip and many expect the 3rd quarter and the 4th quarter to dip deeper into negative territory. Consider what happens if the 2nd, 3rd, 4th quarters are officially declared negative gdp quarters. After three consecutive quarters of negative gdp, the National Bureau of Economic Research declares it an official recession.

Would you like to be running for reelection in January 2012 as a double dip recession is declared? Would you want to lose your “blame the previous guy” strategy? No you would not. So start setting the trap now. In July.

Why invoke Christmas in the heat of July? Because you have to set up the Republicans for the hit. This Friday the Obama calorie counters will announce which bills will be paid and which bills will not be paid – its ramp up the fear time. But today it’s Christmas gift boxes packed with explosives.

Consider:

“The latest consumer confidence report aside, Americans are still apprehensive, especially about their jobs, and that fear is likely to weigh on consumer spending in the months ahead, according to one retail industry consultant.

Burt Flickinger, managing director of retail consultantcy Strategic Resource Group, said the U.S. has just entered a 500-day retail recession, and before it’s over, the U.S. will see weaker retail sales, more store closures and even additional retailers joining Borders in bankruptcy.”

A 500 day recession in retail will not help Obama so time to get up the blame game:

“A retail recession wouldn’t exactly qualify as unexpected, given today’s numbers on durable-goods orders and inventories, but Burt Flickinger says it’s just the beginning.  CNBC quotes the analyst as predicting a retail recession that will last through the end of next year, thanks to high unemployment and a confidence crisis in the economy, as well as an end to extended jobless benefits: [snip]

With unemployment increasing and housing sales bumping along the bottom, it’s no small wonder that Flickinger sees a long period of decline in the consumer economy ahead.

If that comes to pass, it’s hard to imagine Barack Obama building any momentum for a second term in office. A long-lasting retail recession would essentially be a vote of no confidence in Obamanomics, and the handling of the debt-ceiling crisis hasn’t exactly bolstered trust in the White House either. But it would also make it more difficult to turn the economy around regardless of who gets elected President in 2012, as investors and capital will be hard to find after than long on the American sidelines.”

Someone killed the job market and Obama wants to push the pulsing neon arrow away from him. Curtis and Leroy are onto Obama and Obama needs, like most Nero incendiaries, to find someone else to blame.

Guess who that someone else is?

Obama and his Dimocrats are in full retreat tonight. They are prepping the battlefield for the next fight, the only fight Obama cares about – his reelection. Someone has to take the blame for the coming double dip. Tonight we know Santa has a brand new bag filled with hate, fear, bricks and brickbats.

Happy Christmas everybody!

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129 comments to Christmas In July

  • Norma Desmond

    LOL Admin. You rock! I think Obama will be using the bag of coal he got last year to start the Christmas Inferno.

  • ProudMilitaryMom

    ROFLMAO! This should be their theme song!


  • Norma Desmond

    LMAO Mom! Now, back to that movie….

    BBL

  • Carol

    Great post….how do they not see this……

  • JanH

    Secretary Clinton Signs a Book of Condolences for Norway



  • JanH

    ProudMilitaryMom
    July 28th, 2011 at 9:25 pm

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    Too funny. :)

  • JanH

    “This Friday the Obama calorie counters will announce which bills will be paid and which bills will not be paid – its ramp up the fear time”

    ——————

    I am so sick of both parties at this moment. The political positioning they are all doing to best one another is at the expense of the every man, woman, and child in America.

    Admin,

    You always tell it like it is. Thank you.

  • tim

    “Wouldn’t it be smarter for the House Republicans to vote early tomorrow and force Reid and the Senate to vote in the light of day? ”

    Because the headlines tommorow will say 2 repub plans passed, and dingy Harry Reid is still looking to blame repubs for having no plan, this coming from a man who won’t do a budget for 3 years.

  • tim

    http://theeconomiccollapseblog.com/archives/ge-ceo-jeffrey-immelt-the-head-of-obamas-jobs-council-is-moving-jobs-and-economic-infrastructure-to-china-at-a-blistering-pace

    there is no recovery in the second half, Waffles’s depression is here and won’t go away until he is defeated next year in 2012.

  • tim

    ““Wouldn’t it be smarter for the House Republicans to vote early tomorrow and force Reid and the Senate to vote in the light of day? ””

    Admin, you are correct again, the vote is delayed for tomorrow. These TP people seem smarter than I thought. Good for them!

  • jbstonesfan

    The Republicans are acting like uh, Republicans. Stupid, stupid, stupid…

  • turndownobama

    Texas has created more jobs than any other state

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

    Not Wisconsin?

  • turndownobama

    Dow Plunges Nearly 200 Points as Lawmakers Remain at Odds Over Debt Deal

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

    So they all sell short. Then they buy back the same stocks. Then it goes up again and they make money.

  • confloyd

    Well it wasn’t Rick Perry who created those jobs…it was the oil/gas industry….which a fair number of states don’t have….everyone else is out of work….when they lay off nurses in Texas…the economy is bad here too….they are lying…there are NO jobs in Texas unless you want to work on an oil rig 7 days a week 12 hours a day without health insurance and with a bunch of illegal aliens….that’s the truth….

  • turndownobama

    Hi, Confloyd, thanks!

    Now, what about those Wisconsin jobs?

  • turndownobama

    Speaking of who will get the blame for this mess. Imo it depends on how far you zoom in to details (as well as your prejudices of course).

    From the simplest view that understands what the debt ceiling is and is not: raising the ceiling has been a routine thing, but this time the Republicans decided to hold it hostage for their other issues. And they’re playing hardball with it.

    And Obama comes in a close second, because he’s fear-mongering with it, rather than just taking Bill Clinton’s advice and raising it himself, end of drama.

  • confloyd

    turndown,
    Bill Clinton the voice of reason, and smart power….we are doomed…the lab tech just called me and said Boner didn’t get the votes….so what does this mean?….nothing….more politics as usualy…to hell with the people, the stock market….both parties are to blame in this….where’s our indy…..here Donald, Donald Donald….come and run Indy…you might win!

  • Shadowfax

    My head is spinning. Will the political dirty tricks ever end and will American’s ever get back on their feet after this King of the Thugs is tossed out of office and hopefully end up in jail?

  • Shadowfax

    Hillary looks great in that pink jacket, writes a long time without a speech writer and almost slips again.

    Darn it Hillary, turn in those Daisy Duck heels…
    Society can learn to live with you in flats.

  • Shadowfax

    confloyd
    July 29th, 2011 at 12:48 am

    turndown,
    Bill Clinton the voice of reason, and smart power….we are doomed…the lab tech just called me and said Boner didn’t get the votes….so what does this mean?….nothing….more politics as usualy…to hell with the people, the stock market….both parties are to blame in this….where’s our indy…..here Donald, Donald Donald….come and run Indy…you might win!
    ———-
    I’m with you Confloyd.

    The Donald can’t toss his hair net into the ring as and Independent until next May. He has the big bucks so no problem getting recognition nor money to run. He is already on tv each week, and should have a new book on his policies soon. (Not sure on the details)

  • Shadowfax

    The local news said there is no vote, so they are praying on Capital Hill.

    Who voted in these idiots?

  • Shadowfax

    Admin- you are so funny with these Xmas songs.

  • admin

    Update to the article:

    Update: Sometimes you just stupid your way into taking the smart course. That’s what happened tonight with the Republican caucus. Read the first couple of paragraphs with our suggestions to Boehner (below this update) and see how the Republicans might wind up doing what we think would be smart for them.

    Jennifer Rubin at the Washington Post understands what we wrote:

    “A more optimistic take came from a senior House leadership advisor, who told me that some key members had asked to sleep on it. There is sometimes a point in a negotiation (which is what this is) when it is counterproductive to push on. As the advisor explained: “The speaker was not going to force a midnight vote. We’re not going to do that on something this big.” [snip]

    There are a couple of benefits to drawing this out (although I have no indication whatsover from conversations with half a dozen House Republican offices this evening that the delay is attributable to anything other than difficulty in rounding up the votes). First, Boehner will certainly have a strong argument that nothing OTHER than this bill can get through the House before August 2. And second, as time slips away, there is less and less time for the Senate to come up with an alternative that can pass both houses by August 2.

    The smart money is still on the eventual passage of the Boehner bill. But it’s not going to happen without extracting every last drop of patience from the American people, not to mention the media covering one of the most agonizing votes in recent memory. [snip]

    As for the Senate, the aide reminded me that the bill now under consideration is essentially the same bill that Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) had, along with the speaker, taken to the White House last weekend. In other words, if the House can manage to get the bill out, Reid may in fact drop his own bill, bring up the Boehner bill, and be done with this.”

    Isn’t that what we suggested and isn’t that the smart thing to do? Just wait it out. Pass the bill next week. When Boehner passes the bill everyone will forget about tonight’s delay. The really dumb thing for Boehner would have been to vote without having the votes.

    Boehner actually had a bit of good news tonight:

    “The House first approved what’s known as the “rule” for the bill in a 238-186 vote, in a boost of confidence for the speaker.”

    Bret Baier on what’s next as the Republicans stumble onto smart from their original stupid:



  • Canaan

    Everybody will get the blame, even if catastrophe is narrowly averted. Right now, it feels like the Cuban Missile Crisis, that stress isn’t going to wear off just because they pass a bill. I think Repubs have misplayed. Taking center stage in the middle of this stinker only means the stink gets on them. The net effect of this global stink bomb may be that voters no longer see the Tea Party as the answer to the nation’s problems. That helps the Dems. Obama’s sucky economy is one thing. It’s something else to raise the specter of global financial catastrophe. That reminds me of Bush and Greenspan, not Obama.

  • holdthemaccountable

    I love how you in-the-know people think! admin’s keeping up with it all, post by post, this effort deserving of a huge Christmas bonus. Many thanks for the crew here.
    I’ve heard no feedback anywhere regarding results of Obama’s great call-in effort. How did the opinions trend, pray tell? Does anyone know? Will anyone tell? Perhaps the reluctance in the House has to do with what we the people said mid-week. I called my newbie’s office to give my permission for him to cave, and it was a state staffer who answered as I could not get through to DC. I knew he was busy so I hurried with my message, then wondered aloud if it was going to matter. This state staffer said they were keeping good track of what was being said.

    Meantime, one of CBS’s “best,” either Pelley or Schieffer asked one of their other cohorts,”Can Boehner survive this?” It was so out of the blue.

  • Mrs. Smith

    holdthemaccountable-

    I haven’t heard a peep about Obama’c call in request either. I did read the other day his website was down because of the huge response he was getting after his speech. Given the fact the WH had not heralded (is that Christmasy?) the success of Congressional phones ringing off the hook with Congress feeling pumped up by citizens to vote for Obama’s blank check. It must have been a vote in reverse of giving Obama a blank check thus the blackout..

  • BASIL99

    “Well it wasn’t Rick Perry who created those jobs…it was the oil/gas industry….which a fair number of states don’t have….everyone else is out of work….when they lay off nurses in Texas…the economy is bad here too….they are lying…there are NO jobs in Texas unless you want to work on an oil rig 7 days a week 12 hours a day without health insurance and with a bunch of illegal aliens….that’s the truth.”

    There. I knew some on this blog detested perry. Like I said I don’t know much abpout him but he seems to have a strong aura – seems quite powerful – if he becomes the nominee I will research him further. I was just responding to my gut.

    TTTT, the person I would really like to run is Rudy Guiliani. He did a great job in NYC.

    The rest of the fieeld doesn’t excite ma in the least although I am sure I will hold my nose and vote for the anti-BO.

    The Wisconsin gov is not running for POTUS.

    According to data released this month by the federal Bureau of Labor Statistics, Texas gained more jobs in June 2011, 32,000, and more jobs this year, 220,000, than any other state in the country. To put these numbers in perspective: The Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas told the Fort Worth Star-Telegram earlier this week that 237,000 out of the 496,000 jobs added to the national work force since June 2009 were in Texas. That’s more than a hefty share.

    “What is almost certainly happening is that although Texas has created far more jobs that any other state, it has also seen workforce expansion at a rapid rate due to both demographics (a growing pool of young people entering the job market) and migration due to the perception of better opportunities here,” Ray Perryman, CEO of an economic research and analysis firm based in Waco, said in an email to the Tribune.

    *With a grain if salt*

    June 10th, 2011
    Wall Street Journal

    Richard Fisher, the president of the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas, dropped by our offices this week and relayed a remarkable fact: Some 37% of all net new American jobs since the recovery began were created in Texas. Mr. Fisher’s study is a lesson in what works in economic policy—and it is worth pondering in the current 1.8% growth moment.

    Using Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) data, Dallas Fed economists looked at state-by-state employment changes since June 2009, when the recession ended. Texas added 265,300 net jobs, out of the 722,200 nationwide, and by far outpaced every other state. New York was second with 98,200, Pennsylvania added 93,000, and it falls off from there. Nine states created fewer than 10,000 jobs, while Maine, Hawaii, Delaware and Wyoming created fewer than 1,000. Eighteen states have lost jobs since the recovery began.

    The data are even more notable because they’re calculated on a “sum of states” basis, which the BLS does not use because they can have sampling errors. Using straight nonfarm payroll employment, Texas accounts for 45% of net U.S. job creation. Modesty is not typically considered a Texas virtue, but the results speak for themselves.

    Texas is also among the few states that are home to more jobs than when the recession began in December 2007. The others are North Dakota, Alaska and the District of Columbia. If that last one sounds like an outlier at first, remember the government boom of the Obama era, which has helped loft D.C. payrolls 18,000 jobs above the pre-crisis status quo. Even so, Texas is up 30,800.

    What explains this Lone Star success? Texas is a big state, but its population of 24.7

  • Mrs. Smith

    Sorry, Norma. Hit the hay early last night. Didn’t see your post until later this morning. I’m glad you responded as I think it bears thinking about and discussion.
    ______________________

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    Norma Desmond
    July 28th, 2011 at 9:08 pm

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

    “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.
    _______________________

    Rather than termed a hysterical story, Norma. It could be an outlier. It is things such as these that tweek my inner ear when I see them. However, after gathering bits and pieces of what we already know i.e. Prince Charles has been supporting Muslims for decades thus the go ahead for the Libyan embassy. More than likely the reason why they have a firm foot hold in London. It doesn’t seem to be a stretch or a report written to whip up hysteria as the UK is opening an embassy for the official new Libyan government there the NTC, which was spearheaded by Al -Qaeda militants.

    Where we have a US president sympathetic to Muslims even though they have not yet committed to honoring a request for non-violence as a prerequisite for acceptance into Western Culture.

    And given the fact a warning has been issued by a Special Ops Chief that Al Qaeda is revamping itself into the 21st century as Al Qaeda 2.0. Meaning they will no longer be living in caves as was the case when Bin Laden created and led them. Holding dual passports because they are American Muslims and if the original story is true, opening an embassy for them in Washington, DC. My query is this: Is that a good idea? Does the closing of Walter Reed Army Hospital have any significance to the opening of this new embassy coming about?

    additional story:

    ~~~

    Special Ops Chief Warns Of A Revamped al-Qaida

    “But the four-star admiral warned of the fight to come against what he called al-Qaida 2.0, with new leaders like American-born radical cleric Anwar al-Awlaki in Yemen, who Olson said understands America better than Americans understand him.

    “It will morph, it will disperse,” he said of the movement. “It will become in some ways more westernized, (with) dual passport holders” and “fewer cave dwellers,” he said.

    Olson said others like al-Awlaki will probably refine their message to appeal to a wider audience, and seek ungoverned spaces to operate from, where they can smuggle in weapons and train their followers. He described how current offshoots like al-Awlaki’s al-Qaida of the Arabian Peninsula in Yemen are cooperating with militants in Somalia, describing what he called an “invisible bridge” between the two.

    Nor did the admiral write off bin Laden’s successor, Ayman al-Zawahri. He said al-Zawahri had not yet put his stamp on the original organization, so U.S. counterterrorist forces do not yet know what kind of threat his leadership will present.”

    http://www.nationalmemo.com/article/special-ops-chief-warns-revamped-al-qaida

  • turndownobama

    Funny that Hillary is FOR recognizing the Libya rebels (whom this hysterical article describes in a misleading way). (After throwing rocks at Obama to support them in the first place.)

    +++++++++++++++++

    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

  • turndownobama

    Hm. “Net jobs.” That means, jobs created minus jobs lost. So, if a state DOE SNOT fire their public employees, they score well….

  • Mrs. Smith

    BASIL99
    July 29th, 2011 at 7:18 am

    Basil, I’ve always held the thought because this is Bush’s home state, (He resides in Dallas) Texas had prepared itself for the coming economic crisis well in advance of it actually happening. If I’m not mistaken, Perry had been getting bootles of Federal Funds for creating projects and drawing business to Texas during Bush’s tenure in office. I know first hand, they are just beginning to feel the pinch of token layoffs, where the rest of the nation has been holding their breath hoping every Friday won’t be the day a pink slip accompanies their paycheck.

    And another important factor is Texas has not been a victim of operating in a fiscal deficit situation. Their state finances are under control unlike many states, cities and town about to go BK.

  • turndownobama

    I think Repubs have misplayed. Taking center stage in the middle of this stinker only means the stink gets on them. [....] Obama’s sucky economy is one thing. It’s something else to raise the specter of global financial catastrophe.

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

    Yes, that’s the way the forest looks. Tho I’m not sure the Tea Party will get more blame than the wheeling insiders.

  • Mrs. Smith

    Hillary has to follow orders. Her own personal opinion does not enter the equation. She can argue her position privately but she in the end must follow orders. Why this dichotomy is hard for you to understand, boggles the mind.

  • Mrs. Smith

    Obama’s Exclusive George Soros Waivers

    Human Events ^ | 7/29/11 | Michelle Malkin

    July 29, 2011 8:37:48 AM

    “Millionaires and billionaires,” President Obama says derisively, must make more “sacrifices” and live by the same rules the rest of America lives by. But there are seven little words that will never appear on the White House teleprompter: “And that means you, too, George Soros.”

    For all his (and his wife’s) bashing of greedy Wall Street hedge-fund managers, Obama has shown nothing but love to the world’s most famous hedge-fund mogul. The feeling is mutual and deep(-pocketed).

    Soros and his family shelled out $250,000 for Obama’s inauguration, $60,000 in direct campaign contributions and untold millions more to liberal activist groups pushing the White House agenda. While the class warrior-in-chief assails conniving financiers who exploit loopholes and corporate titans who imperil the planet, he lets the Soros exemptions to his attack-the-rich rules slide like butter on a hot plate.

    This week, for example, Soros announced he was “quitting” the hedge-fund industry. The headlines emphasized his decision to return about $750 million to outside investors (a drop in his $30 billion bucket of personal wealth). He’s reconstituting the business that landed him on Forbes magazine’s “wealthiest people” list as a “family” interest. But the move has “self-serving politics” written all over it.

    Over the past year, Soros provided coveted support for Obama and the Democrats’ Byzantine financial “reforms” under the sweeping Dodd-Frank law. He preached to financial publications around the world about the need for increased regulatory controls over his industry. And in November 2008, while paying obligatory lip service to concerns about going too far, he submitted a statement to the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform that recommended: “The entire regulatory framework needs to be reconsidered, and hedge funds need to be regulated within that framework.”

    Frameworks for thee, but not for he, however.

    Under Title IV of Dodd-Frank, hedge funds were required to abide by new registration and reporting requirements in an attempt to better police systemic risk (not that the feckless Securities and Exchange Commission has ever been able to fulfill that mission). To evade the regulations, Soros and other firms have used a recently passed rule allowing so-called family offices to shield themselves from both registration and disclosure rules that would have subjected Soros Inc. to a new “Financial Stability Oversight Council.”

    Somehow, in touting its one-year anniversary last week, there was nary a peep about the myriad loopholes and de facto waivers being granted to Obama’s powerful benefactors whose names start with “S” and end in “-oros.”

    GOP Sen. Richard Shelby of Alabama called Soros’ hypocrisy out, telling Reuters this week: “It appears that Mr. Soros talked up financial reform only to sell it short. Don’t be surprised to see his fellow Wall Street financiers follow suit.”

    This comes on top of the Obama administration’s $2 billion offering in 2009 to Brazilian state-owned offshore oil-drilling company Petrobras — in which Soros and his management company own an $811 million stake.

    Offshore drilling for they, but not for the rest of the USA. Membership in the self-exempting progressive billionaires’ club has its privileges.

    http://www.humanevents.com/article.php?id=45179

  • votermom

    Another great post, admin! And many thanks for the linkiness :)

  • Mike Marks

    When the media starts screaming for the Repubs to take the deal, declare victory, etc., you know that there’s a better deal available to them.

    What the House Tea Partiers are holding out for is a vote in the Senate on the Balanced Budget Amendment; they think that they can leverage Reid into such a vote (the last time it was tabled). This is because (according to Mike Lee), 23 Senate Dims have in the past expressed support for a BBA and, coincidentally, 23 Senate Dims are up for re-election next year. Not only is there a slight possibility that they could peel off enough Dims to actually pass the bill in the Senate (which would force an O veto), but they would have all 23 Dims on record as having voted against a BBA. Establishment R’s and D’s don’t really want a BBA because they don’t want to be restrained in their spending. That’s where the split is at this point.

    Although it hasn’t been touted because it’s inconvenient, last week’s CNN poll showed wide public support for a BBA (to the tune of 75%).

    Off to work.

  • HillaryforTexas

    confloyd
    July 28th, 2011 at 11:29 pm
    Well it wasn’t Rick Perry who created those jobs…it was the oil/gas industry

    Not true, confloyd. The vast majority of the over 200,000 new TX jobs have not been in the oil and gas industry. Oil and gas jobs only account for 2% of the entire statewide workforce payroll. I’m sorry if your particular city is not doing as well as the rest of the state. But overall, TX is creating a lot of jobs, and drawing a lot of businesses here.

    Is it perfect and experiencing no effects of the nationwide recession (depression) at all? Nope. But it’s doing a damn sight better than most of the country, and the contrast could not be more stark.

  • HillaryforTexas

    This is the founder of Home Depot, Ken Langone. He is fantastic here. Common sense. He pulls no punches on Obama.

    ADMIN, embed please.

    http://www.cnbc.com/id/15840232?play=1&video=3000035110

  • rgb44hrc

    I saw scroll on tv at work that Dickhead was going to make yet another announcement/speech this morning at 10:20am.

    This was after deliberately lying low all this week after last week’s media blitz wound up making him look like a backup quarterback on the sidelines. “Looks like the coach pulled him. Can’t blame Coach, the QB has been terrible. He can’t get the plays right. He’s fumbled the ball several times, thrown three interceptions. I mean, how do you get to the Big Leagues if you were a one year quarterback at a small school that never got anywhere?? What kind of management makes that guy your number one pick?”

  • admin

    Yup, the Boob is on TV right now.

  • votermom

    The Boob is announcing new fuel energy standards for cars.

    I guess that debt ceiling crisis is really all-consuming, huh.

  • rgb44hrc

    According to the scroll, the topic was supposed to be about the debt-ceiling…

  • HillaryforTexas

    Peggy Noonan NAILS Obama in her latest WSJ column:

    The fact is, he’s good at dismantling. He’s good at critiquing. He’s good at not being the last guy, the one you didn’t like. But he’s not good at building, creating, calling into being. He was good at summoning hope, but he’s not good at directing it and turning it into something concrete that answers a broad public desire.

    And so his failures in the debt ceiling fight. He wasn’t serious, he was only shrewd—and shrewdness wasn’t enough. He demagogued the issue—no Social Security checks—until he was called out, and then went on the hustings spouting inanities. He left conservatives scratching their heads: They could have made a better, more moving case for the liberal ideal as translated into the modern moment, than he did. He never offered a plan. In a crisis he was merely sly. And no one likes sly, no one respects it.

    So he is losing a battle in which he had superior forces—the presidency, the U.S. senate. In the process he revealed that his foes have given him too much mystique. He is not a devil, an alien, a socialist. He is a loser. And this is America, where nobody loves a loser.

    http://online.wsj.com/article/declarations.html

  • moononpluto

    If Peggy Noonan has gone awol, all hope is lost for Bambi.

    She not only hit, she launched a Torpedo and used the L word.

  • democrat1

    Admn: Ken Langone interview is excellent.He does not mince words Thanks for posting.

  • democrat1

    I am beginning to feel that Boob will withdraw from 2012 race before October.

  • HillaryforTexas

    More from Peggy:

    It is that nobody loves Obama. This is amazing because every president has people who love him, who feel deep personal affection or connection, who have a stubborn, even beautiful refusal to let what they know are just criticisms affect their feelings of regard. At the height of Bill Clinton’s troubles there were always people who’d say, “Look, I love the guy.” They’d often be smiling—a wry smile, a shrugging smile. Nobody smiles when they talk about Mr. Obama. There were people who loved George W. Bush when he was at his most unpopular, and they meant it and would say it. But people aren’t that way about Mr. Obama. He has supporters and bundlers and contributors, he has voters, he may win. But his support is grim support. And surely this has implications.

    The past few weeks I’ve asked Democrats who supported him how they feel about him. I got back nothing that showed personal investment. Here are the words of a hard-line progressive and wise veteran of the political wars: “I never loved Barack Obama. That said, among my crowd who did ‘love’ him, I can’t think of anyone who still does.” Why is Mr. Obama different from Messrs. Clinton and Bush? ” Clinton radiated personality. As angry as folks got with him about Nafta or Monica, there was always a sense of genuine, generous caring.” With Bush, “if folks were upset with him, he still had this goofy kind of personality that folks could relate to. You might think he was totally misguided but he seemed genuinely so. . . . Maybe the most important word that described Clinton and Bush but not Obama is ‘genuine.’” He “doesn’t exude any feeling that what he says and does is genuine.”

  • moononpluto

    Interesting this article in FORBES of all places.

    http://blogs.forbes.com/peterferrara/2011/07/28/president-obama-is-no-longer-tethered-to-reality/

    President Barack Obama’s speech to the nation Monday night was highly disturbing. Because read carefully, it reveals a president wildly divorced from the fundamental realities of the nation he is supposed to be leading.

    President Obama actually told America on national television that it is a nation “with a system in which the deck seems stacked against middle class Americans in favor of the wealthiest few.” It is incomprehensible how a man serving as president of these United States could make such a fundamentally false assertion about his own country.

    As I explain in my new book, America’s Ticking Bankruptcy Bomb, before Obama was even elected, official IRS data showed that for 2007 the top 1% of income earners paid more in federal income taxes than the bottom 95% combined. The top 1% paid 40.4% of all federal income taxes that year, almost twice their share of income. The middle fifth of income earners, the actual middle class, paid 4.7% of federal income taxes. Deck stacked against the middle class in favor of the wealthiest few?

    Moreover, the bottom 40% of income earners as a group paid no federal income taxes that year. They instead received net payments from the IRS equal to 4% of total federal tax revenues. As my book explains, this was actually the result of nearly 30 years of Reaganomics. Today close to 50% of Americans pay no federal income tax.

    We see the same in some states. In California, the top 1% pay 48% of all state income taxes. In New York, the top 1% pay 41% of all state income taxes. In New Jersey, until recently the top 1% paid 46% of state income taxes.

    Moreover, America’s corporate income tax rate is virtually the highest in the industrialized world at nearly 40% on average, counting state corporate rates. Even Communist China has a 25% corporate rate, with the average in the mostly socialist European Union below that. In formerly socialist Canada, the corporate rate today is 16.5%, scheduled to fall under current law to 15% next year. Doesn’t sound like America suffers a deck stacked against the middle class in favor of the wealthiest few.

    And already scheduled under current law for 2013 are increases in the top tax rates of every major federal tax, apart from the already too high corporate tax rate. That is because the ObamaCare taxes become effective that year, and the Bush tax cuts expire. So the top two income tax rates would go up nearly 20%, the capital gains tax rate would go up nearly 60%, the tax on corporate dividends would nearly triple, and the Medicare payroll tax would go up 62% for the nation’s small businesses, job creators and investors.

    Obama’s wildly erroneous statement Monday night indicates he is not living in the real world, which is dangerous for America. These tax policies so heavily skewed against the nation’s small businesses, job creators and investors are central reasons why there has been no recovery from the last recession, why working people can’t get jobs, why their wages are falling in real terms, why unemployment is still rising 3.5 years after the last recession started, why a record number of Americans are in poverty. As a consequence, in reality, it is Obama’s anti-market economic policies that are actually in effect stacked heavily against the middle class, working people and the poor.

    read on….is a riot………………………..

  • Mrs. Smith

    President Obama Is No Longer Tethered To Reality

    Jul. 28 2011 –
    By PETER FERRARA

    US President Barack Obama speaks during a rall…

    President Barack Obama’s speech to the nation Monday night was highly disturbing. Because read carefully, it reveals a president wildly divorced from the fundamental realities of the nation he is supposed to be leading.

    President Obama actually told America on national television that it is a nation “with a system in which the deck seems stacked against middle class Americans in favor of the wealthiest few.” It is incomprehensible how a man serving as president of these United States could make such a fundamentally false assertion about his own country.

    As I explain in my new book, America’s Ticking Bankruptcy Bomb, before Obama was even elected, official IRS data showed that for 2007 the top 1% of income earners paid more in federal income taxes than the bottom 95% combined. The top 1% paid 40.4% of all federal income taxes that year, almost twice their share of income. The middle fifth of income earners, the actual middle class, paid 4.7% of federal income taxes. Deck stacked against the middle class in favor of the wealthiest few?

    Moreover, the bottom 40% of income earners as a group paid no federal income taxes that year. They instead received net payments from the IRS equal to 4% of total federal tax revenues. As my book explains, this was actually the result of nearly 30 years of Reaganomics. Today close to 50% of Americans pay no federal income tax.

    We see the same in some states. In California, the top 1% pay 48% of all state income taxes. In New York, the top 1% pay 41% of all state income taxes. In New Jersey, until recently the top 1% paid 46% of state income taxes.

    Moreover, America’s corporate income tax rate is virtually the highest in the industrialized world at nearly 40% on average, counting state corporate rates. Even Communist China has a 25% corporate rate, with the average in the mostly socialist European Union below that. In formerly socialist Canada, the corporate rate today is 16.5%, scheduled to fall under current law to 15% next year. Doesn’t sound like America suffers a deck stacked against the middle class in favor of the wealthiest few.

    And already scheduled under current law for 2013 are increases in the top tax rates of every major federal tax, apart from the already too high corporate tax rate. That is because the ObamaCare taxes become effective that year, and the Bush tax cuts expire. So the top two income tax rates would go up nearly 20%, the capital gains tax rate would go up nearly 60%, the tax on corporate dividends would nearly triple, and the Medicare payroll tax would go up 62% for the nation’s small businesses, job creators and investors.

    Obama’s wildly erroneous statement Monday night indicates he is not living in the real world, which is dangerous for America. These tax policies so heavily skewed against the nation’s small businesses, job creators and investors are central reasons why there has been no recovery from the last recession, why working people can’t get jobs, why their wages are falling in real terms, why unemployment is still rising 3.5 years after the last recession started, why a record number of Americans are in poverty. As a consequence, in reality, it is Obama’s anti-market economic policies that are actually in effect stacked heavily against the middle class, working people and the poor.

    Obama also told the nation Monday night he wants to “ask hedge fund managers to stop paying taxes at a lower rate than their secretaries.” This is another false truism that is widely circulated throughout the liberal/left. The allegation arises because capital gains income is taxed at 15%, while individual income tax rates range higher than that. But as I explain in my book, the fundamental mistake is the failure to recognize that capital income is taxed multiple times, not just by the capital gains tax. It is taxed at least four times, by the individual income tax, the corporate income tax, and the death tax, besides the capital gains tax. That is why the most fair as well as most economically productive rate for the capital gains tax would be zero, as is the case in much of the industrialized world.

    The president further proclaimed Monday night that “most Americans don’t understand how we can ask a senior citizen to pay more for her Medicare benefits before we ask corporate jet owners and oil companies to give up tax breaks that other companies don’t get.” But his ObamaCare law already more than asks seniors to pay more for their Medicare benefits. It requires them to pay 40% to 200% more if they, in the President’s infinite wisdom, earn too much, defined as over $85,000 a year this time.

    Note also the tax break for corporate jet owners was adopted in the Obama stimulus to create jobs in corporate jet manufacturing. Yet, such tax breaks for corporate jets or oil companies that other companies do not get are special interest, central economic planning loopholes that undermine the economy rather than advance it. The only truly pro-growth tax policy is the lowest possible tax rates for all, with no special interest loopholes. But the amount of revenue lost on Obama’s corporate jet scam is so trivial it is not even worth talking about as possibly even contributing to solving the deficit and debt crisis.

    Finally on Monday night, Obama threatened America’s seniors with more, saying that if House Republicans don’t agree to his tax increase to increase the debt limit, “we would not have enough money to pay the bills — bills that include monthly Social Security checks.” This can only be described as calculated deception.

    The Social Security trust funds include $2.7 trillion in government bonds, which are due and payable when needed to pay Social Security benefits. As I also show in my book, those bonds do not represent any real savings and investment. They involve only a statement of the legal authority Social Security has to draw from general revenues, on top of payroll tax revenues. But in dealing with a crisis over the debt limit, that legal authority can be the critical factor.

    While those bonds are explicitly not transferable, and so cannot be sold to the public to raise money, under prior practice they would be cashed out by selling new government bonds to the public. Since the Social Security trust fund bonds are included in the national debt subject to the debt limit, they can be replaced by such new public bonds without the total debt going over the limit.

    Moreover, those Social Security trust fund bonds are explicitly backed by the full faith and credit of the U.S. That means Obama is constitutionally required to pay them when needed to pay Social Security benefits. In addition, there is more than enough general revenue coming in to just cash out the trust fund bonds as necessary in any event, even without issuing any new public bonds.

    As a result, Obama is constitutionally required to pay Social Security benefits, under his constitutional duty to take care that the laws be faithfully executed. That means failing to pay those benefits would be an impeachable offense.

    http://blogs.forbes.com/peterferrara/2011/07/28/president-obama-is-no-longer-tethered-to-reality/

  • Mrs. Smith

    hahaha! Moon we both knew this was an election killer of an article.. Hi5′s

  • moononpluto

    and there you have it from Peggy, if no one cares or bothers or is invested him, the turnout for him should run in 2012 is going to be mightily lower than it was in 2008.

    No one will bother to vote if they feel there is no investment, apathy.

  • votermom

    democrat1
    July 29th, 2011 at 11:07 am
    I am beginning to feel that Boob will withdraw from 2012 race before October.

    From your lips to the ears of angels! And to the ears of Soros & Immelt!

  • rgb44hrc

    NOONAN: OBAMA “NOT GOOD AT POLITICS”

    HillaryforTexas, that was an excellent article by Peggy Noonan, worth posting the whole darn thing.

    Some great quotes include:

    “It is that nobody loves Obama.”

    “Maybe the most important word that described Clinton and Bush but not Obama is ‘genuine.’” He “doesn’t exude any feeling that what he says and does is genuine.”

    “The secret of Mr. Obama is that he isn’t really very good at politics, and he isn’t good at politics because he doesn’t really get people.”

    “So he is losing a battle in which he had superior forces—the presidency, the U.S. senate.”

    http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424053111904800304576474620336602248.html

    They’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feeling
    =============================

    Obama still has supporters, but theirs is a grim support.

    By Peggy Noonan

    The Republican establishment reasserted itself this week, and good thing, too, because the establishment was right. It said Republicans in the House should back and pass the Boehner bill on the debt ceiling because it goes in the right directions, contains spending cuts but not taxes, and is viable. So accept victory, avert crisis, and get it to the Senate.

    The establishment was being conservative in the Burkean sense: acknowledges reality, respect it, and make the most progress possible within it. This has not always been true of them. They spent the first decade of this century backing things a truly conservative party would not have dreamed of—careless wars, huge spending and, most scandalously, a dreamy and unconservative assumption that it would all work out because life is sweet and the best thing always happens. They were mostly led by men and women who had never been foreclosed on and who assumed good luck, especially unearned good luck, would continue. They were fools, and they lost control of their party when the tea party rose up, rebuking and embarrassing them. Then the tea party saved them by not going third party in 2009-10. And now the establishment has come forward to save the tea party, by inching it away from the cliff and reminding it the true battles are in 2012, and after. Let’s hope the tea party takes the opportunity.

    As this is written the White House seems desperate to be seen as consequential. They’re trotting out Press Secretary Jay Carney, who stands there looking like a ferret with flop sweat as he insists President Obama is still at the table, still manning the phones and calling shots. Much is uncertain, but the Republicans have made great strides on policy. If they emerge victorious, they had better not crow. The nation is in a continuing crisis, our credit rating is not secure, and no one’s interested in he-man gangster dialogue from “The Town.” What might thrill America would be a little modesty: “We know we helped get America into some of this trouble, and we hope we’ve made some progress today in getting us out of it.”

    ***
    But that actually is not what I want to talk about. I want to talk about something that started to become apparent to me during the debt negotiations. It’s something I’ve never seen in national politics.

    It is that nobody loves Obama. This is amazing because every president has people who love him, who feel deep personal affection or connection, who have a stubborn, even beautiful refusal to let what they know are just criticisms affect their feelings of regard. At the height of Bill Clinton’s troubles there were always people who’d say, “Look, I love the guy.” They’d often be smiling—a wry smile, a shrugging smile. Nobody smiles when they talk about Mr. Obama. There were people who loved George W. Bush when he was at his most unpopular, and they meant it and would say it. But people aren’t that way about Mr. Obama. He has supporters and bundlers and contributors, he has voters, he may win. But his support is grim support. And surely this has implications.

    The past few weeks I’ve asked Democrats who supported him how they feel about him. I got back nothing that showed personal investment. Here are the words of a hard-line progressive and wise veteran of the political wars: “I never loved Barack Obama. That said, among my crowd who did ‘love’ him, I can’t think of anyone who still does.” Why is Mr. Obama different from Messrs. Clinton and Bush? “Clinton radiated personality. As angry as folks got with him about Nafta or Monica, there was always a sense of genuine, generous caring.” With Bush, “if folks were upset with him, he still had this goofy kind of personality that folks could relate to. You might think he was totally misguided but he seemed genuinely so. . . . Maybe the most important word that described Clinton and Bush but not Obama is ‘genuine.’” He “doesn’t exude any feeling that what he says and does is genuine.”

    Maybe Mr. Obama is living proof of the political maxim that they don’t care what you know unless they know that you care. But the idea that he is aloof and so inspires aloofness may be too pat. No one was colder than FDR, deep down. But he loved the game and did a wonderful daily impersonation of jut-jawed joy. And people loved him.

    The secret of Mr. Obama is that he isn’t really very good at politics, and he isn’t good at politics because he doesn’t really get people. The other day a Republican political veteran forwarded me a hiring notice from the Obama 2012 campaign. It read like politics as done by Martians. The “Analytics Department” is looking for “predictive Modeling/Data Mining” specialists to join the campaign’s “multi-disciplinary team of statisticians,” which will use “predictive modeling” to anticipate the behavior of the electorate. “We will analyze millions of interactions a day, learning from terabytes of historical data, running thousands of experiments, to inform campaign strategy and critical decisions.”

    This wasn’t the passionate, take-no-prisoners Clinton War Room of ’92, it was high-tech and bloodless. Is that what politics is now? Or does the Obama re-election effort reflect the candidate and his flaws?

    Mr. Obama seemed brilliant at politics when he first emerged in 2004. He understood the nation’s longing for unity. We’re not divided into red states and blue, he said, we’re Big Purple, we can solve our problems together. Four years later he read the lay of the land perfectly—really, perfectly. The nation and the Democratic Party were tired of the Clinton machine. He came from nowhere and dismantled it. It was breathtaking. He went into the 2008 general election with a miraculously unified party and took down another machine, bundling up all the accrued resentment of eight years with one message: “You know the two losing wars and the economic collapse we’ve been dealing with? I won’t do that. I’m not Bush.”

    The fact is, he’s good at dismantling. He’s good at critiquing. He’s good at not being the last guy, the one you didn’t like. But he’s not good at building, creating, calling into being. He was good at summoning hope, but he’s not good at directing it and turning it into something concrete that answers a broad public desire.

    And so his failures in the debt ceiling fight. He wasn’t serious, he was only shrewd—and shrewdness wasn’t enough. He demagogued the issue—no Social Security checks—until he was called out, and then went on the hustings spouting inanities. He left conservatives scratching their heads: They could have made a better, more moving case for the liberal ideal as translated into the modern moment, than he did. He never offered a plan. In a crisis he was merely sly. And no one likes sly, no one respects it.

    So he is losing a battle in which he had superior forces—the presidency, the U.S. senate. In the process he revealed that his foes have given him too much mystique. He is not a devil, an alien, a socialist. He is a loser. And this is America, where nobody loves a loser.

  • votermom

    Now the gloves are REALLY off!

    (Reuters) – President Barack Obama said on Friday he was ready to work with top Democrats and Republicans through the weekend to get a debt ceiling accord.

    In remarks at the White House, Obama said he was confident a solution could be reached despite the impasse that has raised the prospect of a U.S. credit rating downgrade and default.

    Unless the $14.3 trillion debt ceiling is raised by Tuesday, the United States will lose its ability to borrow and start to run out of cash to pay its bills.

    I can just imagine Reid & Boehner saying together: “No, Mr President, that won’t be necessary. You go ahead and do some golfing, we are actually doing fine without you. ”
    (Reid whispers to Boehner: “As soon as he’s out the door, lock it, ok?”

  • Shadowfax

    So he is losing a battle in which he had superior forces—the presidency, the U.S. senate. In the process he revealed that his foes have given him too much mystique. He is not a devil, an alien, a socialist. He is a loser. And this is America, where nobody loves a loser.

    ————–
    Looks like Barry needs to change his multicolored O’logo to a big hand, with the thumb and index finger forming a fairy dusted ‘L’…the only thing missing would be a big forehead to place it on.

  • turndownobama

    I hope this is more trustworthy than the beginning of the article, which has pockets of snake oil.

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

    The Social Security trust funds include $2.7 trillion in government bonds, which are due and payable when needed to pay Social Security benefits. As I also show in my book, those bonds do not represent any real savings and investment. They involve only a statement of the legal authority Social Security has to draw from general revenues, on top of payroll tax revenues. But in dealing with a crisis over the debt limit, that legal authority can be the critical factor.

    While those bonds are explicitly not transferable, and so cannot be sold to the public to raise money, under prior practice they would be cashed out by selling new government bonds to the public. Since the Social Security trust fund bonds are included in the national debt subject to the debt limit, they can be replaced by such new public bonds without the total debt going over the limit.

    Moreover, those Social Security trust fund bonds are explicitly backed by the full faith and credit of the U.S. That means Obama is constitutionally required to pay them when needed to pay Social Security benefits. In addition, there is more than enough general revenue coming in to just cash out the trust fund bonds as necessary in any event, even without issuing any new public bonds.

    As a result, Obama is constitutionally required to pay Social Security benefits, under his constitutional duty to take care that the laws be faithfully executed. That means failing to pay those benefits would be an impeachable offense.

    http://blogs.forbes.com/peterferrara/2011/07/28/president-obama-is-no-longer-tethered-to-reality/

  • JanH

    bambi’s new theme song… :)

    They always, always pick on me by Betty Boop



  • moononpluto

    http://www.commentarymagazine.com/2011/07/29/obama-reelection/

    Obama: Why Isn’t Anyone Thinking About My Reelection?

    President Obama​ used an interesting phrase to describe John Boehner​’s debt ceiling bill today: “It’s a plan that would force us to relive this crisis in just a few short months… in other words, it does not solve the problem.”

    This is a patently ridiculous statement on its face; the debt ceiling has to be raised regularly–as Obama has frequently reminded the American people during this debate. Does that mean “the problem” is never solved? If so, the GOP has nothing to do with it. Is Obama pushing for the elimination of the debt ceiling? No, what he meant to say was: “In other words, it does not solve my problem.”

    Obama has realized–I think he figured it out a while ago, actually, and said so here–that with the shape the economy is in, he stands to lose big with the voters in 2012. He doesn’t much care if Republicans take heat for this impasse now, if he’s going to take heat next year if the economy doesn’t turn around. So what may have started as “the problem” has quickly become “Obama’s problem”–that the debt ceiling will have to be raised again before the next election.

    This is quite a frank admission from the president. He is making it abundantly clear he is not winning this debate. (It’s possible nobody is, though.) If the president were confident about the way he has approached this issue, we would be seeing a calmer politician. But Obama is openly panicking. He has gone on TV over and over and over again practically begging the American people to do something about the evil Republicans threatening action that would hurt his reelection campaign.

    “Please, to all the American people, keep it up,” he said. “If you want to see a bipartisan compromise, a bill that could pass both houses of Congress, and that I can sign, let your members of Congress know. Make a phone call, send an email, tweet. Keep the pressure on Washington.”

    “Tweet.” In other words, “I’m desperate.” I don’t think Obama wants just any deal, which is why he’s been so intransigent on Boehner’s proposals. But I think he has noticeably shifted his priorities to getting this debate postponed until after the election.

    ……………….lol

  • turndownobama

    Poor Hillary, a total puppet of Obama. Can’t ever believe anything she says. After throwing rocks at him to get into Libya in the first place. And Bill too….

    Bill threw rocks too, I mean….

  • moononpluto

    This cannot be good.

    http://www.reuters.com/article/2011/07/29/us-turkey-military-idUSTRE76S4NK20110729

    Turkey’s military chiefs quit ahead of key meeting

    Turkey said on Friday its top four military chiefs were all seeking retirement, in what appeared to reflect a deep rift between the secularist military and a government with roots in political Islam.

    State-run Anatolian news agency said head of the armed forces General Isik Kosaner and the heads of the ground, naval and air forces were all stepping down, in what some Turkish media initially described as resignations.

    The reason for the generals’ move was not immediately clear, but tensions between the military and the government of Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan have run high in recent years.

    The Supreme Military Council is due to hold a major twice-yearly meeting next week dealing with key appointments and President Abdullah Gul and Erdogan met Kosaner on Friday to discuss the matter.

    Erdogan held talks with Deputy Prime Minister Besir Atalay at the prime minister’s office after news of the generals’ decision emerged. The head of Turkey’s gendarmerie paramilitary force also arrived at Erdogan’s office, Anatolian said.

    Friction between the government and military, traditionally guardians of the secular state, has been fueled by the continuing trial of 200 military officers accused of plotting to overthrow the government.

    The “Sledgehammer” case, arising from an alleged coup plan presented at an army seminar in 2003, is one of several setting Turkey’s secularist establishment against Erdogan’s ruling AK party. Critics say AK has a secret Islamist agenda, an allegation it denies.

    Anatolian news agency initially reported Kosaner as resigning “as he saw it as necessary,” but subsequently withdrew the story, saying instead that he had sought retirement.

    The Turkish lira weakened sharply on the news to 1.6964 against the dollar from an interbank close of 1.6805 on Friday.

    MILITARY PROMOTIONS

    There was uncertainty in financial markets about what the decision by the generals meant, amid reports that their retirement was looming anyway, but Royal Bank of Scotland economist Timothy Ash said it appeared to be a “symbolic step.”

    He linked it to the coup plot trials, including those targeting “Ergenekon,” an alleged secret network involved in anti-government conspiracies.

    “It seems to relate to issue of military promotions stalled by legal action around Ergenekon,” Ash said.

    “Hard to see the military winning this battle, given the ruling AK Party got 50 per cent poll support in the June elections, and now dominates institutions of state,” he added.

    The Turkish armed forces carried out three coups between 1960 and 1980 and pressured the country’s first Islamist-led government out of power in 1997.

    Such intervention is no longer regarded as feasible, as the power of the military has been curbed sharply under reforms carried out by Erdogan’s government with the aim of winning European Union membership.

    Kosaner, who took over as head of the armed forces in August 2010, is regarded as a hardline secularist, but he has kept a lower profile than previous chiefs of the general staff.

    Alongside Kosaner, the land forces head Erdal Ceylanoglu, air forces chief Hasan Aksay and navy commander Ugur Yigit have also sought retirement, the reports said.

    The announcement comes amid an upsurge in violence in southeast Turkey in the military’s battle against separatist Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) guerrillas.

  • moononpluto

    Jay Carney will soon ask why Gallup is repeating right-wing talking points. He’s had a go at everyone else.

  • JanH

    The great divide

    By Charles Krauthammer,
    Published: July 28, 2011

    We’re in the midst of a great four-year national debate on the size and reach of government, the future of the welfare state, indeed, the nature of the social contract between citizen and state. The distinctive visions of the two parties — social-democratic vs. limited-government — have underlain every debate on every issue since Barack Obama’s inauguration: the stimulus, the auto bailouts, health-care reform, financial regulation, deficit spending. Everything. The debt ceiling is but the latest focus of this fundamental divide.

    The sausage-making may be unsightly, but the problem is not that Washington is broken, that ridiculous ubiquitous cliche. The problem is that these two visions are in competition, and the definitive popular verdict has not yet been rendered.

    We’re only at the midpoint. Obama won a great victory in 2008 that he took as a mandate to transform America toward European-style social democracy. The subsequent counterrevolution delivered to that project a staggering rebuke in November 2010. Under our incremental system, however, a rebuke delivered is not a mandate conferred. That awaits definitive resolution, the rubber match of November 2012.

    I have every sympathy with the conservative counterrevolutionaries. Their containment of the Obama experiment has been remarkable. But reversal — rollback, in Cold War parlance — is simply not achievable until conservatives receive a mandate to govern from the White House.

    Lincoln is reputed to have said: I hope to have God on my side, but I must have Kentucky. I don’t know whether conservatives have God on their side (I keep getting sent to His voice mail), but I do know that they don’t have Kentucky — they don’t have the Senate, they don’t have the White House. And under our constitutional system, you cannot govern from one house alone. Today’s resurgent conservatism, with its fidelity to constitutionalism, should be particularly attuned to this constraint, imposed as it is by a system of deliberately separated — and mutually limiting — powers.

    Given this reality, trying to force the issue — turn a blocking minority into a governing authority — is not just counter-constitutional in spirit but self-destructive in practice.

    Consider the Boehner Plan for debt reduction. The Heritage Foundation’s advocacy arm calls it “regrettably insufficient.” Of course it is. That’s what happens when you control only half a branch. But the plan’s achievements are significant. It is all cuts, no taxes. It establishes the precedent that debt-ceiling increases must be accompanied by equal spending cuts. And it provides half a year to both negotiate more fundamental reform (tax and entitlement) and keep the issue of debt reduction constantly in the public eye.

    I am somewhat biased about the Boehner Plan because for weeks I’ve been arguing (in this column and elsewhere) for precisely such a solution: a two-stage debt-ceiling hike consisting of a half-year extension with dollar-for-dollar spending cuts, followed by intensive negotiations on entitlement and tax reform. It’s clean. It’s understandable. It’s veto-proof. (Obama won’t dare.) The Republican House should have passed it weeks ago.

    After all, what is the alternative? The Reid Plan with its purported $2 trillion of debt reduction? More than half of that comes from not continuing surge-level spending in Iraq and Afghanistan for the next 10 years. Ten years? We’re out of Iraq in 150 days. It’s all a preposterous “saving” from an entirely fictional expenditure.

    The Congressional Budget Office has found that Harry Reid’s other discretionary savings were overestimated by $400 billion. Not to worry, I am told. Reid has completely plugged that gap. There will be no invasion of Canada next year (a bicentennial this-time-we’re-serious 1812 do-over). Huge savings. Huge.

    The Obama Plan? There is no Obama plan. And the McConnell Plan, a final resort that punts the debt issue to Election Day, would likely yield no cuts at all.

    Obama faces two massive problems — jobs and debt. They’re both the result of his spectacularly failed Keynesian gamble: massive spending that left us a stagnant economy with high and chronic unemployment — and a staggering debt burden. Obama is desperate to share ownership of this failure. Economic dislocation from a debt-ceiling crisis nicely serves that purpose — if the Republicans play along. The perfect out: Those crazy Tea Partyers ruined the recovery!

    Why would any conservative collaborate with that ploy? November 2012 constitutes the new conservatism’s one chance to restructure government and change the ideological course of the country. Why risk forfeiting that outcome by offering to share ownership of Obama’s wreckage?

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/the-great-divide/2011/07/28/gIQAeOtifI_story.html?hpid=z4

  • moononpluto

    Support shifts as Boehner adds balanced-budget amendment

    http://thehill.com/homenews/house/174339-gop-adds-balanced-budget-amendment-to-win-passage-of-debt-plan-

    House Republicans will link passage of a balanced-budget amendment to Speaker John Boehner’s (R-Ohio) last-ditch debt-ceiling plan, which GOP lawmakers said would move the measure to passage in a high-stakes vote later on Friday.

    Republican lawmakers voiced confidence the enhanced bill would pass muster with conservatives, as Rep. Mo Brooks (R-Ala.) predicted the balanced-budget amendment change would bring 10 to 20 more GOP members on board.

    Rep. Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.), a key holdout, and a Senate candidate, quickly took to Twitter after the meeting to say that he was a yes vote. The conservative Club for Growth also offered a tentative endorsement.

    Republican lawmakers say the Boehner framework would still pave the way for the debt limit to be raised through the 2012 election in two chunks. But it would also mandate that the second hike of the ceiling could only occur after a balanced-budget amendment passed both chambers of Congress and went to the states for ratification.

    The House had scheduled votes on two BBAs for this week. Under the revised Boehner plan, the sending of either to the states, including a version that attracted significant Democratic support in the mid-1990s, would allow for the second debt-ceiling increase.

    The announcement came following perhaps the most crucial conference meeting of Boehner’s Speakership, and less than a day after House GOP leaders stunningly had to pull back on Boehner’s plan to raise the $14.3 trillion debt limit shortly before it was scheduled for a vote.

    Top GOP lawmakers then spent a pizza-fueled Thursday evening arm-twisting hesitant members of the rank and file, before deciding to regroup Friday morning.

    ………………….

    and watch the Dems go nuts over this one. Forcing a balanced budget amendment is really gonna make their heads pop.

  • JanH

    hmmm…

    Friday, July 29, 2011

    Report: U.S. invests millions in effort to boost Obama’s image in Israel

    JERUSALEM — The United States has been pumping millions of dollars into Israel to help overcome the Jewish state’s distrust of President Barack Obama.

    A State Department report said the U.S. embassy in Tel Aviv has been facing rising Israeli distrust in the Obama administration. The department’s Office of the Inspector-General reported that the embassy was given nearly $7 million a year to influence public opinion in the Jewish state.
    “A fragile Israeli coalition government leans toward the views of its members from the nationalist and religious right, creating a challenge for diplomats seeking to build support for U.S. policies,” the inspector-general said.

    The report, issued in March 2010, said U.S. ambassador to Israel, James Cunningham, played a major role in revising the policy of the Jewish state. But the embassy has failed to change Israeli public opinion against Obama.

    “One of the embassy’s challenges is how to build support for U.S. policies in Israel at a time when peace talks are under way and little can be said about them publicly despite intense public interest,” the report said. “It will be useful to the United States for the ambassador, the DCM [deputy chief of mission], and the embassy’s public diplomacy section to continue developing outreach programs that explain and advocate fundamental U.S. positions to Israeli audiences who may be becoming more distant from the United States than in the past.”

    The inspector-general team recommended that the embassy expand contacts with unidentified Israeli “mid-level politicians.” Another recommendation was that the embassy increase reporting on “domestic factors that affect the policies and stability of Israel’s coalition government.”

    The report said the embassy was managing a $6.8 million public affairs program to garner support for Washington’s policy in the Middle East. The program included public appearances by the ambassador as well as exchange programs, grants and cultural events.

    But the U.S. campaign has been hampered by a suspicious Israeli public and media. The report suggested that the Israeli media were exacerbating tension between Jerusalem and Washington.

    “Much of the Israeli public is suspicious of U.S. efforts to promote negotiations aimed at establishing an independent Palestinian state,” the report said. “The lively and fractious press often misinterprets American policies.”

    As a result, the inspector-general recommended that the embassy expand non-political programs, particularly in the area of culture. The embassy was also urged to brief Israeli think tanks on U.S. policy, particularly the establishment of a Palestinian state in the West Bank by 2013.

    “The embassy understands that, in some difficult political environments, cultural programs can be an effective way to communicate American values to wide audiences,” the report said. “The OIG team recommended informally that the embassy use the new structure in PAS, as recommended earlier, to increase its communications about U.S. policies and values and to rebuild contacts with opinion leaders and influential think tanks.”

    http://www.worldtribune.com/worldtribune/WTARC/2011/me_israel0949_07_29.asp

  • moononpluto

    President Obama tells deeply divided Republicans and Democrats to stop bickering and find a way “out of this mess”

    and who started it………………..asswipe.

  • HillaryforTexas

    New Gallup job approval is out. 50% disapprove, 40% approve of Obama’s performance.

    That’s bad.

  • HillaryforTexas

    He also dropped BADLY among Independents. The prior 3 weeks he had a 41% approval with them. Now it’s 34%.

  • moononpluto

    If his numbers keep spira;;ing downwards, either he is gonna take the money and run or he’s going to be primaried.

  • votermom

    Or maybe he’s going to bomb/assassinate someone.

  • jbstonesfan

    New Gallup job approval is out. 50% disapprove, 40% approve of Obama’s performance.

    That’s bad.
    ========================

    But good news for us!!!!

  • HillaryforTexas

    Um, for anyone who thought that my (and others’) cautions about the Egypt demonstrations were overly cynical, and our concerns about a repeat of the Iranian revolution were fearful naysaying and overblown. From the NYT:

    “Islamic, Islamic,” went a popular chant. “Neither secular nor liberal.”

    After days of negotiations between the rival factions, the demonstration Friday had been billed as a show of national unity, but adherents to a spectrum of religious movements — from the most puritan and conservative, known as Salafists, to the comparatively more moderate Muslim Brotherhood — vastly outnumbered other voices in a sun-drenched Tahrir Square. The numbers of Salafists, in particular, marked the most definitive declaration yet that they represent a formidable force in Egyptian politics, riding an ascent since the revolution that has surprised and unneverved many secular and liberal activists — and poses new challenges to the Muslim Brotherhood.

    “It’s simple,” said Mohammed Awad, a 28-year-old accountant. “We’re stronger than any other force in the country, and we’ve made that clear on this day.”

    To those who are shocked and surprised: You are fucking idiots. There was always a risk of this. It was obvious, if you were living in reality instead of lala unicorn Kumbaya land.

  • moononpluto

    New Obama 2012 campaign motto: Twitter-spamming the Future.

  • jbstonesfan

    Obama threw Murbarak under the bus and this is now the results. He was a flawed ruler, but certainly better than the extremists currently trying to take over Egypt. The so called ” Arab Spring” is a fiction promulgated by liberals and those hotile to Israel. Why is Assad allowed to stay in power when he kills his own people every day, and we doing nothing to end the madness we started in Libya.

  • JanH

    HillaryforTexas
    July 29th, 2011 at 3:50 pm

    &

    jbstonesfan
    July 29th, 2011 at 4:02 pm

    —————————

    Totally agree with you both.

  • moononpluto

    Get this.

    Barack Obama has lost over 10,000 Twitter followers today with the state based tweet-a-thon they are continuing

  • votermom

    To those who are shocked and surprised: You are fucking idiots. There was always a risk of this. It was obvious, if you were living in reality instead of lala unicorn Kumbaya land.

    LOL. Sing it! I tried to warn the lefties over at another blog and got shouted down. They were all “the MB is so misunderstood.”

  • holdthemaccountable

    All of the following is at cspan.org home page now.
    House to Vote on Revised Bill at 6:15pm ET
    Senate plans to vote to kill House bill if it passes
    Updated 18 min. ago
    ———-
    In remarks this morning, President Obama said Mr. Boehner’s bill “does not solve the problem.” The President pointedly called out Speaker Boehner’s efforts to appease members of the Tea Party. “What’s clear now is that any solution to avoid default must be bipartisan. It must have the support of both parties that were sent here to represent the American people -– not just one faction,” he said.
    http://www.cspan.org/
    Will Obie ever get that those freshmen tea party ‘members’ were sent by real American voters to pare down his spending??????
    Nah, I doubt it.

  • holdthemaccountable

    Another thought: what is the matter with tri-partisan, Mr. President?

  • Betty

    I personally would like revenge. Balanced budget amendment, take away their free credit card – that seem to be what they hate the thought of most.

    Remember when 70% of us called and wrote and begged and pleaded for true health care reform? Remember what we got?

    Shit on, is what we got!

    So I say force them to vote on Boner’s plan with the balanced budget amendment and then come home and face us.

    Summer town hall meetings are coming assholes, as so is 2012.

  • Cynthia Ruccia

    through this whole thing all I think about is that none of this would be going down this way if Hillary were President!! I found a book called The Savior Vaccine and the author told me that he based one of his principle characters, the female president of the US, on Hillary Clinton!!! Even though it didn’t happen in 2008, we can still dream!! The link for the book is here at the bottom of the piece:

    http://www.womenwintoo.blogspot.com/

  • HillaryforTexas

    The House just passed the Boehner bill, which now makes TWO ceiling-raise bills they have passed while the Dems sit on their thumbs and snipe from the sidelines.

    He lit into Obama in his floor speech afterwards:

    “I can tell you that I have worked with the President and the administration since the beginning of this year to avoid being in this spot. I have offered ideas. I’ve negotiated. Not one time, not one time did the administration ever put any plan on the table. All they would do was criticize what I put out there. I stuck my neck out a mile to try to get an agreement with the President of the United States. I stuck my neck out a mile and I put revenues on the table in order to try to come to an agreement to avert us being where we are. But a lot of people in this town can never say yes. A lot of people can never say yes. This House has acted and it is time for the administration and time for our colleagues across the aisle put something on the table!” Speaker John Boehner said on the House floor late Friday afternoon.

    Video also at the link. He’s pissed: http://www.realclearpolitics.com/video/2011/07/29/boehner_to_democrats_put_something_on_the_table.html

  • tim

    Glad Boehner put that balance bud. amendent, I strongly support that. Reid damn well better not remove that!

    ObamaCare in Action….
    1200 lose their jobs here, the company will be hiring more in China instead.

    http : // www . boston . com/business/healthcare/articles/2011/07/29/boston_scientific_to_lay_off_1200_plus/

    http : // www . boston . com/business/healthcare/articles/2011/07/29/boston_scientific_to_lay_off_1200_plus/

  • moononpluto

    Best quote ever from Twitter.

    You want 2 terms. I want you to have zero. Let’s compromise and call it 1.

  • moononpluto

    Updated : 33,000 and counting.

    President Obama brought his debt battle to Twitter and he lost – more than 33,000 Twitter followers.

    Obama asked Americans Friday to call, email, and tweet Congressional leaders to “keep the pressure on” lawmakers in hopes of reaching a bipartisan deal to raise the nation’s $14.3 trillion debt limit ahead of an Aug. 2 deadline.

    Obama’s campaign staff used the @BarackObama Twitter account to post the Twitter handles of tweeting GOP leaders – state by state, tweet by tweet.

    “Tweet at your Republican legislators and urge them to support a bipartisan compromise to the debt crisis,” Obama’s campaign staff wrote on his account before launching the day-long Twitter campaign.

    The campaign appears to have served its purpose: Republican Twitter accounts were flooded with pleas for compromise.

    Not everyone is a fan of the presidential spam. By Friday evening, the President’s had lost more than 33,000 Twitter followers – and counting.

  • moononpluto

    Can we call this the Spamelot Presidency…JFK had Camelot, Bambi had Spamelot.

  • moononpluto

    Sarah Palin tweeted Obama and told him to “womanup”

    Freaking Hilarious, the guy has lost all fear and respect towards him, its like whack-a-doodle day.

  • JanH

    As if we didn’t already know…

    29.07.11
    Hamas leader: Palestinian UN bid a ‘scam’

    ‘We are not going to recognize Israel. That is very simple. And we are not going to accept Israel as the owner of one square centimeter,’ says Mahmoud al-Zahar.

    Hamas has the Gaza Strip firmly under its control. Although Israel’s blockade of the salient is aimed at weakening it, money laundering and revenue from the smuggling tunnels under the border with Egypt has kept the radical Islamist movement afloat.

    The movement’s charter calls for an Islamic state to be established in all of historical Palestine (including Israel).

    Hamas leaders have firm views on the attempt by Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas to get the United Nations to recognize a Palestinian state based on the pre-1967 borders, before Israel captured the West Bank from Jordan.

    “Just nonsense,” says Mahmoud al-Zahar, a prominent Hamas member in Gaza. “A Palestinian state means land, people and authority. And now, what is the border of Israel? Israel has had many borders in the last 30, 40 years. What border are we going to speak about?’”

    The approach to the UN, he says, is a ‘political scam.’ He is equally unequivocal on the so-called two-state solution, which aims at an Israeli state and a Palestinian state existing side by side.

    “We are not going to recognize Israel. That is very simple. And we are not going to accept Israel as the owner of one square centimeter because it is a fabricated state.”

    “On what moral basis was Israel established? On the right of return (of the Jews) after 4,000 years? It’s just imagination.”

    He says accepting Israel’s right to exist would “cost 10 million Palestinians their right to Palestine. Who can pay that price? Who will go to the refugee camps and tell the people you have no right on Palestine?”

    Al-Zahar and Hamas are also uncompromising regarding Palestinian unity with Abbas’ Fatah party.

    After years of bitter, and at times violent conflict, which erupted after Hamas chased security personnel loyal to Abbas and the Palestinian Authority out of the Gaza Strip, the two movements signed a reconciliation agreement in May.

    But talks over the formation of a unity government, a clause in the deal, have floundered, as the two groups fail to agree on who should be the new Palestinian prime minister.

    Abbas wants Salam Fayyad, the current prime minister of the West Bank-based Palestinian Authority, to continue in the post. Hamas rejects this outright.

    “This man is not acceptable to us,” al-Zahar states flatly.

    He says the pro-Western Fayyad, an internationally respected economist, “is not a nationalist, he is a collaborator.”

    Al-Zahar differs from other Hamas leaders regarding the efforts of a German official trying to mediate a deal which would see Hamas release an Israeli soldier it has been holding since 2006, in return for Palestinian prisoners freed from Israeli jails.

    Hamas spokesman Sami Abu Zuhri described the mediator, an official of the German Intelligence Service BND, as being “not a fair negotiator” and rejected all future cooperation.

    But al-Zahar says the mediator “is not on the side of Israel. He is neutral.”

    “The problem is not the German mediator,” he says, blaming Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu for the impasse in the swap deal and accusing him of “public relations.”

    And what of the so-called Arab spring, the revolutions sweeping Middle East countries, which have overthrown the regimes in Tunisia and Egypt and threaten two more, in Libya, and in Syria, where the political headquarters of Hamas is located?

    Hamas spokesman Abu Zuhri dismisses speculation – at least publicly – that the movement would have to up and leave Damascus if its patron, Syrian President Bashar Assad, is overthrown.

    “We are guests in Syria and Lebanon as refugees. And also very important: We are not part of what is going on in Syria. We have no intention of leaving Damascus. We see no reason to leave Syria,” he says.

    http://www.haaretz.com/news/diplomacy-defense/hamas-leader-palestinian-un-bid-a-scam-1.376004

  • HillaryforTexas

    I saw that Palin tweet, moon. Too funny!!!

  • Mrs. Smith

    tim

    ObamaCare in Action….

    1200 lose their jobs here, the company will be hiring more in China instead.
    ________________

    Obama wouldn’t blink if it was 12,000 jobs lost.

    Just vote for me- I need more time to chaaaains… folks.

  • Mrs. Smith

    What Expansion?

    Obamanomics: In case you thought the economy was doing better, Friday’s report on gross domestic product likely disabused you of that notion. It shows the last two years of economic policymaking have been an utter failure.

    New data show that the economy has been expanding far less robustly over the past two and a half years than initially claimed.

    According to the Commerce Department, first-quarter GDP growth was 0.4%, not 1.9% as first reported. In the second quarter, it grew at a tepid 1.3% pace.

    A recent problem? Hardly. Fourth-quarter 2010 growth was also revised down, from 3.1% to 2.3%.

    In fact, all told, from the end of 2008 to this year, the government estimates U.S. GDP was $314 billion less than first estimated, not including this year’s revisions.

    Digging down into the data shows an even gloomier picture. Per capita GDP, the ultimate measure of both well-being and productivity for a nation, today remains lower in real terms than it was in 2007.

    In the second quarter of this year, average annual real output per person stood at $42,499 — still 3.3% below its peak of $43,956 in the fourth quarter of 2007.

    Looked at yet another way, the Commerce Department also estimates “potential” GDP — the size the economy would be with all resources used efficiently.
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    In the second quarter of this year, real GDP stood at a real annual rate of $13.33 trillion. But our potential, the government says, is $14.25 trillion. So we’re missing $920 billion in GDP, and Obama’s first term isn’t over.

    Call this lost potential the Obamanomics tax.

    That pretty much explains why unemployment remains stuck at more than 9%, with an estimated 27 million Americans unable to find full-time employment.

    Our growth is insufficient. At best, we are in a growth recession — an economy whose slow expansion can’t create enough jobs to hire everyone who wants one.

    As U.S. Chamber of Commerce economist Martin Regalia warned Friday, Obama’s increased regulation and uncertainty for small businesses “have made it extremely difficult for the economy to grow and create jobs.”

    Tough to disagree with that. Yet under Obamanomics, these aren’t bugs in the system — they’re features. Businesses have $2 trillion in cash to invest, but are so frightened and intimidated by the Democrats’ bullying, threats and demonization of wealth they’re sitting on it.

    As President Obama entered office in early 2009, his top economic advisers promised stimulus would deliver fast growth. Unemployment, they said, would top out at 8% — and 3.5 million new jobs would be created.

    After spending $830 billion on stimulus, $700 billion on TARP, with unknown trillions more to be spent on ObamaCare and welfare, the nation’s not better off.

    The Keynesian stimulus put in place by the Democrats two years ago has been an economic disaster. Sadly, these latest data prove it. Our budget deficit is bad enough. But our growth deficit is devastating.

    http://www.investors.com/NewsAndAnalysis/Article/579996/201107291854/What-Expansion-.htm

  • Mrs. Smith

    A history lesson by President James Madison. Madison predicted we are where we are today because- read how over the jump…
    ________________________________________

    Federalist Papers Identified How Democrats and ( Republicans )Would Destroy Us.

    Warner Todd Huston

    Our fourth president, James Madison, has been called the father of the Constitution for considerable reasons. He was highly educated, widely read, and well regarded. Ever the prescient student of history, Madison was able to describe in February 1788 the precise reasons why his beloved republic would fare so badly 223 years later in 2011. In Federalist No. 62—his explanation of the Senate—we find an amazingly clear prediction of how badly Washington, D.C., has gone off track. Madison understood that democratic governments like our own often suffer from the malady of unfaithful elected officials.

    “It is a misfortune [sic] incident to republican government,” Madison wrote, “that those who administer it may forget their obligations to their constituents, and prove unfaithful to their important trust.”

    The writers of the Constitution intended the Senate to help keep the federal government on track, serving as a “salutary check on the government.” The Senate, they proposed, would serve as a check on the populist passions of the House of Representatives and possibly an overzealous president. It would slow the wheels of government and keep the interests of the states alive in the halls of Congress. It became known as the “most deliberative body in the world” exactly for this reason.

    Originally, senators were appointed by state legislatures in order to represent the interests of the states. Since the members of the House were elected by state voters to represent their interests, electing senators seemed duplicative. After all, with the whole of the people electing the president and the individual voters of each district electing their representative, it seemed the voters got plenty of representation. The states needed their interests protected and so senators were appointed by state assemblies.

    That delicate balance ended in 1913, when the Seventeenth Amendment altered the original plan and made provisions for voters to directly elect members of the Senate just as they do their House members. No more were the states represented in Washington, and as each decade passed into the future, politicians began more and more to “forget their obligations to their constituents,” as Madison so lamented.

    Noting that any person that is “inconstant to his plans, or perhaps to carry on his affairs without any plan, at all is marked at once” as a “victim to his own unsteadiness and folly,” Madison insisted that governments that act similarly forfeit “the respect and confidence” of everyone.

    Every nation, consequently, whose affairs betray a want of wisdom and stability, may calculate on every loss which can be sustained from the more systematic policy of their wiser neighbors.

    Madison is right that nobody likes or trusts a flighty fool. But Madison was not merely waxing philosophically. He saw his own fledgling nation treading that destructive path under the feckless Articles of Confederation, a path the new Constitution would correct.

    But the best instruction on this subject is unhappily conveyed to America by the example of her own situation. She finds that she is held in no respect by her friends; that she is the derision of her enemies; and that she is a prey to every nation which has an interest in speculating on her fluctuating councils and embarrassed affairs.

    Prior to the ratification of the Constitution, the United States was floundering due to its ineffective national government. Madison saw the Articles of Confederation as a complete failure offering no stability for his nascent nation. But as he went on to explain why the Constitution would be better than what they had in the Articles, Madison seems to be describing exactly the situation we are confronted with today.

    Today, we are faced with a government that no one can count on. It is capricious, constantly changing, and grabbing new power for itself nearly every month. Businesses cannot make plans for the future as they live in fear that those plans will be ruined by the next government power grab. Greedy politicians are more interested in power for themselves and their party than they are about governing us. They exhibit a supreme arrogance that only comes from those who feel they are accountable to no one but themselves. Additionally, as these oppressive government tendrils reach further into our lives, we find the only ones who benefit are lobbyists who skillfully guide the next set of rules. Sadly, the people are either the last to benefit or don’t benefit at all.
    __________________________

    Read, then, Madison’s description of a failed state and compare it to our predicament.

    http://www.libertyinkjournal.com/1777-federalist-papers-identified-how-democrats-would-destroy-us

  • S

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/tv-column/post/summer-tv-press-tour-2011-what-harry-belafonte-would-ask-congress-about-the-debt-crisis/2011/07/28/gIQATPK7gI_blog.html

    Singer Harry Belafonte, subject of an upcoming HBO documentary about his political activism, was asked what he would say to the White House and Congress about the gamesmanship in which they are engaged over the national debt.

    “My question would be, to Congress and the president: What happened to moral truth? What happened to moral courage?” Belafonte said.

    He’d also like to tell them: “Politics without moral purpose, really more often than not, winds up as tyranny.”

    “Barack Obama and his mission has failed because it lacked a certain kind of moral courage, a kind of moral vision . . . a kind of courage we are in need of,” said the King of Calypso.

    “When he said ‘Yes, we can,’ it was politically clever, but he never defined what it is we can do. So we filled in those spaces — what we thought he meant — only to find we were disappointed, because none of those points was satisfied.”

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

    O has even lost Harry Belafonte…to repeat, he said”

    “Barack Obama and his mission has failed because it lacked a certain kind of moral courage, a kind of moral vision . . . a kind of courage we are in need of,” said the King of Calypso.

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

    O lost Belafonte, losing twitter, called a loser by Peggy Noonan…soon to be below 40%…he may as well start packing…karma is slowly coming in to collect its due…

  • admin

    MoonOnPluto –

    http://www.nydailynews.com/tech_guide/2011/07/29/2011-07-29_bams_spam_president_barack_obama_takes_debt_battle_to_twitter_loses_more_than_20.html

    President Barack Obama takes debt battle to Twitter, loses more than 40,000 followers in one day

  • henry

    FUNNY!
    Read on another blog earlier today that a poster went to check out the bambi tweets and twitter informed that he/she might also like Kim Kardashian and katy perry. Speaks volumes.

  • admin

    http://www.weeklystandard.com/blogs/morning-jay-why-left-so-frustrated-obama_577729.html?page=2

    And whenever somebody attacked him for a lack of experience, Obama would just respond with a smile: “They say I need to be seasoned and stewed, so they can boil all the hope out of me!” Like I said — he’s a natural. Nobody could sell a non seqitur as well as Obama in 2008!

    Combine all this with the messianic overtones of the Obama campaign, and it is not hard to understand why so many liberals believed that Obama could lead them out of the political wilderness in which they had been wandering for 40 years. Here was a real liberal who actually could get elected. How exciting!

    The problem for the left is that the very qualities that enabled Obama to win in 2008 have kept him from being the savior they have long dreamed of. The advantage of having a great filibusterer is that you can’t pin him down; the disadvantage is that he does not like to push his own plans. The stimulus bill was not his plan. Neither was cap-and-trade or the health care bill. He blasted the very tax deal he agreed to last December. This year he submitted a budget, then walked it back, and didn’t replace it with anything. And most recently in the debt ceiling fight, there is no Obama plan. Why? Because Obama doesn’t do plans.

    Instead, Obama likes to “lead from behind,” but that ultimately leaves him at the mercy of his marginal supporters in Congress. So, on each of those aforementioned issues, Obama has agreed to have the initial proposal watered down to win over some crucial bloc — because above all he prefers to get a deal, any deal, done. From a narrow perspective, this might make for smart politics – but for liberals hoping that Obama would be the successor in the New Deal/Great Society tradition, it is quite disheartening.

    Obama’s inexperience has also been a problem now that he is in charge. There is no better example of this than the health care battle. The legislative process was dominated by a wide variety of interest groups – the AFL-CIO, the AMA, NARAL, the NEA, the SEIU, and all the other acronyms permanently encamped around Capitol Hill. And let’s not forget the “Cornhusker Kickback,” the “Louisiana Purchase,” and all the other side deals that had to be brokered to secure enough votes. The significance of this cannot be underestimated: the interest groups moved in, and the independent voters who swing elections started to come to the conclusion that their interests were not represented in the finished product.

    If Obama had spent more time in Washington, he might have appreciated just how easily special interests can capture the legislative process, and how important it is for a president to keep that from happening. Indeed, that was what made the New Deal and Great Society so powerful: their key reforms were ostensibly designed for the benefit of everybody. And liberals who believe that the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act is preferable to the status quo no doubt recognize how inferior it is to Social Security and Medicare – and that reflects ultimately on President Obama.

    That’s not to say the left will primary Obama. No incumbent has ever been successfully primaried in the post-reform era, and Obama is not nearly as disappointing to the left as Carter and Clinton. Still, he actively encouraged them to believe that his tenure would be a new era of progressive governance, and he has failed to live up to his own hype. How could they not be frustrated?

  • admin

    We were remiss in not posting this early today when Peggy Noonan’s article “They’ve lost that lovin’ feeling” was discussed:

  • lisaque

    HillaryforTexas
    July 29th, 2011 at 2:31 pm
    New Gallup job approval is out. 50% disapprove, 40% approve of Obama’s performance.

    That’s bad.

    This is great news. Cant wait to see him at 75%-25%.

  • lisaque

    moononpluto
    July 29th, 2011 at 7:35 pm
    Sarah Palin tweeted Obama and told him to “womanup”

    womanup I love it.

  • moononpluto

    President Spamelot made a huge mistake with that twitter nonsense. The last thing the teenyboppers want is to be bombarded with uncool spamming. Thats a big nono in the twitter world.

  • Mrs. Smith

    Think it can’t happen here? Think again- it’s happening in the UK and you have a Trojan Horse president in the White House thinking of opening an embassy for Muslim Extremists in Washington, DC..
    ________________________

    Islamic extremists set up Sharia law controlled zones in British cities

    By Rebecca Camber

    Islamic extremists have launched a poster campaign across the UK proclaiming areas where Sharia law enforcement zones have been set up.

    Communities have been bombarded with the posters, which read: ‘You are entering a Sharia-controlled zone – Islamic rules enforced.’

    The bright yellow messages daubed on bus stops and street lamps have already been seen across certain boroughs in London and order that in the ‘zone’ there should be ‘no gambling’, ‘no music or concerts’, ‘no porn or prostitution’, ‘no drugs or smoking’ and ‘no alcohol’.

    Hate preacher Anjem Choudary has claimed responsibility for the scheme, saying he plans to flood specific Muslim and non-Muslim communities around the UK and ‘put the seeds down for an Islamic Emirate in the long term’.

    In the past week, dozens of streets in the London boroughs of Waltham Forest, Tower Hamlets and Newham have been targeted, raising fears that local residents may be intimidated or threatened for flouting ‘Islamic rules’.

    Choudary, who runs the banned militant group Islam4UK, warned: ‘We now have hundreds if not thousands of people up and down the country willing to go out and patrol the streets for us and a print run of between 10,000 and 50,000 stickers ready for distribution.

    ‘There are 25 areas around the country which the Government has earmarked as areas where violent extremism is a problem.

    ‘We are going to go to all these same areas and implement our own Sharia-controlled zones.

    ‘This is the best way for dealing with drunkenness and loutishness, prostitution and the sort of thug life attitude you get in British cities.’

    The former lawyer added: ‘This will mean this is an area where the Muslim community will not tolerate drugs, alcohol, pornography, gambling, usury, free mixing between the sexes – the fruits if you like of Western civilization.

    ‘We want to run the area as a Sharia-controlled zone and really to put the seeds down for an Islamic Emirate in the long term.’

    Scotland Yard is now working with local councils to remove the posters and identify those responsible for putting them up.

    Choudary said he was organising a protest against the Far Right in Waltham Forest this weekend following last Friday’s killing spree in Norway by anti-Islamic gunman Anders Breivik.

    Read more and view pic @:

    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2019547/Anjem-Choudary-Islamic-extremists-set-Sharia-law-zones-UK-cities.html

  • Mrs. Smith

    “This is not an Islamic country. Islamic/Sharia law has no place here. If they want this kind of law they should move to a country where it is lived by. Leave this country alone! Don’t try and change a country to the way you want it, move to a country who already lives your way!”
    ____________________

    I agree- if they didn’t live their mandate of ridding the world of Christianity and Jews I wouldn’t be concerned over a minor culture clash. It’s when radical fundamentalism becomes the law of the land and enforcement is an infringement on the Rights of Americans to be free. The basis on which this country was founded, Freedom from Religious persecution.

  • tim

    How America’s leaders (both sides) gutted America’s future… I thought this was an excellent read.

    http://www.zerohedge.com/contributed/how-china-ate-americas-lunch

  • JanH

    Mrs. Smith
    July 30th, 2011 at 6:42 am
    Think it can’t happen here? Think again- it’s happening in the UK and you have a Trojan Horse president in the White House thinking of opening an embassy for Muslim Extremists in Washington, DC..

    ————————-
    Very true.

  • JanH

    “Obama’s inexperience has also been a problem now that he is in charge.”

    ——————

    Well golly gee! You mean to say that the boys and girls actually voted in an inexperienced and narcisstic potus? And the media is just now admitting it?

  • holdthemaccountable

    Obama behind the scenes working for illegals. This article has been snipped.
    Illegal Alien Amnesty Already Happening: Get used to it or HALT it
    This week President Obama told the National Council of La Raza that he can’t get illegal alien amnesty legislation passed because Republicans oppose it, “so let’s be honest I need a dance partner here. And the floor is empty.” Ok Mr. President, let’s be honest. Amnesty is already underway. Its been occurring ever since the President realized the public had no appetite for illegal alien legislation, and he decided, instead, to launch a covert end-run around Congress using administrative actions to piecemeal what he can’t do all at once in a big amnesty bill. For the past two years, a steady stream of leaked memos reveal how the administration has expanded its amnesty-granting powers. The title of one United States Citizenship and Immigration Service (USCIS) memo says it all, Administrative Alternatives to Comprehensive Immigration Reform. Not surprisingly, the memo suggests ways the government can delay or even prevent the removal of illegal aliens.

    The early memos written by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Director John Morton suggest granting relief to select aliens on a case-by-case basis; later memos detail large classes of deportable aliens for whom the law should be waived. The most recent memo grants broad prosecutorial discretion to ICE field agents and attorneys urging them not to bother with illegal aliens who are young, have been here a long time or who are students – in other words, would-be beneficiaries of the DREAM Act legislation which died in December and which has little hope of being revived.

    Fortunately, this abuse of power is not lost on the Chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, Rep. Lamar Smith (R-TX) who has introduced the “Hinder the Administration’s Legalization Temptation Act” or the “HALT Act” (H.R. 2497). The bill would prevent the administration from further abusing its prosecutorial discretion to grant administrative amnesty to large classes of illegal aliens. Specifically, it would suspend the Obama administration’s ability to:
    - Grant deferred action to illegal aliens;
    - Grant parole or extended voluntary departure to illegal aliens who do not meet narrowly defined criteria;
    - Cancel the removal and adjust the status of illegal aliens ordered deported; and
    - Grant work authorization to illegal aliens.
    While passing the HALT Act won’t stop this president from pursuing a massive and costly amnesty for 13 millions illegal aliens, it will force him to do so legislatively, with transparency, and within the context of the Constitution. Most importantly, it will allow the American public to participate in the process. The next time the President is addressing one of his powerful special interests groups, instead of fretting over not getting amnesty legislation passed – perhaps he should be forthright and take credit for actually getting it done with backdoor tactics. He deserves the credit, but of course, the methods used to get it done would then be a matter of public record.
    http://www.foxnews.com/opinion/2011/07/29/illegal-alien-amnesty-already-happening-get-used-to-it-or-halt-it/

  • NewMexicoFan

    He is beginning to smell like a lame duck. No one on the dance floor with him, he sounds like a wallflower. Usually people are right there willing to sacrifice their own grandmother’s to be a part of the Presidents inner circle.

    I wonder how his fund raising is going.

  • NewMexicoFan

    Saw on the news that the young TV Star that left House to work for Obama has quit and is going back to acting. He indicates it was planned. He was making $42K a year and had an office with 5 other people. I am wondering if this was the plan all along, or this is another desertion.

  • Mrs. Smith

    NMF-

    My next post was going to be watching the rats deserting the WH sinking ship.

    This debacle and the way it was handled has got to have shaken the WH Staff to the core. Ashamed and embarrassed at the jobs they are holding, leaving themselves open to ridicule no matter where they go- even in their free time.

    I have a link to something else that is not mainstream news:

    http://pumasunleashed.wordpress.com/2011/07/30/nearly-half-of-americans-believe-members-of-congress-are-corrupt/

    aside: FYI- I embellished the title somewhat raising the number to 96% because I know none of us were called speaking for all the people who weren’t called for statistical data; I thought it fair to improvise their response for a more realistic number.

  • moononpluto

    Obama’s administration i believe is teetering now, its certainly wobbly like a bridge in an earthquake. Soon somethings gonna give.

  • Betty

    I wish someone would form a lynch mob and start out for Washington DC today. I would be second in line. Think I could be arrested for holding up a cardboard pitchfork?

  • Mrs. Smith

    “The early memos written by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Director John Morton suggest granting relief to select aliens on a case-by-case basis; later memos detail large classes of deportable aliens for whom the law should be waived. The most recent memo grants broad prosecutorial discretion to ICE field agents and attorneys urging them not to bother with illegal aliens who are young, have been here a long time or who are students – in other words, would-be beneficiaries of the DREAM Act legislation which died in December and which has little hope of being revived.”
    ____________________________

    This Dream Act is so much Hog Wash. Obama is using it to bring in radical Muslims from PA and anywhere else the Brotherhood needs to begin assimilating non speaking aliens into the existing American Muslim culture. Everything about Obama is a LIE. If we believe he is doing anything that doesn’t benefit him, then you need your head examined or. Obama doesn’t care about the AA community unless they are Muslim. Why else would Radical Muslims be seeking recruitment in our Prisons? Because they are already criminals and are getting their freedom in exchange of their conversion.

    I have to ask- How long are we going to wait to STOP this president from continuing to destroy our country both financially and culturally? Or is this Budget Fight nothing more than theater distracting the country from what is really going on beneath the radar until we are broke living in a broken country?

  • Betty

    Oh, and by the way what are the democrats fighting for? From all I have heard it is: “no limit on spending, no balancing the budget, and let me borrow as much as I want, and tax as much as I please.” Which boils down to no financial accountability.

    Think they would cover me if I lived like that?

    They really, really need to be able to say “I’ll give you 300 million/billion in appropriations and another in billion in the form of a law that allows you to gut your competition or stick it to the middle class if you give me 5/50 bucks for my campaign. They wonder why can’t we just understand that?

  • Mrs. Smith

    If Obama was legitimate, he would have raised the debt ceiling daring the Republicans to take him to Court. There has to be a reason he is dragging his feet when he could end it with a stroke of a pen.

    It appears HE INTENDS to HAVE the country go into DEFAULT, not this month but next month when our reserves are used up for paying the necessities this month

    There isn’t anything about Obama that is legitimate and we’ve just become deaf and dumb to all the anomalies about this president only because we are sick and tired of hearing about it..

  • NewMexicoFan

    Mrs. Smith
    July 30th, 2011 at 10:3

    Thanks, Mrs. Smith, that is exactly the way I feel about all of them.

  • democrat1

    Sign this petition

    http://www.petition2congress.com/4606

    Mr. President, we thank you for your service. However, we must ask you to do the right thing for your Party and your country and step aside, much like Lyndon Baines Johnson did in 1968 when he read the writing on the wall as to his own chances for victory. Renomination is not mandatory, nor is it a right. It is a privilege granted by us, “We the People.” On faith, the Party and the nation gave you a chance as a newcomer with little experience to lead us out of the wilderness of recession. We must now ask for the keys back to the Party and to the White House.

  • NewMexicoFan

    democrat1
    July 30th, 2011 at 11:37 am

    Thanks, signing that petition, and submitting letters to the President and my legislative representatives was unbelieveable easy.

  • turndownobama

    This Dream Act is so much Hog Wash. Obama is using it to bring in radical Muslims from PA

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

    LOL. Great image there. Cheese steaks and cream cheese.

    The Dream Act has nothing to do with bringing IN more aliens from anywhere. (Well, maybe from Pennsylvania.) It is about creating a ‘path’ for aliens who were ALREADY brought here as children, to even APPLY for citizenship.

  • turndownobama

    The most recent memo grants broad prosecutorial discretion to ICE field agents and attorneys urging them not to bother with illegal aliens who are young, have been here a long time or who are students – in other words, would-be beneficiaries of the DREAM Act legislation

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

    Don’t worry, that’s probably as much fake as Obama’s talk in 2009 about not prosecuting medical marijuana — while he was in fact appointing an anti-mj crusader to the agency that actually does the raids.

  • tim

    so I see they are really rushed, yeah right. The dems filibuster their own bill. They don’t pass a budget for over 2 years and lecture others on responsibility. We are screwed, they can raise the debt ceiling, it won’t matter, they will just print and print and print, inflation will go through the roof, interest rates are going up anyways, does not matter.

    http://www.washingtontimes.com/blog/inside-politics/2011/jul/30/democrats-enforce-filibuster-against-own-debt-bill/

    Guess they don’t have the 60 votes. Just kick it down the road, it will be about 17.5 trillion in debt by the end of next year.

  • tim

    http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0711/60251.html

    So TP is no longer racists, they are terrorists. Uh, wonder what they will smearing them next with?

  • Mrs. Smith

    tim
    July 30th, 2011 at 1:04 pm

    so I see they are really rushed, yeah right. The dems filibuster their own bill. They don’t pass a budget for over 2 years and lecture others on responsibility. We are screwed, they can raise the debt ceiling, it won’t matter, they will just print and print and print, inflation will go through the roof, interest rates are going up anyways, does not matter.
    _________________

    Anything normal about that? What they should be doing is haggling over items in their own draft proposals hoping to reach a compromise. The normal give and take as happened in former years when the budget issues were on the table.

    What I see is Obama moving all his chess pieces into position at the ready, creating chaos and tumult if there is a movement to have him removed from office by force.

  • Shadowfax

    democrat1
    July 30th, 2011 at 11:37 am

    Sign this petition

  • Shadowfax

    democrat1
    July 30th, 2011 at 11:37 am

    Sign this petition

    Opps, hit the submit button too quickly.

    This is a nice first attempt, but too damn polite for me.
    First, I didn’t “give him a chance” as an inexperienced candidate. I saw the writing on the wall like most Big Pinkers and PUMAs.

    I would never ask him to step down, he needs to to driven out of DC with his horse of a wife and cute kids ASAP.

  • turndownobama

    This is a nice first attempt, but too damn polite for me.
    First, I didn’t “give him a chance” as an inexperienced candidate. I saw the writing on the wall like most Big Pinkers and PUMAs.

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

    This petition seems designed for former Obots and independents. Which is good: let him see he’s losing them.

    We can do another less polite petition of our own, if you like.

  • admin

    NEW ARTICLE IS UP.

  • lisaque

    Today’s Gallup 7-30-11

    Approval 40%
    Disapproval 52%